Europa Distribution at Sofia Meetings 2024

    Europa Distribution Workshop SOFIA MEETINGS – March 20-24th

    This March, Europa Distribution returns to Bulgaria to host its traditional workshop “Effective Communication in Professional Interactions, Team Management and Negotiation” in the scope of the Sofia Meetings. The workshop, will see the participation of around 20 distributors from all over Europe and this year, it will be enriched by a working session with Europa Cinemas, the European Network regrouping cinemas Exhibitors.  

    Efficient communication serves as a powerful tool in navigating various scenarios such as negotiation and professional interactions, a daily occurrence in the work of distributors. It’s a specific way to relate to other professionals and offers keys to cope with stress, time, demands, emotions and different personality types. 

    Through a combination of theory, exercises, sharing of experience and situational analysis, participants will identify the most effective communication and negotiation styles suited to specific contexts and learn how to improve their communication skills in order to best acquire, sell and promote films, interact with colleagues and manage their team. The workshop will take place over two and a half days, from Thursday 21th to Saturday 23th and will be led by Patrick Zacharis, Business Coach & Sustainable Talents Developer. 

    Additionally, the joint session between Europa Distribution and Europa Cinemas will be an opportunity for all participants, distributors and exhibitors, to share best practices and ideas across the customer-facing areas of the film business and to explore synergies between their strategies. The aim is to find where cooperation and collaboration can best make a mark in tomorrow’s vibrant European indie scene. 

    Attending distributors will also participate in the Sofia Meetings activities: market screenings of Bulgarian and Balkan films, meetings and professional networking events.  

    The workshop on Efficient communication in Professional Interactions, Team management and Negotiation is part of a series of training and networking activities that Europa Distribution offers to independent distributors during the whole year, in partnership with several international film markets & festivals in Europe.  

    Europa Distribution will organise various events in 2024, for distributors to discuss with diverse film professionals and experts about the challenges related to the release and promotion of independent European films. After the workshop in Sofia, the next activity will lead ED members to Udine in Italy in the scope of Focus Asia, with obviously a strong focus on Asian films!  

    Articles on all events are published on Cineuropa and Europa Distribution’s socials and website.

    Europa Distribution is the association of independent film publishers and distributors. With around 130 leading independent distributors representing 31 countries in Europe and beyond, it serves as the voice of the sector, and acts as a network and a think tank. Since 2006, Europa Distribution has been creating new bridges for its members to share knowledge and exchange experience. Through dedicated brainstorming and training sessions, open panels and round tables, the Association’s aim is to enhance the circulation of information and ideas between its members and to improve the curation, promotion and distribution of independent films.