Industry Debates
Friday - Sunday, 8 - 10 February

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In the ever-changing landscape of film, media, and entertainment, the EFM Industry Debates provides opportunity to further explore and discuss current issues impacting the international film community. Last year, the EFM Industry Debates have been refreshed under EFM Horizon and are more interactive than ever, covering three relevant industry topics, latest ground-breaking developments and the growing inter-connectivity amongst the film, media, tech, and business sectors.

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Berliner Freiheit, 10785 Berlin

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Industry Debates presented by IFA

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As the film industry changes rapidly, how exactly is film production and financing currently changing, and which further developments can we expect in coming years? How are independent producers adjusting to new models and new investors, like the global platforms? And how are the platforms and their deep pockets impacting budget levels across the sector? What kinds of films are easy to finance, and what kinds of films are most difficult? Producers and financiers talk about how to survive and thrive in the new world.

Speakers:
Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks Italia)
Anthony Bregman (Likely Story)
Claudia Bluemhuber (Silver Reel Partners)

Moderated by Wendy Mitchell (Screen International)

Anthony Bregman’s films include the Academy Award winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Foxcatcher; Sing Street; Enough Said; Begin Again; Private Life; The Land of Steady Habits; Collateral Beauty; Indignation; Synecdoche, New York; The Circle; The Ice Storm; Thumbsucker; and many more. Upcoming releases include Someone Great, starring Gina Rodriquez; Living With Yourself, a TV series starring Paul Rudd; Downhill, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell; Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things; and In The Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-Award winning musical.

In Collaboration with

Venue and Time

Berliner Freiheit
within walking distance to the Marriott Hotel

Friday, 8th Feb
4 - 5.30 pm

In an ever-shifting cinematic landscape that over the past year has seen the likes of blockbusters such Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Creed II and Crazy Rich Asians alongside the trials and tribulations of indies like Yardie, We the Animals, Sorry to Bother You, Lionheart and Rafiki, you could have the impression that we are on the cusp of a watershed moment for films with casts from underrepresented groups.

With reference to the CAA Motion Picture Cast Diversity Index, the “Reinventing the Narrative” Industry Debate will feature the report’s findings on the enhanced international box-office performances of high-grossing films with diverse casts. CAA’s report ultimately begs the question of why the forecasting of such films continues to underestimate their international box office potential.

With a particular focus on world sales, distribution, marketing, this forward-looking, out-of-the box discussion will attempt to both disrupt and reinvent this narrative. How can we as an industry take action to bring to bear this business case for diverse films? How can we take action to create a more inclusive, receptive industry? How can marketing be made to seek out, simultaneously monetise and create an impact with diverse audiences? How can sales agents, distributors and marketing execs be a vector of change?

Speakers:
Kana Koido (The Klockworx)
Misan Sagay (Writer Belle/AMPAS International Inclusion Committee)
Syrinthia Studer (Paramount)

Moderated by Scott Roxborough (The Hollywood Reporter)

In Collaboration with

Venue and Time

Berliner Freiheit
within walking distance to the Marriott Hotel

Saturday, 9th Feb
4 - 5.30 pm

Breaking new ground in the way we experience story, VR is also becoming an important marketing tool for traditional media. Popular franchises and independents alike are using immersive content to attract and engage audiences by expanding or deepening their story universes. In this panel, we will hear how VR is being deployed to bolster and better monetise intellectual property.

Speakers:
Ioulia Isserlis (Anotherworld VR)
Frédéric Lecompte (Backlight)
Mária Rakušanová (VIVE, Raindance Film Festival)

Moderated by Henry Chu (Variety)

In Collaboration with

Venue and Time

Berliner Freiheit
within walking distance to the Marriott Hotel

Sunday, 10th Feb
4 - 5 pm

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