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European genre talents get into action at European Genre Forum pilot


European Genre Forum, the creative camp for the hottest European genre film talent sees 16 filmmakers take over Industry @ Tallinn with fresh ‘in development’ projects. The pilot organized in partnership with established players of the genre circuit, Night Visions Film Festival (Helsinki), Zagreb Fantastic FF (Zagreb), and Screen Division Consultancy (Paris) sets to boost the careers for future players in the genre biz through a week of trainings, panels and pitching sessions in conjunction with Goethe-Institute’s Creative Camp Tallinn. The 10 directing and producing talents put forward by EGF partners include Seth Ickerman (Spain), Helen Lõhmus & Oskar Lehemaa (Estonia), Talal Selhami (France), Aleksi Hyvärinen, Misha Jaari & Vesa Virtanen (Finland), Nevio Marasovic & Vanja Vascarac (Croatia), Tea Korolija (Serbia), and Aik Karpetian (Latvia) pitching their upcoming films at the inaugural EGF development and networking session with industry leaders.


The recent years have seen the dramatic increase in the popularity and demand for genre related content within the EU market (testified by the popularity of the Scandinavian crime television or feature films such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “Troll Hunter”, “Iron Sky”, “Dead Snow” etc.), however in terms of the market there has been a lack of events, workshops and pitching sessions aimed at the developing genre industry. There is also a strong image gap between professionals operating in “traditional film business” and professionals in the “genre business” contributing to the overall weakness of the industry.


The project recognizes the potential of genre cinema as a vehicle for the rapid development of new European filmmaking talent as well as a strong platform for developing regional film sector from location promotion, post-production, special effects and regional funds.


EGF will hold panels on sales, promotion and festival strategy, a storytelling workshop, a business development workshop, networking events, one-to-one meetings and a pitching session for ongoing projects from 24th to 28th of November in Tallinn.



Schedule of the EGF



Monday, 24 November


10.00 - 11.00 European Genre Forum Opening Session

Greetings and introduction of participants, programme, organization. Moderated by Sten Saluveer

11.30 - 13.00 Open Plenary: Pitching Your Project by Sibylle Kurz

14.00 - 18.00 Pitching Workshop "Pitching & Communication Skills" by Sibylle Kurz



Tuesday, 25 November

10.00 – 13.30 Storytelling Workshop "Crossing Borders -  Baltic Stories" by Maike Gosch

14.30 - 18.00 Storytelling Workshop "Crossing Borders -  Baltic Stories" by Maike Gosch

Wednesday, 26 November

10.00 - 14.00 European Genre Forum Pilot Panels

Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?  How to overcome the divide between European film funding and genre genre films.

The panel brings together established genre producers and regional film fund managers from Northern Europe to discuss why genre films have been neglected from public funding and what are the recent success stories and case studies in funding genre films with popular appeal.


Make it big! Building the festival and sales strategy for your production

Building a cutting edge festival and sales strategy can literally determine the life or death of your completed film. The panel features leaders of the fest and sales community giving advice to up-and-coming filmmakers in what to account for the successful festival and distribution release strategy for their production.


Developing your talents for the genre: case studies from breakthrough directors

Genre filmmaking requires diversified skills from the filmmakers from production, direction to special effects and even sales. Hear the case studies from young directors with international breakthrough how to develop the skill set for cutting edge productions and success.


Pitching Session

Project and Talent Pitching Session presented by Black Nights FF, Fantastic Zagreb, Night Visions & Screen Division


During the pitching session 8 talents selected by Black Nights FF, Fantastic Zagreb, Night Visions, and  Screen Division will pitch and discuss their portfolio and ongoing work for attending industry professionals for future collaboration.


14.00 - 16.00 Industry@Tallinn Panel: Setting up the studio biz -  case studies of soundstages and studio facilities around the world

Private and public sector partnerships are becoming increasingly common in the film industry either in capital and knowledge heavy areas such studio and soundstage operation, post production and restoration facilities, or regional film funds.


The panel brings together managers from diverse film biz ventures across the world  which are operated as  creative industries public and private sector partnership to showcase and discuss the possibilities and limitations of these ventures.



Thursday, 27 November

10.00 - 11.00 Industry@Tallinn Panel: Alternative windows alternative strategies during the decline of theatrical

What are the most effective release strategies and tactics for indie filmmakers at the time when the importance of theatrical distribution is declining. Come and listen to cutting edge case studies from US and European VOD companies, sales agents and alternative distributors how get the most out of your distribution lifecycle.


11.00 – 12.30 Film Festival Confab 2014

During the last decade the role of film festivals has changed drastically from showcases of national cinema, to sites of international business in production, sales and development of new talents and film. More recently film festivals have yet again reemerged as sites of creative industries joining the celebration of film art with a diverse range of creative and business activities from design, music, economic regeneration to tourism and more.


14.00 - 18.00 Workshop "Crowdfunding Club" by Sina Greinert & Clas Beese 

Friday, 28 November

10.00 – 13.30 Workshop "Business Model Canvas" by Sina Greinert & Clas Beese

14.30 - 17.30 Workshop "Business Model Canvas" by Sina Greinert & Clas Beese

18.00 EGF Wrap up and Black Nights Film Festival Closing Ceremony


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BMO Team