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

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 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.

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




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.

09:30 Testing Time: From 9:30 Michael Derrer will be online in the system. Drop in for a few minutes to test, if your access functions.

10:30 Official Opening


Magdalena Platis, Arthur Mattli, Alina Savu, Olga Belous, Michael Derrer

11:00 FinTech Made in Switzerland, documentary

Runtime: 42 min

Link to film


Arthur Mattli - Ambassador of Switzerland in Romania


12:30 11:YEARS - The Rise of UK Fintech , Documentary

Runtime: 58.14 min

Link to film


Adina China-Birta -  Country Manager of Instant Factoring


15:00 Workshop: Currency, yesterday, today and tomorrow - Technology behind tomorrow's currencies.


Laura Mănescu - Head of Moneymailme at M3 Holdings

Bogdan Ştefan - Senior Business Development and Technical Program Manager at M3 Holdings


16:30 The First Romanian FinTech Documentary


Răzvan Enache - Project Manager of the Future Banking Conference


18:00 Central Bank interventions in time of crisis


Anton Comănescu – Counselor of the National Bank of Romania


19:15 Reflexion on the first day (15-30 minutes in function of the number of questions by students)


Michael Derrer – Festival Director


09:30 The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, Documentary

Link to film

Runtime: 1.18.01

Commented by:

Cătălin Grădinaru - Asist. Univ. Faculty of Administration and Business, University of Bucharest


12:00 97% Owned, Documentary

Runtime: 59:44

Link to film

Commented by:

Maurizio Degiacomi  - Director of the Modernisation Monétaire /


14:30 Presentation and discussion: Facebook’s Libra versus Central Bank Digital Currency

Expert Presentation by:

Virgile Perret - Monetary Innovation Expert at AREF Switzerland

16:00 Shillings From Heaven, Fiction

Runtime: 90 min.

Link to Film

Commented by:

Antonio Momoc - Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, University of Bucharest

18:30 Students’ discussion about the second day (15-30 minutes in function of the number of questions by students)


Michael Derrer – Festival Director


09:30 Documentary on Will Ruddick and Kenyan Community Currencies , Documentary

Time: 9:30

Runtime: 25:30

Link to Film

Commented by:

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich


10:00 The poor, the banks and digital money - Founders Valley (3/5) | DW Documentary

Runtime: 26:01

Link to film

Commented by:

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich


11:00 How cash is becoming a thing of the past

Runtime: 42.25

Link to Film

Commented by:

Jens Martignoni - Specialist for Complemenary Currencies, Zurich


13:30 Hawaii – a contemporary Romanian fiction film

Runtime: 1h 56 minutes

Link to film

Commented by:

Christian Nasulea - Lecturer at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest


16:30 Students’ discussion about the third day and overall discussion (15-30 minutes in function of the number of questions by students)


Michael Derrer – Festival Director


17:30 Official Closing, Voting for the best film, Awards for most active participants


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.

Professor Magdalena Iordache Platis

Vice-rector of the University of Bucharest beginning with 2011 and dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration between 2005 and 2011, Professor Magdalena Iordache Platis, Ph.D. is specialised in economy, business administration and marketing, as she is an active professor with over 25 years of experience in higher education teaching.

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.

Christian Năsulea, lecturer at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest

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.

Professor Antonio Momoc

Antonio Momoc is a Communication and PR specialist, director of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Communication, associate professor at the University of Bucharest and PhD in Sociology. He is also a consultant in reputation management and public speaking trainer for commercial and political clients.
Awarded as the Bologna Professor of 2017 by the National Alliance of Students’ Organizations, Antonio Momoc holds several degrees in Communication Studies, PR and Journalism and obtained over the years a series of international scholarships: a scholarship at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (2004), a post-PhD European scholarship (2010-2013), including a mobility period at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali “Guido Carli” from Rome, Scuola Superiore di Giornalismo “Massimo Baldini”, and a SUSI scholarship (2013) at Ohio University, E. W. Scripps College of Communication, USA.
Author of the books Comunicarea 2.0 [Communication 2.0] (Adenium, 2014), Capcanele politice ale sociologiei interbelice, Școala gustiană între carlism și legionarism [The Political Snares of Interwar Sociology: The Gusti School between Carlism and Legionarism] (Curtea Veche, 2012), and coordinator of the volumes Activiștii mărunți [The Small Activists] (Curtea Veche, 2007) and Bișnițari, descurcăreți, supraviețuitori [Black marketers, shifters, survivors] (Curtea veche, 2013).

Cătălin Grădinaru

Cătălin Grădinaru is a tutor at the Business and Administration Faculty belonging to the University of Bucharest, Romania, since 2012. His academic interests lie in the topics he is teaching: Introduction to Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Services Marketing and Marketing Simulations. Also related to his professional interests, his PhD in Economics is noteworthy of mentioning: he graduated the School of Advanced Studies of the Romanian Academy. He is also a member of the board of directors at the EFdeN NGO (started in 2013), endeavor aimed at developing a solar house in order to represent Romania at the Solar Decathlon International Competition. The EFdeN house is now the first Comfort Research Center in the country.

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.

Laura Mănescu - Head of Moneymailme at M3 Holdings

Head of Moneymailme at M3 Holdings, with extensive experience in payments and fintech as a former developer, former business analyst and former lead of development teams, she now leads the entire Moneymailme business line as she has the required amount of functional and technical knowledge to ensure the success of any software product.

An experienced professional, Laura’s IT skills such as systems designing and project management are backed by economy-related skills – market analysis, environmental impact and related procedures, legislative framework – and a deep understanding of how various industries work. Laura’s background recommends her as a valuable addition to any company looking to make a difference in fintech, payments and banking.

Bogdan Ştefan - Senior Business Development and Technical Program Manager at M3 Holdings

Senior Business Development and Technical Program Manager at M3 Holdings, with more than 20 years experience in the financial sector is deeply connected with everything related to technology and IT. After working in banks as Executive Director, he decided to be more closer to innovation, and become a part of Innovx business accelerator program. He is a part of mentor squad there, being the main tech advisor.

As an avid tech enthusiast, Bogdan is fascinat-ed by domains such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. FinTech, new kids on the block, is the latest challenge that he accepted, being a part of young enthusiastic team that is trying to develop solutions for the future in the financial industry.

Răzvan Enache - project manager of Future Banking Conference

Răzvan is the project manager of Future Banking Conference, one of the biggest events in CEE covering FinTech & digital banking topics. Since 2017, the event gathers twice a year in Bucharest major stakeholders from the European FinTech scene and key players from banking and payments industry.

As a keen observer of the digital transformations upon financial services, Răzvan became a big fan of FinTech innovations and started to follow startups that have the potential of disrupting and easing the day to day life of the consumers.

Thus, in 2019 he took the lead in creating the first Romania’s FinTech Map and now is directing a documentary about “the FinTech gene” in the Romanian ecosystem.

Maurizio Degiacomi - Director of the Modernisation Monétaire /

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.

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Paul H. Dembinski


Michael Derrer

Festival Director

Alina Savu

Director, Bucharest Edition

Olga Belous

Art Director

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Hochschule Luzern – Business School
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Director of the Bucharest Edition
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+40 72 362 32 19

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