GAP FINANCING SESSIONS
European producers looking for a Belgian minority co-production or financial partner to close their budget.
The Gap Financing Sessions was designed as a platform to promote partnerships between European and Belgian producers. At the heart of the European Union, and with a variety of potential investors, Belgium’s film professionals have a valuable expertise to provide in terms of co-production. After a pitch session of the selected projects, participants will have the opportunity to meet on a one-to-one basis with potential partners and attend our networking events and cocktails.
7 projects have been selected:
Andamion Murataj is a writer, director, cinematographer and producer who has worked for many years between Albania and the United States. He co-wrote and co-produced the feature film The Forgiveness of Blood by Joshua Marston which received the Silver Bear Award for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlinale. In this new project, he focuses on the Albanian tradition of the Sworn Virgins through the intimate portrait of Fran, who at 50 explores her identity through the irruption of an unexpected maternal feeling.
After winning the Cristal Award at the 2018 Annecy International Animation Film Festival for Funan, director Denis Do and producer Sébastien Onomo reunite once again for the animated project Sorya. This coming of age takes us to Cambodia to follow the path of a young woman who finds herself propelled to the forefront of the Phnom Penh music scene. This is the director's second feature film.
From documentary to fiction, including TV series, Snezana Van Houwelingen has produced many projects that have received international recognition (Sundance, Rotterdam, IDFA, Sao Paulo,...). She is supporting Miroslav Terzić’s new project, whose last feature film Stitches premiered at Berlinale 2019. The Excursion is a hard-hitting drama, an unvarnished analysis of violence which gradually unfolds the dynamics of harassment during a school field trip.
Xénia Maingot had the opportunity to work with the greatest as a production manager: Lars Von Trier, Lucrecia Martel, Thomas Vinterberg, ... She founded her own company Eaux Vives in 2008 and is currently in the post-production of Emily Atef’s latest film, More than ever, scheduled for release in 2022. She is currently developing The Good Thief by Emiliano Torres, whose feature film Patagonia won the Special Jury Prize and the Best Cinematography Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2016. This new project is a breathless crime film that sneaks into the Paris metro to tell the story of a police officer who must deal with the corruption of his department and reconnect with his past as a thief.
Director and producer Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir, nominated several times for the Edda Awards (Iceland's Academy Awards), had her first feature film The Deposit (2019) selected at Göteborg, Edinburgh IFF and Sydney FF. For her new project The Mountain, she is collaborating with producer Anna G Magnúsdóttir (EAVE, ACE), who works between Sweden and Iceland via her companies LittleBig Productions and Film Partner Iceland ehf. This family drama deals with guilt and grief on a compelling background of astronomy and breathtaking Icelandic landscapes.
Lee Filipovski is a director based in both Toronto and Belgrade - her two short films Fluffy (2016) and Zero (2021) were both selected at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her first feature, The Myth of a real man, is centered on a family whose plans for the future in Canada are cut short by the war and the father's decision to join the army and stay and defend his country. It is produced for Dart Film by Natasa Damnjanovic who has produced and co-produced several projects that have been screened in top festivals (Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam, Toronto, San Sebastian, ...)
The Passing Deaths will be Agustin Banchero's second feature film, an unchronological choral drama built around the emotions of the main character, a man who runs away from his partner about to give birth. Agustin Banchero continues the exploration of the themes of guilt and responsibility addressed in his last film, Hilda's Short Summer, which premiered in 2021 in the New Directors section of San Sebastian Film Festival. The Passing Deaths is produced by Virginia Bogliolo for Tarkio Films, who previously collaborated with Agustin on Hilda's Short Summer.