Polish Film Institute and EAVE - new scholarships for Polish producers

Polish Film Institute and European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EAVE, a professional training, project development and networking organization for audiovisual producers, launched the partnership that will offer a new scholarship for one Polish producer and project for the EAVE 2017 Producers Workshop.

The award of 30.000 PLN, sponsored by Polish Film Institute, towards the costs of the participation in the EAVE 2017 workshops will be granted to one of the selected projects in development pitched at the Polish Days (27-29 July), the most important industry event in Poland, held in the framework of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (21-32 July 2016) in Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture 2016.

The award will be presented during Polish Days awards ceremony on July 29th 2016 by the EAVE’s CEO – Kristina Trapp, who welcomes the new collaboration with undisguised excitement: “Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed at EAVE a young generation of strong producing talent. Recent Polish projects developed at EAVE and supported by PISF such as United States of Love (directed by Tomasz Wasilewski) that received Silver Bear at Berlinale 2016 and The Here After by Magnus von Horn screened in Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2015, illustrate this trend. We are extremely delighted that the Polish Film Institute supports upcoming producers in their international careers and could not imagine a better platform for this cooperation than the New Horizons International Film Festival, renowned for presenting uncompromising, innovative and original cinema from all over the world that explores new horizons in film language, expression and storytelling”.

Magdalena Sroka, General Director of Polish Film Institute said: “Polish producers who took part in EAVE workshops over the past few years went on to become active contributors to the European audiovisual market. It’s not just a question of expanding their professional network or assimilating theoretical knowledge of international co-productions; a key outcome is that now they do indeed produce films with European partners. That is why I’m very glad to step up our cooperation with EAVE. I hope that presenting this award at Polish Days will encourage Polish producers to have their pitches even more meticulously prepared. A good pitch is one of the best tools for understanding one’s own film project”.

Joanna Łapinska, Artistic Director of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Head of the Polish Days, confirms that the new collaboration between EAVE and Polish Film Institute that will have its finale during the festival in Wroclaw, is particularly important for the Polish film industry: “The interest in Polish cinema has visibly increased recently and so did the openness of Polish film industry toward the international collaboration. Over the past years we have worked on creating a significant platform where the Polish and foreign film professionals would meet and talk about Polish films. This award and this partnership prove to be the best quality mark for the Polish Days. But first and foremost it is a one-off chance for the Polish projects that look for the opportunities to enhance. I do believe that Polish cinema will make the most of it”.

About EAVE

EAVE is one of the leading training and development providers for producers in Europe, renowned for the EAVE Producers Workshop. The EAVE 2017 Producers Workshop is aimed at producers, both fiction and documentary, who are already working in the film and television industries who wish to begin to operate on a European wide basis by increasing their knowledge of producing and co-producing in Europe and beyond, by building up a pan European professional network. EAVE welcomes applications from associated branches of the industry – e.g. commissioning, funding, legal and finance, festivals & markets, media administration. Each year, 50 participants are selected from most of the EU countries and beyond and partake in three one-week workshops.

Timeline: interviews with a pre-selection of candidates in October 2016; selection is announced in December 2016; in 2017 three workshops take place in March (Luxembourg), June and October (Copenhagen).
For more information about the programme and application procedure, please visit: www.eave.org.

About PISF

The Polish Film Institute (PISF) is the newest film institute in Europe, established in 2005. Poland has a long tradition of quality filmmaking, marked by names such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieślowski; directors working abroad and contributing to the achievements of the world cinema such as Roman Polański and Agnieszka Holland; and cinematographers such as Janusz Kamiński and Slawomir Idziak, whose work is recognized and sought after the world over. Their accomplishments set standards of excellence that are being followed by the new generation of Polish filmmakers. The Polish Film Institute exists to help them gain international recognition for their films, and to help Polish cinema restore and maintain its traditional position in the world.The Institute’s principal task is to provide the Polish film industry with a modern mechanism of support – from the development of film projects, through production, to promotion, distribution and circulation of Polish and European films. We support films from concept to screening, with particular emphasis on international co-productions. 

About T-Mobile New Horizons IFF

T-Mobile New Horizons IFF – Poland’s biggest thriving arthouse festival, showcase of bold auteur cinema focused on uncompromising films that explore new horizons in film language, expression and storytelling. With the lively and dedicated attitude towards its audiences, it introduces new directors and new trends in films as well as explores various artistic fields throughout the city of Wroclaw. Most important industry events such as Polish Days and New Horizons Studio are part of the festivals programme.

Polish Days, one of the most important industry events in Poland, are committed to expanding an international presence of Polish cinema and building long-term relationships with the world film industry professionals. During the three days, the industry representatives such as programmers, sales agents, producers, film funds and distributors from all over the world meet to watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings. Completed films, works-in-progress and projects in development are shown and pitched to the international audience and followed by one-on-one sessions. 4th edition of Polish Days is held between July 27-29th 2016 in Wroclaw (Poland).

Applications are now open and projects will accepted until May 27th 2016 via online form on www.nowehoryzonty.pl.