Europa Cinemas Online Lab - July 2020
Turn on the lights - Reopening strategies!
Sharing approaches to re-opening cinemas and reflecting on experiences during closure Europa Cinemas July Online Lab 2020
After our pilot session held in June, 15 European exhibition practitioners per session, had the possibility to join in this Europa Cinemas Online Lab entitled "TURN ON THE LIGHTS - RE-OPENING STRATEGIES!" inviting them to spend some quality Zoom time to get some perspective on their own context and exchange expertise about how to cope with these unprecedented times.
The sessions have been facilitated by Madeleine Probst (Programme Producer, Watershed, UK) and Metka Daris (Director, Kinodvor, Slovenia) and Simon Blaas (Director, Cinema Middelburg, The Netherlands) for the afternoon session of July 7th. For the Wednesday’s session, Madeleine was accompanied by Ewa Kujawinska (Director, Kino Palacowe, Poland) and Mustafa El Mesaoudi (Director, Cinema and Rex Filmtheater, Germany), Javier Pachon (President, Cineciutat, Spain) and Wiktoria Pelzer (Programmer, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, Austria) led together with Madeleine, the third session on Thursday, July 9th.
The focus for these three sessions of the Online Lab has been on sharing approaches to re-opening cinemas and reflecting on experiences during the closure covering topics such as re-designing the cinema experience for reopening, staying in touch with audiences during closure working towards reopening or devising programming strategies for reopening in-venue and online.
It was a great occasion to share practice-based insights from exhibitors that have re-opened as well as opportunities for smaller group discussions. These breakout sessions gave participants the space to share a problem, pitch innovative ideas and/or identifying potential challenges to share with international collaborators.
With the idea to step back from the day to day, the setting of these online sessions allowed participants to bring ideas and issues to the Online Lab, to spend time with cinema practitioners from a diverse range of national contexts and to reflect on practices, expertise and solutions.
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