The Italian DGCA will organize events at the 79th Venice International Film Festival

The Italian pavilion will host conferences, conventions and business meetings aimed at identifying industry trends.

During the 79th Venice International Film Festival, which will take place from September 1 to 6, 2022, the General Directorate of Cinema and Audiovisual (DGCA) of the Italian Ministry of Culture (MiC) has scheduled a series of meetings and special events with the best players in the international audiovisual industry.

The Italian pavilion workspace, created by Cinecittà, will host conferences, conventions and business meetings with the aim of identifying industry trends.

The first event, in collaboration with the CNC and Unifrance, is scheduled for September 1, and will focus on the progress of the bilateral audiovisual co-production and distribution fund.

It will be followed by a focus on Distribution and exhibition in France and Italy: today’s challengesanimated by Gilles Renouard (Cinema Director, Unifrance) and starring Nicola Maccanico (GM, Cinecittà), Eric Lagesse (CEO, Pyramid Distribution), Simone Gialdini (CEO, ANEC and President, Cinetel), Antonio Medici (CEO, BIM Distribuzione) and other prestigious guests. The day goes on with a second Mapping of Italian/French co-production status session, moderated by Roberto Stabile with the participation of Michel Plazanet (Deputy Director of International and European Affairs, CNC), Iole Maria Giannattasio (Head of International and Legal Affairs, Research Unit, DGCA-MiC), Giovanni Pompili (Producer, Kino Produzioni), Caroline Bonmarchand (Producer, Avenue B Productions) and closing remarks from Dominique Boutonnat (President, CNC) and Nicolas Borrelli (DG, DGCA-MiC).

A special screening – in collaboration with Venice Production Bridge – documentary passionate cinemadirected by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti (Palazzo del Cinema, Sala Pasinetti) will close the event.

The 2n/a September, the Italian pavilion will host a special event in collaboration with the Cinema Association: the session entitled Economic impact of audiovisual and cinematographic productions about states and regions in the United States and Italy will present case studies, producer reports, data and statistics to explore the financial impact that an audiovisual production can bring to a territory. After introductory remarks by Roberto Stabile and Charles H. Rivkin (Chairman and CEO, MPA) the day starts with the first international session: There’s no business like show businessanimated by Stan McCoy (President & Managing Director, MPA EMEA) with the participation of Iole Maria Giannattasio, Nicola Maccanico, Lee Rosenthal (Chairman, Worldwide Physical Production, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios) and Andrew room (Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International Ltd). A second session, focused on case studies, features the participation of Maria Pia Ammirati (Theatre Manager, Rai), Marco Valerio Pugini (President, Panorama Films and Italian Association of Production Services Companies, APE), Madeleine from Cock Buning (Vice President, Public Policy EMEA for Netflix) and a closing presentation by Nicolas Borrelli.

Another opportunity for reflection is offered by the panel on Sunday, September 4: Protecting the Film Industry After the Digital Services Act, Now What? presented in collaboration with FAPAV – Federazione per la Tutela delle Industrie dei Contenti Audiovisivi e Multimediali and MPA.

A special screening will close the day with a series of short films selected for the Blue Planet Sci-Fi Film Festival, the first science fiction film festival in China (Palazzo del Cinema, Sala Volpi), in collaboration with Venice Production Bridge.

Work continues on September 3 with Focus on India – Italy and India: Building a Common Audience, a session to encourage the international operators present to share stories about the tools and strategies they use to promote their films and reach new audiences. The initiative, which includes the participation of Indian Foreign Minister Meenakhashi Lekhi, is part of a larger project organized by Cinecittà for the DGCA-MiC which aims to facilitate a closer relationship with Bollywood. The Asian AV market review continues on September 4 with Focus on the Philippines Foster creative collaborations. Common strategies and opportunities in collaboration with the Embassy of the Philippines in Italy and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

Productions: what’s new in China? examine the current state of audiovisual production and distribution in China and reflect on new perspectives with the aim of boosting sales of Italian TV series and films and collaborations.

6e September, the Cultural collaborations between Italy and Thailand The panel will present and discuss the prospects for relations between Italy and Thailand, with the aim of facilitating artistic and cultural cooperation between the countries.

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