On November 26, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event rewarded the best projects after an exciting week full of online presentations, networking, panel discussions and meetings attracting more than 850 guests from all around the globe.
10 Awards were given out in categories to projects in different stages of scriptwriting, development or post-production, 2 Awards went to promising producers.
MIDPOINT TV Launch HBO Europe Award (5 000 USD)
Winner: Afterparty (Croatia)
Writer: Dora Sustic
Producer: Maja Pek-Bruenjes
In the words of Steve Matthews, who handed over the award on behalf of HBO Europe:
“The difficulties of running the MIDPOINT programme online this year have certainly not resulted in any loss of quality: the participants all rose to the challenge with professionalism and innovation. As always this was a very difficult decision: several of the projects displayed extremely high levels of craft and attainment from teams who were collaborative and determined always to keep pushing themselves. But one stood out for having achieved those craft objectives, but which also displayed an additional spark of personal passion and the courage to explore difficult and controversial modern topics with great honesty. A writer’s job is to explore an issue, not to preach about it – and for that reason the winner of this years’ HBO Europe prize is AFTERPARTY.“
SCRIPT POOL TALLINN 2020
Script Pool Film and TV Award for is given to an outstanding script in Film and TV series category (a 5 000 EUR).
Script Pool Film Award
Winner: 20,000 Species of Bees
Screenwriter Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Production company: Gariza Films and Sirimiri Films. Spain
Comment from the jury:
We were enchanted by the world writer/director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren created in this poignant and personal journey of young Lucia making the biggest decision of her life during a hot summer holiday in rural Spain. We were especially impressed by Solaguren’s characters and her strong vision of the story, it’s allegories and it’s setting. We hope that winning the Black Nights Film Festival Script Pool 2020 prize helps this project to advance from development to production and we look forward to seeing it in competition at major film festivals in 2022!
Script Pool TV Award
Winner: When You Fall
Scriptwriter: Biljana Crvenkovska
Production company: OXO Production. North Macedonia
Comment from the jury:
The creators of the winning project have meticulously researched the world in which their story is based, immersing themselves deeply into this world that they want to create, and bringing a unique local viewpoint, while also weaving in themes that will resonate beyond their own borders.
They have put a lot of thought not just into the story that they want to tell on the page, but into how they might better reach their intended audience online and make them fall in love with the characters, whilst also making an impact on their lives for the better.
Crucially, we were also delighted to see some diversity in the characters, which was woven into the plot in a very natural way.
Finally, we felt that the writer and producers’ passion for their subject matter leapt off the page, creating a show that hooks you from the beginning with intriguing believable characters and a layered mystery that is slowly unpeeled across the series.
Script Pool Film Jury included Patrick Fisher, managing director of Creative Capital, Patrik Andersson, Producer of Midsommar (2019), Euphoria (2017), Agathe Maurac (Head of International Sales at Pyramide International.
The Script Pool TV/drama jury included Julie Hodge, Fremantle, Editorial Director at Global Drama, Anna Katharina Brehm, Production and Content Director at Seriencamp Conference, Toomas Ili (Head Of Content Acquisitions, Elisa).
WORKS IN PROGRESS AWARDS
The 6th edition of International Works in Progress 18 projects in 3 categories presented. Based on the decision of the jury, the Post Production Award was shared between two projects as well as the Baltic Event Works in Progress Award.
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.
Jury comment: This one particular pitch convinced us, because of a very intriguing scene that shows a wonderful cast of child actors. A quite intense situation that’s somewhat casually narrated. Aiming at the age group of children between 10-12, this film seems to be a promising way to create awareness for ethical problems, to discuss what is right and what is wrong.
Winner: The Sleeping Beast by Jaak Kilmi
Producers: Evelin Penttilä
Co-producer: Roberts Vinovskis
Production companies: Stellar Film, Studio Locomotive. Estonia, Latvia.
Jury of Works in Progress in 2020 included Isabel Ivars-Sancho,Films Boutique, festivals & sales,
Ilaria Gomarasca, Head of First Cut+, Nikolaj Nikitin, Artistic Director Febiofest & Head of Studies and CEO of SOFA - School of Film Advancement
Jury of Just Film Works in Progress in 2020 consisted of Per Eriksson, Head of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies, Olaf Wehowsky, Festival Manager of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, Guy Davies - Film Director (Philophobia)
BALTIC EVENT CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARDS
20 projects were presented in the official selection of the 19th edition of Co-Production Market at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
The award of 20 000 Euros was given to the best project based on its artistic quality and potential for theatrical release.
Winner: Electric Sleep, written and directed by Zeynep Dadak
Producer: Titus Kreyenberg
Production company: unafilm, Germany
“The jury was seduced by the originality of the topic and strongly believes that this talented young female director will manage to integrate a complex multi-layered content into a straightforward genre film.”
Screen International Best Pitch Award (offering coverage of the winning film)
Winner: Tasty, written and directed by Egle Vertelyte
Produced by Lukas Trimonis
Production Company: Inscript, Lithuania
Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award 2021 (for Promising Young Producer with free accreditations to next year’s edition)
Winners: Laura McNicholas, 925 Productions, Ireland and Marina Naumova, Garpastum Pictures, Russia
The Eurimages Jury included Elena Kotova, Eurimages representative, Czech Republic, Renata Santoro, Head of Programming, Giornate Degli Autori, Italy, Kaarle Aho, producer, Making Movies Oy, Finland
Check the photo gallery of the online Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to all the winners at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2020!