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LatinoBuzz: Winners of 33rd Edition CineMart Include Academy Award-Nominee Ciro Guerra’s New Project

LatinoBuzz: Winners of 33rd Edition CineMart Include Academy Award-Nominee Ciro Guerra's New Project

The CineMart 2016 awards have been announced marking the close of the 33rd
edition of the
co-production market. German
production “Berlin Alexanderplatz” was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production
Development Award of
€20,000, which is given to a project
presented by a European producer. Colombian production “Birds of Passage”
was awarded
the €6,000 ARTE International Prize
and the Wouter Barendrecht Award went to Christopher Radcliff’s new
project “The Strange
Ones.” The prize of €5,000 is given
by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation. The jury for the ARTE and
Eurimages awards is
comprised of the Netherlands Film
Fund’s Dorien van de Pas, producer Annamaria Lodato and Fabien
Westerhoff, head of
international licensing, production
and finance company FFWD (formerly with Hanway and WestEnd). The Wouter
Barendrecht
Award is decided on by
representatives of the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Nelleke and
Ellis Driessen.

CineMart selected 25 international
projects to participate in the four day event which has been one of the
most successful in
recent years. Multiple conferences and
panels covering topics ranging from “Making the most of a film festival”
to “The
Micro-Budget Talent Programmes” were
held in front of packed audiences who were invited to be involved in the
debates and
receive advice. Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack
Films), Michael Weber (The Match Factory), Winnie Lau (Jettone Films
Ltd) and Bero
Beyer (Director IFFR) discussing ‘The
Creative Thunder of Cinema’ proved one of the highlights of IFFR 2016.


On making the announcement, Head of
Industry and CineMart, Marit van den Elshout commented: “This year’s
line-up was
exceptional and inspiring. I speak on
behalf of the entire team when I say that we could not be more proud –
we have seen so
many great projects, and so many
talented teams behind them, the winners really exemplify this. I am also
pleased to say that
we hosted multiple extremely well
attended panels and conversations, discussing the current state and
possible future of the
cinema that we love and cherish in
Rotterdam.”

This year’s Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner, “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Burhan Qurbani
(Germany) is a Sommerhaus Filmproduktion
production. On the jury’s decision, Dorien van de Pas commented: “The
project gives us
a new and relevant view on a classic
piece. The talented director has already made several films about urgent
and relevant
topics, that currently affect all our
countries. Here he will combine elements of genre film with more
political and emotional
layers, which makes it accessible for a
younger audience. The project leads to an ideal co-production scenario
and the money of
this award will be well employed for
casting and further development.”


The ARTE International Prize winner is “Birds of Passage” (Colombia) by Ciro Guerra, who is currently nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for “Embrace of the Serpent,” produced by Ciudad Lunar
Producciones and Blond Indian Films. On
presenting the award, Annemaria Lodato commented: “We decided to give
the ARTE
International Prize to a young South
American filmmaker who has already produced a strong and convincing body
of work. The
project takes us into the heart of an
indigenous community, a time and place never explored on screen.”

The Wouter Barendrecht Award winner is “The Strange Ones” (USA), directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein,
produced by Sébastien Aubert. “Mysterious events surround the travels
of two
brothers as they make their way across a
remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what
appears to be a
simple vacation soon gives way to
something more complex, dark, and potentially deadly.” On presenting the
award Managing
Director of Fortissimo Films, Nelleke
Driessen commented: The short film on which this film project
is based,
convinced the jury of the potential for
the feature. We trust that the makers will succeed to translate this
apparent simple
story into an intriguing, multi layered
psychological thriller.”

HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions

Next to these awards,
IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund is proud to announce the first selection of its
brand-new
distribution scheme: HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions.
The
scheme is designed to
boost the distribution of internationally co-produced films from Africa,
Asia, Latin
America, the Middle East
and parts of Eastern Europe.

The HBF is pleased to
announce that the first HBF+Europe Distribution grant of 20.000 Euro has
been awarded to
Heretic Outreach from
Greece to support the distribution of “Babai” by Visar Morina (Kosovo,
Germany, Macedonia and France) in Greece, Bulgaria and Egypt.

Full selection list for CineMart 2016:

  • “The Announcement”
    – Mahmut Fazil Coskun – Turkey/Bulgaria – Filmotto Production/The Chouchkov Brothers
  • “Berlin Alexanderplatz”
    – Burhan Qurbani – Germany – Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH
  • “Birds of Passage”
    Ciro Guerra – Colombia – Ciudad Lunar/Blond Indian Films
  • “Bloody Marie”
    – Guido van Driel – the Netherlands/Germany – Family Affair Films/Schiwago Film GmbH
  • “Bootlegger”
    – Caroline Monnet – Canada – Microclimat Films
  • “Dark Room”
    – Itamar Alcalay – Israel/Germany – Lama Films/Komplizen Film
  • “The Devil Outside”
    – Andrew Hulme – UK – Ipso Facto Productions
  • “Is this What You Were Born For?”
    – Radu Jude – Romania – Hi Film Productions
  • “Jessica”
    – Ninja Thyberg – Sweden – Plattform Produktion
  • “The Last Harem”
    – Maryam Keshavarz – France/Portugal – Neon Productions/ Ítaca Films/MaraKesh Films
  • (Art:Film) “The Notebooks” – Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige – Lebanon/France – Abbout Productions
  • “Over the City”
    – Emir Baigazin –
    Kazakhstan/Germany – Emir Baigazin Production/Augenschein Filmproduktion
  • “Pompei”
    – John Shank, Anna Falguères – Belgium/Italy – Tarantula/Solaria Film
  • “Rafaël”
    – Ben Sombogaart – the
    Netherlands/Italy/Belgium/Tunisia – Rinkel Film/Verdeoro/Entre Chien et
    Loup/Nomadis
    Images/Cinetelefilms
  • “Sick, Sick, Sick”
    – Alice Furtado – Brazil – Estúdio Giz/Oceano
  • “Slam” – Partho Sen-Gupta – Australia – Invisible Republic
  • “Sleep.”
    – Jan-Willem van Ewijk – the Netherlands – Waterland Film/Propellor Film
  • “The Strange Ones” – Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein – France/USA – Adastra Films
  • “Teenage Jesus
    – Marie Grahtø – Denmark – Beofilm
  • “Under the Sun
    – Qiu Yang – France/China – House on Fire/Colorful Age Culture & Media
  • “Der Unschuldige
    – Simon Jaquemet – Switzerland – 8Horses
  • “Ursa Major“- Benjamin Crotty – USA/France – AgX/Les Films du Bal
  • “Vikings”
    – Daniel Hoesl – Austria – Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
  • “Wild Princess”
    – Ester Martin Bergsmark – Sweden – Garagefilm International
  • (Art:Film) “What if Women Ruled the World?” – Yael Bartana – UK – Jacqui Davies Limited

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