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Screen Division goes to Vienna

Screen Division will be traveling to Vienna on November 19th to consult at the Women’s Producer Programme, an Initiative by the Austrian Film Institute to Strengthen Austrian Women Film Producers.

Women are generally under-represented in Austrian cinema. Women account for about a quarter of those active in the fields of screenplay and directorship, and the figure is even lower for producers. The few women owning their own film production companies are mostly working in the low-budget sector where self-exploitation is not an uncommon practice.

The Austrian Film Institute wants to make a concrete contribution to remedy this misbalance through its programme “ProPro – The Women Producers’ Programme”.

This one-week workshop from 16 to 22 November and the following mentoring phase are designed to help women further develop their career and their film projects. 13 female producers were selected from 25 high quality applications and will participate in this initiative this autumn.

The workshop week focuses on the development of a company strategy and individual career plan with the support of international film financing expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, EAVE). Participants are also supported by top-class European women producers acting as mentors for their further development of fiction and documentary film project. Further focal points are business tools such as positioning, leadership skills and negotiation skills.

The programme includes group works, individual discussions with women experts, networking events and public lectures. Case studies, key notes and motivational speeches by international experts will provide inspiration, role models and an opportunity for effective networking.


SD discusses Sales & Festival Strategy at PÖFF

Screen Division has been invited to the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Industry Days to discuss Sales and Festival Strategies in an Open Panel entitled How to develop your Sales and Festival Strategy, together with John von Thaden (Magnolia Pictures) and Elodie Dupont (The Festival Agency).

More Information about the Open Panel HERE.

European Genre Forum – Tallinn Edition 2015

The European Genre Forum, co-founded and managed by Screen Division, announces the line up for its second edition, which includes projects from Finland, Croatia, France and Switzerland.

The European Genre Forum (EGF) is a pan-European creative development network and talent-lab for film professionals working in genre cinema. The year-round selection of events across a range of genre film festivals was established to develop a creative and collaborative platform to make great genre films happen.

EGF will be held Tallinn during the Black Nights Film Festival Industry Days, between November 15th to 17th, 2015.

Full Project Line Up HERE


Screen Division @ FFF in Lund

Screen Division will attend the Fantastik Filmfestival in Lund (Sweden) between October 27th and November 1st. SD’s Managing Director Annick Mahnert will be part of the International Jury, with filmmaker duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (Spring) and film critic/festival programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg (Twitch/Fright Fest).

Additionally, Mahnert will participate at the panel entitled Representation in Genre Films – A History of Stereotypes vs. the Future, which will take place during the Fantastic Film Forum on October 27th.

More information about the Fantastic Forum HERE.

Fantastic Film Festival Lund: Official Webpage

Raven Banner has Crabs!

Screen Division helped international sales agent Raven Banner acquire Pierce Berolzheimer’s directorial debut Crabs!

Launched at the Frontières International CoProduction Market in Montréal last July as part of the Work in Progress section, Crabs! tells of a horde of mutated murderous horseshoe crabs descending on the sleepy town of Mendocino, CA.

Produced by Berolzheimer, Noah Lang, and Evan Buxbaum, Crabs! is “a love letter to practical effects and old school monster movies”.

James Fler and Michael Paszt from Raven Banner and Annick Mahnert of Screen Division negotiated the worldwide rights deal with Noah Lang and Evan Buxbaum.


A successful TIFF

It has been a successful Toronto Film Festival 2015, with some of Screen Division’s clients acquiring films during the 6-days market.

Screen Division helped with the negotiations between sales agent and distributor, attended screenings to back up its clients and met with sales agents to discuss upcoming titles.

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Seth Ickerman joins Dearest Sister

Seth Ickerman Studios, better known for their Matrix Fanfilm Kaydara, will handle the special visual effects on Mattie Do’s Dearest Sister.

Seth Ickerman recently pitched their new feature film project at the European Genre Forum in Tallinn and at the Frontières CoProduction Market in Brussels.

More about Seth Ickerman HERE

Genre film wins Pitch Award at NNF in Haugesund

Teenage Jesus, the first feature film of Marie Grahtø, currently in development, won the Pitching Award at the New Nordic Films in Haugesund last night. The Award, sponsored by the Producer’s Network in Cannes, grants the winning team a free Cannes Market Badge.

Teenage Jesus is part of the first Nordic Genre Boost edition, an initiative of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The selected projects received a development grant of NOK 200.000 each ($24’000), as well as access to two intensive residential workshops, one held in Helsinki last April and the second one held during the Haugesund Film Festival in August.

Teenage Jesus tells the story of Jenny, an anarchist teenage girl who is committed to a psychiatric ward after burning down her foster parent’s home. While locked up, she finds out she has supernatural abilities. Crucified by fixation and electroshocks, she ends up leading a rebellion to break out of the institution.

Screen Division served as a consultant during the Nordic Genre Boost workshop in Helsinki. Out of the 24 projects pitched during the New Nordic Films, 7 were Genre films.


NGB hooks up with Frontières

Screen Division, who consults for both the Nordic Genre Boost and the Frontières Co-Production Market is very happy to share the news about this new partnership.

PRESS RELEASE – Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has partnered the leading genre industry platform Frontières International Co-Production Market to expand the reach of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.

The bi-annual Frontières International Co-Production Market unfolds during Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival in July and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in April. At each event 20 selected projects are pitched to more than 300 industry leaders.

Through the deal with Nordisk Film & TV Fond, each of the seven Nordic Genre Boost projects recipient of a NOK200,000 development grant, will be submitted to the Frontières Co-production Market in Brussels (March 30-April 1, 2016) and one of them will be selected.

Petri Kemppinen, Head of Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “Nordic Genre Boost has received tremendous response during its first year. Frontières is the key forum for genre film professionals and the right partner to boost the needed market exposure and response from outside the Nordic region.”

Lindsay Peters, Frontières Market & Industry Director said: “At Frontières, one of our central goals is to continually build and expand the genre film community, and partnering with initiatives like the ‘Nordic Genre Boost’ fits into this perfectly. The focus on script development makes this event an ideal training ground for Frontières, which focuses on co-production, financing, and pre-sales.”

Peters continues: “The Nordic genre industry has an extremely strong track record of both artistic innovation and financial success. Let the Right One In continues to be a touchstone for mainstream foreign film success. And films that may fall outside strict genre categories, such as In Order of Disappearance and Bridgend, are also finding great success on the genre festival circuit, so I think there is a really strong demand and eagerness for the Nordic perspective in the genre film industry that is only continuing to grow.”

The Nordic Genre Boost projects are Denmark’s Border by Ali Abbasi and Teenage Jesus by Marie Grathø Nordaas, Finland’s Bloodsuckers by Elin Grönblom and Bodom by Taneli Mustonen, Iceland’s The Highlands by Ragnar Bragason, Norway’s Bright Skies by André Øvredal and Thale-Conflux by Aleksander Nordaas.

The seven projects will first be pitched at the upcoming New Nordic Films in Haugesund (August 18-21, 2016).

River flows into TIFF

Jamie M. Dagg’s debut feature River will celebrate it’s World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next September.

The film is produced by Nick Sorbara and Mattie Do who is currently in postproduction of her sophomore directorial effort, Dearest Sister, produced by Screen Division.

River tells the story of an American volunteer doctor in Laos forced to go on the run after being accused of murder after intervening in the sexual assault of a young woman. The film stars Rossif Sutherland, Douangmany Soliphanh, Sara Botsford and Aidan Gillett.

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