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GAP FINANCING SESSIONS

For whom?

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.

10 projects have been selected:

Man of the house
Man of the house

by Andamion Murataj

produced by Lissus Media - Albania

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.

Sorya
Sorya

by Denis Do

produced by Special Touch Studios - France

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.

the excursion
The Excursion

by Miroslav Terzić

produced by This and That Productions - Serbia

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.

le bon larron
The Good Larron

by Emiliano Torres

produced by Eaux Vives - France

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.

mountain
The Mountain (working title)

by Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir

produced by Produit par LittleBig Productions AB et Film Partner Iceland ehf - Sweden, Iceland

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.

Myth of real men
The Myth of a real man

by Lee Filipovski

produced by Dart Film - Serbia

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
The Passing Deaths

by Agustin Banchero

produced by Tarkio Films - Uruguay

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.

« Halaqat » projects

Bozar and BRIFF join forces to showcase 3 projects from Arab countries in the framework of the "Halaqat" project.

HALAQAT - Carnaval
CARNAVAL

by Mohamed Siam

produced by Linked Production – Kuwait, Egypt

Mohamed Siam’s gained international recognition with his documentaries Whose Country (2016) and Amal (2017), both selected in major festivals worldwide (IDFA, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki, Visions du Réel …) His new project, Carnaval, explores similar themes through fiction this time, and is based on the primary characters of his two previous films : a policeman and a rebellious teen, whose lives get intertwined while chaos falls on Cairo. Siam is working once again with producer Talal Al-Muhanna, whose credits include multiple films screened and broadcasted internationally.

HALAQAT - Plum Season
PLUM SEASON

by Rim Mejdi

produced by Tifaw Films Production – Morocco

Plum Season is a supernatural coming of age tale set between Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains and rooted in Moroccan culture and myths to tells the story of Nouha, a teenager facing her fear of becoming a woman. The project was developed in Torino Film Lab and pitched at the Atlas Workshops. Rim Mejdi, writer, director and producer, is notably know for her short film Out of town (2015, Locarno).

HALAQAT - Tunis-Djerba
TUNIS-DJERBA

by Amel Guellaty

produced by Atlas Vision & Haut Les Mains Productions – Tunisia, France

Amel Guellaty is a Tunisian director and photographer ; her first short film, Black Mamba (2017), was screened in more than 60 festivals and broadcasted by Canal +. For her first feature, Tunis-Djerba, she explores the dreams and harsch reality of the Tunisian youth through the poetic and surrealistic story of two friends who escape on a roadtrip. The project, developed through the LIM programme, is produced by Asma Chihoub (member of EAVE network) as part of Atlas Vision Productions, and who collaborated with Amel on her two previous projects.

The European project Halaqat is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. Halaqat is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.

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