A dense programme of discussions and panels will be proposed to film professionals this year in Cannes, on various topics such as film financing, film distribution, audience development and innovation.

In Cannes, the European Commission's Creative Europe MEDIA organises a programme of exchanges and discussions from Friday 13 May until Wednesday 18 May. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger will be present on the occasion of the new edition of the European Film Forum.

Showcases at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand

Over five days, MEDIA will present two sessions of 45 minutes per day. Mornings will be dedicated to the future of the support programme and afternoons will focus on the achievements of the programme's beneficiaries.

Friday 13th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 - Distributing EU works across borders
  • 17:00 – 17:45 - Developing films for a global market: from Ida to The Lobster

Saturday 14th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 - Can VoD and cinemas work hand in hand?
  • 17:00 – 17:45 - Learning in the digital age: DigiTraining plus

Sunday 15th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 - Sharing the film festival experience
  • 17:00 – 17:45 - More than a Prize: The LUX Prize uncovered

Monday 16th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 Connecting to young audiences

Tuesday 17th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 - Developing documentaries across borders
  • 17:00 – 17:45 - Cinema Innovation Session

Wednesday 18th May 2016: 

  • 09:30 - 10:15 Optimizing MEDIA and other funding opportunities

Full programme

European Film Forum: Financing European works in the digital age

MEDIA continues its stakeholders' dialogue as part of the European Film Forum series started in 2015. In the context of the future launch of the cultural and creative sector's guarantee facility, in Cannes the focus will be on film financing. The conference will be held on Monday 16 May at 3pm.

While films are cultural creations, access to finance is an issue of paramount importance on which the European Commission wishes to launch an open debate and listen to the views of the key players involved in financing, content production, sales and distribution. What models should be promoted? How could European films attract more investment? Is today's model still fit for purpose or do we need more agile tools in this fast changing world?

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger will give the keynote speech, preceding two panels moderated by Domenico La Porta:

  • The challenge of financing audiovisual works in Europe: the audience is there, where is the budget?
  • What role for public policies in stimulating investment?

Panels will feature, inter alia, Amanda Nevill (Director of the British Film Institute), Hubert Cottogni (Director of the European Investment Fund ) and David Kessler (CEO of Orange Studio).

Paweł Pawlikowski and Ewa Puszczyńska, respectively director and producer of the Oscar-winning Ida will also be interviewed.

Full programme

European Commission