European development program Less Is More selects 16 (exclusive) flagship projects | News
The European development program Less Is More (LIM) has selected 16 feature film projects for its 2022 programme, along with the 12 “development angels” who will follow the development of the projects and four mentors who will guide the selected teams.
Among the titles are Bethan, the feature debut of British screenwriter and director Zillah Bowes; and the first Brazilian-Portuguese feature film by Deborah Viegas young woman back view.
Scroll down for the full list of projects, filmmakers and development angels
Eleven of the 16 films are by rookie filmmakers, including four by second directors and one by Christian Volckman. Se – from a filmmaker for the third time.
Bowes is a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School and won a John Brabourne Award from the Film and TV Charity in 2020. Her credits include co-directing on life in a dayScottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s 2011 documentary project, which showed life from the perspective of thousands of different clips on July 24, 2010. She also worked as a cinematographer on the title Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 Mirage Menand directed short films including Stay (Aros Mae) and permit.
French director Vincent Mael Cardona participates in LIM with The dancing plague. Cardona won second prize at the Cannes Cinéfondation in 2010 with Cloud-Cuckoo-Earthhis graduation film at La Femis film school in Paris.
The feature debut of Israeli director Nitzan Rozen Striker #7 tells the story of a young boy from East Jerusalem who becomes the first Palestinian to play for Beitar Jerusalem, the top club in the Israeli soccer league. Rozen graduated in 2017 from the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem and has directed short films, including those of 2020 Morganawho made his debut at FNC Montreal.
Development Angels include Franco-Ukrainian executive Aleksandra Zakharchenko, who is responsible for programs and training at the Marché du Film and the Ventana Sur Latin American Film Market, where she also organizes industry events. Also selected was Cecilie Aspenes, who joined the Norwegian Film Institute as Film Commissioner for Feature Films and TV Series in 2021.
The four tutors are French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, whose latest feature film Earwig won a Special Jury Prize at San Sebastian 2021; French writer Romain Compingt, whose credits include co-writing and working as an artistic collaborator on Houda Benyamina divine; British writer Tony Grisoni, who has worked regularly with Terry Gilliam; and Danish executive Vinca Wiedemann, former head of Denmark’s National Film School.
“Fight Like Devil”
“With the dark context we are going through in Europe, we have to fight like crazy to generate films that can help us wake up!” declared Antoine Le Bos, artistic director of LIM.
The program is open to projects in the screenplay development phase from beginning to third-year filmmakers.
In September last year, Le Groupe Ouest – the French organization that runs the program – expanded LIM’s mandate to include bigger budget projects. It also adjusted the format to focus only on directors and projects based in Europe, where previously a handful of titles from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa had been included.
‘Development Angels’ are film professionals – creative producers, story editors, development managers and commissioned editors – who will work alongside selected filmmakers to deepen their knowledge of the development process.
LIM takes place over eight months from March to October with three in-person sessions, including one at the Groupe Ouest headquarters in Brittany, western France.
The program is funded by the Creative Europe – MEDIA program of the EU.
Less is more Selection 2022
Bethan (UK) dir. Zillah Bowes
The dancing plague (Fr) dir. Vincent Mael Cardona
To put out a fire (Switzerland) dir. Jela Hasler
Bog (lat.) real. Reinis Kalvins
God rebuild me (NZ-UK) dir. Isaac Knights – Washbourn
Assa, like a fish in a bowl (Leb) dir. Dahlia Nemlich
The author (Ni) real. Fanny Ovesen
Golden (He) real. Valeria Testagrossa, scr. Giulia Pietrozini
Identity (Kos-Net) dir. Edon Rizvanolli
Striker #7 (Isr) dir. Nitzan Rosen
Those who fight (Switzerland) dir. Antoine Russbach
Sadhvi (Geo)real. Sandro Souladze
A miracle will happen (Rom) dir. Andreea Valean
Torpor (Bel) dir. Meltse Van Coillie
young woman back view (Braz-Por) dir. Deborah Viegas
Se (Fr) dir. Christian Volkman
Cecilie Aspenes, Film Curator, Norwegian Film Institute, Norway
Andres Bartos, producer-director, Noon Films, Spain
Diana Caravia, producer, microFILM, Romania
Viktorija Cook, Producer, Inscript; acquisitions consultant, Film Republic; programmer, Inconvenient Film Festival, Lithuania
Mirna Everhard, producer, Serendipity Films, Netherlands-Belgium
Harry Floter, Producer, 2Pilots Filmproduction, Germany
James Heath, Producer, Mallinson Television Productions, UK
Judith Lichtneckert, producer, Perron X, Switzerland
Jules Reinartz, producer, Films Grand Huit, France
Mira Staleva, General Director of Festival and Market, Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
Raymon van de Kaaij, producer, Revolver Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aleksandra Zakharchenko, Head of Programs and Training, Marché du Film & Ventana Sur Latin American Film Market, Ukraine-France