European Film Forum 23 Nov at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
19ú Samhain 2020

European Film Forum 23 Nov at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

The European Film Forum, as a debate and discussion platform on the future evolution of European cinema and film industry, will return to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) on November 23 with a half day of virtual and hybrid summit of executive-level debates, case studies, and showcases on the most pressing topics for the European film, television, and content industry at the time of COVID. The New Playbook: Resilience, Foresight, Transformation will be the connecting theme for the edition of the EFF.

Key topics include:

  • How to reach the audience during a pandemic: A deep dive into the best practices of VOD, Livestreaming, Watch Parties and Alternative Distribution.
  • Re-imagining Film Festivals during lockdown: How have festivals adapted, failed, or succeeded and how to define the future role of the festivals at the European level and beyond. 
  • European Frontiers: The public-private model and European Copyright Infrastructure as an example of future European catalyst

The EFF will be livestreamed on Monday, 23 November 14.00 Irish time on these platforms:


Timetable & Sessions in *Irish time:

14.00 – 14.10: Opening Words: The European Industry vs. COVID19: Resilience, Alternatives, Opportunities
Sten-Kristian Saluveer - EFFT Curator, Head of NEXT, MDF - Festival de Cannes

14.10 – 14.20 Opening Keynote by the European Commission 

Lucia Recalde, Head of Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

14.20- 14.35 European Cinema and Content Industry vs. the World during the Pandemic.
Ezra Eeman - Senior Manager Digital, Transformation, and Platforms, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

14.35 – 15.10 Is Digital the New theatrical? Exploring the New Indie Film Value Chain During Transformation
Ezra Eeman - Senior Manager Digital, Transformation, and Platforms, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Ewa Puszczyńska - Producer, Opus Films, Todd Brown - Partner, XYZ Films

15.10 – 16.25 How to Reach Your Audience During a Lockdown? The Digital Marketing Playbook for European Films
Birgit Karus - CEO, Noh Productions

16.25 – 17.00 Reimagining the European Film Festival and Industry Market: Crisis or New Perspectives?
Vanja Kaludjercic - Festival Director, IFFR
Sabrina Baracetti - Festival Director, Udine Far East FF
Weronika Czolnowska - New Horizons, Head of Industry

17.00 – 17.15 How to (successfully) Restart European Film Production Safely? 

Adrian Wooton - Head, Film London

17.15 – 17.30 European Future Frontieres: The opportunities for Future Infrastructure for European Cinema and Content Industry 

Philippe Rixhon - Infrastructure Designer, Digicity, European Future Copyright Infrastructure

17.30 -17.50 Closing Fireside Chat: Leadership for Resilience, Foresight, Transformation.

Robert Wolcott - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network

17.50 – 18.00 Day Wrap

The European Film Forum is organised by the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry Tallinn by the European Commission’s mandate with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. 

* EET (Eastern European Time) time is 2 hours ahead of Ireland while CET (Central European Time) is 1 hour ahead of Ireland (GMT). Tallinn times are in EET on their website so their schedule times are 2 hours ahead of us. Creative Europe uses CET which is 1 hour ahead of us.