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Cannes, Main Stage (Riviera) 20 May 2023
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The conference will examine the diverging paths that European cinema is currently taking. This session will look at the increasing polarization of European cinema:  art-house and “European block busters”, low budget and high budget, large and small markets, public and private funding, US studios and indie local distributors, multiplexes and art-house cinemas. The Observatory team of experts and their panel will be asking what lower box office and higher concentration could mean for the European exhibition sector, the distribution and also production of films, as well as exploring how film policies can adapt to this new environment in each of these three sectors.

Speakers for this conference are: Mariela Besuievsky, Producer at Tournesol Media (ES), Didar Domehri, Producer at Maneki films (FR), Thomas Eskilsson, Head of Strategy at Film i Väst (SE) and Chairperson at CineRegio, Laurent Dutoit, CEO of Agora Films (CH), Chris Marcich, CEO of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HR) and EFAD Board Member and Asger Flygare Bech-Thomsen, CEO of Nordisk Film Cinemas (Nordic).

The Observatory will provide scene setting context with snapshots by Martin Kanzler and Sophie Valais, the Observatory’s two Deputy Heads of Department. Our expert panel will be moderated by Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Market Information and Sophie Valais, Deputy Head of Department for Legal Information.

When: Saturday 20 May from 9.30 – 11.30 (CEST) 
Where: Main Stage (Riviera) conference

The event is open to all Marché, Festival and Journalist accreditations.

The conference is a hybrid event and will also be live streamed on the Marché du Film platform and publicly on YouTube for anyone not taking part in the Marché.

Conference language is English.

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