Works in Progress 2015

Works in Progress Jury

Paz Lázaro Paz Lázaro

Panorama Programme Manager for the Berlin Film Festival since 2006 and member of the Selection Committee for Competition since 2007, Paz Lázaro is the Delegate for spanish Films at the Berlinale.

She is part of the Board of the European Film Academy EFA as an Expert and has served in International Juries of several Film Festivals such as San Sebastián Film Festival, Sarajevo, Premios Platino, BAM, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Sweden and FICCI Cartagena among others. Since 2010 she has been a member of selection committee of the Spanish Film Commission (ICAA) for new directors in Spain, ICAU in Uruguay and worked as Acquisitions Consultant for The Match Factory.

Previous to the Film Festival and curating work she has been engaged in Film Production over the years with feature films such as Nómadas (Spain, 2000), Cosa de brujas (Spain, 2002), Sobre el Arcoiris (Spain, 2003), and the documentary Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons (Germany, 2004) as well as Theatre Production with Constanza Macras‚ Dorky Park Company (No Wonder, Sure).

The Berlinale

Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. More than 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 124 countries, including around 3,700 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.


Titus Kreyenberg Titus Kreyenberg

Titus Kreyenberg was an executive producer for film and television for many years before he founded his own production company unafilm in 2004. Since then he has produced and co-produced well over 25 feature films and documentaries which premiered in international A-festivals around the world. He has recently teamed up with Misa Mogorovic and Alice Ormieres to open Surprise Alley, a production company in Paris.

Apart from his activities as a producer, Titus Kreyenberg is working as an expert for EAVE and the Biennale Cinema College, seeking the exchange with filmmakers from across the world.

unafilm

unafilm produces feature films. Straight forward and artistically challenging. Fiction and nonfiction. National and international. unafilm is present both in Cologne and Berlin. Titus Kreyenberg worked as an executive producer for film and television for many years before he founded his own production company unafilm in 2004. The company’s films compete in A-festivals around the world, Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, IDFA, San Sebastian, DOKLeipzig, among them. In 2013 Heli won the award for Best Director in competition in Cannes. 2014 Bridges of Sarajevo was shown in the Sélection Officelle in Cannes


Jan Naszewski Jan Naszewski

Jan has worked in film sales since 2008. After 2 years of working for a London-based short film sales company, in early 2010 he set up his own, Warsaw-based boutique sales company New Europe Film Sales, which sells short films and art-house feature films (since 2012). Since 2013 he is member of the board of Europa International – the European network of sales agents.

Since 2009 Jan has been organizing industry events at Poland’s biggest film festival – the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF in Wrocław (Polish Days, New Horizons Studio) and the American Film Festival (US in Progress). He also works as a matchmaker for the Connecting Cottbus market and acts as expert for the European Film Academy (EFA Young Audience Award 2014 selection committee).

In 2013 Jan co-produced Dominga Sotomayor and Kasia Klimkiewicz’s short film LA ISLA, which won the Canon Tiger Award at Rotterdam IFF in 2014.

Jan is a graduate and guest lecturer of EAVE and Wajda School in Warsaw.

New Europe Film Sales

Boutique world sales company based in Warsaw, Poland working with international content. Founded in 2010 by Jan Naszewski, EAVE expert and industry manager for the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF. New Europe represents 6 Oscar® shortlisters and shorts by Ruben Östlund and Magnus von Horn, among others. The company’s feature film catalogue includes the Icelandic Rams (Prix Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2015, sold to over 30 countries) as well as 7 Berlinale titles (Including Generation winners Violet and Mother I love You) and 3 Karlovy Vary FF competition titles (Including Latvia’s Oscar candidate Rocks in My Pockets).


Between Heaven and Earth
Между небом и землёй


Belarus
Directed by: Dzmitry Dziadok
Scriptwriter: Dzmitry Dziadok, Andrei Kulbitski
Producer: Dzmitry Dziadok
Camera: Dzmitry Dziadok
Music: Nikolay Kazachenok
Language: Russian
Release date: 7. 11. 2015

This is the film’s final distribution title.
This film is director’s debut.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Both of them are about 60. They have been neighbours for almost all their lives, but became friends not so long ago. A former prisoner, a Soviet officer, who has been living in the street for 26 years, and a sportsman, a prisoner of forensic psychiatry, a lyricist and philosopher. This movie is about the similar fates of Petya and Vitalik, about the friendship of incompatible people, who met a brand new day behind bars and were rejected by it.

Director’s filmography

Dzmitry Dziadok was born in 1989 in Belarus. He studied 2010–2015 film directing at Belarusian State Academy of Arts.

Filmography:

  • 2013 Solitude
  • 2014 Unknown Man (Cinema Cinema Perpetuum Art Award)¨
  • 2015 Between Heaven and Earth.

Producer’s filmography

Shooting period of the film is almost over, we nead to finish several technically complex scenes. Film budget was USD 9,000. We need to shoot 3 more scenes, make overdub, working with a composer, color correction, editing. I am a young director, and my life's work is to tell stories through film. I selected a story that is close and clear to me and I want to make it the same for others.

Contact / Presenters

Dzmitry Dziadok | Producer, Director, Scriptwriter
Email: dedokdima@mail.ru
Mobile: +375333017943

Andrei Kulbitski | Scriptwriter
Mobile: +375293818133

Dawn
Ausma


Latvia, Estonia, Poland
Directed by: Laila Pakalnina
Scriptwriter: Laila Pakalnina
Producer: Laila Pakalnina, Kaspar Kallas, Malgorzata Staron
Camera: Wojciech Staron
Music: Vestards Simkus
Language: Latvian
Website: facebook.com/filmausma
Genre: drama
Release date: Autumn 2015

This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Dawn is based on Soviet propaganda story about Young Pioneer Morozov who denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his family. His life exemplified the duty of all good Soviet citizens to become informers, even at the expense of family ties. This story was based on Bezhin Meadow, an unreleased film from 1937 that was directed by Eisenstein. In our film 78 years later we call him little Janis. He is a pioneer who lives at the collective farm ‘Dawn’. His father is an enemy of the collective farm (and Soviet system). Little Janis betrays him. Father is taking a revenge on his son. Who in this old Soviet fairy-tale is the good one and who is the bad guy?

Director’s filmography

  • Cannes IFF – The Ferry, The Mail (both FPRESCI Prize), The Shoe, Silence;
  • Berlinale – Water;
  • Venice IFF – The Python, On Rubiks Road;
  • Karlovy Vary IFF – Dream Land, Theodore (Jury Prize);
  • Locarno IFF – The Hostage, Fire, Stones, Three Men and a Fish Pond;
  • IDFA – 33 Animals of Santa Claus, Theodore, Dream Land;
  • Rome IFF – Pizzas (Jury Prize), The Chimney;
  • Nomination for European Film Academy award: Dream Land (for Best Documentary), Fire (for Best Short Film).

Producer’s filmography

Laila Pakalnina is a producer of the following films made also by the director Laila Pakalnina (most of them have received festival awards):

  • 2015 Hi, Rasma!
  • 2014 Short Film about Life
  • 2014 Hotel and a Ball
  • 2013 The Chimney
  • 2013 Forty Two
  • 2012 Pizzas
  • 2011 33 Animals of Santa Claus
  • 2010 On Rubiks’ Road
  • 2009 Silence
  • 2008 Stones
  • 2007 Fire
  • 2006 The Hostage
  • 2006 Water
  • 2004 The Bus
  • 2004 It’ll Be Fine
  • 2003 The Python
  • 2002 Martins
  • 2001 Papa Gena
  • 1998 The Shoe
  • 1996 The Oak
  • 1995 Ubans

Contact / Presenters

Hargla Company
Valtaiku 19, LV 1029, Riga, Latvia
Email: laila.pakalnina@inbox.lv

Digitaalne Sputnik
Mannimetsa tee 38 -8, 41601, Laagri, Estonia
Email: kaspar@digitalsputnik.com
www www.digitalsputnik.com

Laila Pakalnina | Director, Producer
Email: laila.pakalnina@inbox.lv
Mobile: +371 29235618

Kaspar Kallas | Producer, Editor
Email: kaspar@digitalsputnik.com
Mobile: +48 787 047 200

Dew
Rosa


Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Directed by: Denijal Hasanovic
Scriptwriter: Denijal Hasanovic
Producer: Malgorzata Jurczak
Camera: Bogumil Godfrejow
Music: TBC
Language: English, Spanish, Bosnian
Genre: drama
Release date: 2016
What’s missing: colour correction, sound postproduction, sound mix

This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Catalina is Colombian and has always dreamed of becoming a writer. but lacking in self-confidence, she never went for it, instead following her father’s advice to study law. She has just finished her studies in Paris and now has only one wish: bringing her father from Colombia to live with her in France. The only problem is that her request for an extension on her residence permit in France has been denied. After consulting her professor Catalina goes to Sarajevo, to research the War Crimes Tribunal. She believes this study will help her secure a job at her university and thus solve her visa problems. When she is denied access to the mission’s archives, ahe learns that her plan has failed.

Director’s filmography

Born in Bosnia, Denijal Hasanovic is a film director and screenwriter. He left his home country because of the war, eventually moving to Poland where he continued his film studies. He received his MA in film directing from the National Film School in Lodz. His graduation film The Letter premiered at the 52nd Berlin. He co-wrote Blodbond (Thicker than Water) which screened at the 31st Toronto IFF and Milchwald, which premiered at 53rd Berlinale. He lectures at the National Film School in Lodz and he is the head of the script writing programme at Wajda Studio in Warsaw.

Producer’s filmography

Skorpion Arte is a Polish film production company founded in 2008. We entered into film production with awarded My Name Is Ki by Leszek Dawid (Venice Days 2011, Off Plus Camera, Toronto 2011). In 2012 we produced Being Like Deyna, a comedy awarded in Koszalin Youth Film Festival (Great Jantar) and Heritage by Andrzej Baranski, which was screened at 48th Karlovy Vary and 35th Montreal IFF. The same year we produced Manhunt by Marcin Krzysztalowicz, the psychological II WW thriller, which took the main home awards in Poland: the Eagle Film Award, The Silver Lions in Gdynia Film Festival and Off Plus Camera “Making the way” First Prize.

Contact / Presenters

Skorpion Arte sp. z o.o.
ul. Chełmska 19/21 pok. 406, 00-724, Warsaw, Poland
Email: biuro@skorpionarte.eu
www www.skorpionarte.pl

Denijal Hasanovic | Director
Email: denijal@yahoo.pl
Mobile: +48 886 117 313

Małgorzata Jurczak | Producer
Email: mjwarszawa@gmail.com
Mobile: +48 501 204 239

The Erlprince
Królewicz Olch


Poland
Directed by: Kuba Czekaj
Producer: Munk Studio / Ewa Jastrzębska
Camera: Adam Palenta
Music: Bartek Gliniak
Language: Polish, English, German
Website: www.theerlprince.com
Genre: drama
Release date: Autumn 2016
What’s missing: distributor, sales agent

This film is director’s debut.
This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

An exceptionally gifted 14 year-old-boy is about to start studying physics at university. He is working on the theory of parallel worlds, which are linked, he initially believes, by light. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his authoritarian mother,who steers his life, is incapable of healing. The appearance of his father,after years of absence, creates a new order. The boy passes from his mother’s hands into the care of a man. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Approaching a solution to the problem of the passage between the worlds, the boy initiates a journey, setting his life on the scales.

Director’s filmography

Born in 1984, Kuba Czekaj graduated in directing from the K. Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty in Katowice in 2010 and from the Wajda School in Warsaw in 2011. He received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage on two occasions, in 2009 and 2011, and has been honoured with the title of „Third Programme Talent”, a distinction conferred by Polish Radio’s Third Programme . He has won the Electoral Gazette „Worth” cultural award and the „Cultural Guarantee” award from TVP Kultura (the Polish public television). Kuba was one of the three finalists whose projects were selected for the the 3rd Venice Biennale College Cinema.

Producer’s filmography

Munk Studio, which operates within the structure of the Polish Filmmakers Association, produces short and full-lenght debut films. Young artists who are seeking to make their first film can depend on the Munk Studio for support and guidance during the entire process, from the development of their project, throughout its production under fully professional conditions, to the widest possible promotion of the finished product.

Our films have been selected to numerous international festivals and have won more than 100 awards at such events as Clermont-Ferrand, the Locarno Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, as well as a European Film Award.

Contact / Presenters

Kuba Czekaj | Director
Email: kuba.czekaj@gmail.com

Michalina Fabijańska | Producer's Representative
Email: m.fabijanska@sfp.org.pl
Mobile: +48788314790

Eva Nová
Eva Nová


Slovak Republic, Czech Republic
Directed by: Marko Škop
Scriptwriter: Marko Škop
Producer: Marko Škop, Ján Meliš, Alice Tabery
Camera: Ján Meliš
Language: Slovak
Genre: drama
Release date: November 2015
What’s missing: color grading, sound design

This is the film’s final distribution title.
This film is director’s debut.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Eva would do anything to regain the love of the one she hurt the most, her son. She is a recovered alcoholic but decades ago she was a famous actress.

Director’s filmography

Marko Škop is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts VŠMU in Bratislava, Slovakia. He’s a director of two full-length documentary films:


2009 Osadné

  • Best Documentary Award, Karlovy Vary IFF
  • Grierson Award Nominee, BFI London FF
  • Special Mention, Cracow IFF


2006 Other Worlds (Iné svety)

  • Audience Award & Special Jury Mention, Karlovy Vary IFF
  • Talent Dove, Dok-Leipzig
  • Best Documentary Film, Sun in the Net National Film Awards


Producer’s filmography

The independent film production company Artileria, Ltd. was established in 2006 in Bratislava. Film Other Worlds (dir. Marko Škop) won a Special Mention at the 2006 Karlovy Vary IFF and was the first ever documentary in the festival’s history to win the Audience Award. Blind Loves (dir. Juraj Lehotský) had its world premiere in the Direcotrs’ Fortnight and won CICAE Award in Cannes 2008. Osadné (dir. Marko Škop) was awarded the Best Documentary film at the Karlovy Vary IFF 2009. Film Miracle (d. Juraj Lehotský) won a Jury Mention at the 2013 Karlovy Vary IFF and had its international premiere at the Toronto IFF 2013.

Contact / Presenters

ARTILERIA
Drobného 23, 841 01, Bratislava, Slovakia
Email: artileria@artileria.sk
www www.artileria.sk

Sirius Films
Nový Svět 85/19, 118 00, Praha, Czech Republic
Email: info@siriusfilms.cz
www www.siriusfilms.cz

Alice Tabery | Producer
Email: tabery.alice@gmail.com
Mobile: +420732883260

Marko Škop | Director
Email: skop@artileria.sk
Mobile: +421903789198

Houston, we have a problem!
Houston, we have a problem!


Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Qatar
Directed by: Žiga Virc
Scriptwriter: Boštjan Virc and Žiga Virc
Producer: Boštjan Virc, Siniša Juričić, Ingmar Trost
Camera: Andrej Virc
Music: Audio Network
Language: English, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian
Website: facebook.com/HoustonWeHaveAProblemTheMovie
Genre: docu fiction, drama
Release date: 1st quarter 2016
What’s missing: archive scanning & licensing, sound design, mix and mastering, colour grading & DCP

This is the film’s final distribution title.
This film is director’s debut.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

In March 1961, Yugoslavia sold its secret space programme to the USA. Two months later, President Kennedy announced that Americans would travel to the Moon.

After a 50-year absence, former Yugoslav space engineer Ivan returns to his homeland, revealing how the Yugoslav space programme was developed and sold to the USA and how he became part of NASA’s development team.

Director’s filmography

Film and television director Žiga Virc graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio and Television in Ljubljana. His short film Trieste Is Ours was nominated for an Student Academy Award (an Oscar) in 2010. Virc has directed numerous commercials, documentary films and fiction works, for which he has received numerous awards. He is experienced in cross-platform approach, and some of his works have gone viral both nationally and internationally. His works are notable for their dramatic visual style, which incorporates a detailed approach to a narrative structure and makes it appealing to a broad audience.

Producer’s filmography

Boštjan Virc has closely worked with Ziga for many years. He earned an MA in both Media Studies and Economics. Since 1992, he has worked on hundreds of commercial and broadcasting productions as both a producer and/or script writer. 

Both co-producers, Siniša Juričić and Ingmar Trost, are established players in the international arena, selected and awarded at various festivals (European Film Award, Cannes, Sundance, etc.).

Contact / Presenters

Studio Virc
Ilke Vastetove 15, 8000, Novo mesto, Slovenia
Email: info@studio-virc.si
www www.studio-virc.si

Žiga Virc | Director
Email: ziga@studio-virc.si
Mobile: +386 31 346 987

Boštjan Virc | Scriptwriter and Producer
Email: bostjan@studio-virc.si
Mobile: +386 41 689 463

Siniša Juričić | Producer
Email: sinisa@nukleus-film.hr

Mars
Mars


Czech Republic
Directed by: Benjamin Tuček
Scriptwriter: Benjamin Tuček, Tereza Nvotová
Producer: Zdeněk Janáček
Camera: David Čálek, Nikolas Tušl
Language: English, Czech
Genre: scifi comedy
Release date: Summer 2016
What’s missing: “If You Love Mars, Mars Won’t Let You Die”

This is the film’s working title and may change.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

The space program is out of money and the Great Martian dust storm is coming. The commander wants to save the first and the only Martian Base and accepts an offer by a rich man, who would like to pay the mission to be the first space tourist on Mars. Because the commander doesn’t find a crew support for his risky plan at NASA, he calls his colleague from ESA, who recommends him astronauts from East European countries. For some reasons, hiring astronauts from these regions is most cost effective. Trained as astronauts but never flew on a space mission, this is the opportunity they always dreamed of. This is the mission that will grip the world of today.

Director’s filmography

Benjamin Tuček is well-known Czech scriptwriter, director with interests in unusual topics and film settings while addressing important socio-technical topics stemming from phenomenological needs of our society. Analog missions are new area in film industry that possess unexplored challenges not only from film point of view but also from viewpoint of emergent life situations, unpredictable scenarios given by extreme environment which we are not familiar yet.

Credits

  • 2002 nominated for Grand Prix Děvčátko
  • 2003 nominated at the Thessaloniki Film Festival for the Golden Alexander
  • 2003 won SKYY Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival Děvčátko
  • 2004 nominated at the D-Cinema Festival for Grand Prize Děvčátko
  • 2005 nominated for the Czech Lion Film Award for Best Screenplay Mistři
  • 2010 won the Czech Lion Film Award for Best Screenplay Protektor
  • 2013 nominated the Czech Lion Film Award for Best Screenplay Polski Film
  • 2014 nominated for Best Czech Documentary at the Jihlava International Film Festival

Filmography

Writer

  • Kancelář Blaník (TV series short, 2014)
  • Polski Film (feature film, 2012)
  • Terapie (TV series, 2011)
  • Protektor (feature film, 2009)
  • Mistři (feature film, 2004)
  • Děvčátko (feature film, 2002)

Director

  • Plán (documentary, 2014)
  • Tantra (documentary, 2011)
  • Děvčátko (feature film, 2002)

Producer’s filmography

Zdeněk Janáček is a founder and a director of the Nyasa Films International (NFI). It is a Prague-based non-profit organization that supports film education and self-expression of malawian artists through cinema. NFI co-produced B’ella (2014), which was successful in Malawi as well as at international film festivals, showcasing at no less than 10 film festival worldwide, The Designer (2013), directed by 16 year-old Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, won 2013 Best emerging director award at Silicon Valley Film Festival and Shoe shiner (2015), a short documentary made by the students of the Malawi Media Project. He works with Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera on a thriller 14 for love (2016) and a road movie Lake Malawi (2017). MARS is his first non-african production.

Contact / Presenters

Nyasa Film International
Xavierova 78, 150 00, Prague 5, Czech Republic
Email: prague@nyasafilms.international
www www.nyasafilms.international

Space Innovations
Obránců míru 107, 533 13, Řečany nad Labem, Czech Republic
Email: doule@spaceinnovations.net
www www.spaceinnovations.net

Zdeněk Janáček | Producer
Email: prague@nyasafilms.international
Mobile: +420 777 691 669

Benjamin Tuček | Director
Email: bentucek@gmail.com
Mobile: +420 606 651 713

Tereza Nvotová | Scriptwriter
Email: tereza.nvotova@gmail.com
Mobile: +420 604 803 328

Motherland
Ana Yurdu


Turkey
Directed by: Senem Tüzen
Producer: Olena Yershova, Adam Icenberg, Senem Tuzen
Camera: Vedat Ozdemir
Language: Turkish
Genre: drama
Release date: August – September 2015
What’s missing: sales agent, distribution

This film is director’s debut.
This is the film’s final distribution title.


Film synopsis

Motherland is a subversive and uncompromising portrait of a woman torn apart by both love and hatred for her mother, and struggling to reconcile within herself the same cultural schisms that divide modern Turkey. Nesrin is an urban, upper–middle class woman recovering from a divorce. She’s quit her office job and come to her parent’s old village in Anatolia to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.

Director’s filmography

Born in Ankara in 1980, Senem Tuzen holds a degree in cinema from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy, Istanbul. She has directed short films that have been awarded worldwide. Her short films Milk and Chocolate and Unus Mundus were nominated in 2009 for the Turkish film Critic’s Association Award and Unus Mundus has won the Best Short film award. She has also worked as an editor and cinematographer.

Producer’s filmography

Olena Yershova was born in Kiev. She is an executive producer of My Joy by Sergei Loznitsa (Germany, Ukraine, The Netherlands) that was selected for the competition at Cannes IFF in 2010.

In 2011 she founded Tato Film production company that operates both in Ukraine and Turkey. In 2013 she produced feature film Love Me – the first Ukrainian-Turkish co-production, wnner of 10 awards at the international festivals and feature film Blind Dates that premiered at Toronto IFF, and Berlinale – Forum, it got 17 awards, was shortlisted in the European Film Academy Awards 2014. She co-produced documentary feature film Odessa by Florin Iepan (Romania, Germany, Ukraine), which will be premiered in Odessa 2015.

Contact / Presenters

Zela Film
Mahkemealtı Cad. No. 60 Kat: 2, Fatih - Balat, 34087, Istanbul, Turkey
Email: info@zelafilm.com
www www.zelafilm.com

Olena Yershova | Producer
Email: o.yershova@gmail.com
Mobile: + 90 537 300 87 02

Orizont
Orizont


Romania
Directed by: Marian Crisan
Scriptwriter: Marian Crisan
Camera: Oleg Mutu
Music: Cristian Lolea
Language: Romanian
Website: www.solarindiejunction.com
Genre: drama, thriller
Release date: Winter 2015
What’s missing: world sales agent

Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

A low-key thriller, telling the story of a family starting a new business managing Orizont, a guesthouse deep in the mountains of West Romania. Things start to go wrong when they realise that everything on the mountain, including their life, is controlled by Zoli, an outlaw dealing with illegal deforestations. The family slowly gets trapped...

Director’s filmography

Born on the 8th of September, 1976, in Salonta, West Romania. Marian Crisan received his bachelor Degree in Film and TV Directing at UNATC Bucharest in 1999. He directed the short films Family Portrait (2006), Amateur (2007) and Megatron (2008). The latter, Megatron, won the Palme d’OR for Best Short Film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, 61th edition. In 2010, his first feature film Morgen won the Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Edition of the Locarno Film Festival, Best Director and FIPRESCI Award, at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Director award in Wiesbanden Go East Film Festival, SIGNIS Ecumenical Prize, at the 13th BAFICI, in Buenos Aires and was the Romanian entry for the 84th Academy Awards. In 2012, his second feature film Rocker was premiered at the 60th edition of San Sebastian IFF.

Producer’s filmography

Bobby Paunescu was born in Bucharest, on September 8th, 1974 and spent his childhood in Italy. He is a director, writer and producer. He studied international management and marketing at Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland and in 1998 got his major in international management and marketing. In 2004 Bobby Paunescu founded Mandragora Movies in Romania together with director Cristi Puiu and in 2010 he founded Solar Pictures Film Group in Europe and LA and Mandragora International with offices in NY, Paris, Rome, Bucharest and Shanghai. Since 2004 either as writer, director or producer he won Palm D’Or, Best Screenplay, Best Director and many official selections at Venice, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, London, Locarno, etc. With more than 100 international awards he is considered as on of the creators of the Romanian new wave. In 2007, Bobby Paunescu studied at USC – School of Cinematic Arts from Los Angeles, and following shortly in 2009 he finished his first feature film Francesca. His last movie, Pioneers Palace was selected in Sundance this year.

Contact / Presenters

Solar Indie Junction
44 Drumul Bisericii Street, 077190, Voluntari, Romania
Email: movies@solarindiejunction.com
www www.solarindiejunction.com

Rova Film
30-38 Jean Alexandru Steriadi Street, bloc M10, Scara J, Ap.131, 32503, Bucharest, Romania
Email: marian.crisan@gmail.com

Marian Crisan | Director, Producer
Email: marian.crisan@gmail.com
Mobile: +40 721 229 176

Bobby Paunescu | Producer
Email: bobby@solarindiejunction.com
Mobile: +40 730 199 499

Park
Park


Greece
Directed by: Sofia Exarchou
Scriptwriter: Sofia Exarchou
Producer: Amanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Camera: Monika Lenczewska
Language: Greek, English
Genre: drama
Release date: 2016
What’s missing: sales agent, festival premiere, polish associate for assistance with post-production funding

This film is director’s debut.
This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Ten years have passed, and the Olympic Village in Athens, Greece is in decay. Among the abandoned athletic facilities and new-money tourist resorts nearby, Dimitris(17), Anna(24), a retired athlete, and their friends traverse Greece’s “glorious” past with the decadence of today, creating a portrait of a society unprepared for the brutal fall.

Director’s filmography

Sofia Exarchou is the writer/director of the short films Mesecina and Distance. She pursued post-graduate studies in Toulouse and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. Exarchou is based in Athens, where she received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Film studies.

In 2012, she began writing her first feature Park, which has already won multiple international development awards (Crossroads CNC Development Prize, Thessaloniki 2012, Eurimages Development Award, Sarajevo 2013). Park was selected both for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab & Director’s Lab (January & June 2014), the only European project in the year’s selection.

Producer’s filmography

Born in Athens, Sofia Exarchou graduated from the London School of Economics with an MA in International History. She has been working as an independent film and television producer since 2000. Recent titles include L by Babis Makridis (World Drama Competition, Sundance Film Festival, Competition Rotterdam FF 2012, Grand Prix, Modolist FF), They Glow in the Dark (2013) by Panagiotis Evangelidis (Fipresci Award, Thessaloniki Doc Festival, Best Documentary, Hellenic Film Academy Awards). Curently in pre-production is Pity, by Babis Makridis, and the new documentary by Panagiotis Evangelidis. She is a graduate of the EAVE Producers training program (1997). She was elected to the Board of Directors of Directors of the Hellenic Film Academy in 2013.

Contact / Presenters

NEDA Film
35, Dervenion str., 10681, Athens, Greece
Email: info@nedafilm.gr
www www.nedafilm.gr

Faliro House Productions
8A Pentelis Street, 17564, Athens - Palaio Faliro, Greece
Email: info@falirohouse.com
www www.falirohouse.com

Amanda Livanou | Producer
Email: amanda@bebenfilms.com
Mobile: + 30 6944 757339

Sofia Exarhou | Director, Scriptwriter
Email: sofexar@yahoo.com

PUNK IS NOT DEAD!
PUNK JE HNED!


Slovak Republic
Directed by: Juraj Šlauka
Scriptwriter: Juraj Šlauka
Producer: Ivan Ostrochovský / Punkchart films (SK), Barbara Hessová / FTF VŠMU (SK), Juraj Šlauka (SK)
Camera: Ivo Miko
Language: Slovak
Genre: drama
Release date: Winter 2015–2016
What’s missing: last part of shooting, editing and postproduction, supplementary financing of the postproduction phase

This is the film’s final distribution title.
This film is director’s debut.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

A film inspired by a closely observed life of punkers, who spend their life at the city periphery. A 30-year-old drug addict lives in a decaying sublet at a dump with his partner and a 2-year-old son. His “idyllic” world is suddenly destroyed by a letter from the social services. In fear of losing the child, the punker pulls himself together and tries to solve the situation. His impulsive behavior, however, does not count with the consequences, and all chances turn into a free fall.

Director’s filmography

Juraj Šlauka graduated from scriptwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He co-operated at several documentary short films by acclaimed director Miro Remo (Pohoda, Vrbovian Wind, Comeback) and is the writer of several upcoming feature and feature documentary films (55, Stories from Miletička). He also directed several short fiction and documentary films. PUNK IS NOT DEAD! is his feature directorial debut.

Producer’s filmography

Ivan Ostrochovský is producer at sentimentalfilm and Punkchart films. The sentimentalfilm company produced Ivan's directorial films – both Berlinale-premiered: Velvet Terrorists (2013) and Koza (2015).
Within Punkchart films, he produced TV series, co-produced documentaries and features. At the moment, he's developing film projects as a majority and minority producer, a number of them presented at the industry platforms of KVIFF: his upcoming film as a director, The Disciple, is pitched at Pitch & Feedback, as a producer he's presenting PUNK IS NOT DEAD! by Juraj Šlauka at Works in Progress, and The Sphere by Martin Kollár and Periphery by Mária Rumanová at Docu Talents from the East.

Contact / Presenters

Punkchart films
Špitálská 20, 81108, Bratislava, Slovakia
Email: ivan@punkchart.sk
Mobile: +421 915 606 088
www www.punkchart.sk

Ivan Ostrochovský | Producer
Email: ivan@punkchart.sk
Mobile: +421 915 606 088

The Black Pin
Igla ispod praga


Montenegro
Directed by: Ivan Marinovic
Scriptwriter: Ivan Marinović
Producer: Ivan Marinović, Associate Producer - Mina Đukić
Camera: Đorđe Arambašić
Music: Toni Kitanovski
Language: Montenegrinian
Genre: drama, comedy
Release date: Spring 2016
What’s missing: part of editing, resources for postproduction

This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Father Peter is afraid that universe is indifferent. God no longer intervenes. His wife abandoned him. His son rebels against him. And his mother seldom recognizes him thanks to Alzheimer’s. When Peter becomes an obstacle to a large property sale in his parish, the group of colourful, but also vengeful villagers decides to chase him away. Their creative ways made entire superstitious village believe that Peter is the cause of all troubles on the peninsula. Their clash escalates on a funeral of a supposed witch that they turn into surreal mayhem. Peter’s faith in people completely vanishes, but his enemies may show kindness when he needs it the most.

Director’s filmography

Born in 1984 in Kotor, Montenegro, Ivan Marinović graduated from FAMU – Film and Television Academy in Prague (MA degree in film directing) in 2011. He shot several short films, as well as a noted documentary Praise the Sea, Stick to the Shore. He was a co-writer and directing assistant on Ivo Trajkov’s feature film 90 minutes – The Berlin project which was selected for Cameraimage in Poland, and Manaki Brothers in Bitola.

The Black Pin is his first full-length feature as writer/director. It won multiple awards for screenplay (Jerusalem film lab 2014, Cinelink Sarajevo film festival)

Producer’s filmography

Mina Đukić was born in Sombor in 1982. In January 2008, together with her colleagues Nikola Ležaić and Uroš Tomić, she founded the film company Kiselo dete. Kiselo Dete is a film production company, founded by a group of filmmakers from Serbia, gathered around the goal of making independent fiction and documentary films with attitude.They produced their first full-length film Tilva Roš, directed by Nikola Ležaić. She directed several short films awarded at national and international film festivals. Her first feature film The Disobedient had a premiere at Sundance Film Festival.

November 21st, 2014 together with a group of young artists she occupied Cinema Zvezda in Belgrade and initiated significant cultural movement.

Contact / Presenters

Adriatic Western
Montenegro
Email: adriatic.western@gmail.com
www www.adriaticwestern.com

Mina Đukić | Producer
Email: minaminina@gmail.com
Mobile: +38163541214

Ivan Marinovic | Director

Thread
Nima


Greece
Directed by: Alexandros Voulgaris
Scriptwriter: Alexandros Voulgaris
Producer: Eleni Bertes
Camera: Simos Sarketzis
Music: Felizol & Alexandros Voulgaris
Language: Greek
Genre: drama
Release date: Early 2016
What’s missing: sales agent, world premiere

This is the film’s working title and may change.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Niki, a vibrant articulate woman conflicted by her need to serve the Party and yet tormented by her deep-rooted need to be a woman. Her commitment to the Party betrays her inability to simply be a mother. Lefteris, Niki’s son, an introverted listless young man, inherits a past he did not create or want. He wanders within a world enveloped by the deception of mirrors, where its community glorifies and celebrates motherhood with the ultimate sacrifice of death. Niki’s struggle for freedom transforms into the invisible shackles that imprison Lefteris. Until one day, the thread that binds them, the psychological umbilical cord, is cut.(Both protagonists are portrayed by a single actor).

Director’s filmography

The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris) was born in Athens, Greece, in 1981, and is passionate about films, filmmaking and the world of cinema. He has written, directed, produced and acted in many of his own films and the films of his fellow directors. He is also widely known for his music, and performs across Europe, having released a number of solo albums, and composed music for films. Nima, The Boy’s fourth feature, is a highly personal work, original in its story-telling endeavor, ambitious in its cinematic aspirations, whilst paying homage to the elements of fantasy sci-fi which have captured his imagination and inspired him since he was indeed a boy.

Producer’s filmography

Eleni Bertes commenced her career in the entertainment sector as legal and business affairs manager at Film Victoria, the Victorian (Australia) government's film agency. Upon establishing herself in Europe, Eleni worked as a consultant for various industry organizations and practitioners. She was appointed by the Minister of Culture as a member of the Committee for the review of the legal framework regulating Greek film, chaired by Costas Gavras, and has remained active in policy development. Eleni’s production credits include Psyhi Vathia (With Heart And Soul) by Pantelis Voulgaris, Naked Hands (documentary) (2012) by Giorgos Skevas, Norvigia by Yiannis Veslemes (2014) and Wednesday 04:45 (2015) by Alexis Alexis. 

Contact / Presenters

Logline - Film Essentials
11 Notara Street, Athens, Greece
Email: logline@mail.com

Alexandros Voulgaris | DIrector
Email: klais81@hotmail.com
Mobile: + 30 6947 84 41 43

Eleni Bertes | Producer
Email: eleni@mail.com
Mobile: + 30 6973 44 56 74

Tramontane (Out of Competition)
Rabih


Lebanon, France
Directed by: Vatche Boulghourjian
Producer: Caroline Oliveira (Rebus Film), Georges Schoucair (Abbout Productions), Gabrielle Dumon (Le Bureau Films)
Camera: Jimmy Lee Phelan
Music: Cynthia Zaven
Language: Arabic
Website: www.tramontaneproject.com
Genre: drama
Estimated budget: 20 % of the total budget is still missing. We're therefore seeking post-production & distribution funds. The Bureau Sales has recently came on board as international sales and together we're looking for distribution opportunities worldwide except for the Middle East territory. We're also looking to connect with festivals that would be a good fit for Tramontane
Release date: Spring 2016

This is the film’s final distribution title.
This film is director’s debut.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

Rabih, a young blind musician, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is fake. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.

Director’s filmography

Vatche Boulghourjian holds a MFA from New York University's Graduate Film Program, where he was a departmental fellow. Before attending NYU, Boulghourjian worked for several years throughout the Middle East on documentaries for television networks while also making his independent shorts, experimental films, and documentaries. Fifth Column, Boulghourjian's thesis film at NYU, received a production grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and in 2010 premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Cinéfondation program, where it was awarded Third Prize. His works have been exhibited at venues and festivals worldwide, garnering critical attention and numerous awards. 

Producer’s filmography

Georges Schoucair produces feature films and documentaries under the banner of Abbout Productions, one of the most acknowledged film production companies in the Middle East. His work with prominent Arab and international award winning directors such as Joanna Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Mohamad Malas, Ghassan Salhab, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, led to films that have been exhibited worldwide and premiered at the most important film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, and others) Reaching out to Middle Eastern audiences, Georges founded MC Distribution to distribute independent films in the region. He’s also the vice president of Metropolis, the unique art-house cinema in Beirut.

Contact / Presenters

Abbout Productions
Renno Bldg., Gouraud St., 1st Floor, 9999, Beirut, Lebanon
Email: contact@abboutproductions.com
www www.abboutproductions.com

Myriam Sassine | Associate Producer

Georges Schoucair | Producer

Vatche Boulghourjian | Director

The Wolf of Royal Vineyard Street
Vlk z Královských Vinohrad


Czech Republic, France, Slovak Republic
Directed by: Jan Němec
Scriptwriter: Jan Němec
Producer: Tomáš Michálek, Dagmar Sedláčková, Jakub Mahler
Camera: Jiří Maxa
Music: Petr Marek, Eric Clapton (in negotiations)
Language: Czech
Website: www.masterfilm.cz
Genre: comedy, drama, essay
Release date: May 2016
What’s missing: sales agent, foreign distributors

This is the film’s final distribution title.
Working version of the film will be presented.


Film synopsis

A story of J. J., film-maker always going beyond the line of good behavior. In the fatal year of 1968, the Czechs had three films in the main competition of the Cannes film festival and one of them was about to seize the Golden Palm Award. But a would-be revolution of the French film-makers ruined the Czech party, ending that year's festival. That meant going back home, just on time to see his homeland to be invaded by the Soviet armies. Forced exile, having lost both his success and fame, waiting for his return to both home and film. Instead of Champs Elysées, he walks the avenues of Vinohrady, passes the city's end and marches all the way to absolute freedom.

Director’s filmography

Jan Němec is a famous Czech film-maker and one of the leading directors of the Czech New Wave. In 2002 Nemec was given the Medal of Merit by the president of the Czech Republic Václav Havel, in 2005 was awarded the Czech Lion for long standing contribution to Czech film, in 2006 was awarded the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and in 2011 recieved the Award of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Diamonds of the Night (1964). Of the Party and the Guests (1966), The Late Night Talks with Mother (2001), Toyen (2005), The Ferrari Dino Girl (2009), and many others.

Producer’s filmography

Masterfilm s. r. o. is a Prague based independent production company founded in 2011. We focus on auteur audiovisual art of high ambitions and potential of international overlap and European co-production. We are interested in projects, that search for new approaches towards audiovisual art – our goal is to provide these with production conditions that do not lead to any creative compromises. We produced a feature debut by Tomáš Pavlíček Totally Talking which was selected for KVIFF 2014 competition Independent Forum. 

Contact / Presenters

MasterFilm
Bubenská 1, 170 00, Praha 7, Czech Republic
Email: tomas@masterfilm.cz
www www.masterfilm.cz

Tomáš Michálek | Producer
Email: tomas@masterfilm.cz
Mobile: +420 602 630 466

Jan Němec | Director

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