The 9th edition of the “All about Economy Film Days” 17-20 May 2022, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Due to the Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the organizers of All About Economy Film Days had to change the country of our venue from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia to Sofia University in Bulgaria.
Topic: Times of Change and New Prospectives
Dates: 17-20 May 2022
In addition to the films themselves, we will have discussions with lecturers from the partner Sofia University and external guest lecturers and a city tour wih local students.
The festival team is looking forward to meeting you at our event.
The 10th edition of the annual All About Economy Film Days event will be in Romania
Dates: 18-21 October 2022
view details of the previous Economy Film Days events
The 7-th Edition of All About Economy Film Days, 3-5 June 2020
The organizers of All About Economy Film Days are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: All About Economy Film Days
Time: Jun 11, 2020 11:00 AM Zurich
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 911 1205 6941
Please, watch The Counterfeiters film before the Zoom meeting. The link to The Counterfeiters film:
In your Movies & TV player menu, please choose original German audio and the English subtitles if necessary.
The festival team is looking forward to e-meeting you online.
Our team is very happy to announce the second online All About Economy Film Days festival between 3-5 June, 2020.
The event was to be held in Sofia at New Bulgarian University but due to the coronavirus outbreak we will do it online. New Bulgarian University remains our partner for this event.
We will focus on:
Money: Transformation and Financial Innovation
Our keynote speakers will be recognized professors, economists and leading specialists in financial sector from Bulgaria, Romania and Switzerland.
The live festival will be streamed via Zoom.us. Link to the live stream will be additionally provided to all participants.
The festival programme is under the development.
The festival team is looking forward to e-meeting you at our online event.
The 6-th Edition of All About Economy Film Days, 1-3 April 2020
Title: Opportunities in Reshaping Money and Financial Services: What is at Stake?
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, All About Economy Film Days festival was turned into a virtual event.
It was held on 1-3 April 2020 online in cooperation with the University of Bucharest and under the high patronage of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Romania.
Despite some technical difficulties, we tried to make our first online event interesting, exciting and fun. Our expert speakers put their maximum efforts and created an atmosphere of attention and participation. And students learnt a lot about cryptocurrency, community currencies, Britain’s trusts, digital currencies from films, lectures, presentations and during the workshops where they worked in mixed Swiss-Romanian groups.
Students voted for the festival films and selected The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire as the best documentary film and a modern Romanian film Hawaii as the best feature film. Hawaii is the second film casting Dragos Bucur which received the highest rankins from students. Last year it was Two Lottery Tickets. We make our small contribution in promoting Romanien films to the festival audience.
The most active students will be awarded for their active participation in group discussions and commenting during the online vouting for films. They are: Pekas Endy, Gospodinov Konstantin, Knezevic Marija, Voica Ana, von Euw Sandro, Elsener Michael and Milic Fabian.
The event in Kiev is planed for 26-28 October 2020
All About Economy Film Days, Kyiv 2020
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Hosted by: Kyiv-Mohyla Business School
Date: 26-28 October 2020
The 5th edition of All About Economy Film Days Festival was held in Gdansk (Poland) on 28-30 of October 2019.
All About Economy Film Days, Gdansk
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Hosted by: The Gdansk University of Technology
Date: 28-30 October 2019
Several workshops were conducted using the thematic films excerpts. The festival offered renowned guest speakers and an diverse film programme. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Poland Jürg Burri visited the official opening of the festival. In his welcome speech, he highlighted the importance of diplomacy in strengthening the relations between Switzerland and Poland. Our film days contribute to the exchange between our countries.
All About Economy Film Days, Bucharest 2019
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Hosted by: the University of Bucharest
Date: 10-12 April 2019
The need for renewal
One of the consequences of the economic crisis of 2008 was the loss of confidence into so-called “mainstream economics”, as taught at universities around the globe, as it was neither able to foresee the crisis, nor to propose effective and uncontroversial countermeasures. Its overly abstract and mathematized language is today criticized for being too remote and cryptic.
An economics for the people
There is a growing demand for an economics striving for clarity, methodological pluralism, social responsibility and ethical sensitivity – a social science willing to incorporate the broader concern for the common good into its theoretical edifice, and able to explain the consequences of economic decisions to a wider audience.
For the economy concerns us all – its discussion must not be restricted to specialists. Better-informed citizens are a prerequisite for sustainable development.
Film as a didactic means
The organizers of the All about Economy Film Days are convinced that films are a suitable medium to involve students and a wider public into economic topics, as films are able to elucidate ethical dilemmas and pair facts with emotions.
What should the economy of the future look like?
The festival wants to spread optimism and illustrates attempts to bring about change. For it is possible to improve the economic environment, in which we live and work.
Discussions between critical filmmakers, academia, business as well as foreign and local students lead to new insights.
This event takes place within a course module of Hochschule Luzern and aims to explain economics to students in an appealing way using documentary and fiction films related to economics. Didactic approaches applied in the module include film screening, lectures, workshops, excercises and critical discussion.
One of the consequence of the economic crisis of AD 2008 was the crisis of confidence besetting so called “mainstream economics”. Economics, as lectured and taught at the leading universities around the globe, was neither able to foresee the upcoming crisis nor capable of proposing any efficient and uncontroversial countermeasure. International outcry ensued, blaming overly abstract and mathematized language of contemporary economics for being too remote and cryptic for an average citizen. The aim of domesticating the economics as science is the starting point for this conference.
There has been growing public demand for an economics, in which there is a place for clarity, methodological pluralism, social responsibility and ethical sensitivity. An idea was subsequently born that a new public image of economics has to be created, which would be able to explain the consequences of certain economic decisions to the wider audience and laymen and to incorporate broader concern for social good into its own theoretical edifice.
Understanding the importance of this problem prompted professor Paul Dembinski from Fribourg University, Switzerland, to start AREF (Association for the Renewal of Research and Teaching in Economics and Finance), in which leading Swiss specialists in economics and finance has been gathered together to popularize knowledge about those two disciplines. Professor Paul Dembiński proposed Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdańsk University of Technology to cooperate in organization of film meetings on economy and economics. Such initiative fits neatly within the strategy of the Association, since primarily the event’s goal is to disseminate knowledge about economics and financial markets in an unconventional and intelligible manner.
Film seems to be the medium cut out to fulfil this lofty educational and enlightening mission. Both documentary and feature films explain perfectly mechanisms and intricacies of economy and world of finance, enabling simultaneously to comprehend point of view of various social actors, their perceptual and cognitive frameworks and their guiding moral principles. Films affect the viewers, provoke discussion, arouse curiosity, trigger interest and sensitize the viewers to the importance of economic issues.
Formula of the conference
Our conference consists of two modules: one consists of documentary films and second of fictional films. Documentary films module consists of screenings of some of the most insightful documentaries recently made on the economy-related topics, preceded by a short lecture.
Fictional films module consists of a lecture by one of our keynote speaker which discusses certain aspects of a modern economy and economics, next illustrated by motion picture.
09:00 - 09:30 Official Opening
His Excellency, Mr Raymund Furrer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bulgaria
Michael Derrer, Festival Director
Representatives of University of Sofia
Olga Belous, Festival Art Director
09:30 Documentary film 1: Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain
Runtime: 1h 25 min
11.30 Documentary 2: 97% Owned - Positive Money Cut
Runtime: 59:44 min
15:30 Swiss feature film - Private Banking
(Break at 17:00-17:45)
Runtime 3h 20 min (2 parts)
09:00 Documentary film: Masters of Money - John Maynard Keynes
Runtime 59 min 07
11:00 Documentary film: Rethinking capitalism
Runtime 25 min 56
15:30 Bulgarian Feature Film: The Judgement – Feature film
Runtime 1 h 47 minutes
09:00 Amazon, Jeff Bezos and collecting data, Documentary
Runtime 42:25 min
Commented by our guest from Moscow:
Victor S. Efremov, Professor, Head of Management Department, Faculty of Economics, People Friendship University
11:00 Documentary film 1: Will covid kill globalisation? Documentary film 2: Cash or card – will COVID-19 kill cash?
13:45 Swiss and Romanian students group discussion
Learnings from these unusual times for my career and for my life
14:45 Short plenary meeting about the student group discussions
15:15 Official Closing, Voting for the best film, Awards for most active participants
Voting for the best film and awards for the most active festival participants – Olga Belous, Festival Art Director
Official Closing, Michael Derrer, Festival Director
Mag. Michael Derrer, Co-initiator and Festival Director
Hochschule Luzern and ASCENT AG
As a specialist for the renewal of didactics in economics, he recognizes the value of films to affect the viewers, provoke discussion and sensitize to the importance of economic issues. As a business consultant, he has the role of an interface between internationalizing Swiss companies and the economic environment of East and Central European countries.
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2019 BUCHAREST EDITION OF “ALL ABOUT ECONOMY FILM DAYS” ANNOUNCED FILM AWARDS: Jury prizes and honorable mentions were presented at a closing ceremony on April 12. The Best Documentary Film honorable title was awarded to: A World Without Money (Director: Hanspeter...
The first edition took place in Gdańsk, Poland in November 2017 Video impressions from the festival: Official video documentation Student video documentation Archive of the previous event in...
Sofia University, Bulgaria
The venue will be held at the lecture rooms 245A and 245B of Faculty of Geology and Geography
1504 Sofia, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
Paul H. Dembinski
Co-Initiator, Festival Director
Director, Bucharest Edition
Director of the Festival
Hochschule Luzern – Business School
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
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