• The nights still smell of gunpowder

    Mozambique

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  • Without a name

    Dominican Republic / Venezuela

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  • Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo

    Egypt

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  • Do you know anything about Omid?

    Iran

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  • 9 Temples to Heaven

    Thailand

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  • A pair of leather clogs

    Kazakhstan

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  • Babylon

    Brazil / Haiti

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  • Coura + Oulèye

    Senegal

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  • Gina

    Montenegro

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  • Skin of youth

    Vietnam

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  • INADELSO COSSA

    DIRECTOR

    Inadelso Cossa was born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique. Since 2006, he has worked as a film director, producer and cinematographer based in Mozambique. His first feature documentary, A Memory In Three Acts, was selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance and won the Special Jury Award at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018. In 2019, he was invited to be a member of the jury for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary and the International Award jury at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder, his second feature documentary in development has already received support from the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Festival International du Film de Marrakech Atlas Workshop, Doc Station - Berlinale Talents, Hot Docs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund, CNAP Image/Mouvement, and La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français.
     

    SYNOPSIS

    The nights still smell of gunpowder 

    Concerned with the fragmented memories of my childhood during the civil war in Mozambique, I return to my grandmother’s village to reveal the untold stories, which still haunt my generation.

    This film will take place in the village where I grew up and where all my childhood memories were created. For me, the village was always a paradise. But what I didn’t realize was that I was living in the middle of a civil war. Today I am going back to confront that childhood memory with the reality and circumstances of the political situation that my country is facing. 

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    The constant question of my cinema is collective memory.

    I live in a country where a collective genocide is being constantly perpetrated on our own history, our own memory.

    This project is about memory and its fragmented nature and the need to document it when there is the danger of losing it. It is a personal film that is juxtaposed with the dark period of the civil war, the moral damages and traumas that lasted 16 years, and the open wounds that remain. The violence is felt in the voices of raped women and child soldiers who continue to scream silently. As my generation is facing new tensions, the ghosts of war are tirelessly waiting in the shadows. The rifles may be no more, but the nights still smell of gunpowder.

     

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    INADELSO COSSA - 16mmFILMES (Mozambique)

    PRODUCTION

    16mmFILMES, is an arthouse production company based in Mozambique and represented by the film director and cinematographer Inadelso Cossa. Since 2010, it has been dedicated to producing shorts, feature films, creative documentary, video art, web series, installations and experimental films.

    DOCUMENTARY / 90' / COLOUR AND B&W / HD, 16mm

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Inadelso Cossa - 16mmFILMES (Mozambique)

    Language

    Portuguese, Changane

    Shooting locations

    Mozambique

    Estimated budget

    294 077 €

    funding in place

    117 117 €

    Research partners

    Sales agents, coproducers and distributors around the world.

    Actual status

    In development

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

    Inadelso Cossa / inadelsocossa@gmail.com / + 258 828673789
     
    Executive producers : 
    Emilie Dudognon / Ida.Ida / France / contact@ida-ida.com / www.ida-ida.com / + 33 6 88 67 00 79 
    Thomas Kaske / Kaske Film / Allemagne / info@kaskefilm.de / www.kaskefilm.de / + 49 177 1543000
    Eyal Sivan / momento ! / France / www.momento-films.com

    CO-PRODUCERS

    Duplacena / Portugal / www.fusovideoarte.com

  • VALERIA VALENTINA BOLIVAR

    DIRECTOR

    Valeria Valentina Bolivar is a Venezuelan director, screenwriter, producer and assistant director. She is passionate about telling stories in images and sounds that move the heart, body and soul of those who see them. As a woman, Latina filmmaker and immigrant, she aims to tell stories with an authorial character, especially of a social nature, giving voice to minorities.  Her shorts Strangers (2015) and The Child (which premiered at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival) were shown in the commercial cinemas of Venezuela.  In 2019, she took part in CineQuaNonLab, and with her first feature Without a name she took part in Berlinale Talents.

    SYNOPSIS

    Without a name

    Marcela is schizophrenic. She meets Joaquín, who has just emigrated from Venezuela where he left his son. They fall in love, and Marcela tries to overcome her condition to recover her son and have a family.

    Marcela is schizophrenic. She keeps her condition under control by drawing everything that happens around her. When she falls in love with Joaquín, an immigrant who wants to bring his son to the Dominican Republic, she locks herself into her own bubble. She is terrified because she also has a son, who was taken from her because of her condition. But Joaquín doesn’t abandon her; he enters into her world and with his help, she learns to overcome her fears, so she can recover her son and have a family with Joaquin.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    I confess to having a passion for the human mind and its enigmas; and I’m fascinated by humanity’s need to brand as strange anyone who doesn’t correspond to the conventions of appropriate behavior. In Without a Name, I highlight issues I am interested in deepening as a woman, Latin American and filmmaker. I give a voice to Marcela, a woman whose schizophrenic condition makes her believe that she cannot be a good mother. Through the character of Joaquín, I focus on a topic that affects me personally: migration. Their dreamlike world merges with the real world, as it does in life itself. I depict how these characters, two "weirdos," can be together and fall in love. Love will impel them to achieve the impossible.

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    FERNANDO SANTOS DIAZ - Guasabara Cine

    PRODUCTION

    We aim to produce films that place the emphasis on the author’s perspective, ancestral themes and the development of new narratives that question the Latin American aesthetic. We have produced films such as Liborio (2020) by Nino Martínez Sosa, D'Sory (2020) by Marie Jiménez, and Cocote (2017) by Nelson Carlo de los Santos

    FICTION / DRAMA / 90' / COLOUR / DCP

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Fernando Santos Diaz - Guasabara Cine (Dominican Republic)

    Language

    Spanish

    Shooting locations

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Caracas, Venezuela.

    Estimated budget

    850 000 €

    funding in place

    30% Dominican Republic Film Law Tax Incentive

    Research partners

    European Union countries, Scandinavian countries and North America.

    Actual status

    In development (third draft of script)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Valeria Valentina Bolívar / valeriabolivar@yahoo.es / +1 849 919 8211

    PRODUCER

    Fernando Santos Diaz / fsdiaz@gmail.com / +1 809 856 9860 / www.guasabaracine.com

  • KHALED MANSOUR

    DIRECTOR

    Khaled Mansour was born in Cairo in 1991. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts History Department at Cairo University, in parallel with studying cinema independently. He directed three short films: Berries Island and The Dervish, which participated in several international film festivals. His latest short film, Two Strangers and a Night is currently in post-production. Mansour also directed a number of short documentaries and commercials, which have been screened on TV channels and social media platforms.
     

    SYNOPSIS

    Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo 

    A man can remain astray for a long time. But once he finds his destiny, he may have to pay for it with his life.

    Hassan and his dog Rambo find themselves in a complicated situation. Rambo becomes hunted overnight by Hassan's neighbour Karem. This pushes Hassan to improvise to find a way out of the country and to save Rambo from an unknown fate.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    In February 2015, a video circulated on social media of a dog tied to a lamppost in a neighbourhood. Around the dog stood seven men holding knives and cutting the dog, which howled with rage and pain, trying to leap at them. Although the dog was tied up, the men seemed afraid of it. Then one man steps in and hits the dog hard on the head, killing it on the spot. I feel that we and stray animals have become so alike. We have no price; we are being killed, chased, imprisoned and tortured, which is why we are always looking over our shoulders, not knowing from where the danger will arrive. My film is based on the story of this video. The dog, Rambo, faces the same crises as a crowd of vagabonds insist on murdering it in front of everybody. The only difference between the two tales is Hassan, the protagonist, fights to save the dog until he succeeds in finding a safer sanctuary. 

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    RASHA HOSNY - Patchwork Productions (Egypt)

    PRODUCTION

    Patchwork Productions is an Egyptian production company which was established in 2016 in Cairo. The company is interested in supporting ambitious cinematic experiences of high artistic value, short or feature projects, which will end up supporting Egyptian cinema with experiences that are different from the usual commercial offering. Patchwork Productions has also taken part in the production of several documentaries and commercials, which were screened online and on TV channels.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 115' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Rasha Hosny - Patchwork Productions (Egypt)

    Language

    Arabic

    Shooting locations

    Cairo, Egypt

    Estimated budget

    529 489 €

    funding in place

    60 720 €

    Research partners

    Co-production companies and funds from France, Germany, Italy, Swiss, Sweden and Arab world. Sales agent from France, Germany, and the Middle East

    Actual status

    In development (seventh draft)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Khaled Mansour / khaledmansour7@gmail.com / +2 01100651114

    PRODUCER

    Rasha Hosny / patchworkcairo@gmail.com / +201227990327 / Patchwork Productions Facebook

  • KEYWAN KARIMI

    REALISATEUR

    Born in 1985, Karimi is an Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish origin. His short films were awarded in numerous international film festivals. His documentary Writing on the City (2015), which focuses on the graffiti on Tehran walls between the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, caused Karimi to be arrested and held in isolation in December 2013. In October 2015, he was condemned to six years in prison and 223 lashes for "offending Islamic sacredness and propaganda against the system". In 2016, a few weeks before beginning his sentence, he made DRUM, his first feature film. The film premiered during Venice International Film Critic’s Week at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    Do you know anything about Omid ? 

    This film is about the dark years of Iran in the 1980s, just after the revolution when many political prisoners were put in prison under sentence...

    A couple in their forties live in an urban no-man’s-land in the suburbs of Teheran. Reza works as a handyman. Maryam is a childminder. They grieve for their deceased son, Omid, by pouring their love into the cat he adopted. One day, the cat disappears. They go on the hunt for it with increasing desperation.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    My second film is about the dark years of Iran in the 1980s, just after the revolution when many political prisoners were put in prison under sentence. This period has even been repressed in the collective memory of the Iranian people, the level of oppression was so extreme. I decided to make a film about this period because all struggles are only possible through the collective memory of past and present struggles.
     

    At the end of the eighties, and the end of the Iran-Iraq war, many of this prisoners died and were killed. Their bodies were transported to various places in whole of Iran. One of these places is in the south of Tehran. The executions and burial processes were secret. People disappeared secretly in the night and then transported and dumped in unmarked graves. During the trials, the prisoners were asked one question: " Are you ready to repent?" If the victim was a sinner then he deserved it, and if he was not guilty, then he was allowed to go Paradise. Some of them survived and went back to live in Tehran or other cities...

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    KEYWAN KARIMI, Key Film (Iran)

    PRODUCTION

    Key Film is a private, independent company set up by Keywan Karimi and his brother Kamal Karimi. The company has produced two short films and the documentary film Writing on the City by Keywan Karimi.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 90' / COLOUR / 2K

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Keywan Karimi - Key Film (Iran)

    Language

    Persian

    Shooting locations

    Iran

    Estimated budget

    800 000 €

    Research partners

    Europe, USA and whole Asia

    Actual status

    Screenplay is at an advanced stage. Location scouting and casting completed.

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

    Keywan Karimi / info@keywankarimi.org / +989329020625 / +33 643684605 / www.keywankarimi.org

  • SOMPOT CHIDGASORNPONGSE

    DIRECTOR

    Sompot Chidgasornpongse has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Chulalongkorn university and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His short films have screened at Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Viennale, Visions du Réel and Indielisboa. His feature documentary, Railway Sleepers (2016), had its world premiere in competition at Busan, and European premiere at the Berlinale. The film then went to True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Melbourne, RIDM, and TIDF. Sompot has worked with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as assistant director on many films, including Tropical Malady (2004), Syndromes and a Century (2006), Cemetery of Splendour (2015), and most recently Memoria (2020).

    SYNOPSIS

    9 Temples to Heaven 

    A family of 9 takes their grandmother on a merit-making trip to 9 temples in 1 day, hoping to prolong her life, but their trip takes an unexpected turn.
     

    After hearing an alarming prophesy from a well-known seer that his mother does not have much time to live, Sakol proposes a 1-day pilgrimage to 9 temples as a solution. Just 2 weeks before her birthday, the authoritative Sakol not only takes his weak mother on the trip, but he asks the whole family to join. Of differing ages and agendas, they each carry the promise of accumulating more merit by the power of 9, the magic number that many Thais believe to bring good luck.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    The film is the reimagining of my personal experiences going on these trips with my family over the years. Many Thais believe that making offerings to monks at 9 temples in 1 day can bring you to the highest state of karma and maximized longevity. Thai Buddhism are the intermingles of Hinduism, Animism, and many other ideologies. Accumulating merit is our way of life especially for older generations. However, most from my and younger generation view Buddhism only as a philosophy. This view, surprisingly, is closer to many in the west, more than our parents' and relative's view. The tension, the push and pull between older and newer beliefs are seen everywhere in the world. With this film, I want to create a compassionate tribute to families living under the different sets of faith and viewpoint, influenced by larger institutional powers that loom over them, may it be from religion or politics.

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    KISSADA KAMYOUNG - Kick the Machine Films (Thailand)

    PRODUCTION

    Kick The Machine Films Founded in 1999, Kick the Machine Films is a studio of artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he has been active in promoting experimental and hybrid narrative filmmaking. The company also produces works by other filmmakers of strong vision. It produced Sompot Chidgasornpong’s Railway Sleepers (2016).

    FICTION / DRAMA / 120' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Kissada Kamyoung, Kick The Machine Films (Thailand)

    Language

    Thai

    Shooting locations

    Thailand

    Estimated budget

    460 000 €

    funding in place

    39 000 €

    Research partners

    Europe, Asia

    Actual status

    Script and project development (working on the 3rd draft)

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Sompot Chidgasornpongse / sompot.boat@gmail.com / +66 89 105 8909

    PRODUCER

    Kick The Machine Films - Kissada Kamyoung / kissadakamyoung@gmail.com / +66 87 7174522

    CO-PRODUCER

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Kick The Machine Films (Thailand) / kickthemachine@gmail.com / www.kickthemachine.com

  • OLGA KOROTKO

    DIRECTOR

    Olga Korotko started as a student under arthouse director D. Omirbayev, in collaboration with whom she later conducted film research on cinema history. In 2016 she was selected for Berlinale Talents. In 2017 she shot a documentary film in support of women’s rights, entitled House Of Mothers. Her first feature film, Bad Bad Winter, premiered at ACID in 2018.

    SYNOPSIS

    A pair of leather clogs 

    A family and political drama with elements of comedy, set up in Almaty.

    Due to an upcoming international event, while the authorities are emptying the streets of Almaty of the homeless, Zhanna, a 42-year-old single mother and a prominent company executive, is asked to organise a concert in honour of the President.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Although my first film “Bad Bad Winter” was completely tragic, “A pair of leather clogs” will have comedy elements. However, both films talk about exactly the same problems. This story is all about being powerful or powerless; when the powerless grow up, can any balance be ever achieved, and how ?

     

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    OLGA KOROTKO - Seven Rivers (Kazakhstan)

    PRODUCTION

    Seven Rivers is a production company based in Almaty (Kazakhstan), founded by Olga Korotko in 2017. The company produces fiction and documentary movies as well as landmark films for private clients, advertising, education and television. Clients include HitTv, TDK-42 and other Kazakh TV channels. Seven Rivers produced all of Olga Korotko’s films, including “Bad Bad Winter” which premiered at Cannes in 2018 (ACID).
     

    FICTION / ABSURD COMEDY / DRAMA / 80' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Olga Korotko, Seven Rivers (Kazakhstan)

    Language

    Russian, Kazakh

    Shooting locations

    Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Estimated budget

    320 000 €

    funding in place

    27 500 €

    Research partners

    Sales Agent, coproducers from Europe, coproducers from Asia

    Actual status

    In development (second Draft of script)

    The feature film "Bad Bad Winter" is available on Festival Scope

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

    Olga Korotko / info@7riverscinema.com / +971 58 545 3787 / +33 6 89 76 49 84 (French producer Etienne de Ricaud)

    CO-PRODUCER

    Etienne de Ricaud, Caractères Productions (France) / etienne@caracteresproductions.com / +33 6 89 76 49 84
     

  • FRANCISCO BAHIA

    DIRECTOR

    Francisco Bahia is a Brazilian filmmaker master in Geography. He has directed shorts and featurettes that address the issues of territory and identity, which have been selected and received awards at several Brazilian festivals. Babylon is his first feature film as a director. He also works as a cinematographer in documentaries for TV and cinema.

    SYNOPSIS

    Babylon 

    A Haitian immigrant needs to investigate the death of an old friend, and the only way to do it is to encounter voodoo forces, from which he had distanced himself out of fear.
     

    A Haitian immigrant in Brazil, Espera is always thinking about new ways to get the money he sends monthly to his family in Haiti. One day, an old friend from home asks him to identify her brother’s corpse at a morgue. Espera needs to find out the cause of this death. He knows that the only way to do so is through voodoo, but he thinks that bad things can happen if he enters into contact with spirits. This investigation into the death of his friend brings us on a discovery of Sao Paolo’s Haitian community and its music.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    In addition to being a filmmaker, I'm a geographer. That’s why the story of Espera, Babylon’s protagonist, got my attention. It offers several elements for a creative investigation of contemporary migration from a personal perspective. I met Espera in 2015, when we started a job together. His incredibly communicative ability captivated me and I started to film him. One day, he asked me to meet him with my camera at a city morgue. He was there to identify the body of an old friend. This tragic event, revealing the violence that subdues the black immigrant in Brazil, was a watershed in the project. Since then, Espera and I made a pact: to make a movie that, by showing the richness of immigrants’ worldview, becomes a tool in the construction of bonds of respect with the Haitian community.

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    ALICE RIFF, Sendero Filmes (Brazil)

    PRODUCTION

    Sendero Filmes values cinema that reflects on territory and identity and works with young and prominent Brazilian directors. In addition to shorts and featurettes, it produced Fabiana, a feature film directed by Brunna Laboisiére, selected for international festivals such as Rotterdam, São Paulo and Brasília. In addition to Babylon, Sendero has others feature films currently in production, such as Samuel and the Light (dir. V. Gyrnis), which took part in laboratories such as DocSP, DocsBarcelona, Fipadoc and San Sebastián, where it won a prize for best project.

    DOCUMENTARY / CHARACTER DOCUMENTARY / 90' / COLOUR DIGITAL - DCP

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Alice Riff, Sendero Filmes (Brazil)

    Language

    Portuguese, Haitian Creole, French

    Shooting locations

    São Paulo (Brazil), Port au Prince (Haiti)

    Estimated budget

    216 000 €

    Research partners

    Sales agents, TV channels, VOD platforms, funds, Festivals and distributors from Latin America, Europe, Middle East and United States.

    Actual status

    Advanced development; 30% already shot during the documentary research

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Francisco Bahia / francisco.bahia.lopes@gmail.com / +55 11 987828883

    PRODUCER

    Alice Riff / aliceriff@gmail.com / + 55 11 99299 7878 / www.senderofilmes.com

  • IMAN DJIONNE

    DIRECTOR

    Iman Djionne is a Senegalese director who has written and directed short films and audiovisual content. Her last short, Boxing girl (La Boxeuse) was selected at several festivals, such as Louxor, POFF Shorts and Cologne. She is also a casting director for local and international productions such as Amin by Philippe Faucon (La Quinzaine 2018) and the Amazon series ZeroZeroZer’. She was also a member of the casting team for Atlantics (Atlantique) by Mati Diop (Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes 2019). Iman is currently working on her first feature film, Coura + Oulèye. She took part in the Realness Screenwriters’ Residency in 2019 and Berlinale Talents in 2020.

    SYNOPSIS

    Coura + Oulèye

    Born into a polygamous family, two young sisters get to know each other after the death of their father, on a journey across Senegal.

    Coura and Oulèye, two teenage sisters whose mothers are co-spouses, are forced to travel together across Senegal, as they search for their father’s testament. But their search takes an unexpected turn when they meet Ngoné, a young woman with a shady past.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Coura + Oulèye is a story about women, where three generations clash, help each other and evolve together. I wanted to explore what it means to be a woman in our African societies today. What is the right balance between tradition and modernity? How can we stay true to ourselves in a society where the group is prioritized? The starting point for this film was the desire to explore the relationship between two young sisters born into a polygamous marriage. Polygamy, which is common in Senegal, has often been addressed from the women’s perspective, but rarely from the perspective of children with different mothers and their relationships. Fraternity is a strong yet complicated bond, so I wanted to follow these sisters’ journey in that sense. This journey, which will bring them far from the pressure of their family and the society, enables them to question their identity and their role in their community.

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    SOULEYMANE KEBE, Sunuy Films (Senegal)

    PRODUCTION

    Sunuy Films was created by Souleymane Kebe, a graduate of Université Stendhal 3, Grenoble and studied Film Production at the Lussas Documentary School. The company specialises in producing, directing and distributing artistic and fiction documentary films. Sunuy Films has several documentary and fiction films in its catalogue, including a number of co-productions with France such as Grand Place by Anne Jo Brigaud and Senegalese Dream by Oumar Ba. Sunuy Films also launched the international documentary film festival in Saint-Louis du Sénégal in 2014.

    FICTION / DRAMA / 100' / COLOUR / HD

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Souleymane Kebe, Sunuy Films (Senegal)

    Language

    Wolof, Sereer, French

    Shooting locations

    City of Dakar and the region of Sine-Saloum (Senegal)

    Estimated budget

    970 995 €

    funding in place

    10 000 €

    Research partners

    France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Germany

    Actual status

    In development phase, second version of screenplay underway

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Iman Djionne / iman.djionne@gmail.com / +221 77 759 59 34

    PRODUCER

    Souleymane Kebe / sunuyfilms@gmail.com / +221 33 820 57 81

    CO-PRODUCER

    La Chauve Souris / Maud Leclair and Margaux Juvénal / mleclair@lachauvesouris.eu / mjuvenal@lachauvesouris.eu / +33 1 44 83 02 27 / +33 6 20 25 04 67

  • SARA STIJOVIC

    DIRECTOR

    Sara Stijović was born in Montenegro in 1997, she is in her final year of her Bachelor’s degree in Film and TV directing at FDA Cetinje. She is specializing in documentary film. She is an Al Jazeera Ambassador and has taken part in many international talent campuses and projects, in Iran, China, Italy, and the Balkans. She is currently in the development phase of Gina, her first feature film.

    SYNOPSIS

    Gina 

    Gina is the story of Gina Markuš – a young Montenegrin woman who was imprisoned during the 1950's in Yugoslavia and sent to the Naked Island (Goli Otok) to serve her sentence. A few years before committing suicide, she put everything on paper...

    The story follows Marina, Gina Markuš's niece, on her way to the Naked Island she is visiting for the second time – the first time as a baby seen in a photograph and now as a grown up woman. Marina and Gina are telling us the first female story of the Yugoslavian camps – a story about love that gave them the will to live; a story about trauma, pills and psychiatric hospitals, homicides and a suicide; and, ultimately, about hope.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    "It looked truly beautiful. Made out of white carved stone, every piece perfectly equal in size, red tile roof, everything surrounded by carved white marble. It shined in the sun as if the stars had fallen from the sky. If only blood and sweat could shine forever, it would be shining there even today." This is a quotation from Gina's memoirs, which are, first and foremost, a document of emotions – it is the evidence of human feelings and traumas, and it is also a document that holds many crucial historical facts. Based on historical records, 16,101 people were sent to political camps – many of them did not survive. Gina was one of 150 imprisoned Montenegrin women. Women that had survived camps did not speak about their past in public, neither they were asked to – female trauma has never been studied or talked about.

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    BRANIMIR ZUGIC - LIVE Production (Montenegro)

    PRODUCTION

    LIVE production was founded in 2015 with the aim of producing and co-producing creative documentaries and short fiction films, and also cooperate with regional production companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia on various projects (commercials, videos, events, festivals). The goals of LIVE production are: commitment to promote culture, creative industries, promotion and development of multimedia arts, the democratization of art and media and to support young authors.

    DOCUMENTARY / approx. 82' / COLOUR / 16:9

    FIRST FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Branimir Žugić - LIVE Production (Montenegro)

    Language

    Montenegrin

    Shooting locations

    Cetinje, Montenegro; Belgrade, Serbia; Naked Island (Goli Otok), Croatia, and several other locations throughout the Balkans.

    Estimated budget

    148 800 €

    funding in place

    25 000 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers from Croatia, European film fund

    Actual status

    In development

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Sara Stijović / saras.6657@gmail.com / stijovicsara@gmail.com / 00 382 68 466 336

    PRODUCER

    Branimir Žugić / zugamn@yahoo.com / + 382 67 259 069

    CO-PRODUCER

    Milanka Gvoić & Nikola Spasić - Rezon production (Serbia) / nkubator.rezon@gmail.com / +381(0)62.1690529 / +381(0)63.1991705

  • ASH MAYFAIR

    DIRECTOR

    Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and received her MFA in filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her feature debut, The third wife (2018), premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won the NETPAC Jury Award. It also won prizes at San Sebastian, Chicago, Cairo and other film festivals.
     

    SYNOPSIS

    Skin of youth 

    Skin of Youth is about what it means to look at the idea of identity, womanhood and family against the backdrop of late 1990s Vietnam, from the perspective of youths who don’t fit into the accepted social norms.

    1998 Vietnam, San and Nam court the criminal underworld of Saigon to find enough money for San’s gender reassignment surgery. The young lovers are unaware that the price they have to pay will test their love and the limit of their humanity.

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    STATEMENT OF INTENT

    Skin of Youth is about people clinging together to survive in a world that gives them no space. It is a message of hope, for myself and other youths still living in these oppressive circumstances, that broken pieces will eventually find a home amongst each other. Because of the age and the specificity of San’s transgender identity, the majority of the cast are non-actors. The narrative follows San as she goes through a major part of her transition on screen. Therefore, we will follow the actress playing this role as she makes this journey in real life. Stylistically, the film is fast-paced, raw and edgy. The vision is almost docu-fiction as we make use of real locations and people.

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    NGOC TRAN - An Nam Productions

    PRODUCTION

    An Nam Productions was founded by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc in 2015 to produce movies with unique stories and artistic value that can travel across borders. The company credits include Ash Mayfair’s first film, The Third Wife (2018). The company has also produced the Vietnamese-Singaporean episode “He Serves Fish, She Eats Flower” of the HBO series Food Lore (2019) by Phan Dang Di; the films Goodbye Mother (Busan 2019) by Trinh Dinh Le Minh, and Immortal by Victor Vu (2018).

    FICTION / DRAMA / 95' / COLOUR / DIGITAL

    SECOND FEATURE FILM
    Produced by

    Ngoc Tran - An Nam Productions (Vietnam)

    Language

    Vietnamese

    Shooting locations

    Vietnam

    Estimated budget

    756 000 €

    funding in place

    252 000 €

    Research partners

    Coproducers in Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg or other), sales agent and distributors based in Europe, international crew and post-production facilities.

    Actual status

    Financing

    CONTACT

    DIRECTOR

    Ash Mayfair's manager:
    Jeffrey Thal - Ensemble Entertainment - jthal@ensembleent.com, +1(310) 274-9090
     
    Ash Mayfair's agents:
    Christina Chou - Creative Artists Agency - christina.chou@caa.com
    Ruby Kaye - Creative Artists Agency - ruby.kaye@caa.com

Official partners

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