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The international Camerimage Festival adds a TV component for the first time ever at this year’s competition, and four Euro TV pilots are up for the coveted Golden Frog.

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Dedicated to cinematography and cinematographers, Camerimage is hosting its inaugural “First Look” TV Pilots Competition during the 2015 festival, being held from 14-21 November in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Cinematographers of the pilot episodes of eleven TV series will compete for the Golden Frog award, including four foreign-language dramas from Europe. They include:

Gomorra – La Serie: “Il clan dei Savastano” (Gomorrah – The Series: “The Savastano Clan) (Germany/Italy, 2014)
Director: Stefano Sollima; Cinematographer: Paolo Carnera; Produced by: Cattleya, Fandango, Sky; Distribution: HBO

Based on the book Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah – The Series is a dark and gritty Italian crime drama that takes an unflinching and unromantic look at organized crime in, and mobsters’ hold on, the city and people of Naples. The series premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic last year.

Jordskott: “Del I” (“Part 1”) (Finland/Sweden/Norway, 2015)
Director: Henrik Björn; Cinematographer: Pelle Hallert; Produced by: Palladium Fiction; Distribution: Sveriges Television (SVT)

A spooky Nordic noir mystery/crime drama, Jordskott follows a Swedish detective as she is drawn into a missing person investigation, and later homicide cases, following the disappearance of a boy from the same forest in her hometown, where her daughter had gone missing seven years earlier. The series screened in the UK on ITV Encore earlier this year, and recently won for Best TV Drama at the Kristallen Awards, Sweden’s version of the Emmy® Awards.

Pakt: “Ofiara” (Pact: “The Victim”) (Poland, 2015)
Director: Marek Lechki; Cinematographer: Paweł Flis; Produced by: HBO Europe, Telemark Sp. z o. o.; Distribution: HBO Europe

This Polish remake of the Norwegian thriller Mammon centers on an investigative journalist who tracks a major financial fraud story that gets personal for him. With help from a Central Bureau of Investigation agent, he gets to the bottom of the scandal, and the case is seemingly closed, until he receives a mysterious message.

Trapped: “Episode #1.1” (Iceland, 2015)
Director: Baltasar Kormákur; Cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson; Produced by: RVKstudios; Distribution: Dynamic Television

This Nordic noir thriller had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and was picked up by BBC Four for the UK and The Weinstein Company for the US. The series revolves around a murder investigation complicated by the arrival of a powerful blizzard that traps residents and visitors in a small town on the edge of Iceland.

The remaining nominees are:

  • Daredevil: “Into the Ring” (US, 2015) — Director: Phil Abraham; Cinematographer: Matthew J. Lloyd; Produced by: ABC Television Studio, Marvel Television; Distribution: Netflix
  • Fargo: “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (US, 2014) — Director: Adam Bernstein; Cinematographer: Matthew J. Lloyd; Produced by: Nomadic Pictures; Distribution: FX Network, FX
  • Manhattan: “You Always Hurt the One You Love” (US, 2014) — Director: Thomas Schlamme; Cinematographer: John Lindley; Produced by: Lionsgate Television, Skydance Productions; Distribution: Lionsgate Television
  • Penny Dreadful: “Night Work” (UK, USA, Ireland, 2014) — Director: Juan Antonio Bayona; Cinematographer: Xavi Giménez; Produced by: Showtime Networks, Desert Wolf Productions, Neal Street Productions; Distribution: HBO
  • Sense8: “Limbic Resonance” (US, 2015) — Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski; Cinematographer: Christian Almesberger, Frank Griebe, Danny Ruhlmann, John Toll; Produced by: Georgeville Television, Studio JMS, Unpronounceable Productions; Distribution: Netflix
  • Betoolot (Sirens): “The Sinking Woman” (Israel, 2014) — Director: Adam Sanderson; Cinematographer: Nadav Hekselman; Produced by: July August Productions, HOT; Distribution: HOT
  • True Detective: “The Long Bright Dark” (US, 2014) — Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga; Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw; Produced by: Passenger Film Studio, Parliament of Owls, Neon Black, Anonymous Content, HBO; Distribution: HBO Enterprises

For more information about Camerimage, visit the Festival website.

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Four Euro TV Pilots in First-Ever TV Competition at Camerimage Festival
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