Works In Progress

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event has three showcases: Just Film (children and youth film projects) Works in Progress, Baltic Event Works in Progress (Baltic and Finnish projects), International Works in Progress.

18 films in production or post-production, looking for sales agents or festivals for international premiers, will be presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in 2020.

As this year’s Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event takes place fully online, the projects were presented online at industry.poff.ee website.

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2020 Awards, Jury and Selection

The Post Production Award
Both of the projects will receive post-production services in the amount of up to 5 000 Euros at Post Control, the leading Finnish post production house, but not more than 2/3 of the expenses incurred at Post Control. The award is given to the project which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.

Winner: Kalev, directed by Ove Musting
Producers: Pille Rünk, Maria Avdjushko
Production company: Allfilm, Ugri Film, Estonia.
Jury comment: Kalev is a promising first feature film based on true events narrated through the lens of sport and its competitive spirit, who follows the paths of a generation which had to face the collapse of USSR and the challenges of a new independence for their own nation.

Winner: Nuuccha, directed by Vladimir Munkuev
Producers: Aleksandr Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Albert Ryabyshev, Andrei Ushatskiy
Production company: Look Film, The Place of Power, R-Media, Russia
Jury comment: Nuuccha is a compelling debut from Russia by Vladimir Munkuev, spearheaded by Boris Khlebnikov, which triggered our interested to see the completed film, shoot in the challenging beauty of Yakut on the big screen as soon as possible.

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award
The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award, (1500 Euros) is given to projects that stand out with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.

Winner: I Am Fine, Thanks, directed by Ernestas Jankauskas
Producers: Gabija Siurbytė, Greta Akcijonaitė
Production company: Dansu films, Lithuania
Jury comment: I Am Fine, Thanks by talented Lithuanian helmer Ernestas Jankauska, who creates with his dedicated team a thoughtful artistic daring vision of an important, but in our society often neglected and seldom discussed topic: panic attack driven protagonist Maria is portrayed with a convincing visual concept — starting from the poster, ending with the intense DoP work.

Winner: Neon Spring, directed by Matīss Kaža
Producers: Dace Siatkovska, Matīss Kaža
Production company: Deep Sea Studios. Latvia
Jury comment: Neon Spring is a young and contemporary story full of honesty and struggles that portrays the dichotomy between the promising and exciting youth of a teenager discovering her own future and the harsh reality of a broken relationship with her parents and the nude cruelty of an imperfect world far from Instagram pictures.

Just Film Works in Progress Award
Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film is the biggest sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals.
The award-winner receives 1000 EUR monetary prize to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs.

Winner: The Sleeping Beast by Jaak Kilmi
Producers: Evelin Penttilä
Co-producer: Roberts Vinovskis
Production companies: Stellar Film, Studio Locomotive. Estonia, Latvia.

The jury of Works in Progress in 2020 included Isabel Ivars-Sancho, Films Boutique, festivals & sales, Ilaria Gomarasca, Head of First Cut+ and Nikolaj Nikitin, Artistic Director Febiofest & Head of Studies and CEO of SOFA - School of Film Advancement.

The jury of Just Film Works in Progress in 2020 included Per Eriksson, Head of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies, Olaf Wehowsky, Festival Manager of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, and Guy Davies, Film Director (Philophobia).

Baltic Event Works in Progress 2020 selected projects

  1. Kalev, directed by Ove Musting, produced by Pille Rünk, Maria Avdjushko, Allfilm, Ugri Film. Estonia
  2. Melchior The Apothecary, directed by Elmo Nüganen, produced by Kristian Taska, Esko Rips, Armin Karu, Veiko Esken, Tanel Tatter, co-produced by Janis Kalejs, Phillip Kreuzer. Taska Film, Nafta Films, Apollo Film Productions, Hansafilm, Film Angels Productions, Maze Pictures. Estonia /Latvia / Germany
  3. Lovable, directed by Staņislavs Tokalovs, produced by Aija Bērziņa, co-produced by Evelin Penttila, Tasse Film, Stellar Film. Latvia/Estonia
  4. Neon Spring, directed by Matīss Kaža, produced by Dace Siatkovska, Matīss Kaža, Deep Sea Studios. Latvia
  5. I Am Fine, Thanks, directed by Ernestas Jankauskas, produced by Gabija Siurbytė, Greta Akcijonaitė, Dansu films. Lithuania
  6. Feature Film About Life, directed by Dovilė Šarutytė, produced by Uljana Kim, Studio Uljana Kim. Lithuania
  7. A Girl’s Room, directed by Aino Suni, produced by Sébastien Aubert, Ilona Tolmunen, Frauke Kolbmüller, Adastra Films, Made, Oma Inge Film. Finland/Germany

International Works in Progress selected projects 2020

  1. Carol of The Bells, directed by Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, produced by Artem Koliubaiev, co-produced by Maksim Leshchanka, Ama Vision, Stewopol MS. Ukraine/Poland
  2. Ducks, Urban Legend, directed by Shahar Rozen, produced by Oren Rogovin, Omer Rogovin, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Rogovin Brothers. Israel
  3. The Anger, directed and produced by Maria Ivanova Z., Scoop Production, Ne a Beirut Films, The Post Republic. Lebanon/Germany
  4. Nuuccha, directed by Vladimir Munkuev, produced by Aleksandr Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Albert Ryabyshev, Andrei Ushatskiy, Look Film, The Place of Power, R-Media. Russia.
  5. First snow, directed by Nathalia Konchalovsky, produced by Elena Stepanisheva, Chapulla Bay. Russia
  6. Zemun, directed by Eduard Zholnin, produced by Alexey Uchitel, co-produced by Kira Saksaganskaya, Rock Films Studio. Russia
  7. A Film About Couples, directed and produced by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, co-produced by Pablo Mustonen, Faula Films. Dominican Republic

Just Film Works in Progress selected projects 2020

  1. A Butterfly’s Heart, directed by Inesa Kurklietytė, produced by Živilė Gallego, Fralita Films. Lithuania.
  2. The Sleeping Beast, directed by Jaak Kilmi, produced by Evelin Penttilä, co-produced by Roberts Vinovskis, Stellar Film, Studio Locomotive. Estonia/Latvia
  3. This is my moment, directed by Lieven Corthouts, produced by Magalie Dierick, Emmy Oost, co-produced by Renko Douze, Valérie Montmartin, Cassette for timescapes, Een van de jongens, Little Big Story. Belgium/The Netherlands/France
  4. New Wonder, directed by Alexandra Strelyanaya, produced by Alexei Sokhnev and Alexandra Strelyanaya, Kolomna Film Company. Russia

The audience of the Works In Progress consists mainly of professional buyers, sales agents, film financiers and festival programmers, including representatives of many of the major film festivals in the world and international press.

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PREVIOUS YEARS

2019 Awards, Jury and Selection

Works in Progress Awards

The fifth edition of International Works In Progress presented 8 projects and the 17th Baltic Event Works in Progress introduced 10 projects from the Baltic region and Finland.

The Post Production Award (10 000 EUR)

Post production services in the amount of up to 10 000 Euros but not more than 2/3 of the expenses incurred at Post Control. The award is given to the project, which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.

Winner: The Pit directed by Dace Pūce, Latvia

Producers: Kristele Pudane, Elīna Zazerska

Production company: Marana Productions

Jury comment: The clips we saw left us wanting to see more. This specific coming-of-age story should be universally understood and has cross-border potential.

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award (3 000 EUR)

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award is given to the project with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.

Winner: Brownie directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz, Germany

Producers: Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann

Production company: Weydemann Bros. GmbH

Jury comment: With its authenticity, current, relevant, subject matter and sense of humour, the nicely-shot Brownie is a film about appearance that digs deeper into many other levels and deserves international distribution.

Just Film Works in Progress Award (1 000 EUR)

The award-winner receives 1000 EUR monetary prize to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs.

Winner: Family by Durim Kryeziu, Kosovo

Jury’s comment, the project spoke about the transition in a family and coming to terms with the country’s recent history in a way that is accessible for the young audience, through music.

Members Of the Jury

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress Jury:

Dhanushka Gunathilake – Cinematographer, Festival curator;

Debra Liang – Level K;

Alissa Simon – Palm Springs IFF, Chicago IFF.

Just Film Works in Progress Jury included members of ECFA (European Children’s Film Association):

Margret Albers – President of the European Children’s Film Association;

Stella Skiba – New Horizons Association, kids and youth section;

Giancarlo Zappoli – Artistic director of Castellinaria Film Festival for Youngsters in Bellinzona CH.

Selected Projects:

23 films in production or post-production looking for sales agents or festivals for international premieres were presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Work in Progress sessions on November 25-28.

Baltic Event Works in Progress 2019 selected projects:

  1. Kids of the Night, directed by Priit Pääsuke, produced by Marianne Ostrat, Alexandra Film, Luxfilm, Estonia
  2. O2, directed by Margus Paju, produced by Esko Rips/Nafta Films, Kristian Taska/Taska Film, co-produced by Jukka Helle/Solar Film, Janis Kalejs/Film Angels, Lukas Trimonis/In Script, Estonia/Finland/Latvia/Lithuania
  3. On the Water, directed by Peeter Simm, produced by Marju Lepp, Filmivabrik, Estonia
  4. In the Mirror, directed by Laila Pakalniņa, produced by Laila Pakalniņa/Hargla Company, co-produced by Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė/Just a Moment, Latvia/Lithuania
  5. The Pit, directed by Dace Pūce, produced by Kristele Pudane, Elīna Zazerska, Marana Productions, Latvia
  6. Where the Road Leads, directed by Matiss Kaza, produced by Una Celma, Dace Siatkovska/Fenixfilm, Matiss Kaza/Deep Sea Studios, co-produced by Zahavi Sanjavi/AVB Production, Latvia/Sweden
  7. People We Know Are Confused, directed by Tomas Smulkis, produced by Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, Just a Moment, Lithuania
  8. Paralysis, directed by Andrius Blaževičius, produced by Marija Razgutė/M-Films, co-produced by Jakub Kostal/Bionaut Films, Lithuania/Czech Republic
  9. Eden, directed by Ulla Heikkilä, produced by Miia Haavisto, Tekele Productions, Finland
  10. Ladies of Steel, directed by Pamela Tola, produced by Aleksi Bardy, Dome Karukoski, Sirkka Rautiainen, Helsinki-Filmi, Finland

International Works in Progress 2019 selected projects:

  1. Deskmate, directed by Ferit Karahan, produced by Kanat Doğramacı, Asteros Film, Turkey/Romania
  2. Hungry Saints, directed by Marc Wilkins, produced by Joël Jent, Dschoint, Ventschr Filmproduktion, Switzerland, USA
  3. One Thousand and One, directed by Clarisa Navas, produced by Diego Dubcovsky, Lucía Chávarri, Argentina
  4. French Braid, directed by Lucas Turturro, produced by Victoria Aizenstat, Mauro Guevara, Aleph Cine, Argentina
  5. Schoko, directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz, produced by Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann, Weydemann Bros. GmbH, Germany
    6.Hilda, directed by Rishi Pelham, produced by Nassim Mniai, Tomos Roberts, United Kingdom
  6. Far Frontiers, directed by Maxim Dashkin, produced by Denis Kovalevsky, Maxim Dashkin, Victoria Films, Russia, Kyrgyzstan
  7. Stand Up, directed by Juraj Bohuš, produced by Katarína Krnáčová, Silverart, Slovak Republic

Just Film Works in Progress 2019 selected projects

  1. Christmas in the Jungle, directed by Jaak Kilmi, produced by Roberts Vinovskis, co-produced by Evelin Penttilä, Sinisa Jurcic, Latvia/Estonia/Slovenia
  2. Family, directed by Durim KryezIu, produced by Durim Kryeziu, co-produced by Bardhyl Bejtulahu, Hazir Sh. Haziri, Kosovo
  3. Final Exam, directed by Chen-Ti Kuo, produced by Gene Yao, co-produced by Albert Yao, Taiwan
  4. Raggie, directed by Meelis Arulepp, Karsten Kiilerich, produced by Kristel Tõldsepp, co-produced by Anders Mastrup, Estonia/Denmark
  5. Unknown Treasures, directed by Agnė Marcinkevičiūtė producer byArūnas Stoškus, Kęstutis Petrulis, Lithuania

2018 Selection, Jury and Awards

Works in Progress Awards



The fourth year of International Works in Progress presented 7 projects and the 16th Baltic Event Works in Progress programme presented 11 projects from the Baltic region and Finland.

The Post Control Award (10 000 EUR)
Post production services in the amount of up to 10 000 Euros but not more than 2/3 of the expenses incurred at Post Control. The award is given to the project, which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.

Winner: Golden Voices by Evgeny Ruman, Israel
Producers: Avraham Pirchi, Chilik Michaeli, Eitan Even
Production companies: UCM, Evanstone Films

Jury statement: “Golden Voices” is a universal, wholly original and heartwarming story. It’s touching with funny elements. The film benefits of moving performances by the two lead actors, especially the female lead Maria Belkin. We think this film has genuine appeal for international audiences and could travel to festivals.

Baltic Event Works in Progress Award (3000 EUR)
The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award will be given to the project with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.

Winner: Dogs Don’t Wear Pants by J-P Valkeapää, Finland, Latvia
Producers: Aleksi Bardy, Helen Vinogradov
Co-producers: Alise Gelze, Aija Berzina
Production companies: Helsinki-filmi, Tasse Film

Jury statement: It’s a film with a complex story. It deftly combined dark humor with a deeply felt sense of mourning. We were particularly impressed by the beautiful cinematography and film’s production value. We feel this film has real potential for international festivals and audiences.

Baltic Event Works in Progress Baltic View Award (2000 EUR)

Winner: Aurora by Miia Tervo, Finland
Producer: Max Malka
Production company: Dionysos Films

International Works in Progress Baltic View Award (2000 EUR)

Winner: Sisters by Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen, Norway
Producer: Gary Cranner
Production company: Chezville

Baltic Event & International Works in Progress Jury:
Tatiana Detlofson, Mediaplan, USA
Alena Shumakova, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, France, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, China
Alexandre Moreau, Memento Films International, France

18 films in production or post-production looking for sales agents or festivals for international premieres were presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Work in Progress sessions on November 28.

International Works in Progress 2018:

  1. Golden Voices, directed by by Evgeny Ruman, produced by Avraham Pirchi, Chilik Michaeli, Eitan Even, UCM, Evanstone Films, Israel
  2. Days of the Whale, directed by Catalina Arroyave, produced by Jaime Guerrero, co-produced by Natalia Agudelo, Nicolás Herreño, RaRa, MadLove, Colombia
  3. Senafon, directed by Evgeny Shelyakin, produced by Vasily Solovyov, Julia Mishkinene, Yury Khrapov, Anna Peskova, 2D Celluloid, Vita Aktiva Production, Russia, Thailand
  4. Drowsy City, directed by Luong Dinh Dung, produced by Nguyen Thi Huong, Tu Van Media, Vietnam
  5. On the Edge, directed by by Eduard Bordukov, produced by Elena Glikman, Mikhail Degtyar, Telesto-Film, Russia
  6. The Hunt, directed by Emre Akay, produced by Tolga Topçu, Emre Akay, Diloy Gülün, Jaguar Projects, Turkey
  7. Sisters, directed by Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen, produced by Gary Cranner, Chezville, Norway
  8. Coming Home, directed by Darya Shumakova, produced by Benik Arakelyan, co-produced by Anna Gasparyan, Makar Zaporozhskiy, Movses Film, Armenia, Russia

Download the project catalogue.

Baltic Event Works in Progress 2018:

  1. Goodbye Soviet Union, directed by Lauri Randla, produced by Peeter Urbla, co-produced byMark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, Exitfilm, Bufo, Estonia, Finland
  2. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, directed by Miguel Llansó, produced by Sergio Uguet de Resayre, Kristjan Pütsep, Miguel Llansó, co-produced by Guna Stahovska, Lanzadera Films, Alasti Kino, Spain, Estonia, Ethiopia
  3. Rain, directed by Janno Jürgens, produced by Kristjan Pütsep, co-produced by Karolina Galuba-Kowalska, Alasti Kino, Furia Film, Estonia, Poland
  4. Sandra Gets a Job, directed by Kaupo Kruusiauk, produced by Anneli Ahven, Kopli Kinokompanii, Estonia
  5. Truth and Justice, directed by Tanel Toom, produced by Ivo Felt, co-produced by Armin Karu, Madis Tüür, Allfilm, Estonia
  6. Aurora, directed by Miia Tervo, produced by Max Malka, Dionysos Films, Finland
  7. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, directed by J-P Valkeapää, produced by Aleksi Bardy, Helen Vinogradov, co-produced by Alise Gelze, Aija Berzina, Helsinki-filmi, Tasse Film, Finland, Latvia
  8. Maria’s Paradise, directed by Zaida Bergroth, produced by Daniel Kuitunen, Kaisla Viitala , co-produced by Evelin Penttilä, Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen, Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta, Stellar Film, Kaiho Republic, Finland, Estonia
  9. 24 hr Sunshine, directed by Juris Poskus, produced by Madara Melberga, FA Filma, Latvia
    10.City on the River, directed by Viesturs Kairišs, produced by Guntis Trekteris, co-produced by Julietta Sichel, Kestutis Drazdauskas, Peter Pagauss, Ego Media, 8Heads Productions, Artbox, Latvia, Czech Republic, Lithuania
  10. The Flood Won’t Come, directed by Marat Sargsyan, produced by Ieva Norvilienė, Tremora, Lithuania

Download the project catalogue.