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Polish Days at the 2014 T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival

Polish Days at the 2014 T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival

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Tara Karajica is a young journalist and film critic who
contributes to SydneysBuzz from Europe with film business reports, festival
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Festival and the Warsaw FIPRESCI Project at the 2013 Warsaw Film Festival.

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By
Tara Karajica

Industry representatives from all over the world watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings, and film producers as well as financial backers look
for Polish projects to get involved in at Polish Days, the most important industry event at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.

Almost thirty projects by Polish filmmakers were showcased. Seven were completed films shown at special screenings, eleven films were being pitched and ten
were works in progress.

For Joanna Łapińska, the head of Polish Days and the artistic director of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, “Polish Cinema has
numerous faces. It is constantly changing, becoming bolder all the time and it is exactly this sort of cinema that we [wanted] to tell you about at Polish
Days”.

2014 marked the third edition that took place from 30 July to 1 August and its special guests were a number of Turkish film professionals invited to
Wrocław in cooperation with the Istanbul Film Festival to mark the 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey
and Poland.

Thanks to the contacts made at the meetings, the ongoing cooperation with sales agents and festival programmers as a result of the previous two editions,
the Polish Days initiative has secured an important position in the laborious process of film production and international promotion. Indeed, according to
Agnieszka Odorowicz, the general director of the Polish Film Institute, Polish Days is the “top industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons
International Film Festival” that has “grown to be a brand of great significance for the international promotion of Polish Cinema.”

READ MORE: Polish Days Titles Announced!

The outcome was the following: WIDE Management has initiated pre-sales on the Polish-German co-production  “Summer Solstice directed by Michal Rogalski
while according to the producer Maria Golos of Prasa Film, the German theatrical distribution for this film will be handled by Farbfilm.

Poland,1943. Summer days put together four young people – a Polish boy; a young German soldier, a girl from the Polish village and a Jewish girl who has
escaped from a train on its way to a death camp. During the war they will experience love, but can love save them?

Jacek Lusinski’s
second feature “Carte Blanche,” produced by Leszek Budzak of Aurum Film, will be released early next year by Kino Swiat in Poland.

This year’s works in progress included the Czech-Polish-Slovak co-production “I, Olga Hepnarova by Tomás Weinreb and Petr Kazda, which was presented in the Polish Days pitching forum last year as well as Magnus von Horn’s Polish-Swedish-French co-production “The Here After”, being
repped by Craig Kastel of William Morris Endeavor, was seeking a sales company to work on a festival strategy and international distribution.

Two prizes were awarded for the first time this year to the best pitches made at the Polish Days by the post-production houses Chimney and Toya Studios.
Chimney will offer a 50% reduction on the costs for the visual post-production to “Our Baker’s Daughter” and “Volhynia”, while
Toya Studios will offer a 50% reduction on the sound post-production of “Volhynia”.

Polish Days was co-organized by the Polish Film Institute, Odra Film, and the Wrocław Film Commission. Event partners included the National Audiovisual
Institute, the Film Commission Poland, the Łódź Film Commission, the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, the Poznań Film Commission, the Krakow Film Commission
and the Silesia Film Commission.

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