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Eight projects from eight different production countries have been selected for the 10th European Genre Forum, a six-month training cycle for up-and-coming European genre filmmakers.

The first talent Lab takes place from 6 to 9 July in Zagreb, as part of the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival; followed by the Producing Lab in Amsterdam 29 October – 1 November during Imagine; the final part, the Marketing and Packaging Lab, will take place at Black Nights in Tallinn from 18 to 22 November.

The EGF 2024 selection showcases a wide variety of genres. Dystopian sci-fi, folk horror, thriller, fantasy, psychological drama, mystery and supernatural stories are re-imagined in the projects of these up-and-coming producers and directors. As per usual, the projects also represent a broad spectrum of production countries. The projects will follow three talent Labs that will boost the quality of the projects ánd the professional careers of these first or second-time filmmakers.

The projects are:

Elle – Maya Korn – producer | Adva Reichman – director (Germany)
Godling – Ashley Horner – director (United Kingdom)
Monstro – Laura Doval – producer (Spain)
Inheritance – Stanislav Bytiutskyi – director, screenwriter | Inna Lastochkina – producer (Ukraine, Ireland)
Neighbour – Oskar Lehemaa – director, screenwriter | Evelin Penttilä – producer (Estonia)
The Dark Architect – Ilkka Matila – producer | Risto Tuominen – director, screenwriter (Finland, Estonia)
The Kids Are Feral – Ben Thompson – director | Matthias Pachner – producer (United Kingdom)
Vrykolax – Achilleas Gatsopoulos – director, co-writer | Geoff Dupuy-Holder – screenwriter (Greece)

Details of each project can be found on the EGF website: 

The European Genre Forum (EGF) is collaboration between Imagine, Fantastic Zagreb and Black Nights. Together, they offer a training programme that sets to boost the careers of future European players in the genre film industry through three Talent Labs packed with trainings, panels, mentoring and pitching sessions.

Photo: Paws was one of the participating projects in the European Genre Forum 2023. It’s a chilling eco-thriller that pits humanity’s greed against the power of nature. Paws will be presented by The Playmakers at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes, offering international buyers an exclusive first look.