Program

MONDAY   OCTOBER 2 

10:00   OFFICIAL OPENING
BFM 1st Edition - Welcome Message
Present:   Mirela Kumbaro, Albanian Minister of Culture
Arben Papadhopulli, Head of Media Desk Albania

CREATIVE EUROPE   PROGRAM
The Balkan Regional Media Desks Meeting

10:30 - 12:00   CHALLENGES OF THE BALKAN REGIONAL MEDIA DESKS INCLUDING ITALY.
“How we see the position of our countries towards the Creative Europe Programme. Short statistics of each country. Main issues faced with the potential applicants in our countries. What suggestions to bring to the Agency based on the concerns of the sector in each country”. Short presentation and discussion with the invited Media Desk Heads. Q&A with the audience.

12:00   COFEE BREAK

12:15 - 13:15   SUCCESS STORIES OF BALKAN SECTOR IN THE MEDIA PROGRAMME
What is a good project? What makes a project win? What are the challenges for the implementation? What are the concerns for insuring the matching funds and reporting? Q&A with the audience.

13:15 – 14:30   LUNCH TIME

14:30 – 15:30   UNSUCCESSFUL STORIES OF BALKAN SECTOR IN THE MEDIA PROGRAMME
What is the perception of an applicant that has failed one or several times when applying to the Media Programme. What do they think about the criteria of the call for which they have applied, the evaluation process of their proposal. What they would require to the EACEA Agency and the Commission. Why do they think their project failed? Q&A with the Audience.

15:30 – 16:00   CO-PRODUCTION FUND OF THE CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA PROGRAMME
Policies of the Creative Europe Programme in the Balkan region.

16:00 – 16:15   COFFEE BREAK

16:15 – 17:30   BALKAN NATIONAL FILM CENTERS IN MEDIA SUB PROGRAMME
After 3 years of participating in the Media sub programme: Has this programme had a large and positive impact in the sector, or is it increasing fake expectations? How the programme has changed the audiovisual realities & perspective on the Balkan countries? What still need to be done in terms of regional cooperation towards the programme? What are their suggestion to the European Commission and the EACEA Agency for the calls and their criteria? What to change or reformulate for the future of the programme?
Q&A with the audience: Media Programme, calls and criteria
Commission`s policies on the audiovisual sector, role of Media desks in building partnerships and networking among Balkan potential applicants, and miscellaneous.

 

BALKAN FILM MARKET 2017   PROGRAM

10:30   ALBASCRIPT PLUS   OPENING  day 1

17:30 – 19:30   FOCUS: ITALY - THE PARTNER ACROSS THE SEA
Where we stand in regional co-productions and what the future holds. A presentation of a new era of partnership between Italy and Balkan countries.
Present:   Mirela Kumbaro, Albanian Minister of Culture
                    Alberto Cutillo, Italian Ambassador in Albania
                    Roberto Stabile, International Department ANICA

20:00   ITALIAN RECEPTION

TUESDAY   OCTOBER 3

09:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS, day 2

10:30   WHO IS WHOPORTA BALKANICA
A short Presentation of the Balkan film institutions and entities attending Balkan Film Market.
Moderator Majlinda Tafa

11:30 – 11:45    COFFEE BREAK

11:45   CROSS BORDER COPRODUCING
Advantages and disadvantages for our region, language, culture proximity, diversity. How to use the advantages and overcome the barriers?
Participants  Boban Jevtiç General Manager Serbian Film Center, Elektra Venaki ‎General Director of Greek Film Center. Konstantina Stavrianou Producer GRAAL. Sabina Kodra Producer ERAFILM.

13:00    LUNCH TIME

14:00   WHO IS WHO - VIA EUROPA
Presentation of European Institutions and entities in attendance.
Eurimages, CNC, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Swedish Film Institute, Olffi, etc. Participants Susan Newman-Baudais, Julien Ezanno, Brigitta Manthey, Helene Granqvist, Joëlle Levie.
Moderator Majlinda Tafa

14:30   PITCH BALKAN Trainin Local Teams
Instructor Helene Granqvist‎ will be assisting local Albanian teams to fine tune the pitch for the main event.

14:30   CO-PRODUCING WITH EUROPE
How to structure co-productions. Where to start and what to look for. Public financing vs. equity investing. What are European producers looking for. Goals and strategy of envision a coproduction with European partner.
Participants  Francois Margolin, Andras Muhi Monica Mecs, Pascal Judelewicz, Enrico Vannucci-Eurimages.
Moderator    Julien Ezanno

16:45 – 17:00    COFFEE BREAK

17:00   PROMOTING CINEMA IN THE ADRIATIC-IONIAN AREA
The Interreg V-B ADRION Initiative
Lessons learned and opportunities for the future.
Participants  The ADRION Program affected countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
Moderator  Giovanni Antelmi

20.00   RECEPTION   FILM CENTER SERBIA

WEDNESDAY   OCTOBER 4

09:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS, day 3

09:00   PITCH BALKAN - Training Balkan Teams (1st session)
Pitching Instructor: Helene Granqvist‎

11:00   BALKAN - ONE TERRITORY, ONE MARKET Sales and Distribution
Balkan audience as a primary target for Balkan made films. Distribution Strategies. What do festivals and markets expect from Balkan films. How to defy expectation and maintain authenticity.
Participants  Paola Corvino INTRAMOVIES. Konstantinos Kontovrakis HERETIC. Sreten Živojinovič CINEMANIA. Dimitar Nikolov CUTAWAY etc.
Moderator  Laura Briand

13:30   LUNCH TIME

14:30   PITCH BALKAN TRAINING DAY (2nd session)
Pitching Instructor: Helene Granqvist‎

14:30   EURIMAGES
Discussion
Funding production of smaller countries

16:30   FUTURE BALKAN educational opportunities
Experiences, challenges and new developments on film and media education. Full programs vs. crash courses.
Participants   Arash T. Riahi SOURCES 2, Danijel Hočevar MIDPOINT,  Alessandro Gropplero WEMW. Stefan Arsenijevic FFF, Dimitris Emanuelidis MFI, Giovanni Robbiano FAMU, Joëlle Levie MEDICI etc
Moderator    Iris Elezi

18:00  ALBANIAN MINORITY CO-PRODUCTION PITCHING
Albanian producers and Balkan directors that have applied for Albanian minority co-production funding will pitch their projects in front of the Albanian funding body and international producers and distributors attending BFM.

20:00  RECEPTION   KOSOVA CINEMATOGRAPHY CENTER

THURSDAY   OCTOBER 5

09:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS Day 4

10:00   PITCH BALKAN Main Session
Moderator Monika Franczak

12:30   SIGN UP  For One-to-One Meetings

13:00   LUNCH TIME

14:30   ALBASCRIPT PLUS
MASTER CLASS  with Julien Ezanno CO-PRODUCTION

16:30   BALKAN WOMAN FILMMAKERS
Voices to be heard from regions women writers, directors and producers.
Participants  Ioanna Sarri, Lendita Zeqiri, Maria Drandaki, Sabina Kodra etc.
Organizer and Moderator   Helene Granqvist‎ 

18:00   ITALIAN REGIONAL FUNDS AND FILM COMMISSIONS
Opportunities for cooperation.
with   Luciano Sovena – President of Roma Lazio Film Commission
          Maurizio Sciarra – President of Apulia Film Commission
          Ilir Butka – Chairman of Albanian National Center of  Cinematography

20:00   RECEPTION

FRIDAY   OCTOBER 6

09:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS Day 5

10:00   PITCH BALKAN ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS (ongoing)

11:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS
MASTER CLASS
with Arash T. Riahi SOURCES 2

13:00   LUNCH TIME

11:00   ALBASCRIPT PLUS
MASTER CLASS
with Brigitta Manthey Balkan Co-Productions at Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg

15:00  GIFFONI EXPERIENCE
Children cinema and education, New campus and its impact.
Participants  Claudio Gubitosi Ceo Giffoni Experience, Darko Basheski Giffoni Macedonia, Namik Ajazi Giffoni Albania

16:00   FILM INCENTIVES AND TAX CREDIT IMPACT IN LOCAL ECONOMY
Participants David P Kelly Productions, London, Andrew Barnes, Associate Director, Olsberg SPI London, Arben Zharku Kosovo Film Centre. Darko Basheski Macedonia.
Moderator   Nick Holdsworth

20:00   RECEPTION

SATURDAY   OCTOBER 7

10:00         ALBASCRIPT PLUS Wrap Up

10:00         PITCH BALKAN Last Follow Up Meetings

18:00         CLOSING CEREMONY, Awards & Wrap Up Party