POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO in main competition at Berlinale 2012
December 20, 2011
TorinoFilmLab projects and participants at CineMart 2012
December 19, 2011
2nd edition of Interchange closes with great news: awards for BACK TO THE JUNGLE and BEIRUT, I LOVE YOU
December 16, 2011
TorinoFilmLab Awards 2011
November 29, 2011
The 4th TorinoFilmLab Final Meeting Event, which took place on November 27-28, hosted 120 professionals including producers and sales agents from all over the world, interested in the projects being developed.
Within the FrameWork Programme, 11 projects seeking co-production agreements were presented. The International Jury chaired by Alberto Barbera and comprised of producer Jani Thilges (Luxembourg), director of Wroclaw Film Festival Joanna Lapinska (Poland), director Christian Volckman (France) and Sophie Bourdon (France) has decided to award five Production Awards (amounting to a total of € 520,000):
Check out the TFL section of Festival Scope!
November 22, 2011
All you wanted to know about Torino: a guide to the TFL Meeting Event
November 21, 2011
2011 marks the 4th edition of the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event, rounding off the Script&Pitch and FrameWork programmes for this year: a two-day event which is a public presentation of the organisation’s projects, a market for international co-productions and a chance to reward the best projects with production grants.
TorinoFilmLab films at the 29th Torino Film Festival
November 14, 2011
IN WHAT CITY DOES IT LIVE? gets Hubert Bals Plus support
November 10, 2011
KHSARA at IFP No Borders co-production market
November 9, 2011
MR. KAPLAN wins Uruguayan production prize FONA
November 7, 2011
Interchange 2012: call for applications is open. Apply now!
November 7, 2011
KORSO and ALL CATS ARE GREY at Netherlands Production Platform
October 19, 2011
MEDIA Development support for TOUCH ME NOT
October 18, 2011
MEDIA Development support for MUSICAL CHAIRS
October 18, 2011
WOLF, KHORRAMSHAHR, LEONES and BAIT begin shooting
October 17, 2011
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY won Grand Prix in Annecy
October 16, 2011
IN WHAT CITY DOES IT LIVE? gets World Cinema Fund and Visions Sud Est support
October 15, 2011
Sergio Basso at The Pixel Market in London
12/13 October, 2011
Sergio Basso, one of the participants of this year's Script&Pitch edition has been selected for the The Pixel Market with the project "Facelessbook", produced by Alessandro Borrelli from La Sarraz Pictures.
The Pixel market, also sponsored by TorinoFilmLab, is a co-production market dedicated to financing cross-media projects from around the world which takes place during the Cross-Media Forum 11-14 October 2011. This year, 25 cross-media projects will be presented to the international marketplace.
Script&Pitch 2012 - Apply now!
Deadline for applications: December 10th, 2011
Now in its 7th year, Script&Pitch is an advanced script development course for scriptwriters and directors of first and second features from all over the world, open also to story editors, creative producers and audience designers that wish to develop their skills while working with projects that are at early development stage.
The course lasts 11 months (from March to January) and we select 20 participants who will follow the entire development process, from the generating of ideas and structuring of the material through a first and second draft up to a final pitch in front of a group of international producers and sales agents.
For full information on the programme and instructions on how to apply please visit TFL website: www.torinofilmlab.it/training.php
Power to the Pixel Cross-Media Forum
11-14 October 2011
Our partner Power to the Pixel brings its Cross-Media Forum to the BFI London Film Festival for another year. Showcasing some of the hottest talent working in cross-media, the forum will be hosting the following public events:
11 October, Conference Summit
An incredibly exciting line-up of speakers for this consistently thought-provoking first day, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner and transmedia producer extraordinaire, will be presenting an opening keynote and speaking in the UK for the very first time.
Renowned for transforming IP into highly successful transmedia franchises, Jeff's worked on blockbuster universes such as Pirates of the Caribbean; Halo and Avatar.
Power to the Pixel is also delighted to welcome back Michel Reilhac, Executive Director of ARTE France Cinéma as a keynote speaker, and one of the most respected advocates of cross-media storytelling in Europe.
The Conference covers the latest trends in audience behaviour, business models and case studies of successful cross-media projects and is followed by the opening night networking party.
12 October, The Pixel Pitch Competition
A showcase of eight of the best international cross-media projects - fiction and non-fiction - with teams pitching to a jury made up of leading financiers, commissioners and decision-makers from the film, broadcast, advertising, tech, online, publishing and mobile industries.
With jurors giving direct feedback to contestants, this finance forum is an ideal opportunity to find out who is funding cross-media properties and how best to approach them. Participating companies last year included Artangel; ARTE; Arts Alliance; BBC; BBH; BFI; CNC; Content Film; Disney; EON; MSN; NFB; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Orange; Sony; UTA; Warp Films.
PLEASE NOTE: The Forum will not be webcasted this year, so to experience this amazing event live you will need to buy a ticket, a bargain starting at only £40!!
For more info email: email@example.com
The Cross-Media Forum 2011 is supported by: The MEDIA Programme of the European Union, BFI, ARTE, TorinoFilmLab
Frankfurt StoryDrive – Mastering the future
12-13 October 2011
At the same time as our partner, Power to the Pixel, host their 5th Cross-Media Forum event in London, the Frankfurt Book Fair/SPARKS hosts their 2-day cross-/transmedia-event, which TorinoFilmLab representatives will also attend this year.
Frankfurt StoryDrive presents visionary keynote speakers, intensive training for successful crossmedia/transmedia business, a marketplace for media rights and multi-sector co-productions, and targeted matching services.
Under the motto “Storytelling & Storyselling“ the All-Media platform brings together the world of media and entertainment.
In around 30 events, including exclusive Master Classes, key players from the international film, games and publishing industries will offer instructions for conducting successful crossmedia and transmedia business.
In conjunction with the two-day conference, StoryDrive provides a Business Centre dedicated to cross- and transmedia rights and collaboration.
Organised Match & Pitch events at the StoryDrive Business Centre offer an ideal platform to present your titles, scripts, projects and ideas to potential business partners in the publishing, film or games industries.
Further information and tickets at:
StoryDrive Business Centre:
Generation Campus 2011
Deadline for submissions: September 20, 2011
The 4th international educational program «Generation Campus» will take place in October 2011 from 16th to 25th in Russia. Continuing the tradition of the last year the studies of participants and shooting of short films will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg. A strategic partner of the festival «Generation Campus» 2011 has remained the «2in1» Festival - a “New Wave” Film Festival, which shows the progressive pattern, characterized by the copyright originality and at the same time claiming success with the public.
Generation Campus 2011 is:
- 2 capitals of Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) as the creative field;
- 8 days in an international team of like-minded (100 young talented filmmakers (producers, directors, scriptwriters & cameramen) from all over the world working together;);
- 5 educational programs for participants (lectures, seminars, round tables, workshops, master classes);
- Leaders of world cinema willing to share their knowledge and experience with the participants;
- best genre movies and radical experiments in the program of the international «2in1» festival.
Generation Campus 2011 goals are:
- to create a comfortable professional and personal social environment for young filmmakers;
- to create conditions for young filmmakers to acquire new skills, relevant information, connections and opportunities;
- to create conditions for creative and professional development of young filmmakers’ own projects;
- to identify and support the most brilliant, talented young filmmakers worthy of attention.
The Organizers of the Generation Campus invite young and talented directors, screenwriters, producers and DoPs to participate in the educational program in 2011.
More information about the program, terms & conditions of participation & competition criteria are available at www.generationcampus.ru.
NOTE! Applications are accepted until September 20, 2011, 12:00 Moscow time.
After Locarno Film Festival
August 25, 2011
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY (SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA), directed by brothers Massimiliano and Gianluca De Serio, received the second prize, worth 4.000 Swiss Francs, awarded by the Junior jury, part of the “Cinema e Gioventù” initiative - which offers awards to the best directors in the official competition of the 64th Locarno International Film Festival. Moreover, the film was awarded the Don Quixote Prize, offered by the International Federation of Film Societies. SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY participated in the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme in 2008. The film, produced by Alessandro Borrelli for La Sarraz Pictures in association with FIP - Film Investimenti Piemonte, was realized with the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte.
Congratulations to Violeta Bava and Marco Van Geffen
Argentine-Swiss drama BACK TO STAY (ABRIR PUERTAS Y VENTANAS) by Milagros Mumenthaler won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival. One of the film producers, sharing the prize with Mumenthaler, is Violeta Bava, a member of the TorinoFilmLab Advisory Board.
Among the other Locarno award winners, the directorial debut of Dutch screenwriter Marco Van Geffen, whose film AMONG US (ONDER ONS) won two prizes - the CICAE Prix Art & Essai and the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention award. The film is the first part of a trilogy by Van Geffen on “the drama of the happy family” entitled “Vinex”. Marco developed the second part of the trilogy, entitled NO NAME, within Script&Pitch in 2009.
TFL announces new award: "The International Relations ARTE Prize" of 6.000 Euro for a Script&Pitch project
August 23, 2011
TorinoFilmLab is proud to announce the creation of the new International Relations ARTE Prize, to be assigned to one of the Script&Pitch projects during the Meeting Event in November. The prize (6.000 Euro) will be awarded to a project among the ones participating in the programme, based on the decision of ARTE representatives attending the pitches and having one-to-one meetings with the scriptwriters.
We would like to thank the ARTE International Relations Department for making this new award possible thanks to their support.
The Pixel Market 2011 - Calling for entries!
deadline for submissions: 29 July
Our partner Power to the Pixel is accepting entries for The Pixel Market, a unique marketplace dedicated to showcasing and financing cross-media projects from around the world.
It takes place on 12 & 13 October 2011 as part of Power to the Pixel's annual Cross-Media Forum, held 11 - 14 October in association with the BFI London Film Festival.
The Pixel Market will introduce 25 cross-media project producers to top international financiers, commissioners, tech companies, online portals and media companies during the two-day event.
Up to 8 of the 25 selected teams will compete for the £6,000 ARTE Pixel Pitch Prize at the Market's public event, The Pixel Pitch on 12 October at NFT1, BFI Southbank.
Up to 8 of the 25 selected teams will compete for the £6,000 ARTE PIXEL PITCH PRIZE at the Market's public event, The Pixel Pitch on 12 October at NFT1, BFI Southbank. Teams in competition will present their cross-media project to a selected roundtable of international jurors made up of international decision-makers, commissioning executives and financiers working in film, broadcast, publishing, online, advertising, gaming, the arts and interactive media.
The second day of the market on 13 October will offer one-to-one business meetings to the 25 project teams with potential investors and partners from across the media industries, technology and finance companies.
Entries are invited from producer-led teams from around the world with a strong track record in film, broadcast, interactive media or other relevant creative industries. Each project's story must span a combination of film, TV, online, mobile, interactive, publishing, live events and gaming. Projects must also include the use of new tools, platforms, services and devices and be at an advanced stage of development.
Teams selected for The Pixel Market will benefit from significant international publicity and can expect to be introduced to new international business and partnership opportunities.
Companies in attendance at last year's Pixel Market include
Artangel | ARTE | Arts Alliance | BBC | | BBH | BFI | Campfire | Channel 4 | CNC | ContentFilm | Creative Scotland | DFI | Disney | Endemol | Faber Novel | Macmillan | MSN | NFB Canada | Nordisk Film & TV Fond |Ogilvy Group | Orange| Ridley Scott Associates | Salt | Shine | Sony Computer Entertainment | Submarine | Telefilm Canada | TF1 | United Talent Agency | YouTube
The Pixel Market is supported by the Media Programme of the European Union, ARTE and the TorinoFilmLab.
Deadline for Submissions: 29 July 18.00 BST
Further information can be found at Power to the Pixel’s website www.powertothepixel.com
SALVO receives Eurimages co-production support
June 14, 2011
SALVO by Antonio Piazza (Italy) and Fabio Grassadonia (Italy) is one of the winning projects in the June 2011 round of selection for Eurimages co-production support. SALVO was awarded 230.000 Euro by Eurimages.
The project, which participated in Script&Pitch 2007 and FrameWork 2009, winning a TFL Production Award (140.000 Euro) at the 2009 Meeting Event, is co-produced by Cristaldi Pictures (Italy), Acaba Produzioni (Italy), 58 Filme (Germany) and Cité Films (France).
Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, aims at promoting the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY selected for Locarno competition
June 13, 2011
Italian directors Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio will present their first fiction feature film SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA (SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY) as a world preview within the Concorso Internazionale (International Competition) at the 64th edition of the Festival del Film Locarno.
The twin brothers have distinguished themselves with short films, documentaries and video installations that have been selected at numerous international film festivals and received a number of awards.
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY participated in the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme in 2008. The film, produced by Alessandro Borrelli for La Sarraz Pictures in association with FIP - Film Investimenti Piemonte, was realized with the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte.
Script&Pitch Audience Designers selection 2011
May 30, 2011
TorinoFilmLab proudly announces the selection for the first edition of the Script&Pitch Audience Designers programme, which aims at providing hands-on experience in the creation of an audience & promotion strategy for independent and art-house film projects at an early development stage.
The Match Factory signs deal for BYPASS
May 20, 2011
The Match Factory sealed an international rights deal with Third Films for Duane Hopkins’ upcoming feature BYPASS.
Hubert Bals Fund supports POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO and LEONES
May 19, 2011
Two TorinoFilmLab projects were picked for support in the Hubert Bals Fund Spring 2011 selection round. The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is designed to bring remarkable feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion.
Indonesian film POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO by Edwin (FrameWork 2009, TFL Production Award 2009 – 180.000 Euro) has had a long connection with the IFFR, as the festival supported the project's entire artistic and financial development cycle: it received a script development grant, then was launched internationally at CineMart and finally received a postproduction grant from the Hubert Bals Fund. It is expected to see its premiere in IFFR 2012.
Moreover, Argentinian director Jazmín López's project LEONES (FrameWork 2010, TFL Production Award 2010 – 110.000 Euro) was one of the only two films that received support from Hubert Bals Plus in the Spring 2011 round of funding, with Lemming Film attached as its Dutch co-producer; the project, produced by Argentinian company Rei Cine and co-producer by Petit Film (France), already received Script Development support from HBF in 2009.
The Hubert Bals Fund Plus has been set up by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund of the Film Festival Rotterdam in order to offer Dutch producers the possibility to get involved more often in international co-productions and to support the Hubert Bals Fund projects in the stage of actual production.
CineLink selects Adina Pintilie's TOUCH ME NOT and Hugo Vieira da Silva’s new project
May 14, 2011
Sarajevo’s CineLink announced the selection for its 2011 co-production market (July 27-30) held within the Sarajevo Film Festival, including a total of 14 projects divided between CineLink and CineLink Plus.
Two TorinoFilmLab participants will present their works in Sarajevo: Hugo Vieira da Silva’s new project TIDEAWAY was selected for CineLink, while Adina Pintilie’s TOUCH ME NOT will participate in CineLink Plus. After developing his second feature film SWANS (formerly known as RED CROSS) at Script&Pitch in 2007 and at FrameWork in 2008, Hugo Vieira da Silva won a TFL Production Award (200.000 Euro) for it at the 2008 TFL Meeting Event: the film was produced and screened at several international film festivals. TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie was initially developed within Script&Pitch 2007 - with the title MISS JACOB'S LONG SUNDAY - and is currently part of the FrameWork programme 2011.
CineLink projects will participate in the Project Development Workshop organized in collaboration with the Binger Filmlab, while the CineLink Plus line-up will be presented directly at the market. Projects presented in both line-ups are eligible for CineLink Development Awards totalling €50.000 in cash and services.
I’M GOING TO CHANGE MY NAME and POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO get post-production support from Göteborg International Film Festival Fund
May 12, 2011
After awarding development support to I’M GOING TO CHANGE MY NAME by Maria Saakyan (Armenia) - produced by Anniko Films - and POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO by Edwin (Indonesia) - produced by Babibuta Film - in 2009, the Göteborg International Film Festival Fund announced the two projects are among the selected ones to receive post-production support in 2011. Both projects were developed within the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme in 2009, and POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO won a TFL Production Award (180.000 Euro) at the Meeting Event in the same year.
Since 1998 Göteborg International Film Festival, in cooperation with SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), supports filmmakers in development countries. Up to now the fund has supported nearly 150 film projects, as well as workshops and training initiatives. The 2011 awarded projects cover a wide range of countries, topics and genres: from documentaries and features from Togo, Senegal and Zimbabwe to a new feature by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza.
Interchange selection 2011
May 3, 2011
TorinoFilmLab, Dubai International Film Festival and EAVE proudly announce the selection for the second edition of the Interchange programme, realized with the aim of building cooperation between film professionals from Europe and the Arab world.
The following 12 teams of directors and producers will participate in the programme, developing fiction feature films:
- BELL by writer William MacKinnon (UK), producer Samir (Switzerland/Iraq) for Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
- ASIA, DAWOULD & THE GHOUL by writer/director Furat al Jamil (Iraq), producer Abdullah Boushahri (Kuwait) for Beyond Dreams Productions
- THE WORLD IS PINK by writer/director Myrna Makkaron (Lebanon/Germany), producer Nicole Gerhards (Germany) for NikoFilm
- ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM by writer/director Ahmed Amer (Egypt/USA), producer Hossam Elouan (Egypt) for Ein Shams Films
- NO RETURN by writer Ahmed Salah (Egypt), producer/director Hesham Issawi (Egypt) for Issawi Production
- 3000 NIGHTS by writer/director Mai Masri (Palestine), producer Charlotte Uzu (France) for Les Films d'Ici
- 1 DAY AND 124 NIGHTS by writer/director Sabine El Chamaa (Lebnon), producer Andreas Atzwanger (Austria) for NEOS Film
- HEAT WAVE by writer Fareed Ramadan (Palestine), producer/director Riyad Deis (Palestine) for Janan Films
- ABOVE THE WORLD by writer/director Oliver Laxe (Spain), producer Felipe Lage Coro (Spain) for Zeitun Films
- BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT by writer/director Ahmed Abouzeid (Egypt), producer Ihab Ayoub (Egypt) for Collage Productions
- BEIRUT SOLO by writer/director Sabah Fatima Haider (Canada), producer Pierre Sarraf (Lebanon)
- MY LOVE, MY BLOOD, MY BREATH by writer/director Jihane Chouaib (Lebanon/France), producer Nathalie Trafford (UK) for Paraiso Production Diffusion.
The 3 script consultants who will take part in Interchange 2011 are Malak Quota (Saudi Arabia), Nadia Eliewat (Jordan) and Naji Abu Nowar (Jordan).
Participants will develop their projects during 2 residential workshops + on-line sessions under the guidance of French story editor and scriptwriter Antoine Le Bos, Lebanese scriptwriter Jacques Akchoti and Italian scriptwriter Nicola Lusuardi, while producers will be leaded in their work by German producer Roshanak Behesht Nedjad (Flying Moon). The final moment of the programme will be reached during the second workshop, which will take place during the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2011. This final workshop will include a pitching event and one-to-one meetings with film industry professionals from EU and Arab countries.
3 TorinoFilmLab participants to attend Producers on the Move in Cannes
April 27, 2011
The European Film Promotion network (EFP) selected three former TFL participants to take part in the networking platform Producers on the Move at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 14-17. This 3-day event will allow the selected professionals to discuss ideas as well as the planning and financing of international projects, and explore the potential for possible co-productions.
This edition - which marks 12 years of existence of the programme - will see the largest number of participants to date with 25 producers representing as many countries. Among them, the following were invited to develop and pitch projects within TorinoFilmLab in the past:
- Hlín Jóhannesdóttir, Zik Zak Filmworks, Iceland - HOME AWAY FROM HOME (FrameWork 2008)
- Marta Donzelli, Vivo Film, Italy - THE FOUR TIMES (FrameWork 2008, Production Award 2008)
- Samm Haillay, Third Films, UK - BYPASS (FrameWork 2009, Production Award 2009)
Script&Pitch new call for Experience Designers / Community Managers / Audience Engagement Designers
April 26, 2011
TorinoFilmLab's Script Pitch offers a new exciting training opportunity to European film professionals willing to gain hands-on experience in the creation of an audience & promotion strategy for independent and arthouse film projects at an early development stage.
Selected participants will work on the Script&Pitch projects that are currently being developed in the 2011 edition of the programme. The work will focus on the dynamics of developing an audience strategy for a number of projects by observing the work of a team made of 4 writers, 1 tutor and 1 story editor trainee, collaborating closely with the writers/directors.
Participants will collaborate with the authors through 6 months of development and will present the results of their work in front of an audience of over 100 producers, sales agents and other industry professionals from all over the world at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event in November.
TorinoFilmLab returns to Cannes 2011 with 4 projects
April 19, 2011
Following the success of LE QUATTRO VOLTE, TorinoFilmLab returns to this year’s Cannes Film Festival with three projects selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier and one in competition at the Critics Week.
THE SLUT by Hagar Ben-Asher (TFL Production Award 2009) has been selected as one of the 7 feature films - out of 1050 submissions - in the official competition of the 50th Cannes Critics Week. The project was developed within the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme (at the time called Development) in 2009 and received a production grant of 100.000 Euro, the full amount then necessary to complete its financing.
Founded in 1962 by the Union of French Film Critics, the Critics Week is the oldest of the Cannes festival sidebars. Each year, a panel of international critics selects around a dozen shorts and features from first and second-time filmmakers to compete in this section. This year the event will take place from May 12-20, 2011.
The Cinéfondation Atelier selected a total of 15 international projects. The film directors will participate in the next edition of the Cannes Film Festival with their producers and they will be introduced to international industry professionals. The following TFL projects will be part of the 2011 Cinéfondation Atelier:
- IL SUD E' NIENTE by Fabio Mollo (Italy), developed as part of FrameWork 2010 and winner of a TFL Production Award (€100,000) at the end of the programme.
- WOLF by Bogdan Mustata (Romania), which was developed in Script&Pitch 2009 and, after winning a Development Award, within FrameWork 2010. The project also won a TFL Production Award (€140,000) at the TFL Meeting Event in last November.
- MR KAPLAN by Alvaro Brechner (Spain/Uruguay), developed during Script&Pitch 2010 and currently part of the FrameWork 2011 programme after winning a Development Award at the last Meeting Event.
THE INCREDIBLE ODYSSEY OF DANIEL FLOW finalist at the Ivy Film Festival Screenplay Competition
April 18, 2011
Leonardo Staglianò' s comedy THE INCREDIBLE ODYSSEY OF DANIEL FLOW is one of the three finalists in the Ivy Film Festival Screenplay Competition at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA). The project was developed in Script&Pitch 2008 and, after winning a Development Award, in FrameWork 2009.
The Ivy Film Festival, born in 2001, encourages the creative efforts of undergraduate and graduate student filmmakers by acting as a quality venue for their work and by creating opportunities to learn from one another and talented professionals. The festival strives to garner recognition for student filmmakers by means of a panel of celebrity judges including directors, producers, writers, and agents who will view the top films from the festival. The 2011 edition keynote speaker will be Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin.
LE QUATTRO VOLTE now screening in New York
April 4, 2011
LE QUATTRO VOLTE by Michelangelo Frammartino (TFL Production Award 2008) is currently being screened at the Film Forum, New York’s leading movie house for independent premieres and repertory programming since 1970.
On this occasion the film has been enthusiastically reviewed among others by the New York Times as one of their critics’ picks. NYT chief film critic Anthony Oliver Scott praises the “idiosyncratic and amazing film by Michelangelo Frammartino”, claiming that “you have never seen anything like this movie, even though what it shows you has been there all along”.
The Pixel Lab 2011: last call for entries
March 25, 2011
The Pixel Lab, organized by our partner Power to the Pixel, is a leading project-led workshop which enables European film producers and media professionals to tap into the business knowledge-base of the film, online, gaming, broadcast and mobile industries.
Power to the Pixel will select up to 40 European producers, decision-makers and executives to attend a residential six-day workshop from 26 June to 2 July 2011 with a focus on developing stories that can extend across film, television, online, gaming and mobile platforms.
Producers who attend The Pixel Lab with a cross-media project will benefit from distance learning between July and September to devise a selling document, followed by final project presentations to invited industry guests during Power to the Pixel's Cross-Media Forum held each October in London. One producer will be awarded with The Pixel Lab prize.
Teaching is led by international cross-media pioneers, including: Michel Reilhac, Executive Director ARTE France Cinéma; Adam Sigel, Content Strategist, Writer & Producer; Inga Von Staden, Media Architect & Educator; Nuno Bernardo, CEO & Producer, beActive.
The deadline for applications is April 1st, 2011. For more information and details on how to apply visit the dedicated page of the Power to the Pixel website.
TorinoFilmLab announces selection for FrameWork 2011
March 23, 2011
TorinoFilmLab proudly presents the selection for the fourth edition of FrameWork (formerly known as the Development programme). 11 projects have been chosen to participate in the programme, that will take place between April and November 2011: the teams of writer/director and producer will take part in 2 workshops in Turin; they will present their projects in front of 120 producers and industry professionals at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event, held in November within the 29th Torino Film Festival, and compete for one of the TFL Production Awards (between 50.000 and 200.000 €). The projects will also be eligible for the Audience Award (30.000 €) and the Post Production Award (supporting the participation of a producer in the EP2C Training Programme).
The selection team of TorinoFilmLab has invited the following 5 filmmakers to participate in the FrameWork Programme 2011 with their first or second feature film project:
- THE FUNGI by Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia)
- TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie (Romania)
- THE LAST LAND by Pablo Lamar (Paruguay)
- UNDERGROUND FRAGRANCE by Peng Fei Song (China)
- BEIRUT, I LOVE YOU by Zena El Khalil (Lebanon) and Gigi Roccati (Italy)
In addition to the 5 invited projects, 6 out of the 15 Script&Pitch participants from the 2010 selection received a Development Award during the Final Meeting Event, which allows them to enter the FrameWork programme, and thus continue working with TorinoFilmLab for another year.
The Script&Pitch projects that will participate in FrameWork are:
- MR KAPLAN by Alvaro Brechner (Uruguay/Spain)
- DEADWEIGHT by Axel Koenzen (Germany)
- ROMANIAN SPRING by Anca Miruna Lazarescu (Romania)
- ADAMA by Julien Lilti and Simon Rouby (France)
- MERCURIALES by Virgil Vernier (France)
- HISTORIA DEL MIEDO by Benjamin Naishtat (Argentina)
SWANS and HI-SO continue their festival run
March 21, 2011
After being screened in the main Programme of the 41st Forum at the Berlinale, the two projects funded by TorinoFilmLab in 2008 keep travelling the world through festivals.
SWANS (Germany/Portugal, 2010) by Hugo Vieira da Silva will be shown in the Panorama sections of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (April 1-9) and BAFICI (April 6-17).
HI-SO (Thailand, 2010) by Aditya Assarat, which had its world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival in October 2010 and was selected for the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival, is now at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. HI-SO will soon be in competition in the official section at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while in the summer it will be screened at the Jerusalem Film Festival and at the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival, in July.
Interchange extended deadline for applications: March 31, 2011!
Apply now to participate in the second edition of Interchange! After the success of its first run in 2010, for its second edition Interchange opens up to all the 22 Arabe League countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
12 teams of writer/director and producer coming from these Arab countries or from Europe will be selected to develop their fiction feature projects through two intensive 5-day workshops (end of May/beginning of June and December 2011) and two on-line sessions. The programme will culminate in a final pitch at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival.
European applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear relationship to or involvement with the Arab countries indicated above and proposed projects should come from or be related to them.
Arab film professionals can also apply as script trainee consultants, without a project, in order to develop their skills as script editors. The script trainee consultants will work on the teams' projects.
We would like to remind you that there is no fee to pay: TorinoFilmLab will cover participants' accommodation expenses (hotel and meals) during the two workshops, in order to encourage and enable deserving applicants to take part in the programme regardless of their financial situation.
Besides, travel expenses for the workshops have to be covered by participants but they will be partially reimbursed.
Interchange is run by TorinoFilmLab, the Dubai International Film Festival and EAVE and it is supported by MEDIA Mundus. For further information: http://www.torinofilmlab.it/interchange.php
For further information: http://www.torinofilmlab.it/interchange.php
Script&Pitch and Writer’s Room kick-off 2011 edition in Helsingborg, Sweden
March 9-15 2011
The Swedish city of Helsingborg will host the first residential workshop of the 2011 edition of Script&Pitch, thanks to the partnership with BoostHBG and Film i Skåne. The new TorinoFilmLab transmedia training programme, the Writer’s Room – which was recently launched in collaboration with Power to the Pixel – will also start in the same dates and same place.
Script&Pitch’s 16 scriptwriters and 4 story editor trainees from all over the world will begin working in groups to develop their projects under the guidance of 4 international tutors (Antoine Le Bos, Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, Franz Rodenkirchen and Anita Voorham).
The first edition of the Writer’s Room will see 4 international participants developing a transmedia project created by Michel Reilhac (Director of ARTE France Cinema) under the supervision of a tutor, Gino Ventriglia.
Participants from Script&Pitch and the Writer’s Room will share some moments of the workshop: there will be lectures held by tutors, trainers and local guests. The S&P and WR groups will also get to network with professionals taking part in the BoostHBG Cross Media Lab, also happening in Helsingborg in the same period.
Adina Pintilie's TOUCH ME NOT wins Arte France Cinema Award at Cinemart
Adina Pintilie's project TOUCH ME NOT (formerly MISS JACOB'S LONG SUNDAY), developed within Script&Pitch 2007, participated in Cinemart 2011 at the IFFR Rotterdam and was awarded the Arte France Cinéma Award (10,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2011 Project. TOUCH ME NOT, which will be Pintilie’s first feature fiction film, has also participated in the Amsterdam Binger Filmlab and will continue the development in the Binger’s Directors Lab in 2011. The film will be a co-production of Manekino Film (Romania), Atopic (France) and 4 Proof Film (Romania).