MEDICI – The Film Funding Journey - 2021, Athens


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 6 October to 8 October 2021 in Athens, Greece (Hotel St. George Lycabettus)

Registration/Application deadline

EUR 850 (including accommodation and subsistence)

To support diversity, there are 4 grants available to support professionals coming from countries with limited resources. The grants cover up to 50% of the application fee.


Tamara Tatishvili
MEDICI Head of Training

Petri Kemppinen
MEDICI Moderator

Viki Antonopoulou
Local Location Manager &. Coordinator

MEDICI is a place where key decision makers from film funds debate burning issues of the audiovisual sector. They analyse current policies and expand their horizons on a variety of topics. The MEDICI workshop is a dive into the film funds' daily operations, tackling upcoming challenges collectively.

MEDICI workshops bring together speakers and experts of various fields of the AV-industry. Every edition features a mixture of keynote, panel debates and exchange among peers. The workshops are organised as an interactive encounter, allowing open discussions and free-flow conversations among experts and participants.

MEDICI is a vocational training open to all public financiers who give support to development, production and/or circulation of audiovisual content.


The 2021 MEDICI edition
The upcoming MEDICI edition will question the core mission of public film financiers and highlight some of the pressing challenges of the “new normal”.

Film Funds as Proactive Enablers – Elements of Change

The session will revisit some of the key elements traditionally supported by public film funds. Articulated by the MEDICI team, participants will travel through some of the funding stages and rethink their necessity. Fueled by input of established practitioners across the film value chain, the module will attempt to capture the thin line between business as usual and the foggy notion of a "new normal".

Inclusion as a necessity: Funding confronted with a Paradigm Shift
The past decade witnessed the rise of the gender equality movements and the call for greater ethnic participation in the film industry. Over the past 18 months, the film industry has questioned its role, responsibility and actions in a paradigm that remains the status quo. In the context of the workshop, the discussions will explore possible changes towards a more inclusive industry.

Programme 2021 pdf


  • Themba Bhebhe – Diversity & Inclusion, European Film Market, Berlinale
  • Joshua Kwesi Aikins - Senior Research Scientist,  "Advocating for Inclusion", Vielfalt entscheidet - Diversity in Leadership, Citizens for Europe
  • Giorgos Karnavas - Producer & Founder, Heretic
  • Sonja Heinen – Managing Director, European Film Promotion
  • Matthijs Wouter Knol – Director, European Film Academy
  • Roberto Olla - Executive Director, Eurimages, Council of Europe
  • Tobias Pausinger - Head of Acquisitions and Development, The Match Factory
  • Emilia Roig – Executive Director, Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ)
  • Anna Serner – CEO, Swedish Film Institute
  • Ioanna Stais - Head of Sales and Acquisitions, Heretic Outreach
  • Kristina Trapp – CEO, EAVE
  • Arben Zharku - Director, Kosovo Cinematography Center

Detailed list of speakers and team members pdf


Proposed by

Focal MEDICI       Film Fund Luxembourg          Telefilm Canada           Danish Film Institute


Cofunded by

BAK - OFC - Federal Office of Culture                     MEDIA Desk Suisse

Supported by

Greek Film Centre 2021

Focal is supported by