A New European Film and TV Culture

12 august 2015 / Kosmorama.org / Forskning
A one day industry-academic conference on contemporary trends and challenges in European film and television at the Danish Film Institute on Sept 9, 2015.
Conference: A New European Film and TV Culture: Trends and Challenges.

Wednesday 9 September, 2015
09.00-17.30, Danish Film Institute (Bio Carl and Restaurant SULT), Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K.


What are the contours of the new European film and television culture evolving through regional collaboration, EU support mechanisms and policies for a greater European market, globalization and the digital revolution? What are the main trends for production and creative, transnational cooperation, and how are the prospects of changing the fragmented European landscape of distribution and facing Hollywood or the big new online players? What changing patterns of audience behaviour and consumption do we see nationally and transnationally, and will Europe be able to act together in the new competitive digital film and television culture where place and space is beginning to change dramatically?

This one day conference brings together researchers from the Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens (MeCETES) project, their academic and industry partners, policy makers and key players from the film and media industry in Scandinavia and Europe. MeCETES has been working for two years on the contemporary tendencies in European film and television production, distribution and reception – including film- and media policies and the digital development. Results from this research project will serve as part of the input during this conference. However, the main aim is to establish a dialogue and exchange ideas on trends and challenges in the current European media culture and the best strategies for the coming years.

Digitalization and new platforms for viewing film and television has been strongly on the agenda for quite a long time, but even though we can now talk about a rather pervasive digital media culture that actually does influence production, distribution, financing and audience behaviour, the consequences of these changes are still unclear. EU is working on many levels with the development of a more integrated, single European digital market, but this initiative has created a heated debate in the film and television industry. The national, European and global aspects of the digital development is one of the most important challenges to meet in both policy and European cooperation.

This conference will focus on cases, presentations and panel discussions dealing with some of the fundamental issues and challenges related to this in the contemporary European film and media culture through:

  • Talks with producers, directors and other creative practitioners behind recent or upcoming film and television productions
  • Presentations and panel discussions focusing on the changes in the wider European production landscape for film and television
  • Presentations and panel discussions on the trends in distribution and the challenges facing both national productions and European co-productions
  • Presentations and panel discussions on the digital development and the consequences of this development for the relationship between producers, distributors and audiences in the digital context.
  • Panels and discussions with some of the key persons and players in Europe on the policy challenges and strategies for the future European film and media culture

Confirmed speakers and panelists

  • Ib Bondebjerg (Professor UCPH, MeCETES)
  • Henrik Bo Nielsen (CEO, The Danish Film Institute)
  • Andrew Higson (Professor and MeCETES Project leader,York)
  • Ewa Puszczynska (Producer, Opus Film Poland)
  • Sofie Wanting Hassing(Producer, Denmark)
  • Per Fly (Director, Denmark)
  • Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Screen writer, Denmark)
  • Piv Bernth (Head of DR Drama, Denmark)
  • Richard Paterson (British Film Institute)
  • Ross Biggam (Director General, ACT)
  • Katrine Vogelsang (Head of Drama, TV 2 DK)
  • Rikke Ennis (CEO, Trust Nordisk, DK)
  • Helene Aurø (Head of DR International)
  • Jon Sadler (Marketing Director, Arrow Films, UK)
  • Philip Drake (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • James Bennett (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
  • Claus Bülow Christensen (Director of Research & Development, Zibra Digital Media Group, DK)
  • Claus Ladegaard (Head of Production and Development, DFI)
  • Ilse Schooneknaep (SMIT, Brussels, MeCETES)
  • Petri Kemppinen (CEO Nordick Film & TV Fond)
  • Nina Crone (CEO of Danish Producers Association and Crone Film)
  • Sue Deeks (Head of Programme Acquisitions, Films, Series, BBC)
  • Lucia Recalde (Head of Creative Europe, Media)


Download a draft copy of the conference programme.


  • Free – by special invitation
  • 150 DKK for students (£14.50)
  • 300 DKK for everyone else (£28.50)
Refreshments included. Visit the online payment system to register.


Danish Film Institute (Bio Carl and Restaurant SULT), Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K.


More information

Email: Professor Ib Bondebjerg: bonde@hum.ku.dk  

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