Two major prizes were handed out during this year’s Junior Co-production Market (JCM).
Eurimages Co-production Development Award
The prestigious Eurimages Co-production Development Award was granted to the Best Film Project presented during the Market. The Award was given by European support fund Eurimages with the duel intention of supporting European youth film and to further stimulate European co-production. The winner received € 20,000.
The jury, consisting of Koji Nelissen (NL), Magalie Armand (FR) and Manolla Novelli (DE) would like to congratulate all the contestants of this year’s Cinekid co-production market. “When meeting the participants, we were bowled over by their passion for film making and urge to tell stories. Even now in these challenging times with all the problems that it has brought to our industry. Unfortunately, only one project can be the winner of the Eurimages Development Award.”
However, the jury would like to express a Special Mention for The Animals’ Christmas, written and directed by Camille Alméras, Caroline Attia, Ceylan Beyoglu, Oleysha Shchukina, Haruna Kishi, Natalia Chernysheva, produced by Les Valseurs (FR). “We applaud the filmmakers for giving a new perspective on the story of Christmas and engaging the youngest cinema audience in topics such as diversity and climate change in such a subtle and entertaining way.”
The jury could only choose one project and, in the end, it was a unanimous decision. “This original story tells of the beautiful relationship between the 2 main characters. One, who is blind, and being guided and protected from reality by the other. Through nature they are slowly able to come to terms with their grief and, also, to embrace acceptance. They learn how to accept tragedy but also how to move on and welcome other people into their lives. This story shows the audience how fantasy can be a great instrument for leading us to accept reality.”
Tiger Martindale’s Survival Experts, directed by Pavel Gumennikov and written by Ross Knight. Produced by Baltic Pine Films (LV).
Filmmore Post-Production Award
The Filmmore Post-Production Award was awarded to the best live-action project of the JCM. This prize is designed to stimulate collaboration with the Dutch Visual Effects & Post Production lab Filmmore. Granting the award, which comes with a € 5,000 prize, is an invitation to start a longer and fruitful collaboration with the company.
Tiger Martindale’s Survival Expert, directed by Pavel Gumennikov and written by Ross Knight. Produced by Baltic Pine Films (LV).
The jury, with Alexandra Cruz (DK), Hoda Elatawi (CA) and Jesper Olyve (NL) praises the team, which “so eloquently and passionately described their film through their written pitch, their in-person presentation and their beautifully crafted trailer, that they gave the jury a clear picture of the passion, the cinematic style, and the authenticity of both the era and the experiences of the main characters… drawn from the director’s own life. We strongly believe that this great project from Latvia will benefit immensely from this assistance and it will help them in the last leg of the journey.”
A special mention was given to Trembling Giant, written and directed by Jacek Piotr Bławut, produced by Aura Films (PL). “This wonderfully ambitious and important film caught all of our attention—we all loved the creative and the impassioned presentation by the team. No doubt this will be a ‘must see’ when it is made.”