Agora Talks www.filmfestival.gr MONDAY, MARCH 14, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorMapping the European Documentary: Towards a Pan-European Lobby Speakers:Józsa László - Speak Easy Project, HungaryMarco Gastine - Hellas Doc Association, GreeceLucia Pornaro - Doc/It, ItalyMartichka Bozhilova - Balkan Documentary Center, BulgariaModerator: Mario Schmidt - DAE, Germany The position of the documentary within the industry differs wildly across Europe, in terms of access to government subsidies, budgets and national output. At the same time, the European community wishes to protect the position of the documentary in relation to the feature fiction and drama series industry. How can we ensure the needs and perspectives of smaller economies are considered on a pan-European level? What are common points that can contribute to pan-European lobbying? Representatives of national documentary associations from Greece, Italy, Hungary and the Balkans share their perspectives and vision for the future of documentaries in Europe. ________________________________________ TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 17:00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorMastering the Fine Art of Festival Networking Speaker:Bonnie Williams - Senior speaker coach for the film industry, Netherlands We all acknowledge the value of creating relationships for a sustainable career in this industry, but networking, especially at international festivals, can be challenging for even the most experienced professionals. How do you position yourself confidently, connect with ease and keep the conversation going? From introducing yourself to a stranger at the coffee bar, to cocktail pitching and presenting your project at 1:1 meetings, what do you need to know -and do- to set yourself up for success? In this interactive session we’ll look at what comes into play during different encounters and give tips and insights to help you start building relationships that carry on beyond festivals. ________________________________________ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorChannels In The Cloud… A Revolution And New Business Opportunities Speakers:Dafni Bechtsi - Cinobo, GreeceKiril Gjozev - Cinesquare, North MacedoniaYann Chapellon - Logicomix, FranceModerator: Guy Knafo - EuroVoD, France Something happened in between our dads’ TVs and FASTchannels, but what? ________________________________________ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorKickstarter for Documentary Film Speaker:Evita Tsokanta - Kickstarter Outreach Europe: Film, Publishing, Arts, Greece Learn best-practices for launching a successful documentary film crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter from a Kickstarter insider. Join Kickstarter Film Outreach Europe representativeEvita Tsokanta, as we explore case studies to reveal what’s worked and what hasn’t when building a campaign. You’ll learn tips on how to prep, present yourself and personalize your pitch. You’ll get advice on how to create your project video, work with rewards and incentives, how long to run your campaign and how to choose your funding goal. You’ll leave with the skills, ideas and inspiration to launch - and successfully fund - your own campaign. ________________________________________ THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorMeet the Documentary Training Programs & introduction of a Film Market Tool Speakers:Marco Gastine - MFI Doc Lab, Greece & Mathilde Andreis - Coprocity, FranceDok Incubator - Czechia (video presentation)CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator - Serbia (video presentation)EURODOC - France (video presentation) A comprehensive presentation of documentary training initiatives and how they can help you shape your story, your film structure and your film strategy and guide you up to the finishing product, get you access to key professional players and start your networking. Also introducing the digital market tool Coprocity and how it can benefit you to further connect with industry professionals and share your project. ________________________________________ THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorMeet the Documentary Training Programs Speakers:Marco Gastine - MFI Doc Lab, GreeceNeda Milanova - Balkan Documentary Center, BulgariaDok Incubator - Czechia (video presentation)CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator - Serbia (video presentation)EURODOC - France (video presentation) ________________________________________ THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floorDocumentary Development and Production Support - How to Apply to Creative Europe MEDIA and EKOME’s Investment Incentives Speakers:Eleni Chandrinou - Producer, GFC Board Member, Greece/BelgiumAnna Kasimati - Head of Creative Europe MEDIA Desk, GreeceStelios Kraounakis - Head of Financing Programs, Development Department, Investment Incentives & Financing Directorate at EKOME, Greece For a documentary to be made, filmmakers need to set a budget, attract financiers and put together a team. The Creative Europe MEDIA program aims to strengthen knowledge in the film industry, so that players can make high-quality films with diverse stories. The talk will illustrate ways for a project to present its creative vision, examine how creators can utilize a talent base and engage the audience, and will also provide data for successful proposals. Additionally, the value of documentaries and the importance of a diverse film culture within Europe will be highlighted, as well as how to feel inspired by the urgent issues affecting our planet and its inhabitants. EKOME (The National Center of Audiovisual Media and Communication) introduces the investment incentives (cash rebate, tax relief) to cover eligible costs for domestic and international audiovisual productions including fiction and documentary films, television series, animation and digital games. ________________________________________ PARALLEL EVENT TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 13.00 - 14.30 @ MoMus Museum of Photography, Pier 1Traveling Docs, How to Foster Sustainable Film Production for Documentaries: Challenges and Incentives Speakers:Alberto Battocchi - Film Commissioner, Trentino Film Commission - ItalyDr. Judith Keilbach - Program Director MA Film and Television Studies, Utrecht University - Netherlands Zsofia Szemeredy - Founder of GreenEyes Production - Hungary Tim Wagendorp - Sustainability coordinator at Flanders Audiovisual Fund - Belgium Moderator: Emma Doxiadi - Filmmaker and founder of film sos, Greece Access: Free for accredited and non-accredited guests Sustainability in the film industry is a popular topic, and rightly so. In recent years we have seen a shift towards more eco-conscious filmmaking, as well as an emergence of organizations dedicated to helping lessen the industry’s environmental impact. Committed to the cause, Traveling Docs, a program fostered by 11 Creative Europe Desks, is led this year by the Greek Creative Europe Desk and hosted at the TDF. It brings a fresh perspective on sustainability issues; our panelists will share steps towards eco-friendly production, with the hope that it will inspire others to follow suit.