Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2022 award winners are announced!

    Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2022 award winners are announced! credit: POFF

    On 24 November the 21st edition of  Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event handed out the prizes to the best projects after five days full of networking, presentations, panel discussions and meetings.

    Altogether eight awards were handed out in to film projects in different stages of scriptwriting, development or post-production, including two awards handed out to promising producers.

    Script Pool

    Script Pool Award is given to the most promising project receiving a 2500 euro monetary prize.

    Winner: And Thus It Will Go On

    Director and writer: Marina Palacio 

    Producer: Lara Izagirre 

    Country: Spain

    Jury comment: “We are thrilled to award the debut feature project And thus it will go on for its unique and adventurous approach to storytelling. We can't wait to see the finished film and wish Marina Palacio the best of luck for this exciting journey.”

    Script Pool jury included Mark Brennan (literary agent at United Agents), Margot Hervee (Senior Licensing Manager, MUBI) and Louis Balsan (Executive VP, international distribution and acquisitions at Anton).

    Works in Progress 

    Works in Progress 2022 presented 20 projects in 3 categories - International, Baltic Event and Just Film Works in Progress.

    Best International Project (includes 2500€ cash prize from High Voltage): 

    The Fisherman’s Daughter 

    Director: Edgar De Luque Jácome 

    Producer: Annabelle Mullen Pacheco 

    Production company: Belle Films 

    Countries: Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil 

    Jury statement: "We award this film for the urgency and immediacy of its story, and its call for acceptance."

    Best Baltic Project (includes 5000€ worth of services from High Voltage): 

    Black Velvet 

    Director: Liene Linde 

    Producer: Guntis Trekteris 

    Production company: Ego Media 

    Country: Latvia, Lithuania 

    Jury statement: "We award this film for its insightful and never self-indulgent look at our existential anxieties. We found comfort in its humour and for that we hope this award will make up for that loss of - if we remember correctly - 156.36€ "

    The jury of Baltic Event and international Works in Progress consisted of Ariane Buhl, an independent consultant in festivals strategy and implementation, France; Thorsten Ritter, world sales and co-financing, Beta Cinema, Germany; Andrei Tanasescu, programmer for Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days), Bildrausch (Filmfest Basel) and One World, Romania.

    Just Film Award (includes a 1000 euro monetary prize to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs): 

    Raw Material 

    Director: Martin Boross 

    Producer: Gábor Osváth 

    Production company: Filmfabriq Country: Hungary 

    Jury statement: “Representation of young people who stand up for themselves, but not losing its playfulness. Convincing and believable acting, interesting dialogue. Not a black-and-white story about corruption. Promising, want to see the film”.

    The jury of Just Film Works in Progress includes Nicola Jones, head of the German Children’s Media Foundation, Margreet Cornelius, senior project leader at the Network Film Education and Jaak Kilmi, film director (Sleeping Beast (2022), Christmas in the Jungle (2020), Juminda: On the Burning Sea (2023)).

    Baltic Event Co-Production

    In 2022, 11 projects were presented at the 21st Baltic Event Co-Production Market, including one from Focus Country Israel

    Best Project Award (includes 10 000 euros, consisting of 5000 € cash and 5000 euros service by YAMDU)

    Winner: Blindsight 

    Writer and director: Ruslan Batytskyi 

    Producer: Olha Beskhmelnitsyna and Natalia Libet 

    Country: Ukraine 

    Jury comment: “We chose this project because it celebrates the power of storytelling as an act of hope and a necessity to surviving these dark, uncertain times. We were all drawn into the project's ambition to explore complex issues through a story that feels accessible yet personal and focuses on overcoming obstacles. We all felt the deep passion and commitment behind the BLINDSIGHT team and look forward to following their progress.”

    Best Pitch (includes coverage throughout the film’s life-cycle awarded by Screen International)

    Winner: Certainly The End of Something

    Director: Michal Marczak

    Producer: Anna Rozalska 

    Country: Poland

    Producers Network Prize for promising young producers includes a pass to Producers Network 2023 awarded by Cannes Marché du Film

    Winner: Elaheh Nobakht (Blue Girl) 

    Jury Comment:  “Elaheh is a courageous and passionate voice in the film industry at a time when we so desperately need it. We hope that this award will support her on her journey towards making the urgent and heart-breaking story of BLUE GIRL a reality as well as many more films to come.” 

    Winner: Adriana Răcășan (A Flower is Not A Flower)

    Jury comment: “We hope this award will enable Adriana to make the connections and find the support she needs to bring to life the important, challenging and emotional story at the heart of A Flower is Not A Flower.”

    The jury of Baltic Event Co-Production Market included Katarina Tomkova, producer, Kaleidoskope, Slovakia; Margrit Stärk, Director Feature Films, ZDF Studios, Germany; Sibila Diaz-Plaja, Development Manager, MUBI, UK.

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2022, one of the most significant constantly growing events in Northern Europe for audiovisual sector professionals, takes place from 20-25 November 2022 in Tallinn and is online. The schedule, as well as the online events, are accessible at industry.poff.ee.