And now 12!
Revising of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production
20 coproductions supported at the 138th Board of Management meeting
And now 12!
21/04/2015 – The selection of films announced for the Directors’ Fortnight this morning, has brought the number of supported films by Eurimages in Cannes to 12 with the co-production trilogy entitled As mil e uma noites (PT, FR, DE, CH) by Miguel Gomes, the film Mustang (FR, DE, TR) by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Efterskal - le lendemain (SE, PL, FR) by Magnus Von Horn and Le nouveau testament (BE, LU, FR) by Jaco Van Dormaël.
Already 8 films in Cannes!
16/04/2015 – Following the Cannes Film Festival’s Press Conference which was held this day and awaiting the selection of the Critics’ week and Directors’ Fortnight, the Eurimages Fund already has 8 films it has supported, of which 5 in official competition and 3 in Un Certain Regard. The selected co-productions in official competition are Il racconto dei racconti (Tales of tales) (IT, FR) by Matteo Garrone, The Lobster (IE, FR, GB, NL, GR) by Yorgos Lanthimos, Mia Madre (IT, FR) by Nanni Moretti, Youth (IT, FR, GB, CH) by Paolo Sorrentino and Louder than Bombs (NO, FR, DK) by Joachim Trier. Have been selected in Un Certain Regard the first film by Laurent Larivière entitled Je suis un soldat (I am a Soldier) (FR, BE), the Croatian film Zvizdan (The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanic, co-produced with Slovenia and Serbia, and the co-production between Romania and France Comoara (The Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu. Like each year, Eurimages will have a stand in the European Pavilion of the International Village during the entire length of the Film Market and will participate in the Producers Network and Producers on the Move (European Film Promotion).
Revising of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production
30/03/2015 - New technologies, diversified funding capacities in different countries, and economic and financial changes in the film industry as well as an increasing trend in setting-up co-productions with non-European countries call for a revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. The 43 states Parties to this Convention hold a plenary meeting on 30-31 March 2015 at the Council of Europe to discuss revisions as suggested by a specialised working party and agree on a new Convention text.
20 co-productions supported at the 138th Board of Management meeting
17/03/2015 - At its 138th meeting held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Lisbon, the Board of Management of the
Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 18 feature
films and 2 documentaries for co-production.
List of co-productions supported in 2015
IDA Offers Eurimages a 9th Oscar!
23/02/2015 –The 87th Oscars Ceremony, which took place last night in Los Angeles, rewarded the co-production Ida (PL, DK) supported by Eurimages and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This film, which has won numerous prizes at the European Film Awards in December, is the 9th Oscar for Eurimages and the 3rd consecutive after Amour by Michael Haneke in 2013 and La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino in 2014. See the complete list of the Oscars.
A Silver Bear for Eurimages in Berlin!
16/02/2015 – During the closing ceremony of the 65th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, which was held on 14 February, the Jury awarded two Silver Bears for Best Director –of which one to Romanian screenwriter Radu Jude for his film Aferim!, a co-production between Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, supported by Eurimages. This young director, who has already met with success with his previous film Everybody in our Family, also supported by Eurimages, delivers with Aferim! a simple and powerful film, on the place of minorities in Romania during the XIXth century. See the list of award winners.
First Eurimages Co-production Development Award
16/02/2015 – The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award, worth 20 000 euros, granted within the framework of the Co-production Market of the Berlin Film Festival, was awarded to the project 3 Days in Quiberon which will be directed by Emily Atef and produced by the German company RohFilm. The Jury which also awarded a Special Mention to the Greek project The Miracle of the Saragossa Sea was particularly impressed by the variety and quality of the projects. It justified its choice by the director’s form and style which were judge to be particularly interesting and original to tell this story, “we wil experience an intense period of three days that changed the life of the actress Romy Schneider and that of three other people involved”. With regard to the co-production structure, the artistic elements naturally involve France and Austria. See the Press Release.
Nine films supported by Eurimages screened in Berlin!
22/01/2015 – The International Film Festival of Berlin completed the selection of its 65th edition which will be held from 5 to 15 February 2015. Programmed in the different sections, no less than nine European co-productions supported by Eurimages, of which 4 films in official competition with Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet (ES, FR, BG) which will be screened at the opening of the Festival. Aferim! by Radu Jude (RO, BG, CZ), Every Thing Will Be Fine by Wim Wenders (DE, CA, FR, SE, NO) and Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin) by Laura Bispuri (IT, CH, DE, AL, Kosovo). Three films have been selected at the Panorama, of which one in the documentary section: De ce eu ? (Why me?) by Tudor Giurgiu (RO, BG, HU), Sangailé (The Summer of Sangaile) by Alanté Kavaïté (LT, FR, NL) and Une jeunesse allemande (A German Youth) by Jean-Gabriel Périot (FR, CH, DE) which will be screened at the opening of the Panorama Dokumente section. The film Nefesim kesilene kadar (Until I Lose My Breath) by Emine Emel Balci (TR, DE) is selected in the Forum and Virgin Mountain by Dagur Kári (IS, DK) will have its first world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala section. The complete selection of films is available on the Festival’s Website.
Eurimages and the Berlinale Co-production Market strengthen their partnership
15/01/2015 - Eurimages and The Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 8 to 10, 2015) will be ramping up their existing partnership during the 2015 Berlinale by introducing two new measures to promote European film projects and producers.
The first of which is the renowned Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which will be given to one of around 25 projects selected from the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The cash prize of EUR 20,000 will go to the producers of the winning project to support its development. Also awarded during co-production markets at festivals in Rotterdam, Sarajevo, Rome, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, its goal is to encourage co-production from the initial stages of a project.
“The energising effect this kind of award can have on a new project shouldn’t be underestimated,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “We are delighted that Eurimages will be awarding this prize at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.”
“This new award underlines Eurimages’ commitment to encouraging closer co-operation between producers right from the start,” notes Roberto Olla, Executive Director of Eurimages. “Bringing together creative and technical inputs from different countries is no easy task, and we believe this prize can help.”
The second measure that has been newly created to further strengthen the partnership between Eurimages and the Berlinale Co-Production Market is related to the most recent winner of the Co-Production Award–Prix Eurimages, a prize given annually at the European Film Awards to a renowned European producer. Each year’s winner receives a carte blanche to participate in the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s Company Matching programme. This year’s winner of the Prix Eurimages, Ed Guiney with his Irish company Element Pictures, has already confirmed his attendance in 2015.
The complete selection of projects and companies at the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market is available here.
The Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize will be awarded during the Eurimages cocktail held in co-operation with the Berlinale Co-Production Market on 8 February 2015. See the press-release here.
Information for Producers - Modification of the Regulations for Co-production Support
The following modifications to the regulations governing Eurimages’ support for co-production will come into force on 1 January 2015:
1. Changes to the on-line application requirements:
a. The script of the film must now be supplied in the original version and in an English version (as well as, if possible, a French version);
b. The audio-visual and visual material (short and medium-length films, trailers, photos, mood books, etc.) must be supplied in electronic form only, with the exception of feature-length films which must be supplied on DVD in 10 copies. All material must be supplied in an English version.
c. The following documents are no longer required during the application phase:
i. chain of title agreements;
ii. statements from the co-producers authorising the delegate producer to apply on their behalf.
These documents will now be requested only for the signature of the support agreement.
2. Requests for shooting derogations will now be made at the same time as the application via a dedicated area on the on-line platform. The request no longer has to be made before submission of the application (Article 1.7.2).
3. The Executive Director may now prolong by 6 months the initial 12-month validity of the Board of Management’s support decision (Article 4.4)
4. For the last payment of the support awarded, the DVDs supplied must now be sub-titled in English (and, if possible, in French) or have an English-language sound track (Article 5.2).
5. For the purposes of reimbursement of the support awarded, sales agents’ commission may now be superior to 25% provided that certain conditions outlined in Article 7.3.4 are met
6. After consultation with the national authorities, the Executive Director may waive the obligation of theatrical release in minority co-producing countries where an alternative distribution strategy has been put in place.
European Film Awards: a successful night for Eurimages!
16/12/2014 – The 27th ceremony of the European Film Awards which took place on Saturday 13 December in Riga, European capital of culture, acclaimed the co-production between Poland and Denmark, Ida, supported by Eurimages and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, by awarding him the prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Scriptrwriter, Best Photography and Best Public. This film has also just been awarded the European Parliament LUX Prize. The Prize for Best Actress was awarded to Marion Cotillard for her interpretation in Deux jours, une nuit by the Dardenne brothers, a co-production between Belgium, France and Italy supported by the Eurimages Fund. The European co-production Prize – Prix Eurimages was awarded to Ed Guiney. Further information on the EFA website.
15 co-productions supported at the 137th Board of Management meeting
15/12/2014 - At its 137th meeting held from 9 to 12 December 2014 in Turin, the Board of Management of the
Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 13 feature
films and 2 documentaries for co-production.
List of co-productions supported in 2014
Ed Guiney, happy winner of the European Co-production Award - Prix EURIMAGES at the European Film Awards
17/11/2014 - This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, goes to Irish producer Ed Guiney. Co-founder of the company Element Pictures in Dublin and London, Ed Guiney has been involved in the production and distribution of over 30 feature films, among which many have been supported by Eurimages. The European Co-Production Award – Prix EURIMAGES will be presented during the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December 2014. See the press-release.
Syria project wins the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award in Copenhagen
17/11/2014 - On Screen Off Record, to be directed by Rami Farah and Lyana Saleh and produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut For Real, has won the second annual Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 at CPH:FORUM – CPH:DOX’s international financing and co-production event. The jury said this project, reflective on the Syrian conflict in a media-saturated world, was awarded because of “the way familiar footage was presented, allowing deeper understanding of the complexities of the conflict that affects us on so many levels, for the quality of the project and the team, and the organic co-production structure.” The film, now in development, will be a production between Syria, Denmark and France. The story is about several young people in Syria who became citizen journalists and have filmed the turmoil since the beginning, putting their lives in danger. Have a look at the CPH:DOX web-site.
Force Majeure triumphs at Seville
17/11/2014 - The Seville European Film Festival came to a close last Saturday giving the Golden Giraldillo for Best Film to Force Majeure (Turist) by Ruben Östlund. This Eurimages-supported co-production between Sweden, Denmark and France also received the Best Screenplay Award. In the meantime, the Grand Audience Award went to Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital and the Eurimages Award for the Best European Co-Production to Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, two Eurimages-supported co-productions. The complete list of awards is here.
4 Eurimages Supported Films among the nominations for the Best European Film in Riga!
13/11/2014 - The EFA has announced the nominees for the European Film Awards in a ceremony held at the Seville European Film Festival. Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski's festival hit Ida, a Eurimages supported co-production between Poland and Denmark tops the list of candidates with no less than five nominations, including Best Film, Director and Screenplay, as well as two acting nominations for leads Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska. Two other Eurimages supported films have all garnered three nominations: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut Volume I & II (Best Film, Best Actress for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Best Actor for Stellan Skarsgard) and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep (Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay). Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night and Paolo Virzì's Human Capital, all supported by Eurimages, vie for two awards each. Finally, the Academy has also announced the winners of the technical European Film Awards (in the categories of cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design), in advance, among which the European Cinematographer Award for Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski in Ida. The awards ceremony will take place in Riga on 13 December. Full list of nominations here.
Eurimages Co-production Development Award
18/10/2014 – The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 20 000 euros presented in the framework of the Junior Co-Production Market organised during the event Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam was given to the project An Ocean Between, written and directed by Torfinn Iversen which will be produced by the company Original Film in Norway.
The Jury composed of Eric Goosens (producer, Walking the Dog, Belgium), Magdalena Jangard (specialist consultant in Children’s films at the Swedish Film Institute) and Dorien van de Pas (representative of the Netherlands to the Eurimages Board of Management, Netherlands Film Fund) chose to participate in the development of an original and very personal and sensitive story. It is also a universal sotry with high artistic value. Press Release
22/10/2014 – The Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 30 000 euros presented at the closing of the New Cinema Network organised during the Rome Film Festival, was given to the project 9 Fingers de F. J. Ossang which will be produced by Catherine Dussart.
The Jury composed of Marie-Pierre Duhamel (also member of the Selection Board), Sandra Hebron and the Czech Republic representative to the Eurimages Board of Management, Mrs Elena Kotova, applauded the highly original combination of the philosophical and dramatic intentions of the project.
17 co-productions supported at the 136th Board of Management meeting
17/10/2014 - At its 136th meeting held from 13 to 16 October 2014 in Strasbourg, the Board of Management of the
Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 16 feature
film and 1 documentary projects for co-production. (Press Release)
List of co-productions supported in 2014
During this meeting, Eurimages celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Fund with the Permanent Representatives of all member states to the Council of Europe (Speech by Jobst Plog, President, Speech by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General).
05/11/2014 – The 15th edition of the Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen Festival, which began on the 1st October 2014 at the Odyssée Cinema, Strasbourg, came to a close on 4 November 2014 with an awards ceremony in the presence of the jury, the President of the Odyssée Cinema Mr Jean-Paul Costa and its director Mr Faruk Günaltay. The closing ceremony was followed by a screening of the film Ida by Pawel Pawlikovski, a co-production between Poland and Denmark, supported by the Eurimages Fund. The Jury, chaired by Ms Ana Vukadinovic, Ambassador of Montenegro to the Council of Europe, awarded:
A Golden Lion for Eurimages at the Venice Film Festival...
06/09/2014 - The Golden Lion for Best Film has been awarded to Swedish Roy Andersson, for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, a co-production between Sweden, Norway, Germany and France supported by Eurimages. The Jury of this 71st Festival, chaired by Alexandre Desplat, chose to reward a film which is surrealistic, absurd, funny and existential. The Eurimages Fund wishes to congratulate the Director, the producers and the film’s cast and crew following this great success. The full list of winners is on the Festival’s website.
11/09/2014 - It is with great sadness that we have heard about the death of our dearest friend Zsolt Kézdi-Kovàcs, following a long illness. He was 78 years old.
Not only renowned for his work as director, he was also the founder of Magyar Filmunió and worked as the Hungarian representative of Eurimages for 19 years.
Zsolt made 10 full-length feature films (the first in 1970 – Temperate Zone - won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival). In the 1990s, he began filming an ambitious documentary series (Letter from Transylvania) inspired by the anthropologist Balázs Orbán. He was working on this uncompleted project, which paid homage to the multiculturalism of central and eastern Europe, until his death. All our thoughts go to his family, his spouse, his friends.
Call for Project Submissions for the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market (8-10 February 2015) is now open!
11/09/2014 - The deadline for project submissions is 22 October 2014. Please use the submission form and find more information at the following address: https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/copromarket/participation/project_submission/project-submission.php.
This Summer's Festivals...
EIGHT FILMS SUPPORTED BY EURIMAGES AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL!
25/07/2014 – The films of the 71st edition of the Venice International Film Festival have just been revealed: among them, no less than eight European co-productions supported by Eurimages of which 5 have been selected in official competition:
THE EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD
28/08/2014 - The CineLink Awards were dished out on 23 August, during the Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony. The Co-Production Market jury, comprising Behrooz Hashemian (Silkroad Production), Čedomir Kolar (ASAP Films), Georges Goldenstern (Cannes Film Festival), Dorien Van de Pas (Netherlands Film Fund), Claire Launay and Annamaria Lodato (ARTE France), presented Eurimages Co-production Development Award (€30 000) to the successful duo Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (winners of last year’s Heart of Sarajevo for their beautiful In Bloom) for the development of their new project, entitled My Happy Family which will be produced by the company Polare Film established in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!
15/07/2014 – The Eurimages supported film Corn Island / Simindis kundzuli directed by George Ovashvili and co-produced by Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan was awarded the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which ended last Saturday. This co-production also received the Ecumenical Jury Award while the Eurimages-supported film Bota by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy, France) took the Fedeora Award for Best Film from East of the West Competition. More information on the festival web-site.
23 co-productions supported at the 135th Board of Management meeting
23/06/2014 - At its 135th meeting held from 16 to 20 June 2014 in Sarajevo, the Board of Management of the
Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 20 feature
films, 2 animation films and 1 documentary for co-production. (Press release)
List of co-productions supported in 2014
A new Palme d'Or for Eurimages!
26/05/2014 – The Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival has awarded the Palme d’Or to the Eurimages-supported film Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a co-production between Turkey, Germany and France, which has also received the International Critics FIPRESCI Prize.
The Eurimages Fund, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary during the Cannes Film Festival, sees its selection choices rewarded by an 8th Palme d’Or and in addition the Prize Un Certain Regard for White God (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) by Kornel Mundruczó and the Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard for Force Majeure (Sweden, Denmark, France) by Ruben Östlund, both supported by Eurimages.
It is the 3rd consecutive Palme d’Or following Amour by Michael Haneke in 2012 and La Vie d’Adèle - Chapters 1 and 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche in 2013 where a Eurimages-supported European co-production has been rewarded.
The Eurimages Fund is delighted with these award-winners which pay tribute to European cinema: through these films, the Fund demonstrates its commitment to fostering cinematographic creativity and once again confirms the strength of the Eurimages label.
19 co-productions supported at the 134th Board of Management meeting
17/03/2014 - At its 134th meeting held from 11 to 13 March 2014 in Budapest, the Board of Management of the
Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 17 feature
films, 1 animation film and 1 documentary for co-production. (Press release)
List of co-productions supported in 2014
Eurimages co-production La Grande Bellezza wins Academy Award for best foreign language film
04/03/2014 -La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
Paolo Sorrentino’s film, a co-production between Italy and France supported by the Council of Europe’s fund Eurimages, has already won a European Film Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Big wins for Eurimages at the Belgian Magritte Awards
04/02/2014 -The fourth edition of the “Magritte” which was held on Saturday evening awarded the animation film Ernest et Célestine, supported by Eurimages and already nominated at the Oscars. Rewarded with the Prize for Best Film and Best Sound, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner received the Prize for Best Director. The Prize for Best Flemish Film in Co-production was awarded to the film Kid by Fien Troch, also winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Awarded and supported by Eurimages. La Vie d’Adèle by Adbdellatif Kechiche was awarded the prize for Best Foreign Film in Co-production as well as the prize for Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Salée). The co-production Tango Libre, also supported by Eurimages, received the prize for Best Original Screenplay or Adaptation (Philippe Blasband and Anne Paulicevich) as well as the prize for Best Decor (Véronique Sacrez). The prize for Best Editor was awarded to the film Kinshasa Kids (Marie-Hélène Dozo). Finally, three other films supported by Eurimages were awarded – Le Passé by Asghar Farhadi with the prize for Most Promising Young Actress (Pauline Burlet), Le Temps de l’Aventure by Jérôme Bonnell with the prize for Best Supporting Actor (Laurent Capelluto) and La Religieuse by Guillaume Nicloux with the prize for Best Actress to Pauline Etienne. The list of winners can be found on the website of the Magritte.
Ten Eurimages films in Berlin
24/01/2014 -Ten Eurimages supported European co-productions have been selected at the upcoming International Berlin Film Festival (6-16 February 2014):
Stratos (Greece/Germany/Cyprus) by Yannis Economides and In Order of Disappearance (Norway/Denmark/Sweden) by Hans Petter Moland in the Official Competition
Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Uncut Version) (Denmark/France/Germany) by Lars von Trier is selected Out of Competition
Diplomacy (France/Germany) by Volker Schlöndorff will have its world premiere as Berlinale Special Gala
We Come As Friends – documentary (Austria / France) by Hubert Sauper will have its European premiere within the Berlinale Special screenings
Superegos (Germany/Switzerland/Austria) by Benjamin Heisenberg is selected in the Panorama section
The Blue Wave (Turkey/Germany/Greece/The Netherlands) by Merve Kayan and Zeynep Dadak and The Word (Poland/Denmark) by Anna Kazejak are both selected in the Generation14Plus section
Aunt Hilda (France/Luxembourg) by Jacques-Rémy Girerd is selected in the GenerationKPlus section and
N – The Madness of Reason (Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands) by Peter Kruger is selected in the Forum section
You will find the Eurimages team on the Creative Europe MEDIA stand in the Martin-Gropius-Bau from 6 February onwards.
More information on the Berlinale website.
Golden Globe for La Grande Bellezza
16/01/2014 - Italian director Paolo Sorrentino picked up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in Los Angeles for the Eurimages supported co-production La Grande Bellezza (Italy, France) which was the big winner of last year’s European Film Awards, taking home four gongs – for best European director, actor, editor and best film.