FILM PLUS Work in Progress LAB talents presented their projects online, during Sofia Meetings!



The FILM + Work in Progress LAB talents have presented their projects during Sofia Meetings, a prestigious professional event dedicated to the independent European film industry. The event was held online on Festival Scope from May 27th to May 31st.

Sofia Meetings is a co-production market with a Works in Progress section which has the mission to increase the exposure of European films and talents and support promising European projects along with developing a space for networking within the A/V industry. Sofia Meetings is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union, Bulgarian National Film Center, Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture.

The four films presented by the FILM + participants are:

  • “Spring Song” (Serbia, feature film) – Natalija Avramovic

  • “Scene logăneștene” (Moldova/România, feature film) – Nicolae Gaburici

  • “Lament for the Silent Fool” (Bulgaria, feature film) – Dimitar Kutmanov

  • “Everything For Riana” (Romania, documentary) – Mihai Gavril Dragolea

Our team is ready for the web & pop up sessions, set for March 1st, 2020 @ Jugoslav Film Archive (room 2).

  • The Film + participants are invited to a Mentoring session with Ivana Mladenovic (room 1, 09:30 – 17:00).
  • The public is invited to an introductory session with Alex Traila, from 11:00, followed by a presentation on Film financing, sources of finance, film markets (12:00 – 12:30, room 2).

Ivana Mladenovic (1984, Serbia) studied Law in Belgrade and then moved to Romania where she studied film directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest, receiving both her BA and MA.
Her short student films were shown and awarded at various film festivals around the world. In 2012, Mladenovic’ first feature-length documentary Turn Off the Lights premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2016 she made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts.
“Soldier. Story from Ferentari”/ “Soldații. Poveste din Ferentari” (2017) is her first fiction feature, and “Ivana the Terrible”/ “Ivana cea Groaznică” her second feature, awarded in 2019 at Locarno with Filmmakers of the Present Special Jury Award.

Alex Trăilă (1984, Romania) is a film industry consultant.
He holds a diploma in cinematography and has followed multiple trainings and workshops on creative producing, mentoring and marketing. For the past years he was involved in the most relevant regional film industry platforms focused on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and founded several other initiatives. He works as an expert for the European Audiovisual Observatory, the European Commision, is the Romanian national representative at Eurimages and associated professor at National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest.