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 Exchange Forum

Perspectives for Animated Films   Dresden Sofia

20 till 27 April 2006

Filmfest Dresden, Goethe-Institut Sofia and B-Film Production offer young European filmmakers the unique opportunity for an international exchange within the framework of the 18th Filmfest Dresden. The objective of this programme is to give up-and-coming talents the opportunity for building up international cooperations and to inform about ways of getting financial support for their projects. The programme is addressed to young filmmakers, especially graduates from film academies.

As two cities with international activities in the field of animated films Sofia and Dresden are ideal for this exchange:

Dresden was over 40 years habitat of DEFA trick film studios. After its liquidation DIAF (German Institute for Animated Films) has taken over the function as an archive and research centre as well as an institution for exhibitions. In 1989 Filmfest Dresden was founded as a forum for animated films.

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has a very high reputation in animated film with several generations of filmmakers, internationally working animation studios, festivals, film funds etc.

The Exchange Forum will take place during one week with the opportunity to learn more about educative and promotional structures of the neighbour country. The participants will also have an insight into the latest developments of Bulgarian, German and international animation. To allow a thorough exchange between participants and to open the way for international cooperations, they will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own works. There will also be discussions and the opportunity for individual talks with international representatives of the animated film.

As the Exchange Forum will take place during the 18th Filmfest Dresden, participants will be given the chance to show one of their films in a special programme that is open to the public.

Application requirements:

For the project we would like to invite young professionals from the animated film sector. The participants must have a good command of the English language in order to ensure a productive interpersonal exchange. The number of participants will be limited to 20 people.

We offer the reimbursement of the following costs for the participants:

-          accommodation & breakfast in Dresden & Sofia

-          accreditation at Filmfest Dresden

-          travel expenses for the journey from Dresden to Sofia and back

-          one meal a day

-          expenses for arrival to and departure from Dresden will be refunded at the lowest possible rate.

Please send your applications including a curriculum vitae, a description of your current film project, a DVD/VHS of a film of yours, and a filmography with a short statement why you want to take part to:

-     from Bulgaria:

Goethe-Institut Sofia, Olja Mateeva, Budapesta Str. 1, P.O. Box 1384, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

sekr@sofia.goethe.org (tel.: +359 2 9390100)

-     from other countries including Germany:

Filmfest Dresden, Ulrike Mehnert, Alaunstr. 62, 01099 Dresden, Germany

forum@filmfest-dresden.de (tel.: +49 351 829 47 11)

Deadline for applications is 31 January 2006!

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