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Docs to Start

2.06, 10.00 – 13.00 PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS – MOS 1

2.06, 14.30 – 18.30 ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS – MOS 4

RECORDED PITCHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WATCH IN THE KFF INDUSTRY GUEST ZONE FROM JUNE 3

6.06, 15.00 – 19.00 CEST ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS ONLINE

access with passes: Industry, Industry Pro, Industry Light, Media

A presentation of recent Polish documentary projects in development stage preceded by intensive workshop Doc Lab Poland: Doc Lab Start. Its purpose is to find additional source of financing and potential coproduction partners.

SELECTED  PROJECTS:

A HOLE IN THE WALL  director: Arjun Talwar, producer / production company: Karolina Śmigiel – Uni-Solo Studio

Filmmaker Arjun Talwar observes the street he lives on. Through the eyes of an immigrant, he looks at today’s Poland, encountering stories of migration, past and present.

DIARY OF A REBEL – KRYSTIAN LUPA director: Sylvie Derdacki, producer / production company: Mikołaj Pokromski – Pokromski Studio

As every Tuesday, Krystian Lupa gets on a train to Warsaw. The landscape passing outside the window blends with other images, transporting us into the world of this insightful artist and visionary.

GO&SEE  director: Julia Kuzka, producer / production company: Małgorzata Małysa – Furia Film

Weronika, an experienced model, goes to Tokyo for the last contract. In Poland she leaves her beloved sister and boyfriend. Far away from home she’s trying to figure out what to do with her life next.

INSURANCE AGAINST METEORITES director: Natalia Śliwkowska, Jorit Amit Galama, producer / production company: TBC

Since her brother died in a mysterious car accident, Natalia grew up under the weight of her mother’s obsession with his unresolved death. 20 years later, as a filmmaker, she searches for the truth.

MIREK, MACIEJ AND THE THIRD ONE director: Adela Kaczmarek, producer / production company: Marta Pielasz, Paweł Jóźwiak – Unsin Studio

Jesus suddenly enters the lives of long-time gay lovers – Mirek and Maciek. Will they be able to reconcile two different worlds?

ON MY OWN TERMS director: Tadeusz Chudy, producer / production company: Dominika Pałka – DJ Film Dominika Pałka

Paweł, a boy from a orphanage, has a chance to fight for his future. Although everyone sees a future boxing champion in him, he is not sure if he is ready to start his adult life.

THE PERFECT DATE director: Małgorzata Goliszewska, producer / production company: Agnieszka Skalska – ZPR Media S.A.

Are you turning 36 soon and haven’t met your dream life partner yet? Dating apps, relationship coaches and psychotherapy aren’t helping? Design the man of your dreams at the astrologer!

TENDERNESS OF TRANSIENCE director: Mateusz Pularski, producer / production company: Joanna Zielińska – Big Wave Films

A story about people who, as a result of mourning, experience a radical life transformation. Anja – a certified mourning companion – helps them go through the difficult time of losing a loved one.

TOWARDS THE SUN director: Agnieszka Kokowska, producer / production company: Justyna Ziemkiewicz, Sławomir Richter, Michał Zamencki – Warsaw Production Team sp. z o.o.

Kasia and Robert, parents of 3 sons, decided to sell their house, pack in a camper van and go on a journey of life to be closer to each other. The freedom they’ve gained became a serious family test.

YOUNG BLOOD director: Agata Baumgart, producer / production company: Grzegorz Pacek – Mokry Nos Psa Sp. z o.o.

Growing up girls want to tell the world a story about why teenagers don’t want to live and how they enter adulthood battling a mental health crisis.

DOC LAB POLAND AWARDS FOR THE BEST PROJECTS PRESENTED AT DOCS TO START:

HBO Max Award – 10 000 PLN in cash

SMAKJAM Award – image postproduction services worth of 25 000 PLN

ORKA Award – image postproduction services worth of 20 000 PLN

FIXAFILM Award – image postproduction services worth of 15 000 PLN

MX35 Award – film equipment rental services worth of 10 000 PLN

CAFE OLE Award – sound postproduction services worth of 10 000 PLN

DOK Leipzig Special Mention – invitation to Co‐pro Meetings in Leipzig

Institute of Documentary Film Special Mention – invitation to East Doc Platform

Polish Docs Pro Special Mention – support of international promotion and invitation to one of the key world documentary industry even

DOC LAB START TUTORS

Jacek Bławut Jacek Bławut is a film producer, director and cinematographer. Lecturer at film schools in Łódź, Berlin, Hannover and Warsaw. Member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Filmmakers Association. His films earned numerous awards at film festivals i.a. Tampere Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, Krakow Film Festival, Camerimage and Toronto International Film Festival.

Lidia Duda – Screenwriter and documentary film director. Her achievements include a number of important documentaries. She received the Grand Prix at the Krakow Film Festival twice, first time for Hercules (2005) and later for Entangled (2012). Winner of film festivals in Chicago, New York, Houston, Istanbul, Mexico, Moscow, Prague. Duda is a Grand Press laureate for At Us in Pietrasze. Has worked as an independent artist for several years. Member of the Association of Polish Filmmakers, Polish Academy of Film and Polish Documentary Film Directors Guild.

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and U.S. film funding specialist. A 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, Holder leads workshops, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served as the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of New York Women in Film and grant panelist for national and local funders. She co-directed/produced Joe Papp in Five Acts. Currently working on One Person, One Vote?

Hanka Kastelicová – is the VP and Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Max EMEA. Based in the Prague office, she works closely with HBO Max’s production centres and is responsible for developing and producing HBO Max’s documentary in EMEA. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Worked for more than 25 years as a documentary director and producer. She commissions and co-produces documentary programming, focusing on feature-length productions and documentary series.

Paweł Łoziński – Director, director of photography and producent od documentary films. Graduate of the Directing Department at Polish National Film School in Łódź. Author of more than 20 award-winning documentary films. He worked as an assistant to Krzysztof Kieślowski on Three Colors: White. He makes distinct and emotionally charged films about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. Author of the films such as Birthplace, Sisters, Chemo, Father and son, You Have No Idea How Much I Love You. His latest film, The Balcony Movie, won at Locarno IFF, Biarritz IFF, Triest IFF and ZagrzebDox.

Paul Pauwels – Content & CoCurrently is the managing director for the Belgium consulting company Congoo bv. Has been the director of European Documentary Network (EDN) for six years, after having collaborated with that organisation for a decade and a half. Paul has a long track record of working with international documentary co‐productions from both a commissioning and production point of view. He has been the managing director of the media academy ETMA in France, commissioning editor for the Belgium public service broadcaster VRT/Canvas and has almost 35 years of experience with producing documentaries.

Małgorzata Świderska Film and TV director, a PhD student at the Film and TV Direction Department at Polish National Film School in Łódź. Author of documentaries, opera screen adaptations, over a thousand of movie trailers and TV commercials. She is a lecturer at Polish National Film School in Łódź and an author of visual identification video campaign for Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa. She directed a documentary Let’s Use It. A Story of Polish Design. Świderska is currently the person in charge of multimedia and visual identification of Andrzej Wajda Center for Film Culture in Warsaw.

Anna Wydra – She runs Otter Films, Warsaw‐based production company focused on art‐house fiction and documentary films. Together with director Bartek Konopka she got an Oscar nomination for the documentary Rabbit à la Berlin. She produced or co‐produced many documentary movies: 6 Degrees, Deep Love, Domino Effect, Art of Disappearing and Communion (European Film Award). Films produced by Anna won awards at Locarno IFF, Hot Docs, Krakow FF, Jihlava IDFF and Warsaw IFF. Feature film Zud by Marta Minorowicz had its premiere on Berlinale and Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy was nominated to Palme d’Or at Cannes FF.

Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen  – Has a master’s degree in Theatre and Film Science from the University in Utrecht. Already during her studies she started specializing in documentary and got involved in the first edition of IDFA, by then a small but sparkling initiative to bring back documentary on the big screen in Amsterdam. At IDFA she was from the beginning mainly involved in programming. She curated several programs at IDFA. From February 2007 on she is Head of the Industry office of IDFA. In this position she is in charge of the professionals program of IDFA including the markets FORUM and Docs for Sale.

Małgorzata Świderska – Film and TV director, a PhD student at the Film and TV Direction Department at Polish National Film School in Łódź. Author of documentaries, opera screen adaptations, over a thousand of movie trailers and TV commercials. She is a lecturer at Polish National Film School in Łódź and an author of visual identification video campaign for Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa. She directed an internationally screened documentary Let’s Use It. A Story of Polish Design. She is a co‐founder and an activist in Kobiety Filmu – an association of Polish female filmmakers. Małgorzata Świderska is currently the person in charge of multimedia and visual identification of Centrum Kultury Filmowej im. Andrzeja Wajdy (Andrzej Wajda Center for Film Culture) in Warsaw.

Anna Wydra – She runs Otter Films, Warsaw‐based production company, focused on art‐house fiction and documentary films for cinema and TV, with an emphasis on the international market. Together with director Bartek Konopka she got an Oscar nomination for the documentary Rabbit à la Berlin. She produced or co‐produced many documentary movies incl: 6 Degrees, Deep Love, Domino Effect, Art of Disappearing and Communion (European Film Award). Films produced by Anna won awards on many festivals including Locarno IFF, Leipzig DOK Festival, Hot Docs, Krakow FF, Jihlava IDFF and Warsaw IFF. Feature film Zud by Marta Minorowicz had its premiere on Berlinale IFF and Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy was nominated to Palme d’Or at Cannes FF. Anna is a member of The European Film Academy.

Docs to Start jest współorganizowane przez Fundację Filmową im. Władysława Ślesickiego w ramach DOC LAB POLAND