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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!
IFFS Europe The Fest Summit Agenda april 3 & 4
2012 IFFS EUROPE - PARIS - CONFERENCE AGENDA
Tuesday April 3, 2012
Chief Operating Officer
European Independent Film Festival
8:30 am - Registration Opens
9:20 - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by conference Chair Bruno Chatelin
9:30 – 10:00am Introductory Session
“Breaking the Ice”
10:00 - 10:45 am Panel “Anatomy of a Film Festival: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival” This unique panel discussion will explore a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful film festivals. Panelists will discuss critical areas such as talent selection, corporate sponsorship, membership, filmmaker services and more. Attendees will learn how each department effectively works together, providing the best experience for film festivals and audiences alike. Moderator: Yoram Allon, Commissioning Editor, Wallflower Press and Publisher, International Film GuideTinna Lokk, Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film FestivalAnu Kiviloo, Managing Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film FestivalNeeme Kari, Development Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 10:45 – 11:15 am Morning Break 11:15 am - 12:15pm Panel “Festival Technology: Implementing New Technology & Software” Now that you have your film program completed, web site and traditional media all ready to go, don’t forget to engage your biggest fans via social media. Engaging your audience to attend your festival and visit your web site is critical for a successful campaign. This year the IFFS is presenting a timely social media workshop to help festivals optimize content and buzz around their festival. Moderator: Scott Hillier, President, European Independent Film Festival Tiina Lokk, Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film FestivalFüsun Eriksen, BUSTER Festival Director, Copenhagen Film FestivalsDespina Mouzaki, Professor, Aristotle University of ThessalonikiTillman Sheel, CEO, ReelPortRenaud Visage, Co-Founder & CTO, Eventbrite 12:15 pm- 2:00 pm Break for Lunch
2:00 pm - 2:45pm Keynote
Edinburgh International Film Festival
2:45-3:40pm Panel “The Art & Science of Programming Film Festivals”
This discussion will address the selection process and the merits and de-merits of programming based on talent. This seasoned group of professionals will share their insights and secrets surrounding the art of programming. Attendees will walk away with a cursory look into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process.
Moderator: Laurie Kirby, Esq., Executive Director, International Film Festival Summit
Giorgio Gosetti, Director, Venice Days, Venice Film Festival and Program Director, Reykjavic Film Festival
Torsten Neumann, Festival Director, Oldenburg Film Festival
Ania Trzebiatowska, Artistic Director, OFF Plus CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema
Andrea Galante, Director, MIFF Awards
Kirill Raslogov, Program Director, Moscow International Film Festival
3:45 – 4:05 pm Afternoon Networking & Coffee Break on Exhibit Floor
4:05 – 4:25pm Special Presentation “Trailers Museum: The Big Story on the Small Film”
Founder & CEO
4:30 - 5:30 pm Panel "It's Complicated: Defining the Relationship Between Festivals and Distributors"
This dynamic discussion will address the role of film festivals in theatrical distribution and their relationship with the key industry players. Discussion points include frictions between festivals and distributors, festivals learning from distributor's practices, defining "festival film", latest trends in film distribution.
Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, FEST21.COM & FILMFESTIVALS.COM
Stéphane Huard, Managing Director, Universal France
Sophie Dulac, Director, Festival International du Film de Paris - Sophie Dulac Distribution
Loïc Magneron, President, Wide Management, founder Eye on Films network
Steve Rubin, International Project Manager for Luc Besson on The Lady, former Vice President International Marketing EuropaCorp, and Managing Director of several distribution companies in France (Warner-Columbia, Warner Bros and UGC-Fox)
5:40 - 6:00pm Special Award Presentation "Best Festival Film of the Year Presentation & Conversation with Michel Hazanavicius"
Don't miss the closing session of the first day in Paris as we will be honoring the team of The Artist with a special award presentation-Best Festival Film of the Year presented to Director Michel Hazanavicius. Following the presentation, we will sit down with Michel for an exclusive conversation with him about his festival strategy and experiences on the circuit.
6:00 - 8:00pm Cocktail Reception at filmfestivals.com offices
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 second day of this year's summit.
Filmfestivals.com offices (ring M21 Entertainment, second floor) are located 500 meters off the hotel enter the passage Choiseul, walk through passage till the end, last door to your left, next to Café Le petit Choiseul)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
8:30 am Registration Opens
9:30 am Opening Remarks
International Film Festival Summit
Ask a festival what they wish and it is usually that they want to include a market to get more buyers and better films... But is it really achievable, practical and desirable? How does one create a market and will it benefit the festival? Hear and learn from the director of one of the world's largest markets about the challenges and benefits of the film market experience.
Laurie Kirby, Esq.
International Film Festival Summit
Cannes Film Market
11:00 am - 11:30am Morning Networking & Coffee Break on Exhibit Floor
11:30 – 12:15 pm Keynote Festivals as a marketing solution for the brands, resorts...
Le Public Système Cinéma
Lionel has founded over 150 festivals in 4 continents including Deauville, Cognac, Beaune, Avoriaz, Gerardmer, Manaos, Marrakech...
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Break for Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Panel Discussion "Stepping out of the shadow: Making Your Festival Unique and Unforgettable"
How will the ailing European and world economy be impacted when the usual sources of revenue are drying up? What makes some festivals have a recognizable "face" while others struggle in the grey zone? Festivals need to stop thinking - whether openly or in secret - that to be perceived as unique, they need "stars" in the attendance. The true star of a festival is its atmosphere, and one strategy that has proven useful in achieving it is fostering a relationship with local authorities, from easing the considerable festival logistics to helping look for new ways to secure economic benefits. Leveraging local assets and markets will take you from the shadows into the spotlight and benefit you and your community. Learn from these savvy directors how they brought their festivals into the black.
Moderator: Tomas Prasek, Founder & Director, Eventival
Dr. Andreas Ströhl, Culture and Information Department Head, Goethe Institut
Aude Hesbert, Festival Director, Paris Cinema International Film Festival
Mira Staleva, Deputy Director & Head of Sofia Meetings, Sofia International Film Festival
Kadi Lokk, Festival Manager, European Independent Film Festival
3:00 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Networking & Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:30 pm Panel "Sponsorship Strategy: Identification, Activation, and Retention"
Wondering how you can ink more sponsorship, sign multi-year deals or just trying to solidify your selling strategy? If you answered yes to any of these questions your festival can't afford to miss this panel. Hear examples of proven branding and sponsorship strategies to target, pitch, contact, and retain sponsors year after year.
Moderator: Yoram Allon, Commissioning Editor, Wallflower Press and Publisher, International Film Guide
Astrid Hallenstvedt, Sponsorship Manager, Stockholm International Film Festival
Anne Sanchez, Managing Director, Agence Mercredi
Neeme Kari, Development Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
4:30 -5:00 pm Closing Remarks
7.00 - 8.00 Drinks at Le Réservoir (you must discover this trendy café restaurant concert installed in an old 11th century factory) 16, rue de la Forge Royale 75011 Paris Metro Ledru Rollin
If you wish to pursue the evening and enjoy an acoustic concert (from 10 pm) we have arranged for a diner à la carte.
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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