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.
New Europe Film Sales, the organizer of Warsaw Sessions, also gives an opportunity to the Polish film professionals to benefit from the event and this year organizes a Warsaw Sessions Open Day.
In the cooperation with some of the experts invited to Warsaw the Open Day will include 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 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 we will host the screening of the film 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.