{mosimage}An intensive four day workshop for European and international professionals on European film finance providing an exploration and update of the latest financial developments and funding sources in Europe.

Meet the right contacts - manage the finance – make your film
Managing small to medium budget film financing
Leading experts
One to one advice
Case studies

In a time when it is not getting any easier to close the finance of a film, producers need to meet the right contacts, master the intricacies of film financing and manage complex financial and contractual issues in order to make their film happen.
The 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.

The Film Finance Forum 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.

{mosimage}The International Jury of the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Michel Demopoulos,Jury President, Film critic (Greece) Mohamed Al-Daradji, Director (Iraq) Scandar Copti, Director (Palestine) Behrooz Hashemian, Producer (Iran/USA) and Martin Schweighofer, Managing Director of the Austrian Film Commission (Austria).


Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (20.000 euros)
BOGDAN GEORGE APETRI, Producer Alexandru Teodorescu, Screenwriters Tudor Voican, Bogdan George Apetri – based on an idea by Ioana Uricaru & Cristian Mungiu, Romania/Austria, 2010

Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander (10.000 euros)
ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI, Producers Angelos Venetis, Iraklis Mavroidis, Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Maria Hatzakou, Screenwriter Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 2010

Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation - Bronze Alexander (5.000 euros)
LAURA AMELIA GUZMAN & ISRAEL CARDENAS, Producers Pablo Cruz, Bärbel Mauch, Israel Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Screenwriters Israel Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Mexico/Dominican Republic/Germany, 2010

Best Director Award to MARIAN CRISAN for
MORGEN, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

Best Screenplay Award to MAREK LECHKI for ERRATUM by Marek Lechki, Producer Marek Lechki, Poland, 2010

Best Actress Award to ANA ULARU in
PERIFERIC (Outbound), by Bogdan George Apetri, Producer Alexandru Teodorescu, Screenwriters Tudor Voican, Bogdan George Apetri – based on an idea by Ioana Uricaru & Cristian Mungiu, Romania/Austria, 2010

in MORGEN by Marian Crisan, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

Artistic Achievement Award
BELMA BAS, Producers Seyhan Kaya, Birol Akbaba, Screenwriter Belma Bas, Turkey, 2010

The 51st International Thessaloniki Film Festival FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) jury comprised of:
Annika Gustafsson, President (Sweden)
Dubravka Lakic (Serbia)
Minou Moshiri (Iran)
Chris Patmore (UK) and
Tasos Retzios (Greece)

Bestows the FIPRESCI awards:
For a film in the International Competition Section 2010 to MORGEN
MARIAN CRISAN, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

For a film in the Greek Films 2010 section to APNIA (APNEA)
ARI BAFALOUKA, Producers Ari Bafalouka, Elisavet Tsouhtidi, Screenwriter Yiannis Tsiros, Greece, 2010

HUMAN VALUES AWARD (7.500 euros)
The Hellenic Parliament TV Channel bestows the award to a film of the Independence Days ID-10 section,
IVAN FUND & SANTIAGO LOZA, Producers Ivan Eibuszyc, Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza, Screenwriters Ivan Fund & Santiago Loza, Argentina, 2010

For a film in the International Competition section
(3.000 euros)
APNEA by ARI BAFALOUKA, Greece, 2010

For a film in the Greek Films section (3.000 euros)
KANENAS (NOBODY) By CHRISTOS NIKOLERIS, Producer Yiannis Exintaris, Screenwriter Panayiotis Iosifelis, Greece, 2010

For a film in the Balkan Survey section (2.000 euros)
CIRKUS COLUMBIA By DANIS TANOVIC, Producers Cedomir Kolar, Amra Baksic Camo, Marc Bachet, Mirsad Purivatra, Screenwriters Danis Tanovic, Ivica Dikic – based on the novel Cirkus Colombia by Ivica Dikic, Bosnia&Herzegovina/France/UK/Germany/Slovenia/Belgium, 2010

For a film in the Open Horizons section (2.000 euros) EN GANSKE SNILL MAN (A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN) By
HANS PETTER MOLAND, Producers Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae, Screenwriter Hans Petter Moland, Norway, 2010

The Municipality of Thessaloniki bestows the award to a film of the International Competition section, JO POUR JONATHAN (JO FOR JONATHAN) By MAXIME GIROUX, Producer Paul Barbeau, Screenwriters Alexandre Laferriere, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 2010

BOGDAN GEORGE APETRI, Producer Alexandru Teodorescu, Screenwriters Tudor Voican, Bogdan George Apetri – based on an idea by Ioana Uricaru & Cristian Mungiu, Romania/Austria, 2010



{mosimage}The more than 2,300 members of the European Film Academy, filmmakers from across Europe, have voted for this year’s Europea Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011, the following awards were presented:

directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

Sylvie Testud in LOURDES


Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

Giora Bejach for LEBANON

Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS

Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER

Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER

LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
written & directed by Samuel Maoz
produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile
Directed by Patricio Guzmán

THE ILLUSIONIST by Sylvain Chomet

HANOI - WARSZAWA (Hanoi – Warsaw), Poland
by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, producer

Bruno Ganz, actor

Gabriel Yared, composer

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD for Best European Film 2010
MR. NOBODYwritten and directed by Jaco van Dormael
produced by Philippe Godeau


{mosimage}For ten SHOOTING STARS selected as Europe's best young actors at past editions of the Berlin International Film Festival, the upcoming European Film Awards in Estonia (December 3-5) promises to be a whirlwind weekend of events. While four SHOOTING STARS have been nominated for their artistic achievements, another six talents will have the honour of presenting the winners of the European Film Awards on stage. In addition, European Film Promotion (EFP) will introduce a group of SHOOTING STARS 2010 with their latest films at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. EFP's SHOOTING STARS programme is financially supported by its member organisations and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
Nominations for “European Actress 2010” at the upcoming European Film Awards go to this year's SHOOTING STAR Zrinka Cvitešić from Croatia for her role in On the Path by Jasmila Žbanic and Lotte Verbeek from The Netherlands for her performance in Nothing Personal by Urszula Antoniak. Moreover, nominations for “European Actor 2010” include Elio Germano, Italian SHOOTING STAR 2008, for Our Life by Daniele Luchetti and Jakob Cedergren, Danish SHOOTING STAR 2005, for Submarino by Thomas Vinterberg.


As special guests of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival which are partners of the European Film Academy this year, the following SHOOTING STARS 2010 are presenters at the European Film Award ceremony: Agata Buzek(Poland), Kryštof Hádek (Czech Republic), Edward Hogg (UK), Michele Riondino (Italy), and Pihla Viitala (Finland). Alba Rohrwacher (SHOOTING STAR Italy 2009) will also be attending to present the winners.

The Touring Shooting Stars Programme at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
On the occasion of the European Capital of Culture year Tallinn 2011,  the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (3-5 December) this year is part of Touring Shooting Stars Programme which was created as a follow-up to EFP's annual SHOOTING STARS event at the Berlinale. With the intention of increasing the awareness of European films and talent outside their country of origin, EFP is bringing six SHOOTING STARS 2010 from different European countries to the festival in Tallinn. Here, in Estonia's capital, these talented young actors will be put into the spotlight and introduced with their latest films to the press and local audiences.

In this year's circuit of The Touring Shooting Stars Programme, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the fourth and final selected festival, following the International Rome Film Festival, the US' Hamptons International Film Festival and the CPH PIX Film Festival in Copenhagen.



{mosimage}Hosting the 23rd European Film Awards Ceremony are German comedian Anke Engelke and Estonian actor Märt Avandi.

When the 1,400 guests take their seats for the 23rd European Film Awards at Tallinn's modern Nokia Concert Hall, they will be welcomed by German comedy star Anke Engelke and up-and-coming Estonian actor Märt Avandi. Last year's EFA host Anke Engelke has been producing and acting in her popular comedy show "Ladykracher" for almost ten years. Joining her on stage is Märt Avandi, a young Estonian actor, known for his comedy acts both in films and on stage, and as one half of a popular parody-duo hosting different television and live-shows.

Among the evening’s distinguished film guests will be Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, recipient of the EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Another honorary award, EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2010, will be presented to composer Gabriel Yared who will also be in Tallinn for a special film music concert with the Brussels Philharmonic.

Watch the 23rd European Film Awards: 4 December 2010 live stream on http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/

The European Film Awards 2010 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the City of Tallinn, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Public Broadcasting, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and BDG.


{mosimage}WHEN EAST MEETS WEST is a co-production event organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Regional Fund, the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with EAVE, MEDIA DESK ITALIA, ANTENNA MEDIA TORINO, and under the patronage of EURIMAGES. The aim is to encourage cooperation between Eastern European countries[1] and Italy and one other Western European country in focus (in the 2011 edition the Western selected country will be France).


After the 2010 successful edition focused on Spain, WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will be held in Trieste from the 19th to the 21st January 2011, and will bring together 14 selected producers with one project in development suitable for co-production between Eastern European countries, Italy and France.


Applicants should be experienced producers who already produced an international co-production and wish to create long term creative and business relationships between East and West. The projects should be feature films or documentaries, preferably with a minimum of 20% of the budget already in place.

All applications must include:
- producer’s CV
- CV of the writer and (if already attached) director
- company profile and track record
- synopsis (1 page maximum)
- approx. 5 – 8 page treatment / exposé in English
- financing plan

All documents must be in English and must be sent via email before December 3, 2010 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 14 selected producers will have the chance to meet individually a large panel of decision makers and film experts from both regions. One of the attending producers & projects will be awarded a scholarship for the EAVE 2011 European Producers Workshop. WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will also include a two-day Film Forum designed to investigate both the Eastern and Western audiovisual panorama through round tables, presentations and case studies.

The projects selected will be announced the 16th of December. WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will offer up to 4 nights of accommodation in Trieste and will reimburse the travel expenses to all 14 producers selected.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their features, documentaries and shorts for consideration to the 2011 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF), to be held June 9-12, 2011 in Los Angeles.


Eligible films include works by Greek filmmakers and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide; films about Greece; Greek and Cypriot productions or co-productions; as well as films by emerging US and local filmmakers with a prevalent Greek theme.

Films by Greek directors, writers, and producers; films by actors in starring roles; co-directors, co-writers and co-producers are also eligible. Must be credited.

2011 submission deadlines:
Regular: February 21
Late: March 7

More info: http://lagff.org/submissions/filmsubmission/

{mosimage}Under the joint Patronage of the Ministers of Culture of Lebanon and Greece, Mr. Salim Wardy and Mr. Pavlos Geroulanos, and with the support of the Embassy of Greece in Beirut,
{mosimage}The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2010 – PRIX ARTE. A committee consisting of EFA Board Member Despina Mouzaki (Greece), EFA Members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Francine Brücher (Switzerland), experts Claas Danielsen (International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film), Ally Derks (director IDFA, the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (producer, Belgium) has chosen three films for a nomination.

For the first time, the nominated documentary films will now be made available to all 2,300 members of the European Film Academy who will vote for the winner.

Nominated are:

ARMADILLO, Denmark/Sweden
directed by Janus Metz
produced by Ronnie Fridthjof & Sara Stockman

MIESTEN VUORO (Steam of Life), Finland/Sweden written & directed by Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen produced by Joonas Berghäll

NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile written & directed by Patricio Guzmán produced by Renate Sachse

In association with the European culture channel ARTE, the winner will be presented at the 23rd European Film Awards on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

The European Film Awards 2010 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the City of Tallinn, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Public Broadcasting, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and BDG.


{mosimage}Admitted to the contest are digital documentary short films (maximum duration: 10 minutes including credits), to show the world which artistic achievements of the last years have strongly influenced the culture of a country.


The films should ideally be a collaboration of film-makers and art historians / artists. This includes also students of the respective fields.

The contest's framework is set by six categories and their disciplines, which represent contemporary or traditional aspects: Acoustic Arts, Performing Arts, Lingual Arts, Visual Arts, Social Arts and Ecological Arts.

Answers to these questions are expected: What do national identity and tradition mean to contemporary art? What makes art fascinating? Which artistic achievements have coined the culture of a country the most in the last years? How can enthusiasm for art be conveyed to an uninvolved audience?

Contest: March 9th – March 13th at the ITB Berlin 2011

The period for submitting the DVDs and registration form is from December 1st, 2010 to January 31st, 2011.

No entry fee. Contest announcement and registration download at: www.delphic.org/english/08projects/dama.htm

EDN – European Documentary Network is calling for art documentary projects for their second EDN Online Pitching Session happening on December 9, 2010.
{mosimage}In its fourth year running, the New York City Greek Film Festival is “getting better and better every year” states Stamatis Ghikas, its festival manager. This year the opening night held in Astoria, Queens will be October 23rd and opening night in Manhattan will be October 26th.

The NYC Greek Film Festival is presented annually by the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s festival, which was supported by grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Southern Star Shipping, and other donations from the business and private sectors, surpassed all expectations.  3,748 people came to watch the films over the festival’s two week run. The planning has already started and the festival is scheduled to open in late October.

This year’s films are:

BLACK FIELD (MAVRO LIVADI) Direction by Vardis Marinakis (Adults only)
In 1654, a wounded soldier seeking refuge in a remote cloister is nursed back to health by a young nun. The relationship between the two deepens, causing discontent in the convent. The two escape into the Greek countryside where the nun’s shocking revelation will become the catalyst for an encounter of raw sexuality. Stunningly photographed, this film won the Hellenic Film Academy’s award for best cinematography earlier this year.

THE BUILDING MANAGER (O DIAHIRISTIS) Direction by Periklis Hoursoglou (Adults only)
A family man assumes more responsibilities than he can handle when he takes over the management of his mother’s apartment building. But it is his affair with a woman half his age that precipitates his mid-life crisis and threatens the sanctity of his marriage and his family.

DOGTOOTH (KYNODONTAS) Direction by Yorgos Lanthimos (Adults only)
This controversial film that is finding audiences everywhere it plays focuses on a dysfunctional family, its three teenagers kept completely cut off from the world by their parents in an alternately nightmarish and surreal experiment of manipulation and suppression. Winner of the UnCertain regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, this film was named Best Picture of the Year by the Hellenic Film Academy. It is Greece’s entry for Best Foreign Film Academy Award consideration this year.

Four desperate undertakers accept an odd assignment for the money. They are to carry the body of a deceased immigrant on foot, from Athens to the village of his birth. Everything goes wrong along the way in this sometimes surreal comedy, but the men get more out of the misadventure than they bargained for.

THE ISLAND (NISOS) Direction by Christos Dimas (Adults only)
The death of a prominent citizen reveals the corruption that festers behind closed doors on a seemingly serene Greek island. No one escapes being tainted—not the local politician, nor the teacher, nor the priest! This film broke box office records in its commercial release in Greece earlier this year.

PLATO’S ACADEMY (AKADIMIA PLATONOS) Direction by Filippos Tsitos
In the quiet Plato’s Academy neighborhood of Athens, four ethnocentric Greek slackers spend their days watching industrious immigrants working all around them. When one of the four discovers his Albanian heritage, their smug outlook, not to mention their friendship, is severely challenged. This film won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009, and its male lead, ,Antonis Kafetzopoulos, was named best actor. The film was shown at the Venice Film Festival last month.

STRELLA: A WOMAN’S WAY (STRELLA) Direction by Panos Koutras (Adults only)
Released from prison after serving a long sentence, a man begins an affair with a pre-op transsexual, never imagining how much they actually have in common. This film premiered at the Berlin Film festival in 2009 and has since been shown at more than twenty festivals around the world. It won four Hellenic Film Academy Awards earlier this year, including the best actress award for Mina Orfanou, who plays Strella.

WITH HEART AND SOUL (PSYCHI VATHIA) Direction by Pandelis Voulgaris
Two brothers, seventeen and fifteen year old shepherds from the mountains of western Macedonia, find themselves on opposite sides of the brutal Greek Civil War. Master filmmaker Pandelis Voulgaris has dedicated his epic film to the thousands of victims who lost their lives on both sides of the conflict that no one won but that Greece lost.

COLOSSI OF LOVE Direction by Nikos Mystriotis
This funny and revealing documentary goes to Rhodes, the island of Aphrodite, to relive the days of the kamaki (Greek for harpoon) suitors, men who perfected the art of seducing foreign tourists visiting Greece in the 1970s and 80s.

AMERICA, AMERICA Direction, screenplay by Elia Kazan
One of the most stunningly poetic and powerful immigration sagas ever filmed, this epic tale is loosely based upon the life of Kazan’s uncle Stavros. Leaving his impoverished village in Turkish Anatolia for Constantinople, the young man eventually fulfills his obsessive dream of coming to America, but not before he faces cruelties and betrayals along the way.

DARK ODYSSEY Direction by William Kyriakis and Radley Metzger
Shot mostly in Washington Heights in the 1950s, this early American independent film tells the gripping story of a Greek sailor, played by Athan Karras, who jumps ship in New York Harbor and goes looking for the man who assaulted his sister. When he falls in love with a compassionate Greek American girl, the sailor finds himself torn between love and machismo. This film is being shown as a tribute to actor and dance historian Athan Karras , who died earlier this year.

Information from usa.greekreporter.com