Programme

Meeting Point – Vilnius 2019

April 2 – 4

Tuesday, April 2

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

h 15:30 – 16:10 NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BALTIC PROFESSIONALS: LIM & LES ARCS!

Presentations:

LIM: Lithuania is more

LIM | Less is More the development script lab for limited budget features will be hosted in Lithuania in 2020. In partnership with LFC. Which opportunities for Lithuanians?

Speaker: Nayeem Mahbub, LIM

Les Arcs Industry Village 2019 focus on Finland & Baltic Countries

In 2019, for its 11th edition, Les Arcs Film Festival will focus on Finland & Baltic Countries. What does it mean for professionals from the region ? How to participate in this special edition of the festival? Speaker: Jérémy Zelnik, Les Arcs Industry Village

SKYBAR

h 16:30 - 18:00 Panel: Recipe for survival: arthouse distribution practices in Baltics

When 3000 admissions for an arthouse film are already considered a success, what could be

the strategy to survive for Baltic distributors? And how the cooperation with producers helps them to deepen the USP?

Six case studies of films distributed in all three states will draw on audience differences, marketing and exhibition strategies; the panel will question territory’s homogeneity and tackle points of collaboration rather than competition.

moderated by: Aistė Račaitytė (Vilnius International Film Festival, Kino Pavasaris Distribution)

Speakers: Kristi Porila (MustKasi), Jevgeni Joks (BestFilm), Giedre Kriksciunaite (A-One).

in cooperation with: Creative Europe MEDIA Offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

SKYBAR

h 18:00 - 19:30 Welcome cocktail

co-hosted by: the Creative Europe MEDIA Offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

SKYBAR

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS

h 16:45 – 18:00 Industry Screenings

NDG/National Art Gallery (Konstitucijos av. 22)

h 15:30 – 18:00 Pitching preparation day (closed session for selected projects)

ZETA ROOM

h 15:00 – 18:00 Talents Nest: warm up & speed date

OMEGA ROOM

 

Wednesday, April 3

NDG/National Art Gallery (Konstitucijos av. 22)

h 9:30 – 10:00 Welcome: Minister of Culture (tbc), Algirdas Ramaska (Executive Director VIFF)

Presentation: Introducing Lithuanian Tax Incentives: how great results leads to the upgrade of 30%

The tax incentive scheme for film production in Lithuanian was introduced in 2014. Since then it helped to attract foreign production companies to shoot in Lithuania and it also became an important source of financing for national films and co-productions. Lithuania as a shooting location and its film professionals have drawn attention of companies such as BBC and HBO. Due to the positive impact to the film industry as well as an overall economy, the level of the incentive was increased to 30% until 2023. Presentation will provide an overview of the new scheme.

Speaker: Milda Vakarinaite (Lithuanian Film Centre)

h 10:00 – 13:00 PITCHING – COMING SOON

moderated by: Marta Balaga (Cineuropa)

h 13:00 – 14:30 Networking Lunch

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

h 15:30 – 16:30 Masterclass: What can Blockchain do for the film industry?

What are the use cases for Blockchain in the film industry - and does Blockchain alone solve our most important challenge?

Speaker: Alan R. Milligan (White Rabbit)

Organized in cooperation with: Aspect Ration and Cinemarket

ZETA ROOM

h 17:00 – 18:00 Panel: Bridging the gap – European cinema between festival and audience film

While some titles tend to be too audience-friendly, others are too detached. Audience designers, marketing strategists and influencers strive for the ultimate, innovative link between the film and its audience. Is everything just a question of advertising strategy? What does the audience expect from European cinema? And what about the balance between festival and audience film?

Moderated by: Bernd Buder (programme director, FilmFestival Cottbus)

in cooperation with: Film Festival Cottbus, connecting cottbus and the Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg

Speakers: Andrė Balžekienė (Kino teatras "Pasaka"), Alessandro Gropplero (WEMW), Oana Giurgiu (Libra Film), Xavier Henry-Rashid (Film Republic)

ZETA ROOM

h 18:00 – 19:30 Networking Cocktail

co-hosted by: the FilmFestival Cottbus, connecting cottbus and the Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg

SKYBAR

h 22:00 Developing Your Film Festival launch party by the ICO

LOCATION TBA

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS

h 14:30 – 18:00 Industry Screenings

NDG (Konstitucijos av. 22)

h 15:00 – 18:00 Talents Nest: sessions & meeting with Decision Makers

OMEGA ROOM

h 15:30 – 19:00 Coming Soon One-to-one Meetings

VERANDA

 

Thursday, April 4

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

h 9:30 – 10:45 Masterclass: Winning your audiences

Marketing movies in the connected world.

Speaker: Daniel Gschaider (Gruvi)

ZETA ROOM

h 11:30 – 13:00 Panel: More than just a film festival

With ever increasing cuts to arts funding and with the infinite amount of choices people have in today’s society on how and where they spend their leisure time, how can film festivals continue to be sustainable, relevant and increase their audiences? On this panel three European film festivals talk about how they have developed their business operations to expand into new areas such as distribution, broadcasting, education, franchising, how these activities are reaching new and larger audiences for film, and the all important power of building a trusted brand.

Moderated by David Sin (ICO)

speakers: Algirdas Ramaska (Vilnius International Film Festival), Marcin Pieńkowski (New Horizons) and Sofie Bjerregaard (CPH PIX)

in partnership with Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

ZETA ROOM

h 13:00 – 14:30 Networking Lunch

h 19:00 – 20:30 Award Ceremony

Vilnius Town Hall

h 22:00 Closing party

Hales Market Place (Pylimo str. 58)

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS

h 9:00 – 10:30 Talents Nest: coffee with Decision Makers

OMEGA ROOM

h 9:30 – 13:00 Coming Soon One-to-one Meetings

VERANDA

h 11:00 – 12:00 Women in Baltic Film and Television industries: empowerment through mentoring and networking

Curated by WIFT Lithuania (by invitation only)

OMEGA ROOM

h 12:00 – 13:00 Producers Meet Producers / Speed date session (by invitation only)

OMEGA ROOM

h 12:00 – 15:00 Industry Screenings

Forum Cinema VINGIS

h 15:00 – 16:30 Talents Nest: wrap up session

OMEGA ROOM