FESTIVALS: KVIFF Industry Days 2023 Announces Projects Selected for Eastern Promises

KARLOVY VARY: A total of 27 projects will be showcased at Works in Progress, Works in Development – Feature Launch, and First Cut+ Works in Progress within KVIFF Eastern Promises 2023. The 57th edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF will be held 30 June – 8 July 2023 and the Industry Days will be held 2 – 5 July 2023.

Eleven feature films and long documentaries in late production or postproduction from CEE, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa have been selected for Works in Progress. The presentations will take place on 3 July 2023 at 14:30 CET.

Eight projects will take part in Works in Development – Feature Launch, a platform organised by KVIFF, the MIDPOINT Institute international script development programme, When East Meets West coproduction market and the Trieste Film Festival. The presentations will take place on 3 July 2023 at 10:30 CET.

First Cut+ Works in Progress was launched in 2020 by Trieste FF’s When East Meets West and Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days. Each year, First Cut+ promotes a portfolio of 16 feature films in postproduction, of which eight will be presented in Karlovy Vary. The presentations will take place on 4 July 2023 at 13:00 CET.

Works in Progress Selected Projects:

Distances (Poland)
Directed by Matej Bobrik
Produced by Agnieszka Skalska (Koi Studio)

The Fifth Resurrection of Farid (Egypt)
Directed by Khalid A. Youssef

The Other One (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by Marie-Magdalena Kochová
Produced by Barbora Drtílková, Vít Poláček (m3 films)

Yalla, Baba! (Lebanon, Belgium, the Netherlands)
Directed by Angie Obeid

Beachcomber (working title) (Greece)
Directed by Aristotelis Maragkos

Gulizar (Turkey, Kosovo)
Directed by Belkıs Bayrak

Tasty (Lithuania, Estonia)
Directed by Egle Vertelyte
Produced by Lukas Trimonis (InScript)

Mother Mara (Serbia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)
Directed by Mirjana Karanovic
Produced by Snezana van Hauvelingen (This and That Productions)

I’m Not Everything I Want to Be (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria)
Directed by Klára Tasovská
Produced by Klára Tasovská (Mischief Films), Lukáš Kokeš (Somatic Films), nutprodukcia

The Editorial Office working title (Ukraine, Germany, Czech Republic)
Directed by Roman Bondarchuk
Produced by Darya Bassel (Moon Man)

Bikechess (Kazakhstan, France, Norway)
Directed by Assel Aushakimova

Works in Development – Feature Launch Selected Projects:

The Boy Who Saw in the Dark (Latvia)
Directed by Pauls Kesteris
Written by Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce
Produced by Kristians Alhimionoks (Centaur Films)

Excavators (Cyprus)
Directed by Argyro Nicolaou
Written by Argyro Nicolaou
Produced by Constantinos Nikiforou (Caretta Films)

Flight from Kabul (Slovakia)
Directed by Sahraa Karimi
Written by Sahraa Karimi
Produced by Wanda Adamík Hrycová (Wandal Production)

God Break Down the Door (Czech Republic)
Directed by Vojtěch Novotný
Written by Vojtěch Novotný
Produced by Tomáš Pertold (Perfilm)

Paperplanes (Greece)
Directed by Selini Papageorgiou

The Portuguese House (Spain, Portugal)
Directed by Avelina Prat

Shadow Play (Belgium, Iceland)
Directed by Yr Thrastardottir

Soft Hours (Hungary)
Directed by Anna Gyimesi
Written by Anna Gyimesi
Produced by Genovéva Petrovits (Kino Alfa)

First Cut+ Works in Progress Selected Projects:

Raw Material! (Hungary)
Directed by Martin Boross
Produced by Gábor Osváth

The Woman Who Cries (Brazil)
Directed by George Walker Torres

The Garden of Earthly Delights (the Netherlands)
Directed by Morgan Knibbe

Family Therapy (Slovenia)
Directed by Sonja Prosenc
Produced by Rok Sečen

Pasárgada (Brazil)
Directed by Dira Paes

I Don’t Love You Anymore (Czech Republic)
Directed by Zdeněk Jiráský
Produced by Jordi Niubó Prazák

Era (Kosovo)
Directed by Parta Kelmendi

Allen Sunshine (Canada)
Directed by Harley Chamandy

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