The 26th edition of the Sarajevo Online Film Festival drew to a close yesterday with the awarding of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, worth €20 000, for the project The Otter, which was presented at the CineLink Co-Production Market. This project, written by Stefan Bošković, will be directed by Srđan Vuletić and produced by Ivan Đurović from the company Artikulacija Film (Montenegro), in co-operation with Iridium Film (Slovenia) and Refresh (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The jury, composed of numerous film industry personalities including Elena Kotová for Eurimages (CZ), was won over by this original approach to the transition to adulthood in the Balkans, which is likely to appeal to a wide audience around the world. More information is available on the Festival’s website.
In addition, the jury of the Festival's official competition, chaired by French director Michel Hazanavicius, rewarded various co-productions supported by the Eurimages Fund, including Exil (DE, BE, Kosovo*) by Visar Morina, which won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film, Mare (CH, HR) by Andrea Štaka whose lead actress (Marija Škaričić) won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress and Digger (GR, FR) by Georgis Grigorakis whose lead actor Vangelis Mourikis won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor. Finally, the Audentia Award worth 30 000 euros was awarded to director Natalija Yefimkina for her feature-length documentary Garage People.
The next Eurimages Coproduction Development Award will be given during the virtual edition of the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum to be held during the San Sebastian International Film Festival on 19-21 September 2020.
*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
10-08-2020 - During the closing ceremony of the 2020 Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) Co-production Market (TPS) on Saturday 8 August in Cluj, Romania, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, of an amount of 20 000 euros, was awarded to the project Kretsul, to be directed by Alexandra Likhacheva and produced by Anna Shalashina of WISH Media (Russia). The jury composed of Marianne Dumoulin and Miroslav Mogorovich, together with Eduart Makri for Eurimages, chose to support this project which tells us the story of a human victory, based on the friendship between two sportsmen who manage to overcome their drama thanks to their tenacity and an exceptional friendship. Based on contemporary true events, it tells a winner’s story in a different way, where success is based on human values. See the Festival’s website for more information.
27-03-2020 - In the framework of the 2020 CPH:FORUM edition which was held this week in a new and successful way in a virtual space, the jury composed of Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales), Malin Hüber (HER Films) and Nino Kirtadze (GE) for Eurimages decided to award the Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 15 000 euros to the project Hana Korea which will be directed by Frederik Sølberg and produced by Sara Stockmann (Sonntag Pictures, DK) in co-operation with Heejung Oh from the South-Korean company Seesaw Pictures. Further information is available on the Festival’s website (link to the press release).
06-03-2020 - Last night, the jury of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award given in the framework of Cartoon Movie chose to reward the project FLEAK produced by Anima Vitae (Finland), in co-operation with Animoon (Poland) and Godo Films (France). Julia Müntefering (Telepool, Germany), Eric Geay (SND, France) and Karin Schockweiler (LU) for Eurimages particularly appreciated the "fresh and new approach dealing with a sensitive and touching topic that can make a difference". Further information in the press release.
27-02-2020 - Last Sunday at the reception organised in co-operation with the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, of an amount of 20 000 euros, was awarded to the project There Are Two Kinds of People in This World to be directed by Onur Saylak and produced by Liman Film and b.i.t Arts (TR). The jury composed of the producer Giorgos Karnavas (GR), the world sales representative Marie-Pierre Vallé (FR) and the Czech representative of Eurimages Elena Kotová decided to reward a project “that plays with different genres, is intended for an organic co-production and tackles contemporary political issues in a surprising and original way, with a convincing artistic team behind it”. This jury also chose to award a Special Mention to the project Electric Child to be directed by Simon Jaquemet and produced by the Swiss company 8Horses.
30-01-2020 - During CineMart’s closing ceremony in Rotterdam last night, the very first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 2020, of an amount of 20 000 euros, was awarded to the project Infanta by Natalia Garagiola, which will be produced by Benjamin Domenech for REI CINE (AR). The jury composed of producer Didar Domerhi, Rémi Bonhomme (Critics’ Week) and Dorien Van de Pas for Eurimages, chose to reward a project “with a strong directorial vision and an evident complicity between producer and director. This project with a starting point in real historical events is also a reflection on the power of collective delusion and the societal norms that make this possible.”
The next Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be awarded in the framework of the Berlinale Co-production Market, on 23 February 2020. Further information available on the Festival’s website.