Four days full of pitching presentations and conference programme, plenty possibilities of networking, accompanying programmes such as Kids Kino Lab, Producers LINK, and Young Talents, is a lot to cover within short amount of time. But new connections and cooperation, ideas and inspirations are worth a few sleepless nights.
Thankfully having our guests and attendees of Kids Kino Industry in mind, the KKI platform is available until 28th October. 5-minute pre-recorded pitchings are available in the “Explore” tab, while recordings of the live-pitchings and conference sessions from Kinoteka can be found in the “Program” tab.
27 pitching presentations and 1:1 meetings
The audience gathered in Kinoteka and in front of their computers had a chance to watch 27 pitchings during two days of project presentations.
14 live-action, 10 animated, 2 mixed-technique, and 1 documentary projects, including 15 films and 12 series at different stages of production were presented in two sections: in development (24) and work in progress (3). Among them there were 7 projects developed as part of our script development workshop: Kids Kino Lab.
Each pitch was followed by a Q&A session with our Decision Makers.
Among the awarded projects were two Polish projects “Tosia” (Audiovisual Technology Center Award) and “Under the Floor” (CEE Animation Forum Award), Slovak “My World Upside Down” and Latvian “Secrets of the Great Bog” (both with ORKA Production Award), and “Ghoul Friends” from UK (m:brane Award), but there were much more promising projects which made a buzz and gained the recognition from our guests.
The hybrid form of the forum extended the possibilities of having 1:1 meetings. Our guests could book an online meeting or meet in Kinoteka. This flexible approach paid off with a higher number of confirmed meetings booked through the platform (399 confirmed meetings compared to 237 last year). Not to mention all the spontaneous meetings which were not booked on the platform and are impossible to estimate.
305 participants on-site and online
Each year Kids Kino Industry brings more and more Decision Makers and attendees. The growing number of participants contributed to the decision of changing the venue from Muranów Cinema to Kinoteka Cinema, which is located in one of the most recognisable buildings in Warsaw – the Palace of Culture and Science.
We were thrilled to welcome returning Decision Makers and attendees as well as to say hello to the new ones. Among the representatives of the companies who were attending Kids Kino Industry for the first time there were Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, VRT Ketnet, Wild Bunch, Latvian Television to name a few.
Parallel to the forum there have been plenty of different programmes for scriptwriters, producers and students.
The final session of Kids Kino Lab script development workshop ended an almost one year journey with 12 teams from Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway, and UK.
It is always a pleasure to watch how these projects evolve under the guidance of our tutors and tutors’ assistants. Our teams had a chance not only to work on their scripts and production basics but also meet and learn from international experts as well as take part and experience the atmosphere of the JEF Festival (Belgium), Zlin Film Festival (the Czech Republic), and Kids Kino International Film Festival (Poland).
As mentioned before some of the projects developed at Kids Kino Lab were presented during the pitching presentations at Kids Kino Industry.
For the second time Warsaw was visited by the European producers selected for the Producers LINK programme who came here to meet and learn from each other, and in the future establish new cooperations.
The programme is organised by Kids Kino Industry and Cinekid for Professionals with the support from Catalan Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, German Children’s Media Foundation – KIDS Regio, Greek Film Center, National Film Centre of Latvia, National Film Institute Hungary, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.
The main goal of the programme is to stimulate the production of top-quality children’s content and pan-European co-productions.
After first residency at Kids Kino Industry, producers selected for the programme will visit Amsterdam to take part in the second session at Cinekid for Professionals.
Organised for the very first time, the Young Talents programme, brought to Poland six up-and-coming filmmakers representing the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Poland), the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg (Germany), and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU (the Czech Republic).
You will definitely hear about them in the near future and we will be delighted to host them again at Kids Kino Industry.
The aim of the programme is to introduce young filmmakers: producers, directors, scriptwriters to the international film industry and show them how to navigate their careers and how to get the most out of the forum.
KKI in numbers
- 305 attendees in total (on-site and online)
- 399 confirmed meetings
- 27 pitching presentations
- 9 sessions, masterclasses and workshops during the conference programme
Many thanks to our partners
As always we would like to thank our partners and co-financiers.
This edition of Kids Kino Industry was co-financed by Creative Europe MEDIA, Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.
Among the partners there are Audiovisual Technology Center in Wrocław (CeTA), ORKA Production, m:brane, CEE Animation Forum, KIDS Regio, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Łódź Film Commission, Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA), ATM Virtual, Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA), Cinekid for Professionals, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Modern Times, Kids Kino Lab.
Follow the raccoon and see you next year!
Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska