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European Film Forum
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

At a crunch time for the European film and TV industries, as it faces COVID-19 crisis and streaming service- propelled sea change, the San Sebastian’s Festival European Film Forum will take both bulls by the horns at its Sept. 22 conference, Beyond COVID-19: Revitalizing the European Audiovisual Industry.

Two panel discussions will be preceded by an in-depth analysis on The Impact of COVID-19 on the European A/V Sector, presented by Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Department for Market Information at the European Audiovisual Observatory.

Speakers at a first panel, entitled Incentives And Measures For Recovery, take in Lucía Recalde, Head of Unit Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programs, European Commission; Luis Chaby, President of EFAD (European Film Agency Directors Assn.) and President of the Board of Directors of Portugal’s ICAA agency; Peter Dinges, CEO of the German Federal Film Board (FFA); and Iole Maria Giannattasio, a research unit coordinator, at Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

First panel speakers will present the different measures taken during the most critical phase of the pandemic; especially, those to encourage the creation and renewal of the fabric of the European audiovisual industry and, crucially for some countries, further incentives and measures for recovery.

Discussions take place after the European Commission launched in May the Next Generation EU, a recovery plan. This will also be discussed to see how Europe’s film and TV industry can best benefit from it.

A second panel, Towards A Transformation Of The European Industry, will focus on change already driving through the sector. Speakers take in private-sector figures who are partners or top executives at top companies in Spain’s film-TV production sector, production and world sales and Spanish pay TV/SVOD, respectively Álvaro Longoria, producer and co-founder of Madrid-based Morena Films; François Yon, a partner and Head of Sales and Business Development of Paris-based Playtime Group; and Álex Martínez Roig, Content Manager at Telefonica-backed Movistar+ in Spain.

All the panelists are studiously polite, but they don’t mince their words.

The European Film Forum’s being online this year, and available for the general public, may enhance its impact.

JOHN HOPEWELL

 

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