New Horizons Association. Mission, ideas, successes
From a small festival in Sanok to one of the most important film events in Poland and Europe – this is how far the New Horizons International Film Festival went, initiating development of the Association on the way. Today SNH is much more than just the festival itself. Placing valuable and artistic cinema on the map of Polish culture; pulling it out of the niche and making it a popular topic is one of our greatest successes. We can see it in the number of viewers participating in festivals or watching movies in the New Horizons Cinema run by the Association. We believe that cinematography has the power to change the world and, above all, connect people. Our greatest success is building a community of cinema lovers who constantly surprise with their commitment, knowledge and openness to learn new, often difficult types of film art. In the New Horizons Association, we prove that the love for the cinema has many forms and faces.
We see the cinema as a universal language of dialogue – between different generations, beliefs, sensitivities and cultures. We start the dialogue as early as possible – from educational activities for the youngest, then we continue the conversation during the festivals (New Horizons or American Film Festival) and we invite you to stay with us permanently (joining the community of New Horizons Cinema viewers and watching the films we distribute).
We create a cultural and cinematic alternative to what multiplexes propose. The New Horizons International Film Festival, organized since 2001, is a festival of cinema visionaries and uncompromising artists. As part of the Kids Film Festival (first edition in 2014) we present films for young viewers that are not created by large studios according to carefully calculated business plans. The American Film Festival has been proving that American cinema is far more interesting than what Hollywood suggests for a decade now. In turn, at the New Horizons Cinema (run by SNH since 2012), we create space for numerous discussions and meetings – not only with filmmakers; we are also open to dialogue with the viewers themselves, who can become co-authors of the events we organize.
We are passionate for cinema which inspires, educates, interests and changes the audience.
a) Polish Days (co-organized by the Polish Film Institute) – a project accompanying the New Horizons International Film Festival, during which representatives of the film industry from around the world get to know the current Polish cinema at every stage of production and participate in presentations of projects in development.
b) US in Progress – a project accompanying the American Film Festival, connecting European sales agents and distributors as well as independent American filmmakers.