Youth about Europe: Educational Project by the Stars of Polish Film Industry

17 August 2017

The call for applications for young documentary filmmakers to participate in the new educational project Youth about Europe is now open. The deadline is September 10.


From September to November, famous masters of Polish documentary film industry will hold a series of master classes and lectures in Ukraine. At these events, the masters will tell young directors about the ways and places to look for support.


“My experience of organizing (and participating in) projects like this shows that, quite often, the authors of even the most unique, interesting, and well-developed story need an outside perspective,” says Gennady Kofman, the program director of Docudays UA and the coordinator of educational workshops Youth about Europe in Ukraine. “And it is important that they can take this perspective not only from curators and coaches, but also from colleagues that participate in the workshop with them. That way, it is easier to evaluate what ‘works’ in the story. Especially from the perspective of international audience, who are not aware of our context. All of this allows to make a film more comprehensible for the international viewer, which means it will be more successful on the international market and will be able to attract additional investment. However, it is, of course, important to find the balance between the suggestions and your own auteur style, the uniqueness of your own artistic vision.”


Last year, a similar series of workshops was implemented in the project Youth about Ukraine. You can read more about what young documentary filmmakers learned during these workshops in our blog.


The future projects of the selected participants of Youth about Europe will be curated by experienced Polish documentary filmmakers Jacek Bławut, Mirosław Dembiński, Jacek Piotr Bławut, and Paweł Łoziński.


“When you work in co-production, the first step is the most difficult. Nobody knows you yet. Trusting a director you have never worked with before with your money is a risk which few producers can take. Very often, our directors at pitchings abroad hear, ‘Your project is very interesting, but please come when you have a rough cut, then we’ll talk.” And here, again, a unique opportunity opens, not only to prepare your project under the guidance of the most famous masters, but also to present it to investors with a near-guaranteed chance to receive funding. Because in this case, the masters continue to curate the project at all stages of filmmaking. And therefore, investors invest money into names which are already well-known in documentary cinema,” adds Gennady Kofman.


The details about participation in the project and the application form can be downloaded at this link.


The project will be realized by the Doc'n'World Foundation. The project’s organizational partner in Ukraine is the International Documentary Workshop (IDW POLISH PARTNERS: Polish Film Institute (PISF), Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute in Kyiv, TVP, BelSat, Lodz Film School, Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw, Gdynia Film School, Everest Film Studio in Lodz. UKRAINIAN PARTNERS: Ukrainian National Film Agency, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA, MaGiCa Film Company.


Header photo: At one of the workshops of the Doc'n'World Foundation (photo by Vyacheslav Tsvetkov)

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