This workshop promises a lively exchange of ideas on the subject of festivals and markets, as well as on initiating international projects. How can I make the most of my visits to various Festivals? And, too, how do I find a coproduction partner? Jointly with the Solothurn Film Festival and Swiss Films, FOCAL offers producers a chance to meet the artistic managers of various international film festivals.
In the spirit of the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlinale, the producers Maja Zimmermann and Aline Schmid provide clear-cut examples of how various opportunities can be put to best use in positioning oneself and carrying out one's projects. In this day-long session, producers will thus be able to actively reflect on their role and their own international positioning. Together, participants will consider how to develop their appearance also on an international level, in order to apply their newfound confidence to their daily professional activity.
09.30 – 10.45
Introduction «How to navigate through Festivals» with Maja Zimmermann (Producer, Motivo Films) and Aline Schmid (Producer, Beauvoir films)
11.00 – 12.30
Meet the Festivals
Four directors of renowned international film festivals present their festival’s profile as well as their selection criteria.
With: Nita Deda (Director, Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival), Svenja Böttger (Director, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis), Miguel Dias (Director, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival), Marcel Jean
(Director, Annecy International Animation Film Festival)
14.00 – 16.00
FOCAL-Workshop «How to navigate through Festivals»
16.30 – 18.00
Pitching & Interactive Exchange