• MARYSIA NIKITIUK

    DIRECTOR

    Marysia Nikitiuk is a director and scriptwriter. Her shorts have been selected for various festivals, including Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand and the TISFF. Her first feature, When the Trees Fall, was awarded the Kieslowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Script from Eastern Europe in Cannes 2016, and premiered in the Panorama section of the 68th Berlinale in 2018.

     

    SYNOPSIS

    Seraphyma is a strong female based on female goddess archetypes. I want to create a unique visual world that resembles that of Bosch and Bruegel, and add Botticelli’s Seraphyma—an angel with a demon’s soul.

    A teenage called Seraphyma lives in a Ukrainian seaside town. Her mother left her and went to France years ago. Seraphyma has been possessed by desire of being loved, which turned her into a monster and serial killer. Protecting herself, she kills her father and flees to France to find her mother. On her way, she discovers her true nature of a deity and finds strange love with a French detective Reus

    Igor Savychenko, Kristi Films (Ukraine)

    PRODUCTION

    Kristi Films was created in 2016 by experienced producer Yurii Minzianov, who has worked on more than 60 films, to promote young Ukrainian filmmakers at the international level. Kristi Films has produced five shorts, which have received prizes at well-known festivals (Locarno IFF, Odesa IFF, Molodist IFF, Tampere Film Festival, Leuven Short IFF – film nominated for the European Film Academy). It is currently producing several short and feature films, which attracted the attention of sales agents at the Berlinale European Film Market: Seraphyma, Bad Roads and Halloween Story.

    FICTION / MYSTICAL THRILLER/ 120'/COLOUR/ DIGITAL

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Igor Savychenko, Kristi Films (Ukraine)

    Language

    Ukrainian, French

    Shooting locations

    Mariupol, Kiev (Ukraine) Marseille, Tarnos (France)

    Estimated budget

    1 800 000 €

    funding in place

    531 943 €

    Research partners

    Partners from France, Switzerland and Belgium

    Actual status

    In development (fourth version of the script)

    Trailer

    Seraphyma

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Marysia Nikitiuk : marysia.nikitiuk@gmail.com - Telephone : +380968092374

    PRODUCER

    Kristi Film / Igor Savychenko : savychenko@directoryfilms.com - Telephone : +491751227704 - Website : http://www.kristifilms.com

    COPRODUCER

    UKRAINE - Directory Films - Telephone : +380 50 3304471 - Website : http://directoryfilms.net/

  • PHILIPPE LACÔTE

    DIRECTOR

    Philippe Lacôte grew up in Abidjan next to a cinema called Le Magic. After making several short films and documentaries, he directed his first feature film, Run, which was selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2014. With Night of the Kings, he continues to explore memory and recent history in Côte d’Ivoire

    SYNOPSIS

    Night of the Kings is the story of one night behind bars, as one man’s reign is ending and another’s is beginning – where Shakespeare meets an African prison.

    Abidjan’s MACA prison is one of the most overcrowded in West Africa. Black Beard, a prisoner, is old and sick, and his rule is being threatened. To hold onto power, he resorts to the “story” ritual, during which one prisoner must tell stories for an entire night. The young pickpocket he chooses is not a storyteller, but he is haunted by the tale of Zama King. 

    Ernest Konan, Wassakara Productions (Côte d’Ivoire)

    PRODUCTION

    Wassakara Productions was founded following the 2002 social and political crisis in Ivory Coast, in an attempt to give voices other than those of media outlets a chance to be heard. Today, the company’s goal is to support young West African directors and help produce cinematographic portrayals of contemporary Africa. Wassakara Productions has produced Burn It Up Djassa by Lonesome Solo (which screened at the Berlinale and Toronto festivals) and Run by Philippe Lacôte (selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes).

    FICTION / DRAMA / 100' / COLOUR / HD2K

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Ernest Konan, Wassakara Productions (Ivory Coast)

    Language

    French / Dioula

    Shooting locations

    Ivory Coast (Grand Bassam, Abidjan, Man region)

    Estimated budget

    2 500 000 €

    funding in place

    300 000 € (FONSIC - Ivoirian film fund)

    Research partners

    French-speaking co-producers (in France, Belgium and Canada), international sales agents, French distributors, broadcasters (Arte, TV5, Orange Studio)

    Actual status

    End of development

    Trailer

    Run

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Philippe Lacôte : philippe.lacote@yahoo.com - Telephone  : +33 6 27 10 10 77

    PRODUCER

    Wassakara Productions / Ernest Konan : wassakaraproduction@yahoo.fr- Telephone : +33 7 68 69 27 31
     

  • ANDRÉS FARÍAS

    DIRECTOR

    After graduating from the EICTV Film School in Cuba, Andrés Farías began developing his first feature film Candela (Ibermedia writer’s residency 2016, Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2016 and Berlinale Talents 2018). He previously directed the short film Tiznao (2015), which explores the audiovisual universe of Candela.

     

     

    SYNOPSIS

    This Caribbean thriller portrays contemporary Dominican pop culture while exploring social injustice, violence, insularity, and other themes that are still taboo in the Dominican Republic, including homosexuality and African heritage

    As a hurricane threatens the Caribbean, three strangers meet in Santo Domingo: Sera, a high society girl who has sex with strangers in the slums; Lieutenant Pérez, a lonely policeman investigating a case to repair his relationship with his daughter; and Candela, a drag queen in a poor cabaret on a quest for justice. All are united by the mysterious death of Renato, a young poet and drug dealer.

    Pablo Lozano, Monte y Culebra S.R.L. (République dominicaine)

    PRODUCTION

    Monte y Culebra SRL was created in 2015 to produce auteur cinema in the Caribbean region, focusing on first features and co-productions. It co-produced I Would Prefer Not To (2017), a documentary directed by Ileana Dell'Unti which premiered at Doclisboa, and Todos Somos Marineros (2018), a fiction feature by Miguel Ángel Moulet completed with support from La Fabrique Cinémas de l’Institut français (2015) and Ibermedia.

    FICTION / THRILLER / 90' / COLOUR / DIGITAL 4K

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Pablo Lozano , Monte y Culebra S.R.L.(Dominican Republic)

    Language

    Spanish

    Shooting locations

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Estimated budget

    800 000 euros

    funding in place

    390 880 euros

    Research partners

    Co-producers (in the USA and Germany), distributors and sales agents

    Actual status

    Pre-production (casting and location scouting)

    Teaser

    Candela

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Andrés Farías : andrescintron@gmail.com / Telephone : +1 849 250 2112

    PRODUCER

    Monte y Culebra S.R.L / Pablo Lozano : vj.lozano@gmail.com / Telephone :+1 829 717 9309

    COPRODUCER

    MEXIQUE :  Nómadas / Santiago de la Paz:  santiago@nomadas.cc / Telephone : +52 1 55 8533 2264 / Website :  www.nomadas.cc
    FRANCE :  Vertical Production / Louise Hentgen : l.hentgen@verticalproduction.fr / Telephone : +33 667 689 705 / Website : http://verticalproduction.fr/

  • EMAD ALEEBRAHIM DEHKORDI

    DIRECTOR

    Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi was born in Tehran in 1979. He studied film at the University of Tehran, Iran, and Le Fresnoy film school, France, developing a technique that combined films, videos and installations. His most recent short film Lower Heaven was selected for a number of festivals (including TIFF, Angers Premiers Plans and Clermont-Ferrand).

    Synopsis

    This is the story of two brothers and one city, Tehran, which devours its children whole.

    When his mother dies suddenly, Amir considers that his father is to blame. He wants to leave the family home at any cost, taking his younger brother Ali with him. He uses his relationships with young, affluent members of Tehran society to start a profitable business. One night, however, a delivery goes horribly wrong, and the brothers’ lives will never be the same again.

    Babak Alebrahim Dehkordi, E.A.D. Films (Iran)

    PRODUCTION

    E.A.D. Films was founded in 2016 by Babak Aleebrahim Dehkordi, Peyman Barabadi and Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi to support a new kind of experimental and visual cinematography. Working with La Luna Productions (France), the company coproduced Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi’s short film Lower Heaven, which was selected for many festivals including Toronto, Winterthur, Angers Premiers Plans and Clermont-Ferrand, and broadcast by France 3. In 2018, the company began work on its second short film and started developing Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi’s feature film Black Knight.

    Fiction / Drama / 90' / Colour / 4K

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Babak Alebrahim Dehkordi

    Language

    Persan

    Shooting locations

    Tehran, Iran

    Estimated budget

    400 000 €

    funding in place

    10 000 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers (in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland), distributors, broadcasters and sales agents

    Actual status

    In development (sixth version of the script)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi:  emad.dehkordi@gmail.com - Telephone + 33 (0)637555293

    PRODUCER

    E.A.D. Films / Babak Alebrahim Dehkordi : babakdekordi@gmail.com - Telephone : 00989122575777

  • ACHILLE RONAIMOU

    DIRECTOR

    Achille Ronaimou, is a Chadian self-taught filmmaker who began his career as an actor. He has taken part in a number of training workshops and writing residencies, including Sud Écriture and Ouaga Film Lab. He has directed three short films, which have screened at various festivals. Dia is his first feature-length film.

    SYNOPSIS

    When a religious tradition ruins lives in a corrupt and violent society, more than rationality is needed to break the cycle of revenge. Dia is inspired by a true story.

    Dane, a driver in N’Djamena, hits a nine-year-old pupil walking home from school and takes him to the hospital. When he comes back the next day, he is told that the child has died. He pays a heavy price for his mistake. A few months later, he meets by chance the boy he thought he killed.

    Faissol Gnonlonfin, Merveilles Production (Republic of Benin)

    PRODUCTION

    Merveilles Productions is a Beninese production company that was founded in 2011 by Faissol Gnonlonfin, who obtained a Master’s degree in production from Stendhal University (Grenoble III). The company promotes films in West Africa, supporting work created by a new generation of African filmmakers in recent years. It specializes in the production of creative documentaries, fiction films and television series.  

    FICTION / DRAMA / 90' / COLOUR / FULL HD

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Gnonlonfin Faissol, Merveilles Production (Republic of Benin)

    Language

    French/ Chadian Arabic

    Shooting locations

    Tchad

    Estimated budget

    992 092 €

    funding in place

    15000 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers, broadcasters, distributors (in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and Germany) and international sales agents

    Actual status

    Pre-production (pre-casting, location scouting)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Achille Ronaimou:  arachille@gmail.com - Telephone : +235 66 52 22 92

    PRODUCER

    Merveilles Production – Gnonlonfin Faissol :  faissolmprod@gmail.com - Telephone : +33 (0) 664445631
     

  • ANDRÉS RAMIREZ PULIDO

    DIRECTOR

    Andrés is a Colombian film director. His most recent short film, Damiana, premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2017 and competed at the Toronto International Film Festival. El Edén, his first short film, premiered at the Berlinale and won awards at various festivals. He is now working on The Pack, his first feature film, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund.

    SYNOPSIS

    The Pack is the story of a teenager who has inherited the violence of his parents and struggles with it. It takes a closer look at human nature – the battle between our animal nature and vulnerability.

    Blinded by the desire to kill his father, a peasant teenager murders a man by mistake. Now he is serving his sentence in the middle of the jungle. His mother’s visits are his only relief, but she has stopped visiting him due to cancer. He tries to capture a vulture, believing that the animal’s blood will heal his mother and put an end to the hatred that is destroying his soul.

    Johana Agudelo Susa , Valiente Gracia (Colombia)

    PRODUCTION

    Valiente Gracia is a Colombian production company founded in 2012 with the intention of offering a creative platform for emerging directors. It has produced several short films, including El Edén (2016) and Damiana (2017). Its films have been selected for Cannes, the Berlinale, Toronto, Hamburg, Vila do Conde, Clermont-Ferrand, and more. Currently they are working on La Jauría and Corderos, two feature film projects.

     
     

    FICTION / DRAMA/ 90' / COLOUR / 4K

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Johana Agudelo Susa, Valiente Gracia (Colombia)

    Language

    Spanish

    Shooting locations

    Ibagué, Colombia

    Estimated budget

    450 000 €

    funding in place

    17 500 €

    Research partners

    Coproducers, sales agents and distributors (in Europe and Latin America)

    Actual status

    End of development

    Trailers

    Damiana

    El Edén

    CONTACT

    RÉALISATEUR

    Andrés Ramírez Pulido : andresrepulido@gmail.com - Telephone : +57 3112505803

    PRODUCTEUR

    Valiente Gracia / Johana Agudelo Susa : valientegraciacine@gmail.com - Telephone :  +57 3132093722- Website :  cargocollective.com/valientegracia

  • Kiro Russo

    DIRECTOR

    Director, scriptwriter and producer Kiro Russo was born in La Paz, and studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. He made four short films winning   significant prizes around the world. His first feature Viejo Calavera (2016) won 23 international awards in film festivals such as Locarno, San Sebastian, IndieLisboa, Cartagena, BAFICI among many others.

     

     

    SYNOPSIS

    A departure and a return. Two stories about people who fall outside the norms of society and are condemned. Their punishment and their redemption.

    Max (47) has lived as a hermit in the mountains for 20 years. After an accident, he returns to the city where he meets Angela, a blind woman who helps him return to the world.
    Palmira (35), tired of her husband and children, sets off on a trip with no real destination. By magic or madness, she turns into a beast. She is finally free but is soon trapped by a mob attempting to lynch her.

    Kiro Russo - Socavón Cine (Bolivia)

    PRODUCTION

    Socavón Cine was established in 2009 in La Paz by a community of filmmakers interested in supporting fresh looks, new narrative forms and experimental cinema in Bolivia. In recent years the group has supported the most celebrated productions of the country.

    FICTION / DRAMa / 100' / COLOUR /SUPER 16mm 1.85:1

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Kiro Russo - Socavón Cine (Bolivia)

    Language

    Spanish

    Shooting locations

    La Paz and Cochabamba, Bolivia

    Estimated budget

    354 462 €

    funding in place

    38 672 €

    Research partners

    Coproducers (Germany, Netherlands, Norway), distributors/broadcasters (France, USA, Germany, Asia) & Sales agents

    Actual status

    In development (second version of the script)

    Trailer

    Viejo Calavera

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Kiro Russo : kirorusso@gmail.com – Telephone : +591 60628428

    PRODUCER

    Kiro Russo:  kirorusso@gmail.com – Telephone : +591 60628428

    COPRODUCER

    FRANCE : Altamar Films/ Alexa Rivero : alexa@altamar-films.com - Telephone : + 33 (0)6 60 56 11 68

  • SAMANTHA NELL

    DIRECTOR

    Samantha Nell is a South African writer and director. She graduated from NYU's Tisch Asia in Singapore and has directed short films on four continents. Her short The Beast (2016), premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes. She currently produces and directs commercials while developing her feature film, selected for the Realness Screenwriter's Residency in 2017.

    SYNOPSIS

    In an old-age home, a conflict over skin colour reveals the cracks in the new South Africa

    Ben lives comfortably amongst his own people in a Jewish old-age home in Johannesburg. The arrival of residents of colour shatters his reality. He is confronted by the headstrong Lebo as they vie for position within the home. Their mundane conflict pits the entire home and their own liberal children and grandchildren against each other. They all must realize how difficult it is to change.

    Bongiwe Selane, Blingola Media (South Africa)

    PRODUCTION

    Blingola is a South African based production company. It has produced Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA winner for best reality show, and the short film UNomalanga and the Witch, which won Best South African Short Film at the Durban International Film Festival in 2015. Blingola also produced a documentary series called Great Africans as well as 26 short films by an emerging South African female filmmaker. Happiness is a Four-letter Word, released in February 2016, is Blingola's first feature film.

     

    FICTION / DARK COMEDY / 120' / COLOUR

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Bongiwe Selane, Blingola Media (South Africa)

    Language

    English

    Shooting locations

    South Africa

    Estimated budget

    750 000 €

    funding in place

    20 000 €

    Research partners

    Dutch and French co-producers

    Actual status

    In development (third version of the script)

    Trailer

    The Beast

    Love Motel

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Samantha Nell : samanthakatenell@gmail.com - Telephone : +27 84 970 5695

    PRODUCER

    Bongiwe Selane : bongiwe.selane@gmail.com - Telephone : +27 83 260 79292 - Website : www.blingola.co.za

  • SIVAROJ KONGSAKUL

    DIRECTOR

    Sivaroj Kongsakul began his career as an assistant director for Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng, and Aditya Assarat. His debut feature film, Eternity (2011), screened internationally at various festivals including Rotterdam, Busan and Hong Kong, winning multiple accolades. In 2011, he attended the 22nd edition of the Cannes Cinefondation Residency in Paris.

    SYNOPSIS

    In Thailand, the past seems to be swallowing up the present, forcing younger generations to look for their future outside the country.

    Thai veteran Yong lives in a small province in Thailand. At first glance, he appears to be a typical old man. At his house lives a black dog called Rambo. It has peculiar eyes, which can see the mysterious world after death, and special senses to connect with the past. One morning, the first light of day lasts longer than usual. Yong senses the coming of death.

    Pimpaka Towira – Extra Virgin Company (Thaïland)

    PRODUCTION

    Extra Virgin Company is a collective of filmmakers and producers based in Bangkok. The team focuses on nurturing and giving voice to talents, both emerging and veteran alike. Extra Virgin projects feature a wide range of platforms, scales and subject matters, but all seek to make a difference and push boundaries. Its productions include Agrarian Utopia (2009), The Songs of Rice (2014) and The Island Funeral (2015), all of which played at many international festivals and won numerous awards.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 100' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Pimpaka Towira – Extra Virgin Company (Thaïland)

    Language

    Thaï

    Shooting locations

    Thaïland, France

    Estimated budget

    500 000 €

    funding in place

    30 000 €

    Research partners

    Sales agents, distributors and co-producers (France, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands)

    Actual status

    In development (eighth draft of the script)

    Trailer

    Eternity

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Sivaroj Kongsaku : kakakarn@gmail.com - Telephone: +66 89 0370158

    PRODUCTEUR

    Extra Virgin Company/ Pimpaka Towira : pimpaka@extravirginco.com - Telephone: +66964566142 - Website : www.extravirginco.com

  • AICHA MACKY

    DIRECTOR

    Aicha Macky was born in 1982 in Zinder, Niger. After training as a sociologist, she began making documentaries. In 2016, she directed her third short film, The Fruitless Tree, a documentary which won prizes around the world (AMAA, Hotdocs, Munich Dokfest, FESPACO, TFC). It has been broadcast by many television channels, including NHK, Deutsche Welle, ORF and TV5Monde.

    SYNOPSIS

    This film is Aicha Macky’s ode to her country. Like a shadow in her home city, she attempts to understand how young people become radicalized through gangs.

    Young people without work, most of whom are looking to leave the country, have joined the ranks of gangs perpetrating violence in the town of Zinder, Niger. Locally, they are called the “In Palais”. Using her skills as a sociologist and her passion for film, Aicha Macky explores the origins of this violence, which is taking over her country and the continent.

    Ousmane Samassékou, Tabous production (Niger)

    PRODUCER

    Tabous Production is a production company based in Niamey, Niger. It aims to produce films that deal with the things that are left unsaid in today’s society – issues concerning humans and humanity, which may be liturgical, satirical, accusatory or revolutionary. The company aims to build ties around the world, in order to create synergies with other producers and technicians in the region.   

    DOCUMENTARY / 90' / COLOUR / 4K

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Ousmane Samassékou - Tabous production (Niger)

    Language

    Haoussa, French

    Shooting locations

    Zinder/ Niger

    Estimated budget

    459 819 €

    funding in place

    38 036 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers (in Belgium, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada), broadcasters (ARTE, Orange Studio)

    Actual status

    In development (writing, casting and scouting)

    Trailer

    L'arbre sans fruit

    The fruitless tree (english subtitles)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Aicha Macky : tabousproduction@gmail.com - Telephone : (+227)90320297

    PRODUCER

    Tabous production/ Ousmane Samassékou : ousmane_samassekou@yahoo.fr

    COPRODUCERS

    FRANCE- Les films du Balibari / Clara Vuillermoz : clara.vuillermoz@balibari.com - Telephone (+33) 681 211 847
    ALLEMAGNE -  CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion/ Erik Winker : ew@corsofilm.de - Telephone.: 0221/ 205 33 701 - Website : www.corsofilm.de

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