Meeting Point – Vilnius to Focus on the Baltics and Challenges Facing the Film Industry
The brand new initiative Talents Nest will take place on the first day of MPV. It aims to explore, nurture and offer industry and networking opportunities to emerging professionals from the Baltics, former Soviet and Caucasian countries.
The MPV programme is set to start with an afternoon all about the Baltics. Jeremy Zelnik, head of industry at Les Arcs Industry Village, will preview the upcoming Baltic Focus for Les Arcs Industry Village. Three speakers from each Baltic country will present six case studies about their arthouse distribution practices. These case studies will draw on audience differences, marketing and exhibition strategies, the panel will question the territory’s homogeneity and tackle points of collaboration rather than competition.
Recently, Lithuania’s shooting locations and film professionals have attracted the attention of such huge production companies as BBC and HBO. Due to the positive impact, these productions have on the film industry as well as the economy overall, the level of the Lithuanian tax incentive was increased to 30% until 2023. On April 3rd, a presentation will provide an overview of the new plan.
Thanks to a new partnership with Cinemarket, the blockchain platform that facilitates payment between audiences and the film right holders, Alan R. Milligan, founder of the blockchain platform, White Rabbit will give a masterclass on the positive usage of the blockchain in the film industry, while Jordan Mattos, co-founder of Cinemarket, will hold individual meetings with professionals interested in discussing the topic more thoroughly. Masterclasses and presentations will focus on film festival management, marketing movies in the era of social influencers, and more.
On April 3rd, 11 fiction and 6 documentary features that are in development will be presented to a jury comprised of film producers, agents, distributors and festival representatives during the Coming Soon pitching session. The lineup includes various genres, from comedies to dark psychological thrillers, coming from Albania, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, France, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Romania and Brazil. For the second year, the Coming Soon session will only present debuting filmmakers, whose works go on to be noticed by film professionals and continue to be screened and awarded at international festivals.
You can find the entire programme here.