Holland Film Meeting unveils selected projects
by Vitor Pinto
- Twenty projects in development are heading to Utrecht to take part on the HFM co-production platform (24–27 September)
The Holland Film Meeting (HFM), held in the framework of the Netherlands Film Festival, has unveiled the list of projects taking part in the upcoming HFM Co-production Platform (24–27 September). The list includes a total of 20 projects in development, all ripe for co-production – with 14 being international projects and another six being pitched by Dutch professionals.
The list of international projects somewhat reflects the HFM 2015 programme outlook, which has a special focus on Holland’s neighbouring countries Belgium and Germany. Therefore, two German projects and two Belgian projects (one from Flanders and another from Wallonia) are part of the selection: Karin Jurschick’s Playing God (Bildersturm Filmproduktion - Germany), Jonathan Sagall’s The Man Disappeared (Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion - Germany), Jan and Raf Roosens’ Franco (Rococo – Flanders) and Sylvestre Sbille’s Today We Live (Panache Productions - Wallonia).
In addition to these four titles, the list of international projects also includes Yaron Shani’s Apple of My Eye (Black Sheep Film Productions - Israel), Katja Gauriloff’s Baby Jane (Oktober - Finland), Jenifer Malmqvist’s I Bet You Would (Chinema Film - Sweden), Ioseb Bliadze’s Otar’s Death (Color of May Imanov & Blondiau Filmproduktion - Georgia), Matyas Prikler’s Power (Mphilms - Slovakia), Rami Kodeih’s Sons of Sunday (Senorita Films – France), Finola Geraghty’s Substrata (Savage Films – Ireland), Carla Simón’s Summer 1993 (Inicia Films - Spain), Emre Akay’s The Hunt (JaguarProjects - Turkey), Stephan Komandarev’s The Other Man (Argo Film - Bulgaria).
On the list of the six Dutch selected projects, an animation title stands outs: Shards of Us by Erik de Bruyn, which is set to be produced by Amsterdam-based outfit Submarine. De Bruyn, who will open the Netherlands Film Festival with his road movie J. Kessels [+see also:
film profile] (read more), is now embarking on the production of a film about a group of young people who see their ideals and dreams lost in the outbreak of WWII.
The other five Dutch projects are: Bobby Boermans’ Waltzing Matilde (BosBros), Mete Gümürhan’s MNK Boy (Kaliber Film), Bea de Visser’s Turn (Pieter van Huystee Film), Ron Termaat’s Unknown Family (Rinkel Film) and Berend and Roel Boorsma’s Le Voyeur (Smarthouse Films).
These 20 projects will compete for two prizes: The Cam-a-lot & Filmmore Cinema Emerging Talent Prize for the Best Project (valued at €10.000 in camera and post-production facilities), and The WarnierPosta Prize (valued at €5.000 in audio post-production facilities in one of the WarnierPosta studios).
The HFM has also announced the five titles to screen in the Work-In-Progress (WiP) Sessions: Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion [+see also:
film profile] (Hurricane Films - UK), Denijal Hasanovic’s Dew (Skorpion arte - Poland), Marion Hänsel’s Upstream (Man’s Films Productions - Belgium), Max Zähle’s Wreck it! (Tamtam Film - Germany), Robert Jan Westdijk’s Waterboys (Venfilm - The Netherlands).
The HFM Works-In-Progress projects will compete for two prizes, both valued at €5.000 in facility services: The Filmmore Work-in-Progress Prize and The Haghefilm International Post-Production Prize.
Winning projects will be announced on 26 September.
The HFM 2015 edition will be the last one run by Signe Zeilich-Jensen (read the interview).