Premiers Plan Festival 2021:
The Premiers Plan Festival in Angers (January 25-31, 2021) will pay homage to no less than three filmmakers this year. Christian Petzold will be honored for his cinematic oeuvre along with Chantal Akerman and Federico Fellini.
A selected number of films will be shown in cinemas in Angers as well as the Pays de la Loire region over the coming months from January to August.
20 years after the screening of his first feature film at the festival, and more than seven films later, the time has now come to invite Christian Petzold to Angers.
SERIES MANIA 2021:
The Co-Pro Pitching Sessions are SERIES MANIA FORUM’s oldest and most renowned program, bringing together high-quality projects, key players, decision makers and financiers from all over the world. Each year sees 15 series creators and producers being invited to pitch their series in Lille and on the Series Mania Forum digital platform, following in the footsteps of earlier projects such as The Head (HBO Asia), Freud (Netflix) or No Man's Land (Arte/Hulu).
After the pitching session, the teams behind each project are also given the opportunity to exchange individually with key industry representatives during one-to-one personal and digital meetings. The Co-Pro Pitching Sessions also offers exposure to selected projects on the SERIES MANIA digital platform. Finally, a professional jury selects and awards the best project a grant for € 50,000.
The deadline for producers to submit their series project is up to and including March 5. You can find information about the application procedure, rules and regulations and the link to the call for projects' application portal here.
Eight German (co-)productions are among the Oscar submissions of the qualifying animated shorts:
ALTÖTTING by Andreas Hykade (DE/CA/PT, Studio FILM BILDER)
THE BEAUTY by Pascal Schelbli (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
FREEZE FRAME by Soetkin Verstegen (BE/DE/FI, Akademie Schloss Solitude)
FRIENDS by Florian Grolig (smpl films)
HAVE A NICE DOG by Jalal Maghout (DE/SY, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
INSIDE ME by Maria Trigo Teixeira (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
JUST A GUY by Shoko Hara (Studio Seufz)
THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE by Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon (GB/DE, ZDF)
THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE was the winner of the feature film competition in the “Elements +6” section at the 50th Giffoni International Film Festival.