Polish Days – the most important industry event of New Horizons IFF, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has just ended.

Over 170 guests from Poland and abroad watched the latest Polish projects in all stages of production, including completed films and fragments of films in postproduction as well as took part in presentations of projects in development online. The best projects were awarded.

Screen International’s Best Pitch Award, which includes the coverage of the lifecycle of the winning project in the Works in Progress showcase, went to Prime Time directed by Jakub Piątek (production: Watchout Studio). Screen International will follow the winning film throughout its production and release phases. 

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Balcony Movie. Step into My Frame, dir. Paweł Łoziński

The Institute of Documentary Film launches the East Doc Series – a brand new programme for documentary series focused on consultations and networking, connecting three European film markets. The first session will take place online as part of Baltic Sea Docs (September 2 & 7 – 8, 2020), the second part will be held within East Doc Platform in Prague (March 6 – 12, 2021), while the final session will take place at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle (June 21 – 24, 2021). The call for the first session is open until August 10, 2020.

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The 14th edition of Sarajevo Talents welcomes 62 prospective actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, film critics, producers, and screenwriters from South-Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. Among them are eight Croatian professionals. Talents Sarajevo will be held entirely online, from 14th to 18th August. 

This year's program is being held under the name 'New Beginnings', and more than a third of all the candidates come from Greece (16), Romania (10), and Croatia (8). 62 industry professionals from 14 countries were selected for participation in the program. This year, the promising filmmakers come from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey. 

This year, the Venice Film Festival will take place from 2 to 12 September. The Slovenian minority coproduction Oasis, directed by the Serbian director Ivan Ikić, will have its world premiere in the context of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) programme. A total of 11 films were selected for this programme, aimed at encouraging original and innovative film expression of authors from all over the world. Oasis is the director’s second feature fiction, while his debut Barbarians (2014) won the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

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New Horizons Studio+ organized by the New Horizons Association and Creative Europe Desk Poland, consisted of workshops and lectures on various aspects related to the project promotion and development.

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New Horizons Studio+ selects European director-producer pairs who are developing their first or second feature film. 10 emerging talents from Poland and 10 from Spain, Estonia, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia took part in the programme under the supervision of the following experts: David Pope (London Film Academy), Alya Belgaroui-Degalet (EAVE) representing Wild Bunch, Michael Arnon (EAVE) from Wolf Consultants and sales agent Hédi Zardi - CEO of Luxbox.

ZILINA: A total of 1,650 films from 65 countries have been submitted for the competitive sections of the 13th  edition of the Fest Anča International Animation Festival, set to take place in Žilina from 27 to 30 August 2020 and the best 250 titles have been selected for the programme. The theme of this edition is The Day After.

VILNIUS: Marat Sargsyan’s first feature The Flood Won’t Come has been acquired by the Paris-based sales agent Reel Suspects. The film will have its world premiere in the Critics’ Week section of the 77th Venice Film Festival (2-13 September 2020).

Croatian minority co-productions The Barefoot Emperor and Tales from a Prison Cell to screen at this year’s 19th Transilvania International Film Festival, while the programme dedicated to established international directors will include three titles by Vinko Brešan. The festival is held 31st July – 9th August, while the screenings will take place exclusively at open-air venues in the Transylvanian city of Cluj.  

The fifth edition of First Cut Lab is addressed to Polish filmmakers. First Cut Lab is a programme designed for feature fiction films in editing phase. The majority of First Cut Lab-supported films are debuts and many projects have gone on trto premiere in festivals like Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and San Sebastian. This year, FCL is for the first time part of the Polish Days - industry events of the New Horizons International Film Festival. The filmmakers of the three selected feature debuts can meet the experts who will share their experience.

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This year’s Sarajevo Film Festival Competition programmes have been announced, which will go ahead as planned, between 14th and 21st August, both on-site and online, in line with the circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Croatian titles and Croatian minority co-productions will screen in Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film and Student Film competitions, while for several of the titles these will be world premieres. In addition, Croatian filmmakers will appear on the juries of the Feature Film and Documentary competitions.      

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