European Work In Progress Cologne
Oct. 9 – 11, 2018
Entry deadline:
Aug. 15, 2018
AG Verleih – Verband unabhängiger Filmverleiher e. V.
Supported by:
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH

Around 25 European film projects will be selected to present an excerpt of their current film production to a circle of International industry professionals with the aim to find creative partners, co-producers, distributors, world sales, commissioning editors, broadcasters and/or financiers. The focus is on European fictional feature films and animation rather than documentary film with at least one European entity involved in the process.

By the time of the pitch, an excerpt that adequately represents your film will be required. Each presentation is scheduled for a max. of 15 minutes. There will be plenty of time for arranged one-to-one-meetings. Once your project is invited, we will participate in the costs for your traveling and, of course, take care of your accommodation.

An international jury will award four projects with vouchers for post-production services worth EUR 20,000,- and EUR 15,000,- endowed by the MMC Studios, a voucher for sound-post-production services in the amount of EUR 10,000,- endowed by K13 as well as 2 x EUR 2,000 for the subtitling of a movie in two languages provided by Eclair.

European Work in Progress Cologne will be complemented by various panel discussions in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk Germany and EAVE.

These are the award winners & jury statements of European Work in Progress Cologne 2018:

Special Jury Mention:
NOCTURNE (The Netherlands, Belgium/ Lemming Film) by Viktor van der Valk: Two producers, one night, an investor, a deadline, a woman, a gun and a hopelessly romantic boy.
Jury: “For a true spirit of newcomers to European auteur cinema and a daring and unconventional project, widening the cinematic language.”

EWIP Eclair Award: 2 x € 2,000 for the subtitling of a movie in two languages:
UNCONDITIONAL (France, Belgium/ Petit Film) by Stéphane Demoustier: Lise is 18, lives in a quiet suburb and studies law. For the last two years she has worn an electronic bracelet as she is accused of having murdered her best friend.

Jury: “For a project with strong characters and brilliant performances, that deals with a daring topic and offers the audience a possibility to comprehend the story from different perspectives.”

EWIP K13 Studio Award: € 10,000 for 10 days of sound mixing of an original movie:
MARTIN EDEN (Italy, Germany, France/ The Match Factory, Avventurosa srl) by Pietro Marcello: A fable of the 20th century.
Jury: “For an outstanding European author, whose intelligent and uncompromising filmmaking results in a very unique, personal and at the same time easily approachable contemporary cinema.”

EWIP MMC-Studio Award: € 15,000 for post-production services:
TASTE OF PHO (Germany, Poland/ Rohfilm Productions/ Lava Films) by Mariko Saga: An adorable story about a single-Vietnamese father and his ten-year-old daughter who live in Warsaw.
Jury: “For a moving and sincere project that shows the new and traditional worlds together in a poetic and cinematic language.”

EWIP MMC-Studio Award: € 20,000 for post-production services:
END OF SEASON (Germany, Azerbaijan/ COLOR OF MAY – Imanov & Blondiau Filmproduktion) by Elmar Imanov: A story of a small Azerbaijani family, which is being shaken to the core by an incident.
Jury: “We would like to give some good words and the main prize for a project that immediately shows a strong directorial voice and brings an important story in a capturing manner.”

The 2018 edition of EWIP included the following projects:

24 HOURS SUNSHINE | SAULE SPĪD 24 STUNDAS (Latvia) by Juris Poskus
FA Filma, Madara Melberga & Kristians Alhimionoks

BATTLE | БИТВА (Russia) by Anar Abbasov
Rockfilms, Anna Shalashina, Alexey Uchitel

BRUNO (United Kingdom) by Karl Golden
Ipso Facto Productions, Katie Hodgkin

BY A SHARP KNIFE | OSTRÝM NOŽOM (Slovakia/Czech Republic) by Teodor Kuhn
Nutprodukcia, Jakub Vikturin

EASY LOVE (Germany) by Tamer Jandali
LICHTBLICK Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Lino Rettinger

END OF SEASON | ENDE DER SAISON (Germany/Azerbaijan) by Elmar Imanov
COLOR OF MAY, Eva Blondiau & Elmar Imanov

Tamtam Film GmbH, Dirk Decker & Andrea Schütte

INDIAN BURN | 1000 AMEISEN (Germany/Ukraine) by Marcus Lenz
HANFGARN & UFER, Gunter Hanfgarn; co-produced by Wildfilms, Patrick Waldmann and Belka Strelka, Marina Orekhova

JELGAVA ’94 (Latvia) by Jānis Ābele

MANY HAPPY RETURNS | DER GEBURTSTAG (Germany) by Carlos A. Morelli
Weydemann Bros. GmbH, Yvonne Wellie & Jonas Weydemann

MARTIN EDEN (Italy/Germany/France) by Pietro Marcello
Avventurosa srl and Match Factory Productions, Viola Fügen & Michael Weber

NO MAN´S LAND | IM NIEMANDSLAND (Germany) by Florian Aigner
Flare Film GmbH, Martin Heisler & Gabriele Simon and BuntFilm, Juretzka & Hering GbR, Jost Hering & Maxim Juretzka

NOCTURNE (The Netherlands/Belgien) by Viktor van der Valk
Lemming Film, Erik Glljnis

ONE BREATH | ОДИН ВДОХ (Russia) by Elena Hazanov
Public Opinion, Limited Liability Company, Olga Danova

THE PENCIL | ПРОСТОЙ КАРАНДАШ (Russia) by Natalya Nazarova
Victoria Films, Anna von Dziembowska & Anastasia Lukovnikova and Salt Studio

THE REBEL | DER REBELL (Germany/UK) by Randa Chahoud
Neue Impuls Film Produktionsgesellschaft mbH, Johannes Jancke & Clementina Hegewisch

DIE RÜDEN (Germany) by Connie Walther
zero one film GmbH, Thomas Kufus, hands-on producers GmbH, Kay Niessen & Daniel Hetzer

SAWAH (Luxembourg/Belgium/Egypt2) by Adolf El Assal
deal productions, Alexandra Hoesdorff, Desirée Nosbusch and Wady Films, Adolf El Assal

STAY STILL | STILLSTEHEN (Germany/Italy) by Elisa Mishto
CALA Filmproduktion GmbH, Martina Haubrich

TASTE OF PHO (WT) (Germany/Poland) by Mariko Bobrik
Rohfilm Productions GmbH, Benny Drechsel and Lava Films Ltd, Mariusz Wlodarski

THE THIN MAN (United Kingdom) by Stephen Warbeck
Open Palm Films Ltd and Rather Good Films Ltd, Daniel-Konrad Cooper

UNCONDITIONAL | LA FILLE AU BRACELET (France/Belgium) by Stéphane Demoustier
Petit Film, Jean des Forêts