Creative Europe MEDIA will organise a European Film Forum during the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival. The Forum will discuss the role of festivals post-2020, focusing on ways to strengthen the promotion of films and reach wider audiences.

The European Film Forum event "Creating the buzz around movies: Promotion, Festivals and MEDIA after 2020" will take place on Saturday, 1st September 2018, from 16.00 to 18.00 at the Excelsior Hotel, Venice Lido, Sala degli Stucchi.

This year the Venice Film Festival takes place in the backdrop of the Commission's proposals on Creative Europe MEDIA, AVMSD and copyright.

Following the official Creative Europe proposal of 30 May, this year's European Film Forum is an excellent occassion to discuss priorities of the new programme and the concrete options for MEDIA in the future. As regards support for festivals, the current budget helps to reach more than 3.5 million people. Festivals today play a vital role in building up audiences for films. What would be the impact of more MEDIA support for festivals and better cooperation among them?

The event will look into how festivals evolved and how we can make the most out of MEDIA programme funding to support festivals in the future.

Confirmed speakers for the Film Forum

  • Opening remarks by Paolo Baratta, President, La biennale di Venezia
  • Keynote speech by Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT, European Commmission
  • Laurence Herszberg, Festival Director, Séries Mania
  • José Luis Rebordinos, Festival Director, San Sebastián International Film Festival
  • Chiraz Latiri, Director, Tunisian National Cinema and Image Centre (CNCI)
  • Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Director, Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart
  • José Luis Cienfuegos, Festival Director, Sevilla International Film Festival
  • Closing remarks by Silvia Costa, MEP, CULT Committee

About Creative Europe MEDIA

The MEDIA Sub-programme of Creative Europe is designed to support European film and other audiovisual industries. It provides funding for the development, promotion and distribution of European works within Europe and beyond. It invests in the training of producers, film distributors, directors, and screenwriters to help them adapt to new technologies. Each year, MEDIA supports around 2000 European projects including films, TV series, video games, training programmes, cinemas and much more.

The European Film Forum is a structured dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders.This dialogue takes place notably during film festivals, using different formats (such as conferences, round table discussions and workshops).

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