- Gabrielle Brady (Guest Speaker)
- Clara Casian (Guest Speaker)
- Natasha Dack Ojumu (Guest Speaker)
- Rebecca De Pas (Guest Speaker)
- Gregoire Gensollen (Guest Speaker)
- James King (Guest Speaker)
- Andrew Kotting (Guest Speaker)
- Sarah Mosses (Guest Speaker)
- Simon Osborn (Guest Speaker)
- Sam Rumbelow (Guest Speaker)
- Fiona Tan (Guest Speaker)
- Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Guest Speaker)
- Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Jury Member)
- Jason Wood (Guest Speaker)
Gabrielle Brady is an independent film maker from Australia who is currently based in Berlin. Gabrielle has lived nomadically for the past ten years, working and developing her film making practice in Cuba, Mongolia, Indonesia, Kenya, the Australian central desert and Europe. Gabrielle studied documentary direction for three years at the Escuela International de Cine film school in Cuba where she made several short documentary and experimental film projects. Gabrielle’s recent short film The Island was made for the Guardian & Bertha documentary partnership and premiered at Sheffield Documentary festival 2017. Gabrielle has attended the Berlinale talents and doc station. She is currently in post production on her first feature project with support from Feature Expanded. In 2005 Gabrielle graduated from Theatre Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia with a focus on political performance. Gabrielle works with non actors using a performance based process.
Clara Casian is a Romanian visual artist based in Manchester with an interest in archives and deconstructing histories. Her practice encompasses film, drawing and collaboration, working with a variety of media including performance, moving image, sound and light. Her project on alternative publishing and censorship via the history of Savoy Books was developed as part of Feature Expanded. Clara’s recent projects include the live performance film Birdsong – Stories from Pripyat with composer Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles) and House on the Borderland, a newly commissioned film by HOME, currently showing as part of LA MOVIDA 14th Apr – 17 Jul 2017.
Most recently Natasha produced Omer Fast’s feature film debut, Remainder which premiered at the Tate Modern during the London Film Festival in 2015, and the feature documentary The Lovers and the Despot which premiered at Sundance 2016. Her feature film She, A Chinese, written and directed by Chinese novelist Xiaolu Guo won the Golden Leopard award at Locarno in 2009. Natasha is co founder of Tigerlily Productions, a UK based company working across fiction and factual content for cinema, TV, radio and online. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, many of Natasha’s productions have won or been nominated for BAFTAs, Royal Television Society and Broadcast Awards.
For more information please see www.tigerlilyproductions.com
Rebecca de Pas started working for festivals in 2004, in the Bologna Film Archive. In 2009, she joined FID Marseille in the selection committee as well as co-head of the FID Lab, the international co-production platform. She is also head of the industry meetings at the International Environmental Film Festival and the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival. She has been artistic director of the Journées Cinématographiques Dionysiennes. Among others, she collaborated with Berlinale Talents, the Horizons section of the Venice International Film Festival, and the Riviera Maya Film Festival.
Gregoire Gensollen is EVP, Finance & Strategy at Tucker Tooley Entertainment where he oversees all aspects of film and television financing, strategic planning, business development and operations. He works hand in hand with producer and CEO Tucker Tooley, whose films have earned more than $1.2 billion at the domestic box office (Immortals, Limitless, The Fighter, We’re the Millers, Dear John…).
Gregoire’s role includes structuring and overseeing first look and output deals with financiers, foreign and domestic partners, the structuring of finance plans for the company’s film and television productions, as well as establishing partnerships with new media companies to produce and finance virtual reality and digital series.
Gregoire brings dual operational and strategic experience combined with an expertise in international co-productions and distribution, as well as relationships across all facets of the entertainment industry.
After working as a freelance script reader and a stint doing theatrical sales for independent distributors Verve Pictures, New Waves Films and Arrow Films, James moved to the Institute of Contemporary Arts London where he ran the Film and Cinema Departments for two years. James then briefly worked in the BFI’s distribution department before joining Artificial Eye as Theatrical Sales Manager, where he tries to get exhibitors to play better films.
Andrew was born in Kent and lives in Hastings. He studied at Ravensbourne College of Art (BA Fine Art) and the Slade School of Fine Art (MA in Mixed Media). In 1989 collaborated with Leila McMillan in setting up BadBLoOd & siBYL studios in the French Pyrenees. His work has been shown extensively throughout Europe and America as installations, screenings and retrospectives; his feature films include Gallivant, This Flithy Earth and Ivul. Awards and commissions include FilmFour, Channel 4, The British Film Institute, the Wellcome Trust and the AHRB research board. On-line projects include www.mappingperception.org.uk. Andrew is Professor of Time-based Media at the University for the Creative Arts.
Sarah Mosses is the Co-Founder and CEO of Together Films, an ethical agency specialising in distribution and impact campaigns for critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries with a social issue at the core. She works with documentary filmmakers to improve their impact objectives upon distribution, explore wide distribution options and source new types of funding. She regularly gives workshops at film festivals and conferences about the ability to directly reach audiences through innovative marketing strategies. Sarah is also a feature documentary Producer, with her debut feature They Will Have To Kill Us First launching at SXSW in 2015.
Simon qualified from City law firm SJ Berwin in 2003 and has since worked extensively in both film and TV. He worked at Pathé Pictures as part of their production and international sales team and after that at FremantleMedia in their worldwide entertainment and drama department. He was the senior lawyer for BBC Films and TV Drama for several years and since 2010, he has been Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Protagonist Pictures in London.
Sam Rumbelow has over 30 years industry experience as an actor; theatre director; method teacher & coach. Established as the prominent Method practitioner in the UK, Sam’s teaching at Method Acting over its 13 years has had not only trained hundreds of actors but also Directors, Writers of both Music & Fiction, Producers, Artists in a creative process of accessing the creative self in the unconscious as the central tool of inspiration. Outside his private teaching Sam also has been a lecture at The Actors Centre for 11 year, taught regular classes in both Denmark and Sweden. He has taught workshops as well in Poland, Italy. In the UK he also has given workshops on The Creative Process at The Whitechapel Art Gallery as well as The Hayward Gallery and The London Collage of Culture. He also works privately with several established actors from stage, Screen and TV.
Fiona Tan works within the contested territory of representation: how we represent ourselves and the mechanisms that determine how we interpret the representation of others. Photography and film – made by herself, by others, or a combination of both – are her mediums; research, classification and the archive, her strategies. Her skillfully crafted, moving and intensely human works, expanded film and video installations, explore history and time and our place within them.
Stefanos Tsivopoulos is a visual artist and filmmaker living and working between Amsterdam, Athens and New York. His films often result from a long-term research into historical documents, libraries and photographic archives, and are typified by a poetic cinematic language and the use of allegoric narratives. Tsivopoulos’ art practice is driven by an interest in the sociopolitical and economic aspects that shape the world we live in. He has produced short films in Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. His works are presented extensively in museums, art biennials and film festivals internationally. In 2013, he represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennial with his video installation History Zero, a film in three episodes.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis is a independent film producer and the founder and managing director Athens based production label Horsefly Productions. His credits include: Norway (2014, Yiannis Veslemes, Fipresci Prize Thessaloniki FF, five Hellenic Film Academy awards including Best First Feature), Luton (2013, Michalis Konstantatos, Best First Feature Athens IFF), Dogtooth (2009 Yorgos Lanthimos, Cannes Grande Prix Un Certain Regard, nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2011).
Yorgos Tsourgiannis began producing films and numerous TV commercials in various capacities, both independently and with other production companies after graduating with an MBA from the University of Southampton in 2001 and a Masters in Audiovisual Management (EMAM) from Rome in 2002.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis was selected to participate at EFA’s 2010 Producers On The Move, held at Cannes and is a member of the ACE network of producers, the Hellenic Film Academy and the European Film Academy.
Jason Wood has over twenty years of experience in the UK film industry and a strong affiliation with the cultural and independent sector. Before working at HOME as Artistic Director for Film, he was the Programming Manager at Picturehouse, Director of Programming at Curzon Cinemas, and also took a lead role in acquisitions for Artificial Eye. Pina, Ivul, The Deep Blue Sea, Archipelago and The Duke of Burgundy are just some of the films he has been partly responsible for bringing to UK screens. He has curated retrospectives of Peter Whitehead, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Chris Petit, Nicolas Roeg and Mexican Cinema, has served as a jury member for the London Film Festival, and has worked on the board of CINECITY Film Festival, Brighton. He is the co-director of three documentary features and the author of 10 published works on cinema. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound, Vertigo and SoFilm.
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