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WARSAW: Stanisław Zaborowski from Silver Frame is representing Poland at Jihlava IDFF's Emerging Producers programme. FNE spoke with Zaborowski about the current situation for documentary filmmaking in Poland.

PRAGUE: Czech writer/director Stepan Altrichter is currently shooting the Czech/German coproduction National Street in Prague. The film is produced by Pavel Strnad and Petr Oukropec for Negativ.

SALONTA: Romanian director Marian Crișan is currently shooting his fourth feature film Berliner in his hometown of Salonta, in Northern Transylvania. Moldavian DoP Oleg Mutu, who shot Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Beyond the Hills (Mobra Films), is lensing.

LJUBLJANA: The CEE Animation Workshop is accepting applications from animated film projects from low production capacity countries until 22 October 2018.

This year, 21 films will compete for the Silver Eye Award for the best documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe at the Ji.hlava IDFF.

BERLIN: Scary Mother directed by Ana Urushadze and Touch Me Not directed by Adina Pintilie are among the six debut films nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery 2018 – Prix FIPRESCI Award.

JIHLAVA: Austria has an especially strong presence in the competition of Central European films, Between the Seas, at the 22nd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, which runs 25 – 30 October 2018.

At the end of September, another edition of the Warsaw Kids Film Forum twas held. It is a trade event accompanying the Kids Film Festival. The rich program of the event and the representation of various sectors of the film industry both from the country and from around the world makes the Warsaw forum included on the map of co-production events devoted to children's and family cinema in Europe, to events such as The Financing Forum for Kids Content in Malmo or Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam.

This year we had the pleasure of hosting even more guests from Poland and abroad, including TV, film institutions, regional funds, producers, sales agents, distributors, writers and directors. Over

200 people took part in the event. Our guests were representatives from 25 countries including: Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Canada, Luxembourg, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. , Sweden, Ukraine, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.

We were delighted to see a significant presence of experts from the film and television industry who actively participated in pitching sessions commenting on presentations and projects in terms of sales and distribution potential. The meeting was attended by representatives of, among others, Canal + France and Poland, Polish Polsat, Norwegian NRK TV, Finnish YLE, Croatian public television HRT, German NDR, Dutch NTR, British Internet platform Hopster TV, distributors from Poland -Next Film and Monolith, Croatia - Radar, France -Millimage, Spain - Flins y Piniculas or Belgium - JEF Distribution. There were also representatives and representatives of national and international sales agencies: German Pluto Media and Global

Screen, Duch Features from the Netherlands, Canadian Attraction Distribution, IKH Pictures Promotion and New Europe Film Sales from Poland as well as Pink Parrot Media (Spain), SF FIlmindustri (Sweden ), Charades (France).

The three-day event concluded with the award ceremony. Four prizes were granted by the Forum's partners and one by the organizer of the Kids Film.Pro workshop.

-the Financing Forum for Kids Content awarded Twisted Tales presented by Sara Bozanič and Petra Bertalanič (Slovenia). The prize is an invitation to a partner pitching forum in Malmo, Sweden in 2019. At the same time, Kids Regio invited the project to take part in the Berlinale Meeting Point conference - organized during the Berlinale festival,

-the Center of Audiovisual Technologies (CeTA) granted 2 awards in the form of in-kind contribution to film production and post-production. The first prize, worth PLN 80,000, went to

Pronto Film: Sashko Chubko and Kateryny Kopylova for the Ring of Life project (Ukraine); the

second financial contribution of PLN 60,000 went to Nukleus Film: Sinisa Jurcić and Petar Oreskovic for the Young Tesla and The Poachers (Croatia).

  • an invitation to the European Audiovisual Enterpreneurs (EAVE) Marketing Workshops held in Luxembourg this autumn, was given to Agnieszka Rostropowicz-Rutkowska responsible for the promotion of the Triple Trouble project (the second part of the well received film Trouble), produced by Koi Studio (Poland).

  • an invitation to the first edition of the international screening workshop for Kids Film.Pro 2019 was granted to Little Odyssey project presented by Gabriela Košťál Duchoňová and Jakub Kouril (Czech Republic).


Warsaw Kids FIlm Forum, which took place on September 26-28 in Muranów Cinema, Warsaw, is the only co-production forum in Poland devoted to children's and family cinema. During the three days of the Forum, a conference devoted to case studies and master classes focused on building children and family cinema audiences and marketing strategies for selected European film and series productions were held. In addition, the participants took part in pitching sessions (Script Exchange) and projects at the development stage (Development) as well as those at the advanced stage of production (Work in Progress). The session consisted also of 31 pitchings and presentations.

With its recently launched video-on-demand channel, Moving Docs Home Cinema now gives viewers around the world the opportunity to get instant access to a selection of critically acclaimed documentaries that are hard to find otherwise.

Moving Docs is the very first pan-European distribution network for documentaries, powered by 20 screening partners across Europe, ARTE Europe, the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, and outreach strategists Film & Campaign. It is managed by the European Documentary Network and supported by Creative Europe. Combining event cinema with innovative online promotion, Moving Docs, in its fourth year running, enables a selection of the best European documentaries to cross borders and reach new audiences. Last year alone, 25 documentaries from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK were screened in 18 European countries, with subtitles in 15 languages, reaching an audience of more than 5 million. The Moving Docs Home Cinema is now looking to expand the network’s reach through an own-branded video-on-demand offer.

These are films with an impact that make audiences see the world differently. Driven by a shared belief in the value of documentaries and the importance of a diverse film culture within Europe, Moving Docs Home Cinema offers documentaries from all corners of Europe and are available in as many as 11 different languages (English, French, German, Italian, Greek, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Norwegian, Macedonian and Slovenian). 

Its most recent acquisition is Golden Dawn Girls (2017), in which Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes examines the rise of the Greek far-right nationalist party “Golden Dawn”. When the key male members of the political party are imprisoned, accused of carrying out organised criminal activity, the film follows their daughters, wives and mothers as they step up to the task of leading the party through the upcoming elections. The film is accompanied by an educational guide (currently available in English, Spanish, Greek, Norwegian and Polish) aimed to generate debate, critical thought and discussion in classrooms about the rise of the extreme right in Europe.   

Other highlights include Dolphin Man (2017) by Greek filmmaker Lefteris Charitos, which tells the extraordinary story of free-diver Jacques Mayol, whose life became the inspiration of Luc Besson’s cult movie The Big Blue. Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr, the film draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey, while immersing viewers into the transformative experience of free-diving.

Cecilie Bolvinkel, Moving Docs programme manager at the European Documentary Network said:  “Over the last few years, Moving Docs has already build up a strong track record in bringing down borders and supporting the joint release of high-profile documentaries across Europe.  We’re excited to be taking this one step further now by expanding our online channel. I’d invite all lovers of documentaries to take a look at the Moving Docs Home Cinema.”