Schedule 2023

European Work in Progress x International Film Distribution Summit 17th Oct. 2023


Herbrandstraße 11
50825 Cologne

12:00 – 12:45 pmWARM-UP PANELS
African-European synergies: How can coproductions and distribution shape new communal audiences?

What are the current challenges for an African-European collaboration? Recent developments in the African cinema culture could provide elementary impulses for the global film industry in the near future. This spotlight will enrich our vision with projects and perspectives that have great innovative power both for cinema as a cultural social authority and for the dynamics of shaping and addressing new forms of audiences.

Our experts will discuss the most recent developments:

Yanis Gaye (Gorée Cinéma, Senegal)
Aaron Kassaye (History Film Company, Ethiopia)
Victoria Ogar (FilmOne Studios, Nigeria)
Sarika Hemi Lakhani (One Fine Day Films, Germany)
Sébastien Onomo (Special Touch Studios, France)

Presentation of the out of competition project GERMAINE ACOGNY – ROMANCING THE SHADOW.

Moderation: Fabian Massah (Endorphine Production, Germany)

In cooperation Creative Europe Desk NRW and EWIP
04:00 – 05:30 pmWARM-UP PANELS
Best Practices – International Distribution & Marketing Strategies for European Arthouse Cinema illustrated via two MEDIA funded films: CLOSE and HOLY SPIDER

Thania Dimitrakopoulou (The Match Factory, World Sales, Germany), Lena Kettner & Susanne Margraf (Pandora Film Verleih, Germany), Anne Marte Nygaard (Arthaus, Norway), Fabio Massaro (Lucky Red, Italy)

Sol Bondy (One Two Films, Production), Vera Nikolai (Alamode Film, Germany), Daniel Bajo (Karma Films, Spain)

Moderation: Benjamin Cölle (Pluto Film Distribution, Germany)

In cooperation Creative Europe Desk NRW and EWIP

International Film Distribution Summit / Day 1 / 18th Oct. 2023


Hohenzollernring 22
50672 Cologne

10:00 – 11:00 amAccredition & Snacks
11:00 – 11:15 amOfficial opening
11:15 – 12:00 pmKEYNOTE #1
Hiroko Oda, Head of International, FLAG PICTURES (Japan)

Engaging and cultivating digital native audiences for foreign language films

Moderation Q&A: Steffen Gerlach, CEO,Capelight Pictures
12:00 – 12:45 pmKEYNOTE #2
Andrea Romeo, CEO, I WONDER PICTURES (Italy)

Creator, digital, previews: I Wonder Pictures strategies for
young cinephiles

Moderation Q&A: Katharina Günther, Head of Marketing, Plaion
12:45 – 1:30 pmBreak & Snacks
1:30 – 2:15 pmKEYNOTE #3
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo , Film critic (Nigeria)

New Nollywood: Fragments, Players, and Opportunities

Moderation Q&A: Benjamin Cölle, CEO, Pluto Film
2:15 – 3:00 pmKEYNOTE #4
Mathieu Robinet, CEO, TANDEM (France)

How to connect with young audiences through innovative film marketing strategies?

Moderation Q&A: Jan Krüger, CEO, Port au Prince

In cooperation Creative Europe Desk NRW
3:30 – 3:20 pmCoffee break
3:20 – 4:05 pmKEYNOTE #5
Mélanie Canivet, co-founder & sales director, Sylvain Mante, co-founder & communication director, Cédric Mérouani, cofounder & CTO, OZZAK (France)

Turning empty seats into a new opportunity: direct marketing and exclusive sales

Moderation Q&A: Daniel Melamed, CEO, New Cinema
4:05 – 4:50 pmKEYNOTE #6
Lorna Bösel, Talent Partnership Manager, TIKTOK (Germany)

Lights, camera and TikTok – How TikTok redefines film

Moderation Q&A: Lena Kettner, Marketing Manager, Pandora Filmverleih
4:50 – 5:10 pmBreak
5:10 – 5:55 pmKEYNOTE #7
Lukasz Siódmok, CEO, FILM ROJ SA (Poland)

Dubbing a movie with AI – case study

Moderation Q&A: Hans-Christian Boese, CEO, Piffl Medien

In cooperation Creative Europe Desk NRW
5:55 – 6:40 pmKEYNOTE #8
Kersten Neubert, co-founder, CINEAMO (Germany)

AI in Marketing: Reviving the Competitiveness of Cinemas by Leveraging Individualized Communication, such as Push Notifications for Distributors and Cinemas

Moderation Q&A: Torsten Frehse, CEO, Neue Visionen Filmverleih


Hohenzollernring 22-24
50672 Cologne

9:00 – 9:15 pmAward ceremony

International Film Distribution Summit / Day 2 / 19th Oct. 2023


Hohenzollernring 22
50672 Cologne

10:00 – 10:45 amMASTERCLASS
Enrique Costa, CEO, ELASTICA FILMS (Spain)

Distribution strategies below the line to reach out to local and younger audiences

Moderation Q&A: Dorothee Pfistner, Head of Acquisitions, Neue Visionen Filmverleih
10:45 – 11:30 amKEYNOTE #9
Sara Frain, Director of Marketing and Distribution, PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT (United Kingdom)

Breaking Boundaries and Delivering Success at Picturehouse – a roadmap to future growth

Moderation Q&A: Daniel Ludwig, CEO, Cine Global, Germany
11:30 – 11:50 amCoffee Break
11:50 – 12:35 pmKEYNOTE #10
Neil Wirasinha, Chief Revenue Officer, GRUVI (United Kingdom)

Competition grows the market and brings in new and lapsed audiences. Gruvi’s audience data insights: a look back at the summer shootout Oppenheimer versus Barbie

Moderation Q&A: Sylvia Müller, CEO, Neue Visionen Filmverleih
12:35 – 1:20 pmKEYNOTE #11

MovieLedger: Tinder for Movies

Moderation Q&A: Isis Bottger, Managing Partner, A2B Entertainment
1:20 – 1.50 pmBreak & Snacks
1:50 – 2:35 pmKEYNOTE #12
Torsten Frehse, CEO, Neue Visionen (Germany)

Newest target group marketing strategies & tools to commit the audience early on

Moderation Q&A: Sabine Chemaly, Film Consultant, France
2:35 – 3.50 pmInformal Wrap Up
End of IDS 2023