The future of independent European cinema in the age of digital exploitation
by Birgit Heidsiek
- At the German-French Film Meeting in Leipzig, several hot topics revolving around the film industry will be discussed
The German-French Film Meeting (also known as “Les Rendez-vous franco-allemands du cinema”) in Leipzig will bring together about 50 producers from France and Germany in order for them to present their projects and discuss new partnerships at the co-production market on 19-20 November. Organised by promotional company German Films and Unifrance, the event kicks off with a panel discussion on co-productions with Eastern Europe. Dariusz Jablonski (Apple Film, Poland), Sinisa Juricic (Nukleus Film, Croatia), József Berger (Mythberg Films, Hungary) and Artemio Benki (Sirena Film, Czech Republic) will outline the kinds of funding opportunities that are available in their countries.
A key topic is German-French co-operation in the film sector. In Germany, the French comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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German producer Alfred Hürmer, FFA president Peter Dinges and CNC president Frédérique Bredin will speak about the new developments and upcoming changes, before Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, welcomes the German-French audience.
Another important topic is the future of independent European cinema in the age of digital exploitation, which will be discussed by Alain Rocca, president of UniversCiné; Phoenix [+see also:
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In the Digital Corner, which is an initiative of the Atelier Network, experts including Peter Dinges, Dominique Willieme (head of New Media at ARTE) and producer-director Robert Civis will talk about how film funding, production and distribution are currently changing. The challenging questions set to be tackled include how to deal with the myriad platforms and devices, and how to reach increasingly fragmented, mobile and active audiences.