Future Frames and Allwyn announce the 10 European directors selected to attend this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

6 June 2023

LUCERNE, Switzerland – 6 June 2023 – European Film Promotion (“EFP”), in close collaboration the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (“KVIFF”), one of Europe’s oldest film festivals, announces the ten emerging directors who will take part in this year’s Future Frames initiative.

Since 2015, Future Frames has supported outstanding emerging directors from Europe in launching their careers in the film industry. As a new partner of KVIFF, Allwyn will bring the ten emerging European talents together with other partners from overseas, including talent agency UTA and management company Range Media Partners, for an immersive, wide-ranging programme.

For the first time in Future Frames’ history, with Allwyn’s support, one of the ten selected directors will receive a Hollywood scholarship, including a dedicated program of mentoring, shadowing, and training, to learn from the industry’s best.

The ten filmmakers have been nominated by their countries' national film promotion institutes, with the final selection made by KVIFF's artistic director Karel Och and his team.

These emerging directors will be offered a two-part programme, starting with an online component, and a series of master classes. Then, at KVIFF, EFP has arranged networking sessions, workshops, and film screenings to introduce the directors and their films to the public, film industry, and press. In addition, for the duration of the festival, Allwyn’s Future Frames Lounge will welcome these budding filmmakers, along with industry leaders and KVIFF attendees, in celebration of film, cinema, and culture. This year’s KVIFF runs from 30 June to 8 July 2023.

The up-and-coming directors, and their films, selected for 2023’s programme are:

Czech Republic: Anna Izabela Wowra, “Stuck Together”

Denmark: Amalie Maria Nielsen, “The Shift”

Germany: Sophia Mocorrea, “The Kidnapping of the Bride”

Italy: Giulia Regini, “Cut From the Same Cow”

Lithuania: Rinaldas Tomaševičius, “15”

The Netherlands: Joris Tobé, “Frantic Attempts”

Portugal: Inês Pedrosa e Melo, “Home, Revised”

Slovak Republic: Monika Mahútová “Standing Still”

Spain: Christian Avilés “Daydreaming So Vividly About Our Spanish Holidays”

Switzerland: Kim Allamand “Heart Fruit”

This year’s talent bring film festival experience, with two of the ten previously receiving awards for their short films. Both Sophia Mocorrea, “The Kidnapping of the Bride”, and Joris Tobés, “Frantic Attempts”, will be presenting their films that have already received accolades. Sophia won the Short Film Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Joris Tobés’ won the KNF Award for Best Newcomer Film at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2022.

Pavel Turek, Allwyn’s Chief Officer of Global Brand, Corporate Communication, and CSR, commented:

We look forward to welcoming all the talented directors to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year, selected as part of the Future Frames initiative. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming one of the ten directors on the newly established scholarship to Hollywood, introduced this year in partnership between Future Frames, Allwyn and UTA and Range Media. Changing lives is core to Allwyn’s mission and we are very pleased to be affording talented directors the opportunity to work with the very best in the film industry.”


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About Allwyn

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About Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Established in 1946, The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival one of the oldest international film festivals in Europe, taking place in the Czech Republic. This year’s festival takes place from 30 June to 8 July 2023. It is one of the oldest “A-list” film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Shanghai, and Tokyo. It attracts leading figures in the film industry including filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists.

Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services.

About Future Frames

Since it started in 2015, Future Frames presents ten outstanding emerging directors from Europe each year at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Recommended by the European Film Promotion member organisations and selected by a team at Karlovy Vary IFF, the ten outstanding film students and graduates from schools throughout Europe take part in a tailor-made programme - containing training, networking and promotion to kick-start their international film careers. The young professionals also take part in an exclusive masterclass with an internationally renowned filmmaker and have industry meetings with festival programmers, world sales agents, producers, film funders and other important industry members.