13 projects from 10 countries will be presented at the Baltic Event’s 7th Co-Production Market in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from November 29 to December 2.
Veiko Ounpuu will be teaming up again with producer Katrin Kissa of Homeless Bob Production after their successfulm collaborations on Autumn Ball and The Temptation of St. Tony for the optimistic anti-Western Free Range. Estonia will also be represented by Revolver Film’s Karin Reinberg-Shestakov who is looking for partners for Liina Paakspuu’s Meat which has been developed as part of the EAVE producers’ training programme.
Meanwhile, Kotwica’s next feature film Fleeing Dreams – to be pitched in Tallinn by First Floor Production’s Pauli Pentti – is one of three projects coming from Finland this year.
Kotwica had attended the Baltic Event Co-Production Market in 2009 with his project Rat King – now in pos tpropduction after shooting earlier this year – which was awarded the Screen International Best Pitch Award at the time.
Ilkka Matila of leading Finnish production house Matila Röhr Nordisk Oy will be presenting Klaus Härö’s historical drama/thriller Never Alone, while Aleksi Bardy of Helsinki-filmi will be coming to the pitching forum with Jukka-Siili’s The Beacon.
In addition, Sweden’s major production outfit Sonet Film will be in Tallinn with a fourth Nordic project, Maria Nygren’s The Things You Cannot See, to be produced by Sandra Harms.
The 2011 lineup also includes several projects from Eastern Europe, ranging from Hungarian feature debutant Lili Horvath’s Wednesday Child – which was pitched earlier this year at the Sofia Meetings and Sarajevo’s Cinelink – through Russian director Oxana Bychkova’s family adventure film Land Of Good Children, to be produced by Natalia Mokritskaya of New People Film Company, and Latvian filmmaker Astra Zoldnere’s The Redheads, to be pitched by Ego Media’s Marta Bite, to Maryna Gorbach’s Sense Of Sex by Ukrainian producer Olena Yershova who received the Post Pitch Award at last week’s Connecting Cottbus for the Turkish project Pitch Black.
This year’s edition will also see the selectors casting their net even further to present two projects from countries new to the Baltic Event: Georgia and Azerbaijan, this year’s focus country.
One of Georgia’s most acclaimed directors, Levan Koguashvili, will be in Tallinn with his project Teacher In Love described as “a tragicomedy about modern Georgian society undergoing a difficult transitional period.“ while Baku-based producer Nariman Mammadov of Narimanfilm will present Ilgar Safat’s drama Leonardo’s Corridor which the director says is “like a story told in the style of a classic adventure novel.”
Leonardo’s Corridor had previously been pitched during the Moscow Business Square at the end of June. Safat’s last feature film The Precinct was selected by Azerbaijan as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Baltic Event will also include “Coming Soon” presentations of films in post production to an audience of sales agents, distributors and festival programmers, and the POWR script pitching workshop with 12 projects from Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.
The Baltic Event is held during the 15th Black Nights Film Festival (November 16-31) and is organised in cooperation with the festival’s Black Market which will be staging its Industry Days from November 29-30 to discuss the ways the global film industry is adapting in the light of the changing world economy.
Issues to be addressed in presentations and roundtables include the role of film commissions as drivers of local film and cultural industries, strategies to combat online piracy, new co-production initiatives and sources of funding around the globe, and film policy in practice.
This two-day event will serve as an inspiration and reference point for Estonian Ministry of Culture in its deliberations for developing a new film policy and industry structure as from 2012.