The filmmakers & producers selected by the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films

“Limitations give you form”
“The more art is bound by limitations, the freer it is!”

Around these two sentences by Alfonso Cuaron and Igor Stravinsky, a new generation of filmmakers is gaining momentum!

After a first year in 2017, LIM | Less is More, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films, supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, announces in Berlin its new selection of filmmakers and producers, pushing forward a new generation of filmmakers from all over the world. In LIM’s perspective, budget constraints are seen as a trigger for more creativity, more intense storytelling and deeper quest for meaning!

After LIM’s successful launch last year (290 applications coming from 59 nationalities), this new edition confirms the growing need for a new approach towards limited budget films: 350 applicants, from 65 countries sent their projects for LIM 2018, out of which sixteen projects and ten emerging story-editors, creative producers or development executives were selected.

LIM Final Jury was composed of Massimiliano Nardulli (LIM Head of Talent, Italy), Antoine Le Bos (Artistic Director, France), Ana Agopian (Control N, Romania), Frans Lefever (Flanders, Belgium), Robert Balinsky (Polish Film Institute, Poland) and Anna Ciennik (Les Arcs European Film Festival, France).

LIM | Less is More is structured around three one-week workshops in residency in small villages in three different parts of Europe: in 2018, Workshop 1 in Brittany / France (March), Workshop 2 in Transilvania / Romania (June) and Workshop 3 in Malopolaska / Poland (October). The development work will be supervised by five international script-consultants: Marcel Beaulieu (Canada), Pierre Hogdson (UK), Monica Rattazzi (Morocco / Italy), Miguel Machalski (Argentina) and Antoine Le Bos (France). For the third workshop, the script-consultants team will be completed by specialists of limited budget.

LIM’s goal is also to gather European professionals working around limited budget fiction feature film, thus triggering co-productions, new funding, distribution and broadcasting opportunities. LIM will organise a Meeting Event during Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), end of may in Cluj-Napoca, Romania at the beginning of the second workshop. This event will allow all selected filmmakers to present their projects to European producers and film-professionals.

The 16 selected filmmakers for 2018

Shirley BRUNO (Haïti) — Just Come // Been to
Panagiotis CHARAMIS (Greece) — Avanos
Octav CHELARU (Romania) — Balaur
Alina GRIGORE (Romania) — The bears and the bees
Andy HERZOG (Switzerland) — Blackpool
Arun Deo JOSHI (Nepal) — Hori
Stéfan LE LAY & Blandine JET (Brittany, France) — Survie
Miguel LOPEZ BERAZA (Spain) & Nayeem MAHBUB (Bangladesh) — Creatures
Lina LUZYTE (Lithuania) — So Much Water So Close to Home
Sameh MORSY (Egypt) — Aya
Amanda NELL EU (Malaysia) — Tiger Stripes
Giulio RIZZO (Italy) — 13-bis
Vera SJUNNESSON (Sweden) — Bathtub
Mark TOWERS (UK) — The Gael
Volkan ÜCE (Belgium) — The Song Breaker
Daria WOSZEK (Poland) & Aleksandra SWIERK — Mary-go-round (Maryjki)

The 10 selected creative producers or story-editors for 2018

Eamonn CLEARY — Ireland
Anthea DEVOTTA — India
Thomas GUENTCH — Brittany, France
Andraz JERIC — Slovenia
Selin KARLI — Turkey
Helene MITJAVILE — France
Maaike NEVENetherlands
Glykeria PATRAMANIGreece
Ana Maria PIRVAN — Romania

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Supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, LIM is led by Le Groupe Ouest (France) 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).