Contemporary capitalism is producing unprecedented levels of inequality and injustice, all in the name of productivity and profit. But another economy is possible—one that belongs to the people. What alternative models are needed most right now, with the impact of the pandemic?
Grace Blakeley, Staff Writer, Tribune Magazine, UK
Marginalized filmmakers continue to face systemic economic barriers. Could value-based business models and mission-driven collaborations between filmmakers, producers and distributors transform film financing from an obstacle to an opportunity for equity, access and representation?
Moderator: Maggie Bowman, Interim Director, Programming and Advocacy, International Documentary Association, USA
Brett Story, Independent Filmmaker, Canada
Jessica Devaney, Founder and President of Multitude Films, an LGBTQ-led independent production company, USA
The digital economy tends towards monopoly. Is the audiovisual industry headed in the same direction? Or will the growth in streamers and new markets create space for a whole new independent industry targeting new, younger and more diverse audiences? We talk to one of the most prolific independent producers, Ted Hope – former co-head of Movies at Amazon Studios.
Ted Hope, Producer, Double Hope Films, USA
Tine Fischer, Founder & CEO, CPH:DOX, Denmark
AC Coppens, Conference Co-Curator, The Catalysts
In a current distribution landscape where audiences verge towards easier access and global platforms are on the move, is the money in fact where the audience is? As Nordisk Film & TV Fond launches a survey on financing and distribution of high-end creative documentaries, we have gathered a braintrust of selected producers, film institutes, public broadcasters and European policy makers to discuss how to best nurture the documentary value chain and reach future audiences.
The session is held within the frame of the ‘Audiovisual Collaboration 2021’ initiative, co-organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, under its Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Moderator: Karolina Lidin, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Norway
Christian Falch, Producer, UpNorth Film, Norway
Ulla Simonen, Director, AVEK, Finland
Signe Byrge Sørensen, Producer, Final Cut for Real, Denmark
Axel Arnö, Commissioning Editor, SVT, Sweden
Martin Dawson, Deputy Head of Unit, Creative Europe MEDIA, Italy
For years, the industry has discussed how to make co-productions between ‘South’ and ‘North’ in a way that better serves both. This session challenges the status quo of co-production discussing whether symmetrical co-production will either be a game changer or if it poses a risk to the business.
Moderator: Henrik Underbjerg, Advisor for Documentary Film Programme, International Media Support
Cara Mertes, Project Director, Moving Image Strategies, International Programs, Ford Foundation, USA
Myriam Sassine, Producer, Abbout Productions, Lebanon
Teresa Hoefert de Turégano, Film Funding Executive, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Canada/Germany
In an age of rapid technological change and concentrated financial power, audiovisual distribution has become an increasingly dysfunctional system. But a revolution is possible. What alternative models could create a fairer system? How can we harness technology to make them a reality?
Moderator: Sten-Kristian Saluveer, CEO, Storytek / Head of NEXT, Marche Du Film Festival de Cannes, Estonia
Maria Tanjala, Co-founder, FilmChain, UK
Anne-Sophie Lehec, Chief Content Officer, Cinemarket, France
Weerada Sucharitkul, Euro VOD Administrator, Co-Founder, FilmDoo, Thailand/UK
In this informal networking session, we celebrate reconnection within the documentary filmmaking community and beyond. Reflect on the day’s discussions and films with fellow participants and speakers, catch up with colleagues, or take the opportunity to network with new faces you’ve seen throughout the day.