The GANG and the ELF receive EWA awards in WEMW, where other EWA members also shine and pitch
What an edition of WEMW, not only EWA Network closed successfully the 4th edition of the Mentoring programme but also presented two awards in the context of the market and we witnessed four Ewa members receiving awards at the closing ceremony.
EWA NETWORK I HAVE A DREAM AWARD
With a new approach in the long-standing award in Trieste, Anamaria Antoci presented our prize to The GANG, the sophomore effort of Carol Rodríguez Colás, the Barcelona-based director. The producer Carla del Río received the award from Antoci.
A teenager of Arab roots goes with his lifelong friends to a Barcelona high-class party. The journey is full of surprises that test their friendship. Once at the party, they confront the reality that where there´s a will, not always there´s a way.
EWA Award at CIRCLE WOMEN DOC ACCELERATOR
The second award presented by EWA Network to its long-term partner of Circle, went to THE ELF's TOWER, by Polina Kelm
"Against a very dark background, a bright story of people working together to create something new to tell an unexpected allegory against occupation and war. We can't wait to see this on the big screen"
Polina Kelm was born in Kyiv. She graduated from Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and TV University as a film director in 2010. Works with fiction and documentary. Polina played as an actress in the documentary-experimental film by A.Balagura “Lifespan Of The Object In Frame” (special mention at the FIDMarseille) in 2012. Her documentary "Positive", a short selected for DOK Leipzig and HotDocs.Also "Positive" was nominated in the category Best Short Documentary, Silver Eye Award, Jihlava IDFF, 2014. The next documentary project "The Elf’s Tower’"was supported by IDFA Bertha Fund and received two awards at the Beldocs in Progress, 2020: VOD free visibility award by Cinesquare VoD platform for movies from the South-eastern European countries; East Silver Caravan Award for"a very sensitive story destroying all taboos about mental health". Polina is one of the founders of the Ukrainian Guild of Directors and a member of Documentary Association of Europe. She created a laboratory to support Ukrainian documentarians with their project at the development stage – UkrDocLab, in 2021.
Other AWARDS presented to EWA Members
Film Center Serbia Development Award
Still Life with Ghosts – Enrique Buleo (Spain/France)
Producers: Quatre Films, Ikki Films
Alejandra Mora, a mentee in our Mentoring Programme for Emerging Female Producers, received one of the TOP prizes at WEMW.
Distressed by the heartaches and trials of life and death, ghosts and humans in a small village in rural Spain do whatever they can to resolve their problems and have no qualms about relying on each other to do so.
First Cut+ - TRT Prize
MY MAGICAL WORLD- Elvin Adigozel (Azerbaijan)
Producers: Cinex Productions, Ultra Productions
Maria Ibrahimova, an alumna of our Mentoring Programme received the prizes at FIRST CUT + section.
Best friends from childhood, Babek and Sahil lead a wedding band in rural Azerbaijan and dream of appearing on the famous TV show: “Baku Star”. Soon enough things are not what they seem – dreams are upended, loyalties are tested and the band’s world unravels in tragicomic ways.
DAE Talent Development prize, in cooperation with the EFM
Inna Sahakyan (Bars Media, Armenia) - Shakespeare Goes Armenian
Documentary maker Inna Sahakyan received the DAE acknowledgement.
The daily strains of old age disappear as a group of elderly residents and a robot in a Soviet-era retirement home lose themselves staging the timeless world of Shakespeare.
Marché du Film Producers Network Award
Anna Khazaradze, Nino Chichua (1991 Productions, Georgia) - 9 Month Contract
Anna Khazarazde, also a participant in our mentoring programme succesfully pitched this much anticpated project and won the Marché du Film Award.
When raising a kid as a homeless single mother in Tbilisi becomes too hard, Jana decides to rent out her uterus to foreigners, in order to give her daughter the life she herself never had.