16 international projects selected
Does a limited budget necessarily put a brake on filmmakers’ creativity? Or does it push the power of their storytelling towards something new, something edgy and completely different than all their previous work? A limited budget can represent the needed push for the writer’s mind and lead him to amazing stories, scripts and films.
And this is exactly what LIM aims to achieve.
LIM – Less is More, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films will push forward a new generation of gifted filmmakers who want to work through the prism of limited budget feature film production.
LIM’s successful launch this year shows that there is a growing need for a new approach towards limited budget films: 290 applications coming from 59 nationalities out of which 16 projects (all first feature films) and 4 emerging European producers were selected.
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. The program is aimed at helping feature projects whose final costs will be between 100.000 and 500.000 EUR.
The LIM Jury composed of 6 members from 6 countries around Europe – Massimiliano Nardulli (Head of Selection, Italy), Antoine Le Bos (Artistic Director, France), Oana Rasuceanu (Control N / Romania), Siebe Dumon (VAF / Belgium), Natalia Woda (KBF / Poland) and Vassili Silovic (LIM Director, Slovenia) – selected the finalists out of 45 projects and 8 producers shortlisted.
LIM – Less is More is structured around 3 one-week workshops in residency in small villages in three different parts of Europe: Workshop 1 in Flanders / Belgium (March, 5 – 11), Workshop 2 in Transilvania / Romania (June, 5 – 13) and Workshop 3 in Brittany / France (October, 1 – 8). The development work for LIM’s first edition will be supervised by 4 very experienced script-consultants (all of them being writers in activity): Leonardo Stagliano (Italy), Pierre Hogdson (UK/France), Marcel Beaulieu (Canada) and Antoine Le Bos (France). The team of tutors will be completed, as well, by low to micro budget specialists.
LIM’s goal is also to generate the creation of a European network of professionals working around limited and very limited budget fiction feature film, thus triggering both co-productions, new funding, distribution and broadcasting opportunities.
Therefore, LIM will organize a major event during Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This event will allow all selected participants to present their projects to European producers and film-professionals.
The 2017 LIM selected projects & filmmakers are:
Nathalie Biancheri — Wolf (Italy)
Simao Cayatte — Sandra (Portugal)
Pieter Coudyzer — Banvard (Belgium)
Taisia Deeva — Not Here. Not Us. (Russia)
Dina Duma — Sister (Macedonia)
Svetozar Georgiev & Ivaylo Minov — Electricity (Bulgaria)
Karolis Kaupinis — Corcovado Borealis (Lithuania)
Kim Lysgaard Andersen & Tine Mosegaard — All about me – and everyone else (Denmark)
Marianela Maldonado — The Belly of the Whale (Venezuela)
Kabir Mehta — Showdots (India)
Dan Radu Mihai — Anselinii (Romania)
Mauricio Osaki — The paths of my father (Brazil)
Tomasz Sliwinski — Animus (Poland)
Rory Stewart — Organs in the grass (Scottland)
Giil Taws — Tro Fañch (France)
Leo Van Dijl — Stéphanie (Belgium)
The 2017 LIM selected film producers are:
Jelena Miseljic — Montenegro
Frédéric Prémel — France
Gabi Suciu — Romania
Aneta Zagorska — Poland
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Supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, LIM, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films, is led by Le Groupe Ouest and developed in partnership with Control N (Romania), Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds – VAF (Belgium), Krakow Festival Office – kbf (Poland), and the Transilvania International Film Festival – TIFF (Romania).
Le Groupe Ouest (Brittany, France) seeks to further film-making in Brittany in a context of European cooperation and innovation. Le Groupe Ouest is:
1. A unique place in France dedicated to writers, filmmakers and script development.
2. A research and creation platform linking up storytelling with new imaging technology.
3. An innovative approach where businesses take part in the development of Brittany’s film-making industry.
Le Groupe Ouest is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab and founder of LIM | Less is More. In 2014, Le Groupe Ouest created the first French endowment fund dedicated to supporting independent cinema: the Breizh Film Fund.
Control N (Romania) is a cultural association aimed at training and helping new talent in Romanian cinema. Founded in 2009 by two screenwriters and a director, Control N is a cultural association, whose projects centre around training workshops, film courses and seminaries, dedicated to both amateurs and film professionals. Although its projects touch different areas of culture (theatre, dance, photography), Control N’s main focus is screenwriting, script development and film related events. Its declared purpose is to discover and promote young talented film enthusiasts and to push for cinema education in Romania.
Transilvania International Film Festival – TIFF (Romania) is one of Romania and Eastern Europe’s major film events. After years of continuous work in promoting Romanian cinema and welcoming international guests to meet national productions and their filmmakers, in 2015, the festival rounded up its industry activities under one umbrella. TIFF – Industry hosts a series of masterclasses, lining-up experts in audience development and scriptwriting, film directors and different film personalities. TIFF Industry also means closed screenings for industry members and special screenings of the newest Romanian films, in the presence of their filmmakers.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund – VAF (Belgium) supports audio-visual 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 audio-visual industry, to encourage and support upcoming audio-visual talent and to promote a vibrant audio-visual culture in Flanders. VAF accomplishes four main tasks. It provides financial support for audio-visual 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 audio-visual field (4).
Krakow Festival Office – kbf (Poland) – 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 audio-visual industry in the Malopolska Region (film funding, production support, professional training and industry events).