The 9th edition of the “All about Economy Film Days” 17-20 May 2022, Moscow (Russia)

Dear Participants,

The organizers of All About Economy Film Days are inviting you to our annual 2022 event. Our partner will be the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow

Topic: Globalization, Glocalization and Localization

Dates: 17-20 May 2022

In addition to the films themselves, we will have discussions with lecturers from the partner university in Moscow and external guest lecturers from other partner universities and a visit to a local production site.

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

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

Meeting ID: 911 1205 6941
Password: 176955

Please, watch The Counterfeiters film before the Zoom meeting. The link to The Counterfeiters film:älscher.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 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


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

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.

09:00 Official Opening


H.E. Arthur Mattli, Ambassador of Switzerland in Romania

Bogdan Ştefănescu, Vice-Rector International Relations and Academic Publications, University of Bucharest

Michael Derrer, Festival Director; Alina Savu, Festival Director Romanian Edition; Olga Belous, Festival Art Director

09:30 Some impressions about Romania: Your country, Your tradition

Runtime: 10:56 min

Link to film


09:50 How the rich get richer – money in the world economy, documentary

Runtime: 42:24 min

Link to film

Commented by: Cătălin Grădinaru, Lecturer, Faculty of Administration and Business, University of Bucharest


11:30 End of the Road – How Money Became Worthless, Documentary

Runtime 55:43 min

Link to film

Introduction of the film and discussion:

Anton Comănescu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Bucharest

14:00 Group discussion

Based on assignments of the Swiss students: How the Swiss reacted to the pandemic

14:45 Presentations: Outcomes of the student group discussions



15:45 Nine Stories of Love and Hate in Isolation

Runtime 1h 30 min

Commented by Dan Chișu, Film Producer and Director


09:00 Living on One Dollar, Documentary

Runtime 56 min

Link to film

Commented by Christian Năsulea, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest


10:45 Heroines of Health, documentary

Runtime: 28:55 min

Link to film

Commented by Oana Hudea, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Administration and Business, University of Bucharest


12:15 Swiss and Romanian student group discussion

Which changes in society are needed to address the challenges?

14:00 Plenary discussion of the student group results

14:30 Thou shalt not kill, a Romanian feature film

Runtime 120 min

Link will be given in Zoom

Commented by: Codin Maticiuc - Businessman, Film Producer, Author and by Alina Savu, Co-organizer of the festival

09:00 Amazon, Jeff Bezos and collecting data, Documentary

Runtime 42:25 min

Link to film

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?

Documentary film 1: Will covid kill globalisation? – Runtime 14:07 min

Link to film

Documentary film 2: Cash or card – will COVID-19 kill cash? – Runtime 28:26 min

Link to film

Commented by: Antonio Momoc, Dean, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, University of Bucharest


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.

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.

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.


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).


Photo Gallery

Pictures from All About Economy Film Days, Gdansk 28-30 October, 2019 Pictures from All About Economy Film Days, Bucharest 10-12 April, 2019 Pictures from All About Economy Film Days, Sofia 2018 Pictures from All About Economy Film Days,Bucharest...

Film Awards

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...

University of Bucharest, Romania



University of Bucharest, Romania

University of Bucharest, Romania

University of Bucharest, Romania

Paul H. Dembinski


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
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
+41 79 320 21 52

Alina Savu
Director of the Bucharest Edition
S.C. Web Connect S.R.L.
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
+40 72 362 32 19

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