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The seventh edition of First Look – the Locarno Festival initiative aiming to showcase films in post-production – has presented six works in progress from Baltic Countries. Each one was introduced by its producer to various world sales agents and festival programmers attending the Industry Days.
The jury for First Look 2017, comprising Charles Tesson (Semaine de la Critique’s Artistic Director), Jenn Murphy (Afi Fest's Senior Programmer) and Sylvain Auzou (Venice Days’ Vice Director) handed out the First Look Awards:
- to PORTUGAL by Lauri Lagle (produced by Tiina Savi, Allfilm, Estonia) an award worth 65,000 Euros in in post-production services sponsored by Cinelab Bucharest: for its originality and look at contemporary life in Estonia.
- to SELTSIMEES LAPS by Moonika Siimets (produced by Riina Sildos, Amrion, Estonia) an award worth 5,500 Euros in advertising, donated by Le Film Français: for its great storytelling, international appeal, the great performance and historical reconstruction.
- to EL PADRE MEDICO by Vytautas Puidokas (produced by Paulius Juoceris, Ironcat, Lithuania) an award worth 5,000 Euros donated by Kaiju Cinema D/ffusion for the production of a Key Art Design: for its wonderful material and for exposing the dark side of humanitarianism.
Baltic View and Noir Lumiere handed out an awards (consisting in DCPs and international promotion) valued 3,000 Euros to: EL PADRE MEDICO by Vytautas Puidokas (produced by Paulius Juoceris, Ironcat, Lithuania).
The full list of the 2017 selected films:
EL PADRE MEDICO, by Vytautas Puidokas
PARADĪZE 89, by Madara Dišlere
PORTUGAL, by Lauri Lagle
SELTSIMEES LAPS, by Moonika Siimets
STÁSIS, by Mantas Kvedaravicius
THE MOVER, by Davis Simanis Jr.