European films distribution and promotion matters were discussed between European producers during ACE Think Tank action, which took place on Wednesday November 8, 2017, at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, as part of the Agora/Industry section of the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
The meeting was one out of a series of Think Tank discussions, organized by ACE Producers Network, a global network of experienced, independent producers from 45 countries, of which 28 are European. Among the network’s principal aims is to provide encouragement and support to international co-productions. In this context, Think Tank discussions (the previous took place in the Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht, and the next, after Thessaloniki, will be at the International Film Festival Rotterdam) are about film co-production, funding, regulation and policy.
The Thessaloniki discussion was organized by ACE director, Jacobine Van der Vloed (Netherlands) and curated by the producer Eve Gabereau (United Kingdom). The producers Gabrielle Dumon (France), Juliette Grandmont (France), Raimond Goebel (Germany), Erik Hemmendorff (Sweden), Jirí Konecný (Czech Republic) and Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Greece) participated as well.
In the course of discussion practical, technical, economic, cultural and aesthetic issues related to the European films distribution and promotion networks in the current digital environment were covered.
The conclusions of Think Tank discussions will be collected and presented to ACE producers and global film industry professionals through the prism of need to better promote the European films inside and outside Europe.