15 Mar 10
NEW HORIZONS Studio premieres at 10. Era New Horizons IFF!

Starting from this year the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival introduces a new element to its program - the NEW HORIZONS Studio is a workshop for young film professionals. The first edition of the NEW HORIZONS Studio will take place 26-29th July 2010.

The NEW HORIZONS Studio opens a new, interesting space to the participants of the biggest film festival in Poland. The goal of the Studio is to provide young filmmakers the knowledge about the workings of the international film industry. During the 3-day workshops the participants will take part in classes on pitching, international promotion, festival strategy and world film sales. All sessions will be ran by acclaimed foreign experts: producers, festival programmers and sales agents. The workshops will also allow the participants the work on specific film projects.

We have created the NEW HORIZONS Studio in order to create space for young film professionals within the festival - says Joanna Łapińska, Artistic Director of the ERA NEW HORIZONS IFF - most of all, it should allow the participants to talk, look for inspiration and expand the boundaries of their film language. We hope that the Studio will support them in defining their own artistic and professional identity and drawing a path for themselves in the film industry. The knowledge and thoughts exchange as well as the meetings opportunities provided by the workshops should help with that.

The form of the NEW HORIZONS Studio focuses mostly on master classes ran by famous directors, script writers and directors of photography. During the seminars a selection of films will also be shown and analyzed. Apart from bringing the acclaimed masters, the Studio will also provide an opportunity for the participants to exchange their thoughts and experiences with five slightly more established colleagues - directors invited to Wroclaw from 5 different countries. Each of these five directors will represent a different tradition of filmmaking and a different vision of filmmaking. Their thoughts exchange during the ERA NEW HORIZONS IFF will be an opportunity to get inspired, discuss contemporary role of cinema and confront their peers and the audience.

According to Joanna Łapińska, the new initiative by the ERA NEW HORIZONS IFF addresses a very current debate on the international presence of Polish cinema. Polish artists will only have a chance to make a mark in the international film industry if they know how it operates and are willing to open up to it.

In the first year 30 Polish participants will be selected to take part in the NEW HORIZONS Studio. All classes will be led in English.

If you would like to take part in the NH Studio, please fill in the online form and send 3 samples of your work (film, script, music score) to the following address: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty, ul Zamenhofa 1, 00-153 Warszawa and write "Studio Nowe Horyzonty" on the envelope.

To apply to the NH Studio click on the following link:

NH Studio Entry Form

The submission deadline is 30th April.

The co-organizer of the NEW HORIZONS Studio is Media Desk Polska.

More information:

Head of Industry and International Relations - Jan Naszewski

tel. +48 22 530 66 88; e-mail: jan@snh.org.pl



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