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WARSAW: The Wajda Studio (www.wajdastudio.pl) has announced a 31 January 2012 deadline for the 2012 EKRAN Training Program for Film Professionals. Nine participant teams of three persons each will be chosen for the programme.

 The programme will focus on the creative preproduction process and script development, with each team composed of a director (or writer/director), writer (or co-writer), and producer, with an optional director of photography. The programme is free of charge to participants.

{mosimage}The Romanian/Irish feature documentary Off the Beaten Path, directed by Dieter Auner and produced by Cristian Mungiu (www.mobrafilm.ro), will have its theatrical release in France on 25 January 2011. Worldwide distribution is handled by Vienna based sales company EastWest Filmdistribution (www.eastwest-distribution.com). Following the French release, the film will be distributed in Estonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

HELSINKI: Kati Noura has been promoted to International information officer at the Finnish Film Foundation (www.ses.fi).

WARSAW: The Swedish-based broadcasting company Modern Times Group (MTG, www.mtg.se) signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Latvian commercial TV operator AS Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija (LNT, www.lnt.lv) in Latvia for an undisclosed cash consideration.

HELSINKI: A record 34 local films were released in Finland in 2011, taking 17% of the box office share, or 1.2 million admissions.

{mosimage}WARSAW: Polish title Sponsoring (Elles) directed by Malgorzata Szumowska will be the opening film of the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2012.

1. What was the most important development in the your country's film industry over the past year?

Amendments to the 2007 Film Act, which provided legal and institutional framework for one of the main strategic goals of our four-year National Strategic Programme for the Audiovisual Industry 2010-2014 to be implemented -boosting inward investment by introducing a tax incentives scheme which starts in January 2012.

Krakow, 11th January, 2012 - Co-produced by Polish Alvernia Studios, a star-studded thriller, "Arbitrage", which takes place in the world of New York's financial circles, premieres at the Sundance Festival.

The protagonist of "Arbitrage" is a New York businessman, Robert Miller, who faces bankruptcy due to unsuccessful investments. A series of events makes the story take a criminal turn, and Robert has to ask for help the least expected person. The financial magnate was played by Richard Gere ("Pretty Woman", "Chicago"). Among co-starring actors, there are Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking", "Thelma & Louise") as his committed to charity wife and Tim Roth ("Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction") as a determined detective trailing the protagonist. The director and scriptwriter is Nicholas Jarecki, the director of photography is Yorick Le Saux.

The world premiere of "Arbitrage" will take place during upcoming Sundance Festival (19th to 29th January). "Arbitrage" is yet another American-Polish production realized by Alvernia Studios, after "Vamps", a comedy directed by Amy Heckerling.



Alvernia Studios - is a highly modern film studio based in Krakow, Poland. The facility combines complex film services with investment in its own productions and co-productions. The studio produces international features for theatrical releases, video games, music projects and commercials. A filmmaking one-stop shop offers soundstages including shadeless spherical bluescreen, music scoring studio, full shooting equipment, mobile units in a fleet of modern swap bodies and motion capture services based on ultramodern Vicon's cameras. Postproduction facilities offer a full range of services, starting with a negative laboratory with telecine transfers, followed by scanning and color correction. The Studios' comprehensive services are delivered by an experienced, professional, international team and state-of-the-art technology required to produce even the most sophisticated projects. Alvernia Studios has Dolby Premier Studio Certification, Truelight Theatre Certification and is a member of Kodak Imagecare Program. www.alvernia.com

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“Paths of Hate” – one of 10 films included in the Oscar shortlist for short animation nomination is the best selling Polish short animation of 2011.

The Oscar-shortlisted animation Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow was the best selling Polish animation of 2011 informs New Europe Film Sales – the film’s world sales company. TV rights to the film were sold to broadcasters in Poland, Portugal, Italy, USA, Turkey, Taiwan and Sweden. Further deals in Germany, France, Spain and Finland are under negotiation. The film has also secured theatrical release in France and is currently available on Amazon.com (facilitated by the TFI Reframe Collection programme curated by the Tribeca Film Institute and will be available soon on iTunes.

The latest animation from the renowned Warsaw-based Platige Image studio is a metaphorical fight of two fighter pilots, which illustrates the universal truth about hate. The film has unique graphic novel stylization and exceptional art directing.

"Paths of Hate" has already been screened at about 100 festivals and got 27 awards including Siggraph Jury Award 2011, Annecy Jury Special Distinction, Comic Con 2012 Best Animated Film and Judges’ Choice Award. The film has been chosen to be in official selection Brazil, Argentina, Russia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Japan and USA. Over 90 festivals included the film into competition sections.

More information on the film: www.pathsofhate.com
NEW EUROPE FILM SALES: www.neweuropefilmsales.com
List of festivals and awards: http://www.shortfilmcentral.com/film/3289/


MEDIA CONTACT:
PLATIGE IMAGE
Agnieszka Piechnik
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WORLD SALES
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“Paths of Hate” – one of 10 films included in the Oscar shortlist in Short Animated Film category, has been made available to buy on DVD on Amazon.com thanks to the TFI Reframe Collection programme curated by the Tribeca Film Institute.

“Paths of Hate” is a part of the New Europe Film Sales catalogue and the release is facilitated by The TFI Reframe Collection programme, curated by the Tribeca Film Institute. The film is available to purchase on DVD and soon will also be released as digital download on Amazon.com and on iTunes, as a separate release.
“”Paths of Hate” is most likely the best selling Polish animation in 2011. The film has been already sold to to broadcasters in Poland, Portugal, Italy, USA, Turkey, Taiwan and Sweden. Further deals in Germany, France, Spain and Finland are under negotiation. The film has also secured theatrical release in France and it will be soon available on iTunes. I’m very happy that thanks to cooperation with Tribeca Film Institute the film will be available to animation fans worldwide.” - says Jan Naszewski of New Europe Film Sales, the world sales agent for the film.

The latest animation from the renowned Warsaw-based Platige Image studio is a metaphorical fight of two fighter pilots, which illustrates the universal truth about hatered.
“I just felt the need to create something just as surrealistic but much more dynamic and serious. I have always been completely fascinated with everything that could fly. I could not imagine a subject more exciting than a duel of two fighter planes. I saw a photo taken probably in London during “Battle of Britain” in 1940. There were hundreds of white lines left by fighting planes. Like scars on the sky. Then I thought that some of them were the only remains left after planes and pilots who didn't survived this fight. These white trails are the most important elements in “Paths of Hate”. I have named the film because of them. These are the paths, from the title.” – says Damian Nenow, film director.

"Paths of Hate" has already been screened at about 100 festivals and got 27 awards including Comic-Con 2011 Best Animated Film and Judges’ Choice Award, Palm Springs IFF, Siggraph 2011 Jury Award. American Academy of Film and Science has chosen “Paths of Hate” to be one of 10 films competing for the nomination to 84th Oscar Award.

Paths of Hate Amazon.com link: http://www.amazon.com/Paths-Hate-NTSC-Damian-Nenow/dp/B006VYWLZQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1326288890&sr=s1-2
The Reframe Collection film site: The Reframe Collection (http://reframecollection.org/films/film?Id=2244)
More information on the film: www.pathsofhate.com
NEW EUROPE FILM SALES: www.neweuropefilmsales.com


MEDIA CONTACT:
PLATIGE IMAGE
Agnieszka Piechnik
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
+48 663 902 000
WORLD SALES
Jan Naszewski
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 600 173 205