Audiovisual art is achieving plenty of new trends nowadays. We, Central and Eastern Europe, are part of these changes too. Industry Days of Serial Killer festival want to be the first stop for authors, televisions and productions from East to West and North to South. They aim at future. Opportunities to completely new forms of cooperation crosswise Europe are opening alongside the changing market.
Industry Days supplement the festival program and extend it with a professional context. They will offer several case studies of recently shown serials. They will focus on innovative financial strategies, will present original approaches to project development and will welcome inspirational guests from abroad. They will also open a debate about topics which influence our market. We are going to welcome visitors from all corners of Europe: Scandinavia as well as Moravia, students, professionals as well as decision-makers working on important positions in European institutions. Several panels of the accompanying program are meant for general public..
The program will be opened with a panel focused on the issue of serial production support through state and parastatal funds. There will be a discussion among participants from national funds and production associations. Thursday will also present the case study of the Polish serial The Teach (Belfer), which has been the most popular serial production in the country of our Northern neighbours. The serial was created thanks to an exceptional cooperation of TVN and Canal+. We are going to talk to the scriptwriter Jakub Zulczyk, the producer Wojciech Bockenheim and the Polish Canal+ representative Danuta Krasnohorska. On the same day, Aňa Geislerová and her colleague and casting director Maya Kvetny will be present in the panel for general public. In a moderated discussion, they will respond to their professions and cooperation, will compare Czech and foreign environment of serial production from the point of view of casting and will also speak about casting Czech actors in foreign serials.
In this panel, we talked to Mette Damgaard-Sørensen, the art director of New Danish Screen fund, about current methods of screenplay development in Denmark. We also discussed the steps which, historically, led to success of the contemporary Danish quality TV. Ondřej Kopřiva, the screenwriter and holder of Czech Film Critics’ Award for his TV serial Semestr (Semester in English), presented a case study of creation and web-serial success ingredients. Asger Leth, the main screenwriter of the Danish mini-series Liberty, which questions rooted ideas about television drama, talked about a critical approach to sensitive topics of the national history as well as no less sensitive methods of treating a work we adapt. The discussion was followed by screening of the first two episodes of the mini-series.
Holders of Industry accreditation had a chance to listen to case study of financing and development of the new Czech computer game from the period of Hussite Wars called Kingdom Come: Deliverance. This game was one of the best sellers in the world at that time. A panel presented in cooperation with Brno University of Technology offered a view on television technology future. The accompanying program offered a panel devoted to innovative financing of independent production with the Romanian producer Bianca Mina and the American director James Longshore. Saturday opened a discussion on trends in traditional as well as extra-university education of the generation which, in fact, is going to create the television future. The final evening was devoted to Serial Killer awards ceremony.
Industry Days also offered a wide range of social opportunities to make new contacts as well as to strengthen the existing ones. Thanks to all that came to Brno to meet friends, the recent director of the Irish Channel 4 Rod Stoneman, the art director of New Danish Screen Mette Damgaard-Sørensen, the dean of the Berlin Film Academy Ben Gibson as well as various producers, journalists and so far undiscovered talents.