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4th CentEast Market Warsaw – October 15-19, 2008

The 4th CentEast Market Warsaw, organized by the Warsaw Film Foundation October 15-19, 2008, is an event for film professionals involved and/or interested in films from Eastern Europe, held during the Warsaw Film Festival. Producers, sales agents, distributors, TV buyers, festival programmers, and representatives of film funds and institutions meet every year in Warsaw and attend: – screenings of completed films – screenings of works-in-progress – panel discussions – workshops.

The main theme of this year’s CentEast will be international distribution and sales of Eastern European films. The panel discussions will deal with the following subjects:

Oct. 17 – ‘Tricks’, the success story – with the team behind the Polish film, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, which got numerous international awards and has been released theatrically in several countries;

Oct. 18 – The Sales of Eastern European Films – with the Europe’s leading sales agents;

Last year’s works-in-progress ‘Lejdis’ by Tomasz Konecki and ‘The Karamazov Brothers’ by Petr Zelenka (world premiere at Karlovy Vary 08) already opened theatrically, while ‘Boogie’ by Radu Muntean (world premiere at Cannes 08) will be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Content of the market is by selection aiming for quality over quantity. By Eastern European is meant films from Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.

Integrated in the CentEast Market Warsaw are the Warsaw Screenings, where professionals can watch selected new Polish films. Apart from the October dates, a summer edition of the Warsaw Screenings (June/July) is aimed at programmers of film festivals held in the autumn. This year , among others, the following films showed and were invited afterwards to the most important events: ‘33 Scenes From Life’ by Małgorzata Szumowska, ‘Four Nights With Anna’ by Jerzy Skolimowski, ‘Mr Kuka’s Advice’ by Dariusz Gajewski, ‘Scratch’ by Michał Rosa.

The full program of CentEast will be announced early October.

Contact: Katarzyna Nowicka, media department of WFF, tel: +48 605 289 794, e-mail: media@wff.pl Dorota Kwint