Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Screen Division. When we created the company, our concept was a simple one: help other companies to acquire films at film festivals and markets. Since then, our portfolio has evolved and we transformed Screen Division into a Swiss Army Knife of competences, ranging from acquisitions to film production. Many thanks to all the partners and individuals who helped us shape the company.
Our coproduction 78/52 was nominated for Best Documentary at the Critic’s Film Awards in the UK. We’re thrilled to be part of such a great lineup.
The Long Walk, Mattie Do’s new film, has received the support of the Visions Sud Est fund. The Long Walk was selected as one of five projects, out of 194 submissions.
Visions Sud Est is a Swiss fund initiated in 2005 by the Foundation trigon-film Baden and the Fribourg Film Festival, with the collaboration of Nyon’s Visions du Reel and the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. In 2011, the Festival del film Locarno joined the fund as new partner. The fund supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.
The Long Walk will go into production in 2018.
The European Genre Forum, which is co-organized by Screen Division, has come to an end for the 2017 season. Eight projects were presented and pitched at the labs in Amsterdam, Zagreb and Tallinn and the filmmakers participated at masterclasses and beneficiated from the input of various film industry players. We thanks them for their availability, for their dedication and bid them farewell.
Unifrance, the French organisation for the promotion of French Cinema has listed the 26 French companies that are taking part in the Oscar Race 2018. Dearest Sister, coproduced between Lao Art Media and Screen Division, has been submitted for Best Foreign Feature. Check out the entire list HERE (text in French).
The Closing Night of the Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya was an emotional one. Our production 78/52 won the Audience Award in the Panorama Documenta Section. We’re thrilled and honored! The festival, which took place Oct 5-15, celebrated its 50th edition this year. The Spanish distributor A Contracorriente will release the film early next year.
Complete Awards List HERE.
Laos has chosen Dearest Sister to be the first ever Oscar submission of the country for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, directed by Mattie Do, is the first ever Lao film to be directed by a woman and the first ever international coproduction of the country. A lots of “first ever” for which we are very proud.
The Deauville American Film Festival has been on our bucket list for a very long time and so we could not be happier to announce that 78/52 will be playing at the festival in the section “Les Docs de l’Oncle Sam”.