Annual conferences

 

18th Conference - Athens, 21-24 November 2013

 

Film Theatres are building their Future

 

Nearly 600 professionals, mostly exhibitors but also distributors, producers and sales agents met in Athens from November 21st to 24th for the 18th Annual Conference organized by Europa Cinemas. They came from 47 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Mediterranean and South Africa, and, for the second year in a row, Europa International sales agents were present too.

Opened by Xavier Troussard, Head of Creative Europe (European Commission), and by Nico Simon and Claude-Eric Poiroux, respectively President and General Director of Europa Cinemas, discussions focused on the future of cinema, the renewal of audiences, new offers and new concepts proposed in theatres through digital cinema and new media.

Exhibitors were reminded that the cinema is not only the first release window for films, but also a social and creative venue that gives films their true dimension through diverse initiatives to attract wide audiences, and particularly the younger ones.

The Conference debates were particularly rich thanks to the wide range of contributions by exhibitors coming from a great diversity of cinemas, from distant countries and continents, but all strongly united in their activities,  their dynamism and their beliefs.

Digital equipment remained on the agenda because it is not yet shared by everyone, and especially because it heralds a new era of capital investment.

More than ever, cinemas are entering a phase of renewal and innovation. The Conference’s sense of optimism sprang from the energy of the many young participants in Athens, who have the advantage of being naturally close to the new generation of cinema-goers.

The Creative Europe programme (starting in 2014) confirmed to exhibitors that it will continue to support the innovation and dynamism displayed by the Europa Cinemas network for more than 20 years now.

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Three Europa Cinemas’ Awards were announced during the Conference:

Best Programming: Kino Artis, Tallinn (Estonia)

Best Young Audience Activities: Studio des Ursulines, Paris (France)

Best Entrepreneur: Golem Cinemas (Spain)

 

In addition, IDA (Poland) by Pawel Pawlikowski was chosen as the exhibitors’  “Coup de Cœur” 2013, with a special mention for the film CIRCLES (Germany, France, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia) by Srdan Golubovic.

For the second time, Europa Cinemas exhibitors were invited to vote for their favorite among the 16 European unpublished works presented November 21 and 22 in the Cinemax Nana.

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Documentation

 

See the report of the debates in the Resources Section

Programme FR - GB - ES - IT - DE

Practical Information FR - GB

Programme & Practical Information

List of participants

Speakers biographies

Preview Screenings of 16 European Films

 

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE TO DOWNLOAD

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BLACKBOARD / TABLEAU NOIR - CH – 117’ - Dir: Yves Yersin (Europa Cinemas Label, Locarno)

CIRCLES / KRUGOVI - DE/FR/HR/RS/SI - Dir: Srdan Golubovic

CLASS ENEMY / RAZREDNI SOVRAŽNIK - SI – 112’ - Dir: Rok Biček

THE GOOD LIFE / LA BELLE VIE - FR – 93’ - Dir: Jean Denizot (Europa Cinemas Label, Venice Days)

IDA - PL – 80’ - Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

LUTON - GR/DE – 100’ - Dir: Michalis Konstantatos

MISS VIOLENCE - GR – 99’ - Dir: Alexandros Avranas

THE NOTEBOOK / LE GRAND CAHIER / A NAGY FÜZET - HU/DE/FR/AT – 109’ - Dir: János Szász (Europa Cinemas Label, Karlovy Vary)

OKTOBER NOVEMBER - AT – 114’ - Dir: Götz Spielmann

THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD / DE WEDEROPSTANDING VAN EEN KLOOTZAK - NL/BE – 85’ - Dir: Guido Van Driel

SACRO GRA - IT/FR – 93’ - Dir: Gianfranco Rosi

THE SELFISH GIANT - GB – 93’ - Dir: Clio Barnard (Europa Cinemas Label, Directors’ Fortnight)

STILL LIFE - GB/IT – 87’ - Dir: Uberto Pasolini

A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM - GB – 101’ - Dir: Mark Cousins

TWO LIVES / ZWEI LEBEN - DE/NO – 97’ - Dir: Georg Maas

VIOLETTE - FR/BE – 139’ - Dir: Martin Provost

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PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE TO DOWNLOAD

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We thank our partners in the organization of these screenings, starting with the team at Cinemax Nana in Athens (Lila & Yiouli Tsakalaki, Xenia Roidi). Also thank you to the LUX Prize (Jindrich Pietras) for the DCP of THE SELFISH GIANT, Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos, Adam Dawtrey, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Yves Yersin, Ama Films (George & Jimmy Stergiakis), Beta Cinema (Cosima Finkbeiner), Doc & Film International (Hannah Horner), Fandango Portobello Sales ApS (Christian Falkenberg Husum, Stefan Larsen), Feelgood Entertainment (Irini Souganidou, Soli Beraha), Elle Driver (Angeline Nicolaï, Lucie Cottet), Memento Films International (Marion Klotz, Marianne Klopocki), Protagonist Pictures (David Bartholomew), Schedule 2 Ltd (Theodore Taylor), Slovenski Filmski Center (Nerina T.Kocjancic), Strada Films (Marina Konti), The Festival Agency (Claire Thibault), The Match Factory (David Bauduin, Sergi Steegmann), Topkapi films (Lisette van Dalen, Laurette Schillings) and Triglav film (Aiken Veronika Prosenc).

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Speakers

 

            

Thursday 21 November 2013
   
12.30-23.25
PREVIEW OF 16 EUROPEAN FILMS (Cinemax Nana)  
            

Friday 22 November 2013

9:00-12.45  

PREVIEW OF 16 EUROPEAN FILMS (Cinemax Nana)

14.15-15.00
INAUGURATION OF THE 18th EUROPA CINEMAS CONFERENCE
Nico Simon (President of Europa Cinemas)
Xavier Troussard (Head of Unit, Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme, European Commission)
Claude-Eric Poiroux (General Director of Europa Cinemas)

15.00-18.30      
SESSION I. THE FUTURE OF THE FILM THEATRE: THE FILM THEATRE OF TOMORROW
• Enhancing the image of the film theatre: positioning, reputation, attractiveness, quality of programming choices.
• The cinema as a place of “live experiences”: discoveries, encounters and discussions.
• How are attendances developing? How do young people see our theatres and our programming?
• How does digital technology allow cinemas to diversify their offer and their activities?
• How to make the ties between cinemas and their audiences more interactive?

Led by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, United Kingdom)

How can cinema retain its central role in film?
Andreas Maurer (Consultant and author of Filmriss Zehn grosse Irrtümer rund ums Kino des 21. Jahrhunderts / The 10 myths of 21st Century Cinema, Switzerland)
Clare Binns (Programming & Acquisitions Director, Picturehouse Cinemas, UK)
Mathias Holtz (Exhibitor, Folkets Hus och Parker, Sweden)
Thomas Bertacche (Exhibitor, Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche - Distributor, Tucker Film, Italy)
Thierry Decuypère (Architect, V+, Belgium)

How can cinema renew its audience?
Dr. Elizabeth Prommer (Professor, Audiovisual Communication, University of Rostock, Germany)
Philippe Dejust (Exhibitor, Cap' Cinéma, France)
Nina Pece (Exhibitor, Kinodvor, Slovenia)
Russell Collins (Exhibitor, Michigan Theater - Director of Art House Convergence, USA)
Ilias Georgiopoulos (Exhibitor, Danaos, Greece)

21.30
PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPA CINEMAS AWARDS AND PREVIEW OF A EUROPEAN FILM
              

Saturday 23 November 2013
      
9.30-13.00    
SESSION II. CHOICE OF 2 WORKSHOPS:
WORKSHOP 1: DIGITAL CINEMA TODAY AND TOMORROW
• The development of digital distribution and exhibition in Europe.
• What solutions exist for theatres that have not yet gone digital?
• Current practices and the future of VPF.
• Renewing equipments and future financing models.

Led by David Hancock (Director, Head of Film and Cinema, IHS Screen Digest, United Kingdom)

Part 1
Models, VPFS and Financing
Domenico Dinoia (Exhibitor, Cinema Massimo Troisi - Vice President of FICE, Italy)
Ron Sterk (Managing Director, Dutch Exhibitors Association - Cinema Digitaal, The Netherlands)
Serge Plasch (Managing Director and CEO, dcinex, Belgium)
Michael Stejskal (Exhibitor, Votiv Kino - Distributor, Filmladen, Austria)
Alex Stolz (Head of Distribution, British Film Institute, UK)
Dr. Christian Bräuer (Managing Director, Yorck-Kino GmbH - President of AG Kino-Gilde, Germany)

Part 2
Electronic Distribution
Jean Mizrahi (CEO, Ymagis and Smartjog Ymagis Logistics, France)
Nico Simon (CEO, Utopia S.A, Luxembourg)
Eric Vicente (Exhibitor, Les Écrans de Paris - Distributor, Sophie Dulac Distribution, France)
Laurent Dutoit (Exhibitor, SA Cinéma Scala - Distributor, Agora Films, Switzerland)

Part 3
Alternative Content
Marc Allenby (Head of Commercial Development, Picturehouse Cinemas, UK)
Ivo Andrle (Exhibitor, Kino Aero - Distributor, Aerofilms, Czech Republic)
Barry Rebo (Managing Partner, Emerging Pictures, USA)

Part 4
Equipment and financing the next generation of digital cinema
Serge Plasch (Managing Director and CEO, dcinex, Belgium)
Jean Mizrahi (CEO, Ymagis and Smartjog Ymagis Logistics, France)
Tim Sinnaeve (Market Director, Digital Cinema Barco, Belgium)

WORKSHOP 2: CINEMAGOERS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW: HOW TO DEVELOP AND RENEW AUDIENCES
• Knowing young audiences, how they behave and what they’ll be doing tomorrow.
• New initiatives to attract young audiences and students to cinemas.
• Evolution of ties between cinemas and education systems.
• How to communicate with young audiences through the new social media.

Led by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, United Kingdom)

Part 1
The changing habits of young audiences
Peter Buckingham (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)
Michael Pierce (Co-Founder, Cinema Nation, UK) watch video
Christopher Elkins (Co-founder and Head of Film Services, MUSO, UK)

Part 2
Building an active audience
Marieke Jonker (Managing Director, We Want Cinema, The Netherlands)
Madeleine Probst (Programme Developer, Watershed Cinemas, UK) watch video
Mary Nazari (Exhibitor, Pioner Cinema - Producer, Too Much Pictures, Russia)

Part 3
Building new audiences for indie film
Boram Kim (Senior Analyst, MovieCollage, CJ CGV, South Korea)
Daniel Sibbers (Head of Marketing, Yorck-Kino GmbH, Germany)
Jon Barrenechea (Coordinator, Film Hub South East - Project Development Manager, Picturehouse Cinemas, UK)

Part 4
New ways of winning young audiences for indie film
Domenico La Porta (Founder, Movie Hunters, KWEB, Belgium)
Marco Odasso (Social Media Marketing Strategist, Italy/Spain)
Sylvain Pichon (Exhibitor, Le Méliès, France)
Benoit Thimister (Coordinator, Association Les Grignoux, Belgium)

14.30-16.30      
SESSION III. NEW OFFERS AND NEW CONCEPTS FOR THE FILM THEATRE OF TOMORROW (plenary session)
• Film offer: how to better involve sales agents and distributors in our programming choices?
• Film programming: flexibility, targeted offers, remastered retrospective films...
• How to adapt our venues in order to integrate new offers and connections?
• Alternative programming of new artistic offers to meet changing expectations.
• How does our core business of screening films hold and increase its attractiveness with so many alternative options (VoD, pay-TV, DVD)?

Part 1
Improving the audience offer: the challenge for industry
Ted Hope (Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society, USA)
Daniela Elstner  (Managing Director, Doc & Film International, France)
Susan Wendt (Head of Sales, TrustNordisk, Denmark)
Nick Varley (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Park Circus Ltd, UK)
Clive Fisher (General Manager, Acquisitions & Scheduling, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, South Africa)
Eric Vicente (Exhibitor, Les Écrans de Paris - Distributor, Sophie Dulac Distribution, France)

Part 2
Cinema in an on demand world
Tom Dercourt (Manager, La Septième Salle, France)
Peter Buckingham (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)
Vincent Paul-Boncour (Exhibitor, Le Nouveau Latina - Distributor, Carlotta Films, France)
Christian Grece (Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory, Council of Europe)
Dr. Elizabeth Prommer (Professor, Audiovisual Communication, University of Rostock, Germany)

16.30-18.00
SCREENINGS OF EUROPEAN FILM TRAILERS
GET TOGETHER (Hilton Hotel)

            

Sunday 24 November 2013

10.00-11.00   
CONCLUSIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
   
11.00-13.00   
SESSION IV. EUROPA CINEMAS IN CREATIVE EUROPE
• New orientation of the MEDIA Programme for 2014-2020.
• MEDIA Mundus: support for distribution and exhibition in non-EU member states and partner countries.
• Activities and partnerships: Eurimages, LUX Prize, Europa Cinemas Label, 28 Times Cinema, etc.
• Miscellaneous.

Michel Demopoulos (Europa Cinemas, Greece)
Irini Souganidou (Distributor, Feelgood Entertainment, Greece)
Emmanuel Joly (Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme, European Commission)
Claude-Eric Poiroux (General Director of Europa Cinemas)
Nico Simon (President of Europa Cinemas) 

       

Photos de la Conférence

Video

 

Conferences Archive

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  • 16th Annual Conference - Athens, 17-20 November 2011

    The 16th Conference has been canceled.

    Special thanks goes to our Greek friends, exhibitors and distributors for their cooperation in the lead up to this Conference which unfortunately will not take place in Athens this year

  • 15th Annual Conference, Paris, 2010

    naugurated by Mr Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister for Culture and Communication, the 15th Europa Cinemas Network Conference saw a new record of attendees when it welcomed nearly 700 professionals.

  • 14th Annual Conference, Warsaw, 2009

    Inaugurated by Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Borys Lankosz, the 14th Europa Cinemas Conference was held in Warsaw from 19 to 22 November 2009 and gathered more than 550 professionnals.

  • 13th Annual Conference, Paris, 2008

    Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, welcomed to Paris, on behalf of the French presidency of the European Union, more than 500 European professionals who had taken up Europa Cinemas' invitation to attend its 13th Annual Conference

  • 12th Annual Europa Cinemas Conference, 2007

    Almost 400 participants, including network exhibitors and distributors, research groups and suppliers of equipment, from 36 countries, as well as Romanian directors, producers and professionals, met in Bucharest from 15 to 18 November for the 12th Annual Europa Cinemas Conference.

  • 11th Annual Conference, Paris, 2006

    Digital cinema was the topic at the heart of the debates held during this weekend event, which was organised for 500 professionals from 37 different European countries who came together in Paris at the invitation of Europa Cinemas.

  • 10th Annual Conference, Budapest, 2005

    Nearly 400 professionals, exhibitors and distributors from 32 European countries, including 15 in Central and Eastern Europe, met at the 10th Annual Europa Cinemas Conference in Budapest (17-20 November 2005), which was inaugurated by the two filmmakers Claude Miller and Kornél Mundruczó.

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