Agora Talks

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Mapping the European Documentary: Towards a Pan-European Lobby

Speakers:
Józsa László - Speak Easy Project, Hungary
Marco Gastine - Hellas Doc Association, Greece
Lucia Pornaro - Doc/It, Italy
Martichka Bozhilova - Balkan Documentary Center, Bulgaria
Moderator: 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.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 17:00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Mastering 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.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Channels In The Cloud… A Revolution And New Business Opportunities

Speakers:
Dafni Bechtsi - Cinobo, Greece
Kiril Gjozev - Cinesquare, North Macedonia
Yann Chapellon - Logicomix, France
Moderator: Guy Knafo - EuroVoD, France

Something happened in between our dads’ TVs and FAST
channels, but what?

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Kickstarter 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 representative
Evita 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.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Meet the Documentary Training Programs & introduction of a Film Market Tool

Speakers:
Marco Gastine - MFI Doc Lab, Greece & Mathilde Andreis - Coprocity, France
Dok 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.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 17.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Meet the Documentary Training Programs

Speakers:
Marco Gastine - MFI Doc Lab, Greece
Neda Milanova - Balkan Documentary Center, Bulgaria
Dok Incubator - Czechia (video presentation)
CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator - Serbia (video presentation)
EURODOC - France (video presentation)

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 18.00 @ Warehouse C, Ground floor
Documentary Development and Production Support - How to Apply to Creative Europe MEDIA and EKOME’s Investment Incentives


Speakers:
Eleni Chandrinou - Producer, GFC Board Member, Greece/Belgium
Anna Kasimati - Head of Creative Europe MEDIA Desk, Greece
Stelios 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.

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PARALLEL EVENT

TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 13.00 - 14.30 @ MoMus Museum of Photography, Pier 1
Traveling Docs, How to Foster Sustainable Film Production for Documentaries: Challenges and Incentives

Speakers:
Alberto Battocchi - Film Commissioner, Trentino Film Commission - Italy
Dr. 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.