And the winner is…. The Happiest Man in the World or Lessons in Love by Teona Strugar Mitevska! Last night, at the CineLink co-production market in Sarajevo, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award of an amount of 20 000 euros went to this project produced by the company Sisters and Brother Mitevski. The jury composed of a number of eminent members of the profession, including Emma Scott (IE) for Eurimages decided to reward a project which offers a deeper reflection on post-war forgiveness. The humorous elements in the tale and the positive message the director wishes to convey convinced the jury of the film’s potential to look at the post-war Balkan setting from a different angle. A Special Mention was given to the project Forever Hold Your Peace by Ivan Marinović which will be co-produced by the companies Adriatic Western in Montenegro and Sense Production in Serbia. Further information on the Festival’s website.
The next Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be given in San Sebastian in the framework of the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum which will take place from 22 to 25 August 2019.
During the closing ceremony of the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director was awarded to Emin Alper for his film A Tale of Three Sisters, a co-production between Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece, supported by Eurimages and also rewarded by the CICAE Prize. The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress was awarded to Irini Jambonas for her role in Rounds by Stephan Komandarev, a co-production between Bulgaria and Serbia also supported by Eurimages and rewarded by the Cineuropa Prize.
11-06-2019 - Democracy work in progress by Mihály Schwechtje and produced by Genovéva Petrovits from the Budapest-based Hungarian company The Soup received the Eurimages Co-production Development Award given in the framework of the Transilvania International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Co-production Market (TPS) which came to a close on 9 June in Cluj, Romania. The jury included Katriel Schory, Ada Solomon and Audrius Stonys for Eurimages and they really appreciated the fact that this project started from a mundane event and developed into a reflection on corruption, society and how good ideological intentions can be misappropriated as well as the fact that the project can travel outside co-producing countries.
Impressed by the depiction of the lead female protagonist, the jury decided to give a Special mention to the project Athlete by Semih Gulen and Mustafa Emin Buyukcoskun produced by Oyku Kanli from the company Yumurta Yapim Sanat established in Istanbul, Turkey.
29-03-2019 - Last night at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award of an amount of 15,000 euros dedicated to documentaries went to the project Four Brothers by Peter-Jan de Pue, presented in the framework of the CPH:FORUM co-production market. This documentary will be produced by Vincent Metzinger from the company Savage Film (BE), in co-operation with the German company Gebrüder Beetz. The jury consisting of Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique), David Herdies (Memento Film) and Tamara Tatishvili (GE) for Eurimages was impressed by “the integrity and powerful cinematic language of this project, which gives a contemporary look on the impact and the harshness of belonging and isolation within a family in a war situation”. More information on the website of the festival.
The next Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be given during the TPS co-production platform organised in the framework of the Transilvania International Film Festival (31 May – 9 June 2019).
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award of an amount of 20 000 euros awarded in the framework of Cartoon Movie has been awarded to the project entitled Of Unwanted Things and People by David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková, Leon Vidmar & Agata Gorządek, co-produced by the companies Maur Film (Czech Republic), Artichoke (Slovakia), ZVVIKS (Slovenia) & WJTeam/Likaon (Poland). The jury composed of Tom Carpelan (Filmkompaniet – Finland), François Mergier (STUDIOCANAL – France) and Dorien van de Pas (Netherlands) for Eurimages was impressed by this remarkable production team that this project brought together for the first time, and was seduced by this film which involves a great deal of fantasy and imagination dealing with universal issues. Further information in the press release.
The next Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be given during the CPH:FORUM co-production market organised in the framework of the CPH:DOX festival from 26 to 28 March.
11-02-2019 - Last night, during the Eurimages cocktail held in co-operation with the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award went to the project Alcarràs by Carla Simón, to be produced by Maria Zamora at Avalon PC (ES). The jury composed of Helena Danielsson, Jakub Duszynski and Karin Schockweiler for Eurimages, said the following: “This director’s accomplished first film established her as one of the most interesting and fresh voices in European cinema. Observing changes in Europe from an intimate perspective, based on personal experience, her new project carries a message of hope on the need to accept change.”
31-01-2019 - The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 2019 was awarded last night in the framework of the CineMart Co-production Market at the Rotterdam International Film Festival: it rewarded the project entitled Stillborn which will be directed by Olga Chajdas and produced by the company Apple Film Production (PL). The jury composed of Frans van Gestel (Topkapi), Constanza Arena (CinemaChile) and Majlinda Tafa for Eurimages (representative of Albania) chose a project which reflects on recent European history and is carried by a female character with a young and vibrant heart. The director’s visual style, her determination and approach to the recent history of her nation makes the jury confident that this film will travel over many borders. See the Festival’s website.