After Berlin and Vilnius, the European Film Forum will travel to Cannes on May 22. In the context of the mid-term review of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the discussions in Cannes will focus on the future of the MEDIA programme after 2020, its architecture and priorities. In addition to the main conference, the European Film Forum will also feature a dense programme of roundtable discussions and panels with representative of audiovisual industry and policy makers. More widely, like last year, showcase events will be organised at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand throughout the Festival.

European Film Forum - Creating the future: the MEDIA programme after 2020

The 2017 edition of the European Film Forum in Cannes will take place on Monday, 22 May from 14:30 to 17:30 at Salon des Ambassadeurs, Palais des Festivals. It will include opening remarks by Giuseppe Abbamonte (Director Media policy at DG CONNECT, European Commission), a scene setter by Ira Deutchman (Professor, School of the Arts Film Program at Columbia University) a conversation with Agnieszka Holland (Director), two moderated panel discussions with proeminent industry representatives, financiers and managers and closing remarks by Lucia Recalde (Head of the "Audiovisual Industry and Media Support programmes" unit at DG CONNECT, European Commission).

Panel 1: Evolving financing models: what role for MEDIA?   

The discussion will look at how the future MEDIA programme could best add value in a changing European audiovisual landscape where financing becomes scarce. Member States' public funding represents by far the major source of public support. How are the audiovisual ecosytems evolving? How are the national support schemes being revised to adapt to this reality? How can MEDIA not only complement but also be a lever for private initiative and investment? The discussion will also address how these various instruments can cooperate and complement each other so that they can be combined to effectively support the sector across the value chain, whether as regards classic e.g. cinema or new formats e.g. web-series or, as regards established players or newcomers.

Speakers: Vincent Grimond (CEO Wild Bunch); Petri Kemppinen (CEO Nordisk Film & TV Fond) and Roger Havenith, (Deputy CEO European Invetsment Fund) and Jonas Bagger (Producer, Zentropa).

Panel 2: Highlight on increasing market shares and  audiences for European creations

European film makers find inspiration from a mosaic of cultures and languages and, with the help of public support, produce a high volume of films. However, recent figures from the Observatory show that, in spite of their cultural merit, these films find it difficult to circulate across borders. The discussion will look at how promotion of European works and cross-border distribution can be enhanced.  Should the models of collaboration among professionals be adapted in order to better promote the films? Should promotional activities be more vigorously supported by MEDIA? Should this support benefit to fewer or more audiovisual works? What potential implications would it have on the models of distribution?

Speakers: Eddy Duquenne (CEO Kinepolis); Isabelle Giordano (Head of Unifrance); Lone Scherfig (Film Director); Bogdan Wenta (Member of the European Parliament); Rodolphe Buet (President of MoMaGat).

Introduction and Moderation by Marjorie Paillon, Journalist

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In adition to the main conference, the European Film Forum will also feature a dense programme of roundtable discussions and panels with representative of audiovisual industry and policy makers.

Roundtable discussion: "Exporting outside Europe: how to better promote and distribute European films in the world"

Sunday 21 May 2017 from 10:00 - 12:00, Pavilion CNC 

(Registration is requiered for this roundtable via secretariat@efads.eu).

The roundtable, organised by the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) and the European Commission, will bring together public and private actors to explore best practices and concrete solutions to better export, and for this purpose, better promote and distribute European films in the world.The discussion will focus on the presence and visibility of European works outside the European Union, in theatres and online. It will look to address, for example, the challenges and opportunities, the actions needed to increase exports of European films in the world and how national funds and the EU programme could contribute to this objective. *

Welcome by Christophe Tardieu, Director General of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) and introduction by Guy Daleiden, Vice-President of EFADs.

State of Play - Europe: a production giant, an export dwarf? by Martin Kanzler, European Audiovisual Observatory

Discussion: Best practices and public initiatives to boost exports of European works

Speakers: Lucia Recalde (European Commission); Martin Schweighofer (President of European Film Promotion); Daniela Elstner (Doc & Film International & Europa International); Dr. Christian Brauer (AG Kino & Europa Cinemas); Daniel Melamed (New Cinema Israel & Europa Distribution); Catherine Trautmann and Roberto Olla (Eurimages) and Loïc Wong (Institut Français).

Wrap up and conclusions by Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission   

  * list of speakers added on 15/05/2015                                                                                   

Panel "Discover new business and creative opportunities: co-production and distribution Europe-Africa"

Sunday 21 May 2017 from 16:00-17:00, Creative Europe MEDIA stand

This panel is organised by the European Commission and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat, with the participation of the three winners of the first EU-ACP Film Awards. The challenges and new opportunities for co-production, distribution and access to the audience of European-African projects, on a financial and creative level, will be emphasized through success stories and information on existing funds.The panel will be introduced by Annica Floren, European Commission (EuropeAid) and moderated by Perrine Ledan, ACPCultures+ programme.

Speakers: Alain F. Gomis, Director of Félicité ( Golden Stallion at FESPACO); Ousmane William Mbaye, Director of Kemtiyu, Seex Anta, (Best Documentary at FESPACO); Twiggy Matiwana, Director of The Bicycle Man (Silver Foal at FESPACO); Vincenzo Bugno, Project manager, Berlinale World Cinema Fund / Festival Delegate.

Concluding remarks by Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission.

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Roundtable discussion: "Which financial instruments to scale up independent production and distribution companies?" 

Monday 22 May 2017 from 11:00 -12:30, Terrasse du Festival

The roundtable, co-organised with the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC),  will bring together European public and private actors to discuss the different financial instruments and concrete solutions to scale up independent production and distribution companies: loan guarantees, profit-sharing loans, equity investments, et al. This open debate will be an opportunity to discuss the development of numerous business strategies in the European financing environment. How can financial actors recoup their participation and compensate the risks they took? How can their contribution go beyond a mere financial input?

Welcome address: Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Closing remarks on the coherent EU policy for the cultural and creative sectors: Bogdan Wenta, Member of the European Parliament

Moderator: Pierre-Emmanuel Lecerf, Director of Financial and Legal, CNC

Speakers: Roger Havenith (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, European Investment Fund); Thomas Saignes (Head of International Business-Affairs, Iris Group, Luxemburg); Alexis Dantec (Director General of COFINOVA - Sofica equity funds financed with tax-related money-, France); Philippe Reynaert (Director of Wallimage and Managing Director of Wallimage Entreprises Belgium) and Florence Aviles (Deputy director/Loans for image production, Institut pour le Financement du Cinéma et des Industries Culturelles -IFCIC)

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Conference "New perspectives for subtitling in Europe" 

Tuesday 23 May 2017 from 12:00 -13:45, Pavilion NEXT

The conference will present three subtitling projects: Working (Sub) Titles, SUBurbia and SubtitleX.eu. These projects explore innovative solutions and working methods for both subtitles and the exposure of European films on VOD services. The projects were implemented in the framework of an initiative voted by the European Parliament and following a selection process handled by the European Commission. The conference will also present a new project, Cinando ST, that has recently been selected and started to be implemented.

Speakers: Bogdan Wenta (Member of the European Parliament); Lucia Recalde (European Commission); Jérôme Paillard (Marché du Film); William Sully (Mawi Consulting).

Projects: Working (Sub) Titles (Christophe Monet, Under the Milky Way, France); SUBurbia (Vincent Lucassen, WILDart, Austria and Matthew Way, Way Film Translation, Germany); SubtitleX.eu (Andreas Wildfang, Eyzmedia, Germany); New on-going project Cinando ST (Camille Rousselet, Cinando, France).

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Panel "How to improve and enhance the distribution and co-productions between Argentina and Europe"

Tuesday 23 May 2017 from 16:00 -17:00, Creative Europe MEDIA stand

This panel is organised by the European Commission and INCCA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes audiovisuales) &Ventana Sur and will feature talks with producers and distributors from Argentina and Europe, on both production and promotion-distribution level. The panel will be introduced by Lucia Recalde (European Commission) and will be moderated by Octavio Nadal ( Director of Aura Films SA, International Distributor of Argentinian and Latin American films).

Speakers:Hernan Musaluppi (Producer Rizoma production company, Argentina); Turid Øversveen (Producer 4 ½ production company, Norway); Manuel Monzón (Executive producer and distributor A Contracorriente Films, Spain); Ralph Haiek, (President of INCAA); Javier Fernandez Cuarto (Coordinator of Blood Window Genre Film Market / Ventana Sur).

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Showcases at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand

Showcase events featuring projects supported by Creative Europe MEDIA programme will take place at the MEDIA stand throughout the Festival:

Friday 19 May 2017

  • 9:30  Producing Becoming Cary Grant, a presentation of Yuzu Productions
  • 17:30 European Cinema vs The Filter Bubble, a presentation of Filmin

Saturday 20 May 2017

  • 9:30  European Cinema Education for Youth, a presentation of CinEd 
  • 17:30 Houda Benyamina & Le Groupe Ouest, a presentation of European Film Lab

Sunday 21 May 2017

  • 9:30  CINEMA goes VIDEO ON DEMAND, a presentation of European Cinema & VOD initiative
  • 17:30 UNITED IN DIVERSITY - The first 30 years of the European Film Academy and the European Film Awards, a presentation of the European Film Academy with Agnieszka Holland

Monday 22 May 2017

  • 9:30 The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a presentation of a development success-story by Ed Guiney and the Element team

Tuesday 23 May 2017

  • 9:30  The power of the hashtag (#), a presentation of European Film Challenge
  • 17:30 How to build an innovation culture, a presentation of Europa Cinemas

Wednesday 24 May 2017

  • 9:30 New territories and audiences for international co-productions, a presentation of ACM Distribution
  • 17:30 Spotlight on a new project supported by MEDIA in Market Access as from 2017 

* Final updates of the programme on 12/05/2017

 

 

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