FILM+, the alternative program supporting independent film productions from Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Serbia announces the participants of the 6th edition, following the open call for projects submitted this summer. The program also includes a fifth country from now on, Greece, and will cover a year of mentoring and support in its three labs dedicated to development, production and post-production.
From the 91 projects proposed by filmmakers, 18 projects were selected for this edition: 4 documentary feature films, a fiction feature film, 11 fiction shorts, an animated short and a medium length fiction film.
“We are happy for this year’s rich selection, so we set a record of projects that we are committed to supporting in a single edition: 18. We have also extended the boundaries of our program to the fifth country, Greece. Participants of the sixth edition of FILM+ will have all our carefully customized support for each of the modules: development, production and post-production. We are committed to help filmmakers with the structures, guidance and help they need to make a successful start in the industry. All the more so in this period marked by difficulties.”, says Ana Drăghici, the coordinator of the FILM+ program.
FILM+ 2021 – 2022 selection:
Work in Progress: 5 fiction shorts
- Aurică, A Dog’s Life/ Aurică, viață de câine, by Mihai Dragolea – Romania
- Berliner Kindl, by Lucia Chicoș – Romania
- September Dawn, by Ivan Djurovic – Serbia
- The Course of the Dutchman, by Noura Al Kadri – Bulgaria
- I Want To Smash The Greenhouse/ Vreau să sparg sera, by Teona Galgoțiu – Romania
Production: 4 fictions short films, one animated short film
- Cats, by Danilo Stanimirovic – Serbia
- Closed/ Închis. Deschis, by Teodora Mihailă & Cătălina Pistol – Moldova| Romania, animated short
- Karina, by Ilinca Hărnuț – Romania
- You Don’t Have To Eat It/ Nu mânca dacă nu-ți place, by Doru Vatavului – Romania
- Reunion/ Revedere, by Vasile Todincă – Romania
Development: 3 documentary features, a fiction feature, a medium length film and a fiction short film
- Boro / Ramiz, by Ana Dragic – Serbia, documentary feature
- Man of Velvet/ Bărbatul de velur, by Emil Vasilache – Romania, medium length
- Classics Never Go Out Of Style, But… They Do, by Ivelin Kostadinov – Bulgaria, fiction short
- Last Man Standing, by Maria Bălănean – Romania, documentary feature
- Unacknowledged, by Elena Borcea – Romania, documentary feature
- The Poor Dove, by Călin Laur – Moldova, fiction feature
Two other projects were selected in the Expanded section which debuted last year:
- Lethe, by Nefeli Rapti – Grecia, fiction short
- More Than Love, by Maria Cîrstea – Romania, documentary feature
Conceived as a working, support and promotion laboratory dedicated to independent film, animation and video art projects, FILM+ is the only Romanian and regional project for professional training which has a practical character, focused on the development, creation and promotion of small budget independent audiovisual productions, made by emerging talents from Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Greece who will benefit from the experience gained by Romanian film professionals.
The workshop, consultancy and support lab for micro-budget short and feature film projects was founded in 2016 by a group of young Romanian film professionals – DoP Ana Drăghici, film and audiovisual consultant Alex Trăilă, director Paul Negoescu and producer Anamaria Antoci – with the aim of providing resources and expertise on a collaboration platform to support the filmmakers, being the first program in Central and South Eastern Europe that brings together resources and expertise in a collaboration platform funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe – Media program.
Representatives of selected projects from the five countries will meet this year in a one-week bootcamp that will include masterclasses, individual guidance sessions and laboratories held by leading professionals from the region. Consequently, each project will have a specific timeline and work schedule tailored to its needs. The program will also include new masterclasses and mixed working sessions in the first half of 2022, a press release issued by the organizers informs.