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9:00 CET

Welcome everyone to the 1st International Innovation Film Festival.


Online Host: Rob Holub


9:05 CET

Welcome Address

Speaker – Switzerland


     Alec von Graffenried

Mayor of Bern


Alec #üseStapi


9:15 CET

Keynote 1: “When Disruption becomes Creative”


The blockchain is an evolution where powerful potential benefits and can create different types of businesses within and surrounding the creative sector.

Speaker – Switzerland


     Oliver Rükgauer


The Blockchain and Us  – Switzerland


The award-winning The Blockchain and Us is the first documentary about the blockchain, the underlying technology of Bitcoin. Manuel Stagars portrays its opportunities and challenges in interviews with developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, VCs, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, and the UK. Not an explainer video, but a conversation starter.








The Blockchain and Us: Lars Thomsen on “Our main asset over computers is our Creativity”






9:30 CET

Let’s “Block” together. Blockchain Enthusiasts meet the Creatives


How will the Blockchain technology shape the future of Artists, Filmmakers, and Society? Who will benefit, who will profit and will the market become oversaturated with too much creative input?


Guest Speakers:


Panel Talk


     Manuel StagarsCH

     Mark Edward Lewis  – US

     Manuel BadelCA

     Vladimir Cip?

     Toni CaradonnaCH


Moderator: Rob Holub – CH

10:00 CET

Let’s Change with Blockchain!


How could blockchain technologies impact the film, television, digital media and gaming industries? Let’s take the time to talk about rights management, financing, monetization and distribution, and illustrate what this “Internet of Value” means and what are the challenges beyond opportunities.


Guest Speaker: Canada


     Manuel Badel


Ako – Iran


The movie tells the story of a young kurdish boy that has to be a porter in Tehran grand Bazar just to provide life essentials for his young wife and him self. And soon he finds himself in trouble proving his innocence.

Feature Film




Hope in A Box – United Kingdom


On Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were both abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes, Ally and Mark, have to make a decision. Do they stay there or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

Short Film



10:30 CET

From profit sharing to managing financial transactions.


How can blockchain and machine learning be used to solve trust in film accounting among a complexity of users.


Big Couch supports filmmakers with 2 products:

Crewfund platform facilitates for producers the mechanism of setting up film crews as profit participants in their films. Saving up to 20% of upfront labour fees. Currently not using blockchain.


FilmChain is the future of blockchain in the entertainment industry platform is a collection service for films – it collects, allocates and analyses revenues for films. Increasing transparency and settlement time. Developing on the Ethereum blockchain



Guest Speaker: United Kingdom


     Irina Albita



Monart Film Clip/Commercial


11:00 CET

Monart “Bringing Art to a new Era”


Monart is building an innovative worldwide Art Community and Ecosystem, in order to disrupt the current market and bringing it to a new era. On this platform, you can find a fun way to discover, appreciate, purchase art and benefit from the art market growth. Monart utilizes the blockchain technology to revolutionize the art world by making it more transparent and accessible to the public. In addition, it allows artists from all over the world to get known.


Guest Speaker:

People’s Republic of China


     Pauline Houl


Aeternity Film Clip/Commercial


11:30 CET

Blockchain and Pitching Skill Presentation


How about crowdfunding using dominant assurance contracts? These specific smart contracts can be used to raise money for your projects and at the same time secure contributors against failure. If a project is unsuccessful, all participants get their contributions back.

Using an oracle, æternity can additionally ensure that the provider of the good or service only gets paid after delivery.



Guest Speaker:




Carrasaca – Spain


The documentary film is on the life and work of the versatile artist Teresa Ramón.  The film is a living will and a ‘road movie’ about being a woman, artist, grandmother, mother and wife, and about getting through in a man’s world.





12:00 CET

Blockchain Media: The Fall of the Tower of Babel


 Presentation: IN SPANISH


Blockchain Media: La caída de la torre de Babel

La globalización descentralizada que propone Blockchain tiene una profunda sombra en la centralización del lenguaje utilizado: el inglés. Este hecho mantiene en un lugar secundario a otros idiomas tan relevantes como el español. A pesar de esta dificultad, Blockchain Media, el sitio que creé para seguir el proceso de descentralización en las industrias culturales y creativas, siempre ha podido conectar con cientos de personas utilizando un idioma diferente al inglés: el español.

Blockchain Media


Guest Speaker – Spain


     Covadonga Fernandez


Nobody Dies Here – France/Benin

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

Short Film




The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire – UK/USA

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” is about how Britain transformed from a colonial power to a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and funneled it to London. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British territories and Britain and its offshore islands are the largest players in the world of international finance.





12:30-13:00 CET

Short Break


13:00 CET

Is the Blockchain Technology the new Internet?


Picture a spreadsheet that is duplicated thousands of times across a network of computers. Then imagine that this network is designed to regularly update this spreadsheet and you have a basic understanding of the blockchain. The blockchain gives internet users the ability to create value and authenticates digital information.


So, what will new Business look like?  Smart contracts, Governance, File Storage, Prediction markets, Data Management, Identity Management, Crowdfunding and much more.


Let’s make this technology more accessible to everyone and let the distinction not be necessarily “how” it works but “why” it is important, why do I need it, and why is the blockchain going to be revolutionary.


Guest Speaker: Canada


     Niloo Ravaei


A Land Shaped by Women – France/Iceland


The movie is an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about: snowboarding and surfing. On the road they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset living in a country with a rich history in gender equality.





13:30-14:30 CET

Blockchain 101 – Workshop 45 minutes + Q & A

Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Would you like to know:

      What is a blockchain

      Who owns it

      What it looks like

      What problem it solves

      What is a cryptocurrency

      Who are the cryptocurrency miners

      What do they do

      What gas price has to do with the blockchain


Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.


Guest Speakers: Canada


     Elena Sinelnikova

     Natalia Ameline

     Nataliya Hearn


Whatever, Linda – Canada

Whatever, Linda is a Canadian web series created and written by Hannah Cheesman and Julian DeZotti. The series stars Cheesman as Linda Thoroughbred, a woman in the 1970s who gets a job as a secretary for financier Barney Lahnar and becomes the real brains behind the Ponzi scheme that will eventually bring him down.


Social Web Series





Alison – South Africa

When the going gets really tough, we need ordinary people of extraordinary strength and courage to jolt us into action and offer us hope. In December 1994 Alison Botha became such an individual. She needed a hero that night, so that’s what she became. This is Alison’s tale. A tale of monsters, miracles and hope.






The Divine Order/Die göttliche Ordnung – Switzerland

Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband, their two sons and her father-in-law in a little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.


Feature Film



14:30 CET

My Name is Penelope; Weavers of Destiny


Exploring the female perspective in filmmaking and story.


Women driven stories show how women view, alter, and change history. We need a new interpretation on what it means to be a women.

In storytelling, beautiful successful women aren’t new, nor are unhappy, angry or crazy women. So we need to find a new avenue where we don’t have to be a glamourous power kitten or apologize or shy away for acting dynamically or boldly as a man would,


If we place the “camera” of our lives on how it feels to be a woman instead of how we look; would we as an audience feel differently towards her? – inspired quote from Jill Soloway


Come join our discussion and discover what it would be like to weave your own destiny.

Guest Speakers:


Panel Talk


     Uga CarliniZA

     Petra VolpeCH

     Mackenzie Donaldson – CA




      Michèle Patsula-Rükgauer


Golnesa – Iran

Golmammad and Golnesa, a young Afghan couple, are illegal immigrants who are working in a traditional brick making kiln. Following the events happening to them, their lives undergo changes


Feature Film




The Blockchain and Us: Rik Willard on “The end of scarcity”





15:00 CET

When our cupboards are full, we give freely


How do we spread and scale Blockchain and cryptocurrencies to make global impact for women’s empowerment?


Global Humanitarian partners deliver technology driven solutions that empower women around the world. A combination of a digital identity, smart contract and business training will open-up lines of credit for 12 + million women businesses that are underserved or unserved by financial institutions.


The investment in women businesses will provide a virtual cycle of investment and reinvestment that will improve the lives of women, their families and the community.


Guest Speaker: United Kingdom


     Prof. Christine Bamford



The Blockchain and Us: Perianne Boring on “An inclusive technology”






15:20 CET

Panel Discussion on: Can an inclusive technology put an end to scarcity?


Humanitarian Aid: How Blockchain Technology Can Help Those in Developing Countries and Those in Need.


The Blockchain technology can expand outside of business and government use cases and be applied into the social realm of improving the lives of individuals. In particular, those who are in poor or oppressed situations. How can the Blockchain technology be successfully applied to help these individuals around the world



Guest Speakers:


Panel Talk


     Prof. Christine Bamford

     Roman Eyholzer




Moderator: Rob Holub


Cinema Sound with Mark Edward Lewis





15:45 CET

TBD Topic

Guest Speaker: United States


     Mark Edward Lewis


The Pitts Circus – Switzerland/Australia

A circus family on the way to a circus festival. They find a Crypocurrency wallet that belongs to some rich Swiss Aristocrats who send out a cleaner.

Feature Film



16:00 CET

“How to Finance your film using Cryptocurrency”


Presentation: Ask any filmmaker and they will confirm that getting hold of the money to make their film is the hardest part the process. In recent years, emerging technologies have provided filmmakers with an increasing number of tools.


Guest Speaker: Switzerland


     Toni Caradonna

16:15 CET

Crowdfunding Vs Cryptocurrency.

Guest Speakers:


     Mark Edward LewisUS

     Toni CaradonnaCH



The Blockchain and Us: Guido Rudolphi on “A system without government”





16:30 CET

Debate and Panel Discussion on:


“What is cryptocurrency: 21st -century unicorn – or the money of the future?” –


There is a lot of talk about the validity of cryptocurrencies  some good, some bad and some just ugly.


Guest Speakers:


Panel Talk


     Toni CaradonnaCH

     Elena SinelnikovaCA

     Natalia AmelineCA

     Niloo RavaeiCA

     Paul OdermattCH

     Michael KunzCH



Moderator: Manuel Stagars  – CH


Sisters of the Wilderness – South Africa

Set in the iMfolozi wilderness, South Africa, in the oldest game park in Africa, Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women from underprivileged backgrounds going into the wilderness for the first time in their lives on a self-discovery journey, which offers them an opportunity to grow and heal, and serves as a reminder that we are intimately linked to nature and what we do to her we do to ourselves. The film also explores the plight of the primordial iMfolozi wilderness which is severely threatened by an open-cast coal mine on its border, and the dire rhino poaching, in this park.






17:00 CET

Technology awareness in a digital world


Human behavior is drastically changing as a result of communication technology. People are increasingly staring at their phones and posting on social media. Why? Is it a cry for attention? Are we wasting time and energy focusing on the wrong things? Why aren’t we living in the moment?


Guest Speaker: Switzerland


     Rob Holub

17:15 CET

Value your data!


As our lives increasingly move online, we create staggering amounts of data. With the rising significance of machine learning and artificial intelligence, this data is more valuable than ever before. The data economy is projected to make up as much as 4% of the EU GDP in 2020. Against this backdrop, we need to ask ourselves: Who owns our data and under what conditions? Do we as individuals have a right to benefit from the value of our data?


Guest Speaker: Switzerland


     Dominique Kunz


The Blockchain and Us: Paul Meeusen on “Is blockchain taking away future jobs?”





17:40 CET

Tech and the Future


An interview with the future generation

Guest Speakers: Switzerland


     Elias-Maria Spari

     Teenage Girl



Interviewer: Manuel StagarsCH


18:00 CET

Debate and Panel Discussion on:


New Technology vs. Social Awareness

Guest Speakers:


     Rob HolubCH

     Oliver RükgauerCH

     Dominique KunzCH

     Nataliya HearnCA

     Elias-Maria Spari – CH

     Teenage Girl


Moderator: Manuel StagarsCH


The Blockchain and Us: Dolfi Mueller, Mayor of Zug, on “The beginning of a revolution”






18:20 CET

Keynote 2: Great Business is Transparent


The Blockchain in action. Decentralize our egos. Everyone has full access to information… “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Guest Speaker: Switzerland


     Oliver Rükgauer

18:30 CET

End of the 1st International Innovation Film Festival

Online Host: Rob Holub