Festival Daily
23 July 2011
Day 3 - New Horizons Studio

In addition to its central role as Poland's largest showcase for a wealth of films from around the world, New Horizons also offers a number of platforms for industry delegates. Now in its second year, New Horizons Studio, gives up-and-coming talent the opportunity to glean essential information from key industry personal.

The 24 participants attending the workshops include director Kasia Rosłaniec (Mall Girls), writer-director Paweł Ferdek (Ki), producer Małgorzata Sandecka (Essential Killing) and composer Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz. And with the participation of Transylvania, Lisbon and Cinessonne film festivals, as well as the Norwegian Film Institute, the event will also host 10 participants from Romania, Portugal, France and Norway.

This year also sees the participation of London Film Academy, Media Desk Polska and course supervisor Hayet Benkara when organising the sessions. Anna McDonald, the LFA's co-founder and joint principal, will be present for two days of the workshop and has secured the participation of a number of film industry delegates, including filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski (Love and Death on Long Island, Owning Mahoney) and producers Ivana McKinnon (Slumdog Millionaire, The Scouting Book for Boys, The Descent 2) and Ri Chakraborty (The Private Life of Harley Street, Sleepwalker Terrors). Other speakers include Juliette Jansen (Rotterdam IFF), Anais Clanet (Wide Management), Beata Mońka (Canal+) and Hugo Viera da Silva, the writer-director of Swans)

One of the most eagerly anticipated sessions during the event will be a masterclass with Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr. His latest film, The Turin Horse, a winner at this year's Berlinale, will also screen during the festival. The masterclass will offer an insight into the work of one of contemporary cinema's most challenging filmmakers, whose work has been described by Jim Jarmusch as offering 'the strange and beautiful potential of narrative cinema that so often lies hidden behind predictable conventions and formulas. The event takes place on 26 July and is open to the public.

After the opening session, participants will attend a variety of workshops covering a range of disciplines. They include guides to pitching, promotion, networking and marketing. There is an overview of festivals and a discussion on alternative distribution methods. Each participant's aim will be their involvement in the production of a film, but without understanding these aspects, they diminish their chances of realising their goal.

There are also sessions on writing, with Richard Kwietniowski bringing his skill and knowledge to bear on the many challenges facing screenwriters. He will also be one of the speakers, along with Hugo Viera da Silva, on a session that offers tips to filmmakers, from working in Hollywood to screening their films at major festivals around the world.

Ivana McKinnon will present a session on her role as a producer. A guest tutor at the LFA, she discusses the importance of finding the right projects and collaborators, as well as the dos and don'ts of international film production. there is also an opportunity for one-to-one sessions with the speakers.

Following on from last year's successful first edition, it is hoped that this year's New Horizons Studio participants will leave having learned first-hand what is needed to enhance their roles. And they will hopefully return to the festival in a few years time to attend a screening of their own films.

Ian Haydn Smith
International Film Guide

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