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The International Film Festival Summit
April 3 -4, 2012 - The European summit - Paris December 4-6, 2011, Austin, TX
View the highlights of last Paris edition!
International Film Festival Summit Europe: The Agenda from the Amsterdam conference April 8-9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
8:30 am - Registration Opens
9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair
9:30 am - 10:30 am Panel "What's Really Going on?"
There has been a great deal of scrutiny on what some say are problems with the current festival model. Take a step back to look at the big picture. You spend all year with your nose to the grind and making your festival the best it can be, this is a great opportunity to hear from industry leaders and discuss where film festivals will be and what topics will be the most pressing over the next 5 years.
Take an hour out of your year to focus on what festivals are doing right and make the good in your festival
Moderator: Javier Martín-Domínguez, Artistic Director, Seville European Film Festival
Despina Mouzaki, Director, Thessaloniki International Film Festival
10:30 am - 11:00 am Keynote Presentation "Fireside Chat"
11:00 am - 11:30 am Introductions to Living Groups and Group Activity
Spend 15 minutes meeting with your conference ‘Living Group'. Attendees will be grouped together so that starting on Day 1 you will have an opportunity to meet new contacts and maximize your conference experience.
The Living Group concept was developed at Harvard University to facilitate peer interaction. The living group is a powerful concept that brings together people of extraordinary cultural and professional diversity. With a small but diverse group of peers, you can test ideas, absorb new perspectives, and build lifetime bonds. Upon meeting each member of your Living Group we encourage each delegate to briefly introduce themselves and describe why they are attending this year's summit along with some challenges your group is facing.
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Presentation
Eurosonic is part of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is the largest professional association of national broadcasters in the world (http://www.ebu.ch/). The Union, whose headquarters are in Geneva, has 75 active members in 56 countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 43 associate members around the world.
EBU radio stations get access to music, via the Euroradio network that gives a perfect opportunity to promote artists through the broadcast of music events, hence offering a truly incredibly wide exposure to rock, pop, dance, and world music artists.
Eurosonic has developed joint ventures with artists and recording companies, as well as negotiating broadcasting rights for major events, such as Roskilde, Transmusicales de Rennes, Benicassim, Paléo, Montreux and many others. Eurosonic broadcasts more than 400 music offers a year.
The EBU/Eurosonic is arguably the world's largest concert arena...
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm Break for Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Panel "The Rubik's Cube of Programming"
Moderator: Alex Fischer, Educator, Festival Organizer & Consultant, Bond University, Queensland Australia
Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, Dublin International Film Festival
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Panel "Festival Funding Sources"
Wondering how you can draw more funding consistently throughout the year? Do you relay predominantly on public funding, sponsorship or grants? Is your fest's bottom line hurting from the global recession? If you answered yes to any of these questions your festival can't afford to miss this panel.
Hear proven strategies to diversify your funding sources and get more money on a consistent basis from this panel of industry vets.
Moderator: Lawrence Atkinson, CEO, Public Relations Ltd
Arnaud Pasquali, Head of Media, Promotion MEDIA
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Afternoon Networking Break
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm The Unconference
An Unconference is a meeting where the participants drive the activity. There is no set agenda and no set presentations, but a discussion that people leave and join where they see fit. Don't miss this guided open forum to engage your colleagues and gain insight to the most pressing issues you and your festival are facing. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to both, ask questions and get answers on specific issues facing their music festival. Come prepared to engage one another and share pearls of wisdom that have been learned over the years.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Have a Drink and Relax!
After a full day of presentations, interactive panel discussions and networking events take the edge off with a cocktail and toast an end to the first day of this year's summit. The time has finally come to get out and explore Amsterdam, get drunk and divulge all your festival secrets!
8:00 pm- 9:30 pm Dinner with Strangers
Dinner with Strangers is a unique program at this year's summit that will allow attendees a unique and fun opportunity to meet and dine with festival colleagues from all over the world. Dinner will be at your own expense but we've negotiated a special rate at the host restaurant.
8:45 am Registration Opens
9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair
9:30 am - 10:30 am Panel "United We Stand - why and when should festivals get together as a group?"
There are several examples of associations of festivals in Europe. These come up in regions where large spectrums of festivals have flourished that are all active players in the audiovisual sector. Each festival has its own approach, programming, or specifities, but they often have many interests and concerns in common. Getting together as one group of festivals represented by a clear entity can be instrumental as a lobbying force, but also for resource sharing, developing think tanks, networking, stirring debate and sometimes sharing a vision.
This panel will share inspiring examples of this in a context not unlike that of the objectives often set by festivals themselves. Especially when times are hard - How does the solidarity work? What do these clusters of festivals do? What are their goals and objectives? What image or ethics do they promote? How do they publicize festivals? How do they reach out to the audience? What kind of common programme do they establish? What kind of surveys do they conduct?
Lucas Casanova, Producer, LesGaiCineMad & VP, FilmAd
10:30 am - 11:00 pm Keynote Presentation "Being a Festival Director: It's a Wonderful Life?"
The position of Festival Director can be a stressful and, at times, a lonely one. Heading up a film festival brings with it a complex range of demands from a unique range of stakeholders - funding bodies, sponsors, Board , press, public. In straightened circumstances the expectations of those stakeholders doesn't lessen though resources and support can be reduced. What is the answer? What steps can Festival Directors take to maintain their moral as well as their effectiveness?
11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Networking Break
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Presentation
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Break for Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Panel "Industry Meetings & Professional Development at Festivals"
Hear from some landmark pro events happening at film festivals. Learn how to best manage an industry meeting and educate filmmakers. What specific skills are required? What formats have proven efficient? What are the new trends? How is the matchmaking done? What are the extra special ingredients that help building a successful pro event?
Moderator:Laurent Crouzeix, International Selection Committee, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, Head of Industry Office, IDFA
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Presentation "Conceptualizing Festival Operation"
Complex-interconnected-paradoxical: three accurate descriptions of festival operation. The ability to engineer an event capable of accommodating the different and often conflicting demands of filmmakers, sponsors, government funding bodies and distributors is a balancing act that challenges the diplomacy and creativity of festival organizers worldwide regardless of event size, scope or focus.
Conceptualizing Festival Operation is a presentation that examines the fundamental components of festival functionality. The goals of this approach are to simplify operation and develop an understanding of festivals as open systems. Through an open system paradigm festival organizers are able to systematically interpret and assess the operational longevity of their individual event; providing a basis in which organizers may make considered operational modifications and adjustments when encountering environmental conditions that have the potential to increase or disrupt resource importation.
This presentation is a must attend for festival organizers interesting in developing a more effective means of attracting external participants and gaining a competitive advantage over rival events. Additional topics covered include the identification of operational strategies characteristic of successful festivals and methods useful in reducing the detrimental impact ceremonial obligations have on operational efficiency.
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Networking Break
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Panel "Media Trends & Digital Technology"
Wondering how to get your festival's films to a wider audience? Some view the trend toward new media as a threat or rival to the festival industry. Effectively utilizing VOD, streaming media and other online tools can turn this potential foe into a profitable friend. Our panelists will take on the situation and share their own experience.
Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com
Gareth Jones, Executive Producer, Gareth Jones Media Services
4:45 pm Closing Remarks and Farewell
*Schedule subject to change.
About IFFS The International Film Festival Summit Europe
6th Annual International Film Festival Summit Europe in Paris will take place April 3 - 4, 2012, leading to Las Vegas Summit December, 2012
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