“Investing in talented European professionals is essential for the competitiveness of the European audiovisual industry” Sari Vartiainen, the Head of
Creative Europe – MEDIA Unit said. And this is one of the many purposes of the New Horizons Studio, a workshop for young filmmakers held in the framework
of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland.
Proving this point, partner festivals, Transilvania International Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival and Indie Lisboa sent eight of their talents to
join the 2014 edition of New Horizons Studio. Among this year’s participants were the laureates of the Young Cinema Competition of the 2013 Gdynia Film
Festival, Paweł Maślona with the short film “Magma” and Julia Kolberger with her short “Mazurek” as well. Hasan Serin and Müge Özen participated in the workshop as part
of this year’s focus on Turkish cinema. Other participants included Nicolae Constantin Tanase, Stefano Mosimann and Jorge Jácome.
This year was the workshop’s fifth edition. This training program, supported by the EU’s Creative Europe program and the London Film Academy, included
workshops on pitching, production, distribution, promotion and consultation. It is the festival’s most important training program, designed “in such a way
that each panel [is] more of a discussion than a lecture” so described by Joanna Łapińska, the head of new horizons studio and the artistic director,
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. Indeed, according to Małgorzata Kiełkiewicz, the director of the creative Europe desk Poland, the New
Horizons Studio has become “one of the most creative and practical training environments for young filmmakers across Europe and it has also helped to
stimulate cross-border cooperation between audiovisual professionals.”
The workshop was led by experts such as David Pope, Guillaume de Seille, Gavin Humphries, the DP/director Wojciech Staroń, the producer Małgorzata Staroń,
the creative director of the Cork Film Festival James Mullighan, Marc Guidoni and Joanna Szybist, the official delegate for Cannes’ Critics’ Week Raymond
Phatanavirangoon, Emre Yeksen and Gülin Üstün.
Moreover, what was interesting is that four of the Polish filmmakers attending the New Horizons Studio this year were also involved in films being
presented as part of the Polish Days which presented its program of finished films, works in progress and pitchings. Indeed, Julia Kolberger pitched
“Toxaemia”, her adaptation of Małgorzata Rejmer’s eponymous novel; the producer Anna Chojnacka is working at RE Studio Maciej Pieprzyca’s new feature “I’m
The Killer”; the producer Zuzanna Król had a closed screening for international guests of “Performer” by Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczanski and the
executive producer Agata Walkosz saw Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda’s “I, Olga Hepnarova” presented in the Works in Progress selection.
The twenty-four filmmakers hailing from different parts of the Old Continent participating as directors were Kalina Alabrudzińska, Gautier Dulion, Fabien
Gorgeart, Jorge Jácome, Julia Kolberger, Paweł Maślona, Jakub Pączek, Stefano Mosimann, Francesco Rizzi, Hasan Serin, Jagoda Szelc, Tomasz Śliwiński,
Justyna Tafel, Nicolae Contantin Tanase and Artur Wyrzykowski while those who participated in the capacity of producers were Anna Chojnacka, Paweł Kosuń,
Maria Krauss, Zuzanna Król, Müge Özen, Helena Szoda-Woźniak, Klaudia Śmieja, Agata Walkosz and Joanna Zielińska.