05 September, 2008

European Film Promotion In Toronto

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

European film will again have a high profile at the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened yesterday. European Film Promotion (EFP) the trans-European organization representing Europe's national film boards, will be in Toronto again, as it has for the past 12 years. Toronto is one of the major industry venues EFP’s sales support initiative, Film Sales Support (FSS).

Now in its fourth year of supporting European sales agents and production companies, Film Sales Support will support 42 of the 120 European films to be presented at the Festival. FSS not only covers half of the promotion for films unsold to North America but also pays towards the travel costs of some of the talent.

This year, in addition to the exhibition stands of its members in the Sales & Industry Office in the Sutton Place Hotel, EFP will host its annual party on Sunday afternoon (a Toronto tradition) and is convening a meeting with selected South American buyers to explore the situation of European film in Latin America. More on European films at the Festival in future articles. Stay tuned.

Films and Sales Companies backed by FSS at the Toronto International Film Festival

Alexandros Film (Greece)
El Greco by Iannis Smaragdis, Greece/Spain/Hungary 2007

Autlook Filmsales (Austria)
Blind Loves (Slepé Lásky) by Juraj Lehotský, Slovakia

Bavaria Media (Germany)Krabat by Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany
Beta Cinema (Germany)
A Woman in Berlin (Anomyma – Eine Frau in Berlin) by Max Färberböck, Germany/Poland
Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
My Mother, My Bride and I (Die zweite Frau) by Hans Steinbichler, Germany/France
Pa-Ra-Da by Marco Pontecorvo, Italy/France/Romania

Capricci Films (France)
Birdsong (El cant dels ocells) by Albert Serra, Spain

Celluloid Dreams (France)
A Year Ago in Winter (Im Winter ein Jahr) by Caroline Link, Germany
Better Things by Duane Hopkins, United Kingdom
The Mark of an Angel (L’empreinte de l’ange) by Safy Nebbou, France
White Night Wedding (Brúðguminn) by Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland

Ealing Studios International (United Kingdom)
Easy Virtue by Stephan Elliott, United Kingdom
The Other Man by Richard Eyre, United Kingdom/USA

Fandango Portobello Sales (United Kingdom)
A Perfect Day (Un giorno perfetto) by Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy

Films Boutique (Germany)
I Want to See (Je veux voir) by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, France/Lebanon
The Rest of the Night (Il resto della notte) by Francesco Munzi, Italy 2008
Universalove by Thomas Woschitz, Austria/Luxembourg/Serbia 2008

Fortissimo Films (The Netherlands)
Country Wedding (Sveitabrúðkaup) by Valdis Óskarsdóttir, Iceland

HanWay Films (United Kingdom)
Genova by Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom

Intandem Films (United Kingdom)
Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary by Jamie Jay Johnson, United Kingdom

Keyman Film (The Netherlands)
Katia’s Sister (Het Zusje van Katia) by Mijke de Jong, The Netherlands

Kinology (France)
With a Little Help from Myself by François Dupeyron, France

m-appeal (Germany)
Tale 52 (Istoria 52) by Alexis Alexiou, Greece

Miramar Film (Bulgaria)
Zift by Javor Gardev, Bulgaria

pong (Germany)
Peace Mission by Dorothee Wenner, Germany

Preview Production (Germany)
Upstream Battle by Ben Kempas, Germany

Pyramide International (France)
The Girl from Monaco (La fille de Monaco) by Anne Fontaine, France

Rezo Films (France)
Hooked (Pescuit Sportiv) by Adrian Sitaru, Romania/France

Sogepaq (Spain)
The Blind Sunflowers (Los girasoles ciegos) by José Luis Cuerda, Spain

Sola Media (Germany)
Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms by Thomas Borch Nielsen, Denmark/Germany

The Match Factory (Germany)
Flame & Citron (Flammen & Citronen) by Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark/Germany
Jerichow by Christian Petzold, Germany
Revanche by Götz Spielmann, Austria

TrustNordisk (Denmark)
33 Scenes from Life (33 sceny z zycia) by Malgoska Szumowska, Poland/Germany
Cold Lunch (Lønsj) by Eva Sørhaug, Norway
Fear Me Not (Den du frygter) by Kristian Levring, Denmark
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments by Jan Troell, Denmark/Sweden

The Works International (United Kingdom)
Unspoken by Fien Troch, Belgium/The Netherlands

Umedia (France)
Adhen (Dernier Maquis) by Rabah Ameur-Zaϊmeche, France

Velvet Octopus (United Kingdom)
The Secret of Moonacre by Gabor Csupo, UK/Hungary/France

Wide Management (France)
Three Wise Men (Kolme viisasta miestä) by Mika Kaurismäki, Finland

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