Andrus Ansip

Digital future of film to be debated in Tallinn

As part of its annual industry events summit, Industry@Tallinn, the 19th Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) in Estonia will present the next chapter of the European Film Forum on the subject of the digital future of film. 

Following summits held in Berlin, Cannes, Sarajevo, San Sebastian, Venice and MIPCOM, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market (DSM), Andrus Ansip, will give a keynote speech at this new edition in which he will discuss the DSM initiative, its objectives, the roadmap for its implementation and Europe’s digital future.

Intended as a platform for structured dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders in the audiovisual sector, Ansip will also be interviewed about his views and goals for the DSM agenda and take questions from members of the industry.

The two-day event is an executive-level public debate and showcase conference at which leaders of the film, media and technology industries will debate the issues, present cutting-edge products and services from the creative and technology fields and jointly map out future scenarios for Europe’s content business. The British Film Institute (BFI)'s Strategy Adviser Neil Watson will join a session in which national audiovisual policy and funding institutions discuss the impact of the DSM on local agendas.

Around thirty industry representatives will also be invited to join a Member of European Parliament (MEP) to debate the issue of territoriality, asking whether it is the backbone of or a barrier to good business, as well as the challenges the DSM poses to national policies and the sector. 

The event will be held from 18 - 19 November 2015.

Further session themes and speakers will be announced in the run-up to the festival. Full details of the programme can be seen on the BNFF website. Free admission with prior online registration can be organised through the Industry@Tallinn website

Photo: Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market (DSM).