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Contents Programme


Baltic Event Awards


BE Co-Production Market projects


Baltic Bridge East by West projects


Spotlight on Kazakhstan


POWR Baltic Stories Exchange


Baltic Event coming soon projects


Baltic Event screenings


Focus on Kyrgyzstan


Black Nights Industry Talks


Baltic Event / B’EST Panels


Baltic Event / Industry@Tallinn teams



Programme November 25 10:00 - 18:00 Foreign producers’ location scout day to Haapsalu and Western Estonia (with Haapsalu City) 20:00 Industry@Tallinn welcome cocktail A Restaurant HETK, Roseni 9

November 26


November 27 Baltic Event Co-Production Market / POWR /B’EST 9:00 - 18:00

Baltic Bridge East by West (B’EST) 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 13:00 B’EST Group Work A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus 15:00 - 20:00 B’EST Individual meetings with Sibylle Kurz 16:00 - 20:00 B’EST Individual meetings with Frederic Corvez

10:00 - 11:00 14:00 - 16:00

Open Talks, Workshops, Panels, Presentations 10:00 - 11:00 Black Nights Industry Panel #1: Hello Hollywood - how to develop and market for reaching the big screen? (see page 89) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 11:15 - 12:30 Black Nights Industry Panel #2: Keeping it hot developing future festivals and distribution in the age of declining audience (see page 88) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 12:30 - 13:00 Black Nights Industry Discussion: Production possibilities with Japanese independents. Presentation of Industry@Tallinn - TIFFCOM collaboration project. (see page 88) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 14:00 - 16:00 B’EST / Baltic Event Plenary: Understanding Music Rights by Laurence Kaye (see page 91) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus Estonian Film Music Showcase 17:00 - 18:30 Workshop: how does music end up in films? (with Tallinn Music Week) (see page 88) A Von Krahl Theatre, Rataskaevu 10 18:45 - 20:00 Estonian Film Music Pitching sessions and showcase (with Tallinn Music Week) (see page 89) A Von Krahl Theatre, Rataskaevu 10


Estonian Film Music Showcase and Party (withTallinn Music Week showcase festival) A Von Krahl Bar, Rataskaevu 10

14:00 - 19:00 16:00 - 18:00

POWR workshop A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Vega Baltic Event Co-Production Market individual meetings A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Capella B’EST Group Work A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus B’EST Group Work A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus B’EST Individual meetings with Sibylle Kurz B’EST Individual meetings with Frederic Corvez

BE Screenings 10:00 - 18:00 BE industry screenings (see pages 74-85) A Cinema Artis, Estonia pst. 9 Open Talks, Workshops, Panels, Presentations 10:00 - 11:00 Black Nights Industry Panel #3: South Korean Showcase: The successes and expectations in producing with Korea (see page 89) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 11:00 - 12:00 Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Estonian Film Institute and Korean Film Council (KOFIC) (see page 89) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 11:00 - 13:00 Baltic Event / B’EST Plenary: the International Market and Working with Sales Agents by Frédéric Corvez (see page 91) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus 12:00 - 13:00 Black Nights Industry Panel #4: Spotlight on Canada (see page 89) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 14:00 - 15:30 Workshop: Monetizing Transmedia (see page 89) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius

16:00 - 17:15 Baltic Event Panel / Focus on Kyrgysztan (see page 86) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 17:15 - 18:30 Baltic Event coming soon presentation (see pages 62-73) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Evening Events 20:00 - 23:00 Gala Dinner hosted by BE, The Finnish Film Foundation and Film New Europe (with invitations only) A Rotermanni soolaladu, Ahtri 2

November 28 Baltic Event Co-Production Market / POWR /B’EST POWR workshop A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Vega 11:00 - 17:00 Baltic Event Co-Production Market and B’EST individual meetings A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Capella

14:30 - 15:30 The Film Festival Programmers Roundtable: How big does a festival have to be? Keeping the balance between quality and quantity (see page 90) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 17:00 - 18:00 The script and pitch workshop POWR Baltic Stories Exchange Projects’ Presentation (see pages 58-62) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus Evening Events 19:00 - 21:00 Baltic Event co-production market award ceremony hosted by the city of Tallinn and Baltic & Scandinavian MEDIA Desks Tallinna raekoda /Town Hall, Raekoja 1

November 29 Baltic Event Co-Production Market / /B’EST

9:00 - 16:00

BE Screenings 10:00 - 18:00 BE industry screenings (see pages 74-85) A Cinema Artis, Estonia pst. 9 Open Talks, Workshops, Panels, Presentations 10:00 - 11:00 Baltic Bridge East by West (B’EST) Projects’ Presentation A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus 10:00 - 11:15 The Film Festival Programmers Talks #1 Programming politics in the age of competition for premieres (see page 90) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 11:30 - 13:00 The Film Festival Programmers Talks #2 Who will hear your scream – building fan communities, and not being censored by doing it (see page 90) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius 11:30 - 12:30 Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme Support for Independent Producers by Virve Indren A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus

10:00 - 13:00 Baltic Event Co-Production Market and B’EST individual meetings A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Capella BE Screenings 10:00 - 16:30 BE industry screenings (see pages 74-85) A Cinema Artis, Estonia pst. 9 Open Talks, Workshops, Panels, Presentations 10:00 - 16:30 STEP-IN European Sales Roundtable (see page 91) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus 14:00 - 16:00 Animated Dreams Film Festival presents “Animation 15 years ago and 15 years from now” (see page 90) A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Capella Evening Events 18:30 - 21:30 Baltic Event closing event (with invitations) A Restaurant Musi, Niguliste 6


Dear friends and colleagues We are happy to welcome you all in Tallinn for our 12th ever Baltic Event and proud to present our selection of projects and events to nearly 250 guests from 32 countries. Statistics show that almost 90% of the projects presented at Baltic Event are either completed or currently in post-production, production, or continuing active development. This number has constantly grown over the years – from 75% in 2005 to 100% in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It can mean only this: there are only hard-working people present at our market :) A total of 13 projects from previous BE co-production markets premiered in 2013, including August Fools (Taru Mäkelä, Finland/Czech Republic) from the first Baltic Event co-production market ever – 2005; The Excursionist (Audrius Juzenas, Lithuania), from Baltic Event 2008; The Arbiter (Kadri Kõusaar, Estonia/Sweden/UK) and Paradjanov (Serge Avedikian and Olga Fetisova, Ukraine/France/Georgia) from Baltic Event 2009; Name in the Dark (Agne Marcinkeviciute, Lithuania), A Land of Storms (Àdám Császi, Hungary/Germany), and Under Electric Clouds (Aleksei German Jr, Russia/Ukraine) from Baltic Event 2010; Free Range / Ballad on Approving of the World (Veiko Õunpuu, Estonia), Heavenly Shift (Márk Bodzsár, Hungary), Santa (Marius Ivaskevicius, Lithuania/Finland), Love Me (Maryna Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir Er, Ukraine/Turkey), and Blind Dates (Levan Koguashvili, Georgia, official competition at Tokyo IFF, Contemporary World Cinema at Toronto IFF) from Baltic Event 2011. Moreover, Mother, I Love You (Janis Nords, Latvia), from Baltic Event 2008, won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature film at Berlinale 2013. It is a true pleasure to note that four of the above-mentioned films are screened at the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival with Paradjanov in the EurAsia competition, Mother, I Love You in the Tridens Baltic Films Competition, The Arbiter in the Heave(i)n Estonian competition, and August Fools in the PÖFF’s Vitamin Boost section. Congratulations! So what have we got in store for you in this year’s programme? The Baltic Event Co-Production Market includes 12 projects from 11 countries. From the Baltics, Estonia is represented with two projects: an action drama, Heroes from the East, by Jaak Kilmi, by experienced producer Kristian Taska and a fantasy film Jesus’ Blood and Red Currants by Rainer Sarnet, produced by Katrin Kissa, who always works with projects with good festival potential. Latvia’s best-known


film director Laila Pakalnina greets you with her fifth feature Dawn and Lithuanian Kristijonas Vildžiunas presents Seneca’s Day with internationally acclaimed producer Uljana Kim. From Nordic countries, Finland brings on table True from one of the most prominent film directors of the country, Aku Louhimies, and Law of the Land by firsttimer but already well-known for his previous short, Jussi Hiltunen, by experienced producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg. Denmark is represented by Maja Friis with EAVE-developed Say Something, Pierrot! with up-and-coming producer Mille Haynes. Central, Eastern and Southern European countries add four projects: Sofia Exarchou, an award-winning short film director from Greece, is in Tallinn in partnership with CineLink co-production market presenting her feature Park, the winner of Eurimages Co-Production Development Award. From Romania, Botond-Csaba Püsök’s drama Miracle in Cluj is produced by well-established György Durst. Ukraine’s Marysia Nikitiuk develops her debut When the Trees Are Falling with another experienced producer, Igor Savychenko. Karlovy Vary’s former programme director Julietta Sichel and Stanislav Babic from Croatia’s Telefilm have joined forces on Ministry of Love by prized director Pavo Marinkovic. And last, but not least, our Focus Country Kyrgyzstan is represented by Aygul Bakanova’s Drifting Snow, which is produced through Cannes Residence Programme by the renowned Altynai Koichumanova. The line-up of Baltic Bridge East by West training and promotion initiative contains projects from Austria, France, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom on the Western European side and Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine from the East. Five projects are debut features – Caviar by Elena Tikhonova (Austria), The Gulls by Ella Manzheeva (Russia), Out by promising FAMU graduate György Kristóf (Slovak Republic), Miracle and Passing Clouds by UK’s National Film and Television School graduates – Egle Vertelyte (Lithuania) and Tatiana Korol (UK) respectively. Two second features include You Hid Saint Petersburg in Your Bag by award-winning director Valerie Gaudissart (France) and Northbound by the talented young filmmaker Ru Hasanov (Azerbaijan). And the slate is completed by Third World by Merab Kokochashvili, whose filmography spans over five decades (Georgia), Centaur by Aktan Arym Kubat, whose films have competed at Locarno and Cannes film festivals (Kyrgyzstan), and Kai by another award-winner Oleg Sentsov (Ukraine). POWR, a powerful tool for screenwriters from the Baltic and Nordic countries, helps eight thrilling story ideas from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania to develop into wonderful films.

Baltic Event Awards BEST PROJECT 5000 EUR post-production services at the Estonian Digital Centre is awarded by Our Focus Country of 2013 is Kyrgysztan, with both established and emerging talents as well as a fast-developing film industry, whose films are represented at numerous film festivals around the world. Last year Focus Country Kazakshtan’s projects are represented under Spotlight New Kazakh cinema.

Estonian Digital Centre offers high-end postproduction and digital delivery services for film, TV and commercials. We scan and restore archival material, and handle the entire digital postproduction workflow for new content.

As always, we bring European sales agents and film distributors to a round-table tackling film distribution issues in our countries, plenary presentations on music rights and working with sales agents. Combined with Black Nights Industry events under the Industry@Tallinn umbrella, many interesting discussions and panels on different topics will keep you up-to-date with the film industry in the region and worldwide.

BEST PITCH Coverage throughout the film’s life-cycle awarded by Screen International

Without your unique contribution, Baltic Event would not be as successful as it is today. We thank you all for your presence in Tallinn, wishing you fruitful workdays combined with relaxing evening events, many good projects and ideas to bring home, and lots of unforgettable memories from our small medieval capital. We also thank all our good partners, supporters and sponsors for having made it possible over the years.

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In this time of the year, Tallinn is preparing for Christmas and so are we, trying to make your stay here as pleasant as possible. The BE participants can hopefully enjoy not only working meetings but also the cosy atmosphere of the event and our personal care to you. Tere tulemast! Welcome!

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The Marché du Film is the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival and one of the largest film markets in the world. Established in 1959, it is held annually in conjunction with the Festival de Cannes. The 2014 edition of the Marché du Film will be held from May 14–23. The Producers Network hosts 550 producers from around the world in a series of meetings and events. Created to stimulate international co-production and project financing, this event is specially designed for producers. Events include Breakfast Meetings, gathering some 200 industry professionals and producers for roundtable discussions. CLEAR LIGHT AWARD 5400 EUR rental of DS LED System awarded by Digital Sputnik. Digital Sputnik is the manufacturer of revolutionary LED-based lighting system for the movie and television industry – a lighting system that replaces HMI lighting. DS LED System creates a new paradigm in lighting for film and television.


Dawn Synopsis This film is based on a Soviet propaganda story (most likely false) about Young Pioneer (Soviet equivalent to Boy Scouts) Morozov who denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his family. His life exemplified the duty of all good Soviet citizens to become informers, even at the expense of family ties. In Soviet Union this story was a subject of many books, songs, plays, a symphonic poem, opera and also the basis of Bezhin Meadow, an unreleased film from 1937 that was directed by Sergei Eisenstein. In our film 75 years later we call him little Janis. He is a pioneer who lives in the Soviet collective farm Dawn. His father is an enemy of the collective farm (and Soviet system) and wants to burn down its headquarters. Little Janis betrays his father. The father takes revenge on his son. Who in this old Soviet fairy-tale is the good one and who is the bad guy? This film reveals that distorted brain is always dangerous. Also nowadays.

Director’s note Original title: Ausma Genre: ironic drama Screenwriter: Laila Pakalnina Director: Laila Pakalnina Producers: Laila Pakalnina, Jurgis Krasons Production company: Hargla Company Language: Latvian Country: Latvia Budget: 2 000 000 EUR Financing in place: 140 000 EUR Partners attached: Miracle Worker (Poland) Goals at BE: finding co-production partners 12

Depicting collectivisation in Soviet Union, being ironical and terrified of people who were leading these activities and got involved in them, I want to talk about how absurd and inhuman any fanatic activities are. Also today. I intend to play with the (Soviet) time – to create the fantasy of this time. So, it will be surrealism based on the ideas of Soviet life-style. I wish to abstract from the precise calendar and define that the action of the film takes place in socialism. In Latvia’s case – the period of time from the second half of the 40s until the end of the 70s – the time we can define as a rather ‘clear’ socialism with rather closed borders. The time in this closed space was hardly moving and sometimes for people it seemed to have stopped literally or even crawling back (all the beautiful things were old – those preserved from the times of independence, not the new things).

Co-Production Market Latvia Director Laila Pakalnina is director and scriptwriter of 23 documentaries, 5 shorts, 4 fiction features. So she has 32 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 1 dog, 1 bicycle. And many ideas for new films. Her films have been screened in official programmes of Cannes IFF, Venice IFF, Berlin IFF, Locarno IFF, Rome IFF etc. Her films have been awarded at many international festivals and nominated twice for European Film Academy award. Filmography Features: Pizzas (Picas) 2012, The Hostage (Ķīlnieks) 2006, The Python (Pitons) 2003, The Shoe (Kurpe) 1998 Shorts: Silence (Klusums) 2009, Stones (Akmeņi) 2008, Fire (Uguns) 2007, Water (Udens) 2006, Anna’s Christmas (Annas Ziemassvētki) 1992

Hargla Company has cooperated with the: Digitaalne Sputnik and Acuba Film from Estonia, Illume from Finland, Era Film from Lithuania, Casablanca Film Production frm Slovenia, Schlemmer Film from Germany, Signpost Production from the USA, and Zentropa Denmark. Filmography Features: Pizzas 2012, The Hostage 2006, The Python 2003, The Shoe 1998 Shorts: Silence 2009, Stones 2008, Fire 2007, Water 2006 Documentaries: The Chimney 2013, Forty Two 2013, 33 Animals of Santa Claus 2011, On Rubiks’ Road 2010, The Bus 2004, It’ll Be Fine 2004, Martins 2002, Papa Gena 2001 Representatives at BE: Laila Pakalnina, director-producer Jurgis Krasons, producer

Documentaries: The Chimney (Skurstenis) 2013, Forty Two (Cetrdesmit divi) 2013, Snow Crazy (Sniegs) 2012, 33 Animals of Santa Claus (33 zveri Ziemassvetki vecitim) 2011, On Rubiks’ Road (Pa Rubika celu) 2010, Three Men and Fish Pond (Par dzimteniti) 2008, Theodore (Teodors) 2006, Dream Land (Leiputrija) 2004, The Bus (Autobuss) 2004, It’ll Be Fine (Bus labi) 2004, Martins (Martins) 2002, Papa Gena (Papa Gena) 2001, Wake up (Mostieties) 2000, The Oak (Ozols) 1997, Ubans (Ubans) 1995, The Mail (Pasts) 1995, The Ferry (Pramis) 1994, etc.

Producer and production company Hargla Company was founded in 1997 in order to enable the founders of the company to make their own films. So far by producing four feature films, eight creative documentaries and four shorts the activities of Hargla Company have been targeted at the same direction. Almost all the films have festival awards. Two were selected for the official programme of Cannes IFF, two for Venice IFF, one for Berlinale, three for Locarno IFF, two for Rome IFF.


Hargla Company Valtaiku 19, Riga LV1029, Latvia Contact Person / Position: Laila Pakalnina / Director-Producer Phone: +371 2923 5618 E-mail:


Drifting Snow Synopsis Saadat is a 37-year-old professional woman, who lives in downtown Bishkek with her two teenage children and a prosperous husband. She desperately tries to revive her decaying marriage with a third child but cannot conceive again. Distressed, Saadat loses herself at a bar with her friends, and returning at night, runs over a teenager on the street. This accident leads to a passionate romance with the 17-year-old Aman. Convinced that she is not fertile anymore, Saadat tries to re-live her youth with Aman. To her surprise they both begin to fall in love, despite the large difference in their ages, and the furtive nature of their affair. Soon Saadat finds out that she is pregnant and everything has to change.

Director’s note Original title: Снег Genre: drama Screenwriter: Aygul Bakanova Director: Aygul Bakanova Producer: Altynai Koichumanova Production company: Oy Art Language: Russian Country: Kyrgyzstan Budget: 500 000 EUR Financing in place: TBA Partners attached: Goals at BE: looking for Russian co-producer, sales agent 14

I am drawn to tell the story of a woman searching for meaning in her life as she approaches her late 30s. The story is set in modern Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, which has achieved a fragile independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is a traditional society, with a muted but present Muslim character, in which the young generation is pursuing Western aspirations of prosperity and consumer acquisition, while retaining older values concerning women, fertility, family, and sexuality. My heroine, Saadat, married traditionally early and now, after 16 years of marriage, is faced with a disintegrating family and a growing sense of ennui. For the first time in her life she tries to be true to herself, while her path is obscured by cultural and social roles, and masks. Not able to conceive again, Saadat questions the future of her marriage, and her own future. By pursuing a risky relationship with the teenage Aman, Saadat battles her emotional death, and by discovering her sexuality she unearths herself, her long- forgotten dreams, and her desires.

Co-Production Market Focus on Kyrgyzstan Director Aygul Bakanova was born in 1982 and grew up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She earned her BA in International Journalism, before continuing her studies in Moscow, specializing in script writing for television. She embarked on a career writing for Russia’s biggest television stations. After 4 years of experience in Moscow, Aygul started the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School. During the course she wrote and directed several short films and a documentary. For her graduation project Aygul wrote, directed and co-produced a short story set in rural Kyrgyzstan. The film was premiered in the International Competition of Locarno Film Festival and has been screened at various film festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

claimed Central Asian film directors, among them The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat, which premiered at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes and screened at Piazza Grande in Locarno. Filmography: Boz Salkyn (Pure Coolness) by Ernest Abdyjaparov (2007), Adep Akhlak by Marat Alykulov (2008), The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat (2010) and five short films Representatives at BE Altynai Koichumanova, producer Aygul Bakanova

Aygul is currently developing her first feature project with the support of the Cannes Residence Program, which is a family drama of a young woman coming to terms with a stale marriage set against the complex backdrop of modern Kyrgyz society.

Producer In 2004, Altynai Koichumanova graduated from American University in Central Asia, Economics faculty, in Kyrgyzstan and in 2006 she successfully attended a Produire au Sud workshop for young film producers in France. Since 2004 and till present she is working as Managing Director and producer in Oy Art. She has produced 11 films, including award-winning The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat. Besides film production, Altynai Koichumanova also manages socially-oriented film projects, such as educational projects for young filmmakers, and organizes the film festival of Central Asian art-house films every two years.

Production company Oy Art was officially founded in 2004 in Kyrgyzstan with the main goal to produce Central Asian art-house films. In 2006, the company started producing short fiction films of young film directors. For the present time it has a portfolio of films and projects of the most ac-


Oy Art 1, Dinara Asanova st., 720030, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Contact person/position: Altynai Koichumanova / Producer Phone: + 996 775 983 090 E-mail:


Heroes from the East Synopsis This thrilling and humorous crime adventure, based on a true story, tells of four Estonian guys, who, in 1984, flew from the Soviet Union via Finland to Sweden to make it to the top in the free world. They are greeted as freedom fighters and heroes, who had broken through the Iron Curtain, but end up as bank robbers to finance the glamorous life they had seen in Western TV commercials.

Director’s note I have always loved adventure films, especially caper comedies. This project would allow me to carry out my fantasies in storytelling and technical aspects of filmmaking with all the creative freedom that this entails. The characters of the film are children of their own era. They grew up in the Soviet Union but were too clever to be bogged down in the life there. Living in a country with constant shortages of everything hopelessly skewed their values. If people of that type get to the Western world, it creates a big mess among Europeans used to traditional ways of doing business.

Original title: Sangarid idast Genre: adventure Screenwriter: Martin Algus Director: Jaak Kilmi Producers: Kristian Taska, Maria Avdjushko Production company: Taska Film Language: Estonian, Finnish, Swedish Country: Estonia Budget: 1 400 000 EUR Financing in place: 600 000 EUR Partners attached: Ilkka Matila, Matila-Röhr Productions (Finland) Goals at BE: finding co-producers and sales agent 16

It is important not to classify the characters of the film as ordinary crooks who have crooked values. It is much more fun to watch their constant need to strive ahead. Throughout the film they make naïve and direct choices that lead to weird combinations with money, friends and love.

Director After completing a course of film directing at Tallinn Pedagogical University, Jaak Kilmi made more than 50 commercials for the Baltic TV as well as a number of films and documentaries. His full-length feature film Revolution of Pigs won the Jury Prize at Moscow International Film Festival in 2004.

Co-Production Market Estonia Producer Kristian Taska is the producer of ten feature films including the biggest box office success in Estonia - Names in Marble. Other titles include Purge in co-production with Finland, Phobos and Red Mercury in co-production with Russia and Set Point in co-production with USA. Kristian is a member of ACE Producers and was selected among top 20 upcoming producers at Cannes Film Market. He is also the former head of Estonia’s leading private TV channel – Kanal 2.

Production company Taska Film is the leading production company of feature film in Estonia. It has produced films in co-production with Russia, Finland and USA. Recent filmography: 1944, in production, screenwriter Leo Kunnas, director Elmo Nüganen, co-production with Ilkka Matila of Matila-Röhr Productions (Finland); Purge, 2012, based on the novel by Sofi Oksanen, director Antti Jokinen, co-production with Markus Selin of Solar Films (Finland). Representatives at BE: Kristian Taska, producer Maria Avdjushko, producer Jaak Kilmi, director Martin Algus, screenwriter


Taska Film Contact Person / Position: Kristian Taska / Producer Phone: +372 520 3000 E-mail: 17

Jesus’ Blood and Red Curran Synopsis This is a fantasy film where Estonian pagan and European Christian mythologies meet. Both mythologies look for a miracle; for an ancient force that gives one a soul. It is a mixture of magic, black humour and romantic love. The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. To guard their souls, they’ll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters by stealing more. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. Stealing is an obsession that makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command, the kratts. The main character of the film is a young farm girl named Liina who is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy named Hans. Her longing makes the girl become a werewolf and jump into an ice-cold pond. She’s ready to die in the name of love.

Original title: Rehepapp Genre: combination of dark humour, romance and fantasy Screenwriter: Rainer Sarnet Director: Rainer Sarnet Producer: Katrin Kissa Production company: Homeless Bob Production Language: Estonian Country: Estonia Budget: 1 200 000 EUR Financing in place: 520 000 EUR Partners attached: Bufo (Finland), Weydemann Bros. (Germany) Goals at BE: finding another co-producer, meeting with funds, world sales 18

The pragmatic farmers are faced with a question: is the life that they’ve won through so much toil worth anything, if it lacks a soul?

Director’s note Rehepapp is the Estonian literary bestseller of the last fifteen years – a story with a cult following that every Estonian knows. It has been translated into eight languages and is on high school reading lists. I was drawn to the book because of the animism, the belief that all things have a soul. Everything has a soul and this is the central theme of the film – selling one’s soul, living without a soul, and longing for a soul. The story mixes Estonian fairy tales with mythology. Far from being just a satire about stealing, the story touches something much more primordial. It is comical not for the stealing itself, but for the explicitly numb and calm way that people steal.


Co-Production Market Estonia Mythologies describe the world order and how to retain the status quo. Rehepapp is no museum folklore, it is a description of a black conscience. Right now, I see this as a fast-paced, intense film full of dark comedy, romance, magic and horror. Stylistically, it is like a careless, wide brush stroke that spills out over the edges a bit.

Representative at BE Katrin Kissa, producer

Director In his 42 years of existence, Rainer Sarnet has directed 5 films, lived with 3 women, accumulated about 10 friends, passionately loved Fassbinder, directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek, been deemed a wonder child at film school and had got the opportunity to defend this ambitious title only 15 years later with his film The Idiot. The mystery is still out there.

Producer Katrin Kissa is the producer of Veiko Õunpuu’s award-winning films Autumn Ball and The Temptation of St. Tony that were produced by their joint company Homeless Bob Production. These were followed by Rainer Sarnet’s The Idiot, based on the Dostoyevsky’s classic, and Veiko Õunpuu’s Free Range/Ballad on Approving of the World that will be internationally released at Berlinale in 2014. Homeless Bob Production produces only author-driven films and subtly but consistently makes its furrow into the film history soil.

Production company Homeless Bob Production was founded in 2006 with the purpose of providing a home for the vagabond filmmakers. To date, the company’s filmography includes Veiko Õunpuu’s Empty (Tühirand, 2006), Autumn Ball (Sügisball, 2007), The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine, 2010) and Free Range / Ballad on Approving of the World (Free Range / Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest), Rainer Sarnet’s The Idiot (Idioot, 2011) and a documentary in production – Out of Fashion (Moest väljas) by Jaak Kilmi.


Homeless Bob Production Telliskivi 57-68, Tallinn 10412, Estonia Contact Person / Position: Katrin Kissa / Producer Phone: +372 56 677 855 E-mail: 19

Law of the Land Synopsis Lasse, 60, is the only policeman in a remote Finnish village up north in Western Lapland just across the Swedish border. He is forced to retire because of the government cut downs leaving the village and its neighbouring counties without law enforcement. Jaakko, 35, gets out of prison. He and his gang start to terrorize counties both in Finland and Sweden. He has found out Lasse’s big secret. Jaakko is Lasse’s illegitimate son. Lasse abandoned Jaakko and his mother soon after the boy was born. Jaakko seeks revenge and wants to hurt Lasse by assaulting people close to him. He attacks the house of Jaakko’s younger son Erkki, 30, and Erkki’s mother Aila, 60. Erkki decides to punish Jaakko and his gang. Lasse wants to prove Aila that he’s a better man than he used to be when leaving her too. He promises to take care of Erkki and make sure that Jaakko will not hurt the boy. He does not tell Aila or Erkki that Jaakko is his son too. Lasse is caught between two tasks; to protect his sons from each other and to protect Jaakko from the Swedish contract killers hired by the villagers.

Original title: Syrjäkylän sheriffit Genre: western (contemporary times) Screenwriter: Jussi Hiltunen Director: Jussi Hiltunen Producers: Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg Production company: Making Movies Oy Languages: Finnish, Swedish Country: Finland Budget: 1 500 000 EUR Financing in place: 50 000 EUR Partners attached: Finnish Film Foundation (development support) Goals at BE: to finding co-producers and sales agents 20

Erkki finally finds Jaakko. Lasse saves the situation by shooting one of Jaakko’s gang members to death. Shocked by this he takes Erkki back to Aila and tells the truth about him and Jaakko. Erkki beats up his father and goes after Jaakko again getting almost killed by his stepbrother. While Erkki is in hospital there’s only Lasse and Jaakko left. Lasse is tired of violence and his own past mistakes. He tries to talk them out of the situation. The father and son seem to get closer. Suddenly the Swedish contract killers arrive. Lasse and Jaakko are facing first the contract killers and then each other. The final showdown takes place in the cold Northern desert.

Director’s note A modern western could be the best word to describe the genre of the film. The men

Co-Production Market Finland carry guns and roam the wilderness. The houses are old and rundown. The story is set in a remote village where people are used to surviving on their own. I want to use a light

Making Movies Oy has produced five feature films, over 50 documentaries and TV-dramas and numerous short films. Our films have been distributed and broadcasted in over 40 countries.

touch in dealing with the subject; there’s also humour in the way the characters act—I don’t want to go overboard with violence or painful family relationships.

Our feature films include Petri Kotwica’s Rat King (Tribeca and Shanghai International Film Festival 2012) and Black Eyes (Berlinale, official competition 2008). Our documentaries include films by directors like Thomas Balmès, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Phie Ambo and Tonislav Hristov (Rules of Single Life, 2011).

The film is set in the winter. Snow, sub-zero temperatures and arctic conditions are a central part of the story and they also create challenges for the characters. Camera work, lights and the technical work will be as discreet as possible. Rugged, fells and hills, plains and the natural forces in Lapland, such as northern lights, snow storms and low temperatures, are not the main thing in the film; they are something extra. My attitude to them is the same as the characters: they are a self-evident part of their life.

At the moment Making Movies is producing Klaus Härö’s next feature film The Fencer, which will be shot in 2014. Representatives at BE Kaarle Aho, producer Kai Nordberg, producer Jussi Hiltunen, director

Director Jussi Hiltunen was born in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lappland in 1984. He studied filmmaking at the Kemi-Tornio University of applied sciences. After his student films he directed All Hallows’ Week (2012, produced by Making Movies), which was screened in Berlinale Generation+, followed by more than 20 international festivals, and was selected the best Finnish short film of 2012.

Producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg were both born in Helsinki 1968. They’ve been producing films since late 1990s. In 2008, they were together selected the best film producer in Finland.

Production company Making Movies Oy is a Finnish production company founded in Helsinki in 1996. Its owners and producers are Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho.


Making Movies OY Torkkelinkatu 3, 00500 Helsinki, Finland Contact Person / Position: Kaarle Aho / Producer Phone: +358 40 725 3936 E-mail: 21

Ministry of Love Synopsis

Original title: Ministarstvo Ljubavi Genre: comedy (drama) Screenwriter: Pavo Marinković Director: Pavo Marinković Producer: Stanislav Babić Production company: Telefilm Language: Croatian Country: Croatia Budget: 1 045 000 EUR Financing in place: only development Partners attached: 8Heads Productions, Czech Republic Goals at BE: finding partners (production, postproduction, sales) and helping prepare project for international market and release 22

Owing to the recent war, Croatia is the only EU country with a considerable number of war widows. The current family law abolishes distinctions between all forms of co-habitation, which means that many Croatian fighters’ widows who live in a domestic partnership with new partners may lose their right to their late husbands’ pensions. The country is in recession, so the government, in secrecy, establishes a special branch whose task it is to investigate all the widows who live transgressing against the state. Krešo (40), an unemployed biologist, acquires a job in this newly established branch with the help of his high-ranking father-in-law, Slavko. Dormant Krešo is supported by his successful wife, Sandra. In a seemingly functional marriage (they have a son), Krešo suppresses the loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. He regards the offered job humiliating, and at first sabotages it, despite the protests of Šikić, his assigned partner, who is highly motivated by the incentive the government offers for each caught widow. Pressed by his environment, Krešo decides to change and give his best shot at the job. Falsely posing as the dead husbands’ comrade-in-arms, he manages to win widows’ trust. Inadvertently, they admit their transgression, and he becomes successful overnight. His successful, but immoral activities alienate him from his wife. His additional problem is falling in love with Dunja, a widow he lies to about his true identity. On his last field trip, Krešo is forced to take his son. After a series of unfortunate circumstances, he has to face the widows he tricked and their lovers, and is humiliated before his son’s very eyes, denounced as a liar and an imposter. His employers are the only ones who are content. They offer him a steady job with the police, which he declines in favour of his partner, Šikić. But there is still a chance for his marriage providing his newly established self-confidence helps him become a man he used to be.

Director’s note Croatia is the only country joining the EU dragging a recent and bitter baggage of war experience with it. Thus the problem of present day war widows and their pensions is pretty unique. And dramatic conflict is further deepened by the current recession – forcing the government to fill the national treasury by any means possible.

Co-Production Market Croatia Many comedies are based on clashes between individual and collective. Is there anything more personal than emotional choice? And is there anything more collective than a repressive state machinery, which controls what is the most personal: whom you are sharing your bed with? Our protagonist is a man who does not fit into the police, but who is forced to accept the job of a widow-hunter. At first, he feels aversion towards the job, but when he becomes successful, and at the same time immoral, he regains life’s selfconfidence. In the end, owing precisely to the new experience, he undergoes a catharsis, and will have to pay the price of the new beginning.

Production company Telefilm, one of the most successful film producing companies in Croatia, is owned by producer Stanislav Babić. It is known for producing the recent films of renowned Croatian director Branko Schmidt. The productions from Telefilm are well received both on the festival circuit and by the audience. Representative at BE: Stanislav Babić, producer Pavo Marinković, director

Director Pavo Marinković (born in Croatia, 1967) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, majoring in Dramaturgy. His theatre plays, performed in Croatia and abroad, have garnered numerous awards. In 2006, he wrote and co-directed with Dražen Žarković Tressette – a Story of an Island. The film won 6 international and 2 domestic awards and has screened at more then 30 international festivals. In 2009, he wrote and directed the feature Love Life of a Gentle Coward, which premiered at Pula FF winning 3 Golden Arenas (Best Main Actress, Best Editing, Best Production Design). He recently finished the feature documentary Occupation, the 27th Picture – a Czech-Croatian coproduction with the World Premiere was at Karlovy Vary IFF in June 2013 and opening the Documentary Programme of Sarajevo FF.

Producer Stanislav Babić was born in 1945 in Zagreb. He graduated from the Economics Faculty in Zagreb. From 1970 till 1989 he worked as the director of the representative bodies for the marketing programmes for the Belgrade, Titograd and Pristina TV in SR Croatia. In 1990 in Vienna-Austria, he formed his own production company ‘Vestaco G.M. B. H.’, and in 2001 he founded another production company in Zagreb – Telefilm d.o.o. Besides marketable films he produced documentary films and feature films, like: The Horseman, Melon Route, Metastases and Cannibal Vegetarian.


Telefilm Antuna Vramca 4, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia Contact Person / Position: Stanislav Babić / CEO Phone: +385 1 4818 843 E-mail: 23

Miracle in Cluj Synopsis Miracle in Cluj is a realistic drama/comedy, which takes place in ClujNapoca, Transylvania. The film dissects the fate of a Romanian middleclass family; the already complicated family ties thicken further, when a pyramid-game promises a better future. The main character of the film, Geta, is a working-class mother, who secretly enters a pyramid-game, hoping that she will be able to offer her family a better future. She takes out a bank loan on their apartment and doesn’t say a word to her husband or children, pretending that she’s not up to anything bad. Her monotonous weekdays suddenly become quite adventurous; however, her decision creates further conflicts within the family. Will they be able to solve them?

Director’s note

Original title: Miracolul din Cluj Genre: drama Screenwriter: Botond Püsök Director: Botond Püsök Producer: György Durst Production company: SpotFilm Language: Romanian/Hungarian Country: Romania Budget: 840 000 EUR Financing in place: in progress Partners attached: in progress Goals at BE: finding partner for development and co-production 24

Pyramid-games have created chaos worldwide, even in post-communist Romania, where millions of people got easily trapped by the promise of financial wellbeing. That’s why it’s quite easy to identify with our main character. Nevertheless she’s not motivated by greediness, but the belief that she may be able to ensure her family a stable, happier future. The film plays on two levels: on the first the relationships between family members are becoming more and more complicated, while the other works as a social mirror and presents a society, which allows and even generates the blossoming of pyramid-games. Cluj Napoca is the location that inspired the presented events, since the Caritas pyramid-game scandal also started from here in the early 90s. This city is the heart of Transylvania, where people speak both Romanian and Hungarian, and where intercultural aspects are very strong, as it is also reflected by the everyday life of the characters.

Director Botond Püsök was born in Romania in 1986. He graduated from the

Co-Production Market Romania Sapientia-Hungarian University of Transylvania, Department of Film, Photography, and Media. Since then he has directed six short films and is a founding member of SpotFilm production company.

Representatives at BE: Botond Püsök, director Melinda Boros, development/executive producer

Producer György Durst 2002 – Péter Mészáros Eső után/After Rain, Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, short 1996 – Marcell Iiványi Szél/Wind, Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, short

Production company SpotFilm (, the production company with its headquarters in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was founded by young filmmakers who studied at the Film, Photography, and Media section of Sapientia, Hungarian University of Transylvania. The production company’s primary aim is to ensure and create the necessary production background for short films, documentaries, and feature films. The main goal is to offer help to filmmakers from foreign countries who wish to shoot their films in Transylvania, so SpotFilm has developed two databases. The actor database is a collection which contains photos of Hungarian and Romanian actors from Transylvania. The location database contains photographs of different landscapes and localities from Transylvania, which are suitable for film shooting. SpotFilm’s latest projects include the local production services for the new feature film by Hungarian director Áron Mátyássy, the thriller entitled Weekend (2014).


SpotFilm Str. Horea nr. 67-73/63, 400202 Cluj Napoca, Romania Contact Person / Position: Botond Püsök / Director, Orsolya Tóth / Production Manager Phone: +4 0744 502 475, +4 0741 568 781 E-mail: 25

Park Synopsis Worn out uniform houses, a track field full of weeds, an abandoned swimming pool with dirty water and a chain link fence surrounding the area. Dimitris (16) has been living in the Olympic Village since after the 2004 Games, when housing was given away via state lottery to working class families. Eight years later, the once state-of-the-art housing has fallen into disrepair and is now a collection of semi-abandoned buildings, with only a bus line to connect it to the world outside. Dimitris’ part-time job in the nearby marble yard requires him to visit a beach resort in southern Athens. The deserted landscape of the Village is replaced by the insulated environment of the festive, touristic southern coast of Athens. 70s hotels, thermal baths for the elderly, and second-rate “cultural” events: very soon Dimitris returns to the beach with Anna, presenting her as his older sister. In this new environment where nobody knows them, where tourists come and go for brief periods of time, they explore alternative ways of killing time and dodging a living.

Original title: Park Genre: drama Screenwriter: Sofia Exarchou Director: Sofia Exarchou Producer: Amanda Livanou Production company: Guanaco Film Co/Beben Films Language: Greek Country: Greece Budget: 820 000 EUR Financing in place: 20% Partners attached: Developed with the support of the CNC (Crossroads Thessaloniki Development Award), CineLink (Eurimages Development Award) Goals at BE: co-production, sales agents 26

As the summer draws to an end, their life at the Village seems even more suffocating and dead-ending than before. They return to the now half-empty resort, where they meet one tourist that may be different than the others. The further away they get from the Village, the closer they are to it.

Director’s note The story in Park revolves around Dimitris, a young teenager raised in a society of veiled decadence, now living its collapse. His transition to adult life is violently halted before it has even started. Surrounded by a fence, without the means to go anywhere else, Dimitris’ everyday life in the Village consists of organized dog mating, twisted interpretations of athletic contests, sexual encounters with Anna, a retired athlete, and a part-time job in a marble yard. When he leaves the Village, he encounters the “small paradises” of the touristic coast of Athens. The visual counterpoint of these two worlds and the multitude

Co-Production Market / Cine Link Greece of characters inside and outside the Village compose a portrayal of modern decaying Greek reality, a feature of life in the western world.

Production company

Following my previous work, the central character of an adolescent in an environment that defines him comes back here in its wider social context. As such, the Olympic Village is pivotal in the story and works as a leading character in it. Eight years after the Olympic Games, the Village is there semi-destroyed, an ironic reminder of “The Beauty. The Grandeur. The Real Thing” (slogan of the Games), as well as the brutal fall that has succeeded it.

Guanaco was founded in 2008 by four emerging filmmakers (Rinio Dragassaki, Sofia Exarchou, Panayiotis Fafoutis, Elina Psykou) as a vehicle-film collective for the production of shorts and feature films. Since then Guanaco has produced award-winning shorts as well as the feature debut of Ektoras Lygizos, The Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (Karlovy Vary FF, Toronto IFFF 2012), and the first feature by Elina Psykou, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (Berlinale Forum 2013, Variety Critics Choice KVIFF 2013)

What lies under the surface, what is left after the collapse, what lies where we think collapse has not yet arrived.

The company operates as creative director/producer for select advertising campaigns, most notably the 2011 and 2012 advertising campaigns for the National Opera House.


Beben Films was established in Athens in 2007 as a vehicle for the production of features and shorts. Its first feature film production, L (Babis Makridis, 2012) was co-produced with Faliro House (Greece) and Warp Films (UK).

Sofia Exarchou studied film direction at the Stavrakos Film School, theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, and has an MA in Études cinématographiques et audiovisuelles from ESAV in Toulouse (France).  She has worked as a freelance director and screenwriter since 2009. Filmography: Distance (short, 2006), Mesecina (short 2009), FIPRESCI award at Drama Film Festival, nominated for the Best Short Film by the Greek Film Academy and for Prix Geneve-Europe 2010 Award.

It is currently developing the second feature by Babis Makridis, to be shot in 2014, co-written by Efthimis Filippou. Representatives at BE: Amanda Livanou, producer Sofia Exarchou, director

Producer Amanda Livanou has an MA in International History from the LSE, and has been working as an independent producer in film, TV and advertising since 1998. She has produced, co-produced and line produced about 15 feature films. Filmography: L by Babis Makridis (2012, World Drama Competition, Sundance Film Festival, Tiger Awards, Rotterdam FF, Grand Prix at Molodist FF; They Glow in the Dark by Panagiotis Evaggelidis (feature documentary, 2013), premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, FIPRESCI Award


Beben Films 35, Dervenion str, GR-10681 Athens, Greece Contact Person / Position: Amanda Livanou / Producer Phone: +30 6944 757 339 E-mail:, 27

Say Something, Pierrot! Synopsis The iconic white mimic figure Pierrot is charged with murder! The evidence? An original drawing from 1888 with the incriminating title Pierrot Tickles Columbine to Death. Pierrot is confronted with pieces of evidence from his cultural past: paintings, footage, poems, plays, drawings and photos. Weird-looking witnesses are called to the stand. What happened? The defender is our narrator and our allied, and together with silent Pierrot we try to piece together this cultural historical puzzle. But when your personal baggage consists of a 400 year-old European art and theatre tradition, making sense of your past can be tricky. And behind a seemingly brutal tickle murder mystery we slowly discover what appears to be a long lost love story.

Director’s note

Original title: Sig noget, Pierrot! Genre: documentary hybrid Screenwriter: Maja Friis Director: Maja Friis Producer: Mille Haynes Production company: Friishaynes Language: Danish Country: Denmark Budget: 572 657 EUR Financing in place: 76 403 EUR Partners attached: Danish Film Institute, New Danish Screen Goals at BE: looking for co-production partners, a sales agent and presales 28

Why Pierrot? Three things: the wordless being, the white colour and the duplicity of his universe. Why doesn’t he say anything? What doesn’t he tell us? There is a quivering suspense in the unspoken. For me, the drama and the narrative drive lie in the fact that our main character doesn’t speak. What does he hide? What is his secret ? Is there something he doesn’t want to tell us? This curiosity drives me into his cultural history in search of understanding his existence, his past and his survival through centuries. Why has this white figure survived for 400 years, through a constantly changing world, through generations and traditions? What does his survival tell us about our own culture and our own survival? How does Pierrot navigate his own reality of duplicity, absurdity, imagination and theatrical logic? How do we navigate our reality? Pierrot’s nature. Pierrot’s nature is the white costume and the white face - and on the inside: several pieces of souls, each of them entailing a story, an era, a piece of life lived. His whiteness has an aesthetics that makes me want to capture him in images. His world is filled with all the things that you can sense but not explain: poetry, magic, mystery, disquiet, the unreal.

Co-Production Market / EAVE Denmark There is a duplicity in his essence that keeps him alive: something quixotic, grotesque, playful and childish, even scary. His reality has its own logic, balancing between theatre and realism, imagination and reality, logic and absurdity. In the silent whitepainted face we can mirror ourselves: our destiny, our instincts, wishes, needs and longings. I hope that the film will challenge our logical understanding of reality and move our rational approach to what is real. Absurdity opens up to a universe where the essence of logic is that there is no logic. Here fantasy and imagination belong to reality and is as real as reality itself. For me, to keep Pierrot alive is to keep the magic alive.

and challenging genres like creative documentary, art film, poetry and dance on camera. Our aim is to create long-lasting bonds between art and film – creatively, financially and in terms of distribution. Representatives at BE: Mille Haynes, producer Maja Friis, director

Director Maja Friis as a Master’s degree in Film Studies, University of Copenhagen. Final thesis: Motion as cinematic narrative. She also has a Bachelor in Film and Media Studies. Focus on dance in film, with a minor in dramaturgy and the history and aesthetics of dance. Foreign studies of dance films at La Cinémathèque de la Danse in Paris.

Producer Mille Haynes is currently a producer and CEO in Friishaynes. Producer credits include Ballerina (Maja Friis, 50 min), Life on Toe (Maja Friis, 28 min), Satellit (Maia Elisabeth Sørensen, 14 min), Fever (Phie Ambo, 14 min) and My Dad and I (Kathrine Ravn Kruse, 58 min). She has a Master’s degree in Film Studies rom University of Copenhagen, and a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies. Graduate of EAVE European Producer’s Workshop and Nordic Producers on the Move. Twelve for the Future.

Production company Friishaynes is a creative pas de deux between director Maja Friis and producer Mille Haynes. This boutique Copenhagen-based production company specializes in producing high-end hybrid formats, combining


Friishaynes Forbindelsesvej 5, 1. 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark Contact Person / Position: Mille Haynes / Producer Phone: +45 2514 0606 E-mail: 29

Seneca’s Day Synopsis The time is 1989, the final year of the Soviet era in Vilnius. 18-year old buddies establish the Seneca’s Fellowship. Their motto becomes the words they attribute to the philosopher Seneca – live each day as if it were your last. Simonas, one of the buddies, falls in love with the girlfriend of his best friend. However, Simonas fears rejection, so he suppresses his feelings. The Fellowship breaks up right at the time when the entire nation bands together, hand in hand, forming the Baltic Chain demonstration. 25 years later – it is the post-crisis time of alienation and disillusionment in Lithuania. Simonas is living a seemingly normal family life at first glance. He has suppressed the pain that his misfortunate first love had caused him. His relationship with his wife is rolling downhill. Nevertheless, Simonas remains a cold observer of his own life. The death of his former best friend is what finally forces Simonas to come to life. Simonas realizes that he betrayed the idea of Seneca’s Day, which had once meant the pursuit of life’s fulfilment. Simonas is forced to open up the Pandora’s box of his past.

Original title: Senekos diena Genre: drama Screenwriter: Kristijonas Vildžiūnas Director: Kristijonas Vildžiūnas Producer: Uljana Kim Production company: Studio Uljana Kim Language: Lithuanian Country: Lithuania Budget: 1 480 000 EUR Financing in place: 70 273 EUR (incl. development and MEDIA support) Partners attached: Unlimited SA, France; Amrion OÜ, Estonia; Locomotive Productions, Latvia Goals at BE: finding sales agents, distributors, TV buyers, financiers 30

Director’s note Live each day as if it were your last. When I was 18, I borrowed this maxim from Seneca. Seemingly everything is simple. Live here and now… A great many of us experienced a seemingly eternal moment of the present when we clasped hands in the Baltic Chain. The past dissipated like a bad dream. The future had not yet arrived... Nonetheless, were we able to live this way each day while realizing that our entire strength lies within each instant of the present? Was I able to live this way? These are questions that led to the birth of the main character in this screenplay, Simonas. Simonas was unable to embody his youth ideals, and routine took the place of his lust for life. He, as well as my

Co-Production Market Lithuania entire generation, attempted to live on, as if we were free. However, it was merely empty hedonism. We were borrowing the present from our future. Meanwhile Seneca’s Day became a nostalgic memory. The dramaturgy of Seneca’s Day is not traditionally sequential. The story jumps around in time bringing the viewer back to some part of Simonas’ life for a look from a different perspective. Decisions regarding visuals and sound must leave an impression that something is left unsaid thereby mobilizing the attention of viewers and awakening their imagination. At the same time, the images of the film must be clear and full of beauty. Life is beautiful, only Simonas does not see it.

Production company Studio Uljana Kim is a leading company in Lithuania for producing full-length features. Since its foundation in 1997 eight feature films and six documentaries have been produced by the company. Half of them premiered at the most important international film festivals and others were successful at the domestic box office. The company’s goal is to produce high quality art-house films intended for a worldwide audience.  Representatives at BE: Uljana Kim, producer Kristijonas Vildžiūnas, director

I am continuing to explore the theme that I started in my film You Am I with Seneca’s Day. It is a challenging situation of a man in a modern world, where everyday life senselessly spins repetitively and where there are “no more heroes anymore”, as sung in one song. Thus every man who is able to open his heart and overcome self-destructive inertia becomes a hero of our days.

Director Kristijonas Vildžiūnas was born in 1970 in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1996, he graduated from Lithuanian Music Academy, where he studied film directing. His first feature film The Lease premiered in Venice 59 Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica, Controcorrente competition in 2002. Second feature You am I premiered in Cannes, official selection Un certain regard in 2006. Third feature Back to Your Arms won eight Lithuanian Film Academy Awards Silver Crane 2011 and was Lithuania’s foreign-language Oscar submission in 2011.

Producer Uljana Kim was born in 1969. She graduated from the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK) in 1993 and is a film critic by education.


Studio Uljana Kim Antakalnio 94-25, LT-10202 Vilnius, Lithuania Contact Person / Position: Uljana Kim / Producer Phone: +370 6992 6552 E-mail: 31

True Synopsis Elsa (70) is dying. Her husband, Martti (72), and daughter Eleonoora (45) are struggling to accept the crushing thought that they are soon to lose her. When Anna (20), Elsa’s granddaughter, discovers a dress hanging in her grandmother’s closet, she learns it belonged to a woman named Eeva (20), her mother’s nanny, whom her grandparents have been silent about for years. This discovery is a major turning point, sending the storyline back forty years to when Eeva first appeared, revealing a hidden affair between Eeva and Martti and the unforeseen consequences it had on their family. Eeva’s forgotten story is finally revealed layer by layer.

Director’s note Love is an intriguing subject for me. Love defies description. Life is a series of choices. Did I make the right one? If given a second chance, would I do anything differently? This is what the film True is all about.

Adaptation of the book Original title: Totta Genre: drama romance Screenwriters: Aku Louhimies, Laura Malmivaara Director: Aku Louhimies Producer: Minna Virtanen Production company: Vertigo Language: Finnish Country: Finland Budget: 1 800 000 EUR Financing in place: 30 000 EU Partners attached: Finnish Film Foundation Goals at BE: looking for financiers, co-production partners, distributors, world sales agent 32

In the adaptation of the book, the protagonists will be the grandfather Martti, grandmother Elsa and their former nanny Eeva. The film will portray their love triangle that happened in Helsinki in the 1960s. What is interesting in the story is the way in which this very unusual love triangle is handled. The film is not a traditional drama about jealousy but instead deals with how the protagonists’ past choices had such a long-lasting effect on their family life. Those choices are still everpresent in the lives of the family’s second and third generations. The flashbacks are not announced in what is used to be a traditional way. The film’s style itself allows the viewer to experience the unconventional love triangle with all its possible painful and joyful twists.

Director Aku Louhimies is an internationally acclaimed and awarded Finnish director and screenwriter who has studied at the University of Art and

Co-Production Market Finland Design in Helsinki. Aku has directed eight feature films, among them critically acclaimed 8-Ball (2013), Naked Harbour (2012), and Frozen Land (2005). He has won numerous international awards.

Producer Vertigo was founded in 2006 by director-producer Minna Virtanen who prior to that date had worked several years closely with Solar Films as a director. She has directed one feature film (Addiction, 2004) and both produced and directed many awarded and critically acclaimed scandi crime television series, such as Underworld Trilogy and Married to a Lie.

Production company Vertigo is an independent production company based in Helsinki. Vertigo has a deep passion for telling touching, insightful and entertaining stories about the people of our time. Currently Vertigo is developing several feature films with internationally prominent directors, such as Aku Louhimies and Petri Kotwica. Representatives at BE: Minna Virtanen, producer Aku Louhimies, director


Vertigo Pohjoisesplanadi 27 C, 00100 Helsinki, Finland Contact Person / Position: Minna Virtanen / Producer Phone: +358 504 904 119 E-mail: 33

When the Trees Are Falling Synopsis Time stands still outside the edge of Ukrainian cities; it is eternal 90s, the period of post-Soviet destruction and audacity of the bandits. In the small Eastern town near Kharkiv begins the story of a young girl, Larysa, who desperately tries to escape from there, and her little cousin Vitka, who loves Larysa unconditionally. Larysa decides to run from home using the help of The Scar, the young bandit whom she loves; the destruction and unemployment had pushed The Scar down the criminal path. But before taking Larysa away to the sunlit Crimea, the Scar and his friends take up a job, during which the guys accidentally kill a man and his little son. Larysa, after a scandal with her grandmother, is forced to move to her mother’s house in a neighboring town. All the stories and cruel life are seen by little Vitka through her mythological and childish view. While adults ruin their lives by doing nothing, her world is full of magic and energy of rebellion. Her wild energetic world protests against the word of compromises.

Original title: Koly payut derva Genre: drama Screenwriter: Marysia Nikitiuk Director: Marysia Nikitiuk Producer: Igor Savychenko Production company: Directory Films Language: Ukrainian Country: Ukraine Budget: 1 088 000 EUR Financing in place: 258 944 EUR Partners attached: Pronto Film (Ukraine), Apple Film (Poland) Goals at BE: co-producers, sales agents, international casting, distributor, regional funds 34

Director’s note When the Trees are Falling is my first feature project, and it is not specifically about my own childhood, it is about the feel of childhood, about the lost illusions of life, about the way the life gets past us, cheats on us, gets us to the dead ends very different from those we would rather keep a low profile in, in the lost pirate harbours. All the wildness of the film I see in maximum closeness to the character and in maximum presentation of horrible surrounding beauty. From the visual point it is a mix between a documentary camera that follows the characters through shots of their eyes, their lips, their two bodies having sex, their souls and camera, which slowly takes the panorama of landscapes. It must present in a proper way mystic beautiful landscapes, in which the person loses itself and the possibility to decide something. I would like to combine stylistic of DOP and production designer in the way to combine cruel every day reality with the poetic. Besides the cruel reality I’m going to show, the soul of the film is little

Co-Production Market Ukraine Vitka. She sees this world like a wonderful possibility to live it!

Director Marysia Nikitiuk – Filmography: 2012 – Angel of Death, short film directed by Volodymyr Tyhyi, Odessa International Movie Festival (Ukraine), New-York KinoFest (USA) 2012 – Gaudi, short film by Aksinia Kurina, New-York KinoFest in New York 2013 – Alcoholi, short film by Ylia Gontaruk July 2013 – Armenia International Film Festival Golden Apricot in main programme September 2013 – Festival international de Curtametraxes de Bueu (Spain) 12 October – main programme competition Eberswalden Film Festival 2013 – director of 2 teasers for International Film Festival Molodist – Rabbits and Junkie. Junkie won the first prize for directing 2013 – November, short, director Maria Kondakova 2013 – In Trees (Little Trees), short, director/writer Marysia Nikitiuk (in production)

Production company Directory Films is an independent production company for feature films, shorts and documentaries. Promotion of new generation of cinematographers of Ukraine, training of high-quality specialists and involving of Ukrainian filmmakers into European projects are the aims of Directory films. Representatives at BE: Marysia Nikitiuk, director Roman Klympush, producer

Producer Roman Klympush – Filmography: 2014 Dreams from Atlantis – documentary, director Oleg Chorny 2013 November – short, director Mariya Kondakova 2013 Not Today – short, director Khrystyna Syvolap 2013 The Snails – short, director Maryna Vroda 2013 The Guide – feature film, director Oles Sanin 2012 Business as Usual – feature film, director Valentyn Vasyanovych 2010 Smile When the Stars Are Crying, TV movie, director Maryna Vroda 2010 My Joy – feature film, director Sergei Loznitsa Main competition programme, Cannes, 2010 Best director award, Kinotavr, 2010 Grand prix, Voices festival, Vologda, 2010


Directory Films Kiev, Miloslavska 3a street, flat 128, 02232 Contact Person / Position: Marysia Nikitiuk / Director Phone: +380 968 092 374 E-mail: 35

Caviar Synopsis Nadezhda (39) knows the oligarch Sergei inside out. In fact, as his interpreter she has seen more of him than either of them care to admit. But his latest project is a lot more public: a lavish villa, which he has decided to build right on top of a bridge in the heart of Vienna. Nadezhda introduces him to Klaus, the charmer husband of her best friend Vera (29). Klaus agrees to help using his dubious connections in politics... while secretly intending to take Sergei to the cleaners. When Vera notices that Klaus has been unfaithful to her and Nadezhda is badly insulted by Sergei, the two women are hell-bent on revenge. Enter Lukrezia (25), an activist and artist, who funds her fruitless career by baby-sitting Nadezhda’s children; she convinces the others to expose Klaus’s corrupt insider network... But things don’t quite go according to plan as unexpected problems arise and the three capricious women get in each other’s way. Still, when push comes to shove they stick together and successfully use their individual weaknesses – whether for sex, drugs or rock’n’roll – to come out as the happy winners in the end.

Original title: Kaviar Genre: comedy Screenwriters: Elena Tikhonova, Robert Buchschwenter Director: Elena Tikhonova Producer: Ursula Wolschlager Production company: Witcraft Szenario OG Languages: German, Russian Country: Austria Budget: 1 800 000 EUR Financing in place: 93 000 EUR (dev. funding: ÖFI, FFW, MEDIA) Partners attached: TBA Goals at BE: find co-producing and financing partners in Russia 36

Director’s note Caviar focuses on the life of immigrant women in Vienna. Migrants, who don’t work as cleaning ladies, but see themselves as well educated cosmopolitans – who are nevertheless often being sneered at because of their “Eastern mentality” – and whose everyday habits and demeanour give rise to embarrassing moments, culture clash and misunderstanding in everyday life and in business.

Director Elena Tikhonova is one of the current generation of Russian emigrants who have discovered Western Europe as a desirable place to live and made it the focus of their lives. Tikhonova has studied camera at the Moscow University of Cinematography and made several documentary and experimental films, which have won awards at numerous festivals.

Baltic Bridge East by West Austria Selected filmography: Elektro Moskva, 89 min, documentary, Rotor Film production – Vision du Reel (CH), Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK), FID Marseille (F), New Horizons IFF (P), Göteborg IFF (S), Leipzig (DE) Metropolis_Reloaded, 07 – Kansk Film Festival Dobrij Vecher, Construktor, 35mm, 02 – Moscow Student FF Prize, Debut Kinotavr FF 03, broadcast on Russian TV Kultura

Producer Before founding Witcraft, Ursula Wolschlager worked as a producer, production manager, script advisor, and writer since 1994. She’s fluent in Russian and has been responsible for a multitude of national productions and international co-productions shot in Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Egypt, Greece, USA, Niger, Austria, and other countries. From 2004 to 2007 she was the head of development for Lotus Film. For her screenwriting Ursula was awarded the Carl Mayer New Talent Prize. Selected filmography: As producer: The Fatherless, feature (directed by M. Kreutzer), Gangster Girls (directed by Tina Leisch) As production manager/line producer: Luna Papa (directed by Bakthiar Khodounasarov), Beyond the Ocean (directed by Tony Pemberton), DIE Totale Therapie - Total Therapy (written-directed by Christian Frosch) As script adviser or development producer: Winds of Sand, Women of Rock (directed by Nathalie Borgers), Slumming (directed by Michael Glawogger), Contact High (directed by Michael Glawogger)

Production company Founded in 2008, Witcraft is focused on script consulting, the development of screenplays and documentary concepts and their packaging for production. Witcraft’s first completed film, the documentary Gangster Girls (directed by Tina Leisch) was cinematically released in 2009 and released in

the Documentary Edition “Home Stories” as one of the most outstanding 20 Austrian documentaries. The company’s first feature The Fatherless, directed by Marie Kreutzer, was developed and packaged by Witcraft and made in co-production with main producer Novotny&Novotny Filmproduktion. It premiered in the Panorama section of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, receiving a Special Mention by the Best First Feature Jury and seven other awards at various festivals. Representative at BE: Ursula Wolschlager, producer


Witcraft Szenario OG Lindengasse 25/10, 1070 Vienna, Austria Contact Person / Position: Ursula Wolschlager / CEO/Producer Phone: +43 699 177 88 177 E-mail: 37

Centaur Synopsis A small and quiet man nicknamed Centaur lives in a small village in Kyrgyzstan. This is how people call him because of his obsessive legends about Kyrgyz ancestors – splendid riders who never parted with horses. Centaur believes that Heavens have cursed his people for sins long time ago and therefore a genuine racer has to be found and ridden through the steppe at night, with a prayer of forgiveness for the ancestors’ acts, then the curse will be lifted and there will be peace, harmony, and prosperity in the country. Trying to realize his idea, Centaur steals racehorses at nights for the sake of only one gallop, prayerfully raises high his hands according to legend and begs for forgiveness. Possessed Centaur even uses Hajji in order to steal an Arabian racehorse hoping to pray for forgiveness at the holy land in Mecca. And nobody can guess that unremarkable Centaur is actually a legendary mysterious horse thief. All of it continues until Centaur’s way is blocked by a hereditary professional horse thief, who was hired in order to catch Centaur…

Director’s note Original title: Kentavr Genre: drama Screenwriter: Aktan Arym Kubat Director: Aktan Arym Kubat Producer: Altynai Koichumanova Production company: Oy Art Language: Kyrgyz Country: Kyrgyzstan Budget: 1 185 000 EUR Financing in place: 150 000 EUR Partners attached: A.S.A.P. Films, Pallas Film Goals at BE: fundraising, finding Russian co-producer 38

The image of the protagonist Centaur, as I see it, has many prototypes in art. One of the best-known prototypes is Don Quixote. My hero Centaur wholeheartedly believes in the ancient legend about the patron of horses, but what Centaur perceives as real and true is simply a fairy tale or a strange folly for those around him. The world is ruled by another epoch’s way of life, and nobody believes in legends and myths any more. Through my hero Centaur I want to show one of these half-funny and half-bitter defeats that the people’s collective consciousness experiences today in Kyrgyzstan. Thus, I perceive my project Centaur as a modern parable about people’s loss of their roots, and those sometimes dramatic attempts to repair the discontinued unity by returning to the sacred past.

Director Born in 1957 in Kyrgyzstan, Aktan Arym Kubat studied at art school, graduating in 1980. He then worked as a set-designer at Studio Kyr-

Baltic Bridge East by West Kyrgyzstan gyzfilm and worked in this capacity on several fiction films. In 1990, he made a short documentary film, A Dog Was Running. In 1993, his midlength film Selkinchek won an award at Locarno’s Leopards of Tomorrow competition, a FIPRESCI Jury mention in Turin, and First Prize at the Potsdam Film Festival. In 1998, Aktan Arym Kubat debuted with The Adopted Son, which won Silver Leopard in Locarno and numerous awards all over the world. His second feature Maimyl was selected for the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes. And his latest feature film The Light Thief was selected at Cannes’ 2010 Director’s Fortnight and earned awards in many other festivals (Locarno, Almaty, Toronto, Cottbus etc.)

Representatives at BE: Aktan Arym Kubat, director Altynai Koichumanova, producer Marc Baschet, producer

Producer In 2004, Altynai Koichumanova graduated from American University in Central Asia, Economics faculty, in Kyrgyzstan and in 2006 she successfully attended a Produire au Sud workshop for young film producers in France. Since 2004 and till present she is working as Managing Director and producer in Oy Art. She has produced 11 films, including award-winning The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat. Besides film production, Altynai Koichumanova also manages socially-oriented film projects, such as educational projects for young filmmakers, and organizes the film festival of Central Asian art-house films every two years.

Production company Oy Art was officially founded in 2004 in Kyrgyzstan with the main goal to produce Central Asian art-house films. In 2006, the company started producing short fiction films of young film directors. For the present time it has a portfolio of films and projects of the most acclaimed Central Asian film directors, among them The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat, which premiered at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes and screened at Piazza Grande in Locarno. Filmography: Boz Salkyn (Pure Coolness) by Ernest Abdyjaparov (2007), Adep Akhlak by Marat Alykulov (2008), The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat (2010) and five short films


Oy Art 1, Dinara Asanova st., 720030, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Contact person/position: Altynai Koichumanova / Producer Phone: + 996 775 983 090 E-mail: 39

The Gulls Synopsis Elza is a poacher’s wife (28) and a teacher in a music school in a small Kalmyk town on the coast of the Caspian Sea. She wants to leave her husband, but doesn’t have the strength to do it. Elza wants to change her life, find her place in this world, where she will regain harmony inside her soul, where her time will catch up with itself. One day her husband goes to sea in dangerous times, when the weather was so changeable. In this small fishing town many fishermen go out to the open sea on their baidas and hope that they will be lucky. But this time, Elza’s husband is going to stay in the sea forever, freezing to death. Elza’s wish to change her life comes true. There is no husband in her life anymore. But Elza feels guilty. When she becomes free she understands that she has nowhere to go. Unexpected news that Elza is going to have a baby allows her husband’s younger brother to remind his mother about an ancient Kalmyk tradition. A long time ago all men were warriors and they often died during battle. In order to save the children in the family the widow married the younger brother of her husband.

Original title: Чайки (Chayki) Genre: ethnic drama Screenwriter: Ella Manzheeva Director: Ella Manzheeva Producer: Elena Glikman Production company: Telesto Languages: Russian, Kalmyk Country: Kalmykia (Russia) Budget: 870 552 EUR Financing in place: 696 552 EUR Partners attached: Russian Ministry of Culture, TV channel (Russia) – in progress Goals at BE: looking for post-production co-producers, sales agents/distributors 40

The news of a child changes a lot of things. Elza comes to her husband’s wake as the bride of his younger brother. Seagulls make them look at the sky. One seagull is soaring in the air flying over the channel, flying over reeds. Seagulls are the sign of missing fishermen in the sea, they give the hope for life and future...

Director’s note We often look for happiness, associating it with the place and people that surround us. In fact, happiness lives in each and every one of us and we must look for it within ourselves. And then who and where you’re with becomes completely irrelevant. As soon as you achieve harmony within yourself, the exterior becomes understandable and solvable. This is a parable where the viewer is the protagonist. I ask a question and he replies based on his experience and character. I ask only for the viewer to trust himself more and to feel free to interpret in any way he deems fit.

Baltic Bridge East by West Russia Director

Representative at BE: Elena Glikman, producer

Ella Manzheeva was born in 1981 in Kalmykia, Russia. In 2005, she graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, specializing in stage sound directing (class of Professor Grigoriy Frank). She has worked as sound director on films. In 2007, she entered the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Moscow, Russia, specializing in stage directing. Filmography: Prazdnik (documentary, 2007), Uninvited. Steppe (fiction, 2008), Within Her, There’s a Steppe (experimental, 2009). St. Anna Festival for Student and Debut Films, Moscow, Russia, 2009 – Diploma, International Film Festival Schwaebisch Hall - Formula Mundi, 2009 - 1st place in art/experimental category.

Producer Elena Glikman graduated from the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University. Then she entered the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow (workshop of Igor Tolstunov), specializing in producing. Since 1991, she is the head (together with Mikhail Degtyar) of the TV-studio Reporter (special reports and documentary films). Studio Reporter has been awarded the TEFI television award four times, as well as the Laurel award and many international prizes. Elena Glikman has worked for Telesto since 2006. Elena is the member of the Russian-French and Russian-German Film Academies. Filmography: Atomic Ivan, The Elephant, Operation ‘Righteous Man’, New Year’s Tariff, Quiet Home Life, Plus One, Cossacks, Treasure, Piter FM, The Formula

Production company Telesto was founded in 2004. It started with TV films, small by the volume of production, but has now actively mastered other formats - the short-length and full-length films. The films by Telesto have participated and won at many Russian and international festivals in Moscow, Sochi, Vladivostok, Shanghai, Cannes, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Warsaw, Paris, etc.


Telesto office 528, ul. Mosfilmovskaya, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russia Contact Person / Position: Elena Glikman / Producer Phone: +7 495 612 56 16, +7 903 721 55 42 E-mail: 41

Kai Synopsis Kai lives an ordinary life. He does not really like his job, nor does he really love his wife, Natasha, who shares Kai’s heart with his mistress with whom there’s also no longer any real passion. He is somewhat consoled by his children, Nastya and Vanechka, although he doesn’t spend as much time with them as he could. He doesn’t even notice that his son is mentally ill. His only real comfort is the long vigils in the kitchen while writing his novel. He seems to be waiting for a crisis. When people start talking to Natasha about Kai having a mistress, he ends the affair and decides to stay with Natasha. Unfortunately, their relationship does not get any better - it is sliding into a dark abyss. Natasha seeks satisfaction through affairs with men she meets on the internet, but they cannot fill the emptiness in her.

Original title: Kai Genre: drama catastrophe Screenwriter: Oleg Sentsov Director: Oleg Sentsov Producer: Olga Zhurzhenko Production company: CryCinema Language: Russian Country: Ukraine Budget: 2 000 000 EUR Financing in place: 20 000 EUR (investment from producers) Goals at BE: finding co-producers, distributors, and talented crew 42

Kai’s financial crisis and his changed attitude towards business push his family into poverty, which he and Natasha had fought so hard to avoid. But when it rains, it pours: doctors make Kai and Natasha aware of Vanechka’s illness - psychiatrists diagnose a severe and barely correctable form of autism. Natasha spends all her resources to help her child. But all the hardships do not bring the couple back together. On the contrary, they destroy whatever was left of their once happy relationship - Kai leaves the family and moves to another city to promote his novel and work on a new one. Some time later, Kai comes back for one day to see his children. Natasha wants to use this chance to try and get him back. It becomes clear to her that she was the initiator of their arguments and that she is still in love with her husband. Natasha and Kai arrive at the hospital where Vanechka has been admitted for special therapy. Before picking up their son, Natasha confesses her feelings to Kai. Kai leaves the same afternoon. The following morning, Natasha learns that Kai’s train was involved in a terrible accident. Natasha rushes with their daughter through half of the country to a district hospital sheltering a few survivors…

Director’s note The main character Kai is a closed and strange person unappreciated even by the closest people. This hero’s autism, his inner pain and suf-

Baltic Bridge East by West Ukraine fering are growing as his romance with his mistress fails, his relationship with his wife cools, he struggles financially, fails to realize himself personally, and discovers his youngest child suffers from a more clinical form of autism. The connecting link between the father and son is Natasha - the wife and mother. She is trying to rescue her son from the ice prison - the terrible disease, and at the same time she breaks and then tries to fix the relations with her husband who betrayed her. The end of the film is a snatched moment before the train crashes, which of course, not only shows human suffering, but is also a metaphor of the main character’s internal disaster.

Rhino, Sentsov’s second feature, is a co-production between Germany, France, Croatia, and Ukraine. The project has received development awards at Sofia Meetings, Directors Across Borders, and Odessa IFF. Representatives at BE: Olga Zhurzhenko, producer Liudmyla Pichuhina-Usenko, line producer

Director Oleg Sentsov was born in 1976 in Simferopol, Ukraine. He studied economics at University of Kiev from 1993 to 1998. He later attended courses of screenwriting and directing in Moscow. His debut feature Gaamer premiered in 2011.

Producer Olga Zhurzhenko works as an independent producer since 2009. She has several feature film projects in development, and has completed four short films and a documentary. Since September 2010, Olga worked for Ukrainian Production Studio LLC. In October 2011, Olga also started a new studio - UkrKino LLC.

Production company Film studio CryCinema was founded in 2008 by a team of people that shared the thought that they could not live without shooting films. We dare to shoot the films that will not be classified into independent or commercial, artistic or mainstream. CryCinema’s films have to be good. Nothing else. CryCinema’s first feature film Gaamer (2011) was well received internationally, screening at festivals like Rotterdam, Wiesbaden, and Kiev, winning the FIPRESCI prize at Odessa IFF among others.


CryCinema Saksaganskogo str. 6, off. 405, 01033 Kyiv, Ukraine Contact Person / Position: Olga Zhurzhenko / Producer Phone: + 38 050 311 4537 E-mail: 43

Miracle Synopsis As a small town in the former USSR emerges from under the shadow of Communism, they find their jobs gone, their factories closed and no government support for their businesses. Irena, the owner of a local pig farm, struggles to keep herself and her family afloat until a handsome American man arrives promising to save her business and transform the town. But are his motivations entirely altruistic? And will Irena discover the truth before making a terrible mistake?

Director’s note

Original title: Stebuklas Genre: tragicomic drama Scriptwriter: Egle Vertelyte Director: Egle Vertelyte Producer: Lukas Trimonis Production company: IN SCRIPT / Wostok Language: Lithuanian Country: Lithuania / UK Budget: 620 000 EUR Financing in place: 35 000 EUR Partners attached: Lithuanian Film Centre, Media Development, Wostok Ltd. Goals at BE: finding a co-producer, international sales, distribution, marketing 44

In the beginning of 90’s when Lithuania became independent I was seven and the communist system was transforming into capitalism. During the following ten years we – me and my country – were developing in a chaotic situation. Poverty and richness, spirituality and materialism, old Soviet values and new sexy Western promises were coexisting together and people were trying to adjust to it. Having seen people who managed to change and adapt in few years, for instance: from Soviet party members to national patriots, from official atheists to devoted Christians, from modest Soviet citizens to millionaires. I always wondered how one’s mind works in those circumstances? How do we change? Do we do it consciously or it just happens at the unconscious level? Or maybe we just change the form but not the very content of ourselves? In the story I’ve tried to imagine what could happen to a strong, realist, atheist woman like Irena (she is a fictional character based on many similar women of that time) that could prompt her to experience a miracle and transform into a believer. My intention was not to judge, rather I wanted to transmit a simple, quite universal message: people are motivated to do various things because they want to survive. Perhaps this survival instinct, so to say, could even generate extreme experiences in a person – experiences of a miracle.

Director Egle Vertelyte is a Lithuanian screenwriter and director. After finishing history and studying art criticism in Lithuania she attended European Film College in Denmark where she made her first short films. After

Baltic Bridge East by West Lithuania coming back to Lithuania she worked with Studio Nominum developing various media projects and also directed TV broadcast 25th frame on Lithuanian National Television. In 2008, Egle moved to Mongolia, where she worked as an assistant for the lecture of visual anthropology at National Mongolian University. There she started filming her first feature length narrative based documentary Ub Lama (51 minutes, 2011). The film received six international awards and participated in 18 international festivals including Krakow Film Festival, Doc Leipzig, Minneapolis St. Paul and was sold to eight territories worldwide. In 2012, Egle graduated with an MA of screenwriting from National Film and Television School in UK and now lives and works in Lithuania with the company iN SCRiPT.

Producer Lukas Trimonis is a creative producer. A graduate from the Baltic Film and Media School, he attended European Film College in 2005. He completed Maia Workshops in Italy and received a European certificate in audiovisual financing and commercialization from French National Audiovisual Institute. His experience ranges from working on a feature length Hollywood production to producing numerous music videos, shorts, commercials, viral videos. He’s been involved in distribution, financing, post-production and special/visual effects. Some of the documentaries he produced were screened at various international film festivals and received numerous awards. Recently a graduate from National Film and Television School, he has co-founded two production companies Wostok in UK and iN SCRiPT in Lithuania.

Production company iN SCRiPT is a company that concentrates on generation of ideas, screenwriting, development and consultation for TV, documentary, animation and fiction films. Representative at BE: Lukas Trimonis, producer


iN SCRiPT Teatro g. 11-10, Vilnius, 03107, Lithuania Contact Person / Position: Lukas Trimonis / Creative Producer Phone: +370 6991 4913 E-mail: 45

Northbound Synopsis Yashar, 23, is trying to dodge mandatory military service by any means possible; with 130 kg of weight, an outcast personality and bitter contempt for hot weather, his prospects in the Azerbaijani army are far from reassuring. His parents, on the contrary, summon Yashar to serve in order to be able to join the police department – a guaranteed source of “daily bread”. But Yashar views such a life perspective as nothing less, but “hell”; instead, he is obsessed with the idea of moving permanently to Scandinavia – a place he regards as “heaven”, accordingly. “The North is civilized and self-sufficient, while the savage South keeps mooching off of it”, Yashar says to his fairly annoyed, confused parents. “I don’t belong to this climate zone; I am no slave of my hot blood” he blurts out as the conflict reaches its peak, and leaves his parents’ place for good. With 2 weeks left before the draft, Yashar frantically looks for ways to find money to bribe his way out of the army, and emigrate northbound. In the meantime, he rents a room in a communal apartment owned by a middle-aged Russian woman Anna, who lives with her ill-behaved teenage daughter Julia. The mother and daughter have mutual antagonism for each other.

Original title: Simala Dogru Genre: comedy-drama Screenwriter: Ru Hasanov Director: Ru Hasanov Producer: Irada Bagirzade Production company: Adari Films Languages: Azerbaijani, Russian, Old Nordic Country: Azerbaijan Budget: 295 730 EUR Financing in place: 66 480 EUR Partners attached: Digiman, Helmi Films Goals at BE: finding co-production partners 46

At first both Anna and Julia are mutually distant and sceptical of Yashar, but the more time passes by, the more they warm up to each other. In Yashar Anna finds a shoulder to lean on, while Yashar develops a troubled relationship with the emotionally unstable Julia. Time keeps running out, the triangle-relationship grows tenser from day to day and the weather temperature rises to a record – Yashar gets devastated and desperate. And then Anna unwillingly shows him a shortcut to realizing his dream…

Director’s note When I returned to my native Azerbaijan, having spent 6 years in the United States, neither my relatives nor my friends regarded me as Azeri anymore – to them I was “too American”. The same way I was “not American enough” for my friends and colleagues in the US. I used to joke that the place I feel most comfortable is the airplane. But the truth

Baltic Bridge East by West Azerbaijan is – I still haven’t figured out who I am. As much as I would like to think of myself as a liberal, western-educated, open-minded barer of European values, my roots, my hot blood and my ‘oriental’ background manifest themselves on a daily basis, creating a personal crisis, and a rather tragicomic one.

tion companies, having produced several award-winning short and feature films, including the 2013 Locarno selection Chameleon by Ru Hasanov and Elvin Adigozel. Adari Films is currently in production with an anthology film supported by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanfilm Studio.

This is mostly what Northbound is about. It is an outrageous story with an Azerbaijani heart and a Northern European mind. It is a dry and cynical view on the eternal search for a black cat in a dark room that isn’t there. And it is intended to reach out to the vast number of people who suffer from or reflect upon the same issues.

Representative at BE: Ru Hasanov, director

Director Ru Hasanov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated from Bates College (USA) in 2009 with a BA in Theatre. Prior to his career in film, he worked in television as director of promo content. Since 2010, he has directed several documentaries, short films, and music videos. His feature film debut Chameleon (co-directed with Elvin Adigozel) competed in Locarno Film Festival’s Filmmakers of the Present programme.

Producer Irada Bagirzade was born in Baku in 1960. She graduated from the Azerbaijani State University in 1982 having majored in Russian Language and Literature. In 2010, she received a degree in Producing for Film and TV from Rustam Ibragimbekov’s International Film School. In 2011, she founded Adari Films and joined the Producers’ Union of Azerbaijan. Since 2011, she has produced several documentary and fiction films, which were represented at various international film festivals including Locarno, Eurasia, Molodist, Kinoshok, and Tbilisi.

Production company Founded in 2012 by Irada Bagirzade, Adari Films has already taken a firm place among South Caucasus’s most perspective film produc-


Adari Films B. Bagirova 11/1, Baku, AZ1065 Azerbaijan Contact Person / Position: Ru Hasanov / Director Phone: +994 50 213 27 50 E-mail: 47

Out Synopsis A tragedy of a common man, a redundant man in a post-socialist country. Ágoston, a 50-year-old mechanical engineer loses his job in a power plant in East Slovakia. It happens right before his retirement, and everything falls apart. However, this event gives him the opportunity to fulfil his desires: he has never been abroad before, never tasted the saltiness of the sea, and as a hobby fisherman never caught a big sea fish. Therefore he accepts a job offer for a work abroad as a welder in a Latvian shipyard. But when he gets there it turns out there is no such job. He refuses to turn back home, and here begins his Odyssey through Baltic countries towards Finland. The search for a job continues, which leads to bizarre encounters. Out is the story of all the people who have been made redundant by the requirements of a new world they cannot adapt to.

Director’s note Original title: Vychladnutie Genre: absurd existential drama Screenwriters: György Kristóf, Gábor Papp, Eszter Horváth Director: György Kristóf Producer: Marek Urban Production company: sentimentalfilm s.r.o. Languages: Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Latvian, Russian, Estonian, Finnish Countries: Slovak Republic, Poland, Latvia, Estonia Budget: 1 100 000 EUR Financing in place: 138 588 EUR (development stage) Partners attached: Mirage Film Studio (Hungary) – Andrea Taschler, Film Angels Studio (Latvia) – Ivo Ceplevics, EndorFilm (Czech Republic) – Jiri Konecny Goals at BE: looking for potential co-production partners, presales, etc. 48

I build the overall construction on structure that the main character gets further and further onto the edge, out of the society, and gradually loses everything, until he loses himself. I would like to compose rough and desolate scenes so that he gets out of the picture every time by a kind of natural choreography. The beginning has normal pace, but gradually it slows down. I start with details, but go more and more distant later. I would also hold up the final images, I’d escalate the telltale “nothing”, because after all, at the end, the character literally falls out of the picture. My aim is to “empty” the viewer through expressive minimalism.

Director György Kristóf was born in Slovakia, but moved to Hungary as a teenager. During his high-school years there, he worked as a journalist for local daily newspaper. During his studies at University of Miskolc, he found his interest in films, and started working in AD teams of small Hungarian or big American, English crews. In 2008, he started his film studies at Famu in Prague. There he directed a few short films, which were invited to over 50 festivals and awarded in several places.

Baltic Bridge East by West Slovak Republic, Poland, Latvia, Estonia In 2011, after finishing BA studies, he moved to Latvia, Riga, where he worked for a year as a director for TV commercials. He came back to Famu for an MA degree and is preparing first feature film Out.

Producer Marek Urban (born in 1977) started his professional experience by co-working with Alef Film & Media Group in 1996 on various movies and multimedia projects. While studying at Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava, he successfully founded production companies Un Film Ltd. (2004) and sentimentalfilm Ltd. (2008). He participated and/or (co-)produced many awarded films well-known in both Slovakia and abroad: Papier Heads (1996), Rivers of Babylon (1998), Muzika (2007), Ilja (2010), Matchmaking Mayor (2011), Photographers (2012) and Velvet Terrorists (2013). The most recent projects are Goat, a full-length feature in production, and Out, a full-length feature in development.

Production company sentimentalfilm was founded in 2004 by Marek Urban and Ivan Ostrochovsky, fresh graduates of the film school in Bratislava. Their intention was to develop their own projects as well as to settle a platform for young and outstanding authors. One of the first projects was Matchmaking Mayor (Tagesspiegel Readers Prize at Berlinale 2011). Ilja was also awarded both domestically and abroad. Today, sentimentalfilm is producing several documentaries and TV programmes and at least one feature a year. We also provide production services for local as well as foreign productions. Representative at BE: Marek Urban, producer


sentimentalfilm s.r.o. Sreznevského 3, 831 03 Bratislava, Slovak Republic Contact Person / Position: Magdaléna Mackovicová Phone: +42 194 845 4884 E-mail:, 49

Passing Clouds Synopsis Middle-aged and about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, Ann and Bill have drifted apart without realising it. A life-long train enthusiast, Bill surprises Ann (who had been looking forward to a Spanish beach holiday) with a trip aboard the legendary Trans-Siberian Express. Speeding across Russia en route to Vladivostok, in an alien culture and crammed into a shared compartment, they’re quickly on a crash course for domestic meltdown. And it goes from bad to worse when Bill gets waylaid on a station platform, left stranded, whilst Ann hurtles onwards alone. She has no option but to seek help from charming fellow passenger Andrey (30s) and an unlikely friendship develops. Bill, meanwhile, sets out on his own adventure in pursuit of the Express, taking in overpriced taxi rides, a host of unusual encounters and an accidental detour to Kazakhstan. Crossing an entire continent, the separation and the scramble to be reunited ignites in both the spark they had lost. And in finding it within themselves, is there a chance they may once again find it for one another?

Orignal title: Passing Clouds Genre: comedy-drama Screenwriters: Catriona MacLean, Tatiana Korol Director: Tatiana Korol Producers: Ian Prior, Jelena Goldbach Production companies: Scala Productions, Wostok Languages: English, Russian Countries: UK, Russia Budget: 1 690 000 EUR Financing in place: 823 000 EUR Partners attached: BFI Film Fund, UK Tax Credit, MEDIA Goals at BE: meeting potential Russian and third country co-producers as well as international sales agents 50

Director’s note Passing Clouds is a story I want to share with anyone who’s ever been in a long-term relationship – in particular anyone who knows the fear of falling out of love. The resonating truth of a relationship gone stale and the hope it may be turned around – not by magic but by believable emotional beats – is a challenge that holds strong appeal for me. Telling such a story against the backdrop of a culture clash of worlds will offer an opportunity for humour within such a moving and engaging story. My goal is to capture the feeling of adventure that comes with a journey like this, the chaos and thrill of a road trip veering off course. Through location shooting and a mixture of professional cast and nonactors, the film should feel spontaneous and authentic. I also want to represent the contrast between the confined train compartment and the endless landscape outside the train window as the Express travels from Moscow to Vladivostok crossing Siberia and Mongolia.

Baltic Bridge East by West UK, Russia Director Tatiana Korol has made several acclaimed short films. Akbulak and Hello my Name is Olga were both nominated for a Royal Television Society Award and screened at numerous prominent festivals including the Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen and Edinburgh. Both films were broadcast on ARTE Germany and France. A graduate of the renowned Directing Fiction MA at the UK’s National Film & Television School, Tatiana has an international background with close ties to Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine. She is interested in stories with a quirky charm, humour and humanity, transcending cultures, countries and boundaries.

he’s also Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee and Deputy Chair of EFA. Representatives at BE: Ian Prior, producer (Scala Productions) Jelena Goldbach, producer (Wostok)

Producer Ian Prior was the Associate Producer of Ladies in Lavender starring the Oscar-winning duo Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. With Scala Productions, credits include Raindance Best UK Feature nominee The Street Walker and Love Me Do supported by Film London, the debut feature of award-winning filmmaker Martin Stitt. Ian’s shorts have screened at many international film festivals in addition to being shortlisted for a BAFTA. Jelena Goldbach co-founded Wostok in 2010 having graduated from the NFTS with an MA in Film & TV Producing. Currently in postproduction is short film The Chicken, emerging Bosnian writer/director Una Gunjac’s winner of the prestigious Robert Bosch Award. Jelena’s earlier shorts include the award-winning Akbulak, which premiered at the Berlinale.

Production company Scala Productions was co-founded in the early 1990s by Nik Powell and Stephen Woolley whose long producing partnership brought an unrivalled slate of award-winning features to the screen. Early credits include Iain Softley’s Backbeat, Shane Meadows’ acclaimed debut 24:7 and the Golden Globe-winning Little Voice. Nik’s more recent films include Ladies in Lavender, Calendar Girls and In Our Name while


Scala Productions Ltd 249 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8QZ Contact Person / Position: Ian Prior / Producer Phone: +44 20 7916 4771 E-mail: 51

Third World Synopsis Two childhood friends became enemies during the civil war; they were in love with one woman, who was killed by a stray bullet during this war. Two decades later they meet each other in Berlin in search of answers regarding their common past.

Director’s note Georgians were always living on the verge of Europe and Asia, EastWest and North - South crossroads, always at the centre of interests of greater countries, with the fierce resistance movements they preserved their national identity and culture - which was considered the highest priority. Around 20-25 years ago, the huge Soviet system started to demolish and among 16 Soviet countries, this breakdown hit Georgia the most. Frivolous Georgians started internal war. With the purpose of maintaining the unity of the country, the regions raised against each other, friends, relatives and even family members were fighting on different sides. As a result, the country ended up with lost territories, 300 000 refugees and a million immigrants fled from the country.

Original title: Third World / Terzo Mondo Genre: drama Screenwriter: Merab Kokochashvili Director: Merab Kokochashvili Producer: Nikoloz Abramashvili Production company: Cinetech Film Production Languages: Georgian, English, German Country: Georgia Budget: 1 266 375 EUR Financing in place: 264 000 EUR Partners attached: Goals at BE: finding European co-producer 52

The theme of Civil War, which the film is dedicated to, is very important for the history of Georgia and still affects severely our country’s life the fate of every citizen. The years of resistance and political games took the potential for creativity from a whole generation and made sworn enemies from those who once were childhood friends. Numbers of those people fled abroad from this uproar. People have lost each other, families split. The main characters of the film are two men in their late thirties. They grew up together, both became writers, both of them loved one woman, who was killed either by a stray bullet or a sniper. At that time, they were in opposite camps and fought against each other. Twenty years later, these two friends meet for one night in Berlin. One is emigrant and the other – passing through. One night’s adventure in Berlin resurfaces the nature of their personality – their lack of limits in

Baltic Bridge East by West Georgia enjoying life, their happiness - intertwined with sorrow, and the same unlimitedness in their doubts, and rage; and finally in their regret and repentance after perception of their sins. All this indicates that, despite the “bright intellect and curious minds” (William Allen), they still do not possess the ability to create a democratic country of civilized values.


2006 as a result of a merger of several successful production studios specializing in audio, film, and video production and of administrative organizations of the film sector (Union of Georgian Filmmakers, Caucasus IF of Advertisement CIFA, Young Cinema Fund), it aims to produce and co-produce the work of independent filmmakers. Representative at BE: Nikoloz Abramashvili, producer

Merab Kokochashvili (1935) graduated from Moscow Institute of Film (VGIK) as a film director. He has directed seven full-length feature films and a number of documentaries. He is the nominee and winner of numerous international film festivals, including Locarno, Berlin, Pesaro, Oberhausen, Minsk, Russia, etc. His award collection includes the Rustaveli State Prize (the highest art honour in Georgia) for the documentary series The Way (1986), People’s Artist (1983), The Green Valley - one of a hundred innovative films of the century (Pesaro Film Festival, Italy, 1994) and the best Georgian film of the century (2007).

Producer Nikoloz Abramashvili (1982) studied commerce and marketing at Tbilisi Iv. Javakhishvili State University. He is a producer and Deputy Director at Cinetech Film Production since 2006, and co-founder and General Director at New Georgian Film and a member and head of the auditing committee at Union of Georgian Filmmakers since 2013. Filmography: Dzma (2013, co-production with France); Chaika (2012, co-production with Spain, San Sebastian IFF); Farewell to Arms (2010, collection of five shorts selected, mentioned and awarded at more than 50 international film festivals incl. Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal, International Short FF of Clermont-Ferrand, Worldwide Short FF Toronto, etc.)

Production company Cinetech Film Production is one of the most dynamically developing independent film production companies in Georgia. Founded in


Cinetech Film Production 2, Brothers Kakabadze st., 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia Contact Person / Position: Nikoloz Abramashvili / Producer Phone: +995 322 920 143 E-mail: 53

You Hid Saint Petersburg in Y Synopsis Between Saint Petersburg on the Baltic Sea in Russia and Saint Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, there are 5304 miles. There is also the story of a family and an investigation into its genealogy, 100 years between an arrival to Ellis Island and today’s departure, with detours by way of Moldova, the Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Latvia, encounters with humans and with animals, clear-sighted words of living authors, many languages to learn, a reconstructed family which is as eccentric as it is broke, and the performance of a burlesque show which is supposed to pay for their trip.

Director’s note Original title: Tu as caché St Petersbourg dans ta valise Genre: drama / road movie Screenwriter: Valérie Gaudissart Director: Valérie Gaudissart Producer: Juliette Grandmont Production company: Clandestine Films Languages: French, Yiddish, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Moldavian, Romanian, Russian, English Country: France Budget: 1 350 400 EUR Financing in place: 95 400 EUR Partners attached: Procurep Angoa, Bourgundy writing support, CNC development, Saone et Loire region Goals at BE: finding co-producer from Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine 54

You Hid Saint Petersburg in Your Bag is a genealogical investigation in the form of a road movie, at times burlesque, and sometimes dead serious, about a reconstructed family of today on a quest for vestiges of their ancestors from Eastern Europe. The film asks questions about many things I’m passionate about: roots, both those one inherits and those one chooses. The family saga is a truly cinematic subject, pure fiction. The film tells how a family invents its story, how it nourishes it, transmits it, and gives it an identity. I’m fond of the confusion that people make between what really happened and what they would have preferred to have happened. It is a project which itself travels and it will need collaboration not only on the production level, but also for the writing of the screenplay. We are actively looking for partnerships and encounters, which nourish the film with the culture of the East, a culture I am passionate about, but which is not precisely my own.

Director Valerie Gaudissart’s affection goes to characters of utopian determination who chase their ideals, and free spirits whose explorations of their feelings get them out of step with those around them. Valerie has directed for the theatre, done documentaries for Arte, made films in

Your Bag prisons… and directs fictional works. Her three short films, Weightless, Insomnia, and Celeste have all won prizes at festivals. They reveal what certain human beings, in particular certain women, are capable of reinventing the world and making their lives less serious and more complicated. Which is certainly the case for Valerie who has completed Ich bin eine Terroristin, her first feature film, and actively prepares her second one, You Hid St Petersburg in Your Bag.

Baltic Bridge East by West France And we know that it’s not always necessary to travel far to make the longest of voyages. Representative at BE: Juliette Grandmont, producer

Producer A former journalist, after several jobs in Germany and Italy, Juliette Grandmont worked as producer from 2000 to 2006 for Artcam International, with director Joël Farges. She started in international co-productions with films such as Platform by Jia Zhang Ke – China (Venice, Competition),  The Road by Darezhan Omirbaev – Kazakhstan (Cannes, Un Certain Regard) and Angel on the Right by Djameshed Usmonov – Tajikistan (Cannes, Un Certain Regard), and in the production of French films (Le Chignon d’Olga by Jérôme Bonnell). She has produced 25 short and medium-length films, which were selected and won awards at over 120 festivals (Clermont Ferrand, notably) and selected for a César. In 2006, she founded Charivari films in association with Elise Jalladeau (Athens) and Natacha Devillers (Shanghai). Currently, she heads Clandestine Films and is producing 1st and 2nd European feature films. Juliette teaches production, is the expert-member at regional funds, and a member of EAVE since 2009.

Production company Based in Belleville, a multicultural neighbourhood in Paris, Clandestine Films is an independent film company, which produces feature films. It’s founded on ten years of experience producing short and medium-length films, features, and international co-productions. Our staff and films speak French, Creole, German, Croatian, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Indonesian, English… We work with filmmakers who try to bring us somewhere, or who propose to us stories from far away.


Clandestine Films Address: 10 bis rue Bisson, 75020 Paris, France Contact Person / Position: Juliette Grandmont / Producer Phone: +33 1 4358 2866 E-mail: 55

Country Doctor Synopsis Glass skyscrapers, high speed internet, time of titanium pins, metalceramic smiles and laser lancets. The promising dentist Mukhit, a proud owner of medical school diploma, stands out in a stream of rural butterflies flying towards the lights of the big city. Regardless of that, Mukhit as a real romantic, moves back home - to his aul. Because there was a time when a friendly residents of aul had gathered money, in order for their talented landsman could get a university degree.

Original title: Сельский доктор Genre: lyric comedy Screenwriter: Anton Mitnev Director: Anton Mitnev Producer: Valentin Zakharov Production company: Production Club Language: Kazakh, Russian Country: Kazakhstan Budget: 500 000 EUR Financing in place: 100 000 EUR Partners attached: Mark II, Rental company, Kazakhstan; Cinematon, sound production company, Kazakhstan Goals at BE: finding co-production partners, additional financing Spotlight: New Kazakh Cinema, taking place during the Eurasia International Film Festival, is a business platform aimed at supporting young filmmakers and boosting international co-production. In 2013, the Spotlight was held for the second time, and one of the awards for the participants was the opportunity to present their project at Baltic Event. 56

Our hero is going to make a real travel in time, because the city and the village - are two different epochs, two different realities. There is no water supply in aul, no constant income, and other urban preferences. But people can easily move to the city. Forefathers land is very close to the total devastation. Mukhit - the Dentist, romantic man from the “future” will fall in love, will gain his countrymen authority, he will save his native aul from extinction and give people hope for the future.

Director’s note How a dentist becomes a leader... Times are changing as well as people, puzzling the clerisy with a Hero of Our Time search. But we should try to find the hero of timelessness. We will see wonderful antagonist transformations between rural and urban cultures, between the past and the future, in whirligig of contrasts and conflicts. And it is not necessary for him to be a politician or a warrior. Let’s try to avoid clichés. Parallel worlds will face each other in the life of young dentist. Save the Motherland mission is a hard nut to crack. The tragedy of changes and a comedy of situations. As the plot unwinds the sustainable algorithm of hero’s behaviour will be diluted with intuition and feelings and we will see the vulnerable soul

Spotlight on Kazakhstan

and strangely enough the leadership skills of a young dentist. This transformation will be just the beginning, just the foretaste of the “future” that a spectator will feel after watching of this movie. The future that can not exist without the past.

Director Anton Mitnev was born in 1985. Graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts as Film & TV Director. Actor in State Academic Drama Theatre named after М. Lermontov. Filmography: 2012 / Milk Kids / scriptwriter, director / TV novella in TV almanac “Labourmen” / timing – 10 min.; 2012 / Country Doctor / scriptwriter, director / short film, final year project / timing – 30 min.; 2010 / Mountain Pass / timing – 30 min.; 2009 / Robinson / timing – 61 min.

Producer Valentin Zakharov was born in 1979. Starting from 2010 he is producing documentaries and TV projects. Filmography: 2013 / The Future of Kashagan / producer / documentary film / timing - 26 min.; 2012 / Labourmen / producer / TV almanac / timing – 6 novellas 10 min. each; 2011 / Kazakhstani Triumph / producer / documentary series / timing – 4 series 50 min. each; 2011 / Х-Road / producer / interactive films project for teens about problems with drugs, alcohol and HIV - the first film - produced in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund / timing – 30 min.

Production company Production Club is a film and TV production company based in

Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was founded in 2010 as a part of Kochegary Studio Group of Companies and was oriented on documentaries, feature films, interactive films and TV content production. The big advantage of Kochegary Studio was the years long experience in advertising production. All that experience, knowledge of the market, database of production professionals from the CIS & Baltic countries were used in the developing of a new film production company - Production Club. The main value of the company is the team of professionals with a long term experience in film and TV content production. It covers almost the whole process of the film production stating from the scriptwriting till the post-production period and marketing. In the beginning, Production Club specialized mainly in documentaries, but now it also produces feature films, TV content and interactive films. Production experience in Kazakhstan gave the company an opportunity to be in the centre of Eurasian continent - the place of social and multicultural crossing. That is why Production Club is mainly interested in production of films with human stories, intercultural and social issues, showing the depth of a human soul and mind. Representative at BE: Valentin Zakharov, producer


Production Club 23 Bukhar Zhirau Str., office 41, Almaty, Kazakhstan Contact Person / Position: Valentin Zakharov / Producer Phone: + 7 701 727 5235, + 7 702 474 9570 E-mail:, 57

POWR – Baltic Stories Exchange

Welcome to this year’s POWR event! For the 6th time we hereby invite you to meet the 8 selected scriptwriters and hear their stories at the Baltic Event. In fact, we urge you to come because it is a great opportunity to meet new talents, find the right writer, co-writer or consultant for your project and to pick up a new project at an early stage. Our pitches are short, strong and worth your attention – even if you have a tight schedule in Tallinn! POWR enjoys being a part of the big Baltic Event family and we look forward to developing the workshop further in the years to come. Focusing on giving writing talent a platform is a way to invite new voices and projects from personal dramas to family adventures, comedy and crime. We believe writers are as crucial as directors in the collaborative art of filmmaking, and in our 2013-group you will find both writers and writerdirectors. We urge them to network with you as well during these few days, hoping you will find each other during the many wonderful happy hours or even at the breakfast buffet! 8 projects stand before you this year. We will spend an intensive day and a half developing them up to the presentation in the afternoon of November 28th. The next pages briefly present the projects – but don’t be surprised if they have taken some twists and turns between now and the pitch presentation – this is the point of POWR: intense development among peers!


So - look forward to meet a woman passionate about tango, who has to get a family vendetta off her back before she can live out her dream; a little girl who finds a way to enter other people’s dreams and manipulate them as pay-back for bullying her; a married man who falls in love with a woman, who is not a woman yet - changing his and his family’s life; a pair of siblings who have to stay at an old hotel filled with strange miniature tourists and find a way to rescue themselves; or you can meet the sole survivor of a failed expedition whose dream is lost until the father of his dead friend makes him an offer he can’t resist; a son who confronts his absent father and stands up for his grandfather and himself – filling a lifelong void; a female small-town police officer suffering from her sudden divorce has to get close to a murderer without getting too close, and you can meet an agent who swallows pills for a living, entering other people’s minds and bodies, but what happens in his mind? The presentation is an open invitation for everyone to participate in an informal and story-passionate atmosphere and we look forward to meeting you! On behalf of the POWR-team, Valeria Richter tutor/co-organizer POWR partners are TorinoFilmlab and MEDIA Desks in Scandinavian and Baltic etc.

Big World Logline A magical tale about growing up, touching madness, family bonds and the beauty of saying goodbye. Synopsis Nora (12) blames her little brother William (2) for her parents getting divorced. One day she gets lost with her grandfather, the eccentric Geo (70), and William in a mysterious forest with an ancient hotel, where nothing is, as it seems. Nora slowly realizes, that NO guests have ever left this hotel. The strange hotel owners, a childless couple, love their guests so much, that they collect them. With their magical power they turn living creatures into miniature size beings and have now gathered hundreds of tiny tourists. Nora and her family are next in line, and Nora is now forced to take action if she ever wants to go home again.

POWR / Denmark

Mette Heeno I like stories about normal people in extraordinary situations. I love to test my characters and place them in strange worlds and bizarre situations. I keep returning to universes that are larger than life and full of surprises. So far, I have written 10 feature films and a ton of television. All in different genres and for different audiences, but they have all had a twist of unpredictable adventure and dark humour. I am too impatient to research, so I mostly write stories created in my own imagination. Contact Mette Heeno E-mail:

Charm of Tango Logline When love fails, tango is the answer. Synopsis Gypsy woman Hulda has dedicated her life to serving her philanderer husband Rainer, forgetting her own passion to sing tango. When Rainer is accidentally killed, his family puts a vendetta against Hulda – thinking she is to blame. Now Hulda has to travel North to the family eldest and ask him to declare her innocence. On the road Hulda realizes that her true calling is to bring peace to her people through her music.

POWR / Finland

winning film On Edge and her latest feature length documentary Fight for a River. Contact Maria Lappalainen E-mail:

Maria Lappalainen is due to graduate from ELO Film School Helsinki with an MA in screenwriting. She has previously studied in All Federation Institute of Cinema (VGIK) in Russia, and graduated as a fiction film director. Maria has directed short films and documentaries; including the prize


Lady Stardust Logline An ordinary man falls in love with an extraordinary woman. But. She is not a woman yet. Synopsis Martin, 53, is an ordinary man, living with his family. One day he meets Tanya, a young beautiful woman and asks her on a date. But. Tanya is not a woman. Not yet. This is over the top for Martin, yet he can’t get rid of his feelings for her. He has to see her again and they begin a love affair. One night, when Martin is with his family, Tanya gets severely beaten by a gang. At the hospital Tanya gives Martin’s name and the truth is exposed. His wife demands to meet ‘this woman’ and follows him to the hospital where events take some unexpected turns. Tanya moves in with the family and Martin pays for her surgery. This gesture upsets the world around them. The social system cannot accept a man who chooses love before everything else.

POWR / Sweden Richard Rosengren My debut in 1992 was a play for theatre. It was later adapted for radio drama and during that process I kind of fell in love with radio, and for a decade or so I wrote plays and drama documentaries exclusively for listeners. The last years I have again written plays for stage and used my writing and research skills for film- and TV-projects. I have also written a book about how to create characters and write dialogue. And of course occasional teaching at the University in Malmö, some project management in the field literature and a lot of other things. Contact Richard Rosengren E-mail:

Minna & the Dream Team Logline When you enter your dream world and start to manipulate other people’s dreams, you may just wake up to find that your own life is the best place to make things come true. Synopsis Minna (11) is being bullied. One night she manages to get behind the scenes of her own dream, where a dream team builds dreams for her and everybody in the world. Afraid of being caught by the cruel dream inspectors for having let a human backstage, the dream team brings Minna along. Secretly she manipulates the dreams of her bullies and slowly her life changes for the better. The dream inspectors suspect something is wrong. One day Minna falls off her bike and is left in a coma. Now she is trapped in her own dream world. The dream inspectors are chasing her, catch her, and sentence her to stay in the archives of eternal oblivion. Minna suddenly realises that her dreams are inspired by her own surroundings. She wakes up from her coma and understands that she has not manipulated anyone’s dreams. Though the idea has given her a new faith in herself, a faith that instils in her the


POWR / Denmark

courage to actually act, beginning to make her own world a better place to be. Flemming Klem I am a produced screenwriter educated from the National Film School of Denmark, 2001. In 2011, I attended their master class. Since graduating I have been involved as a screenwriter in several short films, feature films and TV-series. My latest accomplishments are the scripts for the short film Nomansland (Audience Award at MIX Copenhagen, October 2013), for a Danish feature film, still in post-production, and the script for the feature Bosch Street - to be shot in Nov/Dec 2013. I also co-wrote the script for the short film This Charming Man that won an Academy Award. In 2012 I pitched the animated series Mik&Mikael aka Happy Nation at Cartoon Forum, still in development and I am currently co-writing a romantic comedy for Zentropa China. Minna and the Dream Team is an animated feature. Contact Flemming Klem, E-mail:

PILL #1618 Logline Jonas has a strange job. He drinks numbered pills for a living. What would you do, if you had a pill that could switch your mind with anyone else’s mind for 8 hours? Jonas is still wondering. Synopsis The Eiffel Tower at sunrise, morning coffee in the old town of Rome, poker in Vegas and sunsets in the bars of Ibiza. This is just another week in Jonas’ life. Jonas is one of the agents at “Beehive” – an underground corporation, who have invented a special technology allowing agent and client to switch minds. With the help of just one pill Jonas can do any required service while being in the client’s body. Gamblers are assisted in paying their debts, writers are helped to come up with their masterpieces, and husbands use the pill to uncover their beloved wives’ love affairs.

POWR / Lithuania Domante Urmonaite Born in 1988, Lithuania, Šiauliai. Finished BA (film producing) and MA (film directing – editing) degree studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatre. In 2013 co-founded film production company Colour Space Productions. Currently works as a coordinator at Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator, coordinator international training (Summer Media Studio, Nordbaltic Incubator), project manager at Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatre and lecturer at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. Selected filmography: 2012, Dzukija’s Bull – feature documentary, producer; 1455, 1456 - short fiction, director/scriptwriter/editor; 2010, Before Falling – short fiction, producer (awarded for the best student film at National Film Awards “Silver Crane”). Contact Domante Urmonaite E-mail:

Son of a Son Logline A story about filling the void left by another human with your own presence. Synopsis John, 27, has forsaken his studies and been forced to move in with his mother. He decides to seek up his since long gone father, Ernest, who lives in the US. John’s grandfather, Sigge, becomes hospitalized and John is forced to cancel his journey. Unexpectedly, John’s father arrives in Sweden. As it turns out that Sigge suffers from severe dementia, Ernest wants Sigge relocated to a nursing home, an idea John and Sigge strongly oppose. When Sigge dies, an inevitable confrontation between John and Ernest occurs. John starts to accept the suffering arising from giving up his hope of the perfect father, and tries to fill the void by becoming aware of his own presence. When Ernest encourages John to accompany him back to the U.S, John decides to stay with the girl he loves, but has yet failed to truly appreciate.

POWR / Sweden Hampus Linder After finishing the Directing Programme at the Institute of Higher Television Education in Gothenburg 2002, Hampus Linder moves to Malmö in southern Sweden. Here he begins his career as a documentary filmmaker, currently filming his 9th documentary. His films are frequently screened on Swedish television and festivals such as DOK Leipzig, Gothenburg Int. Film Festival and several other festivals throughout Europe. In 2008, Hampus graduates from the Script Writing Programme at Broby Grafiska in northern Sweden. He participates in SOURCES2, a script development program in 2011, where he starts to develop the feature film script for his fiction feature drama, Son of a Son. Contact Hampus Linder E-mail:


The Strawman Logline A small-town female police officer in the middle of a painful divorce realizes that being close to someone or something is no guarantee that you will understand or see. But how can she solve these murders and not get too close? Synopsis Silva Stökel, a small-town police officer is at first paralyzed by despair after her husband leaves her, but the remains of three people are found in the forest and with a wild story about a mysterious straw creature spreading around, Silva and the local officers reluctantly have to admit their lack in experience with murder cases, accepting that senior officer Lundqvist is brought in. Silva feels lonely and develops an attraction towards Lundqvist, ending in a sort of affair. Silva also bonds with a strange man named Maximilian Nordt, who is considered a sort of oracle. Lundqvist starts to compete over solving the case with her and arrests Maximilian. When the story about ‘the Strawman’ comes out as a clever cover-up for a big business deal - with Lundqvist knee-deep in it - Silva has to get over herself and find a way to connect with the murder-

POWR / Estonia er if they are to prevent more killings. Silva senses that she herself is the main obstacle to finding the key to begin to understand this case. But how can she open up and how close can she get without losing sight? Birk Rohelend A geneticist, a mother, a former copywriter and an awardwinning author of three novels, poet and playwright Birk Rohelend entered the world of moving pictures in 2010, when she co-authored the movie Vasaku jala reede (Bad Hair Friday), that was launched in Estonian cinemas in 2012 and became a wildly discussed success. After that she has written the 13-episode TV-drama Nurjatud tüdrukud (Spoiled Girls) and participated in a number of other TV-projects. She visited Mr. Lew Hunter’s Superior Screenwriting Colony in June 2013, where The Strawman was created. Contact Birk Rohelend e-mail:

Whiteout Logline The lone survivor of an arctic expedition tries to wipe the slate clean. Synopsis Three Finnish small-town friends set off on a skiing trek across the Greenland ice cap, in order to rehearse for their Ultimate Dream: a trek to the South Pole. Five days later the expedition leader, Timo Polari, is rescued off the glacier as the sole survivor of the team. Back home, Timo faces accusations and suspicions, only his wife Elina gives her unconditional support. Esko, a local powerbroker, openly blames Timo: he financed the trek and his son Tomi died on the ice. Timo and Esko confront each other and realize that they both are to be held responsible for the fatal accident. Esko makes an offer to Timo: he will finance the unrealized skiing expedition to the South Pole, if Timo will take the unfinished Greenland expedition diary of Tomi with him and use it as his own.


POWR /Finland Timo takes the book and heads to Antarctica, where a few incidental words found in the diary will save the troubled expedition. Jouni Mutanen has worked extensively in the Finnish film industry since 1998. He studied film narratives and filmmaking at the University of Arts & Design - Helsinki, University of Turku, Lahti Polytechnics and University of Southern California between 1991 - 2001. Jouni secured the rights for the true events behind this story in 2010 and since then the storyline has gathered widespread attention - both nationally and internationally. While not working, Jouni enjoys family life, spearfishing, BJJ and wintertime trekking in Northern Lapland. Contact Jouni Mutanen E-mail:

Coming soon / Estonia

Kid Detectives & The Secret of the White Lady

In a quiet resort town Haapsalu four kids are spending their summer holidays together. Suddenly they are dragged into events that started in the 15th century in the local bishop’s stronghold. The children must solve a difficult mystery of a clock robbery and they have to find a treasure that has been lost for centuries and contains a formula of making gold...

Director René Vilbre has directed different TV shows, commercials, documentaries, short and fiction films. Selected filmography: Another (short, 2006) for ARTE, Grand Prix at the Cinessone Film Festival, France 2006, more than 10 international festivals; Mat The Cat (feature, 2005) Children & Youth Film Prize of the Nordic Film Institutes, 47. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 2005), more than 15 international festivals; I Was Here (feature, 2008) international premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF 2008, Moscow International Festival of Detective films, Winner in category “Crime and Punishment”, The Year’s Best Film by The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, more than 15 international festivals all over the world. 

85 min, DCP, 5.1 Original title: Väikelinna detektiivid ja Valge Daami saladus Genre: family Director: Rene Vilbre Screenwriter: Mihkel Ulman Cinematographer: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi E.S.C. Principal cast: Liisa Koppel, Mikk Kaasik, Mariann Vilbre, Miikael Ainla, Hilje Murel, Lembit Ulfsak, Tambet Tuisk, Jaan Rekkor, Priit Võigemast Producer: Raivo Suviste Production company: Balti Video OÜ BEC, ERR To be completed: December 2013 Production budget: 160 000 EUR Financing in place: 90% Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales, festivals

Production company Balti Video OÜ BEC is a production company founded in 1995. Company is focusing on TV production being one of the main TV production houses in Estonia and it has a long time experience in producing drama series for television.

Contact Marje Jurtšenko Estonian Public Broadcasting Gonsiori 27, 10147, Tallinn Estonia Phone: + 372 5276702 Email:


Cherry Tobacco

Coming soon / Estonia

Cherry Tobacco is film about a small town girl who is constantly bored. Her mother gets on her nerves, boys her age are stupid and all activities seem childish. One day Laura’s energetic friend Merit asks her to join a hike to a bog led by a middle-aged nature-lover Joosep. The beginning of the trip is anything but promising: the relationship between the reserved girl and the outgoing Joosep who tries to impress the hiking party with his hillbilly style and bizarre rituals becomes tense. Much to her own surprise, Laura discovers that as the hike continues she is enchanted by the rugged charm of Joosep. The quest is coming to its irrefutable end and Laura has to decide whether the relationship with an older man is a mere stop in the winding road towards becoming a woman or is it her very first love.

Directors Katrin Maimik, director and scriptwriter, graduated from Tartu University in theatre theory in 2005 and Tallinn University’s Baltic Film and Media School in screenwriting (MA). Andres Maimik studied film in the Department of Film of Tallinn Pedagogical University. He has directed more than 80 advertisements and 20 films, and, as a member of FIPRESCI, written a number of film reviews and essays for all the major Estonian publications. 100 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Dolby Digital Original title: Original title: Kirsitubakas Genre: youth drama Directors: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik Screenwriters: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik Cinematographer: Mihkel Soe Principal cast: Maris Nõlvak, Gert Raudsep, Getter Meresmaa, AnneReemann Producer: Anneli Lepp Production company: Kuukulgur Film To be completed: autumn 2014 Production budget: 123 800 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales, festivals Project status: in post-production


Production company Kuukulgur Film is an Estonian production company founded in 2001. Company, produces films, TV-programmes and commercials. Recent filmography: Silver Wedding (2012, short) Photo (2012, short), The New World (2011, doc), Farts of Fury (2011, feature), I Will Survive (doc, 2011), A Radical (doc, 2008), 184 Kilometers (feature, 2006).

Contact Kuukulgur Film Niine 11, 10414 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: + 372 52 94 604 E-mail:

I’m Not Coming Back

Coming soon / Estonia

A young woman who grew up in orphanage is longing to be loved, but does not have it in her to love others. Her teenage helps her while falsely accused of committing a crime to hide in a orphanage without arousing any suspicion. There, she meets a 13 years old homeless person like herself, Kristina, and together they set out on a long journey to a small town in Kazakhstan, where Kristina’s grandmother lives...

Director llmar Raag is the writer and director of the most successful film from Estonia – The Class (Amrion 2007), which was sold to 91 countries, won 25 awards from 70 festivals.. His next feauture Une Estonienne á Paris (Amrion/Estonia, TS Production/France, La Parti Production/ Belgium) with Jeanne Moreau in a lead role, premiered at Locarno IFF competition in 2012, particapated in numerous festivals.  Ilmar has an MA in screenwriting from Ohio University and he studied also film theory in University of Paris III. Ilmar is also an acclaimed columnist in the biggest dailies, lecturer. This year, Ilmar premiered is latest feature Kertu, which had its international premier in Varsaw IFF and went on to win the Audience Award at 55. Lübeck Nordic Film Days. 

109 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Dolby Digital Original title: Я не вернусь Genre: drama Director: Ilmar Raag Screenwriter: Jaroslava Pulinovich revisions by Oleg Gaze Cinematographer: Tuomo Hutri Main cast: Polina Pushkartchuk, Viktoria Lobatsheva Producers: Natalia Drozd, Sergey Selyanov Co-producers: Riina Sildos, Alesi Bardy, Oleg Silvanovich Production companies: Amrion Productions (Estonia), CTB Film Company (Russia), Helsinki Filmi (Finland), Belarusfilm (Belarussia), Kazakhfilm (Kazakhstan) To be completed: January 2014 Production budget: 1 500 000 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: festivals

Production company Amrion. is a production company founded by Riina Sildos in 2003 to produce high quality feature films and documentaries for local and international cinema and TV markets. The main aim is to make international co-productions with young promising talents and already acclaimed directors. Amrion has produced four documentary films and seven feature films, Mat the Cat (2005), The Class (2007), I Was Here (2008), The Poll Diaries (2010), Hella W (2011) A Lady in Paris (2012), Kertu (2013).



Amrion Nurme 45, 11616 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: +372 677 6363 E-mail:

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Coming soon / Estonia

Landscape with Many Moons

Landscape with Many Moons is a story of a Man who has come to a complicated phase in his life. He cannot handle his obligations and keeps failing in the roles he has taken for himself. Conflicting situations and relationships with women put him in a schizophrenic dream-like state where boundaries between reality and fantasies cease to exist. When things start getting out of control, the Man has to discover the hidden facets he never knew he had. His life now seems to depend on unpredictable events that lead the film to a paradoxical denouement. The movie ends with an unexpected turn of events that offers a fresh angle to the preceding story. It gives the viewer an opportunity of an ambivalent interpretation, one more illusory and questionable.

Director Jaan Toomik is an Estonian video artist, painter and award-winning filmmaker, often described as the most widely acknowledged Estonian contemporary artist on the international scene. He has director two short features - Communion (2007) and Oleg (2011). Landscape with Many Moons is his first full-length feature

Producer 85 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital Original title: Maastik mitme kuuga Genre: drama Director: Jaan Toomik Screenwriter: Jaan Toomik Cinematographer: Mart Taniel E.S.C. Main cast: Hendrik Toompere Producer: Ivo Felt Co-Producers: Kaarle Aho, Indrek Kasela Production companies: Allfilm (Estonia), Making Movies OY (Finland) To be completed: spring 2014 Production budget: 680 000 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: festivals, sales Looking for: world sales, distribution


Ivo Felt started his film career in the sound department of Tallinnfilm studios in 1987. In 1995, he co-founded the production company Allfilm. Ivo has been working as a sound designer on several feature and documentary films, television productions and television advertisements. In 2006, Ivo also started focusing on film production and currently is working as a film producer in Allfilm. Filmography, features: Georg (2007, dir. Peeter Simm), Rat King (2012, dir. Petri Kotwica),Tangerines (2013, dir. Zaza Urushadze)

Contact Allfilm Saue 11 Tallinn 10612, Estonia Phone: +372 6729070 E-mail:


Coming soon / Finland

Young Markus dreams of becoming a street ball star in New York. In reality he lives in the god-forsaken suburb called Korso and spends his days playing basketball with his friends in a run-down warehouse. Markus, a trade school drop-out, is not really interested in applying for jobs, but prefers to drink beer and play ball instead. When little sister Heta introduces Markus to her new boyfriend, a black and self-assured college boy, Jojo, Markus’ dream is finally put to test. Jojo laughs at Markus’ ridiculous dream and questions his true ambitions. In order to save his face, Markus sets out to prove that his dream can really come true. And soon enough his trip to New York becomes a question of honour for his friends too. He borrows money for the trip from a local small-time hustler and ends up getting everybody in to trouble. Now Markus has to face the truth he has feared. Can even a ridiculous dream help him find his own way?

Director Akseli Tuomivaara has directed short films Wakizashi (2002), Pure Life (2004) as well as several award-winning music videos. During recent years he has directed promotional films as his main work. Korso is his first feature film.

Production companies 80 min, DCP Original title: Original title: Korso Genre: drama Director: Akseli Tuomivaara Screenwriters: Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi Cinematographer: Juice Huhtala Main cast: Mikko Neuvonen, Niko Vakkuri, Iiro Panula, Richmond Ghansah, Iida Lampela, Petri Manninen Producers: Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari (Bufo), Elli Toivoniemi (Tuffi Films) Production companies: Bufo, Tuffi Films To be completed: January 2014 Production budget: 800 000 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales

Founded in 2007 Bufo has produced a number of fiction and documentary films of which many have received international recognition. Bufo’s films all sharethe elements of clear artistic vision, innovation and high quality. Tuffi Films Ltd. was founded in 2010 by producer Elli Toivoniemi, writer-directors Selma Vilhunen, Jenni Toivoniemi and screenwriter Kirsikka Saari. Tuffi Films produces both fiction and documentary films of various lengths.

Contact Bufo Phone: +358 45131 4652 E-mail:,

Tuffi Films Phone: +358 40 172 1778 E-mail:


No, Thank You

Coming soon / Finland

Heli Valkonen (42) loves her husband. But Matti (43) doesn’t want to have sex. Never. He just likes to play computer games in his shabby gray home pants. Massaging shoulders is the best way for intimacy to him. When delicate hints, sweet talk or sexy dresses won’t help, Heli goes into more and more direct action. But all of this is in vain. “Honey, you are sweet but it is not a good time now.” In amicable but humiliating way Matti rejects his wife’s advances. Heli meets Jarno, a young producer. In no time Heli and Jarno are having an affair. “To hit the sack just a little bit. Just a few, quick pushes. That doesn’t count. To get my marriage last I need to cheat. After that I know what I want and what I don’t want.” No Thank you is a drama-comedy about marriage, long relationships and sex. “Is there any other way to feel closeness to somebody except pushing it in and out all the time?”

Director Samuli Valkama, studied in University of Arts and Design in Helsinki, from where he graduated 2005. His short films Alright Love and Feelings and Stuff, have won several awards in different festivals, most notably Berlin Today Award, in the Berlin International Film Festival. Love and Other Troubles (2012) was Valkama’s feature film debut.

Production company 95 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital Original title: Ei kiitos Genre: drama comedy Director: Samuli Valkama Screenwriter: Samuli Valkama Cinematographer: Anssi Leino Main cast: Anu Sinisalo, Ville Virtanen, Kai Vaine Producers: Rimbo Salomaa, Lasse Saarinen Production company: Kinotar OY To be completed: December 2013 Production budget: 1 300 000 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales agent Looking for: Distribution - theatrical, TV


Kinotar Oy was founded in 1994 and during last 19 years it has produced over 70 feature films, documentaries and short fiction. Number of feature films is 14 and numerous new films are in pre-production right now. Lately our films have been big successes on a national level and our latest feature Ricky Rapper and Cool Wendy have reached 310.000 admissions and was the most popular film in Finland in 2012. Kinotar is one of the five largest production companies in Finland and its aim is to produce quality films for large domestic and international audience.

Contact Kinotar Phone: +358 40 550 1770 E-mail:


Coming soon / Finland

Summertime is a story about three 25-year old girls having the best summer of their lives. “Best” as in the hardest, most surprising and totally different from what they had expected

Director Inari Niemi studied in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science, graduating in 2010. She has directed several short films and last year finished her first feature length documentary Robin, about a finnish teenage pop sensation Robin Packalen. Summertime is her first fiction feature film.

Producers Jesse Fryckman and Oskari Huttu have been working together since 2007 producing commercials and feature films, most recently romantic comedy Love and Other Trouble starring Emilie De Ravin, and comedy Fanatics. They have also produces Reindeerspotting one of the most discussed documentary fims made in Finland, depicting everyday life of drug abuser Jani. Filmography: Fanatics (2012), Love and Other Troubles (2012), Ella & Aleksi (2011), August (2011), Hustlers (2010), Reindeerspotting (2010), Temptation of St. Tony (2009), Sauna (2008)

90 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Dolby Digital Original title: Kesäkaverit Genre: comedy / drama Director: Inari Niemi Screenwriter: Inari Niemi Cinematographer: Daniel Lindholm Main cast: Anna Paavilainen, Iina Kuustonen, Minka Kuustonen Producers: Markus Selin, Jukka Helle, Jesse Fryckman, Oskari Huttu Production company: Solar Films To be released: August 2014 Production budget: 1 500 000 EUR Financing in place: 100% Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales agent, distribuutors, broadcasters

Markus Selin: The most successful producer in the recent re-birth of popular Finnish cinema, Markus Selin is the founder of Solar Films Inc. Oy and co-owner of the company, with Egmont Media Corporation. He has produced 40 feature films and thousands of hours of television drama and entertainment. Selin was chosen The Producer of the Year in Finland in 1999. His movies have won tens of Finnish Film Awards (Jussi awards) and been elected Winner of the Audience Poll several times. His films have been the Finnish Entry for the Academy Awards (Oscars) 3 times.

Contact Solar Films Veneentekijäntie 20 00210 Helsinki, Finland Phone: +358 9 4174 4700 E-mail:



Coming soon / Latvia

Oscar Strok. Musician and composer had gained a world fame with his tango music. He is the author of 300 compositions for violin and orchestra 1920/30 played for in Europe. His jewish background makes him take many extraordinary decisions. He is a pianist, restaurant musician, publisher, owner of cafes and restaurants, a knife trader in a flee market, father and a passionate lover, who incessantly changes his place of residence and who never has money. Strok in his creative research meets the composer Max Weber, oper singer Fjodor Shalapin, film director Sergey Eisenstein, balet dancer Galina Ulanova, composer Sergei Prokofjev. In the sixties his tangos are beeing played by Armstrong and great argentinien tango interpreteur Astor Piazzolla. The life of the King of Tango is full of surprises, significant experiences and adventures, but the rules of this game are not defined by the composer himself. It is a scenario offered by the first world’s economic crisis with enormously high rate of unemployment and the big depression. 1920 Strok plays tango in Riga, Berlin, Prague, Paris, Vienna and Tokyo. Strok’s tango is personal and rich in emotions like the story of his life that captivates by its faith in himself and his music.

Director, producer

90 min, HD, 16:9, black&white Original title: Tapieris Genre: documentary play Director: Ilona Bruver Screenwriter: Ilona Bruver Cinematographer: Elina Bandena Main cast: Jakov Rafalsson, Marija Berzina, Andris Bulis, Gints Gravelis Producer: Ilona Bruver Production company: To be completed: 2014 Production budget: 65 000 EUR Financing in place: partly financed Project status: in post-production Looking for: festivals, sales Looking for: post-production partners


Ilona Bruver worked in Filmhaus Hamburg, FRG, Ilona Bruver Rigahh Filmproduktion, www.lyrikwelt.dein 1980-1994. The first feature film by Ilona Bruver, V20, Eine ungenaue Erinnerung an eine Urkunde (1984) was shown at Berlinale, in the programme Perspectives. During 1980s and 1990s films by Ilona Bruver regularly took part at international. Since 1990 she works for Filmstudio in Riga and Latvian Television, her  own production Kinolats was founded in 1997.

Production company Founded in 1997, Kinolats specializes in producing of creative documentaries, feature films and auteur-shorts as well as cultural and art programmes for television. The company was founded author, film director and producer Ilona Bruver.

Contact Kinolats E-mail:

Sanatorium of Ashes

Coming soon / Latvia

In 1917, the last year of World War I, a retired German military surgeon, Ulrich, is sent to run a mysterious sanatorium with war traumatized mental patients in a distant place in Latvia. Coming from a different culture, he finds this new world where reality reminds a fiction quite challenging and starts to introduce a strict rule.

Director Davis Simanis works as film director, scriptwriter and editor, as well as frequently reads lectures on film theory. He has received Award for Best Debut (Version. LNO, 2007) and FIPRESCI Award (Valkyrie Limited, 2009) at the Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps. Contributing writer for the magazines Rigas Laiks and Studija among others.

Production company Locomotive Productions was founded in 1999. It is one of the oldest film studios in Latvia and amongst the most productive film studios in the Baltic Region. It’s main objective is the production of innovative and creative cinema in all its forms - feature films, documentary and animated films.

100 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Dolby Digital Original title: Pelnu Sanatorija Genre: drama Director: Davis Simanis Screenwriters: Davis Simanis, Tabita Simane Cinematographer: Andrejs Rudzats Main cast: Ulrich Matthes, Agnese Cirule, Leonids Lencs Producer: Roberts Vinovskis Production companies: Locomotive Productions (Latvia), Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania) To be completed: end of 2014 Production budget: 450 000 EUR Financing in place: partly funded Project status: in production Looking for: sales agent

Producer Roberts Vinovskis was born in Riga 1975. Studied art and later philosophy at the University of Latvia. Began work in 1991 in the Soviet – British creative association. Later worked in the Juris Podnieks studio and since 1999 in the Locomotive Productions film studio. As a director and producer has made a number of award winning films. Member of Latvian Filmmakers‘ Union and Latvian Association of Film Producers

Contact Locomotive Productions Phone: +371 2929 8667 E-mail:


Adventures of Gustav

Coming soon / Lithuania

The Adventures of Gustav invites you to set out on a fun and unforgettable journey, where you will get to know the world and experience priceless adventures on land, in the depths of the ocean, and even in outer space! When the insatiable discoverer Gustav catches the travel bug, he decides to set out on a trip around the world to search for his uncle who had disappeared while flying his plane. Little does he know what adventures await him, and what incredible characters he is destined to meet… Have you ever wondered what Baron Munchausen is up to these days? Where Captain Nemo is knocking about and how Robinson Crusoe is doing? What happened to Carlson’s propeller and why he now resides on top of a giant sequoia? This story is your chance to meet these and other well-loved characters - to travel with them, to visit the mysterious forest where Tiny Ben has his secret radio station, to dive to the depths of the sea, where mermaids provide entertainment in the restaurant of the Titanic, and to travel on planes, windmills, boats and trains through northern seas and America’s Wild West - across the world, and even to space! The world is full of mysteries and adventures. The Adventures of Gustav is for those who want to plunge right into them!

Directors Audrius Rakauskas is a journalist, he works as a scriptwriter, director and an actor of TV show for children Gustavo enciklopedija already for 14 years, on which the movie Adventures of Gustav is based 85 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Stereo SR Original title: Gustavo enciklopedija Genre: 3D animation / live action Directors: Vaidas Lekavicius, Augustinas Gricius Screenwriters: Vaidas Lekavicius, Augustinas Gricius Cinematographer: Vytautas Vysniauskas Main cast: Audrius Rakauskas, Andrius Zebrauskas, Arunas Sakalauskas, Dalius Skamarakas Producer: Zilvinas Naujokas Production companies: Tauras Films, Litl Baz Pictures, OKTA World sales: ACME Film To be completed: December 2013 Production budget: 210 000 EUR Financing in place: 90% Project status: in post-production


Augustinas Gricius is a director of TV shows, movies and theater performanes. He directed a famous TV show Dviracio sou for more than 20 years.

Production company Tauras films is a film production company based in Lithuania. Main object is to produce high quality feature films for the wide audience, targeting local, CIS and worldwide markets as it’s main goal.

Contact Tauras Kino Namai Phone: +370 687 45758, E-mail:


Coming soon / Lithuania

Redirected is an outrageous hangover-meets-guy-ritchie type criminal action-drama-thriller comedy with a distinctive flavor of Eastern European exotic. It tells a story of four friends turned first-time robbers – John, Ben, Tim and Michael – who accidentally get stranded in a middle-of-nowhere Eastern European country and have to fight their way back home through the land of whores, smugglers, dirty cops, cheap beer and sick fantasies. In order to save their asses, friends must not only overcome an ultimate culture shock experience, but also rediscover their friendship. The plan seemed 100% bulletproof – they take over an illegal casino in London, get the money, catch a plane to Malaysia and get lost in mind-blowing exotics of emerald jungle, golden beaches, cheap alcohol and teenage sex. The plan was a genius, and it worked. Almost. They took over a casino and they got the money – around one million pounds in cash. But the bad guys started shooting. Michael freaked-out and tried to back away. Tim had no chance but to beat sense into him with a fire extinguisher, which resulted in Michael boarding a plane senseless. The plane took off and… And then a volcano in Iceland started spewing ash like crazy and all the flights had to be grounded. This is how John, Ben, Tim and Michael got stranded in some post-soviet Eastern European country with an unpronounceable name and sick attitude towards everything. That’s where all the fun starts.

Director 106 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital Original title: Redirected / Už Lietuva! Genre: action comedy Director: Emilis Velyvis Screenwriters: Jonas Banys, Lewis Britnell, Emilis Velyvis Cinematographer: Feliksas Abrukauskas Main cast: Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Gil Darnell, Oliver Jackson, Anthony Strachan Producers: Asta Liukaityte, Donatas Simukauskas, Daiva Jovaisiene, Norbertas Pranckus Production company: Kino Kultas To be completed: December 2013 Project status: in post-production Looking for: sales agent

Emilis Velyvis – one of the most popular and controversial Lithuanian directors, especially known for movies ZERO and ZERO II, both of which were huge domestic hits.

Contact Kino Kultas Phone: +370 6777 7493 E-mail:


Baltic Event Screenings Wednesday, November 27 10:00 Screening 1 Santa (100 min) Lithuania / Finland 12:00 Screening 2 Tangerines (87 min) Estonia / Georgia 14:15 Screening 3 Name in the Dark (97 min) Lithuania 16:10 Screening 4 Graduation Year (108 min) Latvia Thursday, November 28 10:00 Screening 5 Living Images (135 min) Estonia 12:00 Screening 6 Mushroomers (77 min) Latvia 14:30 Screening 7 Kertu (97 min) Estonia 16:10 Screening 8 The Excursionist (109 min) Lithuania Friday, November 29 10:00 Screening 9 Free Range / Ballad on Approving of the World (104 min) Estonia 12:00 Screening 10 Dream Team 1935 (118 min) Latvia 14:30 Screening 11 The Gambler (109 min) Lithuania / Latvia

Baltic Event industry screenings will take place in cinema Artis, which is situated in Solaris centre (Estonia pst 9) within 5-10 minutes walking distance from Nordic Hotel Forum. The cinema is the easiest to find when approached from Rävala puiestee - there is a big sign and the statue of the Black Nights’ Wolf. Coming from Nordic Hotel Forum, you will first reach the Estonia puiestee access to Solaris Centre. Just walk through the centre and turn right before the other exit and use the stairs or lift opposite the Ticketpro counter to reach the cinema on the 3rd floor. Baltic Event industry screenings are accessible with industry badges only.


Screening 1

A Lithuanian woman Inga and her seven year old son Vincas arrive to Rovaniemi, , a small Finnish town in the north, to visit a park of Santa Claus. Later that day Jussi, an actor who works as Santa in the park, meets Inga in the bar. Little by little a relationship starts between the two. They exchange letters and visits. Eventually, taking Vincas along with her, Inga comes to live in Rovaniemi. And then one day Inga tells Jussi that Vincas has tumor. She asks for financial support from Jussi for her son’s treatment. Jussi starts to doubt Inga’s feelings for him. Inga leaves for London to seek money from her ex-husband, Vincas’s father. Jussi is forced to take up the role of Vincas’s guardian. He is not prepared for this but does his best to cope. In evenings Jussi tells Vincas a tale of his grandfather and the secret Division of “Santas”, to which General Manerheim entrusted protection of Lapland and Christmas in the Winter War. Inga returns. She has raised money for Vincas’s treatment. Jussi senses how distant and unfeeling Inga has become.

Lithuania / Finland 100 min, DCP, 1:2,35, 5.1 Original title: Santa Director: Marius Ivaskevicius Screenwriter: Marius Ivaskevicius Cinematographer: Tuomo Hutri Art Director: Jurgita Gerdvilaite Editor: Danelius Kokanauskis, Domas Kilciauskas Principal cast: Tommi Korpela, Sandra Dauksaite, Ovidijus Petravicius Producers: Kestutis Drazdauskas, Asta Valciukaite, Tomas Berghall Production companies: Artbox (Lithuania), Oktober OY (Finland) National premiere: January 31, 2014

Contact UAB Artbox Labdariu 5, LT-01120, Vilnius , Lithuania Phone: +370 6151 0699, +370 6871 3078 E-mail:,,

Inga takes Vincas to the clinic in London, and Jussi’s returns to the bachelor’s routine. He sends Vincas SMS messages in which he continues the story of the secret Division of Santa Clauses. Meanwhile Vincas gets weaker as the treatment fails to produce the expected improvement. Jussi comes to see Vincas to the clinic in London for the last time. They talk like two long seen friends. Falling asleep Vincas sees the white reindeer entering the ward. Jussi has told him once that good children are not “put” to the ground after death but are taken by Santa’s reindeer.

Director Marius Ivaškevicius graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in Lithuanian philology. He is a prose writer, playwriter, theatre and film director.Ivaškevicius work has been translated into English, German, French, Polish, Slovenian, Russian, Belarusian, Macedonian and other languages.Marius Ivaskevicius is screenwriter and director of two short films and one feature film: My Father /Mano tevas (short, 2007), Our Father /Teve musu (short, 2010) Santa (2014)



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Autumn of 1992. An empty village in Caucasia is left with only two villagers. Defying the approaching war, an old man Ivo and his neighbour Markus are the last ones who haven’t left. Markus has his tangerine plantation to harvest, though the risk of wartime cropping is against Ivo’s will. The two men become directly involved in battle conflict when Ivo finds a survivor, a Caucasian named Akhmed, on the battlefield and despite the rising threat carries the wounded man to his home. At the same time Markus, while burying perished Georgians, also finds a survivor. The tangerine harvesters must now resolve their own war that expands under their roof with enemies from both sides.

Director Zaza Urushadze studied film directing at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. He has acted as the  Chairman of The Experts Commission of the Georgian National Film Center  in 2001 and as the Head of the Georgian National Film Center  in 2002- 2004.  Estonia / Georgia  87 min, DCP, 1: 2,35,  5.1 Original title: Mandariinid Director: Zaza Urushadze Director and Screenwriter: Zaza Urushadze Cinematographer: Rein Kotov E.S.C Art Director: Thea Telia Sound: Harmo Kallaste, Ivo Felt Music: Niaz Diasamidze Principal cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi Producer: Ivo Felt Co-producer: Zaza Urushadze Produced by: Allfilm, (Estonia),  Cinema24 (Georgia) International premiere: October 16, Warsaw IFF Festivals and awards: Warsaw IFF (international competition)- Best Director, Audience Award, Mannhei-Heidelberg IFF (international competition) - Jury Special Award, Audience Award, Cottbus FF, Black Nights IFF (EurAsia competition), Chennai IFF, Kerala FF (India), Palm Springs FF (USA)


Recent filmography: Three Houses (2008, director, writer, producer) Stay With Me (2011, director), The Guardian (2012 director) - top at the Georgian box office 2012

Contact Allfilm Saue 11 Tallinn 10612, Estonia Phone: +372 6729070 E-mail:

Name in the Dark

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A small town investigator’s job is to untangle cases, which, more often than not, are meaningless to the point of absurdity. From time to time, she breaks up the monotony with a glass of wine. Memories, both painful and exciting, stream into her blood together with the wine. These memories include the tragic love she once experienced for her music teacher, who in a way raised and educated her, and then one day simply disappeared. Suddenly her routine is shaken by the mysterious murder of a teenage girl. While investigating this case, she is forced to face her own past, as the main suspect is none other than her ex-lover - the music teacher.

Director Agne Marcinkeviciute has received MA degree from TV directing at Lithuanian Music Academy. Since 1993 to 2003 she worked at Lithuanian Film Studios on various film projects as director’s assistant, film set administrator, script supervisor. Since 1999 she has written and directed short films, radio plays and documentary films. Selected filmography: Menestrels (short fiction,2003), Raudonu ant balto / Red on White (2003), Beveik laimingas/Almost happy (2004), Dievo vaikai /God‘s Children About Children Care Centers (2005), Laiku suspėjome pasikalbėti / Just in Time (2006), Sapno siūlas / Yarn of Dream (2007), Ilgas kelias namo / A Long Way Home (2007), Nesulaužyti priesaikos / Don‘t Break a Swear (2007), Dance in the Desert /Sokis Dykumoje (2009), By the Ray and by the Fire / Prie rugių ir prie ugnies (2010) Lithuania 97 min, DCP, 1:1.85, Dolby Digital Original title: Vardas tamsoje Director: Agne Marcinkeviciute Screenwriter: Agne Marcinkeviciute (based on Renata Serelyte’s novel) Cinematographer: Feliksas Abrukauskas L.A.C. Editors: Agne Marcinkeviciute, Tomas Rugys Principal cast: Neringa Varnelyte, Gediminas Storpirstis, Jurgita Jurkute, Gintaras Liutkevicius Producer: Zivile Gallego Production company: Fralita Films National premiere: October 11, 2013

Contact Fralita Films Siltadarzio g. 6, Vilnius, Lithuania Phone: +370 6433 0022 E-mail:


Graduation Year

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Graduation Year tells the story of Zane, a young Latvian teacher. A true idealist, she tries to live her life in the most meaningful way possible. She takes her mission as a teacher seriously and works hard to help her students develop their talents. Even so, as for many younger teachers, it’s hard for Zane to keep her distance from her class – the young people soon become a sort of family for her. When she realizes she’s falling in love with one of them, the others start to feel left out. She faces a stark choice between her personal happiness and what society expects.


Latvia 108 min, DCP, 1: 1,85, Dolby Stereo A Original title: Izlaiduma Gads Director: Andris Gauja Screenwriters: Andris Gauja, Lauris Gundars Cinematographer: Aleksandrs Grebnevs Art Director: Ilze Kaulina Editor: Tambet Tasuja Principal cast: Inga Alsina Lasmane, Marcis Klatenbergs, Ieva Apine, Gatis Gaga Producers: Guna Stahovska, Andris Gauja Produced by: Riverbed, Mojo Raiser Production National premiere: January 2014


Andris Gauja graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture’s scriptwriting and dramaturgy programme. He has worked on documentary films, experimenting with documentary and feature film genre elements. His documentary Victor (Vides Filmu Studija, 2009) took part in the St. Petersburg International Film Festival Message to Man (Russia), and the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad in Belarus. His documentary Family Instinct (Ģimenes lietas, FA Filma, 2010) had great achievements, receiving a string of awards in various international film festivals. The most noteworthy: the Sterling Award for Best World Feature at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival (2011, USA), the Silver Eye Award for best mid-length documentary (Czech Republic). The film was nominated for best documentary at the IDFA (Amsterdam), the Russian Film Academy’s Nike prize and has been selected for more than 20 international film festivals. Family Instinct also participated in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s Works in Progress section and at the Docu Talents from the East (2010). Graduation Year is the director’s feature debut.

Contact Riverbed Katrinas dambis 20A-27 Riga LV 1045, Latvia E-mail:,

Living Images

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Living Images is a historical melodrama that takes us through the 20th century by telling the stories of two Estonians, Helmi and Julius. The film begins with their birth in the beginning of the century, in a house belonging to Baltic Germans, and ends in the end of the century in a newly liberated Estonia on the backdrop of the arrival of neo-capitalist values. It is a grotesque approach on the difficult turns in Estonian as well as European history, and involves a good dose of both humour and tragedy.

Director Hardi Volmer is a filmmaker, art director, and stage designer. After graduating from the State Art Institute he started work in the film studio Tallinnfilm as puppet film director and production designer. At the same time, he was active as freelance stage designer in almost all Estonian and some foreign theatres. Volmer has directed and designed animated films, feature films, documentaries, TV series, and TV shows. He has made sets for theatrical productions and directed several plays. He has staged and designed  TV commercials and music videos, designed books and theatre posters.

Contact Estonia 135 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Stereo SR

Exitfilm Madala 1, 10313 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: +372 5562 2041 E-mail:

Original title: Elavad pildid Director: Hardi Volmer Screenwriter: Peep Pedmanson Cinematographer: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi E.S.C. Art Director: Kalju Kivi Sound: Tiina Andreas, Ants Andreas Principal cast: Sandra Uusberg, Anu Lamp, Ita Ever, Priit Võigemast, Tõnu Oja, Aarne Üksküla, Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr. Producer: Anneli Ahven Production company: Exitfilm National premiere: February 21, 2013 Festivals and Awards: Shanghai IFF, Anapa FF Kinoshock Best Screenplay Award, 2 Best Actresses Awards, Critics’ Award



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Peter is just another peter, so very ordinary. He works at the office where colleagues make fun of him, the boss makes sexual advances and the sick mother harasses him at home. Step by step his life becomes completely unbearable. Once by a chance Peter happens to try magic mushrooms and this adventure turns into new move towards a different life.

Director Ivars Tontegode (1983), studied graphic design at Art Academyof Latvia, then film directing at Latvian Academy of Culture. His first short film Obsession received the award as Best short film at Latvian National film festival Lielais Kristaps 2009. Mushroomers is Ivar’s first feature film.

Contact Locomotive Productions Phone: +371 2929 8667 E-mail: Latvia 77 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital Original title: Senotaji Director: Ivars Tontegode Screenwriter: Ivars Tontegode Cinematographer: Janis Skulme Editor: Andra Lejniece Principal cast: Andrejs MoĹžeiko, Kristians Karelins, Mareks Balmanis, Sandra Zvigule, Dace Everss, Anete Saulite Producer: Roberts Vinovskis Production company: Locomotive Production National premiere: March 8, 2013 Internationa premiere: Warsaw IFF - Free Spirit Competition Festivals and awards: Warsaw IFF (international competition)- Best Director, Audience Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF (International competition), Cottbus FF, Black Nights IFF (EurAsia competition), Chennai IFF, Kerala FF (India), Palm Springs FF (USA)



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After Midsummer’s Day Kertu (Ursula Ratasepp)goes missing without a trace. Her family panics as due to her modest and withdrawn nature she is considered a simpleton. After a long search the trembling Kertu is found hiding under the bed of the liquor-loving womanizer Villu (Mait Malmsten). The judgmental villagers chastise Villu and accuse him of taking advantage of the woman. But what had really happened that night? The slowly unravelling truth is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine.

Director llmar Raag is the writer and director of the most successful film from Estonia – The Class (Amrion 2007), which was sold to 91 countries, won 25 awards from 70 festivals and developed into a successful multi-awarded Tv-series. His previous feauture Une Estonienne á Paris (Amrion/Estonia, TS Production/France, La Parti Production/Belgium) with Jeanne Moreau in a lead role, premiered at Locarno IFF competition in 2012, particapated in numerous festivals, recieved Film of the Year prize from Cultural Endowmentof Estonia.

Estonia 97 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Dolby Digital Original title: Kertu Director: Ilmar Raag Screenwriter: Ilmar Raag Cinematographer: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi Art Director: Jaagup Roomet, Kristjan Suits Editor: Tambet Tasuja Principal cast: Ursula Ratasepp, Mait Malmsten Producer: Riina Sildos Production company: Amrion National premiere: October 10, 2013 International premiere: October 2013, Warsaw IFF Festivals and Awards: Warsaw IFF (international competition), Nordic Film Days Lübeck - Audience Award, Arras FF - Audience Award, Camerimage FF, Black Nights FF, Tbilisi International FF, Tromsø FF, Göteborg FF

Ilmar has an MA in screenwriting from Ohio University and has done internships in Hollywood development departments (New Regency, Phoenix Pictures). Ilmar is also an acclaimed columnist in the biggest dailies, lecturer and requested media consultant.

Contact Amrion Nurme 45, 11616 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: +372 677 6363 E-mail:


The Excursionist

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The power of Belief and Love makes wonders. This film is based on really incredible story of 11 years old girl from Baltic’s, who escaped exile prisoners Trans-Siberian train on the way to Gulag in 50-ties and made her 6000 km long and dangerous, full of adventures way back home. This is a fi lm about hope and destiny, love and friendship, and immeasurable humanity of people.

Director Audrius Juzenas studied feature film directing at Lithuanian Music Academy and in the film studio TOR in Warsaw. He has acted as the Chairman of Lithuanian Film Board in 2007-2008 Filmography, features: It Also Snows in Paradise (1994) - participated in festivals in Sweden, Italy, France, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic etc; Ghetto (2005, Lithuania/Germany) - participated and awarded in festivals in India, China, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republik, Turkey, Belorussia, Estonia, Israel, Belgium, France, Lithuania; The Excursionist (2013)


Lithuania 109 min, DCP, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital Original title: Ekskursante Director: Audrius Juzenas Screenwriter: Pranas Morkus Cinematographer: Ramunas Greicius Editor: Paulius Zavadskis Main cast: Sergej Garmas, Raisa Riazanova, Igorj Savockin, Aliona Ivcenko, Anastasija Marcenkaite, Viktor Dobronravov, Ksenija Rappoport, Dmitrij Godsdiner Producer: Algirdas Semeskevicius Production company: Cinemark National premiere: September 27, 2013


Cinemark S.Konarskio g. 49-604 a, p.d.23,Vilnius Lithuania Phone: +370 699 47910 E-mail:Â Cinemark@,

Free Range / Ballad on Approving of the World

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Veiko Õunpuu’s third full-length movie tells a story of a promising young man with exciting career opportunities and a looming marital bliss. How to live knowing that you might never know joy in day-to-day life? That you will never know the true pride from your work? That there is no meaning, no goal, no hope for improvement? That life will continue and you have to get used to it and also to the idea that it might go on for a long time and, worst of all, it is almost impossible to put up with it in a dignified way? Shoddy housing, meagre food, poverty and the extensive coarseness below and stolid indifference above. Where should we head to, cattle for slaughter, and how is it possible to participate in all this, without losing our humanity and the last bits of our lust for life? Fred (29), an aspiring writer, is thrust into the middle of these questions – his girlfriend Susanna (23) is pregnant and intends to keep the baby.


Estonia 104 min, DCP, 1:2,35, Digital SR Original title: Free Range / Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest Director: Veiko Õunpuu Screenwriters: Veiko Õunpuu, Robert Kurvitz Cinematographer: Mart Taniel, E.S.C. Art Director: Jaagup Roomet Editor: Liis Nimik Principal cast: Lauri Lagle, Jaanika Arum, Laura Peterson, Peeter Volkonski, Roman Baskin Producer: Katrin Kissa Production company: Homeless Bob Production National premiere: September 19, 2013 International premiere: Berlinale Forum 2014

Veiko Õunpuu (1972) has been a worker, a carpet salesman, a university dropout on three different occasions, a backpacker and a painter. In 2006, he founded production company Homeless Bob Production. His debut feature Autumn Ball premiered at Venice IFF in 2007 and won the Orizzonti Award. He received European Talent Award for the script of The Temptation of St. Tony, which later premiered internationally in Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for the best production design at European Film Awards. Õunpuu has been chosen among 100 most intriguing contemporary film directors in the book 10*10 in Film by Phaidon Publishing. Filmography: Empty (2006, short), Autumn Ball (2007), The Temptation of St Tony (2010), Free Range (2013)



Homeless Bob Production Telliskivi 57-68, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: +372 5667 7855 E-mail:

LevelK ApS Gl. Kongevej 137B 3rd fl., DK - 1850 Frederiksberg C., Denmark Phone: +45 4844 3072 E-mail:


Dream Team 1935

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Dream Team 1935 is a sports drama based upon true events. In the 1920s basketball was just getting known in Europe. But to attract more public attention and to prepare for the 1936 Olympics, which would include basketball for the first time as a competitive sport, FIBA, the International Basketball Federation in Geneva arranged a “dressrehearsal” competition – the first European Basketball Championship, called EuroBasket 1935. Meanwhile, in Latvia there was a core of dedicated and active basketball players. Coach Valdemars Baumanis was confident Latvia could assemble a competitive team to play in Geneva, but he had to overcome numerous hurdles, not the least being the Latvian Sports Committee who felt that any idea of Latvia playing in the games was pure fantasy. The road to Geneva for coach Baumanis and his team was not easy and even when they got there many had neither heard of Latvia or thought it would be incredulous that such a small unknown country could assemble any kind of team, let alone a competitive one. Dream Team 1935 – their game made them a team – their spirit made them champions. An amazing heart-warming true story of impossible odds, improbable heroes and an incredible moment in history.

Director Aigars Grauba has directed five feature films, which have been screened in internatonal festivals and been successful domestivcally. Filmography: Courage to Kill (1993), Dangerous Summer (2000), Defenders of Riga (2007), Rudolf’s Gold (2010), Dream Team 1935 (2012) Latvia 118 min, DCP, 1:2.35, Dolby Digital Original title: Sapnu komanda 1935 Director: Aigars Grauba Screenwriters: Aigars Grauba, Andrejs Ekis Cinematographers: Gvido Skulte, Imants Zakitis Editor: Liga Pipare Principal cast: Janis Amanis, Producer: Andrejs Ekis Production companies: Platforma Film, Cinevilla Studios World sales: Perry Street Advisors National premiere: November 11, 2012


Contact Platforma Film Elijas 19, LV-1050, Riga, Latvia E-mail:

Sales Perry Street Advisors E-mail:,

The Gambler

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Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station, whose passion is one – gambling in different games. Whenever he lands in some difficult situation, the medic is forced to grab onto something radical to return the money he is constantly losing. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Initially the employees at emergency services are the only ones to be attracted to this macabre engagement. Soon enough, however, the idea kicks off and starts spreading like wildfire. The medic colleagues become betting agents, whereas Vincentas takes control of its bank. As financial matters keep on improving, a coworker Ieva starts objecting to the game. A passionate relationship has just unfolded between her and Vincentas. Soon enough he is going to face making a fateful choice – the game or love.


Lithuania/ Latvia 109 min, DCP, 1:2,35 Original title: Losejas Director: Ignas Jonysas Screenwriter: Kristupas Sabolius, Ignas Jonysas Cinematographer: Janis Eglitis Art Director: Nerojus Narmontas Editor: Satsys Zak Principal cast: Vytautas Kaniusonis, Oona Mekas Producers: Uljana Kim, Roberts Vinovskis Production companies: Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), Locomotive Productions (Latvia) Sales: Wide International premiere: September 25, 2013 San Sebastian FF

Ignas Jonynas graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music, Film and TV department in 1994 Filmography: Dancing worm (2006, feature, 20min)- Les Lutins du Court-metrage, Paris 2008, East End FF London 2008, 22nd Brest European Short FF 2007, 23rd International Short FF Berlin 2007, Crcuitto off Venice International short film festiva, 2007 - Audience Award, Luciana film festival, 2007 – Best Photography Award. Sunday as it is (2003, feature,31 min) - IFF „Zolotoy Vitiaz“ Russia 2004, IFF Lagow, Poland. Osnabriuk FF, Germany, Europe Unlimited programe, Off-Courts FF Trouville, France. Nouvelle Europe programe, International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Bilbao.



Studio Uljana Kim Antakalnio 94-25, LT 10202, Vilnius, Lithuania Phone: +370 69926552 E-mail:

Wide 9 rue Bleue 75009, Paris France Phone: +33 15395 0464 E-mail:


Focus on Kyrgyzstan November 27 16:00-17:00 @ Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius The thoughts on how European film producers can join forces with local talents are shared by acclaimed Kyrgyz film director Aktan Arym Kubat and established producers Altynai Koichumanova from Kyrgysztan and Marc Baschet from France Geo-political background Kyrgyzstan (officially Kyrgyz Republic) is a Central-Asian country, bordered with China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It is a landlocked small country, for 90% of its territory is covered with mountains of Tian-Shan mountain system. The highest peak is Pobeda (7439 metres). The country’s total territory is 198 500 square kilometres. Kyrgyz Republic has huge water resources: there are more than 28 000 rivers and 2000 lakes. The biggest and most beautiful lake is Issyk-Kul. It is situated a four-hour drive from the capital Bishkek and the location is very convenient for managing film shootings. Most of the films in Kyrgyzstan are shot in Issyk-Kul region. The climate in the country is continental: snowy cold winters and hot dry summers. Kyrgyzstan is a post-Soviet country, part of the CIS, independent and democratic. The Republic is governed by President and Parliament. It has its own currency, state symbols and language. Official languages are Kyrgyz and Russian. English language is taught in schools and universities and one can find English interpreter with ease. Total population of the country is 5.66 million. Access to Kyrgyzstan There are everyday flights to Kyrgyzstan from Istanbul (by Turkish Airlines) and Moscow (by Aeroflot). Other airlines operating in the country include as Lufthansa, BMI, etc. as well as local airlines. Kyrgyzstan has the most liberal visa regime of the Central Asian countries. The citizens of most European countries and the CIS need a visa, and there’s also a list of countries that can get the visa in the airport upon arrival in Kyrgyzstan. The customs regime does not have special features. There are no limitations for the quantity of foreign currency. Cultural projects and co-productions between foreign countries and Kyrgyzstan are very


welcome by the government and therefore have a simplified customs regime. Shooting and light equipment brought to Kyrgyzstan will be registered as temporary import with 3% fee (3% of the amount indicated in the invoice of the equipment). Film Industry After the collapse of the Soviet Union and gaining independence in 1991 Kyrgyzstan’s film industry was almost ruined and experienced a difficult period. The only working studio was state-owned National Kyrgyzfilm Studio, which produced one film per year or one film per two years. Cinemas were deserted and the admissions per capita was only 0.005. Step-by-step the situation started to improve when private production companies were created and a way for international co-productions opened. However, in general the film industry was very poor (five films per year) until 2005-2006, when the so-called boom of local Kyrgyz cinema started. Local private companies or independent filmmakers make very low-budget (1 500-15 000 Euro) commercial films for local distribution. In 2013, around 70 films were produced. The number of theatres, film screens and general interest towards cinema is increasing. In 2005, the number of screens in the country was six, in 2013, the number has climbed to more than 30. There are around 20 private production studios while Kyrgyzfilm remains the only stateowned company, which produces films out of state budget. Private studios and independent filmmakers can also apply to Kyrgyzfilm for

co-productions of art-house films. Only a few (around three) art-house films are produced in Kyrgyzstan per year; however, some of them have festival success and are distributed internationally. Among them are The Adopted Son and The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat (a.k.a. Abdykalykov), Saratan by Ernest Abdyjaparov, My Brother Silk Road by Marat Sarulu, Don’t Cry, Rhinoceros by Temir Birnazarov, NurbekEgen, etc. Most of these films are co-productions with other countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, etc. International Co-Productions Kyrgyzstan is not a member state of Eurimages and has not renewed a co-production agreement with CNC, which was signed between the USSR and France and expired after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This fact does not make Kyrgyzstan very attractive for international film producers. However, Kyrgyzstan has now sent an official request to CNC in order to update this co-production agreement and the issue is currently in development. Moreover, Kyrgyzstan is included in the so-called DAC list of countries of many European film funds that support film production. Among them are World Cinema Support (CNC), World Cinema Fund (Berlinale), Hubert Bals Fund (Rotterdam IFF), and others.

for Central Asian filmmakers and European film professionals, where recent films and up-coming film projects are presented. One of the main goals of the festival is to establish co-productions between Kyrgyzstan and Europe. Location for Shooting Kyrgyzstan has a lot of beautiful locations for nature shootings: mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, fields, waterfalls, canyons, rocks, glaciers, etc. Due to the fact that the country is very small, traveling from one location to another does not take much time: the longest will be one day. The infrastructure (access to hotels, restaurants, electricity, and asphalt roads) in most of the regions of Kyrgyzstan is not very well developed. The most developed is Bishkek and its surroundings, Issyk-Kul region in the North and Osh region in the South of the country. As for the film infrastructure, the National studio and private studios have a list of shooting equipment, light, sound and other essential equipment for digital shooting. Shooting crew is available for two films at a time, and cast of Asian and European (Russian) appearance. Permission for shooting is not required. The website gives general overview of the Kyrgyz film industry.

Since 2005, the Arthouse Film Festival is held in the summer every two years at the shore of the beautiful Issyk-Kul lake. It is a B2B platform


Black Nights Industry Talks Presented by Estonian Film Cluster Tuesday, November 26 Panel #1: Hello Hollywood - how to develop and market for reaching the big screen? 10:00 - 11:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius The recent years have marked a “new wave” in Hollywood driven by the success of independent features such as Drive, wide interest in remake rights, resurrected genre filming, and last but not least the crossover of European and Scandinavian directors to LA. The developments have paved the way for an equally new wave of collaboration between Hollywood and overseas film industries marked by creativeness, joint development of original and remake films, and location and production service use in Europe and Asia alike. The panel brings together the tops of the new wave of Hollywood independent executives, project consultants, rights acquisitions heads and talent representatives to discuss and present the recents trends and developments in LA. What are the interests of US producers working overseas, how to develop an effective sales package, what makes an attractive remake or an intellectual property sale, or how to approach a multinational talent agency are just a few topics to be tackled to get your LA connection going. Panelists: Garrick Dion (Vice President, Bold Film, Drive), Gloria Fan (Vice President of Production and Development, Mosaic Pictures, The Dark Knight), Kyle Franke (Head of Development, XYZ Films, The Raid), Jeff Barry (Agent, ICM Partners) Moderator: Jason Gorber (journalist, CTV News, Twitchfilm, CBC, Oprah Winfrey Network) Panel #2: Keeping it hot - developing future festivals and distribution in the age of declining audience 11:15 - 12:30 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius It’s an old story that audience numbers keep increasingly falling, new consumption habits and piracy channels keep popping up, and the internet and VOD has not yet become the saviour for the film industry. So will there be any future for festivals and cinema distribution at all? Surprisingly several venues and events across the world with a skilful mix of programming and focus, out of the box marketing strategies, and careful orientation to the industry’s needs have taken them to the limelight of success. The panel discussing success stories and strategies for festivals, ex-


hibitors and promoters alike features leaders from acclaimed SXSW festival, which combination of film, music and new media has taken the event to one of the key showcase platforms in the spring season, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, one of the fastest developing cinema chains and art house distributors in the US with unique visitor and marketing strategy, which recently gained international fame by banning Madonna due to texting during the screenings; and the leading industry event of Asian Film Market of Busan Film Festival, that has recently reinvented itself to keep pace with the rapid changes in the film biz landscape. Panelists: Jarod Neece (Producer & Senior Programmer, SXSW Festival), Tim League (CEO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas), Daniel Kim (Director, Asian Film Market, Busan Film Festival) Moderator: Kalle Kinnunen (Journalist, Suomen Kuvalehti) Discussion: Production possibilities with Japanese independents. Presentation of Industry@Tallinn - TIFFCOM collaboration project 12:30 - 13:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Despite its unique business and production culture and complex point of entry, Japan still remains a lucrative market for overseas collaboration. The consolidation of the film industry around the majors, have created a unique possibility for Japanese producers to tap for overseas funds, whereas foreign producers will be able to utilize unique creative talents of Japanese filmmakers to enter to the vast, but somewhat closed Japanese domestic distribution space. The discussion features the presentation of recipient of TIFFCOM-Tallinn Black Nights Japan-Estonia partnership award, project in development Where The Peacock Fly by acclaimed independent filmmaker Hirofumi Kawaguchi currently seeking overseas collaboration with Europe. Panelists: Hirofumi Kawaguchi (Director), Misa Kimura (Producer) Moderator: Sten-Kristian Saluveer (Industry Director, Tallinn Black Nights FF, University of Tokyo) Estonian Film Music Showcase Workshop: How does music end up in films? Interview with Graham Walker & Chris Douridas (with Tallinn Music Week) 17:00 - 18:30 A Von Krahl Theater, Rataskaevu 10 The discussion with British music supervisor and producer Graham Walker (Sleepy Hollow, Talented Mr Ripley, Joy Division) & music su-

pervisor and consultant Chris Douridas (Northerrn Exposure, The Austin Powers series, One Eight Seven, As Good As It Gets, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Grace of My Heart, American Beauty, One Hour Photo, Down with Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Rumor Has It, Shrek 2, Bobby) is aimed at film and music producers, and composer alike to discusses and presents effective supervision, production and scoring strategies in the lucrative but highly competitive market of international film scoring.

service collaboration with regional film industry in Northern Europe. Panelists: Ellen Kim (Bom Pictures, Come Rain, Come Shine, Berlinale Competition), Tae Joon Park (Producers Guild of Korea, Mother, Cannes Competition) Moderator: Jean Noh (Asia Deputy Editor, Screen International)

Estonian Film Music Pitching sessions and showcase (with Tallinn Music Week)

11:00 - 12:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius The historic, and one of the kind MOU for Eastern and Northern Europe and South Korea will be signed by the Director of Estonian Film Institute, Ms. Edith Sepp and the Secretary General of Korean Film Council, Mr. Insoo Kim

18:45 - 20:00 A Von Krahl Theater, Rataskaevu 10 One of the best kept secrets of Estonia is the country’s internationally recognised and high quality music both classical and contemporary alike. In cooperation with Tallinn Music Week, acclaimed and up-and coming Estonian producers, songwriters and composers pitch their music and projects for overseas producers and filmmakers. Estonian Film Music Showcase and Party (with Tallinn Music Week) 20:00 - ... A Von Krahl Bar, Rataskaevu 10 The Estonian Film Music and Showcase party organised together with the region’s leading music showcase festival Tallinn Music Week, returns once again featuring the live concerts of the country’s most promising film music talents, and the best DJs of the town.

Wedensday, November 27 Panel #3: South Korean Showcase: The successes and expectations in producing with Korea 10:00 - 11:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius South Korea boasts one of the most rapidly developing film industries in the world with well-developed studio and production system, high production values, continuing international festival success, and strong domestic market. Recently, the country has also sparked a variety of high budget co-productions and overseas locations use including the all time highest grossing blockbuster, the 40 million USD budget Snowpiercer (Prague), The Berlin File (Berlin, Riga), My Way (Latvia), The Thieves (Macau, Hong Kong) and so on. To celebrate the historical signing of Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between Estonian Film Institute and Korean Film Council, and featuring Korea’s leading major and independent producers, as well as representatives of Producers Guild of Korea, the panel explains and discusses the experiences of Korean producers working abroad to outline potential successes and pitfalls for overseas co-production and

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Estonian Film Institute and Korean Film Council (KOFIC)

Panel #4: Spotlight on Canada 12:00 - 13:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Canada not only is the country of focus of the 17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, but also has signed more than 50 co-production treaties making it one of the most perspective production partner in the world. Combined with a highly developed systems for public support, widespread tax credit system, breathtaking locations, the acclaimed Toronto Film Festival, and up and coming Fantasia Film Festival with its Frontieres genre market in Montreal, working with Canada opens up creative and financing possibilities for European filmmakers. The showcase and networking panel aims to give a rough overview of key players and recent developments in the Canadian film landscape from public support systems, production markets, and of course film festivals. Panelists: Stephanie Trepanier (Head of Fantasia Frontieres Co-Production Market), Natalie Lue (Vice President of Customer Experience, Toronto Film Festival), Malcolm Sutherland (Director) Moderator: Jason Gorber (journalist, CTV News, Twitchfilm, CBC, Oprah Winfrey Network) Workshop: Monetizing Transmedia 14:00 - 15:30 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Transmedia is definitely one of the hottest topics in the media production landscape across the world, however too often it seems to designate a social media experiment or a new media solution without clear audience or financial merit. The workshop hosted by the Vice Chairman, New Media Council for the Producers Guild of America (PGA), and former Fox entertainment development executive John Heinsen (Family Guy, That 70s Show), and journalist and transmedia consultant Domenico La Porta of Europe’s leading digital film publication Cineuropa, will showcase and


analyse successful transmedia projects from US and Europe alike, to present how producers and entrepreneurs can create synergy and actually monetise their content through new possibilities and technologies offered by transmedia. Panelists: John Heinsen (PGA, Executive Committee of the Interactive Media Peer Group, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), Domenico La Porta (Chief Editor, CineEuropa)

Thursday, November 28 The Film Festival Programmers Talks During the past decade the role of film festivals has changed drastically from showcases of national cinema, to sites of international business in production, sales and development of new talents and film. Combined with the increasing stress on demand of world premieres in key festivals, the changes have also tremendously impacted not only the programming decisions, but also the whole production and distribution cycle influencing the film sector as a whole from producers to the sales agents and festivals as well. The pioneering Film Festival Programmers School will bring to Tallinn the representatives of both key and specialised film festivals in the world - Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Pusan, Sitges, Puchon, Karlovy Vary and Nippon Connection to discuss the most pressing issues in the festival cycle landscape and to provide attending filmmakers the possibility to meet and network with the programmers for future collaboration. The workshop hits the spot by following the debate on preserving the voice of smaller films within megafestivals by the Chief Editor of Screen International, Wendy Mitchell, in Autumn 2013. The topics include: • programming politics in the increasing competition for premieres • how to achieve a balanced distribution of films across the festival calendar • keeping the identity and focus of sidebars within a bigger festival landscape • the relationship and possibilities for specialized genre and niche festivals • how much is enough for a festival to be a festival? • how to communicate smaller films in the programme of “megafestivals”. Talk #1: Programming politics in the age of competition for premieres 10:00 - 11:15 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Panelists: Paolo Bertolin (Venice Film Festival & DohaFilmInstitute), Chanil Jeon (Busan Film Festival), Lenka Tyrpakova (Karlovy Vary Film


Festival), Dennis Vetter (Nippon Connection Film Festival); Daniel Kim (Director, Asian Film Market, Busan Film Festival) Moderator: Xavier Puerto & Domenico La Porta (Cineuropa) #2: Who will hear your scream – building fan communities, and not being censored by doing it 11:30 - 13:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Panelists: Mike Hostench (Sitges Film Festival), Jin Park (Puchon Film Festival), Stephanie Trepanier (Fantasia Film Festival) with special guest Brontis Jodorowsky Moderator: Sten-Kristian Saluveer (Industry Director, Tallinn Black Nights FF, University of Tokyo) Roundtable: How big does a festival have to be? Keeping the balance between quality and quantity 14:00 - 15:30 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius Panelists: Stefan Laudyn (Warsaw Film Festival), Natalie Lue (Toronto Film Festival), Anne Delseth (Cannes Critics Week), Paolo Bertolin (Venice Film Festival) Moderator: Boyd van Hoeij (Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire)

Friday, November 29 Animated Dreams Film Festival presents “Animation 15 years ago and 15 years from now” 14:00 - 16:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Capella The panel discussion featuring the representatives of Estonia’s leading animation studios Eesti Joonisfilm, Nukufilm, A-Film and Tolm Stuudio, seeks to investigate what is the current state of affairs in Estonian animation and what could one expect 15 years from now. 14:00 Priit Tender (Director, Eesti Joonisfilm) – The possibility of Joonisfilm (drawn film) from paleolithic to post-civilization 14:20 Kristel Tõldsepp (Producer, A-Film) – 15 years of A-Film Estonia and changes in Estonian animation industry 14:40 Andrus Raudsalu (CEO, Nukufilm) – What will the future bring between elitists’ handwork or global cooperation 15:00 Joosep Volk (Creative Director, Tolm Stuudio) – The emergence of new generation – self-taught generation The presentations are followed by moderated discussion which invites everyone to debate on the future of (Estonian) animation - newcomers, private entrepreneurs, independent creators, video artists, film critics, producers, and the audience alike. For more info about the panelists visit

Baltic Event / B’EST Panels November 26

November 29

14:00-16:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus

10:00-16:30 A Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus

Music Rights Licensing music is never straightforward and in this session I’ll endeavour to address some of the key issues relating to music rights for synchronisation, as well as considering how best music can be used as a promotional and marketing tool within a film. I hope to share some of the knowledge gathered from a 25 year career running the licensing divisions within companies such as Virgin, Polygram and Universal as well as working as an independent music consultant and supervisor. This will be a ‘round table’ questions and answers session involving participants and focussing on producers’ individual projects and the relevance of music to their productions. Presenter: Laurence Kaye: I hope to share some of the knowledge gathered from a 25 year career running the licensing divisions within companies such as Virgin, Polygram and Universal as well as working as an independent music consultant and supervisor.

STEP IN Baltic Distribution Round-table. Taking the next steps The Step In initiative, launched in Locarno in 2012, brought together distributors, exhibitors and sales agents from Central and Eastern Europe. It was followed up last year in the Baltic Event with more local perspective of the Baltic distribution scene. This year Baltic Event will continue on the subjects handled in Step In in Locarno, take a closer look at the Baltic market, especially Lithuania, and hopefully take a few steps forward. The round-table will be dedicated to the distribution field in the Baltics and to some extent in the whole Central and Eastern Europe. With huge changes in exhibition sector, new distribution platforms taking over traditional, ‘windows’ nearly disappearing - it is time to sit down and talk about the situation we’re all in to make the next steps.

November 27 11:00-13:00 A Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus The International Market and Working with Sales Agents The International Market and Working with Sales Agents focuses on finding a suitable sales agent with plenty of tips how, when and where to start, legal issues, delivery lists, financial terms, festival distribution, marketing, perspective, etc. Presenter: Frederic Corvez started his career at Equinoxe (Sony Pictures Intl and Canal +) where he was in charge of the international development. A member of the reading group at Studio Canal, he contributed to the creation of Kanpai Distribution. Then, he joined successively MK2 and Celluloid Dreams where he directed and developed the TV department. In 2004, he founded Urban Distribution Intl (formerly known as UMEDIA), a World Sales and Distribution Company. In 2006, he created GOMEDIA, a post-production company specialized in post-production, dubbing and subtitling. Frederic Corvez is also the founder and manager of Urban Factory, an independent company dedicated to domestic production and international coproduction’s. In 2011, UDI has also extended its activities to theatrical distribution in France with a new arm: Urban Distribution.

The first part of the round-table will bring us an overview of the Lithuanian distribution market that includes all the weird and wonderful ways the Lithuanians have of getting films to audiences. Being the biggest market in the Baltics, Lithuania still suffers from being a small country where festivals and cinemas are forced to start distribution business to feed their needs, but lack know-how in alternative distribution platforms and are sometimes strangled by big theatrical exhibition chains. In addition, Lithuania is the home of most Baltic mini-majors that handle art-house films that end up also in Estonian and Latvian screens. On the second half of the round-table, the positive and negative traits of Lithuanian market will be projected to similar territories, and useful topics will be discussed regarding the distribution and exhibition sector in a small country. We tackle the role of film festivals in the distribution of art-house films in small countries, see the efforts of a sales agent in selling small films to small countries, get some useful advice from the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission whose support keeps the art-house distributors alive and see the viewpoint of a producer who has to become a distributor and even take the role of a sales agent to make sure that films get ‘out there’. With several European sales agents, distributors, producers and representatives of film institutions present, Baltic distribution round-table will definitely take a step forward, break some ancient distribution traditions and give tips for better and friendlier business models with the objective to get more worthy films to wider audiences.


Baltic Event team Riina Sildos Managing Director Phone: +372 504 8985 E-mail:

Marge Liiske Associate Director Phone: +372 514 8134 E-mail: Alice Aasmäe-Kahar Guest Service Assistant Phone: +372 5664 7907 E-mail:

Kadri Kask Guest Service Manager Phone: +372 527 6039 E-mail:

Helen Serka-Sanchez Co-Production Market Assistant Phone: +372 505 0500

Liisi Jalukse Co-Production Market Assistant Phone: +372 5669 0989 E-mail:

Lili Pilt POWR Coordinator Phone: +372 5332 4618

Anu Ernits POWR Manager Phone: +372 522 2200

Eda Koppel Event Manager Phone: +372 520 3306 E-mail: Leana Jalukse Co-Production Market Manager Phone: +372 5648 3490 E-mail: Liisi Puhk B’EST Guest Coordinator Phone: +372 5695 8123

Tiina Teras STEP IN Distribution Panel Project Coordinator Phone: +372 557 1235 Kati Remmelkoor Marketing Coordinator E-mail:

Industry@Tallinn team Sten-Kristjan Saluveer Industry Director E-mail: Phone: +372 516 5242

Heili Jõe Industry@Tallinn Producer E-mail: Phone: +372 562 37991

Javier Garcia Puerto The Film Festival Programmers Talks E-mail: Phone: +346 1656 9847


Heidi Koppel Hospitality Manager E-mail: Phone: +372 5886 3272 Maris Hellrand International Media E-mail: Phone: +372 5620 1118








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