Another edition of the Warsaw Kids Film Forum was held- an industry event accompanying the Kids Film Festival. The rich program of the event and the representation of various sectors of the film industry both from the country and from around the world makes the Warsaw forum included on the map of co-production events devoted to children’s and family cinema in Europe, to events such as The Financing Forum for Kids Content in Malmo or Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam.
This year we had the pleasure of hosting even more guests from Poland and abroad, including TV, film institutions, regional funds, producers, sales agents, distributors, writers and directors. Over 200 people took part in the event. Our guests were representatives from 25 countries including: Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Canada, Luxembourg, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. , Sweden, Ukraine, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.
We were delighted to see a significant presence of experts from the film and television industry who actively participated in pitching sessions commenting on presentations and projects in terms of sales and distribution potential. The meeting was attended by representatives of, among others, Canal + France and Poland, Polish Polsat, Norwegian NRK TV, Finnish YLE, Croatian public television HRT, German NDR, Dutch NTR, British Internet platform Hopster TV, distributors from Poland –Next Film and Monolith, Croatia – Radar, France –Millimage, Spain – Flins y Piniculas or Belgium – JEF Distribution. There were also representatives and representatives of national and international sales agencies: German Pluto Media and Global Screen, Duch Features from the Netherlands, Canadian Attraction Distribution, IKH Pictures Promotion and New Europe Film Sales from Poland as well as Pink Parrot Media (Spain), SF FIlmindustri (Sweden ), Charades (France).
The three-day event concluded with the award ceremony. Four prizes were granted by the Forum’s partners and one by the organizer of the Kids Film.Pro workshop.
–The Financing Forum for Kids Content awarded Twisted Tales presented by Sara Bozanič and Petra Bertalanič (Slovenia). The prize is an invitation to a partner pitching forum in Malmo, Sweden in 2019. At the same time, Kids Regio invited the project to take part in the Berlinale Meeting Point conference – organized during the Berlinale festival,
–The Center of Audiovisual Technologies (CeTA) granted 2 awards in the form of in-kind contribution to film production and post-production. The first prize, worth PLN 80,000, went to Pronto Film: Sashko Chubko and Kateryny Kopylova for the Ring of Life project (Ukraine); the second financial contribution of PLN 60,000 went to Nukleus Film: Sinisa Jurcić and Petar Oreskovic for the Young Tesla and The Poachers (Croatia).
– An invitation to the European Audiovisual Enterpreneurs (EAVE) Marketing Workshops held in Luxembourg this autumn, was given to Agnieszka Rostropowicz-Rutkowska responsible for the promotion of the Triple Trouble project (the second part of the well received film Trouble), produced by Koi Studio (Poland).
– An invitation to the first edition of the international development workshop for Kids Film.Pro 2019 was granted to Little Odyssey project presented by Gabriela Košťál Duchoňová and Jakub Kouril (Czech Republic).
Warsaw Kids Film Forum, which took place on September 26-28 in Muranów Cinema, Warsaw, is the only co-production forum in Poland devoted to children’s and family cinema. During the three days of the Forum, a conference devoted to case studies and master classes focused on building children and family cinema audiences and marketing strategies for selected European film and series productions were held. In addition, the participants took part in pitching sessions (Script Exchange) and projects at the development stage (Development) as well as those at the advanced stage of production (Work in Progress). The session consisted also of 31 pitchings and 6 presentations.
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Polish Institute of Film Art
Culture Office of the Capital City of Warsaw Creative Europe
The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Akademie für Kindermedien, European Audiovisual Enterpreneurs, Audiovisual Technology Center, Polish FIlmowa Commission, Script Fiesta and Warsaw Film School, Association of Polish Animation Producers, Jewish Historical Institute, European Children’s Film Association.
Media patrons: Film Pro magazine and Film New Europe