On Monday morning in Sarajevo Eleonora Veninova wrapped up filming of her short film THE SIGN, scheduled to open Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2019 (Quinzaine des réalisateurs).
“THE SIGN” is one of five short films which are part of the initiative Southeast European Factory (SEE Factory) inspired by the concept “La Factory“ by Dominique Welinski and Directors’ Fortnight.
Southeast European Factory (SEE Factory) is a collaboration project which brings together 5 regional countries including North Macedonia. The initiative has been discussed among regional film centers at last years’ Cannes film festival which resulted in the Film Agency of North Macedonia joining the project by signing a contract. The contract enables 5 young authors from the region to pair with a director from outside of the region to produce five short films. The production of the films is also supported by the regional film centers.
The completed works will have their world premiere this May on the opening day of the 2019 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight programme.
Short films which are part of this initiative:
“THE SIGN”: Eleonora Veninova (Macedonia), Yona Rozenkier (Israel / Swizerland);“LOVE SUPREME”: Dušan Kasalica (Montenegro), Teodora Ana Mihai (Romania / Belgium);“RED STAIN”: Urška Djukić (Slovenia), Gabriel Tzafka (Greece / Denmark);“MOMMY”: Maša Šarović (Serbia), Sharon Angelhart (Israel);“SPIT”: Neven Samardžić (Bosna and Herzegovina), Carolina Markowitz (Brazil).
Dominique Welinski, who is head of this project, said: ”Apart from allowing merging young directors to co-write and codirect short films together, the Factory project is meant to enlighten countries from where we don’t see so many films. It’s the first time we’re able to explore five different countries, five countries in the same region. Since I first came to Sarajevo Film Festival, a couple of years ago, I’ve been dreaming to do a Factory in the region. This just became a reality, you all made it possible and I do really want to thank you. It’s been almost one month I’ve the chance to work with young directors from Bosnia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, with incredible production partners crews, actors… They all have been working non-stop, on five different films, with five different couples, stories, situations. They’re open, generous, more than professional, creative, funny… We now have five wonderful short films, five stories, five different universes with a common spirit. Every single day with them has been a gift. Every single day we all learn, enjoy, benefit… It’s an amazing experience for everyone. It opens our eyes and our hearts. I think we’re all just dying to make films in your countries!” –
During her stay in Cannes, Eleonora Veninova will also get the opportunity to pitch her feature project to film professionals at the Cannes Marche du film in 2019.