The New Horizons’ Polish Days and Studio+ announce their awards
- New projects by Olga Chajdas and Leiv Igor Devold are among the winners, while emerging talents were awarded during the New Horizons Studio+
The twelfth edition of Polish Days (24-26 July) was held during the 22nd New Horizons International Film Festival. Co-organised with the Polish Film Institute in Wrocław, it concluded with the announcement of the award winners by head of industry Weronika Czołnowska and festival director Marcin Pieńkowski. During special closed screenings, more than 150 guests from Poland and abroad watched the latest Polish projects at all stages of production, including completed films and fragments of films in post-production, as well as presentations of projects in development.
Regarding the projects in development, Grandpa, Let’s Go!, the new family road movie by Olga Chajdas, was the recipient of the Fixafilm Postproduction Award, which is covering post production costs (worth up to 30.000 PLN). According to the director’s statement, the project is an “adventure, a journey, a treasure hunt, a modern Indiana Jones with ponytails. It is Indiana Jones for this generation, for young viewers, who like to listen to their grandparents’ stories, for grandparents who still want to inspire, and for parents who pretend they don’t care.” Grandpa, Let’s Go! is produced by Karolina Galuba and Małgorzata Małysa for FURIA Film and the film is set to be produced in 2024.
No Problemo Music decided to award two projects: Grandpa, Let’s Go! from the pitching session, and the coming-of-age family drama Film for Aliens, directed by Piotr Stasik, from the works in progress.
Norwegian Dream, a coming-of-age drama by Leiv Igor Devold currently in post-production, received the Screen International Award which includes coverage of the film’s life cycle. The film centres on Robert, a Polish immigrant working at a fish factory in Norway who realises that he has feelings for his colleague Ivar. The film is a Polish-Norwegian-German co-production produced by Solo Film, Spaett Film, and Riva Film.
Just before the Polish Days, the thirteenth New Horizons Studio+ took place (21-24 July), in partnership with Creative Europe Desk Poland. After a series of workshops and lectures, emerging European directors and producers took part under the supervision of experts.
The New Horizons Association / London Film Academy Main Award was bestowed upon the Georgian project Milk & Honey by Tornike Gogrichiani, produced by Tekla Machavariani. The prize includes script consultancy sponsored by the London Film Academy. The Last Warm Summer, the new feature project by Polish director Daria Woszek (Marygoround [+see also:
interview: Daria Woszek
film profile]) and produced by Michał Jarosik received the Ale kino+ Television Channel Award, which is the Letter of Intent for TV distribution. Furthermore, Last Night I Conquered the City of Thebes, directed by Gabriel Azorín and produced by Carlos Pardo, and The Great Adventure, directed by Cecilia Stefanescu and produced by Marius Balanescu, each received a Special Mention. Finally, the Pop Up Residency Visegrad was awarded to Katarzyna Trzaska for her project Rebel Girls.
Here is the complete list of winners at the twelfth Polish Days and the thirteenth New Horizons Studio+:
Fixafilm Postproduction Award
Grandpa, Let's Go! – Olga Chajdas (Poland)
Producers: Karolina Galuba, Małgorzata Małysa (FURIA Film)
No Problemo Music Award
Grandpa, Let's Go! – Olga Chajdas
Film for Aliens – Piotr Stasik (Poland)
Producers: Anna Kępińska, Maciej Kubicki (Telemark)
New Horizons Studio+
New Horizons Association / London Film Academy Award
Milk & Honey - Tornike Gogrichiani (Georgia)
Producer: Tekla Machavariani
Ale kino+ Television Channel Award
The Last Warm Summer - Daria Woszek (Poland)
Producer: Michał Jarosik
The Great Adventure - Cecilia Stefanescu (Romania)
Producer: Marius Balanescu
Last Night I Conquered the City of Thebes - Gabriel Azorín (Spain)
Producer: Carlos Pardo
Pop Up Residency Visegrad Award
Rebel Girls - Katarzyna Trzaska (Poland)
Producer: Maciek Hamela
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