Black Nights Film Festival to Debate European Digital Single Market

LONDON — The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will present a special forum on the subject of “Digital Future for Film” to be held Nov. 18-19 as one of its main industry initiatives.

A partnership between with the European Commission and the European Film Forum Tallinn, the two-day event is an executive-level public debate and showcase conference at which leaders of the film, media and technology industries will discuss the European Digital Single Market initiative, present cutting-edge products and services from the creative and tech fields, and jointly map out future scenarios for the future of Europe’s content business.

The keynote talk will be given by Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commission, Digital Single Market, whose “Fireside Chat” — titled “DSM & Europe’s Digital Future” — will discuss the DSM initiative and Europe’s digital future. Ansip will be interviewed about his views and goals as per the DSM agenda and take questions from members of the audiovisual industry.

Executive level representatives from the member organizations of International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), along with Pauline Durand-Vialle, CEO, Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), and Lauri Kivinen, CEO of Finnish National Broadcaster YLE Finland, will also take part in a session with a member of the European Parliament in the debate on “Territoriality: Business Backbone or Barrier?”.

The conference sessions will be interspersed with power speeches and product demonstrations, with further session themes and speakers to be announced in the run-up to the festival.

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