Pro Hub Panels 2020

All of the events, panels, and workshops (unless specified differently) will take place at the festival centre de Doelen, Pro Hub, 4th floor.

Friday 24 January

Interdependencies - Mapping the Grey Areas between Press & Industry
15:30 – 17:00

Touching on issues such as the independence of film journalism on the one hand and the 'politics of critics' on the other, the panel will be a platform for collective thinking about independent film criticism in a framework where festivals, studios and distributors on the one hand and critics on the other become more and more interdependent. It will also consider how emerging talent depends on being written about and how festivals take it as a mission to try to facilitate this in times when most outlets no longer have budgets to reimburse critics for their travels. This is as much the case in bigger industries as it is in smaller ones.

Moderated by Critics' Choice curators Dana Linssen and Jan Pieter Ekker, with publicist Charles McDonald, int'l distribution consultant and former studio executive Christophe Mercier, film journalists Belinda van de Graaf (Trouw), Wendy Ide (Screen International, The Guardian) and programmer/critic Tara Judah (Watershed, Destistfilm).

Saturday 25 January

Collaborative Constellations
11:00 – 12:30

As the materials become invisible, so do the spaces. As our media migrates to a cloud, our spaces for shared media experiences--places to create, collect and distribute and screen and present work--cannot also evaporate into a thin vapor of disparate individuals. In this panel discussion, experts in the fields of film labs, microcinemas and distributors focused on independent and artist-made works discuss their shared challenges and visions for the future with regards to a cinephilia in a state of transition and peril.

Moderated by Mark Williams (CIRCUIT) with Sarah Adam (B-Movie), Katia Rossini (Cinema Nova), Pip Chodorov (Re:Voir), Aurélie Percevault (Mire) and Bernardo Zanotta (Filmwerkplaats/ Filmhuis Cavia).

Make the Most of the Festival - The One Stop Panel for Filmmakers at IFFR
14:00 – 15:30

Key professionals will share their experiences, insights and tips & tricks about how to use your time at IFFR in the most effective way. A chance for filmmakers to get their questions answered and for Industry pros to meet new talent.

Moderated by Hayet Benkara, with Karina Gechtman (Altitude Sales), festival directors Eva Sangiorgi (Viennale) and Elad Samorzik (Jerusalem IFF), festival programmer Charlotte Serrand (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, La Roche sur Yon IFF), filmmakers Mees Peijnenburg (Paradise Drifters) and Arun Karthick (Nasir). 

New Approaches for Indie Film Distribution, Rights and Revenues - via Blockchain/VOD
16:00 – 17:30

Going beyond the recent hype around blockchain technology, there are concrete solutions for filmmakers and rights holders out there today. They assist independent films with new, secure and transparent approaches to film distribution, VOD, rights and revenue management. Blockchain technology can tell you where the money is with absolute transparency.

Panellists include renowned filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, mentor of India’s first-ever blockchain TVOD platform myNK, powered by MinersINC. and co-founder Deepak Jayaram, who will also talk about their alliance with IFFR’s own VOD service, UNLEASHED. They will be joined by Jake Craven, VP of Content Partnerships of Breaker, the US-based blockchain studio founded by SingularDTV. Moderated by Wendy Bernfeld (Rights Stuff).

Sunday 26 January

Thrive and Survive - How to Build and Sustain a Career as a Filmmaker & Curator
14:00 – 15:30

The marketplace – from film festivals to institutions, from funders to decision-makers – proclaims support for new voices, but how do filmmakers and artists actually sustain themselves? Making an impact with a successful first or second film can at times become a burden. How to produce new work that can match that same level? And how to survive in the meantime? For curators it can be an equally difficult path to develop a distinct focus and practice in connecting and championing disparate works and voices while working independently or within changing cultural institutions with limited resources. The panel will address some of the challenges and conflicts faced by creators and curators alike, looking at distinct stories and examples and consider ways to thrive and survive.

Moderated by Delly Shirazi, with curator Nico Marzano (Institute of Contemporary Arts), freelance film programmer, writer and creative producer Anna Bogutskaya, filmmaker and festival director Michel Lipkes (FICUNAM), Angolan filmmaker Fradique, producer/filmmaker Laura Citarella and independent film programmer Puiyee Leong.

Pitch Out! - Pitch Your Film or Project to Industry Pros
16:00 – 18:00

Pitch your project in development or finished film to funds, producers, buyers, sales agents, festivals & markets and receive constructive feedback on the content and its viability from top professionals in a supportive environment.

Moderated by Marjorie Bendeck, with Sales Agent Lison Hervé (Stray Dogs), producer Oskar Pimlott (Sungazer), international film-market expert Lucas Rosant, film consultant Anita Voorham (Biennale College-Cinema, Torino Film Lab) and buyer and festival programmer Eddie Bertozzi (Academy Two).

Monday 27 January

Bending the Norm - Exploring the possibilities of the arthouse genre film
14:00 – 15:30

Exploring the (subversive) possibilities of the art-house genre film, the opportunities and challenges in the marketplace for filmmakers, festivals, sales agents/distributors, to reconfigure the stereotypes and tropes of horror, the supernatural, westerns, sci-fi, noir, melodrama to tackle issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, politics and climate change.

Moderated by Madeleine Molyneaux, with producer Emily Morgan and director Claire Oakley (Make Up), directors Artemio Narro (ColOZio) and John Hsu (Detention), Sales Agent Arnaud Chevallier (Reel Suspects), festival programmer Bianca Taal (IFFR).

Pitch Out! - Pitch Your Film or Project to Industry Pros
16:00 – 18:00

Pitch your project in development or finished film to funds, producers, buyers, sales agents, festivals & markets and receive constructive feedback on the content and its viability from top professionals in a supportive environment.

Moderated by Marjorie Bendeck, with Fay Breeman (Hubert Bals Fund), producer Ben Giladi (Pulse X AI Film), programmer Thibaut Bracq (Open Doors - Locarno FF), curator and distributor Nico Marzano (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) and film producer and festival programmer Lorna Tee (International Film Festival & Awards Macao).

Tuesday 28 January

International Film Market Strategy – 120 Minutes in Surviving and Conquering the Market
11:00 – 13:00

The international film market is very attractive for all filmmakers: it seems to offer fame, recognition and even financial success. Who doesn’t want to premiere a film in Cannes, present a project in Rotterdam and meet reliable partners in Berlin? Nevertheless, who decides and when – which market is appropriate for bringing the film project further, where to premiere the film and how to sell it? This workshop will give you insights in the overwhelming film market world: examples of the industry events, description of the preparation process, unwritten rules of the market tricks and inform how to evaluate and boost your success. Before making your own mistakes, learn about the framework of the market – so obvious and yet mysterious. With Marika Kozlovska.

Maximize the Potential of Your Film - Strategies for independent filmmakers working with social media, marketing and publicity.
15:00 – 16:30

Fresh thinking and a lively panel discussion around how to market your film and how to plan for it on a tight budget. From early development, many elements should be kept in mind to maximize the appeal of your film for audiences in all international territories, as well as for festivals and buyers in different markets. The panel will share experiences, tips and tricks that can increase a project’s appeal.

Moderated by Marika Kozlovska, with Protagonist Pictures' International Marketing Director Mounia Wissinger, sales and marketing expert Louis Balsan and film marketing expert Mathias Noschis (Alphapanda).

Wednesday 29 January

Going Dutch: Co-producing with the Netherlands
11:00 – 12:30

Interested in working with a Dutch producer? Find out all you need to know in this talk with representatives from the Netherlands-based funds Netherlands Film Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund and Hubert Bals Fund. You will learn more about different funding opportunities, technical requirements and how to find the right Dutch co-producers and talent.

Moderated by Lucas Rosant, with Dany Delvoie (Netherlands Film Fund), Isabel Arrate Fernandez (IDFA Bertha Fund) and Jeske van der Slikke (Hubert Bals Fund).

Tapping the Source: Exploring the Composer/Filmmaker Collaboration
14:00 – 15:30

Back for a second year, this panel will include the teams behind two films premiering at IFFR. They’ll explore the creative and practical process of creating an original score and crafting a distinctive soundscape on time and on budget. It will delve into the collaboration, the way in which music can illustrate a character and create a mood, as well as the use of source music, rights, publishing and licensing.

Moderated by Madeleine Molyneaux, with director Vincent Boy Kars, composer Beau Zwart and producer Olivia van Leeuwen of the film Drama Girl and director Rogier Hesp, composer Jorrit Kleijnen and producer Frank Hoeve of the film Goud.