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21 projects selected for Young Horizons Industry 2024

18/06/24

We are delighted to announce selected projects to be pitched at Young Horizons Industry, international co-production forum for films and series for young audiences. 11 films and 10 series were selected from 97 submissions.

16 projects will be presented in In Development section and 5 titles in Work in Progress section. 10 extra projects will be showcased in the new section Project Pool (read more and submit your project).

This year’s selection was carefully picked by the jury. Films were chosen by Fiona van Heemstra, Screenwriter, The Netherlands, Moritz Hemminger, Head of Sales & Acquisitions at The Playmaker, Germany, Anna Waśniewska-Gill, Producer and Partner at WONDER X, Poland. Series projects were selected by Marina Narishkin, Expert in the Business of Entertainment, Serial Entrepreneur, IP Brand Builder, France, Dunja Karlovsek, Editor of Children’s Shows and Media Psychologist, RTV Slovenija, Slovenia, Tim Biedert, Production & Development Executive, Germany.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – KEY INFORMATION

Selected projects are from 16 countries (including co-production countries). Most projects come from Poland (5) and CEE countries (4 projects from Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine), followed by Norway (3), Belgium (2), Germany (2). Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Ireland present one project each. 4 projects (20%) are international co-productions with countries such as The Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.

The majority of projects are aimed at children between 7 and 12 yo (70%), followed by preschool (20%), teens and young adults (10%).

Among selected films there are live-action (5), animation (2), live-action/animation (1), documentary (3) projects. Which gives eleven films in total. Among selected series there are animation (5), live-action (3), live-action with CGI (1), anidoc (1) projects. Which gives ten series in total.

Wide genre spectrum of selected projects include comedy, fantasy, coming of age, fairy tale, musical, drama, anidoc, and adventure titles.

Three projects (Whatever Happened, Welcome to Vegetown, Rainy Days) gained direct invitation as Young Horizons Industry winners selected by our team at m:brane, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum and CEE Animation Forum.

Among the returning producers who will present new projects in Warsaw there are EGoFilm (The Great Book of Feelings), GS Animation / Grupa Smacznego (Basia and a Doggy Summer), Fabelaktiv (Whatever Happened), Leitwolf Filmproduktion (Lampie). There are also former Producers LINK participants: Andrej Kolencik with a project Animals of the East and Dagmara Piasecka with Pixie, and Mária Môťovská, former Young Horizons Lab participant with a project Ursa the Polar Bear, and Martin Vandas with a project Little Big Ones.

The 8th international co-production forum will take place from 30 September to 2 October 2024 on-site in Warsaw and online, as part of the Young Horizons International Film Festival. Accreditations will be on sale from 1 July.

Market Presentation and Market Screenings titles will be unveiled in a separate press release later on.

LIST OF THE SELECTED PROJECTS

In Development

  1. The Adventures of Baltazar Gąbka, live-action film, TV Working, Poland
  2. Basia and a Doggy Summer, animated film, GS Animation / Grupa Smacznego, Poland
  3. Christmas Snow, live-action film, Contrabas Video Production, Ukraine
  4. Holy Mary, live-action film, Samson Films, Ireland
  5. Lampie, live-action/animated film, Leitwolf Filmproduktion, Germany
  6. Little Big Ones, anidoc series, Czech Television, The Czech Republic
  7. Mega Pals, live-action with CGI series, 20 Pictures to Midnight (co-producers RTBF, House Media Company, Coin Film, Digital Voodooh), Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Germany
  8. The Mystery of Music, live-action film, Overlock Entertainment, Bulgaria
  9. The Mystery Package, documentary film, A5 film, Norway
  10. Rainy Days, animated series, Animadre Studio, Austria
  11. Rat King, animated film, Traumhaus Studios, Germany
  12. Sneakermania, live-action series, Helsinki-filmi, Finland
  13. The Treehouse, animated series, Tropical Entretenimento (co-producer Smart Diseños), Brazil, The Netherlands
  14. Ursa the Polar Bear, animated series, Upnorth Film, Norway
  15. Welcome to Vegetown, stop motion animated series, Toku, France
  16. Whatever Happened, live-action series, Fabelaktiv, Norway

Work in Progress

  1. Animals of the East, documentary film, Admiral Films, Slovakia
  2. Ban, live-action series, 20 Pictures to Midnight (co-producer RTBF), Belgium
  3. Ghetto Classic, documentary film, Dynamo Film (co-producer WKND), Poland, Spain
  4. The Great Book of Feelings, animated series, EGoFilm, Poland
  5. Pixie, live-action film, Green Rat Production (co-producers Heaven’S Gate, WFDiF, Stuchlik Wojciech Film Production), Poland, The Czech Republic

Young Horizons Industry is a co-production forum and meeting hub for film professionals who are passionate about making films and series for young audiences. It takes place every autumn as part of the Young Horizons International Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

The goal of the forum is simple: helping creators connect with potential partners. By bringing together projects and industry players, we are creating a space where you can exchange ideas and form partnerships.

Discover more about Young Horizons Industry

YOUNG HORIZONS INDUSTRY CO-FINANCIERS AND PARTNERS

Young Horizons Industry is co-financed by Polish Film Institute, Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme, City of Warsaw, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within a frame of the Polish Creative Industries Development Center programme “Rozwój Sektorów Kreatywnych”.

Partners:  Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, ORKA, FIXAFILM, Wrocław Feature Film Studio, Animond, No Problemo Music, Łódź Film Commission, Silesian Film Fund, Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund, Krakow Film Fund and Malopolska Film Fund of the Small Forms, Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA), Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA), Crew United, Kids REGIO, m:brane, CEEA Forum, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, Animation Production Days, Coprocity.

Media patrons: Cineuropa, Film New Europe, C21Media, Licencing Magazine, Skwigly

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