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2019 Eurimages Lab Project Awards


In Haugesund, the Eurimages Lab Project Award of an amount of 50 000 euros was awarded to the project HIM by Guro Bruusgaard, member of the film collective Alternativet AS (NO). The jury composed of Christin Berg (Nordisk Film Kino), Ruth Lev Ari (Haifa Film Festival), Stephen Locke (Scandinavian film critics) and Kristina Børjeson (SE) for Eurimages, wanted to recognise a visionary and pertinent discussion on the role of men today in Norway. This prize enables the filmmakers, who work in an experimentive way, to explore further and experiment with their subject and its carriers. A Special Mention went to the project Jessica by Ninja Thyberg, a bold cinematic achievement from a woman’s point of view. Further information on the Festival’s website.

The next Lab Project Award will be given in the framework of the Agora Works in Progress initiative at the Thessaoloniki International Film Festival on 7 November 2019.

The first Eurimages Lab Project Award of the year was presented last Tuesday in Karlovy Vary: it went to the film Bottled Songs written, directed and produced by Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné. The jury composed by the film director Tereza Nvotovà (SK/CZ), Frank Peijnenburg (Head of Development and Production Screen NL) and Majlinda Tafa (Albania) for Eurimages decided to award this prize of €50,000 to a “courageous documentary raising questions of privacy and identity by exploring online propaganda of the Islamic State”. More information available in the press-release (link towards the attached document) and on the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s website.

During the closing ceremony of the festival on 5 July 2019, the Crystal Globe went to the Eurimages-supported co-production The Father (BG, GR) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov while the prize for Best Actor was awarded to Milan Ondrik for his role in Let There Be Light (SK, CZ) by Marko Skop. This Eurimages-supported co-production also received a Jury commendation. Among the parallel prizes we can mention the FEDEORA Award which went to Passed by Censor (TR, DE, FR) by Serhat Karaaslan and the Europa Cinemas Label Award for Scandinavian Silence (EE, FR, BE) by Martti Helde: both co-prorductions were supported by Eurimages.

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