The TorinoFilmLab’s 14th Meeting Event announces its champions
- The four Production Awards went to projects from Finland, Israel, Iran and China, while the Eurimages Co-production Development Award was also handed out to a TFL film for the very first time
Headed for countries as far removed as Finland and China, the four production awards (totalling €170,000) associated with the TorinoFilmLab’s 14th Meeting Event have now been handed out, rounding off the annual calendar of activities organised by the Turin-based lab, which returned to a physical edition this year - between 29 November and 1 December - following last year’s online format, and which closed last night with an awards ceremony held at Turin’s Scuola Holden.
Out of the 10 FeatureLab projects in the pre-production phase, the international jury - composed of Rotterdam Film Festival director Vanja Kaluderčić, the director of the TFL film Natural Light [+see also:
interview: Dénes Nagy
film profile] Dénes Nagy, the head of Amazon’s Italian Scripted Originals Davide Nardini, Agat Films producer Juliette Schrameck and sales agent for The Match Factory Michael Weber – chose to bestow its three production awards (each worth €40,000) upon: Finnish title Family Time, written and directed by Tia Kouvo and produced by Jussi Rantamäki, who previously produced Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile] (ScriptLab 2014, rewarded within Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section); Home by Israeli director Or Sinai, who also took part in last year’s ScriptLab programme with the very same project; and Things That You Kill (produced by French outfit Fulgurance), which is the second feature film by Iranian director Alireza Khatami, who took part in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up in 2017 with his first work Oblivion Verses [+see also:
interview: Alireza Khatami
Another production prize worth €50,000 was also awarded, thanks to support from the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme, to Dayao Swims Against The Flow, which is written and directed by China’s Tao Zhang, co-written by France’s Jérémie Dubois and produced by Vincent Wang on behalf of French firm House of Fire. All four winning projects will also receive Green Filming Awards, which include a sustainability plan for the production phase and coverage of potential extra costs up to a maximum of €2,000, as well as a further €2,000 to spend on hiring a green manager, courtesy of the Trentino Film Commission.
Won by a TorinoFilmLab project for the very first time, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award (€20,000) went to The Wolf Will Tear Your Immaculate Hands, which is written and directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (Sweden/Costa Rica), whose first work Clara Sola [+see also:
interview: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
film profile] was presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Out of the 20 ScriptLab projects, the €8,000 CNC Prize - put forward by the CNC – The French National Film Centre - was awarded to Unfinishing Painting by Portugese director Catarina Vasconcelos, whose feature film debut The Metamorphosis of Birds [+see also:
interview: Catarina Vasconcelos
film profile] is Portugal’s candidate for the Oscars this year. Last but not least, the ArteKino International Award worth €6,000 was won by the ScriptLab project The Mountain Bride which is directed by Italy’s Maura Delpero, who won the TFL Audience Design Fund (€40,000) in 2019 for her first work Maternal [+see also:
interview: Maura Delpero
film profile], which was presented in Locarno that same year.
The 14th TFL Meeting Event will continue online from 6 to 10 December, as part of the TFI - Torino Film Industry’s online programme of activities (read our news).
The full list of prizes awarded at the 14th TFL Meeting Event is as follows:
3 TFL Production Awards worth €40,000
Family Time - Tia Kouvo (Finland)
Home - Or Sinai (Israel)
Things That You Kill - Alireza Khatami (Iran/France)
1 TFL Production Award worth €50,000
Dayao Swims Against The Flow - Tao Zhang (China/France)
Eurimages Co-production Development Award
The Wolf Will Tear Your Immaculate Hands - Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (Sweden/Costa Rica)
Unfinishing Painting - Catarina Vasconcelos (Portugal)
ArteKino International Award
The Mountain Bride - Maura Delpero (Italy)
TFL White Mirror
The Future is an Elder Cow - Janis Rafa (the Netherlands /Greece)
FeatureLab Project Partners Awards
Ze - Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (Mongolia/France)
Home - Or Sinai
Sub-ti Access Award
Family Time - Tia Kouvo
(Translated from Italian)
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