Magazine article Screen International

Preview: European Film Forum in Tallinn

Magazine article Screen International

Preview: European Film Forum in Tallinn

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Working closely together with the BNFF industry director Sten-Kristian Saluveer, the largest of the season's conferences will feature a mix of panels and 'fireside chats' sparking the debate - how can technology best move forward in the interests of producers and film-makers, policy-makers and venture capitalists (VCs).

"Across Europe, particularly Northern Europe, there is a boom of start-ups, VCs and talented developers. We don't need to rely on Silicon Valley for innovation. But then why don't we have our own version of Netflix?" said Saluveer.

The Industry Director broke down the overall key aims of the co-chaired event as:

* showcasing new talent including the new crop of audiovisual and multimedia businesses;

* discussing different ways venture capitalists can work together with film and technology companies;

* the benefit of services, as well as content, to production companies.

'Whether we like it or not, multimedia is becoming ubiquitous - we can't escape its influence in our day to day lives.

"Ten years ago, we couldn't have imagined the digital revolution would have transformed film as we know it today. Instead of projectionists, we now have 'information specialists'.

"Like with all change, you leave behind a few good things but then gain many other greater things. We need to focus on these positive opportunities, rather than reflect on past practices," said Saluveer.

Digital Debate - Featured Sessions

Today's events kick offwith a session around territoriality and its possible affects on distributors' release models, followed on by audiovisual businesses and their lack of communication with venture capitalists. …

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