The South Caucausus
With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Open Doors section aims primarily to assist directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable. This initiative, focusing on a different region every year, takes two forms:
On the one hand there is the Co-Production Lab that offers short-listed directors and producers an opportunity to enhance their presentation skills and make contact with potential partners, mainly European, in order to encourage financing of their projects, which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.
On the other hand, the Open Doors Screenings offer the general audience a chance to see a selection of particularly representative films from the selected region.
This year Open Doors focuses on Southern Caucasus with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Open Doors Screenings
A FOLD IN MY BLANKET by Zaza Rusadze – Georgia – 2013 – 73 min.
A STORY OF PEOPLE IN WAR AND PEACE by Vardan Hovhannisyan – Armenia – 2007 – 69 min.
BONDED PARALLELS by Hovhannes Galstyan – Armenia – 2009 – 90 min.
DON’T LOOK INTO THE MIRROR by Suren Babayan – Armenia – 2010 – 101 min.
EMBERS by Tamara Stepanyan – Armenia – 2012 – 77 min.
I’M GOING TO CHANGE MY NAME by Maria Saakyan – Armenia – 2012 – 102 min.
KEEP SMILING by Rusudan Chkonia – Georgia – 2011 – 90 min.
RETURN OF THE POET by Harutyun Khachatryan – Armenia – 2005 – 88 min.
SAROYANLAND by Lusin Dink – Turkey, Armenia, France – 2013 – 72 min.
STRANGE TIMES by Huseyn Mehdiyev – Azerbaijan – 1996 – 85 min.
TBILISI-TBILISI by Levan Zaqareishvili – Georgia – 2005 – 107 min.
THE BAT di Ayaz Salayev – Azerbaijan – 1995 – 80 min.
THE BEACON by Fariz Ahmedov – Azerbaijan – 2012 – 28 min.
THE PRECINCT by Ilgar Safat – Azerbaijan – 2010 – 116 min.
WILL THERE BE A THEATRE UP THERE?! by Nana Janelidze – Georgia – 2011 – 55 min.
27 MISSING KISSES by Nana Djordjadze – Georgia – 2000 – 95 min.
13 TZAMETI by Géla Babluani – Georgia – 2005 – 93 min.
BEGINNING by Artavazd Pelechian – Armenia (USSR) – 1967 – 10 min.
WE by Artavazd Pelechian – Armenia (USSR) – 1969 – 30 min.
OUR CENTURY by Artavazd Pelechian – Armenia (USSR) – 1982 – 50 min.
END by Artavazd Pelechian – Armenia – 1992 – 7 min.
LIFE by Artavazd Pelechian – Armenia – 1993 – 8 min.
Filmmakers attending Open Doors
If the award of the Pardo alla carriera to Otar Iosseliani this year will highlight the Open Doors section, the presence in Locarno of ten filmmakers from the Caucasus underscores the new vitality of this country’s cinematic production.
Several generations of Georgians will represent their country, including Nana Janelidze (whose documentary Will There Be a Theatre Up There?! was screened at the 2012 Hong Kong Festival; and she has just been appointed Head of the Georgian National Film Center), Zaza Rusadzé (who co-scripted Dito Tsintsadze’s The Man From the Embassy, in competition at Locarno in 2006, and whose first feature film, A Fold in My Blanket, opened the Berlin Panorama this year) and Rusudan Chkonia (whose Keep Smiling, developed under the aegis of the training AVANTI program, supported by the DDC, was screened as a world premiere at Venice Days in 2012).
In terms of Armenia, the energetic Erevan Film Festival director and filmmaker in his own right Harutyun Khachatryan (whose films Return to the Promised Land, Return of the Poet and Border have been saluted by festival juries all over the world) will be accompanied by Maria Saakian (a prize-winner at Erevan for her documentary Farewell and at Vyborg for her fiction film Entropiya), Hovhannes Galstyan (whose Bonded Parallels, developed under the aegis of the AVANTI program, has been screened at twenty international festivals), Tamara Stepanyan (whose documentary Embers, a Lebanese-Armenian-Qatari co-production, won the Mecenat Award at the Busan Festival and whose fiction film, February 19, won the Best Fiction Film award at 2012 the Lebanese Film Festival), and the young Turkish filmmaker of Armenian origins, Lusin Dink (her Saroyanland was in competition for Best Turkish Film at Istanbul this year).
Two Azerbaijani directors complete the line-up: Ayaz Salayev (his 1995 film Yarasa was highly influential and, eighteen years later, he has just finished his second film) and Ilgar Safat (maker of the domestic hit, The Precinct, his first fiction film, chosen to represent Azerbaijan at the 2011 Oscars).
Open Doors: The Co-Production Lab
The lab, which will be held 10-13 August 2013, is aimed at helping the selected directors and producers – this year coming with 12 projects from Southern Caucasus – to find partners for completion finance and enable them to make their films.
At the conclusion of the four days, three awards will be given to the best projects. The first prize, worth 50,000 CHF (approx 40,000 Euros), is funded by the Open Doors initiative in collaboration with the town of Bellinzona and the Swiss production support fund Visions Sud Est. A second award of 7,000 Euros will be offered by the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) and ARTE will award a prize worth 6,000 Euros.
This initiative is organised in close collaboration with the Festival Industry Office and benefits from support from the following partners: ACE (Ateliers du cinéma européen), EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and Producers Network Marché du Film (Festival de Cannes).
by Oksana Mirzoyan – Georgia/France
HOUSE OF OTHERS
by Rusudan Glurjidze – Armenia
by George Ovashvili – Georgia/France/Germany
by Nika Shek – Armenia/Azerbaijan
by Nino Gogua – Georgia
NAKED IN BAKU
by Arzu Gulijeva – Azerbaijan/Estonia
by Asif Rustamov – Azerbaijan/Germany
SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA
by Alexander Kvatashidze – Georgia/France/Estonia/Holland
by Rusudan Pirveli – Georgia
by Nora Martirosyan – Armenia/Switzerland/France
THE SECOND JOURNEY
by Lévon Minasian – Armenia
by Nariné Mkrtchyan and Arsen Azatyan – Armenia
For its 11th edition, the Open Doors Co-production Lab offers a new activity to the 12 teams selected with a film project: two half-day workshops consisting of 4 groups with 3 teams and 3 projects each, to discuss their projects and their prospects on the European audiovisual marketplace with key players of the industry, from film funders to producers, distributors and sales agents. The spirit of these ateliers is to create a professional, relaxed and secure environment to encourage real dialogue between professionals; it will be a unique opportunity for the filmmakers and producers of the invited region to dare asking any question they might have on the European AV industry in order to better understand the cultural differences and the market specificities.
Apart from useful market information, these workshops should help the teams to better approach the potential European partners they will be meeting during the Lab as well as to optimise their contacts by receiving advice on how to follow up these meetings and build long-lasting business relationships with those professionals.
Atelier 1 on Saturday 10 August 2013: WHERE IS THE MONEY ?
This workshop will give a clear overview of the various sources of funding in the most likely co-producing countries, explain how to best access them and discuss, per project, the most adapted financing strategy, stressing the strengths and possible weaknesses of each project in order to better position it within the European marketplace and target the most appropriate partners.
Among the professionals confirmed as moderators are:
Graziella Bildesheim (Maïa Workshops, Italy)
Rémi Burah (ARTE France)
Catherine Dussart (CDP, France)
Alan Fountain (EAVE, Luxembourg)
Christoph Friedel (Pandora Film, Germany)
Teresa Hoefert de Turégano (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany)
Roberto Olla (Eurimages, France)
Atelier 2 on Monday 12 August 2013: GETTING TO THE AUDIENCE !
It is equally important for a producer and a filmmaker to question themselves at an early stage of development about the audience they wish to reach. A key player in the chain is the international sales agent who can help pinpoint the best festival, marketing and distribution strategies to achieve this goal. This second atelier will guide participants on how to find the right international distributor and how to build a sustainable, trust relationship with the latter in order to optimise the international career potential of the film. It will also give an overall picture of the European situation in terms of exhibition, TV, video, VoD as well as the new distribution platforms.
Among the professionals confirmed as moderators are:
Mathilde Henrot (Festival Scope, France)
Riina Sildos (Amrion Production, Estonia)
Dominique Welinski (DW Distribution, France)