Industry Insights - The EFM Podcast

Industry Insights - The EFM Podcast is about and for the entertainment industry. The podcast features long episodes as a year-round series, with short episodes to be aired exclusively during the EFM.

As the first international film market of the year, the European Film Market is where the film industry starts its business of the year. Industry Insights - The EFM Podcast puts a spotlight on highly topical and trendsetting industry issues, thereby creating a compass for the forthcoming film year.

The podcast features in-depth analyses of the film industry’s current challenges and strategies in order to tap into the most dynamic debates. Together with our partner Goethe-Institut, Industry Insights - The EFM Podcast will be covering the most pressing strategic industry topics such as digitising the business and diversity & inclusion as well as social, environmental and economic sustainability and the power of community building.

The podcast is available below and on all major podcast platforms, e.g. Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Industry Insights - The EFM Podcast is one of the Berlinale podcasts and is provided in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA.

Season 3

Industry Insights #17: Adopt and Adapt: Solutions for Smart Producing

In this episode, an international group of forward thinkers will put their entrepreneurial instincts on display as we take a look at the new realities and unfolding opportunities for “smart producing” coming out of the intersecting worlds of tech and media. Join EFM Startups Alumni Maria Tanjala, Fiona Gillies, Max Hermans and Alex Serdiuk who discuss the innovative production tools they have developed and honed and the creative ways technology can be used to empower the future of film production. This episode is hosted by AC Coppens.

This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA.

Release: December 21, 2022
Length: 53'

Industry Insights #16: Sustainable Leadership: From Me Perspective To We Perspective

In this episode, guest speaker Helene Granqvist dives deep into the subject of Sustainability. Explaining the limits of our current system, she shows how discovering our impact can lead to new possibilities. In this context, she reflects on the role of leaders and collaboration, and highlights the importance of the creative industry on building a sustainable future.

This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA. This particular episode was developed in partnership with Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and is hosted by Nadia Denton.

Release: November 24, 2022
Length: 35'

Industry Insights #15: Audience Strategies: Empowering Tools For Producers

In this episode guest speakers Isona Admetlla, Valeria Richter and Paola Wink explain what audience design, audience development and audience strategy mean to them. They share their experience with Audience Development Strategy and demonstrate how it can become an essential tool throughout the development and distribution of a film, making the whole process more creative, efficient and sustainable.

This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA. This particular episode was developed in partnership with the World Cinema Fund and is hosted by Johanna Koljonen.

Release: November 11, 2022
Length: 47'

Industry Insights #14: Distribution – A Constant New Reality

This episode reflects on the issues of traditional film distribution and proposes new ways of dealing with them. Between targeted marketing, wider collaboration in the industry, explaining the new role of the curator distributor, and best practice examples of creating an exclusive cinematic experience, guest speakers Ben Johnson and Katarzyna Orysiak-Marrison present opportunities that come with a new reality of distribution. Rethinking the industry as an interrelated eco-system, they plead for cooperation before competition and show which marketing techniques can become powerful tools in this post-pandemic and digital era.

This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA. This particular episode was developed in partnership with Europa Distribution, the European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors, and is hosted by Johanna Koljonen.

Release: October 18, 2022
Length: 62'

Industry Insights #13: Imagining a Sustainable Industry - Nostradamus 2022

The Nostradamus Report: Imagining a Sustainable Industry - published this May - is looking at the near future of the screen industries in the industry's broader macroeconomic, social and cultural context. In this episode, host and author Johanna Koljonen gives a brief recap of the report’s key findings discussing where we are on sustainable business models and unsustainable labour practices. With guest speaker Louise Vesth, the conversation dives into the current market situation and the challenges it poses for arthouse films. Facing those challenges, this episode is also addressing the question what a film needs to be theatrical. As the report also highlights the urgent issue of the industry’s state of mental health, the Danish producer shares how working environment issues in the film industry could be handled in a different way. This podcast episode has been developed in partnership with Göteborg Film Festival where the Nostradamus report is commissioned by the Nordic Film Market and supported by Film i Väst.

This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut, and supported by Creative Europe Media which co-funds the EFM’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. This particular episode has been curated in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and is hosted by Johanna Koljonen.

Release: July 1, 2022
Length: 46'

Season 2

In its second season, the EFM podcast will reflect on one of the most urgent issues of our time: social sustainability in the film, TV and media landscape – with a specific focus on diversity & inclusion. We will hear from hands-on activities and actions, new impulses and pathways. In addition, the second season wants to shine a light on the pressing question of how to foster a resilient industry, creating the necessary framework for a healthy life balance, reorganization, education and rethinking of the modus operandi that has already lasted for a long time in the film and creative industries.

Industry Insights #12: Equity & Tech

This episode, featuring guest speakers Mike Musante, Tiffany Lin and Mbali Ndhlovu, deals with the subject of equity and inclusion in the creative tech industries by exploring the intersections of marginalised professionals and creatives with tech platforms, organisations and communities. From algorithms to blockchain and from the giants of Silicone Valley to the start-up tech scenes of the Global South, this episode begs the important questions of how tech can be decolonised by removing its embedded biases, how it can be used to democratize access and how it can provide a platform for previously underserved and unheard communities.
This season of Industry Insights – the EFM Podcast has been produced in cooperation with Goethe-Institut, and supported by Creative Europe Media which co-funds the EFM’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. This particular episode has been curated in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and is hosted by Johanna Koljonen.

Release: May 16, 2022
Length: 63'

Industry Insights #11: Accessibility Beyond and Behind the Screen

Featuring the insights of thought leaders, policymakers and activists, this episode will explore the multitude of barriers faced by Disabled professionals in the film industry as well as the numerous organisations, initiatives and movements created to attain universal accessibility and to highlight the invaluable contributions of Disabled creatives to film culture. In an industry that does not generally value Disabled talent nor employ them to tell or embody Disabled stories, this episode will beg the important question of which moral, mental and organisational shifts need to take place in order to address these issues meaningfully.
In partnership with the British Film Institute.

Release: March 25, 2022
Length: 54'

Industry Insights Special: What's at Stake in Ukraine - a Filmmakers' Conversation

This podcast episode is dedicated to the current invasion of Ukraine. Tamara Tatishvili (Head of Training - MEDICI the Film Funding Journey) is moderating this episode and speaks with Julia Sinkevych (Producer, Ukraine), Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Producer, Germany), and Keti Machavariani (Producer/ Director, Georgia). They talk about the fact that the war in Ukraine did not start on 24 February, but eight years ago with the annexation of Crimea. We hear four women and their fear on the one hand and their will to stand up for peace on the other. Film and cinema have enormous power; those have to be used and supported in the right way. Because the misuse for propaganda purposes is a real a danger. In this time more than ever the film industry needs to stand together. Filmmakers have the tools to reach a big audience. The industry should endorse Ukrainian film projects from the past to achieve awareness and gather financial resources to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine.

Release: March 11, 2022
Length: 43'

Industry Insights #9: New Native Cinema: Indigenous Film Criticism in Focus

hosted by Nadia Denton (Curator, Impact Producer & Author) guests: Leo Koziol (Founder & Director, Wairoa Māori Film Festival), Leena Minifie (Artist, Writer, Curator), David Hernández Palmar (Journalist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Curator)

Release: February 18, 2022
Length: 60'

Industry Insights #8: Unlocking Creativity through a Healthy Workplace

hosted by Johanna Koljonen (Media Analyst), guests: Diego Hangartner (Pharmacologist, Coach), Laurence Lascary (Producer, Co-Chair of Collectif 50/50)

Release: December 3, 2021
Length: 66'

Industry Insights #7: Generation Next's Perspective on Futurism & Equity

hosted by Nadia Denton (Curator, Impact Producer & Author), guest: Jerry Hoffmann (Actor, Director)

Release: August 20, 2021
Length: 42'

Season 1

Industry Insights #6: (Co-)Producing Internationally: A Personal Approach with Ewa Puszczyńska

hosted by Johanna Koljonen (Media Analyst), guest: Ewa Puszczyńska (Producer and Production Manager)

Release: June 11, 2021
Length: 46'

Industry Insights #5: Global North – Global South: Narrative Sovereignty (#2)

hosted by Nadia Denton (Curator, Impact Producer & Author), guests: Tamara Falicov (Professor of Film Studies, University Kansas), Tiny Mungwe (Documentary Film & Arts Producer), Tessa Boerman (Filmmaker, Programmer, Cultural Advisor), Tamara Dawit (Director, Producer), Lamia Belkaied Guiga (Film Critic, Teacher, University of Carthage), Abhishek Nilamber (Artist, Curator, Artistic Producer)

Release: May 7, 2021
Length: 56'

Industry Insights #4: Global North – Global South: Narrative Sovereignty (#1)

hosted by Nadia Denton (Curator, Impact Producer & Author), guests: Tamara Falicov (Professor of Film Studies, University Kansas), Tiny Mungwe (Documentary Film & Arts Producer), Tessa Boerman (Filmmaker, Programmer, Cultural Advisor), Tamara Dawit (Director, Producer), Lamia Belkaied Guiga (Film Critic, Teacher, University of Carthage), Abhishek Nilamber (Artist, Curator, Artistic Producer)

Release: April 9, 2021
Length: 63'

Industry Insights #3: Philly D.A. & the Doc-Series Boom

hosted by Nadia Denton (Curator, Impact Producer & Author), guests: Yoni Brook (Producer, Creator, Director), Josh Penn (Producer), Nicole Salazar (Producer, Creator)

Release: March 4, 2021
Length: 56'

Industry Insights #2: Transforming Storytelling Together: Nostradamus 2021

hosted by Johanna Koljonen (Media Analyst), guest: John Giwa-Amu (Producer, CEO, Good Gate Media)

Release: March 3, 2021
Length: 46'

Industry Insights #1: Macrotrends in Production: Ampère Analysis

hosted by Johanna Koljonen (Media Analyst), guest: Guy Bisson (Research Director, Ampère Analysis)

Release: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 34'

EFM Morning Briefs 2022

Kick off your day with EFM’s short audio companion: the daily EFM Morning Brief.

10min to keep you up to speed with the latest news, featuring a guest correspondent from a major trade magazine and followed by What's on for Today, a short outlook to help you navigate the EFM 2022 Industry Sessions and spot highlights and tips for the day. Make sure to tune into our EFM Morning Brief to stay on top of the essentials and get the latest EFM Buzz!


EFM Morning Brief with Deadline

Release: Feb 10, 8am

EFM Morning Brief with Variety

Release: Feb 11, 8am


EFM Morning Brief with Indiewire

Release: Feb 14, 8am