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Savina Neirotti • TorinoFilmLab

Savina Neirotti • TorinoFilmLab

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The creators of the TorinoFilmLab (TLF) can be more than happy. For the workshop dedicated to supporting the talent of tomorrow, 2010 was a good year, to say the least. Two of the films developed in previous editions of the Lab won festival prizes in 2010 – Cold Water of the Sea won a Tiger Award at Rotterdam, The Four Times the Europa Cinemas Label in the Cannes Directors Fortnight – and it’s safe to say the future will bring further hits.

Besides the films already in production (or pre-production), the project book of the 2010 Final Meeting Event (during the Turin Film Festival) features plenty of stories and names – some already known – heading for the big screen.

The main part of the Lab is divided into two advanced courses that are drawing to an end for this edition: Training, for screenplay development, is aimed at projects still at an early stage; and Development, centred on co-production and financing strategies, is for projects that already have a producer.

The Lab’s new initiatives this year include a Training programme in partnership with the Dubai International Film Festival and EAVE - Interchange, to foster collaborations between European directors and producers and the Arab film industry (in particular, the Gulf and several Middle Eastern countries, including Bahrein, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia). “Usually, Arabs look to the United States,” says TFL director Savina Neirotti, “but this time, thanks to our know-how, they turned to the Torino Film Lab. The goal is to contribute to ‘bottom-up construction’ of an industry, to nurture young local producers”.

Another new element to the Lab is a collaboration with Pixel Lab and Pixel Market (organized by the UK’s Power to the Pixel) for the development and co-production of multi-media works. “I chose three projects that had broad possibilities of working with storytelling in this field”, adds Neirotti, who is particularly proud of yet another novelty: the Audience Award, a €30,000 prize assigned by industry professionals (approximately 150 international producers) who will follows the presentations of the 11 projects searching for co-producers within the Development Programme.

The Production Awards of €50,000 to €200,000, given by an international Advisory Board, have been reconfirmed.

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