Giovanni Altieri is the Director of Business Affairs, Content and Product Placement of RTI Mediaset Group, in charge of the whole content creation process of Mediaset Group.
Sami Arpa is the ceo and co-founder of Sofy.tv, which is a video-on-demand platform exclusively for films shorter than 40 minutes. Sofy.tv is originated as a start-up from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a leading technical university in the world. The mission of Sofy.tv is to make short films accessible to a wide audience and create new revenue streams for short filmmakers. Sofy.tv is a unique platform not only with its content, it also presents some cutting-edge technologies to increase the user experience.
Director of Filmets Badalona Film Festival, as well as BCN Sports Film and program planner of Subtravelling Barcelona (the film festival in the subway of Barcelona), Director of the program Curtcircuit 33 of TV3 Televisió de Catalunya (international short films broadcasting), member of the Catalan Academy of Cinema (Acadèmia de Cinema Català) and member of CFF Catalunya Film Festivals.
After studying literature and cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, she worked in different areas (programming, public relations and protocol) at several film festivals in France (Angers Film Festival, Paris Film Festival and La Rochelle Film Festival). She has been Head of the Film Department at La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes since 2006.
Doris Bauer is co-director at VIS Vienna Shorts, the international short film festival in Vienna. 2012 she co-founded the Austrian Film Festival Forum, an association of the most important film festivals in Austria, of which she was the spokeswoman until 2018. She studied Political Science at the University of Vienna. From 2006 to 2014 she worked as the managing director of the video library Filmgalerie 8½. Between 2008 and 2014, she was the director of the summer short film festival espressofilm.
Franco Bocca Gelsi is a film Producer born in 1964. He achieved academic education at E.A.V.E. and Eurodoc. He has several years of professional activity; he has produced and co-produced over twenty works. He is active in international markets and festivals. As a professional trainer and teacher he collaborated with major film schools of Milan on the figure of the Producer at European levels (IULM, NABA, CSC, Civic School of Milan). He is President of CAN – Film and Audio-visual Industry of Milan (Lombardy).
Laura Briand has been Producer at Les films d’ici for more than 14 years. The company has expanded over the last 30 years by staying faithful to writers & directors & accompanying new talent. Its catalogue contains over 800 films: major feature length documentaries, drama, one hour documentaries, animation, interactive projects across all production and distribution formats, with a strong presence on international markets & festivals.
Gledis Bica is the Festival Director of KO:SH Film Fest and he is also a film director and actor, known for Baba (2011), Biseda (2016) and L’amour fou (2018).
Aimone works as XR Manager & Specialist at Proxima Milano and in 2018 he has also been the curator both of the immersive section of Milano Film Festival and Torino Short Film Market. “He’s also author of the book “Narrative Language of Virtual Reality” in which he explored this new medium. Aimone’s approach to Virtual Reality has been internationally recognized, leading him to take part as speaker in numerous immersive media focused events around the world.
Lucie Canistro is Senior Product Manager and Short Film Acquisitions at UniversCiné, VOD label dedicated to independent French cinema of Le Meilleur du Cinéma. Since May 2019, she joined the marketing division and she is in charge of the VOD short film offer (acquisitions and promotion), of the marketing and editorial enhancement of the whole catalogue (short and feature films) on the VOD UniversCiné platform and IPTV and of partnerships and communication actions.
Ronan Cassidy is a Producer with Carbonated Comet Productions . Ronan’s Screen Ireland funded documentary The Vasectomy Doctor, directed by Paul Webster, premiered at the Cork Film Festival 2018 and is currently on the festival circuit, winning numerous Best Short Film and Audience Award. He is currently producing and directing More Than A Whistle funded by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and EirSport.
Eibh is a Short Film Programmer & Festival Manager from Ireland. Formerly the proud Manager of Indiecork from its inception in 2013 to 2018, Eibh is currently the short film programmer for the Oscar accredited Galway Film Fleadh, the Festival Programmer for Kerry International Film Festival and Deputy Director of Irish Screen America. She has a strong knowledge of and love for short film and has curated and guest-programmed dozens of Irish short film programmes for a variety of festivals across the world.
Since 2018 Daniela Conrad works in the sales department of the KurzfilmAgentur Hamburg (KFA), managing the worldwide rights for more than 200 short films of all kinds of genres. She is responsible for both Sales and Acquisitions. The KurzfilmAgentur Hamburg (KFA) is an association that has devoted itself to promoting and improving the public awareness of short films, working with TV buyers, VOD and Internet platforms, non-commercial institutions, inflight entertainment and theatrical distributors.
Carlo Cresto-Dina is a film producer based in London and working in Italy and the UK. In 1999 he started the documentary and short film section of Fandango in Rome. In 2009 Carlo Cresto-Dina founded Tempesta, based in London and Bologna. The company’s first film Corpo Celeste, Alice Rohrwacher’s debut feature, premiered at Cannes 2011 and won several international awards including the Ingmar Bergman Award for Best Debut Film.
Ruth is a Short Film Buyer for TVE España and currently manages international Short film acquisitions & programming for Metrópolis, a television programme on Spanish Public Television Network. For this programme she has produced “one person” chapters on artists & known international media arts events. She gives lectures, participates in round tables on festivals, as jury member or assessor in pitching sessions of short films & collaborates regularly in different artistic Spanish publications.
After law school in Milan, and a period of journalism, Marcello Cavagna directs one short film. Ever since he works at the Grec in film production.
Coming from sales and exploitation for short films for Le Fresnoy and for the Festival de Cannes, Anaïs Colpin is now in charge of distribution and sales for Manifest since its creation in December 2015. She manages a catalogue of more than 100 films, for which she ensures a career in major film festivals as well as sales in France and abroad.
After a university degree in Russian language and literature she was employed 5 years at a company specializing in the design and realization of art exhibitions and cultural projects. Raffaella Conti has been in charge of Toscana Film Commission since 2006 and has been the Secretary General of the Italian Film Commissions, the national association of Italian Film Commissions, since 2014.
Laurent Crouzeix is on the Executive team responsible for the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and the Short Film Market. He is also Project Manager for the shortfilmdepot.com platform, which he started developing in 2004 together with Roger Gonin. In 2009 he launched the short films co-production forum Euro Connection. Together with Chilean director Luis Briceño, he wrote and directed his debut stop motion short Amerigo and the New World (2019) and is now developing a live action political story and a hybrid animated sci-fi project in a nearly extinct language.
Rimantė Daugėlaitė has been the managing director of the Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts since 2012 and the head of the Vilnius International Short Film Festival since 2009. She has been working in the audio-visual sector for nearly ten years and has coordinated multiple culture, film promotion projects, also produced several Lithuanian short films. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents and the MAIA Workshops.
Niclas was born in 1980 in Uppsala, Sweden. He has studied Film Studies, Aesthetics and Art History at Uppsala University and Stockholm University. He has a degree in Film Curation at Göteborg University. Since 2001 he has worked with Uppsala International Short Film Festival and since 2004 he has been the Director of the festival. He is also a freelance writer, lecturer and curator.
After a law bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in film and performing arts, Tom Denoël joined Tarantula in 2016 as a production assistant. For the past few months, he has been in charge of legal coordination as well as the first line contact for foreign co-producers within the frame of Tarantula’s international co-productions.
One of the leading specialists for short films in France. For 20 years she has been working in the field of cinema and artistic creation. Since 2001 she is in charge of the department of Short Programs and Creations at Canal+. In addition she is the Producer of L’oeil de Links, a webzine about the creative activity on the net and Top of the shorts, the weekly magazine of short film on Canal +.
William Fitzgerald was appointed Programme Director of the Galway Film Fleadh in 2018 , after eight years in various roles with the festival, including as short film programmer and festival publicist. He has also worked with the Foyle Film Festival in Derry and the Tribeca Film Festival and Irish Screen America festival in New York. Fitzgerald holds a BA in Film and Television from GMIT and an MA in Film Studies from NUI, Galway.
Holding a Master degree in Film Studies – after studying Cinema, Literature & Arts – Florian Fernandez joined Cannes Court Métrage team in 2014. Since then, he coordinates the Industry events (workshops, pitches, meetings, panels, masterclasses…) of the Short Film Corner – a six-day Forum organised by the Festival de Cannes, which aims to promote short film forms and emerging talents. This networking event wants to facilitate the interactions between the filmmakers & the short film industry, and gathers hundreds of international professionals every year.
Nina Frese is a Decision Maker and works for Pandora Film. She joined Pandora Film in 2014 (after over a decade in feature film and documentary production, development and distribution), to oversee project development and manage the German side of international co-productions, of all projects by company co-founder Reinhard Brundig. Since 2017, she also develops and co-produces her own projects through the company.
Sergio Garcia de Leaniz has been Project Manager at Eurimages since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as an executive producer at Televisión Española (TVE, Spain´s national broadcaster) and has a long film-producing career with credits that include Vicente Aranda’s Carmen. In addition, he has written, directed and produced the feature documentary Cambio de sentido (Weapons of Mass Addiction), awarded and selected in numerous festivals, including the Warsaw Film Festival.
Head of the short film service at UniFrance (an organization promoting French cinema abroad) for thirty years, Christine Gendre exercises her reign with passion. Acting as an ambassador to festival programmers, distributors and foreign buyers, her rich knowledge of the heritage of the short format allows her to accompany works of all kinds by providing advice to directors, actors and producers.
Alessandro Gropplero started working in 2003 with the company Pidgin; later he moved on to collaborate with the company Number 9 Films and in 2005 he started working for the Far East Film Festival. In 2007 he was appointed Head of International Relations of the FVG Audio-visual Fund and in this capacity he has planned the international policy of the fund and managed a variety of events, such as WEMW, Ties That Bind and Re-Act.
Cofounder of a_BAHN, an award winning film production company based in Luxembourg, Marion Guth is an impact and creative producer, bringing together the traditional worlds of film and television with new media, engaging audiences in response. She has also recently founded a non-profit to create a more inclusive film industry in Luxembourg and beyond.
Anne Gaschütz, Festival Organizer and Programmer, moved to England straight after school and later studied Film in Wales. Upon returning to Dresden she worked in film production at the Dresden-based production company filoufilm. She has been part of the selection committee for the International Competition of FILMFEST DRESDEN since 2013 and is also responsible for the platform Visegrád in Short(s). In 2019 she became the festival’s Deputy Director.
Growing up in two very different countries such as England and Israel allowed him to act as an observer to different situations. He served 3 years of mandatory military service as a video editor/director and graduated with excellence from Tel Aviv University, BFA in the film & television department, in 2014. Work experience as AD at Channel 23 Studios (Israel), production manager at Green Productions in charge of raising funds, forming partnerships and PR.
Rea Guetg is the Head of Industry and Programmer of Zurich Film Festival since 2016. After a BA Communication in Zurich and a post-graduation in Cinema at Lausanne University, she frequented a MA in Arts and Film Studies. She joined the team of shnit International Shortfilmfestival in 2003 and she has been Artistic Director from 2003 to 2014.
Gianluca Guzzo studied classical dance & computer engineering in Milan. He started his professional career as a dancer, developing a deep sense for aesthetic and the ability of interpreting fashion trends. In 2000 he started MYMovies.it and in 2010 he launched the attached streaming platform for art-house films. He co-produced the feature documentaries Lousiana (The Other Side) (2015) and What Your Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire (2018) directed by Roberto Minervini.
Jing Haase is Festival Manager for shorts and docs at the Swedish Film Institute. As part of the International Department she promotes contemporary Swedish films of all genres outside Sweden in the various arenas provided by festivals, markets and other special events. She have been Market Manager at Nordisk Panorama, non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Nordic short and documentary films.
Lara Hickey is an award winning Irish film and theatre Producer working in the industry for over 10 years. Most recently Lara produced the award winning short films BAINNE directed by Jack Reynor and Cynthia, directed by Jack Hickey and starring Clare Dunne and Moe Dunford, both premiered and awarded at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh. She is currently Co-Director of Copper Alley Productions and Producer with THISISPOPBABY and Anabasis Films. Her film & television credits include the BBC, Element Pictures, RTÉ, Vico Films, Zodiak Media, EON and NBC Universal.
Mick Hannigan is Co-Director of IndieCork, the biggest festival for shorts in Ireland. He was the founding Cinemas Director of the Irish Film Centre, leaving that position to establish the Kino Arthouse Cinema in Cork which he ran for 13 years. He has served on the boards of the Federation of Irish Film Societies, the Irish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board. He is currently a board member of the International Short Film Conference.
Jack is an actor and award winning writer and director, based between London and Dublin. He is currently Director of Copper Alley Productions. He starred in Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever which premiered at TIFF in 2019. His credits as an actor include Penny Dreadful (Showtime), Vikings (History Channel/Take 5), Jericho (ITV), Rebellion (RTÉ), Emmerdale (ITV), Game of Thrones (HBO) and feature films Mary Shelley and The Light of Day. Jack has recently made Cynthia, his first short film as a director, produced by Copper Alley.
Valeria Jamonte is head of scouting and development for tempesta, Italy and UK based production company. tempesta was funded in 2009 and since then has been producing award winning films with internationally recognized authors, such as Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro, The Wonders) and Leonardo Di Costanzo (The Interval, The Intruder). Along with new titles for cinema, tempesta has several TV series in development.
Since 1996, Geneviève Kinet works for Wallonie Bruxelles Images. Who’s the official international promotion agency for the audio-visual arts and industry of the Walloon-Brussels Community. Her mission is to promote audio-visual works from Wallonia-Brussels at international festival and market events. She’s responsible for the short film department.
Frauke has more than 13 years experience in the media industry field and holds a diploma in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim. She worked as acquisitions manager for interfilm Berlin short film sales, as interfilm festival programmer, as project assistant for Vision Kino and as a freelance booker for alternative content. In 2015 she joined MagnetFilm to handle festivals & theatrical bookings for their growing feature documentary line-up and also to acquire short films (fiction & animation).
Fiona Kinsella, who has over 20 years’ experience in film and television production. Fiona’s heartfelt passion for film, coupled with her extensive experience in film industry training and development, give her an instinctive ability to bring out the very best in the many talented people with whom she works. As well as the rich array of commercials she has delivered, Fiona has also produced a number of highly regarded short films for Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann.
Anne Luthaud is the Grec’s General Delegate since 2011. She was at the begining of Femis, where she was the Director of Studies until 1992. Then she worked as a publisher and edited the review « cinemas croisés ». She wrote several novels (last one Calypso, january 2018, éditions Buchet-Chastel).
After gaining experience in dramaturgy and acting at the Arts School of the Teatro Biondo in Palermo, Costantino Margiotta attended the Mediaset scriptwriting course. In 2002, he worked briefly as a Rai correspondent and in the same year, became a creative producer for Canale 5 TV series. In 2014, he has found Flimflam, a company that deals with editorial services. In addition to his work with Mediaset, he is Head of Drama (Cinema & new media) for Casanova Multimedia.
Andrea Masera is Partner and General Manager of Proxima Milano, one of the leading VFX studios in Italy. Producer of Ultra Reality and of the Digita!’s VR section. Author of the original concept In Music VR Experience. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the development of the Proxima Milano’s R&D department, dedicated to the creation, production and distribution of the most innovative technologies for Extended Reality experiences.
Gaia Meucci-Astley was born in Italy in 1976. Since 2012 she is Short Film Programmer of Encounters Festival in Bristol, UK. Previously engaged in animation production, short film distribution, film festivals operations and programming: Short Film Programmer for Edinburgh IFF 2009-2010, positions for BFI London IFF and Clermont-Ferrand SFF. She collaborates as a script reader and assessor for emerging talent in schemes of various organisations including BFI Network, Shore Scripts, Creative England and the Guiding Lights.
Born in Bari, graduated in Communication Science. He had worked as Film Editor from 2004 to 2010. In 2005 he was co-founder of a Cinema School for young people aged from 16 to 21, based in Bari. He has been working in Apulia Film Commission since the 2010, first as Multimedia Manager and then as Production Manager. As well, as part of Production Office, he’s serving as post-production supervisor and delegate producer for co-production projects with other countries or institutions.
Annamaria Morelli is a Producer with years of experience both in cinema and TV series. Se began to work for RAI as Story Editor, then she joined Mediaset and collaborated with them many years producing many Italian hit TV series. During her career she has often been focused on talent scouting with regard to original projects of emerging authors and directors and has been involved in important, successful film company start-up.
Andamion Murataj is an Albanian film director, producer, and screenwriter currently living in New York. He is best known for the script of The Forgiveness of Blood, which he co-wrote with Joshua Marston.
Having started her career in short film and TV production in Paris, Violette moved to London and started working in distribution, first for Shorts International and ShortsTV and then in the sales team at BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television. Since 2017 Violette has been leading UK and international film sales for the BFI, working closely with BFI creative, curatorial and digital teams as well as international distributors and broadcasters. BFI Film Sales catalogue includes a mix of shorts and feature films from major independent film makers.
Claire has produced two short films for Screen Ireland, Procession, with writer/director Jeda de Brí and Break US, with writer/director Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair for 925 Productions. She has just received funding for anther short called An Encounter, written by Mark O’Halloran and to be directed by Kelly Campbell for Cowtown Pictures. Claire also works as a Production Manager and Executive, on a Lithuanian/Irish co-production for Samson Films called The Castle, on feature projects Float Like a Butterfly, Wildfire, Rose Plays Julie and End of Silence and on short films Moth and Creep Hunt for Failsafe Films.
Alessandra Miletto is graduated in Film Studies in Turin. She has been scholar and she has taught Film Education. She has worked as a Production Manager for Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste until 2013, when she was appointed Director of the foundation. From 2015 she’s international consultant for Italian Film Commissions Association and MiBACT, and Festival Programmer and Coordinator. In 2017 she was appointed again Director of Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste.
Chief of Programming of BOGOSHORTS – Bogotá Short Film Festival since 2015, Felipe Montoya has worked as producer, distribution and PR manager of VARTEX Experimental Film Showcase, Pantalones Cortos Film Marathon, Santa Fe de Antioquia Film Festival, Cultura AV Collective, among other events and institutions. He is currently taking Film Curating studies at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (Spain), and holds a BA in Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication from University of Antioquia (Colombia).
Program Coordinator for MIDPOINT, Soňa studied Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture at Masaryk University in Brno. She worked as a TV news reporter focused on the South Moravian region (2011-2012) and as a PR & Marketing Coordinator for Brno Tourist Information Centre. After moving to Prague she started to work for a casting agency, participating on several international projects. She joined MIDPOINT in July 2017.
Joanna Nelson is a Venezuelan-Belgian writer, producer and director with a degree in Global Economics and Management. With seven years of experience in the audio-visual industry, since 2015, she has made four short films and currently works as the Head of partnerships for FilmarketHub.com, an online marketplace that connects film and television projects in development with the audio-visual industry.
With a BA in Film and TV Production and MA in Screenwriting, Rioghnach has straddled both sides of the development table for nearly a decade in the Irish TV and Film Industry. She has worked with Dublin’s Blinder Films for two years and started working for Samson Films in 2015. Along with Samson, she continues to work freelance as a Script Editor and Development Producer for other companies in Ireland and the UK.
Derry O’Brien is Managing Director of Network Ireland Television, Ireland’s foremost independent T.V. and film Distribution Company. Derry regularly attends the main international short film festivals and has participated at various seminars on TV and Short Films across Europe and North America. He is currently chairman of the Creative Europe Desk, Ireland. In the past 25 years NITV has represented 16 short films and documentaries that have been nominated for an Academy Award.
Katarzyna Ozga is a Head of Production of Iris Group, an international production and distribution company with branches in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium. Over the years, Iris Group produced and co-produced more than 100 films with its international partners, sold internationally over 200 films and distributed more than 300 films in France. Today, with its reputation in terms of production and distribution, the group is a key strategic player in the European film market.
William Page is the co-founder of Film Doo, an independent and international film platform that helps the public to discover new films from all over the world. In particular, Page deals with the management of the transactions in the market of UK and Australia.
Alessandra has 15 years of experience in the audiovisual industry. She has also been involved in the setup and coordination of international vocational training programmes for emerging professionals. She also consults with production companies on development and co-production issues and she is frequently called to lecture on training initiatives both in Italy and abroad. She is Industry Coordinator at the co-production forum WEMW, and she is the Head of Industry of Meeting Point – Vilnius. Alessandra is member of the EFA.
Fabrice Préel-Cléach is a French film producer. He has produced and co-produced more than fifty short and feature films, several of which have received important awards. Besides beeing the founder and executive producer of the Paris-based Offshore Production Company, he has been the President of the Short Film College of the Syndicat des Producteurs indépendants and a member of the Unifrance Short Film Commission.
Antonio Parente works since 2011 as the Head of General Management and Communication at Cineporti di Puglia (Bari – Lecce – Foggia) dealing with general management and event planning, community resource management, public alerts, human resources coordination and incoming national and foreign film productions for cinema and TV. Since January 2016 he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Apulia Film Commission.
Susanna Pellis is the Artistic Director of IRISHFILMFESTA. Graduated at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, she has published two books and several essays on Irish cinema; as critic, she has written several articles for different magazines. She has created (and currently directs) the IRISHFILMFESTA, a festival entirely dedicated to the Irish cinema that has been held at the Casa del Cinema in Rome since 2007.
Giorgia Priolo is EDI’s Producer in charge of Film and Series development. With the Company Film Kairos she has produced films like As the Shadows by Marina Spada (Venice Days 2006), Black Sea by Federico Bondi (Locarno 2008), My Tomorrow by Marina Spada (Rome FF 2011) and she has co-produced The Unknown by Giuseppe Tornatore. She is founding member of Women in Film (TV & Media Italia).
Salette Ramalho studied art and held several exhibitions before becoming a selection committee member at Curtas Vila do Conde. Since 2004, she has been the international promotion and distribution manager at Agencia, raising the visibility and recognition of Portuguese short films worldwide. For several years, she was a jury member for film project funding at the Portuguese Film Institute. She programmes for cultural centres and film festivals all over the world.
After working for 5 years as the leader of the distribution company Cinéart, Gilles Réunis is actually in charge of acquisitions for Betv – VOO and chooses and buys films, téléfilms and short films for PayTV and VOD. He is also involved in the coproduction of Belgian full-length films and short films.
Carlo Rodomonti is a Manager specialized in the entertainment and media sector and he teaches Economics of cross-media at the Catholic University of Milan. He also has a considerable experience in the launch of film products and in the integrated management of digital, social and VR platforms. In his current role as Head of Strategic and Digital Marketing at RAI Cinema, he launched the first Italian app VR and supervised RAI’s first trans-media project, Happy Birthday.
Marija Razgute is a Lithuanian film producer who established a film production company M-Films (Ciobreliai) in 2008. Meanwhile she has produced 9 short films – fiction, documentary and animation. Marija has joined Vilnius ISFF as a producer and part of the programming team in 2010, a year later she became one of the co-founders of Lithuanian short film agency promoting short films internationally. Since 2013 Marija started producing feature films.
Manuela Rima works at Rai Cinema, in the marketing field as a research and production manager for content specialized to the web site dedicated to cinema. She started working for Mediaset as a director of TV programs, in 2006 she moved to Rome in order to follow her passion for cinema and here she worked on several movie sets, since 2011 she has become part of Rai Cinema’s staff.
Responsible of the Short Films Selection for Mediaset Premium’s pay tv channels, she works from 17 years as International TV Marketing and Programming Analyst at RTI. She teaches at the Catholic University in Milan (Writing and Producing for Tv and Cinema) and has published works on the fiction and international tv markets as well as short films.
The Creative Europe Desk Italy for the Media Sub-programme is the national information and promotion office that offers help to filmmakers and all audiovisual industry professionals to apply to the media’s funding schemes and benefit from the support system. Our offices also host and attends event across Italy to promote the programme. CED Italy Media consists of three offices (Rome, Turin and Bari) operating within Istituto Luce and MiBACT. Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors. Launched in January 2014, Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games.
From 2008 to 2015, Eva Schweizer was a member of the Selection Team and Program Coordination for Shnit International Shortfilmfestival (Berne, Switzerland). From 2011, she is the Program Planner at SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) in Zurich, Switzerland. She recommends short films for acquisition and put together different short film programs, like Short Film Night in December, for two TV channels, SRF 1 and SRF zwei.
Besides being the creator of multiple cultural and artistic projects, Szymon Stemplewski is the cofounder and head of the Ad Arte Foundation, which was created in 2003 and it operates at the intersection of film, art and music. The foundation provides its audience constant access to unconventional cultural events such as film screenings with exceptional audio-visuals, exhibitions and workshops. In addition, he is the founder and Concept Designer of Short Waves Festival, an international short film festival organized in Poznań since 2009.
Graduated in Cinema with a post-graduate training in Film Art Management, Luciano Schito has worked for numerous film and television productions dealing with directing, production and location management. He has been the Artistic and Operational Director of the “OFFF- Otranto Film Fund Festival" and works for Apulia Film Commission since 2013.
Jennifer Smyth joined Screen Ireland in 2017 after working across Production and Distribution with Fastnet Films and Wildcard Distribution. She currently holds the position of Production & Development Coordinator providing support to the Production, Development, and Distribution team across a wide range of projects and schemes.
Marta Świątek. Born in 1985 in Częstochowa, Poland. Graduated from Inter-faculty Individual Studies in Humanities at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). In 2012 she joined Krakow Film Foundation where she works in Film Promotion Agency. She is Krakow Film Market coordinator and Polish Shorts programme coordinator.
Eva Thunell, founder of VoD platform Shortly.film, is a serial entrepreneur, and gamechanger. She worked in the feature film and fiction department at Swedish Television, ran parts of Stockholm International Film Festival for the festivals first 7 years, initiated the arts & IT program for Stockholm Culture capital program.. She’s working to disrupt the short films industry and support filmmakers to market their films in a completely new way to a new mass audience.
Daniel Vadocky is a Programmer of the short film competitive and non-competitive feature film section “American Indies” at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia. He has worked as Head of Sales at The National Film Archive in Prague and currently works as a Sales Agent for Negativ Film Productions.
Born in 1981 in Belgium. After his studies at the Rits film school, he started working at Czar.be as media manager, editor. In 2009 he produced his first short film “Siemiany”, that premiered at Clermont-Ferrand ISFF and the Berlinale. Since the end of 2012 he’s freelance producer/post-producer and founded his own production company, Bekke Films, that has been producing several award winning short films.
Skye Von is an award-winning Creative Producer & Director known for her unique approach of blending traditional storytelling and new media formats to create unique, meaningful transmedia experiences and the founder of little GIANT Wolf and Howl For Change. The transmedia story studio little GIANT Wolf focuses on participatory multi-platform projects helping nonprofits, brands and agencies engage with their audience.
David Van Poppel is a film programmer from Toronto, Canada. He currently specializes in programming in-flight content for Air Canada, including short films.
Born in 1984, she hold a BA in Modern Literature, a post-graduate in Performing Arts and Multimedia Production and an MA in Law and Economics of Art Culture. From 2012 to 2017 she collaborates with the Tavolara Film Festival, and since 2015 with the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation on various film productions among which Loro by Paolo Sorrentino. In 2018 she joins the Olbia Film Network working on public relations.
Paul Webster is an award-winning writer and director of both documentary and drama. He studied in GMIT and NUI Galway before going on to work in production for one of Ireland’s leading production companies, Element Pictures (Room, The Favourite.) He later worked as a script editor on Fair City and he is now a regular writer on the popular TV series. Paul has directed several short films, including Borderland and The Vasectomy Doctor, produced by Ronan Cassidy of Carbonated Comet Productions.
Claire Willemin is graduated in Production and Distribution at the ESEC – École Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques. She collaborated with Cannes XR the section dedicated to Virtual Reality and the Short Film Corner at the Film Market at the Festival de Cannes. She is now assistant at the Short Films Division of UniFrance.
Hazel WU graduated from the London Film School & University of Exeter’s International Film Business MA with a focus on sales and distribution strategies in the international market. She continues to explore market-based decision-making and the intuition of film marketing and sales. Hazel WU joined Serendipity in 2017, in charge of the business department. She is one of the producer of A Song Within Us (2019) , a Taiwanese aboriginal VR music project.
From programming, critic to finally distribution, Pawel wore many film industry hats for the last 12 years in order to establish a new, mainly devoted to emerging cinematic talent, curated, on-line film streaming service with editorial and screening component. Formerly associated with many international film festivals in Europe and United States.
Elaine Wong is a Film Programmer and VR Film Distributor. She is a programme advisor for short film for the BFI London Film Festival. Since 2016, she has produced the Alternate Realities Market at Sheffield Doc/Fest, for non-fiction projects using VR and Emerging Technologies. She is Distribution Manager of Other Set, a company specialising in distributing VR content.
Lendita Zeqiraj is an award-winning Kosovar film director, screenwriter and visual artist. Born in 1972 in Prishtina, she graduated and post-graduated in Visual Arts at The Academy of Arts in Prishtina. During the war in Kosovo, she moves to Paris and starts writing and directing films. In 2014 she’s declared National Filmmaker of the Year, and won The Annual Film Excellence Award for Cinematic Achievements by the Kosovo Ministry of Culture.
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