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Baltic Sea Region – Japan Coproduction Forum

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The idea behind the Talent Pilot was to attract creative talents to the Baltic Sea Region, in particular from the film industry.Baltic Sea Region-Japan Coproduction Forum during Scanorama Film Festival 11-13 November in Vilnius

The aim of the project was to bring together next generation film talents from Japan and the Baltic Sea Region. By arranging a Baltic Sea Region–Japan Coproduction Forum, the Talent Pilot created an opportunity for promising
filmmakers to share experiences and find new ways to make films together. Additionally, a virtual guidebook was created to offer information on coproduction possibilities in the Baltic Sea Region as well as country specific information
on film industries in the area. The aim of the Coproduction Forum is to exchange ideas about new projects, organize screenings and to look for ways to coproduction in film industry. Altogether 20 rising talents will attend the event, 10 from Japan and two from each Partner Cities of Berlin, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw. At the same time additional 30 cinematographers of the Region will take part in event.
Agenda of the Forum
More about the forum is HERE

The three-day hands-on event brought together 21 rising talents: 9 from Japan and the others from each Partner Cities
of Berlin, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw. At the same time additional 40 cinematographers of the region took part in the event. The attendees participated in master classes, panel discussions, pitching of film projects, film screenings and informal meetings. They also received feedback to their film project plans from well-known film experts. The event was held 11–13 November 2011 as part of the Scanorama European Film Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Field trips to the meet local film industry players

Before attending the Coproduction Forum, the Japanese participants together with the Baltic Sea Region representatives took part in a pre-training field trip. They were organized by partner cities of Berlin, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw.
The Japanese participants were hosted by the film industry expert and they were provided with a customized program: they got to meet local film industry professionals, visit film schools and get to know the local participants before the main event.

Publication

Guidebook on film coproduction in the Baltic Sea Region published in English and Japanese

As a part of the BaltMet Promo Talent Pilot, a guidebook on film coproduction in the Baltic Sea Region has been created.
The purpose of the guidebook is to provide information about international coproduction possibilities of filmmaking in the Baltic Sea Region: the strengths of the area in filmmaking, the benefits and concrete examples of international coproduction and country specific information on film industry. The website is available at http://baltmetpromo.net/BSRfilmguide/.

Research Reports

International Film Cooperation inside the Baltic Sea Region and with Japan

This research explores international cooperation in the field of filmmaking in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) concentrating on the filmmaking companies and organizations and the significance of international cooperation in their operations. The purpose of this research is to provide information about international cooperation in general, cooperation inside the BSR, and cooperation between BSR and Japan.
International Film Cooperation inside the Baltic Sea Region and with Japan (pdf, 5,5Mb) 

Japanese – Baltic Sea Region Film Co-production: Japanese Views research report published

BaltMet Promo The Film Talent Pilot Project attracts professionals from the creative sector. A special focus of the project is placed on young Japanese filmmakers and their willingness to conduct co-productions with young professionals from the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). This report covers the contemporary Japanese film production and distribution scene, detailing the special features and structure of the industry, as well as providing case studies
of international film co-production.
Japanese – Baltic Sea Region Film Co-production: Japanese Views (pdf)

Links

Scanorama

Berlinale

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