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Catching up on Cannes 2020

I was lucky to have a stimulating week during the virtual Cannes Marche 2020, connecting to smart people across the globe for a series of webinars. Thanks to everyone who collaborated on these talks, from the speakers to the Marche team, to the BFI, BFC and of course the Scandinavian Films partners.

Here are links for catch-up viewings (mostly for FREE) or to read more about these sessions.

UK Film Webinars

Fresh ideas for reaching audiences


Mia Bays, director at large, Birds Eye View & producer, Missing in Action Films

Jeff Deutchman, EVP of acquisitions and production, NEON

David Freyne, writer/director, Dating Amber

Kate Gerova, marketing & brand director, Curzon

Smriti Kiran, artistic director, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

Nicola Pearcey, president, UK and EMEA strategy & operations, Lionsgate

Co-producing in COVID-19 Times and Beyond


Finola Dwyer, partner and co-owner, Wildgaze Films (UK)

Mike Goodridge, producer (UK)

Matthew Metcalfe, producer, GFC Films (New Zealand)

Marleen Slot, producer, Viking Film & co-founder, Holy Motion (The Netherlands)

Claudia Steffen, producer & managing director, Pandora Film Produktion (Germany)

Victoria Thomas, writer/producer (UK)

Get Your Short Seen in 2020’s Brave New World

Speakers: Mathieu Ajan, BFI NETWORK talent executive, Film London & founder, Bounce Cinema Kathleen McInnis, strategist, publicist & producer, See-Through Films Sydney Neter, sales agent & president, SND Films Rowan Woods, film programme manager, festivals, British Council

Moderated by Jessica Loveland, head of BFI NETWORK, BFI

Back to Our Future: Restarting UK Production

Speakers: Gareth Ellis Unwin, head of film & animation, ScreenSkills & producer Chris Fry, executive producer, Sister Pictures Sarah-Jane Wright, head of production, Working Title Films Chaired by Adrian Wootton, chief executive, Film London & British Film Commission

You can all see all the UK videos in one place here, and from Cannes 2019 too!

Scandinavian Films webinars

Pandemic Production: Lessons Learned in the Nordics


Aage Aaberge, producer, Nordisk Film, currently shooting NARVIK (Norway)

Nina Laurio, producer and partner, Dionysos Films (Finland)

Lars Bredo Rahbek, Head of Production, SF Studios Denmark, currently shooting MARGRETE- QUEEN OF THE NORTH (Denmark)

Kristinn Thordarson, head of production, Truenorth (Iceland)

Sara Young, writer/director, MOST UNWANTED (Sweden)

Going Green


Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir, director, THE DEPOSIT (Iceland)

Anne Ahn Lund, Jordnaer Creative (Denmark)

Mads Astrup Rønning, Founder and Creative Director at Babusjka & Founder of Green Producers Club (Norway)

Saara Saarela, director, MEMORY OF WATER (Finland)

Mikael Svensson, Film Commissioner, Southern Sweden Film Commission (Sweden)

Reaching audiences in 2020 and beyond


Ditte Daubjerg Christensen, Managing Director, Øst for Paradis (Denmark)

Peter Fornstam, CEO, Svenska Bio (Sweden)

Truls Foss, Head of Programme Cinema, VEGA Scene (Norway)

Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden)

Mika Siltala, CEO, Cinema Mondo (Finland)

Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director, Bio Paradis, (Iceland)

Fresh flesh: the rising Nordic genre talents


Hanna Bergholm, writer/director, THE HATCHING (Finland)

Emma Broström, writer, KNOCKING (Sweden)

Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, writer/director, THE NIGHTMARE (Norway)

Marc Fussing Rosbach, director, AMONG US – IN THE LAND OF OUR SHADOWS (Greenland)

Sissel Dalgaard Thomsen, writer, BREEDER (Den)

Marteinn Thorsson, writer/director, RECURRENCE (Iceland)

Getting Your First Feature Off The Ground


Khadar Ahmed, writer/director, THE GRAVEDIGGER (Finland)

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, writer/director, CLARA SOLA (Sweden)

Erika Calmeyer, writer/director, STORM (Norway)

Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, writer/director, QUAKE (Iceland)

Lisa Jespersen, writer/director, PERSONA NON GRATA (Denmark)

Ninja Thyberg, writer/director, PLEASURE (Sweden)

Marche sessions

You need a Marche badge to catch up with these two:

A conversation on the near future of film distribution across all streams


Neal Block, Head of Theatrical Distribution and Marketing, Magnolia Pictures

Imrun Islam, Senior Manager, Digital Sales, UK and Ireland, StudioCanal (UK)

Jan Naszewski, CEO, New Europe Film Sales

Mathieu Robinet, President, Drive-In Festival

Read recap at Screen

Meet the Streamers: HBO Max

Conversation with Sandra Dewey

Video on Talque

There were also a few other talks I saw that I really recommend!

Creating the new normal: intersectionality in the film industry

Nostradamus talk, panel and presentation from Film I Vast & Goteborg

Rosa Bosch interviewing John Sloss about dealmaking (and more)

video here


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