The film industry is changing rapidly. The mega-platforms are disrupting traditional production, distribution and exhibition; public and private broadcasters are evolving; and digital technologies including blockchain are helping to break down old models. How to plan for what the future will bring?
Join curator Wendy Mitchell of Screen International and a number of experts to discuss how to navigate the current landscape and cut through the noise to reach today’s audiences on this day of the conference.


Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Ballroom & Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The day is curated and hosted by:

Wendy Mitchell
Contributing Editor/Nordic Correspondent
Screen International

Wendy Mitchell is a journalist and film festival consultant. She serves as Nordic Correspondent and Contributing Editor for Screen International and is the Nordic and UK delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival, and a consultant for the Zurich Film Festival and Flanders Image’s Connext.


Red Bull’s Storytelling with Purpose

When it comes to creating, activating, and distributing content, Red Bull Media House keeps purposeful storytelling at its core. Philipp Manderla, Head of Feature Films, gives insights on how the multi-platform media company teams up with like-minded production partners to connect audiences with the world of Red Bull. What can other filmmakers and film companies learn from Red Bull?

Philipp Manderla
Head of Feature Films
Red Bull Media House


The New Deal: What’s Changing for Buyers and Sellers?

What does a distribution deal really look like today, and how will that change in the next five years? A top buyer and a top seller reveal what kinds of films are most in demand, how prices are evolving, and how the platforms and VOD rights are complicating all-rights deals.  

Philippa Kowarsky
Managing Director

Eve Gabereau
Founder and Managing Director
Modern Films


The Producers’ Perspective: How to Adapt to the Shifting Landscape?

Top documentary producers discuss how their work is evolving and how they are preparing for the future. How are the big platforms skewing budgets and deals, are public broadcasting cutbacks impacting film financing, and what are the creative challenges of making films that can have an impact with audiences?

Simon Chinn
Founder & Producer
Lightbox Films

Sigrid Dyekjær
Danish Documentary


Join the Chain: Lessons from Blockchain Veterans

How can independent filmmakers harness blockchain during financing, production and distribution? Kim Jackson from Breaker discusses the lessons learned including on the theatrical release of Trust Machine. Sam Klebanov, CEO and founder of Cinezen, talks about how the technology can lead to a more transparent way of working. The audience is encouraged to ask all their questions about blockchain.

Kim Jackson
Co-founder and President of Entertainment

Sam Klebanov
Cinezen Blockchained
Entertainment AB Sweden


Beyond VOD: MUBI’s Next Moves

Efe Cakarel, founder and CEO of MUBI, talks about how the SVOD service has carved a niche in the market, and the importance of curation in attracting customers. He also explains how and why MUBI is now moving beyond SVOD into theatrical distribution, production and encouraging cinemagoing.

Efe Cakarel
CEO & Founder


On the Audience Frontline

In a media-saturated environment, how are exhibitors courting audiences for documentaries? What can we learn from recent non-fiction hits and misses? What kinds of cinemagoing experiences are attracting audiences, especially young viewers? How can cinemas stay relevant as social and community spaces?

Elizabeth Wood
Director and Head of Programming
Bertha DocHouse

Jakob Abrahamsson
Bio Capital & CEO
Nonstop Entertainment


Cutting Through the Noise: A Participant Media Case Study

What does it take for a film to truly have impact today? Participant Media reveals the multi-platform strategy and social impact campaign for The Price of Free, which has been viewed millions of times on YouTube Originals and inspired direct action against global child slavery.

Rob Williams
Vice President Sales & Distribution
Participant Media


State of the Nation: Public Broadcasters

With public broadcasters under threat of budget cuts and political pressures, we look at the current climate for PSBs and how executives are having to rethink budgets and priorities. Also, is the public taking public broadcasters for granted, and how important are they in defending democracy today?

Mette Hoffmann Meyer (Moderator)
Founding Member/Executive Producer
The Why Foundation

Barbara Biemann
Commissioning Editor

Barbara Truyen
Head of Documentaries

Alex Szalat
Head of Doc’s up fund

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