Polish Days are the most important industry event of the 15.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents, producers, film funds and distributors from all over the world meet to watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings. This year's edition of Polish Days will take place on 29-31 July 2015.
A number of completed Polish films, works-in-progress will be shown at closed screenings during the event. Many projects in development will also be pitched to the international audience and followed by one-on-one sessions.
The event has been gaining international interest and strengthening its position in recent years and in 2015, around 170 key Polish and international guests are expected in Wrocław, including producers, film funds and festival programmers (including Berlin, Semaine de la Critique, Rotterdam, Tribeca and New Directors/New Films), as well as a number of international and domestic buyers.
26 films and projects were selected for the industry event. Among the works shown in full at closed screenings are Karlovy Vary competition titles The Red Spider by Marcin Koszałka and Chemo by Bartek Prokopowicz, followed by the debut feature by Wojciech Kasperski The High Frontier and new films by Przemysław Wojcieszek (Berlin Diaries), Kinga Dębska (My Sister) and Krzysztof Łukaszewicz (Karbala).
The popular work-in-progress section will present 10 films. These are Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj, Journals by Wiktoria Szymańska, Waves by Grzegorz Zariczny, Into the Spirale by Konrad Aksinowicz, All These Sleepless Nights by Michał Marczak and two projects pitched in Wrocław in 2014 - Wild Roses by Anna Jadowska and Volhynia by Wojtek Smarzowski. Two documentaries will also be presented in that section: 21 x New York by Piotr Stasik and When you return by Anna Zamęcka.
Pitchings will present Polish films at an earlier stage of development and production. This year's projects are new works by Marcin Wrona (Lili), Dorota Kędzierzawska (Speedway) and Marcin Dudziak (Presence), as well as debut features The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński, Tower by Jagoda Szelc, Forest by Joanna Zastróżna and the Cinemart project Hurrah, we're still alive! by Agnieszka Polska. Furthermore, three projects by foreign directors but developed in Poland will also be pitched - these are AA by Jack Faber, Marie Curie by Marie Noelle and People I'm Not by Francesco Rizzi. In this section, post-production awards from Toya Studios (sound) and Chimney Poland (image) will be given.
This year's edition will place an emphasis on the participation of German producers and film funds. There will be a meeting of Polish and German film producers organised in co-operation with the East German film funds Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Cottbus IFF, the Polish Film Institute and Film Commission Poland. Polish Days are co-organized with the Polish Film Institute. Event's partners include Film Commission Poland, Mazovia-Warsaw Film Commission and Wrocław Film Commission, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, National Audiovisual Institute and post-production studios Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.
Full list of selected films:
Berlin Diaries, dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek
Chemo (Chemia), dir. Bartosz Prokopowicz
Karbala, dir. Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
All These Daughters of Mine (Moje córki krowy), dir. Kinga Dębska
The Red Spider (Czerwony Pająk), dir. Marcin Koszałka
The High Frontier (Na granicy), dir. Wojciech Kasperski
AA, dir. Jack Faber
LAS, dir. Joanna Zastróżna
Hurrah, we're still alive! (Hurrah, wciąż żyjemy!), dir. Agnieszka Polska
Lili, dir. Marcin Wrona
Marie Curie, dir. Marie Noelle
People I'm not, dir. Francesco Rizzi
Presence (Obecność), dir. Marcin Dudziak
Speedway (Żużel), dir. Dorota Kędzierzawska
The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina), dir. Jan P. Matuszyński
Tower. A Brght Day (Wieża, jasny dzień), dir. Jagoda Szelc
Works in Progress
21 x New York, dir. Piotr Stasik
All These Sleepless Nights (Wszystkie Nieprzespane Noce), dir. Michał Marczak
Baby Bump, dir. Kuba Czekaj
Into the Spirale (W spirali), dir. Konrad Aksinowicz
Journals, dir. Wiktoria Szymańska
The New World (Nowy Świat), dir. Elżbieta Benkowska, Łukasz Ostalski, Michał Wawrzecki
Waves (Fale), dir. Grzegorz Zariczny
Wild Roses (Dzikie róże), dir. Anna Jadowska
When you return (Kiedy wrócisz), dir. Anna Zamęcka
Volhynia (Wołyń), dir. Wojtek Smarzowski