Tallinn reveals its Baltic Event line-up
by Tristan Priimägi
- Nineteen new projects will be presented at the Baltic Event Co-Production Market in Tallinn this November
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will host a wide selection of film-industry events during the Black Nights Film Festival, between 26 and 29 November. The Baltic Event Co-Production Market will showcase 19 projects from the region, and the market’s 18th edition will welcome promising debutants as well as industry heavyweights.
The Baltic countries are represented by three debut film projects by filmmakers who have award-winning shorts under their belts. All of them are backed by experienced producers. A Butterfly’s Heart, a children's film by Inesa Kurklietyte, is being produced by Zivile Gallego, of Lithuania’s Fralita Films; Estonian director Ever Anvelt is bringing Reconstruction, produced by Andreas Kask, of Estonia’s Nafta Films; and Guntis Trekteris, of Latvia’s Ego Media, will be introducing the partly autobiographical The Golden Spot by Liene Linde.
For the last two years, Baltic Event’s (BE’s) main award has gone to Finland, and this year the Finns are back with a strong contingent. Kaarle Aho, of Making Movies, has been a BE regular and is now introducing a Bulgarian co-production by renowned documentarian Tonislav Hristov, called The Good Driver. This will be Hristov's feature film debut. Another Finnish co-production is the love story Aria, made together with a Dutch outfit, by director Noud Heerkens and producer Joram Willink (Bind). Miika Soini's second film, Never Enough White Roses, produced by Tiina Butter, of Butterworks, rounds off the Finnish contingent.
The rest of the line-up comprises projects from Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Denmark, the UK, Armenia, Ireland and Argentina.
A Eurimages Co-Production Development Award worth €20,000 will be handed out by a jury consisting of Uljana Kim (producer, Studio Uljana Kim), Simon Ofenloch (commissioning editor, ZDF/ARTE) and Alex Traila (national representative of Eurimages, Romania).
Here is the full list of participating projects:
Babydoll - Elena Lanskih
Producer: Natalia Drozd, CTB Film Company (Russia)
A Butterfly’s Heart - Inesa Kurklietyte
Producer: Zivile Gallego, Fralita Films (Lithuania)
Clara - Sabin Dorohoi
Producer: Daniel Burlac, Western Transylvania Studios (Romania)
The Conference - Ivan I Tverdovsky
Producer: Katerina Mikhaylova, Vega Film (Russia)
The Exchange - Sergo Ustyan
Producer: Tigran Hambardzumyan, Persona Grata Group (Armenia)
The File - Jonas Karasek
Producer: Wanda Adamik Hrycova, Wandal Production (Slovakia)
The Golden Spot - Liene Linde
Producer: Guntis Trekteris, Ego Media (Latvia)
The Good Driver - Tonislav Hristov
Producer: Kaarle Aho, Making Movies (Finland)
The Great Match - Filip Syczynski
Producer: Anna Rozalska, Match & Spark (Poland)
Horia - Ana Maria Comanescu
Producer: Ada Solomon, microfilm (Romania)
Never Enough White Roses - Miika Soini
Producer: Tiina Butter, Butterworks (Finland)
Reconstruction - Evar Anvelt
Producer: Andreas Kask, Nafta Films (Estonia)
The Seal Mother - Agnieszka Trzos
Producer: Roman Jarosz, Holly Pictures (Poland)
Sola - Issa Serge Coelo
Producer: Wilf Varvill, Fire Engine (Great Britain)
Focus on Ireland
Cutters - Rachel Carey
Producer: Auveen Lush, World 2000 Entertainment (Ireland)
July Fly - Stevie Russell
Producer: Samantha Corr, Venom Films (Ireland)
The Sparrow - Michael Kinirons
Producer: Alicia Ní Ghráinne, Tiger Darling Productions (Ireland)
Spotlight on Argentina
The Thaw - Facundo Escudero Salinas
Producer: Nicolás Münzel Camaño, Pensilvania Films (Argentina)
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