The 6th regional PriFORUM coproduction will be held on 26 and 27 at Swiss Diamond in Prishtina.
PriFORUM is the industry platform of PriFest and meeting point of filmmakers from the region, with industry experts from Europe and USA.
This year’s PriFORUM topic is: ‘Selling Balkan stories to the West – Coproducing with Balkans’.
PriFORUM will be officially opened jointly by the two ministers of Culture, Miss. Mirela Kumbaro from Albania and Mr.Memli Krasniqi from Kosovo.
On the first day (on April 26, Saturday) a meeting is going to be held with two panels, along with the opportunity of interaction with questions and answers. Panellists are internationally known producers and experts, such as: Kees Kasander, producer from Holand (BAFTA winner), Karen Adler (EAVE expert, ex director of Paramount Europe), Cedomir Kolar producer from France (Oscar and Berlinale winner), Cathy de Haan and Luca Borkowski from Germany, founders of Cinematch, the platform for the development and coproduction of low budget projects.
On the second panel, participants are representatives from film institutions and regional producers such as: Darko Basheski, director of Macedonian film fund, Ilir Butka Chair of the National Cinematography Centre of Albania, Arben Zharku director of Kosovo Cinematography Center, Ilija Subotic, representative of Montenegro’s Ministry of Culture, Blerta Zeqiri, director of culture in Municipality of Prishtina and Snezana Penev, a producer from Serbia.
On the 2nd day of PriFORUM (27th April, Sunday, also at Swiss Diamond Hotel) will strat with the presentation of Case Study of the project “The Marriage” from kosovar film-makers Blerta Zeqiri and Kreshnik Berisha, to follow with Best Pitch Competition. This year’s Best Pitch contest will include 5 feature film projects from the region, and they are: “Man of the House” from Albania, ‘The Last Goodbye’ from Serbia, ‘Rooftop Sonata’ from Kosovo, ‘An Unforgetable...’ from Macedonia and ‘The Schooling of Bento Bonchev’ from Montenegro.
The Director of PriFORUM, Mr. Fatos Berisha said: “We expect a very good and productive event, having in mind the confirmed presence of more than 50 film-makers and professionals from the region and Europe. It is a great opportunity for industry people to meet possible co-producers and collaborators on film projects. I invite all local film-makers, because I believe that the attendance in PriFORUM would not only be valuable for them by listening to the international experts of film industry, but also watching the pitching presentations by their colleagues in front of an international jury would be a good experience. And last but not least, they can also be part of decision-making, by voting for their favourite project.”
PriFORUM is a 2-day event, dedicated to regional film co-productions, within the 6th edition of PriFest – which will be held from 25 April to 2 May.
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