27.6. - 5.7.2014.
First European genre co-production forum and market will be held on FZFF
Tallinn 2014

For the past years European film landscape has witnessed the dramatic re-emergence of one of its siblings that had been forgotten in the dusty vaults of archives but still kept alive by avid film fans – European genre films are finally back in their technicolor diversity, whether being edgy comedies, journeys of the fantasy or horror, sci-fi visions of future or exploding action flicks.
Despite the fact that European genre films enjoy greater success in the mainstream, there still exists a gap between the now bustling genre and already established film community. Although making large revenues at the box office, for regional film funds or the industry at large, genre films still seem to be too scary to be taken seriously. Yet, it is rather ironic to note that many of today’s leading filmmakers, from James Cameron to Peter Jackson amongst hundreds of others have started their careers as hard boiled genre directors.

Thus the pilot of European Genre Forum sets out to tackle this divide by linking the hottest up-and-coming European genre professionals – directors, producers, screenwriters, and post-production masterminds with already established players in the European film landscape. Organised in partnership with well-known festivals and consultants in the festival and genre circuit such as Estonia’s Black Nights Film Festival
and its Industry@Tallinn platform, Finland’s Night Visions Film Festival, Croatia’s Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival and France’s Screen Division with each putting forward the most exciting young filmmakers of their respective regions, the one-week event will certainly bring freshness into the production landscape and set new collaborations in motion.

The feature-packed pilot week in dark nights of November having a partnership boost from Goethe-Institute’s Creative Camp Tallinn will be laden with plenty to draw inspiration from: storytelling and pitching workshops, panels with industry leaders dissecting European genre film funding and case studies of acclaimed directors, industry execs sharing sales and festival promo secrets, not to mention the cherry on the cake – the pitching sessions of hottest talents ready to enter the biz.

Welcome to explore the unexplored, welcome to the European Genre Forum Pilot 2014.

The EGF Pilot Team:
Annick Mahnert, CEO, Screen Division
Mikko Aromaa, Festival Director, Night Visions International FF
Stjepan Hundic, Festival director, Program selector, Fantastic Zagreb FF
Sten Saluveer, Industry Director, Industry@Tallinn / Black Nights FF

Screen Division provides consulting in film acquisitions, negotiations and festival programming. It also develops and produces film projects. The company has experience in film distribution, production, marketing and international sales.
Screen Division collaborates with sales agents, producers, distributors and festivals in Europe, the US, Canada, South America and Asia.
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Fantastic Zagreb FF, the only fantastic film festival in the region, brings special cinematic treats to all film buffs. Fans of fantastic as well as sci-fi, horror, thriller, experimental, will get to watch a number of intriguing and interesting films from both new and acknowledged authors.
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Night Visions International FF is the biggest genre film event in the Nordic region, being a powerhouse that hosts 2 editions per year. Recently, the festival has broadened beyond traditional boundaries of genre cinema, acting as the launch platform for high profile titles. In 2013, it was the Cultural Achievement of Year in Helsinki. Night Visions also has a distribution arm under its umbrella, focusing mostly on genre-related titles for all platforms.
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Black Nights FF, the latest to join FIAPF’s prestigious non-specialized competitive feature film festivals category in 2014, is one of the largest film festivals in North-Eastern Europe. The festival now in its 18th edition boasts four full-fledged competitions and three sub- festivals. It also has a comprehensive industry platform Industry@Tallinn and largest Baltic film market event.
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Industry@Tallinn links regional film professionals with key international players from Europe, the US, and Asia, discussing hottest topics in the present audiovisual environment. The Festival, as well as Industry program engage in promotion of genre filmmaking through screening programs, industry panels, and the exclusive genre festival in the Baltics, the Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF), that the Black Nights FF organizes annually.
/ poff.ee, industrytallinn.com


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