Cannes hosts the Coproduction Lazio Balkan Days
by Valerio Caruso
- CANNES 2018: Thanks to a kick-start from the Roma Lazio Film Commission, 14 May saw the first meeting take place between Lazio-based and Balkan producers
A total of 24 producers took part in the "Coproduction Lazio Balkan Days" at Cannes on 14 May, hailing from six different countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Italy. “The Coproduction Lazio Balkan Days were born of a desire to strengthen ties between the Balkan states and Italy, and particularly producers from Lazio,” explains Cristina Priarone, head of the Roma Lazio Film Commission. “The president, Luciano Sovena, took part in the first edition of the Balkan Film Market last October, where ANICA is already actively involved in collaborating with the Balkan area. We will also instigate other initiatives linked to co-productions with the Lazio region’s Lazio Cinema International fund,” she continues.
Endowed with a sum of €10 million per year, the fund has the second-highest budget in Europe, after that of Berlin. “It’s open to producers from all over the world who have a co-producer in Lazio. We want to encourage the presence of Balkan projects in the fund,” states Priarone.
Worth noting among the highest-profile projects in production are Ivory Dragon by Bujar Alimani (Big Screen Production, Albania), Sex Cut by Eno Milkani (Bunker Film +, Albania), The Orange Tree by Kiril Todorov (iFilm, Bulgaria), Sister by Dina Dum (Krug Film, Macedonia), Hotal Boka by Marija Perovic (Artikulacija Film, Montenegro) and Di fame non si muore by Umberto Spinazzola (La Sarraz Pictures, Italy).
(Translated from Italian)
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