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News: Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event award winners 2016



Best project – Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, 20 000 Euros


Citizen Saint, Georgia, director Tinatin Kajrishvili, producer Lasha Khalvashi, production company Film Studio Artizm


Jury statement: The jury was impressed by the wide universal appeal of this locally rooted story. This black comedy tackles social and political issues at a time when populism is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere, making us question our individual responsibility in regards to this social phenomenon. We are convinced that this emerging and talented director will deliver a film that has the potential to reach a wide audience.  


Best Pitch - Coverage throughout the film’s life-cycle, awarded by Screen International


(N)Ostalgia, Luxembourg/UK, director Vicki Thornton, producer Marion Gruth, production company a_BAHN


Promising Young Producers  

Two free passes to Producers’ Network 2017 awarded by Cannes Marché du Film


Winners: Emma Åkesdotter Ronge and Kuba Kosma 


2016 Baltic Event Eurimages jury:


Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of Production and Development, National Film Centre of Latvia, Latvia

Suzanne Glansborg, Executive Producer, TV4/Bonnier Broadcasting, Sweden

Titus Kreyenberg, CEO / Producer, unafilm, Germany




Orbital Vox Studios’ Post Production Award


5000 Euros worth of post-production services including digital mastering, special effects and sound design. The award is given to a project which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.


Winner: The Line / Čiara, Slovakia/Ukraine; director Peter Bebjak; producers Wanda Adamík Hrycová, Andrey Yermak; Wandal Production, ltd


Jury statement: The director looked to have a very strong command of all the different elements, from narrative to character to tension and intrigue to production values. It was the project that stood out to us as the strongest mix between commercial and creative.


Baltic Event Works in Progress Award


3000 Euros. Awarded for the first time to celebrate the market’s 15th birthday, the Baltic Event Works in Progress Award is given to the project with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.


Winner: Foam At The Mouth / Ar putam uz lupam, Latvia/Lithuania/Poland; director Janis Nords; producers Alise Gelze, Aija Berzina; production companies Tasse Film, ArtBox, Madants


Jury statement: First of all, we were very impressed by the selection. It was a very had decision but we found that our curiosity was most piqued by Foam At The Mouth and by the scenes we were shown, both in terms of narrative progression and stylistic execution.


Think of the Music Award


2 x 1500 Euros worth of licenses for music represented by Apollo Music, to be used in film and/or promotional materials. The award goes to the project with the best and brightest ideas for the use of music.




The Ballroom/ El Baile y el Salón, Costa Rica/México; director Iván Porras Meléndez; producers Karolina Hernández Chaves, Marcela Esquivel Jiménez; production companies Dos Sentidos Producciones, La Feria Producciones, Cine Feral


Jury statement: This project about "70-year-old teenagers" – as the director described – looks to be full of charm and entertainment value, and the choice of music and how it is used in the film is going to have a significant part to play in its success. 


The Man Who Looks Like Me / Minu näoga onu, Estonia; directors Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik; producer Maie Rosmann-Lill; production companies Kuukulgur Film, Kinosaurus Film


Jury statement: This film shows real comic potential with its antagonistic father-son relationship. We were immediately engaged by the characters, and given the important role music can play in comedies, we would like to support the film with the music prize. 


Special Mention


Easy, Ukraine/ Italy, director Andrea Magnani, producers Oleg Scherbyna, Yulia Cherniavska, Chiara Barbo, Massimo Di Rocco, Andrea Magnani, Gianpaolo Smiragli, Stefano Basso; production companies Fresh Production, Bartlebyfilm, Pilgrim


2016 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress jury: 


Mads Peter Ole Olsen, CEO, Red Herring Film ApS, Denmark

Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International and, United Kingdom

Nicholas Kaiser, Sales & Acquisitions Executive, Memento Films International, France

Thomas Weymar, Managing Director, Telepool GmbH, Germany




The winning team gets a trip to Casual Connect in Berlin, one of the best known international mobile game conferences. The award is provided by Game Jam's partner IGDA Estonian.


Winner: Ederlezi Rising


Jury statement: It is a first person survival game where the player takes the role of the female android robot, the lead character from the movie. In the movie the female-looking robot is programmed by a man living in solitary in a spaceship in order to satisfy his needs. The game takes place in the aftermath of him getting bored with the android and the robot surpassing the need to serve the human master. Game is raw survival situtation - either the robot or the man must make it as a winner! 


Game producer - Aleksei Nehoroshkin 


Film - Ederlezi Rising by Lazar Bodroza (Serbia). Production company Mir Media Group, producer Aleksandar Protic.


Second place: The Secret Society of Souptown


Jury statement: A game for kids in a form of puzzle book playable on smartphones and tablets. The puzzles follow through the mysterious adventures of Souptown Secret Society, the lead characters of the movie. 


Game producer - Mikk Luige


Film - Supilinna Salaselts by Margus Paju (Estonia). Production company Nafta Films, producers Diana Mikita and Esko Rips.




A jury of 6 invited distributors – Eye on Films partners from different European countries – have selected the following winners among films shown at the Eye on Films industry screenings.


The Eye on Films Honorary Award at PÖFF 2016 goes to the film Those Who Jump, directed by Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé, Denmark, for "the complexity of the situation of the refugees, bringing a new perspective that shows personal courage."


A special mention also goes to Pretenders by Vallo Toomla, Estonia, for "the originality of the script, unexpected twist and turns and for the quality of the production value."