European Film Forum Tallinn 2018

Creativity, Technology, Finance: Sustaining European Diversity post-2020

30 November 2018
Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia


The landscape of Europe's cinema and content industry is undergoing one of its most significant transformations due to the impact of streaming giants, move to smaller screens, fragmented  audiences and the emerging AR/VR technologies.

Amidst this, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, as the primary supporter of the European audiovisual industry, will be evolving.   The current program finishes at the end of 2020 and the Commission has made a proposal for the successor programme to start in 2021. Thus the combination of structural changes in the industry as well as the new and upcoming term for Creative Europe MEDIA marks the arrival of a new era of opportunities for European storytellers and audiovisual industry entrepreneur

Drawing from the successful Estonian EU presidency conference in 2018, the European Film Forum Tallinn 2018 serves as a discussion forum between creatives, technologists, investors, and policymakers to provide input into the agenda of the Creative Europe MEDIA program post-2020 and brainstorm how Europe’s audiovisual industry can innovate in the global competition. 

Expect keynote’s from leaders from film, television, gaming, festivals, deep technology, robotics blockchain & policymaking plus high intensity debates where Europe should set its priorities for the upcoming decade.


Meet Our Speakers

Maria Tanjala
Co-Founder @FilmChain
Tiffany Pritchard
Journalist @Screen International
Marjorie Paillon
Présentatrice Tech 24 @L'Entretien -The Interview

Sami Arpa
Founder & CEO @SofyTV
Ricardo J. Mendez
Technical Director @SamsungNext
Tariq Krim
Philosopher & Founder @Dissident.Ai

Mike Hostench
Festival Director @Sitges Fantastic FF

Martin Dawson
Deputy Head of Unit @European Commission DG CNECT

Sten-Kristian Saluveer
Founder & CEO @Storytek

Limor Schweitzer
Founder & CEO

Karen K. Burns
Director of Business Development @CGI

Claudia Landesberger
Executive Partner

Mitch Mallon
Founder & CEO 
@Stadium Media

Rein Zobel

Harald Neidhardt
Curator @Mlove &
Marcin Lunkiewicz
Producer & Founder

Marek Sobieniecki
Founder & CEO

Guillame Klossa
Special Advisor to Vice President, European Commission, Andrus Ansip

Paul Aguraiuja
Producer at 


9.30 - 10.00 Assembly and morning coffee

10.00 - 10.10 Opening words by moderators   
Sten-Kristian Saluveer - CEO, Storytek (Estonia)
Karen K. Burns - Director of Business Development, CGI (Estonia)

10.10 - 10.30 Let's set the agenda - creativity, technology and finance for film and media post-2020 
Guillaume Klossa - Special Advisor to Vice President, European Commission, Andrus Ansip
Martin Dawson - Deputy Head, DG Connect Unit, European Commission

10.30 - 11.15 New mediums, new audiences, new opportunities. How can European cinema benefit from the innovative content through the short form, narrative games, and the robotics revolution?
Sami Arpa, CEO, (Switzerland)
Ricardo J Méndez, Technical Director, Samsung NEXT (Germany) 
Limor Schweitzer, CEO, MOV.AI (Portugal)
Moderated by Marjorie Paillon, France 24 television (France)

11.15- 12.00 Immersive entertainment - hype or the new revolution?
Marcin Lunkievicz - Founder & CEO, Mimoo (Poland)
Marek Sobieniecki - Founder & CEO, Nordpeak (Sweden)
Moderated by Rein Zobel, CEO, Maru VR  (Estonia)

12.00 - 12.30  The state of the streaming market in Europe and globally? Where are we heading next?
Mitch Mallon, CEO, Stadium Media (USA)

12.30 - 13.00  Before and after The Bank: the challenge of producing a European flagship TV series in a small production capacity country
Paul Aguraiuja, CEO, Itamambuca (Estonia)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 - 14.45 Blockchain as the innovation driver for Europe's film business? Use cases and applications from sales to distribution
Maria Tanjala - Co-Founder, Big Couch / FilmChain (United Kingdom)
Mike Hostench - Director, Sitges Film Festival (Spain)
Moderated by Tiffany Pritchard, Screen International (United Kingdom)

14.45 - 15.00 Igniting European Moonshots through storytelling. RBFuturio Academy one year later Harald Neidhardt, Founder, -
The European Institute for Exponential Technologies & Desirable Futures (Germany)

15.00 - 15.30  Closing discussion: Creativity, Technology, Diversity in Europe post-2020 Tariq Krim, CEO, (France)
Claudia Landsberger, Executive Partner, Baseworx (Holland)
Moderated by Sten-Kristian Saluveer, Founder & CEO, Storytek (Estonia)

15.30 - 15.45 - Conference Wrap

15.45 - 17.30 Cocktail


The conference will be held on 30 November 9.00 - 17.30 at Kultuurikatel (Tallinn Creative Hub) along Robotex - the biggest robotics festival on the planet.


The EFFT2018 is organized by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event industry platform of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The European Commission has mandated BNFF to curate and host the event.

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