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The 7-th Edition of All About Economy Film Days, 3-5 June 2020

Dear Participants,

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

Duration 1h
Join Zoom Meeting
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Please, watch The Counterfeiters film before the Zoom meeting. The link to The Counterfeiters film:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kckeidzq0m2vmqm/The.Counterfeiters_Die%20Fälscher.barm.mkv?dl=0

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.

Film Festival Program 7th edition 3-5 June 2020 final

 

 

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.

Film Festival Program 6th edition April 2020, Final 31.03.20

 

 

view details of our upcoming events in 2020:

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

view details of the previous Economy Film Days events

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

Link to the Economy Film Days in Gdansk 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.

A link to a news-letter published on the University of Fribourg web-site

 

All About Economy Film Days, Bucharest 2019

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Hosted by: the University of Bucharest

Date: 10-12 April 2019

Festival Program

Programme Sofia, October 2018

Details of the event in Romania, 2018

Details of the event in Poland, 2017

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.

Prof. Paul Dembinski, Initiator

 

 

 

MICHAEL DERRER CO-INITIATOR FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Prof. Paweł Dembiński

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.

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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 Official Opening

Participants:

H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bulgaria, Dobrinka Kostova, Alina Savu, Olga Belous, Michael Derrer

09:45 Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain

Runtime: 1h 25 min

Commented by:

11:40 Banking On Bitcoin, documentary

Runtime: 1h 22min

Link to film

Commented by: Virgile Perret - Monetary Innovation Expert at AREF Switzerland

Presentation and discussion: Facebook’s Libra versus Central Bank Digital Currency

 

15:45 Workshop

Moderated by:

Juliana Hadjitchoneva – Senior Assist. Prof., New Bulgarian University, AI in fintech researcher 

 

16:15 The Finance Sector (B2C) | I.O.T. Powering The Digital Economy

Runtime: 25:40 minutes

Link to film

Commented by: Juliana Hadjitchoneva – Senior Assist. Prof., New Bulgarian University, AI in fintech researcher

16:30 Mobile Payment: China leads the way

Runtime: 29:34 minutes

Link to film

Commented by: Ekatherina Tzvetanova, Senior Assist. Prof., New Bulgarian University, Data Scientist

 

17:30 The Counterfeiters, Fiction (in German)

Runtime: 1h38min

Commented by: Prof. Paul H. Dembinski, Festival Initiator, Swiss-Polish economist, professor at Fribourg University, Head of the “Observatoire de la Finance” in Geneva, founder of the Institute of Economic Research Eco Diagnostic

 

19.50 Reflexion on the first day (15-20 minutes in function of the number of questions by students)

Coordinator:

Michael Derrer – Festival Director

 

09:00 The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, Documentary

Runtime: 1:20

Link to film

Commented by:

Dr. Irena Nikolova -  a chief assistant professor of International Finance and International Trade at New Bulgarian University

 

11:00 97% Owned, Documentary

Runtime: 59:44

Link to film

Commented by:

Maurizio Degiacomi  - Director of the Modernisation Monétaire / forum-geldpolitik.ch

 

13.30 The Wall Street Code, 2013

Runtime: 50:29 minutes

Link to film

Commented by: Dr. Nigokhos Kanaryan, assistant professor at Department of Economics, New Bulgarian University, former investment manager

15:00 Shillings From Heaven, Fiction

Runtime: 90 min.

Link to Film

Commented by:

Commented by: Christian Nasulea, Lecturer at the Faculty of History University of Bucharest

17:00 Central Bank interventions in this time of crisis

Expert Presentation by:

Anton Comănescu – Counselor at the National Bank of Romania

18.15 Students’ discussion about the second day (15-20 minutes in function of the number of questions by students)

Coordinator:

Michael Derrer – Festival Director

 

09:00 Documentary on Will Ruddick and Kenyan Community Currencies , Documentary

Runtime: 25:30

Link to Film

Cashing in on local French currencies - 10.27 minutes 

Link to film

Greek Citizens Create New Currency To Tackle Eurozone Crisis (2012) – 13.39 minutes

Link to film

Commented by:

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich

 

10:40 Money and Life

Runtime: 86 min

Link to film

Commented by:

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich

 

12:40 The Mictotax Proposal

Expert Presentation by:

Prof. Dr. Marc Chesney Head of Department of Banking and Finance, Professor of Quantitative Finance 

 

14:10 The Lesson (Urok)

Runtime: 1h 51 minutes

Commented by:

Dobrinka Kostova - Professor at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

 

16:30 Official Closing, Voting for the best film, Awards for most active participants

Coordinator: Michael Derrer – Festival Director

 

Prof. Paul H. Dembinski, Festival Initiator

Swiss-Polish economist, professor at Fribourg University, where he occupies the Chair of International Strategy and Competition, head of the “Observatoire de la Finance” in Geneva, founder of the Institute of Economic Research Eco Diagnostic. An expert on behalf of international organizations such as OECD and UNCTAD, he also conducts studies of Switzerland’s economic fabric. He is the initiator and Vice-President of AREF (Association for the Renewal of Research and Teaching in Economics and Finance).

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.
www.michaelderrer.info

Dr. Irena Nikolova, Chief Assistant Professor of International Finance and International Trade at the Department of Economics, New Bulgarian University

Dr. Irena Nikolova is a lecturer since 2007 and now is a chief assistant professor of International Finance and International Trade at New Bulgarian University. Her recent books are: “Foreign Exchange Risk in Economy: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions” (2018) and “Foreign Trade Finance” (2015), both published by the university. Her professional background is linked to the Ministry of Economy of Bulgaria, where she was responsible for the relations with the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and European Investment Bank. Later, she worked in the banking sector as well.

Dr. Virgile Perret, Geneva

A political scientist, working on the topic of money already for his PhD. Based between Lausanne and Geneva, he is presently working for the Observatoire de la finance. Secretary General of AREF, the Association for the Renewal of Research and Education of Economics and Finance.
The topic of his presentation is the choice between a privat e new money (Facebook’s Libra) and a Central Bank Digital Currency. Behind this choice lies the question whether money is a private or a public good.

Dr. Nigokhos Kanaryan, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at New Bulgarian University

He teaches financial econometrics, risk management, portfolio management, and business valuation. His Ph.D. thesis was on financial modeling of CEE stock markets volatility.

He has a 10-year of experience in the asset management industry. As a portfolio manager, he was involved in the development of a high – frequency trading strategy, based on S&P 500 and DJIA futures. He is a licensed investment consultant, certified business appraiser, and a certified public accountant.

Christian Năsulea, Ph.D

Christian Năsulea is a lecturer at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, where he teaches Global Economics, Globalism and Globalisation and other economics-related subjects. He is an associated lecturer at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, where he teaches Cross-Cultural Management in English and Business Economics in French. He is the executive director of The Institute for Economic Studies – Europe and an affiliated researcher with the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales.
He has a PhD in Management and his main fields of scientific interest are: public policy, political and commercial negotiation in international relations, behavioural economics, and the economic impact of technology.

Dr Juliana Hadjitchoneva, a Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Administration and Management of New Bulgarian University

She has a PhD in Business Administration (Social Sciences) with a PhD thesis on Competitiveness and Enhancement of the Environment for Business Development. She has a master’s degree in Management Sciences from University of Liège (Belgium), and in International Economic Relations from University of National and World Economy in Sofia (Bulgaria). Her main research interests and teaching practices are in the fields of international relations, competitiveness, management and business development, innovation and entrepreneurship, complemented with good governance and state modernisation. She is a member of the International Association of French-speaking Economists (AIELF) and member of the Editorial Board of the Revue Internationale des Économistes de Langue Française (RIELF). She is the leading partner from Bulgaria for the Research Project GUESSS on entrepreneurship of the Bern University and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Her most recent researches are related with the Effectiveness of the Artificial Intelligence in fintech, retail sector and e-commerce, Economic and Trade relations between Bulgaria and Africa, and Bulgaria and Brazil, Digital Transformation of the Cities, Economic, financial and migration challenges of the globalisation on EU, Bulgarian-Polish economic and social transformation processes, Socio-economic and Entrepreneurial Diversity of Bulgarian Regions, Sustainable Competitiveness.

Ekatherina Tzvetanova, Senior Assist. Prof., New Bulgarian University, Data Scientist

Assistant Professor at the Department of Administration and Management, New Bulgarian University; She is a Member of the General Assembly of the Risk Analysis and Management Center Academic Association

Adina China-Birta - Country Manager of Instant Factoring

Country Manager of Instant Factoring, the first factoring fintech in Romania, launched in 2018. Experience in corporate finance and SME lending, leading over the past 10 years the factoring divisions of several banks and product development teams. Passionate about building winning teams, start-ups and innovation.

Professor, Dobrinka Kostova

Professor at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her main interests are in the field of elite, risks and intercultural relations. She has published more than 70 articles. She is the author of “The Economic Elite in the 1990-s – Continuity and Change”, (2003, Sofia: Institute of Sociology, BAS) and is an editor of “Through the Eyes of Swiss Social Sciences” (1999, Sofia: Acad. Publishing House “Prof. Marin Drinov”), “Bulgaria – Social and Cultural Landscapes” (2000, Fribourg: Fribourg University Press), “Roma Identities in Southeast Europe: Bulgaria” (2003, Rome: Ethno barometer 8), Interethnic Relations and Politics of Multiculturalism (2005, Sofia: Marin Drinov Academic Press), Institutional Trust (2014, Sofia: Acad. Publishing House “Prof. Marin Drinov”) and Демокрацията в епохата на глобализация и медиатизация (2014, Sofia: Acad. Publishing House “Prof. Marin Drinov”).

Maurizio Degiacomi - Director of the Modernisation Monétaire / forum-geldpolitik.ch

Born in the Swiss mountain area, he studied marketing and communication. He was an activist in the Swiss Sovereign Money Initiative, which was voted upon in Switzerland in 2018. Today he is the Director of Forum-Geldpolitik, a thinktank for monetary policy in Switzerland.

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich

He started off as an engineer, and later discovered his real passion: Alternative forms of money and their relation to a sustainable society.
He is teaching at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Jens Martignoni wrote a comprehensive and very accessible book on the topic of complementary currencies.

Professor Marc Chesney

Marc Chesney is Professor of Quantitative Finance at the University of Zurich. He was previously Professor and Associate Dean at the HEC in Paris from 1993 until 2000.
He develops a critical analysis of the financial sector. Marc Chesney is a member of Finance Watch and of Counterpoint.

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Film Awards

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New Bulgarian University

New Bulgarian University

New Bulgarian University

Paul H. Dembinski

Initiator

Dobrinka Kostova

Director of the Sofia Edition

Michael Derrer

Co-Initiator, Festival Director

Alina Savu

Director, Bucharest Edition

Olga Belous

Art Director

Contact Us:
Michael Derrer
Director of the Festival
Hochschule Luzern – Business School
michael.derrer@hslu.ch
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
m.derrer@ascent-ag.ch
+41 79 320 21 52

Dobrinka Kostova
Director of the Sofia Edition
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
d.kostova@ascent-ag.ch

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