Organized in the frame of the 16th T-Mobile New Horizons International FF in Wrocław, the 7th New Horizons Studio's aimed to raise awareness of the importance of pitch in a film pre-production process and offers training in pitching to 24 participants from 10 countries all over Europe. Two-day intense teaching is composed of lectures on production, promotion and distribution of a film and a team-to-expert sessions about the pitch itself. The following professionals shared their know-how with Studio participants in 2016: Ewa Puszczyńska (producer of Academy Award-winning Ida), Vincent Lucassen (documentary producer and digital distribution specialist in Under the Milky Way), Kasia Karwan (sales agent, Moonstruck Films), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions), Raymond Phathanavirangoon (producer and programmer), and Patrick Fischer and David Pope of the London Film Academy.
This year the jury selecting the best pitch (composed of David Pope, Vincent Lucassen, producer Alexandra Leszczyńska and Agata Czerner of Torino Film Lab) decided to split the awards into two parts: the award of the London Film Academy offered mentorship session to the team of Leonardo Cariglino, Monika Majorek and Joanna Malicka. The post-production facilities at the Arenberg Creative Mine studio in Lille (to the value of 10,000 Euro) will be available for the team of Arjun Talwar, Teresa Czepiec and Maria Siniarska.
The New Horizons Studio program was completed with an insightful masterclass by Marta Golba and Michał Marczak, producer-director team behind All These Sleepless Nights, the movie that after having garnered a directing award at Sundance earlier this year scored the Audience Award at the New Horizons Competition at the 16th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.
The New Horizons Studio is organized by New Horizons Association, London Film Academy and Creative Europe Desk Poland in collaboration with the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv, Italian Institute in Kraków, Embassy of the Netherlands, Istituto Camoes, Romanian Cultural Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw and Transilvania Intetrnational FF, IndieLisboa and Tel Aviv International Student FIlm Festival.