It is the third year that Febiofest IFCF will host Industry Days in close cooperation with the Slovak Film Institute – National Cinematographic Centre. The event is intended predominantly for producers, film professionals and university students, but also for the wider public with an interest in specific topics related to film production. The backbone of Industry Days will be the panel of upcoming Slovak projects titled Works in Progress, which is annually accompanied by panel discussions and lectures on selected topics. This year’s Industry Days program is focused mainly on the creation, production and distribution of short films. It will include activities aimed at connecting film to other areas of the creative industry.
MARCH 20, 10:00 AM – CINEMA LUMIÈRE, K2
Industry Days: Works in Progress
Do you wonder what kind of Slovak films will be soon released in the cinemas? For the third time and as a part of Febiofest Industry Days, we will host a screening of Slovak films currently in production to an audience of both Slovak and foreign film professionals, journalists and the general public. The screening will present both feature-length projects and short films created by professionals and students. Massimo Nardulli will present his project Less Is More during the introduction to the second part of the presentations.
MARCH 20, 2:00 PM – CINEMA LUMIÈRE, K2
The Importance of Being Short
What is the current status of short-length cinema here and abroad? What does its support system and professional background look like in Slovakia, and why are the majority of short films created by students in universities? This panel discussion will welcome representatives from festivals of short-length cinema, creators and sales agents and include a masterclass with a successful creator of short films, all just to present the idea that short films are just as important as feature-length ones.
MARCH 20, 4:00 PM – CINEMA LUMIÈRE, K2
Industry Days: Masterclass: Jacqueline Lentzou
Master class with successful short filmmaker Jacqueline Lentzou. She is a London Film School graduate. Her graduation, coming-of-age piece, Thirteen Blue (2013), travelled to numerous international film festivals (Reykjavik IFF – Golden Egg Award, Athens International Film + Video Festival – 1st award, Oscar Qualifying, Cinémed Montpellier, Sapporo Short Fest and others). In 2014 she shot Luz (Kinofest Manchester, Festival International Signes de Nuit). She is a 2014 Talents Sarajevo and 2015 Berlinale Talents Alumni, plus she participated in Berlinale Short Film Station with Fox. In 2015, she completed Fox (Locarno IFF, Sarajevo IFF), and also shot Hiwa, after winning in Athens Film Lab, supported by Athens IFF. She is in Bratislava as a participant of The Pop Up Film Residence.
MARCH 20, 10:00 PM – LUNA BAR
Industry party: Dirty Animation
DJ Karma je zdarma and VJ TooMuchDada are throwing a multimedia and animation-themed party. The visitors will be able to dance to a pop/film set along with the heroes of Slovak animation.
MARCH 21, 11:00 PM – CINEMA LUMIÈRE, K2
Slovakia, a Country of Film – Funds and Reserves
A panel discussion on the current state and challenges of the Slovak film industry from the perspective of financing, infrastructure and services, and promotion. In the recent years, film production in Slovakia has become stronger, which is partly due to systematic funding from public sources (Audiovisual Fund (AVF), Radio and Television of Slovakia). AVF’s support program has also helped Slovak film industry become more and more accessible abroad. Are there any other options of financing film production? Which areas of the industry need to be reinforced if Slovakia is to become an internationally relevant and competitive film country? The panel is organized by Febiofest IFCF and the Association of Independent Producers, and it will include representatives of institutions, producers and professional organizations.
MARCH 21, 2:30 PM – CINEMA LUMIÈRE, K2
The Potential of Cross-Sector Innovations in Connection with the Film Industry
A gathering of professionals under the auspices of the European project CREADIS3, the European initiative in the area of cultural and creative industry connecting regions from six European countries: Central Finland, Emilia Romagna (Italy), Wallonia (Belgium), Western Greece, Basque Country (Spain) and Slovakia via the Slovak Ministry of Culture. The goal of the project is to connect and set up public policies with an emphasis on supporting the development of cultural and creative industry, and with a focus on encouraging innovative and economic development of European regions. The public part of the meeting of European professionals from both private and public sector will take place during Industry Days at Febiofest IFCF in the form of a public lecture by Claudia Schnugg, an independent scientist from Austria dealing with the connection between science and arts, titled The Potential of Cross-Sector Innovations in Connection with the Film Industry“. The event is co-organized by the Department of the Development of Culture and Creativity at the Slovak Ministry of Culture.