FNE is introducing the first AV Innovation Team made up of Europe’s top specialists in Innovation to define what is cutting edge in the AV sector with a special emphasis on how innovation in the AV sector can provide the engine the EU’s smaller countries need to meet the challenges facing the industry today.
The FNE Innovation team is headed by Innovation specialists Peeter Nieler and Sten Kristan-Saluveer, who will be curating a series of articles on these topics and heading a unique team of the leading young specialists in AV innovation throughout Europe for FNE.
The series is interactive and we encourage you to pose questions to our team as well as share with us your own projects in the AV innovation field. We will also be organising a series of events in different locations across CEE to bring innovators, AV professionals and investors together.
The Film New Europe Association is main networking platform of professionals in the Central and Eastern Europe and Baltic region. The FNE Association board is made up of the heads of the most important film institutions in the region.
The webportal Film New Europe (FNE) with its FNE Daily newswire was chosen as the main tool to achieve the network’s objectives: FNE is the sharing of know how, visibility of regional cultural diversity and finally the voice of the region. FNE is also a pan-European connection for the region and has partnerships and activities with the main pan-European film institutions based in Western Europe.
FNE has teamed up to Regiofund backed by CEI (Central European Initiative) to bring film professionals from across the region to two days of events in Katowice Poland on 5 and 6 October.
VENICE: FNE spoke to Lithuanian director Andrius Lekavicius about why he chose VR for his new project Bloody Sunday / Kruvinasis Sekmadienis about the bloodshed around the TV Tower in January 1991. This year virtual reality even had its own island in the Venice laguna.
A new digital path for films in Europe?
BRATISLAVA: KineDok is an alternative distribution concept for creative documentaries. The international project is supported by CE MEDIA. It has has been executed in Slovakia by Filmtopia since 2015. Creating packages of documentary films enables more effective financing and promotion of projects. Also, the documentaries benefit from the newly created distribution network of local promoters, which has been one of the main aims of KineDok.
PRAGUE: Daniel Sykora and his team from Czech Technical University in Prague have developed a software that helps animators save time and reach more interesting results. StyLit is able to recognise the work and style of an artist and apply it to all other objects.
BUCHAREST: The first VR cinema in Romania and only the second in Europe will open in Bucharest on 13 June 2017. The launch follows an initiative that started with the opening of the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies – CINETic in 2016 and continued with a special Romanian VR programme presented at the Romanian pavilion at Cannes 2017.
TIMIȘOARA: Ceau Cinema!, an independent film festival from the Romanian city of Timisoara and screening European productions, had the innovative idea of launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise additional funding.
PRAGUE: The Czech internet TV station Stream.cz has launched a new series, Pěstírna directed by Andy Fehu.
SKOPJE: Macedonia, Albania and Croatia had their first ever day-and-date release with the award-winning Dutch children's film Little Gangster by Arne Toonen. On 20 April 2017 it was released simultaneously in the cinemas and available on video on demand (VOD) through Cutaway, Tirana Film Institute and Radar.
This ground breaking report on European cinemas by Agnès Salson and Mikael Arnal is now also available in English. Click HERE.
CANNES: The European Audiovisual Observatory will host a conference on the growing importance of VoD at its Cannes conference on 20 May 2017.
FNE asked Adam Siroky about new trends in 360 degrees video and virtual reality and the impact of these new technologies on the documentary industry. Široký is a ventuz designer, data integrator, software developer, VJ XLAB. The Prague based XLAB specializes in 360 degrees video and VR.
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The Author of LargoAI.
The creator of the Sandbox Hub.
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SEVP of ARTE France CinemaCEO of ARTE/COFINOVAPresident of ARTE KINO Endowment Fund
COO Festival Scope Pro
Transmedialist (co-owner) Jakubisko Film (a creative partner)
Filmmaker, created the project "Tour d’Europe des cinémas"
Ventuz designer, data integrator, software developer, VJ XLAB.
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