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ELEPHANT wins the HBO Europe Award at TV Launch 2021

November 20, 2021

Czech branch of HBO Europe grants again a financial award at MIDPOINT TV Launch 2021, held within the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event of the Tallinn Black Nights FF.

Seven months long intensive series development training peaked with the third and final workshop, held November 16–20, 2021, in Tallinn, Estonia, sharing parts of the program with TV Beats Forum, a series-dedicated part of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event conference.

TV Launch 2021 projects are created by series makers from Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Three development executive participants also joined all parts of the program, being trained for their future roles of commissioning editors and development producers on real, existing series projects.

Nine drama series projects altogether and three development executive participants were presented to a pool of industry professionals within the TV Launch pitching presentation on Friday, November 19.

The HBO Europe Award of 5.000 USD for the best project went to the drama series project ELEPHANT by writer David Csicskar and producer Balazs Zachar.

The Hungarian project was awarded “for its intelligent approach to unflinching exploration of a very challenging issue within the bounds of accessible and enjoyable comedy form, and for me for its palpable love and affection for its flawed leading character” as stated Steve Matthews, who handed over the award on behalf of HBO Europe, adding that: "This has been another year of very high-quality work from diverse teams all making amazing progress. As always it has been difficult to choose a winner.”

Synopsis of the project
Anna dedicates her life for her perfect family. She keeps everything under control and in return she provides a convenient life for her husband and their three kids. However, Anna is a functioning alcoholic who secretly sips the bottle every day. The balance of the family life is shaken overnight when Anna causes a car accident that almost kills her loved ones. Police checkup shows that Anna was drunk, but most of the family members insist on her innocence and try to trivialize the problem. It’s only their adolescent daughter, Sonja who speaks up and says it’s time to stop living in denial: Mom is an alcoholic. Anna decides to quit drinking and the family helps her out in the housework. Everyone hates their new role though, that flips over their peaceful life. In addition, Anna becomes a different person without alcohol: charmless, nonchalant and inefficient. The family slowly sinks into chaos. They miss their high functioning mother, even an alcoholic one, so they want their old life back. Except Anna. First time in her life she dares put her own happiness before others’. It is going to be her ‘perfect’ family who pays the price of sobering up.

All presented projects as well as the development executive participants underwent complex training consisting of group sessions, individual consultations, case studies, lectures and intensive work on the scripts as well as producing, financing, or pitching strategies. They collaborated closely with three group leaders, namely Gabor Krigler, Ben Morris and Cyril Tysz as well as VP executive producer Steve Matthews. Furthermore, the training was enriched by the presence of several tutors and experts such as Nebojsa Taraba, Marike Muselaers, Michaela Sabo, Maggie Murphy, Ben Harris, Harald Hamrell, Rudolf Leska or Jeff Bell.

The 2022 call for applications will be open shorty, with the deadline set for January 31, 2022.

More information is available here.

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