The winner of the most valuable award at this edition, €25,000 in post-production services offered by Romania’s top post-production services company, Cinelab went to Svetla Tsotsorkova`s third feature-length project, Fortune-Teller (Bulgaria) at the 17th edition of Sofia Meetings. The co-production platform of the Sofia International Film Festival, was organised exclusively online from 3-8 July. The story follows a young Roma mother of three who becomes a popular (albeit fake) fortune-teller. The jury praised the project for “the way it tackles specific social practices and stereotypes from within the culture it portrays, while also proposing their universality”.
A total of 37 feature projects were pitched or presented to an audience of interested producers.
CINELAB ROMANIA award goes to FORTUNE-TELLER
CINELAB presents post-production services lab equal to 25,000 Euro.
Jury statement: Inspired by the filmmakers’ work with a Roma community, this is a bold project we were deeply impressed by, for the way it tackles specific social practices and stereotypes from within the culture it portrays, while also proposing their universality.
FOCUSFOX (Hungary) Award award goes to PARTY FOR SHY PEOPLE
FOCUSFOX presents post-production services equal to 10,000 Euro.
Jury statement: Set in a dystopian future in which introverts are outlawed, this absurdist black comedy is a very timely take on the dogma of self-promotion that we believe will make us laugh as much as give nightmares to the shy among us.
EASTWEST FILMDISTRIBUTION Award goes to VAMPIRISM
EASTWEST presents script consultancy with Steven Goldsmith, an Irish-American script doctor equal to 5,000 Euro.
Jury statement: A unique blend of vampire horror and flamenco music, unfolding in an Andalusian desert village during the onset of the 1930s authoritarian regime, the project presented a strong visual concept that we found really alluring.
Young Producer Award YAPIMLAB goes to SHIPBUILDING
YAPIMLAB invites one producer for a week of project consultancy in Istanbul covering travel and accommodation and presenting networking possibilities within Turkish industry, equal to 5 000 Euro.
VILLA KULT Berlinale Residency 2021 award goes to 3 KILOGRAMS OF HAPPYNESS
VILLA KULT presents a 5-day residency to take place in Berlin during Berlinale 2021. Travel, accommodation, and Berlinale accreditation will be covered. The selected director will be offered intensive development coaching by Renate Roginas and networking possibilities.
VILLA KULT Special Award goes to KIRIL`s LUCK
MEDITERRANEAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARD
MFI will present a scholarship to one of the projects selected from Sofia Meetings to participate in MFI Script 2 Film Workshops. CROSSROADS will select and present one of the projects from Sofia Meetings. PRODUCERS NETWORK will award accreditation for Producers Network at Cannes Market.