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)

{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).

Bestows:
THE AWARDS

Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (20.000 euros)
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

Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander (10.000 euros)
ATTENBERG
By
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)
JEAN GENTIL
By
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

Best Actor Award to ANDRAS HATHAZI and YILMAZ YALCIN
in MORGEN by Marian Crisan, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

Artistic Achievement Award
ZEFIR (ZEPHYR)
By
BELMA BAS, Producers Seyhan Kaya, Birol Akbaba, Screenwriter Belma Bas, Turkey, 2010


FIPRESCI AWARDS
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
By
MARIAN CRISAN, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

For a film in the Greek Films 2010 section to APNIA (APNEA)
By
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,
LOS LABIOS (THE LIPS)
by
IVAN FUND & SANTIAGO LOZA, Producers Ivan Eibuszyc, Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza, Screenwriters Ivan Fund & Santiago Loza, Argentina, 2010


FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS
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

CINEMA AND THE CITY AWARD (10.000 euros)
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

THE GREEK FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (PEKK) AWARD
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

 


 

{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:

EUROPEAN FILM 2010
THE GHOST WRITER, France/Germany/UK
directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2010
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2010
Sylvie Testud in LOURDES

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2010
Ewan McGregorTHE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2010
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2010
Giora Bejach for LEBANON

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2010
Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2010
Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2010
Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2010- Prix FIPRESCI
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

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY - Prix ARTE 2010
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile
Directed by Patricio Guzmán

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2010
THE ILLUSIONIST by Sylvain Chomet

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2010
HANOI - WARSZAWA (Hanoi – Warsaw), Poland
by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES 2010
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, producer

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bruno Ganz, actor

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2010
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.
 
Nominees
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.

 

Presenters
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.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
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.

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


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