16 projects selected for the second edition of Less Is More
by Vladan Petkovic
- The European platform for the project development of limited-budget features has announced its 2018 selection, including ten creative producers or story editors
Less Is More (LIM), the European platform for the project development of limited-budget feature films, announced the selection for its second edition last Friday in Berlin.
After LIM's successful launch last year (290 applications of 59 nationalities), this new edition has seen increased interest from the industry, intrigued by a new approach to limited-budget films: 350 applicants from 65 countries sent their projects in for LIM 2018, out of which 16 projects and ten emerging story editors, creative producers or development executives were selected.
The LIM Final Jury was composed of Massimiliano Nardulli (LIM head of talent, Italy), Antoine Le Bos (artistic director, France), Ana Agopian (Control N, Romania), Frans Lefever (Flanders, Belgium), Robert Balinsky (Polish Film Institute, Poland) and Anna Ciennik (Les Arcs European Film Festival, France).
Less Is More is structured around three one-week workshops/residencies in small villages in three different parts of Europe: in 2018, workshop 1 will be held in Brittany (France) in March, workshop 2 in Transylvania (Romania) in June, and workshop 3 in Lesser Poland in October.
The development work will be supervised by five international script consultants: Marcel Beaulieu (Canada), Pierre Hogdson (UK), Monica Rattazzi (Morocco/Italy), Miguel Machalski (Argentina) and Antoine Le Bos (France). For the third workshop, the script-consultant team will be rounded off by specialists in limited-budget projects.
LIM's goal is also to gather together European professionals working on limited-budget fiction feature films, thus triggering co-productions, and new funding, distribution and broadcasting opportunities. LIM will organise a Meeting Event during the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in Cluj-Napoca at the beginning of the second workshop. This event will allow all selected filmmakers to present their projects to European producers and film professionals.
The 16 selected filmmakers for 2018 are as follows:
Shirley Bruno (Haiti) - Just Come // Been To
Panagiotis Charamis (Greece) – Avanos
Octav Chelaru (Romania) – Balaur
Alina Grigore (Romania) - The Bears and the Bees
Andy Herzog (Switzerland) – Blackpool
Arun Deo Joshi (Nepal) – Hori
Stéfan Le Lay and Blandine Jet (France) – Survie
Miguel Lopez Beraza (Spain) and Nayeem Mahbub (Bangladesh) – Creatures
Lina Luzyte (Lithuania) - So Much Water So Close to Home
Sameh Morsy (Egypt) – Aya
Amanda Nell Eu (Malaysia) - Tiger Stripes
Giulio Rizzo (Italy) - 13-Bis
Vera Sjunnesson (Sweden) – Bathtub
Mark Towers (UK) - The Gael
Volkan Üce (Belgium) - The Song Breaker
Daria Woszek and Aleksandra Swierk (Poland) - Mary-Go-Round (Maryjki)
The ten selected creative producers or story editors for 2018 are as follows:
Eamonn Cleary (Ireland)
Anthea Devotta (India)
Thomas Guentch (France)
Andraz Jeric (Slovenia)
Selin Karli (Turkey)
Jessica Loveland (UK)
Helene Mitjavile (France)
Maaike Neve (Netherlands)
Glykeria Patramani (Greece)
Ana Maria Pirvan (Romania)
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