Former Torino Film Lab chief unveils new Pop Up Film Residency (exclusive)

Screen | 1/23/2019 | Martin Blaney
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UK-based Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali, whose credits include Land and Radio Dreams, is one of the first filmmakers selected for Matthieu Darras’ new international Pop Up Film Residency. The initiative is being unveiled at the When East Meets West co-production forum in Trieste this week.

The Pop Up Film Residency aims to combine a traditional artist’s residency with the practical elements of a film workshop.

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Jalali will participate in one of the three-week residencies in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava later this year. He will work on the screenplay for his fourht feature Town In Patagonia, inspired by the Grenfell Tower disaster in London in summer 2017.

Darras, who served as artistic director of the Torino Film Lab until the end of last year, has teamed up with Bratislavan producer Juraj Krasnohorsky of the Artichoke film company to deliver the new initative.

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“The name was chosen because [the initiative] can pop up or hatch out anywhere,” Darras explained.

Most of the residencies in the first year will take place in Bratislava. Further ahead, Darras is also working a further two co-organisers - producers Ada Solomon and Denis Vaslin - who are likely to host Pop Up Film Residencies in Bucharest and Rotterdam respectively.

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Participants will be selected in one of two ways: The first will be in collaboration with Cannes Critics’ Week’s Next Step programme, the Doha Film Institute, When East Meets West, EAVE and CEE Animation.

The second will be on a case-by-case basis for more experienced filmmakers on at least their third film which is how Jalali was...
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