Industry program

INDUSTRY DAYS PRAGUE IFF – FEBIOFEST

Febiofest’s Industry Days are intended for film professionals and film school students. The sidebar comprises lectures, panel discussions and, in Czech Works in Progress, presentations of projects by domestic filmmakers that are in the production or post-production stage, as well as new projects from inspiring European female filmmakers of Girls in Film. Guided by international experts, filmmakers will focus on shaping their marketing strategies and launching their outreach campaigns, they will consult advisors on dramaturgy and editing, discuss opportunities to present their films with programmers from top international festivals or acquire sales agents. There will be forty confirmed prestigious guests from around the world available for consultations with project teams.

INDUSTRY DAYS PROGRAMME is cancelled

Monday 23/03, 10.30 – 12.00

INSPIRATION: GIRLS IN FILM: THE 50/50 BY 2020 PLAN DIDN’T DELIVER. WHAT NEXT?

The 50/50 by 2020 initiative sparked a tumultuous discussion within the film industry. Nevertheless, the dreamt-of parity between male and female filmmakers has not yet been achieved. Would introducing quotas solve the problems that the industry in Eastern Europe encounters? How can female filmmakers themselves help set standards and open the door for the emerging generation? How can positive examples change a milieu that has, to date, been quite homogenous? The opening panel will feature Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska, who is presenting her film God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya at the festival, as well as the Filipino director of another programme film Lingua Franca, Isabel Sandoval. Karin Hoffinger of the Berlin IFF is also due to speak, as is the founder of the LeLab Femmes de cinema initiative, Guillaume Calop of Les Arcs Film Festival. The debate will be chaired by Julie Žáčková of Girls in Film.

Monday 23/03, 12.00 – 13.00

FILMCHAIN – FILM REVENUES AUTOMATICALLY AND TRANSPARENTLY

Have you ever thought about how to ascertain in one place just how much your film is earning on various platforms? A talk by Ileana Grigorescu, representative of the UK blockchain platform FilmChain, on how film revenues can be mapped, broken down and analysed in such a way that will allow filmmakers, producers and distributors to keep track of them. The advantages of this blockchain technology (which does not employ cryptocurrencies) are transparency, automation, efficiency and the use of data to which licence holders have access. Ileana will present a demo version of the platform and, drawing on specific examples, show how the technology helps producers obtain a superior overview of and access to their earnings, and how it simplifies cooperation with sales agents.

Monday 23/03, 14.30 – 15.30

ULRICH THOMSEN: DIRECTOR AND ACTOR. GUTTERBEE COMEDY AND THE MAKING OF THE MARCO EFFECT

Viewers are familiar with Danish actor and director Ulrich Thomsen from Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen, the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough and many other pictures. At this year’s festival he will introduce his second film as director, the satire Gutterbee. We will ask him what is the secret to writing a comedy that is a box office success. Ulrich is currently shooting a new feature here in Prague, the crime drama The Marco Effect, directed by Martin Zandvliet (maker of such films as Applause and Land of Mine, nominated for an Oscar in 2016). What is his experience of shooting with a Czech crew for five weeks? How do film unions in Denmark, who ensure that filming doesn’t go on 12 hours a day, six days a week, actually function? The Marco Effect is due for release in late 2020.

Monday 23/03, 15.30 – 17.00

CZECH FILMS ON INTERNATIONAL MARKETS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

What are the key factors when it comes to Czech producers finding success on international markets? How to attract international audiences, festivals, TV stations and distributors? How should a distinctive, internationally recognised Czech Film brand be built? The Czech Audiovisual Producers’ Association (APA) together with Petr Szczepanik from the Department of Film Studies at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts will present recommendations from research carried out by Olsberg SPI and raise the issue of the promotion and presentation of Czech cinema abroad in the light of latest challenges in international distribution. Laurent Danielou of Loco Films will share the perspective of a sales agent representing Czech titles abroad, while ex-Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick and Tiina Lokk of the Black Nights Film Festival will represent festivals on this panel. Tomáš Baldýnský will moderate the panel discussion. (Drinks will be served after the panel, courtesy of the APA).

Tuesday 24/03, 10.30 – 12.00

CZECH WORKS IN PROGRESS

The Czech Works in Progress presentation will see Martin Šulík, Bohdan Sláma, Jan Prušinovský, Jan Březina, Jan Foukal, Zuzana Piussi and Fiona Ziegler introduce their new projects. This will be followed by consultations with 40 representatives of international festivals and sales agents. 

The Czech Works in Progress presentation has been created in cooperation with the Czech Film Fund/Czech Film Center. Admission for accredited professionals only.

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Tuesday 24/03, 14.00 – 15.30

FILMS THAT WILL BE SEEN (PR + OUTREACH)

Before you have completed your film, you cooperate with people across the film community. Then you are selected for a festival or you prepare the film for cinema distribution, broadcast or VoD. Or you decide that you will try to handle distribution yourself. Whatever the case, you have plenty of questions or concerns with regard to what strategy works best. How to send your cinematic offspring into the world? How to draw attention to it amid the flood of other films? How to find an audience? Journalist Mirjam Wiekenkamp from the NOISE Film PR company will share her expertise.

Wednesday 25/03, 10.30 – 12.00

WORKS IN PROGRESS: GIRLS IN FILM PRESENTATION

The two-day Girls in Film programme will culminate with a presentation of projects by European female filmmakers in a variety of genres. You can look forward to new films by renowned directors such as Erika Hníková, Šejla Kamerić, Mirjana Karanović, Kim Longinotto, Andrea Štaka, Natálie Císařovská and Lea Petříková. Joanna Solecka from the Alphapanda company will moderate. In cooperation with Creative Europe – MEDIA, the Slovak Film Institute and Creative Europe Desk Slovakia.

Wednesday 25/03, 14.00 – 15.30

GIRLS IN FILM: MASTERCLASS WITH NINO KIRTADZÉ

Nino Kirtadzé was born in Tbilisi in 1968. As soon as she acquired her degree, she began teaching literature at a university at just 23. Alongside that, she worked as a journalist and as an external advisor to the president of Georgia. In 1994, she became a Caucasian war correspondent for the AFP agency and later worked for the Associated Press, reporting on the Chechen war and other conflicts in the region. She has lived in France since 1997 and has worked with Peter Brook, Jean-Pierre Ameris, Philippe Monnier, Claude Goretta and Olivier Langlois. Kirtadzé is a member of La SCAM, an association of writers and directors, and a member of the European Film Academy. She has made a number of documentaries, several of which have won major awards; she received a European Film Academy prize for The Pipeline Next Door, while Durakovo: Village of Fools earned her the best director award at Sundance. Her acting roles include the part of Cecilie in the Oscar-nominated Georgian film A Chef in Love.

Wednesday 25/03, 16.00 – 17.30

GIRLS IN FILM: GÉRALDINE BAJARD, DRAMATURGY AND SCREENWRITING

Géraldine Bajard is a French screenwriter and director of documentaries, live-action feature films and shorts. Along with Jessica Hausner, she wrote the screenplay and was dramaturge on Little Joe, which was nominated for a Palme d’Or as well as the best director prize at Cannes in 2019 (Emily Beecham received the best actress award). The pair’s collaboration began on Lourdes, nominated for the best screenplay prize at Venice in 2009. Bajard will lead a class on dramaturgy and scriptwriting.

VENUE: HOTEL VIENNA HOUSE ANDEL’S PRAGUE, STROUPEŽNICKÉHO 21, PRAGUE 5
(Except for the Czech Works in Progress and Works in Progress: Girls in Film presentations which both will take place at CineStar Praha – Anděl, Cinema Hall nr. 6)

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