The European Genre Forum has selected seven projects to take part in its first training cycle, starting in April this year. Coming from all over Europe, the projects are well spread out geographically. The stories reflect the wide variety of fantastic cinema, from the folk legend of Striguni to the supernatural tragedy of Hum and from the search for dreams in The Woolgatherer’s Store to the cannibals of Family Dinner. There is a sea monster in Mindscape and a sex date gone wrong in Thaw.

First wave of selected projects:

Family Dinner – Capra Films (Austria)
Hum – Parsley Productions (United Kingdom)
The Leprechauns – Causeway Pictures Ltd (Groot-Brittannië)
Mindscape – Bruno Isaac (Portugal)
Striguni – Ziva Productions (Croatia)
Thaw – Demeter Films (Spain)
The Woolgatherer’s Store – Fast & Loose Productions (The Netherlands)

All participants will attend The Director’s Lab that takes place during the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam from the 17th to the 21st of April. Their programme includes one-on-one sessions with script doctors, a producer’s talk by Brendan McCarthy, a case study of Alexandre Philippe’s Sundance entry 78/52 and a director’s mentoring session by Ben Wheatley.

The Directors’s Lab is followed by the Producer’s Lab as part of Fantastic Zagreb (5-9 July) and a Marketing and Packaging Lab as part of Black Nights Tallinn (24-28 November).

About the European Genre Forum:

The European Genre Forum (EGF) is a training programme that sets to boost the careers of future players in the European genre film industry through a cycle of three talent labs. Each lab consists of three days of trainings, one-on-one sessions, case studies and so on. The programme is jointly organized by Fantastic Zagreb, Imagine Film Festival (Amsterdam), Black Nights FF and its Industry platform Industry@Tallinn& Baltic Event (Tallinn) and Screen Division (Paris). The programme is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.

The complete list of selected projects will be unveiled next week. Keep an eye out for it!