August 22, 2011


  • TorinoFilmLab at Locarno Film Festival

  • TFL announces new award: “The International Relations ARTE Prize” of 6.000 Euro for a Script&Pitch project

  • Festivals & Awards

  • Upcoming call for applications – Script&Pitch 2012

  • Power to the Pixel Cross-Media Forum, 11-14 October 2011



TorinoFilmLab at Locarno Film Festival

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

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.

Festivals and Awards

Israeli drama THE SLUT by writer-director Hagar Ben Asher, winner of one of the TorinoFilmLab Production Awards (100.000 €) in November 2009, was shown in Montreal World Film Festival’s Hors Concours (out of competition) section Focus on World Cinema.
The film also won the Pirchi Family Award in Memory of Anat Pirchi for Best Director of a Full-Length Feature Film at Jerusalem Film Festival (7-16 July 2011)

TOUCH ME NOT by Romanian filmaker Adina Pintilie – won the Special Mention of Cinelink Coproduction Market of Sarajevo Film Festival (July 22-30, 2011). TOUCH ME NOT is one of the 11 international projects selected in TorinoFilmLab FrameWork 2011.

Two TFL projects were selected to the 22nd edition of Espoo Ciné International Film Festival (August 19-28, 2011). “LE QUATTRO VOLTE” by Michelangelo Frammartino is part of the EC Selection category, while “SWANS” by Hugo Vieira da Silva will be shown in All in the Family category.
Both projects participated in TorinoFilmLab’s development programme and won a Production Award in 2008.

SUNDAY, directed by Duane Hopkins and produced by Samm Haillay, was selected to be screened in the Future Projections programme of the Toronto International Film Festival. This West Midlands-inspired installation relates to his films such as BETTER THINGS.

Writer-director Duane Hopkins and producer Samm Haillay participated as a team in FrameWork 2009 with the project BYPASS, which won a Production Award (130.000 Euro) at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event of the same year.


Upcoming call for applications – Script&Pitch 2012

Every year TorinoFilmLab offers Script&Pitch, an advanced script development course for scriptwriters and directors of first and second features from all over the world.
The application for Script&Pitch 2012 will be on-line starting from September 15th, 2011. After that date it will be possible to apply to the next edition of the programme. Deadline for applications: December 10th, 2011.
For more info:


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.

Tickets are a bargain starting at only £40 and are selling out fast!

Find more info here or email for further details.

The Cross-Media Forum 2011 is supported by: The MEDIA Programme of the European Union, BFI, ARTE, TorinoFilmLab

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