WELCOME

BALKAN FILM MARKET 2 – 6 October 2019
Time flies. Summer is over and Balkan Film Market is around the corner. Once a BFM friend you are always a friend, hence you are welcomed to be an integral part of Balkan Film Market 2019!
In order to embolden the cross-country productions, and encourage the collaboration between the creative forces in the region, this edition of Pitch Balkan takes place on October 5th, 2019.
Producers, financiers, sales agents and programmers can discover up and coming talent and projects from our region. About 14 projects will be selected, and afterword’s of the producer and the director will be available in one-on-one meetings.
Building upon the recent positive tradition of cross- region coproduction, we believe that BFM 2019 it is a great opportunity to find partners and enhance the collaboration.
Please reach out at hospitality@balkanfilmmarket.com to confirm your attendance at your earliest of your convenience so we can take care of all the details…
We look forward to welcoming you!

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BALKAN FILM MARKET 2018 was attended by more than 240 representatives from 28 institutions and film industry from 25 countries, gathered in Tirana 3-7 October at Plaza Hotel, for the second edition of the Balkan Film Market.

Fostered under the patronage of Eurimages, BFM 2018 hosted the heads and representatives of the following institutions.

From Albania
* Ministry of Culture
* National Center of Cinematography
* Tirana Municipality
* Media Desk Albania
* National Agency of Protected Areas

Foreign Institutions
* Eurimages
* SEE Cinema Network
* European Film Promotion – Producers on the Move
* Film Centre of Montenegro
* Kosova Cinematography Center
* Croatian Audiovisual Centre
* Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
* Greek Film Centre
* Romanian Film Centre
* Macedonian Film Agency
* Media Desk, Serbia
* Media Desk, Montenegro
* EAVE

Regional Festivals
* Thessaloniki Film Festival–Greece
* DocuFest – Kosovo, Eroll Bilibani
* Otranto Film Fund Festival, Stefania Rocca
* MakeDox Film Festival – Macedonia
* Free Zone Film Festival – Italy
* La Guarimba International Film Festival – Italy
* Matera2019, European Capital of Culture and Rete Cinema Basilicata
* Beldox- Serbia
* FMC- Film Music Contest – Slovakia

Italian Presence
* L’Ambasciatore Italiano SE Alberto Cutillo
* MIBAC (Italian Ministry of Culture), Maria Giuseppina Troccoli (head of Production, Distribution, Operations and Technical Industries of the General Direction for Cinema of MiBAC (Ministry of Heritage, Culture)
* A.N.I.C.A., Roberto Stabile, Head of International Relations of ANICA (Italian Film Audiovisual And Multimedia Industries Association) and in ITA (Italian Trade Agency)
* Roma Lazio Film Commission, Luciano Sovena, President of the Roma Lazio Film Commission
* Apulia Film Commission
* FVG Film Commission, Direttore Paolo Vidali
* Media Desk, Bari, Italy
* Istituto Di Cultura – Tirana, Direttore Alessandra Bertini
* AICS (Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development), Rappresentante della Cooperazione Italiana nei Balcani Occidentali, Nino Merola, Ernesto Spinelli, Communication Officer
* Italian Trade Agency – ICE, Elisa Scelsa, Director Ljubljana and Tirana Offices
* Il Presidente della Fondazione Matera 2019, Salvatore Adduce, (Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019)
* Antonello Faretta, Presidente di Rete Cinema Basilicata.
* Oscar Iarussi, Head of the “Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno”, member of the Venice International Film Festival expert committee.
* Giornalista Luigi Di Lauro (RAI)

EVENTS

SEE CINEMA NETWORK General Assembly
The SEE Cinema Network held its 2018 GA on October 4th during the Balkan Film Market. 15 projects applying from 8 countries were discussed and voted. A total of 8 projects was awarded the development support of the Network for the year 2018. Amount awarded for each project 8.000 euro.

1 Albania – LIGHT FALLS
Director & Scriptwriter Sven Dagones Director Phedon Papamichail Producer SkaNdal Productions
2 Cyprus – Patchwork
Director Petros Charalambos Scriptwriter Janine Teerling
Producer AMP Filmworks
3 Greece – Mignon
Director Sofia Georgovassili Scriptwriter Janine Teerling
Producer PLAYS2PLACE
4 Kosova – Looking for Venera
Director / Scriptwriter Norika Sefa Production company CIRCLE PRODUCTION
5 Macedonia – Mimi
Director / Scriptwriter Darijan Pejovski Producer Skopje Film Studio
6 Montenegro – Sirin
Director Senad Sahmanovic
Scriptwriters Claudia Bottino, Senad Sahmanovic
Producer CUT-UP d.o.o. Podgorica
7 Romania – Yellow Tie
Director Serge Ioan Celebidachi
Scriptwriter Serge Ioan Celebidachi / James Laurence Olivier
Producer S.C. OBLIQUE MEDIA S.R.L
8 Serbia – Celts
Director / Scriptwriter Milica Tomovic Producer EED PRODUCTIONS doo 

BALKAN CO-PRODUCTION DAY with Roma Lazio Film Commission
One-on-one network meetings of projects and producers interested in co-producing with Roma-Lazio Film Commission were held on Oct 6th.


PITCH – ALBANIAN MINORITY CO-PRODUCTION
Projects that had applied for minority co-production funding at the Albanian National Center of Cinematography presented on Oct 4th in front of ANCC Selection Committee, which deliberated and decided to grant support to the following 6 projects.

1. HIVE
Written and directed by Blerta Basholli Producer: Ikone Studio-Kosovo
2. PACK OF SHEEP
Written and directed by Dimitris Kanellopoulos Producer: Graal S.A. – Greece
3. SKYPE
Written and directed by Isa Qosja Producer: 4MM shpk – Kosovo
4. THE DUSK RAPSODY
Written by Zymber Kelmendi , Agim Sopi Directed by: Agim Sopi
Producer: AS Film Production – Kosovo
5. VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA
Written by: Doruntina Basha
Directed by: Kaltrina Krasniqi
Producer: Puntoria Kreative ISSTRA – Kosovo
6. SHELGU / WILLOW
Written and directed by: Milcho Manchevski
Producer: Banana Film – Macedonia 


MAIN EVENT

PITCH BALKAN
15 selected projected from 9 countries presented their projects on October 5th in front of all atendees, who singned up for the later one to one meetings and voted on the best pitch The applicants were trained for 2 days by pitch coach Agathe Berman.
As a result 4 projects were highest ranked: 

1st Place – MY GRANDFATHER’S ASHES- ALBANIA
director Enkelejd Lluca – Producer Sebastian Sgodzaj
2nd Place – CHRISTINA- SERBIA
director Nikola Spasic – Producer Milanka Gvoic
3rd Place – SISTER – MACEDONIA
director Dina Duma – Producer Marija Dimitrova
3rd Place – LIFE BEATS REALITY – ROMANIA
director & producer Andrea Valean

PANNELS
CINEMA AND NATURE – Filming the Albanian Protected Areas
COPRODUCING WITH ITALY
New Italian Cinema Legislation and its Impact on Co-Production.
SHOOTING LOCALLY, AIMING GLOBALLY
Local production and the international audience and festivals.
INTERNATIONAL FILM SALES and BALKAN PRODUCTIONS
AUSTRIA, A NATURAL CO-PRODUCING PARTNER IN THE BALKANS

ROUND TABLE
50/50 BY 2020 ALBANIA
The state of gender equality for Albanian women working in the audio-visual industry. Announcing the creation of AWA – Albanian Women in Audiovisual.

WORKSHOPS
ALBASCRIPT PLUS
Script Development Workshop for 15 selected features and 5 shorts
Mentors: Andrea Magnani / Dimitris Emmanouilides / Michael Seeber / Andreea Vălean
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT FOR CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS
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VIDEOS

October 5, 2018
Pitch Balkan Main Event
Presentation of the Pitch’s selected projects by their own producers and directors.


October 4, 2018
Panel – COPRODUCING WITH ITALY

New Italian Cinema Legislation and its Impact on Co-Production. Presentation detailing new era of opportunities between Italy and Balkan nations. Where we stand with co-productions between countries and what the future holds.

Maria Giuseppina Troccoli, Roberto Stabile, Luciano Sovena , Paolo Vidali, Genc Permeti, Sehad Cekic, Ilir Butka

FOREWORD

As it happens in the movies, we yearn for fresh starts and new beginnings. Last year’s successful launch of the Balkan Film Market compels us to not only to start over, but also to maintain the high standards already set in place. Building on previous achievements and moving towards new challenges is what every creator strives for. We strive to provide a venue for scouting and discovery of new talent.
Our ambition is to build bridges and lay out a platform on which content creators can promote and develop projects by facilitating a value exchange network. BMF will also serve as a hub enabling a regional flow of development, production, and distribution.
It is demanding to program a multi-faceted industry market that effectively matches authentic projects with producers and distributor chains that seek original vocation. We focus on regional projects that find it hard to find support elsewhere and on relevant stories driven by characters that wider audiences must learn about.
Our effort in developing workshops, several pitch formats, elaborate and professional panels, has at its core, our desire to share concerns, ideas, solutions, and finally, to eventually share success.
Andamion Murataj
BFM Director

Special Guests

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