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SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE 17-19 NOVEMBER, 2007

Artistic Director: Christina Kallas
Coordinator: Lucia Rikaki

In the last few years, more and more films begin their career by receiving development grants within the framework of a film festival – a career which often completes its circle by premiering in this same festival.The importance of script development to the artistic and commercial success of a film project is a now long acknowledged fact. Development is an area, which, although much less costly than production itself, always needs support, especially in the Southeast of Europe, which has almost no development funding schemes.

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has therefore initiated the Balkan Fund, which operates in coordination with other well-known and established film festival funds and addresses a geographical area which is not fully covered by any other festival fund: the Balkans or South-Eastern Europe, specifically Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Turkey.The festival of the historically multicultural Thessaloniki supports filmmakers from this region in their efforts to develop their projects as professionally as possible.

The Balkan Fund thus aspires to support the filmmaking process in what has historically been one of the most explosive regions of modern-day Europe, a region full of stories waiting to be told.

The Balkan Fund continues its successful course for the fifth consecutive year.After the success of the films Grbavica, which was the first completed film to emerge from the Balkan Fund and which was awarded the Golden Bear, The Tuning, which received the main prize at the Mannheim Film Festival and the Best Feature Film award at the Napoli Film Festival, Gucha – Distant Trumpet which competed in Berlinale’s Panorama section 2007, as well as California Dreamin’ (endless) by writer/director Cristian Nemescu, which won the main prize at this year’s “Un Certain Regard” in Cannes, the Thessaloniki Film Festival is now hosting the premiere of the next Balkan Fund project, Hidden Faces (written and directed by Handan Ipekçi). Other highly anticipated projects in the pipeline are:Baby Photo (written by Andrei Codrescu and Ted Thomas and directed by Cristian Mungiu),Welcome Aboard (written and directed by Costantine Giannaris), The Coat (written and directed by Kutlug Ataman), Small Crime (written by Christos Georgiou and Srdjan Koljevic and directed by Christos Georgiou), Kingdom Cum (written by Dimitrije Vojnov and directed by Srdjan Dragojevic), A Heart Shaped Balloon (written by Bogdan Mustata and directed by Catalin Mitulescu) and Principles of Life (written by Razvan Radulescu and directed by Radu Jude).


 

NOMINATED PROJECTS 2007

Adventures of the Little Shoemaker
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Silvije Petranovic (Κροατία/Croatia)

The Building Manager
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Periklis Hoursoglou (Ελλάδα/Greece)

First of All, Felicia
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writers-Directors: Melissa de Raaf & Razvan Radulescu,
Παραγωγή / Producer:Ada Solomon (Ρουμανία/Romania)

The Happiest Girl in the World
Σενάριο / Writers: Radu Jude & Augustina Stanciu, Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Radu Jude,
Παραγωγή / Producer:Ada Solomon (Ρουμανία/Romania)

Metastases
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Branko Schmidt (Κροατία/Croatia)

Mother
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Juraj Lerotic,
Παραγωγή / Producer: Olinka Vistica (Κροατία/Croatia)

The Poor Little Things
Σενάριο / Writer: Onder Cakar, Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Ozer Kiziltan,
Παραγωγή / Producer Sevil Demirci Cakar (Τουρκία/Turkey)

Rio
Σενάριο / Writers: Νίκος Πανουτσόπουλος / Nicolas Panoutsopoulos &
Αργύρης Γερμανίδης / Argyris Germanidis,
Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Νίκος Πανουτσόπουλος / Nicolas Panoutsopoulos (Ελλάδα/Greece)

Safiye
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Huseyin Karagoz (Τουρκία/Turkey)

Some Other Stories
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writers-Directors:Ana Marija Rossi, Ines Tanovic, Marija Dzidzeva
Hanna Slak, Ivova Juka, Παραγωγή / Producer: Nenad Dukic (Σερβία/Serbia)

Thundestorm Pearls
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Ανδριανός Γεωργαντάς / Andrianos Georgantas,
Παραγωγή / Producer: Dionyssis Samiotis (Ελλάδα-Κύπρος/Greece-Cyprus)

The Tour
Σενάριο-Σκηνοθεσία / Writer-Director: Goran Markovic,
Παραγωγή / Producer: Χάρης Δαβάς / Harris Davas (Σερβία-Ελλάδα/Serbia-Greece)

The Way It Is
Σενάριο / Writer: Hrvoje Zurapic, Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Nebojsa Slijepcevic,
Παραγωγή / Producer:Ankica Juric Tilic (Κροατία/Croatia) 

 


 

THE BALKAN FUND JURY 2007

Lenny Crooks
Head of New Cinema Fund of the UK Film Council, which is the government-backed strategic agency for film in the UK. He thus continues his work at the Glasgow Film Fund, which in his time co-funded Shallow Grave by Figment Films, Small Faces by Skyline/Easterhouse Films, The Acid House by Picture Palace North/Umbrella Productions, Carla’s Song and My Name is Joe by Parallax Pictures, Orphans by Antonine Films and The House of Mirth by Three Rivers Films. He has also been the director of the Glasgow Film Office.

Tudor Giurgiu
Producer-director. He was General Director of Romanian Television (TVR) from 2005 to 2007, founder of the production company Libra Film, the film distribution company Transilvania Film and film/music magazine Re:public. He is the founder and honorary president of the Transilvania Int’l Film Festival. Among other directors, he has collaborated with Lucian Pintilie, Radu Mihaileanu and Nae Caranfil.

Richard Kwietniowski
Writer-director.Whilst working in Britain’s independent film sector and higher education, he made a number of internationally acclaimed short films including Alfalfa and Flames of Passion. Subsequent work as a director-for-hire in British television won Royal Television Society and D&AD (Gold and Best of Year) awards. He has made two feature-films to date: Love and Death on Long Island, and Owning Mahowny. He received awards from the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, and BAFTA. He has contributed to a number of international training initiatives.

Roman Paul
Co-Managing Director of Razor Film Produktion GmbH Berlin and – until recently – the Acquisitions Advisor for Celluloid Dreams World Sales. He has been the director of Acquisitions at Prokino Film Distribution, Munich.Then he went on to be the Head of International Acquisitions, Senator Film, Berlin and Los Angeles. His productions include Paradise Now, directed by Hany Abu Assad which was nominated for the Oscars and the European Film Awards 2005 and won its screenwriter Berro Beyer and Hanny Abu Assad a European Film Award for best screenplay and upcoming Mighway by Buelent Akinci.

Christina Kallas
Writer-producer, president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), artistic director of the Balkan Fund, assistant professor at the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, chair of the commission for the financing of script development and a member of the commission for the financing of film production at the German Federal Film Board FFA. She has been teaching screenwriting since 1998 at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Credits include feature films i.d., in the international competition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1994, Love Lies, First Film Award at the Munich Film Festival in 1997, The Commissioner, starring John Hurt and Armin Mueller-Stahl, in the official competition of the Berlin Film Festival in 1998, as well as Best German TV-awarded series Edel & Starck (2001-2003). She is the writer of three books: European Coproductions in Film and Television (Nomos Verlag, 1992), The Art of Invention and Narration in the Cinema (Nefeli, Athens 2006) and Creative Screenwriting. An Attempt at a Method (uvk, 2007).

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