December 21, 2011
  • POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO in main competition at Berlinale 2012
  • TorinoFilmLab projects and participants at CineMart 2012
  • 2nd edition of Interchange closes with great news: awards for BACK TO THE JUNGLE and BEIRUT, I LOVE YOU



POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO in main competition at Berlinale 2012

Berlinale unveiled the first titles of its 2012 main Competition.

TorinoFilmLab is thrilled to announce the presence among the confirmed films in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival of POSTCARD FROM THE ZOO by Edwin (Indonesia), the first Indonesian film ever selected in competition of any of the 3 main festivals in Europe (Berlin, Cannes, Venice).
This will also be the world premiere of the project, which was developed within FrameWork 2009 and received further support by TorinoFilmLab in the form of a Production Award of 180.000 Euro, assigned by the Jury at the TFL Meeting Event in November 2009.
POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO (KEBUN BINATANG), produced by Indonesian company Babibuta Film,? is Edwin’s second feature film after BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY (2008).
Congratulations, Edwin!

TorinoFilmLab projects and participants at CineMart 2012

CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries), which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. The selection includes reputed filmmakers who will launch their new projects as well as feature length debuts. The 29th CineMart will take place from 29 January – February 1, 2012 in Rotterdam.

TorinoFilmLab proudly announces the presence of some of its participants in the selection. 

Among the 36 of CineMart 2012 there will be HISTORY OF FEAR, Benjamin Naishtat’s feature film debut produced by Rei Cine (Argentina), which participated in Script&Pitch 2010 and, after winning a Development Award, in FrameWork 2011.
French artist and filmmaker Christelle Lheureux will present her first feature film project LE VENT DES OMBRES, produced by Independencia Productions (France) and Kick the Machine (Thailand), which, after participating in Script&Pitch 2011 and winning a Development Award, will be further developed in FrameWork 2012. Lheureux’s medium-length film LA MALADIE BLANCHE, which premiered at FID Marseille, has been selected in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012.
Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat, winner of a Production Award (80.000 Euro) for his second feature film HI-SO, developed within FrameWork 2008 and screened among others at 61st Berlinale's Forum, will be at CineMart too, presenting his next project THE WHITE BUFFALO, produced by Pop Pictures (Thailand).
Also, Script&Pitch 2007 Alumnus David Dusa (Sweden) will present his new project, THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TWEETED, produced by SCIAPODE (France) and Kamoli Films (Denmark).

2nd edition of Interchange closes with great news: awards for BACK TO THE JUNGLE and BEIRUT, I LOVE YOU

The project BACK TO THE JUNGLE (formerly HEAVEN SENT) by Lebanese director Wissam Charaf, which participated in the first edition of the Interchange programme in 2010, won the Film Clinic Debut Feature Award at Dubai Film Connection, the co-production market of the 8th Dubai International Film Festival

This annual development prize of the value of $10.000 was presented by Mohamed Hefzy of the Egypt-based company Film Clinic. BACK TO THE JUNGLE competed with a number of projects from various Arab countries: Film Clinic's award is presented to the first feature film project of a director. The project was chosen by three international filmmakers who met all of the projects' directors that were nominated for the award. Film Clinic's vision is to support new ideas by the young generation of filmmakers and Arab talents, presenting strong films to the audiences that are keen on having a new and entertaining cinematic experience. 
Only a few weeks ago we announced excellent news for another Interchange 2010 project as well: BEIRUT, I LOVE YOU by Zena El Khalil (Lebanon) and Gigi Roccati (Italy), which was selected to participate in the FrameWork programme in 2011, was awarded a Production Award of 80.000 Euro at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event. Besides, the project was also voted as their favorite by the invited Decision Makers, therefore winning also an Audience Award of the amount of 30.000 Euro.
The second workshop of Interchange 2011, which was the last of this second edition of the programme, reached its conclusion in Dubai on last December 10th. We wish all the past and future Interchange projects to continue this series of successes. The deadline for applications for Interchange 2012 is March 4th, 2012.


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