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An important part of EAVE's mission is thinking the future of the film industry that takes in account the current and upcoming shifts. We believe in a more integrated and fluid audio-visual ecosystem where the creativity and the audience are closer and in the power of collective thinking. Throughout the different programmes and get-togethers along the year, we are inviting professionals to design the future of their trade; a key cornerstone of this endeavour is the EAVE Impact Think Tank.


The first round involving a group of 20 professionals took place in January 2020, in Trieste, Italy in cooperation with The Film Agency and When East Meets West. The group used specially tailored design-thinking exercises which allowed the professionals to identify and spot visually the barriers and challenges of our current industry, but also the opportunities coming ahead.

In August 2020, a smaller group of 9 professionals re-evaluated the 30 solutions proposed in January and came up with a shortlist of five initiatives – also based on the direct effects of the pandemic.

These five initiatives have been then surveyed online by 150 members of the EAVE network in November 2020.

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Download here the wrap-up document by The Film Agency to discover the thinking process & methodology and the five key initiatives:

  Integrate independent cinemas
Encourage more integrated model of the arthouse sector including production, distribution and exhibition within the same company.

  Boost European talent
Suggest the creation of a pan-European talent agency that gives fundamental importance to talent management and career development; securing IP and spearheading early development and packaging of content; all working together in an integrated way.

  Empower companies
Shift the focus from project financing to company financing across Europe in local, regional, national and Pan-EU funding. Also add in new compulsory funding from the streamers.

  Harness the power of data
Strengthening and modernizing the European industry’s approach to data, via the European Audiovisual Observatory and/or other research groups, analytics companies, think tanks or universities.

  Spearhead 2025 agenda
EAVE suggests crafting an agenda of 10 points like the above-mentioned initiatives that can significantly foster innovation in the film industry by 2025; a team of 10-20 experts will manage this agenda.


The results were first unveiled on January 28 at the online When East Meets West 2021, to a closed audience that included invited funders and broadcasters such as HBO Europe, Eurimages, Creative Europe, BFI, RAI, Austrian Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, ZDF/Arte and more.

Page published 10 February 2021. Updated 25 February 2021.

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