The European development programme for limited budget feature films, led by Le Groupe Ouest*
*Created in Brittany in 2006, Le Groupe Ouest has become the first place in Europe in coaching writers for cinema in residency. On the beaches of Finistère, more than 700 filmmakers have been coached to this day, among which we saw in 2016 « Divines », Golden camera in Cannes and « Godless », Golden Leopard in Locarno.
Supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, LIM | Less is More is led by Le Groupe Ouest (France), developed with Control N (Romania), Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds – VAF (Belgium), Krakow Festival Office – KBF (Poland), and the Transilvania International Film Festival – TIFF (Romania), in partnership with the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Norwegian Film Institute, as well as the Macedonian Film Agency.
LIM | Less is More has been set up to empower a generation of filmmakers intent on opening new avenues and finding new audiences by tackling new issues. Our motto is Igor Stravinsky’s “The more art is bound by limitations, the freer it is“.
We live in an age of over-consumption and deep ecological concern. Humanism is in trouble and society has become almost unable to create meaning. Stories lie at the heart of what makes us human. Cinema is a powerful storytelling tool for today, plugged into our dreams and our nightmares, that can restore our ability to create meaning, for now and for future generations.
LIM uses creative limitations as a tool. Its spirit and ambition far exceed the facile business of restricting budgets. Self-imposed limitations help dig deep into character and emotion. They are a catalyst for wall-breaking film-experiences.
In this way, clever limitation strategies help bring out a filmmaker’s unique imprint, giving his or her work a strong advantage in an overcrowded market. Obviously also, introducing limitations early in the writing processes multiplies a film’s chances of being shot soon.
The job of a screenwriter is thus to streamline apparent complexity. A well-understood limitation strategy triggers strong formal choices that can help make the games of a private imagination meaningful to all.
LIM offers a new generation of filmmakers, already known either for their short films or first features, the opportunity of designing a strong route into limited budget feature film production. The scheme is open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film projects, as well as to artists coming from strong theatre, documentary or visual arts backgrounds.
LIM is structured around 3 one-week workshops in residency – in March, June and October – in small villages in three different parts of Europe. 16 film projects selected each year from all over the world as well as 12 Develpment angels – emerging European producers wanting to strengthen their ability to follow the development of feature film projects within a limited budget frame. The development work is supervised by 9 script-consultants: 3 main tutors and 6 complementary (all of them being writers in activity).
Every year, during the second workshop, in Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, a two days European event takes place in the framework of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), to showcase the projects developed within LIM to producers, coproducers, sales agents, funds, etc. The goal is to generate feedbacks and start potential collaborations. In the meantime, LIM’s goal is to generate the creation of a European network of professionals working around limited fiction feature film, thus triggering both coproductions, new funding, distribution and broadcasting opportunities.