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Karlovy Vary Eastern Promise winners include 'I'm Not Everything I Want To Be' and 'Take Off From Kabul'

Karlovy Wari International Film Festival’s Eastern Promise Industry Section and Film Market presented on Tuesday evening awards.

Klára Tasovská’s I’m not everything I want to be, about a female photographer’s journey to freedom after the Soviet invasion of Prague, and Assel Aushakimova’s bicycle Chess , exploring government influence and journalistic ethics, earns important “work in progress” honors. Sahraa Karimi’s ‘Escape from Kabul’

follows an Afghan woman who must choose between the love of her life and the future of her niece after the Taliban seizes power A Story of Choices Made Kabul won the Engineering Development Award.

KVIFF Eastern Promises describes its mission as “bridging the gap between talented filmmakers and their potential partners, festivals and audiences”. The award is open to producers and directors from countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East and North Africa, presenting new films that will premiere after the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

There are 10 projects competing for awards this year, with a total value of 445, Euro ($445,) are divided into three projects: Works in Progress, Works in Development – Feature Release and First Cut+.

“Like every year, we try to curate the perfect mix of projects from all over the world.” said Hugo Rosák, Head of KVIFF Film Industry Office: .

The full list of winners is below.


Each winner will receive 5, Euro($5, 445).

in progress

Karlovy Vary Lee International Film Festival Award

Bikechess (Kazakhstan, France, Norway), directed by Assel Aushakimova, produced by Antoine Simkine, Almagul Tleukhanova and Christian Friedrich G. Martin. JURY STATEMENT: “The jury, with its comedic eye for pointing out the absurdity of the state’s masking of deeper issues, really appreciated the director’s fresh take on journalistic ethics. “


I’m not everything I want Be (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria) by Clara · Directed by Klára Tasovská, produced by Lukáš Kokeš. Jury statement: “The jury found this project about personal freedom exciting because all the story elements of the past can be found today. Resonates and definitely inspires everyone. ”

TRT Awards Ongoing890

Tasty(Lithuania, Estonia), directed by Egle Vertelyte and produced by Lukas Trimonis. Jury statement: “Cooking comedy conveys a critical attitude to today’s world, celebrates the exaggerated packaging of everyday life and social media, and presents true friendship as the most delicious dish. “

Development – ​​feature release

The cash reward for the first prize winner is 27, Euro ($,2024).

Development Award Works

From Kabul(Slovakia), directed and written by Sahraa Karimi and produced by Wanda Adamík Hrycová. Jury statement: “For its bold vision, political Bold and progressive storytelling on the web, the Development Works Award goes to a project that explores people and places rarely seen on screen; those who have been let down by Western politicians, while dark forces loom before the cold, complacent eyes of the world While it was being trampled upon, they stood by. “

Connect Cottbus Award

Excavator (Cyprus), directed and written by Argyro Nicolaou and produced by Constantinos Nikiforou and Minos Papas. The The project will have the opportunity to be promoted at Connecting Cottbus, the East-West co-production market during the Cottbus Film Festival.

JURY STATEMENT: “A riveting story about intergenerational trauma and the way we cope with past trauma. ”

Rotterdam Lab Award

Tomáš Pertold

, the film “ Producer of God broke into (Czech Republic). Jury statement: “Not only is this an original premise, a cohesive and well-structured project and An engaging story; it’s also an approach to filmmaking that we want to support. A strong, united team including a precise definition of emerging, young and ambitious producers. Freshness, strong and sincere intentions and a very promising future career make Tomáš Pertold the perfect candidate to join our upcoming Rotterdam lab in January “.

first cut + ongoing

TRT First Cut+ Award 2024

prize comes with a cash prize of 5, EUR ($5 ,115).

Allen Sunshine(Canada, USA) Directed by Harley Chamandy, Produced by Chantal Chamandy. 2024 Jury statement: “For a remarkable film crafted by a talented emerging filmmaker, showcasing a sensitive portrayal of genuine friendship, the journey to loneliness after loss, and developing a minimalist yet profoundly affecting approach to storytelling and cinematography. “ 2024



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