Storytek, a new content and media tech incubator launches in Tallinn, Estonia with a purpose to help content creators, producers and early stage digital media startups and entrepreneurs to fast-track their product and services to the global markets as well as help them to access new forms of mentoring and financing from venture capital and the tech community. Enterprise Estonia, the business development and export support platform of Estonian government has funded Storytek through its Creative Incubators support program.

Storytek is founded by private investors and backed by Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF), and its industry platform Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event following a pilot held during the last year's BNFF. The new initiative will be headed by Sten-Kristian Saluveer, the former Head of Development & Special Projects at BNFF as well as ICT and content executive Hedi Mardisoo.

The goal of Storytek is to address the radical shift in the content industry and open up new opportunities to producers in the field of global IP development, character licensing as well content and media technology. The 10-week incubation program held in Tallinn will select up to 20 global projects with the high market potential to go through a business first boot camp including mentoring on IP valuation, marketing, and audience development as well introduction and prototyping new digital platforms and technologies. Projects should be either audiovisual (feature and short form film, television, web series), virtual or artificial reality, media and mobile tech. Projects must have a potential for IP licensing or multi-platform storytelling and have an initial proof of concept or extended project package and financing plan in place. For media tech projects an initial mock-up or a prototype of the product or service will be required.

The incubator program will end with a demo and pitch day to regional and international investors with the best projects receiving up to three years residency at Storytek with a year-round sales and PnA support. Selected producers will also benefit from complimentary Estonian e-residency program and a free of charge business entity that will give them access to Estonia's highly acclaimed digital business and finance ecosystem as well as eligibility to other sources of European soft financing and funds. Additionally Storytek will hold an annual IP and digital content conference and targeted hackathons and project events during major markets.

Some of Storytek's international mentoring and advisory pool will include Odin's Eye Entertainment's CEO Michael Favelle, John Heinsen, Founder and Executive Producer, Bunnygraph Entertainment, and Laura Anne Edwards, Technology and Innovation Subcommittee at U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships.

“The shifts in the production and distribution landscape have opened up enormous creative opportunities for producers to engage audiences on new platforms, but more importantly access know-how and finances from the technology and venture capital community. We're excited to tap to Estonia's internationally known e-residency, technology, and investment resources to help storytellers and creatives, but as well as emerging entrepreneurs to get their stories and products global through Storytek's incubation program”, says Sten-Kristian Saluveer, CEO and Creative Officer at Storytek.

“Besides a strong team, Storytek stands out by its fresh approach and synergy between different business sectors. Through Storytek we are looking forward to create new opportunities to both local and international entrepreneurs from production, animation, and other creative industries”, says Katre Purga, Program Manager at Enterprise Estonia.

Storytek's call of applications will launch in July at with the first edition kicking off in September 2017.

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 On 22 May, 2017, during the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, representatives of the Polish Film Institute and the Lithuanian Film Centre – director Magdalena Sroka and director Rolandas Kvietkauskas – signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the two national institutions in the field of cinematography and the implementation of joint film projects.

The intention of the agreement is to strengthen the cooperation between film producers from Poland and Lithuania. The Polish Film Institute and the Lithuanian Film Centre will make every effort to ensure that, on a reciprocal basis, every two years at least one Lithuanian film will be co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, and one Polish production will be supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.

The long shared history of Poland and Lithuania is a ready-made scenario not for one, but a dozen full-length feature films. Our film industries are developing dynamically, we are present in European cinema. Works by artists from our countries are presented at the most important international film festivals, the best example being "Frost" directed by Šarūnas Bartas, shown in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at Cannes – emphasised Magdalena Sroka. We are delighted by the good co-operation and trust that producers from both countries are placing in one another. By tightening the cooperation between the Polish Film Institute and the Lithuanian Film Centre, we want to give them a clear signal that we will support the development and production of their joint film projects – added the director of the Polish Film Institute.

In 2015 in Poland Lithuanian Film Centre had presented its film program in a wide range. Regarding successful partnership with some of the festivals and meetings with producers we can see the increased number of co-productions between Lithuania and Poland. We are ready to step forward so the agreement will make an impact on the creators showing them the long-term financing strategies and tendencies, - said Rolandas Kvietkauskas, said Rolandas Kvietkauskas. 

At the ongoing 70th Cannes International Film Festival, in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, one of the pictures is a Franco-Lithuanian-Ukrainian-Polish co-production, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, called " Frost" directed by Šarūnas Bartas. Among others, the film features performances by Vanessa Paradis and Andrzej Chyra.

Since 2013, Lithuanian Flm Centre has supported 9 Lithuanian-Polish co-production projects and has donated more than 1.33 million EUR. At present, five projects are in development or post-production, including Krzysztof Zanussi's new film "Ether" and the documentary "Habit and Armour" by Paweł Pitera.

Dutch Perspective
7-8th of June 2017
NINA ul. Wałbrzyska 3/5, 02-739 Warszawa

Cinema In Sneakers is a festival, that by its idea initiates events for Polish film industry, shows best producers practices, invites people, who can share their experience as directors, writers, producers, casting directors, etc., and who can showcase some practical hints about creating TV programmes, full-length and short movies addressed to children and youth.

This year, for the third time, we have invited representatives from the country, that holds a lead in production addressed to the youngest cinephiles to share their knowledge and experience with professionals from Poland. This year’s said professionals are the Dutch Let’s see, what will they bring to the table!

During two days of Warsaw Film Talent Camp, we would like to create an atmosphere of exchange knowledge, experience, and skills, and to connect people and ideas.

Kino w Trampkach [Cinema in Sneakers] – a fresh and buzzing project – is organised by Cinemania Foundation. We started off in 2013 with big hopes and enthusiasm that only crazy, uncontrollable film buffs have. The idea to create a film festival for kids was influenced by Janusz Korczak’s credo : “There are no children as such – only people; but people with different experiences, different drives and different reactions.” And these people have the right to watch a wide array of films: about varied cultures, problems, made with diverse styles, but made with respect to kids.

Everything started with THE NEED. Having worked in the film industry for over a decade, we noticed this big, gaping hole that exists in the Polish market of the cinematic productions for kids and youth. One that has grown over the years and one that our generation has luckily escaped. We were given films that helped us develop as people, characters that we could compare to; that mirrored our reality; films that were made for us and about us. We felt that the contemporary youth was being deprived of that.

We started in 2013, and growing every year. In 2016, we had over a 7000 visitors.

Warsaw Film Talent Camp 2017 will be:

  1. A Polish-Dutch conference, different than the others - let’s learn from the best. 7 short panels on different subjects, dynamic, 20-minutes long speeches given by 2 or 3 professionals in each panel.
  2. Workshops held by our Dutch guests.
  3. Cinema In Sneakers Speed Dating - directors and ideas market
  4. Projects consultations with Dutch experts

Exact Programme:

Day 1, Wednesday, 7th of June

Conference: Know-how Exchange

9:00–9:10 Introduction of the organisers
Magdalena Sroka (Polish Film Institute) | Anna Stadnik (Cinema in Senakers) | Aneta Ozorek (Cinema in Sneakers) | Michał Komar (ZAIKS)| Representative of NINA
9.10-9.20 Introduction by representatives of Embassy of the Netherlands in Poland
Raphael Varga | Katarzyna Kolman
9:20-9.40 National strategies of support children’s film production
Polish Film Institute | Signe Zeilich-Jensen (The Netherlands Film Fund)
9:40–10:40 PL-NL: how to co-produce?
Łukasz Dzięcioł (Opus Film) | Signe Zeilich-Jensen (The Netherlands Film Fund) | Polish Film Insitute
10:40-11:00 Cofee break
11:00–12:00 Children directing’s does & don’ts
Boudewijn Koole |Jacek Bławut | Krzysztof Gradowski
12:00–13:00 Child on a set - scheduling, law, time
Wojciech Stuchlik | Aster Reinboud i Nathalie van der Burg | Elisabeth Hesemans (Elskes Kast)
13:00-13:40 Lunch
13:40–14:40 Casting of a child actor
Elske Falkena (Elskes Kast) | Mariusz Palej i Magdalena Nieć | Małgorzata Domin (Domino Film)
14:40–15:40 International festival and sales strategies for children film
Jan Naszewski (New Europe Film Sales) | Wouter Jansen (Some Shorts - Festival Distribution) | Erik Tijman (Cinekid)
15.40-16.20 How to promote for children audience?
Iwona Buchcic (MOMAKIN) | Karolina Śmigiel i Diana Gaik (Stowarzyszenie Filmowe Dziki Bez)
16.20-16.40 How does Europe support children and youth production?
Jo Muhlberger (European Film Promotion) | Julia Płachecka (Creative Europe Desk Poland)
17.00-18.00 Coctail


Day 2, Thoursday, 8th of June
Free admission after registration. All workshops by Dutch experts are in English.
9.00 – 11.30 Is it worth to be a producer of content for children and youth? Building a market for children and youth | Aster Reinboud, Nathalie van der Burg
12.00 – 15.00 Casting and preparing children to roles | Elske Falkena
12.00 - 13.00 Why does artists need a ZAiKS? | Łukasz Łyczkowski
15.00 – 16.30 How to find a children documentary character. Documentary films for children. | Niki Padidar
15.00-17.00 Directing of children | Boudewijn Koole

Market of directors and producers
17.00-19.00 Directors and producers speed dating
10 minutes meetings in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine, for producers, script writers and directors interested in shooting films for children and youth.

Experts Bios:

Signe Zeilich-Jensen
Long-time manager of Cinekid Festival, a boss of Holland Film Meeting - coproduction platform for european movie productions. She now is a film commissioner in Dutch Film Fund

Elske Falkena
Owner of the biggest and best known casting agency in Netherland. Since 1999 ElskesKast specializes in children casting for TV series, movies and advertisements. She’s been working on over 80 fill-length movies.

Elisabeth Hesemans
Since the year 2000 she is responsible for casting and acting trainings in ElskesKast. She works with children who have their first appearances ahead, as well as with more experienced ones. She worked with such directors as: Simone van Dusseldorp, Dennis Bots, Anna van der Head, Joram Lursen, Martin Koolhoven and many more.

Erik Tijman
He’s been working in film industries for many years now, being involved in such events as: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival and EYE Film Festival. In 2012 he begun his cooperation with Cinekid Festival, biggest European market of productions for children. Since 2017 he is program director of Cinekid Festival.

Niki Padidar
Director of several documentaries addressed to children, she’s been working on movies for kids and teenagers for over 10 years. Her debut, NINNOC received many awards on festivals all over the world, IDFA and Berlinale included

Aster Reinboud
Aster is working with PUPKIN Film, a leading production company on a dutch market, that specializes in TV series and full-length movies for children and youth. She’s responsible for thinking of new ways of development and seeking for talents in this field

Nathalie van der Burg
Creative producer in PUPKIN Film since 2009. She participated in lots of film labs for new, promising producers. She’s responsible for productions for children and youth.

Wouter Jansen
Owner of Some Shorts, distribution company, that’s also responsible for creating strategies for film festivals. They specializes in brave shorts and documentaries. Since 2016 he’s also working on full-length movies.

Jo Muhlberger
CEO in European Film Promotion. EFP is an extraordinary network of 37 European countries, that promotes unique film talents. He’s responsible for „Producers on the Move” project in Cannes, that is addressed to film producers from Europe.

Boudewijn Koole
Producer, director and co-owner of WitFilm. He’s an advisor and teacher for filmmakers in the development process, during shooting and montage. He’s movies gained many awards on festivals all around the world. His „Kauboy” was sold to 14 countries and was awarded over 30 awards.

Jan Naszewski
Owner of New Europe Film Sales, a successful agency taking care of aspects such as promotion and selling short and full-length movies. In NEFS catalogue there are movies such as Rams, winner of Prix Un Cerain Regard in Cannes in 2015, that was sold to over 40 countries.

Łukasz Łyczkowski
Attorney, a proxy for polish Association of Artists ZAiKS. He specializes in copyright, massive management and personal data protection.

Julia Płachecka
While working in Creative Europe Desk Poland she’s taking care of polish applicants for EU program Creative Europe grant in the MEDIA component. She’s an experienced creator of international audio-visual, cultural and educational projects. She began her career as a coordinator of programs addressed to children, their parents and care-takers and teachers.

Wojciech Stuchlik
Producer and executive producer. He’s the owner of production company FILM PRODUCTION. He’s Mariusz Palejs („Behind the Blue Door”) and Grzegorz Jonkajtys („Miś Uszatek”) executive producer. For two years he’s taken care of production of animated shorts in Platige Image, making such movies as „Wilq the Negotiator” (directed by Bartosz Minkiewicz and Leszek Nowicki). Currently he’s producing a TV series „Wilq the Superhero”, coproduced with Polsat TV and PISF.

Jacek Bławut
He’s a graduate from Documentary Course in Andrzej Wajdas Master School of Film Directing. Co-writer for movies such as „Jeszcze nie wieczór”, „Sen motyla”, „Dzień czekolady” and „Hotel Potworny”. He was a cinematographer for many documentaries. He’s movie „Dzień Czekolady” is based on a screenplay developed in a ScripTease program and was awarded Krzysztof Kieślowski Award during 63th Film Festival in Cannes.

Krzysztof Gradowski
Director and screenwriter for documentaries, full-lengths and animated movies. He wrote and directed a cult series about Mr Kleks. In 1990 he became Chair of Polish TV and Movie Directors Corp. He’s a member of Polish Film Academy.

Łukasz Dzięcioł
Co-owner of Opus Film, one of the biggest and most successful production companies in Poland. They have in their portfolio movies such as: „Z Odzysku” (Polish Oscar Candidate) and „Chłopiec na galopującym koniu” (Out of competition in Cannes). In 2011 he was chosen to join Producers on the Move, a platform for promoting European productions. Since 2011 he’s a member of Polish and European Film Academy.

Mariusz Palej
Graduate of Film School in Łódź. For many years he was working as a cinematographer in documentaries, movies and TV theaters. He gathered experience as a director of TV series and Videoclips. His movie for children „Behind the Blue Door” is his full-length debut.

Magdalena Nieć
Graduate from Polish Theatre School in Wrocław. She was given a scholarship in École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charles-Villes Mezieur. Theatre and movie actress, sreenwriter. She was a co-writer, second director and an actress in „Behind the Blue Door”.

Karolina Śmigiel
Member and cofounder of Dziki Bez [Elderberry] Film Association, co-originator of the Festival of Abstract Thinking, film producer, UNI-SOLO Studio member of the board. Coordinator of media education, Polska Lab and Misplaced in Media coordinator, film educator, programmer. Lecturer at Warsaw Film School.

Diana Gaik
Sociology and journalism graduate. Co-creator and coordinator Docs Academy of DOCS AGAISNT GARVITY. Co-originator of the Festival of Abstract Thinking. She coordinates Beata Pawlak’s Award program “Heaven on Earth. Head of Dziki Bez [Elderberry] Film Association.

Iwona Buchcic
PR specialist. She is responsible for marketing and communication campaigns in MOMAKIN made for film producers and film studios.

Małgorzata Domin
Founder of a production company Domino Film. She was executive producer of two Lech Majewski’s “The Mill and the Cross” and “Onirica”. She is the producer of children film “Adventures Club” by Tomasz Szafranski.

Anna Stadnik
Graduate from Economics University in Cracow, she’s studied Gender Studies in Warsaw Uniwersity and Screenwriting in Cracow Screenplay School. She’s bound with film market since 2001. She worked on introducing MEDIA program in Poland, cinema distribution, has experience from Co-production Department of TVP. For 4 years she’s been a head of Program Department of Two Riversides Festival. Her passion is writing and improving screenplays. She’s one of co-founders and Art Director of Cinema In Sneakers.

Aneta Ozorek
Children film festivals programs director, movie-related events producer, long-time expert in film education. She worked as a Program Director on ARS Independent (Katowice), REGIOFUN (Katowice) and Children's Cinema Project. She’s head of Short Section in Visegrad Animation Forum, a program director for Cinema In Sneakers and coordinator of Polish Animation Producers Association. She’s a member of European Children Film Association and polish ambassador of European Animation Award.



From the 31st of May till 11th of June we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Cinema in Sneakers Festival for Children and Youth.

“This year we reach out our fists for some birthday dap or, how we like to call it, a djoovick, we high-five you, shake your hands… wait, what am I saying? We offer hugs and kisses (naturally to those who want to be hugged and kissed). We’re thrilled you’ve been with us for 5 years already and we want to celebrate this long-term relation(ship). More so, having in mind your relations with us, we want to celebrate them as a state, conditioning, mission, inevitability, the essence of humanity, the essence of being a part of the world.”

Cinema In Sneakers is an extraordinary festival - not only it is addressed to children and youth, but is organized by them. Our Youth Group of the Force is responsible for communication, promotion and, most importantly, film selection. That’s exactly why it is so well suited to the young cinephiles wants and needs! We want to give them movies they could identify with - movies about their peers, their problems and about the world they live in.

Cinema In Sneakers film festival has 4 competition sections: Children Short Films Competition, Children Feature Films Competition, Youth Short Films Competition, Youth Feature Films Competition. Our main prize, Film-Wanderer, is being awarded by Children Jury and Youth Jury. This year, for the first time, there will be awards from European Children Film Association, Studio Cinemas Jury and Parents Jury.

During the festival there will be also multiple screenings out of competitions. In section „Best of Season” we want to show You the most beautiful movies we have seen lately, which didn’t make their way into the competition. „Naturally!” is about our relationship with nature, it’s power and beauty. But that’s not only movies - we would like to show you all that during our workshops: we invite You to listen to birds singing in the morning  or for a night stroll in a park! You are going to meet the most famous Polish movies for children and youth, eg. animated „Rex” or Stanisław Jędryka’s movies.

For the third time Cinema in Sneakers will hold the industry workshops and the conference Warsaw Film Talent Camp.

See you in Warsaw!

Children Feature Films Competition

  1. Mice & Owls (Uilenbal), dir. Simone van Dusseldorp, 2016, NL
  2. Up in the sky (Upp i det blå), dir. Petter Lennstrand, 2016, SE
  3. Becoming who I was, dir. Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon, 2017, KR
  4. Heartstrings (Le coeur en braille), dir. Michel Boujenah, 2016, FR, BE
  5. Hang In There, Kids (Lokag Laqi), dir. Laha Mebow, 2016, TW
  6. Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship (Amelie Rennt), dir. Tobias Wiemann, 2017, DE, IT
  7. Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu), dir. Selma Vilhunen, 2016, FI, DK
  8. Stonehead (Shi Tou), dir. Zhao Xiang, 2016, CN
  9. Little Harbour (Piata loď), dir. Iveta Grófová, 2017, SK, CZ

Youth Feature Films Competition

  1. 6A (6A), dir. Peter Modestij, 2016, SE
  2. The Fits (The Fits), dir. Anna Rose Holmer, 2015,
  3. Sami Blood (Sameblod), dir. Amanda Kernell, 2017, SE
  4. Sing Street (Sing Street), dir. John Carney, 2016, IE, UK, USA
  5. Heartstone (Hjartasteinn), dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, 2016, IS, DK
  6. Goodbye Berlin (Tschick), dir. Fatih Akin, 2016,

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First signatories:
Fatih Akin (Germany / Allemagne)
Robert Alberdingk Thijm (Netherlands / Pays-Bas)
Alejandro Amenábar (Spain / Espagne)
Christophe Andréi (France)
Montxo Armendáriz (Spain / Espagne)
Clio Barnard (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Marco Bellocchio (Italy / Italie)
Lucas Belvaux (Belgium / Belgique)
Pablo Berger (Spain / Espagne)
Julie Bertuccelli (France)
Iciar Bollain (Spain / Espagne)
John Boorman (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Fred Breinersdorfer (Germany / Allemagne)
Miroslava Brezovská (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Peter Carpentier (Germany / Allemagne)
Marianna Čengel Solčanská (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Dan Clifton (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Fernando Colomo (Spain / Espagne)
Stijn Coninx (Belgium / Belgique)
Catherine Corsini (France)
José Luis Cuerda (Spain / Espagne)
Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Belgium / Belgique)
Luc Dardenne (Belgium / Belgique)
Dante Desarthe (France)
Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy / Italie)
Fabrice Du Welz (Belgium / Belgique)
Klemen Dvornik (Slovenia / Slovénie)
Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland / Islande)
Stephen Frears  (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Matteo Garrone (Italy / Italie)
Costa Gavras (France)
Jochen Greve (Germany / Allemagne)
Michael Haneke (Austria / Autriche)
Michel Hazanavicius (France)
Miguel Hermoso (Spain / Espagne)
Hrvoje Hirar (Croatia / Croatie)
Agnieszka Holland (Poland / Pologne)
Dariusz Jablonski (Poland / Pologne)
Agnès Jaoui (France)
Joachim Lafosse (Belgium / Belgique)
Eric Lartigau (France)
Claude Lelouch (France)
Marek Leščák (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Zuzana Liová (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Daniele Luchetti (Italy / Italie)
Miloslav Luther (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Ole Christian Madsen (Denmark / Danemark)
Ursula Meier (France-Switzerland / France-Suisse)
Roger Michell (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Radu Mihaileanu (France)
Catalin Mitulescu (Romania / Roumanie)
Cristian Mungiu (Romania / Roumanie)
Olivier Nakache (France)
Annette K. Olesen (Denmark / Danemark)
Ruben Östlund  (Sweden / Suède)
Sir Alan Parker (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Paweł Pawlikowski (United-Kingdom - Poland / Royaume-Uni - Pologne)
Raoul Peck (France)
Sverre Pedersen (Norway / Norvège)
Adela Peeva (Bulgaria / Bulgarie)
Nicolas Philibert (France)
Ventura Pons (Spain / Espagne)
Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania / Roumanie)
Elina Psykou (Greece / Grèce)
Marián Puobiš (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Di Redmond (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Jamie Rosales (Spain / Espagne)
Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium / Belgique)
Lone Scherfig (Denmark / Danemark)
Volker Schlöndorff (Germany / Allemagne)
Céline Sciamma (France)
Maurizio Sciarra (Italy / Italie)
Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland / Pologne)
Marko Škop (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Paolo Sorrentino (Italy / Italie)
Birgitte Staermose (Denmark / Danemark)
Hugh Stoddart (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Charles Sturridge (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)
Ondrej Šulaj (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Bertrand Tavernier (France)
Eric Tolédano (France)
Dušan Trančík (Slovakia / Slovaquie)
Joachim Trier (Norway / Norvège)
Fernando Trueba (Spain / Espagne)
Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium / Belgique)
Wim Wenders (Germany / Allemagne)
Susanna White (United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni)

Cannes Film Festival

We, European citizens and filmmakers, live in a Europe that is a standard-bearer of hope when it remains faithful to its values of tolerance, open-mindedness and diversity and stands against the current trends towards nationalism, alternative facts and mistrust. We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression.
Over the years, Europe and cinema have sometimes drifted apart; but they have also crossed paths. The support of European creation and distribution by the MEDIA Programme has been particularly important; its budgetary allocation must be reinforced and its range of action broadened, especially when it comes to authors.
Access to culture for all is an objective that is modern, economically strong, politically ambitious, technologically possible thanks to new digital technologies and, above all, human. The new digital landscape is one of opportunity. But the stakes are also high for creators themselves.
Guaranteeing sustainable financing and development of European filmmaking must be our priority.
More than ever, the territoriality of copyright needs to be maintained: this principle ensures high level support for artistic creation in Europe, helping the most fragile filmmakers and European co-productions. Enshrining this principle underwrites the exclusivity of rights and the financing of works. It is territoriality that has provided audiences with the great variety of films that are being financed all over Europe. While the dream of an EU single market can be enticing, such a project would undermine Europe’s cultural diversity.
The right for authors to be able to live from their art must be reinforced, so that they can keep on creating.
The European Parliament and Council are currently debating a draft Directive on Copyright. For all filmmakers, the European Union must ensure an equal level of protection across the continent, and acknowledge an inalienable right to remuneration when works are exploited online.
It must also encourage transparency and proportional remuneration linked to the success of films.
Bringing Internet giants into the economics of European creation is essential to the future of cinema.
Europe’s ambition must be to guarantee conditions for fair and sustainable competition between all those who make works available to European audiences. It must also defend the principle of fiscal equity and quickly implement measures on the financing and broadcasting of European works, that cannot be evaded. Finally, the place of taxation and place of broadcast of the works must be better aligned, as is already the case with VAT.
Europe is not a modern-day lawless wild west; it has to ensure the equal application of the rules to all broadcasters, platforms, sharing websites and social networks.
While piracy is still a scourge and lawful services struggle for viewers, it is necessary to promote a better visibility for films, on all formats.
We must speed up the development of film finding tools that cover all lawful services and also encourage cooperation between EU Members as well as existing initiatives.
All authors hope that their works will be accessible by as many people as possible; their works must be widely available on cinema screens, TV and its digital variants, and on all on-demand services.
Professionals will have to make an effort for this to happen. In addition, the European institutions, by creating quotas for the presence and promotion of European works for on-demand services, can establish a virtuous link between digital platforms and creators, without dismissing cultural diversity.
The task is not easy and the stakes are high: We need to unite political actors, creators and citizens  so that we can rethink and rebuild an ambitious and rigorous cultural policy, tailored to new digital uses and economies, in such way that values the works of creators and puts those creators at the heart of future policies.

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This year, the New Horizons Association will have a strong presence at the Cannes International Film Festival.

 New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes at the Marché du Film

Together with the Polish Film Institute, T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival will have the honor of presenting a selection of Polish films at various stages of production at the Marché du Film as part of the New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes program. The aim of the program is to present to the international film industry Polish films that do not yet have sales agents, distributors, or dates for festival premieres.

As part of the New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes program, five titles will be presented on 23 May, including three full-length debuts: Diagnoza (Diagnosis), a documentary directed by Ewa Podgórska; Trzy upadki świętego (Three Falls of the Saint), Jacek Januszyk's feature debut; and Wieża. Jasny dzień (The Tower: Broad Daylight), Jagoda Szelc's feature debut; as well as Mariusz Wilczyński's animated film Zabij to i wyjedź z tego miasta (Kill It and Get Out of Town) and Dorota Kędzierzawska Żużel’s latest film. This will offer a preview of the Polish Days event that will take place on 8-10 August 2017 during the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (3-13 August 2017).

Jury for the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) Competition to Include Joanna Żak

Joanna Żak, Programming Coordinator at the New Horizons Cinema, will be part of the jury that will award the prestigious Europa Cinemas Label prize for the best film atthe Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) competition. In addition to Joanna, the jury will also include Roger Gibson, Hannele Pellinen, and Paolo Moretti. The winning film will receive support for distribution at cinemas associated with the Europa Cinemas network.

The Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) competition was established by the French Directors Guild. It screens works by promising young filmmakers. From the very beginning, it has promoted bold, avant-garde cinema. This is where some of the world's leading original filmmakers showed their first films, including Werner Herzog, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Jerzy Skolimowski, the Dardenne brothers, and Michael Haneke.

Representatives of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival and the American Film Festival

Representatives of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival will be present at this year's Cannes Film Festival, including Artistic Director Marcin Pieńkowski, Programmer Małgorzata Sadowska, and Head of Industry Weronika Czołnowska, as well as the Artistic Director of the American Film Festival, Urszula Śniegowska.

In 2017 connecting cottbus is taking place in its 19th edition on November 9 and 10 in Cottbus, Germany. We are currently accepting submissions for our coco Pitching and our Work in Progress section both until July 28, as well as accreditation requests until October 13, 2017.
Save the dates! We are looking forward welcoming you and your upcoming projects at connecting cottbus 2017!

Entry forms and accreditation request please find here.
Current press releases please find here.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival, taking place from May 17th to 28th, will screen Dubravka Turić’s short film Cherries in the Directors’ Fortnight (“Quinzaine des réalisateurs”) programme, while the Croatian Audiovisual Centre will again, this year, promote Croatian cinematography at the Film Market.

Directors’ Fortnight: Cherries by Dubravka Turić

The short film Cherries, directed by Dubravka Turić and produced by Zagreb’s Kinematograf, is a story, set in the Dalmatian hinterland, about growing up. A carefree summer for Jakov slowly erodes under the pressure of tense family relations, and a series of events that end in tragedy will awake within him an emotional rebellion against grown-ups, as well as a sense of his own guilt.

The film is based on motifs found in the story by author and poet Olja Savičević Ivančević. The screenplay is by Jelena Paljan, the cinematographer is Radislav Jovanov Gonzo, while Dubravka Turić, besides directing the film, is also the film’s editor, and Dubravka Premar is the sound designer. The art director is Petra Poslek, the costume designer is Morana Starčević, and the film stars Roko Glavina, Lana Barić, Nikša Butijer, Milivoj Beader, Areta Ćurković, Franko Jakovčević and Donat Zeko. The producer is Dijana Mlađenović of Kinematograf.

The 49th Directors’ Fortnight (“Quinzaine des réalisateurs”) will, take place from May 18th to 28th, in parallel with the festival in Cannes. The programme introduces new names in directing with a strong and unique poetic. Throughout its history, this programme directs the attention of the wider audience and critics toward some of today’s most successful film directors including Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and Ken Loach.

Promotional materials for the film can be found at this link

 Show Times:  

May 26th, 12.00, Theatre Croisette
May 27th 16.00, Studio 13

Market-screening: My Life Without Air

In order to further promote it on the international film scene, this year’s market-screening will include Bojana Burnać’s feature documentary film My Life Without Air. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious HotDocs International Festival of Documentary Film in Canada. 

 Show Time: 

May 24th, 12.00, Palais C

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre at Cannes

For ten years now, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, has been promoting Croatian cinematography at the Film Market (Marché du film). The Centre’s booth will be in the South-East European Pavilion at the following address:

SEE Pavilion no. 134
Village International Riviera

Furthermore, this year at the market, representatives of the Centre will, through publications, meetings, digital platforms and market-screenings, pitch completed Croatian films of all lengths and genres to film professionals – buyers and festival selectors. The Centre will also be available – with logistics and lobbying – to all Croatian authors and producers in Cannes who will be negotiating current and future projects.

What’s Cooking in Croatia? II/2017 was published to promote current Croatian film productions, with a focus on new Croatian films. The publication is available at this link.

Croatian films at the Short Film Corner

In order to promote short films, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre has secured a space for Croatian works at the Short Film Corner – a platform for meeting, networking, exchange of ideas and promotion among professionals in the short film industry. The following films will be presented:

Our programming team will attend the 70th Festival de Cannes (16-27 May, 2017).

We will be looking for brand NEW films - features, documentaries and shorts completed in 2017, preferably still before their festival premiere. We are looking for interesting, expertly told stories that redefine the language of modern cinema. If you have any questions and/or would like to set up a meeting at Cannes, please contact Agnieszka Oryl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Competitive sections at Warsaw Film Festival - with cash awards - are as follows:
- International Competition
- Competition 1-2, for debuts and second features
- Free Spirit Competition
- Documentary Features Competition - EFA qualifying
- Short Films Competition - Academy Awards (R) qualifying.

Non-competitive sections:
- Special Screenings
- Discoveries
- Family Cinema Weekend.

Submission deadline: 31st of July, 2017. It's OK to submit works in progress.

We are looking forward to watching your latest films and we don't mind watching them before you do the final sound mix or colour correction. Links and DVDs are most welcome. Please let us know if your film already has a Polish distributor attached.

Please keep in mind that Warsaw Industry Days, organised with the Polish Film Institute and the Polish Film Promotion, will take place on 19-21 October, 2017 (from Thursday till Saturday). For the very first time, the event will include Warsaw Co-Production Forum and will continue the tradition of Warsaw Screenings. At Warsaw Works-In-Progress we will present selected works-in-progress from Poland (including co-productions), while Doc Lab Poland (organised by the Ślesicki Foundation) will focus on presentations of documentaries in various stages of production and post-production. The other events are as follows:

Warsaw Next - workshop for young Polish filmmakers who have at least one short film to their credit; meetings with Polish and international professionals; lectures, masterclasses, participation in Warsaw Industry Days.

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project – workshop for young film journalists and critics from Eastern Europe, organised with FIPRESCI.

Open Workshop "The Art of Film Editing" – organised with Polish Film Editors Association.

First Cut Lab Warsaw - invited experts will watch rough cut of selected films and suggest editing changes. The event will be organised with Polish Film Institute.

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