{mosimage}Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) has announced the 2011 line-up of films for its 5th annual Festival, which runs June 9-12 at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Seven feature films, five documentaries and nine shorts, including three world premieres, ten US premieres and eight  LA premieres will be presented during the 4-day Festival. The Festival has also added an industry panel “Crossing Borders: Foreign Films in Hollywood” to the schedule this year.
"This year's films represent all facets of Greek life ¬– humor, music, wine, erotica, and family... with a twist!  Los Angeles audiences will not be disappointed," says Ersi Danou, LAGFF co-founder.
"The growing Greek film community is rapidly proving itself a formidable source of truly groundbreaking cinema and I am proud to help bring these incredible works to the Los Angeles screen." states Owen Ward, Director of Programming.
Opening night gala will showcase Lea Binzer's  documentary PELICAN'S WATCH about a small community of elders on the island of Santorini charged with the unique duty to preserve the traditions of vine-growing and winemaking in the face of changing times that threaten their ancient and world-renowned art. The screening will be followed by a reception featuring some of the top Greek wines.  Santorini winemakers and the filmmakers are expected to attend. On Friday June 10, LAGFF presents the US premiere of Roy Sher's MY SWEET CANARY, a documentary that recounts the story of Roza Eskenazy, the Diva of Rebetiko or “Greek Blues," whose music shaped the soundtrack of Greece and Asia Minor for almost a century.
The Festival organizers are thrilled to present the Los Angeles premiere of the critically acclaimed drama/comedy A WOMAN'S WAY (STRELLA) produced and directed by Panos Koutras, written by Panajotis Evangelidis and Panos Koutras, starring Mina Orfanou, Yanis Kokiasmenos and Minos Theoharis ¬– a daring film about the relationship of newly released convict Yorgos and the matriarchal transsexual Strella. The film will be shown Saturday evening June 11, at 9:30 pm.

In addition, LAGFF is proud to present the US premiere of Yannis Economides' fearless and artful KNIFER, top winner of the Hellenic Film Academy awards, a story set against the milieu of a decaying middle class where right and wrong seem interchangeable.
The legendary music composer Mikis Theodorakis will be presented with a Honorary Orpheus Award during the awards ceremony on Sunday, June 12, at the Writers Guild Theatre. The award acknowledges his body of work in the world of music and contribution to world cinema with scores for milestone films such as Z, SERPICO, STATE OF SIEGE, and ZORBA THE GREEK. Accepting the Orpheus on his behalf will be Asteris Koutoulas, a longtime collaborator as well as the director of the featured documentary MIKIS THEODORAKIS, COMPOSER, which will be shown on Saturday, June 11.
The Festival comes to a close Sunday, June 12 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a Gala event and world premiere of BURNING HEADS (To Gala), directed by Giorgos Siougas, screenplay by Vassilis Katsikonouris with the collaboration of Nikos Vouteniotis, produced by Christos Konstadakopoulos, Manos Krezias, Kostas Labropoulos, Dionisis Samiotis, with  Promitheas Aliferopoulos, Ionna Tsirigouli, Omiros Poulakis, Iro Bezou, and Demitris Mavros. This poignant story, based on the Greek play  To Gala by Katsikonouris is a hardcore look at immigration and resulting family dynamics in Greece today.  When Russian immigrant Adonis introduces his bride-to-be to his mother and schizophrenic brother, deep-rooted rifts within their family explode as Adonis seeks to ease his guilt and his mother tries to restore the bond their family once knew in their long-lost homeland.

Immediately preceding the feature LAGFF will host its closing night Orpheus Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Angelo Tsarouchas. The evening ends with sumptuous Mediterranean food reception. The reception, to be sponsored   by world-renowned Greek-owned Earth Friendly Products, will be green-themed in support of green action in Greece and around the world.
Co-founder Angeliki Giannakopoulos adds, "We are also pleased to expand the festival beyond the Greek borders to address the changes that are happening within the independent film distribution arena as a whole.  We have added the ‘Crossing Borders:  Foreign Films in Hollywood’ panel with experts who are able to address new avenues outside the traditional route." 

Special Industry Panel
Crossing Borders: Foreign Films in Hollywood
The age of global interconnectedness is shaping the ways films are made, distributed and exhibited in the US and abroad, while the dividing lines between foreign films, independent productions and Hollywood studio films are beginning to blur. For the first time in the history of American cinema, Hollywood studios have set up international offices to facilitate local productions filmed in the local language. Similarly, foreign films may be facing a newly kindled interest in the US. While still marginal players in the US distribution and exhibition domains, foreign films have a growing effect on both studio and independent domestic filmmaking, shown by an increasing number of international co-productions and Hollywood studio remakes.
This panel will address questions on the future potential of foreign films in the broader international market, including issues such as international representation and the use of alternative distribution and marketing resources.
The 5th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) runs from June 9-12 at Laemmle's Sunset 5, located at 8000 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. Closing night will take place at the Writers Guild Theater at 135 S. Doheny in Beverly Hills.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online via the LAGFF website at LAGFF.org beginning Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Elite Pass Members are $300 online and $350 at the door (includes VIP preferred seating to all films, opening and closing night tickets, and access to all events – industry, panel and seminar).  General film tickets are $12 each.  For more information, including how to purchase Screening Passes, Event information and Elite Passes, please visit http://lagff.org

NOTE: All films include English subtitles, except (*) indicates English original language.

About Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The 5th annual Los Angeles Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide to promote and nurture Greek Cinema while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. The Festival also offers screenings of film masterworks, seminars on important contemporary film issues, and tributes to significant filmmakers and performers of Greek origin. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. www.lagreekfilmfestival.org

 

 

 


Storydoc is a training programme with the focus on the development of documentary projects – www.storydoc.gr. The Projects wanted should have a strong Mediterranean connection.  The call is open to filmmakers from the Region, other filmmakers with a project that deals with the area as well as to Palestinian and other filmmakers from the region. 20 projects will be selected, plus 5 from Greece and STORYDOC will offer 5 scholarships to the selected projects.

The selected creative documentary projects will be developed through two sessions tutored by experienced documentary directors, commissioning editors, producers, editors and generalists. At the second session pitching will be organized to extra 10-15 commissioning editors and distributors.

The work will be performed in groups and on an individual basis. There will be work on treatments, scripts as well as on visuals (trailers, demos, teasers). Inspirational lectures will be held on several documentary relevant subjects. Main focus is the creative process of developing film projects to secure quality and originality.

The Participants will be documentary professionals and filmmakers (including authors, directors, producers, screenwriters, and consultants) with experience in their local environment, aiming at working on an international level. A strong impact will be put on networking between the participating filmmakers and producers as well as broadcasters. Collaboration will be encouraged between Mediterranean producers from the South and the North.

Between the two sessions the participants will be offered online consultancy from selected tutors.
New Deadline for submission of projects is May 4.
We ask for a two page written presentation of the project (synopsis, treatment, visual style, cv's, status of the project) plus eventual trailer or other kind of visual material connected to the project.

The sessions in 2011:
1st session in Corfu July 11-15. See July 2010: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OavAEuqajnA) .
2nd session in Athens late November 26-30.
-   a special session is planned to take part in Ramallah March 25-27.
Price for participation: 400 euros per one person, 250 euros for the second person per project and for the observers 200 euros  (this includes all lunches and coffee breaks , one dinner per session and special discount for hotel accomodation)

Documentary consultant Tue Steen Muller is the Head of Studies.
Project manager is the broadcaster Kostas Spiropoulos.

The Storydoc Tutor Team: Emma Davie (UK), Mikael Opstrup(EDN/Denmark) Niels Pagh Andersen(Denmark), Iikka Vehkalahti (Finland), Jordi Ambros (Spain), Louise Rosen (USA), Peter Symes (UK), Stan Neumann (France), Madeleine Avramoussis (France), Sanna Salmenkallio (Finland), Kathrin Brinkmann (Germany), Rea Apostolides (Greece), Ann Julienne (France), Illia Papaspirou (Greece), Eva Stefani (Greece), Gena Theodosievska (Fyrom),George Khleifi (Palestine).

Storydoc is organised in collaboration with ERT and EDN.
Projects and queries: STORYDOC,
Att: Chara Lampidou,Event Manager
19, Mithimnis str, 112 57 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 210 8663963  -Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

{mosimage}The Erich Pommer Institut, Potsdam (Germany), Strategic Partners, Halifax (Canada) and IFP, New York (USA) proudly present a three-module, intensive training and networking Program.

Application deadline is March 22nd, 2011.

TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS (TAP) offers a combination of hands-on training with effective networking and targeted project partner search. The program includes participation at Strategic Partners, Canada’s premier international co-production event as well as at IFP’s prestigious Independent Film Week, the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene.

Module 1: June 21st – 26th, 2011 in Berlin
Module 2: September 14th – 19th, 2011 in Halifax
Module 3: September 19th – 22nd, 2011 in New York

Participants benefit by
•    Developing specific skills in international co-production/co-venturing
•    Learning from key professionals from both sides of the Atlantic
•    Receiving up-to-date information on film funds and tax incentives
•    Discovering new international partners and projects
•    Accessing top industry players to discuss their projects in 1-2-1 meetings
•    Participating in excellent networking opportunities

ApplicationTRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS is designed for independent producers with more than five years of professional experience in the film and television industry and at least one feature film or TV series produced.Applicants with projects attached will be given priority status.Please find the application form and guidelines at www.coproduction-training.com.Participation Fee€ 1.800 (approx. USD 2.300 / CAD 2.400 - current rate) This Fee includes:1.    Registration fees for Module 1, 2 and 3, Strategic Partners and Independent Film Week2.    Accommodation and meals in Berlin (5 nights), in Halifax (5 nights), and in New York (4 nights)
www.coproduction-training.com
Supported by MEDIA MUNDUS and Telefilm Canada - Contact: Nadja Radojevic, EPI | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | +49 331 7212885

{mosimage}For the third time in 2011, EAVE will organize a workshop for Latin American and European producers in cooperation with BAL and the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijon supported by MEDIA MUNDUS: The PUENTES Europe-Latin America Producers Workshop.
PUENTES consists of two workshops, workshop 1 taking place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) between April 7-11, 2011 within the framework of the BAFICI (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) and workshop 2 being organized in Gijon (Spain) in November during the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijon (TBC).

The workshop will enable feature film producers from both continents to work together in two four-day workshops and will offer the 10 selected participants:
-  top level professional and project development,
- work on the comprehensive development of European and Latin American projects,
- cooperation and co-production on these and future projects,
- the creation of in-depth awareness of the audiovisual market and operating conditions, legal frameworks, financing, sales, distribution and exhibition practices in both continents,
- networking between the participants and their companies to create medium and long term co-financing and co-production relationships,
- access to a network of producers, markets, festivals and decision makers in both continents.

Target group: Experienced feature film producers in their own countries wishing to work on an international scale and to create long term creative and business relationships between Europe and Latin America. Interested producers should apply with a feature film project in development stage.European producers applying must be able to demonstrate a clear involvement with Latin America and vice versa. In exceptional cases, we can also consider applications of producers without project. Applications with project will be given priority.Project criteria:- feature-length fiction film (for theatrical release)- projects suitable for an international co-production and looking for co-producers- preferably a minimum of 20% should be in place- projects suggested by European applicants should have a link to Latin America (thematic, cultural, technical) and the producer should be motivated to work with / in Latin America and vice versa- projects suggested by Latin American applicants should have a potential for co-production- producers must have completed at least one film released theatrically in the last 3 years- 1st draft of the script must be available in English for the workshopApplication documents:- completed submission form (available for download on www.eave.org)- synopsis & treatment (8-10 pages max.)- CV of the producer and the director- profile of the production company- note of intention of the producer & note of intention of the director- motivation letter (1 page)- previous works of the directorScripts are to be sent only on request.All documents have to be sent in English - the working language of the workshop will be English.

NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 7, 2011.

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be published by the end of February, 2011.

If you wish to have further information, please contact:
For applications from Europe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For applications from Latin America: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.bafici.gov.ar/ / http://www.puentesworkshop.com/ / http://www.eave.org/ 
{mosimage}BABYLON provides high-level, project-based training and mentorship for film producer/writer-director teams seeking to broaden their access to the international film industry.In a major new initiative funded by the EU’s MEDIA MUNDUS and the NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION, European and African filmmakers will have the opportunity to work together on script and story development skills, production technique, and access to the international marketplace via the programme’s network of industry consultants which include funders, international sales agents and distributors.The 2011 programme includes:

-      a 5-day intensive development workshop for 15 selected projects May 2011, in Berlin, Germany;  with script consultancy, screenings, case studies and networking forums
-      individual mentoring from Babylon experts during the script rewrite and preparation phase from May to September
-      a 7 to 9 day production lab based at the Nigerian Film Institute in Abuja, which consolidates the script development of each project and gives filmmaking teams the opportunity to workshop scenes from their films or produce promotional short films based on their feature-film material
-      five selected projects will be presented to distributors, sales agents and co-producers at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012

Visit www.babylon-film.eu now for details on who should apply and how to apply.Deadline for applications: 7th of March 2011    
{mosimage}This year at the first summer Doc/Fest in June (8-12),  StoryDoc will be coordinating a Delegation to Doc/Fest and you can be part of it. If you are not Greek but you have participated at 2005-2010 History Doc and StoryDoc workshops, you can be part of the delegation.
Over the past 18 years Doc/Fest has proven to be a catalyst for creative development and decision making within the documentary and cross media community, providing a platform for the leading Decision Makers and creative brains to meet and discuss future work within the intimate settings of the Festival.
At Doc/Fest you will find 5 days of packed conference sessions and discussions, including the Crossover Summit on the Wednesday, dedicated Interactive Media sessions on the Thursday, a day for crowd-sourced and crowd-funded content on the Saturday, and a day for social media on the Sunday. In 2011, Doc/Fest will be packed with interactive and cross-media activity, as well as documentary and linear factual media.
Doc/Fest includes MeetMarket, now established as one of the world’s major documentary and cross-media pitching forums. To apply please follow this link. https://sheffdocfest.com/meetmarket. Please note, being part of the Delegation does not guarantee inclusion in MeetMarket, it does however offer you extended opportunities to connect to the industry whether you have been selected or not to MeetMarket or the Film Programme.
Being part of the delegation will provide you with coverage in the festival catalogue, opportunities to attend the Round Table sessions, Speed dating sessions and Commissioning Panels.

There is the opportunity to upgrade your pass to a Mentorship pass which will provide you with personalised Mentorship before, during and after the festival by Charlie Phillips, Marketplace Director and Karolina Lidin, Executive Producer, MeetMarket and Industry expert. They will be able to advise you regarding setting up meetings and how to use the festival and your experience at the festival to the fullest advantage. They will also be available to discus your MeetMarket submission with you to make sure you have the best chance available to be selected to MeetMarket.

To find out more about being part of the Greek Delegation to Doc/Fest and discounted registration, please contact Kostas Spiropoulos, Founder and President of Storydoc and Chara Lampidou via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The deadline for applications is February 13th.
{mosimage}In June 2011 the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival travels to Athens. This year, similar to last year, young artists from the Balkan region and beyond (Southeast Europe) up to the age of 30 are invited to create their own short films on a pre-defined subject. Entries are accepted from the 1st of November 2010 until the 31st of March 2011.  This year’s edition will tackle the topical subject of crises, and aspiring artists will be invited to address the question of “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Crises?”.

Crises have always been a reality in people’s lives and most of the time we are facing difficult situations which confront us to the different faces of crisis. But how do we define crises and what are we afraid of? Can crises serve as opportunities?

The festival addresses young people, up to 30 years old, interested in creatively expressing their ideas about the Balkans region through film making. Balkans Beyond Borders encourages all young people to participate regardless their social, cultural or religious background.

The films can be documentaries or fiction, animations, recorded performances and they must address the subject of the call, having no more than 30 minutes length. The official language of the competition is English.

More information on how to apply is available on the Balkans Beyond Borders website: http://www.balkansbeyondborders.eu/.

Balkans beyond Borders (BBB), a non- profit organization, intends to promote cooperation in the Balkans and encourage  young artists to reflect on current political and economical issues in their region.  BBB started as an Initiative in the framework of Southeast Europe and the EU Leadership and Development Programme (LDP) and is now a non-profit organization based in Athens with the  purpose of  promote intercultural dialogue and an innovative way of learning through the art of film-making and image. Moreover, BBB aims to support young artists from Balkans and promote their work on both local and European level.
To this aim, the Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival will travel to a different Balkan city each year addressing a different subject. The Festival will be reinforced by a number of supporting activities throughout the year including, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, other cultural events, as well as collaborations with local and international film festivals.
Film Finance Forum 2011 takes place during March 31 - April 3 in Luxembourg. It is an intensive four day workshop for European and international professionals on European film finance. The EAVE Film Finance Forum provides an exploration and update of the latest financial developments and funding sources in Europe. It includes sessions on public and private finance, co-production, tax incentives, the sales and distribution market, banking services and new industry trends. Since most films produced in Europe are made with low to medium budgets, the Finance Forum will focus on its participants' real financial situation and provide them with solutions adapted to their needs and projects.

How does it work?
The workshop takes the form of an inclusive round table with presentations on various up-to-date topics followed by open discussion with the participants and leading industry experts from the finance and film businesses. In order to achieve a maximum level of interactivity the total number of participants is limited. This enables an approach focused on a small group and the specific needs of each participant as well as facilitating networking between participants and experts.

Leading European experts
The Film Finance Forum's team is composed of leading experts (subject to change). The 2010 edition included: Christian Kmiotek (Head of Studies, Film Finance Forum & CFO, Samsa Film), Stéphane Cordier (Cofiloisirs), Joëlle Levie (independent finance expert), Chris Paton (Fortissimo Films), Katrine Schlüter-Schierbeck (Johan Schlüter advokatfirma), Bernhard Stampfer (Vice-President, Deutsche Bank), Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film) and Max Wiedemann (Wiedemann & Berg Film).

Who can apply?
The Film Finance Forum is targeted to producers and associated film industry professionals, members of the financial and legal communities, policy makers, and consultants. It is also open to non-EU applicants, thanks to the support of MEDIA Mundus (tbc). The selection of the candidates is based on the application file submitted by each applicant according to the form provided. EAVE evaluates the quality of the candidate's company, his/her and the company's track record and the level of professional background of the candidate(s). Priority is given to applicants working within independent and/or small and medium sized companies.

Deadline for applications: February 24, 2011. 

{mosimage}At the eighth Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 13 to 15, 2011), the producers and directors of 38 selected film projects from 25 countries worldwide will meet with 450 potential co-production and financing partners. For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market team will arrange numerous one-on-one meetings with interested potential partners. The schedule for the over 1000 meetings in two days will be tailored to the concrete individual needs and wishes of the participants, and the priorities of the projects.

{mosimage}TorinoFilmLab launches a new call for participants who wish to take part in a workshop that focuses on the dynamics of developing a pre-selected transmedia project in a team. The project at the centre of this year’s workshop is written and developed by Michel Reilhac and will be presented in more detail to the participants only.

The selected group will be part of a Writer’s Room, working together under the guidance of tutor and story editor Gino Ventriglia and will lab this project through 10 months of development, thereby experimenting the team process, finding ways to work together, and exploring ways on how to best develop a transmedia project. The project, which already has a producer attached, will be developed by the group along with its author, who will participate in the residential sessions. The aim of the group work process is to enrich the project, pre-selected for its quality and value, by developing various aspects of it (events, gaming, film and so on). The group will present the results of their work at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event in November.

Who can apply?
This call is international and is aimed at professionals working within cross-media and transmedia, such as story architects, games writers, audience engagement designers, writers (script, TV, journalists etc.) and producers, who have experience within cross-media production. Applicants are encouraged to keep in mind that the Writer’s Room is about the process, about collaborative strategies and immersing oneself in this joint exploration of transmedia project development.

Workshops
There will be 3 weeklong workshops in March (Sweden), June (France) and November (Italy) 2011 and each workshop will introduce a new guest trainer and a new area of development. In between workshops there will be Skype follow-ups. The Writer’s Room-group will work alongside the 4 script development groups, exchanging experiences along the way and meeting with the rest of the Script&Pitch participants – creating one big group.

How to apply
The deadline for applications is January 30th, 2011.
Up to 5 participants will be selected to take part in the Writer’s Room, preferably coming from different fields of storytelling and with diverse backgrounds, so as to support the teamwork aspects of the workshop.

Participation fees
The course fee for participants from all eligible countries is 1.500 Euro. This amount covers workshop training, on-line sessions, accommodation and subsistence. Participants must pay all travel costs. In many countries bursaries and scholarships are available for this kind of training.


Please find all information on how to apply, scholarships, etc. on our website: http://www.torinofilmlab.it/training.php

 

{mosimage}The Ministry of Education and Culture announces that the 9th CYPRUS FILM DAYS -International Film Festival 2011, co-organised with the Rialto theatre has been upgraded to an international competition festival. The festival, which is being held for the 9th time this year, will host an international competition section titled “Glocal Images” in which film-makers from around the globe and Cyprus are invited to submit their films. 
The films in the competition section will be selected by the festival’s artistic committee: Adonis Florides (film director/writer), Dr. Costas Constandinides (Lecturer in Film Studies) and Constantinos Sarkas (Film Journalist). This year’s festival will take place from 8 to 17th of April 2011 in Nicosia and Limassol as in previous years.
The showcasing of Cinematic excellence is at the heart of Cyprus Film Days since its first edition in 2003. Therefore, the artistic committee is looking for independent works that frame the diversity of local cultures and present innovative approaches to subject matters that can be addressed to an international audience.
An international Jury made up of leading figures of the international film industry and whose names will be announced at a later date will award the following prizes:
-Best Film Award accompanied by the amount of 7,000 Euros
-2nd Best Film Award accompanied by the amount of 3.000 Euros.
An exciting year lies ahead for the festival with the addition of the International Competition Section for feature-length films with the aim of discovering new talents and new stories from all over the world.

 

Interested parties are called upon to submit an entry form by 15 February 2011.
The entry form and all terms and conditions can be found on http://www.cyprusfilmdays.com/
and http://www.filmfestival.com.cy/

For further information contact (+357) 25343902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

{mosimage}Ten talented European newcomers will find themselves in the spotlight as participants in the 14th SHOOTING STARS showcase taking place February 12-14 at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. Selected from a 'longlist' of 25 candidates proposed by member organisations of European Film Promotion (EFP), the ten young actors were chosen by a jury of established film industry professionals for their outstanding work in feature films. SHOOTING STARS is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

The ten SHOOTING STARS 2011 are:
United Kingdom: Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock)
Albania: Nik Xhelilaj (The Albanian)
Croatia: Marija Skaričić (Mother of Asphalt)
Germany: Alexander Fehling (Goethe!)
F. Y. Rep. of Macedonia: Natasha Petrovic (As If I Am Not There)                          
Ireland: Domhnall Gleeson (True Grit)
Sweden: Alicia Vikander (Pure)
Spain: Clara Lago (Bunker)
The Netherlands: Sylvia Hoeks (Tirza)
Denmark: Pilou Asbæk (R)