New Europe Warsaw Sessions is an exclusive, closed workshop set in an original location outside Warsaw where six promising film talents, hand-picked by New Europe Film Sales’ team meet top decision makers from the international film industry.
The participants are chosen with a focus on both directors working in English and filmmakers with success in the foreign-language space, who wish to make the step up in their careers, who meet experts that could guide them through this process. The meeting is not focused on specific projects but rather gives a platform for creative exchange of experiences and allows the filmmakers to make key contacts for the future.
This year’s edition will take place on 23-27 June.
Attending talents include Isabella Eklöf (director of Holiday, co-writer of Border), Jan Komasa (Corpus Christi, Suicide Room), Michał Marczak (All These Sleepless Nights), Kirsten Tan (Pop Eye), Asaph Polonsky (One Week and a Day), Maria Sadowska (Netflix’s Art of Loving).
Confirmed experts include Mike Goodridge (UK, International Film Festival & Awards Macao), Julia Oh (UK, Film4), Peter Spencer (UK, Fox), Carole Scotta (France, Haut et Court), Ayo Maat (USA, NEON), Bobby Allen (UK, MUBI), Sam Intili (USA, Animal Kingdom), Conor Barry (Ireland, Savage Productions), Michael Arnon (Germany, WOLF PR) and Raymond Phathanavirangoon (Thailand, SEAFIC).
This year the exclusive event will also do an open day in Warsaw, which includes a panel discussion on How to promote European Cinema? (with special focus on the film Border by Ali Abbasi). The guest speakers will be international experts Ayo Kepher-Maat (US distributor of the film Border), Michael Arnon (international PR of the film). The panel will be moderated by Mike Goodridge.
New Europe Warsaw Sessions is organized by Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales - the company behind the international success of such films as Grimur Hakonarsson’s Rams, Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, Hlynur Palmason’s Winter Brothers and A White White Day, Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love and Jan P. Matuszyński’s The Last Family.
Institutions supporting the event as partners are: The Polish Film Institute, Mazovia/Warsaw Film Commission, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The Danish Film Institute, British Council and The French Institute of Poland. Private partners include Chimney Poland, Film Produkcja, Platige Image, Gigant Films, NEM Corp. and Dreamsound.