19-21 APRIL IN VIENNA
“ESSENTIAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR FILMMAKING
19 April: Austrian Chamber of Commerce at Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna 20 April: Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI) at Spittelberggasse 3 / Stiftgasse 6, 1070 Vienna 21 April: Raiffeisen Hall (RBI) at Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Vienna 19 & 21 April: RED ROOM, Stubenring 20, 1010 Vienna
The second forum and networking event made by LET’S CEE: twelve high-class presentations, two exciting panel discussions, a series of pitchings and much more: This will be the second edition of the LET’S CEE Industry Days from 19 to 21 April 2018 in Vienna. Note: Free tickets, which are sponsored by partners, are still available!
A two-and-a-half-day industry session titled "Co-Financing and Co-Producing, Innovation and Know-How: Essential Success Factors for Filmmaking" will take place at the LET’S CEE Film Festival 2018 between April 19th and 21st.
The symposium will be held in English. Austrian and foreign top speakers will deliver individual lectures and contribute to discussion forums on topics such as film financing. film funding and co-productions, film production and distribution, and trends such as CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), 3D animation and Virtual Reality. For the first time, there will also be a series of pitchings during the Industry Days where selected projects from Poland, Slovenia, Austria, and Romania will be presented.
The organisers’ goal is to offer participants a broad programme of practical topics. Not only will participants learn about current opportunities for funding their projects in the EU, but they will also get an up-to-date look at other offers in the Central and Eastern European film industry. How can one increase the chances of having their own feature films or documentaries played by a big movie chain? What can a large film studio offer filmmakers and producers? What is possible with professional CGI and what does it cost? How will virtual reality change the film business in the near future?
A highlight of Industry Days will be an extensive presentation by one of the largest film studios in Europe. Yariv Lerner, Head of Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, will be travelling to Vienna for this event. Among the other speakers and panellists are Jakob Ballinger, Founder of The Light Bridge; Simone Baumann, Producer and Representative for Eastern Europe at German Films; Nataša Bučar, Managing Director of the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC); Anna Franklin, General Director at Film New Europe; Vesselina Georgieva, Visual Effects Specialist at Worldwide FX; Marcin Łunkiewicz, Cinematic VR Specialist, Producer and Founder of mimo.ooo; Jan Maxa, Content Development Director at Czech Television (CT); Christof Papousek, CFO of Austria’s largest cinema chain Cineplexx; Tomáš Prášek, CEO and Co-Founder of Eventival; Julia Schmölz, Programme Manager at FISA – Film Industry Support; Christophe Vidal, Director at Natixis Coficiné SA; Virgil Widrich, Filmmaker and Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktion; Iris Zappe-Heller, Deputy Director of the Austrian Film Institute; Kathrin Zechner, Programme Director at ORF, and many more.
The closing event of Industry Days will be the "Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition" hosted by Elliot Grove, founder and director of the Raindance Film Festival in London and the British Independent Film Awards. Young filmmakers will have the opportunity to present their ideas to film experts, such as Ursula Wolschlager, Producer and CEO of Witcraft Filmproduktion, Jakob Pochlatko, Producer and CEO of epo-film, Jani Sever, Producer and Owner of Sever & Sever Productions, and in front of a live audience.
The location of the pre-opening event will be the Austrian Chamber of commerce at Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna. The event for the first Industry Day will be the Austrian Film Institute at Spittelberggasse 3 / Stiftgasse 6, 1070 Vienna, and for the second day, the Raiffeisen Hall at Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Vienna.
Industry Days is organised by the LET'S CEE Film Festival. The most important supporters of the engagement are the Austrian Film Institute, the Collecting Society of Filmmakers VdFS, the Collecting Society for Audio-Visual Media VAM, the Vienna Association of the Film and Music Industry at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Polish Film Institute (PISF), the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna, the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC), and Raiffeisen Bank International.
The 6th edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival will take place from 13th to 22nd April 2018, presenting 162 outstanding feature films, documentaries and shorts, including 140 Austrian premieres, most of them from Central and Eastern Europe. Many 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 is already available.