Polish and Finnish projects come out on top at the Baltic Event
by Vladan Petkovic
- Poland’s The Wounded Beast wins Best Project, while Finland’s Impaled Rektum gets Best Pitch
The 13th Baltic Event, which took place from 26-28 November, brought almost 270 film-industry professionals to Tallinn, presented 46 projects in total and granted six awards, including the first contribution from Russia’s Point of View Film Fund – development support to the tune of €10,000 for the best project in the Baltic Bridge East by West producers’ workshop.
The Best Project Award, worth €5,000 in post-production services granted by the Estonian Digital Centre, went to Polish project The Wounded Beast, a crime drama directed by Piotr Trzaskalski (My Father's Bike [+see also:
film profile]) and produced by Roman Jędrkowiak, of Next Film. Budgeted at €1 million, the project has €150,000 in place. The experts who selected the winner remarked that it transposed a bulletproof crime story to a realistic European filmmaking tradition dealing with human relations and values.
Another traditional prize in the Co-Production Market – the Best Pitch Award, handed out by the market’s long-time partner Screen International – was given to a Finnish project, the €1.4 million-budgeted comedy Impaled Rektum by first-time directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laanto, and producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg, of Making Movies Oy. The production company also presented two upcoming projects at the Works in Progress (see news). A feature article on the project will be published on screendaily.com, and the trade magazine's reporter Martin Blaney will continue to monitor the film’s progress throughout its life cycle.
Estonian company Digital Sputnik granted €5,400 worth of services to Swedish producer Emma K Dixgård, who presented the spy-thriller Killer’s Fee, written by Oliver Dixon and still without a director attached, but with a budget of €1,340,000.
The Cannes Marché du Film Producers' Network awarded free accreditation for its 2015 edition to two young and promising producers: one to a Co-Production Market project representative, Czech producer Michal Kráčmer; and the other to a Baltic Bridge East by West participant, Olga Ailarova, from Russia.
The Point of View Film Fund, which was founded in 2013 in order to support high-quality co-productions with potential for theatrical distribution in Russia, awarded €10,000 in development support to the project Sulaiman Mountain, represented in Tallinn by producer Maria Yakubova and director Elizaveta Stishova.