Focus on Greece: Europa Distribution examines the independent film distribution situation in the country

by Jesús Silva

Εuropa Distribution continues its tour around Europe, in order to shed some light on the situation of independent film distribution across the continent. After their recent articles on countries such as Russia and LithuaniaIceland and the UK, they headed south to report on the individual aspects of the Greek market, and the challenges faced by its professionals. The members of Europa Distribution operating in the Hellenic Republic offered a common portrait of a highly competitive market, which has undergone significant changes due to the impact of the last economic crisis in 2008. A large number of releases, a great sensitivity to the weather, a limited amount of windows and a constant search for new business models are just some of the main traits of the film distribution market in Greece.

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Setting up Facebook Pixel – 101 for Moving Docs partners

With Moving Docs putting a focus on conversion tracking in 2018, this guide written by New Notions' Aaron Guthrie shall be useful if:

  • You use Facebook Ads to sell tickets or market your brand, and want more conversions
  • You never used Facebook Pixel at all
  • You may have installed the Pixel but you haven’t done anything with it
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Docudays UA, our newest partner

Docudays UA is a unique international film festival about human rights, that runs almost all year long. It launches in the last week of March in the capital Kyiv, and operates from October to December with the Traveling Festival. Docudays UA works on the edge of civil society activism, art and culture in Ukraine and has several core goals: bringing global documentaries to Ukrainian citizens; bringing Ukrainian documentaries to global citizens; contributing to the level of observance of human rights in Ukraine and developing the critical thinking among their audience. Get to know more about the Moving Docs Ukrainian partner Docudays UA with Julia Kartashova.

“We promote human rights and popularize national and global docs, by sharing Ukrainian docs and art abroad, as well as produce the catalogue of Ukrainian documentary films and present it on the international festivals. We mostly target youth, which comprises about 70-80% of the festival visitors every year!"

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‘Take One Action’ film festival

 

Take One Action film festival takes place in Edinburgh and Glasgow from September 12-23 and shares powerful stories from 27 countries. Event screenings bring together communities, filmmakers, politicians, journalists, campaigners, businesses, academics and artists that want to inspire and to change the world. International, empowering, creative, accessible and questioning are the five key values of the festival.  Follow-on digital and weekend screenings in Aberdeen & Inverness create further opportunities for debate and social networking.

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CMSI Report: "Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement"

The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a lab and research center based in Washington DC, has recently published 'Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement', written by Caty Borum Chattoo and Will Jenkins. This is the second volume of a two-volume report about documentary films’ growing impact on legislative change in the US. In effect, the publication advises documentary filmmakers how to develop an effective public-policy impact strategy.

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Can event cinema happen online?

How do we get more people to watch documentaries on the big screen, especially given that regular theatrical releases of docs mostly fail to reach the right audiences? Moving Docs proves that 'event cinema' is the answer – but how can I participate when I'm stuck at home? 

Event cinema appears to be the one thing that works: never just offer a simple film screening; always combine it with discussions, music, food and drink; better yet, hold these events in unusual places. Moving Docs partners have been good at that: In Cyprus, Lemesos International Documentary Festival held an outdoor screening on a beach, while Doc Lounge in Sweden has gone as far as screening a film in a swimming pool, their audience floating in the water. Slowly, as Fritz Kohle recently reported for Moving Docs from the IBC, the world of traditional cinema is waking up to the concept of event cinema, too.

But what about those of us who are stuck at home: as parents, due to illness, or in remote places? Do we have to miss out on the rise of event cinema? And what could Moving Docs do in order to make us feel part of it, easily, remotely, virtually?

It was in early 2016 – when we had to decide on the Moving Docs strategy for 2017 – that we all agreed we should look into virtual screening rooms that would enable us to bring event cinema to everyone – with a special focus on enabling online audiences to participate rather than just watch a one-directional live stream. And with a bigger question lurking in the long term: if such online events could be monetised through ticket sales for online participation.

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Who wants to see a documentary?

Moving Docs is excited to share news about positive trends concerning documentary audiences in Europe. Moving Docs enables a selection of European documentaries to cross borders and reach new audiences all over Europe. It is the very first initiative of its kind, powered by over 20 local and national partners across Europe, managed by the European Documentary Network, and supported by Creative Europe

Moving Docs data reveals that viewers across Europe are showing growing interest in watching documentaries on a diversity of platforms.  While the traditional theatrical release of documentaries remains financially viable in territories such as Germany, partner data reveals how the targeted release of issue-oriented theatrical documentaries and single event screenings are able to reach large, transnational audiences.

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How Moving Docs boosts its partners' reach through additional content

The Moving Docs initiative, coordinated by the European Documentary Network, brings together many regional and national documentary exhibitors across Europe including festivals, distributors, cinemas, and non-theatrical events.

The common aim is to combine everyone’s powers, both in enabling the acquisition of high-profile documentaries and in jointly developing and delivering audience engagement strategies.

Film & Campaign delivered a comprehensive report on Moving Docs’ online activities in 2016, including a range of recommendations. This new report focuses on developments in 2017, be they results of any measures taken or overall trends in social media use.

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The extraordinary release of Raving Iran

How did a niche documentary by a first-time director, about two unknown Iranian DJs, become one of Germany’s cinematic events of the year? Over 60,000 people in Germany have now seen Raving Iran, the debut feature by Susanne Regina Meures, and a year after its release the film continues to draw interest. On the occasion of the film's online launch in our MOVING DOCS Home Cinema, Kirstin Innes talked to Weronika Adamowska of Raving Iran’s distributors and Moving Docs partners, Rise and Shine Cinema, about how they did it.

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Weronika Adamowska at the Moving Docs Outreach Workshop in Athens

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Tim Horsburgh

Here's a recording from yesterday's Moving Docs online session (more info here) with Tim Horsburgh of Kartemquin Films.

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