Network conferences

20TH CONFERENCE - BUCHAREST, 24-26 NOVEMBER 2017

 

PROGRAMME & PRACTICAL INFORMATION (Pdf)

 

 

20th EUROPA CINEMAS NETWORK CONFERENCE

BUCHAREST - HOTEL RADISSON BLU HOTEL

FROM FRIDAY 24 TO SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

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For all info, please contact: 

Sonia Ragone (Tel: +33 1 42 71 12 43 / Email: sragone at europa-cinemas.org)

Marie Lanne-Chesnot (Tel: +33 1 42 71 87 67 / Email: mlanne-chesnot at europa-cinemas.org)

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DETAILED PROGRAMME (Pdf)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION (Pdf)

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PRESENTATION

Europa Cinemas this year celebrates its 25th birthday. That quarter of a century has been among the most exciting and challenging periods in the history of cinema – not least in the transition to digital projection. The demands of an always-on, on-demand digital era are no less challenging but independent cinemas have reasons for confidence because they will be building on firm foundations.

The cinema experience remains essential to the business and culture of European film despite a decade of disruptive change. That position has arguably even strengthened. But independent cinemas also represent vital spaces for their communities, acting as an engine of economic growth, regeneration and social cohesion.

This Conference will focus on the next stage of evolution for cinemas and for the cinema experience. It will look at the core social, cultural and economic foundations for future growth, in terms of innovation but also at how to build on the underlying and unchanging realities for the theatrical sector and the broader film ecosystem.

This Conference will address the issues facing exhibitors but will also put them into the broader context of the social, political and economic challenges for film as an industry and an art form. The core issues will be:

  • Extending and enhancing the cinema experience in changing times
  • Maximising audience engagement in a changing film culture
  • Diversifying and growing demand for European film
  • Enhancing the economic, cultural and social potential of cinema
  • Transparent measurement of the social and economic value of cinema
  • The challenges for the broader film ecosystem

The Conference aims to be an opportunity to discuss and debate the bigger picture for cinema, in the context of a changing world. It will also offer opportunities to share fresh thinking and practical ideas, emerging within the network and beyond. The aim is for a dynamic, participatory conference, where delegates will leave with a common sense of purpose and direction. And together over the coming months and years, we hope to turn that momentum into practical action. 

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The Conference will start on Friday 24 November at 1pm with a welcome coffee and will end on Sunday 26 November at 3pm after the lunch. 

Simultaneous translation into 5 languages (English/French/German/Italian/Spanish) will be provided during the plenary sessions and the workshops.

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Picture (Homepage): Cristian Vasile, Bucuresti Optimist - Facebook

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24.11 - OPENING OF THE 20TH EUROPA CINEMAS CONFERENCE

 

ENHANCING AND DIVERSIFYING THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES

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FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2017

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1.00 - 2.00pm

WELCOME COFFEE (Radisson Blu Hotel)

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2.00 - 2.30pm

OPENING OF THE 20TH EUROPA CINEMAS CONFERENCE

Lucia Recalde (Head of Unit Creative Europe/MEDIA, European Commission)

Nico Simon (President, Europa Cinemas)

Claude-Eric Poiroux (General Director, Europa Cinemas)

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24.11 - THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES & 20 SLIDES’ ARTHOUSE TALES (Plenary Sessions)

 

FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2017

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2.30 - 6.00pm

SESSION 1 – THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES 

(plenary session)

Directed by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)

Introduction: Keynote Interview with Cristian Mungiu

(Director, Exhibitor and Distributor, Romania)

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2.30 - 4.00pm

PANEL 1 – Entrepreneurialism  & Evolving Cinema Experience

The role of entrepreneurial business thinking and practice

Enhancing the cinema environment: architecture, design, sound and vision…

The essential role of cinema in communities across Europe

Film as a vital art form in a period of disruptive change

 

Michael Gubbins Presentation of Europa Cinemas Investment Survey

Prof. Kazu Blumfeld Hanada & Diego Kaiser (Hands On Cinema, Münster School of Architecture, Germany)

Lionello Cerri (CEO, Anteo & Producer, Lumière & Co, Italy)

Heinrich-Georg Kloster (CEO, Yorck Kinogruppe, Germany)

Bero Beyer (General and Artistic Director, Intl Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

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4.00 - 4.30pm

COFFEE BREAK

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4.30 - 6.00pm

PANEL 2 – Independence of Choice:  Challenges & Opportunities for Cinema

The market and competitive environment for accessing film

Weaknesses in the value chain in ensuring access to content

Impact of regulatory and legal rules on cinema choices

Is the concentration of the exhibition market a threat to the independent cinema business?

 

Pablo Carrera (Principal Research Analyst for Cinema Intelligence, HIS Markit, UK)

Eric Busidan (Chief of Service, Distribution Mission, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image animée, France)

Domenico Dinoia (Exhibitor & President, FICE, Italy)

Ben Luxford (Head of UK Audiences, BFI, UK)

Nina Peče (Director, Kinodvor, Slovenia)

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6.00 - 6.30pm

SESSION 2 – 20 SLIDES’ ARTHOUSE TALES

(plenary session)

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24.11 - PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPA CINEMAS AWARDS & PREVIEW OF FOXTROT BY SAMUEL MAOZ

 

FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2017

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7.00 - 8.30pm

DINNER (Radisson Blu Hotel)

 

8.30 - 9.00pm

TRANSFER to Cinema Pro (by foot)

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9.00pm

PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPA CINEMAS AWARDS

& PREVIEW OF FOXTROT BY SAMUEL MAOZ (113’)

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EUROPA CINEMAS AWARDS 2017

(Cinema Pro, Strada Ion Ghica 3)

 

BEST PROGRAMMING

Cinema Elvire Popesco

Bucharest, Romania

 

BEST YOUNG AUDIENCE ACTIVITIES

Agrafka & Kika

Krakow, Poland

 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Lionello Cerri – Anteo

Milan, Italy

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FILM PREVIEW

FOXTROT

DIRECTED BY SAMUEL MAOZ

Poland / Germany / France / Israel – 113’ – 2017

Subtitled in English

Synopsis: Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan.

Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

Production: Spiro Films, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions GmbH, A.S.A.P. Films, KNM

Sales: The Match Factory

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25.11 - THE ROADMAP FOR INDEPENDENT CINEMA (2 Workshops)

 

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

9.30am - 1.00pm

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THE ROADMAP FOR INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Directed by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)

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WORKSHOP 1 - CINEMA ECONOMICS & INVESTMENT CASES (9.30 - 11.00am)

The Knowledge Base: the role of data in building audience development strategies

Using social media to create an active knowledge base

The role of pricing, membership programmes and ticketing deals

Investing and building physical and online marketing strategies

 

Ian Wild (Chief Executive, Showroom Workstation, UK)

Hrvoje Laurenta (Executive Director, Kino Europa, Croatia)

Sophia Ramcharan (Audience Development, Diversity and Engagement Coordinator, Broadway Cinema, UK)

David Deprez (Artistic Director, Lumière Cinema, The Netherlands)

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11.00 - 11.30am

COFFEE BREAK

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WORKSHOP 2 - THE COMMUNITY VALUE OF A CINEMA (11.30am - 1.00pm)

Cinemas as engines of economic regeneration and social cohesion

The evolution of cinema as a community centre and social space

Taking European film into communities through outreach screenings

The power of cinema culture in conveying community and social values and creating social cohesion

 

Joanna Zak (Programmer, New Horizons Cinema, Poland)

Russ Collins (Executive Director, Michigan Theatre, Founder & Head of Arthouse Convergence, USA)

Alexandra Boghiu (Project Manager, Asociatia pentru Promovarea Filmului Romanesc, Romania)

Jaki McDougall (Chief Executive, Glasgow Film, UK)

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1.00 - 2.00 pm

LUNCH (Radisson Blu Hotel)

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25.11 - PRACTICAL INNOVATION AND BEST PRACTICE (2 Workshops)

 

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

9.30am - 1.00pm

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PRACTICAL INNOVATION AND BEST PRACTICE

Directed by Jon Barrenechea (Deputy Director of Marketing, PictureHouse, UK)

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WORKSHOP 1 - HOW TO BUILD A BRAND (9.30 - 11.00am)

Developing social media and website venue marketing

Making cinemas accessible and inspiring for younger audiences

Innovative audience loyalty schemes

How to integrate non-film and film activity into a single brand

 

Daniel Sibbers (Head of Marketing, Yorck Kinogruppe, Germany)

Jonas Wansing (Hands on Cinema, Münster University of Applied Science, Germany)

Matthieu Bakolas (Director, Cinema Quai 10, Belgium)

Raphaël Vion (Director and Programmer, Cinéma La Clef, France)

Monica Törnblom (Content Manager, Folkets Hus och Parker, Sweden)

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 11.00 - 11.30am

 COFFEE BREAK

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WORKSHOP 2 - CURATION AND EVENTS (11.30am - 1.00pm)

Best practice and innovation in curating programmes

Creating long-term demand through education initiatives

Strategic use of one-off events in creating long-term value

The potential of cinema on demand, and cinema VOD platforms

 

Lindsay O’Nions (Creative Learning Curator, Barbican, UK)

Greet Stevens (Education and Young Audience Programmer, Mooov, Belgium)

Edouard Meier (Founder, Cinema Galeries, Belgium)

Joséphine Létang (Managing Director, Carbec Media - La Toile, France)

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1.00 - 2.00 pm

LUNCH (Radisson Blu Hotel)

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25.11 - CINEMA ECOSYSTEM, DATA AND EXPERIENCE ECONOMY (Plenary Session)

 

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

2.00 - 4.00pm

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SESSION 4 - CINEMA ECOSYSTEM, DATA AND EXPERIENCE ECONOMY (plenary session)

Directed by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)

Where does cinema fit in the emerging film ecosystem?

What effect will VOD have on the film value chain?

How can producers-sales agents-distributors-exhibitors cooperate to create the most effective career for a film?

How essential is data and knowledge in the evolution of independent cinema in the digital age?

 

Pablo Carrera (Principal Research Analyst for Cinema Intelligence, IHS Markit, UK)

Jean-Christophe Simon (CEO, Films Boutique, Germany)

Kim Foss (Managing Director, Grand Teatret and Distributor, Camera Film, Denmark)

Kiri Inglis (Marketing Manager, MUBI, UK)

Daniel Mitulescu (Producer, Strada Film & Exhibitor, Romania)

Jon Barrenechea (Deputy Director of Marketing, PictureHouse, UK)

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25.11 - 20 SLIDES’ ARTHOUSE TALES, FILM TRAILERS & GET TOGETHER

 

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

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4.00-4.45pm

SES SION 5 - 20 SLIDES’ ARTHOUS TALES (plenary session)

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4.45-5.30pm

PREVIEW OF EUROPEAN FILM TRAILERS (plenary session)

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6.00-8.00pm

GET TOGETHER (Radisson Blu Hotel)

(Drinks and finger food)

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ALSO HAPPENING TODAY...

The 6th Europa International Conference “Set The Trend !” focused on an exchange of views between EU and US will take place on Saturday 25th November from 9.30am to 6.30pm  at Radisson Blu Hotel. Set up in 2011, Europa International association gathers  45 sales companies from all over Europe.

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26.11 - EUROPA CINEMAS CASE, SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS

 

SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

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10.00 - 11.00am

SESSION 6 - EUROPA CINEMAS CASE STUDIES (open slot)

Hosted by Madeleine Probst (Programme Producer, Watershed, UK)

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11.00am - 12.00pm

SUMMARY OF THE CONFERENCE & NEXT STEPS

Directed by Michael Gubbins (Consultant, SampoMedia, UK)

The power and potential of shared knowledge and collaboration across the Europa Cinemas Network

Opportunities for a strong and sustainable independent cinema sector

The case for greater public and private investment – and how it can best be made

Strategic steps to ensure that the voice of the Network is heard in regional, national and European policy-making

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12.00 - 1.00pm

CONCLUSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE

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1.00 - 2.00pm

CLOSING LUNCH (Radisson Blu Hotel)

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  • 17th Conference -22-25 November, Paris

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

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  • 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

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  • 13th Annual Conference, Paris, 2008

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  • 10th Annual Conference, Budapest, 2005

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