European Co-Production welcomes new Head of Studies, Joanna Szymańska
New Head of Studies Joanna Szymańska, © Maciej Skwara

European Co-Production welcomes new Head of Studies, Joanna Szymańska

02. November 2023 –

The Erich Pommer Institut is pleased to announce an exciting development for its upcoming workshop European Co-Production - Legal and Financial Aspects, scheduled for November 23-25 in Berlin. This workshop, aimed at providing audiovisual professionals with the necessary skills to successfully co-produce and fostering collaboration, will be led by the newly appointed Head of Studies, Joanna Szymańska.

The Polish producer, development executive and industry activist is a graduate of Film Studies and Law. Joanna took part in numerous international workshops, including EAVE, ACE and Torino Script Lab (Story Editing) as well as EPI’s own European TV Drama Lab. In addition, she is the owner of the production company SHIPsBOY. In her 15+ years career she produced numerous shorts, feature-length fiction films and international co-productions. She is a founding member of the Polish Producers Guild and a member of the European Film Academy Board (term 2017-2023). With guest lectures at film schools in Warsaw, Kraków and Łódź, Joanna is currently working on her PhD at Łódź Film School.

Her recent credits include: OPERATION HYACINTH (dir. Piotr Domalewski; Netflix Original) critically acclaimed crime drama; winner of Best Polish Film Award at Camerimage 2021 as well as Best Polish Script at Gdynia FF; DETECTIVE BRUNO (dir. Mariusz Palej, Magdalena Nieć) family adventure comedy, Best Polish Film for Young Audiences (2022); MISSION ULJA FUNK (dir. Barbara Kronenberg, GER-LUX-POL) and ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN (dir. Thor Klein, GER-UK-POL).

With a wealth of experience in the world of film and co-production, Joanna Szymańska is poised to bring a fresh perspective to the workshop. Her appointment brings a new dimension to the workshop, ensuring that it remains a cutting-edge platform for knowledge exchange and skill development in the realm of co-production. For more information on the workshop, registration details, and a schedule, please visit the workshop’s website.


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