Poland’s TVP begins preparations for 2nd edition of Heart of Europe festival

Invited to participate in the festival were public broadcasters from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia. Photo: TVP

After last year’s roaring success, Poland’s public broadcaster, TVP has started preparations for the second edition of the International Television Festival “Heart of Europe” – an event dedicated to the productions of East-Central European broadcasters, to take place in Warsaw on November 14-17, 2022.

The International Television Festival “Heart of Europe” is Polish public broadcaster TVP’s undertaking, a broad retrospect of East-Central European broadcasters’ public contemporary productions.

The success of the first edition demonstrated a demand for closer cooperation of creators in our region,” said Marek Solon-Lipiński, deputy director of TVP’s Sales and International Relations Department and TVP’s delegate responsible for the coordination of the festival-related works.

The goal of our undertaking is to create a forum, in the frame of which public broadcasters, creators and producers from East-Central Europe can learn about each other's creations, network and business relations. This year’s stormy events demonstrated the glaring demand for consolidation of the media sector and reinforcement of the role of public broadcasters in our geographical area,” Mr Solon-Lipiński said.

Invited to participate in the festival were public broadcasters from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia.

As part of the event, the best works of television will be presented in six categories, namely, feature films, drama series, documentaries, entertainment, children and youths, and digital.

TVP will announce detailed information and call for entries to the Heart of Europe co-production forum soon.

Just like the year before, the festival will be accompanied by many side events, such as “meet and greets” with authors, discussion panels and special screenings. During the second edition of the Heart of Europe, a co-production forum designed to establish co-productional and commercial cooperation in East-Central Europe will take place. The organisers will select ten projects from each of the categories picked by the entrants to identify their entries. These categories are “feature film”, “series” and “film or documentary series”. The last festival day will see a grand gala take place to reveal the winners selected by an international jury consisting of representatives from the participating broadcasters.

The guest lineup will include, apart from participants submitting their works, sales and licence purchase specialists, representatives of film institutes, public broadcasters, regional film funds, as well as Polish producers and representatives of TVP’s production and programme departments.

Last year’s Heart of Europe festival saw 12 awards in six categories, three special awards and two distinctions. Monika Jordan-Młodziankowska’s “Iron Bridge” (“Żelazny most”) was ruled the best feature. The best series awards went to Croatian Vinko Brešan for his “Big Perica's Diary” (“Dnevnik velikog Perice”), while Tomasz Knittel’s “Agony” (“Agonia”) snatched the best document award. The entertainment category saw “National Expedition” (“Nacionaline ekspedicija”) by Lithuanian Andrius Lygnugaris emerge at the top. “Margo, Teddy, and Friends” directed by Jacek Sołtysiak won the best “Children and Youth Programme” award, while Czech Kristina Volnam was awarded the best “Digital” award for her “Planet Is Our Friend” (“Planeta je Prga”).

Special TVP Board Awards were given to Jan Hřebejk for his “Veteran” (“Veterán”), Estonian Ergo Kuld’s “Traitor” (“Reetur”) and Polish Katarzyna Kawecka and Joanna Frydrych’s “Sanatorium of Love” (“Sanatorium Miłości”).

The jury also presented other special awards. Georgian Levan Adamia’s “Jester’s Calendar” (“ჯამბაზის კალენდარი”) received a special “Documentary” award and Ilija Gajica’s “Slavenski” a special “Entertainment” award. The awards list can be viewed here.

The festival is coordinated by the International Cooperation Department of TVP’s Sales and International Relations Department.

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