Baltic Event taps 12 for co-prod'n market
The market -- which runs Dec. 3-6 alongside the Black Nights Film Festival -- will present 12 "challenging and controversial projects" from the Baltic states, Scandinavia, Eastern and Central Europe and Russia.
Designed to help projects find wider support, it is part of a European trend toward festival-based industry sessions that seek to promote greater cooperation across the continent.
Last year's event proved itself in the progress exhibited by a number of its projects, said Riina Sildos, managing director of the Baltic Event.
"The results of the first Co-Production Market in 2005 proved the necessity and effectiveness of the event -- five of the 12 film projects presented are already approaching world screens," Sildos said in a statement.
Three of those projects were in post-production and will be presented as part of the Black Nights festival's Coming Soon section: "Midsummer Madness" (dir: Alexander Hahn, Latvia-Austria-U.K.), "Where Souls Go" (dir: Rainer Sarnet, Estonia-Austria) and "Witches and Rain" (dir: Aligmantas Puipa, Lithuania).
Two projects from last year's market -- "Yarik the Robinson" (dir: Usman Sarapov, Russia/Austria) and mockumentary "The First Balkan Dogma" (dir: Aneta Lesnikovska, Macedonia) -- were due to premiere early next year, Sildos said.
The Coming Soon program also will present a total of 11 projects in production or post-production, including the Estonian-Russian-Finnish co-production "Georg" and the Latvian project "Defenders of Riga," Sildos added.
A complete list of the 12 projects selected for the Baltic Event co-production market this year
"Children of God" dir: Dome Karukoski, producer Aleksi Bardy (Finland)
"From Belgrade with Love" dir: Bojan Vuletic, producer Miroslav Mogorovic (Serbia)
"Jacko's Lodgers" dir: Dato Janelidze, producer Ketevan Galdavadze (Georgia)
"Kid & the Killer" dir: Hannu Salonen, producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins (Estonia)
"Little Moscow" dir: Waldemar Krzystek, producers Ewa Jacuta, Pawel Rakowski (Poland)
"Little Robbers" dir: Ivo Kalpenieks, producer Gatis Upmalis (Latvia)
"Margiris - Duke of Samogitia" dir: Sharunas Bartas, producer Donatas Zvalionis (Lithuania)
"Mutabor" dir: Can Togay, producer Peter Miskolczi (Hungary)
"Symbiosis Project" dir: Peter Modestij, producer Erik Magnusson (Sweden)
"Team" dir: Alexey German, producer Artem Vasilyev (Russia);
"The Unknown Woman" dir: Mihail Pandoursky, producer Dimitar Gotchev (Bulgaria)
"Whistleblower" dir: Karin Hard, producer Klara Bjork (Sweden)