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HANWAY Films will distribute
Noora Niasari’s debut feature MANAGING DIRECTOR, GERMAN FILMS
film Shayda. Melbourne-based
Niasari is writer and director What is the focus of your Pavilion
on the Origma 45 and Dirty this year?
Films production. Local distribution in At the Marché du Film in 2022, German
Australia and New Zealand will be Films and Focus Germany, the
handled by Madman Entertainment. association of the eight largest German
Shayda stars Iranian actress Zar Amir- film-funding organisations, will once
Ebrahimi, currently in Cannes with Ali again have a joint presence. The German
Abbasi’s Holy Spider, which is screening Pavilion offers German filmmakers the
in competition. opportunity to establish contacts within
A young Iranian mother (Amir-Ebrahimi) the industry on-site. With our on-site
and her six-year-old daughter find refuge presence, we also want to support young
in an Australian women’s shelter during producers and facilitate meetings with
the two weeks of Iranian New Year, which festival programmers and international
is celebrated as a time of renewal and distributors. Another focus is on
re-birth. Helped by the women at the promoting German co-productions,
which are widely represented in various
sections this year.
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© DR
Zar Amir-Ebrahimi

refuge, they try to start a new life, only to Jones, Lois Scott, and Nivedita Kulkarni
find themselves facing the violence they also serve as executive producers on
have tried so hard to escape. behalf of the fund. Simone Baumann

Shayda is produced by Vincent Sheehan Sheehan said: “Shayda is a powerful, What films or who do you Pavilion. The German Film Commissions
(The Hunter, Jasper Jones, Animal timely and important story to be telling represent here? and Focus Germany also are holding
Kingdom, Lore) through his new and Noora’s unique Iranian/Australian We are promoting three feature-film (co-) receptions in our Pavilion. At Focus
production venture Origma 45. Cate voice as a director will be a potent productions in particular this year: the Germany’s traditional co-production
Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco combination.” documentary The Natural History of breakfast, this year’s focus is on Poland —
Francini at Dirty Films (Apples, Carol, HanWay Films is a UK-based financing, Destruction by Sergei Loznitsa, inspired a very promising co-production country
Little Fish) are executive sales, distribution and by W.G. Sebald’s text “Luftkrieg und for German producers.
producers. Shayda received major marketing company, established in 1998 Literatur”.
production investment from Screen by producer Jeremy Thomas. Dirty Films The Special Screening section also What’s the state of the industry in
Australia in association with The 51 is a London-based production company presents the German production The your country?
Fund and support from VicScreen and that creates commercial campaigns, Vagabonds by Doroteya Droumeva as a Two years ago, the entire film industry
the MIFF Premiere Fund. The 51 Fund music videos and branded entertainment world premiere. Furthermore, the found itself overnight in an
provides financing to feature films as well as long-form content for documentary Mariupolis 2 by Mantas unprecedented situation characterised by
directed by women. Caitlin Gold, streamers, broadcasters and cinema. ✦ Kvedaravicius will be presented in the great uncertainty at all levels. Today, it
Lindsay Lanzillotta, Naomi McDougall Special Screening Section. In addition, has now become almost routine to deal
Julian Newby three German short films are screening in with the virus and the restrictions in all
the Quizaine Des Realisateurs: Aribada areas are gradually being lifted.
Monaco Streaming Festival by Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and The 2022 Berlinale was able to take place
preps second edition Natalia Escobar which shows an aesthetic as a physical event with a strict hygiene
and conceptual universe with a particular and security concept and the organisers
When the Festival finally wraps on May 28, Panels this year discuss a wide range of stamp, in which documentary and fiction were delighted with the lively interest
industry execs will have a couple of days are indistinct palettes to draw the struggle shown by the general public and film-
free before the second edition of what topics. to maintain indigenous identity. Jan industry professionals. The pandemic
organiser’s call the world’s first streaming Soldat’s Staging Death is about the actor meant that there could only be a
festival — the Monaco Streaming Film “I am delighted by the strength of support Udo Kier’s [history of giving] expression maximum 50% seating capacity in the
Festival — begins. to dying and death as he dies more than cinemas. This stipulation was
Running from May 31 to June 3 organisers that the Monaco Streaming Film Festival 70 times through [his] film history. In the enthusiastically accepted and a total of
are streaming over 50 originalVOD shows 16-minute film Tremor (Beben) by Rudolf 156,000 tickets were sold. The Berlinale
at this fledgling event which draws top- has received from many streaming Fitzgerald-Leonard, Leon is involved in was also back in the spotlight as a media
name speakers and panelists including an incident that gradually disrupts all event.
Cherie Blair and actor Jeff Flahey. platforms, producers and major distributors aspects of his life during water therapy for Besides the ongoing festivals, film
Showing only video-on-demand content, his chronic spasms. There are also the production is running at full speed again.
the Festival will premiere new episodes of who are focusing onVOD content following films presented in Cannes XR: Due to the large backlog, the film
Gaslit with Sean Penn and Julia Roberts, Déjà Delightful Garden VR – Sights of Sins industry is fully recovering. Despite the
Paw Patrol, and Becoming Elizabeth. strategies,” said directorTony Davis who by Hieronymus Bosch by Carolin Wedler establishment of new formats, there is an
The shows will stream for this industry (Videoreality) and Genesis by Jörg irreplaceable longing for the big screen.
event that is also open to the public. conceived of the idea after being asked to Courtial. All relevant Corona restrictions on
This year’s StreamingAward winners cinema attendance have fallen in all
include James Cameron, Barbara Broccoli revive another Monaco film festival. Any highlights for you this year? federal states of Germany. Nevertheless,
and MarkWahlberg.TheAwards are In general, it’s a relief that the Festival is the mood in the cinema industry cannot
presented at a Monaco gala on June 3. The event takes place at the Grimaldi back in its fully physical form. German be described as fully optimistic. Rather, a
Films hosts various networking events for kind of cautious distrust characterises the
Forum, and includes a competition section, buyers and festival programmers as well atmosphere. ✦
as two Happy Hours in the German
a marketplace for content sales and Liza Foreman

acquisitions, a Streaming GalaAwards, and

industry conferences including, this year,

Streaming Distribution Strategies, How

Production Financing is Evolving and NFT


Keynote speakers this year include Bill

MacDonald and Brandon DiMassa from

NBC Universal.✦ Liza Foreman

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