The Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, has teamed with the European Commission to explore the future of European cinema via a jointly organized conference and showcase program.

The European Film Forum Tallinn will be held Nov. 18-19 during the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and its Industry@Tallinn summit. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the European Digital Single Market Strategy, which has been coordinated by Andrus Ansip, the vice president of the European Commission, and former prime minister of Estonia.

Participants will also look into synergies and collaborations between right holders, the audiovisual industry and the booming information and communications technology sector. New opportunities offered by the Creative Europe-MEDIA program will also be in the spotlight. In addition to the debates and sessions on the new prospects for sales and distribution, challenges for intellectual property and copyright in the digital age, diversity within the VOD market, and new forms of audience engagement, the two days will be packed with showcases and demonstrations of innovative products and services.

The attendees will also get a look at the best of Nordic startups, audiovisual technology and post-production companies at the Black Nights Digital Corner showcase fair, while the GameJam, organized together with International Game Developers Assn., will give some 20 film intellectual property rights owners a chance to prototype film-driven games.

The Black Nights Sales Summit will back the conference with a tailor-made program for sales agents and buyers to get to know the region’s distributors, but also provide new sales and acquisition leads from the Nordic and Baltic states, as well as Eastern and Central Europe.

Sten-Kristian Saluveer, industry director of the Black Nights Film Festival, said: “The festival and its industry events have been always driven by a mission to seek possibilities to enlarge discussion and collaboration within and between film industry and other fields of culture, business and society within Europe and across the world.

“We are living in a time of a great disjuncture in terms of how films are being conceived, made, distributed and want to be seen, and we are truly excited to collaborate with the European Commission to host an event that will not only step into the ongoing debate within the European audiovisual industry, and yield results for all involved parties, but hopefully will help the industry to take joint steps to the future as well.”