KATOWICE, POLAND: Film New Europe the number one networking platform for film professionals in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics, and the International Co-production Forum Regiofund have teamed up to present a series of panels, case studies and networking about how innovation is shaping the future of the audiovisual industry in Europe.
The FNE CEI Innovation Days will that place within the frames of the first ever International Co-production Forum Regiofund in Katowice. On 5 October European and Regional industry innovators from financiers, venture capital investors to expert virtual reality, 360 video and post production industries with present the latest and coolest developments and map out future trends and impact points for audiovisual creatives and producers in the region followed on 6 October by a chance to meet one on one with these leading innovation experts as well as attend the Project Pitchings organised by International Co-production Forum Regiofund.
The FNE CEI AV Innovation Days will present a programme of discussions and practical case studies and workshops with the goal of presenting new trends and innovations in the digital media landscape that can cross borders and be utilized as models for innovation in regional film and audiovisual industries.
The sessions will explore the changing role of film financing and striking a balance between diminishing public funds and emerging yet hard to access venture capital investments, opportunities for storytelling and monetisation through virtual reality, 360 panoramic video and digital short form content, as we all presenting case study of a Slovenian web series that became a box office phenomenon At Hostar - backed by the filmmakers clever use of social media engagement and fan community building.
The event's speakers include acclaimed producer llann Girard (France, Arsam International), venture capital and technology investment advisor Ian Collins (UK, Radium Services), director Luka Marketic and Goran Hrvačanin (Slovenia, At Hostar), Polish virtual reality and new media producers Marcin Marzyk (StoryCode, Total Immersion Foundation) and Marcin Lunkewicz (Zielonypomidor Studios), and representatives of the HR3DZ post production studio.
The programme of the FNE CEI AV Innovation Days is curated by Sten-Kristian Saluveer, the former Head of Industry at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival, and the founder of Storytek Accelerator - a unique business development accelerator that helps audiovisual creatives, producers and early stage companies to develop business, fast track their content, products and services to the global markets and access finance.
FNE CEI AV Innovations Days is supported by the Central European Initiative and the Film New Europe Association as well as Creative Europe MEDIA.
The International Co-production Forum Regiofund was created out of the success of numerous industry events organised for seven previous editions of the International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun.
By changing from the film festival formula to an event for industry professionals the Forum aims to become a platform of co-operation within the film industry, and all of its potential partners and investors.
Its organiser, Silesia Film, is a cultural institution of the Silesian voivodeship which has been also successfully running Silesia Film Commission and Silesian Film Fund for the last couple of years.
About Central European Initiative
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation among its Member States. It combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while bridging European macro-regions.
About Film New Europe
The Film New Europe is the largest and most important networking platform for film professionals in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics. The FNE Daily newswire is the voice of the region with a focus on cultural diversity and promoting the visibility of the region’s AV industry globally. FNE has the only dedicated AV INNOVATION team and provides a platform for sharing models that can cross borders and attract audiences.
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