The award ceremony of Baltic Event’s 15th anniversary edition was held in the 600-year-old Tallinn Old Town, followed by the Polish Party hosted by Film Commission Poland. Four awards were given out after two and a half days filled with 430+ meetings between 480 guests of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.
The main prize, Eurimages Co-Production Development Award for the Best Project, went to Citizen Saint (director Tinatin Kajrishvili, producer Lasha Khalvashi, Film Studio Artizm, Georgia), after the jury consisting of Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of Production and Development, National Film Centre of Latvia, Latvia, Suzanne Glansborg, Executive Producer, TV4/Bonnier Broadcasting, Sweden, and Titus Kreyenberg, CEO/Producer, unafilm, Germany, held meetings with all the eligible projects over two days.
The jury said they were impressed by the wide universal appeal of this locally rooted story. “This black comedy tackles social and political issues at a time when populism is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere, making us question our individual responsibility in regards to this social phenomenon. We are convinced that this emerging and talented director will deliver a film that has the potential to reach a wide audience,” reasoned Uldis Dimiševskis.
The traditional Best Pitch Award by the market’s long-time partner Screen International was given out for the eighth time. Screen’s representative Martin Blaney handed the diploma to Marion Guth, whose pitch of the project (N)Ostalgia (director Vicky Thornton, a_BAHN, Luxembourg) was deemed unmatched for its motivation, enthusiasm and originality. The project will be presented in a feature article on screendaily.com, and Martin Blaney will continue to report on the film’s progress until its release and distribution.
The Marché du film Festival de Cannes awarded free accreditation for the 2017 Producers Network to two promising producers – Emma Åkesdotter Ronge, Anagram Film & TV, Sweden, who impressed the jury with her enthusiasm and ambitious vision for the project Fear Eats the Soul, and Kuba Kosma, Takfilm, Poland, representing project Trust, whose reassuring confidence as a producer and attentiveness to detail covering all the aspects of the production was acknowledged by the jury.
Baltic Event has become the most influential film market in Northern and Central Europe during its 15 years of operation. It has showcased both young promising talents as well as award-winning directors, featuring on its slate such films as Oscar-shortlisted The Fencer (Klaus Härö, Finland/Estonia 2015), Park (Sofia Exarchou, Greece/Poland 2016), which has enjoyed a successful festival run, and Eastern Business (Igor Cobileanski, Romania/Lithuania/Moldova 2016), which came back to Estonia for its international premiere in the Main Competition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which is only given out at six other film markets, was given out for the second year.
Supporters and partners of Baltic Event are Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, Eurimages, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Center, National Film Centre of Latvia, Finnish Film Foundation, Film Fund Luxembourg, Film Commission Poland, Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden in Estonia, FilmVäst, Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallink Hotels, EAVE, Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers’ Network, Torino Film Lab, Screen International, Film New Europe, Orbital Vox Studios and Apollo Music.