The 2019 Norwegian International Film Festival will have the honour of hosting the Eurimages Lab Project Award, continuing the close relationship with the esteemed European Cinema Support Fund for the fourth year running.
The Board of Management of Eurimages decided during its 153rd meeting in December 2018 to renew the Eurimages Lab Project Awards in the four Work-in-Progress initiatives in 2019.
As a result, their co-operation with the Works In Progress of New Nordic Films is renewed within the framework of the 2019 edition of the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund.
The Lab Project Award is a funding prize of 50 000 EUR, awarded to the most promising film project presented at the Works in Progress program during New Nordic Films. The films competing for the award will be in post-production and evaluated by an international jury of film professionals, art curators and representatives from Eurimages. To be eligible, projects must be mainly produced in a Eurimages member state and show co-operation between at least two countries.
Through the Lab Project Award, Eurimages is investing in new forms of cinematographic expression which are often at the crossroads of other art forms, and actively participating in the renewal of European cinema. The prize of 50 000 EUR is the highest funding award Eurimages has ever given to films that are in production, emphasising the European Council fund’s desire to support films that are challenging, unconventional or experimental in form or content.
In 2018, the prize was awarded to Norwegian project Burning Man, directed by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen and produced by Maria Ekerhovd and Itonje Søimer Guttormsen. The jury members were Csaba Bereczki, Ilse Acevedo, Kalle Løchen and Marianne Slot.
The call for Works in Progress 2019 will be launched in early spring, more information to come.