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20TH CONFERENCE - BUCHAREST, 24-26 NOVEMBER 2017

 

CONCLUSIONS

 

 

20th EUROPA CINEMAS NETWORK CONFERENCE

BUCHAREST - HOTEL RADISSON BLU HOTEL

FROM FRIDAY 24 TO SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

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DETAILED PROGRAMME (Pdf)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION (Pdf)

SURVEY - NETWORK REVIEW N°30 - STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF FILM (Pdf)

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CONCLUSIONS OF THE 20TH EUROPA CINEMAS CONFERENCE

Launch of a new study examining strategic investment in the future of film

November 26, 2017: celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, the 20th Network Conference, inaugurated by Lucia Recalde (Head of Unit Creative Europe / MEDIA, European Commission) and Cristian Mungiu (Director, Exhibitor & Distributor, Romania), concluded three days of debates and workshops successfully in Bucharest today in an atmosphere of solidarity among the more than 500 delegatesand a determination to continue the remarkable rise in investment across the sector and to search for further innovation.

“The exhibitors here have underlined the essential role they play in the future of cinema because they embody and defend the two key values – the film and the cinema itself.  The cinema itself cannot only guarantee quality programming and projection. It must give added value in terms of a welcome, environment and atmosphere.  The cinema is a place for enjoyment, for culture, and for social cohesion – but it must also be about more than experiencing a film. That cinema experience must be a total one, innovative and varied, so that today’s audience, and especially the youngest among them, can find good reason to return, to feel and share an emotional experience that anything seen at home or on the internet will never be able to match with as much intensity, “ commented Claude-Eric Poiroux – Director General of Europa Cinemas.

The Conference agreed that 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. The participants agreed that however successful network cinemas were in creating a better environment, the on-going appeal and quality of films were the most important ingredient for a successful business.

This Conference focussed on the next stage of evolution for cinemas and for the cinema experience – a detailed 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.

  • 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

Europa Cinemas launched its second major survey at this year’s Conference, following on from the “New Approaches to Audience Building” report announced in Cannes.

Titled “Strategic Investments in the Future of Film”, the extensive survey, commissioned by Europa Cinemas, is a detailed look at investment in the independent cinema exhibition sector in Europe, with responses coming from 208 cinemas located in 141 towns and cities in 31 countries.

What comes across strongly is how adept independent cinemas are at turning the necessity of on-going investment into opportunity. Investment means maintaining and increasing the distance between the cinema experience and viewing on any other platform. Non-film activity however is seen as a positive advantage for European film. When the cinema becomes a meeting space for diverse communities, the potential to develop and maintain new audiences increases. Investment in bars and restaurants are not just instrumental in creating essential sources of revenue but a proven means of keeping audiences engaged with the cinema and creating a home from home.

The survey is available online: http://bit.ly/2hYfSCK

We can send you gladly the pdf version upon request.

The Winners of the Europa Cinemas’ annual Awards were also announced in Bucharest. The Europa Cinemas Awards have been celebrating the excellence of network cinemas since 2002, concentrating on awards for best programming and young audience activities, as well as a prize for the most entrepreneurial figure in the network. The 2017 winners are:

  • Best Programming: Cinema Elvire Popesco/ Bucharest, Romania
  • Best Young Audience Activities: Agrafka and Kika/Krakow, Poland
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Lionello Cerri/Anteo, Milan, Italy

Europa Cinemas celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, having been founded in 1992 with funding from the MEDIA programme (Creative Europe) and from the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC). It is the first film theatre network focusing on European films.

Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences.

Thanks to the support of Eurimages and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the influence of Europa Cinemas extends to Eastern European countries, to the Balkans, to Russia and to Turkey.

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PR: Charles McDonald:
+44 7785 246 377
Charles@charlesmcdonald.co.uk

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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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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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Conferences Archive

  • 19th Conference - Prague, 27-29 November 2015

    Back to the Czech Republic

  • 18th Conference - Athens, 21-24 November 2013

    4 days of screenings, debates and workshops

    More than 600 professionals from all over the world

    Registration online from July

  • 17th Conference -22-25 November, Paris

    The 17th Europa Cinemas Network Conference took place in Paris.

  • 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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