Industry Talks



Industry Talk #1 – Film Festivals under Corona-times

Sunday 26 April, 18:00–19:30 (UTC +2)


A debate about the different alternatives festivals have chosen or are considering under this unprecedented scenario: festivals going online, cancellations, postponement, etc. Some programmers and Festival Directors will have a public online debate about these topics and there will also be an open Q&A with the virtual audience.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Emilie Bujès (Artistic Director, Visions du Réel)
  • Sergio Fant (Berlinale Selection Committee and Head of Programming, Trento Film Festival)
  • Orwa Nyrabia (Artistic Director, IDFA)
  • Paolo Moretti (Artistic Director, Directors' Fortnight)
  • Miguel Valverde (Director, IndieLisboa)


  • Finn Halligan (Chief Film Critic, Screen International)

Industry Talk #2 – Film Industry under Corona-times

Tuesday 28 April, 18:00–19:30 (UTC +2)


Being aware of the difficulties and the big uncertainties the whole Industry is facing, we propose a conversation between representatives of Funds, Markets, Labs, Productions, Sales Agents in order to have a reflection on the effects of covid-19 and to think together of possible (re)actions and collaborations.


  • Heino Deckert (Managing Director at Deckert Films; Producer, Distributor, Sales Agent)
  • Marit van den Elshout (Head of IFFR PRO, International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Daniela Elstner (Managing Director, UniFrance)
  • Roberto Olla (Executive Director, Eurimages)
  • Jérôme Paillard (Executive Director, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes)
  • Laurent Steiert (Deputy Head, Film Department of the Federal Office of Culture)


  • John Hopewell (International Features Editor, Variety)

Industry Talk #3 – Filmmaking and film development under Corona-times : how and what to shoot now and in the–uncertain–future ?

Wednesday 29 April 18:00–19:30 (UTC +2)

(Due to technical problems, this Talk has not been recorded)


We propose a discussion focused on what filmmakers face now and might have to deal with in the (near?) future, with projects already developed and with the ones under development. How can filmmakers adapt (or not) to new realities? What might be the impact on the image? We invite filmmakers, film critics and programmers to have a debate on these topics.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Kamal Aljafari (Filmmaker)
  • Lionel Baier (Filmmaker, Producer and Head of the Film Department of ECAL)
  • Scott Cummings (Filmmaker)
  • Carmen Gray (Freelance Critic and Journalist)
  • Barbara Miller (Filmmaker and President of the Swiss Filmmakers Association – ARF/FDS)
  • Jonathan Perel (Filmmaker)


  • Giona Nazzaro (Delegate of Venice Critics' Week and programmer at Visions du Réel)