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Projects

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Cent’anni

Original title: Cent'anni

Directed by: Maja Doroteja Prelog

Produced by: Rok Biček (Cvinger Film, Slovenia), Alessandro Leone (Agresywna Banda, Poland), Massimo Casula (Zena film, Italy)

Country of production: Slovenia, Poland, Italy

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: May, 2022

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €250,000 (75% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Broadcaster, presale, world sales

Synopsis:

Filmmaker Maja follows her partner Blaž, a leukaemia survivor who embarks on an extraordinary cycling journey to heal from traumatic experience. What should have been a heroic journey became a battle for their relationship. CENT’ANNI is a personal confession about impact of the illness on a relationship told from the perspective of caregiver.

Director’s profile:

Maja Doroteja Prelog (1988) is Ljubljana based film directress. Her short film WILD EAST (2012) was awarded at Festival of Slovenian Film for best student short. Since then she has been a member of an art group RÁ., where she directed music videos for a world-renowned art music group Laibach. She wrote, directed, and produced her short experimental film 2045 (2016) which received an award for the best of FeKK SLO at the Ljubljana short film festival FeKK 2016. CENT’ANNI is her debut.

Producer’s profile:

Rok Biček (1985) is head of the Slovenian production company Cvinger Film with a branch office in Austria. His feature directorial debut Class Enemy won the Fedeora Award at the Venice Critics’ Week in 2013, while the 2017 documentary The Family won the Grand Prix at the Locarno Critics’ Week. He produced Sara Kern´s short Good Luck Orlo which premiered at Venice in 2016 and co-produced Olmo Omerzu’s Winter Flies which won the Best Director award at Karlovy Vary in 2018 and Darko Stante’s Consequences which premiered at Toronto in 2018. Rok is now working on the film adaptation of the bestseller novel Dark Mother Earth as his third film as director.

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My Dad’s Lessons

Original title: Lekcije Mog Tate

Directed by: Dalija Dozet

Produced by: Dana Budisavljević (Hulahop, Croatia), Vlado Bulajić (December, Slovenia)

Country of production: Croatia, Slovenia

Runtime: 70' - 52'

Expected release: June, 2022

Production stage: Editing

Budget: €170,000 (50% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, sales agents/distributors, strategic guidance

Synopsis:

Throughout his life my dad Danko considered the camera as an extension of his hands. Every family gathering would end as a chaotic mise-en-scène in front of his camera. He died suddenly, in age of 52. Now that he and his camera are gone, we are not able to communicate. This film is a metacinematic portrait of the family and the relationship between the cameraman father and the director daughter.

Director’s profile:

Dalija Dozet (Osijek, 1987) has been playing with various film forms since she was a child. During her studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, she wrote and directed several short films which were screened at national and international film festivals. She explores film language in different forms and fields of filmmaking as a director, editor and screenwriter, collaborating within fiction, documentary and experimental forms and narratives. As a filmmaking mentor, she has held more than 30 film workshops. She is one of the founders of the Filmska Runda film festival in her hometown Osijek, a member of the Croatian Director’s Guild and a workshop coordinator in Kinoklub Zagreb, and is currently developing her first feature documentary film My Dad’s Lessons.

Producer’s profile:

Dana Budisavljević (1975) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. She is the co-founder of Hulahop where she works as director, producer, sometimes editor and most recently also as distributor. In 2019 Dana directed feature length docu-fiction The Diary of Diana B. and was awarded with Grand Golden Arena at the Pula Film Festival making her the first female director to receive main festival award since 1957. The film was cinema released and TV broadcasted in Croatia and the region with great success. Dana produced/co-produced docu series Slumbering Concrete by Saša Ban, films I Like That Super Most the Best by Eva Kraljević, When The War Comes by Jan Gebert and is currently involved in My Dad’s Lessons by Dalija Dozet, The European Union Wolf by Jadran Boban and The Cars That We Drove to Capitalism by Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov.

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God is a Woman

Original title: Deus é Mulher

Directed by: Bárbara Cunha

Produced by: Chica Mendonça (Chá Cinematográfico, Brasil)

Country of production: Brazil, Colombia, Estonia

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: March, 2022

Production stage: Financing / Production

Budget: €161,000 (20% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Gap financing, festivals, buyers, strategic guidance.

Synopsis:

Alexya Salvador is a trans indigenous-afro-american woman. Married, mother of three (including two trans girls) she lives a normative live. During a violent conservative wave in Brazil, she became the first Latin-America trans Reverend at her church and challenge orthodox religious values. She’s always death threatened. Her future is uncertain. Through her journey, she transforms her community.

Director’s profile:

Barbara Cunha is a Brazilian filmmaker and producer. Partner of 99 Produções. Advocates for gender equity and is part of the board of the group Women of Audiovisual Brazil. She studied direction with Béla Tárr. She directed the short film THEY WON’T STEAL MY VOICE (2018), three documentary TV series and the feature film PRISON FLOWERS (2019). Her projects address feminine issues and seek to understand the place of women in contemporary society. She develops her first feature fiction, CHILD BRIDE, selected for the Torino Film Lab and her next documentary GOD IS A WOMAN part of Documentary Campus and CICLE Women Doc Accelerator.

Producer’s profile:

Chica Mendonça is an executive producer and partner of Chá Cinematográfico, founded in 2000. Her film company Makes independent and author projects, both fiction and documentaries, for TV and cinema. Her work aims to stimulate reflection about Brazil and contemporary times, focused on the artistic expression of her community.
He has worked on more than 30 independent Brazilian productions.
In her last features films she worked with Marcelo Gomes (Cinema Aspirins and Vultures) and Lirio Ferreira (Acqua Movie).
Recently, she started a partnerships with female filmmakers, such as Bárbara Cunha, to promote the female gaze.

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XiXi

Original title: XiXi

Directed by: Fan Wu

Produced by: Fan Wu (Svemirko Audio Visual Art Productions,Taiwan); Venice Atienza (Svemirko Film Productions, The Philippines); Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films, GbR)

Country of production: Taiwan, Germany, The Philippines

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: January, 2023

Production stage: Production

Budget: €283813 (39.32% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Gap financing, Buyers, Broadcasters, Pre-sale, Strategic guidance

Synopsis:

In my last summer in Europe after studies, I befriended XiXi, a Chinese improvisation artist. For a time, we were free from the ideologies we grew up in. Through years of video diary exchanges, our friendship that was a window to freedom, evolved into a room where what was silenced found its voice, forcing us to face the vulnerability that comes with the autonomy we never realized we’ve always possessed.

Director’s profile:

Fan Wu is an independent filmmaker from Taiwan. In her works, she has a personal care for human agency and freedom of choices in the reality that she and her contemporaries live in.
She is an alumna of IDFAcademy and DOC NOMADS Joint Master Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. She is producing Venice Atienza’s LAST DAYS AT SEA (71st Berlinale). She is now directing her first feature entitled “XiXi” which is participating in CIRCLE – Women Doc Accelerator 2020. She is a member of DAE (Documentary Association of Europe) and Taipei Documentary Filmmakers’ Union.

Producer’s profile:

Venice Atienza (1989) is a Filipino documentarist whose curiosity is observing how life transformations are carried out through everyday mundane actions. To create a space for author driven documentaries, she co-founded Svemirko Film and Audiovisual Art Productions. Her first film, Last Days at Sea premiered at 71st Berlinale. She is currently producing Fan WU’s documentary entitled “XiXi” (Taiwan).

Alexandre Tondowski began his career in the 1980s as a stage actor in Paris, London and New York. In 2011 he and his wife, IraTondowski, founded Tondowski Films with the goal of supporting visionary directors in their projects. They produced together the award wining documentaries SONG FROM THE FOREST (2013) and BORN IN EVIN (2019) among others. He is a father of three children. Today he works as a producer in Havelland and in Berlin.