January 18th 2016.

BALKAN FILM CONNECTION GROWS INTO FIRST FILMS FIRST!

It gets even better!
Develop your first feature film step-by-step with the help of eminent European professionals.

4 workshops over a period of one year
Cluj – Bitola – Belgrade - Sofia
Application deadline April 1st.

Find out more about our new, intensive professional training program here »

 

December 29th 2015.

IMPRESSIONS FROM THE 2nd EDITION

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Positive participants and organizers, the only lab I’ve been in that doesn’t try to impose their opinions on the project but try to flesh out the projects themselves. The organizing of the whole thing (from tutors, labs, food, establishment) was really impressive. It felt like developing a film in a family environment (without the family quarrels though) and felt like home!

Minos Nikolakakis (Greece)

 

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It was positive and gave me motivation to develop the story and script and start my journey towards my first feature length film. I would like to stay connected with the participants and organizers, because I think my ‘journey to Balkans’ gave me lots of motivation and inspiration for new projects and future cooperation’s. ‘Balkan Film Connection’ is a perfect name.

Valerie Wolf Gang (Slovenia)

 

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I had a really great time and I’m happy that I had the opportunity to meet creative people from other parts of Balkans. We definitely learned that we have a lot in common, and that we should stick together more, like other regions with similarities do (Scandinavia, Benelux...). We are too often interconnected only through an external influence, so it felt great to be a part of something created for Balkan filmmakers by Balkan filmmakers.

Stefan Malesevic (Serbia / Bosnia & Herzegovina)

 

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BFC is like a one week post-graduate program where you can be in dialog with new filmmakers, where you exchange ideas for your films, you watch and talk about other films and plant the first seeds of Balkan co-productions. Great place for a true cinematic dialogue.

Cem Oztufekci (Turkey)

 

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November 29th 2015.

TAKE PART IN BFC!

Find out about the programs that are open for general public here »

 

November 29th 2015.

Round table: WHAT IS BRAVERY IN BALKAN CINEMA?

Is Balkan cinema brave? What is this bravery and where is it coming from? Is the bravery same here as anywhere else? How can Balkan cinema become braver?

Round table participants will be directors from Hrabri Balkan (Brave Balkan) selection of the Author Film Festival as well as BFC participants.

Discussion is open for public and takes place in Nova Kinoteka (Multimedijalna sala) at 5PM, Friday, 4th of December. Welcome!

 

November 25th 2015.

CAMERA D'OR WINNER AT BFC!

With his debut film LAND AND SHADE, young Columbian director César Augusto Acevedo won Caméra d'Or, along with three more awards at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The project initially took almost eight years to become a movie. The director has openly admitted that this film was born out of personal pain and represents an attempt to reconnect with both his deceased parents and his native culture.

On BFC, César Augusto Acevedo will talk about relation between personal and fictional in his work and his authentic film-making approach that combines poetics with politics.

November 23rd 2015.

ACID On BFC!

The executive director of ACID, Fabienne Hanclot, will present activities of the French association of film directors, which, for 23 years, has been promoting the cinema distribution of independent films and encouraging debates between the authors and the audiences. The strength of ACID is its founding principle: the support given by filmmakers to other filmmakers, French or international.
Every year, ACID supports 20 to 30 feature films, fiction and documentaries. The selection of ACID films is annually presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

The presentation on BFC, followed by Q & A, is also opened for the general public and starts at 15h, on December 1st in “Amerikana hall” / Dom omladine, Belgrade.

After the presentations, in the same hall, you can see two films that ACID presents this year:

  • 16.00 - Film ACID: "Where There Is Shade", directed by Nathan Nicholaevich
  • 18:30 - Film ACID "Spartakus and Cassandra", directed by Ioannis Nuguet

 

November 22nd 2015.

Emin Alper Guest at BFC!

A rising star of European cinema, Turkish director Emin Alper won Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival with his exciting and emotionally engaging drama FRENZY.
His first feature, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards, including the Caligari Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. At the BFC, Alper will talk about his distinctive poetics and specific approach to contemporary social-political issues.

November 14th 2015.

MEET THE TUTORS

During the 2nd edition of the Balkan Film Connection, the selected participants will have the possibility to work on their first feature film projects with renowned scriptwriters and professors, Laila Stieler and Srdjan Koljević.

LAILA STIELER

… was born in 1965 in Neustadt, Thuringia. From 1986 to 1990, Stieler studied dramaturgy at the Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg... READ ON...

SRDJAN KOLJEVIĆ

...was born in 1966. Koljević graduated screenwriting and playwriting from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is a screenwriter and director... READ ON...

November 11th 2015.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2nd BFC ANNOUNCED

Having carefully reviewed all applications, the selection committee and tutors of the 2st Balkan Film Connection have made a final decision.

The Committee’s decision has been very difficult since the quality of the majority of the projects we received was on a high level.

The selected participants are....

 

September 15th 2015.

2nd BALKAN FILM CONNECTION is open for application!

2nd edition theme: THE ART OF STORYTELLING

This year, BALKAN FILM CONNECTION will focus on one of the most delicate phases in every filmmaker’s life - developing a script for the first feature-length fiction film. Read more >>

The deadline for applying is October 20th. You can find all information about the application process here >>.