The Jerusalem Film Festival is excited to announce a major new industry initiative aimed at promoting collaboration, dialogue, and evolution among film festival professionals from around the world. THINK Fest aims at providing a specific multi-day platform for exchange and collaboration between Film Festivals and debating the central role festivals play in today's arthouse circuit. Over the first three days of the Jerusalem Film Festival (July 13-15), the inaugural edition of THINK Fest will serve as a platform and discussion space for dozens of international film festival directors, programmers, organizers, and staffers to meet and exchange views on the crucial issues affecting the film festival world and the dedicated professionals who make it go round. The program was designed based upon topics raised by the participants and organizers; the strong attendance of so many film festival professionals will undoubtedly result in a passionate and stimulating debate.
Friday July 14, 2017
Jerusalem Cinematheque, Hall 4.
Three consecutive public panel discussions moderated by Wendy Mitchell.
13:00-14:15: Film Festivals in The Golden Age of Streaming Platforms
Frederic Boyer - Artistic Director, Tribeca Film Festival, USA
Anna Hoffmann - Forum Program Manager, Berlinale - The Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
Mirsad Purivatra - Director and co-founder, the Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
15:00-16:15: The Distributional Role of Film Festivals in the Changing Arthouse Ecosystem
Bero Beyer - General and Artistic Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Mike Goodridge - CEO of Protagonist Pictures, Future Artistic Director of International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM)
Karel Och - Artistic Director, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
17:00-18:15: Film Festivals in the 21st Century: Trapped Between Red Carpets, High-Brow Programs, and Decreasing Budgets
Carlo Chatrian - Artistic Director, Festival del film Locarno, Switzerland
Cosima Finkbeiner - Festival Manager, Beta Cinema, Germany
Matthijs Wouter Knol - Director of The European Film Market (EFM)