New feature films by Serbia's Dusan Milic, Estonia's Ilmar Raag and Germany's Marc Meyer are among 22 projects being presented at the fifth edition of the Sofia Meetings pitching forum for second feature films from March 13-16.
For the first time this year, three of the projects selected for pitching at the Sofia Meetings are from participants of the EAVE producer training programme: Jean-Julien Chervier's White Grass, Toby Braeuhauser's Come In, and Ignas Miskinis's Low Lights.
The selection of projects are divided into a main and additional programme:
Afterwards (UK), dir: Kivmars Bowling, prod co: Dog Animal Films
Come In (Germany), dir: Toby Braeuhauser, prod co: Kinoherz
For A Foreign Country (Germany), dir: Niels Laupert, prod co: Sicsit Film
Former People (Slovakia), dir: Robert Sveda, prod co: D.N.A. Production
Immigrants (Poland), dir: Dariusz Jablonski, prod co: Apple Film Production
Low Lights (Lithuania), dir: Ignas Miskinis, prod co: Tremora
Medal Of Honour (Romania), dir: Calin Peter Netzer, prod co: Hi Film
Neon (Bulgaria), dir: Javor Gordev, prod co: Peripeteia
One More Croissant (Estonia), dir: Ilmar Raag, prod co: Amrion OU
Simple Simon (Austria), dir. Robert Pejo, prod co: Zeitsprung Entertainment
Trixy (Romania), dir: Tudor Giurgiu, prod co: Libra Film
White Grass (France), dir: Jean-Julien Chervier, prod co: Play Film
Eastern Plays (Bulgaria), dir: Kamen Kalev, prod co: Waterfront Film
False Witness (Bulgaria), dir: Iglika Trifonova, prod co: Klas Film
Hello, How Are You' (Romania), dir: Alexandru Maftei, prod co: Tudor Reu
Love In Your Hand (Germany), dir: Marc Meyer, prod co: mi-ko Film
Ogre (Latvia/Austria), dir: Alexander Hahn, prod co: Ego Media
Personal Drama (Bulgaria), dir: Valentin Goshev, prod co: Gala Film
Sneakers (Bulgaria), dirs: Ivan Vladimirov and Valeri Yordanov, prod co: Gala Film
The File Petrov (Bulgaria) dir: Georgi Balabanov, prod co: Camera Ltd.
Travelator (Serbia), dir: Dusan Milic, prod co: Film Deluxe International
Zincograph (Bulgaria), dir: Javor Gordev, prod co: Peripeteia
Potential international partners attending the pitchings will include the producers Marc Baschet (ASAP), Danijel Hocevar (Emotionfilm), Herbert Schwering (Coin Film), Karl Baumgartner (Pandora Film), sales agents Sasha Wieser (EastWest Filmdistribution) and Tobias Pausinger (Match Factory), Irish Film Board CEO Simon Perry and MDM's Oliver Rittweger.
In addition, there will be a number of special events including Volker Schloendorff in conversation about cinema with Jean-Claude Carriere, screenwriter on the German director's last feature Ulzhan and the Bulgarian project The File Petrov, UK filmmaker Dom Rotheroe on Digital Cinema, Nik Powell unveiling 'the Gospel according to Nik Powell' about producing, and Lance Pettitt giving an overview of the current state of Irish cinema.
The Meetings will also host a reunion of the filmmakers Cristian Mungiu, Jasmila Zbanic, Nadejda Koseva, Stefan Arsenijevic, Kornel Mundruczo, and Mait Laas from the Lost and Found omnibus film which had its world premiere as the opening film of the Berlinale's Forum in 2005.