coco AWARDS 2020

    The 22nd edition of East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) is still underway, taking place entirely online this year from 4-6 November 2020, and announced the award winners of its two sections – feature films in development in cocoPITCH and works in progress in cocoWIP.

    The traditional coco Best Pitch Award goes to the best pitch presentation of a project in development, voted for online by all attending industry participants. The audience chose VACUUM from Ukraine. In director Yelizaveta Smith’s fiction film debut, a daughter reluctantly returns to her hometown after her father has gone missing and reconnects with a past she wanted to leave behind. The project was presented by Smith and producer Aleksandra Kostina from Bosonfilm, who receives a cash prize of €1,500 as well as the Producers Network Award, a free accreditation to the Producers Network at the Marché du Film in Cannes 2021.

    The Avanpost Pitch Packaging Award was handed out to HONEY BUNNY by director Igor Jelinović and producer Rea Rajčić (Eclectica) from Croatia, the story of a reckless aunt who tramples on everyone in her way of an inheritance. Romanian post-production outfit Avanpost will provide the project with in-kind services up to €15,000, which may include financing strategy consulting, the project look-book as well as production/post-production for a proof of concept.

    For the first time at coco, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre presents the HAVC Project Development Award, a €5.000 cash award towards the further development of one cocoPITCH project. It went to PARADE from Lithuania, in which an ex-couple grows close again while going through the different stages of the Catholic divorce court. The project is directed by Titas Laucius and produced by Klementina Remeikaite (afterschool production).

    Both these awards were determined by an industry expert jury comprised of Stine Bomholt-Hansen (LevelK), Gabrielle Dumon (Le Bureau) and Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Horsefly Films).

    The MIDPOINT Consulting Award went to three cocoPITCH projects, each receiving an in-depth script consultancy in two online sessions. The winners, announced by MIDPOINT‘s programme coordinator Soňa Morgenthalová, are the Croatian anti-family dramedy HONEY BUNNY (dir: Igor Jelinović, prod: Rea Rajčić/Eclectica), KIRIL‘S LUCK from Bulgaria (dir: Milena Andonova, prod: Katya Trichkova & Rali Ralchev/Contrast Films), about a lottery winner who suddenly becomes very popular in his community, albeit for the wrong reasons, and WATERDROP from Albania (dir: Robert Budina, prod: Sabina Kodra/Erafilm), about a mother who takes on the corrupt system she has helped to establish when her son faces a jail sentence.

    Sponsored by German post-production studio D-Facto Motion, the D-Facto Motion WIP Award of €35,000 in-kind services plus €5,000 for additional expenses went to the work in progress STAND BY ME by director Tamara Dondurey, produced by Katia Filippova (Pan-Atlantic Studio) from Russia. Dondurey‘s debut feature film follows a successful young architect whose life spins out of control over night, forcing her to confront the illusion of absolute choice. The project was selected by an expert jury consisting of Eve Gabereau (Modern Films), Lenka Tyrpakova (Karlovy Vary IFF) as well as Waheed Zamani and Robert Wunsch of D-Facto Motion.

    Congratulations to the winners!

    We would also like to thank all of our project representatives and industry guests for joining us during this first ever online version of our market and trust that everyone had a productive time, meeting prospective partners and making new connections, despite not being able to meet in person, sit down at a table to discuss plans or share a drink. It was a new experience for us and like all of our partner events and festival friends everywhere, we continue adapting to the situation of online events, finding ways to facilitate matchmaking and recreating an atmosphere that allows for business networking as well as casual chats.

    Note: The dual version of FilmFestival Cottbus has been postponed to 8-13 December 2020 due to nation-wide restrictions set to contain the pandemic.

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    Thanks to our partners: D-Facto Motion, Avanpost, MIDPOINT, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Producers Network, Cottbus/Chóśebuz, Creative Europe Desk, Transilvania International Film Festival, EAVE, Schlürf, Film Centre of Montenegro, New Horizons International Film Festival, Czech Film Fund, CineLink, Lithuanian Film Centre, Filmarket Hub, Odesa International Film Festival, Meetings on the Bridge, When East Meets West, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Lower Silesia Film Centre, Wroclaw Film Commission.
    Last modified on 09-11-2020