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“Bridging Short Talks” Greece & Montenegro webinars series

Balkans Beyond Borders from Greece and Ficus cultural organization from Montenegro will host on 5 & 6 of June an intensive weekend full of web-discussions about short film making addressing young filmmakers from Greece and Montenegro as a bilateral exchange of best practices in the industry.

“Bridging Short Talks” will include a series of interactive webinars with invited field experts from Greece and Montenegro giving the opportunity to young upcoming or in their first steps filmmakers gain from experienced filmmakers and distributors from both countries.

 The program will consist of the following webinars:

-Saturday, 5/6 11:30-13:30:   Co-productions building: the working team and opportunities. Danijela Radulović, film producer (Montenegro) and Thanassis Neofotistos, Film Director (Greece); 

-Saturday, 5/6 17:00-19:00:   From idea to script. Ismene Daskarolis, Film Director (Greece); 

-Sunday, 6/6 11:30-13:30:    From short to feature: production challenges. Jelena Šoškić, Film Producer (Montenegro); 

-Sunday, 6/6 17:00-19:00:    Online distribution in post-covid era.  Benn Wiebe is Executive Producer of FILMPIXS, a worldwide distribution streaming service.

Participation:
Eligible to participate are students who currently are in filmmaking studies. To participate in the program, you can apply by the 3rd of June. The final choice will be the result of the evaluation of applications with the final number up to 20 participants (10 from Montenegro & 10 from Greece) in each webinar. The program will be held on 5th and 6th June via ZOOM platform.

Online Application form: https://forms.gle/rybqQp2M8fu5zfgTA

Learn more about our speakers:

Ismene Daskarolis is a writer, director and sales agent currently living in Berlin. She is currently working for Berlin – based world sales distribution Pluto Film. Her artistic work has been shown in foundations such as the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, along with other personal and group exhibitions. Her film studies began with Film and Television at the New York College in Athens and more recently developed through special short courses at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her films have been screened in international film festivals across the globe, such as PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights FF and Athens International FF. She has recently participated in special programs such as the Script2Film workshop of the Mediterranean Film Institute. She is an alumni of the Reykjavik Talent Lab of RIFF and the Baltic Short Pitching Forum. Ismene has also worked as a film critic and cultural journalist for more than six years, acting as Chief Editor of the film department at Exostis Press and being the site’s main correspondent for festivals like the Berlinale, the European Academy Awards and the Thessaloniki International FF. Her english articles have also been published in publications such as Nisimazine and Cineuropa, among others.

Thanasis Neofotistos is a Film Director, Writer & Architect from Greece. Member of European Film Academy (EFA), Berlinale & Sarajevo Talents alumnus and Head Programmer of Student Int’l Competition of Drama Int. Short Film Festival. His short film, PATISION AVENUE (13’-2018), premiered at 75th Venice Film Festival, won 3 awards at 41st Clermont-Ferrand 2019 (Jury, Canal+, EFA) and was a 2019 Festival-Hit with more than 100 film festival selections. ROUTE-3, his latest film, world-premiered at 44th TIFF Toronto 2019 and then again in 42nd Clermont-Ferrand 2020. GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER (20’-2014) was his successful thesis (best Greek short film of 2014, over 50 IFF), and SPARKLING CANDLES (9’-2019) is his LGBTQI+ super cute queer short film that premiered at the legendary 43rd Frameline IFF. He is now in the financing stage of his debut feature film, which he envisions as his personal coming-of-age Greek tragedy; THE BOY WITH THE LIGHT-BLUE EYES (aka PETER AND THE WOLF), the film got the main GFC, ERT & Media funding and has been developed, amongst others, at First-Films-First, MFI, Sarajevo. His next feature film project, WILD BOARS, is developing through Torino Film Lab 2019 & MFI

Danijela Radulović is born in 1990 in Nikšić, Montenegro. Graduated at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje and specialized in Film Production. Producer of several short films and participant of various manifestations and projects in the field of film, performing arts and management in culture. Participant of  different programs and workshops (Sarajevo Talent Campus (Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Cinema City Campus (The Cinema City International Film Festival, Serbia), Balkan Film Connection (Auteur Film Festival, Serbia), CEE Animation Workshop). Associate on the platform for the promotion of Balkan cinema – AltCine, associate on the project of presentation of Montenegrin cinema at the International Film Festival in Cannes, ambassador of Balkan Beyond Borders for Montenegro. She is a member of the Association of Film Producers and Directors of Montenegro. Worked at Royal Theater “Zetski dom” in Cetinje as a producer and PR and currently working at Film Centre of Montenegro as film production advisor. 

Jelena Šoškić is film producer.She graduated BA from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje. During her studies, she worked as a producer on a couple of short student movies such “Plan” (2018) “ Waiting” (2018) and “Time capsule” (2017) directed by Tamara Kadović, “As I went forth” (2016) directed by Sara Stijovic, and short movie “Agoraphobia” (2016) directed by Milatović Milorad.
She was organizator at TV series “Grudi” (2018) directed by Marija Perovic.  She is signed as a creative producer of the short film “Man is a particle” (2018), that is a project created as part of the Art@CMS program. Jelena worked as a producer and organizer of many festivals and events. For three years she worked as coordinator of the Student film selection at Herceg Novi Film Festival (2017, 2018, 2019). She worked as a program assistant of CIRCLE 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro. During 2019 she worked at the Film centre of Montenegro. The last movie that she produced is a short movie “Ella” (post-production), directed by Esma Saric. She is currently based in Belgrade, working in a production company on TV series and developing her first feature film as a producer. 

Benn Wiebe is Executive Producer of HF Productions where he oversees global film festivals, and of FILMPIXS the global distribution streaming service. Benn and his team have established an international slate of projects that center on creating educational value and opportunities for independent filmmakers. In a partnership with the United Nations, Benn and the HF team are organizers and sit on the jury for the UN SDG’s in Action Film Festival, and of the SONY Picture This Festival for the Planet with Sony Pictures Television. He has been a lecturer and moderator at film schools, SDG workshops, and festivals including Festival de Cannes, European Festival Academy, Arctic Film Festival, Oslo Film Festival, and Docs Barcelona. As of 2021 Benn also just had the feature documentary “Beautiful Something Left Behind” on child bereavement produced by Good Company Pictures win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW and was Oscar qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards. Before that, Benn served as an Executive Producer of “Women of the Gulag” which was shortlisted for an Oscar at the Academy Awards in 2019. As a member of the Producers Guild of America international committee, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Danmarks Film Akademi, Benn has made international projects a focus of his career. He produced the first ever live-stream into China at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and has produced multiple digital projects for SE Asian outlets, alongside distributing films from all over the world.  Benn’s latest work with HF Productions and FILMPIXS is in building the live broadcast studio for COP26, launching an entertainment accord with UNFCCC for the film & tv industry, and serving on the boards of Think-Film, Yea! Impact, Climate Crisis Hub UK, SIE Society, and Global Environment Media (GEM TV).

FILMPIXS is a worldwide distribution streaming service that spotlights short films and documentaries. What makes FILMPIXS unique is our commitment to championing not only short films, but narratives that are truly global. Short films have long been an under-appreciated medium across our industry, which is why we prioritize their trajectories for success. We believe cultures can unite through story, and with our teams proven ability to curate compelling content, FILMPIXS is able to showcase impacting stories from all corners of the world. FILMPIXS curates from several directions. From procuring prestige festival premiered pieces at Cannes & Sundance, to best short festival winners from dozens of events and in many languages, working with NGO’s to showcase films made by refugees, or United Nations events for social impact narratives. FILMPIXS will also be a platform for festivals showcasing virtual screenings. FILMPIXS debuted with its first virtual screening with the Dublin Independent Film Festival (an HF Productions-run festival), and have since partnered with festivals including Docs Barcelona, Melbourne Short Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Festival, and more.

Learn more about the hosting organizations:

Balkans Beyond Borders (BBB) with its headquarters in Athens, Greece acts for the last ten years as a stage of cultural diplomacy and regional cooperation in the Balkans introducing innovative mechanisms of collaborations in order to promote Balkan culture and young Balkan filmmakers’ work. For our activities, we have been awarded in 2011 by the European Parliament with the Charlemagne Youth Prize for our innovative Festival, the youth mobility initiatives and its focus on building the European idea and in 2018 with the Civil Society Prize of the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee. Our flagship activity, “Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival” is the only Festival that travels every year in a different city maximizing its impact for the promotion of Balkan culture and identity. It is one of the very few short film festivals focused on the Balkan countries, providing the ground for building bridges between various actors and supporting the interaction of the new generation of artists and various institutions that the Balkan cultural industry can be promoted at European level. It is also a unique festival because every year it has a different theme inspiring and motivating young people through modern issues and trends of the time in order to strengthen the dialogue and the knowledge about the region. In our 11 years journey we have been in Belgrade, Tirana, Athens, Bucharest, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Brussels, Novi Sad, again Athens and online (although the Festivals was supposed to take place in Izmir). Throughout the year a set of cultural, networking and life learning activities take place in the Balkan region.

FICUS cultural organization is a non-governmental association from Nikšić (Montenegro), made up of young professionals from the field of culture and arts, founded with the aim of improving capacity in the implementation of cultural policy, development of cultural and artistic creativity, creating conditions for the development of creative industries and cultural development for children and youth, international cultural cooperation, strategic research and cultural planning, and implementation of new forms of social and cultural practice.