Presentations and Showcases

Featuring a string of international film commissioners, EFM Landmark 2020 presents inspiring talks on the latest trends and developments in the area of locations, and the linked possibilities for funding and co-production support.

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European Film Location Award at EFM Producers Hub

This year's European Film Location Award ceremony will take place on Sunday, 23 February, kicking off two days packed with panels, showcases, and presentations at EFM Landmark 2020. Each member of the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) submitted one location from their country to take part in the competition. Mark your calendar and find out which location will be named the most beautiful one in Europe this year.

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Presentations & Showcases 2020

5 - 6.30 pm
Done Well or Done Wrong: Film Commissioners and Producers Share Their Experiences
EFM Landmark Kick-off at EFM Producers Hub

The role of film commissioners has grown in importance and for producers they are often the gate to setting up productions in cities or regions they’re not familiar with. With the increasing amount of work for film commissioners, the demands from production companies have expanded as well. How to juggle with keeping up high service, attracting new productions and managing expectations that are created by film commissions themselves.

A sharing experience session where film commissioners and producers, with the support of two moderators, will shed a light on how to tackle these successfully, and make cooperations a satisfying business.

Organized by EUFCN in collaboration with EFM and ACE

6.30 - 7.30 pm
European Film Location Award at EFM Producers Hub
Organized by EUFCN

WHEN WHAT
9.30 am Opening
9.45 - 11 am JamPro - Jamaica Film Commission
Spend Winter in Jamaica: How to use trade agreements to partner with the Caribbean

Kazakh Cinema
Your New Shooting Destination: Kazakhstan

Wesgro Cape Town & Western Cape
Film Friendly Locations Drive Tourism Growth in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
11.15 am - 12.30 pm Slovak Film Commission
Filming in Slovakia

Portugal Film Commission
#CantSkipFilminginPortugal

Kosovo Cinematography Center
Kosovo's Raw Beauty
12.45 - 1.15 pm Croatian Audiovisual Centre - Filming in Croatia
MARE: How landscape emphasises a film’s character
2 - 6 pm Matchmaking Tables

9.30 - 9.45 am
Opening
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9.45 - 10.05 am
Spend Winter in Jamaica: How to use trade agreements to partner with the Caribbean
JamPro - Jamaica Film Commission

Did you ever want to shoot in Jamaica but weren’t really sure how? Did you know that it is possible to collaborate between Europe and the Caribbean outside of country-to-country treaties? The Economic Partnership Agreement signed between the EU and CARIFORUM in 2009, outlines a special provision for trade in audio-visual services – which means that co-productions are possible under the regional agreement and are eligible to qualify as national works in Europe. Join the Jamaica Film Commission as we outline the trade agreements and business opportunities that exist - to help you shoot your dream project in the Caribbean or with Caribbean partners.

With Renee Robinson (Film Commissioner)
Moderated by Jess Conoplia (President AFCI)
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10.10 - 10.30 am
Your New Shooting Destination: Kazakhstan
Kazakh Cinema

In 2019 the New Film Law was adopted and the Kazakh National Cinema Center was established! The new law prescribes a Rebate - return on investment for foreign film producers in the amount of 30 percent, it also stimulates the development of national cinema, fosters international co-productions and opens up Kazakhstan to worldwide cooperation and partnerships.

With Anna Katchko (Chief Advisor and Curator of International Strategy, Producer)
Moderated by Jess Conoplia (President AFCI)
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10.35 - 10.55 am
Film Friendly Locations Drive Tourism Growth in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
Wesgro Cape Town & Western Cape

A region that can mimic 80% of the world without much set dressing, and within a one hour drive of the Cape Town International Airport, makes shooting a film project easy. From TV series like BLACK SAILS, or parts of OUTLANDER and DR. WHO, to features like LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, and even Bollywood fantasies, music videos, and commercials; these all increase tourism awareness. Having locations that support an active lifestyle also attracts tourists, and more creatives here to play and shoot during our glorious long summer days.

With Monica Hemming-Rorvik (Wesgro, Head of Film and Media Promotion)
Moderated by Jess Conoplia (President AFCI)
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11.15 - 11.35 am
Filming in Slovakia
Slovak Film Commission

Slovakia’s film and TV cash rebate for international productions increased to 33% from January 1, 2020. Learn about the country’s locations highlights, information about the film infrastructure and examples of major projects that have shot in the country.

With Zuzana Bielikova (Film Commissioner) and Patrick Horvath (Location Manager)
Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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11.40 - 12 noon
#CantSkipFilminginPortugal
Portugal Film Commission

Every scenario at a short distance, high talented crews and one of the most competitive cash rebate incentives in Europe. Find out more with the Portugal Film Commission at EFM Landmark!

With Manuel Claro (Film Commissioner)
Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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12.05 - 12.25 pm
Kosovo's Raw Beauty
Kosovo Cinematography Center

The presentation will highlight Kosovo’s natural characteristics and modernist constructions; from gorges and waterfalls to brutalist architecture and Ottoman neighborhoods; people’s hospitality, and the youthful spirit. Aside from Kosovo cinema's' growing international success, industry insights, and the upcoming financial incentives, we will also present KCC’s strategy to further cultivate the filmmaking community and proliferate collaboration opportunities and co-production potential.

With Lum Çitaku (Head of Communications and Portfolio)
Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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12.45 - 1.15 pm
SHOWCASE
MARE: How landscape emphasises a film’s character
Croatian Audiovisual Centre - Filming in Croatia

Mare tells the story of a woman from Konavle, a small region near Dubrovnik and one of the most famous tourist (and filming) locations in the world. The Swiss-Croatian co-production was supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre through the Minority Co-production Scheme, and also benefited from the Filming in Croatia incentive programme. The contrasts inherent in Konavle – situated at the southernmost tip of Croatia, overlooking an endless horizon of the sea, naturally isolated, yet connected by plane with the rest of the world – greatly influenced the story and the characters in the film.

With Andrea Štaka (Director), Tena Gojić (Producer, Dinaridi Film), Chris Marcich (CEO, Croatian Audiovisual Centre)
Moderated by Jess Conoplia (President AFCI)
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WHEN WHAT
9.45 - 11 am Rwanda Film Office
Rwanda: a Country of Innovations and Opportunities

Film Commission Panama
Shooting in Central America & The Carribean: what are the advantages for Independent Film & TV productions?

Turkish General Directorate of Cinema
Filming Opportunities in Turkey
11.15 am - 12.30 pm Southern Sweden Film Commission
We are Expanding: From One Region to Six Regions

Hellenic Film Commission
Greece for Cinema

screen.brussels
Kings of co-production, queen of locations: filming in Brussels
12.45 - 1.15 pm Netherlands Film Commission
DUNKIRK & UNDONE: how WarnerBros & Amazon Studios got to work with Dutch talent
2 - 4pm EUFCN Members Meeting (members only)

9.45 - 10.05 am
Rwanda: a Country of Innovations and Opportunities
Rwanda Film Office

Film smoothly, shoot beautifully in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is ranked among top safest and cleanest in Africa, and it has never been easier to produce films on the African continent than it is now in Rwanda.

Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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10.10 - 10.30 am
Shooting in Central America & The Caribbean: What are the advantages for Independent Film & TV productions?
Film Commission Panama

For the past 5 years, Panama has been visited by large groups of European production companies who have found Panama a great location for documentary stories, commercial productions and lately for survival TV shows. Because of the country’s geographic location in the tropics and the “s” shaped isthmus surrounded by the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, Panama offers a unique flora and fauna considered by European viewers as exotic. In our presentation we will cover tax incentives offered by the Panamanian Film Law, requirements and procedures to obtain it, and other benefits for foreign productions who wish to shoot in Panama. Also we will give some examples of paradisiac locations for film and production, as well as a case study example.

With Essie Mastellari (Film Commissioner)
Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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10.35 - 10.55 am
Filming Opportunities in Turkey
Turkish General Directorate of Cinema

Turkey is a vast and boundless treasure of authentic historical settings and unspoiled natural wonders, all just waiting to be explored. Turkey offers cash rebates of up to 30% for feature films, documentaries, and TV series. Please join us to listen and learn detailed informations about Filming in Turkey from experts.

With Erkin Yilmaz (General Director, General Directorate of Cinema Turkey) and Selcuk Yavuzkanat (Vice General Director, General Directorate of Cinema Turkey)
Moderated by Chris Evans (News & Locations editor at KFTV, World of Locations)
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11.15 - 11.35 am
We are Expanding: From One Region to Six Regions
Southern Sweden Film Commission

Southern Sweden Film Commission, a part of the regional film fund, Film i Skåne, has been given an extended assignment to increase international productions in the whole of southern Sweden. Skåne region is now initiating a collaboration on film commission activities with the five neighbouring regions of Blekinge, Halland, Jönköping, Kalmar and Kronoberg. Drawing a lot of inspiration from the interplay of competent crews, fantastic locations and new collaborations, Southern Sweden becomes more and more attractive for future productions.

With Mikael Svensson (Film Commissioner)
Moderated by Cornelia Hammelmann (Freelancer / Advisory Board EUFCN)
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11.40 - 12 noon
Greece for Cinema
Hellenic Film Commission

A timeless country with a strong cinematic past, present and future. Diving into the opportunities Greece offers to international audiovisual productions (35% cash rebate, unique locations, incredible cultural heritage, English-speaking qualified industry). Discussing tips on how to make the most out of the Hellenic Film Commission services, as well as case studies of international productions co-produced and serviced by the Greek company Heretic. Discover new talent in Greece.

With Stavroula Geronimaki (Operations Manager, Hellenic Film Commission), Giorgos Karnavas (Producer, Heretic)
Moderated by Cornelia Hammelmann (Freelancer / Advisory Board EUFCN)
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12.05 - 12.25 pm
Kings of co-production, queen of locations: filming in Brussels
screen.brussels

screen.brussels is the one-stop-shop for all audiovisual projects in the capital of Europe. They help you with acquiring permits, location scouting, financing co-productions and connecting with local multilingual crews. Thanks to a handful of case studies, discover why filming in Brussels truly is a win-win!

With Noël Magis (Managing Director, screen.brussels Fund) and Emilie Thiry (Coordinator, screen.brussels Film Commission)
Moderated by Cornelia Hammelmann (Freelancer / Advisory Board EUFCN)
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12.45 - 1.15 pm
SHOWCASE
DUNKIRK & UNDONE: how WarnerBros & Amazon Studios got to work with Dutch talent
Netherlands Film Commission

WarnerBros’ Dunkirk found Christopher Nolan’s perfect location and collaboration in the Netherlands with the full support from the countries’ highest level. Learn about how the producers of Dunkirk were granted a designated water- and airspace with full permits in the largest outdoor fresh water facility in the Netherlands.

The second part explores how Amazon discovered the work of Dutch director Hisko Hulsing and animation talent to design a global workflow into a collaboration with the Netherlands. Learn more about the Dutch Film & TV incentives that brought both this Hollywood film and parts of the production process of the unprecedented Amazon animation series UNDONE to the Netherlands.

With Thijs Bolle (Location Supervisor Dunkirk Netherlands), Bas van der Ree (Netherlands Film Commissioner)
Moderated by Nick Cunningham (Freelance Journalist)
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