Thursday, 1st October 2015

12.00 – 14.00

Panel: Selecting Festival Films
Location: Nordic House, Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavik

This panel wants to examine the role of programming in today’s film festival culture. The discussion aims to explain the decision-making processes at work during the act of programming and to reveal the ideas of their curators. We will illuminate how the context of film reception plays an important role for programmers and how much influence economic strategies have. Do programmers’ decisions directly affect which films get distribution and which filmmakers get noticed? Should the selection process of films therefore become more transparent?

Helga Stephenson (Former Director of Toronto International Film Festival)

Arnaud Gourmelen (Programmer of Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival)
Frederic Boyer (Artistic Director of Tribeca Film Festival)
Giorgio Gosetti (Director of Venice Days and main programmer at RIFF)
Piers Handling (CEO of Toronto International Film Festival)


13.00 – 15.00

Panel: Danish Filmmaking
Location: Nordic House, Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavik

Famous for names such as Mads Mikkelsen and Lars von Trier, Danish cinema plays an important role in Northern European film industry. We will try to examine the structure of this industry, how public sector and private companies are working hand in hand. Denmark is a small industry in great shape. Our guests will try to illuminate the question why Danish cinema is so successful by speaking about their personal experiences and giving insides into funding, production, promotion and distribution.

Charlotte Bøving

Jesper Morthorst (Producer of “Silent Heart”)
Mikkel Jersin (Producer of “Sparrows”)