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Dearest Sister plunges into Post

Dearest Sister, Mattie Do’s new film, has entered the postproduction phase this week. Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Savelli and Zohar Michel have joined the team and will handle color grading and editing.

Michel recently edited the indie film and festival hit Dealer, directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot, while Savelli handled the color grading on the documentary Heart of Glass, directed by Jérôme de Gerlache.

Screen Division @ NAFF – South Korea

Screen Division has been invited to NAFF to participate at the panel called Alternative Film Distribution. Panelists include Jean Noh (Screen International Asia), John Heinsen (Bunnygraph Entertainment) and Kang In-Sik (KT|Media Contents).

About NAFF:

Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) celebrates its eighth anniversary in 2015. Founded in 2008, NAFF, a multifaceted, in-depth industry program for global genre film professionals has provided invaluable programs for all film-related fields, including film development, co-production, financing, post-production, solidifying its place as a leader of Asian genre film market.

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European Genre Forum @ Fantastic Zagreb

The Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia has hosted its first European Genre Forum beginning of July.

An initiative between the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn (among 15 world A festivals), the Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki (second most important Nordic genre festival), the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (first and only genre festival in the region) and film consultancy company Screen Division in Paris, the EGF aims to connect young and upcoming as well as already proven European film talents (producers, directors, screenwriters…) with European film funds, national film centres, production studios, coproducers, etc.

During two days, the participants will attend lectures, panels and pitching projects from France, Germany, Serbia, the Zagreb region and Croatia.

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Raven Banner enters the Dead Room

Screen Division has helped international sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment acquire the Kiwi horror film The Dead Room. Directed by Jason Stutter, the film tells the story of two cynical scientists and a young psychic who are sent to investigate the claims of a terrified family who fled a desolated southern New Zealand farmhouse. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all costs. XYZ Films is representing the film in North America.

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Watch the teaser trailer HERE.

Dearest Sister in production

Mattie Do’s second feature Dearest Sister has started production in Vientiane, Laos. First stills of the film can be seen hereunder.

Do’s sophomore feature tells the story of a village girl who travels to capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. Matters are further driven downfall by the cousin’s ambivalent marriage with an Estonian expat, who has his own dark secrets to hide. Music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonia’s theatre and screen veteran, Tambet Tuisk (Poll, Demons, Zero Point) play the couple with Amphaiphun Phommapanya (Chanthaly) starring as the village girl.

Dearest Sister is a coproduction between Screen Division, Oree Films (Estonia) and Lao Art Media (Laos).

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78/52 at the Frontières Market in Brussels

Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary, 78/52, was invited to the pitching sessions at the Frontières International Co-Production Market, which was held in Brussels between the 8th and 12th of April. Screen International covered the market. Their report can be found HERE.

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Tex Montana snags Audience Award

Jeremy Gardner’s new feature, Tex Montana will Survive!, won the Audience Award at the Chattanooga Film Festival last week.

After being discovered as a fraud, Tex Montana, host of the hit survival show Tex Montana will Survive! has only one thing to prove … that he CAN survive. From the filmmakers of the festival favorite The Battery comes this documentary-style comedy about one man’s fight against the wilds, the weather, and his own ineptitude.

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Dearest Sister gets international sales

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Toronto based genre specialist, Raven Banner Entertainment has picked up International rights to director Mattie Do’s next genre bending feature, Dearest Sister, pioneering Lao-European co-production.

Do’s sophomore feature tells the story of a village girl who travels to capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. Matters are further driven downfall by the cousin’s ambivalent marriage with an Estonian expat, who has his own dark secrets to hide. Music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonia’s theatre and screen veteran, Tambet Tuisk (Poll, Demons, Zero Point) play the couple with Amphaiphun Phommapanya (Chanthaly) starring as the village girl.

A coproduction between Laos, France and Estonia, the film will be shot in the late Spring 2015 with producer’s duties shared by Do for Lao Art Media, Annick Mahnert for Screen Division and Sten Saluveer & Helen Lõhmus for Oree Films with Estonia’s Mart Ratasepp lensing the film with a mixed European and Lao crew. Postproduction of Dearest Sister will take place later this year in France and Estonia and is set for a release in 2016.

Do previously directed Chanthaly, the first ever Lao genre film and was chosen as part of a handful selected to present Dearest Sister in the World Cinema Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 as part of the Institut Français’ Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde and was one of ten international filmmakers selected to participate in the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in late 2014. Mattie Do is, to date, the only woman to direct a feature film in Laos.

XYZ Films is representing Dearest Sister in the U.S.

Seven Film Projects get Nordic Genre Boost

PRESS RELEASE: Oslo, March 6, 2015 – Nordisk Film & TV Fond is proud to announce today the seven feature projects selected for its new NORDIC GENRE BOOST initiative.

Following the launch of the NORDIC GENRE BOOST initiative last December, Nordisk Film & TV Fond has received a record number of 113 applications. The seven projects selected will receive a development grant of NOK 200.000 each, as well as access to two intensive residential workshops. The first workshop will be held as part of Night Visions International Film Festival in Helsinki (April 15 – 19, 2015) and the second in Haugesund during New Nordic Films’ Co-Production and Finance Market (August 19 – 20, 2015) where the projects will be pitched to buyers, distributors and funders.

At the Helsinki-workshop, the selected projects will get coaching on script development, financing and sales and festival strategies from a team of skilled professionals and tutors of genre films comprising Brendan McCarthy (producer, Ireland), Gino Ventriglia (script consultant, Italy), Jan Forsström (script consultant, Finland) and Annick Mahnert (sales & festival consultant, France).

Valeria Richter, Project Manager of NORDIC GENRE BOOST said: “We were firstly overwhelmed and very happy with the huge interest and secondly, with the high quality of the projects that range from horror to science fiction and dystopian fantasies. Our editorial line was to look for projects that would benefit the most from the two workshops and the development process that we offer. ”

Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO Petri Kemppinen said: “The response from our NORDIC GENRE BOOST initiative has been amazing and shows that it fulfils a need in the market. The selected genre titles offer an interesting combination of new talents collaborating with established producers and experienced directors. “

Screen Division consults with the Nordic Genre Boost

Screen Division will be traveling to Helsinki in April to consult with the Nordic Genre Boost, a new initiative from the NordiskFilm & TV Fond, which aims at supporting the development of Nordic genre film and TV series on the Nordic and international market.

The first workshop in Helsinki will be organized together with the Night Visions Festival. The second one arranged in collaboration with New Nordic Films in Haugesund will be followed by a presentation of the projects at the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market.

The workshops (April 17th-21st) will be coordinated by Valeria Richter, an independent creative producer, script consultant and tutor/head of studies at various industry events including the TorinoFilmLab.

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