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BLACK NIGHTS 2019 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event / Awards

Black Nights announces its Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event award winners

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- After a week of various industry activities, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award for the best project among the line-up of 18 has been given to The Great Match by Filip Syczynski

Black Nights announces its Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event award winners
The winners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2019

This year, the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event presentations, screenings and panel discussions brought together more than 600 guests from 54 different countries. The best projects were honoured with lucrative prizes on Thursday night. The most prestigious one, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award for the best project among the line-up of 18, was given to The Great Match. The Polish coming-of-age dramedy, directed by Filip Syczynski and produced by Anna Rozalska, of Match&Spark, received the award of €20,000, with the jury commenting, “The project convinced us unanimously with the strong, heartfelt motivation of the director, who has a German and a Polish teenage refugee settling the scores of the recurrent European discussion about freedom on the tennis court.”

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Screen International offered the Best Pitch Award and coverage of the life cycle of the winning film to The File by Slovak director Jonas Karasek, and the Cannes Marché du Film Producers Network Award for Promising Young Producer, including a free accreditation to next year’s edition, went to Carla Fotea from Romania and Andreas Kask from Estonia.

The International and Baltic Event Works in Progress presented 18 projects. The Post-Production Award, valued at up to €10,000 (but not more than two-thirds of the expenses incurred at Post Control), was given to the Latvian drama The Pit by Dace Pūce. “The clips we saw left us wanting to see more. This specific coming-of-age story should be universally understood and has cross-border potential,” explained the jury.

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award was picked up by director Sarah Blaßkiewitz for a sisterhood drama full of racial tension in Germany, called Brownie, with the jury commenting, “With its authenticity, current, relevant subject matter and sense of humour, the nicely shot Brownie is a film about appearance that digs deeper into many other levels and deserves international distribution.”

The jury for the Baltic Event Co-production Market awards included producer Uljana Kim (Studio Uljana Kim, Lithuania), commissioning editor Simon Ofenloch (ZDF/ARTE, Germany), national representative of Eurimages in Romania Alex Traila, and Martin Blaney from Screen International (Germany).

The Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress jury comprised cinematographer Dhanushka Gunathilake, Debra Liang from sales agent Level K, and Alissa Simon, of Palm Springs IFF and Chicago IFF.

Here is the full list of Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event award winners:

Baltic Event Co-production Market awards

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award for Best Project
The Great Match - Filip Syczynski
Produced by Anna Rozalska (Match&Spark, Poland)

Screen International Best Pitch Award
The File - Jonas Karasek
Produced by Wanda Adamik Hrycova (Wandal Production, Slovakia)

Cannes Marché du Film Producers Network Award
Carla Fotea (Romania)
Andreas Kask (Estonia)

Works in Progress awards

Post-Production Award
The Pit - Dace Pūce
Produced by Kristele Pudane and Elīna Zazerska (Marana Productions, Latvia)

Baltic Event Works in Progress Award
Brownie - Sarah Blaßkiewitz
Produced by Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jakob D Weydemann and Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros GmbH, Germany)

Script Pool Tallinn 2019

Global Screen Award for Best Script
Molly - Nicole Paglia (scriptwriter) and Jessie Mangum (producer)

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