Bavo Defurne’s upcoming feature project Souvenir has won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. All three nominees were pitched to the attending professionals at the co-production platform, with Souvenir taking the honours as most promising project. The prize earns the film a €10,000 grant for further development.
At the end of January, the Berlinale Co-Production Market had announced that Souvenir was among the nominees for the Highlight Pitch Award, which is given out annually by the German rights agency for film and television producers (VFF). When the project was pitched during the Talent Project Highlights today, it took home the competition main prize worth €10,000.
After his 2011 feature debut North Sea Texas, about 16-year-old Pim who secretly dreams of his sturdy neighbour, Gino, Bavo Defurne is back with a story about Liliane, a forgotten Eurovision Song Contest singer who now lives a secluded life and works in a meat-processing factory. But when 18-year-old Jean walks into her life, despite the age difference, they are drawn to each other and fuelled by Jean’s enthusiasm, a stage comeback beckons.
Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken and Jacques Boon wrote the script of Souvenir. Pink Martini and composer Adriano Cominotto are already confirmed to arrange the soundtrack. Producer is Yves Verbraeken of Indeed Films, Souvenir can count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.
Photo by David Ausserhofer - Berlinale 2014