Second edition of the New Europe Warsaw Sessions

The second edition of the New Europe Warsaw Sessions will take place on 23-27 June. This year the organizers will do an open day for everyone who is interested in promoting European cinema.

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.

Jan Komasa, Maria Sadowska, Michał Marczak among the participants 

Participants of the first edition of the New Europe Warsaw Sessions. Photo by Kamila Szuba

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).

Open Day

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 (USA; NEON – US distributor of the film “Border”), Michael Arnon (Germany; Wolf PR – international PR of the film). The moderator of the panel will be Mike Goodridge (UK; director of International Film Festival Macao, former CEO of Protagonist Pictures and editor-in-chief of Screen International).

Later that day there will be a screening of “Border” by Ali Abbasi with a special introduction by Isabella Eklöf, the co-writer of the film and participant of Warsaw Sessions.

The discussion panel will take place in the U-Jazdowski Cinema (Jazdów 20 on Thursday June 27th at 12.00 – 14.00 – FREE ENTRY – The discussion will be held in English.

The screening of the “Border” will take place in Cinema Amondo (Żurawia 20) at 17.00. Tickets are available at the cinema.

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.

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