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Public Zurich Master Class

Once again, we are pleased to announce several Zurich Master Class events which will be open to the general public. These events offer film lovers the opportunity to rub shoulders with internationally-renowned film professionals, and to gain an insight into their work. 

Charles Ferguson & Screening INSIDE JOB

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Sunday, September 25, 14:30 – 17:45, Filmpodium

Moderator: Monika Schärer

Qualified political scientist Charles Ferguson received an Oscar in 2011 for his controversial documentary film INSIDE JOB, which analyses the 2008 economic crisis. He also received a nomination three years previously for his first documentary film NO END IN SIGHT, which highlighted the situation in Iraq after America’s invasion in 2003. Ferguson is currently working on a project about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. INSIDE JOB will be screened within the framework of this year’s Zurich Master Class. In the discussion following the film, Ferguson will explain why it is important to get to the bottom of the maladministrations of our time.   

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Friday, September 30, 18:15 – 19:45, Filmpodium

Moderator: Peter Cowie

Born 1963 in Mexico City, director, producer and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu is known the world over for his powerful anthology films. In his ‘death trilogy’ AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAMS and BABEL, a tragic event takes place at the beginning of each film, bringing together the lives of its characters. Iñárritu will discuss his work in this Public Zurich Master Class. How does he arrive at his complex narrative structures? What drives him to tackle difficult subjects such as death, loss and violence? And what role does a globalised, multinational society play for him? 

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis Portrait

Saturday, October 1, 15:00 – 16:30, Filmpodium

Moderator: John Horn 

This Public Zurich Master Class offers an insight into the multifaceted work of the Canadian screenwriter and director, who was not only involved in Oscar-winning productions such as MILLION DOLLAR BABY and CRASH, but also co-wrote the screenplays for the latest James Bond films CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Haggis began his career working on various TV formats, including the successful ABC series ‘thirtysomething’. How did he make the jump from writing TV series to the big screen? And how does he manage to combine his double role as a screenwriter and director with such success? 

Zurich Talks

ORTE FILMISCHES WISSENS: Book Presentation and Discussion about Film Education

The book ‘ORTE FILMISCHEN WISSENS – Filmkultur und Filmvermittlung im Zeitalter digitaler Netzwerke’ will be launched at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. Questions on film education will be examined in the post-launch discussion. This event marks the beginning of the 7th Zurich Film Festival’s School Screenings.

Fri, September 23, 17:00, corso 4

Panel: Culture Promotion

Partner: SFP in collaboration with ARF/FDS and GARP

The federal government’s new guidelines on culture promotion have led to broad discussions with regard to their purpose and function. Personalities from the fields of science and culture will explore the topic in detail at a panel discussion.   

Sat, September 24, 12:00, Festival Centre

Anatole Taubman - "Inside the Actors Studio"

Internationally acclaimed swiss actor Anatole Taubman talks about his career with Zurich based casting agent Corinna Glaus.

Mon, September 26, 16.30, Festival Centre

Panel ‘The VoD Jungle – or Films at the Click of a Button’: Opportunities and Risks for Producers and Distributors

Partner: Focal

S-VoD, T-VoD, A-VoD – many abbreviations, big promises. But what lies behind the various video-on-demand formats? This panel, organised within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival, presents the players and offers an introduction to the subject. 

Thursday, September 29, 12:00, Festival Centre

Panel: Practical Implementation of the New Film Promotion Concept

Partner: Independent Swiss Film Producers’ Association

The new film promotion concept will come into effect in 2012. Several changes are expected, to be announced by the Federal Office for Culture this autumn. Following years of discussions about the revision of film regulations, this panel is dedicated to examining the concept’s implementation and the difficulties associated with it.

Fri, September 30, 12:00, Festival Centre

Panel: Jury Talk

Before the big Award Night, jury members and the Zurich Film Festival’s artistic directors will give an insight into their function. How does the decision process work? What criteria do the jury look for in a film? What makes a good film? Gripping questions on the eve of the Golden Eye presentation!

Sat, October 1, 12:00, Festival Centre

Film Finance Forum

2nd Annual FILM FINANCE FORUM @ Zurich Film Festival

Exploring Finance, Co-Production and Distribution Strategies for the European Film Market

The Dolder Grand | Zurich, Switzerland

September 24, 2011


8:30 - 9:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45
Co-Chair Opening Remarks

Karl Spoerri, Artistic Director and Founder, Zurich Film Festival
Jeanette Buerling, President, Magnet Media Group

9:45 - 10:00
Official Welcoming Address

Daniel Waser, Managing Director, Zurcher Filmstiftung

10:00 - 10:30    
Morning Keynote Address: State of the Filmed Entertainment Industry

 - Present trends in the past 12 months and implications on the industry
 - Address the current state of the filmed entertainment industry
 - Provide insight on growth opportunities and success within the US and European markets

Keynote Speaker: Brian Oliver, President, Cross Creek Pictures  

10:30 - 11:30     
Producer Strategy Panel: Making Movies in Today's Environment and Generating Returns

 - What new capital is available locally and within the global marketplace?
 - Update on new film financing deals and structures
 - Successful strategies for making commercial films in Europe: what is needed, likelihood of happening, and how to structure it

Moderator: Andrew Hildebrand, Mediator, JAMS International
Martin Moszkowicz, Member of the Executive Board, Film & TV, Constantin Film
Roeg Sutherland, Co-Head, Film Finance, Creative Artists Agency
Greg Shapiro, Producer, Kingsgate Films
Robert Darwell, Chair, Entertainment, Media and Technology Practice Group, Sheppard Mullin  

11:30 - 12:30 pm
Investor Strategy Panel: Financing Films and Managing Risks
 - How to find the right projects/right partners?
 - When is the right moment to get involved?
 - Important criteria in the negotiation process
 - What about investment criteria: do they foster or prevent good projects?

Moderator: Jeanette Buerling, President, Magnet Media Group
Panelists: Judith Chan, Senior Manager, Coutts and Co.

Robbert Aarts, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Fintage House
Andy Mayson, Chief Executive Officer, Flashback Media

John Lesher, Producer, Le Grisbi Productions

12:30 - 1:30
Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:00    
Afternoon Keynote Address: Macro-European Distribution Trends

2:00 - 3:15    
Distribution Strategy Panel: Digital and Theatrical Models in Europe and Worldwide

 - Emerging electronic delivery trends
 - Implications of collapsing distributions windows and adjusting the right model for your film
 - Direct distribution vs. sales deals
 - Exploring ancillary rights

Moderator: Jane Barclay, Consultant
Panelists: R. Uwe Placzek, Chief Executive Officer, Acetrax
Benjamin Kramer, Film Finance Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO, Exclusive Media

Leonard Glowinski, Head of Acquisitions and Coproductions for France, StudioCanal

3:15 - 3:45    
Networking Break

3:45 - 5:00    
Concluding Session: Lessons Learned and Case Studies on Successful European Co-Productions

 - How to get co-production deals done today
 - Finding access to partners
 - Utilizing Incentives
 - Legal matters
 - Distribution rights
 - Issues and solutions

Jan Fantl, Head of Consultation, CoPro Smart
Panelists: Peter Reichenbach, Chairman/Producer, C-Films AG
Matthias Braun, Attorney, Eggers-Malmendier

Dama Claire, Production Executive, The Incentives Office

Forum Concludes

Zurich Film Festival Premiere

Participants of the forum are welcome to attend the premiere on the evening of the forum at the Festival-Cinema in Zurich City. Tickets will be available at the registration desk for registered forum participants only.