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Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 15/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 15/04/2021
Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom
The CEO of the Serbian distribution company offers us some insight into their diversified business model and the importance of film festivals
Eurimages publishes a study on the feasibility, pertinence and design of a Lab Projects support programme - Produce – Co-Produce... - 16/04/2021
Produce – Co-Produce... – 16/04/2021
Eurimages publishes a study on the feasibility, pertinence and design of a Lab Projects support programme
The research, conducted by Tatino Films on behalf of Eurimages, was compiled over a 100 day-period from November 2020 to February 2021
The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production - Series - 16/04/2021
Series – 16/04/2021
The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production
The event, organised by the Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions (MI3) research group from Utrecht University, was held online on 12 April
Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment - Film Festival Trends - 15/04/2021
Film Festival Trends – 15/04/2021
Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment
The leading Swiss documentary festival will host its industry events within WYTH, which will allow participants to fully interact with each other in an easy-to-use environment
Alessandro Raja  • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope - Film Festival Trends - 14/04/2021
Film Festival Trends – 14/04/2021
Alessandro Raja • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope
A privileged observer of the film festival landscape, the CEO and co-founder of Festival Scope offers his insights on the future of online and hybrid film festivals
Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland - Animation - 13/04/2021
Animation – 13/04/2021
Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland
The national audiovisual agency’s new initiative will commit to nurturing diverse and regional talent, and creating opportunities on the national level
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 13/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 13/04/2021
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
The CFO of the French company discusses the challenges of the market, building a brand and supporting films beyond its theatrical release
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film - Animation - 13/04/2021
Animation – 13/04/2021
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film
The current president of the Association of Czech Animation Film breaks down the state of the Czech animation industry today
Review: Soldat Ahmet

Review: Soldat Ahmet

In his first-feature length documentary, Austrian filmmaker Jannis Lenz creatively and amusingly challenges prejudices in the story of a professional soldier, boxer and aspiring actor  

16/04 | Visions du Réel 2021 | Burning Lights Competition

Laila Petersen-Jama • Storyboarder

Interview: Laila Petersen-Jama • Storyboarder

“I translate into pictures the emotions of the characters”

We talked to the German storyboarder to find out more about the particularities of her job profile  

16/04 | /Germany

The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production

The second “Let’s Talk Screenwriting!” roundtable examines the role of writers’ rooms in Danish, German and Dutch television production

The event, organised by the Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions (MI3) research group from Utrecht University, was held online on 12 April  

16/04 | Industry | Market | Netherlands

Philippe Lioret overcomes a series of obstacles to make 16 ans

Philippe Lioret overcomes a series of obstacles to make 16 ans

The filmmaker has completed a shoot that was suspended for 11 weeks due to Covid concerns. Now in post-production, the film is headed by Fin Août Productions and sold by Orange Studio  

16/04 | Production | Funding | France/Belgium

Stef Lernous • Director of Hotel Poseidon

Interview: Stef Lernous • Director of Hotel Poseidon

“If I had to describe Hotel Poseidon, I’d say it’s a dreamlike film”

In his debut feature film, the Belgian director delivers a hallucinogenic film experience contemplating decay and decline  

16/04 | BIFFF 2021

Review: Healers

Review: Healers

Marie-Eve Hildbrand’s first documentary feature film is a personal and moving picture which places humans and their fragilities centre stage  

16/04 | Visions du Réel 2021 | National Competition

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Healers - by Marie-Eve Hildbrand
Healers
by Marie-Eve Hildbrand
Marie-Eve Hildbrand’s first documentary feature film is a personal and moving picture which places humans and their fragilities centre stage
Hotel Poseidon - by Stef Lernous
Hotel Poseidon
by Stef Lernous
Presented in a world premiere at the BIFFF, the first feature film by Belgium’s Stef Lernous takes the viewer on a creepy and off-the-wall hallucinogenic trip
Life as a B-Movie: Piero Vivarelli - by Fabrizio Laurenti, Niccolò Vivarelli
Life as a B-Movie: Piero Vivarelli
by Fabrizio Laurenti, Niccolò Vivarelli
Directed by Fabrizio Laurenti and Niccolò Vivarelli, this documentary delves into the turbulent life of a versatile artist and eclectic showman
Governance - by Michael Zampino
Governance
by Michael Zampino
An Italian-French co-production available exclusively on Amazon Prime Italy, Michael Zampino signs his name to a solid film noir on the price of power, starring an unscrupulous Massimo Popolizio
The Salt in Our Waters - by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
The Salt in Our Waters
by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
Bangladeshi filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's first feature is a straightforward and warm film dealing with the themes of authority, personal freedom, religion and climate change
Prime Time - by Jakub Piątek
Prime Time
by Jakub Piątek
Jakub Piątek’s drama, shown in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, is all about waiting – but this time for some chairman, instead of Godot
The First 54 Years  – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation - by Avi Mograbi
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
by Avi Mograbi
BERLINALE 2021: Celebrated Israeli documentarian Avi Mogbrai returns to Berlin with a bleak, talking heads-driven study of Israeli military policy
Courage - by Aliaksei Paluyan
Courage
by Aliaksei Paluyan
BERLINALE 2021: Aliaksei Paluyan’s powerful documentary shot in Minsk during the anti-government protests captures the sheer horror of living a life under tyranny
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Interviews

Alessandro Raja  • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope
Alessandro Raja • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope
A privileged observer of the film festival landscape, the CEO and co-founder of Festival Scope offers his insights on the future of online and hybrid film festivals
Jieun Yi  • Cinematographer
Jieun Yi • Cinematographer
The cinematographer, who studied at the Babelsberg‘s Konrad Wolf Film University, talks about working with German independent filmmakers
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
The CFO of the French company discusses the challenges of the market, building a brand and supporting films beyond its theatrical release
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film
The current president of the Association of Czech Animation Film breaks down the state of the Czech animation industry today
Cinzia TH Torrini • Director of Fino all’ultimo battito
Cinzia TH Torrini • Director of Fino all’ultimo battito
The Italian director talks about the lengthy filming process involved in the TV medical thriller series, caused by the introduction of Covid-safe compliance
David Azoulay • President of ESRA - École supérieure de réalisation audiovisuelle
David Azoulay • President of ESRA - École supérieure de réalisation audiovisuelle
Our conversation revolved around the school's primary teaching goals, its degree programmes and the different opportunities it offers to prospective students
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Training a key, competitive and strategic professional figure for the global market, a “Development Executive”, is the objective of the Italian Master course organised in Milan with Netflix’s backing
Frédéric Zeimet • Creator of W.
Frédéric Zeimet • Creator of W.
His detective web-series W., taken from the word "Wëssen" (“knowledge” in luxembourgish), has proven so popular, that a second season is now being prepared
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