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.
The Exclusive Trailer For La Casa Muda Director’s Dios Local has hit the web.
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The film will world premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin and has been confirmed in Sitges and Rio de Janeiro. Further festivals are awaiting their public announcement.
Dios Local has been confirmed at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.
The 16th Festival do Rio (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival), which is headquartered in the historic heart of the city at the Armazém da Utopia, is screening films from more than 60 countries at venues spread across the city. The festival takes place from 24 September through 88 October.
The film is repped internationally by Elle Driver in Paris.
The Fantastic Fest has just announced the first wave of titles playing at their 10th edition.
Dios Local is one of the titles announced in the first wave. The festival runs from September 18th to 25th. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.
The film is repped internationally by Elle Driver in Paris.
More about the announcement HERE.
Screen Division was in Montréal at the Fantasia Frontières Co-production market last week, offering consultation to producers and directors, and looking for new projects for distribution and international sales. The market also offered panels about “Early involvement of the postproduction companies”, “Creating proof-of-concept videos for Financing and Presales” and “Lessons learned in Crowdfunding”.
Screen Division has been a partner of Frontières since 2013, preselecting the projects for the market.