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Cinemart projects awarded at the Rotterdam market closing

34th International Film Festival Rotterdam
26 January - 6 February 2005

During the CineMart 2005 Closing Night Party, Wednesday February 2, 2005 in the Rotterdam 'Schiecentrale', the first Arte France Cinema Awards went to CineMart 2005 Projects FIVE WORLDS and DARATT (DRY SEASON) and the fifth Prince Claus Fund Film Grant was awarded to CineMart 2005 Project HAMACA PARAGUAYA.

Forty-seven film projects have been selected for the 22nd CineMart, the first and largest co-production market worldwide, held January 30 - February 3, 2005 as part of the 34th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

CineMart director Ido Abram: 'The record number of 539 entries provided us with a good overview of the current, very lively market situation for small and medium budget films. The overall high quality of this 47-strong CineMart 2005 Selection and the expected presence of some 800 buyers and financiers makes Rotterdam the ideal industry platform at the beginning of the new year.

Arte France Cinema Awards
The Arte France Cinema Awards (each 10,000 Euro) for the best CineMart 2005 Projects were given to FIVE WORLDS, a five part film project by filmmakers Sobhi al-Zobaidi (Palestine), U-Wei bin Hajisaari (Malaysia), Kamal Tabrizi (Iran), Homayoun Paiz (Afghanistan), Garin Nugroho and producer leBrocquy Fraser Productions Ltd and to DARATT (DRY SEASON) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (France) and producer Chinguitty Films.

The Arte France Cinema Awards Jury consisting of Michel Reilhac (Arte France Cinéma, France), Simon Field (Illuminations Films, UK) and Christa Saredi (Switzerland) made the following statements on their decision:

"DARATT (DRY SEASON) has been chosen because it is a great project from Tchad by a film maker which has proven through his two previous films that he is a world class artist. African cultures have a growing difficulty in being part of the world representation in cinema. DARATT is a universal story set in a city and country barely seen by cinema audiences."

"FIVE WORLDS is a timely enterprise to bring five different voices from five different muslim cultures reacting to a fast changing context for challenges faced by Islam today. Being muslim tends to lead to prejudiced and oversimplified reactions in the western world today. This project is unique in a sense that it shows the width, variety and complexity of islamic cultures in a film also designed to foster debate among these same cultures themselves."

The Arte France Cinéma Awards are in cash, given to the producers towards financing the development of the awarded projects. By introducing the Award, Arte France Cinéma and CineMart aim to further support and promote the development and production of independent filmmaking.

Prince Claus Fund Film Grant
The fifth Prince Claus Fund Film Grant of 15,000 Euro has been awarded to the CineMart 2005 Project HAMACA PARAGUAYA by Paz Encina (Paraguay). The Prince Claus Fund Film Grant aims at supporting the first creative phase of the development of a film production.

An international jury of professionals covering different fields of the film industry has selected a CineMart Project by a filmmaker from Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean. This project is chosen for its innovative qualities and its excellent idea and concept.

The jury consisting of Karim Traïdia (film-maker, member of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund and member of the Hubert Bals Selection Committee, The Netherlands), producer Marie-Michelle Cattelain (France), producer Imruh Bakari (Tanzania), Dutch film critic Ronald Ockhuysen, producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia) and Brazilian artist and filmmaker Kiko Goifman states: "The Jury has opted for what was clearly one of the strongest ideas amongst the 2005 CineMart selection. We believe that this project embodies a fresh cinematographic voice. It uniquely connects with the reality and character of the country in question while simultaneously engaging with universal issues. Time and silence are anchored, dramatised and taken beyond boundaries." The aim of the Prince Claus Fund and the International Film Festival Rotterdam is to spotlight a filmmaker who inspires his or her own community and other filmmakers.

The CineMart 2005 Selection includes new film projects from high profile independent film-makers like Jia Zhangke (China, a.o. THE WORLD, UNKNOWN PLEASURES), John Sayles (USA, a.o. RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7, SILVER CITY), Sabiha Sumar (Pakistan, a.o. SILENT WATERS), Nicolas Roeg (UK, a.o. PERFORMANCE, DON'T LOOK NOW), Sandra Nettelbeck (Germany/USA, a.o. BELLA MARTHA), Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary, a.o. PLEASANT DAYS) and David MacKenzie (UK, a.o. YOUNG ADAM).

CineMart Selection 2005
(alphabetically by project title)

(film project title; director; production company; country)

1. 6IXTYNIN9, Jim Fall, Bohemian Films & ShadowCatcher Entertainment (USA)

2. 55 MEN ON HORSEBACK, Peter Greenaway, The Kasander Film Company (Netherlands / UK)

3. AMERICAN WIDOW, Christian S. Leigh, American Widow 2 Ltd. (UK / Germany)

4. BELINDA'S NOTES, Dorthe Sheffman, MF Films (New Zealand)

5. CATCHING A GLIDE, Sunu Gonera, Maxi D. Productions (Zimbabwe / South Africa)

6. CHAMELLE, Marion Hänsel, Man's Film Production (Belgium / France)

7. CHE TZE, Zhang Yi-Bai, Arclight Pictures (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong)

8. THE CLOGGED TOWN, Gert Embrechts, Filmprodukties de Luwte (Netherlands / Belgium)

9. EL CUSTODIO, Rodrigo Moreno, Rizoma Films (Argentina / Germany)

10. DARATT, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, Chinguitty Films (France / Chad)

11. LE DERNIER DES FOUS, Laurent Achard, Agat Film & Cie / Ex Nihilo (France)

12. DOCHTERTJE, Boris Paval Conen, SNG Film BV (Netherlands)

13. L'ÉTÉ INDIEN, Alain Raoust, Sunday Morning Productions (France)

14. EXHIBIT A, Dom Rotheroe, Bent Films (UK)

15. FALLEN HERO, Partho Sen Gupta, Santocha Productions (France / India)

16. FIVE WORLDS, U-Wei bin HajiSaari & Garin Nugroho & Sobhi al-Zobaidi & Kamal Tabrizi & Homayoun Paiz, leBrocquy Fraser Productions Ltd (Malaysia / Indonesia / Palestine / Iran / Afghanistan)

17. HAMACA PARAGUAYA, Paz Encina, Slotmachine (Paraguay / France)

18. HAMELIN, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 1001 Productions (Japan / France)

19. HEI AN ZHUAN, Zhang Ming, Nitu Film Production (China)

20. HELEN, Sandra Nettelbeck, Echo Lake Productions (Germany / USA)

21. HONEYDRIPPER, John Sayles, Anarchists' Convention (USA)

22. JAS SUM OD TITOV VELES, Teona Mitevska, Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production (Macedonia)

23. JEAN-BAPTISTE, Wayn Traub, Sciapode (Belgium / France)

24. JOHANNA, Kornél Mundruczó, Proton Cinema Ltd (Hungary)

25. KILOMETRE ZERO, Hiner Saleem, la Cinéfacture/Memento Films Production (France / Iraq)

26. LIVERPOOL, Lisandro Alonso, Fortuna Films (Argentina / Netherlands)

27. MAJAK, Maria Saakyan, Andreevsky Flag Film Company (Russia)

28. MAN AND WOMAN, Fatmir Koçi, KKoçi Productions (Albania / Belgium / France)

29. THE MIRACLE OF MONTHLERY, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Lama Films (Israel)

30. THE NANA SAGA, Adrian McDowall, Slate Films (UK)

31. OU EST LA MAIN DE L'HOMME SANS TETE, Guillaume Malandrin, La Parti Production, (Belgium / Luxembourg)

32. PUFFBALL, Nicolas Roeg, Tall Stories (UK / Canada)

33. RAFINA, Sabiha Sumar, Vidhi Films (Pakistan)

34. SANGRE, Amat Escalante, Mantarraya Producciones (Mexico)

35. LA SANGRE Y LA LLUVIA, Jorge Navas, Patofeofilms (Colombia)

36. SCAR, Teboho Mahlatsi, Bomb (South Africa)

37. SMALL CRIME, Christos Georgiou, Lychnari Productions (Cyprus / Greece)

38. SMOKE AND OCHRE, Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Riba Filmproductions (Netherlands)

39. LA SOLEDAD, Jaime Rosales, Fresdeval Films (Spain)

40. STILL LIFE, Jia Zhangke, Xstream Pictures (China)

41. SUBURBAN MAYHEM, Paul Goldman, Doll (Australia)

42. SUPLENT, Martin Krejcí, Bionaut Pictures & Barrandov Studios (Czech Republic)

43. A THOUSAND OF PLATEAUS, Jang Sun-Woo, East Film Co Ltd. (South Korea)

44. TU ES DIEU, Delphine Kreuter, Les films du poisson (France)

45. WAITER, Alex van Warmerdam, Graniet Film (Netherlands)

46. WHITE MALE HEART, David Mackenzie, Hepp Film & Brocken Spectre (United Kingdom / Sweden)

47. WUNDERKIND, Michiel van Jaarsveld, Motel Films (Netherlands)

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