MIDPOINT Intensive @KVIFF 2017

MIDPOINT Intensive Experts

Naomi Foner Naomi Foner

Naomi Foner has spent her career as a screenwriter exploring the exquisite complications of family. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received the PEN West and Golden Globe Awards for her screenplay Running on Empty, starring River Phoenix and directed by Sidney Lumet. She also wrote and produced A Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah, and Bee Season. Very Good Girls, which she wrote and directed, stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by Tribeca Films. She is currently adapting Reconstructing Amelia for HBO and Nicole Kidman and developing an original television series with producer Lianne Halfon of Mr. Mudd. 

She began her career as a producer for the Children’s Television Workshop, and was involved with the development of both Sesame Street and The Electric Company, as well as the drama series The Best of Families, during her years at public television. She currently serves on the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Nichols Fellowship selection committee. Additionally, Foner is co-chair of the Scripter Awards and has taught at Columbia, UCLA and USC film schools. She also has an ongoing interest in progressive politics; she has been on the board of 826LA, and is an active supporter of the ACLU as well as The Nation Magazine. She is most proud of her children, her grandgirls and the Blue Ribbon she earned for her carrots at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair.


Erik Jendersen Erik Jendersen

As co-creator, lead writer, and supervising producer of the miniseries Band of Brothers for HBO in 2001, Erik Jendresen was one of the recipients of that year's Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. As a writer, producer, and showrunner for television, his projects include Killing Lincoln for the National Geographic Channel; Special, a series based on the documentary filmmakers of the 1960s for (with Marti Noxon, also for Nat Geo); a series based on the stories of the French Foreign Legion (with Dimitri Rassam); a series based on the Francis Ford Coppola film, The Conversation (with Christopher McQuarrie); The Pony Express (with Robert Duvall); an eight-hour adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s novel, Wicked (ABC); The 43, a six-hour mini-series about WWII British ex-servicemen fighting fascism on their home soil (BBC/NBC); A Slave in the White House, an eight-hour miniseries chronicling the story of James Madison’s slave, Paul Jennings (with Tyger Williams, for ABC); Castner’s Cutthroats, a six-hour miniseries about the Battle of the Aleutians (Discovery Channel);

No Man’s Land, a twelve-hour miniseries about the European Theater of the war to end all war (with Christopher McQuarrie); Rocket Men, a ten-hour miniseries about Wernher von Braun and the men who took us to the moon and beyond; Climb to Conquer, a ten-hour miniseries about the 10th Mountain Division in World War II (with Wildwood); and Shot All to Hell, a four-hour miniseries about the James-Younger Gang and the Northfield, Minnesota, raid (TNT). As a writer/producer for film, his current projects include Mission: Blacklist (directed by Rodrigo Cortés), Saint-Ex (directed by Christopher McQuarrie), Solo (directed by Antonio Banderas), an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ The Man Who Fell To Earth (directed by David Slade), Aloft (developed with Robert Redford), The Mariner (directed by Christopher McQuarrie for Twentieth Century Fox).  He lives on a 105-year-old Dutch former-naval vessel in Sausalito, California and on the Catawba River, North Carolina.


The Candlemaker
Свеќарката


Macedonia
Directed by: Svetozar Ristovski
Scriptwriter: Svetozar Ristovski
Producer: Svetozar Ristovski


Synopsis

The Candlemaker recounts the story of a woman who starts suspecting her husband of hurting her when she’s asleep, or when she “loses time”, various periods of amnesia when she can’t remember anything, and she fears that ultimately he’s trying to kill her. Burdened by her suspicions, she develops paranoia, which leads her into a nightmare world of uncertainty, guilt, and psychosis


Writer’s Biography

Svetozar Ristovski graduated Film and TV Directing at the Faculty for Dramatic Arts in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He works as screenwriter, director and producer since 2001. His films were screened in official selections and competitions at the most prestigious film festivals around the world: Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Tokyo, SXSW, Warsaw, Santa Barbara, Jerusalem, Vancouver etc. He was selected “Producer on the Move” by the European Film Promotion in 2015.

Producer’s Biography

Svetozar Ristovski graduated Film and TV Directing at the Faculty for Dramatic Arts in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He works as screenwriter, director and producer since 2001. His films were screened in official selections and competitions at the most prestigious film festivals around the world: Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Tokyo, SXSW, Warsaw, Santa Barbara, Jerusalem, Vancouver etc. He was selected “Producer on the Move” by the European Film Promotion in 2015.



Contact / Presenters

Svetozar Ristovski | Writer, Director, Producer
Email: svetozar@smallmovesfilms.com
Mobile: +1 778 928 4078, +389 70 315 761

From Space with Love
От космоса с любов


Bulgaria
Directed by: Yassen Genadiev
Scriptwriter: Yassen Genadiev
Producer: Gergana Stankova


Synopsis

Bulgaria, 1990. Angelina (14) is smart, beautiful and has the unusual ability to heal people with her energy. She practises this esoteric activity at home, secretly from her father, Anton (37), but strongly encouraged by her mother, Lora (36). When Lora loses her job and the family situation starts getting worse, the woman interprets this as a clear sign for the long-awaited arrival of the extra-terrestrials on Earth and the consequent new order in which she and her daughter will play an essential role. Lora makes Angelina quit school, so they both can dedicate themselves completely to the Mission. When Angelina fails to cure the progressive blindness of one of her patients, the faith in the special Mission is undermined. Angelina gets depressed and starts realising that Lora constantly changes her revolutionary theories in order to fit the reality. The girl spins relentlessly into the destructive spiral of loneliness and isolation.

Writer’s Biography

Yassen Genadiev is a Bulgarian writer/director. He got his BA in Media Languages in 2007 and his MA in Theory and Techniques of Media Communication in 2010, both at the Catholic University in Milan. Later, in 2014 he completed a Directing MA at the Milan Film and Television School “Luchino Visconti”. His previous short films Little Talks (2014), Shooting Star (screenwriter, 2015) and Prelude (screenwriter, 2016) were screened and awarded at numerous festivals. His latest short film Rules is currently in the festival circuit. He is developing a feature film (From Space with Love).

Producer’s Biography

Gergana Stankova holds a Master Degree in Journalism and PR from Sofia University. She accomplished a Master Program in Audiovisual Management /MEGA/, at Media Business School in Ronda, Spain in 2004 and was selected for participation at European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs /EAVE/ in 2013. For 7 years she worked for Boyana Film Studios. In 2006 Gergana set up Menclips, which has produced a number of films including: The Singing Shoes by Radoslav Spassov – Special Jury Prize “Silver George”, Moscow 2016, Radiogram by Rouzie Hasanova – recently finished, Rules – a short by Yassen Genadiev, etc.

Contact / Presenters

Yassen Genadiev | Writer, Director
Email: yassen.genadiev@hotmail.com
Mobile: +359 886 551 850

Gergana Stankova | Producer
Email: gstankova@gmail.com
Mobile: +359 888 732 320

Living
Živi


Serbia
Directed by: Vuk Ršumovic
Scriptwriter: Vuk Ršumović
Producer: Mirko Bojović


Synopsis

Radovan (42), a Serbian farmer turned smuggler, picks up a group of migrants crossing border. Among them is a young woman Boushra (25) holding her sick daughter Aya (6). Radovan’s boss orders him to take away the girl and leave her die. But the girl survives and Radovan decides to leave his life behind and go on a journey in search of Aya’s mother. As they travel along harsh illegal immigrant routes, Radovan and Aya become the only family to each other. Two years later, as they reach Sweden, they finally find Boushra. But, it turns out that she has a new husband and a baby. Boushra is faced with a big dilemma: to leave her new life and be with Aya or to turn back on her past forever. Radovan and Aya are sitting on the coast gazing at the sea, as they are waiting for Boushra to come and tell them her decision.

Writer’s Biography

Vuk Ršumović is an award winning writer/director. He studied writing for film and theatre at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade and Studies of Analytical Psychology both in Belgrade and Zürich. His feature film debut No One's Child had World Premiere at Venice Film Festival Critic's Week where it won three awards: FIPRESCI Award for Best Film (Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week), Best film at Critic's Week and FEDEORA for Best Script. The film has won over 35 awards all over the world. With his new feature film project Living he participated at the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch 2016.

Producer’s Biography

Mirko Bojović was born 1970/03/02 in Belgrade, Serbia. Graduated at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 2000. In 1991, Mirko started his career in TV station “Studio B” as video editor. In 1994, he enter TV and Film Editing studies on Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. After graduation, in 2000, he joined production house “Arhitel” and began working as a line producer. In 2007, he joined forces with his long time friend and colleague from Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Vuk Ršumović, and started BaBoon Production. Mirko is a 2016 EAVE Producers Workshop graduate and voting member of EFA.

Contact / Presenters

Vuk Ršumovic | Writer, Director
Email: vuk.rsum@gmail.com
Mobile: +381 641 580 806

Mirko Bojović | Producer
Email: mirkobojo@gmail.com
Mobile: +381 641 189 888

National Street
Národní třída


Czech Republic
Directed by: Štěpán Altrichter
Scriptwriter: Štěpán Altrichter
Producer: Pavel Strnad


Synopsis

Vandam lives in a concrete block building in the suburbs of Prague. He likes to get in fights, he likes “teaching people a lesson”.. Vandam is also keen on history and he knows all war battles by heart. He works out to keep himself fit for the next war. Vandam would like to impress Lucy, the bartender from a local pub, where he’s a regular guest. One day a guy appears and threatens to close down the pub if Lucy doesn’t pay back her debts. Vandam feels that the final battle is nigh and he has to step out to fight for the wman he loves and his place in this world.

Writer’s Biography

Štěpán Altrichter is writer and director. He studied philosophy and psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2013 he graduated from HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg. He made several short films for ARD and ZDF. He has won a number of awards for his documentary film Aleyna – Little Miss Neukölln, including a prize for the best German TV movie for children. His feature-length debut, Schmitke, premiered at the Busan 2014 International Film Festival and won many awards (among others Best Film Debut at Cottbus Film Festival, Czech Film Critics Award for Discovery of the Year).

Producer’s Biography

Pavel Strnad is film producer and co-founder of Prague-based production company Negativ, which focuses on producing arthouse films. His greatest successes to date include Year of the Devil, a winner of the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2002, Something Like Happiness, the Best Film of the San Sebastian IFF in 2005 and two winners of the European Academy Award – René for the Best Documentary in 2008 and Alois Nebel for the Best Animation Feature in 2012.

Contact / Presenters

Štěpán Altrichter | Writer, Director
Email: stepan.altrichter@gmx.net
Mobile: +49 17 77 168 278

Pavel Strnad | Producer
Email: pavel@negativ.cz
Mobile: +420 602 308 130

Night Tide
Night Tide


Azerbaijan
Directed by: Ismail Safarali
Scriptwriter: Ismail Safarali
Producer: Maria Ibrahimova, Emin Ibrahimov


Synopsis

In a tiny Azerbaijani fishing village little Sara's father disappears at sea. She refuses to bury him while there is no proof of his death. One tragedy after another befalls the village, and the superstitious inhabitants demand the family have a funeral. Rebellious Sara undertakes one last, and deadly, attempt to find her father.

Writer’s Biography

Ismail Safarali was born in April 1978 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Educated at Baku School for Political Sciences (BA Diplomacy) and Duke University (Durham, NC) (MA Economics), Ismail had a successful career in banking before changing his trade for filmmaking in September 2013. Ismail has graduated in September 2015 with a Master’s degree in Filmmaking from the Moscow School of New Cinema (MSNC), laboratory of Dmitry Mamulia. He has written and directed several short films. His debut feature script, Night Tide, won the pitching competition at Russia’s Kinotavr film festival.

Producer’s Biography

Award-winning filmmaker Maria Ibrahimova made her debut film, the documentary MISS GULAG, with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation. The film premiered at the Berlin Int. Film Festival and traveled to more than 40 festivals around the world. It was later shown on the BBC, many channels in Europe and the United States, and is available on iTunes. Awarded a Fulbright to pursue her documentary work on land-mines in Azerbaijan, she started her production company Cinex, going on to make an array of music videos, commercials, and documentaries.

Emin Ibrahimov studied corporate finance in Brussels and has worked in government, banking, and the oil sector before he started his first business. After running several companies, he started Cinex with his partner Maria Ibrahimova in 2010. Specializing in commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films, Cinex has also hosted several high-profile international television co-productions with the Discovery Channel, NBC, National Geographic, and others. Emin’s first narrative project as a producer was a series of three short films that were debuts for the filmmakers. Two of these films, Letter to God and The Wound went on to successfully show in over 40 international film festivals, including Palm Springs, and receive several awards. He recently produced a documentary short about a man in a wheelchair that wants to paraglide, I want to fly, that has gone to a dozen festivals so far. He is currently producing his first feature film Night Tide about a young girl from a fishing village who is searching for her father lost at sea.

Contact / Presenters

Ismail Safarali | Writer, Director
Email: isafarali@gmail.com
Mobile: +7 985 276 3369

Maria Ibrahimova | Producer
Email: mariaibr@icloud.com
Mobile: +994 502 188 069

Emin Ibrahimov | Producer
Email: eminibr@icloud.com
Mobile: +994 502 118 849

Pamfir
Pamfir


Ukraine
Directed by: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
Scriptwriter: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk


Synopsis

Pamfir and his family living in villages of the border area between Ukraine and Romania.  Pamfir’s son badly needs money for eye surgery.   Pamfir’s younger brother Viktor lives by helping the local gang with smuggling. Viktor offers Pamfir a quick way to earn the lacking money by smuggling the bootleg cigarettes across the border without the gang, on their own. Pamfir agrees, without knowing that one needs a tremendous physical endurance to take the bootleg across the border, which the gang achieves by using steroids. The steroids have a dangerous aftermath of uncontrolled aggression. Nevertheless, Pamfir decides to do steroids too. The gang finds out about Pamfir’s business. The biggest challenge of Pamfir’s life awaits him.

Writer’s Biography

In 2013, Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Karyy University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. During his studies at the university, hi made several short films, which were participating and received awards at different international festivals. Participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Contributor of the documentary project Babylon#13 (cinema of civil protest) Kyiv, Ukraine. Scholarchip-holder of the program of the Minister of Culture of Poland “Gaude Polonia” 2015 and 2017. Organizer of the Ukrainian Script Platform “Terrarium”. Participant TorinoFilmLab (Script&Pitch) 2016.

Producer’s Biography

Vladimir Yatsenko graduated from The Kyiv National Economic University, as an economist, then graduated The Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University as a producer. His first produced short film won Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr. Worked as producer in advertising production company Ninja Films and with one of the biggest Russian film producers Sergey Selyanov (CTB company) on the movie Night Seller. In 2005 opened a production company LIMELITE as the co-owner and general producer. In two years LIMELITE was called “the most rapidly developed production in Ukraine”.

Contact / Presenters

Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk | Writer, Director
Email: wildfilmteam@gmail.com
Mobile: +38 0977 292 296

Vladimir Yatsenko | Producer
Email: vladimir@limelite.co
Mobile: +38 0503 837 508

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