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our particular desire to engage more in environmental topics and therefore green storytelling, resulted in campaign films for Greenpeace's agricultural team. Please watch the the first one in the new section "all things green" on this website. JYOTI Film thanks the entire team to create this important film with its powerful message, especially our director Sven Bollinger for his tireless commitment and his great ideas!
Earlier this summer we coproduced "A Spirit of a Thing" directed by Darol Olu Kae, shot in Berlin with DOP Nicolai Niermann for LA based production company somesuch, represented by producer Alli Maxwell. We had an amazing team that helped us bringing this piece of art to life. Enjoy the film as part of the exhibition "I've seen the wall", focusing on the legendary concert tour that led Louis Armstrong through the GDR in 1965 at DAS MINSK Museum in Potsdam, Germany from 15th of September to 24th of February 2024.
Our coproduction "Life in the shadows" with Kamay Films just won the New Voices Award and a special award for Best Pitch! So thankful and exited! The jury statement says: “This project successfully highlights the significance of portraying the narratives of marginalized individuals who are often unheard in society.”
Cannes Docs @Marché du films was an amazing experience and resulted in winning the Alphapanda Marketing Award for "Ever since I knew myself". We look forward to the next steps of this gorgeous project.
Filmmaker and producer Maka Gogaladze from Formo Productions will present our Georgian Co-Production “Ever since I knew myself” together with Lilian and Anke at the CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator during the Cannes Docs Program! So excited!
Exciting news! Lilian will be attending 2023 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Deal Makers with our Afghan Co-Production “Life in the Shadows”, together with filmmaker K.D. and Ilyas Yourish from Kamay Films. More soon!
New coproductions in the making! We received public fundings for our undisclosed iranian project, and look forward to work with amazing filmmakers from Afghanistan and Georgia. Stay tuned!
Les Enfants Terribles success story continues and earns another trophee.We are delighted! This time at the 1. Rome International Documentary Film festival.
We were invited to Antalya Film Forum to consult the very interesting film makers and their projects. We also met our coproducer Nadir Öperli and director Burcu Aykar for our project in Development AS SHADOWS FADE, which won the Award for best adapted screening play at Antalya Film Festival. Let's make this film happen!
It was exiting to show our short documentary about migration and tuberculosis on an TB expert symposium in Bukarest. The film wants to destigmatise the still existing fear of the illness. Commissioned by the German Health Ministry. More soon!
September brings a bunch of news. We just won the Filmprize for Global Learning @Filmtage Globale Perspektiven in Frankfurt with Lift Like a Girl.
Next month we will participate @DocsLisboa Pitch with our new Georgian Coproduction "Ever since I new myself" together with filmmaker Maka Gogaladze and pitch in Brussels @Stereopsia with our US extended project together with our new coproducer Sönke Kirchhof from INVR.Space. So exited!
5 more festivals confirmations for Les Enfants Terribles and a cinema tour with Heinrich Böll Foundation in Germany in June. Stay tuned!
Two more wins for "Les Enfants Terribles". Best Documentary of the Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) Awards and Grand Jury Prize at the Pordenone Docs Fest in Italy. We are more than happy!
The festival journey of "Les Enfants Terribles" continues to be in full swing. This month only the film will be shown in 4 festivals. SIFF Bulgaria in the int. Documentary competition, 26. Filmfestival Türkei - Deutschland - Nuremberg, türkische Filmtage - Munich and Filmreihe Typisch Türkisch - Cologne. Visit their website to find streaming options in Germany!
We just received funding from Medienboard for our new VR projects "US extended" by artist Michaela Pnacek. More infos on the project soon. Let the games begin!
More festivals for Les Enfants Terribles: FIPADOC in Biarritz and Doc Point Helsinki
Two more Awards for Les Enfants Terribles! Best Film Award in the int. Competition @Cinema Verité in Iran and the Young Jury Award @Cinemamed in Belgium. Thank you jurys!
We just won the special jury award @Crime and Punishment Festival in Istanbul for Les Enfants Terribles . Super happy about the success journey of the film
A handful of new festival confirmations that we are proud to share after 5 successful screenings at IDFA with sold out cinemas. Starting with Zurich HRFF as of the 2. of December until 7th of December. Cinemamed in Brussels with screen the film between the 2.-11. of December as well, so does Cinema Verité in Teheran from 9.-16. of December.
Happy to announce that RIDM Montréal will show Les Enfants Terribles in its Family topography section on the 14th of November.
Our new coproduction with Liman Film and Solis Film received the German-Turkish CoDevelopment Fund (MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard and IKVS Meetings on the Bridge Istanbul) and the Best Project Award @Ankara Film Festival 2021. What a great start for our new collaboration!
More Festivals for Les Enfants Terribles, Guangneung in South Korea last week of October, and Camerimage i Poland screens the film on the 14th of November!
Les Enfants Terribles will have its German Premiere at the 38. Kasselerdokfest on the 21. of November @19:30h in Filmladen Kassel and online for
6 days throughout Germany. We will let you know shortly when and where to buy tickets!
More good news. Abo Zabaal Prison 1989 will be pitched at IDFA Forum in November. Hope to see you there!
Whoop Whoop! BFI London Film Festival for Les Enfants Terribles on the week-end of the 8./9.th of October, West Lake IDF in China and IDFA just announced that they will show the film in the Best of Fests Section during the Festival as a Dutch Premiere
A shower of prizes hit us at Adana Golden Boll Film Festival in Turkey last weekend with Les Enfants Terribles honored Best Film, Best Editing and a prize created particularely for our main protagonist Zeynep Çupur - the special jury mention
Les Enfants Terribles will be shown @BFI London Film Festival. Who is around when the film will be screened on the 8th and 9th of October? Mail us, let's meet!
Both our last coproductions Lift like a Girl and Les Enfants Terribles will be shown in Russia @Flahertiana FF. So great!
more good news! Les Enfants Terribles is among the 15 selected projects for the #efa21 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS.
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES wins Human Rights Award #Sarajevo Film Festival.
And..latest great news for LIFT LIKE A GIRL: The film is on Netflix in all non-german speaking countries from now on! YEAH!
Another award for Lift Like a Girl! Best Director award @GUKIFF Kids festival 2021 in South Korea for Mayye Zayed
Et voilà. .Lift Like a Girl won best documentary at the #CriticsAwards for Arab Cinema during the 74th Festival de Cannes #Cannes2021 #CannesFilmFestival #CriticsAwardsForArabFilms
Les Enfants Terribles will be shown @DocsBarcelona in the official section panorama from May 18 - May 30 online during the festival.
If you are located in Spain don't miss to see the film online:
The Special Jury Award of the International Feature Competition was awarded to Les Enfants terribles by Ahmet Necdet Cupur. We are super happy and thankful for the jury's decision and the support of all friends and contributors.
Please see the review on variety.com
Our co-production project "Abo Zabaal Prison 1989" has just received the Sound Design award at Beirut cinema platform. Thank you @DB Studios Beirut, looking forward that @Rana Eid will be the sound designer of the film! @Kesmat El Sayed
Now it's official! Les Enfants Terribles will have it's World Premiere Visions du Réel in competition! So happy to be part of this amazing journey!
Our egyptian/german coproduction "Abo Zabaal Prison 1989" just received production funding from IDFA Bertha Fund. So happy for the support!
We're so thrilled that #LiftLikeAGirlFilm will be screened in Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2021 in Greece.23rd Thessaloniki Documentary FestivalFrom 4th until 14th of March 2021
We are very happy to announce that Lift Like A Girl will be shown on ZDF Kleines Fernsehspiel on the 8th of March on the occasion of the International Women’s Day and will be be available to stream at the ZDFmediathek. Lift Like A Girl is a documentary about a teenage girl in Egypt who, against all odds, wants to become a world champion weightlifter.Link in Bio to watch the Film @zdfmediathek.
Lift like a girl wins three awards at the prestigious and oscar qualifying Cairo International Film Festival: Audience Award @CIFF 2020, Isis Award for Best Egyptian Film highlighting Women's Economic and Social Role @CIFF2020, Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First or Second Film @CIFF2020. It took place physically and we would have loved to be with our director and producer Mayye Zayed to embrace this special moment. Hopefully next time :-)
Lift like a girl wins the Golden Dove in german competition @DokLeipzig. We are over the moon and so grateful for this award!
Our french, turkish, german co-production Whitewash [WT] wins the Work in Progress prize @Antalya Film Forum, directed by Ahmet Necdet Cupur.
Daire Creative Key Art Design Award was presented to our film Whitewash [WT]. Jury’s deliberation: For the courage to face a personal story that tells of a strong and shocking social reality, having the ability to articulate reality in an intimate and always respectful language, the Daire Creative Key Art Design Award goes to Whitewash.
Berlinale Talents Event: We just won Robert Bosch Prize 2019 with Abo Zabaal 1989, coproduction with Seemedia Egypt.