Eighth Workshop:
Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 September 2018
in Royaumont Abbey
(Asnières-sur-Oise, 20 km from Charles de Gaulle airport/30 km north of Paris)

Cooperation between public funds in an increasingly complex and international environment: opportunities, actions, ideas

This 8th Medici workshop will be – more than ever – a place for exchange and shared thinking, for public funds to find solutions to respond better to diverse challenges faced by the audiovisual industry. Those challenges not only concern the making of new contents for new markets but also - in order to compete with international platforms - the need for quality and sustainability that meet standards set by international productions. For projects to be made, the cooperation between funds to support international coproduction has become unavoidable. Most of funds’ objectives are similar: support local talents, be partners on cultural projects, reach the audience, have projects being seen on their territory and abroad.
So what are the constraints to reaching a better and effective collaboration?

Wednesday 26 September 2018
20.00 Welcome diner
Thursday 27 September 2018
Moderator: Inga von Staden
(linkedin.com/in/ivstaden / projectscope.de)
9.00 — 9.30 Introduction
MODULE 1 — Cooperation between funds means mainly supporting coproduction
Impulse speaker: Roberto Olla (Eurimages)
Coproductions involve funding partners from different countries. The support of public bodies in those projects represents more than 50% of their financing. The funding bodies have different cultures, different funding processes and sometimes require for the projects they support to be coproduced under official coproduction treaties. The modules 1a and 1b will take a closer look how to work with those treaties and what it means to work without such treaties.
9.30 — 11.00 MODULE 1a — Do funds need coproduction treaties?
This 1st part of the module discussed the significance of co-productions and will allow the participants to share their experience on supporting co-productions:
  • What are the definitions of coproduction?
  • Why do co-production treaties exist? What happens when they cannot be respected?
  • How do countries that do not require co-production treaties work together?
  • What is the place of multilateral agreements?
  • Can the new players of the platform economy be introduced as possible triggers?
11.15 — 12.30 MODULE 1b — Are there possible alternatives?
What would be the alternatives be to co-production treaties and requirements? Should there funds use cultural tests, co-development and co-production agreements for themselves? Could it be possible to have the same definition of co-production for all public funds?
12.45 Lunch
13.45 — 15.30 MODULE 2 — How to assess the performance of funding programs dedicated to international co-operation
Many funds have put or intend to put in place schemes to support the development of relationships between local and foreign producers, i.e. minority coproduction support schemes, co-development and/or co-production schemes. Each of these programs have different objectives i.e. encouraging the cooperation among professionals from different countries, give space for newcomers outside of their conventional funding schemes, consolidate production companies, give work to their local professionals. What are the objectives? Have those objectives been reached?
15.45 — 17.30 MODULE 3 — How could funds help each other to make the projects they co-finance visible?
Impulse speakers: to be announced
A certain number of films funded by public bodies are very briefly distributed on the local and international markets or not at all. The main reason for this is not by default the quality of the films but the competitive markets and the difficulty to find an adequate platform. Are there some examples of successful strategies? Are there some distribution concepts that could be proposed to funds and/or producers/distributors? What role could online platforms (VODs, SVODs etc.) play in this scenario?
17.30 – 18.15 Open space
Friday 28 September 2018
Moderator: Inga von Staden
(linkedin.com/in/ivstaden / projectscope.de)
9.00 — 12.15 MODULE 4 — How to simplify and make life easier for funds and producers in terms of paperwork
Each public fund involved in a project has specific and common requirements, including the chain of titles, contracts, financing plan, budget, list of cast, projection of pre-sales, distribution deals or LOI, etc. Those requirements correspond to a bunch of documents for evaluation and analysis at different stages (from eligibility to payment schedules).
9.00 — 10.30 MODULE 4a — Overview of what each participating fund requires and analyzes
The issues to be discussed during this module will be:
  • How does each of the participating funds work? What are the requirements for project eligibility, access to financing and financed and for payments? (all participants will be asked in advance to send us this information)
  • What is needed for a project to be eligible?
  • What do funds require as financial elements?
  • Do funds communicate between each other when they fund the same projects?
10.45 — 12.15 MODULE 4b — Would it be possible to simplify those requirements and delegate responsibilities?
Impulse speaker: to be announced
Could the use of a block chain platform be a solution? What would be the impediments? How could it work? Could the funds share responsibility for the analysis of the documents? What about a common financing plan and production budget?
12.30 — 13.30 Lunch
14.00 — 15.30 MODULE 5 — … and have access to smart data to better reach the audience?
Impulse speaker: to be announced
A new regulation is taking place in Europe for VOD and SVOD platforms to respect the requirements of each country in terms of supporting local projects and European content. They will have to contribute to the financing of projects and give access to their data. It will be a long process.
In order to create highly relevant content for different audience segments a better understanding of the recipients is needed. How can producers and funds gain a better understanding of the respective audience? There is some quantitative data available that could be used by the industry and funds to get to know better their audience. How can funds access that data? Is it not time for action? How could funds cooperate on creating their own data as well as getting access to existing data?
15.45 — 16.30 Debriefing
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