Karlovy Vary International Airport. The Film Festival’s industry section, Eastern Promises, has unveiled its lineup of 35 film projects, which will be showcased at the International Festival’s Works in Progress, Works in Development – Feature Launch, First Cut+ Works in Progress and Works in Progress presentations. from the Odessa film. The most promising projects will receive prizes totaling €125,000.

The presentation of the projects to industry professionals will take place in Karlovy Vary during the KVIFF Industry Days. On July 4 are Works in Progress and Works in Development – ​​Feature Launch; July 5, First Cut+ Works in Progress and OIFF WiP Selection.

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For Work in progress, 10 feature films and documentaries at the end of production or post-production from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa have been selected . The prize will be awarded by jury members Dennis Ruh (European Film Market), Óscar Alonzo (Latido Films), Esra Demirkiran (TRT), Michaela Patríková (SoundSquare) and Ewa Puszczyńska (Opus Film).

The following projects will compete for prizes with a total value of 100,000 euros:

The ice that still sustains us (Estonia, Lithuania)
Director: Arko Okk
Producer: Arko Okk, Sandra Heidov, Teresa Rozanovska

Part of the company (Georgia)
Director: Rati Tsiteladze
Producer: Olga Slusareva, Rati Tsiteladze

The Overwhelmed (Yemen, Sudan)
Director: Amr Gamal
Producer: Mohsen Alkhalifi, Amr Gamal, Amjad Abu Alala, Mohammed Alomda

Endless Summer Syndrome (Turkey, France)
Director: Kaveh Daneshmand
Producer: Gem Deger, Eva Larvoir, Cédric Larvoir, Kaveh Daneshmand

Brutal Heat (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic)
Director: Albert Hospodářský
Producer: Ondřej Lukeš, Lukáš Kokeš

Windless (Bulgaria, Italy)
Director: Pavel G. Vesnakov
Producer: Veselka Kiryakova, Alessandro Amato, Luigi Chimienti

The Visitors (Czech Republic, Norway, Slovak Republic)
Directed by: Veronika Liškova
Producer: Kristýna Michálek Květová

Machtat (Lebanon, Tunisia, France)
Director: Sonia Ben Slama
Producer: Tania El Khoury

Self-portrait along the border (Georgia)
Director: Anna Dziapshipa
Producer: Anna Dziapshipa, Sakdoc Film

Elephant (Poland)
Director: Kamil Krawczycki
Producer: Jakub Mroz

You will find details of the projects here. The presentations will take place on July 4 at 2:00 p.m. CET.

Works in Development – Feature Launch is a platform organized in collaboration between KVIFF, the international screenplay development program of the MIDPOINT Institute, the co-production market When East Meets West and the Trieste Film Festival. The jury is made up of Paul Ridd (Picturehouse Entertainment), Julia Sinkevych (JS Films, Odessa International Film Festival) and Danijel Hočevar (Vertigo).

The following nine projects, which were developed under the Feature Launch program and are currently seeking co-production partners, will compete for the €10,000 development prize:

You better be (Bulgaria)
Directors: Jonathan Heidelberger, Magdelena Ilieva
Screenwriter: Jonathan Heidelberger, Drago Bago, Magdelena Ilieva
Producer: Magdelena Ilieva, Drago Bago

The first week of August (Croatia)
Director, Screenwriter: Filip Mojzeš
Producer: Matej Merlic

Twenty-seven (Slovak Republic)
Director, Screenwriter: Gregor Valentovič
Producer: Zora Jaurova

Side by Side (Czech Republic)
Director: Kilian Vratnik
Screenwriter: Natalie Golovchenko, Kilian Vrátník
Producer: Noemi Krausova

My name is Lily (Cyprus)
Director: Yianna Americanou
Screenwriter: Yianna Americanou, Christina Georgiou
Producer: Stellana Kliris

My Best Friend’s Baby (Sweden)
Director, Screenwriter: Sophie Vuković
Producer: Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå

Dolphin (Poland)
Director, Screenwriter: Sonja Orlewicz-Zakrzewska
Producer: Magdalena Sztorc

All my friends will soon be dead (Latvia)
Director, Screenwriter: Armands Zacs
Producer: Alise Gelzé

The flower is not a flower (Romania)
Director, Screenwriter: Cristian Pascariu
Producer: Adriana Răcășan

You will find details of the projects here. The presentations will take place on July 4 at 11:00 CET.

First cut+ is a program created to boost the competitiveness and marketing of feature films that have already participated in the First Cut Lab. The program was launched in 2020 thanks to the cooperation between two well-established film industry platforms: When East Meets West from Trieste and Eastern Promises Industry Days from Karlovy Vary. Each year, it promotes a portfolio of 16 fiction feature films in post-production – and the next eight will be shown in Karlovy Vary. The most promising projects are selected by international jury members Esra Demirkiran (TRT), Boris Pugnet (First Cut+, Tiramisu) and Ji Lacerna (The Full Circle Lab Philippines), and awarded with service packages and cash prizes which allow them to finish the film.

Night detour (Canada)
Directed by: Ariane Falardeau St Amour, Paul Chotel
Producer: Omar Elhamy, Simon Allard and Jeanne Dupuis

Goldfish (UK, US, India)
Director: Pushan Kripalani
Producer: Amit Saxena

Under the Naked Sky (Netherlands, Belgium)
Director: Lilian Sijbesma
Producer: Germen Boelens

The Girl (Canada, United States)
Director: Graham Foy
Producer: Daiva Zalnieriunas, Dan Montgomery

I love you more (Kosovo, Albania)
Director: Erblin Nushi
Producer: Fjolla Nushi, Erblin Nushi

Norwegian Dream (Norway, Poland, Germany)
Director: Leiv Igor Devold
Producer: Håvard Wettland Gossé

Charcoal (When My Life) (Brazil, Argentina)
Director: Carolina Markowicz
Producer: Zita Carvalhosa

The Territory (Turkey)
Director: Mesut Keklik
Producer: Burak Yavuz

More details about the projects can be found here. The presentations will take place on July 5 at 2:00 p.m. CET.

In support of Ukrainian filmmakers and festival organizers, this year’s KVIFF will host the Works in Progress program of the 13th Odessa International Film Festival, who cannot stick to it because of Russian aggression. Eight feature film projects in the final stages of filming or in post-production made in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine, selected by the OIFF selection committee, will be presented by their creators. The most promising project chosen by the international jury will receive a prize of 10,000 euros.

You are the universe (Ukraine)
Director: Pavlo Ostrikov
Producer: Volodymyr Yatsenko, Anna Yatsenko

Chrysanthemum Day (Ukraine, North Macedonia)
Director: Simon Mozgovyi
Producers: Alex Chepiga, Artem Koliubaiev, Taras Bosak

The Glass House (Ukraine, Romania)
Director: Taras Dron
Producers: Igor Savychenko, Valeria Sochyvets, Rodrigo Ruiz Tarazona, Taras Dron

Company of Steel (Ukraine, Latvia)
Director: Yulia Hontaruk
Producers: Yuliia Hontaruk, Ivanna Khitsinska, Alexandra Bratyshchenko, Uldis Cekulis, Igor Savychenko

When we were 15 (Ukraine)
Director: Anna Buryachkova
Producer: Natalia Libet, Vitalii Sheremetiev

Demons (Ukraine)
Director: Natalka Vorozhbyt
Producer: Dmytro Minzianov, Denis Ivanov

Do you love me? (Ukraine)
Director: Tonia Noyabrova
Producer: Anastasiia Bukovska, Danylo Kaptyukh

Diagnosis: Dissent (Ukraine)
Director: Denys Tarasov
Producer: Taras Bosak, Valeria Ivanenko

More details about the projects can be found here. The presentations will take place on July 5 at 11:00 CET.

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