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21/01/2015: New Year & Exciting News!

2015 has only just begun, but things are already going well for the new year!

We have a few exciting announcements for you today – read on.

Sundance Institute Supports AQUARELA

We are delighted to announce that Aconite project AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Fall 2014 Grant.

AQUARELA is one of twenty-three independent documentary films to be selected for Sundance Institute support in Fall 2014. Filmmakers were chosen from 881 applications received worldwide from filmmakers working in 111 unique countries of origin and, as Sundance writes, “films selected demonstrate a vital range of relevance to contemporary cultures combined with strong storytelling tendencies and distinctive artistic expression.”

We are honoured to have won and to be in such great company and are looking forward to developing the project throughout 2015.

Scorching Burning Bitches filming in Sweden

Marie Liden- the director of our new production Scorching Burning Bitches- is travelling with her crew to Sweden in February to start shooting one of the sequences for this important project.

Having experienced herself the effects of Electrosensitivity (ES), Marie explores the vulnerability of people suffering this condition, in an age when more than ever we are exposed to the effects of electrical networks and with few places to escape them.

Thanks to Creative Scotland and co-producer partners Lowik Media in Canada for their support.

Everybody’s Child at Beeld Voor Beeld

Everybody’s Child has been selected to screen at Beeld Voor Beeld Film Festival in the Netherlands.

The documentary film festival takes place from 11 to 15 February and its programme is filled with great factual films that are concerned with cultural diversity.

Learn more about the festival on the Beeld Voor Beeld website.

Berlinale

The Aconite Team will be visiting this year’s Berlinale, taking place in Berlin from 5 to 15 February this year.

If you’d like to set up a meeting with us during the festival, please get in touch.
The Aconite team wishes all of our blog readers a very Happy New Year!

 

 


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28/12/2014: Happy Holidays from Aconite Productions!

2014 is drawing to a close and we are taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the wonderful year it has been.

We wanted to share some thanks and best wishes with Aconite’s biggest supporters – so this one is for you!

Firstly, we’d like to thank all of our staff, crew friends and audience. Without you Aconite wouldn’t exist and an amazing year like this one would not be possible. It’s thanks to you that we’re able to continue to make films that inspire and stimulate.

We’d also like to say how much of an honour it has been to work with our directors this year. We are excited to be working with visionary AQUARELA filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, and new friend and talented artist Marie Liden, director of Scorching Burning Bitches.

We are also delighted to have been able to share our films with people around the world, Garry Fraser’s Everybody’s Child  and Wesam Mousa’s and Rana Ayoub’s 15 in Gaza.

It’s been a pleasure to work with all of you!

We must also thank the contributors who have appeared in our films – special thanks to Datuna Valishvili (The Boy From Georgia) for sharing with us another year of his extraordinary life.

We’d also like to thank all of our funding partners who made these projects possible in 2014. We’d especially like to thank Creative Scotland for their continuous support, as well as  Tribeca Film Institute and Eurimage for development support.

Thank you to our co-production partners, new and old. Lowik Media have been great new co-production partners, while we’ve continued a fantastic working relationship with ma.ja.de, Louverture Films and Danish Documentary Production and the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Thanks also to Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise who made it possible for us to get the word out about Aconite Productions, and who we hope will continue to provide valuable support for our digital plans for 2015.

This year we began working with distributor, Journeyman Pictures, which we hope will be a long and collaborative working relationship.

We’d also like to say a big hello and thank you to everyone who made Aconite’s year a big success – which includes those who work so hard at the International Forums and Film Festivals we attended this year. These include world renowned festivals Tribeca Film Festival, Berlinale, Cannes, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, and IDFA, and Edinburgh International Film Festival.

We were also honoured at our very own Glasgow Film Festival, which screened Everybody’s Child. Thanks also to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival for including our work in their fantastic programme.

As a small independent company, we would never survive without the support of volunteers and family. You all know who you are! You make this all possible and we extend our deepest love and gratitude.

We wish you all the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2015!


Aconite Pitch at IDFA. Photo courtesy of Ben Kempas.

10/12/2014: 5 Lessons from CPH:DOX & IDFA

In November, our managing director Aimara Reques attended the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and Forum (CPH:DOX) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) to meet with industry specialists and pitch upcoming Aconite projects.

During her time there she thought a lot about the value of attending these kinds of film festivals and industry markets and forums.

So, here Aimara shares five key points and tips she has learned on how to make the most of your next film festival experience.

 

 

1. Attend!

It’s that simple. Events like IDFA and CPH:DOX, which have a selected number of attendees,  are amongst the most important European gatherings for creative talent and companies to promote their work.

Attending these Forums is crucial to the growth and development of your business. While there are costs involved and it means taking time out of your busy filmmaking schedule, my advice is this: try not to miss them if you really take your business seriously.

 

2. Do Your Research

Find out before travelling who is attending, what they do and identify those who may be interested in your project.

We like to research and contact decision makers in advance. These are the people who may be interested in your project – so let them know you are coming and request meetings as early as possible.

 

3. Schedule Your Trip

Check the program in advance and plan your schedule ahead. I wish I could take my own advice! Don’t do what I usually do, i.e. read the programme on the plane on your way there!

Trust me, you will save time and enjoy the experience more if you are familiar with the programme.

You’ll always find out about more things that are happening outside of the main programme when you talk to fellow delegates, so make sure there is some flexibility in your plan.

Knowing the programme well will allow you to make decisions about what to attend and what to miss, which brings me to my next point…

 

4. Curb Your FOMA (Fear of Missing Out)

There is lots to do, to see and watch while at events like CPH:DOX and IDFA, especially if you’re taking in the main festival programme as well as more specialised Forum events. So don’t despair  trying to attend them all!

Check the daily Festival and Forum updates (these are usually posted in the delegate centre or sent by email) and then decide what is maybe relevant or appealing to you.

Also, find out what your friends and colleagues are up to. They usually know something that you don’t!

 

5. Network

At network events, getting to know people as human beings is far more important and effective than looking for every opportunity to bore people pitching your ideas.

At Aconite, we have found that the best working relationships we have, were established through first getting to know our future colleagues. We may not have known we would work together at the time, but a valuable contact is far more likely to develop from this rather than with someone you have given the hard sell to at cocktail hour.

Don’t forget to get a business card from the people you’ve connected with and send a follow-up email.

 

What are your top tips for attending film festivals and forums? Let us know in the comments!

 

(Photograph courtesy of Ben Kempas.)


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2015 has only just begun, but things are already going well for the new year!
We are delighted to announce that Aconite project AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Read more »


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28/12/2014: Happy Holidays from Aconite Productions!

2014 is drawing to a close and we are taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the wonderful year it has been.
We wanted to share some thanks and best wishes with Aconite’s biggest supporters – so this one is for you! Read more »


Aconite Pitch at IDFA. Photo courtesy of Ben Kempas.

10/12/2014: 5 Lessons from CPH:DOX & IDFA

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Scorching Burning Bitches

22/11/2014: Scorching Burning Bitches pitching at IDFA

Aconite is delighted to announce a new production: Scorching Burning Bitches.
This exciting project has been selected to pitch on Tuesday the 25th November at this year’s International Film Festival and Forum in Amsterdam (IDFA) and is being supported by Creative Scotland.
Read more »