Amsterdam • Zagreb • Tallinn

Directing Lab Digital Edition @ Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam from April 13th to 15th 2021
Producing Lab @ Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, Zagreb from July 8th to 11th 2021
Marketing&Packaging Lab @ Black Nights Film Festival, Tallin from November 22nd to 25th 2021

European Genre Forum is a pan-european project organized by Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn; Imagine Film Festival from Amsterdam 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 three 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.

Seven projects have been selected for the 7th European Genre Forum!

Director: Andrea Corsini
Producer: Giorgia Priolo

Irene is an alone rich woman, an art collector who lives a solitary existence. She has never been really happy, and becoming a mother is the only thing she’s always wanted. The day she finally sees her dream come true, she witness the tragical and brutal death of her newborn daughter, devoured by a feline predator in front of her eyes. That unbearable pain awakes a primordial side inside her, and she starts to develop a very unique animalistic behaviour that destroy her ordinary life. She will struggle to accept her new nature in order to build and protect her new idea of family.

Director: Laura Smith
Producer: Jude Goldrei

Broke, disillusioned graduate Sarah, desperate to get her dream job in the art world, befriends Violet, daughter of a billionaire gallery owner. Violet invites her to her hi-tech penthouse, but things take a terrifying turn as the penthouse is haunted and Violet is possessed.

THE HIVE (Italy, UK)
Director: Marco Pellegrino
Producer: Giada Mazzoleni

A hyper-apprehensive mother finds herself separated from her deaf daughter by a mysterious natural phenomenon that divides people through deadly invisible barriers: the hive. The two women, separated for the first time, will face the most difficult of tests: finding the strenth to say goodbye. 

Director: Sean McConville
Producer: Stephanie Joalland

On the night of a full moon, MAX CAINE, 35, invites his estranged brother, FRED, 31, to their remote family home to reveal shocking news: he was attacked by a werewolf on a recent business trip to Vancouver. As the evening unfolds, it becomes clear that Max has lured Fred to the house in order to trick him into shooting him with silver bullets. Max is convinced he’ll transform into a beast at midnight and will kill his beloved wife and daughter, for it is said that werewolves are tragic figures condemned to destroy the things they love the most in the world. Because schizophrenia runs in their genes, Fred believes Max is now afflicted with their family curse. But as the midnight hour approaches, the brothers’ reunion takes a disturbing turn and ends in a way neither could have imagined.

YOU’RE NOT ME (Spain, Portugal)
Directors: Marisa Crespo, Moisés Romera
Producers: Marisa Crespo, Moisés Romera

After a long absence, Aitana returns home for Christmas and finds that her parents have replaced her with a stranger who wears her clothes, sleeps in her room and is treated like a daughter. From that moment on, moved by jealousy, suspicion and misunderstanding, Aitana will try to find out what is going on and who is the intruder who is taking advantage of her family, pulling the thread until she discovers an unexpected and disturbing truth.

Director: Agnieszka Trzos
Producer: Daniel Marcowicz

The Voice of a Vampire is a story of a unique female vampire who appears among other vampires with a gift. Nell is a Wailer that the vampires have waited centuries for. Nell’s heavenly voice gives the vampires the opportunity to regain their feelings. Devoid of emotions, the existence of vampires constitutes merely a sequence of events. Nell’s gift can only be activated after she falls in love with a mortal. However, Nell’s human life came to a tragic end – she committed suicide after having been brutally raped. Will she be able to overcome her trauma, regain feelings, and finally heal the vampires?

EVE’S CALL (Finland)
Director: Jenni Toivoniemi
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi 

A horror satire about a young actress Eeva, who sells her soul to the devil in order to become a part of a community.

Submissions For European Genre Forum 2021 Are Closed!

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.

The Rules and Regulations for submission can be found HERE

Please submit your project HERE

Deadline for submission is Monday, 1 March, 2021 at 23:59 (GMT +1)

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*As the future of COVID and vaccination is unclear, one or more talent labs may have to become an online event.