The programme of the Studio was created together with Sandy Lieberson, a renowned industry expert, Chairman of Film London and collaborator of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Sandy will also act as a speaker and consultant during the workshop. Other confirmed speakers are: producer Julie Baines (Dan Films), sales agent Tine Klint (LevelK) and Rik Vermeulen, Executive Director of the Transylvania IFF and adviser to IFFR, who will run a workshop on networking and advise the young participants on how to navigate in the world of film.
The NEW HORIZONS Studio will also host two masterclasses ran by established auteur directors, who represent very different styles - US director, Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Distant, Climates). Their thoughts exchange with the young filmmakers will be an opportunity to get inspired and discuss the contemporary role of cinema.
31 young Polish professionals from different parts of the industry - directors, producers, composers and scriptwriters - were chosen to participate in the workshop. The group is a combination of young creativity and experience. Many of the participants have already completed their directorial debut features or worked on several films and TV productions. Some of the names include Marek Lechki, whose film Erratum won the Best Debut Award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia this year. Other names include singer/director Maria Sadowska, composer Adrian Konarski (M.Piekorz's The Welts), cinematographer Piotr Niemyjski and director Maciej Prykowski (debut feature Public Outrage completed in 2010).
The NEW HORIZONS Studio is a new initiative aimed at young film professionals from Poland. The goal 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. The workshops will also allow the participants the work on specific film projects.
The Co-organiser of the NEW HORIZONS Studio is Media Desk Poland and its partners are Michael Ihlein i Gosia Dobrowolska.
The first edition of the NEW HORIZONS Studio will take place 26-29th July 2010.