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Winners of FEST Forward 2022

After the three intensive days of FEST Forward 2022, jury members: Ada Solomon, producer (MicroFilm), Guillaume de Seille, producer (Arizona film), Yorgos Tsourgiannis, producer (Horsefly Productions), Ales Pavlin, producer (Perfo) and Ivan Bakrac, director and producer (Quadrifolium Films), elected winners of this year's edition.

For passionate representation of female challenge in finding a true self, a Jury special mention goes to Eve After the Fall, represented by director Lana Baric and producer Irena Markovic.

For evoking a specific place and time through the emotional gaze of a young girl, Film Center of Montenegro Co-Developing Award goes to a strong creative team of director Ester Ivakic and producer Andraz Jeric driving this debut feature film - Neither Voice.

For deconstructing the alpha male archetypes of certain generation and its heritage in a small society, the Slovenian Film Center Project Development Award goes to Nothing will Be Named After Me, represented by director Djordje Vojvodic and producer Miljan Vucelic.

For confident and honest presentation of the project about complexities of human nature and the extraordinary of the ordinary life, Film Center Serbia Best Pitch Award goes to That's It for Today, represented by director Marko Djordjevic and producer Milos Pusic.



During March 1st, all projects selected for Fest Forward had one to one meetings with industry guests.

Meetings took place on the 3rd floor of Yugoslav Film Archive.

FEST Forward / February 28

First public day of FEST Forward started with pitching of 10 projects, which was moderated by Guillaume de Seille, from Arizona film.
Projects were separated in two blocks, and teams of director and producer, from each project had 15 minutes to present their future film and answer questions from the audience.

Neither Voice, Slovenia
Thats It For Today, Serbia
The Memory Of Autumn Mists, Slovenia
Nothing Will be Named After Me, Montenegro
Once Upon A Future in the Balkans, Croatia

Summer Teeth, Croatia
Spite, Serbia
Eve After The Fall, Croatia
Block 5, Slovenia
The Wolf, Serbia

Afternoon started with Funding news panel, moderated by Simon Perry, from ACE producers. Participants in the Panel were:

Kamen Balkanski, Bulgarian National Film Center
Mathieu Fournet, CNC
Paolo Vidali, Fondo Audiovisivo FVG
Aleksandra Božović Montenegro Film Center
Anja Ilić Film Center Republic of Srpska
Gordan Matić Film Center Serbia
Natasa Bučar Slovenian Film Centre

Funding panel was followed by Case study: BadLuck Banging or Loony Porn, directed by Radu Jude, How to develop and present projects for the international market? by Ada Solomon, from Microfilm and Funding updates: Eurimages – A Producers Guide by Cadoux Iris (Eurimages, Project manager). Finally Kamen Balkanski (Media desk Bulgaria), Una Domazetoski (Media desk Serbia) had a presentation - Media – A Producers Guide.



FEST Forward is an international co-production market and a networking platform focusing on South-East European cinema with aims to enhance European co-productions with this region. Next edition will take place in Belgrade, February 27th - March 1st 2022, during Belgrade International Film Festival.

Submissions are open for feature fiction film projects, with attached producer, at any stage of development, with a connection to South East Europe in subject or production context. Eligible countries / Eligible projects: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Ukraine and/or project connected in the subject to these countries.
If you wish to apply for FEST Forward 2022, please read the Regulations, complete the on-line Application form and attach all necessary documents by January 25th 2022 (midnight GMT).

Selected projects will compete for partner’s awards and the FEST Forward Best Pitch Award, that include cash prize of €5.000 towards development of a FEST Forward project.
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