About the project

KIPA’s Accelerator for Young Entrepreneurs of the AV Sector is a Polish nationwide project founded on the principles of mentoring, partnership and teamwork. This ground-breaking programme that connects culture and business allows for an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and stimulates the development of young entrepreneurs of the AV sector to give them competitive advantage. Its main purpose is a multilateral, substantive and methodical support for the participants as well as creating a centre for know-how exchange during a cycle of meetings. Each participant of the KIPA’s Accelerator can benefit from consultancy in terms of copyright, labour law, finance and management. Mentoring will encompass the fields of modern technology, innovative solutions in production, business and marketing, and promotion and distribution. During the programme the participants benefit from consulting on tax law specific to creative industries and pertaining to intellectual property.

To whom is the Project dedicated?

The Project is addressed to 20 independent entrepreneurs of no more than 35 years of age, working in creative industries (especially audio-visual sector) or natural persons entering the labour market, i.e. graduates and final year students of art schools, particularly those who plan to set up their own businesses.

In addition, candidates with their own companies should comply with the following requirements:

the company or the sole trader have operated in the market for no more than 4 years;

the annual income, understood as any financial proceeds in connection with e.g. audio-visual production (including earnings from the sales of services, subsidies, co-production contributions, revenues from distribution, etc.) have not exceeded PLN 0.5 million;

Past scope of business of the candidates should be connected to the audio-visual industry, including among others the production of:

– fiction films,

– documentaries,

– advertisements,

– animations,

– micro budget films,

– experimental cinema,

– new technologies, such as VR or Video 360.

Alicja Grawon-Jaksik

Alicja Grawon-Jaksik

Managing Director

Professional in the audio-visual industry. Currently, Managing Director of the Polish Audio-visual Producers Chamber of Commerce, the only Polish chamber of economy regrouping over 150 entrepreneurs acting within the AV sector which is also one of the biggest organisations of its kind in Europe.

In 2011-2013, she was the representative of the Polish Minister of Culture in the Committee of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union in Brussels, and in 2011-2015, the Secretary of the Court of Arbitration of the Audio-visual Market in Warsaw. She finished the training course for members of supervisory and executive boards certified by The Minister of Treasury and passed the state examination. Member of the special interest group for National Intelligent Specialisations by the Ministry of Development. Member of prestigious Council for Digitalization, which supports the activities and legal initiatives of the Ministry of Digital Affairs.

She specialises in legal and business matters involving entrepreneurs in the audio-visual sector and creative industries. She was responsible i.a. for the content and organisation of dozens of professional events including international conferences, seminars and training courses (e.g. “New Ways of Distribution, Game Story”, “Between Film and Game” 1 and 2; “Digital Challenges in Film Production”, “Law and Money – the Less Artistic Aspects of Audio-visual Production”, and the cycle of workshops “Legal Aspects of AV Production”. She co-created the first Polish “Accelerator for Young Entrepreneurs of the AV Sector”, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

She started her professional career as production manager of TV series, among others. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia and a doctoral student at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She gives guest lectures in many film schools, including Wajda School and Łódź Film School.

Aleksandra Kapłon

Aleksandra Kapłon

Project Manager

Project Manager at the KIPA. Currently, the coordinator of the Accelerator for Young Entrepreneurs of the AV Sector, the first Polish accelerator for the creative industries, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

She graduated from BA Film and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and attends Ukrainian Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her experience in the audio-visual sector comes from cooperation with independent film producers and festivals (i.a. Raindance Film Festival and East End Film Festival), as well as professional organisations in London (including New Producers Alliance or Documentary Filmmakers Group), in 2007-2012.

In 2011-2015, she was involved with Krakow Film Festival. She co-operated with commercial TV broadcaster TVN on travel documentaries “Women Freed from the ‘Shining Path’”, “Obsessed by Perfection” or “Cloning. The Path to Immortality”, and on culinary shows “Taste the World with Pascal” in 2013-2017. She participated in EAVE Marketing Workshop 2016 with her documentary “A Crime without a Name” („Bezimienna Zbrodnia”).

 

Maciej Dopierała

Maciej Dopierała

Project Coordinator

Project coordinator at Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce. Film Studies graduate of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at the Jagiellonian University and student of Film Production at Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television, University of Silesia. Graduated from Laboratory of New Theatre Practices at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Worked as a producer’s assistant at Indian-Polish coproduction ‘’24” and is a long time cooperator of Krakow Film Festival. Currently the coordinator of the “Accelerator for Young Entrepreneurs of the AV Sector”, the first Polish accelerator for creative industries, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage