BE Co-Production Market Reveals 2015 Selection

The 14th edition of Baltic Event presents 13 feature film projects in development in its Co-Production Market category. Beginning in 2015, the selected projects from the Baltics, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine, compete for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of 20 000 Euros. In other sections, Baltic Event highlights 8 Baltic and Nordic projects in the script and pitch workshop POWR Baltic Stories Exchange, 8 projects and 4 producers without a project in B’EST EAVE Producers’ Workshop, and 20 projects in the Works in Progress and Screenings sections.

The Baltic Event Co-Production Market hosts projects from 11 countries this year. The organizing country Estonia is represented by award-winning director Ilmar Raag’s fantasy film for children, Erik Stoneheart, produced by one of the most successful local studios, Amrion. Neighboring Latvia’s contribution is The Boy with the Dog, a II World War era coming-of-age story by director and historian Davis Simanis, whose filmography includes a number of Grand-Prix-winning documentaries. The third Baltic project, helmed by Vilnius-based producer Uljana Kim, is a post-Soviet period immigrant drama Motherland, directed by successful short film director Tomas Vengris. From Scandinavia, Finland is represented by two projects: Klaus Härö, whose work has been submitted for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film for the record-breaking four times, attends with grandfather-grandson drama Dark Christ, and award-winning writers, producers and documentary directors Joonas Berghäll and Katja Gauriloff team up on Baby Jane, based on the book by famous Finnish-Estonian novelist Sofi Oksanen. Sweden represents the Swedish-German-Danish-Italian-Belgian-Chinese co-production North Pole by Italian-German team Teresina Moscatiello and Simone Orlandini, and Norway brings a thriller, Arild Østin Ommundsen’s From Grace, to the slate. Croatian producer Siniša Juričić presents the drama A Somewhat Better Ending by director Miha Knific. Romania is the second country from which two projects have been selected to this year’s Baltic Event: Otto the Barbarian, the debut feature of Ruxandra Ghitescu, who is backed by established studio Alien Film, and Berliner by Marian Crisan, whose films have won awards at Cannes, Locarno, etc., selected as national Oscar entry, and whose third feature Orizont premieres at Black Nights Film Festival this year. Bulgarian project Compatibility is directed by an equally successful director Stephan Komandarev, whose latest film The Judgement has also been chosen for the consideration of Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Russian entry for 2015 is Suleiman Mountain, a project developed through the previous edition of B’EST EAVE, directed by Elizaveta Stishova. The Focus Country the Netherlands participates with director Max Porcelijn’s The Source Code, a mystery thriller based on a bestselling book.

Baltic Bridge East by West – B’EST EAVE is a producers’ workshop, which Baltic Event organises in cooperation with training programme EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), CTB Film Company and P.O.V. Film Development Fund (Russia). The training initiative, designed specifically for co-production projects between the European Union and the CIS countries, Georgia and Ukraine, consists of two workshops, held in St. Petersburg in September 2015 and in the framework of Baltic Event in Tallinn. Projects from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Azerbaijan/Romania, Armenia and Russia, and producers without projects from Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania and Russia have been selected to participate.

Baltic Event takes place on November 16-18 and offers, in collaboration with Industry@Tallinn of the Black Nights Film Festival, a selection of panels and roundtables on the current topics of the film industry, as well as a case study of Estonian-Polish-Netherlandish co-production Rehepapp by Rainer Sarnet.

Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2015 project selection:

  1. Baby Jane, producer Joonas Berghäll, Oktober Oy, Finland, director Katja Gauriloff
  2. Berliner, producer Marian Crisan, Rova Film, Romania, director Marian Crisan
  3. The Boy with The Dog, producers Gints Grube and Antra Gaile, Mistrus Media, Latvia, director Davis Simanis
  4. Compatibility, producer Katya Trichkova, Argo Film, Bulgaria, director Stephan Komandarev
  5. Dark Christ, producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg, Making Movies Oy, Finland, director Klaus Härö
  6. Erik Stoneheart, producer Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä, Amrion, Estonia, director Ilmar Raag
  7. From Grace, producer Gary Cranner, Chezville, Norway, director Arild Østin Ommundsen
  8. Motherland, producer Uljana Kim, Studio Uljana Kim, Lithuania, director Tomas Vengris
  9. North Pole, producer Teresina Moscatiello, The Chimney Pot Sverige AB, Sweden, directors Simone Orlandini and Teresina Moscatiello
  10. Otto the Barbarian, producers Iuliana Tarnovetchi and Alexandra Buzas, Alien Film, Romania, director Ruxandra Ghitescu
  11. A Somewhat Better Ending, producers Siniša Juričić and Vanja Sremac, Nukleus film, Croatia, director Miha Knific
  12. The Source Code, producer Sander Verdonk, CTM Pictures, the Netherlands, director Max Porcelijn
  13. Suleiman Mountain, producers Maria Yakubova and Yelena Yatsura, Trikita Entertainment, Russia, director Elizaveta Stishova

Baltic Bridge East by West (B’EST EAVE) project selection:

  1. Basket, producer Andra Popescu, Conset/Free Art, Azerbaijan/Romania, director Imamaddin Hasanov
  2. Don’t Forget to Breathe, producer Helen Vinogradov, Vincent Films, Estonia, director Helen Takkin
  3. The Great Bear, producer Maria Forsström, Tast Films Oy, Finland, director Jan Forsström
  4. The Longest Birthday, producer-director Maxim Dashkin, Victoria Films, Russia
  5. My Grandma’s Locks, producer Raffi Niziblian, Parallels Film, Armenia, director Marine Zakaryan
  6. Otar’s Death, producer Eva Blondiau, Color of May, Germany, director Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze
  7. Senafon, producer Anna Shalashina, 2D Celluloid, Russia, director Konstantin Charmadov
  8. Sunburned, producer Johanna Aust, Flickfilm, Germany, director Carolina Hellsgård

Participants without projects:

  1. Gabija Budreckyte, Kinomind Films, Lithuania
  2. Michael Geidel, MiriquidiFilm, Germany
  3. Marek Novák, Xova Film, Czech Republic
  4. Alina Rizvanova, Tabula Rasa, Russia

POWR projects and screenwriters:

  1. Autumn in Dubai, Christofer Bocker, Sweden
  2. Corcovado Boreallis, Karolis Kaupinis, Lithuania
  3. Duty, Lauri Lippmaa, Estonia
  4. Home Truths, Petra Forstén, Finland
  5. The Most Beautiful Girl, Kaisa Roover, Estonia
  6. Nevada, Jørn Kurt Bergo, Norway
  7. Shiksa, Nina Linnovaara, Finland
  8. To Die on Mars, Paco Enlaluna, Lithuania

Supporters and partners of Baltic Event are Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Center, National Film Centre of Latvia, Finnish Film Foundation, Netherlands Film Fund, Film Commission Poland, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nordic Hotel Forum, EAVE, Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers’ Network, Torino Film Lab, Screen International, Film New Europe, and Digital Sputnik.

Additional information:

Marge Liiske
Managing Director
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