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Film Spring Open Workshop 2017

On 19-28 October 2017, the 12th edition of Film Spring Open Peacemakers took place in Krakow.

Film Spring Workshop is a 10-day interdisciplinary workshop for young filmmakers, which was established in 2005 thanks to the initiative of Prof. Sławomir Idziak.

Film Spring Workshop is a unique meeting point for film and new media professionals, students and debutants, who can develop their artistic and technical skills in a spirit of cooperation and shared passion for cinema. Our participants attend workshops and lectures from award-winning top professionals, participate in screenings and meetings with film directors, learn new technologies, test hands-on the newest equipment and most of all, make their films using the best film equipment available on the market.

For 10 days in Krakow Przegorzały young filmmakers, among others from Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Romania, Great Britain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia participated in screenings, lectures and, most of all, realized their own film projects.

The special guest of the edition was Neil Corbould, a two-time Oscar laureate, who talked about the realisation of special effects, among others, for the film „Gravity”, as well as VR specialist Christian Möller from Germany.

Many artists and professionals from Poland and abroad came to the Workshop from Poland and abroad, including Krzysztof Rak, Robert Bolesto, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Artur Reinhart, Jakub Ben, Magdalena Kamińska (producer in Balapolis), Matthijas Zabiegły (Aixsponza), Filip Kovcin (FilmPro), Marcin Koszalka, Wojciech Staroń, Daniel Rusin (“Reżyser Życia”), Aleksandra Leszczyńska i James Mullighan, Stanisław Mąderek, Konrad Kruczkowski (blog Halo Ziemia), Kuba Górnicki, Dyrektor programowy TVN Edward Miszczak, Dorota Kośmicka – Gacke (producent w TVN), Piotr Ługowski, Dawid Ogrodnik, Michał Pańszczyk, Bogdan Dziworski. Meetings were organized with the directors: Jagoda Szelc, Piotr Domolewski, Bodo Kox.

The Workshop grows from year to year. In total, we hosted over 350 people from Poland and abroad.


The participants were able to work on top-class equipment worth more than EUR 2.2 million on film sets with the support of: 46 technological partners, incl. Arri, Angenieux, Barco, JBD, HP, Canon, Sony, Samsung, GoPro, GoPro, Blackmagic, Panasonic, Maxon, Eizo, Movie Bird, GoPro, Rehard, Neil Corbould Special Effects, Kingston, Benston, Benro, Samyang, Creative Tools (Red Authorized Dealer), Roland, VR Games.

One of the main aims of the 2017 Film Spring Open Workshop was to consolidate and test the new model of audiovisual production in practice, aimed at reducing the cost of film production but also at controlling its quality. The Foundation does not focus exclusively on educational activities, but also develops its own tools.

The participants had at their disposal the Cinebus, built by Foundation – a mobile audio-visual studio, which is a practical tool for the implementation of the New Production Model. Cinebus provides a comprehensive service, ensuring turnkey production and post-production. of small-scale feature films. It can support the shooting location, complete with director’s preview an actors’ make-up, editing, archiving, basic image manipulation (CGI) and color correction, as well as sound mixing of the ready film.

Participants could test it in practice against the new economic model of audiovisual production.

The quality and timeliness of the future-oriented educational programme was ensured by lecturers who successfully work in the audiovisual industry on a daily basis, including the two-time Oscar winner Neil Corbould (SFX), the VR artist Christian Möller, Krzysztof Rak and Robert Bolesto (scriptwriters), Sławomir Idziak (Operator and Director), Dorota Kędzierzawska (directors).

The awarded films were screened and analyzed with the directors: Jagoda Szelc, Piotr Domolewski, Bodo Kox.

We carry out the educational programme and its recording during the Workshops in practical activities. Using state-of-the-art equipment and under the supervision of professionals, the participants implement their own projects in various (also future-) types of audiovisual creation.

They had the following creative groups to choose from:

– Feature film with a special focus on the new model of film production, as well as new methods of controlling risks connected with production;

– Scripting: „pitch” and promotion of treatments and scripts;

– Documentary film – modern language of storytelling;

– Commercial and promo film group – making of socially conscious commercials

– Video games, focusing on cooperation between game developers and filmmakers;

– New forms of narration – VR and interactive films;

– Keeping Control in Extreme Filming Conditions – modern solutions for image recording and manipulation;

– Videoblogging

– Nature films – use of state-of-the-art technologies for describing the world we live in;

– VR group  – including 360° filming – the language of storytelling in the VR world;

– CGI and Modern Editing Group – animation in editing;

– Internet creators group – winning and retaining followers;

– Low-budget action scenes with an account of health&safety in combat scenes;

– Music Film Scoring Group – group film music scoring.

With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

The Workshop was co-financed with the following funds: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Film Institute, Małopolska Voivodeship, Municipality of Krakow.

Co-organiser: Krakow Festival Office, Krakow Film Commission

Partners: Association of Polish Filmmakers, Noble Parcel, Allegro, Krakow Film Cluster, Lexus, Legal Culture, PSC

Technology partners: Arri, Angenieux, Barco, JBD, HP, Canon, Sony, Samsung, LuksFilm, 4Vision, Akurat Lighting, Blackmagic, Digital Republic, Panasonic, Hawlett Packard Enterprise, Maxon, IT Service, Cinerental, GLC, Eizo, Movie Bird, Graphic.pl, InventCore, Krakow Technology Park, GoPro, Rehard, Box Electronics, Beiks, Neil Corbould Special Effects, Gmotion, Qbig, MBS, Kingston, UAV Robotics, CamSat, Film Technology, Benro, Samyang, Creative Tools (Red Authorized Dealer), Adicam, Mad Tree, Roland, Roland, Clico, Bemix Media Group.

Organisational partners: Makonline, TVN

Media patrons: sfp.org.pl, FilmPro, Dziennik Polski,RMF Classic

Photos Filip Błażejowski

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