Thursday 2 August, 2018

StepIn 2017: Keynote speakers Bobby Allen (MUBI), Robert Walak (Focus Features) and Tim League (Alamo Drafthouse) with Festival Deputy Artistic Director Nadia Dresti, Project Manager Marcello Paolillo, and moderator Nick Vivarelli (Variety)


StepIn 2017 - Round table discussion


Keynote speaker Bobby Allen, VP of Content for MUBI


Keynote speaker Robert Walak, President of Focus Features


Keynote speaker Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse


StepIn 2017 Wrap up presented by the notetakers


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Designed for distributors, exhibitors, sales professionals, funding agencies and streaming platforms of auteur cinema, as well as film festivals representatives, StepIn offers a unique discussion platform for international industry key players to exchange their points of view and propose practical ideas and strategies to overcome the challenges they are facing.

The event hopes to encourage collaborations between global platforms and the theatrical players by sparking a necessary dialogue among all concerned industry players. 



StepIn 2018 will take place on Thursday 2 August. The focus subject for the upcoming edition is yet to be announced. 

In 2017, StepIn focused on “The theatrical experience and the future of arthouse cinema in the age of global streaming platforms and social networks”, highlighting an increasing issue in today's film industry.

MUBI’s VP of Content Bobby Allen, Alamo Drafthouse’s CEO Tim League, Focus Features’ President Robert Walak, Eurimages’ Executive Director Roberto Olla, SXSW’s Festival Director Janet Pierson and producer Michel Merkt are some of the high-profile participants who joined the interdisciplinary think tank StepIn for its fifth edition at the Locarno Industry Days.

For more information, consult our Past Editions page.



StepIn is organized in partnership with Variety and with the support of Eclair, Europa Distribution, Europa International and Europa Cinemas.

Project Manager: Marcello Paolillo,

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