MEDICI 2023 - The Film Funding Journey

This workshop welcomes professionals holding a decision-making position in film funds, as well as other senior employees with tracked experience in a funding institution.
Date and venue
From 27 to 29 September 2023
Madrid, Spain
Registration/Application deadline

850.- euros. The fee covers three nights of accommodation, full board and transportation from and to the airport.

Focal attributes scholarships which cover 50% of the fee. Travel to and back from Madrid is not included.


MEDICI is an annual training and exchange forum for decision makers of European public film funds. The 12th edition of this workshop offers content tailored to the specific needs of public film funding, which is presented by highly skilled experts of the audiovisual industry. For 2.5 days, the participating film funders discuss pressing issues and evaluate the existing funding schemes and programmes. MEDICI offers a secure framework for in-depth discussions and free exchange.

The 12th MEDICI edition will focus on three main themes:

  1. Audience development and the role of public film funds in supporting better outreach
  2. Collaboration of film funding bodies with streamers
  3. Change management in the audiovisual sector.

→ Detailed programme


  • Sanne Juncker Pedersen, Head of Initiative "Closer to the audiences" at DFI
  • Koen Van Bockstal, CEO of VAF
  • An Feyfer, Talent Coordinator VAF
  • Kjersti Mo, CEO Norwegian Film Institute
  • Tomas Eskilsson, Head of Research Film i Vast
  • Rikke Flodin, Partner Will & Agency
  • Valentina Iusuphodjaev, Director National Film Center Moldovia
  • Jonathan Olsberg, Executive Chair of Olsberg SPI
  • Masha Ibeschitz, CEO Think Beyond Group

Team members

  • Tamara Tatishvili, Head of Training
  • Petri Kemppinen, Moderator
  • Neil Peplow, Group Moderator and reporter
  • Rachel Schmid, Project Leader
  • Ashleigh Bell, Event Coordinator

→ Detailed list of speakers and team members

Registrations are closed

Proposed by


In partnership with

Film Fund Luxembourg                Film i Väst                 Telefilm Canada               Danish Film Institute

VAF     British Film Institute               Norwegian Film Institute

Cofunded by

BAK - OFC - Federal Office of Culture                             MEDIA Desk Suisse

Focal is supported by