The 7th edition of SOFA – School of Film Advancement has invited six participants from eight different countries having nine great projects in tow! Find out more about the SOFA class of 2019 / 2020 down below!
Based in Athens, Endorphin Film Sales is the first film sales agency to focus specifically on arthouse films from Greece. What we are looking for are strong, original stories from new talented directors that we believe need to be seen. We then strove to ensure that they find their audience worldwide.
VIKI ANTONOPOULOU: "From an early age I have been involved in the film industry and have gathered extensive experience from multiple companies and markets. I started off in distribution at Village Roadshow in Greece, where I also moved on to work in all stages of development and production. In the UK I have served as a theatrical distribution analyst for Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures international and a production analyst for Studiocanal in Paris. I have freelanced as a sales representative for an Azeri production company and have also worked for the broadcaster Viasat. I am also a qualified accountant and have a BSC in Business Administration (University of Bath) and an MA in Film and Television production (Royal Holloway University)."
The wedding industry is a blooming field in Moldova. Due to different circumstances, one of the main factors which keeps Moldovan audio-video industry in full strength is the huge demand for wedding cinematographers. The International Wedding Film Festival in Chişinău is a first of its kind. With prizes for best wedding films in several categories (for the directors as well as bride and and groom), it will be "one of the most original film festivals ever" - and a new way to make the world discover Moldova.
Pavel Braila was born in 1971, in Chişinău, the capital of Republic of Moldova. Since the mid-1990s the artist took part in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals with films, videos, installations, photos, and performances. Braila's works have been included in numerous group shows including those at Boijmans Museum, TATE, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, Kölnischer Kunstverein; Palazzo delle Stelline; MUMOK; Moderna Museet, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, and many more. He lives and works in Chişnău and Berlin.
A network of filmmakers for filmmakers. A network that provides up-to-date, complete, and accurate information. A network that offers more professionalism, transparency, communication, and fairness. A network that, for the first time, reflects the whole spectrum of Polish audiovisual production. Crew United is a success story and an offer that will soon benefit the Polish film industry. The Mission: We connect people to make great films together. In Poland and soon in the whole of Europe.
IRENA GRUCA-ROZBICKA is the founder of FilmPRO, the most prominent Polish magazine for professional filmmakers and the official partner of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC). For almost 20 years, she has worked in the professional audiovisual production press. Ten years ago she co-founded an independent publishing house and the FilmPRO Foundation aimed at film education. In 2018, Irena Gruca-Rozbicka received the Polish Film Institute Award in the category "Film Education" for the series of the workshop organized with the Polish Society of Cinematographers. She is a member of the Board of Managers in the Polish Section of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers).
DREAMS ON BUCKRAM (or "DREAMS ON CANVAS") seeks to put Montenegro on the European map of arthouse cinemas. Through versatile programming combined with multicultural values and the beautiful landscapes of Montenegro, the project aims to promote European culture and values, offer space for cultural expression of young talents as well as, through film, facilitate intercultural dialogue and understanding. "Dreams on Canvas" is planned to be implemented in several stages, resulting with the establishment of an arthouse cinema in Ulcinj, a town where cinema stopped working more than twenty years ago.
DRITA LLOLLA is an activist from Montenegro that advocates for sustainable development and European cultural values. Professionally, she draws from a rich experience in corporate and civil society sector, being engaged in various projects in the Western Balkan region. Since 2015 she runs a civil society initiative in Montenegro called iACT, as well as Seanema Film Festival.
Our plan is to build a curated VOD platform for curious kids and parents that will present not only our own productions but also the high-quality content from other producers. When we speak about the curated VOD, we mean that our platform will not have hundreds of films and series, but our aim is to be more magazine like in terms of delivery of the content.
Přemysl Martinek is the programme supervisor of MFFK Febiofest Film Festival in Bratislava, capital city of Slovakia, and manager of the multigenre theatre in Jihlava. Together with producer Vratislav Šlajer, founder of Bionaut, Martinek is currently developing the Bionaut Kids VOD platform.
In the framework of the NEW HORIZONS FORUM, three inspirational, vibrant and outstanding individuals represent their completely different fields of expertise and will be given a voice and a stage to meet with the audiences of Georgia to share their future vision connected to their present. The project will bear a sole aim – to expand the mindsets of people of all ages, gender, nationality and views… The first edition of the forum will be based on a universal topic – "When Present Meets Future" – and will take place in April, 2021. The forum will be one of the side events of CinéDOC-Tbilisi - International Documentary Film Festival.
MEDEA SHARIKADZE holds a BA Degree in History of Art and has also studied Masters in Public Relations Management at The Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). After gaining experience in numerous aspects of branding and event management, Medea decided to pursue her true aspiration by implementing her practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the field of creative documentary films as Promotion and Industry Program Coordinator at CinéDOC-Tbilisi - International Documentary Film Festival.