Film Business: Challenges, Features, Opportunities

Since its inception in 2008, the annual Kyiv-based conference Film Business: Challenges, Features, Opportunities has become a popular meeting point for film industry professionals from all over the world, a platform aimed at business networking, new partnerships, sharing experience as well as discussing current film industry development issues both in the region and worldwide with special focus on film co-production. 

Film Business 2017 conference is supported by Ukrainian State Film Agency

The conference agenda includes presentations of case studies, reports on essential film industry issues, panel discussions with invited international experts held in an interactive format to analyze in detail the issues that are raised, and communicate directly with the speakers. 

The conference agenda covers issues such as state support and legislative initiatives aimed at the film industry back up, film funding, types of financial participation in film projects, private investments, international co-production, legal aspects of film production and co-production, film promotion and distribution etc.

2017 edition gives a special sharper focus on Ukraine’s potential for international filmmakers.


9:30–10:00 Registration  
10:00–10:30 Local Films in European Cinemas. Theatrical Distribution Analysis Artem Vakalyuk, Head of publishing projects Content Report & Media Business Reports, Media Resources Management, Ukraine


Barrandov Studio. A Story of Success Lubomir Konecny, Head of Film & TV Production, Barrandov Studio, Czech Republic
11:00–11:30 Co-production with Turkey. Open Opportunities. Film Financing in Turkey, Pitching Platform for International Film Projects Neighbours in the course of Istanbul Film Festival

Gulin Ustun, Head of Meetings on the Bridge, Producer, Turkey online


Artem Vakalyuk, Head of publishing projects Content Report & Media Business Reports, Media Resources Management, Ukraine

11:30–12:00 Case Study "What It Takes to Gross €1M in 50 Movie Theaters? Feature film Class Reunion (Klassikokkutulek)"

Kristian Taska, Producer, Founder of Taska Film, Estonia

12:00 - 12:35 Case Study "Are the millions in Contrabass? Successful domestic release of Ukrainian movie DZIDZIO Contrabass"

Sergey Lavreniuk, Film-, TV- and Theatrical Producer, Co-owner of Solar TV Channel, Businessman, Ukraine

Valeriy Kozlitinov, Promo Producer of movie DZIDZIO Contrabass

12:35–12:50 Coffee-break  
12:50–13:20 Case Study "Festival and Distribution Success. Horror Movie Raw (Grave), co-production of France and Belgium"

Jean-Yves Roubin, Producer, Founder of Frakas Productions, Belgium

13:20–13:50 Collaboration with China. Co-production, Services, Distribution.Case Study of Feature film Coffee (Caffe) (Italy, China), Presentation of Platform Bridging The Dragon

Cristiano Bortone, Producer, Founder of Orisa Produzioni, Head of Bridging the Dragon, Italy


International co-production. Opportunities for Ukraine. State Support. Feature films: The Line, Easy

Philip Illienko, Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Ukraine
Oleg Shcherbyna, CEO, Fresh Production Group, Ukraine 
Wanda Adamik Hrycova, Producer, Founder of Wandal Production, Slovak Republic online
Andriy Yеrmak, Producer, Founder of Garnet International Media Group, Ukraine


Artem Vakalyuk, Head of publishing projects Content Report & Media Business Reports, Media Resources Management, Ukraine

14:50–15:10 Coffee-break  

Bringing a project to the international market and finding partners. Experience of MRM

Lyubov Krokhmalna, Head of international co-production, Media Resources Management, Ukraine


Digital technologies in film industry: tools, opportunities, trends

Julia Sinkevych, Producer, General Producer of Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine

Maksym Kuznetsov, TA Ventures fund, Ukraine 


Wrap up



Hyatt Regency Kyiv, 5 Alla Tarasova Str.

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