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With a dizzying number of film fests operating throughout the year and more launching all the time, navigating the optimal path to success abroad is a greater challenge than ever, as the Polish Film Institute’s Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik knows well.
Charged with the org’s substantial foreign fest support role, she oversees the investment of some $2.8 million annually to support the promotion of Polish films internationally, sending local pics and filmmakers around the world.
Kiszka-Hoflik also coordinates campaigns for the major worldwide awards, including top international festivals, and in the races for the Oscars, the European Film Awards and the U.K.’s Bafta.
Help for fund-challenged Polish producers, who are often short-handed or short of experience with international marketing campaigns, covers everything from travel expenses, translation and creating film prints and DCPs, to posters, Web design and appointing press agents.
The process proved its merits during the 2014 Oscar campaign »
- Will Tizard
If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of the not so distant future in American indie film, a reliable sampling is usually found in the bi-annual Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants finalist (and future winners) lists. Grants will be awarded next month, but this finalists’ list overviews a look into the 2016-17 pool of talent and feature films. Among the trio of items that are in various stages of production and we’re keeping tabs on, we have Ian Olds (docu helmer of Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi) who moved into fiction feature filmmaking with The Fixer. Produced by Caroline von Kuhn (Camden Int. Film Fest Managing Director and docu field expert), this is said to include supporting players in the shape of Melissa Leo and James Franco. And speaking of Franco…, Travis Mathews from Interior. Leather Bar. fame has Oscillate Wildly next in line. Beasts of the Southern Wild »
- Eric Lavallee
The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have selected the finallists for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants.
Up to $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature film projects at various stages of production. Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to narrative feature films that will have “significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community.”
To date more than $2.8m has been awarded since the launch of the Film Society’s flagship grant programme in 2009. Winners of the spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants will be announced in May.
Spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finallists
Blustar – Stella Kyriakopoulos, co-writer-director and Margaret Shin, co-writer
Chickenshit – Jessica dela Merced, writer-director
Jones – Sally El Hosaini, writer-director
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The film, which was co-financed by the Pfi, is the first Polish movie to win an Academy Award in the foreign-language film category. The victory coincides with the Pfi’s 10th anniversary.
“The Academy recognized the strength and the originality of Polish cinema. I am very happy tonight, and I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers,” Odorowicz said. “The fact that a Polish film received this Academy Award also serves as a beautiful and symbolic crowning of 10 years of Polish Film Institute activity in supporting Polish cinema.”
“Ida” was co-produced by »
- Leo Barraclough
Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead
After working heavily in television since her last celebrated film, 2011’s In Darkness (which received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film), Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland finally looks to be readying a new feature after a year that saw her revamp ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ as a tv mini-series, as well as her more notable project, Burning Bush. Based on the novel by Olga Tokarczuk, one of the most famous figures in contemporary Polish literature, adapting the novel for the screen has been a labor of love for Holland who has been wanting to make the project for some time. Last summer it as announced that filming would begin at the end of the year and casting was underway, while Holland’s DoP from In Darkness, Jolanta Dylewska, was on board. We’re hoping it’s still underway, »
- Nicholas Bell
By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
Set in 1960s Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama Ida focuses on faith and identity after family secrets are revealed. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young orphan brought up in a convent preparing to take her vows to become a nun. When told she must visit her aunt, her only living relative, Anna discovers she’s Jewish, her name is actually Ida and her parents were killed in WWII. Anna/Ida and her aunt embark on a journey to learn more about the family’s history and discover the truth about what happened.
The film landed on the Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category.
A number of foreign films focused on WWII have done well at the Oscars throughout the years. Ones based on real events include The Counterfeiters (2007), about the Nazis’ attempt to »
- Anjelica Oswald
7 items from 2015
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