Creative Europe at Venice: European films, forums and markets
This year's festival will see the introduction of two industry events and initiatives supported by Creative Europe and the European Commission.
European Gap-Financing Market (4 - 5 September)
The European Gap-Financing Market, funded for the first time this year by Creative Europe’s Access to Markets scheme, provides a platform to support 15 European producers in search of completion funding for their project. Participants will have the opportunity to close their international financing through one-to-one meetings with potential financiers, distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, post-production companies and film funds. To qualify, each film must already have secured 70% of its financing.
More information on the the projects selected for this year are available on the festival website.
European Film Forum: Cross Culture – a driver for a Creative Europe (5 September)
The one-day event will question how artists, producers, business leaders and political representatives can best reinforce cross-cultural and cross-media dialogue to support the future of the European film industry. Topics for discussion include how the boundaries between visual arts, film and business are being pushed; short film as a driver of creativity, talent scouting and business; and crossovers from film to societal and economic change.
More information will be published in the forthcoming weeks.
Creative Europe funded-films reach for the Golden Lion
There are also a number of MEDIA-supported films screening as part of the festival include one UK film, and there is a strong show for British films across the programme with new titles from Jonathan Glazer, Amma Asante and Stephen Frears among an impressive count of British premieres.
- Sangue del mio sangue by Marco Bellocchio (Italy, France, Sweden)
- Marguerite by Xavier Gianolli (France, Czech Republic, Belgium)
- A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino (Italy, France)
- Francofonia by Alexander Sokurev (France, Denmark, Netherlands)
- A War (Krigen) by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
International Critics Week
- Light Years (Anni luce) by Esther May Campbell (United Kingdom)
- Montanha by Joao Salaviza (Poland, France)
- Banat by Adriano Vale
- Lolo by Julie Delpy (France)
All of the films screening have benefitted from the MEDIA sub-programme's funding schemes for distribution, whilst Tobias Lindholm's A War was also awarded financial backing at its development stage through the Single Project scheme.
The Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 – 12 September 2015.
04 Aug 2015