40th Gdynia Film Festival. Industry Events
It has become a tradition that the Gdynia Film Festival screenings are complemented by numerous meetings and special events. A handful of conferences and debates will be an opportunity for the Polish filmmakers environment to meet up – including not only the oldest industry event, that is the Polish Filmmakers Association Forum but also discussion panels devoted to the promotion overseas, development, the film for children, postproduction and public media.
DEBATE BY “FORBES”: PUBLIC OR POLITICAL MEDIA?
The public media in Poland need two important things: stable financing, which would free them from the toxic competition with commercial media and separation from politicians. Whereas the latter is possible only if the first is provided. That is because stable financing means also elimination of discretionary system, which is something the politicians really love.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, ATLANTIC SCREENING ROOM, WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 4 PM
PANEL: CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT. PROPOSITIONS OF CHANGES IN POLISH FILM INSTITUTE OPERATIONAL PROGRAMMES
The panel on the new rules for application for the Polish Film Institute Operational Programmes “Project Development” and “Film Production” devoted solely to feature film debuts. The event is co-organised by the Warsaw Film School.
MULTIKINO, SCREENING ROOM 3, WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 6 PM
POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION FORUM
The Gdynia fora of the Polish Filmmakers Association – the biggest one in the country – for years have been a place of heated debates over the most important issues related to the filmmaking community. A decade after the Law on Cinematography was passed, the Polish cinema is in a great shape. This success was possible thanks to all the members of a filmmaking community, however, it shouldn’t lull us into a false sense of security. There is still a lot to do in the sphere of law and organisation! We invite you to join the discussion.
HOTEL MERCURE GDYNIA CENTRE, SATURDAY, 19TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 12 AM
PANEL: “SELLING POINTS: HOW TO PROMOTE POLISH FILMS ABROAD?”
The Oscar victory of “Ida” galvanised Polish filmmaking community and only proved that indeed sky is the limit as far as the promotion of Polish cinema abroad and its global success are concerned. At the same time, it put a question mark, especially among young producers and sales agents, over which strategy in the foreign promotion of Polish film may be most effective. Attempting to answer this question, the Gdynia Film Festival prepared the “Selling Points” panel in partnership with the Creative Europe Desk Poland. The meeting aims at discussing how to position and talk about Polish cinema and adjust the strategy to a specific project so that the film made in the country on the Vistula River would reach all the latitudes and be widely acclaimed by the audience and critics.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, THURSDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 1 PM
DEBATE: TODAY’S CINEMA FOR CHILDREN IN POLAND – SUCCESES AND PERSPECTIVES
The Film Festival Ale Kino! and the Gdynia Film Festival invite you to the presentation of the significant achievements in the Polish children’s cinema over the past few years. We believe in the power of a good example and hope that one day those still exceptional phenomena will become commonplace for the film in Poland.
MULTIKINO, SCREENING ROOM 8, WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 11.30 AM
ORKA STUDIO PANEL: “IT CAN BE DONE IN “POST” – POSTPRODUCTION OF IMAGE AND SOUND – WELL-RUN, IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK”
Orka Studio invites you to the panel on the modern postproduction of image and sound. Guest speakers will present the stages of video material digital processing. Colourist Marcelina Górka will explain the differences in approaching a digital image and a standard tape. Special effects supervisor Michał Konwicki will analyse a case study of designing special effects for feature film projects. Bartez Putkiewicz from Cafe Ole will review the modern methods of film sound engineering.
MULTIKINO, SCREENING ROOM 8, THURSDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 11.30 AM
CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE FOR THE FILMMAKING COMMUNITY ON THE FORWARD PROJECT
FORWARD is a three-year EU funded project (2013-2016) aiming at creating an automated system to assess the rights status for all types of audiovisual works, including orphan works. The system will search and process the information that is necessary to define the rights status of an audiovisual work. This way, cultural institutions, commercial entities and all potential users of audiovisual works will get a clear indication whether a given work is in public domain or in-copyright, and in this case, whether it is an orphan work, and under which conditions it can be used across Europe.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, THURSDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 11 AM.
“Memory of Film” conference on the 60th anniversary of the National Film Archive
The National Film Archive celebrates its 60th anniversary. The conference for the filmmaking community, under the name “Memory of Film”, will be dedicated to the institution’s plans for the upcoming years (until 2020). There will be a presentation of the trailer directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and fragments of the film presenting statements made by outstanding figures of the Polish cinematography.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, FRIDAY, 18th SEPTEMBER 2015, 11 AM
WORKSHOPS: LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE RELATION BETWEEN AUDIOVISUAL WORK CO-AUTHOR AND PRODUCER
The meeting organised by Film & TV Kamera will be devoted to significant and practical copyright issues concerning the relation between a producer of an audiovisual work, in particular film, and its co-authors. The main subjects to be discussed include: joint authorship contribution to an audiovisual work, contribution not fitting the characteristics of a work as such, works created independently, rules governing the formulation of cooperation agreements between an audiovisual work co-author and a producer, as well as co-author’s copyright remuneration. The event will be hosted by Agnieszka Malczewska, an expert in the field of intellectual property rights, from the Law Firm Bukowski and Partners, Krakow-Katowice.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, FRIDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 3 PM
HBO MASTERCLASS: DAVID SIMON
The special guest of this year’s HBO Masterclass is David Simon – American screenwriter, producer, writer and former journalist. Simon is the author of a famous HBO TV series “The Wire”. He also produced and wrote a screenplay for a miniseries “Generation Kill”, TV series “Treme” and the latest 6-episode “Show Me a Hero” which premiered on HBO in August.
MULTIKINO, SCREENING ROOM 3, TUESDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 4:15 PM
POLISH-LITHUANIAN CO-PRODUCTION MEETING / PRESENTATION OF COPRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES WITH LITHUANIA
Conference on the Klaipeda-Gdynia Expedition on the Brabander sailboad, on which Polish and Lithuanian producers were presenting their projects and were looking for co-production partners. Presentation of the film and sailing event by the participants and a an overview of the co-production possibilities with Lithuania. Event organized in cooperation with Lithuanian Film Center, Polish Film Institute, Film Commission Poland and Gdynia Film Festival.
OPEN EVENT HOTEL MERCURE, GDYNIA CENTRE, LASER ROOM, THURSDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 11:00
WORKSHOPS: “MIDPOINT: TRAINING THE TRAINERS” + PAVEL JECH MASTERCLASS
The presentation of the international workshops addressed to professionals and those who would like to work with a screenplay, e.g. consultants, teachers, producers and specialists responsible for the evaluation of film projects. The meeting will be complemented by the masterclass of Pavel Jech – the Dean of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Head of Studies of the Midpoint Programme.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 12 PM
TORINO FILM LAB
The Audience Design programme organised by TorinoFilmLab is devoted to audiovisual professionals willing to gain hands-on experience in audience engagement strategies for international independent film projects both at the stage of development and distribution. The training course combines workshops, international conferences and on-line sessions. Teams of participants work on developing crossplatform strategies that address the needs of evolving media market and allow international independent film productions reach their potential audience. During the Gdynia session, together with the producers of three projects supported by TFL Distribution Fund, six participants from Belgium, China, Poland and Italy will co-work on building innovative strategies of audience engagement at the level of distribution.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, MORSKIE OKO SCREENING ROOM, FRIDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 5 PM
Legal Culture actively promotes conscious participation in culture. The foundation popularises using legal sources and shapes the feeling of responsibility in the digital reality. Its campaigns call attention to using legal sources in the internet and beyond, raise the awareness and spread the knowledge about the safety in the web and dangers related to piracy. Legal Culture leads workshops, conferences and seminars on the copyright, film and media education and builds the community of culture creators and recipients. The Legal Sources Database is one of the projects on its website www.legalnakultura.pl. In progress are the works on the search engine for the legally available media designed to change the quality of access to legal resources in the internet. For all the Festival week, Legal Culture invites you to an internet café in the Musical Theatre and Legal Box Office where you can talk to a legal counsel about legal details of film production.
THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE PARK, MONDAY-FRIDAY, 14TH-18TH SEPTEMBER
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE
This edition of the Festival will be special as a day before its start (13th September), an official opening of the Gdynia Film Centre will be held. Besides the Musical Theatre, Multikino, the Gdynia Hotel and the Helios cinema, the Gdynia Film Centre will become one of the official venues of the Festival screenings and meetings. During the 40th Gdynia Film Festival, Jerzy Rados and Sławomir Pultyn will take yet another, a third, after those from 2005 and 2010, filmmakers’ family photo. One of the most important elements of this year’s jubilee edition of the Festival will be the premiere of the digitization project of the Festival archive entitled “The Virtual Festival”.
Stand: Polish Actors, Polish Filmmakers, SFP – ZAPA
Virtual Casting Databases: Polish Actors and Polish Filmmakers, the Polish Filmmakers Association – Audiovisual Authors and Producers Association (SFP-ZAPA), and the Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP) invite to the Musical Theatre to visit an unusual stand arranged in the style of the cinema of the 20’s. In the space designed with attention to every detail, it will be possible not only to talk about the Polish cinema but also to register at the www.aktorzypolscy.pl and www.filmowcypolscy.pl web services (the websites will operate from 14th September), to gain information about the functioning of SFP-ZAPA (the mass management organisation, constituting part of SFP, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year) and SFP, as well as to take a photo with the art direction and costumes of the 20’s.
THE MUSICAL THEATRE, EVERY DAY
FILMMAKERS FAMILY PHOTO
All the filmmakers are invited to a family photo celebrating the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. The project by Jerzy Rados and Sławomir Pultyn from the Gdynia Film School will take place twice: on Tuesday and Saturday on Grunwaldzki Square. Due to the presence at the Festival, some of the guests will appear on both diptych photos and some only on one of them. The event documenting the jubilee edition of the Festival is held under the auspices of Jacek Bromski – the General Board President of the Polish Filmmakers Association.
GRUNWALDZKI SQUARE, TUESDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015, SATURDAY, 19TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 11:30 AM
The Virtual Festival is a pioneer project the main objective of which is to present on the Gdynia Film Festival website various documents, graphics and prints from the early years of the event. This project has been prepared by the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia in close cooperation with the Film Museum in Łódź. The first part of the virtual exhibition is to be presented in September 2015 during the 40th edition of the Gdynia Film Festival. The collection will be subsequently expanded until the end of November 2015. The Festival website will present pictures, catalogues, festival papers, statuettes, prints, letters, trailers, chronicles, etc.
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, TUESDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 3 PM
“10 YEARS OF EMOTIONS” – FILM SCREENING
Ten years ago, those who remembered the achievements of the Polish Film School or “the cinema of moral anxiety” were wringing their hands: in 2005, only 800 000 tickets for Polish films were sold. Ten years later, the Polish cinema gathered in screening rooms over 11 million people. How did this happen and what were the feelings of the founders and employees of PISF or the creators of the films from the last decade? Jerzy Śladkowski goes behind the scenes of the events that led to the first Polish Oscar for the best foreign language film (and more than 2700 other awards for the Polish filmmakers during the last couple of years).
GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, WARSZAWA SCREENING ROOM, FRIDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 5 PM (INVITATION ONLY)
THE NEWSREEL OF THE 40TH GDYNIA FILM FESTIVAL
“The Newsreel of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival” consists of three short documentary films produced during the Festival by students of three film schools: Urszula Morga from the Gdynia Film School, Wojciech Klimala from the Wajda School and Alex Casianow from Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia. The young filmmakers, under artistic custody of outstanding professors: Jacek Bławut, Marcel Łoziński and Maciej Pieprzyca, depict the Festival in a totally different way than offered by typical media release. The project is run by Jerzy Rados, who has been documenting Gdynia Film Festival for 9 years now. This experiment aims at continuous search for new ways of documentary perception of the Festival’s microcosm, condensed with famous people, competitive challenges and intriguing events. The screenings of consecutive parts of the Chronicle are held on Wednesday 16th September, Thursday 17th September and Friday 18th September in the evening, just before the last competition screening at the Musical Theatre in Gdynia and before selected screenings at the Gdynia Film Centre.
MUSICAL THEATRE, GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 16TH-18TH SEPTEMBER 2015
COMMON BALTIC. SHORT FILM CONTEST
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the flagship project Culture.pl, the Gdynia Film Festival, the Pomeranian Film Foundation and the Gdynia Film School announced a contest for short film about the identity of the countries located in the Baltic Sea region. The participants of the contest had 4 summer weeks to prepare their films. The contest was open to all residents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast and St. Petersburg), Iceland and Poland. Three selected finalists, whose films raised the subject related to the Baltic Sea region – its culture, cultural identity, history, society and continuous transformation, have been invited to Gdynia.
MUSICAL THEATRE, YOUNG GALA, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2015, 8 PM (THE AWARD CEREMONY, INVITATION ONLY)
Phot. Bartłomiej Tretkowski, Shark Foto Studio