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Era News Horizons launches Studio for young professionals

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For the first time in the history of the Era New Horizons Film Festival, organisers have set up workshops for young film industry professionals: the New Horizons Studio. From July 26-29, there will be classes on how the international market works (pitching, film promotion, festival strategies, international sales, etc) and participants will also work on individual projects.

All the sessions and conferences will be led by experts from different countries, including producer Julie Baines (Dan Films); international seller Tine Klint (LevelK); and Rik Vermeulen (executive director of Transylvania Film Festival and consultant for Rotterdam Festival).

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The programme, which also includes master classes led by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), was put together by Sandy Lieberson (director of Film London and collaborator at Talent Campus), who will also participate as a conference speaker. The event is co-organised by MEDIA Desk Polska, with partners Michael Ihlein and Gosia Dobrowolska.

The Films On Art International Competition will also highlight subjects dear to film professionals, such as the process of creation, sources of inspiration and audience reception of works. Titles include Claudio Pazienza’s Archipels Nitrate (prize-winner at Montreal Film Festival 2010), a poetic montage of hundreds of clips of pre-war films; and Wiktoria Szymańska’s Themerson & Themerson, which centres on a legendary couple of Polish artists, who made avant-garde films in the 1930s.

Guests will also share their professional experiences as part of the New Horizons of Film Language section, which this year focuses on the image. Among the participants are Peter Mettler (Petropolis), César Charlone (Blindness), Pierre-Paul Renders (Thomas In Love) and Peter Hjorth (The Boss of It All).

(Translated from French)

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