As part of Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, Estonia is holding a visionary conference on audiovisual content, technology and policy, entitled 'Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe' on 27-28 November 2017 in Tallinn.
The conference aims at taking a broader view of the European audiovisual sector beyond provisions in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive or funding schemes of film funds and the MEDIA program. Discussions include where the European audiovisual market is going long-term, where should we strive to and how new business models based on algorithms and big data analytics are impacting the industry and our culture more broadly.
The two-day high-level event, held within the framework of the Black Nights Film Festival hosts talks and panels on the impact of new business models and big data on culture; how policy makers envision film funding in Europe; the European Union’s potential with emerging storytelling technologies, such as virtual reality and augmented reality and many other topics.
The conference features many exciting speakers such as Barak Berkowitz, Director of Operations and Strategy, MIT Media Lab, who will present a short overview on the impact of technology and exponential growth to society, business and culture especially focusing on changes in the audiovisual and media industry. Kat Borlongan, CEO, Five By Five / Director, Open Data Institute elaborates on how understanding big and open data opens up new opportunities for business and policymaking alike. Jeremy Darroch, CEO, SKY Group is speaking about the state of the European content and technology digital sector and whom will will analyse the dynamics of broadcasting and audiovisual media in the context of future technologies and Efe Çakarel, the founder and CEO of MUBI, a company focused on the streaming of art-house films.
The opening keynote of the second day of the conference by Monika Bielskyte, Founder at Allfutureeverything; Creative and Strategy advisor at Kenzo Digital Media; Board of Advisors at Red Pill VR; frames the discussion of how cinema has transformed into a contemporary multi-faceted experience that plays with formats, technologies and narratives to deliver novel experiences to the audiences. The conference is closed by Lord David Puttnam, a British film producer who won an Academy Award for Best Picture for Chariots of Fire and has been the head of Columbia Pictures and a deputy chairman for Channel 4. Lord Puttnam takes a closer look at Europe from inside out and sees new digital developments as adding value for good filmmaking.
As the seats are limited, registration to the conference 'Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe', (27- 28 November) is now closed.
Kosmos IMAX, Pärnu maantee 45, 10119 Tallinn, Estonia