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Shape Your Future in Cannes: NEXT Announces Its Program

Shape Your Future in Cannes: NEXT Announces Its Program

For the second time, the Marché du Film is bringing back NEXT, a pavilion dedicated to the future of cinema. The NEXT Pavilion will host 22 heavyweight companies from all around the world. Every morning in Palais K, NEXT will offer a series of round-tables that
aim to give an overview of today’s challenging landscape in film.

Each afternoon from 2:30pm on, the NEXT pavilion will host a series of Workshops and Special Sessions that focus on new and alternative forms of
storytelling, production, financing and distribution of films.

This year NEXT is also extending its content to the Virtual Reality in collaboration with INNERSPACE. All day, every day there is the possibility to
experience the Virtual Reality and discover the projects The Fifth Sleep by Balthazar Auxietre and D.M.Z: memories of a no man’s land by Hayoun Kwon.

A vibrant scene for pioneers, innovative start-ups and creative initiatives in the film industry, NEXT is proud to highlight two exciting events with
prominent personalities:

Speaking for the first time during the prestigious Festival de Cannes, Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer for the VOD giant, Netflix, will deliver an
exclusive talk on new distribution models and how they impact the financing and production of content.

Within the frame work of the Special French Touch Afternoon bringing together the CNC and l’Institut Français initiative, renowned screen writer and
director Céline Sciamma will highlight ideas behind digital and transmedia creation.

All NEXT activities are open to Marché du Film badge holders and members of the Producers Network and Workshop.

NEXT Full Program

NEXT Members

Bidslate, Bienniale of the Moving Image, Cineuropa, Connect4Climate-World bank Group, Cross Video Days, Cues, Ecocinema, Festival Genius, Festival Tous
Ecrans, FilmDoo, Gathr Films, Indiepix, Innerspace, IPEDA, Power to the Pixel, Stage 32,, The Festival Agency, Touscoprod, Ulule, Wallimage,

Round-Tables – every day from 10AM to 12PM – Palais K

In conversation with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos: Ted Sarandos will talk about one of the biggest concerns of film professionals today, that is the growing
importance of new distribution models and how this impacts the financing of film production. It will be moderated by Laurent Cotillon, chief editor of Le
Film Français, and introduced by Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Festival de Cannes.

Cinema & Transmedia Pitching Session: during this session Cross Video Days will present innovative, multi-platform and transmedia projects using
digital tools to enrich the audience experience. Projects to be pitched : A SONG FOR NOLA by Hasmik Hovhannisyan, DOFUS – BOOK 1: JULITH by Frédéric
Puech, GRINGO by Torsten Gauger, METAMORPHOSES by Pierre Cattan, VFC by Charles-Stephane Roy

Maximize the Potential of Crowdfunding in the Production Process: Crowdfunding practitioners and executives from the most popular platforms will share
tips, answer question or respond to criticism about what used to be known as the new Eldorado of film financing. This session will be powered by Cineuropa
and moderated by Domenico La Porta, Editor in Chief, Cineuropa. Speakers : Colin Brown, Editorial Director, SLATED – Dan Schoenbrun, Film Outreach Lead,
KICKSTARTER – Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film, INDIEGOGO – Mathieu Maire du Poset, Deputy Managing Director, ULULE – Sophie Kuno, Director of Partnerships,

Opportunities and Angles in the International Digital and VOD landscape: Between the global dominant majors such as Netflix, Google, and Amazon along with
the proliferation of new and expanding players in VOD – what are the opportunities and issues for producers? Wendy Bernfeld, Founder and MD of Rights
Stuff, will open the panel with a brief introduction on the current VOD platforms internationally. Speakers : Dragoslav Zachariev, Secretary General,
EUROVOD – Jacinto Roca, Founder & CEO, WUAKI.TV – William Page, Director, FILMDOO

Cinema innovation in the digital Experience Economy: This session brings together some of the most dynamic exhibitors who demonstrate new ways of renewing
audiences for films. Moderated by Michael Gubbins, Consultant, SAMPOMEDIA. Speakers : Madeleine Probst, Cinema Program Producer, WATERSHED – Ivo Andrle,
Acquisition Manager, KINO AERO – Gonzalo Lamela, Executive Director, ECOCINEMA – Tim League, CEO, DRAFTHOUSE FILMS. Powered by Europa Cinemas.

New Initiatives by Film Festivals for the Future of Cinema:  This round-table will look into initiatives developed by film festivals to help films reach
their potential audience. It will be moderated by Leslie Vuchot, CEO & Founder, THE FESTIVAL AGENCY. Speakers: Johanna KOLJONEN, Editor of Nostradamus
Project, GÖTEBURG FILM FESTIVAL – Josef KULLENGÅRD, Coordinator, Malmo Arab Film Festival – Jarod NEECE, Producer & Senior Programmer, SXSW – Jakub
DUSZYNSKI, Head of Acquisitions, Gutek Film

Workshops – every day from 2:30PM to 3:30PM – NEXT Pavilion

VOD: The challenges and opportunities of Digital Distribution and how to embrace them: With VOD expected to surpass DVD and Blu-Ray sales within 3 years,
are sales agents, distributors and filmmakers ready for the challenges to be faced in digital distribution? Workshop presented by FILMDOO.

Achieving Impact Through Theatrical Screenings: how to leverage your theatrical screenings into opportunities to elicit discussion, action, donations,
corporate sponsorship and community activation so that your feature can truly be the catalyst for change that you intend it to be! Workshop presented by

Securing a sales agent or a distributor: are the numbers in your favor? With over 8,000 films entering the global distribution market this year, and over
200,000 sales agents, distributors and exhibitors scattered across the world, how can they all find your movie? Workshop presented by FILM DIGITAL CLOUD

Digital Distribution of Films: Real and Concrete Business Cases: IPEDA is currently taking part in two actions supported by Creative Europe, Walk This Way
(exploitation of more than 30 films on VOD platforms across Europe) and Tide 3 (multi-territorial D&D releases of 4 films). This session will discuss
the most recent experiments and business cases in digital distribution. Workshop presented by IPEDA (The Independent Pan European Digital Association

Céline Sciamma to highlight ideas behind digital and transmedia: CNC is proud to showcase some of their latest supported projects and to invite renowned
screenwriter and director Celine Sciamma, President of the Commission for New Media, to share her visions on transmedia opportunities and on the changing
and promising landscape of virtual reality. French Touch Special Session presented by le CNC and l’INSTITUT FRANCAIS.

Hacking the Future of Film: Guanajuato International Film Festival hosted the first GIFF Hack, inviting creative coders, programmers and engineers to
envision the future of filmmaking during a 40-hour hack- a-thon. They will present three of the most outstanding projects: “XP SOUND”, an audiovisual
experience “ENTI”, an external content platform which brings virtual reality closer, “BY FRAMES”, an efficient method of digitizing film memory. This is a
session in Collaboration with the SHORT FILM CORNER.

Special Sessions – every day from 4PM to 5PM – NEXT Pavilion

Launching a Successful Movie Crowdfunding Campaign & Building a Strong Community. Thanks to two project creators’ feed-backs, learn to build and give
life to your very own crowdfunding campaign. Feedback & case study on Noob and Night Fare. Session presented by ULULE.

The 3T’s success formula of new media financing: TransMedia, TransRegional and TransAtlantic!
Following the“Transregional Interactive Experiences” organized with its French partner, Pictanovo, Wallimage has set up a new transmedia matching fund with
the Canada Media Fund that recently awarded 3 multi-platforms projects funded under the “TransAtlantic Call for interactive projects” flagship. Session
presented by WALLIMAGE.

Meet the Financiers of Innovation & Cross-Media: As audience
behavior transforms, meet the people who are investing in new ways for
film and media
organizations to adapt to stay relevant. Hear from a wide spectrum
of international heads of funds and commissioners who are leading the
way in backing new
types of entertainment products, audience engagement tools and
cross-media projects. Session presented by POWER TO THE PIXEL.

Beyond Cinema: the Swiss VR and digital revolution. Keynote on
“Financing innovation: news from the Swiss digital culture funding
battleground” followed
by a showcase of five Swiss virtual reality and digital projects
that challenge the film industry. Session presented by FESTIVAL TOUS

New Producers: The French Touch of the Web Creation : Several
producers and experts of french new media will discuss transmedia
production and new
multi-platform storytelling. They will share their experiences,
projects and visions for the future. French Touch Special Session
presented by le CNC and

FILM4CLIMATE: Taking Action on Climate Change! What can the film
industry do to help influence the outcomes and contribute to climate
action? There are
signs of commitment to reduce environmental impact in the industry
and advocate for change through story content. Session presented by

Using Social Media and Crowdsourcing to Build an Audience for Your
Film and Further Your Career: this session will focus in the ins and
outs of
crowdsourcing and how you can launch a crowdsourcing campaign as a
method of identifying, engaging and moving an audience to help develop,
create, market
and promote your project. Session presented by STAGE 32.

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