The Programme

DigiTraining Plus: European Cinemas Experiencing New Technologies
29 June to 3 July 2011
Helsinki and Tallinn
Wednesday, June 29 Thursday, June 30 Friday, July 1 Saturday, July 2 Sunday, July 3

Individual arrivals
to Helsinki


Check in at Hotelli Seurahuone

Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to the Finnish Film Foundation Auditorium

Digitisation in Europe: key figures
by Elisabetta Brunella, Secretary General of MEDIA Salles

Coffee break

D-Cinema: why we are where we are today, with John Graham and Dave Monk (EDCF)

Coffee break

Technical session: delivery of digital materials to movie theatres, followed by Demo presentation
by Mélodie Hoppenot, SmartJog

Q&A session

Transfer to the restaurant

Breakfast at the Hotel

Transfer to cinema Artis (within walking distance)

Arrival to Cinema Artis

Visit to Cinema Artis, arthouse cinema in the centre of Tallinn.

In collaboration with the Estonian Film Foundation: an information session open to players and exhibitors from the Baltic Republics, chaired by Marge Liiske, Estonian Film Foundation

Presentation of the Estonian cinema landscape, by Lauri Kaare, Forum Cinemas

Digital Cinema in 2011: Trends in Rollout, Financing and Technology, by Michael Karagosian, MKPE

Q&A session

Coffee break

Digitalization: an opportunity or a threat for independent and art house exhibitors, small and medium theatres, exhibition in rural areas?

How digitisation can be an advantage, by Marieke Jonker, Amstel Film

Q&A session

Intervention by the MEDIA Programme,
Emmanuel Joly (European Commission)

Till Cussmann (FTT)

Q&A session


End of programme

Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer by bus (from the hotel)

Cinema Tapiola, Espoo.
Welcome, cinema tour and screening of trailers

Saving Kino Tapiola: the city's perspective, by Georg Dolivo, Director of Cultural Affairs/City of Espoo

Project Kino Tapiola: the re-opening of the local cinema (2009-2010), by Jenni Ukkonen, Chairperson of the Board, Kino Tapiola/former Executive Director of Espoo Ciné Int’l Film Festival

Q&A session

Coffee break

Alternative content is more than opera, by Tilman Scheel, Europe’s Finest

Digital Cinema - The need and value of partnerships: how long terms deals change the interaction between cinemas and their suppliers, by Jan Petersen, Nordisk Film

Q&A session


Breakfast at the Hotel

Course evaluation

Course closure

End of the course

  Lunch for the course participants at Brasserie - Wanha Satama Ravintolat

Free time in Tallinn

Lunch in Espoo  

AfternoonCheck in at Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki and registration to the course

Transfer to the Finnish Film Foundation Auditorium (tramway no.4)

Welcome Coffee
Registration to the course
Participants will be invited to fill in the pre-course questionnaire

Welcome speeches by the organisers and partners

Michael Vickers, Treasurer of MEDIA Salles

Irina Krohn, Head of the Finnish Film Foundation

Presentation of the course structure, by Anthony Williams, Moderator of the course

Coffee break

Harri Ahokas, Head of distribution of FFF

Tero Koistinen, CEO, Finnish Chamber of Films
The Finnish experience of digitalisation from the perspective of cinemas and distributors

Q&A session

Who’s who at the course:
presentation of participants

Screening of the Finnish documentary “Steam of life” finalist at the European Film Awards 2010 (81’)

Transfer to the restaurant (within walking distance)


Integration experiences in Europe: Giovanni Dolci (AAM)

Q&A session

Coffee break

Widening the Horizon - A Way To Share Your Experiences by Elise Brandt, Studio 123

Q&A session

Transfer to the West harbour by bus

Boat to Tallinn



Visit to the historical city centre of Tallinn

Individual transfers to harbour

Boat to Helsinki


Transfer by bus to town centre – hotel

Transfer by bus to the Finnish Film Foundation Auditorium

The business model for the Dutch national digital project by Ron Sterk, NVB
Harnessing the value of the VPF, by Steve Perrin, DFP

Digital conversion, alternative content and other digital issues - the Italian story, by Nicola Grispello, Metropolitan

Q&A session

coffee break

3D Future perspectives by Bernard Collard, XpanD
Q&A session
How can a movie theatre be transformed thanks to the new technologies?
John Fithian, President of NATO

Q& A

Final statements: Harri Ahokas

Individual transfer to the Hotel
Individual transfer to KesaKino
Visit to KesaKino Engel, Helsinki Presentation of the cinema by Mika Siltala

Transfer to the restaurant (within walking distance)


Departure from Helsinki

Transfer by bus from the harbour to the hotel

Check in at Tallink City Hotel

Transfer to the cinema “Coca Cola Plaza“, an urban multiplex in the centre of Tallinn


Opening dinner buffet at Scandic Grand Marina Restaurant
Dinner buffet in the lounge area at A. LeCoq Suite at Coca Cola Plaza

Presentation in the movie hall given by Triin Jürgens, Marketing Manager of Forum Cinemas: the Forum Cinemas approach to digitalization

Screening of a 3D demo reel and 3D content

Dinner* on the boat or in Helsinki
* Not included in course fee, participants to make own arrangements

Closing dinner in Helsinki at Sunn Restaurant