November 13, Wednesday

Doc-Pro
Documentary film impact strategies
14:00, CEU - October Hall

Documentary films present new perspectives and activating powerful emotions, but what happens next? How can empathy created by effective storytelling fuel action? A panel of industry professionals will come together to discuss how they’ve carried their messages beyond the screen to promote engagement from viewers and response to social issues and injustices. Through their experiences we intend to explore how to build a good impact strategy, when to start working on it and who are the possible partners to collaborate with in the process.

Participants:
László Józsa, producer, SpeakEasy (Hungary)
Margje de Koning, artistic director, Movies That Matter (Netherlands)
Vivian Schroder, producer, Good Pitch (Germany)
Fleur Nieddu, freelance producer (UK)
Moderator:
Viki Réka Kiss, producer

The panel discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation. Pre-registration is required at industry@verzio.org. 

Media Panel
Who Pays for the News? Media Business
16:00, CEU - October Hall

Quality journalism is in a crisis. The existing business models that support journalism are either non-sustainable or jeopardize journalistic independence. Paywalls, donations, memberships, advertising, state subsidies, grants—everyone is searching for the Holy Grail of funding. Does the solution lie in the Netflix generation? What are the consequences of this economic crisis for journalism, how did we get here, and how can we get out of it? These are some of the topics we will discuss with our renowned guests.

Participants:
Krisztina Bombera, ATV (Hungary)
Gábor Kardos, 444.hu (Hungary)
Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelova, SME (Slovakia)
Iván Zsolt Nagy, HVG (Hungary)  
Moderator:
Éva Bognár, CEU Center for Media, Data and Society

The discussion is in English. Pre-registration is required at industry@verzio.org. 

VR Talk
Vektor VR - Official opening
18:00, Trafó

Official opening and short introduction by the curator of Vektor VR section, Ágnes Karolina Bakk.

Panel talk with Lars Rummel, immersive media curator (Leipzig DokFest) and Nimrod Shanit, creator of Holy City VR about the current state of VR and documenting reality.

The discussion is in English. 

Venue: Trafóklub

Film+Discussion
A gyűlölet nem elég - megérteni az elfogadhatatlant
White Right: Meeting the Enemy
18:00, Kino - Big Hall

Participants:
Bulcsú Hunyadi, senior researcher at Political Capital
Gergő Varga, antifascist activist 
Moderator:
Szabolcs Szirony

Discussion only in Hungarian.

November 14, Thursday

Doc-Pro
Co-production in Europe and beyond
16:00, CEU - October Hall

This panel discussion explores co-production possibilities in Europe and beyond and how strategic international co-production partnerships may expand your financing, sales and distribution possibilities. Do national and European funding schemes sufficiently encourage and support co-productions? How do international co-production funds work and operate? What are the benefits and downsides of co-producing outside of Europe? What's it like from a European producer's perspective and what are the lessons to be learnt from their experience?

Participants:
Alessandro Gropplero, forum director , When East Meets West (Italy)
Max Tuula, producer, Marx Film (Germany)
Anna Závorszky, executive producer, HBO Europe (Hungary)
Anna Kaslová, Forum Manager, Ex Oriente Film & East Doc, Institute of Documentary Film (Czech Republic)
Hanne Phlypo, producer, Clin d'oeil Films (Belgium) 
Moderator:
Julianna Ugrin, producer, Eclipse Film (Hungary)

The panel discussion is in English. Pre-registration is required at industry@verzio.org. 

VR Talk
Virtual Reality, Real Violence
17:30, Trafó

Presentation by Pola Borkiewicz.

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

VR Talk
Women in VR
18:00, Trafó

Roundtable discussion

Participants: Pola Borkiewicz, Rita Eperjesi, Fanni Fazekas

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

Film+Discussion
4 years in a refugee tent
Tiny Souls
18:15, Toldi - Big Hall

Participants:
Dina Naser, director
András Kováts, director of Menedék Association, Hungary 
Panka Nagy, staff member at the Lutheran Diaconate, Hungary
Moderator:
Simon Ernő, press officer, UNHCR Central Europe 

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation.

Film+Discussion
Does fair trade exist?
Fair Traders
18:15, Kino - Big Hall

Participants:
Györgyi Újszászi, Head of the Hungarian Fair Trade movement
Eszter Tóth, assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Debrecen

Discussion in Hungarian only.

The screening is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Hungary.

VR Talk
VR: Changing Documentary Film?
19:00, Trafó

Panel Discussion about the Impact of VR & Immersive Journalism on Documentary Film

Participants:
Andrius Lekavičius, Georgy Molodtsov, Lars Rummel

Moderator:
Ágnes Karolina Bakk

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

November 15, Friday

Media Panel
Investigative Journalism: What is at Stake?
16:00, CEU - October Hall

Investigative journalism is regarded as one of the last tools to defend democracy in our region—one of the few remaining checks on power. We attribute superhero-like features to investigative journalists who fight corruption and wrongdoing, and take on the villains of our times. But in the meantime, journalism is struggling with a failing business model, a decline in audience trust, apathy, and personal attacks—including online harassment and physical threats. We will discuss trends in investigative journalism, the nature of the job, success stories, innovations, and the particular challenges in the region, with distinguished investigative journalists from Hungary and the neighboring countries.

Participants:
Slobodan Georgijev, BIRN (Serbia)
Mirela Neag, Libertatea (Romania)
Tamás Bodoky, Átlátszó (Hungary)
Gergely Saling, Direkt36 (Hungary)
Moderator:
Csáky Zselyke, Freedom House

The discussion is in English. Pre-registration is required at industry@verzio.org. 

VR Talk
Reenacting History in VR
18:00, Trafó

VR Artist Talk with Andrius Lekavičius (director, Code of Freedom, 1991). 

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

Film+Discussion
Children's Lives in Afghanistan
Kabul, City in the Wind
18:15, Toldi - Big Hall

Participants:
Péter Wágner, researcher specialized in Afghanistan, Institute of Foreig Affairs
Nóra Teller, sociologist, Városkutatás Kft.
István Tölli, ambassador, former coordinator and consultant of the Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan
Dr. Miklós Sárközy, Iran expert, historian, university lecturer
Moderator:
Ernő Simon, press officer, UNHCR Central Europe 

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation.

VR Talk
Presenting Remote Sights
18:30, Trafó

VR Artist Talk with Georgy Molodtsov (director, Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water, Uncapitals: Pomors in 360).  

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

Film+Discussion
Colectív Q&A
Colectív
20:45, Toldi - Big Hall

Participants:
Zsófia Fülöp, journalist, Magyar Narancs (Hungary)
Mirela Neag, journalist, Libertatea (Romania)

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation. 

Film+Discussion
Economy vs humanity?
Está Todo Bien
21:00, Kino - Big Hall

Participants:
Tuki Jencquel, director
Béla Soltész, assistant professor at the Department of International and European Studies at ELTE
László Kupi, director of the Society of Latin America
Moderator:
Szilárd István Papp, journalist, merce.hu

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation. 

November 16, Saturday

Film+Discussion
Family Screening

Helga Papp - Drama teacher
Bogi Szalga - Drama teacher

Film+Discussion
Equal Before the Law?
Advocate
13:45, Toldi - Big Hall

Participants:
Philippe Bellaiche, director
Dalma Dojcsák, lawyer at TASZ
Borbála Ivány, lawyer at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
János Gadó, editor, Szombat
Moderator:
Róbert Németh, media and communications specialist, Minority Rights Group Europe & Center for Media, Data and Society 

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation.

VR Talk
Walking in the 'Zone'
15:00, Trafó

Curatorial walk by Agnes Karolina Bakk. 

Venue: Trafóklub. 
The event is in English. Ticket: 2400 HUF / student ticket: 1900 HUF.

Film+Discussion
Grow Plants with Music!
When Tomatoes Met Wagner
15:00, Kino - Big Hall

Participants:
Lili Balogh, Védegylet 
Sándorné Ács, director of the Kishantos Rural Development Centre
Moderator:
Flóra Hevesi, Head of Communication at Greenpeace Hungary

Discussion in Hungarian only.

Doc-Pro
New distribution strategies
16:00, CEU - October Hall

The documentary filmmaking industry is going through major changes that need to be discussed. As consumers have drastically changed the way of watching films and have risen their expectations on availability of content, professionals have to re-think their communication strategies and look for new ways to communicate with the audience. These new challenges have paved the way for innovative and creative marketing and distribution strategies. In this world of digital access, what are the benefits and challenges of a theatrical release? Traditional showcasing has changed significantly: What are the new models? What will be the consequences and who will benefit from? How do these changes influence the younger generations and their habits?

Participants:
Bojana Maric, distributor, Sweet Spot Docs (Switzerland)
Christine Dollhofer, festival director, Crossing Europe Film Festival (Austria)
Johanna Huth, Yangon Film School e.V. (Germany)

Moderator:
László Józsa, producer, SpeakEasy (Hungary)

The panel discussion is in English. Pre-registration is required at industry@verzio.org. 

VR Talk
VR in Theatre
17:00, Trafó

Closing session with Wojtek Markowski (Dream Adoption Society, PL)

Venue: Trafó Kávézó
The event is in English. Admission is free. 

Film+Discussion
Scars of the Earth
Earth
17:15, Kino - Big Hall

Participants:
Evelyne Faye-Horak, assistant director, Earth
Attila Matusinka, József Köles, miners, protagonists of the film Earth
András Perger, climate and energy campaigns specialist, Greenpeace Hungary 
Moderator:
Flóra Hevesi, Head of Communication at Greenpeace Hungary

The discussion is in English and Hungarian, with simultaneous translation. 

The screening is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

November 17, Sunday

Film+Discussion
Reviving Cold Cases
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
14:45, Toldi - Big Hall

Participants:
Gábor Búr, historian, associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities at ELTE
András Vágvölgyi B., journalist, director, film critic
Sándor Kardos, cinematographer, director
Moderator:
Balázs Vízer, journalist 

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation.

Film+Discussion
Regime change in South Korea
Kim-Gun
16:00, Művész - Bunuel

Participants:
Sangwoo Kang, director
László Benda, foreign affairs analyst

The discussion is in English with Hungarian simultaneous translation.