16th edition of the FORUM: November 24 - 26, 2008
The FORUM is Europe's largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors and independent documentary producers. Founded in 1993, the FORUM has become the first market for the international co-financing of documentaries in the world. Over the years, the FORUM has expanded and remains to be a unique opportunity to find financing for documentary films: more than 90% of all submitted projects end up being made.
The aim of the FORUM is to stimulate co-financing and co-production of new documentaries by enabling producers to pitch their project concepts to the assembled commissioning editors and other professionals, and to follow up through individual meetings. There are different options to pitch, depending on the stage in which the project currently is.
Documentary projects having at least 25% and maximum 75% of their financing secured, can get selected at the FORUM.
Director: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Producer: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda, Hypermarket Film s.r.o.
As part of their Missile Defense project, the US plan to locate a military base in the Czech Republic, which used to serve as a hideaway for the Soviet nuclear rockets during the Cold War. 70% of Czechs are against the project; the government, however, proceeds with the talks… Supporters of the base use threats of the War on Terror, saying “Rogue states” can’t wait to shower the country with rockets. Opponents claim the same thing will happen if the radar is built. According to both parties concerned the war is inevitable. A pre-war comedy: Feature-length documentary about Czechs not knowing whether to invite a foreign army to the country, having experienced Soviet occupation while conscious of the current controversial War on Terror. A playful explosive film of our times…
Participant: East European Forum 2008
A selection of Seedling (early stage of development) and Rough Cut projects are pitched in a more intimate setting to a smaller group of commissioning editors and other financiers who have indicated their specific interest.
VILLAGE WITHOUT WOMEN (Seedling)
Director: Srdjan Šarenac
Producer: Estelle Robin, Les films du balibari
Dragan, Zoran, and Rodoljub Jankovic live in Zabrdje, a womanless village in southern Serbia. They represent nearly half of the village population where only seven inhabitants hold down the fort in what was once a vibrant rural community. If the brothers remain single, the village will disappear. Their plan is to marry women willing to put up with the tough living conditions in Zabrdje, but they have had no luck so far. In nearby Albania, the situation is versed. With all the men leaving to work in Greece, a predominately female population remains, living in surprisingly similar conditions to those of our brothers – no running water, no telephone lines, no shoulder to lean on. For Zoran and Dragan, Albania is the only place to find brides. Rodoljub is totally against the idea. All three fought against Albanians while serving in the Serbian army. Today, they are confronted with an opportunity to extend the olive branch towards the ‘enemy’. Will Zoran and Dragan’s attempts be fruitful? Can mixed marriage between "two enemies" succeed in today's fragile Serbia? Can Rodoljub accept an Albanian sister-in-law?
Particpant: East European Forum 2008 / Ex Oriente Film 2008