Press release: CEPI Joins the Gdynia Polish Film Festival
Gdynia, 19 September 2022
CEPI, the European Audiovisual Production Association which gathers national associations of Independent producers across Europe, CEPI is extremely pleased to have been invited as guest to the 47th edition of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, for its annual General Assembly, giving producers from across Europe the opportunity to engage with the vibrant Polish audiovisual & Film sector.
A European roundtable co organized by CEPI and KIPA, the Polish Producers Alliance provided festival participants with an overview of the different situations in Spain, Ireland, Czech republic and France with a focus on the rising cost of productions and the changes brought by streamers, followed by a panel of the polish industry. “Independent production is about keeping the intellectual property, Poland cannot afford to wait, we must develop a strategic plan to support independent producers” said Alicja Grawon-Jaksik.
“CEPI is proud to have KIPA among its most active members, strengthening our representation of more than 2.500 producers in Europe. We need producers together in this challenging times, working together in defending Europe’s cultural diversity, its asset and focus towards a better environment for independent producers”, Susana Gato, CEPI President.
“Poland has played a very important role in the past 7 month regarding the invasion of Ukraine. The polish audiovisual industry, with KIPA, has been doing an extraordinary job providing support to Ukrainian film makers which has inspired a countless initiatives across Europe”, Jerome Dechesne, CEPI Board members.
CEPI would like to thank Tomasz Kolankiewicz, Festival ‘s Director, and Joanna Łapinska, Head of Industry at the festival, as well as the Team at KIPA for their great welcome and organization.