Just Film Works in Progress presents captivating children and youth film projects

Just Film Works in Progress, one of three Works in Progress showcases at Industry @Tallinn & Baltic Event, presents five promising children and youth film projects, including a feature film debut and new titles from acknowledged directors from Europe and South America.

Kärt Väinola, the manager of Just Film Works in Progress, says it's heartening to witness the growing international scope of Works in Progress youth and children's section as it expands. “We are thrilled to showcase projects from around the world. This year, our lineup features projects from Mexico, Argentina, Slovenia, the UK, and Estonia. The selected projects present an array of children's and youth films, offering cultural perspectives and storytelling that we hope will captivate the audiences,” she adds.

Just Film Works in Progress showcase includes a feature film debut by director Adolfo Dávila García Mexico with the drama Violent Butterflies. Another title from South America, an Argentine drama The Inferno of the Living, written and directed by Albert Gieco, is based on the true story taking place in Santa Fe in 1996 and previously written down in a novel by Argentinian writer Alicia Barberis. One of this years’ focus countries, Slovenia is presented with a feature Tartini's Key by a well-known Slovenian film director Vinci Vogue Anžlovar. Estonian screenwriters and directors Raul Esko and Romet Esko take a step in the children and youth film category with the title Two of Me. The selection also includes a co-production by UK and Spain, titled Highly Inflammable written and directed by multi-award winning scriptwriter, director and producer Cherly White.

Just Film Works in Progress, taking place since 2019, jury includes Markéta Pášmová, artistic director@Zlín Film Festival, head of Zlín Industry Days, Czech Republic, Gert Hermans, consultant, sales agent@Attraction Distribution, European Children’s Film Association, JEF, Belgium, Josep Arbiol, founder and director@Festival MICE, Spain. The Just Film Works in Progress most promising project will be awarded 1000 euros in cash prize.

The projects taking part in Just Film Works in Progress will be presented on 15 November 2023 at 16:15 in Apollo Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn.

In addition, on 14-15 November Just Film, together with Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event hosts first-ever Just Film Industry Days. The event brings together youth and children film directors, producers, distributors, international panelists, but also educators, and students. The two-day event will focus on AI, new media, film education, and filmmaking, all to foster young audiences to find their way to the cinemas. Read more here

Just Film Works in Progress projects:

Title: Violent Butterflies
Original title: Violentas Mariposas
Country: Mexico
Genre: drama
Written by: Adolfo Dávila García
Directed by: Adolfo Dávila García
Produced by: Gabriela Gavica Marrufo, Adolfo Dávila García
Production company: Mandarina Cine, Neural
Language: Spanish

Title: Two of Me
Original title: Mind on kaks
Country: Estonia
Genre: coming of age
Written by: Raul Esko, Romet Esko
Directed by: Raul Esko, Romet Esko
Produced by: Rain Rannu, Tõnu Hiielaid, Kirill Volkov
Production company: Tallifornia
Language: Estonian

Title: The Inferno of the Living
Original title: El infierno de los vivos
Country: Argentina
Genre: drama
Written by: Alberto Leonidas Gieco
Directed by: Alberto Gieco
Produced by: Azul Sioli
Executive producer: Agustin Falco
Production company: Muchasiesta Coop. Audiovisual
Language: Spanish

Title: Tartini's Key
Original title: Tartinijev ključ
Country: Slovenia
Genre: Children Live Action, Children, Crime
Written by: Vinci Vogue Anžlovar
Directed by: Vinci Vogue Anžlovar
Produced by: Zoran Dževerdanović
Production company: Blade production
Language: Slovenian, Italian

Title: Highly Inflammable
Original title: Highly Inflammable
Country: United Kingdom, Spain
Genre: coming of age, cult, independent, women, youth/teen, music
Written by: Cheryl White
Directed by: Cheryl White
Produced by: Rose Kowalski
Production company: Lost for Words, Horizontal Films
Language: English