Category: 20th Network Conference – Bucharest, 24-26 November 2017

Day 3: Summary of the Conference and Next Steps

Conclusions of the conference began with what the network is all about: collaboration. “What’s really important, Michael Gubbins began, “is the power of networking and sharing and collaborating, and it’s what Europa Cinemas does.” He continued by outlining how dedicated everyone was in fighting for culture, even when sometimes it seems like an uphill battle, ...

Day 3: Case Studies, Open Slot

The final day of our network conference kicked off with a look back at recent Innovation Labs. Maddy Probst (Programme Producer, Watershed, UK) highlighted the importance of sharing case studies and knowledge in building audiences across the network. Inspired by those sessions, today’s Case Studies, Open Slot invited six exhibitors to take the stage for ...

Day 2: Cinema Ecosystem, Data and Experience Economy

A difficult but necessary truth dropped in this afternoon’s session on Cinema Ecosystem, Data and Experience Economy, “We are an industry with no learning going on,” Michael Gubbins said, “What do we actually know and how much is guesswork?” The guesswork that underpins multiple links within the film value chain means that we are not ...

Day 2, Workshop 2: The Community Value of a Cinema

Increasingly, cinemas are key players in creating a sense of community, giving the public a place they believe they can belong to. This, instead of eventisation, acts as the motivation for diversification of activity in venues. For Joanna Zak of the New Horizons Cinema in Poland, board game rental (and sales), a bookshop, flash mobs ...

Day 2, Workshop 1: Cinema Economics & Investment Cases

Michael Gubbins opened Day 2 with great positivity, “We believe our art form is relevant, we believe it matters to audiences.” The challenge, however, is how we invest in it. A key debate kicked off in this morning’s workshop: whether to invest in more traditional marketing like print programmes, brochures and posters or, if that ...

Day 1: Conclusions and Awards

Wrapping up Day 1 was a new session, the idea for which was borrowed from our friends across the ponds at Art House Convergence. Hosted by Maddy Probst (Programme Producer, Watershed, UK), ’20 Slides’ Arthouse Tales’ was a quick fire session that let speakers including Rachel Hayward from HOME, Manchester and Daira Abolina of Splendid ...

Day 1, Panel 2: Independence of Choice: Challenges & Opportunities for Cinema

Over-saturation of the market, films with dwindling support from distributors, and the continual rise of the multiplex make up a number of key issues within the ecology of independent and art house cinema-going. Kicking off the conversation, Palbo Carrera, Principal Research Analyst for Cinema Intelligence, HIS Markit, UK, revealed the current growth and future plans ...

Day 1, Panel 1: Entrepreneurialism & Evolving Cinema Experience

Joined by Lionello Cerri (CEO, Anteo and Producer, Lumière & Co, Italy), Heinrich-Georg Kloster (CEO, Yorck Kinogruppe, Germany) and Bero Beyer (General and Artistic Director, IFFR, Netherlands), Michael Gubbins led the room through a series of case studies in how to capitalise on the evolving cultural landscape in direct correlation with the evolving cinema experience. ...

Day 1, Keynote: The Cinema Experience in Changing Times

“If you found the time to come to Bucharest to talk about cinema, it’s still alive,” Cristian Mungiu said, opening his keynote conversation with Michael Gubbins on a hopeful note. But it wasn’t all good news. Mungiu spoke candidly about the very real threats to the future of our art form and its activity in ...

20th Europa Cinemas Network Conference Opens With 50 Years of Thanks

This year, Europa Cinemas celebrates its 25th anniversary and Nico Simon, President of the network, began by giving fifty years of thanks: twenty-five for the past twenty-five years, and twenty-five for the twenty-five, with support, to come. The network began, in 1992, with 106 screens across 45 cinemas. Twenty-five years later, the network boasts 2,684 ...