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Screen Division travels to Tel-Aviv

Screen Division will be traveling to Tel-Aviv to participate at the Utopia International Fantastic Film Festival as part of the Israeli Competition Jury, along filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (Doc of the Dead, People vs George Lucas) and market director Lindsay Peters (Frontières International Coproduction Market).

The festival takes place between December 8th and December 15th at the Tel Aviv Belt Ariela and the IAC Herzliya Cinematheques.

More info about the festival HERE.


Screen Division goes Jury @ Blood Window

Screen Division has been invited to the Blood Window Market in Buenos Aires as a member of the Jury in the Beyond the Window section, which will be held between November 30th and December 5th, 2015.

Blood Window is the most important market for Latin American fantastic film. It takes place during Ventana Sur and aims to give a promotional platform to the most significant LatAm Genre productions of the year.

More about Blood Window HERE.

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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.

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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.


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