EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AT ROZBITEK INSTITUTE
A Sunday in the Country in Rozbitek (Poland), 23 - 26 September 2011
On what must have been one of the last warm weekends of the year, a group of young members of the European film community ? filmmakers and composers ? headed east towards the venue of this year?s SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY: The nineteenth-century castle of Rozbitek, located deep in the Polish woods, close to Poznań. They were the first guests at the Instytut Rozbitek, a new retreat serving as a platform for artistic exchange and creative work, founded and directed by Academy Award winner, composer and EFA Member Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. The EFA initiative brought together EFA Members Jakub Duszyński (distributor, Poland), Max Richter (composer, UK) Monika Willi (editor, Austria), and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek himself with composers and filmmakers from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
A special focus on sound and music not only accompanied the screenings and discussions, but also the late night talks, often developing into jam-sessions. On long strolls through the grounds and an excursion to a WWII bunker system, during self-prepared meals in the ballroom or a barbecue at the shores of the castle?s own lake, the participants drew upon the exchange of ideas between filmmakers from different professional backgrounds. The castle?s old attic with its wooden beams became a creative space for the screenings: A comfortable atmosphere developed in which projects, drafted or finished, were presented and discussed, followed by an exchange of thoughts and giving inspiring feedback to one another, commenting, advising, encouraging with high involvement. When the group left the country retreat, it truly felt like a little film family at the end of a beautiful weekend encounter with colleagues and newly found friends.