The European Film Academy's Master Class this year will focus on animation. Held by Andreas Hykade (www.hykade.de) the EFA Master Class 2013 ANIMATION TODAY is dedicated to modern animation. During one week (9 - 15 September), participants will form a team and create an animation film from the original idea to the completed film. Participants can come from any field, be it independent animation, games or commercial animation. They can work in various techniques, be it 2 D, 3 D, puppets or pixilation.
In a mixture of group sessions, screenings, case studies and lectures, but with a focus on hands-on exercises, the workshop will allow the participants to gain a profound knowledge of the creation of an animation film covering all stadiums of a classic animation production: idea, story, design, project bible, storyboard, animatic, layout, animation, scoring and exploitation.
Held by author, designer and director Andreas Hykade, the workshop will be accompanied by different renowned animation filmmakers who will share their individual approach to the respective “topic of the day”.
Andreas Hykade has been creating animation films since the mid-90s. Among his films are WE LIVED IN GRASS (1996, German Short Film Award), RING OF FIRE (2000), THE RUNT (2007, German Short Film Award, FIPRESCI Award Annecy), TOM & THE SLICE OF BREAD WITH STRAWBERRY JAM & HONEY (2009, Grimme Online Award) and LOVE & THEFT (2010, German Short Film Award, Sacem Award for original music, Annecy 2011).
Supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU and the MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, the EFA Master Class will take place in Ludwigsburg in the South of Germany at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Institute of Animation, Visual Effects, and Digital Postproduction.
Further information and application form available at www.europeanfilmacademy.org

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2013, Talent Lab is an intensive multi-day artistic development programme that provides emerging talent with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the world's best film artists.

Using the Festival's outstanding relationships with acclaimed filmmakers, Talent Lab leads participants in group discussions on a range of topics focused on the artistic side of filmmaking, ultimately sharpening the skills and confidence of a new generation of filmmakers.

Talent Lab Artistic Governors have included Olivier Assayas, Jennifer Baichwal, Danny Boyle, John Collee, Lee Daniels, Miranda July, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Michael Ondaatje, the late Bingham Ray, Jason Reitman, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Woolley and Edgar Wright. Selected participants benefit from the guidance of the Governors and from the experience of Talent Lab Guests.

Talent Lab Guests have included directors Edward Burns, Jane Campion, Laurent Cantet, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Brian DePalma, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Davis Guggenheim, Paul Haggis, Michael Haneke, Neil Jordan, Nadine Labaki, Kim Longinotto, Guy Maddin, Steve McQueen, Fernando Meirelles, Mike Mills, Gaspar Noé, Sarah Polley, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Sayles, Frederick Wiseman and Michael Winterbottom; and producers Ted Hope, Aamir Khan, Robert Lantos, James Schamus, Tilda Swinton and Christine Vachon.

The 2013 Talent Lab takes place during the first half of the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5th to 15th.

More information: http://tiff.net/industry/programmes/talentlab

Cyprus Film Days 2013 is ready to kick off with an outstanding programme for yet another year, starting with its official opening this Friday, 19th April 2013 with simultaneous screenings in Limassol and in Nicosia. The Festival will premiere with the screening of the Cypriot film, 'Block 12', by Kyriacos Tofarides, which will have its world premiere at the Rialto Theatre. The film delivers a unique viewpoint on the issue of the natural resources of Cyprus, a family drama set against the background a country on the verge of an escalating economic crisis.

Meanwhile, the film 'Βeasts of the Southern Wild', which was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, will be screened at Zena Palace Cinema in Nicosia. Benh Zeitlin's directorial debut won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and the Golden Camera at Cannes Film Festival the same year.
Both screenings will start at 8p.m., while in Limassol, at 7.30p.m., the Limassol Municipal Philarmonic Orchestra will mark the official opening of the Festival with music soundtracks from the Greek and world cinema, conducted by Thanassis Athanassiou.

An opening party will follow the screening in Limassol, with the band Wanderlust performing exclusive music tracks with indie/ alternative sounds, and remixes from favourite groups (Cure, Coldplay, Puressense and more) at Art Studio 55.
The full, detailed programme of the festival is available at www.cyprusfilmdays.org For more info and for the detailed screenings' programme please call 77 77 77 45 and 77 77 25 52, or find us on Facebook.

Additional Information:
Subtitles:
-All films will be screened in their original language, and will be subtitled both in greek and in english.
Admission:
- The entrance will be free to all afternoon and late midnight screenings
- €6 day card
- €25 general entry card (for all festival screenings)
- Free entrance for students upon display of student card and AmeA cardholders
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Athens Video Art Festival 2013 attempts to activate both visually and creatively a journey in one of the most debatable and charged city areas, by making the best of the diversity, the versatility and the colour of the city. From Theatre Square and the much awaited Romantzo to Kotzia Square and the neo-classical CAMP, street screenings, artistic interventions and collaborations will be setting the tone of a throbbing and ever evolving community of artists.

Nine years ago, Athens Video Art Festival initiated a broadly creative dialogue with Academic Institutions, Organizations, International Festivals and internationally acclaimed artists. Its aim was to create an international meeting platform that would bring out current trends in contemporary digital art. As in previous years, the main categories will be accompanied with art acts, presentations and workshops.

Athens Video Art Festival invites all contemporary artists to find inspiration in the urban environment and the inexhaustible potential of new media, experimenting and freeing themselves from all stereotypes.

Artists may send/ submit their work to any of the categories below.

Closing date for applications to participate in the 9th edition of Athens Video Art Festival: 28th March 2013 (date of postmark). Proposals may be submitted via internet or post.

For more information: www.athensvideoartfestival.gr

Proposals for collaborations, tributes, workshops, discussion panels, should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the title "Proposal from xxxx" (where xxxx: the name of the entity)

The New GFC Rules and Regulations for Funding Programs will become effective on the 1st of February 2013. They have evolved from the previous Funding Programs Regulations and invalidate any and all such previous terms and conditions in their entirety. The GFC has drawn up these regulations in response to the current financial conditions prevailing in our country as well as to the multifaceted needs of film production and taking into consideration the views of the film industry.

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Athens Digital Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the start of the period that you can submit your participation for the 3d Athens Digital Short Film Festival. Our Festival, while progressing the idea of digital cinema, concludes fiction films, documentaries, animation, video art, experimental and student films that were created by using new digital media. The 3d Festival, that will last 8 days, is going to take place during September (the exact dates are going to be announced). Within the competitive character of the Festival the prizes awarded as follows:
1st Best Short Film
2nd Best Short Film
3d Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Direction
Best Scenography
Best Video Art
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Interpretation
Best Photography
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Music
Honours

KOYINTA Culture Company in cooperation with Fine Arts School L.A (Life n’ Art) Theater organizes Athens Digital Short Film Festival. Our Festival has the ambition to establish a meeting point for both creators and spectators of cinema, including film screenings and many other events that take place not necessarily in cinemas, but in places offered to host the dialogue of audience and creators from all over Greece and aboard.
You can find the Application Form and the Operation Rules of the Festival at our website www.shortfilmfestival.gr .

Organization- Support
KOYINTA Culture Company www.kouinta-production.gr
L.A (Life n’ Art) Theater www.latheater.gr

Partner
International Nature Film Festival of Vaasa http://wildlife.vaasa.fi/index.php/en/

 

The call for submissions for the 4th edition of the Balkans beyond Borders Short Film Festival is now open. After three successive years of receiving inspiring films we are again inviting young film-makers to share their vision with us through their film-making and to "Reinvent Bridges"..  “Our contemporaneity is manifested as a time when we analyse everything. The present is not only a transitory instance, but becomes a site of permanent rewriting of the past and the future, of permanent rewriting of history.” (Boris Groys)
With the fall of the Berlin wall and with the end of the Cold War, Europe entered a new historical era. Marked by the Communist past and the European Union future many of the countries have undergone radical changes in the last 23 years. The Balkan countries and their people, though neighbours, do not share the same personal, historical, political and social experience of these changes. As a result even their expectations about the future are different.
What questions and issues about the past and the future are important for the present? How are the Balkans, with all their diversity, rewriting their past and reinventing their future? How to translate or embody this into moving images?
Young artists up to the age of 35 from the Balkan region and beyond (Southeast Europe) are invited to send their own short films related to this year’s topic.
The submission period will run from the 17th of December until the 1st of June and the festival will take place in Bucharest in September 2013.
Share your standpoint through your short film!
More information on how to apply is available on the Balkans Beyond borders website: www.balkansbeyondborders.eu, our Facebook page (Balkans Beyond Borders) and Twitter (BalkansBB).
Contact us to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organization
BBB is a non profit organization formed by nine young individuals from South East Europe. Its overall goal is to promote youth mobility and cooperation in the Balkan region and enhance the European “identity” amongst them. This is achieved in four ways: through a thematic short film festival, film making workshops, a wide network of young individuals and seminars.

During the Cannes Film Festival, ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independant Cinema) presents a programme of 9 feature films. This programme is shown at Les Arcades and Studio 13 movie theatres in Cannes.

Eligibility 
> Feature films (running time 60 minutes minimum)
> Fiction or documentary
> Screening formats in Cannes: DCP or 35 mm with french and english subtitles
> Films with no previous release in French theatres

For films without a french distributor
> Films produced for cinema  (no television film) 
> Films produced after January 2012

To Submit a film
Regulations as well as submission forms are available on our website : www.lacid.org
Participation in the ACID Cannes 2013 programme implies acceptance of the foregoing rules and regulations.
> Fully complete the submission form and send it by mail in Excel Format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
> The entry form must also be printed with signature and sent by post with 5 DVDs of the film to the following address : 
ACID / Séverine KANDELMAN
14 rue Alexandre Parodi
75010 Paris – France

Deadline for submission and reception of all elements is  Thursday March 28th 2013

ACID Programme in Cannes

Acid is a film directors association that has been promoting the diffusion of independent cinema in movie theatres for 20 years. The founding principle : the support brought by filmmakers to other filmmakers, French or foreign. Every year, ACID presents 9 films in Cannes during the festival. Films are chosen by fifteen ACID film directors. Most of these films do not have a french distributor. The aim is to give visibility and public release to new talents. ACID's support does not stop with the presentation in Cannes. The chosen directors then become members of the association. After Cannes, ACID presents the films to 40 festivals in France and abroad. The ACID Cannes programme is then shown in Paris, in 30 movie theaters in the Parisian area, in region, and internationally. 
ACID also helps the director find a distributor in France, and when one is found, works on the release (promotion / programming / Q&A’s / audience research).  ACID then promotes the film among 200 independant movie theaters. All year long, ACID also organizes Q&As, readings, concerts, in movie theaters and international festivals, in presence either of the film director, the screenplay writer, actors, or the music composer.  ACID is also : partnerships with schools, universities, associations and an audience network throughout the country. 

The 15th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century will take place from March 15 - 24, 2013. One of the festival’s main features, in cooperation with the Greek National Television (ERT S.A.), and with the support of Media Program of the European Union, is the Thessaloniki International Doc Market, which is to be held from March 17th to 23rd, 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Doc Market includes a wide variety of recent produced documentaries, which represent all the new tendencies in this domain, and offers professionals involved in the programming and acquisitions sectors of the television and cinema industry an invaluable opportunity for trade related activities in this part of the world.  The six days scheduled will be devoted to intensive screenings, participation in the festival activities and facilitation of meetings and negotiations.

30 private screenings booths will be operating for the use of participant buyers and other visitors wishing to preview documentaries. Last year we went digital and it was a big success. Participants are able to choose programs easily without the use of a DVD through the fast streaming secured close circuit server. Participants will have access to all festival related activities and public screenings. The Doc Market issues its own catalogue and a catalogue with all participant professionals.

The Thessaloniki International Doc Market gives you the opportunity to present documentaries produced within the last 2 years (not previously submitted) with a nominal participation fee of 70 Euros (for up to 6 entries).

If you are interested in participating please fill Market Form (http://www.filmfestival.gr/forms/tdf15docmarket/form.html) intended for the Market catalogue and return it to us before January 14th (attention: Yianna Sarri, Thessaloniki International DocMarket, 7, Dion. Areopagitou, 117 42 Athens, Greece, tel: 30 210 8706010, fax: 30 210 6448143, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Doc Market of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century is announcing its Call for Entries for the new coming Docs in Progress session.  The Works in Progress are opening up to documentaries (over 50 minutes) in post or under production from the Mediterranean, Central and Southeastern European regions.

The countries that are eligible to participate are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The Docs in Progress are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals only, and are presented to invited buyers, sales agents, distributors, producers and/or their representatives.

If you are in the process of shooting or in post-production please fill in the Docs in Progress Entry Form and send it to us accompanied by a selected 20 minutes excerpt or scenes of your film in DVD format.

A selection committee will preview the applications and select the films under production that are going to be presented during the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century to high level industry professionals.
 
Application deadline, February 4 2013

For applications and more information please contact Yianna Sarri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angeliki Vergou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your DVDs to:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Doc Market - Works in Progress
Ms. Yianna Sarri
7, Dion. Areopagitou 117 42
Athens – Greece

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is set to take place June 6-9, 2013, in Los Angeles.  LAGFF showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Our foremost goal is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. 

LAGFF accepts films by Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world; films about Greece or with a prevalent Greek theme; and films with an important contributor of Greek descent (writer, producer, lead actor). 

 

The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented:

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
AMOUR
France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
written & directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Michael Haneke for AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2012:
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2012:
Sean Bobbitt for SHAME

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2012:
Joe Walker for SHAME

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2012:
Maria Djurkovic for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2012:
Alberto Iglesias for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI:
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012:
HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2012:
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2012 - Prix EURIMAGES:
Helena Danielsson, Sweden

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012:
Dame Helen Mirren, UK

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012:
HASTA LA VISTA (Come As You Are)
directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven


The European Film Awards 2012 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of the Maltese Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment, the Malta Film Commission, FFA German Federal Film Board, the German State Lottery Berlin, the German State Minister for Culture and the Media, the MEDIA Programme of the EU, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Air Malta p.l.c., ARTE, CinePostproduction, EGEDA - filmotech.com, Film Corporation, GLS, MFCC, Panalight Nexos Mediterranea and ZDF.