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Eurimages Lab Project Awards 2017

Les Arcs, France 19 December 2017
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Eurimages Lab Project Awards 2017

19/12/2017 – Last night at the closing ceremony of the Work in Progress event organised by Les Arcs European Film Festival, the Eurimages Lab Project Award of €50,000 went to the project Gold Is All There Is by Andrea Caccia, produced by Dugong Films (IT), Picofilms (FR) and Rough Cat (CH). The jury composed by Charles Tesson (Artistic Director of Cannes Critic's Week), Elad Samorzik (Director of Jerusalem International Film Festival) and Tamara Tatishvili (Georgian representative to Eurimages) appreciated this “project with sensitive visual narration, craftful mixing of genre and solid presence of a place.” See the press release.

10/11/2017 – The Eurimages Lab Project Award of €50,000 presented in Thessaloniki went to the project Speak So I Can See You directed by Marija Stojnic, produced by Marija Stojnic and Milos Ivanovic from the company Bilboke in Serbia and co-produced by Tibor Keser and Vanja Jambrovic from the company Restart in Croatia. Set at the intersection of an audiovisual experiment and an observational documentary, this film connects the strangers from the opposite ends of the radio signal and re-imagines the role of the old-school, live, spoken-word radio in contemporary life, reinventing its purpose in the global epidemic of loneliness. This year’s Agora Works in Progress Jury consisted of Dorien van de Pas (Eurimages Representative from the Netherlands Film Fund), Bero Beyer (Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam) and Ilias Georgiopoulos (distributor, Danaos Films, Greece). More information on the newsletter / press release.

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.

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.

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.