×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

SOFA Unveils Participants, Experts for Sixth Edition (EXCLUSIVE)

SOFA – School of Film Agents has revealed the lineup of its sixth edition, running Aug. 26-31 in Warsaw, Poland. The training event provides workshops for executives and entrepreneurs working in the film business, giving them the opportunity to develop their film infrastructure projects.

SOFA, led by director Nikolaj Nikitin, has invited a team of industry experts to “provide the participants with the necessary input for a practical development of their project ideas,” and “to stimulate an exchange about transnational communication, handling human resources in each of their home nation’s creative industries, and especially focusing on new media, gender issues and post-production,” according to a statement.

This year’s participants are:
Eva Brazdžionytė from Women in Film and Television, Lithuania, which aims to foster networking between women working in the Lithuanian film and TV businesses, and promote both their professional activities, and gender equality.

Agnieszka Kruk of Find Your Story, an online platform where screenwriters and filmmakers who are looking for screenplays or new talents can meet and collaborate.

Victoria Leshchenko of FAQ, a film festival that screens films and holds lectures on science and modern technologies.

Marat Parkhomovsky of IFA Digital Experiences, a web platform “dedicated to unlocking the treasures of the Israeli Film Archive” for the public.

Róbert Vámos of Satellite Trailers, whose mission is to help Central and Eastern European films boost their audiences by delivering high-quality trailers, teasers and promos.

Natia Nikoleishvili of Post Production Platform, which offers a guide to post-production facilities and staff in Georgia.

SOFA’s industry experts will include Funa Maduka, creative and acquisitions executive at Netflix Original Films in Amsterdam, Netherlands, producer Ewa Puszczyńska from Łódź, Poland, whose credits include Oscar-winner “Ida” and Cannes winner “Cold War,” Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, Oliver Baumgarten of Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken, Germany, Robert Groß, CEO of ACT in Cologne, Germany, Jowita Michalska, CEO of Digital University in Warsaw, Poland, and Cristian Nicolescu, CEO of Avanpost Digital Cube in Bucharest, Romania.

SOFA is a joint project of Filmplus gUG in Cologne and the Institute for Democratic Changes in Tbilisi, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and Creative Europe – MEDIA Program of the European Union. The 2018 workshop in Poland is also supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, and Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission.

Pictured: Funa Maduka (left), Marat Parkhomovsky (right)

More Film

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Steven Spielberg was the first to appear in a dramatic short film [...]

  • Michael Lynne

    Former New Line Co-Chairman Michael Lynne Dies at 77

    Michael Lynne, the former co-chairman of New Line Cinema who played a key role in shepherding the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at his New York home. He was 77. Lynne’s death was confirmed Monday by longtime business partner Robert Shaye, who told Variety that Lynne’s family had informed him of Lynne’s passing [...]

  • Marisa Liston

    Sony Veteran Marisa Liston to Lead Lionsgate Movie Publicity

    Lionsgate has named Sony Pictures veteran executive Marisa Liston to lead all feature film and motion picture group publicity and communications strategy. Liston, who departed Sony in late 2018 after 17 years, has been assigned the newly created title of head of global earned media and communications. She will oversee domestic and international feature film [...]

  • Studios Spurn WGA Request to Ban

    Studios Reject WGA Request to Ban Non-Franchised Talent Agents

    Studios have rejected a request by the Writers Guild of America to bar talent agents if the current franchise agreement expires on April 7, saying it could expose them to extensive legal damages. The WGA will hold five days of member voting starting March 27 on a proposed “code of conduct” eliminating agency packaging fees [...]

  • Colin Firth

    Colin Firth's Fantasy-Drama 'The Secret Garden' Bought by STX

    STXFilms has acquired North American distribution rights to “The Secret Garden,” a movie adaptation of the beloved children’s novel that was in development at Global Road Entertainment for the past year. The film stars Oscar winner Colin Firth and Julie Walters. Marc Munden (“The Crimson Petal and the White”) directs from a script by Jack [...]

  • Frank Grillo Hell on the Border

    Frank Grillo Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

    “The Purge” star Frank Grillo has signed with CAA for representation, sources tell Variety. Grillo’s long list of credits includes “The Purge: Anarchy,” “The Purge: Election Year,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Wheelman,” and “Warrior.” On the TV side, he was the star of the Audience drama series “Kingdom,” which also starred [...]

  • The Top 10 Portrayals of Record

    Music Executives on Screen: 10 Memorable Movie Portrayals

    In the Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame portrays A&R exec Tom Zutaut, the man who signed Motley Crue to Elektra and Guns N’ Roses to Geffen, while veteran character actor David Costabile (“The Wire,” “Billions”) is manager Doc McGhee. They follow in a long and illustrious line of label [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content