The European Film Forum celebrates the 25th anniversary of MEDIA
by Fran Royo
- Held from 1-2 December in Brussels, the gathering will offer a space for dialogue between Commission representatives and European audiovisual professionals
The European Film Forum is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MEDIA programme with a special edition, under the title "Investing in Creativity, Building the Future". It will be held from 1-2 December at Brussels’ Bozar, and will feature an introduction by European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner Günther H Oettinger. It will feature five conferences: the first will take place on the first day, entitled "Looking to the Future: Adaptation or Revolution?", featuring Peter Aalbaek Jensen, producer and co-founder of Zentropa, Ilion Animation Studios founder and chief creative officer Ignacio Perez Dolset, Sky Italy CEO Andrea Zappia and Odeon UK CEO Paul Donovan. The second conference, "Innovation in Formats: Content Has No Borders", will be attended by panellists Sten Saluveer, director of industry at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, ARTE France president Véronique Cayla, Mikros Image CEO Gilles Gaillard, and Ivar Kohn, of NRK Norway.
During the last day of the forum, a third conference will take place, entitled "It’s All About Access, Fostering the Exploitation of EU Works", with panellists Christophe Tardieu, director general of the Centre National du Cinéma, Lauri Kivinen, CEO of YLE Finland, Tom Van Waveren, CEO and creative director at Cake Entertainment. A further conference, entitled "How to Leverage Investment?", will feature EIF deputy chief executive Roger Havenith, Media Finance Partners CEO Danielle Kadeyan, Voordekunst director Roy Cremers, Christof Papousek from Cineplexx, and Filmförderunganstalt director and EFADs president Peter Dinges. The last one, which will discuss the topic of "Living the Digital Shift: Concentration or Diversification?", features president of the European Producers Club Marco Chimenz, content director of Telefonica Alex Martinez Roig, Metropolitan Filmexport co-founder Victor Hadida, and Mikko Setälä from Rovio.
Director Thomas Vinterberg, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and Trust Nordisk CEO Rikke Ennis will take part in a conversation entitled "Putting European Works in the Spotlight", while another one, "Women on the Move – Towards a More Diverse Film Industry", will feature producer Rebecca O’Brien and distributor Régine Vial. A conversation with film director Tomasz Wasilewski, Hopster representative Miki Chojnacka and Tasja Abel from ZDF will explore the topic of "Game Changers: How New Generations Create and Watch", while a French conversation about "Reaping the Benefits of the Digital Economy: Creating, Distributing and Promoting European Works" will take place with Rodolphe Buet, president of international distribution and marketing at StudioCanal. Furthermore, two master classes will be led by film directors Jaco Van Dormael and Alan Parker.
The European Film Forum was set up by the European Commission in 2014 as an opportunity for policy makers to exchange views with prestigious filmmakers and industry representatives about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the European audiovisual sector. It will be included in the programme of the Brussels Cinema Days, organised by Bozar, and part of the celebrations for the MEDIA anniversary, focusing on the development and distribution of the best European films across the continent. It will be held from 30 November-4 December, with screenings of films such as A Wedding [+see also:
interview: Stephan Streker
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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