Back for the fourth year running in Rome, and for the second year running in the "Barberini district", the MIA - International Audiovisual Market film and television industry event is scheduled to run from 17 to 21 October in the city centre, at the Palazzo Barberini, Hotel Bernini Bristol and Barberini and Quattro Fontane cinemas. "An incubator and accelerator for the entire Italian audiovisual sector, with the aim of developing and growing companies in the international arena," states the director Lucia Milazzotto. The event also acts a meeting and networking point for original and transversal formats (such as films, TV series and documentaries), which can count on the presence of 1,800 operators from over 50 countries and on the excellent results achieved in its first three editions in terms of exports (see: The Place by Paolo Genovese and Nico, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli,) and international co-productions (such as the TV series Don't Leave Me and Eternal City).

Among the content MIA has to offer to operators this year is the Content Showcase, a section dedicated to the latest content, which includes more than 125 autumn 2018 film screenings for approximately 400 buyers from around the world, as well as four showcases of exclusive films, TV series and documentary previews for the coming years. Clips from some highly anticipated Italian titles from 2019 will also be screened, such as Se ti abbraccio non aver paura by Gabriele SalvatoresFreaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti and Il campione by Leonardo D’Agostini. The 2018 edition also sees the arrival of an important new section, C EU Soon, a showcase reserved for young European talent: 6 European first and second films, currently in post-production, will be presented by their respective producers and directors to buyers, festival programmers and sales agents. While the Greenlit section will focus on TV series, with some of the most anticipated series in production on the menu, including The Name of the Rose by Giacomo Battiato, Diavoli by NickHurran and Jan Michelini, and My Brilliant Friend by Saverio Costanzo.

The Co-production Market and Pitching Forum will be offering 58 (from 21 countries) film, drama series and documentary projects that are currently in development, with three public screenings sessions scheduled and four days of individual meetings in the presence of international producers and distributors, the main European broadcasters and OTT platforms.  The Eurimages Development Award for Best European Co-production Project will also be awarded this year, in addition to the ARTE Kino International Award and the new National Geographic Award, reserved for documentary films.

This year MIA will be presenting an extensive panel and masterclass programme to discuss industry trends. Among the new features this year – in the immediate pre-Brexit period – is Focus UK, managed in collaboration with the British Film Institute, and in partnership with MediaXchange, with a focus on new TV series trends. Topics linked to new industrial models will also be discussed, such as the link between print media and documentaries, with productions involving the likes of the New York Times, the Guardian, La Repubblica and Der Spiegel. Last but not least is the Ted-Talks section, with talks from some of the most interesting trendsetters on the market, including the British producer Damian Jones (who has produced films by Michael Winterbottom and Danny Boyle), Walter Iuzzolino (Walter Presents), Alon Shtruzman (Keshet International), the producer Josh Braun (Wild, Wild Country) and the award-winning documentarists Michael Apted and Bryan Fogel.