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TBILISI: Zaza Khalvashi's Namme has been selected as Georgia’s entry for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ award in the best foreign language film category. This Georgian/Lithuanian coproduction had its international premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival in 2017.

BUCHAREST: Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa has been selected as Ukraine’s entry for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ award in the best foreign language film category. The film is a German/French/Ukrainian/Dutch/Romanian coproduction.

We are pleased to announce a list of Decision Makers, who will attend Warsaw Kids Film Forum 2018. The list is available on our website:

This year's edition will bring together distinguished guests from Poland and from abroad, representatives of various film industry sectors - committees and film institutes, distributors, television, vod platforms or sales agents.

There is a large representation of sales agents among the invited guests there was a large representation of sales agents. Warsaw Kids Film Forum will host Ruta Svedkauskaite from Pluto Film Distribution (Germany), Martin Ilievski from Svensk Filmindustri (Sweden), Xiaojuan Zhou from Attraction Distribution (Canada), Barbara Tonelli from Charades (France) or Bettina Birk from Global Screen (Germany), as well as Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik from IKH Pictures Promotion and Katarzyna Siniarska from New Europe Film Sales.

Some European distributors also confirmed their attendance: Marko Pekic from Radar (Croatia), Alexandre Dupont-Geisselmann from Farbfilm (Germany), Lise Cosentino from Millimages (France) or Bregt Van Wijnendaele from JEF (Belgium). The list also includes distributors from Spain, Serbia and Poland.

We are extremely pleased that a large group of foreign and domestic television representatives will join us. Meet some of our Decicion Makers: Chrystel Poncet -

responsible for license purchases in Canal +, Vicky Schroderus - Director of licensing purchases in Finnish YLE television or Hedda Bruessing from the Dutch national television NTR where he is responsible for national productions and international co-productions as well as Anna Kazejak, head of the department production of the Showmaxx platform, Anna Waśniewska-Gill - head of the role production department in TVN, Małgorzata Jurczak - Head of the Film and Serial Production Department at Canal + Poland and Justyna Karnowska - Director of the TVP ABC channel.

We will also have the pleasure of hosting Signe Zeilich-Jensen - a consultant for full-length children's films at the Dutch Film Fund and representatives of Polish film commissions from Łodź, Podkarpacie, Cracow, Poznań and Mazovia Warsaw Film Comission - a partner of the Forum. Małgorzata Szczepkowska-Kalemba responsible for the Department of Film Production and Film Project Development at the Polish Film Institute also confirmed her presence.

The full program of the event will be announced in a week. Today we are happy to present you with names WKFF 2018 Experts. On the first day of the Forum, they will present their analyses and case studies of successful marketing and sales campaigns. They will also talk about success stories of selected television productions. Our Experts board will include Maurice Wheeler from Kids Industries - an agency based in London, specializing in building and developing film brand, Riikka Takila - producer from Finnish YLE television, Gisle Halvorsen - showrunner in Norwegian NRK, Gerry Shirren - Director of British Animation Cartoon Saloon. Full list of experts is available here: experts.

We encourage you to register to the Warsaw Kids Film Forum, until 16.09.2018. Just fill in the Observer form. Registration to Consultants’ Tables is also open. Consultants’ Tables are 40-minute individual meetings with experienced script consultants. This year, we wanted to invite guests specialized in various film genres, meeting the needs of creators of both feature and series, as well as those who work on projects in the transmedia field. The already confirmed Consultants are: Alison Norrington - screenwriter and producer, Artistic Director of the London Storycentral studio (transmedia projects); Armin Prediger - screenwriter, coach, among others, at the Academy for Children's Media in Germany, known for his original ideas and adaptations in film and television (TV series projects) and Signe Zeilich-Jensen mentioned before.

Participants for both Observers and the Consultants’ Tables will be chosen in accordance with the order of applications.

FNE asked Pascal Diot how the Venice Production Bridge has evolved since its inception seven years ago and if this is still an important event for filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe?

WARSAW: Ewa Puszczyńska, producer of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and the Oscar winning Ida, together with Klaudia Śmieja, producer of Agnieszka Holland’s Gareth Jones, and Jan Naszewski who helms top Polish sales outfit New Europe Film Sales, have teamed up to launch NEM Corp, a new Warsaw based production company.

WARSAW: SOFA – School of Film Agents helmed by Nikolaj Nikitin has announced the launch of a new workshop focusing on public-private project financing and investment, that will take place in Vilnius 11-15 September 2018.

Leading Polish film producers Ewa Puszczyńska (Ida, Cold War) and Klaudia Śmieja (High Life, Gareth Jones, The Innocents, Under the Tree) are teaming up with Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales (Rams, Summer 1993) to set up a new production outlet called NEM Corp. The new company’s aim will be attracting prestigious international film projects to Poland, both as co-production and service work, as well as developing new projects with the most interesting Polish talents.

The company is working on a slate of projects already and wants to take advantage of the 30% tax incentives newly introduced by the Polish parliament as well as the soft money and private funding opportunities available in the country.

Ewa Puszczyńska is an Oscar and European Film Award winner for Ida and Cannes award-winner for Cold War (Cannes and TIFF 2018), both by Paweł Pawlikowski. She also coproduced Robert Schwentke’s latest film The Captain the Berlinale-selected Hostages and works as an expert for the Torino Film Lab, among others. Klaudia Śmieja is the producer of Agnieszka Holland’s upcoming $8,5mln historical drama Gareth Jones and Claire Denis’ High Life (TIFF 2018). She also coproduced some of the most successful Polish minority co-productions in recent years –   Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents, Haffstein Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Under the Tree and Babis Makridis’ Pity.

New Europe Film Sales – run by Jan Naszewski and Katarzyna Siniarska is one of the leading European sales agencies with films such as Grimur Hakonarsson’s Rams (Prix Un Certain Regard 2015), 2016 Silver Bear winner United States Of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski, Venice/TIFF-selected Under The Tree (sold to over 30 countries), 2017 Berlinale best debut Summer 1993 by Carla Simon, and Locarno winner Winter Brothers by Hlynur Palmason. New Europe Film Sales has also a leading position in the short film market and over the years has represented over 10 Oscar® shortlisters and shorts by Ruben Östlund, among others.

The group hopes to use its combined resources and international and domestic position to become a leading European production outlet and a go-to address for top international partners and local talents. New Europe also plans to further cement its position on the European market and enter projects not only as a sales agent but also as a co-producer, especially on the new films by the filmmakers discovered by the label. The representatives of the group will attend Venice, Telluride and Toronto this year to discuss projects with key partners.

In addition to its existing workshops in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Warsaw (Poland), SOFA – School of Film Agents is launching a third workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania. Between 11 and 15 September 2018, selected SOFA alumni will get the chance to present their projects in front of experienced private investors and representatives of European public film funds. With this new workshop, SOFA offers its participants and their cultural projects direct access to potential financing partners from the public and private sector.

SOFA – School of Film Agents offers training for up-and-coming cinema professionals in developing, financing and realizing innovative projects for national and international audiences. The initiative is unique in the international context because it is aimed not at directors and producers, but at cultural managers, agents and ambassadors within the cinema industry, from Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Israel, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Since 2013, SOFA has actively supported projects relating to the European cinema market and the structural development of national film industries. Through collaboration with highly-qualified experts and experienced professionals within the cinema industry, the initiative helps participants to fully develop their project ideas, prepare them for financing, and realise them effectively. This, in turn, boosts the regional development of cinema culture and the local film industry. The pilot workshop in Vilnius will offer added value to selected SOFA alumni, as it explores alternative ways of financing cultural projects in the field of cinema. The Vilnius edition will bring SOFA alumni together with potential financing partners from the public and private sector.

Five agents and SOFA alumni active in the film industry have been selected: Iris Elezi (Albania), Miroslav Mogorovic (Serbia), Lizaveta Bobrykava (Belorussia), Inesa Ivanova (Lithuania) and Dorina Oarga (Romania). SOFA’s Head of Studies, Nikolaj Nikitin, explains: “With the newly created pilot, our SOFA workshop programme reaches three stages, and a year-round training structure: from now on, each year we’ll hold one workshop for participants focusing on project development (Warsaw), and one focusing on project marketing (Tbilisi). In addition, the newly established Vilnius workshop will be open to all SOFA alumni, and will focus on private-public financing/partnership. We’re very grateful to our main partner, the Lithuanian Film Centre, and to the German Federal Foreign Office, for making this dream come true! We’re especially pleased to be holding our new workshop in Vilnius, a vibrant city with an active cultural life – particularly as Lithuania is prospering economically, and is very active in the field of cinema and new media right now.”

Participants in the SOFA Vilnius event will learn from two highly experienced cinema industry professionals, Juliane Schulze and Thierry Baujard from Media Deals. Media Deals organises European Investment Forums in a range of European countries, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to meet up and discuss investment and partnership opportunities.

After two days of intensive training with their instructors, participants will present their project ideas to financiers and representatives from a number of European public foundations: Cathrin Frisemo (mentor, connector, investor from Sweden), Eugene Smyth (investment manager at Dublic BIC VC Funds, Ireland), Veikko Maripuu (co-founder and managing partner at Head Capital, Estonia), Robert Balinski (head of the International Relations Department at the Polish Film Institute, Poland), and Rolandas Kvietkauskas (director of the Lithuanian Film Centre, Lithuania).

The SOFA Vilnius workshop is funded by the Lithuanian Film Centre and by the German Federal Foreign Office.

We thank our funding partners, as well as the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Goethe-Institut Vilnius, the Embassy of the German Federal Republic, the Mayor of Vilnius City and the Vilnius Film Office.

About SOFA:

SOFA – School of Film Agents is a programme of workshops aimed at strengthening national film industries and the European cinematic landscape, as well as kickstarting projects in the realm of cinema. SOFA helps its participants to develop their ideas into concrete projects, opening up new avenues towards application for financing programmes and final implementation. SOFA’s focus on cultural managers and film agents rather than producers and directors has made it a unique programme on the international film scene.

Applications are open until 15 September 2018 for the Ji.hlava Academy, a five-day educational, networking and inspiring platform open to directors, cinematographers, editors, producers, visual artists, and also to film and art critics and festival programmers.

The Czech Film Center is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) September 7-13. We’ll be based at the EFP Europe! Umbrella No. 24 at TIFF Industry Centre at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

If you would like to meet with us, get some information about Czech film industry, please come and say hello during the working hours of the Czech Film Center at the EFP Europe! Umbrellastand:

Friday, Sept 7              11am - 1pm
Saturday, Sept 8          9 - 11am
Sunday, Sept 9             2 - 5pm
Monday, Sept 10          2 - 5pm
Tuesday, Sept 11          2 - 7pm

Markéta Šantrochová, Head of Czech Film Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +420 724 329 948

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