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Awards & winners of the TFL Meeting Event 2020 - Digital Edition!

TFL Meeting Event

Awards & winners of the TFL Meeting Event 2020 - Digital Edition!

November 20, 2020

Friday 20th November the 13th edition of the TFL Meeting Event, held entirely in digital format, came to an end with the official Awards Ceremony!


The co-production forum featured a total of 61 projects, including – for the first time – the TV series projects from SeriesLab. Despite the unconventional set up of the event, it was attended by over 350 Decision Makers who discussed their projects with the teams during over 700 one-to-one meetings.

This year has also been renewed the partnership with Torino Film Industry (17-24 November), which encompasses the 5th edition of the Torino Short Film Market organized by the Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio, the Production Days by the Torino Piemonte Film Commission and a series of masterclasses and events curated by TorinoFilmLab. 

But let's get straight to the point, who are the winners of this year's edition? 

Ten projects within the programme FeatureLab competed for the TFL Production Awards, 4 production grants worth a total value of € 180.000. 

An International Jury came to an agreement and decided to award the following projects.

Two TFL Production Award, funded by Creative Europe – MEDIA, went to: 

MICHELLE REMEMBERS by Pia Borg, produced by Helen Olive (Australia/France) – € 50.000
THE MYSTERIOUS GAZE OF THE FLAMINGO by Diego Céspedes, produced by Giancarlo Nasi (Chile) – € 50.000

And two TFL Production Award to:

THE CARAVAN by Zuzana Kirchnerová, produced by Jakob Viktorín & Pavla Janoušková Kubečková (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Italy) – € 40.000
DIAPHANOUS by Dornaz Hajiha, produced by Isabelle Glachant (Hong Kong/France) – € 40.000

Thanks to TorinoFilmLab’s new partnership with Trentino Film Commission, these projects will also receive the Green Filming Award, providing that they put into practice the Green Film protocol, related to sustainability in the film industry. 

The following collateral prizes were also awarded to FeatureLab projects:

Post-Production Award
An in-kind grant of € 10.000 in image and sound post-production services at Filmmore and Posta, plus a scholarship to participate in the APostLab post-production workshop 2021, was awarded to:
MELTING OF THE RULER by Ivan Salatić, produced by Jelena Angelovski (Montenegro)

Sub-Ti Award
The prize, offered by Sub-Ti Ltd. and providing a FeatureLab project with English or Italian or German subtitles, went to:
HEARTLESS by Nara Normande and Tião, produced by Justin Pechberty e Emilie Lesclaux (France/Brazil/Germany)

Sub-Ti Access Award
The prize, offered by Sub-ti Access Srl. and providing a FeatureLab project with subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired, and audio description for the blind and visually impaired, with audio subtitles, went to:
KARAOKE KING by Federica Gianni, produced by Lara Costa-Calzado and Tatiana Bears (Italy/United States)

Among the 20 ScriptLab projects presented this year, several were also acclaimed.

TFL White Mirror
The screenwriting prize of € 3.000 - supporting stories dealing with sustainability and change, with an original narrative style - was given to:
BLUE STAR by Stella Kyriakopoulos, co-written by Margaret Shin (Greece)

CNC Award
An international Jury assigned the CNC Award, a writing grant of € 8.000 offered by the CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, to:
NEARNESS by Jorge Thielen Armand (France/Venezuela)

They also dedicated two Special Mentions to: 
CIUDAD SIN SUEÑO by Guillermo García López (Spain)
HOME by Or Sinai (Israel)

Finally, the TFL Meeting Event was also the occasion to officially assign TorinoFilmLab's funds supporting international co-productions.

The three TFL Audience Design Fund Awards, supporting innovative audience engagement strategies at the moment of distribution, went to:
EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF by Mo Scarpelli (United Kingdom/Canada/Italy/Venezuela) – € 45.000
THE SALT IN OUR WATERS by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit (Bangladesh/France) – € 45.000
WHITE BUILDING by Kavich Neang (Cambodia/France/China) – € 45.000

While, the TFL Co-Production Fund 2020, which supports co-productions between European and international companies, was awarded to:
CHOCOBAR by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina/United States/Denmark/Mexico) – € 50.000.

Thank you for joining us once again – this time literally – from all over the world. 
And, of course, congratulations to all the winners! 

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, Città di Torino, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, GTT – Gruppo Torinese Trasporti and Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema.

The TFL Meeting Event 2020 was possible thanks to the financial partner: CNC – Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animée; associated partners: APostLab, Filmmore, Posta, Sub-ti, Sub-ti Access and Trentino Film Commission; industry partners: Torino Film Industry, Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Torino Film Festival, Torino Short Film Market; in collaboration with Festival Scope; IT services: B.square, Topix, Eventival.