(2017 edition)


Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Muranów Cinema (Andersa 5, Warsaw)

All events during the Warsaw Kids Film Forum will be in English.

Moderators: Viola Gabrielli and Maciej Jakubczyk


12:00 – 13:50 MISSION POSSIBLE – European Co-Production strategies

  • 12:00 – 12:15 Warsaw Kids Film Forum Opening
  • 12:15 – 12:20 The Education Departament of the New Horizons Association  – presentation

Speaker: Maciej Jakubczyk

  • 12:20 – 12:50 CAPTAIN MORTEN & THE SPIDER QUEEN – animated co-production case study

Creator/director Kaspar Jancis and producer Robin Lyons explain how an idea written for a competition in Estonia became a multi-million euros animated feature film, a co-production between Estonia, Belgium, Ireland and the UK. They describe how the idea evolved, how the partners came together, how they found the money and how they succeeded in finding an international sales agent.

Speakers: Robin Lyons, Kaspar Jancis

  • 12:50 – 13:15 MOUNTAIN MIRACLE BY LIEBLINGS FILM – feature co-production case study

How to set up a business plan to establish a successful film production company. Personal guidelines to develop universal and relevant children’s films. Finding a bestselling brand or creating an original story for the screen. Strategies to find European partners (broadcaster, distributor, world sales agent). Case study of the recent German-Italian co-production Mountain Miracle (Amelie rennt).

Speaker: Phillipp Budweg

  • 13:15 – 13:40 NTR – TELEVISION COPRODUCTION STRATEGY – presentation

NTR is a public broadcaster in the Netherlands with vast experience in co-producing projects for young audiences. Hedda Bruessing is the head of Media business at NTR and will be sharing some of the strategies and goals that guide the station’s co-productions. She will discuss recent productions and, with the experience she has gathered at NTR, she has assembled a list of tips and tricks to help navigate the challenges that co-producing can present.

Speaker: Hedda Bruessing

  • 13:40 – 13:50 CREATIVE EUROPE FOR KIDS – Funding Opportunities for Projects Addressed to Young Audience

In a short introduction to Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme during Warsaw Kids Forum, Creative Europe Desk Poland representative will focus on funding opportunities available for kids content producers as well as other audiovisual professionals interested in developing European projects addressed to young audience.

Speaker: Julia Płachecka

13:50 – 14:50 Networking lunch 

14:50 – 16:15 European market of documentary movies for kids.

  • 14:50 – 15:20 DOXS FOR KIDS – POTENTIAL IN EUROPEAN MARKET – presentation

All of you have seen documentaries about kids. Or maybe documentaries made by kids. Even more likely you know documentaries which could not only be interesting to watch for grown ups, but for children as well. Still there are productions around that fit none of these categories, since they are made for young audiences in particular. This presentation aims to give you an insight on the variety of aesthetic approaches and production contexts within that small but highly appealing field of filmmaking in Europe.

Speaker: Gudrun Sommer

  • 15:20 – 15:45 NOT WITHOUT US – documentary case study

Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler is the director behind the ongoing documentary project Not Without Us / 199 Little Heroes. She will be sharing with us some of her thoughts and insights about making films for children, as well as her motivations and the lessons she’s learned from working with children around the world. She will also share with us the evolution of her project from documentary film to Internet platform.

Speaker: Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler

  • 15:45 – 16:15 WHAT KIND OF STORIES SELL FOR THE NEXT GENERATION – Sales Agent – what can I sell in film?

Solveig Langeland is a sales agent whose presentation will focus on what sells children’s films, how brands or content can help sell a film as well as how to approach the sale of a children’s film in various European and global markets. She will also tell us what she looks for in films that she wants to buy through her company Sola Media that has been buying and selling children’s films since 2004.

Speaker: Solveig Langeland

16:15 – 16:35 Coffee break

16:35 – 18:00 Going Digital – Components of new storytelling in films for kids 

  • 16:35 – 16:50 THE FINANCING FORUM FOR KIDS CONTENT – presentation

The Financing Forum for Kids Content in Malmö, Sweden is an annual, international three-day co-production forum for children’s media content. The Financing Forum for Kids Content provides access to international experts and decision-makers, inspirational talks and tutor driven workshops with focus on new financing methods.

Speaker: Annette Brejner

  • 16:50 – 17:15 INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING – presentation

Honig Studios is a Berlin-based production company that creates story-driven experiences that are playful and memorable, across multiple platforms. We design, build and publish new ways for interactive media to engage and inspire your audience. During his keynote presentations Federico will showcase some of the latest Honig’s productions to explore the potentials and challenges of building audience engagement strategies for your project with children of all ages.

Speaker: Federico Dini

  • 17:15 – 18:00 CROSSMEDIA STRATEGY FOR KIDS CONTENT – presentation

The last ten years has seen massive transformation in the children’s media landscape. Eric Huang is a children’s media professional from London who has worked at Disney, Penguin, and Mind Candy. He explores the changes that are still driving the industry: how companies big and small are adapting to the digital age, and the new technologies available for storytellers of the future.

Speaker: Eric Huang

18:00 – 21:00 Welcome drink