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Arek Gielnik: Biography


Arek Gielnikis producer and managing director of INDI FILM GmbH, responsible for project development, financing and production. Established in Stuttgart, Germany in 2001, INDI FILM GmbH is a documentary and feature film production company. The aim of INDI FILM is to develop and produce feature films as well as high quality documentaries for national and international cinema and TV markets. Its founders, producer Arek Gielnik and director Dietmar Ratsch, have received international recognition for their feature length documentaries such as Afghan’s don’t flirt (Hof Int. Film Festival 2004 – Eastman Award, IDFA Amsterdam 2004 -First Appearance Competition), One Who Set Forth – Wim Wenders´ Early Years (festivals: Berlinale 2007 Rio de Janeiro, Torino, Seoul, Taipei, etc.), Bastion of Sin (2008) (Leipzig Int. Film Festival – Golden Dove, BaKaFORUM Basel – SRG SSR idée Suisse Prize 2009) , Neukölln Unlimited (Berlinale 2010 - Crystal Bear for the best film) and Alarm am Hauptbahnhof (Grimme Award 2012) . All of them have been released in German cinemas. Supported by Media and MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg, INDI FILM is currently finishing it’s feature film Habib Rhapsody which premiers at Hof Int. Film Festival 2013 and will be screend in German cinemas in 2014.

Arek Gielnik is a graduate in audiovisual media of the University of Media in Stuttgart, participant of the international training and project development programme EAVE 2004, Rotterdam LAB 2005 and Screen Leaders EU. Before co-founding INDI FILM, Arek gained valuable experience working as a production manager with Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and with independent production companies.



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