That’s a wrap! Highlights of the Kids Kino Industry 2022

    That’s a wrap! Highlights of the Kids Kino Industry 2022 

    Four days full of pitching presentations and conference programme, plenty possibilities of networking, accompanying programmes such as Kids Kino Lab, Producers LINK, and Young Talents, is a lot to cover within short amount of time. But new connections and cooperation, ideas and inspirations are worth a few sleepless nights. The Kids Kino Industry international co-production forum took place on 27-30 September in Warsaw and online.

    27 pitching presentations and 1:1 meetings

    The audience gathered in Kinoteka and in front of their computers had a chance to watch 27 pitchings during two days of project presentations.

    14 live-action, 10 animated, 2 mixed-technique, and 1 documentary projects, including 15 films and 12 series at different stages of production were presented in two sections: in development (24) and work in progress (3).

    Each pitch was followed by a Q&A session with the Decision Makers.

    Among the awarded projects were two Polish projects “Tosia” (Audiovisual Technology Center Award) and “Under the Floor” (CEE Animation Forum Award), Slovak “My World Upside Down” and Latvian “Secrets of the Great Bog” (both with ORKA Production Award), and “Ghoul Friends” from UK (m:brane Award), but there were much more promising projects which made a buzz and gained the recognition from the KKI guests.

    The hybrid form of the forum extended the possibilities of having 1:1 meetings. KKI guests could book an online meeting or meet in Kinoteka. This flexible approach paid off with a higher number of confirmed meetings booked through the platform (399 confirmed meetings compared to 321 last year). Not to mention all the spontaneous meetings which were not booked on the platform and are impossible to estimate. 

    305 participants on-site and online

    Each year Kids Kino Industry brings more and more Decision Makers and attendees. The growing number of participants contributed to the decision of changing the venue from Muranów Cinema to Kinoteka Cinema, which is located in one of the most recognisable buildings in Warsaw – the Palace of Culture and Science.

    Among the representatives of the companies who were attending Kids Kino Industry for the first time there were Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, VRT Ketnet, Wild Bunch, Latvian Television to name a few.

    Accompanying programmes

    Parallel to the forum there have been plenty of different programmes for scriptwriters, producers and students.

    The final session of Kids Kino Lab script development workshop ended an almost one year journey with 12 teams from Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway, and UK. Some of the projects developed at Kids Kino Lab were presented during the pitching presentations at Kids Kino Industry.

    For the second time Warsaw was visited by the European producers selected for the Producers LINK programme who came here to meet and learn from each other, and in the future establish new cooperations. The programme is organised by Kids Kino Industry and Cinekid for Professionals with the support from Catalan Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, German Children’s Media Foundation – KIDS Regio, Greek Film Center, National Film Centre of Latvia, National Film Institute Hungary, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.

    The main goal of the programme is to stimulate the production of top-quality children’s content and pan-European co-productions.

    After first residency at Kids Kino Industry, producers selected for the programme will visit Amsterdam to take part in the second session at Cinekid for Professionals.

    Organised for the very first time, Young Talents programme, brought to Poland six up-and-coming filmmakers representing the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Poland), the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg (Germany), and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU (the Czech Republic).

    The aim of the programme is to introduce young filmmakers: producers, directors, scriptwriters to the international film industry and show them how to navigate their careers and how to get the most out of the forum.

    KKI in numbers

    • 305 attendees in total (on-site and online)
    • 399 confirmed meetings
    • 27 pitching presentations
    • 9 sessions, masterclasses and workshops during the conference programme


    Kids Kino Industry was co-financed by Creative Europe MEDIA, Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.

    Among the partners there are Audiovisual Technology Center in Wrocław (CeTA), ORKA Production,  m:brane, CEE Animation Forum, KIDS Regio, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Łódź Film Commission, Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA), ATM Virtual, Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA), Cinekid for Professionals, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Modern Times, Kids Kino Lab.

    Next Kids Kino Industry forum will take place in September 2023.