FTVS event on the 13th October

FTVS event on the 13th October regarding the implications of the Digital Single Market

The EU Commission aims to make the Digital Single Market Strategy a game-changing initiative for European businesses. But concerns have been raised about possible consequences on cultural and creative diversity in European film sectors, as well as on the long-term growth of national digital film services. The Swedish film sector, distinguished by its critical and commercial success, is an instructive case study for examining the challenges presented by the DSM Strategy. Therefore The Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee (FTVS) and the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU co-hosts a seminar in Brussels regarding the implications of the DSM for the European film sector.

  • What can be learned from the Swedish film sector’s success?
  • What are the trickle-down effects of the DSM Strategy for national film producers?
  • How can the DSM Strategy best capture European potential for creativity, guarantee cultural diversity and secure long-term growth for national film services?

The seminar (see details below) will be followed by a film screening in the evening: The award-winning actress and director Helena Bergström will introduce her latest comedy – “A Holy Mess” – which explores the modern alternative family and the way various family relationships come to a head during Christmas, the “holiest” of family-centered holidays.

The seminar and the screening is free, but seats are limited. Please RSVP for one of both parts of the event before 1st of October at brussels@mslgroup.com


13 October 2015

Morning Programme

Location: Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Square de Meeûs 30, 1000 Brussels

10.00: Registration and coffee

10.30: Welcoming remarks

  • Åsa Webber, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the EU, Per Strömbäck, Moderator, Digital Policy expert

11.00: Roundtable discussion: Implications by the EU policy framework on the audio-visual sector

  • The audio-visual industry’s role in the European policy agenda– Jytte Guteland, MEP S&D
  • Topical EU issues related to the cultural and audio-visual sector Tomas Lindman, Advisor on Cultural and Media Policy, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU
  • Key issues and challenges according to the Swedish film and television industry – Eric Broberg, Chairman, Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee

11.45: The business perspective

  • The social-economic effects of copyright and creativity – Nima Sanandaji, Ph.D Technology, Swedish Reform Institute
  • Paradox of the film industry – the Swedish example – Helena Bergström, film director
  • Entrepreneurs and new ways forward

12.45: Questions & Answers

13.00: Buffet-Lunch

Evening Programme

Location: Cinéma Flagey, Place Flagey 18, 1050 Brussels

18.30: Cocktails

19.15: Presentation of “The Holy Mess” by director Helena Bergström

19.30: Screening of “The Holy Mess”



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