France’s Les Arcs Film Festival will celebrate the cinema of Finland and the Baltics at its 11th edition running December 14-21.
The honorary focuses will explore recent feature and short films from Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, by both established and emerging talents.
The dynamism of the four territories as co-production partners will also be put under the spotlight at the Les Coproduction Village, which lies at the heart of the meeting’s industry activities in the French Alps.
The territory showcases are being organised in partnership with the Finnish Film Foundation, the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Estonian Film Institute and the National Film Centre of Latvia.
Dedicated to independent European film industry, Les Arcs, which is sometimes dubbed the European Sundance, hosts some 550 professionals every year, spanning producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers.
The Coproduction Village presents 20 European projects in development seeking co-production and finance partners.
Projects presented at the event have included Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage (a co-production between France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Germany) and Latvian director Juris Kurietis’s Oleg, which both went on to premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight this year.
Les Arcs has just announced its call for projects which remains open until September 6.