Presentation of selected upcoming films to distributors, sales, televisions, and film festivals representatives, and other initiatives

Distribution Forum is a promotional platform focused on feature length films with the ambition of festival presentation, and their search for ideal distribution strategies. In 2012 the second annual Forum introduced European documentary films in various stages of production or post-production. In 20–25 minute blocs, the representatives of each film presented previews from the shot material, introduced the topic, conception of the film, their documentary method as well as the financing and distribution status of the film.

The Forum is designed to focus on the distribution aspects of selected projects as well as on the work of directors and selectors. The presentations are therefore aimed at distributors, sale agents, commissioning editors, cinema owners and festival program directors who have the opportunity to find and acquire new films for their distribution or program. However, the Forum is also be open to journalists, film professionals and to general audience interested in distribution aspects of the film industry. Therefore, the panel presentations and discussions can become the right place for getting dramaturgic remarks and further inspiration for the filmmakers themselves.

 

Distribution forum 2012

Moderators

Heino Deckert

Producer and managing director of ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion based in Leipzig and Berlin, shareholder in Cologne Blinker Filmproduktion, and director of Deckert Distribution. Deckert Distribution stands for excellent, director-led, award-winning documentaries, such as the Oscar nominated Rabbit à la Berlin by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski, Recipes for Disaster by John Webster, or ¡Vivan las Antipodas! by Victor Kossakowsky, which premiered at Venice Film Festival 2011 and was nominated for the European Film Award.

Daniel Saltzwedel

Daniel Saltzwedel is a funding consultant specialising in creative documentaries. Before joining the Medienboard in 2008, Daniel has worked in film production as a producer.
Berlin-Brandenburg is Germany’s film metropolis, the Medienboard its regional fund. They support films in the categories of script development, project development, production, distribution and sales, and other activities.

7 projects

WYDRA-KLOOS-REMUNDA-DYEKJAER-KONEČNÝ-SOLOMON

AND THERE WAS LOVE IN GHETTO... / I BYŁA MIŁOŚĆ W GETCIE...

Poland
Director: Jolanta Dylewska, Andrzej Wajda
Producer: Anna Wydra / Otter Films
Co-producers: Pallas Film (Germany), Mazovia Film Fund (Poland)
support: MEDIA development and Polish Film Institute
Stage of development:  In production
Director of Photography: Kuba Kijowski
Film length: 80 min
Estimated date of premiere: Spring 2013

In spite of the inhumane conditions of the Ghetto, many marvelous things also took place. People became attached to each other in order to bare the loneliness of war times. Through these extreme situations, it became clear that people could not live without love.

This film is about the love that permeated peoples’ lives, if even for only a short time.The film acts as an answer to a call made by Marek Edelman, the former commander of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Uprising, who witnessed the extermination that happened in the Warsaw Ghetto. He wrote a book based on his own experience entitled 'And there was love in the ghetto...', which was published in many countries throughout Europe. One passage from the book reads:

"Why doesn’t anybody ask me if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested in this subject? Someone should make a film about love in the ghetto. It was love that let us survive."

  • Director’s CV

Jolanta Dylewska
Director and photographer, professor at the Film University in Lodz, visiting professor at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemberg in Ludviksberg and a Member of European Film Academy (EFA). She has been awarded for many of her films at numerous international festivals, amongst others the Golden Gate at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Grand Prix at the Munich International Documentary Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival (2008).

  • Company profile

Otter films
A production company based in Warsaw, focused on creative documentaries and arthouse films for cinema and TV, with an emphasis on the international market. The owner of the company, Anna Wydra has a unique experience in development, production as well as promotion and distribution of difficult and original projects. We take part in workshops, pitchings and markets because we believe that intensive project development, coproduction and international distribution are the foundations of international success.

 

AWAY FROM ALL SUNS / FORT VON ALLEN SONNEN

Germany
Director: Isabella Willinger
Producer: Stefan Kloos / Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH
Stage of development: postproduction
Director of Photography: Kaspar Kaven
Film length: 72min
Estimated date of premiere: Spring 2013

In the side streets of Moscow, we find forgotten treasures: Utopian buildings, built in the 1920s in the spirit of Russian constructivism; Ruins of a different future that reflect the hopes and errors of modernity. What kind of life do we find in these buildings today? The film follows three Muscovites who struggle with the heritage of those buildings.

ELENA is fighting to save her apartment building and a printing press next door – the only building of El Lissitzky still existing. Artist DONATAS wants to live with his friends in an artists´ commune. Architect VSEVOLOD wants to save an architectural landmark – yet, he has to remodel it.

“Everybody who ever lived in this house seems to be infected,” Vsevolod says.

What do these buildings hold for us? What will vanish, once the last ones fall prey to decay or into the hands of real estate-investors?A journey through time to the revolutionary 1920s and a portrait of Russian society today.

  • Director’s CV

Isabella Willinger
Born in Munich in 1978, studied Slavic Studies, American Studies and Sociology in Berlin, Prague, Moscow and New York. After completing her MA in 2006, she enrolled in the documentary program at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her theoretical and practical works include such themes as film theory, gender, popular culture, individualism vs. globalization.

  • Company profile

Kloos & Co.
Producers of award-winning documentaries for TV and cinema, as well as high quality image- and industry films, educational films, film-EPKs and commercials. Our themes center on traditions and change, we are deeply rooted in pop-culture and we love films that feature new ways of storytelling. We work with young talents, experienced directors and freelance producers touching most different facets of reality. We focus on creative documentaries as well as on serial docu-formats for TV, and on films that cross the genre between documentary and fiction.


CZECH PRESIDENT / ČESKÝ PREZIDENT

Czech Republic
Director: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Producer: Filip Remunda / Hypermarket Film
Stage of development: production
Director of Photography: Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda
Film length:  90 – 100 min
Estimated date of premiere: October 2013

A feature documentary film about the first nation-wide presidential election in Czech history. A comedy about what a Czech presidential candidate must do to be elected by the people. A film portrait of our society and its first independent choice of a mascot, peacemaker, king, moral revivalist and world representative.

We see the situation of the presidential election campaign as a search for a new definition of the presidential office, with the candidates ranging from bizarre populists who only participate to attract attention at any cost or to achieve a greater social prestige to serious candidates with a real chance to win. We hope that during the campaign, the (pseudo) elites of the modern times will clarify their vision of state administration. What we see is Leacock’s and Maysles’ Primary combined with Wag the Dog.

Similarly to our previous films, we prefer SITUATIONS to INTERVIEWS. We reject the comfort of political and media correctness. We are not going to interview experts, commentators and political scientists; we want to capture the events of the presidential election in their authentic crudeness; the bizarreness of political theatre as well as the sincerity with which some of the candidates hope to heal the citizens’ faith in the meaningfulness and honesty of high politics.

  • Directors’ CVs

Vít Klusák
Film documentarist, cinematographer, editor and lecturer at FAMU, born in 1980. Vít Klusák studied photography at the School of Graphic Design in Prague, and graduated from the Documentary Film Department at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague where he works as lecturer of the Basics of Film Language since 2006. Since 2011, he leads the first year’s class of FAMU Dept. of Documentary Film.

Filip Remunda
Film documentarist, cinematographer, executive producer, and co-founder of the Institute of documentary film (IDF), born in 1973. Filip Remunda graduated from FAMU documentary directing department in the masterclasses of Karel Vachek and Pavel Koutecký and stayed at Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. He was a guest lecturer at the Robert Flaherty International film seminar in USA.

  • Company Profile

Hypermarket Film
A film producing company focusing mainly on creative documentaries based in Prague, Czech Republic.  Our first feature-length film Czech Dream was released theatrically in 12 countries, including the USA and UK. We cooperate with the mayor TV channels and number of independent production companies from Europe and USA.

 

FREE THE MIND

Denmark
Director: Phie  Ambo
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær /  Danish Documentary
Stage of development:  In production
Director of Photography: Phie Ambo
Film length:  80 min
Estimated date of premiere:  November 2012

Free the Mind is the fantastic tale of how one man’s vision provides a turning point in the lives of three people.

Professor Richard Davidson is one of the world’s leading researchers of the human brain. He sets out to discover if, and how, it is possible to physically change the brain using only the power of thought.

Steve and Rich are just two out of thousands of American war veterans. Their lives have turned into painful nightmares; restless insomniacs tormented by their own consciences after events witnessed and deeds done during wartime.

Will, 5 years old, suffers from ADHD and anxiety. His parents are eager to try other options than those provided by traditional medicine.

Can Professor Richard Davidson make a difference? Can he free these people from their miserable existences and help them lead ordinary lives? Free the Mind follows the three test subjects on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

  • Director’s CV

Phie Ambo
A Danish director who grew up in Snekkersten in Denmark. She graduated as a math-student from Helsingør Gymnasium in 1992. In 2001 she co-directed her debut film Family together with Sami Saif, which won a Robert award for the Best Documentary. Phie Ambo followed Family (2001) up with Growing Up In a Day in 2002. Her latest documentary Free the Mind has so far sold 13.000 tickets in Danish cinemas.

  • Company profile

Sigrid Dyekjær
Educated in dramaturgy from the University in Aarhus, and a part-owner of Danish Documentary Production. She is recognized as one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to national documentary production and international cooperation. Besides her work at Danish Documentary, Sigrid teaches at the National Film School of Denmark, as well as doing master classes and lectures at film schools around the world.

 

THE INNER LANDSCAPE
Guo Wenjing: Modern art in China and the classical tradition

Netherlands
Director: Frank Scheffer
Producer: Pieter van Huystee Film, BOS

In the ever progressing modern China, with a fast vanishing cultural tradition, the Chinese composer Guo Wenjing asks the question how the artist should react to these developments. In his new composition he wants to bring about a dialogue between contemporary Western music and the traditional Chinese music. The resulting chamber opera will be performed in China and internationally by Chinese opera star Tiemei Shen.

In this film I’d like to explore the change of mind that is needed in China to bring about a cultural renaissance. How can young musicians be inspired to discover the spiritual and ethical dimensions in their art? And how can we in the West benefit from this cultural renaissance?

As a starting point for this film I use the term juxtaposition. Juxtaposition meaning two realities that are put in opposition. The central juxtaposition indicates the contrast between the Chinese cultural tradition and the modern Chinese artist. Parallel to this, the juxtapositions between city (Beijing) and countryside and East and West play an important role as well.

Through an exciting creative process the viewer is immersed into a world of fine music, poetry and the belief in China’s own spiritual power.

  • Director’s CV

Frank Scheffer
A Dutch cinematographer and producer of documentary films. Scheffer’s films on music constitute an overview of the great composers of the 20th century (John Cage, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Tan Dun, Edgard Varése). His latest film Gorozan, about young musicians of the Teheran Philharmonic Orchestra and it's chief conductor, Nader Mashayehki was premiered in competition at the IDFA 2011. In addition to numerous critical and festival awards, Scheffer was honored with a complete retrospective of his films at the 2008 Mumbai International Film Festival.

 

MYTHMAKING / MÝTUS ŠEDÉ

Czech Republic
Director: Jan Gogola jr.
Producer: Jiří Konečný / endorfilm
Stage of development: Post-production
Director of Photography: Braňo Pažitka
Film length: 80 min / 52 min
Estimated date of premiere: February 2013

The film revolves around the project of Czech artist Kateřina Šedá From Morning Till Night, a one-day event that took place September 3, 2011, as a commission for Tate Modern. Šedá invited eighty residents of all ages from the village of Bedřichovice to recreate their daily routine and the life of their village in London, in an area designated by the artist to closely replicate the perimeter of the village. An additional eighty UK-based professional and amateur artists assisted Šedá in representing the imaginary borders. Each of them positioned at the outskirts of the new locality, painted a specific angle of Bedřichovice while facing the urban landscape of London. The film captures a follow-up and other current projects by Kateřina Šedá.

  • Director’s CV

Jan Gogola jr.
Jan Gogola was born in 1971. He is a director, script editor, freelance journalist and lecturer at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Gogola studied journalism at Charles University and documentary film at FAMU. Formerly commissioning editor for Czech TV and a long-time instructor leading international workshops of Institute of Documentary Film in Prague, Jan Gogola has been involved in the making of numerous award winning documentaries. Recently, he has resumed filmmaking career as a director.

  • Company Profile

endorfilm
endorfilm is an independent film production company founded in 1999 by Jiří Konečný. The company is a member of APA (Czech Producers’ Association), and is mainly focused on producing feature, short and documentary films.

 

TARZAN’S TESTICLES / UTOPISTAN

Romania
Director: Alexandru Solomon
Producer: Alexandru Solomon / HiFilm Productions
Stage of development:  In development
Director of Photography: Alexandru Solomon
Film length: 90 min / 52 min
Estimated date of premiere: Spring 2014

In Abkhazia, a country born in the pains of war from the big-bang of the communist utopia, researchers have been trying to reach some of humanity’s everlasting dreams: control nature, prolong life and conquer the universe…

Since 90 years, they are using monkeys to achieve all these.

In 1927, one orang-utan named Tarzan was brought to Sukhum. He was meant to serve for the creation of a hybrid between Man and Ape. This was the starting point of the monkey nursery. Since then, primate experiments have continued in the Caucasus, stretching the limits of Science towards Fiction. Monkeys were used in order to find the elixir of long life or a cure for cancer; they were sent on spaceships … And the story goes on today.

Tarzan’s Testicles is a fi lm on the only surviving utopia of our times: medicine. In the background, you will notice the ruins of every other possible utopia.

  • Director’s CV

Alexandru Solomon
After graduating the Camera Department of the Film School in Bucharest, Alexandru started making documentaries in 1993, alongside working as director of photography for fiction films. His films, such as Great Communist Bank Robbery, Cold Waves or Capitalism, our improved formula often balance on the edge of documentary and fiction. Alexandru has been involved in co-productions with the UK, Canada, France and Germany; he has been teaching at the Film School and within the Arts Academy in Bucharest and is a member of the European Documentary Network.

  • Company Profile

HiFilm
Located in central Bucharest, HiFilm maintains close ties with a large pool of high-class film directors and cameramen from all over the world. Through these connections, HiFilm is able to recruit the right professional for every task, and to carry out even the most complex, demanding and artistically challenging production projects.