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EAVE Impact Think Tank

EAVE invites professionals to design the future of their trade and the film industry through specially designed result-driven think tanks.

An important part of EAVE's mission is thinking the future of the film industry from the producers' stand-point.

We believe in a more integrated and fluid film industry where the creativity and the audience are closer.

So far, five EAVE Impact Think Tanks have been organised by EAVE in collaboration with key film professionals from all over Europe.

  • The first edition took place on January 20, 2019, in Trieste in Italy.
  • The second edition took place on January 18 – 19, 2020, in Trieste, Italy & online on August 27, 2020.  

The first and the second edition focused on film financing and funding. It brought together the key film professionals from across the industry’s value chain, such as representatives of regional, national and supra-national film funds, sales agents, VOD aggregators, commissioning editors and producers, in order to come up with suggestions and innovative ideas for our future.

  • The third edition took place online on January 28 – 29, 2021.

The third edition focused on the future of distribution. It brought together industry professionals such as distributors, sales agents, VOD aggregators, representatives of promotion agencies and festivals, producers, academics, representatives of supra-national audio-visual institutions and film funds, in order to explore the future of distribution by devising four strategic distribution plans.

  • The fourth edition took place online on January 25 – 26, 2022.

The fourth edition focused on the future of film industry. It brought together creative minds from different areas of the industry, in order to envisage the future of our industry.

  • The fifth edition took place on January 21 – 22, 2023, in Trieste, Italy.

The fifth edition focused on anti-racism: creating safe spaces for professional training programmes and positive inclusion standards for the industry. It brought together industry professionals who are active in equity and inclusion work, in order to come up with an impactful inclusion agenda that EAVE wants to accomplish, which can be an inspiring benchmark for other organisations in our community and beyond.

  • The sixth edition took place on January 21 - 22, 2024, in Trieste, Italy. 

The sixth edition focused on equitable approaches to co-production structures in the European and global screen sector. It brought together key professionals from across the industry value chain to develop concrete recommendations for policymakers and producers.

EAVE’s Impact Think Tanks used specially tailored design-thinking tools, such as the scenario planning method, costumer journey map, solution mapping, arrow planning, hot air balloon, the sketch game, how might we exercise, and brainswarming, in the attempt to possibly establish collective guidelines of better adapting to the future, fostering creativity and building audiences. The design thinking exercises allowed the professionals to identify and spot visually the barriers and challenges of our current industry, but also the opportunities coming ahead.

All sessions were organised by EAVE, in partnership with When East Meets West. Design Thinking exercises were prepared by The Film Agency.




Donate to the EAVE Alan Fountain International Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away in 2016. Its goal is to enable one producer from outside the EU to participate in all three sessions of the EAVE Producers Workshop each year.

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