Igor Jelinović’s debut feature Honey Bunny was awarded the goEast Film Festival Award for Best First Films First Pitch at the co-production market Sofia Meetings during the 16th Sofia International Film Festival.
The award is presented by the goEast Film Festival and it includes an invitation for the direcor and producer to present the project at the goEast Talent Lab in Wiesbaden.
Honey Bunny was selected as one of eight projects among 102 entries in the Goethe-Institut competition for the First Films First program. First Films First is a training program for young directors from Southeast Europe, in the course of which they work on developing their first feature-length fiction films. The program comprises four modules that take place throughout the year. The first meeting, with the focus on script development, was held during the Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania). The second workshop focused on finding one’s own visual style and was held during the Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers Film Festival (Bitola, Macedonia). The third workshop dealt with the topic of working with actors and was held during the Auteur Film Festival (Belgrade, Serbia). The program ends with the pitching presentation at Sofia Meetings, one of the leading co-production gatherings in the region, in front of prominent producers, sales agents, as well as TV and international film fund representatives.
The story of Honey Bunny takes place in Split, Croatia. It is an arthouse comedy about two strong-willed sisters, professional and responsible Anita and frivolous Alin, and their families’ bitter-sweet fight for an inheritance.