Selection 2017

Projects Selected for CineLink Co-production Market 

Writer and Director: Kristijan Risteski
Producer: Kristijan Risteski, Jovica Panovski
Production company: Vertigo Visual
Kristijan Risteski’s directing and producing credits include five feature-length, two medium-length and six short films, as well as two television series.

Writer and Director: Ivan Ikić
Producer: Milan Stojanović
Production company: SENSE production
Ivan Ikić’s debut film BARBARIANS won a Special Jury Prize in the East of the West programme at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the Seyfi Teoman Award at the European Film Festival Palić and the Best Film Award at Crossing Europe Linz, and was screened at more than 30 international film festivals.

Writer and Director: Gabriel Achim
Producer: Anca Puiu
Production company: Mandragora
Gabriel Achim wrote, produced and directed several short films that have been screened and won awards at national and international film festivals. His most recent feature film, THE LAST DAY, had its premiere at the 2016 Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluj.

Director: Damjan Kozole
Writers: Damjan Kozole, Urša Menart
Producer: Danijel Hočevar
Production company: Vertigo
Damjan Kozole is a distinguished Slovenian filmmaker whose directing credits include the critically acclaimed SPARE PARTS (2003) and SLOVENIAN GIRL (2009), which was released worldwide, among others. SPARE PARTS was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. NIGHTLIFE, Kozole’s ninth feature, had its premiere in the Official Competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Best Director Award. He is also the respected author of numerous documentary films. 

Directors: Siddiq Barmak, George Ovashvili
Writers: Siddiq Barmak, Guram Odisharia
Producer: George Ovashvili
Production company: Wagonnet, Arizona Productions
Georgia, France
Siddiq Barmak is a film director from Afghanistan. His debut feature film, OSAMA, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004 after screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Barmak made his second feature-length film, OPIUM WAR, in 2008. 
George Ovashvili is a Georgian director, writer and producer. His first feature-length film, THE OTHER BANK, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Generations section in 2009, and won more than 50 international prizes. His second feature, CORN ISLAND, won the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Academy Aware for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. 

Director: Slobodan Šijan
Writers: Slobodan Šijan, Biljana Maksić, Vladimir Mančić
Producer: Marko Paljić
Production company: Gargantua Films
Slobodan Šijan is a film director, writer and a visual artist. He is the author of numerous experimental films and video works, and of several very popular Serbian feature-length films, as well as of a number of publications and books about film and visual culture. In 1996, the Academy of Film Art and Science pronounced his 1980 film WHO’S SINGIN’ OVER THERE? (1980) the best Yugoslav film made in the last 50 years. 

Director: Konstantin Bojanov
Writers: Konstantin Bojanov, Buku Sarkar 
Producers: Frederic Corvez, Konstantin Bojanov, Palmyre A. Badinier
Production companies: Urban Factory, Argentum Lux Films
Bulgaria, France, India 
Konstantin Bojanov is a filmmaker and a visual artist. His first feature film AVÉ, had its premiere in 2011 as a Critics’ Week selection at the Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win numerous awards. It was distributed theatrically and broadcast throughout Europe and South America. His latest film, LIGHT THEREAFTER (2017) was premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this year. 

Director: Maya Vitkova
Writer: Maya Vitkova
Producer: Maya Vitkova
Production company: Viktoria Films
Co-producer: Anca Puiu, Mandragora (Romania)
Bulgaria, Romania

After a very successful film VIKTORIA (premiered at Sundance 2014) which dealt with Bulgarian political past, Maya Vitkova is developing a second feature film AFRICA, focusing on a contemporary family story.

Director: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Writer: Mina Mileva
Producer: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Production company: Activist38

Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova are director-producer duo known by two successful and controversial documentaries UNCLE TONY (2014) and A BEAST IS STILL ALIVE (2016) dealing with recent Bulgarian history. Their first feature film CAT IN THE WALL tackles the relationship between migrants and locals in London.  

Director: Dane Komljen
Writer: Dane Komljen
Producer: Nataša Damnjanović, Vladimir Vidić
Production company: Dart Film
Serbia / Bosnia and Herzegovina

DESIRE LINES is a second feature film of Dane Komljen who is internationally known for his hybrid style and his short films were screened and won awards at Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, and FID Marseille and his first feature ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH premiered in Locarno 2016. 

Director: Christos Passalis
Writer: Christos Passalis, Eleni Vergeti
Producer: Maria Drandaki
Production company: Homemade Films

THE DRAGON HAS COME is a first feature film by a Greek actor and theater director Christos Passalis know by his performance in DOGTOOTH. 

Director: Eylem Kaftan
Writer: Eylem Kaftan
Producer: Canol Balkaya
Production company: caba film
Co-producer: Mehmet Aktas, Janna Heine mitosfilm (Germany)
Turkey, Germany

THE HIVE is the feature fiction directorial debut about female urban farmer fulfilling her mother’s last wish dedicated to produce honey but her path is crossed by a bear family. This project is directed by Eylem Kaftan who has directed several documentary feature films. 

Director: Araceli Lemos
Writer(s): Araceli Lemos, Gulia Caruso
Producer(s): Elina Psykou, Giulia Caruso, Konstantinos Vassilaros
Production company: StudioBauhaus

Araceli Lemos is a Greek director and editor. HOLY EMY is her feature directorial debut and it is an intimate character driven drama set in Filipino community in Greece. 

Director: Balazs Simonyi
Writer: Balazs Simonyi
Producer: Balazs Simonyi, Laszlo Jozsa, Monika Mecs
Production company: Speak Easy Project, M&M Film

TAKE ME HOME is the feature directorial debut, a hybrid between documentary and fiction film by Hungarian documentary filmmaker Balazs Simonyi. The film deals with child euthanasia and its taboo. 



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Director: Mahdi Ali Ali
Writer: Mahdi Ali Ali
Producer: TBD
Production company: TBD

Mahid Al-Sharshani is a filmmaker who has been the executive producer and supervisor for more than 30 short films produced by Doha Film Institute. Since joining Doha Film Institute, he’s worked to provide Qatar filmmakers with comprehensive learning initiatives, led by the industry’s major players.  


Director: Bassem Breche
Writers: Bassem Breche, Ghassan Salhab
Producer: Jana Wehbe
Production company: The Attic

Bassem Breche is an Emmy Award winning scriptwriter and director, who started his career as an actor. He has directed three short films, BOTH (2007), ZIU (2013) and FREE RANGE (2014) premiering at Cannes’ Critics week. As a scriptwriter, Breche has written web series and films. He is the founder/director of Scenario Beirut, a collective of screenwriters based in Beirut.