Organised by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Docu Talents from the East presents upcoming documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. Ten new feature-length creative documentary projects, in production or post-production, pursue appropriate market-access points during CineLink to further their conversion and placement efforts. The selected projects are slated for release between September 2019 and August 2020, and will be introduced by their directors and producers in eight-minute overview presentations, which include three-minute trailers. The most promising project receives the Docu Talent Award in co-operation with Current Time TV. The award is accompanied by a prize in the amount of 5,000 USD. The Open presentation will take place on August 18, at Hotel Europe – Atrium from 15:00 – 17:00.
Projects were selected by representatives of the Ji.hlava IDFF. Complete list can be found below.
ANTIGONE - A SIMPLE STEP OUT
Slovenia | 87’
Director: Jani Sever
Producer: Nina Jeglič
Editor: Milos Kalusek
Production Company: Sever&Sever
An ancient heroine, decision-makers, and a philosopher in the sphere of ethical decisions.
BETWEEN TWO WARS
Germany | Latvia | Ukraine | 90’
Director: Alina Gorlova
Producer: Maksym Nakonechnyi
Editor: Olga Zhurba
Production Company: Tabor
Fleeing the Syrian conflict, young Andriy's family unexpectedly landed in Ukraine. Now, he helps people in the so-called war-torn grey zone as a volunteer for the Red Cross. He maintains the balance between the peaceful and military worlds, traditional and contemporary lifestyles, neutrality
and passionate ideas, keeping or losing connection with his family, who are spread around the world because of war. Will Andriy manage to get out of it, taking his first steps into adult life, with all his identities damaged or lost?
Serbia | 75’
Director: Luka Papić
Producer: Srđa Vučo
Editor: Luka Papić, Srđa Vučo
Production Company: Cinnamon Film
This political ready-made comedy with real consequences explores the basic nature of politics by looking into one of the strangest periods in Serbian history.
Estonia | 90’
Director: Margit Lillak
Producer: Johanna Trass
Editor: Jaak Ollino Jun.
Production Company: Allfilm
To change the world, one needs to start within.
Czech Republic | 73’
Director: Viera Čákanyová
Producer: Nina Numankadić
Editor: Marek Sulik
Production Company: Hypermarket Film s.r.o
Trying to create a universal artificial intelligence, we cannot escape anthropomorphic thinking, since we cannot get beyond the limits of the human brain. FREM is an attempt to go beyond these limits; an attempt to make a non-anthropomorphic film. It is an audiovisual requiem for homo sapiens.
Greece | Ukraine | 70’
Director: Polina Moshenska
Producer: Polina Moshenska, Natalia Libet, Michael Sladek
Editor: Mykola Bazarkin, Polina Moshenska, Adam Kurnitz
Production Company: DGTL RLGN
A story of love, a story about a long-distance relationship that started in September 2014, while war in Ukraine and the economic crisis in Greece were taking a dramatic turn.
Croatia | Germany | Hungary | 90’
Director: Dávid Mikulán, Bálint Révész
Producer: Viki Réka Kiss
Editor: Péter Politzer
Production Company: ELF Pictures
KIX is the story of Sanyi, a troubled street boy, as he grows from eight to eighteen, from kid stuff to the verge of adulthood. Over a decade, he goes from young mischief-maker to public enemy.
A NEW SHIFT
Czech Republic | 95’
Director: Jindřich Andrš
Producer: Augustina Micková, Miloš Lochman
Editor: Lukaš Janičik
Production Company: moloko film
A NEW SHIFT is the story of a coal miner who chose to break out of the depths and become a computer programmer.
He changed his life and his job, but he did not know how much he would have to change himself.
PORTRAIT OF EUROPE
Poland, Germany | 80’
Director: Filip Jacobson
Producer: Karolina Galuba
Production Company: Furia Film
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. A portrait of Europe from the outside – from the perspective of Japanese tourists, recorded on their holiday videos.
US AGAINST OURSELVES
Romania | 75’
Director: Andra Tarara
Producer: Anda Ionescu, Anamaria Antoci
Editor: Andra Tarara
Production Company: Tangaja Production
Two screens. A father and his daughter film each other. He has schizophrenia and she grew up without him.
Presentations will be followed by ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS with these experts:
● Aleksandar Govedarica, Sales Agent, Syndicado Inc., Canada
● Nevena Milašinović, Bojana Marić, Sales Agents, Sweet Spot Docs, Switzerland
● Marek Hovorka, Festival Director, Ji.hlava IDFF, Czech Republic
● Shane Smith, Director of Programming, Hot Docs CIDF, Canada
Docu Talent Award Jury:
● Natalia Arshavskaya, Acquisitions, Current Time TV, Czech Republic
● Catherine Bizern, Festival Director, Cinéma du Réel, France
● Noemi Schory, Producer, Israel
● Harry Vaughn, Programmer, Sundance FF, USA
● Jarmila Outratová, Head of Industry Office, Ji.hlava IDFF, Czech Republic