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Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 Industry Days
3 July 2015
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Many of the films shown at Karlovy Vary IFF are still looking for an international sales agent. For that reason the festival, as every big film festival nowadays, organizes various annual Industry event in order to connect film professionals, provide producers and directors with an opportunity to present their films to buyers, distributors, and representatives from other film festivals. The festival is visited by a total of nearly 850 film professionals from 60 countries throughout the world, with more coming every year.

Among its numerous informal events, workshops, and panel discussions, every year the Karlovy Vary IFF holds the Works in Progress platform for a presentation of the most promising new films from eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and the countries of the former Soviet Union. All the participating films are in post-production or just being completed, they do not have an international sales agent and their official premiere will be after the conclusion of the festival. This year΄s titles include seven projects from the Balkans:

Romanian filmmaker Marian Crisan

Dew by Denijal Hasanovic, Produced by Malgorzata Jurczak (Poland/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia)

Houston, we have a problem! by Žiga Virc, Produced by Boštjan Virc, Siniša Juričić, Ingmar Trost (Slovenia/Croatia/Germany/Qatar)

Motherland by Senem Tüzen, Produced by Olena Yershova, Adam Icenberg, Senem Tüzen, (Turkey) 

Orizont by Marian Crisan (Romania) 

Park by Sofia Exarchou, Produced by Amanda Livanou, Christos Konstantakopoulos (Greece)

The Black Pin by Ivan Ivan Marinović, Produced by Ivan Ivan Marinović (Montenegro)

Thread by Alexandros Voulgaris, Produced by Eleni Bertes (Greece)

Docu Talents from the East program will present the most notable original documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. in the stage of production or post-production. Directors and producers of thirteen selected feature-length documentaries will introduce their projects planned for theatrical distribution in the period from August 2015 to July 2016 in eight-minute presentations. Two Balkan filmmakers participate with their projects:

Four Passports by Mihajlo Jevtic, Produced by Natalia Imaz (Germany/Serbia/Croatia)

85 Grams by Ion Gnatiuc & Petre Matei, Produced by Mihai Andrei Leaha (Romania)

Greek filmmaker Aleaxandros Voulgaris

In collaboration with TorinoFilmLab, the year-round international laboratory, Karlvoy Vary”s Industry Days section is hosting discussions and presentations on festivals and censorship (Film Festivals at the mercy of politics), cinema and censorship (Indonesian Cinema & Censorship – The personal journey of Edwin), one about transgressive & offensive cinema (The Circuit of Excess: Film industry, taboos and online conversations) and a talk with filmmaker Peter Kerekes, about his upcoming film project (Shall it be forbidden to forbid?).

Nomination announcements are also included in the program, as LUX Film Prize will  unveil its selection of the 10 films competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize, with the three final films getting subtitled into 24 European languages and screened across Europe. 

Other events to take place, include a discussion with a US industry panel on how international filmmakers can push forward their film and TV projects within the Hollywood system (Career insights for the international filmmaker: Understanding and overcoming the hurdles of Hollywood), a presentation by European industry experts on new attempts to modernise copyright rules in the EU (European contents in digital era. Towards a modernised copyright framework. What is at stake?) and a workshop from professionals from the entire film value chain, set to push further the debates on VOD and the fragility of online barriers (Is there any demand for on demand? What lies beneath the digital market?)

Czech cinema in particular, will be covered by a presentation from the State Cinematography Fund, a conversation on studies concerning the local viewer΄s habits and the development of cinema. Last, Czech and Slovak film projects in development with a potential for international co-productions will comprise the Pitch & Feedback program. 

Source: Karlovy Vary IFF official website
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  Alexander Voulgaris (The Boy)
  Amanda Livanou
  Marian Crisan
  Sinisa Juricic
  Peter Kerekes
  Ingmar Trost
  Olena Yershova
  Mihai Andrei Leaha
  Mihajlo Jevtic
  Natalia Imaz
  Eleni Bertes
  Senem Tuzen
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