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The European Genre Forum announces its 2020 selection


- Eight projects have been selected to attend the two talent labs that will be hosted in Zagreb and Tallinn

The European Genre Forum announces its 2020 selection
Director Maximilien Dejoie, who is participating with his project Tinginys

The sixth edition of the training programme European Genre Forum (EGF) is ready to unspool, and to boost the careers of future European players in the genre film industry. The EGF is organized in partnership with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival — both of which will host the eight projects in two talent labs — and with the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam.

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In details, the Producing Lab is due to be hosted during the upcoming 10th edition of the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, taking place 16-19 July. The mentors who will be coaching the participating teams of the eight selected projects include Petri Kemppinen, CEO of P1Kemppinen and former CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond, and Italian script consultant, screenwriter and trainer Simona Nobile. The second session, the Marketing&Packaging Lab, will be hosted by the end of November during the upcoming Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

During these two labs, participating teams will have a chance to further discuss their ideas with script consultants and will learn more details regarding possible co-productions, sales and packaging from industry experts. Furthermore, mentoring sessions with experienced genre filmmakers, legal experts and crowd funders are being organised.

Regarding submissions, which this year came from all over the world, Karlo Funk, Head of Tallinn Lab at EGF, commented: “The themes of identity, deception, time travel, and AI are at the center of the stories of EGF2020.” The eight selected projects, hailing from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK, are all set to be directed by debutant filmmakers, including Italian documentarian Maximilien Dejoie (When We Talk About KGB) in his first feature fiction effort.

Here is the selection of the European Genre Forum 2020:

Fall Steffen Geypens (Belgium)
Producer: Dimitri Verbeeck (Caviar Films)
Genre: Psychological Horror

Hear My Vengeance Jason Gray (UK/Japan)
Producer: Eiko Mizuno-Gray (Loaded Films Ltd)
Genre: Crime Drama

Meat to Maths Emilija Riviere (Lithuania)
Producer: Ramunas Povilanskas (Povilanskas Films)
Genre: Science Fiction, Psychological Drama

The Occupant Hugo Keijzer (The Netherlands)
Producer: Maurice Schutte (HAA! Films)
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller

Suru Anssi Korhonen (Czech Republic)
Producer: Steve Reverand (The LAB)
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller

Recurse Lucas Voussoughi (Austria)
Producer: Arno Krimmer (Ascending Film KG)
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama

Tinginys Maximilien Dejoie (Italy)
Producer: Roberto Cavallini (Albolina Film)
Genre: Fantasy Drama

The Vultures Vida Breže (Slovenia)
Producer: Zoran Dževerdanović (Blade Production)

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