European Genre Forum
European Genre Forum is a pan-european training project organized by Black Nights Film Festival; Imagine Film Festival from Amsterdam (biggest festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands); Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (largest genre festival in the SEE region) and film consultancy company Screen Division from Paris.

The main goal of this international project is to connect, educate and supported young and upcoming, as well as already proven, European film talents beginning their career in the genre film industry.

The EGF  annual cycle consists of three labs: the Directing lab in Amsterdam (spring), the Production lab in Zagreb (summer) and the final Sales and Marketing lab in Tallinn (winter) giving the participants a full range of feedback, skills and contacts by established professionals in the global genre industry to step their projects up and prepare for financing, participation in co- production markets and naturally production as well.

The EGF Sales and Marketing Lab in Tallinn (November 26-29) will feature extensive pitch training workshop  by acclaimed pitch trainer Sibylle Kurz, as well as special sessions on topics connected to the sales & marketing of projects including how to create an attractivce project package, understanding monetization and deals of VOD and digital platforms, expanding the story universe through transmedia and brand engagement, and how to develop festival and market strategy.

The Sales and Marketing Lab will finish with the long-awaited Final Pitch of the 8 chillingly fresh and exciting projects from the participants of EGF 2017 training cycle. Come and discover the hottest new talent of European genre cinema!

Download European Genre Forum catalogue here.
Full project lineup of the EGF 2018

Birds of a Feather (2018) – Silva Mysterium Oy (Finland)
Producer: Mika Ritalahti
Director: Hanna Bergholm
Tinja is a 12-year old gymnast girl who does everything to fulfil her Mother’s high expectations. When Mother confesses to Tinja she’s having an affair and swears Tinja to keep it a secret, it’s too much. Tinja finds a strange bird’s egg and hatches a bird-like monster out of it, which she names Alli. As Tinja befriends the horrifying monster, the creature gradually transforms into Tinja’s exact doppelgänger after each feeding. What Tinja doesn’t at first realize is that Alli carries out all of Tinja’s hidden and worst impulses.

Fingernail (2018) – Gum Films (Israël)
Producer: Yoav Roeh
Director: Boaz Armoni
In a remote house in the heart of the woods, a father and son fight to defend themselves from monsters. Are they really monsters? Or is the real monster the father who buries them in the ground?

No Man’s Land (2018) – Tatami Films (Germany)
Producer: Jonas Koch
Director/Writer: Mel Piper
In a future Europe scarred by segregation a physically impaired investigator applies her alchemist methods to track down missing persons and ultimately restores hope in peaceful unity.

Spinners (2018) – Mojo Raiser Production (Latvia)
Producer: Guna Stahovska
Director: Ivars Tontegode
Carleen meets a handsome stranger called Richard. Richard reveals that he is working in a secret organization that fights with inter-reality creatures called Spinners. To Carleen Richard’s story seems only a nice, romantic flirt, but the truth is that Spinners actually do exist and they consume human beings as source of creative energy.

The Base (2018) – MEW Productions (United Kingdom)
Producer: Milan Todorovic
Director: Alex Madia Levi
Sasha, an assertive businesswoman, receives a house in inheritance in her homeland in Eastern Europe. Against all her expectations, she will find herself witnessing supernatural events that will change her deeply. Sasha will end up teaming up with unexpected allies in order to find a way to end a long lasting cycle of killings: she’ll be especially motivated after discovering that her mother’s death was only one of the murders that took place during one of the many satanic rituals held by a group of Nazi soldiers. It will be a race against time…

The Descendant (2018) – Get Off The Road (The Netherlands)
Producer: Jasper de Vreede
Director/Writer: Colinda Bongers
Hannah, a 32 year old British woman, travels to a remote village in the Dutch countryside to find her friend who has mysteriously gone missing. The village has an eerie atmosphere, and even though the hosts of the room she rents are nice, they seem to be hiding a dark secret. Determined to find out what is happening to her and what secret the villagers are hiding, she leaves no stone unturned and tries to uncover the cursed town’s dark secret before the locals hunt her down and lock her up. As the zealous townspeople close in on her, the immense powers of a witch that have lain dormant in Hannah’s bloodline slowly rise the surface…

The Hike (2018) – The Greater Fool (Germany)
Producer/Writer: Felix Faißt
Director: Daniel Rübesam
It’s the first time the four friends and former fellow students Lena, Helen, Marco and Jonas go hiking since their close friend Maya committed suicide. As a violent storm is coming, they find shelter in a deserted cabin, where they discover a doll made by herdsmen for their own entertainment. Marco introduces the doll as a replacement for Maya. But the tension rises as the group starts to hallucinate, now convinced to see Maya instead of the doll. The situation slowly escalates, leading to a violent finale.

The Plague Doctor (2018) – Shakedown Films (Germany)
Producer/Writer: Ninon Schubert
Director: Michael O’Connor
Ava and Theo are a young couple haunted by guilt and regret. They move to the countryside to overcome the recent suicide of Ava’s sister. But the landscape around them has a past of its own – scarred by the Black Death and haunted by a mysterious plague doctor with a terrifying agenda.

Tallinn EGF Sales and Marketing Lab Programme 2018
Monday, November 26
12:00-18:00 Participants and mentors arrival
Accreditations in Nordic Hotel Forum
19:00-21:00 Welcome drinks and Storytek pitching night
Storytek Hub Conference Room, Parda 6, 4th Floor 

Tuesday, November 27 
9:30 Welcome and Introduction with Tallinn Lab & Industry
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
9:40-13:00 The Art of Pitching 
Sibylle Kurz
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Nordic Hotel Forum
14:00-17:30 The art of pitching and projects group work 
Sibylle Kurz
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki

Wednesday, November 28
9:00-10:15 Demo pitching
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
10:15-11:30 Understanding digital monetization
Mitch Mallon, Stadium Media
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
11:30-13:00 Packaging, marketing and PR: from deliverables to digital distribution
Michael Arnon, WOLF Consultants/
Anton Romalijskij, Kew Media
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
13:00-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-15:30 Working with sales agents TBC
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
15:30-16:30 Film funds and first projects: The Expectations and Reality
Katriel Schory, Israel Film Fund
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki
16:30-17:30 Case study: Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
Miguel Llanso, director
Tallink Hotel, room Helsinki

Thursday, November 29
9:30-10:30 Script Pool Pitching
A Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus
10:30-11:30 POWR pitching
Nordic Hotel Forum
11:30-13:00 EGF pitching
Nordic Hotel Forum, Arcturus
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:15-15:30 What can festivals do for the film?
Nordic Hotel Forum, room Altair
Mike Hostench, Sitges Film Festival 
15:30-16:30 EGF wrap
Nordic Hotel Forum
18:00-21.00 Storytek Demo Day
Erinevate Tubade Klubi (Club of Different Rooms), Telliskivi 60-A1

Friday, November 30
Departure of Film Forum Tallinn


Karlo Funk
EGF Tallinn manager

European Genre Forum Coordinating Team Annick Mahnert
EGF Coordinator

Chris Oosterom
Festival Director, Imagine Film Festival

Stjepan Hundic
Festival Director, Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival

Sten Saluveer
Black Nights Film Festival / Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

For more information please visit: www.europeangenreforum.com/