FIRST FILMS FIRST New Participants Announced!

Dear friends and partners,
After thorough and long deliberation, our Jury Committee has reached the decision. It was not an easy one. We have received 121 applications, most of them on a very high level, and the Jury could choose only 8 projects.
We are happy to announce this year’s FIRST FILMS FIRST participants (in alphabetical order):
Stefan Constantinescu / MAN AND DOG (Romania)
Nazli Elif Durlu / ZUHAL (Turkey)
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic  / MURINA (Croatia)
Thanasis Neofotistos / PETER AND THE WOLF (Greece)
Christos Netsos  / DAJNA (Albania)
Mete Gümürha / SAHMERDAN (Turkey)
Darko Sinko / INVENTORY (Slovenia)
Andreea Vălean /  LIFE BEATS REALITY (Romania)
Many of the projects we really liked unfortunately didn’t make it to the final 8. However, we encourage the applicants to keep the good work on developing their projects and apply the next year. This year, we have selected several projects that didn’t make it the last time.
Once again, we would like to warmly thank you for all your dedicated and great work during the selection process and on promoting our program!
The 1st FIRST FILMS FIRST workshop in the 2nd edition starts within the framework of the Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca / Romania first week of June.
Best regards,

Ji.hlava Film Fund


Filmmakers from the Central and Eastern Europe may now apply to the Ji.hlava Film Fund for support of their creative documentary films and receive visual and sound post-production services in the amount of 16,000 EUR, and other benefits. This is a new Ji.hlava’s programme launched this year.

The eligible countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. More information can be found here.


New opportunities for documentary filmmakers from the Central and Eastern Europe with deadlines at the end of this month. We would like to ask you to share them with filmmakers in your respective countries.

Filmmakers from the Central and Eastern Europe can submit their documentary films in production or post-production to the Docu Talents @KVIFF, selecting twelve most remarkable Central and East European documentaries. They will be presented on July 4, 2017 to festival programmers, distributors, sales agents and journalists attending the 52nd Karlovy Vary IFF.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. More information can be found here.