Roundtable on Film Distribution in the South-East European region. Sofia, Bulgaria. 11 March 2011
UNESCO Venice Office and the Central European Initiative are supporting this international roundtable on film distribution and development of innovative business models in the Central and South-East European region held in the framework of the “Sofia Meetings” and the participation of numerous experts from the South-East European region and beyond.
The "Sofia Meetings" 2011 is a parallel event of the 15th International Sofia Film Festival, supported by MEDIA (EU support programme for the European audiovisual industry). It is aimed at film professionals (producers, directors, world sales, distributors, representatives of financing organizations and film festivals) with a view to promote new projects from young European filmmakers and new films from the Balkan region.
In line with the guiding principles of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the roundtable will advance an international agenda based on the promotion of pluralism, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It will gather key audio-visual professionals from South-East Europe and beyond to discuss promotion of audio-visual heritage, better access to the European cinematography, improvement of cinema distribution networks, development of digital, transmedia and multiplatform models, enhancement of co-production facilities. <a name="Text46"></a>
Invited speakers are : Brian Newman, founder of sub-genre consulting, helping filmmakers and organizations to distribute content and connect with audiences through innovative uses of new technology; Tilman Scheel, founder of Reelport and its Europe’s Finest 'Cinema-on-Demand' Digitisation Project ; and, Jan Von Meppen, Commercial Director of VODO Films.
The round-table takes place at a time when the need for a better distribution films from the South-East European region is increasingly felt. This calls for an improvement of traditional distribution mechanisms, increased synergies between distributors and invention of innovative business models. Beyond, and taking into account the limitations of the national film markets in the region, the round-table will give an opportunity to foster effective regional collaboration among film authors and producers.