The European Genre Forum, a one-year training cycle for emerging European genre filmmakers, has sent out the call for submissions. In 2021, EGF, a collaboration between the Imagine, Fantastic Zagreb and Black Nights Film Festivals, will run three Labs in Amsterdam (April), Zagreb (July) and Tallinn (November). In between labs, there are online feedback points.
The objective of the EGF is to provide comprehensive cross-sector and film life cycle training for professionals working in European fantastic film – a rapidly growing pan-European industry that is still distinctively different from the general film industry. Its unique requirements for creative and fiscal development, production characteristics and distribution and monetizing networks have created a dedicated infrastructure of markets, festivals and – now – training.
The EGF training cycle is aimed at European first or second feature film director/producer teams developing a genre film project. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2021. Out of all the submissions, eight projects will be selected and invited to attend the three talent labs throughout 2021. Together, the labs will increase the level of the participating projects in every aspect: creatively, financially, legally and in terms of access to the market.
The Directing Lab takes place in April during the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam and focuses on script development and other artistic aspects of the projects.
The Producing Lab in July takes place during Fantastic Zagreb and is aimed at the business side, with coproduction and legal aspects among its topics.
The Marketing and Packaging Lab in November is part of the Industry@Tallinn programme of the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and is focusing on pitching, packaging, marketing and sales.
Read the Rules and Regulations for submission
Please submit your project here
Find out more about European Genre Forum
*As the future of COVID and vaccination is unclear, one or more talent labs may have to become an online event.