Launch of the new European project 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 500 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, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films, is developed in partnership with Control N (Romania), Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds – VAF (Belgium), Krakow Festival Office – KBF (Poland), and the Transilvania International Film Festival – TIFF.
What if lowering the cost of films was a trigger for more creativity and a more in-depth filmmaking? And this without putting always the cost-reduction effort on the filmmakers’ and production teams’ shoulders…
What if the issue was to write scripts within cost constraints, and make it a highly creative and stimulating game for writers and directors?
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations
In the last few years, a growing proportion of the most creative and interesting feature films in international independent cinema have been produced with very limited budgets (low to micro-budget cinema). And in our experience of script-development and story-editing, we often witness how reducing the arena of the film (in other terms, “putting the torero closer to the bull”), can help writers strengthen the very essence and core of their stories.
The aim of LIM is to help writers and writer-directors to fully integrate the cost constraint from the beginning of the script development process. Our program is aimed at helping feature projects whose final costs will be between 100.000 and 500.000 euros.
Our aim through LIM is to give the opportunity to a new gifted generation of filmmakers, already known either for their short films or first feature films, wanting to work through the prism of limited budget feature film production. The scheme is be open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film projects, as well as to artists coming from theatre, documentary and visual arts.
LIM will be structured around 3 one-week workshops in residency in small villages in three different parts of Europe: in 2017, it will be Flanders (March), Transilvania (June), and Brittany (October).
23 core participants, 16 film projects selected each year from all over the world as well as 4 emerging European producers wanting to strengthen their ability to follow the development of feature film projects within a low to micro budget frame. The development work will be supervised by 4 very experienced script-consultants (all of them being writers in activity) as well as low to micro budget specialists (line producers, first AD, etc.).
Every year, LIM will also provide to participants two events (one in Transilvania International Film Festival, and one on-line) enabling them to present their projects to European producers and film-professionnals. In the meantime, LIM’s goal is to generate the creation of a European network of professionals working around limited and very limited fiction feature film, thus triggering both coproductions, new funding, distribution and broadcasting opportunities. More than 100 film professionals from all over Europe and beyond will be invited to be part of the live event or follow the on-line presentations and masterclasses.
LIM’s main partners
Control N (Romania) is a cultural association aimed at training and helping new talent in Romanian cinema. Control N founders have been closely collaborating with Transilvania International Film Festival – TIFF for the last 14 years. Starting 2012, Control N has been organizing Transilvania Talent Lab, happening during the festival. Control N founders co-wrote and directed Love Building, a micro budget feature film (50,000 €), which ended up being second at Romanian Box Office in 2013.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund – VAF (Belgium) supports audiovisual production in, as well as international co-productions with Flanders. The Fund was set up by the Flanders government in 2002 and is headquartered in Brussels. The aims of the VAF are threefold: to develop a sustainable audiovisual industry, to encourage and support upcoming audiovisual talent and to promote a vibrant audiovisual culture in Flanders. VAF accomplishes four main tasks. It provides financial support for audiovisual productions (1) and promotes these in Flanders as well as abroad (2). The Fund also grants scholarships, finances professional training and supports/organises workshops (3) as well as carries out surveys on the audiovisual field (4).
Krakow Festival Office – kbf (Poland)
Krakow Festival Office (KBF) – one of the most active institutions in Polish cultural life, responsible for Krakow’s largest festivals, spectacular entertainment for audiences reaching as many as a hundred thousand members, events heralded in Poland and across Europe in the fields of music, theatre, film, fine arts and literature since the year 2000.
Via the activities of Krakow Film Commission and the Krakow Regional Film Fund, KBF supports the development of audiovisual industry in the Malopolska Region (film funding, production support, professional training and industry events).
• Euphoria Borealis (Finland)
• StoryLab.pro (Poland)
• Danish Film Institute – New Danish Screen (Denmark)
• iFeatures / Creative England (UK)
• TorinoFilmLab (Italy)
• Gan Foundation for Cinema (France)
• Centre National du Cinéma, CNC (France)