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We're thrilled to share amazing news ith you:
Embodied Chorus / لن تتركنا الطيور is celebrating WORLD PREMIERE at IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2023 - THE place to be for documentary-loving audiences, filmmakers, programmers, distributors & buyers.
We look forward for to share and watch this film with you all & open exciting conversations about #cinema, #bodies, #intimacy, #STI & #sex .. THANK YOU to each and all of you who encouraged, were part of & supported the long journey of EMBODIED CHORUS! Thank you, IDFA programming team to open your festival stage for our work <3 See you soon. In cinema.
Honored and grateful to be part of the Audiovisual Women* / Female Leadership Programme by Erich Pommer Institute, among all these successful and inspiring colleagues! Already during our kick-off days, everyones' bravenesss, commitment, and visions to shape our industry's future with human & professional generosity opened a powerful start for further professional and personal growth, innovation and holistic transformation. Be it content, strategy, management, collaboration, a future-proof re-invention of our industries' work-places, or new approaches to leadership: There's hope and courage in this womxn-power!
Dear future, we're getting ready...
https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/451414/ | https://en.epi.media/av-women_23_24/
THANK YOU for the most wonderful closing ceremony at the 2021 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event with a Jury Special Mention for WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD, directed by Natalia Sinelnikova & presented in the International work in progress section.
Jury Statement: “A personal approach transformed into a wit & critical attempt on criticizing the contemporary western society that looks singular & exciting. The jury wanted to give a special mention to We Might As Well Be Dead.”
Jury members: Alëna Shumakova / Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Charles Bin / BFF & Torsten Frehse / Neue
Find out more about all winning project here:
This is amazing: We are excited to present our film WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD at upcoming European Works In Progress Cologne. Check out Screen Daily, who are featuring our amazing lead Ioana Iacob in our film still in their article: https://www.screendaily.com/news/festival-programmers-sales-agents-and-distributors-head-to-european-work-in-progress-cologne/5164277.article
Learn more about all selected project here: https://www.european-work-in-progress.eu/2021/10/13/european-work-in-progress-cologne-2021/
GÜNES - WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT - a new collaboration on the horizon, with filmmaker Zeynep Güzel and her wonderful producers Armağan Lale, Beste Yamalıoğlu for Filmada Prodüksiyon. Very happy to take this journey together! Thank you Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Meetings on The Bridge & MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein for supporting the developemnt in the framework of the Turkish-German Co-Development Fund!
Overwhelmed to close the FinalTouch Lab by IDM Film Funding and Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen for our work in progress IRIS / Safe in here (WT) with True Colours International's DistributionPrize and the Postproduction Award by Cine Chromatix Italy. Grateful and happy for the amazing expert feedback and powerboost for our final meters. Jury statement: https://bit.ly/3bw4nhR
Thank you Beirut Cinema Platform 2021 and Beirut DC for a week full of inspiring meetings for our project WOMEN OF MY
LIFE. Very excited to close this wonderful week with the El Gouna Film Festival Award and an invitation to Cinegouna Springboard 2021.
written and directed by Zahraa Ghandour (IQ), produced by HEARTWAKE films in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
We have recently teamed up with The Film Collaborative:
If you are a US citizen or legal entity, you can now support EMBODIED CHORUS with a TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more, or find find further info on our project page & donate directly: https://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/fiscalsponsorship/projects/embodiedchorus
December 2020: Thank you CNC! The French Centre National du Cinéma supports EMBODIED CHORUS
through the CNC Lebanon relief fund, established after the explosion on August 4th.
October 2020: Yayyyy. EMBODIED CHORUS was selected to participate in the
EAVE on demand programme in Lebanon with our co-producer Yara Abi Nader.
September 15-19 2020: New York calling..
Proud and happy to present EMBODIED CHORUS in this year's IFP WEEK New York in the Spotlight on documentaries section.
September 2020: CLOSING THE FULL CIRCLE programme with MASCHA in Kayserberg, Alsace /
France. With scenic hikes, Alsacian wine tasting and - above all: great mentors to get our project to the next level.
September 2020: MASCHA continues to Pop Up Film Residency in Denmark! Thank you
Matthieu Darras from Full Circle Lab & PopUp Film Residency and Katja Adomeit from Adomeit Film Denmark for hosting us on the beautiful island of Fynen! This was such a special journey with writer Carl Gerber, director John
Kolya Reichart & producer Julia Wagner.
July 2020: Another great week for our project MASCHA with Full Circle Lab & EWA
Network during Forum Alentours 2020:
June 2020: Great news keep coming: OIF Fonds Images de la Francophonie is joining the support engine for EMBODIED CHORUS. Thank you, OIF team & jury!
June 2020: Most wonderful news bring happiness, hope & progress:
IDFA Bertha Fund Europe is supporting our project EMBODIED CHORUS. Thank you!
April 2020: Thank you Filmland MV:
Writer Carl Gerber receives the scholarship for the Film residency Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with our project MASCHA.
March 2020: Thank you German-Polish Film Fund of FFA, Medienboard, MDM & Polish Film Institute for development funding for our project THE QUEEN OF THULE (WT), written by Paula Redlefsen, directed by Ewa Wikiel; produced by HEARTWAKE films in coproduction with KOI Studio Warszaw:
December 2019 - Rendez-Vous Franco-Allemands, Mulhouse: It's official:
The Full Circle Lab Upper Rhine, run by Matthieu Darras & Nadja Dumouchel, reveals their 6 projects for the 2020 edition, and we are in it with MASCHA (written by Carl Gerber, directed by John Kolya Reichart). This is amazing news and we look forward to continuing this journey with you!
August 2019 - We are grateful & happy: 2 amazing partners confirmed funding support for EMBODIED CHORUS:
Thank you AFAC Arab Fund for Arts and Culture!
And thank you Asian Cinema Fund AND by the BUSAN International Film Festival.
EMBODIED CHORUS is among the lucky 17 out of 3687 submitted projects to receive the fund. This is incredible!
Exciting: Julia has been selected to be part of the EAVE producers workshop 2019.
Looking forward to great training and networking with amazing mentors and inspiring colleagues!
ElGouna Springboard 2018 - "Best Project In Development" Award for EMBODIED CHORUS!
Berlinale 2018 DubaiFilmFestival Award @ Robert Bosch FilmPrize for EMBODIED CHORUS