European Genre Forum is a pan-european project organized by Imagine Film Festival (Amsterdam), Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn and Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival .The main goal of this international project is to connect young and upcoming European film talents.
The European Genre Forum (EGF) is a training programme that sets to boost the careers of future European players in the genre film industry through two talent labs, packed with trainings, panels mentoring and pitching sessions. The Directing Lab takes place in Amsterdam during Imagine Film Festival in April, The Producing Lab takes place in Zagreb during Fantastic Zagreb in July and The Marketing&Packaging Lab takes place in Tallinn during PÖFF, in the final week of November.
During these two talent labs, up to eight chosen film projects will be able to discuss their ideas with script consultants, learn about the different aspects of (co-) production, sales and packaging from Industry professionals. Mentoring sessions with established genre filmmakers, crowd funders, legal experts and case studies of recent, successful films complete the programme.
The European Genre Forum, a one year training cycle for emerging European genre filmmakers, is sending out its call for submissions. The EGF is a collaboration between the Imagine, Fantastic Zagreb and Black Nights Film Festivals. In 2021, EGF will run three Labs in Amsterdam (April), Zagreb (July) and Tallinn (November). In between labs, there are online feedback points.
The objective of the EGF is to provide comprehensive cross sector and film life cycle training for professionals working in European fantastic film – a rapidly growing pan-European industry that is still distinctively different from the general film industry. Its unique requirements for creative and fiscal development, production characteristics and distribution and monetizing networks have created a dedicated infrastructure of markets, festivals and – now – training.
The cycle consists of three talent labs throughout 2021. Together, the labs will increase the level of the participating projects in every aspect: creatively, financially, legally and in terms of access to the market.
The Directing Lab takes place in April during the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam and focuses on script development and other artistic aspects of the projects.
The Producing Lab in July takes place during Fantastic Zagreb and is aimed at the business side, with coproduction and legal aspects among its topics.
The Marketing and Packaging Lab in November is part of the Industry@Tallinn programme of the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and is focusing on pitching, packaging, marketing and sales.
The EGF training cycle is aimed at European first or second feature film director/producer teams developing a genre film project. Eight projects will be selected and the participants will attend all talent labs.
As the future of COVID and vaccination is unclear, one or more talent labs may have to become an online event.
The extended deadline for submission is Monday 1 March, 2021.