Carl International Film Festival will together with festivals from around Scandinavia such as CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and Northern Wave Film Festival sign the pledge ”5050×2020”. A signing initiated by Women in Film and Television Nordic where the five film festivals covering all of Scandinavia commit to increase gender equality at their festival and industry event.
Wom@rts ambassador August 2019
Wom@rts highlights the equal share presence of women in the arts and creative industries in the European cultural heritage and diversity. Womarts Ambassadors are recognized as outstanding European artists from different fields of arts and culture. The Ambassadors have been invited to host a series of masterclasses in Europe. Wom@rts partner WIFT Nordic invited Kristina Åberg to be Ambassador, of the project and to held a Masterclass in the frame of the Carl International Film Festival .
In 2000 Kristina Åberg started the production company Atmo together with colleagues from the Swedish Television. Kristina Åberg is a graduated journalist and has also studied international politics. She has worked as a reporter in different hot spots throughout the world, for example the Middle East, South Africa and Bosnia during the war. Since the start of Atmo Kristina Åberg have had the position as CEO. In the early years Atmo mainly produced TV-programmes for public service, but also documentaries for the international TV-market.
In 2006 Gitmo by Tarik Saleh and Erik Gandini was released. That was the first full length documentary produced by Kristina Åberg. At that time, Atmo co-produced a lot with Zentropa in Denmark.
Since then, most of the films produced by Kristina Åberg has been awarded. For example, The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh and a winner of Sundance 2017, was awarded with five Guldbagge (Swedish Academy awards) for best film, best male actor, best sound, best costume and best production design. The film was also nominated to a César Award by the French Academy in 2018.
My choice: international co-productions
With more than 20 years in the film industry Helena Danielsson has been awarded the European Film Academy Award Prix Eurimages for her role in shaping the European co-production industry. She has produced more than 25 films, some of which has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards and nominated for an International Emmy. Helena is since 2014 a partner at Brain Academy and will in this talk invite us into her philosophy around international co-productions.
A Carla Think Tank panel and a WIFTI talk
Constructions of gender are used to legitimize policy while gender power and gender inequality is politically legitimized. Maria Jansson, Associated professor, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University gives a 10 min WIFTI Talk about her research on how gender inequality and legitimacy is connected and how gender equality is promoted and implemented in Swedish film policy. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion.
The truth of a story and the importance of the end
Hannes Holm is one of Sweden’s most experienced directors with films such as A Man Called Ove and Ted – Show Me Love in his portfolio. We’ll get to know Hannes and his views on directing during his masterclass and why sacrificing the truth of a story may be necessary in order to improve it and why it’s devastating that today’s TV-series lacks a proper ending.
Media financing in a changing industry
The film industry is changing fast. Hollywood has a long history of working with media finance agents to fund their films. What role will media finance agents have in Sweden and Europe as the film industry becomes more globalized? How do media finance agent’s work? What are they looking for? Maren Olson, media finance agent at Creative Artists Agency – one of the largest agencies in the world, guides us through the world of media finance and the coming global film market.
GLOW, what is it? – Hot coals that are about to fade out or start a fire. This is the spirit of a new funding initiative that the Swedish Film Institute is announcing at Carl International Film Festival, with the goal to inspire young and new voices to pick up their cameras and tell their stories. Together with Paul Dandos, Tehara Film Festival and Gilda Naumanen, Carbs Collective, Klara Grunning and Malin Nygren, from the Swedish Film Institute, explore how subjects and images of diversity are part of representing an equal and democratic society.
Coffee and sandwiches will be served.
Kristina Åberg and Maria Mörner have since 2009 worked together in various projects and roles – since 2014 as producer and investor with the films Tommy, The Nile Hilton Incident and Swoon. Their relationship has developed over a long time through mutual respect and a consensus that their relationship as co-producers creates value far beyond the monetary investment. They will together share their perspectives of why their relationship as producer and private investor works.
The film industry’s financing structures are changing due to the rapid development of how we consume content. Our panelists’ posses’ key positions in financing a film through product placement, film packaging and access to venture capital. How do they think film financing will change in the future as more and more of the industry adapts to the Hollywood way of financing a film?
Anagram started 2002 as a small production company focused on live and TV comedy in Lund. Anagram has since then increasingly focused on film and expanded to Norway in 2016. The Anagram group now consists of Anagram Sweden, Anagram Norway and Anagram Live. Martin Persson and Max Svahn will in this case study take us on a journey of how Anagram has managed to establish itself as one of the leading independent production companies in Scandinavia with more than 50 productions in its portfolio and what the future might hold for the company.
Without agreements, there is no financing. Without financing, there is no film. Different sources of financing provide many benefits to the production. How can the expectations from both producers and financiers be met and formalized? A well written and negotiated agreement is the answer. Listen to the gatekeepers; the lawyers, discussing key clauses, the art of negotiating and importance of clarity in agreements.
PingPong Film was established 2013 in Malmö and has since then moved their office to Copenhagen. They began making fiction films with small budgets with quite niche stories. The national audience for niche stories might be small but in today’s global market a film can can really make a profit when promoted and distributed to all the small commmunities around the world who are already into the topic.
Producer Alexander Brøndsted and director Antonio Tublén will tell us their story of how their production company grew through targeting niche communities.
Universal Music Publishing is one of the biggest music publishers in the world. In this seminar they will share knowledge about how to license music. What rights are needed in order to clear the use of a song in a production? How to think when choosing between master version vs re-recording and local songs vs international catalogue? And last but not least, why music supervisors are your next best friend.
Dr. Susan Liddy presents her research on gender issues in the script development and production process; creative practice; female screenwriters and directors and a female ‘voice’ and the representation of older women in screen narratives. Particularly in the Irish film industry. Dr. Liddy will also share some thoughts from an anthology about gender equality and film which she currently is writing together with 15 other international researchers.
Tero Kaukomaa is one of Finland’s most prominent producers. Mikko Leino is a Finnish venture capitalist that invests in the film industry. They have together worked on the newly released Iron Sky: The Coming Race. In this talk they will both look back and reflect on how their relationship as producer and investor has developed, how their expectations on each other have changed over time while working together and how they could have improved their partnership even more.
Can a private investor contribute to a better story and greater outreach? Many producers consider private investments as expensive money but do not necessarily consider the wide network, the creative ideas and access to new partners a private investor can offer. Meet four investors with a variety of investment approaches and their perspectives on what they can offer a film.
Join us for dinner and drinks when the Best Baltic Sea Film is announced and awarded with 25000 SEK and our newly designed Carl Award. There will of course be DJs and dance all night long after the awards ceremony.