Recent News

  • Press release #2 – Innovations

    24. April 2017
    2017 brought a couple of important expansions and changes for the fifth year of the workshop programme SOFA – School of Film Agents. For the first time and now continually, SOFA will provide their participants with a concentrated follow-up workshop in Tbilisi to expand and deepen the knowledge of these cultural agents. SOFA can from now on complete the full-year cycle of mentoring for their participants with a one-week seminar in Georgia eight month after their first workshop in Poland. Find our second press release in three languages here: English, German, Polish.
  • Apply now!

    21. April 2017
    SOFA–School of Film Agents invites eight young professionals for intense workshops to Warsaw and Tbilisi in August 2017 and May 2018. We don’t aim to educate film directors or producers. We support film initiators, cultural managers and catalysers with unique project ideas in cinema promotion. Eight selected participants will be trained in various creative fashions, to reach local and international cinema-goers, and given the opportunity to make ties beyond borders. Apply now for our fifth edition and find everything you need to know in this PDF.
  • Press release #1

    13. April 2017
    It’s official. With our new press release SOFAs new call for proposals is in the world: „For the round of 2017/2018, we opened the doors to participants from Israel, for the first time. From now on, culture managers from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasian Republics, Greece, Germany and Israel will be granted access to applying for the SOFA program.“, says SOFA director Nikolaj Nikitin. You can download the press release in English, German and Polish.
  • Meet our mentors

    09. March 2017
    During the 2016 workshop of SOFA participant Dumitru Marian from Moldova did some very nice and informative interviews with some of our mentors. Check out the videos on Dumitrus Vimeo profile!
  • SOFA reunion

    12. February 2017
    2017-02_SOFA_reunion_Berlinale Maintaining the tradition! Every year, the Berlinale is one of the most importand venues for film professionals from Europe and all over the world. No wonder, it is the ideal place for our annual reunion, in which participants and mentors from every SOFA edition come together to connect and re-connect. Find some photo keepsakes from this year on our Facebook page: here, here and here.
  • Happy hollidays and a happy new SOFA year!

    23. December 2016
    The SOFA class of 2016 Dear SOFA friends, we wish you happy holidays and a great new year! Don’t miss our reunion at the Berlinale and stay tuned for our new follow-up workshop, that will take place in Georgia in may of 2017. As a recap for the year 2016, see some artistic AI-recreations in this gallery on Facebook. See you soon!
  • Baltic View launching in January 2017

    26. November 2016
    Baltic-View-Launch Inesa Ivanova presented her SOFA project at PÖFF | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, aiming for a launch in January of 2017 and bringing together some of the best films from the fast growing and dynamic cinema of the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The online service will run alongside other activities, including cinema screenings in capital cities, beginning with London and Edinburgh. Special events will also be launched during film festivals. Have a look at the trailer, here!
  • New media coverages

    07. November 2016
    news-maerkische A detailed, compelling and entertaining article on SOFA, explaining the basic idea and talking about some of our recent projects was just released by Märkische Oderzeitung … You can find this great read in an online article here and as a pdf – right here. Of course, you can find more recent articles in the press section of our website.  
  • A new focus

    27. October 2016
    Nikolaj Nikitin and Oliverbaumgarten during Filmplus 2016 16 years ago, Nikolaj Nikitin and Oliver Baumgarten founded Filmplus, the first forum and festival in Europe that solely focussed on the art of film editing. With SOFAs on-going success story and expansion in 2017, including a second workshop in Georgia, it was time for the Filmplus CEOs to step down and give the festival into the good hands of it’s artistic director Kyra Scheurer and project manager Jenny Krüger, together with editor Dietmar Kraus. Thank you, Nicki and Oli! More pictures: here.
  • Iris Elezi talks about her SOFA experience

    27. September 2016
    ABC News Albania talked to Iris Elezi about her SOFA experience and her amazing project “The Albanian Cinematheque”. Elezi is hoping to create a space solely designated to film culture, its education and promotion in the capital city of Tirana. It will be comprised of a cinematheque with curated screenings, an artist’s studio supporting a residency program aimed at helping the growth of Albanian filmmakers, and a research center for the critical study of film. Here is the video WITH SUBTITLES! Have a look!
  • SOFA 2016 in review

    22. September 2016
    Class of 2016 In its 4th edition, from August 19th to 28th 2016, SOFA – School of Film Agents has given eight exceptionally promising young cultural managers the possibility to develop their own film structure projects with the help of expert tutors. Realizing these projects will lead to an effective and sustainable strengthening of the film landscape in the participants’ home countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, where unstable political and economic conditions have led to an underdeveloped film industry. This focus on cultural management and film agents, instead of producers and directors, is what makes SOFA a unique workshop in the international advanced training landscape. Have a look at our review in English, German or Polish.
  • Interview with mentor Katriel Schory

    14. September 2016
    He is a great inspiration for all of us film agents! Dear mentor Katriel Schory of Israel Film Fund – קרן הקולנוע הישראלי talked to SOFA participant Dumitru Marian about the cinema of Israel, the Film Fund, and – of course – SOFA. Have a look at this wonderful little video interview and get some inspiration!
  • Thank you!

    01. September 2016
    SOFA Class of 2016 For 10 days, wonderfull Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016, and the grounds of Zamek Topacz became the home for our eight participants in their extensive workshop training here at SOFA – School of Film Agents. We thank this great SOFA class of 2016 for all their energy, will, experience, personality, wit, intelligence and dedication! And a big and wholehearted thank you goes to all our great partners and supporters for making our unique training program possible!
  • SOFA has gegun

    19. August 2016
    The SOFA family 2016 The SOFA family has grown! Eight young participants from all over Europe have come to beautiful Wroclaw 2016, this years European Capital of Culture to present, examine and reshape their amazing projects for the future of cinema. Stay close to our Facebook page to get daily news on this years workshop, the participants, the mentors and the projects!
  • The SOFA mentors and experts

    13. August 2016
    SOFAmentors Following SOFA director Nikolaj Nikitin’s invitation to the European Capital of Culture 2016 in Wrocław, Poland, a team of internationally renowned industry professionals will provide the participants with the necessary input for a practical development of their project ideas. The mentors of the eight participants are: Oliver Baumgarten (Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken), Sibylle Kurz (pitching expert, Frankfurt), Ewa Puszczyńska (producer, Łódź), Renaud Redien-Collot (Novancia Business School, Paris). Additionally, nine experts for specific projects will give creative support for the film-oriented cultural projects of the participants. Read more about them in our recent press release.
  • Follow us on Facebook!

    03. August 2016
    follow-us The 2016 edition of SOFA is only a few days away. From the 19th to the 28th of August, eight participants from eight different countries will get in touch with a selected board of mentors to make their dream project come true. Find more infos, first glimpses of their projects and daily news on our Facebook page. Please like, and don’t forget to turn on the notifications. 🙂
  • »Creativity knows no nationality« – kickoff 2016

    04. July 2016
    kick-off-2016 During the 51st International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, SOFA Director Nikolaj Nikitin announced the names and projects of eight participants to take part in the fourth edition of the workshop initiative. »Promoting film education, creating alternative ways for film distribution and audience development as well as maintaining Europe’s cinematographies – these main goals propel the eight upand-coming film agents who we have selected for the fourth SOFA edition«, Nikitin says. Get to know them on our Website!
  • SOFA get’s ready for the 2016 Kickoff

    12. June 2016
    ready-kick-off   For the last couple of weeks there was a lot going on behind the scenes of SOFA, dozens and dozens of amazing and elaborated applications were evaluated and a class of 2016 is taking shape right now. In the beginning of July, at the 51st edition of International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, we’ll open the curtain and present our new participants and their most interesting projects.  
  • Call closed

    06. May 2016
    i-am-it The deadline for SOFA 2016 ended on 5th of May 2016. Many great applications came in on the last days of our call. Thanks to all of you, who applied with fantastic ideas for the future of cinema in your country! In the upcoming days, the SOFA team will study each one of these applications, evaluate them and come back to you at the beginning of June. Best of luck!
  • Last call!

    19. April 2016
    News_Thumbnail_Call In its fourth edition SOFA –School of Film Agents invites eight young professionals for an intense workshop to Wrocław, European Capital of Culture 2016.  We support film initiators and catalysers with unique project ideas in cinema promotion. Our call for applications is open ‘til 5th of May 2016. Find everything you need to know in this PDF and send in your dream project! SOFA –School of Film Agents is scheduled from 19–28 August 2016. All lectures are provided free of charge.
  • Cristian Hordila talks about his SOFA experience

    17. April 2016
    vlcsnap-2016-04-19-10h14m36s947 Cristian Hordila’s ambitious SOFA project “Transylvania Film Fund” is on the rise. SOFA founder Nikolaj Nikitin had the chance to talk with him about his experience at our workshop during the Berlinale 2016. We captured their conversation in this little Berlinale Recap. Our new call for applications is open ‘til 5th of May 2016. find everything you need to know in this PDF.
  • Interview with Dieter Kosslick

    06. April 2016
    News_Thumbnail_Kosslick During the premiere of Tomasz Wasilewski’s amazing drama United States of Love / Zjednoczone Stany Miłości at the Berlinale, we had the chance to talk with dear SOFA godfather Dieter Kosslick about the cinema of Poland, check out our exclusive video. SOFA – the School of Film Agents supports film initiators and catalysers with unique project ideas in cinema promotion. And our call for applications is still open, check it out:
  • SOFA goes Georgia

    30. March 2016
    Screenshot_2016-03-30-10-18-25~01 In the light of the success of the first three editions, SOFA plans to expand its work by staging a second workshop in Georgia for April 2017. The world renowned media Magazine Variety covered this story and gives an update on the recent successes of SOFA projectes. Follow this link to read the whole story. 
  • SOFA reunion at Berlinale

    13. February 2016
    SOFA_reunion The Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival serves as a great place for SOFA reunions every year. The participants not only have the opportunity to stay in touch with each other and their mentors (pictured is Roberto Olla on the far right), it’s also a checkpoint for themselves to see where there projects are standing. Six of our eight participants of 2015 could be present in Berlin (not pictured is Olha Reiter), so we were happy to celebrate a wonderfull reunion night at the Polish Party of the PISF.
  • CINEBUS news

    03. February 2016
    10. Gosia Tusk Cinebus Keys_Fot. Janusz Bulanda During the Film Spring Open event in Kraków last year, Hollywood star Natalie Portman and renowned DP Sławomir Idziak presented the SOFA – School of Film Agents project CINEBUS along with ourparticipant Gosia Tusk. More pictures of the event on Facebook. The studio on wheels is the first of its kind in Poland and is both a training facility and a mobile production unit, in short: very creative! Read more about it and the event here.
  • Send your application!

    16. January 2016
    News_Application2016 SOFA supports film initiators and catalysers with unique project ideas in cinema promotion and you can apply for our fourth edition in August 2016 – NOW! All you need to know about it, can be found in this PDF. We look for young film lovers with previous experience in film (studies, business etc.) from Central or Eastern Europe, Central Asia, republics of Caucasus, Greece and Germany. The workshop is scheduled from 19-28 of August and will take place in the European Capital of Culture 2016 – Wrocław.
  • We have a movie!

    24. December 2015
    News_SOFA_Film   Our dear friends of Manifiesta Film put a lot of artistic and technical effort into our new SOFA movie. It coveres the workshop of 2015 with its participants, mentors and team and explains  how our mentoring system works. Subtitled versions of the movie will be available soon. Big thanks to Goethe Institut for making this possible! To all SOFA friends: We wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderfull start into 2016, when the fourth edition of SOFA will once again take place in Wrocław.  

SOFA – School of Film Agents

a workshop for up-and-coming film professionals

SOFA – School of Film Agents invites young film agents for a workshop training to Wroclaw, Poland. The program’s special quality is its unique target group: upcoming film professionals from Middle and Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Central Asia and the republics of Caucasus. SOFA doesn’t aim to educate film directors or producers. SOFA supports culture promoters, mediators and catalyzers with unique film/cinema project ideas for the local and international audience in their country of origin – in all possible creative shapes.

SOFA helps its participants to make their innovative »dream project« come true and – at the same time – develops regional film culture and industry.

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