1. Thursday Professionals: Fighting to Protect the Artistic Film
At Ingensteds
MIRAGE is dedicated to promote cinema as an artform. Thursday is a full day for conversations, debate and masterclasses to help find ways support and protect artistic freedom and courage. How can we strengthen the position of the artist and the auteurs of cinema, and how to make the uncompromising films reach out to a wider audience.
Tickets: Festival Pass-holders: Free entry (First Come, First Served) Day pass: Sold at the door - 130 NOK Place: Ingensteds (Brenneriveien 9, 0182 Oslo)

11:00 AM - Blindspot: Financing Models to Protect Artistic Freedom (in Norwegian)

A dialogue on how to protect the artistic freedom that goes into filmmaking as the various financing models constantly adapt to a changing market. What responsibility does the state aid have? How does this relate to distribution and production support, now that there is no "separate" arrangement for artistic exploration? How can we protect uncompromising artists and the projects that often end up in the blind spot between funding and distribution?

Elisa Fernanda Pirir- Producer, MerFilm
Ingvil Giske - Producer, Medieoperatørene
Klara Grunning - Documentary Consultant, NFI
Silje Rise Næss - Head of Section for artistic assessment, NFI
Moderator: TBA

1:00 PM - Case Studies: Challenges and Opportunities of the Hybrid Space (in Norwegian)

A conversation between two filmmakers with ongoing projects within hybrid filmmaking, representing the format and its challenges. Bringing their expertise, representatives of the support system will join the dialogue and talk about how this fits into the support system and the opportunities that exist there.What are the challenges regarding the system for those who work within the divide between documentary and fiction? What artistic consequences does this have for the hybrid film? 

Aslaug Holm - Filmmaker and producer, Fenris Film
Bård Kjøge Rønning- Filmmaker and producer, Antipode Film 
Eirin Gjørv - Documentary film consultant, NFI
Jenny Örnborn - Consultant, Svensk filminstitutt (SFI)
Moderator: TBA

2:15 PM - Masterclass: Creative Distribution Strategies with Irena Taskovski

Irena Taskovski from renowned sales agent outfit Taskovski Films will have a talk on creative distribution strategies, and what she is looking for when selecting new projects. 

4:00 PM - Learning How To Fly: How To Reach An Audience

Conversation about current possibilities, but also challenges, of reaching audiences. What does it take to find the right audiences, and how do you create a healthy ecosystem for artistically creative documentaries?

Eroll Bilibani -Festival programmer, Dokufest
Bojana Maric - Sales Agent, Lightdox 
Sara Ruster - Festival manager for docs and shorts, Swedish Film Institute
Cato Fossum - Jack Filmbyrå
Moderator: TBA

Festival Pass - Free entry + Day pass sold at the door (130kr)

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