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The selection for IFFR’s 36th CineMart is announced


- A total of 16 projects will be presented to professionals during the IFFR Pro Days, including new titles by Nathalie Teirlinck, Olga Chajdas and Nicolas Steiner

The selection for IFFR’s 36th CineMart is announced
Director Nathalie Teirlinck, whose project Elephants has been selected (© Cinevox)

The batch of projects selected for the 36th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market CineMart has been unveiled. The event, which will take place during the IFFR Pro Days, from 27-30 January 2019, will welcome filmmakers from all over the world, in order to continue IFFR’s long-term commitment to supporting cinema hailing from beyond the European borders. As usual, the CineMart will invite filmmakers and producers to pitch their projects to film professionals during both tailored one-to-one meetings and presentations open to all guests.

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Projects include the new films by Belgian filmmaker Nathalie Teirlinck, who previously presented a project at CineMart (her previous film, Past Imperfect [+see also:
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), Polish director Olga Chajdas, who won the VPRO Big Screen Award for her film Nina [+see also:
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in 2018, and Swiss director Nicolas Steiner, whose previous film Above and Below [+see also:
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film profile
screened in the Tiger Competition at IFFR 2015. Successful talents from beyond Europe attending the market include Palestine’s Muayad Alayan (The Reports on Sarah and Saleem [+see also:
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, HBF Audience Award at IFFR 2018), Singapore’s Yeo Siew Hua (Golden Leopard winner for A Land Imagined [+see also:
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at Locarno 2018) and Israel’s Avishai Sivan (Special Jury Prize winner for Tikkun [+see also:
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film profile
at Locarno 2015). 

This upcoming edition presses on with the event’s new editorial line, which was initiated at last year’s market. Head of IFFR Pro Marit van den Elshout says, “In 2018, we streamlined CineMart and brought the number of selections down in order to ensure they got the most out of their visit to Rotterdam. This was well received by both the filmmakers and the professional CineMart audiences.” Once again this year, the selected projects will also be assigned a personal mentor who will support preparations one month in advance. The projects will vie for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, the ARTE Kino International Prize, the Wouter Barendrecht Award and the Filmmore Postproduction Award. 

Lastly, in collaboration with VR Days Europe, IFFR Pro has also invited four VR projects to pitch at the IFFR Pro x VR Days event on 29 January.

Here is the full list of projects:


And My Eyes Keep Smiling - André Novais Oliveira
Production: Filmes de Plástico (Brazil)

Blutsauger - Julian Radlmaier
Production: faktura film UG (Germany)

Crossing - Jacqueline van Vugt
Production: Revolver Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Elephants - Nathalie Teirlinck
Production: Savage Film (Belgium)

La fiebre - Mateo Bendesky
Production: Volpe Films (Argentina)

The Flying Mountain - Nicolas Steiner
Production: maximage (Switzerland)

The Girlfriend - Jane Magnusson
Production: Brain Academy (Sweden)

Hank - David Jacobson
Production: Picture Palace Pictures (USA)

A House in Jerusalem - Muayad Alayan
Production: PalCine Productions (Palestine)

Lot’s Wife - Avishai Sivan
Production: Plan B Productions (Israel)

The Panopticon - Jim Loach
Production: Rosetta Productions (United Kingdom)

Peaches - Jenny Suen
Production: Salty Pictures/White Sea Pictures/Nanyang Brothers Films/Rapid Eye Movies (China/Hong Kong/Malaysia/Germany)

The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk - Jordan de la Cruz
Production: VY/AC Productions & Cinematografica Films (Philippines)

Stillborn - Olga Chajdas
Production: Apple Film Production (Poland)

Stranger Eyes - Yeo Siew Hua
Production: Akanga Film Asia (Singapore)

Titanic Ocean - Konstantina Kotzamani
Production: Homemade Films (Greece)

IFFR Pro x VR Days

Albrecht's Gift - Rein Zobel
Production: Maru VR (Estonia)

Bolivia profunda - José Celestino Campusano
Production: Cinebruto (Argentina)

Cosmos Within Us - Tupac Martir
Production: Satore Studio/Tech (UK)

Wallada - Nathalie Mathe
Production: NativeVR (USA)

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