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SOFA 2020

SOFA Tbilisi workshop goes online


- The second workshop of the 2019/2020 edition of SOFA – School for Film Advancement, which was set to take place in Tbilisi from 25-30 April, will move online

SOFA Tbilisi workshop goes online

The SOFA – School of Film Advancement has announced that its second workshop of the training programme's seventh edition will take place online from 25-30 April, instead of a traditional event in Tbilisi which was set for the same period.

The workshop will concentrate on further developing the marketing and financing aspects of the participants’ projects. To do this, SOFA will avail itself of a variety of e-learning possibilities, ranging from presentations, one-on-one meetings and e-dinners, to screenings, interviews and group discussions. Selected events will be live-streamed for the general public (follow SOFA on Facebook for details).

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The six participants in this edition are: Viki Antonopoulou (Greece), Pavel Brăila (Moldova), Irena Gruca-Rozbicka (Poland/Germany), Drita Llolla (Montenegro), Přemysl Martinek (Czech Republic) and Medea Sharikadze (Georgia).

“Thanks to an intense first workshop in Warsaw in August 2019 and subsequent online group sessions, the participants have got to know each other very well,” explains SOFA director Nikolaj Nikitin. “This will help to make this first-ever digital Tbilisi edition a success. In spite of the sad current circumstances and the lack of personal encounters, which are the basis of our highly individual training concept, we see great opportunities for being able to implement online techniques and methodologies. We’d like to express special thanks to our financing partners for their ongoing support and flexibility.”

The line-up of experts who will tutor the participants includes Jonas Dornbach (Komplizen Film, Berlin), Juliette Duret (head of Cinema at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels), Renaud Redien-Collot (professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Léonard de Vinci Business School, Paris), Juliane Schulze (Media Deals, Berlin), Oliver Baumgarten (artistic director, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken) and Tamara Tatishvili (MEDICI head of training).

SOFA is a programme of workshops aimed at strengthening national film industries and the European cinematic landscape, as well as kick-starting projects in the realm of cinema. It is a joint project between Filmplus gUG (Berlin) and the Institute for Democratic Changes – IDC (Tbilisi), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. In addition, the 2020 Polish workshop is funded by the Polish Film Institute and SdpZ (Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation), and the Lithuanian session by the Lithuanian Film Centre.

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