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Belgrade – February 10th

British Council Belgrade and Serbia Film Commission are partnering for the third time in hosting the New British Film Festival industry program from February 17th to 19th. Under the new brand PLAYUK INDUSTRY SIDEBAR this is one of a kind series of panels, presentations and networking opportunities for independent British professionals and Serbian filmmakers. Located in Cultural Center Belgrade this edition of the industry program will feature script development workshop with Paul Fraser, presentations and panel discussions on producing in UK and co-productions in Europe, marketing and distribution of independent and low budget films with industry expert Mia Bays and international sales agent Yana Georgieva from Bankside Films. The final day of the program will take a look into the tech influences in storytelling and development of VR projects and immersive technologies. Gallery PodRoom will house VR arena with some of the most inspiring and latest VR projects including Notes on Blindness and BBC’s No Small Talk and Easter Rising: A Voice of a Rebel.

All panel sessions are open to film professionals and students to register. More information on program agenda and guest speakers is available here

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“Questi Giorni”, Golden Lion nominee shot in Belgrade premieres at FEST in March

“Questi Giorni”, Golden Lion nominee shot in Belgrade premieres at FEST in March

After great success in Italy, the movie “Questi Giorni”, which was in competition for Golden Lion at 73rd Venice Film Festival, will be premiered at 45th FEST in Belgrade. Directed by Italian art house director Giuseppe Piccioni the film was shot around Belgrade central landmarks Kalemegdan and Knez Mihailova and and Italy with entire production support serviced by Clockwork Films. Although the original story was set up in Hamburg Piccioni, who juried FEST 2015, decided after his visit to rewrite the script and set the story in Belgrade to match his personal fasination with the city’s soul and its inhabitants. 

 Questi Giorni (These Days) follows the story of 4 young girls played by upcoming Italian stars Laura AdrianiGiulio Corso and Maria Roveran, supported by Margherita Buy on their adventurous life journey. Their  trip becomes the moment in which the expectations and fears of the four girls are confronted; a trip that does not have to be epic, where there are no meetings or extraordinary adventures and landscapes that take your breath away. The journey is just an opportunity to look closely at these girls, to keep them there, close at hand, all together, and perceive their inner earthquakes and their desire for life. Choices made without calculation because they are at a time in their lives when calculations cannot be made easily. They are facing themselves and an idea of the future that, as the story unfolds, is inadequate, far from what life really holds for them. There is something different around the corner, not a coherent eventuality, but something that is never how you imagine it.

Clockwork CEO, Alek Conic, also attended premiere in Venice, together with entire crew and the production team behind this project are very honored to announce FEST premiere scheduled for March 3rd, finally in our city! 

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“Questi Giorni”, Golden Lion nominee shot in Belgrade premieres at FEST in March

After great success in Italy, the movie "Questi Giorni", which was in competition for Golden Lion at 73rd Venice Film Festival, will be premiered at 45th FEST in Belg ...

Missing in Europe wrapped in Belgrade while Milos Djukelic from Red Production is shooting Unchained in Bulgaria

Missing in Europe wrapped in Belgrade while Milos Djukelic from Red Production is shooting Unchained in Bulgaria

Belgrade – 28.11.2016.

Feature film Missing in Europe finished shooting on locations in downtown Belgrade with the team from Red Production. The thriller dealing with the topic of human trafficking was directed by Tamar Halpern and stars UK cast Miranda Raison, Emmett J. Scanlan and Sophie Robertson along with Serbian upcoming talent Jovana Stojiljkovic (Panama). This interesting co-operation is the fruit of a long standing partnership between Red Production and their US production partners. Missing in Europe is produced by Kaila York of Headlong Entertainment and Nigel Thomas of Benattar/Thomas Productions together with Milos Djukelic of Red Production as executive producer while Ivana Panic was in charge of line producing.

12 days of shooting included central Belgrade locations and Danube quay with car stunts and boat fight scenes. Notable Serbian filmmakers took part in making the film such as cinematographer Vladimir Vladica Ilic and Vladimir Djukelic as assistant director.

“This complex production would not have been possible without the professionalism and expertise of the Red Production team and the excellent crew they assembled. We very much enjoyed our time in Belgrade and we will be back.” – said Thomas about his experience working in Serbia.

At the same time Milos Djukelic from Red is taking on another crime feature shooting in Bulgaria. Unchained by director/writer Paul Solet is starring John Malkovich, Antonio Banderas and Adrien Brody who is no stranger to working in the region having already shot 2 films in Serbia, Brothers Bloom and Giallo.

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Missing in Europe wrapped in Belgrade while Milos Djukelic from Red Production is shooting Unchained in Bulgaria

Belgrade – 28.11.2016.

Feature film Missing in Europe finished shooting on locations in downtown Belgrade with the team from MORE

SERBIA FILM COMMISSION NEW LEADERSHIP

SERBIA FILM COMMISSION NEW LEADERSHIP

After the General Assembly Meeting and re-election of the Board Members in June the new-old Board of Directors appointed Marko Jocic as the new President of the Board and the Serbia Film Commission. Jocic is a well-established film producer known for some of the iconic Serbian comedies and dramas who recently line produced international features such as Korean biopic The Tenor and Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood. Jocic’s Viktorija Film is a prolific production company focusing on development of genre projects and new audiences. During a one year mandate his vice president will be Bogdan Petkovic from Emote Production, who serviced numerous Scandinavian and Russian advertising projects, Cannes Lions award winning campaign for Red Cross in 2015 and number of feature films such as Belgrade Phantom, The Newcomer with Anthony LaPaglia and James Floyd, and most recent documentary Juvenile.

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Jocic and Petkovic are succeeding Barbara Sandic Stetic from PFI Studios and Tea Korolija from LeSpot. At the same time the executive office of Serbia Film Commission is announcing the change with Milica Bozanic taking over the Executive Director role. Milica served as operations manager since the very establishment of SFC and is representing Serbia in the European Film Commissions Network Board of Directors. Ana Ilic, first certified film commissioner in the SEE region is moving into a new position as chief of staff to the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government within Serbian Government and will remain strategic advisor to the work of the SFC. The changes in the leadership of SFC will secure the continuation of private public partnership between film industry and governmental institutions that SFC has been pioneering for the past 7 years resulting in adoption of the incentives programme and implementation of Film Friendly policies with the local government.

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SERBIA FILM COMMISSION NEW LEADERSHIP

After the General Assembly Meeting and re-election of the Board Members in June the new-old Board of Directors appointed Marko Jocic as the new President of the Board and the Serbia Film Commission ...

Serbia joins Film New Europe

Serbia joins Film New Europe

Film New Europe will be regularly reporting on news and events happening in Serbian film industry. In one of the first interviews their correspondent Tara Karajica talked to Serbia Film Commissioner Ana Ilic about challenges but also future of film industry in Serbia and Film in Serbia brand. 

FNE: What was the biggest challenge in creating the Serbia Film Commission?

Ana Ilić: Creating the brand Film in Serbia and developing a strategy for positioning Serbia internationally as a viable filming destination has been a very exciting adventure. In the beginning, we knew how much Serbia had to offer in terms of production expertise, talent, infrastructure and locations, but there was absolutely no place where you could find information on any of that. So, we began with a simple idea to gather all the information and start the promotion, but we soon realised we needed an organisation behind the brand.

So, we built the Serbia Film Commission from scratch and with very little support from the government, but with great enthusiasm from the industry. There were 16 founding members – film and TV producers. Within five years the SFC grew to 80 members, many new partners and support from various sponsors and donors. We also joined two major international associations of film commissions – the global Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN), and have become members of their boards.

Serbia is the only country from southeastern Europe to be on the Board of Directors of the AFCI, but by far the biggest challenge was getting an incentive programme adopted by the Serbian government. There was no understanding of film and TV production as a business and economic endeavor that can be hugely impactful on the overall economy of a country, generating revenues, jobs, tourism promotion…

It took a lot of hard work, many studies and analyses, numerous media appearances and interviews and a great number of meetings with different Prime Ministers, ministers and government officials before the momentum was built and in August 2015 the government finally passed the incentive regulation.

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Serbia joins Film New Europe

Film New Europe will be regularly reporting on news and events happening in Serbian film industry. In one of the first interviews their correspondent Tara ...

Serbia Joins EUFCN Board of Directors

Serbia Joins EUFCN Board of Directors

Changes to the EUFCN Board of Directors were announced at the General Assembly of the European Film Commissions network during Berlin Film Festival. After a year as a stand in member Milica Božanić, Business Development Manager of Serbia Film Commission will be replacing Valerie Lepine-Karik from Film France. Milica will contribute to the Board with her experience in finance management of NGO by holding the role of Network’s Treasurer. Former Treasurer Andrea Rocco (Genova-Liguria Film Commission) will step up as a Secretary General and the two will continue working together as a funding and lobbying working group in EUFCN mission to engage more with European institutions and build partnerships with other European associations in film and audio visual sector.

EUFCN Board under the leadership of Truls Kontny (Norway Film Commission) is taking actions toward marketing expansion of the Filming Europe on international markets.

SFC has been an EUFCN member since 2010 and is actively supporting initiatives and collaboration among member countries.

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Serbia Joins EUFCN Board of Directors

Changes to the EUFCN Board of Directors were announced at the General Assembly of the European Film Commissions network during Berlin Film Festival. After a year as a stand in member Milica Božani ...

London Focus – Better Call Serbia

London Focus – Better Call Serbia

Serbian team is attending first European Location event, Focus, in Design Business Center in London’s Islington December 14th and 15th. Film Commission team will be supported by  experienced film, TV and advertising producers who produced projects for Survivor, Vice, telecomunications, banks and FMCG and are able to turn any project from paper to screen with astonishing production value.

Moreover we will be presenting Serbian film incentive program that kicks of in 2016. Cash rebate worth of 20% of Serbian expenditure will be available not only for features and TV drama but equally to high end commercials and post production that wish to benefit from Serbian talent.

So join us for Q&A on Serbian production offer and find out more why you should be considering Serbia for your next project. We are happy to meet you at our stand #55.

You can schedule a meeting with SFC team via info@filminserbia.com, or get directly in touch with

LeSpot

Ms Tea Korolija, producer

Tea.korolija@lespot.rs

Samaljot Production

Mr. Marko Popovic, director/producer

Marko.popovic.reditelj@gmail.com

Vision Team 

Mr. Dragan Djurkovic, producer

ddjurkovic@visionteam.rs

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London Focus – Better Call Serbia

Serbian team is attending first European Location event, Focus, in Design Business Center in London’s Islington December 14th and 15th. Film Commission team will be supported by  experienced fil ...

SELLING, MARKETING & DISTRIBUTING FILM WORKSHOP

SELLING, MARKETING & DISTRIBUTING FILM WORKSHOP

Bring your project to the workshop and make the best strategy for your film with Oscar winning and twice BAFTA nominated creative producer.
When: June, 7 – 9th, 2015
Where: Serbia Film Commission, Vlajkoviceva 18, Belgrade, Serbia
Lecturer: Mia Bays
Working language: English
Number of participants limited.

WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU LEARN
– Box office, trends, events
What does the world look like now for film?
– Defining your audience
– How international works
Sales, Festivals, Deals
– Marketing and PR essentials
For before and during production
– Distribution strategies
Dealing with exhibitors, release strategy and marketing/PR essentials, reading box office numbers
– Essential PR and social media strategies in film
– Case study screening
– Work on your project

ABOUT LECTURER
Mia Bays is an Oscar winning, twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and docs, with a proven track record of launching careers with over 24 years experience in film on over 50 features. Mia works in both production as well as sales marketing and distribution strategist roles for her company Missing In Action Films. From 2007 – 14 Mia has made 8 micro budget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme. She is also very popular lecturer in London Film School and Binger Filmlab.

APPLY AND MAKE YOUR STRATEGY!
To apply for the workshop participants need to send short personal/company biography and one page info on the project including budget, finance, distribution/sales potential and audience.
Deadline: May 27th, 2015
Price: 200EUR + PDV
Members of Serbia Film Commission enjoy a special rate: 140 EUR + PDV
Registration and additional assistance: jelena@filminserbia.com
Training and Development Coordinator: Jelena Samardzic

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SELLING, MARKETING & DISTRIBUTING FILM WORKSHOP

Bring your project to the workshop and make the best strategy for your film with Oscar winning and twice BAFTA nominated creative producer.
When: June, 7 - 9th, 2015
Where: Serbia Film ...

MOVIE MAGIC BUDGETING AND SCHEDULING COURSE

MOVIE MAGIC BUDGETING AND SCHEDULING COURSE
Dear filmmakers, if you want to be more effective in your job and at the same time to save your time and energy, SFC has the right course for you – MOVIE MAGIC !The course is combining lecture, practical demonstrations, group tutorials and one-to-one tuition, incorporating valuable advice from a professional producer’s point of view. Let the UK producer Rebecca Knapp show you the magic of powerful software.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a discount: Early bird – March 27th
Regular deadline – April 17th

When: April, 27 – 30. 2015, 10 – 17h
Where: Serbia Film Commission, Vlajkoviceva 18, Belgrade, Serbia
Lecturer: Rebecca Knapp
Working language: English
Number of participants limited.
Personal laptops with installed Movie Magic software required!

Budgeting and Scheduling is a crucial part of the filmmaking process, both for raising the money and for managing your shoot.  This course is designed to guide you through the process, so that you get it right and you don’t run out of money and time. The course is a combining lecture, practical demonstrations, group tutorials and one-to-one tuition, incorporating valuable advice from a professional producer’s point of view.

Who Should Attend

Learning freelancers with a specific interest in Scheduling & Budgeting a project – Second/Third Assistant Directors wanting to move up to First Assistant Directors, Production Co-ordinators looking to move up to Production Managers, First Assistant Directors/Production Managers/Line Producers/Producers looking to further their skills and increase their employability

Filmmakers – Anyone who is thinking of producing a feature film

Emerging filmmakers – Directors and Producers looking to further their skill

Outcomes

Ability to schedule a film using basic techniques, import a script from final draft into MM Scheduling, in-putting data into Movie Magic Scheduling, and schedule a film using all this skills in Movie Magic Scheduling.

Ability to budget a film using basic techniques, in-putting data into Movie Magic Budgeting and budget a film using all this skills in Movie Magic Budgeting

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the participant will be able to schedule and budget a project for both raising film finance and to efficiently manage the shoot.

About lecturer: 

Rebecca Knapp is an award-winning producer who has worked in film and television production on programmes ranging from drama to documentary to entertainment for over ten years, working across Europe, Africa, Canada and the USA. She has also worked as a line producer/production manager of television drama, documentaries and multi million dollar budget feature films. Rebecca has been lecturing in film production for past ten years on subjects such as business and financial planning, budgeting and scheduling, international coproduction, short and feature film production, contracts and negotiations, setting up and running a production company, pitching, writing a successful funding application and film marketing.

Early bird application:  March 27th, price 415 EUR
SFC members enjoy a special rate – 335 EUR

Regular deadline and price:  April 17th, 470 EUR
SFC members enjoy a special rate – 380 EUR

(REGULAR MOVIE MAGIC COURSE PRICE IN UK IS 700 EUR)

SFC provides special rate for Movie Magic software to its members and the course participants! 

If you are interested in purchasing Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting please contact SFC for more details.

Registration and additional assistance – jelena@filminserbia.com
Training and Development Coordinator: Jelena Samardzic

MOVIE MAGIC

MOVIE MAGIC BUDGETING AND SCHEDULING COURSE

Dear filmmakers, if you want to be more effective in your job and at the same time to save your time and energy, SFC has the right course for you - MOVIE MAGIC !The course is ...

Apply for two courses : Colorist Strategies and Advanced Color Design

Apply for two courses : Colorist Strategies and Advanced Color Design
Serbia Film Commission in cooperation with International Colorist Academy brings original ICA courses to Belgrade, Serbia.

We invite you to apply for two most popular courses:

Colorist Strategies, February 1-3, 2015.
Advanced Color Design, February 4-5, 2015.

Serbia Film Commission in cooperation with International Colorist Academy brings original ICA courses to Belgrade, Serbia

We invite you to apply for two most popular courses:

Colorist Strategies, February 1-3, 2015.

Advanced Color Design, February 4-5, 2015.

Colorist Strategies is the most popular ICA class and is designed for industry professionals. It covers colorist theory and a detailed look at color tools and also suggests grading strategies, and session management techniques.

The course is especially useful for:

- new colorists (gives them a learning structure to follow)
– colorists who only know one system ( introduces them to other systems, how and why they are different)
– freelance and supervising colorists (expands their knowledge of workflow and technical specifications)

Colorist Strategies Course price – 550 EUR
(ICA price in London is 1.000 EUR)

Date: February 1-3, 2015.

REPUTABLE ICA CERTIFICATE IS INCLUDED IN COURSE PRICE!

Advanced Color Design is a new practical workshop aimed at everyone involved in designing the look and style of a project. The focus is on the principal elements of an image that clients of commercials, television and feature films all relate to; techniques cover skin, sky, products, mood and time of day as well as topics raised by the attendees. The goal is to manage these elements effectively and efficiently whilst maintaining the integrity of the project concepts and a color scheme.

Advanced Color Design price – 450 EUR
(ICA price in London is 750 EUR)

Date: February 4-5, 2015.

REPUTABLE ICA CERTIFICATE IS INCLUDED IN COURSE PRICE!

SERBIA FILM COMMISSION MEMBERS ENJOY A SPECIAL RATE FOR BOTH COURSES: 835 EUR

Original ICA courses will be led by Kevin Shaw. Kevin Shaw, ICA’s founder, has been color grading for nearly 30 years, lives in England, and works all over the world. Prior to the software revolution he was a renowned telecine colorist, and worked with every model of the hardware da Vinci color correction systems up to and including the 2kPlus with Toolbox. He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Photography Film and Television in 1984, and worked as a stills photographer for a year, before finding his way into post-production.

Courses will take place in SFC, Vlajkoviceva 18, Belgrade, Serbia.

Registration deadline: December 25th!

The number of participants per course is limited up to 10 for optimum balance and hands on approach.

Your contact person for registration and additional assistance:
Jelena Samardzic
e-mail: jelena@filminserbia.com
phone: +381 11 3230 581

Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects for any consultation with Kevin Shaw. All participants are required to bring their own laptops.

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Apply for two courses : Colorist Strategies and Advanced Color Design

Serbia Film Commission in cooperation with International Colorist Academy brings original ICA courses to Belgrade, Serbia.

We invite you to apply for two most popular courses ...