EURIMAGES - European Cinema Support Fund

 

Eurimages Lab Project Awards

05/09/2017 - Work-In-Progress submission call is open for Les Arcs (16-19 December 2017): deadline = 14 October 2017! More information on the Festival's web-site.

25/08/2017 - The Eurimages Lab Project Award of €50,000 presented in Haugesund went to the project Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt, produced by Jesper Kurlandsky, Hedvig Lundgren and Juan Libossart from the company Fasad (SE). The jury also decided to award a Special Mention to the projects Alma by Kristín Jóhannedóttir produced by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, Anna G. Magnusdottir, Ilann Girard, Jim Stark, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir and Elfar Adalstei, as well as to the project The Second Sex by Katja Eyde Jacobsen, produced by Maria Ekerhovd and Elisa Pirir. More information can be found on the Festival's website.
Moreover, the Norwegian Film Critics Award was given to the opening film of the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Thelma (NO, SE, FR, DK) by Joachim Trier, a co-production supported by Eurimages. The films Bye Bye Germany (DE, BE, LU) by Sam Garbarsky received the Audience Award while the Andreas Ecumenical Award went to Kornél Mundruczó's Jupiter's Moon (HU, DE): both films were supported by Eurimages. See the complete results.

07/07/2017 (updated on 12/07/2017) – The Eurimages Lab Project Award @KVIFF amounting to € 50,000 went to The Stand-In (La Controfigura), directed and written by Rä di Martino and produced by Marco Alessi from the company Dugong SRL (IT) in co-operation with the French production company Haut Les Mains. The Jury composed of Iole Maria Giannattasio (Italian Eurimages Representative), Cedomir Kolar (A.S.A.P. Films) and Susana Santos Rodrigues (VAIVEM) decided to reward this project for its ironic visual experimental approach to innovative narrative and for being an intersection of art and film. The final eight projects were selected from 45 submitted projects from Eurimages countries that are currently in production or post-production, are being made outside the traditional filmmaking framework, and involve international co-operation. More information on the festival’s website. Moreover, the film Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnka, winner of the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which ended on 8 July 2017 had received the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at the New Cinema Network in Rome in November 2013. The Special Jury Prize of an amount of USD 15,000 to be shared equally between the director and the producer of the award-winning film went to the Eurimages-supported co-production Men Don't Cry (BA, RS, DE, HR, SI) by Alen Drljević, also rewarded with the Europa Cinemas Label Award for the best European film in the Official Selection and in the East of the West Competition; Last but not least, the Best Actor Award was given to Alexander Yatsenko for his role on the film Arrhythmia by Boris Khlebnikov, a co-production between Russia, Finland and Germany supported by Eurimages.

Huge success for Eurimages in Venice!

11/09/2017 – The films supported by Eurimages selected at the 74th edition of the Venice Festival have been awarded with numerous prizes:
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the Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize for the film Foxtrot (DE, FR, IL) by Samuel Maoz and
- the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress awarded to Charlotte Rampling for her role in Hannah (IT, BE, FR) by Andrea Pallaoro.
Gianni Amelio, pr
esident of the Orizzonti section, gave the following prizes :
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the Prize for Best Film to Nico, 1988 (IT, BE) by Susanna Nicchiarelli and
- the Best Screenplay Award to Dominique Welinski and René Ballesteros for The Oblivon Verses (FR, DE, NL) by Alireza Khatami.
The Venice Classics Award for Best Documentary on Cinema was awarded to the film The Prince and the Dybbuk (PL, DE) by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski.

Several collateral prizes were awarded to Eurimages-supported films as well:
- a Special Mention - UNIMED Award went to the film Brutti e Cattivi (IT, FR) by Cosimo Gomez,
- a Special Mention – SIGNIS Award as well as the Prize « Premio Arca CinemaGiovani » for the Best Film of the Competition were awarded to Foxtrot (DE, FR, IL) by Samuel Maoz,
- the Francesco Pasinetti Award and the FEDIC Award went to Nico, 1988 (IT, BE) by Susanna Nicchiarelli,
- the FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Film and the Interfilm Award were given to The Oblivon Verses (FR, DE, NL) by Alireza Khatami and finally
- the Pellicola d’Oro Award for Best Stagehand went to to Roberto Di Pietro for Hannah (IT, BE, FR) by Andrea Pallaoro.

See the full list of award-winners on the Festival’s website.

 


2017 Audentia Award: and the winner is...

11/08/2017 - The second edition of the Audentia Award for best female director went to Valérie Massadian for her movie entitled Milla, selected in the Cineasti del Presente section at the 70th Locarno Film Festival (2-12 August 2017). The Iranian actress Goldshifteh Farahani presented the filmmaker with a hand-crafted statue by Polish artist Ewa Rossano along with a 30 000 euros cash prize. The jury considered that Massadian's film depicted a strong female protagonist who bravely fought against life's harsh realities. This co-production between France and Portugal also received Eurimages co-production support.

Press release


Eurimages Lab Project Awards

05/09/2017 - Work-In-Progress submission call is open for Les Arcs (16-19 December 2017): deadline = 14 October 2017! More information on the Festival's web-site.

25/08/2017 - The Eurimages Lab Project Award of €50,000 presented in Haugesund went to the project Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt, produced by Jesper Kurlandsky, Hedvig Lundgren and Juan Libossart from the company Fasad (SE). The jury also decided to award a Special Mention to the projects Alma by Kristín Jóhannedóttir produced by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, Anna G. Magnusdottir, Ilann Girard, Jim Stark, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir and Elfar Adalstei, as well as to the project The Second Sex by Katja Eyde Jacobsen, produced by Maria Ekerhovd and Elisa Pirir. More information can be found on the Festival's website.
Moreover, the Norwegian Film Critics Award was given to the opening film of the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Thelma (NO, SE, FR, DK) by Joachim Trier, a co-production supported by Eurimages. The films Bye Bye Germany (DE, BE, LU) by Sam Garbarsky received the Audience Award while the Andreas Ecumenical Award went to Kornél Mundruczó's Jupiter's Moon (HU, DE): both films were supported by Eurimages. See the complete results.

07/07/2017 (updated on 12/07/2017) – The Eurimages Lab Project Award @KVIFF amounting to € 50,000 went to The Stand-In (La Controfigura), directed and written by Rä di Martino and produced by Marco Alessi from the company Dugong SRL (IT) in co-operation with the French production company Haut Les Mains. The Jury composed of Iole Maria Giannattasio (Italian Eurimages Representative), Cedomir Kolar (A.S.A.P. Films) and Susana Santos Rodrigues (VAIVEM) decided to reward this project for its ironic visual experimental approach to innovative narrative and for being an intersection of art and film. The final eight projects were selected from 45 submitted projects from Eurimages countries that are currently in production or post-production, are being made outside the traditional filmmaking framework, and involve international co-operation. More information on the festival’s website. Moreover, the film Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnka, winner of the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which ended on 8 July 2017 had received the Eurimages Co-production Development Awardat the New Cinema Network in Rome in November 2013. The Special Jury Prize of an amount of USD 15,000 to be shared equally between the director and the producer of the award-winning film went to the Eurimages-supported co-production Men Don't Cry (BA, RS, DE, HR, SI) by Alen Drljević, also rewarded with the Europa Cinemas Label Award for the best European film in the Official Selection and in the East of the West Competition; Last but not least, the Best Actor Award was given to Alexander Yatsenko for his role on the film Arrhythmia by Boris Khlebnikov, a co-production between Russia, Finland and Germany supported by Eurimages.


Imminent entry into force of the revised Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production

29/06/2017 - Following the 3rd ratification by the Slovak Republic this day, which follows the ones from Norway and Sweden, the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (revised) already signed by 14 countries (online consultation) will come into force between these three countries within three months, ie. by 1 October 2017. Open for signature since 30 January 2017, this revised Convention builds on the success story of the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production and provides an updated legal and financial framework for cinematographic co-productions. The revised text grants greater flexibility by reducing the minima thresholds to get involved in international co-productions. It also updates the procedures for obtaining recognition of a co-produced film from national authorities. Moreover, in line with increasing globalisation, the scope of this revised Convention has been broadened to allow non-European countries to benefit from its provisions. This mirrors the recent opening of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund to third countries. Further information is available here.


27 co-productions supported at the 147th Eurimages Board of Mangement meeting

26/06/2017 At its 147th meeting held from 19 to 23 June 2017 in Bratislava, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 25 fiction, 1 documentary and 1 animation film projects.

Press release

List of co-productions supported in 2017

Copyright: Simona Lukáčová


The Square brings a 9th Palme d'Or to Eurimages!

29/05/2017 – The Jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, chaired by Pedro Almodovar, has selected Ruben Östlund’s The Square for the Festival’s most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or.  A co-production between Sweden, Germany and France, The Square was supported by Eurimages, as was the Swedish director’s previous film, Snow Therapy, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2014. The Jury Prize of the 2017 Festival went to Loveless by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, a co-production between Russia, France, Belgium and Germany also supported by Eurimages.

 

 


Eurimages Co-production Development Awards in 2017

30/08/2018 - As of today, producers with experience in international co-productions can submit feature film projects for the upcoming Berlinale Co-Production Market (FEB, 18-21, 2018). The call for projects is open till October 11. More information in the press release and on the Festival's website.

18/08/2017 - CineLink in Sarajevo : the Eurimages Co-production Development Award went to the project Half-Sister by Damjan Kozole to be produced by Danijel Hočevar from the company Vertigo in Slovenia. The jury of the CineLink Co-Production Market decided to reward the story of two estranged sisters who are, after 25 years of barely seeing each other, forced by circumstances to share an apartment. This new project is the follow-up to the film Nightlife by the same director, which was presented in Karlovy Vary in 2016. The jury also gave a Special Mention to the project The Great Tram Robbery by Slobodan Šijan, a co-production between Gargantua Films (RS), Maxima Film (HR), Studio Virc (SI), Novi Film (BH) and Chouckov Brothers (BG). All the resutls of the Industry are available on the Festival's website.

25/07/2017 - Baltic Event Co-Production Market submission is open. The Baltic Event Co-Production Market is open to full-length fiction film projects designed to be co-produced within or with Baltics, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. Past participants include 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007), In the Fog (Sergei Loznitsa, 2012), Under Electric Clouds (Alexey German, 2015), The Fencer (Klaus Härö, 2015), November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017) and many others. Deadline: 15 August, 2017. For additional information please contact coproduction@poff.ee.

11/06/2017 – The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award
of the Transilvania Pitch Stop initiative in Cluj went to the project The Empty House to be directed by Rati Tsiteladze and produced by the company Artway Film in Georgia. This industry programme which took place on 9 and 10 June 2017 during the TransilvaniaIFF had selected 11 feature film projects from 1st and 2nd time directors from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, Greece, Turkey and Georgia. A jury of international professionals along with a representative from Eurimages awarded three important prizes among which the new Eurimages Co-production Development Award. Moreover, several Eurimages-supported co-productions are among the winners of Transilvania IFF 2017: My Happy Family by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross took the Transilvania Trophy and the Best Performance Award (Ia Shugliashvili) while the Best Directing Award and the Audience Award went to Heartstone by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and the Romanian Days Award for Best Feature Film was given to Scarred Hearts by Radu Jude. More information on the Festival’s website.

10/06/2017 - The MIA|Cinema Co-Production Market is now opening submissions for its next edition (October 19-22, 2017). The Rome’s market has become a reference point where filmmakers and producers – selected among the world’s most interesting talents on the independent film scene - find an ideal platform for presenting their new feature film projects and connect with key players in the international film industry. The deadline for applications is July 25th. Further information on www.miamarket.it.

19/05/2017 - Cinekid for Professionals which will take place from 24 to 27 October 2017 in Amsterdam has opened its submissions for the Junior Co-production Market. The submission deadline previously set for 15 June 2017 has been extended until 3 July 2017. Link to entry form and website.

24/03/2017 – In the framework of its promotional activities aimed at fostering cinematographic co-productions from the initial stages of a project, the Eurimages Fund decided to create three new Co-production Development prizes of €20,000 each which will be awarded in the co-production markets of San Sebastian Film Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival and Cartoon Movie. See the press-release.

Moreover, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award for documentaries, worth 15 000 euros, went last night at the CPH:FORUM in Copenhagen to a project entitled Psychosis in Stockholm, which will be directed by the Swedish filmmaker Maria Bäck and produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius from the company Garagefilm International (SE). “The Jury was impressed by the braveness of a young filmmaker, who presented a very personal, delicate and urgent project. In this project she elaborates a strong personal suffering, that she wants to bring alive in a film, that combines documentary and fiction elements.” CPH:DOX’s international and co-production event, CPH:FORUM, has been established in order to support the development and financing of creatively and visually strong projects. This year, the event was held on 22-23 March, where the top producers and directors from the whole world took over the stage at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. The strongest project received the Eurimages Co-production Development Award which has been given by a jury composed of Dorien Van de Pas, Head of New Screen NL and Dutch representative to the Eurimages Board of Management, Francesco Giai Via, festival programmer for the Venice Film Festival and consultant for Torino Film Lab, and the Danish Oscar-nominated producer Signe Byrge Sørensen . More information on the festival’s website.

13/02/2017 – The second Eurimages Co-production Development Award of this new year was awarded last night to the project entitled The Wife of the Pilot by Anne Zohra Berrached during the Eurimages cocktail organised in co-operation with the Berlinale Co-production Market. The jury composed of the Dutch producer Leontine Petit, Manfred Schmidt (director of MDM for many years) and Pablo Pérez de Lema, Spanish representative to the Eurimages Board of Management, were impressed by the quality consistently high standard of the 14 projects which were presented to them. However, it chose to reward a project which “tells a story that is part of all of our histories, told from a completely different point of view. It will be a film that challenges audiences to look beyond what they think they know, and to leave behind their preconceptions.” See the press release.

02/02/2017 – The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 2017, worth 20 000 euros was awarded last night in Rotterdam in the framework of the 34th CineMart Co-Production Market to the project entitled Jumpman, which will be directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky and produced by the company New People (RU), in association with Arizona Productions (France). The Jury composed of Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of the Production and Development at the National Film Centre in Latvia and representative of Latvia to the Eurimages Board of Management, the producer Annamaria Lodato and Anton Scholten, co-founder of  one of the main Dutch companies of post-production and special effects , the company Filmmore, wanted to give the Eurimages Award to "a project that through a seemingly simple story questions our ever-growing numbness evidenced so clearly in our societies today. In doing so, this young and talented filmmaker attempts to bridge a high quality filmmaking to a wider audience while further expanding and developing his cinema language”. Further information on the Festival’s website.


Eurimages welcomes Canada!

16/03/2017 Canada has become the first non-European country to accede to the Council of Europe’s cultural fund, Eurimages, as an associate member.

Permanent Observer of Canada to the Council of Europe, Mr Alan Bowman, handed over Canada’s documents of accession to Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe yesterday in Strasbourg (see picture).

The membership takes effect immediately, which means that Canadian producers may apply to Eurimages at the next call for projects on 20 April. More information on the press-release

24 co-productions supported at the 146th Eurimages Board of Mangement meeting

13/03/2017 At its 146th meeting held from 7 to 10 March 2017 in Strasbourg, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 19 fiction, 2 documentaries and 3 animation film projects.

Press release

List of co-productions supported in 2017

 


New Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam

30/01/2017 In common with many other creative industries, the film industry now operates as part of a worldwide content market. Digital technology has made this possible by reshaping not only how films are made, but how they reach their audience.

To respond to these challenges, the Council of Europe opens for signature today a new Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production. The opening ceremony will take place during the 46th edition of the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (De Doelen - Juarriaanse zaal, 17h15).

This new Convention builds on the success story of the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, and provides an updated legal and financial framework for producers from different countries wishing to co-operate on the production of a film. (Press release)


Winners of the Berlinale 2017

20/02/2017 –Four Eurimages-supported films were awarded at the 67th edition of the Berlinale which came to an end last Saturday: Ana, mon Amour (RO, DE, FR) by Peter Netzer Calin received the Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution thanks to the editing of Dana Bunescu, which was an essential part of the film’s “complex architecture”, while the Silver Bear – Alfred Bauer Prize for new perspectives went to Agnieszka Holland for her film Pokot (PL, DE, CZ, SE). The Jury of the Generation KPlus section awarded the Crystal Bear to the co-production Piata Lod/Little Harbour (SK, HU, CZ) by Iveta Grófová and the film Insyriated (BE, FR) by Philippe Van Leeuw took both the Europa Cinemas Label and the Audience Award from the Panorama section. Last but not least, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award went to the project of Berlinale Co-production Market entitled The Wife of the Pilot to be directed by Anne Zohra Berrached and produced by the German company Razor Film Produktion. The full list of the winners is available on the web-site of the Berlinale.


5 films supported by Eurimages nominated at the Oscars!

24/01/2017 The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards which will take place on 26 February 2017 have just been revealed and no less than five films supported by the Eurimages Fund are among them! The following films have been nominated: The Lobster (IE, FR, GB, NL, GR) by Yorgos Lanthimos in the Best Screenplay category, the co-productions Ma vie de courgette (CH, FR) by Claude Barras and The Red Turtle (FR, BE) by Michael Dudok de Wit in the Best Animation Film category and the films Land of Mine (DK, DE) by Martin Zandvliet and Toni Erdmann (DE, AT) by Maren Ade in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The complete list of nominees is available on the Oscars’ website.

 


 

Catherine Trautmann elected President of Eurimages

15/12/2016 – Catherine Trautmann was today elected President of Eurimages, the support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works. 

Born in Strasbourg, Catherine Trautmann is a fervent European. With an excellent knowledge of the film and audio-visual sector, she has been a longstanding proponent of the protection and promotion of cultural diversity.  She has held senior governmental and European posts, notably as French Minister for Culture and Communication from 1997 to 2000, as member of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and then as a very active Member of the European Parliament for 18 years.  

Catherine Trautmann succeeds Jobst Plog, whose excellent work at the head of Eurimages since 2009 she saluted: “I am conscious of the good fortune of working with a Board of Management and Secretariat that are both competent and committed, at the service of a Fund which has proved its worth and at a time when it is vital to reaffirm European values”.  For his part, Mr Plog expressed his satisfaction that the “Board has found a candidate capable of ensuring the continuity of our work”.

Ms Trautmann will chair the Eurimages Fund as from 1 January 2017 for a four-year term of office.

Press release


13 co-productions supported at the 145th Eurimages Board of Management meeting

16/12/2016 – At its 145th meeting held from 12 to15 December 2016 in Krakow, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 11 fiction, 1 documentary and 1 animation film projects.

List of co-productions supported in 2016

Press release

 


5 Eurimages-supported films awarded at the European Film Awards

12/12/2016 – On Saturday evening, the European Film Awards hosted in Wroclaw, awarded Toni Erdmann (DE, AT) by Maren Ade five of the biggest prizes of the evening: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Screenwriter, Best European Actress (Sandra Hüller) and Best European Actor Prize (Peter Simonischek).

The co-production My Life as a Zucchini (CH, FR) by Claude Barras was awarded the Prize for Best European Animated Feature Film.

Land of Mine
(DK, DE) by Martin Zandvliet received three awards: Best European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo di Palma to Camilla Hjelm Knudsen, Best European Costume Designer to Stefanie Bieker and Best European Hair and Make-Up Artist Award to Barbara Kreuzer.

The Prize for Best European Editor was awarded to Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen for The Commune (DK, SE, NL), by Thomas Vinterberg.

The Prize for Best European Sound Designer was awarded to Radosław Ochnio for the co-production 11 Minutes (PL, IE) by Jerzy Skolimowski.

Finally, the European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages was awarded to the Dutch producer Leontine Petit, who has (co)-produced many films supported by the Eurimages Fund among which children’s films and has received many awards in the world (see the press release).


First meeting of working group on gender equality recommendation

12/12/2016 – Following the Sarajevo conference declaration in August 2015 and further to approval of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, the first meeting of the working group on a gender equality recommendation in the audiovisual sector (CPP-ESA), took place in Paris at the OECD on 1-2 December. The second and final meeting of this working group is scheduled for 30-31 March 2017 in Strasbourg. It is envisaged that a pioneering recommendation in this area be adopted by the Council of Europe by end 2017. The working group is being managed by the CDCPP in collaboration with Eurimages."

 

 


Eurimages Lab Project Award

13/12/2016 – The fourth and last EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD was given last night to the project entitled The Hidden City de Victor Moreno, produced by the companies El Viaje Films (ES) and Pomme Hurlante (FR), in the framework of the Festival’s initiative Work-In-Progress which came to a close last night. The jury composed of the directors Bertrand Bonello and Clément Cogitore, Béatrice Fiorentino (Venice’s International Critics Weeks), Sara Norberg (Director of Helsinki’s International Film Festival, Love & Anarchy) and Karin Schockweiler (LU) for Eurimages, was impressed by the imagery and the audacious concept of this project which films the reality in an innovative and creative way with its mixture of documentary and science fiction. See the Festival's website.

The third EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD awarded on 12 November 2016 in the framework of the AGORA Works-In-Progress initiative of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival went to the project Thorn by Garbiel Tzafka, produced by the companies Kakavias Film (GR) and Nitrat Film (DK). The jury composed of Alexandros Christoyiannis (Content Director & Deputy Director, OTE TV, Greece), Giorgio Gosetti (Artistic Director, Venice Days – Venice Festival, Italy) and Rachel Schmid (Eurimages Representative, Switzerland) who were particularly seduced by the quality of the projects in this edition and also awarded the GRAAL Co-production Prize to the film Charlton Heston by Andrei Cretulescu. Further information on the Festival’s website.

The second EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD presented at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund as part of its New Nordic Films’ works-in-progress held on 24 and 25 August 2016 went to the Icelandic project The wind blew on directed by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and produced by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and Katie Nicoll. The jury consisting of the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, the Eurimages Dutch representative Dorien van de Pas and Heidi Zwicker, programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, was “struck by the beauty of the images and the whole cinematic approach. The concept of the film creates an emotional, which reaches out directly to us, the viewers. The jury respects the Commitment of this filmmaker to the strong vision and the Independent way of developing the project”. See the press-release and the Festival website.

The first EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as part of its “Works in Progress” event went to the film Perseverance (Vztrajanje) by Miha Knific, a co-production between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Serbia. The jury consisting of Karin Schockweiler (Eurimages Luxembourg representative), Kim Yutani (Sundance IFF) and Meinolf Zurhorst (ARTE/ZDF) was "moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind". It decided to give the Eurimages Lab Project Award @ KVIFF amounting to €50,000 to this film "for its visually striking and sensory jouney through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race". This jury also decided to give the Works in Progress Award in a total value of €100,000 to the film entitled Requiem for Mrs. J (RS, BG, MK) by Bojan Vuletić, supported by Eurimages. More information on the Festival's website.

 


Tallinn closes the Eurimages Co-production Development Awards for 2016

24/11/2016 - TALLINN: The Baltic Event’s Co-production Market organised during the The Black Nights Film Festival came to a close last night with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award given to the project entitled Citizen Saint by Tinatin Kajrishvili which will be produced by Lasha Khalvashi, Artizm, Georgia. This prize worth 20000 euros was awarded by a jury composed of  Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of the Production and Development within the "National Film Centre" of Latvia and Latvian representative to the Eurimages Board of Management, Suzanne Glansborg, Executive Producer at TV4/Bonnier Broadcasting in Sweden and Titus Kreyenberg, General Director and Producer at unafilm in Germany. More information on the web-site of the event.

ROME: SISTERS by Emin Alper won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 2016, the prize awarded in the framework of MIA. The Special Mention was awarded to FORTNIGHT by Aga Woszcyńska. The award ceremony, which took place in the Chiostro Grande of  the Terme di Diocleziano, has been hosted by Lucia Milazzotto, director of the International Audiovisual Market, and by the Eurimages President Jobst Plog, who has awarded the prizes. The jury, composed by Iole Giannattasio, Ilann Girard, Lee Magiday and Michael Weber, has awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize 2016 of 20.000 Euros to Sisters, directed by Emin Alper and produced by Nadir Öperli. Emir Alper, representative of the new generation of the Turkish cinema, gets acknowledged for his own take of the Anatolian traditional society. Sisters explores the Ottoman institution of Besleme, where village girls are placed in well-established foster families, hoping in a better life. What should be a hope for a better life carries with it an insight into the complexities of their desire for freedom and the reality of being stuck in a predefined role in a traditional culture. The Jury was challenged in coming to a unanimous decision and have decided to give special mention to Fortnight by Aga Woszcyńska, produced by Agnieszka Wasiak. A contemporary tale about a privileged Polish couple confronted by a situation that challenges the dynamic of their relationship. An intimate story that touches on the widening distances in our society. All information on www.miamarket.it.

AMSTERDAM - Two major prizes were handed out to projects selected for this year’s Junior Co-Production Market during the closing ceremony of Cinekid for Professionals 2016 last Saturday: the Eurimages Co-production Develoment Award went to HAND IN HAND, written by Erik Ahrnbom, Grethe Bøe-Waal, directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal and produced by MINT ab (Sweden, Norway, Germany). The Jury said: "We would like to hand out this award to a film that tackles a difficult subject with a lighter and empowering story. A film that will probably appeal to a large audience, while adding another more complex layer. It’s about children who are set apart in society, providing them the tools to find their own strength. Two girls who are outsiders, bullied by their friends, find their own path by working together and taking responsibility where others don’t. It’s a clear metaphor for how bullying is often dealt with, a topic that is universal, relevant and important to address". The Jury also wished to award two Special Mentions of this award to the projects RASPBERRIES WITH MUSTARD, written by Ruth Olshan, Heike Fink, directed by Ruth Olshan and produced by zischlermann filmproduktion GmbH (Germany) and added "We would like to make a special mention of this delicately balanced film that shows an angry but brave young girl who is grieving for the loss of her mother", as well as to the project 16, written and directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, produced by Fuglene AS (Norway) for which the Jury said "It’s a beautiful, daring feature that observes those who are, unfortunately so often, still seen as different. Kenneth Elvebakk’s dedication to the subject, and the delicate way he wants to portray the main characters, is inspiring." More information on www.cinekid.nl.

ROTTERDAM : Open call for projects at Cinemart which will be held from 29 January to 1 February 2017 in the framework of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, with the deadline being set at 16 September 2016. Information on the modalities for submission of projects can be found in the Festival’s website at the following address: https://iffr.com/en/professionals/iffr-industry/cinemart/cinemart-project-entry.

BERLIN: The Call for Project Submissions for the 14th Berlinale Co-Production Market (12-14 February  2017), which will take place as part of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (9-19 February) is open! Experienced producers from around the world are invited to submit their new feature-length fiction projects with a budget range from 1 to 20 million Euros, with at least 30% of financing (or the local production funding) already in place, for which they are seeking international co-production and financing partners. Please find the specific project requirements along with more detailed information and the SUBMISSION FORM online here. The deadline for project submissions is 12 October 2016. This year’s selection will be made by 22 December 2016 and will be officially announced in January. See the Press-Release.


Toni Erdmann rewarded in Seville!

14/11/2016 – The 13th edition of the Seville Film Festival which came to a close on Saturday evening with the awarding of the Eurimages Prize for Best European Production to the film Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade, a co-production between Germany and Austria, also rewarded by the Grand Audience Award in the EFA Selection. The Jury was seduced by “a story that defends the freedom of being oneself and the courage to break with appearances and social protocol”. Other co-productions supported by the Fund figure in the award-winning list of this festival: it is the case of Godless (BG, FR, DK) by Ralitza Petrova, which won the ASECAN Best Film Award in the Official Section and Heartstone (IS, DK) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson which received the “3rd Ocaña Award to Freedom” and the film Albüm (TR, FR, RO) by Mehmet Can Mertoglu awarded with the Special Prize in the New Waves Section. Further information on the Festival’s website.


The Prizes of the 17th edition of Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma européen

10/11/2016 – The 17th edition of the event Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen, a collaboration  between the Odyssée cinema, the Council of Europe and the Eurimages Fund came to a close last night with the awarding of the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation to the film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine and the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights ex-aequo to the co-productions Soleil de Plomb – Zvizdan by Dalibor Matanic and Abluka – suspiscions by Emin Alper. The award-giving ceremony which took place in the presence of members of the jury was followed by the screening of the film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine, a co-production between France and Poland. See the press release.

 


26 co-productions supported at the 144th Board of Management meeting

25/10/2016 – At its 144th meeting held from 17 to 21 October 2016 in Tallinn, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 22 fiction, 3 documentaries and 1 animation film projects.

List of co-productions supported in 2016

Press release

 


European quality arthouse cinema on screens in Strasbourg!

06/10/2016 - The 17th edition of the event Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen, a collaboration between the Odyssée cinema, the Council of Europe and the Eurimages Fund began last night with the screening of the film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, a co-production between Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, in the presence of a jury composed of 12 Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Executive Director of Eurimages. This event which proposes for several weeks the programming of a selection of 11 films supported by the Eurimages Fund will have in addition two special screenings on 11 October and 5 November (screening followed by a debate) and will end on 9 November 2016 with awarding of two honorific prizes (the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation and the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights) and the screening of a film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine, a French-Polish co-production supported by the Eurimages Fund. Further information in the flyer and on the Odyssée cinema's website.


Summer Festivals - Prizes and nominations

26/09/2016 – Four Eurimages-supported films screened in the framework of the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival were rewarded during the closing ceremony on 24 September 2016: the Special Jury Prize was awarded to the Swedish film Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm, co-produced with Denmark and selected in official competition. The film Park by Sofia Exarchou, winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, was rewarded with the Kutxabank-New Directors Prize and the animation film Ma vie de courgette (CH, FR) by Claude Barras received the European Film Prize. Finally the Signis Prize, was awarded to the French-German co-production Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello. The full list of award winners is on the Festival’s website.

12/09/2016 –The 73rd Venice Festival came to a close last Saturday with the Silver Lion for Best Director awarded to the director Andrei Konchalovsky for the German-Russian co-production supported by Eurimages, Rai (Paradise), also rewarded by two collateral awards: the Segnalazione Cinema for UNICEF 2016 and the Padre Nazareno Taddei Prize.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awarded its prize to the film Une Vie by Stéphane Brizé, a French-Belgian co-production supported by the Eurimages Fund selected in the official competition of the Festival..
Several prizes from the Venice Days section were also awarded to films supported by Eurimages: the Europa Cinemas Label and the Prize for Best First Film for Sami Blood (SE, DK, NO) by Amanda Kernell, the Prize for Best European Film for the co-production entitled Quit Staring At My Plate (HR, DK) by Hana Jusic and finally the Queer Lion for the film Heartstone (IS, DK) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. The list of award winners are on the Festival’s website.

22/08/2016 - During the closing ceremony of the 69th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival which took place on Saturday 20 August, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film was awarded to the film Album by Mehmet Can Mertoglu (TR, FR, RO), a co-production supported by Eurimages between Turkey, France and Romania, which was also rewarded with the Cineuropa and CICAE prizes. The co-production Dogs by Bogdan Mirica (RO, FR, BG) won the Special Jury Mention  as well as the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor for Gheorghe Visu. The film Godless by Ralitza Petrova (BG, FR, DK), already rewarded in Locarno, was given the Special Jury Prize as well as the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress awarded to Irena Ivanova.
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award worth 20000 euros, awarded in the framework of the CineLink Co-production Market was awarded to the project God exists, her name is Petrunija which will be directed by Teona S Mitevska and produced by the company Sisters and Brother Mitevski from the “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Finally, the “Post Republic Award” awarded in the framework of the Work-in-Progres initiative was awarded to a film having received Eurimages co-production support: Touch me not by Adina Pintilie.

See the complete list of award winners of the 22nd edition on the Festival’s website.

16/08/2016 - The 69th Locarno Film Festival came to a close on Saturday 13 August, with the Pardo d’Oro (Golden Leopard) Prize awarded to the film Godless by Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria,Denmark,France). The Prize for Best Actress was awarded to Irena Ivanova for Godless.
And the Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film Scarred Hearts by Radu Jude (Romania,Germany).


Eurimages Lab Project Award

30/08/2016 –The second EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD presented at the  Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund as part of its New Nordic Films’ works-in-progress held on 24 and 25 August 2016 went to the Icelandic project The wind blew on directed by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and produced by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and Katie Nicoll. The jury consisting of the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, the Eurimages Dutch representative Dorien van de Pas and Heidi Zwicker, programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, was “struck by the beauty of the images and the whole cinematic approach. The concept of the film creates an emotional, which reaches out directly to us, the viewers. The jury respects the Commitment of this filmmaker to the strong vision and the Independent way of developing the project”. See the press-release and the Festival website.

The third and fourth editions of this award will be respectively hosted by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Festival des Arcs. Please note that in order to be eligible, projects must be mainly produced in a Eurimages member state, be shortlisted at one of the above four events and show international co-operation between at least two countries.

Call for Work-in-Progress at Les Arcs! Submissions are open until October 7, 2016 : all eligibility criteria and submissions forms are available on the Festival web-site. See the press-release.

The first EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT (more details under Promotion/Prizes) presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as part of its “Works in Progress” event went to the film Perseverance (Vztrajanje) by Miha Knific, a co-production between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Serbia. The jury consisting of Karin Schockweiler (Eurimages Luxembourg representative), Kim Yutani (Sundance IFF) and Meinolf Zurhorst (ARTE/ZDF) was "moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind". It decided to give the Eurimages Lab Project Award @ KVIFF amounting to €50,000 to this film "for its visually striking and sensory jouney through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race". This jury also decided to give the Works in Progress Award in a total value of €100,000 to the film entitled Requiem for Mrs. J (RS, BG, MK) by Bojan Vuletić, supported by Eurimages. More information on the Festival's website.

 


29 co-productions supported at the 143rd Board of Management meeting

28/06/2016 – At its 143rd meeting held from 20 to 24 June 2016 in Amsterdam, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 27 fiction and 2 documentary feature film projects.

List of co-productions supported in 2016

Press release

 


5 films supported by Eurimages rewarded at the Cannes Film Festival!

23/05/2016 – The Jury of the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival awarded the Best Directing ‪prize to Cristian ‪‎Mungiu for ‪Bacalaureat (Graduation), a co-production between Romania, Belgium and France.

The Un Certain Regard Special Prize was awarded to ‪the animation film The Red Turtle‪ by Michael ‪Du Dok De Wit, a co-production between France and Belgium.

The Critics Jury presented the‪ FIPRESCI Award to ‪Toni Erdmann by Maren ‪Ade, a co-production between Germany and Austria in Official Competition and the FIPRESCI Award to ‪Caini (Dogs) by Bogdan ‪Mirica, a co-production between Romania, France and Bulgaria in Un Certain Regard.

Albüm, by Mertoglu Mehmet Can, a co-production between Turkey, France and Romania, was presented the Visionary Award of the Critics Week.

In the Director’s Fortnight section, Wolf And Sheep by Sadat Shahrbanoo, a co-production between Denmark, France and Sweden won the Art Cinema Award.

See the full list of award winners on the Festival’s website.


Audentia Award

19/04/2016The 2016 Audentia Award for best female director was presented to Anca Damian (The Magic Mountain) during the closing ceremony of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival Eurimages. The award, a cash prize of 30 000 euros, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry. (Press release)

 


CONDOLENCES

01/04/2016 - Gaetano Adinolfi, aka « Nino », passed away on Tuesday 29 March. Former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, he was also the founding President of the Eurimages Fund. The Board of Management and the Eurimages Secretariat wish to pay tribute to this great founding personality of the Fund, salute the memory of a lighthearted and committed man, and share the grief of his family, relatives and friends.

A couple of days earlier, it was with a great shock and sadness that we learnt about the early departure of Toine Berbers, Dutch representative to the Eurimages Board of Management from 2001 to 2009 and Vice-Chair in 2005 and 2006. We remember Toine not only as a wise, kind and profoundly humane person but also as a most efficient and committed colleague. Toine will be sorely missed by all of us but our memories of his warmth and smile will remain forever.


16 co-productions supported at the 142nd Board of Management meeting

14/03/2016 – At its 142nd meeting held from 8 to 11 March 2016 in Tirana, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 13 fiction and 3 documentary feature film projects.

List of co-productions supported in 2016

Press release

 


Eurimages in Berlin...

22/02/2016 – The 66th Berlinale edition came to a close on Saturday evening with the Silver Bear for Best Actress awarded to Trine Dyrholm for her interpretation in the co-production The Commune (DK, SE, NL) by Thomas Vinterberg, supported by Eurimages. The film Les premiers, les derniers (FR, BE) by Bouli Lanners, also supported by Eurimages, was awarded the 2016 Panorama Prize and the Label Europa Cinemas. See the full list of award winners. Moreover, the second Eurimages Co-production Development Award was given in the framework of the Berlinale Co-production Market to an animation film project entitled Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman directed by Pierre Földes which will be produced by the company Cinéma Defacto in co-operation with the Hungarian company Proton Cinema. The jury composed of Katriel Schory (Israel Film Fund), Ada Solomon (HiFilm Productions in Romania) and Pablo Pérez de Lema Sáenz de Viguera (Spanish Eurimages representative) also decided to award a Special Mention to two other projects: Memories from the Cell by Alvaro Brechner produced by Tornasol (ES) and The Little Comrade by Moonika Siimets, produced by the company Amrion (EE). Further information in the press release.


Eurimages in CineMart, Rotterdam

04/02/2016 –The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 2016 was awarded yesterday during the close of the 33rd edition of the CineMart co-production market organised in the framework of Rotterdam’s International Film Festival (27/01-07/02/2016). This prize of 20 000 euros was given to the project entitled Berlin Alexanderplatz which will be directed by Burhan Qurbani (DE) and produced by the German company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion. The Jury composed of Annamaria Lodato (ARTE), Fabien Westerhoff (FFWD) and Dorien van de Pas (Representative of the Netherlands within the Eurimages Board of Management) was seduced by this project which gives us a new and relevant view on a classic piece (see press release).

 


Armenia joins Eurimages

28/01/2016 – The Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe Eurimages is pleased to welcome a new member state, Armenia, as of 1st January 2016.

As a result, co-production projects involving a co-producer from Armenia can be submitted to Eurimages for examination at the forthcoming meetings.

As Armenia does not have access to the support mechanisms of the CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA Programme, distributors from Armenia can apply for support. In the same manner, exhibitors from Armenia will be eligible for the Eurimages programme of support for exhibition. Press release


Death announcement

05/01/2016 - It is with a profound sense of shock that we have learned of the death of Artan Minarolli, Albanian representative at Eurimages Board of Management. In Artan, Eurimages has lost not only a valued filmmaker but also a great friend, appreciated by all for his kindness and warmth.  

We grieve the loss of Artan with the Albanian film community, the memory of Artan will remain with us through his films and his unforgettable smile.



 

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