LONDON — Ten film students and graduates from across Europe have been chosen to take part in Future Frames, European Film Promotion’s new program at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Variety is partnering with EFP and the festival on the initiative.
EFP will introduce the young directors and their films to the public, the film industry and press during the three-day event, which runs from July 5-7.
The participants have been nominated by the EFP member organizations, according to artistic quality, content and international appeal, with the final selection being made by the festival. This new initiative, aimed at creating a greater awareness for new, ground-breaking European cinema, and the promising directing talent behind it, is supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program and the participating EFP member organizations.
“Since Europe’s young directors are playing an increasingly significant role in the ongoing revitalization of European cinema, we have a strong interest in supporting them,” Martin Schweighofer, EFP VP and managing director of the Austrian Film Commission, stated. “Creating opportunities for new talent to emerge in the European film arena helps to strengthen the industry overall.”
Karel Och, artistic director at the festival, said: “It has been a very interesting experience to go through the contenders, and I believe that we managed to put together a group of very talented upcoming filmmakers with a bright future.”
EFP also aims to encourage long-term industry contacts for the directors. Networking events with producers, distributors and sales agents at the festival will provide opportunities for establishing international business contacts. A master-class headed by a leading filmmaker and a panel discussion with the involvement of film school representatives will give additional input for the further steps in their film careers.
EFP, the festival and Variety previously collaborated on the Variety Critics’ Choice section, which focused on first- and second-time directors. Variety Critics’ Choice continues as a partnership between the festival and Variety.
Patrick Vollrath (Austria), “Everything Will Be Okay,” 30 mins., Filmakademie Wien (Austrian Film Commission)
Raphael Crombez (Belgium), “Perdition County,” 25 mins., LUCA School of Arts (Flanders Image)
Ondrej Hudecek (Czech Republic), “Peacock,” 26 mins., FAMU — Film and TV School of Performing Arts (Czech Film Center)
Konstantina Kotzamani (Greece), “Washingtonia,” 24 mins., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greek Film Center)
Matyas Szabo (Hungary), “Border,” 23 mins., Budapest University of Drama and Film (Magyar Filmunio)
James Fitzgerald (Ireland), “Skunky Dog,” 25 mins., Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Irish Film Board)
Halfdan Ullmann Tondel (Norway), “Bird Hearts,” 32 mins., Westerdals, Film and TV (Norwegian Film Institute)
Martina Buchelova (Slovak Republic), “Green Line,” 12 min., Film and TV Faculty — Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava (Slovak Film Institute)
Jerry Carlsson (Sweden), “All We Share,” 25 min., Akademin Valand (Goteborg University) (Swedish Film Institute)
Moira Pitteloud (Switzerland), “The Offer,” 14 mins., Filmschule HEAD Geneve (Swiss Films)