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  • Meet the SOFA class 2019/2020!

    19. Juli 2019
    SOFA – SCHOOL OF FILM ADVANCEMENT reveals the new line-up of its 7th edition at Odesa International Film Festival. With its tailor-made workshops and hand-picked internationally renowned mentors, SOFA jumpstarts the projects and careers of a new generation of film professionals who will shape the future of their industries. With its unique focus on Middle and Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Israel, Central Asia, the republics of Caucasus and the MENA region, SOFA selects projects that promote and support the region’s national film industries, its films and cinematic heritage. Learn more about this six amazing talents and their projects for the future of cinema on our website. Welcome to SOFA!
  • SOFA becomes School of Film Advancement

    18. Juli 2019
    Film is the most flexible art form of our times. With every new invention in the digital audio-visual industry, the art form film adapts itself to the technology’s specific demands. Cinema as a cultural and social place has been film’s favourite spot and media for over a century – but, for many years now, it’s by no means the only one. Therefore SOFA commits itself to the advancement of the art form film on any given platform, by supporting projects that further explore film’s potential in the audio-visual industry and guide it towards new audiences. Once selected for SOFA, the participants enroll in a training programme dedicated to the very needs to bring their ideas to life. Therefore, SOFA becomes School of Film Advancement!
  • Our call ended!

    31. Mai 2019
    Dear SOFA friends, alumni, experts and partners around the world and especially dear applicants for the upcoming 2019/2020 edition! Thanks a lot for all your support in spreading the word about our submission deadline and sending us all your great applications! We’re very excited that we have received a great amount of very exciting, diverse, innovative and geographically balanced applications which give us a glimpse into the future of cinema and AV sector. Amazing projects that will develope your national and regional creative, entrepreneurial field as well as the international. Please give our Head of Studies Nikolaj Nikitin and his team some now time to review all applications and get back to you. You all will hear personally back from us latest by end of June! Thank you very much!
  • SOFA visits Nafilm – VIDEO

    22. Mai 2019
    Despite Czech Republic’s rich film history, no museum focused on film existed – until January 2019, when NaFilM, the National Film Museum opened its doors. The project was developed by Terezie Křížkovská and two fellow students of the Film Studies at Charles University in Prague with the support of SOFA – School of Film Agents. Founder and director Nikolaj Nikitin paid a visit to the newly opened film museum and was amazed by the results, that Terezie Křížkovská accomplished with additional support of her SOFA mentor Rainer Rother, the director of Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany. SOFA founder Nikolaj Nikitin just visited the film museum and brought back a interview documentary.
  • Press Release: SOFA goes Tbilisi

    01. April 2019
    The SOFA class of 2018-2019The third edition of the Tbilisi SOFA workshop takes place in the beautiful Georgian capital from April 1 – 6 2019. The participants of the 2018/2019 edition: Eva Brazdžionytė (Lithuania), Agnieszka Kruk (Poland), Victoria Leshchenko (Ukraine), Marat Parkhomovsky (Israel), Róbert Vámos (Hungary) and Natia Nikoleishvili (Georgia) meet after the August 2018 Warsaw workshop for a concentrated follow-up. After Warsaw’s focus on project development, the Tbilisi workshop will concentrate on deepening the marketing aspects of their projects. For that, all participants will be supported by experienced professionals from the AV industry. Find more in todays press release.
  • New Proposal Call!

    01. April 2019
    In its 7th edition SOFA – School of Film Agents invites up to eight professionals for intense workshops to Warsaw (August 18 – 23, 2019), Tbilisi (April 25 – 30, 2020) and Vilnius (September 17 – 21, 2020). We support film initiators, cultural managers and catalyzers with unique project ideas in the AV world. Selected participants will be trained in various creative fashions to reach local and international cinema-goers as well be given the opportunity to make ties beyond borders. With the help of experienced lecturers, you will receive a tailor-made coaching which enables you to realize your dream project efficiently. Our workshops connect you with decision makers and high-level professionals in the AV industry. The rest is up to you – make your dream come true! Download our Call for Proposals and submit your project until May 29, 2019.
  • SOFA comes back to Georgia

    22. März 2019
    Only one week away is the start of the new SOFA workshop in Georgias wonderful capitol Tbilisi. Thanks to our amazing partners from Georgia and several other countries, we are able to present our expanded workshop training for the second time already. The program’s special quality is build upon its unique target group consisting of film culture managers from Middle and Eastern Europe, the republics of Caucasus and the Balkan States. Stay tuned!
  • Czech Film Museum opens its doors!

    16. Januar 2019
    Another aspiring SOFA project has come to life! The new NaFilM National Film Museum located in the very centre of Prague was opened for the public on 15 January 2019. The project of SOFA participant Terezie Křížkovská was realised also thanks to a successful crowd funding campaign. The museum, with its interactive exhibits connecting film history and the present, targets all age groups and invites visitors to interact. Heartfelt congratulations from the whole SOFA team!
  • New SOFA project launched!

    28. Dezember 2018
    Christmas came early this year! SOFA – School of Film Agents is proud to announce the successful launch of the project Producer’s MAP (Mentoring Action Plan) developed by participant Agnieszka Sękowska! The programme comprises a range of professional workshops for Polish emerging producers that covers a complex spectrum of current issues starting from managing a production company, effective development and post-production, co-productions, to marketing and festival strategy. The first workshop, focused on post-production, took place between 14th-16th of December. The SOFA – School of Film Agents team wishes you and all cultural managers all over the world a great and happy new year!
  • Huge step for Czech SOFA project

    03. Dezember 2018
    Amazing news! The NaFilM: Národní filmové muzeum, a aspiring long-time project of Terezie Krizkovska, just made a huge step forward by collecting more than 20.000 Euros in a crowdfunding capaign on HitHit. It was one of the biggest (and last) steps towards the Czech film museum, that was developed at SOFA – School of Film Agents in 2016. Despite the Czech Republic’s rich film history, no museum focused on film existed beforehand. The aim of this project brings together university students from across the fields of film history and theory, stage design, architecture, art and curatorship to establish the film museum. Heartfelt congratulations!
  • Ready for 2019!

    14. November 2018
    SOFA – School of Film Agents director Nikolaj Nikitin just had a great and fruitful visit in Tbilisi! He met with our dear local partners, supporters and friends: the first deputy minister Mikheil Giorgadze (Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia), Zurab Magalashvili (Director of the Georgian National Film Center), Levan Lomjaria (MEDIA Manager – Creative Europe Desk Georgia), Nino Tsulaia (Head of the Institute for Democratic Changes) and Ketie Danelia, former SOFA 2013 alumni and local project manager. The plans are set for the 2019 edition of the workshop, taking place in Tbilisi between April 1st – 6th!
  • SOFA breaks new grounds in Vilnius

    12. September 2018
    SOFA – School of Film Agents is proud to host it’s new workshop in wonderful Vilnius. The workshop is funded by the Lithuanian Film Centre (Lithuanian Films) and by the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). After two days of intensive training with their instructors, participants will present their project ideas to financiers and representatives from a number of European public foundations.
  • Goodbye Warsaw

    02. September 2018
    Oh no! Too soon! The first week of wonders within SOFA – School of Film Agents has just ended for our amazing participants and their mentors. Thank you all for your energy, will, experience, personality, wit, intelligence and dedication! We’ll meet again, soon! You can find many pictures and infos of the event also on our Facebook page.
  • SOFA has started!

    28. August 2018
    Welcome to Warsaw! The sixth edition of SOFA has started and six amazing talents in the field of film promotion flocked together to meet their mentors and tutors. Learn more about the upcoming SOFA days, our participants and mentors, on our Facebook-Page. Stay tuned!
  • Our amazing mentors

    28. August 2018
    SOFA – School of Film Agents is very proud of the excellent support by a top-class line-up of experienced lecturers from all over Europe (and even from USA). Learn more about them here on our website.
  • Welcome, SOFA class of 2018/2019!

    30. Juli 2018
    The SOFA class of 2018-2019SOFA – School of Film Agents has selected an exclusive new group of six participants with their individual visionary projects from the field of film-related cultural management to take part in the annual unique pan-European think tank for the future of cinema. International industry experts provide them with creative support and expertise to strengthen their role as agents to the film industry and as ambassadors to the cinema audience. The 6th edition is starting August 26 – 31 in Warsaw. Learn more about the participants and their amazing projects here.  
  • Call closed

    19. Juni 2018
                      Many many great and interesting projects for the future of cinema reached us over the past few weeks during our call for proposals. The call is now closed and the team of SOFA – School of Film Agents is currently studying every single application very carefully. Around mid-July, we will contact all applicants. Thank you very much!
  • SOFA participant opens first cinema hall

    10. Mai 2018
    Meanwhile in Lithuania: Dear SOFA participant Kestutis Drazdauskas is making significant progress on his plans to digitize the cultural centers in his homecountry and opened the first cinema hall in Klaipėda. Amazing premieres of highly significant films were on the schedule for the first days of this new cinema. Heartfelt congratulations! One of the many articles on the opening >here<.
  • Call for Proposals 2018

    01. Mai 2018
    In its 6th edition SOFA–School of Film Agents invites eight young professionals for intense workshops to Warsaw and Tbilisi in August 2018 and April 2019. 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. Find all the information on how to apply, here in this document.
  • Mission accomplished!

    29. April 2018
    After a week of wonders in our second Georgian edition of SOFA – School of Film Agents in Tbilisi, our magnificent seven participants received their diplomas from the hands of director Nicolaj Nikitin: Agnieszka Sękowska (Poland), Nikolai Lavreniuk (Belarus), Liina Maria Lepik (Estonia), Nino Chichua (Georgia), Angelos Tsaousis (Greece), Gitit Wainer (Israel) and Tara Karajica (Serbia). Thank you so much for your energy, will, experience, personality, wit, intelligence and dedication! Local partners, friends and guests joined the ceremony. Find more pictures and reports from the workshop on our Facebook page.
  • SOFA start in Georgia

    22. April 2018
    Today, our magnificent seven participants flock together from all our Europe to reunite in wonderfull Tbilisi, Georgia for the second part of SOFA – School of Film Agents 2017/2018. So good to see you all again together at one place! We are up and ready for one week of intensive workshop talks, prenentations, screenings – and most of all: great new ideas for the future of cinema! Stay tuned with SOFA and have a look at our daily updates on our Facebook page.
  • SOFA reunion 2018

    09. März 2018
    It was a very special and amazing edition of Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival with many many great encounters. The GNFC – Georgian National Film Center kindly invited SOFA – School of Film Agents members to their celebration to have a wonderfull Berlinale reunion. Have a look at our Facebook page.
  • SOFA project „Fade to Her“ launched!

    25. Februar 2018
    Amazing news!  The SOFA project Fade to Her by Tara Karajica is now live and covered this years amazing edition of Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival, in which female filmmakers and women’s stories proved to be the big winners. Have a read! „Fade to Her“ is a magazine for and about women in Film, that you should get to know right now. Read, share, contribute and support this amazing project! Visit www.fadetoher.com and like the Facebook-Page Fade to Her, please.

SOFA – School of Film Advancement

a workshop for up-and-coming film professionals

SOFA – School of Film Advancement invites young film agents for a workshop training to Wroclaw, Poland and Tbilisi, Georgia. The program’s special quality is its unique target group: upcoming film professionals from Middle and Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Central Asia, Israel 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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