Magazine article Screen International

Future Frames Spotlights New Filmmakers at Karlovy Vary 2017

Magazine article Screen International

Future Frames Spotlights New Filmmakers at Karlovy Vary 2017

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Director Denis Côté and European Film Promotion boss speak to Screen about the student filmmaker scheme.

Future Frames, an initiative of European Film Promotion who are also behind European Shooting Stars in Berlin and Producers on the Move in Cannes, came to the end of its third edition yesterday (5 July) at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30-July 8).

The event takes 10 young film students from across Europe and showcases their short films to festival audiences while also giving them industry mentoring.

Even though it’s still a relatively new initiative, European Film Promotion already feel that there are tangible results to show.

“There’s Karen Vazquez Guadarrama from Belgium, who received her first job offers following Future Frames in 2016,” said EFP’s Managing Director Sonja Heinen, speaking to Screen.

“She also reported, like her fellow participants, that there was a strong interest shown by other international film festivals in their work.

Many of the films selected have gone on to win awards at festivals: Klara Kochanska (Poland, 2016) and Patrick Vollrath (Austria, 2015) have been winners at the Student Academy Awards.

While Karlovy Vary offers a significant platform in and of itself, Heinen also believes the activities provided for the participants over the four days of the event offer important benefits.

“They have had personal meetings with a group of carefully selected industry experts,” she explains. “Amongst them Nikolaj Nikitin, the Central/Eastern-Europe delegate to the Berlin International Film Festival and Patrick Connolly, the Vice President, Programming, Acquisitions and Scheduling at Sundance TV.

Mentor

In addition, they had the exclusive opportunity to take part in a masterclass by a renowned filmmaker - this year, it was Canadian auteur Denis Côté talking about the challenges of independent filmmaking.

Côte, the award-winning director behind Vic And Flo Saw A Bear, explain how he mentored the 10 participants

“They were shown my very first film,” he explains “It was very DIY. Outside all the rules of the industry. I’d never been to film school. And I picked my first film without thinking, but it’s a very good idea to show them where I come from. …

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