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Programming Panel at Think Fest 2018


6th August 2018

Festival experts gathered at the second annual Think Fest in Jerusalem to look at hot topics in the film festival world.

The Jerusalem Film Festival 2018 hosted the second edition of Think Fest, a conference for film festival professionals from around the globe. In panels moderated by British Council film programme manager Wendy Mitchell, the experts discussed hot topics like festival strategies for filmmakers, festivals in a complex political world, tackling gender equality in programming and film selections, the growing number of film submissions, and the trend of film festivals also screening TV work.

A FILMMAKER’S FESTIVAL LIFE

What do filmmakers need to know about the festival circuit, which festivals to target and when, what to do on the ground at a festival, and how to work with sales companies and publicists on a festival strategy?

Panelists:
Anna Purkrabkova, Program Coordinator, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Claudia Landsberger, Executive Partner, BaseWorx For Film
Gordon Spragg, Partner, Wolf Consultants, PR & Marketing

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FESTIVALS IN A COMPLEX WORLD

What is the role of film festivals considering global events and political upheavals, how do festivals face up to censorship or political pressure, and how are festivals tackling gender equality in the #metoo era? Can festivals juggle a pure audience experience with industry programmes?

Panelists:

  • Smriti Kiran, Creative Director, JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
  • Ahmet Boyacioglu, Festival On Wheels
  • Karin Rywkind Segal, Artistic Director, Docaviv International Film Festival

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THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF PROGRAMMING

How do festivals cope with huge levels of open submissions, how are traditional film festivals making room for hybrid genres, VR work, TV episodes and webisodes, and how can they engage youth audiences?

Panelists:

  • Charles Tesson, Artistic Director, Cannes Critics’ Week
  • Javier Porta Fouz, Artistic Director, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI)
  • Ilda Santiago, Executive Director Programming, Rio Film Festival

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