At the occasion of the Cannes International Film Festival, it was announced that ESFUF will be reinforced by the contributions of two new EFAD members, the Norwegian Film Institute and the British Film Institute's UK Global Screen Fund bringing the number of contributing countries to 15.

Norway

The Norwegian Film Institute has, with additional funding suggested by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality to be formally adopted in Parliament in June, extended support for Ukranian filmmakers through the ESFUF

Kjersti Mo, CEO, NFI said: “Telling stories through film is one of the most powerful ways there are to convey a nation`s culture and to keep the country together through common experiences. This is especially important for a country in crisis, both for the country and its inhabitants but also for the outside world to learn what is happening and inspire action. We stand with our European partners in supporting Ukranian filmmakers and are proud to support this endevour.”

The United Kingdom

The UK Global Screen Fund (UKGSF), financed by the UK Government’s Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by the BFI, has extended support to Ukrainian Filmmakers through the ESFUF.

Ben Roberts, CEO, BFI said: “The role of filmmakers in telling stories and bringing perspectives that inspire people the world over has never been more important or urgent than it is today. We stand with our partners in Europe in supporting Ukrainian filmmakers through the UK Global Screen Fund that we manage on behalf of the UK Government.”

Their precious contributions will allow more projects to be supported in the second round of selection, which will be launched this summer.

In the same occasion, the results of the first selection round of the European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films were announced by the Jury President, Marianne Slot. A total of 11 projects for a global amount of 523 000 € will receive support to development and finalization. The list of the selected projects is available on the ESFUF website, here.

Background
ESFUF, launched in Berlin 2023, is an initiative proposed by the CNC to the other EFAD members during the Cannes General Assembly in May 2022. After having supported various other actions for Ukraine at national and European level, EFAD and its members wanted to unite forces to launch a dedicated support for Ukrainian filmmakers, to help them completing their films or developing new projects, while fostering co-productions. With an initial budget of one million euros, it aims at financing Ukrainian cinematographic works at development and finalization stages, supporting projects selected by a jury of five independent experts, through two calls for projects launched in 2023.

The 52nd edition (25 January – 5 February 2023) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, one of the world's renowned festivals, will feature a world premiere of new Slovak drama Power and three digitally restored films from the collections of the National Film Archive of the Slovak Film Institute.

Director Mátyás Prikler premiered his feature debut Fine, Thanks in Rotterdam 10 years ago, now he is back with his second feature film, Power in Rotterdam’s Harbour section. At an informal hunt, somewhere on the border of two Central European countries, a boy is accidentally killed. One of the politicians involved is the hot candidate for the important international post of Water Commissioner, who is expected to find a solution to the increasing water shortage across Europe and elsewhere in the world.

This year's programme also include three short animated classics by Jaroslava Havettová, one of the pioneers of Slovak animation. Her films, known for a unique poetic style, deal with topics of destiny, sacrifice and the role of individuals in society. The Cinema Regained section will show a music video with pop art motifs The Song (1969), a film inspired by Haban pottery and Slovak proverbs Until the Pitcher Is Broken at Last (1971) and the minimalist Contacts (1980) about power and its abuse.

The Trieste Film Festival is one of the largest festivals dedicated to Central and Eastern European cinema. The 34th festival’s edition (21 – 28 January 2023) will screen a total of seven feature-length and four short Slovak films.

Minority co-productions The Visitors (d. Veronika Lišková) and Fragile Memory (d. Igor Ivanko) will compete in the Documentary Competition, while Revelation of John (d. Andrej Kolenčík) and Money and Happiness (d. Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.) will vie for the award in the Short Films section. The Out of Competition section will present Victim (d. Michal Blaško), which had its world premiere last year at the Venice International Film Festival. A special screening awaits the historical feature film Il Boemo (d. Petr Václav). In the section dedicated to children’s audiences, the TSFF of the Little Ones will present the 3D animated film Journey to Yourland (d. Peter Budinský).

In addition to the presentation of the best films made during the year in Central and Eastern Europe, each year there is a retrospective programme, this year dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The programme entitled Beyond the Boundaries: The Fringes of Czech and Slovak Cinema was curated to reflect the main trends in the development of Czechoslovak cinema from 1930s to 1960s. Karel Plicka’s ethnographic documentary The Earth Sings (1933) will present the Slovak countryside of the 1930s, while Dušan Trančík's short film Photographing the House Dwellers (1968) will bring together the most beautiful and the most tragic moments in the life of a rural family. The short film Old Shatterhand Came to See Us (1966) gives a sarcastic report on living in an enclosed reservation behind the Iron Curtain, and the documentary Pictures of the Old World (1972) presents vivid portraits of old people from the Slovak regions of Liptov and Orava. Both films were directed by Dušan Hanák.

President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen to accept the Award
 
During the 35th European Film Awards on 10 December in Reykjavík Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, will accept the newly introduced European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate 2022 on behalf of the European Commission. The award is given to the ambitious and revolutionary programme “European Green Deal”, that was launched by the Commission under von der Leyen’s Presidency.

The European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate aims to award a European institution, company, or film for an “Outstanding European contribution to sustainability in film”. The initiative is a partnership between the European Film Academy and the World Bank Group’s programme for creative communications and climate action, Connect4Climate. The World Bank Group is the largest multilateral financier of climate action in developing countries. Through Connect4Climate, with its network of over 500 partners worldwide, the programme implements creative campaigns, amplifies impactful stories, elevates the voices of young people and mobilizes audiences through specific initiatives, including Film4Climate.Believing that powerful storytelling on both big and small screens can spark meaningful social change, Film4Climate works with filmmakers, producers and organizations to champion climate and environmental action in the film industry through both content and production.
 
The objective of the European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate is to celebrate more than just films that are produced according to the most state-of the art sustainable standards, but to encourage the film industry to drive its influential impact towards a sustainable approach to economy, society and environment, promoting real impact in individuals' lives. The winner will receive a native tree from the country hosting the European Film Awards ceremony, that will be planted locally after the Award ceremony.
 
The Award is being presented by three European teenagers
 
The European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate will be presented to the President of the European Commission by 3 young Europeans, Raluca from Romania, Ahmad from Sweden and Vilhjálmur from Iceland. They represent the younger generation that will be the most impacted by policies, decisions and actions taken today. Two of the presenters, Raluca and Ahmad, are part of the Youth Council that are co-creating the European Film Club, a programme to encourage teenagers to watch more European films. They have been planning sustainability measures within the European Film Club, such as the screening of films focusing on environmental issues such as climate change and the biodiversity crisis. The European Film Club will be launched in 2023 and aims to be a carbon-neutral programme.
 
The first European Film Award bestowed every year on a European film is the Young Audience Award, which is part of the European Film Club. This year’s award was given on 13 November by thousands of young jury members from all over Europe to the film ANIMAL by Cyril Dion. The film addresses the worries of young people about the 6th mass extinction of animal life that is currently taking place in nature, due to the behaviour of humankind.

European Film Academy strongly commits to sustainability
 
The Award ceremonies of the European Film Academy are strongly committed to promoting sustainability. Together with the hosting country Iceland, the Academy strives to reduce the carbon emission impact of all its events in 2022. With the organisation of the award ceremony in Reykjavík, also Iceland will showcase its leading role in sustainability. The event will happen within a sustainable event infrastructure that considers the best practices in terms of resource use, waste management, transportation, and catering for major events.

The European Film Academy is also raising awareness among Academy members and guests traveling to Iceland. The Academy is offering options to attendees who will be flying to offset their carbon emissions by donating an amount based on the estimated carbon offset for a return economy flight to Iceland with an average distance of 3,000 kilometers within Europe, which will support the planting of trees in the European Film Forest located in Iceland. This is coordinated by the Icelandic Forestry Association.
 
The introduction of the Month of European Film is another sustainability measure in the portfolio of the European Film Academy. By enabling European audiences to enjoy films in local cinemas or online in the month prior to the Awards ceremony, the impact of the celebration of European cinema is not limited to a one-location event anymore. The Month of European Film will expand and bring films from Europe closer to all Europeans, disregarding the place where they live and when or how they prefer to see films. Local initiatives with cinemas that are promoting sustainable solutions for the experience of watching films, will be prioritised as partners by the European Film Academy.
 
Hosting country Iceland leading in cultural, social and environmental sustainability
 
Iceland itself is a recognised and respected leader in cultural, social and environmental sustainability. The country has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030, becoming climate neutral by 2040, and fossil fuel free by 2050. Its ambitious goals are reinforced by its current energy production, which enables the supply of 100% of renewable energy for electricity and heating needs, mixing hydropower and geothermal energy.
 
In October 2020, the Icelandic Film Centre (IFC) published  the “Icelandic Film Policy from 2020 to 2030”, disclosing important strategic actions set to boost the country’s audiovisual sector. Regarding sustainability and green shooting, the policy document mentions Iceland’s effort to build a brand to attract international film production by systematically developing a year-round film industry based on sustainability values, social responsibility, and equality, to meet the expectations of foreign production. The action started in January 2021, and the responsible parties are the IFC, the film industry, and the Foreign Service.

The ceremony of the European Film Awards – the most renowned and prestigious award for European film – is presented by the European Film Academy and European Film Academy Productions.

This traditional pitching competition for animation presents a total of 33 projects in four categories: feature length, series/TV specials, short and student films. A further 16 animated works appearing in the non-competitive section will endeavour to capture the attention of decision makers from the field of animation. The CEE Animation Forum takes places on 2nd and 3rd November in Plzeň and one day (4th November) will be dedicated to personal meetings using an online app which will be available only to accredited guests.

The juries consist of a wide representation of film professionals from across Europe. Short films will be judged by animation filmmaker and illustrator Alexandre Siqueira (BAP – Animation Studios), writer Milo Cremer Eindhoven (Submarine) and Belgian producer Bastien Martin (Camera, etc). The creativity of students will be evaluated by Oscar short-listed producer and distributor Eleanor Coleman (Indie Sales), talented Hungarian animator Luca Tóth and Ivan Zuber (Laïdak FIlms), who is a graduate of such schools as Gobelins and Animation Sans Frontières. Aiming to ascertain potential success with television viewers will be Estonian producer Kristel Tõldsepp (A Film), Michelle Hoekstra (lemming film) together with Hisko Hulsing, the director of Undone, an animated series for Amazon Prime. Feature-length projects will be attentively observed by two successful producers, Lubica Orechovská (Pubres) and Richard Lutterbeck (TrickStudio Lutterbeck), who will be accompanied by the French distributor, Valentin Rebondy (Cinema Public Films).

The winners will be announced on 3rd November, but the competitors may already fix their eyes on the promising prizes. The best project, as selected by the jury in each category, receives a monetary award to the value of 1,000 Euros. Short films will compete for the new Ciclic prize, with a value of 35,000 Euros. Across all categories, the competing projects can gain a scholarship for the year-round CEE Animation Workshop training programme or a licence for TV Paint, the professional animation programme. Viewers may also share their preferences. The project with the highest tally gained during the online voting shall receive an award of 1,000 Euros. Thanks to close, long-term co-operation with leading European events in the field of animation, the teams will also be able to apply for direct access to Cartoon Movie, Cartoon Forum, Cartoon Springboard, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, and Kids Kino Industry.

CEE Animation has as a main objective to be a strong voice in the animation industry. One of the group with which we wish to begin a discourse is that of national television broadcasters. Their involvement is essential for the success of international co-productions - especially the formats of series and feature films. To finance their projects, independent producers crucially depend on the support from their national broadcasters and from national and international funds,” explains Marta Jallageas, Managing Director of CEEA Forum. A line-up of representatives of national broadcasters from Central and Eastern Europe will share how CEE national TV broadcasters can and do support independent animated works, how they co-operate with producers from their own country, and with those from other countries.

The organisers have planned an impressive accompanying programme for on-site guests. On 2nd November, from 18:00, it will be possible to view a newly-prepared compilation of short films under the activity of CEE Animation Talents. In the creative zone DEPO2015, they will be able to personally experience the successful Czech animated VR film, Darkening (d. Ondřej Moravec), which was selected for the section of Venice Immersive at the Venice IFF. In this area, there will also be the possibility to view students’ work from the Media Illustration studio of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia. Accredited guests also have the opportunity to visit the programme at the partner festival, Juniorfest, which takes place from 4th to 10th November in Plzeň.

CEE Animation is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the International Visegrad Fund and organised in co-operation with Eurimages. It is also co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from Croatia (Hulahop), Czech Republic (APA, Audiovisual Producers´ Association), Poland (SPPA, Polish Animation Producers Association), Slovakia (APAF, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers) and Slovenia (DSAF, Slovene Animated Film Association).

IMPORTANT LINKS

About the event:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/

Press release Official Selection:
https://ceeanimation.eu/news/cee-animation-forum-unveils-official-selection-and-opens-accreditations/

Projects´ descriptions:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/selected-projects/ 

Projects from the CEE Animation Workshop selection:
https://ceeanimation.eu/workshops/2022-cee-animation-workshop/selection/

Who is coming:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/forum-attendees/

Programme:
https://ceeanimation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/CEEA_Forum22_programme.pdf

Jury and their short bio:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/jury/

Contact for media:
Marta Jallageas | Public Relations | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As a result of the strong interest, the deadline for submission to the WEMW Co-Production Forum has been extended to November 10, 2022 to allow as many producers as possible to finalise their materials and apply with their project.

All applications must include: complete online application form, treatment in English (max 5-8 pages), financing plan, teaser/visuals/mood board of the submitted project and previous work of the director. 
In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form at https://vp.eventival.com/trieste/wemw2023

There is no submission fee and the extended deadline is November 10, 2022, 23.59 CET.  

Business consultations, meetings with masters or representatives of prominent production studios and pitching competitions with prizes allowing winners to make their own movie. ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum – one of the most important events in the animation industry in the world started in Łódź.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is the only industry event in the world that integrates the stop motion community. It is the forum where business relationships and international cooperation are established, whereas young creators have an extraordinary opportunity to present their projects to their idols. This is where movies acclaimed by both critics and the audience begin their journey.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is a place that has become a connection between novice creators and the stars of the animation industry. It is here that many artists took their first steps and now celebrate international success. For example, Michał Łubiński, who presented his short animation "Astra" for the first time in 2017, and now delights critics and festival audiences in Poland and abroad, Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, founder of the forum explains.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 is full of meetings, consultations, talks, panels and workshops. The rich program consists of three main sections: MASTERS, PITCHING and BUSINESS. This year, the Masters section is dominated by discussion panels devoted to the green production of stop motion animation, the market for distribution of animation after the pandemic and the position of women in the animation industry. Among the interviewees, the most famous names in the industry - Birgit Heidsiek, founder of the European Center for Sustainable Development of the Media World; Czech director Michaela Mihalyi or Daria Kashcheeva, whose animation "Daughter" presented at ANIMARKT Pitching in 2016, was nominated for an Oscar.

The BUSINESS section, which facilitates networking meetings with the participation of the most influential people in the industry, have a special spot in the program. Traditionally, there are also industry breakfast meetings, fast forms, 15-minute Match&Meet and Meet Your Partner meetings, which are networking meetings with producers.

Pitching, which is a competition section of ANIMARKT, always evokes the biggest emotions. It provides artists with an opportunity to present their projects to a group of experts from the world animation industry, gain partners and win prizes that will make it easier for creators to produce their movie. This year, 15 short projects will compete for the amount of PLN 60,000 in the form of an in-kind co-production contribution funded by the Audiovisual Technology Center, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023, prizes funded by APA Lab or Animond as well as Dragonframe 5 software. Radiator IP Sales Distribution will provide advisory services in the field of international distribution for a selected project. For the very first time, the best feature films and TV series that will compete at ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum for qualified for Kids Kino Industry 2023, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023 in Annecy, an Animond award as well as Dragonframe 5 software.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is co-financed from the funds of the International Visegrad Fund, by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and co-finances by the Polish Film Institute. Creative Europe Desk Poland is a partner of the event. Main partners of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 are EC1 Łódź – the City of Culture and Łódź Film Commission as well as the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

The event is organized by MOMAKIN, a company connecting the world of animated film makers with the international production, distribution and promotion market and specializing in stop motion projects. It supports animation projects at each stage of their creation: from planning and financing to production and distribution. It is involved in educating and professionalizing the film industry.

The Georgian National Film Center announces the winning projects of the short film competition. A commission consisting of film professionals selected 8 projects and authors from 49 projects, among which were members of the editorial team of CinExpress - Levan Tskhovrebadze ("The Fisherman's Burden" - producer: "Cinexpress Productions" LLC, 20,391 EUR / 54 493 GEL) and Giorgi Javakhishvili ("Liberté" - producer: "Cinexpress Productions" LLC, 29,366 EUR / 78 479 GEL).

CinExpress ("CinExpress" - Cinematic Expression) is a union of Georgian cinematographers who founded the online cinema platform cinexpress.ge in 2019, within the framework of which until now the reader has been offered analysis of the films of a number of important filmmakers, translations of theoretical works, analytical articles, essays, interviews and reviews of international film festivals. In January 2022, with the support of the GNFC, they published the first electronic cinema magazine, which is already available to a mass audience free of charge and consists of about 200 pages and includes essays by various authors, translations and interviews

From today, CinExpress also officially becomes a production company (CinExpress Productions) and its creative team will start working on the first film projects next year.