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Industry
08 August 2015

A team of Wojtek Stuchlik, Beata Rzeźniczek and Ben Brand win the pitching competition at the 6th New Horizons Studio

The trio worked on Wojtek Stuchlik's project Teddy The Floppy Ear (Miś Uszatek). The film is a feature-lenght animation for all ages, based on a Polish kid's tv series. The award consists of London Film Academy mentorship session and (new addition this year) post-production support from the Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) in Wrocław.

Organized in the frame of T-Mobile New Horizons International FF in Wrocław, the New Horizons Studio's aim is to raise awareness of the importance of pitch in a film pre-production process and offers training in pitching to 24 participants from 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 2015: Ewa Puszczyńska (producer of Academy Award-winning Ida), Beatrice Naumann (sales consultant and founder of BeA film), Kasia Karwan (Premium Films), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions), Raymond Phathanavirangoon (producer and programmer), James Mullighan (Cork Film Festival creative director), as well as Gavin Humphries and David Pope of the London Film Academy.

The program was completed with an insightful masterclass by Magnus von Horn and Mariusz Włodarski about their partnership on The Here After, Polish-Swedish coproduction that premiered in Cannes's Directors' Fortnight earlier this year and was screened to full houses at the 15th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.

James Mullighan, one of the participating experts expressed his praise: "New Horizons Studio is one of the best organised and most potent film talent development events I have ever come across. It brings together the most important new voices in Poland and beyond, and provides them with a safe place to develop their projects, and then show them to the global industry. And to think it takes place during one of Europe's very best film Fests! All involved must be congratulated."

The New Horizons Studio is organized by New Horizons Association, London Film Academy and Creative Europe Desk Poland with support of Lithuanian Film Center, Cinessonne Festival Paris, Czech Center, Embassy of the Netherlands, Instituto Camoes, Romanian Cultural Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw.

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