Creative Europe Media MK

Creative Europe Desk MK

Supporting Europe's Film and Audiovisual industries in the development, distribution, and promotion of their projects.

Public discussions and presentations for the EU's Creative Europe Program within the frames of the festivals "MakeDOX" and "Struga Poetry Evenings"

The Creative Europe Desks of Culture and Media which are working in frame of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the Macedonian Film Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria (Creative Europe Desk - Culture) and the Creative Europe Desk - MEDIA of the Czech Republic , will participate with presentations and discussions within the Creative documentary film festival "MakeDOX" and the Festival "Struga Poetry Evenings" (within the European Poet Platform "Versopolis"). Both festivals are supported by the Creative Europe Program.

The presentations and discussions will be dedicated to the current topics and issues related to the implementation of the two sub-programs Culture and MEDIA, as well as the inter-sectoral achievements of the Creative Europe Program.

Within the "MakeDOX", will be presented examples of good practice from MEDIA supported documentaries, training sessions and documentary film festivals will be presented.

Within the "Struga Poetry Evenings" will be discussed the recommendations for the Program in 2020, the mid-term evaluation of the category "Platform", it will be presented information on the category "Cooperation Projects" and "European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018", as well as models for the search of partners.

Below are the participants and the terms of the discussions in the programs of these two festivals.

 

MAKEDOX 2017: "Creative Europe (MEDIA and Culture)"

23 August 2017: Creative Documentary Film Festival "MakeDOX" 2017:

Venue: Church St. Spas (Museum Hall of Goce Delchev) - Skopje; Time: 11:00 am

Participants: Pavlina Kalandrova from the Office of Creative Europe (MEDIA) of the Czech Republic; Vladimir Stojceski and Biljana Prentoska Creative Europe Desk MK (MEDIA and Culture); representatives of the festival "MakeDOX"

 

Struga Poetry Evenings 2017: "Creative Europe after 2020"

August 24, 2017: "Struga Poetry Evenings"

Venue: Hotel "Drim" (Piano Bar) - Struga; Time: 16:30

Participants: Biljana Prentoska, Creative Europe Desk (Culture) of the Republic of Macedonia; Vesela Kondakova, Creative Europe Desk (Culture) of the Republic of Bulgaria; Pavlina Kalandrova, Creative Europe Desk (MEDIA) of the Czech Republic; Vladimir Stojceski - Creative Europe Desk (MEDIA) of the Republic of Macedonia and representatives of the organizations involved in the platform "Versopolis" supported by the program "Creative Europe - Culture".

The new film by Teona Strugar Mitevska “God exists, her name is name Petrunija” received support from MEDIA sub-program of Creative Europe, on the last call for Single Project Development, in the amount of 30.000 Eur. In the competition of 294 applications from all over Europe, were supported 57 projects, including the latest film by Teona Strugar Mitevska, which is being prepared and will be realized in production of Sisters and brother Mitrevski, in co-production with partners from Belgium and Slovenia, with expectation of on more European Country to join the project.

“God exists, her name is Petrunija” is supported by the Macedonian Film Agency with the amount of aproximately 500.000 Eur and it was presented on three markets, of which on the CineLink Sarajevo, the project won the top award for development givenby the  European fund Eurimages, totaling 20.000 Eur.

Prestigious MEDIA program became available to Macedonian film professionals from July 2015, and since April 2016 as part of the Macedonian Film Agency, MEDIA Desk started to functioning. Since the accession of Macedonia in the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe, significant number of projects received MEDIA support and the full list can be seen at the following link: www.ced.mk/mediamk/mk/poddrzhani-proekti 

In the Macedonian Film Agency on 20 April 2017 was held a press conference organized by distribution company “Cutaway” from Skopje, Macedonian Film Agency and the Creative Europe Desk MEDIA MK. The occasion for the meeting with representatives of the media was the international project “Cutaway online and offline: New digital forms of film distribution in the Balkans”, which is supported by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe in the call for On-line distribution and where Macedonia is a leader. The project is consisted of cinema and online distribution of Dutch children comedy “The Little Gangster”, which from 20 April is showing in the theaters in Macedonia, Croatia and Albania, synchronized on the languages of these three countries as well as on Video on Demand platform Cinesquare.net, which was also promoted and which is realized with the support of the “Eurimages”. Both projects are supported by the Film Agency of RM.

- “Cinesqaure” is a video library with features films from 13 South-East European countries and the price for watching a feature film is 1 euro. I am happy that on this VOD Platform, at any time will be available significant number of Macedonian films. VOD platforms can be characterized as a new hope and future of film promotion and presentation and already a reality in many countries in Europe and the US. This VOD platform is the only one that shows films from this part of the world. As for the movie “The Little Gangster”, we are pleased to inform you that it will be seen by thousands of children in a one week. We expect that it will break down the record for viewers of a film within a week in 22 cities in Macedonia - said Trajkovski, the project initiator and manager in “Cutaway”.

- Besides supporting of film production, the Macedonian Film Agency, supports promoting of film culture and new ways of cinema distribution, not only for Macedonian, but also for European films. From last year started to work MEDIA Desk in Macedonia and we are glad that in a very short period, Macedonian projects are recognized with its quality, and among them is “Cutaway online and offline: New digital forms of film distribution in the Balkans”. This project, as well as platform Cinesquare.net, will be promoted in the Macedonian day on the stand of South-East Europe, during Film Festival in Cannes. Thanks to this project, film fans in South-East Europe will be able at any time to see the masterpieces of the Macedonian cinematography, as well as other films from the Balkans. This “video library” will be available for viewing at any time in the 13 countries of South-Eastern Europe, and there are included the legendary Macedonian movies “Makedonska Krvava Svadba”, “Miss Stone”, “Solunskite Atentatori”, but also part of the recent Macedonian cinematography as “Tattoo”, “Punk's not dead”, “This is not an American movie”, as well as numerous of short and documentary films. For the beginning, all films have English subtitles, and some of them are also translated into languages of the countries of Southeast Europe - said Gjorgoska-Ilivska, Director of the Macedonian Film Agency.

- Support from the MEDIA sub-programme for particular project is not important only in financial terms, but also it’s a kind of recognition for its quality. The company “Cutaway”, which received the support from MEDIA on the call for On-line distribution with the project “Cutaway online and offline: New digital forms of film distribution in the Balkans” for the first time in the region will bring together three countries, where at the same time will be a screened European children film synchronized in three languages, in cinema and on VOD. Dutch children film “The Little Gangster” is one of the best Dutch family films in recent years and it is the winner of the largest film festivals for children in the world, such as “Sinekid”, “Giffoni” and “Oulu”. The film is intended for the youngest audience from 8 to 14 years and is an excellent choice on which is based this project, meeting the most of the criteria of the MEDIA sub-program, such as film education, audiences building and alternative distribution. With combining of cinema and online distribution, we expect that this film will reach a large number of viewers. Also, this brave business model is expected to generate provocative ideas and methods of promotion of the films in the Balkans and beyond - said Vladimir Stojcevski, Head of the Macedonian Office sub MEDIA Creative Europe.

On 6 April 2017, within the Philosophical Film Festival, we'll organize presentation of the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme, focusing on Development Single Project and Film Festivals calls. The presentation will be followed by individual consultations for projects that intend to apply in the April deadline. Guest of the event will be Ms. Martina Petrović, Head of the Creative Europe MEDIA Croatia.

The event will be held on 6th April (Thursday) from 13.00 to 15.00 in the Macedonian Cinematheque.

The consultations will be held on 6th April from 10.00 to 12.00 and on 7th April from 10.00 to 12.00 in the Macedonian Film Agency.

All who are interested in an appointment for consultations should apply by April 4, on the following email address:

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