Zagreb • Amsterdam • Tallinn

Directing & Screenwriting Lab @ Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, 6-9 July 2024, Zagreb
Producing Lab @ Imagine Fantastic Film Festival, 29 October – 1 November 2024, Amsterdam
Marketing and Packaging Lab @ Black Nights Film Festival, 18-22 November 2024, Tallinn

European Genre Forum is a pan-european project organized by Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn; Imagine Fantastic 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 three talent labs, packed with trainings, panels mentoring and pitching sessions. The Directing and Screenwriting Lab (Fantastic Zagreb) focuses on script development and other artistic aspects of the projects. The Producing Lab  (Imagine Fantastic Film Festival) is aimed at the business side, with coproduction and legal aspects among its topics. The Marketing and Packaging Lab (Black Nights Film Festival) is focusing on pitching, packaging, marketing and sales.

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.

Submissions for the European Genre Forum 2024 are now open!

The European Genre Forum, a one-year training cycle for emerging European genre filmmakers, opens a call for submissions for 2024. 

In 2024, EGF celebrates its 10-year anniversary with 72 genre film projects under its belt. The forum has established itself as a recognized learning platform for professionals working in European genre and fantastic film industry.

In its 10th edition, EGF will run three talent Labs from July to November 2024. The objective of the European Genre Forum is to provide comprehensive cross-sector and film life cycle training for professionals working in European genre and fantastic film – a rapidly growing pan-European industry that is still distinctively different from the general film industry.

Its unique requirements for creative and financial development, production characteristics and distribution and monetizing networks have created a dedicated infrastructure of markets, festivals and training. The EGF has a fruitful collaboration with the BIF Market (part of the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival), and projects from previous editions enjoy successful festival runs both in Europe and the US.

Eight projects will be selected, and the participants are expected to attend all three Labs.

  • Details and submission Rules and Regulations can be found here.
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  • Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, 10 April 2024, Midnight CET
  • Announcement Selection: Wednesday 1 May 2024