The 37th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST has opened its fourth East-West co-production market, the B2B Industry Meetings.
B2B spotlights countries that are geographically in Europe, but not fully integrated in European film networks and markets, as well as countries outside Europe with strong European influence and heritage.
The co-production market gives film-makers, producers, distributors, exhibitors, and public bodies from those countries the chance to meet and cooperate with representatives of Western European film funds, production companies, festival selectors and TV buyers.
Participating countries are divided into three sections: East-European (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova Russia and Ukraine), Euro-Asian (Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia).
An award of $6,590 (Euros 5,000) is given to the best project from each section.
A total of 12 projects have been selected by the committee comprising Ljudmila Cvitkova, the Rotterdam Film Festival selector for Eastern Europe; Serbian producer Jelena Mitrovic and German script consultant Jurgen Seidler.
Belgrade’s closing film this year, the world premier of Darko Lungolov’s Here And There on Sunday March 1, was presented at a previous B2B meeting.
The film is a Serbian-USA-German co-production between Kino Kamera, Joroni Film, Here and There Productions and Penrose Film.
Here And There stars David Thornton, Mirjana Karanovic and singer Cindy Lauper and is being handled internationally by Berlin-based Films Boutique.
2009 B2B SELECTED PROJECTS:
Farewell Baghdad (Mafhryach Hayonim),
Scriptwriter and director: Nissim Dayan
Production company: Aram Prod.Ltd., Israel
Scriptwriter: Zhaiyk Syzdykov
Director: Nariman Turebayev
Production company: Pocket Agency, Kazakhstan
Ghost Of Ben Laden, Or Journey Around The Native Land (Shabehai Ben Laden, Ya Safar Dar Vatan),
Scriptwriter: Safar Khakdodov
Director: Nosir Saidov
Production company: Kinoservice Ltd., Tajakistan
Present Tense (Simdiki Zaman),
Scriptwriter and director: Belmin Soylemez
Production company: Bizzatfilm, Turkey
Endles Return (Anverj Veradardz),
Scriptwriters: Harutyun Khachatryan and Mikayel Stamboltsyan
Director: Harutyun Khachatryan
Production company: Golden Apricot Fund For Cinema Divelopment, Armenia
Instructions For Divorce (Gankkorcineba Kartulad),
Scriptwriters: Tamara Sulamanidze, Tina Kajrishvili and Giorgi Tskhvediani
Director: Tamara Sulamanidze
Production company: Pilots Ent., Georgia
The Summer Of Frozen Fountains(Gakinuli Shadrevnebis Tselitsadi)
Scriptwriter and director: Vano Burduli
Production company: Independent Film Project, Georgia
Borders, Raindrops (Granice, Kise)
Scriptwriters and directors: Nikola Mijovic and Vlastimir Sudar
Production company: Balkan Film, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Heaven On Earth (Raj Na Zemlji)
Scriptwriter and director: Ognjen Svili ic
Production company: Shilo Films, Croatia
Piano Room (Soba So Pijano)
Scriptwriter: Zanina Mir evska
Director: Igor Ivanov
Production company: Skopje Film Studio, Republic of Macedonia
Monument To Michael Jackson(Spomenik Majklu Dzeksonu)
Scriptwriter and director: Darko Lungulov
Production company: Kino Kamera, Serbia
The Enemy (Neprijatelj)
Scriptwriter: Djordje Milosavljevic
Director: Dejan Ze evic
Production company: Biberche Productions, Serbia