Second session of the Kids Kino.Lab kicked off on 19th March which a lecture “Understanding cinema business” by our tutor Ronald Kruschak. While first week of our workshop is focused mostly on individual work and production consultation there are more masterclasses and workshops coming in the following days.
This session is hosted by Film Centre of Montenegro. Due to pandemic the session is held online.
Below there are some sessions listed waiting for us. Our guests will share their knowledge and tips in terms of legal issues such as contracts and co-production agreement. We will also dig into process of co-production with Montenegro and learn more about the possibilities of filmming there and Montenegrin cash rebate system. There are also more workshop focus on writing and creating documentary films.
Co-production system and production services in Montenegro
19 March, 10:00-11:30
Professor Čekić will present the main activities of the Film Centre of Montenegro, with a focus on the possibilities for co-productions and project financing through calls for projects for minority co-production. He will speak about successful Montenegrin majority and minority co-production projects, and refer to the co-production trends in the region. Through the presentation of the vibrant film production sector in Montenegro, which is also developing rapidly due to the ever-increasing number of foreign films being shot in the country, Professor Čekić will present the Montenegrin cash rebate scheme and the process of applying for the refund.
Managing Director of the Film Centre of Montenegro
Sehad Čekić graduated in Production and holds an MA in Film Production from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the University of Montenegro. He produced the films Look at Me (2009), The Ascent (2011) and Lowdown (2016), as well as many important cultural projects. In addition, he was also involved in creating many of the most important policy documents and papers. From 2014 to 2017, he held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje, where he still teaches Film Production. He has been Managing Director of the Film Centre of Montenegro since 2017. He is also the national representative on the Eurimages Board of Management and he has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2013.
How to create and build characters. Workshop by Kirsten Bonnén Rask
23 March, 10:00-13:00
This lecture and workshop combined will focus on the elements of a story you can find when you let a character help you tell their story. The workshop part will includes time for a writing exercise.
Kirsten Bonnén Rask
script consultant, Kids Kino.Lab Tutor
Kirsten has 40+ years of experience as a script consultant, in parallel to being a decision maker, teacher and project developer. Her services span all production types and formats, with multiple best script/film awards. Kirsten has also worked with Lars von Trier, Lone Scherfig and Bille August just to mention some. During the 40+ years she has read and advised on many hundred stories – shorts, series, features, documentaries.
Masterclass on contracts. Option and screenplay contracts
23 March, 14:30-16:00
In the best-case scenario, contracts are agreements for a common goal and a positive, long-term collaboration. Contracts should always be the result of a negotiation and represent compromises. And they should always be signed at the starting point of a project. Together, we will highlight the following aspects: What are the common goals of the screenwriter and the producer? Which different interests have to be put into a compromise? Which aspects can be negotiated, when and how?
The presentation will concern agreements on the transfer of copyrights concluded between producers and screenwriters. Using the example of Polish legislation, it will indicate which issues both parties should pay special attention to when signing the contract. It will also look at the basic assumptions of the directive on copyright in the digital single market, which is currently being implemented in the legislation of all European Union countries. The presentation will explain what the directive will change, what rights will be granted to authors and what producers will be obliged to do.
General Manager of the Screenwriter’s Guild of Germany
Jan Herchenröder has worked in various positions in script consultancy, marketing, film distribution and radio and television programming (at MDR). He has held executive positions at the 3Rosen film marketing agency (in Berlin) and the German TV and film sales company Telepool (as head of the Leipzig office). Since 2014, he has been General Manager of the Screenwriter’s Guild of Germany (Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren – VDD), as well as a representative on the German Cultural Council (Media Section), FSE and IAWG.
A legal advisor at SFP-ZAPA since 2018, Kinga deals with matters related to the collective management of copyright and related rights, as well as foreign relations and EU law. She previously worked at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, where she participated in projects related to the amendment to the Copyright Act, dealt with the coordination of copyright cases before the CJEU, and represented the Polish government in negotiations conducted during working groups of the EU Council and at meetings of standing committees for copyright operating within the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
How to create a documentary film
26 March, 10:00-11:30
Ingvil Giske will share her experiences from producing and distributing documentaries for kids. Her experience has shown that even if these films receive a lot of acclaim, they are hard for broadcasters to place as the slots are often aimed at different genres. She will present her experiences from producing four docs for young people and show how we can make strategies to overcome the challenges we may face.
Ingvil is a producer with Medieoperatørene in Oslo, Norway. She produced The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree, winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2020, Best Documentary at London International Film Festival and several other awards. She has worked with directors like Solveig Melkeraaen on the two kids docs The School by the Sea (2021) and Tongue Cutters (2017). She also produced Paul S. Refsdal’s Dugma: The Button (2016), which was screened at festivals around the world and awarded Best Mid-length Documentary at HotDocs 2016. In 2021, she will release the documentary for children Kids Cup.
26 March, 14:30-16:00
This session will focus on the drafting and negotiation of international co-production agreements. After discussing the purpose and characteristics of co-production agreements, common clauses and key issues, we will also look at a sample co-production agreement.
Dr. Thomas Glückstein
Lawyer, certified specialist in copyright and media law (Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht)
Lawyer at Lausen Rechtsanwälte (Munich, Cologne, Hamburg) with a focus on copyright and corporate law, advising film producers, broadcasters and streaming platforms. Also a lecturer at the University of Television and Film Munich and the Bavarian Film Centre, as well as a speaker at the Academy of German Media (Akademie der Deutschen Medien). After graduating law school in Munich (Germany) and Amiens (France), he completed his doctoral scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, and he is also a qualified commercial mediator.
World sales & the relationship between producer and sales agent
29 March, 13:00-14:30
This lecture will shed some light on the often nebulous cosmos of world sales. We will define the role that a sales company can take in the genesis of a project, show you how to find the appropriate company for your project and also how to manage expectations right from the outset. Of course, we will also share some facts about pitching your project to a sales company and give you an indication of what can be achieved financially.
CEO of SilkWayFilms
Silke Wilfinger can look back on a career spanning over 25 years in the film industry, including 20 years in the field of international licensing in audiovisual media, acquisitions, distribution & sales.
In 2016, Silke branched out on her own and founded her Munich-based company SilkWayFilms. SWF bases its business model on consulting, distribution, acquisition and sales on a national and international level. Silke also works as a communication trainer and mediator.
Director of International Sales at Bavaria Media
Carlos Hertel looks back on a career of more than 20 years in the international distribution of audiovisual media.
Since 2017, Carlos has been responsible for international distribution for Bavaria Media, the rights trading subsidiary of the Bavaria Film Group, as Director of International Sales. He is responsible for worldwide sales in all distribution channels of Bavaria’s extensive catalogue. Additionally, he is a member of the International Acquisitions Board.
Carlos has also worked as a consultant in the areas of business development and strategy development in the media industry since 2016.