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Awards & winners of the TFL Meeting Event 2019

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Awards & winners of the TFL Meeting Event 2019

November 25, 2019

Curtains close on the 12th edition of the TFL Meeting Event, the annual showcase of the projects, talents and films developed at TorinoFilmLab. Over 300 film professionals from all around the world gathered in Turin to meet the “films of the future”. The best projects were rewarded with 17 development, production and distribution prizes for a total value of € 437.000.

Within the FeatureLab programme, dedicated to first and second-timer filmmakers, 11 projects in advanced development were presented.

The FeatureLab Jury has decided to award 2 TFL Production Awards (amounting to a total of € 80.000) to:

UNREST by Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)
VICTUS by Andrei Tănase (Romania)

and 3 TFL Co-Production Awards (amounting to a total of € 150.000):

A MALE by Fabián Hernández (Colombia/Netherlands)
HOUSES by Veronica Nicole Tetelbaum (Israel)
RUNNER by Marian Mathias (Germany/France/United States)

The following collateral prizes were also awarded to FeatureLab projects:

The ArteKino International Prize of an amount of € 6.000, granted by ArteKino Endowment Fund to support the further development of the project, was assigned to:
UNREST by Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)

The Amsterdam Post Lab Award – which offers a grant of € 5.000 in image post-production services at Amsterdam-based Filmmore and € 5.000 in sound post-production services at Posta, as well as a scholarship to the producer of the winning project to participate in the APostLab annual European post-production workshop 2020 –, went to:
UNREST by Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland), produced by Michela Pini – Seeland Filmproduktion

Sub-Ti Ltd. granted a Sub-ti Award providing English or Italian or German subtitles to:
A MALE by Fabián Hernández (Colombia/Netherlands)

Sub-ti Access Srl. granted a Sub-ti Access Award providing subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired, and audio description for the blind and visually impaired, with audio subtitles, to:
A YEAR OF COLD by Min Bahadur Bham (Nepal/France/Norway/Singapore/Myanmar)


Among the 20 ScriptLab projects presented this year, several were also distinguished:

The new award TFL White Mirror went to WILD ENCOUNTERS by Sarah Arnold (France/Switzerland). The writing grant of € 3.000 was launched by TorinoFilmLab this year to support stories that tackle environmental issues, sustainability or any related changes happening in today’s world, as an alternative to the black mirror of dystopia and as a blank page that can be filled with a new speech.

The Hamilton Behind the Camera Award – Talent for the Future was assigned by the Swiss watch brand Hamilton to THE SONGSMITH by Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (Indonesia). It includes a grant of 5.000 Euro to support the development of the script as well as a wristwatch inspired by cinema.

The CNC Award, granted by CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée and dedicated to the further development of the project through a € 8.000 writing grant, was assigned to PAINLESS by Michael Wahrmann (Brazil). A Special Mention from the CNC Jury went to ZE by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (Mongolia)


Last but not least, the TFL Meeting Event was also the occasion to assign the TFL Funds supporting international co-productions:

3 TFL Audience Design Fund Awards (for a total of € 120.000), encouraging innovative audience engagement strategies at the moment of distribution, were officially awarded to:

CUBAN DANCER by Roberto Salinas (Italy/Canada/Chile)
LA NUIT DES ROIS by Philippe Lacôte (France/Canada/Ivory Coast)
MATERNAL by Maura Delpero (Italy/Argentina)

The first TFL World Co-Production Fund Award (€ 50.000), encouraging the making of a feature film by an experienced filmmaker, was assigned to:
THE SKY IS MINE by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal/Norway/Germany/Netherlands/Singapore)


Another important year for TorinoFilmLab comes to an end with these awards. In 2019, TFL inaugurated a new Pedagogical Team but also celebrated the milestone of 100 completed films that were successfully screened in festivals and released internationally, including at Cannes, Locarno and Venice Film Festivals. Finally, 2019 saw the production of the TV series ALBATROS, developed in SeriesLab and ready to be broadcasted in Belgium: hopefully the first of many more TFL Series to come.

TorinoFilmLab is an initiative by Museo Nazionale del Cinema; supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-Programme of the European Union, MiBACT - Direzione Generale Cinema, Regione Piemonte and Città di Torino.

The TFL Meeting Event 2019 was possible thanks to the financial partners: CNC – Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animée, ArteKino Endowment Fund and Hamilton; associated partners: Amsterdam Post Lab, Filmmore, Posta, Sub-ti and Sub-ti Access; industry partners: Torino Film Industry, Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Torino Film Festival, Torino Short Film Market; in collaboration with Festival Scope; partner venue: CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia.