The CineMart 2017 awards were announced at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, marking the close of the 34rd edition of the co-production market . Out of 26 international projects from 24 countries the jury chose 4 different projects. Russian/French co-production Jumpman was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer. Italian/French co-production Martin Eden was awarded the €6,000 ARTE International Prize and the Wouter Barendrecht Award was given to Lei Lei’s first feature film project Ningdu. The prize of €5,000 is awarded by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation. New this year was the Filmmore Post-Production Award, granted for the first time. The prize of €5,000 went to Martyr’s Lane (UK).
This year’s Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner, Jumpman by Ivan I. Tverdovsky is produced by New People (Russia) in co-production with Arizona Productions (France). On the jury’s decision, Uldis Dimiševskis commented: “The award goes to a project that through a seemingly simple story questions our ever-growing numbness evidenced so clearly in our societies today. In doing so, this young and talented filmmaker attempts to bridge a high quality filmmaking to a wider audience while further expanding and developing his cinema language.”
The ARTE International Prize winner is Martin Eden (Italy/France) by Pietro Marcello, produced by Avventurosa and Shellac. On presenting the award, Annamaria Lodato commented: “Our award is given to a talented filmmaker who has already been able to create a very personal universe. I was touched by the quality and originality of his previous work and by his sensitive artistic vision. He is now planning to make an adaptation of a beautiful novel dealing with class struggle, love, culture and political ideals.”
The Filmmore Post-Production Award winner is Martyr’s Lane by Ruth Platt (UK), produced by Ipso Facto Productions. Filmmore’s co-founder Anton Scholten commented: “Martyr’s Lane is a deeply personal and original film about a family where something has gone terribly wrong. An unsettling ghost story and a psychological horror, but born out of character and painted relationships, not out of formula.”
The Wouter Barendrecht Award winner is Ningdu (USA), directed by Lei Lei, produced by Chinese Shadows and C-Ray Studio. “After careful consideration the jury decided for a project that tells of a personal family history during a well known historical period and that stands out in originality in form and style. We were impressed by the visual material, it looked fabulous and clearly a work of art. We are convinced that the grant of €5,000 shall be well spent in the further development.”
CineMart 2017 saw the launch of the Propellor Film Tech Hub, an initiative by IFFR, EFM, CPH:DOX and Cinemathon, to develop new business models for the production, distribution and experience of films. During the Propellor | Kickstart event ten innovative ideas were developed and eventually pitched to an audience of professionals from different disciplines (film & tech). Two ideas were selected to be pitched tonight at the CineMart Closing Night to the audience. The audience voted for Culture Cues (working title), to be presented with the Canon Innovation Award. The award includes travel, accommodation and participation in the Propellor bootcamp in Berlin this summer.