Symposium and Networking Event: 16 high-class lectures, two exciting panel discussions and much more – and the participation is free of charge for all accredited festival visitors this year!
Filmmaking in CEE and in Austria:
Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges
Save your seat now! The LET’S CEE Film Festival 2017 in Vienna will host its Industry Days on “Filmmaking in CEE and in Austria: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges“ from 23rd to 24th March. The new two-day event, held in English, will impress participants with top speakers and an agenda of practical and relevant topics. The participation is free of charge for accredited festival visitors. Please register in time to secure your place. For all those who did not reserve a place or are not on the attendance list, remaining open seats will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
Within the framework of this year’s 5th edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival and in co-operation with Film New Europe, the leading networking platform for the film industry in the CEE region, a two-day industry event will be held from 23rd to 24th March. It will feature high-class presentations, fascinating case studies and cutting-edge panels, delivered by top speakers focusing on the field of co-productions and film funding, but also covering issues such as film distribution, film production and innovation and trends.
The organisers aim to offer participants a broad agenda of practical, relevant topics and to show them the best opportunities for getting their projects funded and financed in several countries and on EU level and how to find the perfect co-production partner. In addition, participants will also get an up-to-date overview of what the film industry in Austria and in the CEE region has to offer besides these aspects. Participants will, for example, listen to lectures on how to improve their chances of getting their feature film or documentary on the big screen of a cinema chain or at an A-Festival, what big film studios nowadays can do for them, how virtual reality will change the business in the near future, how to produce a high-class documentary on a par with Hollywood, what a perfect and watertight international co-production contract looks like, and much more. In two top-class panel discussions, Austrian and international experts will talk about the future of European film festivals and analyse the prospects of co-productions between western and CEE countries. The closing event of the Industry Days, a Live! Ammunition! Pitching Session hosted by Elliot Grove, Founder and Director of the Raindance FF and the British Independent Film Awards, will give young filmmakers the chance to present their work in front of experienced film professionals.
A highlight of the LET’S CEE Industry Days: Harald E. Trettenbrein, Head of Unit at European Commission EACEA, will deliver a keynote address on “Creative Europe MEDIA and how it can support European filmmakers in a rapidly changing world“.
Among further speakers and panelists at the networking event are Christof Papousek, CFO of Austria’s biggest cinema chain Cineplexx, Stefan Laudyn, Director of the Warsaw FF and Tina Lokk-Tramberg, Director of theTallinn Black Nights FF, Wolfgang Knöpfler, Producer of “The Ivory Game” and according to Netflix “The Jason Bourne of Natural History Filmmaking”, Dániel Kresmery, Head of Production and Development at the Korda Studios (where most recently “Blade Runner 2049” was shot), Samaya Asgarova from the Azerbaijanfilm Studio, Tereza Polachová, Head of Original Production at HBO Europe, Robert Baliński, International Co-Productions Project Manager at the Polish Film Institute, Jelka Stergel from the Slovenian Film Center, Tudor Giurgiu, President of the Romanian Film Promotion and of Transilvania IFF, Arie Bohrer, Director of Location Austria, and many more.
The Industry Days are organised by the LET’S CEE Film Festival in Vienna in cooperation with Film New Europe. The main supporters of the event are the Austrian Film Institute, Film Industry Support Austria (FISA), Vienna Association of the Film and Music Industry at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Raiffeisen Bank International.
The 5th edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival will take place from 21st to 27th March 2017, presenting more than 140 outstanding feature films, documentaries and shorts from Central and Eastern Europe. Most screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the respective filmmakers. For more information please visit www.letsceefilmfestival.com. The detailed festival programme incl. screening dates and venues will be available from 3rd March 2017.