The workshop program Sofa will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, from Aug. 15-24. Participants are the young “film agents” of Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic Republics, Germany, Central Asia and this year, Greece, who will work closely with seasoned film business mentors to develop their projects that will have an impact on their regional film cultures.
Nikolaj Nikitin, director of Sofa, introduced the eight participants:
Anna Bielak, Poland. Her project, AUR! Magazine Awesome/Unique/Radical, is a high-quality print magazine devoted to cinema.
Daniel Deak, Hungary. Deak’s project, Festivalised — Community Platform for Film Festival Guests is a film festival advisory system that helps filmmakers find the right festival for their projects.
Kestutis Drazdauskas, Lithuania. Front — Film Republic of Networked Theaters is a cinema digitalization network for Lithuania.
Cristian Hordila, Romania. Cluj City Film Fund that the city and region Cluj-Napoca intends to draw foreign shoots and re-create a film production center around the city.
Marija Stojanovic, Serbia. “What I See — Program for Audience Development and Stimulation of Critical Appraoch in the Field of Audio-Visual Culture and Arts,” an education film project for Serbia.
Angeliki Vergou, Greece. Octapus, a VOD platform for Greek films.
Jakub Viktorin, Slovakia. DDS — Digital Database of Slovakia, an online database revolving around Slovakian film culture.
Jonas Weydemann, Germany. Directors Collection, a B2B platform connecting producers and world sales agents directly with national cinemas around Europe, providing a transparent system for licensors and licensees.
The eight participants will work closely with experts and mentors including Roberto Olla of Eurimages, Ewa Puszczynska of Opus Film, Renaud Redien-Collot of Paris’ Novancia Business School, pitching expert Sibylle Kurz, Peter Rommel of Berlin-based Peter Rommel Film and Katriel Schory of the Israel Film Fund.
“From innovative VOD solutions to a large-scale national cinema/theatrical digitalization project to the founding of a regional film subsidy initiative, the breadth of the Sofa projects reflects — with impressive ideas — the structural challenges we are attempting to address in those respective regions,” said Nikitin in a statement.