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The Awards in Woks in Progress and Eurimages Lab Project Award @KVIFF 2016
7 July 2016
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The 2016 Karlovy Vary IFF had once again prepared a cocktail of special Industry events to help buyers, distributors, producers, and festival programmers learn about new outstanding films in production mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union, to learn about new goals and trends in film distribution, film education and training programs, and to discover the Czech Republic as a destination suitable for film production and post-production.

From 3rd to 6th of July 2016, the Film Industry @KVIFF event drew the public’s attention to the selection of 35 film projects which are now in production and are expected to be highly interesting for international consideration. The projects were introduced by filmmakers and producers at the Works in Progress, Eurimages Lab Project Award, Pitch & Feedback (the annual presentation of selected Czech and Slovak film projects in development), and Docu Talents events.

On July 6th, Works in Progress and Eurimages Lab Project Award announced this year’s winners. The jury consisted of Karin Schockweiler (The Film Fund of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg), Kim Yutani (Sundance IFF) and Meinolf Zurhorst (Arte/ ZDF).

Out of 57 registered projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and post-Soviet territories, 8 projects (plus 1 out of competition) were selected to compete for the Works in Progress 2016 award which, in a total value of 100.000 EUR, is combining post-production services in UPP and Soundsquare, and a cash award by Barrandov Studio (10,000 EUR).

The Works in Progress Award @KVIFF went to the drama Requiem for Mrs. J / Rekvijem za gospođu J (Serbia, Bulgaria, FYROM), directed by Bojan Vuletić and produced by Nenad Dukić, Pavlina Jeleva (Co-Producer) and Tomi Salkovski (Co-Producer).

“We decided to award a drama that looks at today΄s society from a darkly humorous and realistic perspective. Lead by a complex performance, this film examines the life of a woman whose struggle with bureaucracy forces her to take an inevitable solution, the Works in Progress Award goes to Requiem for Mrs. J.”

Other Balkan projects in Works in Progress at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF were:

Borders, Raindrops / Granice, kiše (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, United Kingdom)
produced by Nikola Mijović, Vlastimir Sudar, Predrag Karlo Kalezić, Andrijana Stojković

The Marriage /Martesa (Kosovo*)
produced by Keka Kreshnik Berisha

Heads and Tails / Cap si Pajura (Romania)           
produced by Anamaria Antoci    

The Stone / Taş (Turkey)
produced by Armağan Lale

Perseverance by Miha Knific

8 projects  were selected out of 64 registered projects from Eurimages countries in production or post-production, made outside the traditional filmmaking framework and showing international co-operation. 

The best project which received The Eurimages Lab Project Award of EUR 50,000 was handed to the co-production Perseverance / Vztrajanje (Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Serbia), directed by Miha Knific and produced by Siniša Juričič.

“We were moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind. For its visually striking and sensory journey through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race, the Eurimages Lab Project Award @ KVIFF goes to Perseverance”.

Other Balkan projects in Eurimages Lab Project Award at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF were:

In Praise of Nothing / My Nothing Is Bigger Than Yours (Serbia)
dir. Boris Mitic, 
produced by Boris Mitic (Dribbling Pictures)

Lying Carpet / Lažljivi Tepih (Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic)
dir. Željka Sukova, Aleš Suk, 
produced by Peter Kerekes

Of the four international film festivals selected by Eurimages from different corners of Europe, KVIFF is the first to present this award; over the coming months, the others will present the same award at their respective festivals.

The Romanian The Self and The Other / Despre sine si celalalt, directed by Ionut Piturescu and produced by Alexandru Teodorescu (Saga Film) was selected among the 12 most remarkable Central and Eastern European creative documentary projects in the stages of production or post-production which were presented in the frames of Docu Talents @KVIFF 2016. Organized and curated by the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in cooperation with the Karlovy Vary IFF, the documentaries are planned for theatrical release between August 2016 and July 2017.

For more information please visit KVIFF Official Website
  Pavlina Jeleva
  Bojan Vuletic
  Alex Teodorescu
  Andrijana Stojkovic
  Sinisa Juricic
  Orhan Eskikoy
  Blerta Zeqiri
  Peter Kerekes
  Nicolae Constantin Tanase
  Tomi Salkovski
  Nikola Mijovic
  Vlastimir Sudar
  Anamaria Antoci
  Saga Film Romania
  Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  Barrandov Studios
  Soundsquare a.s.
  ARTE France
  Karlovy Vary IFF 2014, Balkan works in progress
  Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 Industry Days
  Balkan Films at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF
  Karlovy Vary IFF - Official Website
  KVIFF on Twitter
  KVIFF on Facebook
  Film Fund Luxembourg - Official Website
  Sundance - Official Website
  Arte TV - Official Website
  Soundsquare - Official Website
  Barrandov Studios - Official Website
  Saga Film - Official Website
  Eurimages - Official Website
  Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival - Official Website
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