Hungarian director NimrodAntal, Germany's Mennan Yappo and Denmark's Paprika Steen and are among adelegation of emerging European talent whose work will be showcased at theupcoming AFI FEST 2004 presented by Audi.
Organised under the auspices of European Film Promotion, 10film-makers and actors will attend festival screenings of their pictures andQ&A session as part of the New Faces In European Cinema initiative.
The scheme is backed by the European Union's MEDIA Programme, EFPand the Los Angeles-based consulates of the participating countries.
The delegation comprises: Nimrod Antal's Kontroll, Hungary's official foreign languageOscar entry; Lieven Debrauwer's Sweet Jam (Belgium); actress Teresa Hurtado for Santi Amodeo's Astronauts (Spain); Martin Koolhoven's South (Netherlands); Anna Luif's LittleGirl Blue (Switzerland);Rene Reinumagi's Revolution Of Pigs (Estonia); Bjorn Runge's Daybreak (Sweden); Paprika Steen's Aftermath (Denmark); actor Kari-Pekka Toivonen forAleksi Salmenpera's Finnish foreign language Oscar entry Producing Adults; and Mennan Yappo's Soundless (Germany).
"Each participating country produces something creatively uniqueto its own culture and our aim is to bring that distinctiveness and originalityto as wide an audience as possible," EFP president Claudia Landsberger said ina statement.
"EFP has an excellent reputation for its work promoting Europeanfilm and talent at prestigious festivals worldwide and we are tremendouslypleased to be launching the New Faces programme with EFP," AFI FEST chairmanChristian Gaines added.
Founded in 1997, the Hamburg-based EFP is a network of 22promotion and export agencies from 23 European countries designed to promoteEuropean film at leading festivals.
AFI FEST 2004presented by Audi runs from Nov 4-14.