Film commissions

CEE Animation Forum 2019

CEE ANIMATION is the new umbrella name for all the activities previously known as VISEGRAD ANIMATION FORUM, or VAF.


access to markets, lectoring, pitching, networking

Formerly known as VAF TREBON, this pitching competition is open for proposals of animated projects in development in three categories: Short Films (single film less than 20 min.), Series / TV Specials (series of any format and single films over 20 min.) and Feature Films.


dynamic tailor-made workshop for experienced animated film producers

The CEE Animation Workshop is a networking and training event. The pilot edition organized in Ljubljana in December 2017 brought together 26 professionals from 19 CEE countries and helped to build a stronger and more knowledgeable regional network of co-producers, artists, planners, marketers, sellers and financing partners.
The first edition of the workshop, divided in 3 one-week residential modules, will start in 2018 and include meetings, discussions, pitching, lobbying efforts and high quality, high-end training to enable and inspire CEE companies to work together with more resources.


dissemination and promotion of short films by promising young talents

This project, formerly known as VAF NEW TALENTS, is intended for promotion and alternative distribution of the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. Its aim is to present internationally the best films made by students and debuting artists in a given year to professional and festival audience.
The selection of the films is made by festival directors from CEE and focuses on extraordinary talents whose works promise successful future careers. Apart from a brochure with the film description and an online database, the selection is each year presented as a compilation at numerous animated film festivals around the world.

2019 Golden Globes

Green Book’ picks up three honors while ‘The Americans’ wins best TV drama and ‘The Kominsky Method’ wins for TV comedy.

Leading the way at the 76th annual Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday was Universal’s Green Book, which claimed three wins, in the best comedy, best supporting actor and best screenplay categories.

Netflix’s Roma, meanwhile, took home two wins, in the foreign-language and director categories. As did Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which won in the best drama and best actor categories.

On the TV side, FX’s The Americans nabbed a best drama series win and Netflix’s The Kominsky Method won in the best comedy series category.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse claimed the best animated feature win. And FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won in the limited TV series category.

Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born won for best original song for “Shallow,” while Universal’s First Man claimed the best original score win. The full winners list is below:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bohemian Rhapsody (WINNER)


    Black Panther

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    A Star Is Born
    Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Green Book (WINNER)

    Crazy Rich Asians

    The Favourite

    Mary Poppins Returns


    Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma (WINNER)

    Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

    Peter Farrelly, Green Book

    Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

    Adam McKay, Vice

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Glenn Close, The Wife (WINNER)

           Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

         Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody (WINNER)

    Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

    Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

    Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

    John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite (WINNER)

    Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

    Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

    Charlize Theron, Tully

    Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Christian Bale, Vice (WINNER)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

    Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

    Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun

    John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)

    Amy Adams, Vice

    Claire Foy, First Man

    Emma Stone, The Favourite

    Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book (WINNER)

    Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

    Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

    Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Sam Rockwell, Vice

    Best Television Series – Drama
  • The Americans (WINNER)



    Killing Eve


    Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical

    The Kominsky Method (WINNER)


    The Good Place


    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (WINNER)

    The Alienist

    Escape at Dannemora

    Sharp Objects

    A Very Englisch Scandal

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (WINNER)

    Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

    Julia Roberts, Homecoming

    Keri Russell, The Americans

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

    Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (WINNER)

    Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?

    Jim Carrey, Kidding

    Donald Glover, Atlanta

    Bill Hader, Barry

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (WINNER)

    Kristen Bell, The Good Place

    Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

    Alison Brie, GLOW

    Debra Messing, Will & Grace

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
  • Richard Madden, Bodyguard (WINNER)

    Jason Bateman, Ozark

    Stephan James, Homecoming

    Billy Porter, Pose

    Matthew Rhys, The Americans

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (WINNER)

    Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

    Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

    Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora (WINNER)

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects (WINNER)

    Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    Thandie Newton, Westworld

    Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (WINNER)

    Alan Arkin, Kominsky Method

    Kieran Culkin, Succession

    Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    Henry Winkler, Barry

    Best Foreign-Language Film

  • Roma (WINNER)



    Never Look Away


    Best Animated Feature Film
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (WINNER)

    Incredibles 2

    Isle of Dogs


    Ralph Breaks the Internet

  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

    Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly & Nick Vallelonga, Green Book (WINNER)

    Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

    Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite

    Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

    Adam McKay, Vice

    Best Original Score – Motion Picture
    Justin Hurwitz, First Man (WINNER)

    Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

    Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

    Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

    Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture
  • “Shallow,” A Star Is Born (WINNER)

    Music by: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt
    Lyrics by: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

    “All the Stars,” Black Panther
    Music by: Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh
    Lyrics by: Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh

    “Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
    Music by: Dolly Parton, Linda Perry
    Lyrics by: Dolly Parton, Linda Perry

    “Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War
    Music by: Annie Lennox
    Lyrics by: Annie Lennox

    “Revelation,” Boy Erased
    Music by: Troye Sivan, Jónsi
    Lyrics by: Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin

When East Meets West

22 film projects from 14 countries will be presented at the ninth edition of When East Meets West, the Italian co-production forum taking place on January 20-22, 2019 in the frame of the Trieste Film Festival. This year WEMW will bring together more than 450 industry professionals from over 35 countries, particularly from the 2019 East & West spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands).

The 22 projects in development – 11 long feature documentaries and 11 fiction features – were selected out of 299 submissions from 49 different countries. The final selection will include several debut features such as Methusalem by Floor van der Meulen (9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, Best European Short Film Award at the 29th European Film Awards) and Victim by Michal Blasko (Atlantis, 2003, premiered at Cinéfondation competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival) but also upcoming films by Vuk Ršumović (Best Film at Venice Critics’ Week 2014 with No One’s Child) and Federica Di Giacomo (Liberami, Best Film at Venice Orizzonti  2016).  “Once again we would like to thank all applicants who shared their stories with us. And now, like in all past editions, we will do our best to carefully help our selected projects to find the right partners amongst all our invited guests”, remarks Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.

Along with the Film Center Serbia Development Award (cash prize of 5.000 EUR), the EAVE European Producers Workshop scholarship, the Cannes Producers Network Prize and the Flow Postproduction Award (15.000 EUR in post-production facilities), all fiction projects will compete for one brand new prize: the Pop Up Film Residency Award, a 3-week residency with the guidance of international mentors. Finally, we are pleased to continue the partnership with EWA so to offer once again the European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award, a cash prize for the best female director.

In addition to the 22 projects selected for the pitching forum, WEMW will invite two additional guest projects previously presented at Baltic Event and DOCSP Brazil.

Together with the showcase of projects in development, the programme of When East Meets West 2019 will include the work in progress section for documentaries Last Stop Trieste, the workshop for long feature fiction films in editing phase First Cut Lab, the work in progress section for films produced or co-produced by Italian companies This is IT and a rich programme dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the 2019 spotlight territories.

The 22 projects selected for WEMW 2019 are:

ALL-IN by Volkan Uce – Cassette for timescapes (Belgium)

BIGGER THAN TRAUMA by Vedrana Pribačić – Metar60 & Slavica Film (Croatia)

BLACK SALT by Marjoleine Boonstra – Volya Films (Netherlands)

BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner – nutprodukce (Czech Republic)

DANIELS INFERNO by Egil Håskjold Larsen – Yellow Log (Norway)

HER/HIS by Anna Kazejak – Lava Films (Poland)

JUMP OUT by Nika Šaravanja – Playtime films (Belgium)

LE PARADIS C’EST ICI by Giovanni Troilo – Bright Frame (Italy)

LIVING by Vuk Ršumović – BaBoon Production, Art&Popcorn (Serbia)

METHUSALEM by Floor van der Meulen – Keplerfilm (Netherlands)

ONE OF US by Ergys Meta – Erafilm (Albania)

PRISON MAMA by Attila Till – Laokoon Filmgroup (Hungary)

PURE UNKNOWN by Mattia Colombo, Valentina Cicogna – Jump Cut (Italy)

THE LAST NOMAD by Petar Glomazić – Wake Up Films (Serbia), CUT UP (Montenegro)

THE MIRACLE by Bartłomiej Żmuda – Projekcja Identyfikacja (Poland)

THE PALACE by Federica Di Giacomo – Dugong (Italy)

THE SILENT TREATMENT by Caroline Strubbe – Minds Meet (Belgium)

THE ZIMOV HYPOTHESIS by Denis Sneg – Ethnofund (Russia)

VICTIM by Michal Blasko – nutprodukcia (Slovakia)

WHAT WILL THE TITLE BE? by Kata Oláh – Makabor Studio (Hungary)

WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST, BABY? by Tonia Noyabrova – ESSE Production House (Ukraine)

YEAR OF A WIDOW by Veronika Liskova – Artcam Films (Czech Republic)

The 2 guest projects are:

MY GRANDPA MADE PORN by Julio Adamor – Oka Comunicações (Brazil)

(N)OSTALGIA by Vicki Thornton – a_BAHN (Luxembourg)

The European Film Market bolsters its well-established leading position

The European Film Market (EFM) has once again proven its well-established leading position in the film industry, as it is one of the indubitable meeting points for professionals and one of the highlights of the Berlinale. As in previous years, the importance of the event has been reconfirmed for the EFM’s 31st edition, which will run during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, from 7-15 February 2019. According to the organisers, all of the exhibition spaces at Berlin’s Gropius Bau and Marriott Hotel are already fully booked, and more than 9,000 exhibitors, licence traders, producers, buyers and investors are expected to be present at the market during its nine-day run.

EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol stated: “The market aims to provide its participants with essential tools to deal with the constantly evolving challenges in the film industry. As an international trading venue for moving pictures taking place at the start of the year, the EFM is simultaneously an indicator of the mood in the industry and a trendsetter for the film year to come.”

Some of the successful initiatives that have previously been introduced at the EFM will continue and be expanded at next year’s edition. Once again, there will be a special focus on high-quality upcoming TV projects, through enhanced collaboration with the Berlinale Series programme, which will run in parallel; in addition, the EFM’s Drama Series Days event will be hosted once again at the Zoo Palast. Taking place from 11-13 February, the EFM’s platform dedicated to TV series, with the participation of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, will not only be limited to conferences and future project development, but will also include a selection of market screenings, which will be specially curated.

Placing particular emphasis on the future, EFM Horizon, which will run from 8-12 February at Berliner Freiheit, next to the Marriott Hotel, will try to lift the lid on the challenges that new media and the entertainment industries have to face. Some of the myriad topics that will be covered are related to start-ups, enabling participants to discuss issues with experts in the field, while “VR at EFM” will explore forthcoming events related to virtual reality. Furthermore, the Industry Debates set to be hosted by the IFA will bridge the gap between filmmakers and other tech professionals.

Last year, the EFM introduced its expanded Producers Hub in its newest guise, co-organised with the ACE Producers international producers’ network and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. This year, it will once again aim to offer producers consultations on financing and distribution. Also, the DocSalon, the EFM’s dedicated section for documentaries, will press on with its expansion through multiple discussions and networking formats. Once again supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Berlinale Africa Hub will offer African filmmakers some exposure and will run from 8-13 February, featuring various presentations related to the continent’s growing industry.

Finally, the Country in Focus at the EFM will be Norway. Norwegian filmmakers and their movies will be invited along to take part, while every aspect of cinema from the Scandinavian country, along with local producers, distributors, investors and creatives, will be introduced to the market’s professional audience.

(cit. from Vassilis Economou – Cineuropa)

Piemonte Film Commission

The Film Commission Torino Piemonte (FCTP) has a new website. This features a location guide with 744 locations divided into 18 categories ranging from urban settings to natural environments, and including monuments, infrastructure and place of worship, and a production guide that lists 146 production companies, 152 service providers, 863 professionals, 164 actors and actresses and 170 cinema screens. The quick and intuitive portal also makes it easy to consult the financing grants available, a database of 1,132 films linked in some way to the region and the latest industry news, including updates on casting calls.

The website of the Piedmont Region has published the results of the first session of the Piedmont Film TV Fund which was allocated a total of €4.5 million for the 2018-2020 three year period to support cinema and TV production companies. Nine productions have been granted a total of 1.5 million. The grantees include various feature-length films: Bentornato presidente! – the sequel to Benvenuto Presidente! (produced by HT Film) – Berni e il Faraone (3Zero2Tv), Gli uomini d’oro (Italian International Film), Palazzo di giustizia (Tempesta), Nel buio (Redibis film) and the TV movie Non ho niente da perdere (Pepito Produzioni). Additionally there are 3 TV series: Nessuno è perfetto (produced by Viola Srl), La strada di casa 2 (Casanova Multimedia) and Non mentire (Indigo Film). All these productions complete principal photography in the region in the period between September 2018 and February 2019.

In addition to the Piemonte Film TV Fund, there are three further types of financing available, details of which can be found online in the Film Funds section of the new FCTP portal: Piemonte Doc Film Fund, which supports documentaries; Short Film Fund, for short films, and the Under 35 Digital Video Contest.

(cit- Italy For Movies)

Support for Development of European Video Games 2019 – EACEA 24/2018

Support for Development of European Video Games 2019 – EACEA 24/2018

Under this support scheme, applicants may submit a proposal to develop a concept and project (activities to the point that the concept leads to a playable prototype or trial version) of highly innovative and creative narrative storytelling video games designed for commercial exploitation for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, tablets, smart phones and other technologies.


  • European video game production companies have been legally constituted for at least 12 months prior to the submission date and must be able to demonstrate a recent success;
  • The applicant must also own the majority of the rights related to the submitted project;
  • The definition of the submitted project must not be scheduled to start before 8 months after the date of submission of the application;
  • The duration of the project is until 36 months from the start date of the action.

More information:


The Fondazione Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste has set aside a contribution of €80,000 to support the development of audiovisual projects by Italian and foreign producers. The fund supports feature, medium-length and short films and TV and web series up to a maximum of 50% of the eligible expenses, when 150% of the amount received is invested in the Region.

Development support for audiovisual projects is one of the three areas of action outlined by the Valle d’Aosta Film Fund, whose guidelines have recently been rewritten. The fund aims to promote and support the cultural, environmental, rural, historical, landscape and tourist heritage and the traditions of the Valle d’Aosta, by encouraging the presence of international and domestic film, television, audiovisual and multimedia productions in the region and contributing to the growth of local industry professionals, thereby stimulating and supporting employment and expertise.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 19 December 2018.

The guidelines and documentation for the applications are available on the Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste website


FOCUS, The Meeting Place for International Production, will return to the Business Design Centre London on 4/5 December 2018 for its fourth edition. The event will remain completely free to attend for industry professionals.

FOCUS is aimed at all the creative screen industries – including film, TV, advertising, animation and interactive – and is the only UK trade event where attendees can meet with content makers, film commissions, production services and locations providers from over 60 countries. Each December, the industry’s key players converge at FOCUS, transforming two days of meetings, networking events and seminars into deals and lasting business relationships.

At FOCUS 2018 over 100 expert speakers will address the key opportunities and challenges concerning the production industry today. The programme is developed in consultation with leading industry organisations, including the British Film Institute, British Film Commission, Pact, Directors UK, Advertising Producers Association, The Production Guild, ScreenSkills, UK Screen Alliance, Creative Europe Media Desk UK and Women in Film and TV to ensure that it addresses current needs and concerns.

Day 1_Programme schedule
Day 2_Programme schedule

Get your online accreditation for WEMW 2019!

Accreditation campaign for the upcoming 2019 edition of When East Meets West is open!

Starting from today you can get your online INDUSTRY accreditation for the upcoming edition of When East Meets West, taking place in Trieste in January 20-22, 2019 in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival. The INDUSTRY accreditation will include access to the public pitching, the series of panels and case studies, networking lunches & events plus all festival screenings.


deadline: Dec 14, 2018
(or until sold out)

deadline: Jan 8, 2019
(or until sold out)

deadline: Jan 15, 2019
(or until sold out)

In order to request your accreditation you need to create your personal account following. Once you access your account you simply have to fill in the online form and pay by credit card at the moment of your request.

Please note that due to the limited capacity of the venue we will be able to grant only a restricted number of accreditations and these will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Furthermore, the ‘Last Minute Registration’ does not offer the possibility to appear on the WEMW catalogue.

WEMW will bring together over 450 producers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 35 countries and, in particular, from Eastern Europe, Italy and the 2019 spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands).  The final programme will include a pitching component, a work in progress session, a workshop designed for films in editing phase and a series of round tables and case studies. Along with all these industry initiatives there will be networking events and the finest selection of recent films from Eastern Europe.


Eurodoc program is designed for documentary producers who want to enhance their documentary project on the international level and get a deep insight into development, production, co-production and distribution.

Call for application is open until November 30th to apply and be part of the program 2019.

Infos & contact: