Screen Division was present at the Berlinale and the European Film Market between February 4th-11th, meeting with sales agents, festivals, producers and distributors. SD successfully matched producers and sales agents, some of whom signed deals for worldwide distribution, and worked closely with its clients, leading to distribution deals in some territories.
Screen Division also brought the project It Came from the Desert to Toronto based sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment. Tero Kaukomaa (producer of Iron Sky) is filling an executive producer role on the Finnish backed, English language big screen adaptation of classic 1980s giant bug video game It Came From the Desert. The action-horror-comedy tells a story of a giant mutated ants which wreak havoc in New Mexico desert. The film will also follow on the legacy of the game and tie into the original story as new characters make an appearance several decades later to discover new horrors.
Screen Division will attend the Göteborg Nordic Film Market from January 29th to February 2nd.
The Nordic Film Market is the principal market place for Nordic feature films and TV drama and the meeting place and networking platform for the Scandinavian and international film industry attending Göteborg Film Festival. Distributors and Sales agents get an exclusive opportunity to see new and upcoming films and discover fresh talent from this region.
Directed by Mattie Do, DEAREST SISTER is about a Lao village girl who’s only chance of escaping indentured poverty is to manipulate her wealthy cousin’s illness into dependence. The film, which will be shot in Laos in Spring 2015, is a coproduction between Laos (Lao Art Media), Estonia (Orée Films) and France (Screen Division).
In 2013, Mattie became the first Lao filmmaker to represent Lao film at the Cannes Film Market as part of the Institut Français’ La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde. Later that year, Mattie was one of ten international filmmakers selected to participate in the Toronto International FIlm Festival Talent Lab.
Mattie Do is, to date, the only woman to direct a feature film in Laos.
Despite the fact that European genre films are now enjoying greater success in the mainstream, there still exists a gap between the now bustling genre and the already-established film community. While they generate impressive revenues at the box office, for regional film funds or the industry at large, genre films still seem to be too scary to be taken seriously.
In order to tackle this divide by linking the hottest up-and-coming European genre masterminds with already-established players in the European film landscape, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s inaugural European Genre Forum, organised together with French consulting agency Screen Division, Croatia’s Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival and Finland’s Night Visions International Film Festival, with support from the Goethe-Institut, presented eight genre projects at a pitching session on 26 November.
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The pilot of European Genre Forum 2014 will kick of in one week with 10 EGF talent projects and 10 visiting talents meeting an exciting week full of workshops, panels and pitching sessions.
The European Genre Forum (EGF), the creative camp for the hottest European genre film talent sees 16 filmmakers take over Industry @ Tallinn with fresh ‘in development’ projects. The pilot organized in partnership with established players of the genre circuit, Night Visions Film Festival (Helsinki), Zagreb Fantastic FF (Zagreb), and Screen Division (Paris) sets to boost the careers for future players in the genre biz through a week of trainings, panels and pitching sessions in conjunction with Goethe-Institute’s Creative Camp Tallinn.
The 10 directing and producing talents put forward by EGF partners include Seth Ickerman (France), Helen Lõhmus & Oskar Lehemaa (Estonia), Talal Selhami (France), Aleksi Hyvärinen, Misha Jaari & Vesa Virtanen (Finland), Nevio Marasovic & Vanja Vascarac (Croatia), Tea Korolija (Serbia), and Aik Karpetian (Latvia) pitching their upcoming films at the inaugural EGF development and networking session with industry leaders.
Screen Division is traveling to the 34th edition of the Festival International du Film d’Amiens in France, to participate at a pitching event together with Lao director and producer Mattie Do. Do will be presenting her new project, DEAREST SISTER, to a coproducing pool on November 20th. Screen Division is an associate producer.
The European Genre Forum (EGF) is a pilot project of the Black Nights FF industry program, the Industry@Tallinn in cooperation with the expertise of Night Visions Film Festival (Helsinki), Zagreb Fantastic FF (Zagreb), and Screen Division Consultancy (Paris) with the support of European focused creative entrepreneurship and business training from the Goethe-Institute.
Whereas the recent years have seen the dramatic increase in the popularity and demand for genre related content within the EU market (testified for example by the popularity of the Scandinavian crime television or feature films such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Troll Hunter, Iron Sky, Dead Snow and so on), in terms of the market there has been a comparative lack in events, workshops and pitching sessions aimed at the developing genre industry. Furthermore, there exists also a strong image and professional gap between professionals operating in “traditional film business” and professionals in the “genre business” contributing to the overall weakness of the industry with that regard.
The project recognizes the potential of genre cinema as a vehicle for the rapid development of new European filmmaking talent as well as strong platform for developing regional film sector from location promotion, post-production, special effects, regional funds and so on.
The main goal of the EGF is to bridge up and coming and existing European Genre Filmmaking talents – producers, directors, screenwriters who have projects with a strong completion potential or outstanding work portfolio assessed by the experts – with already established members of the European film sector via various events, such as panels, workshops and project showcases.
The EGF pilot 2014 will feature up to 10 European genre filmmaking talents selected by the expert group from Black Nights FF, Fantastic Zagreb, Night Visions and Screen Division who will be given a chance to present their project or portfolio to the attending industry members. Additionally, Goethe-Institute will name up to 8 “visiting” talents who will take part in workshops and networking events.
More information about the Tallinn Black Nights FF Industry Events HERE.
Screen Division attended the Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya in Spain, which was held between October 3rd – 12th. We participated at a panel, organised by the coproduction market Blood Window, about Horror and Fantastic Cinema in Latin America. Also taking part in the panel were filmmakers Isaac Ezban, Laurette Flores, Ignacio Cucucovich and Martin Desalvo.
Blood Window is a new section created by the market Ventana Sur to promote LATAM Fantastic Cinema.
Screen Division will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival from September 3rd to 13th before flying to Austin for the Fantastic Fest, held from September 17th to 25th, which will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
In Toronto, SD will be accompanying various clients, screening films and attenting meetings with sales agents and producers. In Austin, Annick Mahnert will be attending the Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico as a Jury member for the Market Projects 2014.