Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen and Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven (IKL) are gatekeeper for Euro Connection. Together they preselect the projects from Flanders and the Netherlands.
Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies, funders and broadcasters for short film projects.
The next edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 February 2018 during the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. Euro Connection is organised by Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage (Clermont-Ferrand) in association with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme and the PROCIREP.
CALL FOR PROJECTS 2018
What is Euro Connection?
Each year 15 short film projects are selected across Europe to participate in Euro Connection, with the help of a network of national correspondents in each of the associated countries. The producers of the selected projects receive an invitation that includes a travel grant, hotel accommodation, meals and a free accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand.
The selected projects are highlighted in the Book of Projects and Producers, with details for each project and a profile of their authors and producers. Its publication (mid-January) is announced to European producers, broadcasters, fund representatives and financial backers registered to Clermont-Ferrand, who are invited to secure attendance to the pitching sessions during Euro Connection.
The event revolves around:
- Pitch training workshop (Monday 5 February 2017)
- Pitching sessions (Tuesday 6 February)
- Facilitated networking for producers and participants
- One-on-one business meetings (Wednesday 7 February)
In 2017 there were 159 participants from 24 countries and 70 one-to-one meetings were arranged. So far, 72 films were completed, including 34 European co-productions as a direct result from the first eight editions of Euro Connection.
How does it work?
Producers officially located in one of the associated countries must send their application to the national correspondent in their country no later than October 20, 2017.
In each country the national correspondent sets up an expert committee who will review the applications and nominate 1 finalist project.* The expert committees will especially pay attention to the artistic value of the projects. Each national correspondent will inform the applicants of the results of the nomination of the finalist project. The producers of the finalist projects will be expected to send an English version of their application, including script, promptly after the nominations (for producers who apply to their correspondents with an application in another language than English).
A European jury will then meet and elect 15 selected projects from all the finalist projects. The jury will include at least 3 industry professionals from different nationalities. All finalist participants will be informed of the list of selected projects for Euro Connection by the end of November 2017.
For Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the winning project of the Baltic Pitching Forum will be selected for Euro Connection, as a result from the partnership between these two events. For Denmark, the Danish finalist project will be nominated with the results of Pitch Me baby (Odense, August 31, 2017), in partnership with the Odense Film Festival and the Creative Europe desk in Denmark.
Who can apply, with what kind of projects?
May apply producers whose company is officially located in one of the countries associated to the 2018 edition: Austria, Belgium (French-speaking), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands & Flanders, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Only projects respecting the following eligibility criteria will be considered:
- The project is a short film (animation, fiction, creative documentary).
- The duration does not exceed 40 minutes.
- The project must have partial funding** granted by an external source (third party organisation).
- The producer is open to international co-production (project suitable or intended for co-production)
- Shooting or production shall start no earlier than May 2018.
Any producer applying with a project formally commits to attend Euro Connection in person in Clermont-Ferrand in case of selection.
Sending the application
Producers from the Netherlands and Flanders must fill in the online entry form and email all required documents as 1 single pdf file to Go Short no later than October 20, 2017. Producers from other countries should apply with their national correspondent in their respective country. The correspondents are at the disposal of applicants for any query regarding application with a project.
National correspondent per country
- AUSTRIA: Vienna Independent Shorts - Marija Milovanovic - firstname.lastname@example.org
- BELGIUM (Wallonia-Brussels Federation): Wallonie Bruxelles Images - Geneviève Kinet - email@example.com
- BULGARIA: Creative Europe Desk - Kamen Balkanski - firstname.lastname@example.org
- CROATIA: Creative Europe Desk Croatia – MEDIA office - Martina Petrovic - email@example.com
- CYPRUS: International Short Film Festival of Cyprus - Alexia Roider, Kimonas Mylonas - firstname.lastname@example.org
- CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Film Center - Marketa Santrochova - email@example.com
- DENMARK: Odense Film Festival (winner of Pitch me baby! will become finalist)
- FINLAND: Tampere Short Film Festival - Juhani Alanen - firstname.lastname@example.org
- FRANCE: Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage - Laurent Crouzeix - email@example.com
- GERMANY: AG Kurzfilm e.V. German Short Film Association - Franziska Kache - firstname.lastname@example.org
- GREECE : Greek Film Centre - Stavroula Geronimaki - email@example.com
- HUNGARY: Daazo - Zsuzsanna Brasher - firstname.lastname@example.org
- IRELAND: IndieCork Film Festival - Una Feely - email@example.com
- ITALY: Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio - Jacopo Chessa, Eugènie Bottereau - firstname.lastname@example.org
- LUXEMBOURG: Film Fund Luxembourg - Norbert Laporte - Norbert.Laporte@filmfund.etat.lu - Carole Kremer - email@example.com
- MALTA: The Film Grain Foudation - Angélique Muller - +356 99555976 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- NETHERLANDS & Flemish Community: Go Short, Leuven ISFF - Stella de Wijk - email@example.com
- POLAND: Krakow Film Foundation - Barbara Orlicz - firstname.lastname@example.org
- PORTUGAL: Festival Curtas Vila do Conde - Miguel Dias - email@example.com Festival IndieLisboa - Miguel Valverde - firstname.lastname@example.org
- SLOVENIA: Kraken Short Film Promotion Society - Bojana Bregar - email@example.com
- SPAIN: Madrid en corto - Ismael Martín - firstname.lastname@example.org
- SWEDEN: Swedish Film Institute - Erika Wasserman - email@example.com
- UNITED KINGDOM: British Council - Alice Cabanas - Alice.Cabanas@britishcouncil.org
- BALTIC COUNTRIES: Baltic Pitching Forum - (winner Best Pitch)
- Complete script
- The director’s letter of intent (artistic note)
- CV and photo of director
- Proof of funding granted by third party organisation (confirmation notice, letter, etc.)
- The producer’s letter of intent
- CV and photo of producer
- Filmography and logo of production company
- Video link to previous film (or clips) by same director (if available)
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Invitation for producers
The producer of each selected project will be invited to Euro Connection (limited to one person per production company) to pitch their project. Invitation covers:
– A €160,- travel grant
– 4 hotel nights and meals
– Full accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand
The authors/directors of the projects will be welcome (in shared hotel room with producer) and will also be granted a free Market accreditation.
The producers of the remaining finalist projects, outside the final selection, will also be invited to attend Euro Connection (4 hotel nights + meals + accreditation, for 1 person per project) for networking with attending industry delegates.
* Correspondents who’ll receive 10 applications or more in their country can nominate up to 2 finalist projects.
** In-kind contributions or investment share from the original production company are not considered valid as acquired partial funding in the respect of this selection process. To be eligible, the partial funding secured must come from a third party organisation (i.e script development grant, production fund, state or local government support, investment from a broadcaster, prize money from a foundation or contest, etc.) and must correspond to development or production money. No minimum amount or percentage is required.
It's a great way to practice your pitch, receive feedback on your project, get to know people in a simular situation and to introduce the project in a European context.Bert Lesaffer - Animal Tank