BPF 2020 - Online Lectures

IMPORTANT. All lectures will be live-streamed via ZOOM and accessible only for the registered industry representatives.


Presenting Yourself and Your Project

7th OCTOBER 15:00 – 16:30 (UTC+3)

To present a project means to share an idea for a film with the first audience of experts and decision makers. The lecture will focus on the essence of a pitch by describing the process of preparation and on pitching as a part of the project´s development.


Speaker | Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer is a script mentor, project consultant, and pitching coach. She has been an artistic advisor for the Maia Workshops, developing events including Connecting Cottbus, IDM Film Conference Incontri, and currently MDM’s Meet Your Neighbour in Leipzig. Alongside consulting on script development, packaging, and pitching for individual projects, she consults for the First Films First script development programme, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MIDPOINT Feature Launch, interfilm Script Pitch, Berlinale and Sarajevo Talents, Baltic Pitching Forum, FilmProSeriesEA, among many others.


Short film development: Riga's Lilac

8th OCTOBER 12:00 – 13:30 (UTC+3)

How does the development process of a short animation project look like? What are the main challenges of co-producing a film and choosing the festival strategy?

The presentation will give an insight into the bumpy creative production path of the short film Riga’s Lilac, which began with solo pitches and work in various film residencies and led to a co-production with two teams in two countries – Latvia and France, and finally – to a successful film festival journey.

The short animation film Riga’s Lilac (dir. Lizete Upīte) is a BPF 2016 Alumni project that won one of the main prizes – participation rights at the European Short Pitch 2017. The film was completed in 2019, traveled to more than 30 international film festivals, and won the Lielais Kristaps Award for the Best Latvian National Short Film 2019. 

Speaker | Lizete Upīte

Lizete Upīte is an animation film director from Latvia. Lizete began her studies in audiovisual media at the Baltic Film and Media School, Estonia, but after Erasmus exchange studies in Portugal, changed her major to animation. Since 2013, after La Poudrière school of animation direction in France, Lizete has been working on several animation projects, as well as directing her short films Night Walks (2018), Riga’s Lilac (2019), and a commissioned film for TED-Ed (2019).

All you want to know about festival programming: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

8th OCTOBER 14:00 – 15:30 (UTC+3)

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market is the foremost international event and marketplace devoted to short films. It brings together a large audience (175,000 entries in 2020 and 3,600+ industry delegates) from 80 countries who come to scout a catalogue of 8,000+ recent films. A member of the International competition committee and coordinator of the industry events programme, Julie Rousson will present the mechanism of the selection process and the opportunities given by the Short Film Market and Clermont’s philosophy.


Speaker | Julie Rousson

Julie holds a Masters degree in cultural project production, with a master’s thesis about the impact of Internet and numeric revolution on the short film industry. She permanently joins Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage, the association behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, in 2015 after several years working on punctual missions. She coordinates the industry events at the Short Film Market, especially Euro Connection and the #SHORT program, and the relation with administrative institutions. She is also a member of the International competition selection committee.

How distribution can help you reach the next level in your career

8th OCTOBER 16:00 – 17:30 (UTC+3)

What is distribution for animated short films? What can directors expect from it? What is a distributor? This presentation will try to answer these questions and help the directors to ask themselves the right ones.

Founded in 2017, Miyu Distribution is born out of the meeting between Luce Grosjean and her former company Sève Films that she was running since 2014, and Miyu Productions. Specializing in international sales and distribution of animated short films, the company distributes graduation films from the well-known animation schools as well as short films from independent production companies. Its purpose is to offer a space to young artists, to give their films the opportunity to find their audience.


Speaker | Laure Goasguen

After studying Cinema and Audiovisual during two years at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, Laure Goasguen continued her studies and completed a professional license in Marketing of cultural products, specializing in Cinema and Audiovisual. She made a 6 months internship at Miyu Distribution in order to complete her degree. After graduating, she was hired as a festival distribution manager at Miyu Distribution and work for this company ever since. From October 2019 to January 2020, she went to the East side of the United States to give lectures in front of art schools’ and universities’ students to make them aware of the challenges of the distribution of animated short films. She took advantage of this opportunity to keep on making the films from the company travel with her and conquer the US territory.