A New European Film and Television Culture Conference

Event Date: 
Wed, 09/09/2015 - 09:00
Danish Film Institute (Bio Carl and Restaurant SULT)
Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K. Denmark

What are the contours of the new European film and television culture evolving through regional collaboration, EU support mechanisms and policies for a greater European market, globalization and the digital revolution? What are the main trends for production and creative, transnational cooperation, and how are the prospects of changing the fragmented European landscape of distribution and facing Hollywood or the big new online players? What changing patterns of audience behaviour and consumption do we see nationally and transnationally, and will Europe be able to act together in the new competitive digital film and television culture where place and space is beginning to change dramatically?

This one day conference brings together researchers from the Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens (MeCETES) project, their academic and industry partners, policy makers and key players from the film and media industry in Scandinavia and Europe. MeCETES has been working for two years on the contemporary tendencies in European film and television production, distribution and reception – including film- and media policies and the digital development. Results from this research project will serve as part of the input during this conference. However, the main aim is to establish a dialogue and exchange ideas on trends and challenges in the current European media culture and the best strategies for the coming years.

Digitalization and new platforms for viewing film and television has been strongly on the agenda for quite a long time, but even though we can now talk about a rather pervasive digital media culture that actually does influence production, distribution, financing and audience behaviour, the consequences of these changes are still unclear. EU is working on many levels with the development of a more integrated, single European digital market, but this initiative has created a heated debate in the film and television industry. The national, European and global aspects of the digital development is one of the most important challenges to meet in both policy and European cooperation.

This conference will focus on cases, presentations and panel discussions dealing with some of the fundamental issues and challenges related to this in the contemporary European film and media culture through:

  • Talks with producers, directors and other creative practitioners behind recent or upcoming film and television productions
  • Presentations and panel discussions focusing on the changes in the wider European production landscape for film and television
  • Presentations and panel discussions on the trends in distribution and the challenges facing both national productions and European co-productions
  • Presentations and panel discussions on the digital development and the consequences of this development for the relationship between producers, distributors and audiences in the digital context.
  • Panels and discussions with some of the key persons and players in Europe on the policy challenges and strategies for the future European film and media culture
Confirmed speakers and panelists:
  • Ib Bondebjerg (Professor UCPH, MeCETES)
  • Henrik Bo Nielsen (CEO, The Danish Film Institute)
  • Andrew Higson (Professor and MeCETES Project leader,York)
  • Ewa Puszczynska (Producer, Opus Film Poland)
  • Sofie Wanting Hassing(Producer, Denmark)
  • Per Fly (Director, Denmark)
  • Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Screen writer, Denmark)
  • Piv Berndt (Head of DR Drama, Denmark)
  • Richard Paterson (British Film Institute)
  • Ross Biggam (Director General, ACT)
  • Katrine Vogelsang (Head of Drama, TV 2 DK)
  • Rikke Ennis (CEO, Trust Nordisk, DK)
  • Helene Aurø (Head of DR International)
  • Jon Sadler (Marketing Director, Arrow Films, UK)
  • Philip Drake (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • James Bennett (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
  • Claus Bülow Christensen (Director of Research & Development, Zibra Digital Media Group, DK)
  • Claus Ladegaard (Head of Production and Development, DFI)
  • Ilse Schooneknaep (SMIT, Brussels, MeCETES)
  • Petri Kemppinen (CEO Nordick Film & TV Fond)
  • Nina Crone (CEO of Danish Producers Association and Crone Film)
  • Sue Deeks (Head of Programme Acquisitions, Films, Series, BBC)
  • Lucia Recalde (Head of Creative Europe, Media)

Download a draft copy of the conference programme.


  • Free - by special invitation
  • 150 DKK for students (£14.50)
  • 300 DKK for everyone else (£28.50)

Refreshments included. Visit our online payment system to register.



Danish Film Institute (Bio Carl and Restaurant SULT), Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K.



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Email: Professor Ib Bondebjerg (


Europrean Historical Drama in the Digitial Age - A one-day conference

Event Date: 
Tue, 17/03/2015 - 09:30
Law and Management Building (LMB/002)
University of York (Heslington East campus), York YO10 5GD
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This one-day conference, organised by the MeCETES project with the financial support of HERA, the Centre for Digital Heritage and Department of Theatre Film and Television, University of York, brings together some of Europe’s leading film and television scholars to discuss historical drama in contemporary Europe. Addressing issues of production, representation, distribution and audience reception, it will focus on key case-studies from Britain, Germany and Denmark. It will also address the question of how digitisation is changing the way historical dramas are produced, circulated and consumed. Our aim is to identify some of the emerging trends within this important area of research.

The event is being organised in partnership with the Researching European Film & Television Drama – PhD Workshop.


  • Andrew Higson (University of York), Heritage Films in Europe: The Transnational Production, Circulation and Reception of ‘National’ Heritage Drama
  • Ib Bondebjerg (University of Copenhagen), Collective Memory and National and European Identity: A Case Study of UK Historical TV Drama in Denmark
  • Paul Cooke (University of Leeds), Reconfiguring the National Community Transnationally: teamWorx, Television and the ‘Eventization’ of German History
  • David Forrest (University of Sheffield), Red Riding: Rewriting the Northern Imaginary
  • Gunhild Agger (Aalborg University), Traditions of Danish Historical Drama, Its Sources of Inspiration and Its Appeal
  • Kim Toft Hansen (Aalborg University), “High Quality Historical Drama”: The Danish Case of 1864
  • Q&A with Nick Wild and Alistair Maclean-Clark (360 Degrees Media) on producing historical drama


Conference registration fee:

  • Academic staff: £25
  • Students/postgrads: £20
  • University of York staff and postgrads: free

Visit our online payment system to register

Closing date for registration: March 3, 2015


This event is financially supported by HERAThe Centre for Digital Heritage and the Department of Theatre Film and Television, University of York.

Making European Film and Television Drama - a one-day industry event

Event Date: 
Thu, 18/09/2014 - 09:00
Kursaal Oostende
Ostend, Belgium

This one-day conference, organised by MeCETES, brings together industry professionals, policymakers and media analysts to discuss some of the key issues and trends affecting the film and television industries in Europe and particularly smaller European nations and regions.

Our confirmed speakers include:

  • Ingolf Gabold (Producer The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge, Denmark)
  • Kathrine Windfeld (Director The Bridge, The Team, Denmark)
  • Malin-Sarah Gozin (Showrunner Clan, Belgium)
  • Hans Herbots (Director The Spiral, Belgium)
  • Tasja Leonie Abel (ZDF, Germany)
  • Hugo Heppell (Screen Yorkshire, UK)
  • Jan De Clercq (Lumière, Belgium)
  • Helen Perquy (Producer Caviar, Belgium)

The morning session will focus on the challenges of European screenwriting, especially for writing and producing pan-European TV drama. The afternoon focuses on the challenges and trends within financing and distributing European film, and specifically how the circulation of European films can be improved.

The conference programme combines presentations by media experts and industry professions with panel discussions. The sessions will give audiences a chance to ask questions and contribute to the debate.

The event is being held at the Kursaal Oostende during the Filmfestival of Ostend. Registrations is €50 (or €30 for students).

Visit our online registration site to book your place.

Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens (MeCETES)

In modern societies, cultural encounters are largely mediated encounters. The MeCETES project is founded on the premise that our experience of other Europeans is heavily mediated through cinema and television. As Europeans from particular nations, our understanding of Europe and our sense of Europeanness is achieved partly through encountering representations of Europeans from other nations on screen. Since the Maastricht Treaty of 1992, the role of culture and the creative industries within Europe has gained in importance, and the EU has developed increasingly comprehensive cultural and media policies as part of the European project. Yet we still have only limited knowl- edge about which European films and television drama series travel well within Europe, how Europeans engage with screen fictions from or about other European nations, cultures and identities, and the role those fictions play in constructing a sense of Europeanness.

The MeCETES project will seek to fill this gap by producing an overview of European film and television production, distribution and dissemination, as well as case studies of selected films and television dramas emanating from, set in or about the United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium, where the three research teams will be based. We will analyse how a range of screen fictions from different production contexts represent other Europeans. We will determine the extent to which those European screen fictions are produced and which travel most readily within Europe or between European nations. We will thus look at the policy framework and industrial context that enable those fictions to be made and to circulate. We will also examine their reception by looking at how audiences engage with those screen fictions, and the role they play in establishing a sense of European identity, cultural integration and diversity. The focus of study for the project is the period 2005 to 2015.

The project will be led by three senior academics: Andrew Higson (Project Leader, University of York, UK), Ib Bondebjerg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Caroline Pauwels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium). An Advisory Board involving academics from across Europe and partners from industry as well as from funding and policy bodies at both national and transnational levels, will help shape the research and the outcomes as we seek to influence debates about the media in Europe.

Associated Partners: 

AP-1: Mr Ross Biggam, Association of Commercial Television in Europe, BE
AP-2: Mr Henning Camre, European Think Tank for Film and Film Policy, DK
AP-3: Ms Sandra De Preter, VRT, BE AP-4: Mr Christian De Schutter, The Flanders Audio-Visual Fund (VAF), BE
AP-5: Ms Sally Joynson, Screen Yorkshire, UK
AP-6: Ms Nadia Kløvedal Reich, Danmarks Radio (DR), DK
AP-7: Dr André Lange, Observatoire Européen de l’Audiovisuel – European Audiovisual Observatory, FR
AP-8: Mr Roberto Olla, Council of Europe EURIMAGES, FR
AP-9: Ms Ulla Ostbjerg, TV2, DK AP-10: Ms Hanne Palmquist, Nordisk Film and TV
Fond,NO AP-11: Mr Richard Paterson, British Film Institute, UK AP-12: Mr Lene Petersen, Danish Film Institute, DK


Professor Ib Bondebjerg

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Professor Andrew Higson

University of York
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Professor Caroline Pauwels

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
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MeCETES Blog on European Film and TV Drama

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Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens (MeCETES) is a collaborative research project exploring contemporary European film and television drama.

Our new blog features articles by the MeCETES team outlining our initial research findings, as well as contributions by guest researchers. Recent highlights include:

We welcome contributions from other researchers working in this area. If you have a short article or blog (up to 1,000 words) on any aspect of European film and television drama, we'd love to hear from you. Email:

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MeCETES End-of-Year Workshop

Members of the MeCETES Team, Academic Board and Associate Partners met in Oostende, Belgium, on March 17, 2014, for the MeCETES End-of-Year Workshop. The workshop, organised to coincide with the Oostende Film Festival, concludes the first year of the MeCETES project.

Members of the MeCETES Team, Advisory Board and Non-academic Partners meet in Oostende for the MeCETES End-of-Year WorkshopThe workshop gave the three partner institutions the chance to discuss their initial findings after a year of intense research activity. Ilse Schooneknaep from Vrije Universiteit Brussel evaluated whether the EU’s MEDIA programme’s support for distribution empowered the cross-border circulation of non-national European films. Huw Jones, of the University of York, examined the circulation of European films, before going on to discuss recent trends in UK-European co-productions.

Finally, the University of Copenhagen’s Ib Bondeberg presented data on the audience for historical TV drama in Denmark, while Eva Novrup Redvall discussed the factors behind the transnational success of the UK’s Downton Abbey.

The workshop concluded with a roundtable discussion on researching film and television audiences, which involved contributions from our academic advisers Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent University), Duncan Petrie (University of York), Hannah Andrews (University of York), Milly Buonanno (University of Roma “La Sapienza”), Philippe Meers (Universiteit Antwerpen) and Tim Bergfelder (University of Southampton), and from our associate partners Henning Camre (EU Think Tank), Ingolf Gabold (Eyeworks), Richard Paterson (British Film Institute) and Heidi Hermans (VRT).

The workshop preceded our industry conference on Making European Film and Television Drama, which involved representatives from the film and television industries in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Norway and the UK. A conference report will be available on our website.


MeCETES Newsletter and Facebook

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The MeCETES project has setup a Newsletter service where you can keep up to date with latest news and blogs from the MeCETES project. We have also setup a Facebook site where followers can post and share their own news items on contemporary European film and TV drama .

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