warsaw / hybrid
poland’s international co-production forum for films and series aimed at the children’s market. part of kids kino international film festival.

poland’s international co-production forum for films and series aimed at the children’s market. part of kids kino international film festival.

date: 27.09.2022, 15:15-16:15 CEST
venue: KINOTEKA / KKI platform (session available on-site / online)


  • Maja Popović, Producer, SENSE Production (Serbia)
  • Daniela Cölle, CEO & Acquisitions, Pluto Film (Germany)
  • Mikołaj Pokromski, Producer & CEO, Pokromski Studio (Poland)
  • Joanna Jakubik, PR Manager, NEXT FILM (Poland)
  • Emilia Cygnarowicz, Digital Manager, NEXT FILM (Poland)

moderation: Michael Gubbins, Analyst, Journalist and Consultant, SampoMedia (UK)

Two CEE case studies – How I Learned to Fly and Too Old for Fairy Tales – two different approaches, two different countries.

You are invited to explore the main factors behind the success of two projects that have been pitched at Kids Kino Industry and will now premiere at Kids Kino International Film Festival. Together with the teams of How I Learned to Fly and Too Old for Fairy Tales, we will follow through their distribution achievements at their local markets and talk about their individual strategies, challenges, and collaboration.

Who is it for: producers, scriptwriters, directors, distributors, and buyers.


Maja Popović

Producer, SENSE Production (Serbia)

Maja Popović is a co-founder of SENSE Production. She participated as one of the producers on the feature film Barbarians (2014 / Special Mention at Karlovy Vary FF / Seyfi Teoman Award, European FF Palic / Best Film, Crossing Europe Linz). She produced the documentary Kumanovo: Blood and Mist (2012 / Beldocs IFF) as well as the short film Feral (POFF Shorts 2020) directed by Bojana Babic, a feature film How I Learned to Fly, directed by Radivoje Andric. She is also a co-producer of a film A Higher Law by Octav Chelaru, a Romanian, Serbian and German co-production.

Daniela Cölle

CEO & Acquisitions, Pluto Film (Germany)

Daniela Cölle received her MA and Ph.D. in Film Theory and Critique from the Film and Television Faculty (Academy of Performing Arts) in Bratislava (SK). After her studies, she worked as a film curator and journalist, she managed e-learning programmes on film, and worked on several independent film productions. Subsequently, she was CEO of the distribution company Filmtopia (2012-2014) and EURIMAGE Representative Deputy for the Slovak Republic (2014-2016). She has been an artistic director of the Film Festival 4 Elements (SK) since 2010. Daniela Cölle has worked for Pluto Film since 2016. In January 2022 she became the CEO of the company.

Mikołaj Pokromski

Producer and CEO, Pokromski Studio (Poland)

Mikołaj Pokromski is a producer and CEO at Pokromski Studio, a company specialising in production services and European co-productions. After years of education in business, he completed the Masterclass programme of the German-French Film Academy at the Film Academy in Baden-Württemberg and La Fémis – Paris, where he graduated with a master’s degree in international film production. Following the international acclaim of his documentaries (e.g. Fuck for Forest, The Whale from Lorino), Mikołaj started to produce full-length feature films as well (e.g. Winter’s Daughter, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, The Tenant). His latest film Too Old for Fairy Tales entered Polish cinemas in 2022 with great success and became a Netflix hit.

Joanna Jakubik

PR Manager, NEXT FILM (Poland)

Joanna Jakubik is responsible for building communication strategies that focus on audience design, managing publicity, press conferences and premieres. Engaging in title PR from the pre-production until distribution. Working in film industry for over a decade. Jagiellonian University’s Film Studies graduate.

Emilia Cygnarowicz

Digital Manager, NEXT FILM (Poland)

Emilia Cygnarowicz has been managing digital campaigns for Polish movie cinema premieres for over a year, including strategy, media planning, social media, and cooperation with influencers. She has been working in digital marketing for four years and has an International DIMAQ Professional certificate. She is a graduate of the University of Economics in Katowice.


Michael Gubbins

Analyst, journalist and consultant, SampoMedia (UK)

Michael Gubbins is an international analyst, journalist and consultant, who has been working in the film, audiovisual and media sector for more than 15 years. He works across the film value chain, and is an advisor to Europa Cinemas, EUROVOD and Europa Distribution. He served for seven years as chair of regional screen agency Ffilm Cymru Wales until 2019. His business SampoMedia has worked with business and industry organisations in more than 30 countries on developments in the audiovisual, media and cultural sectors. He was editor of business titles, including Screen International and Screen Daily, and Music Week in a 25-year career in newspapers and magazines and led the West Midlands Screen Bureau creative clusters initiative in 2018-2019.

During lockdown, he has written a major report on independent VOD, led a Zoom series and report on New Realities in Film for UniFrance, and workshops in Venice, Rome, as well as online workshops in the US, Poland, Sweden and Colombia.