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CONFERENCE: CINEMA OF SMALL NATIONS

The Conference on ‘The Cinema of Small Nations’ is being organised by Film Grain Foundation (FGF), organisers of Valletta Film Festival, in conjunction with the Malta Film Commission, from the 9th – 10th of June 2016 at the Old University in Valletta. The conference is being convened to bring together academics, filmmakers, policy makers, broadcasters and distributors from small nations to discuss the cinema and broadcasting produced by some of the world’s smallest states.

The conference will question if size does matter in the digital era and aims to offer a comparative view and shed light on the persistent challenges faced by small nations in their creation of indigenous industries and the opportunities which can be accessed by producers, directors and audio-visual artists.

The conference will also serve as a networking hub for film professionals from smaller nations, in which they can share common issues and help shape future policy in areas such as production and co-production.

Register now by sending an email with your contact details to [email protected].

THE PROGRAMME

DAY 1 – Thursday, 9 June 2016 (17:00 hrs – 19:30 hrs)

**Registration @ 16:30hrs**

Opening Speeches

17:00hrs-18:00hrs

Panel 1: Content Creation in Small States

18:00hours – 19:30hours

Panel speakers:

Mary-Kate O’Flanagan, Writer, Script Consultant and Educator, Ireland

Abigail Mallia and Carlos Debattista, Filmmakers, Take Two Productions, Malta

Stefan Barbara, Screenwriter, Moldova

Martina Petrovic, Head of Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office Croatia

Laila Pakalnina, Filmmaker, Latvia

 

DAY 2  – Friday, 10 June 2016 (10:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs)

**09:30hours: Registration**

Panel 1: Film Public Policy and Infrastructural Aspects

10:00hours – 11:30hours

Panel speakers:

Anna Franklin, Chairperson, Film New Europe

Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland

Engelbert Grech, Malta Film Commissioner, Malta

Martina Petrovic, Head of Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office Croatia

Roberta Metsola, Member of European Parliament

11:30- 12:00hours: Networking Coffee Break

Panel 2: Film Education

12:00hours – 13:30hours

Panel speakers:

Anna Franklin, Chairperson, Film New Europe

Mary-Kate O’Flanagan, Writer, Script Consultant and Educator, Ireland

Louiselle Vassallo, Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, Malta

Slobodanka Miskovic, Director Art-kino Croatia, Public Institution, Rijeka/Croatia

13:30-14:30hours: Lunch Break

Panel 3: The Future of Film and Digital Change in Small States

14:30hours – 16:00hours

Panel speakers:

Hronn Marinosdottir, Director, Rekjavik Film Festival, Iceland

Slobodanka Miskovic, Director Art-kino Croatia, Public Institution, Rijeka/Croatia

Laila Pakalnina, Documentary Filmmaker, Latvia.

Yves Jeanneau, Director of Sunny Side of the Doc, France

Closing Speech

16:00hrs – 17:00hrs

 

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