Munich/London, 27 February 2024. Beta Film has released the first image of one of the most epic European TV productions of all time: Rise of the Raven.

Every year, One World Festival brings to cinemas dozens of films that address thought-provoking, societal themes. In light of current events, the demand for information on human rights violations is at an all-time high. One World responds to this with its new programme. In addition to its thematic film categories and works of fiction, the festival will also be offering its traditional competitive sections, opening up a wide range of current topics with films for the International Competition, Czech Competition, the Right to Know section, and the Immersive Films Competition. The twenty-sixth edition of One World International Human Rights Film Festival will unfold in 48 cities across the Czech Republic from 20 March to 21 April. In Prague, audiences can look forward to the festival from 20 to 28 March, which will be followed up with the Prague Echoes segment.

The second edition of LINE-UP: International Academy & Networking for Festivalwill take place between May 30 - 31, 2024, in Sibiu, as part of the 8th edition of ESTE FILM Festival. LINE-UP Academyis intended as an annual meeting between managers of film and theatre festivals, academic professors and students eager to launch in this field, with the aim of exchanging experiences and know-hows, discussing new managerial trends, launching innovative ideas and initiating possible collaborations.

On the occasion of the 74th Berlinale, the 20 contributors to the European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films made official its renewal for a second year on 20th February.

Endowed with €1.5 million, i.e. €300,000 more than in 2023, this multilateral programme, coordinated by the CNC, aims to support works by Ukrainian filmmakers whose projects have been interrupted since the outbreak of Russian aggression on Ukrainian soil or for whom it is difficult to launch new projects in this context.
The Fund also aims to encourage creative and technical exchanges between professionals from the contributing countries and Ukrainian professionals through co-productions.

When it was launched a year ago at the 73rd Berlinale, the Fund was financed by thirteen European countries and the EFAD association (European Film Agency Directors). Today, the association and 19 European ministries and national film funds participate in its financing. In December 2023, four new members joined as contributors: the Bulgarian National Film Center, the National Film Institute of Hungary, the National Film Center of Latvia and the Spanish ICAA.

Three films supported by the Fund in competition at the Berlinale

In its first year, the Fund issued two calls for entries and supported 29 projects announced at the last Cannes Film Festival. Three of these works will be presented at the Berlinale: The Editorial Office by Roman Bondarchuk (post-production), presented as part of the Berlinale Forum; Antonivka by Kateryna Gornostai (development), presented at the co-production market and Screaming Girl by Antonio Lukich (development), presented at the co-production market and winner of the Eurimages prize.

In order to continue to encourage co-productions between Ukrainian companies and those established in a contributing country, two specific calls are being launched from 21st February 2024: the first is dedicated to projects in the development phase (application from 21st February to 5th April) and the second concerns projects in the finalisation phase (application from 21st February to 15th March). The projects selected will be chosen by a committee of seven independent experts.

 

FULL LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

France:  CNC (coordinator), Germany: BKM (Ministry of Culture), Belgium: CCA, Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Film Centre, Croatia: HAVC, Denmark: Danish Film Institute, Spain: ICAA, Estonia: Estonian Film Institute, Greece: Greek Film Centre, Hungary:National Film Institute Hungary, Ireland: Screen Ireland, Italy: MIC (Ministry of culture), Latvia: National Film Centre of Latvia, Lithuania: Lithuanian Film Centre, Luxembourg: Film Fund Luxembourg, Norway: Norwegian Film Institute, The Netherlands: Nederlands Film Fonds, Portugal: ICA, United-Kingdom: UK Global Screen Fund (BFI) and EFAD, the European association of film agencies.

 

Only a few months ago, the filming of Katarína Gramatová’s debut fiction feature, Promise, I'll be Fine, wrapped. Previously, Gramatová’s made the short film Cherries, which won the Jury award at Zlin international film festival. Gramatová works primarily as an editor, after completing her studies at VŠMU Bratislava. Through this, she has worked with major brands on commercials, and collaborated on the music video for French artist Stromae - Sante, which currently has over 55 million views on YouTube and was nominated for Best Editing at Ciclope festival.

The CEE Animation Workshop has entered it’s sixth year with a new selection of participants and animated projects in development. The programme is again welcoming projects and participants from different countries, while still maintaining focus on the CEE region and low production capacity countries. Among 38 applications from 26 countries, the organizers have carefully selected 12 projects and 28 participants from 13 countries who will attend the 2024 edition of the CEE Animation Workshop.

For an entire week in March, film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend inspiring meetings with world-renowned film professionals. DoP José Luis Alcaine, known for his long-term collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar; Tariq Anwar, editor of such films as American Beauty or The King’s Speech; cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who has worked on cult classics like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – these are only some of the illustrious guests coming to Bratislava to share their experience and know-how with film students, industry professionals, as well as casual cineastes.

The following grants were announced by the National Film Institute – Hungary throughout 2023.

Docu Rough Cut Boutique reveals its new slate of projects, marking the 14th edition of the programme.

Last phase for project submission has started!  LATE FEE DEADLINE IS THE 4TH OF MARCH 2024