Reimagining the Ecosystem

A Webinar Series Presented by Screenovators: Sparking Innovation in Film

Reimagining the Greenlight: New approaches to Finance, Commissioning and Production Decision Making

Thursday 9th November

4pm UK Time / 5pm CET

In an increasingly competitive and congested distribution marketplace, better and more informed decision making upstream is increasingly essential. However, formulaic and algorithmically influenced content continues to enter the system, often leaving audiences cold.

Is there a better way? How can we support intuitive creativity with robust data analytics, audience insights and distribution intelligence? What are the tools, resources and information that can underpin more effective commissioning or investment decisions? Where are the information blindspots and how can filmmakers formulate a more robust investment opportunity? How can we create more inclusiveness in the greenlight process?

These are some of the questions we will be exploring with an expert panel with experience across the green lighting and commissioning process.

This session is part of the Reimagining the Ecosystem Series presented by usheru and Screenovators: a series of talks featuring industry pioneers, trailblazers and thought leaders exploring whether it is time to reimagine the film ecosystem?

speakers
Ted Hope - Photo: Locarno International Film Festival

Photo: Locarno International Film Festiva

Ted Hope,

Filmmaker, Producer and former Head of Production Amazon Studios
Maria Tanjala

Maria Tanjala,

Co-founder FilmChain

Chair

Alex Stolz,

CEO and Founder, Future of Film

Previous sessions

Reimagining the Greenlight: New approaches to Finance, Commissioning and Production Decision Making
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In an increasingly competitive and congested distribution marketplace, better and more informed decision making upstream is increasingly essential. However, formulaic and algorithmically influenced content continues to enter the system, often leaving audiences cold.

Is there a better way? How can we support intuitive creativity with robust data analytics, audience insights and distribution intelligence? What are the tools, resources and information that can underpin more effective commissioning or investment decisions? Where are the information blindspots and how can filmmakers formulate a more robust investment opportunity? How can we create more inclusiveness in the greenlight process?

These are some of the questions we will be exploring with an expert panel with experience across the green lighting and commissioning process.

This session is part of the Reimagining the Ecosystem Series presented by usheru and Screenovators: a series of talks featuring industry pioneers, trailblazers and thought leaders exploring whether it is time to reimagine the film ecosystem?

Reimagining the Greenlight:

New approaches to Finance, Commissioning and Production Decision Making

Panelists

Ted Hope - Photo: Locarno International Film Festival

Photo: Locarno International Film Festiva

Ted Hope,

Filmmaker, Producer and former Head of Production Amazon Studios

Maria Tanjala

Maria Tanjala,

Co-founder FilmChain

Anjali Midha

Anjali Midha,

Co-founder & CEO of Diesel Labs

Chair

Alex Stolz

CEO and Founder, Future of Film

Play Video about Reimagining Film Festivals Screenovators Webinar

Where do film festivals stand in a transformed and often fragmented film landscape? What is the underlying value that they can provide and how can we measure and capture that value? In a film ecosystem that often feels siloed, how can festivals become more robust and connected to other parts of the value chain, particularly with distribution? Is there an argument for festivals to work across the year to deliver that value and are there innovative business models or funding venues that can help sustain this activity?

These are some of the topics that our expert panel discussed in this exclusive online discussion as part of the Reimagining the Ecosystem series.

How should we, both as an industry and as individuals, navigate these substantial shifts and challenges? Is a drastic overhaul necessary, or should the focus be on fostering deeper collaboration across disciplines? How can technology bolster the value chain, and which innovations are showing promising results?

In this exclusive series, join industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders as they share their strategies and the innovative paths they’re charting in their respective fields. Through carefully curated discussions, this series illuminates the strategies, techniques, and methodologies that are making an impact. It prompts us to consider: Is it time to reimagine the film ecosystem?

Reimagining Film Festivals

Panelists

Brian Newman

Brian Newman

CEO and Founder Subgenre (former CEO Tribeca Film Institute)

MARCIN PIEŃKOWSKI

Marcin Pieńkowski

Director New Horizons Film Festival

Sarah Mosses

Sarah Mosses

Founder and CEO Together Films

Chair

Alex Stolz

CEO and Founder, Future of Film

About

In recent years, the independent film marketplace has undergone significant transformation. The quest for audience engagement has intensified, and as streaming platforms solidify their market presence, viewer preferences, especially among younger demographics, are swiftly evolving. Although the theatrical experience witnessed a resurgence with ‘Barebenheimer’, questions remain: Can it return to pre-COVID heights? And is there a robust pipeline to maintain it? Concurrently, advanced AI technologies are reshaping conventional filmmaking and distribution methodologies. Current industry disputes delve deep into these concerns but may not offer holistic resolutions.

How should we, both as an industry and as individuals, navigate these substantial shifts and challenges? Is a drastic overhaul necessary, or should the focus be on fostering deeper collaboration across disciplines? How can technology bolster the value chain, and which innovations are showing promising results?

In this exclusive series, join industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders as they share their strategies and the innovative paths they’re charting in their respective fields. Through carefully curated discussions, this series illuminates the strategies, techniques, and methodologies that are making an impact. It prompts us to consider: Is it time to reimagine the film ecosystem?