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2nd European Film Politics Seminar

101 Reasons Why Independent Producers are the Driving Force of the Film Industry
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - 15:00 to 16:00
Spazio Incontri (Hotel Excelsior) and VPB Live Channel
In-person open to industry delegates, online open to all

The aim of 2nd European Film Politics Seminar (hosted by the Venice Production Bridge) is to debate reasons why independent producers are the driving force of the film industry at large.

The debate will link back to the 1st edition of the Seminar (in Feb 2020, hosted by the European Film Market of the Berlinale), where 50 experts from the industry and public funding bodies from across the continent have identified, debated and voted three important Calls to Action: imposing transparency about consumption data of European works and revenues, ensuring the channeling of financial investments and levies into works by independent producers, and last but not least, enabling independent producers to retain IP and rights for their works.

The Coronavirus has accelerated the disruption of the film industry as we know it. Whereas the immediate effects are known (and include a strong shift in terms of viewer destination and an equally strong shift of the money flow in the film business), the future effects can and should be shaped by foresighted and brave European and national regulation. The role of independent producers in this fast-changing development remains pivotal, for at least 101 reasons. 


  • Pandora Da Cunha Telles, Producer, Ukbar Filmes (Portugal)
  • Marco Chimenz, Co-CEO and Producer, Cattleya (Italy)
  • Friedrich Radmann, Managing Director, Constantin TV (Germany)
  • Mathieu Fournet, International Affairs Director, CNC (France) and EFAD representative .


  • Melanie Goodfellow, Screen's Senior Correspondent, Europe & Middle East

Organized by:

Alexandra Lebret of the European Producers Club (EPC), Erwin M. Schmidt of the German Producers Association (Produzentenverband), and Doreen Boonekamp (independent consultant), in cooperation with European Film Agencies (EFAD).

Hosted by the European Producers Club and the Venice Production Bridge