FNE Visegrad 2021 Year of Recovery for Film and Television Industry Teams Up With Warsaw Kids Kino Industry With Live Panel and Online Podcast With Visegrad Decision Makers

    Date: 29 September 2021 18:15-19:15 (CET)

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    FNE Visegrad YR2021 has teamed up with Warsaw Kids Kino Industry for a live panel discussion on distribution and exhibition in Warsaw hosted by Film New Europe (FNE) in cooperation with the Warsaw Kids Kino Industry, that will also appear online as a live podcast. It will also be available online as a video recording after the event.

    FNE Visegrad YR2021: RETHINKING Distribution and Exhibition for a young audience: in cooperation with Film New Europe (FNE) Visegrad 2021 Year of Recovery for Film and Television Industry. The event is sponsored by the Visegrad Fund.

    How do exhibitors and distributors of Visegrad countries Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary adapt to the new situation? Has the pandemic fundamentally changed the dist/exhibition landscape or are we going back to pre-pandemic norms? Our guests will share their positions and discuss the future role of cinema versus online platforms and how to plan within uncertainty.

    The 2021 Year of Recovery for Film in Visegrad Countries (YR2021) project brings together filmmakers and cultural professionals across the V4 to cooperate in the recovery of the film industry which has been badly damaged by the COVID pandemic and to reconnect with cinema audiences across the region and across borders.

    The prestigious panel of Visegrad film industry professionals will discuss COVID impacts on feature film and filming on location in the region and how to attract audiences back into cinemas. Guests from neighbouring Visegrad countries will share their common experiences and what they have learned.


    (Hungary) Tamás Liszka, CEO Budapest Films
    Tamás graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Budapest as an intermedia artist, and is currently concluding his doctoral research on interactive storytelling. After two decades as a producer and distributor of animated films, he is now CEO of Budapest Film, the largest arthouse cinema network in Hungary that operates six prestigious arthouse cinemas with a total of 22 screens in the capital, media design lecturer of Budapest Metropolitan University, and director of Anilogue International Animation Festival.

    (Czechia, Slovakia) Ivan Hronec, Founder and CEO of Film Europe
    FILM EUROPE is a European leader in the acquisition, festival presentation, cinema distribution and television broadcasting of European and festival films, with bases in Prague, Bratislava, London and Cannes. FILM EUROPE buys and coproduces European and festival films, which it distributes to cinemas, on VOD, and broadcasts on its own television channels. Since 2009, the company has presented more than 400 top festival films at Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish cinemas and festivals.

    (Poland) Daniel Ratuszniak, Director of the New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław
    For 20 years, Daniel has been running cinemas with various profiles, and analysing the changing film market in Poland. Lover of Almodovar’s films and long bike trips. From June 2019, director of the New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław, the largest arthouse in Poland, a special place on the cinema map of Poland, a 9-room arthouse, where important film festivals, retrospectives, educational projects, events addressed to different age groups are held, a place for meetings with artists and personalities. In the last two years the cinema was nominated for The Awards of the Polish Film Institute in the category: the best cinema in Poland.

    (Poland) Marlena Gabryszewska, Studio Cinemas Association
    Film expert, Polish philologist, culture animator and manager. She started her career in the film industry in 2009 as a programmer and later head of the programme department of the Iluzjon cinema at the National Film Archive in Warsaw. For many years she has worked for film festivals, organised cultural and educational events and been a juror at numerous festivals, including the Europa Cinemas jury at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. Marlena has been President of the Studio Cinemas Association since 2019, and has become a member of the Council of the Polish Film Institute in 2021. She is one of the creators of the studio cinema platform MOJEeKINO.pl and head of Kino Elektronik, a member of the Europa Cinemas network.

    Moderator: Katarzyna Grynienko

    YR2021 is a year-long series of events taking place in Bratislava (29 June 2021), Warsaw, Budapest (November 2021) and Prague (March 2022) that will include both live and online events with panels, Q&As, podcasts and overviews of the film industry and the impacts of the pandemic in each Visegrad country. 

    We invite film professionals, film students, journalists, film critics, heads of film funds and film organisations and representatives of cultural organisations and creative industries to participate.

    Video recording is envisaged. The Chatham House Rule will apply upon the participant’s prior notice and will be off the record.

    Detailed Agenda of YR2021 Warsaw Panel Live Event (Live Event numbers of participants are limited so registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis).

    Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021
    18:15 -19:15 (CET)

    Place: Kino Muranow, Gen. W. Andersa 5
    Warsaw Poland

    You can watch the livestream starting at 18:15 CET by clicking on this link: https://vimeo.com/event/1328536/4483d77f69

    YR2021 Project Partners:

    Film New Europe (Poland)

    (FNE) is the main networking platform for film professionals in the CEE/Baltics region bringing together the heads of film funds/institutions in 17 CEE/Baltics countries. Its flagship publication FNE Daily is known globally as one of the leading publications for film and TV professionals and its team of professional journalists and researchers based in the region are known for their excellence as a primary source of information about the film and television industries in the region. FNE and the YR2021 Project are supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

    Visegrad Fund

    The International Visegrad Fund is an international donor organization established by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). Its aim is to support closer understanding and cooperation among people in the V4 region, as well as between the V4 region and other countries and regions, particularly in the non-EU neighbourhood of the Eastern Partnership countries and in the Western Balkans. The fund does fosters the development of civil society by financing joint grant projects and by awarding university scholarships and artist residencies. The fund’s annual budget of €8 million consists of equal contributions by the V4 governments.


    Kids Kino Industry

    An annual international co-production market for kids and youth content based in Warsaw, part of the Kids Kino International Film Festival, organized by New Horizons Association. Throughout our last editions we established a significant and acknowledged international B2B networking event focused on audio-visual content with a strong spotlight on new talents and projects from the CEE regions and established a considerable high profile line up of panel discussions, webinars and workshops.


    Slovak Film Institute (Slovakia)

    Slovak Film Institute (est. in 1963) is the sole national film institution in Slovakia, comprising of National Film Archive and National Cinematographic Centre. It handles producers' rights to Slovak films produced by Slovak National Studios in 1895 – 1991, and is a member of FIAF and EFP, as well as the seat of Creative Europe Desk Slovakia. The National Film Archive preserves and protects national heritage and makes it available for the public. The National Cinematographic Centre of the Slovak Film Institute is the national film promotion agency promoting Slovak films – both, classic and recent – and Slovak filmmakers internationally. The NCC provides complex information services about Slovak cinema and organizes film showcases of Slovak cinema in Slovakia and abroad.


    Institute of Documentary Film (Czech Republic)

    (IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. IDF provides both emerging and experienced filmmakers with training, financing, networking and pitching opportunities, helps them get international attention and co-productions, rewards the exceptional projects with Awards and further opportunities and improves their orientation on the international market.


    MADOKE (Hungary)

    The Hungarian Documentary Association (HDA) was founded in 2019. The main aim of the organisation is to represent and safeguard the interest of all parties involved in making documentary films in Hungary. Our goal is to initiate a conversation between the filmmakers, the audience and the decision makers. Apart from creating a platform for networking and  collaboration we wish to promote Hungarian documentary films both at home and abroad.


    Last modified on 29-09-2021