Recent News

  • SOFA visits „Stay Connected“ conference

    02. November 2017
    SOFA director Nikolaj Nikitin and mentor Tamara Tatishvili attended „Stay Connected“ conference of the Wechange platform in Berlin. The intense three-day networking event for civil society actors from Germany, Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries brought many great and talented people together. Getting into workshops, discussion and meaningful exchange across borders was a main focus of this very interesting event, that was made possible by strong SOFA partner Auswärtiges Amt (Ministry of Foreign Affair – Germany). #CivilSocietyCooperation
  • SOFA project becomes start-up of the week

    10. Oktober 2017
    Congratulations to Baltic View! The project of dear SOFA – School of Film Agents participant Inesa Ivanova is the „Startup Of the Week“ at Startup Lithuania! And the interview text is a good read, have a look here. Baltic View is a project that promotes films made in the Baltics worldwide.  The films are carefully picked by professional curators and united into programmes that address either important aspects of life in the Baltics or significant historical events. As a distributor Baltic View has established partnerships throughout Europe to organise Cinema Events – film screenings and Q&A with directors.
  • First workshop in Warsaw concluded

    05. September 2017
    The fifth edition of SOFA – School of Film Agents ended this weekend with a lot of reasons to celebrate! Dear participants, thank you so much for your energy, will, experience, personality, wit, intelligence and dedication! And a heartfelt thank you to all our great tutors, mentors and experts that made this edition very special! Also a heartfelt thank you to all our amazing SOFA partners, who make our unique pan-european initiative for the future of cinema possible!
  • The Tutors and Mentors of the 5th edition

    22. August 2017
    Only a few more days left, before some of Europe’s leading film professionals reach Warsaw to conduct the 5th SOFA workshop. Who will be guiding this year’s participants in Poland? With our forth press release we proudly present you  the excellent line-up of experienced lecturers from all over Europe! Each participant will be guided by a personal mentor that is an expert in the field of their unique SOFA project. Three tutors will give additional advice to all participants. Find the line-up here on our website.
  • In the news

    12. August 2017
    SOFA – School of Film Agents recent press release announcing the participants for the 2017/2018 workshop was widespread in the media. Have a look at our press section to find recent articles on SOFA and don’t forget to check out our Facebook site for even more recent news on the upcoming edition and the development of SOFA projects from the last editions.
  • Announcement: SOFA class of 2017/2018

    25. Juli 2017
    With todays press release SOFA announces the seven participants that we selected for the 5th edition of SOFA – School of Film Agents, bound to take place in Warsaw, August 2017, and Tiblisi, April 2018. Learn more about our soon to be film agents and their amazing projects on our website. For the first time, our call for proposals was open to the country of Israel and with Gitit Wainer we already have our first Israelian participant.
  • SOFA goes Peru

    01. Juli 2017
    Together with SOFA mentor Miroslav Mogorović, Nikolaj Nikitin visited the Festival de cine Al Este in Lima, Peru and gave a talk at the EPIC film school in the  Andes capital to spread the idea of our School of Film Agents on the other side of the planet. David Vashadze – Head of Export & Distribution at the GNFC – Georgian National Film Center joined the delegation as well and Nikitin was happy to reunite with many Peruvian friends. Many thanks to festival director David Duponchel, Ada Quintana and their whole team for making this possible!
  • Statements: Iris Elezi

    15. Juni 2017
    Participant Iris Elezi on her SOFA experience: “During SOFA’s 4th edition I’ve been developing my project, the Albanian Cinematheque. Just like life, SOFA is really what you make of it, as it deepens your understanding of where you stand and the speed and scale with which the audio visual industry transforms itself. SOFA’s careful selection of mentors and participants that in themselves embody great success stories, brought fourth for me invaluable and generous insights on how to effectively initiate my project and the specific ways it will reflect my own country’s needs and expectations.“
  • Call has concluded

    01. Juni 2017
    SOFAs call for proposals 2017 has concluded. Dozens and dozens of most interesting ideas for the future of cinema have reached us with your applications. Thank you all for your interest in SOFA – School of Film Agents. In the next weeks we’ll examine every one of them with care. Best of luck! Maybe, we will see YOU in Warsaw (August 2017) and Tiblisi (April 2018)!
  • In the news

    10. Mai 2017
    Great news! The SOFA – School of Film Agents workshop in Georgia received a lot attention in the last couple of days. Georgian television station საქმის კურსი & ანალიტიკა (Business Media Georgia) made a 20 minute news report on SOFA including interviews with Tamara Tatishvili, Tekla Machavariani, Nikolaj Nikitin and other familiar faces. Sputnik Georgia and many other media outlets also covered our first workshop in Tiblisi. More latest news picks – continuously updated – on our website: http://www.joinsofa.org/press/
  • A great premiere!

    07. Mai 2017
    The first expanded workshop of SOFA – School of Film Agents in Poland (2016) and Georgia (2017) has concluded after another amazing and intense workshop week in the capitol of Tiblisi, Georgia. We thank our eight new film agents for all their energy, will, experience, personality, wit, intelligence and dedication proved! We are confident that your SOFA experience will be a huge stepstone in making your dream projects come true! Thanks for being with us and sharing your knowledge and experience!  
  • Our Follow-Up-Workshop has started!

    01. Mai 2017
    The first round of the second part of the SOFA – School of Film Agents workshop in Tiflis has begun! From all over Europe our eight magnificent up-and-coming film professionals flocked together for their reunion during our premiere workshop in Tiblisi. Find the infos on the current projects and participants on our website and check out our Facebook page for regular updates on the Georgian workshop.
  • 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. März 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. Februar 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. Dezember 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. Oktober 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. Juli 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. Juni 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. Mai 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: http://bit.ly/SOFAcall2016
  • SOFA goes Georgia

    30. März 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. Februar 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. Februar 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. Januar 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. Dezember 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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