Four days of pitching and conference presentations, multiple possibilities for networking, accompanying programmes such as Kids Kino Lab, Producers LINK, and Young Talents,… were a lot to cover within a short amount of time. But new connections, ideas and inspirations are worth a few sleepless nights. The Kids Kino Industry international co-production forum took place on 27-30 September in Warsaw and online. Time to line up some results…
27 pitching presentations and 1:1 meetings
The audience, gathered in Kinoteka and in front of their computers, could watch 27 pitches and project presentations. 14 live-action, 10 animated, 1 documentary and 2 mixed-technique projects, in total 15 films and 12 series in different stages of production were presented. Each pitch was followed by a Q&A with Decision Makers. The flexible approach of a hybrid forum paid off with a higher number of confirmed meetings booked through the platform (399 compared to 237 last year).
Among the awarded projects were the Polish TOSIA (Audiovisual Technology Center Award) and UNDER THE FLOOR (CEE Animation Forum Award), the Slovak MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, Latvian SECRETS OF THE GREAT BOG (both ORKA Production Award), and GHOUL FRIENDS from the UK (m:brane Award).
305 participants on-site and online
Each year more and more attendees gather at Kids Kino Industry, which spurred the decision to change venues from Muranów Cinema to Kinoteka Cinema, located in one of Warsaw’s most recognisable buildings, the Palace of Culture & Science. Among the representatives of companies attending Kids Kino Industry for the first time were Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, VRT Ketnet, Wild Bunch and Latvian Television.
Parallel to the forum there were plenty of programmes for scriptwriters, producers and students. Like the final session of the Kids Kino Lab script development workshop, concluding a one year journey with 12 teams from Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway and UK.
For the second time Warsaw welcomed European producers selected for the Producers LINK (programme organised by Kids Kino Industry and Cinekid for Professionals) who came to learn from each other, and establish future co-operations.
Organised for the very first time, the Young Talents programme gathered 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 & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU (Czech Republic). The aim of the programme is to introduce young people (producers, directors, scriptwriters) to the international film industry and show them how to navigate their careers.
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
Kids Kino Industry was co-financed by Creative Europe MEDIA, Polish Film Institute, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Poland. Among the partners are Audiovisual Technology Centre 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.