SOFA in Wrocław

The first edition of the School of Film Agents (SOFA), a series of industry workshops for film professionals from Eastern and Central Europe, Germany, Central Asia, countries of the Caucasus, and Balkan states, will take place at Wrocław’s New Horizons Cinema (Kino Nowe Horyzonty) between August 19 and August 30. The project is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Supporting Innovative Projects

The aim of SOFA is to support innovative film projects and cinema projects, as well as to strengthen local film culture. The workshop is aimed at festival organizing teams, curators, film distributors, and other professionals in the field of animating and developing film culture in their respective regions. Eligible projects include film festivals, regional film funds, independent art-house cinemas, film museums, archives, VoD platforms, as well as educational initiatives.

International Experts as Workshop Curators

SOFA provides ten carefully selected film agents with accommodation in Wrocław, along with an intense workshop to develop their projects. The meetings will be attended by film agents from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, countries of the Caucasus and the Balkans, often coming from regions where film culture is faced with various problems of financial, structural and social nature. The workshop will be curated by international experts, including Claudia Dillmann (German Film Institute), Marion Döring (European Film Academy), Tudor Giurgiu (Transylvania Film Festival), Renate Rose (European Film Promotion), Katriel Schory (Israel Film Fund), Oliver Baumgarten, and Ewa Puszczyńska.

Press Conference on July 26

Specially selected workshop participants will be presented along with their projects at the press conference, which will take place on July 26 in Wrocław, during the 13th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The press conference will be attended by Nikolaj Nikitin who initiated the project, Agnieszka Odorowicz, General Director of the Polish Film Institute, Radosław Drabik, managing director of the New Horizons Association, and Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival, who is a partner of the project.

A Project Co-Financed by the Polish Film Institute

The School of Film Agents (SOFA) is a project by Filmplus UG, organized in cooperation with the city of Wrocław, the Polish Film Institute, and the New Horizons Association. SOFA is financed by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, the International Visegrad Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MEDIA Desk Poland, and the Goethe Institute in Krakow, supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Goethe Institutes in Georgia, Romania and Hungary, the Cinema Development Foundation, Film Commission Poland, and the General Consulate of Germany in Wrocław.

 

Further details available at: www.sofa2013.org.

 

Press release

 

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

03.07.2013