The fires selected at Boost IT lab 2023


— Il film in sviluppo I Fuochi di Fabio Bobbio è stato selezionato a Boost IT Lab, un workshop intensivo di 4 giorni incentrato sulla coproduzione lanciato quest’anno dal TFL […]

The film in development The Fires by Fabio Bobbio was selected at Boos IT Lab, an intensive, 4-day, co-production-focused workshop launched this year by TFL Italia’s TorinoFilmLab. It ended with a pitching session on 23 November and unspooled with the 6th edition of Torino Film Industry, as part of the Torino Film Festival.

The 8 participating projects - 4 Italian and 4 international – were presented to Italian and international decision makers, ahead of their one-to-one meetings. The idea was to connect international professionals looking for minority Italian partners with emerging Italian producers and directors heading up feature film projects in the development phase, which also had the potential for international co-production. An increasing number of independent Italian companies are investing in projects from all over the world, thanks to new funding initiatives introduced in Italy which are helping them to diversify their offer and discover new talent.

The Italian projects on the agenda were three works of fiction and one documentary: Disneilend, presented by director Loris G. Nese, whose various short films have been selected and rewarded in major festivals; The Fires by Fabio Bobbio, whose debut feature film The Cormorants [+] was presented in the Visions du Rèel Festival and nominated for the Nastri d'Argento Awards; Incomparable by director, producer and director of photography Stefano Croci; and Pryvit Europe by documentary-maker Michele Aiello. The four international projects, meanwhile, all of which fiction feature films, were: Assa, a Fish in a Bowl, which is the first work by Dahlia Nemlich, who won the silver FIFOG and the Khayrallah Prize for her debut short film Roadblock; Beatrice by Vallo Toomla, whose first feature film Pretenders [+] was presented in the San Sebastian Film Festival and nominated for 6 Estonian Film Awards; Four Funerals and a Wedding by Nikola Mijovic, whose debut film Borders, Raindrops [+] took part in the Sarajevo Festival; and Recognition by Ondřej Novák, whose debut short Reconstruction took its first bow in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and was nominated for the EFA.

The selected projects are as follows:

Boost IT Lab

Pryvit Europe – Michele Aiello (Italia)
Produzione: Giulia Campagna (ZaLab Film)

The Fires – Fabio Bobbio (Italia)
Produzione: Chiara Andrich (Ginko Film)

Incomparable – Stefano Croci (Italia)
Produzione: Lorenzo Bagnato (Caucaso)

Four Funerals and a Wedding – Nikola Mijovic (Montenegro)
Produzione: Maja Kecojevic (Parangal Film)

Assa, a Fish in a Bowl – Dahlia Nemlich (Francia)
Produzione: Marine Vaillant (Special Touch Studios)

Disneilend – Loris G. Nese (Italia)
Produzione: Chiara Marotta (Lapazio Film)

Recognition – Ondřej Novák (Repubblica Ceca)
Produzione: Dagmar Sedláčková (MasterFilm)

Beatrice – Vallo Toomla (Estonia)
Produzione: Evelin Penttilä (Stellar Film)