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The Border Gate Award is a distinction bestowed by the organizers of Regiofund Forum upon distinguished film producers. The Award is presented to producers who think and act outside of the box, whose experiments and searches result in novel approaches and surprising discoveries. Border Gate’s previous recipients include Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Piotr Dzięcioł, and Simon Chinn. This October it will be presented to Michał Kwieciński. The Award always takes shape of a personalized statuette, made distinctly for the laureate.

Michał Kwieciński is one of the most experienced, innovative and distinguished Polish producers of film and television content – needless to say, he knows the industry inside out. He is the founder and owner of Akson Studio production company, established in 1992. During his producing career Kwieciński has supported many visionaries of Polish cinema, including Andrzej Wajda, Feliks Falk, and Jan Jakub Kolski, but he also backed young and promising directors, like Jan Komasa, and debuting filmmakers, like Paweł Maślona. He produced
a wide variety of popular television series and made approximately 150 TV theatre shows. His experience and indisputable accomplishments, together with the respect he enjoys within the industry, make Michał Kwieciński one of the architects of the successes of present-day Polish cinema. His attitude towards the job of a producer reflects the concept of craving for creativity and novelty, of looking for what is fresh and surprising in the film industry.

During Regiofund Forum we will screen Akson Studio’s latest cinematic achievement, Paweł Maślona’s Panic Attack. Before the film’s wide release in Polish cinemas in January 2018, it will compete for Gdynia Film Festival’s Golden Lions in September. Starring Artur Żmijewski, Dorota Segda, Nicolas Bro, Magdalena Popławska, Grzegorz Damięcki, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik and Mirosław Haniszewski, Panic Attack is a daring comedy in which the mundane alternates into something wild and entirely unpredictable, making the characters show their true colours. The screening will be available to all viewers and is scheduled for Friday, October 6th, at 8PM, in Cinema Rialto in Katowice, straight after the ceremony of presenting Michał Kwieciński with Regiofund’s Border Gate Award.

This year’s laureate will receive a statuette designed and made by Tomasz Wenklar, an artist and sculptor who creates both small sculptures and larger spatial objects. His materials of choice are clay, metal, and wood, which he uses to create various amalgams of forms and shapes. Wenklar considers modelling the most important phase of his artistic process; he perceives it as a constant search for a suitable form, a kind of a dialogue with the matter before him. Wenklar works in his sculpting studio, situated in Katowice’s Youth Palace, for more than a dozen years now.

 

MICHAŁ KWIECIŃSKI

Film, television and theatre director. One of the most experienced, innovative and distinguished Polish film producers. In 1981, he received a PhD in organic chemistry. Graduate of the Directing Department of the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw. He made his directorial debut in 1986 with Branzilla play presented in the form of a TV theatre. He also directed three operas for the Warsaw Chamber Opera, made a number of feature films, including The White Dress, Extras, Tomorrow We’re Going to the Movies, and TV series Days of Honour and Bodo. In 1992 he established Akson Studio production company and produced approximately 150 TV theatre shows. Michał Kwieciński supported feature films of Andrzej Wajda (Katyn, Sweet Rush, Walesa: Man of Hope, Afterimage), Feliks Falk (Joanna), Jan Jakub Kolski (Venice), and Jan Komasa (Warsaw 44). He is also a distinguished producer of TV series, including The Officer, Days of Honour, Mission Afghanistan, Recipe for Life, Hotel 52, Girlfriends, and Don’t Worry About Me. In 1998, Michał Kwieciński was presented with the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for directing a stage play based on Sławomir Mrożek’s The Tailor. The following year he received the Polish Film Award: Eagle in the “Best Producer” category. He was also awarded with the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. Michał Kwieciński is a member of the European Film Academy.

TOMASZ WENKLAR

An artist and a sculptor, born in Katowice in 1977, currently living in Tychy. Graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts. He designs and creates both small sculptures and larger spatial objects – monuments, city sculptures, plaques, etc. His materials of choice are clay, metal, and wood, which he often uses to create various amalgams of forms and shapes that fascinate with the ambiguity of their material existence. “I am fascinated with a wide range of ideas and things,” says Wenklar. “I find inspiration for abstract thinking and formal emotionality in music and the many ways of interpreting it. I am also inspired by patterns resulting from the cracks in flagstones, the splashes of paint, the evocative asphalt fractures, sometimes weird objects, eccentric associations, intelligent puns. I also find sources of inspiration for my sculpting projects in the works of art and culture – in literature, in paranoidal plots of Philip K. Dick, as well as in cinema and animated features. For me, modelling is the most important part of the artistic process, a way of communicating with the matter at hand, a constant search for a suitable form.”

Tomasz Wenklar’s creations are often exhibited both individually and as a part of larger structures. He is also a distinguished pedagogue, he worked as an assistant to the professor Karol Badyna in the Kraków Academy of Fines Arts, now, for more than a dozen years, he runs a sculpting studio situated in Katowice’s Youth Palace.

“PANIC ATTACK”

Feature film debut of Paweł Maślona, the laureate of Palm Springs ShortFest’s main award. The film stars veteran actors Artur Żmijewski, Dorota Segda, Magdalena Popławska, Grzegorz Damięcki and Nicolas Bro. Panic Attack is
a daring comedy that makes you think, with the narrative structured around several seemingly unrelated stories of the titular panic attacks.

CREW:

Directed by: Paweł Maślona
Written by: Paweł Maślona, Bartłomiej Kotschedoff, Aleksandra Pisula
Cinematography by: Cezary Stolecki
Produced by: Jan Kwieciński
Executive producers: Małgorzata Fogel-Gabryś
Production manager: Paweł Gabryś
Music composed by: Jimek
Casting director: Marta Kownacka
Editing: Agnieszka Glińska, PSM
Sound design: Marcin Kasiński, Kacper Habisiak, Jarosław Bajdowski, Grzegorz Kucharski
Production design: Elwira Pluta
Costume design: Ewa Gronowska
Hair & Make-Up: Liliana Gałązka
Co-financed by: - Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej
Co-produced by: Plan Zet
Produced by: Akson Studio

CAST:

Artur Żmijewski – Andrzej
Dorota Segda – Elżbieta
Nicolas Bro – Oskar
Magdalena Popławska – Monika
Grzegorz Damięcki – Dawid
Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik – Krystyna
Bartłomiej Kotschedoff – Miłosz
Aleksandra Pisula – Kamila
Julia Wyszyńska – Wiktoria
Adam Nawojczyk – Sebastian Kamil
Roman Gancarczyk – Wedding venue’s manager
Anna Romantowska – Mother of the bride
Zdzisław Wardejn – Father of the groom
Andrzej Konopka – Jacek
Mirosław Haniszewski – Best Man
Katarzyna Kwiatkowska – Radio Speaker
Tomasz Ziętek – Wedding band’s leader
Olaf Marchwicki – Amadeusz
Nicolas Przygoda – Mrówka
Michał Lupa – Dziku
Daniel Guzdek – Witek

BRATISLAVA: The crime thriller The Line / Čiara by Peter Bebjak has been chosen as the official candidate from Slovakia for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

BRATISLAVA: The crime thriller The Line / Čiara by Peter Bebjak has been chosen as the official candidate from Slovakia for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

RIGA: Michael Idov’s debut feature The Humorist started shooting in Jurmala, Latvia. The film is a coproduction between Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic, and is set to be finished by summer 2018.

What kind of documentaries are being created by the leading Czech documentary filmmakers? What does the contemporary Czech documentary scene offer?

Ten projects selected from a record number of submissions will be in competition at connecting cottbus on November 9 and 10

 

The call for new film projects for MIDPOINT Feature Launch and MIDPOINT Shorts 2018 is open and we are looking for the region's strongest and most innovative scripts or treatments within narrative storytelling. Deadline October 16, 2017.

Head of Studies at Feature Launch, Danijel Hocevar, says about the workshop format of the 2018 edition,

"The idea is to support emerging talents to integrate their projects and knowledge into the marketplace by facilitating their experience in international collaboration. – There’s still a strong emphasis on script development consultancy, but in broader terms, we’ve also added the reflection on project development as such, including discussions about financing strategies and pitching skills, as well as packaging, marketing, distribution strategies, and the legal aspects of co-productions."

The upcoming edition has been expanded to become a year-long platform with 2 residential workshops, a project showcase at Karlovy Vary IFF and a networking spotlight at When East Meets West – all selected and presented in collaboration with our great partners.

Who can apply

Teams of writers, directors and producers. The training platform is for emerging talents, meaning 1st and 2nd feature filmmakers.

Dates and venues

1. Feature Launch Workshop 1 @ EASTWEEK – Trieste FF, Italy – January 20 – 26, 2018

2. Feature Launch Workshop 2 @ MIDPOINT – in collaboration with Film Center Serbia – April/May 2018

3. Project Showcase with Industry experts @ KVIFF – in collaboration with Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic – July 2018

4. Feature Launch Spotlight @ WEMW – in collaboration with When East Meets West (during Trieste FF) – January 2019

Apply for MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2018 – deadline October 16, 2017

If you have any questions regarding your application you are very welcome to get in touch with Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MIDPOINT Shorts 2018

A professional project development program open to creative teams of writers, directors and producers. Within two residential workshops the participants get to develop their script as well as prepare the production and promotional aspects of the projects. The feedback format is based on one-to-one tutoring as well as group feedback.

Dates and venues

WORKSHOP 1 / Feature Launch Workshop 1 @ EASTWEEK / January 20 – 26, 2018 – in collaboration with Trieste FF / Italy

WORKSHOP 2 / Feature Launch Workshop 2 @ MIDPOINT / April/May 2018 – in collaboration with Film Center Serbia

Deadline October 16, 2017 – apply now!


MIDPOINT TV Launch 2018: Extended deadline tomorrowSep 22!

The program dedicated to TV drama has postponed its deadline until tomorrowSeptember 22. If you have any further questions regarding the submission requirements or dates, please contact the Program Coordinator of the program, Katarina Tomkova, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Apply now!


MIDPOINT Intensive SK

SK stands for Slovakia, and here is the open call for the intensive course which runs from November 7 - 10, 2017. In Czech/Slovak only!

Deadline September 30, 2017 Apply now!

 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF) announces 13 titles from its two international competition programmes. The remaining films from each lineup will be announced in October.

TALLINN: Foreign funds of up to 1.67 m EUR were invested in Estonia since 2016, when the Estonian Film Institute initiated the cash rebate project Film Estonia. The pilot year of the project offering foreign film productions a cash rebate of up to 30% has shown twice the expected results.

PRAGUE: Documentaries in any stage of development are welcomed to the 16th East Doc Platform 2018, set to take place in Prague from 3 to 9 March 2018. For the first time, short documentaries can also apply.

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