New realities? A UniFrance series

This week sees the publication of a report, based on a series of Zoom workshops hosted by SampoMedia’s Michael Gubbins for UniFrance looking for long-term lessons from the Covid-19 crisis.

The series ran over seven weeks from the height of lockdown to the beginning of the reopening of cinemas across Europe.

UniFrance was looking for broad perspectives and the series covered every area of the film business, from production to festivals and independent sales distribution to the Oscars.

It was an international series with participants from across Europe, the US, Canada, Colombia and the Philippines.

In advance of the report, the full series is available on YouTube.

#1The new challenge for sales and distribution 

#2 Innovative strategies and business models

#3 The role of public institutions

#4 Successful strategies for animation

#5 Inclusion and the Oscars

#6 The future of exhibition

#7 New Realities?

The participants were:

Florence Almozini, Associate Director of Programming, Film at Lincoln Center (USA)

Carole Baraton, co-founder of sales and co-production company, Charades (France)

Simone Baumann, Managing Director, German Films (Germany)

Benoit Berthe Siward, The Animation Showcase (UK)

Adolfo Blanco, Executive Director of distributor A Contracorriente Films (Spain)

Charlotte Boucon, SND (France)

Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Founder and Partner, Playtime (France)

Annemie Degryse, Lunamine & Lumière (Belgium)

Louise Dent, Managing Director, Curzon (UK)

Liza Diño-Seguerra, CEO, Film Development Council (Philippines)

Daniela Elstner, Managing Director, UniFrance (France)

Mathieu Fournet, Head of European and International Affairs, CNC (France)

Kristina Frajtic, Blitz (Croatia)

Ariane Giroux-Dallaire, Managing Director and Head of Distribution, MK2 (France)

Dawn Hudson, CEO AMPAS (USA)

Chance Huskey, of distributor GKids and the Animation is Film Festival (USA)

Vanja Kaludjercic, Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Eugene Kim, Bucheon International Animation Festival (South Korea)

Nathanaël Karmitz, CEO, MK2 (France)

Radu Mihăileanu, Film director and screenwriter, President L’ARP (Romania/France)

Ted Mundorff, President and COO, Arclight (USA)

Lorenza Muñoz, Managing Director, Member Relations and Awards, AMPAS (USA)

Tom Quinn, co-founder of sales and co-production company Neon (USA)

Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, MOMA (USA)

David Rubin, President AMPAS (USA)

Jane Shao, President, Lumière Pavilions (China)

Meredith Shea, Associate Director, Member Relations and Awards, AMPAS (USA)

Anne Thompson, Editor at Large, IndieWire

Claudia Triana de Vargas, Director, Proimágenes (Colombia)

Bérénice Vincent, Co-founder, Totem Films (France)

Kim Van Der Werff, Focus Arnhem, member of Europa Cinemas (Netherlands)

Francois Yon, founding partner, Playtime Group (France)

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