MIA Market unveils the program and guests of its 7th edition

Among the guests of this year, the director writer and producer Joe Russo will have presence, along Alon Aranya, R.J. Cutler, Cosima Spender and Valerio Bonelli.

24 SEP 2021

MIA|International Audiovisual Market

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MIA|International Audiovisual Market, the leading event of the Italian Film and Audiovisual system, directed by Lucia Milazzotto, is back with varied program. Hundreds of accredited buyers are a confirmation of the operators’ growing confidence in the territory and their intention to expand business in Italy, also thanks to MIA which has become crucial in the production of scripted and unscripted titles. 2021 features a +30% increase in the number of feature film screenings, 140+ screenings and 80+ worldwide and market previews - a clear proof of the desire to plunge back into the cinematic experience and meet face to face with distributors, directors and the international film community.

The seventh edition takes place again in Rome from October 13 to 17, in the venues of Palazzo Barberini, Cinema Moderno and Cinema Quattro Fontane, where the domestic and international industry will be greeted in total safety. As for the previous edition, physical events will be enhanced and integrated virtually, through the custom-designed online platform, MIA Digital.

MIA Scripted

Award-winning and record-breaking director, writer and producer, Joe Russo, Co-Chairman of AGBO, will be the protagonist of the opening keynote interview of the MIA Scripted Division, curated by Gaia Tridente. Through a quartet of movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Russos raised the bar for blockbuster filmmaking in artistry, scope, and box office returns with their franchise: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014); "Captain America: Civil War" (2016); "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018); and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019).

Besides the Key guests of the seventh edition of MIA, producer and writer Alon Aranya, will be the subject of a Keynote Interview exploring his innovative Producing career. Alon is the Executive Producer of "Your Honor" (Showtime) the US remake of the Israeli series "Kvodo".

Co–Production Market E Pitching Forum

The Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum includes a selection of 14 feature film projects from 8 countries that will be exhibited to domestic and international key players of the sector. As many as 5 of the 12 projects selected are by women directors, proof of the market's commitment to women’s inclusive growth and working empowerment.

In addition to the international selection, for the second year the Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum presents WANNA TASTE IT?, a section dedicated exclusively to Italian film projects in development. This year, 14 international TV series projects will be showcased at the Drama Co-production Market & Pitching Forum.

Panel & Talks

The busy program of the Scripted section includes events dedicated to cinema, television and digital platforms. The panel New Business Models in Television turns a spotlight on the new landscape of AD-supported TV, with an overview analysis on AVOD and FAST platforms all the way to SVOD / AVOD hybrid models.

In the course of the panel Film Financing Bundles, key industry players will analyze film financing options and the evolution of film funding in recent years.

MIA announces that the Scripted division has partnered with TorinoFilmLab resulting in a Hosted Pitch session of the 9 projects realized at the 5th edition of SeriesLab, a high-level training program dedicated to prestigious and innovative European TV series projects.

C EU Soon

Five films were selected for C EU Soon, a special work-in-progress program curated by Francesca Palleschi and dedicated to European first and second feature films in post-production.

MIA Unscripted

The MIA Unscripted section, curated by Marco Spagnoli, will host several international events, including a keynote by acclaimed producer and director R.J. Cutler, who has been on the frontlines of American documentary filmmaking for the past thirty years.

Among the protagonists of the seventh edition, highlights include Cosima Spender and Valerio Bonelli. Documentaries have three writing stages: the research, the production and the edit. Cosima and Valerio have worked together for 20 years, the director and editor team of "Palio and Sanpa", "Sins of the Savior". In this talk they will explore how to develop characters and construct a narrative in a documentary, be it a feature length or a series, from inception to delivery.

Doc Pitching Forum

With 13 projects ranging from sport to music, from environment issues to politics, this year's Doc Pitching Forum showcases a great variety of content, centered on strong, controversial and intriguing characters.