EUFCN – The European Film Commissions Network will be attending the Cannes Film Market from May 9th to 17th!!

May 8th to 18th 2018
Our Network Manager will be at the Creative Europe Desk, so if you are interested in meeting us or our members feel free to schedule a meeting.
If you want to schedule a meeting, please write to Angelica Cantisani at angelica.cantisani@eufcn.com.

We will also be hosting a panel discussion at the Italian Pavilion from 10:00AM on Tuesday 15th.
More details on the panel will be provided as soon as they become available. Follow us on our Facebook page to be updated on our events.

EUFCN Celebrate 10th Anniversary

11 fantastic locations will compete for the European Location Award, created by Filming Europe-the European Film Commissions Network, in collaboration with Cineuropa.

Cities, fortresses, islands, historical and archeological sites, spectacular mountain valleys: the landscapes of our extraordinary continent narrated in eleven of the best European locations that hosted renowned and beloved films and TV series in the last 10 years, and that will now compete for the title of “Best European Film Location of the Decade”.

All European citizens will have the chance to pick the winner, by selecting and voting for the best European film location.

The shortlist of the best European locations is the result of a two-step nominating process: first the Film Commissions belonging to the European Film Commissions Network chose and proposed their locations (a specific place used in films or Tv fictions); after that a group of experts and movie critics from Cineuropa, selected the final shortlist.

From September 13th to October 25th 2017 everybody can visit the pan-European 4-languages platform Cineuropa – www.cineuropa.org and vote, by filling the online form.

Besides the pleasure of helping your own favorite place and movie to get the title of “Best European Film Location of the Decade”, voters can also win a 3-days long stay for 2 people in the winning location. Filming Europe-EUFCN and Cineuropa will draw the winner among the voters.

The Award ceremony will take place in Brussels on November 7th, inside the European Parliament. During the ceremony, Filming Europe-EUFCN will announce the winning location and voter.

The European Film Location Award is a project powered by Filming Europe – the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN), comprised of 90 Film Commissions members coming from 30 European countries dedicated to the promotion of European locations for International filming, and it’s part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of the network.

Meet us at Focus London!

Filming Europe is official partnerd of Focus The Location Production event!

Are you a European Film Commissions and you are not part of our network?

Let’s meet in London and let us present our Association and the advantages you can have by joining us!

Are you a producer? 
We can help you in finding the perfect location for your next project. We can put you in contact with a network of 90 film commissions and that’s totally FOR FREE!

Please, write to: angelica.cantisani@filmingeurope.com

Spain Film Commission new Board of Directors

The new Board of Directors has been elected as the result of an integrated candidacy with maximum consensus and territorial balance in the Spanish Network of Film Commissions and Offices.

The fundamental aims in this new period are:

The enhancement and extension of the fiscal incentive for filming in Spain created, at the request of Spain Film Commission, in January 2015. This incentive is already involving an effective increase in the competitiveness of Spain as filming destination for national and international projects.
To increase the international promotional action of Spain as filming destination, promoting not only the locations but also the industry and audiovisual professionals in Spain.

To improve communication with ICAA, ICEX and Turespaña and the autonomous regions to achieve an strategic plan to benefit from the possibilities of Spain in the filming industry.

Opening to new markets and reinforcement of the Spanish presence in the most important markets and festivals. This is to develop the recently signed agreement with the Film & Television Producers Guild of India and House of India in Spain and to increase the attendance of Spain Film Commission in USA and Europe.
To develop the conclusions of the I Spanish Conference on Movie Tourism so it can lead to an increase in cinematic tourism allowing more programs and films to be filmed in Spain and to develop a “Cluster” to join forces between the tourist and the audiovisual industry.

Spain Film Commission was created in 2001 and is integrated by 28 film commissions/offices from Andalucía, Aragón, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla la Mancha, Castila y León, Cataluña, Comunidad de Madrid, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Murcia, Navarra, País Vasco and Principado de Asturias.

NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

  • Carlos Rosado Cobián, President. Andalucía Film Commission.
  • Koldo Lasa Aristu, Vice president. Navarra Film Commission.
  • Ricardo Martínez Cedres, Vice president. Tenerife Film Commission.
  • Juan Manuel Guimerans Rubio, Vice president. Valladolid Film Office.
  • Emilio Julián Alhambra Sempere, Vice president and secretary. Comunitat Valenciana Film Commission.
  • Pere Lluis Clavería Vilar, Treasurer. Terrassa Film Office.
  • Teresa María Azcona Alejandre. Vocal. Aragón Film Commission.
  • Ernesto Del Río Villagrá, Vocal. Bilbao-Bizkaia Film Commission.
  • Victor Lamadrid Hernández, Vocal. Cantabria Film Commission.
  • Dimas Marcos González Bennett, Vocal, Santiago de Compostela Film Commission.

Mozart comes back to Prague as “Interlude in Prague” begins filming

The UK-Czech Republic co-production Interlude in Prague has started filming in the Czech Republic and will continue the shoot until May 13th. The fictionalized plot is based on the true life events of Mozart’s visit to Prague in 1787 and centers around the creation of his opera Don Giovanni.

Interlude in Prague, advertised as “Shakespeare in Love-style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end”, is produced by Huw Penallt Jones from Productive International and Hannah Leader along with the local production company Stillking Films.

The 30-day shoot will take place mostly on historic locations all around the Czech Republic, including the castles Libochovice, Ploskovice and Jemniště, the Doksany Monastery and the Baroque Theatre in Český Krumlov. This unique theatre, which is a part of the Český Krumlov Castle, will double for the interiors of the Nostic (modern-day “Estate”) Theatre in Prague, where Mozart conducted Le nozze di Figaro in January 1787. The tremendous success of this opera with the Prague audience generated a commission for another opera, Don Giovanni.

“This is a Czech story at heart, and the local film community is thrilled to help bring this movie to life,” said David Minkowski, co-producer for Stillking. Interlude in Prague will be based at Barrandov Studios and will spend more than EUR 7 million in CR with a cast and crew of more than 175 people.

Joining the all-star cast, which includes James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (War & Peace,TheTruth About Emanuel, The White Queen and Les Miserables) Samantha Barks, is the rising star Morfydd Clark (Love& Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling). Clark will play Zuzana Luptac, an 18‐year‐old soprano who begins a passionate affair with Mozart (Aneurin Barnard), but is forced to marry another man. Clark is joined by Ade Edmundson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Charlotte Peters (Pound of Flesh) as principal cast. The Czech cast starring in the film includes Klara Issova, Jiri Madl, and Krystof Hadek.

Written by Brian Ashby and Helen Clare Cromarty and directed by John Stephenson, Interlude in Prague will feature cinematography by Michael Brewster and production design by Luciana Arrighi.  Arrighi won an Oscar for Howards End (1992) and worked on films such as Being Julia, The Importance of Being Ernest, Anna and the King, Sense and Sensibility.

“Interlude in Prague combines all the beauty of 18th-century Bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Brian has written a powerful script and the passions, characters, heartbreak and tragic outcome are just as relevant to today’s contemporary audiences around the world. With John at the helm, it’s going to be a beautiful picture,” producer Huw Penallt Jones said to Variety (February 10, 2016).

Ludmila Claussová, the Czech Film Commissioner, expressed her excitement about the project: “Let me say how thrilled I am that Czech Republic is hosting a film with a story set in our country, and specifically in Prague, after many film and TV projects where it is subbing for other countries.  This film will benefit tremendously from our beautiful period locations and specialists in the production design team, whose experience in crafting such historical films is second to none.”

ACE Producers Reunion to Bergen

Bergen has been selected to host the 2016 ACE Producers Reunion, and welcomes over 75 producers from 26 countries. The event will be held at various venues in Bergen between the 7th and 10th of April 2016.

Over the course of the four-day workshop and reunion, ACE offers a programme of co-production case studies, presentations of Norwegian film funding, locations, infrastructure and finance, and ample networking opportunities for the international delegates and the domestic film industry.

ACE, Ateliers du Cinema Europeen, is a network of over 200 experienced producers from 40 countries. The prolific members of the ACE network produce some of the most acclaimed and successful independent films of the year, with ACE producers behind no less than 4 out of 9 films shortlisted for the 2016 Oscar’s Foreign Language nominations (‘Son of Saul’ – Hungary, ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ – Germany, ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ – Colombia, ‘The Brand New Testament’ – Belgium).

The host city of Bergen (population 280.000) is a UNESCO World Heritage City, a European Capital of Culture, and, recently, a designated UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Bergen has a rich Hanseatic and maritime heritage, and a thriving contemporary arts scene. Bergen’s geographical position at the entrance to the fjords means the city is often referred to as the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, and a gateway to Norway’s most sought-after film locations.

ACE Producers Reunion in Bergen is hosted by Western Norway Film Commission and Vestnorsk filmsenter, with support from Norwegian Film Institute, the City of Bergen and Hordaland County, and with support from the new regional film funds Fuzz / Filmkraft, Filminvest3 and Filmfond Nord, and the regional infrastructure facility FilmCamp.
Familiarization tour

The Reunion concludes with a film location Familiarization Tour for select delegates, with assistance from Destination Ålesund & Sunnmøre, Destination Nordmøre & Romsdal, the county of Møre og Romsdal and Nord Filmservice AS.

Photo by CH / Visit Norway