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.
The event will offer filmmakers a chance to pitch their new projects to top professionals and funders from across the region and to hear and exchange ideas on the latest innovative ways to make and fund films.
In the run-up to this event FNE is presenting a series of interactive articles by top AV innovation experts published here to share ideas and know-how about the latest trends in new ways to fund, distribute and find new audiences for films.
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.
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.
Innovation specialist Peeter Nieler will be lecturing on new trends in innovation and how to harness innovation to build audiences at the Let’s CEE Film Festival in Vienna on 23 March. This is the first in a series of FNE AV Innovation Events under the umbrella of the FNE 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.
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Sten-Kristian Saluveer was the organiser of the 2016 edition of the European Film Forum conference in partnership with the European Commission in Tallinn within the frames of the Black Nights Industry Days. The event focused on innovation, new technology and the digital single market initiative and other key topics for Europe’s audiovisual industries. Saluveer is an Estonian film and audiovisual media producer, festival manager & programmer, consultant, and film researcher focusing on East-Asian film industries, specifically Japan and South-Korea. He graduated from Concordia International University in Electronic Media and has followed up in Culture Management(Estonian Music Academy) and Japanese Studies (Department of Asian Studies, Tallinn University). Most recently he holds a Master’s Degree from University of Tokyo (Japan) with an awarded thesis on film industry development and international co-productions in Hong Kong, Japan,and South Korea.
Peeter Nieler is an innovator and former film and television producer, developing Virtual Reality technologies. He is a sought-after speaker and - as he calls himself - Venture Catalyst having started already two Virtual Reality companies. Criffin is focused on hardware design and Virtual Neuroscience Lab is researching VR scientifically. His companies already have two technologies in portfolio and some in the pipeline, most important being omnidirectional treadmill for natural locomotion in Virtual Reality.
Jorik Jakubisko is one of the leading European experts in transmedia problematics. He is co-owner of the Prague based Transmedialist which will publish the comic book Bouquet at November (CZ+SK). It is first pillar for transmedia project Czech Grimm.PhD He is student at FSV UK (Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University - Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism) and he writting his doctorate dissertation on Transmedia in context of single European digital market . He also works as a creative partner in Jakubisko Film in Prague together with his mother and father Deana and Juraj Jakubisko.
Agnes Salson graduated from the French cinema school La Fémis and Mikael Arnal, filmmaker, created the project "Tour d’Europe des cinémas", a journey across Europe visiting a hundred cinemas, seeking for innovative ideas and trends for independent cinema exhibition.
Adam Široký is a ventuz designer, data integrator, software developer, VJ XLAB. The Prague based XLAB specializes in 360 degrees video and VR.
Muriel Joly is in charge of business development for Under The Milky Way. She began her career at StudioCanal (Canal + Group) first in the Domestic Home entertainment department, as a product manager (2004-2006) and then as a marketing VP for international Home Entertainment (2006-2009). After 2 years (2010-2011) in consulting, where she became interested in issues of the Video on Demand emerging market, she became in charge of marketing development for Canalplay, the VOD brand of Canal + group.