- Marco Alessi (Guest Speaker)
- Rebecca De Pas (Guest Speaker)
- Olivier Marboeuf (Guest Speaker)
- Rä di Martino (Guest Speaker)
- James King (Guest Speaker)
- Andrew Kotting (Guest Speaker)
- Sarah Mosses (Guest Speaker)
- Simon Osborn (Guest Speaker)
- Sam Rumbelow (Guest Speaker)
- Jason Wood (Guest Speaker)
Marco Alessi began his career as screenwriter for cinema and television. In 2010 he established in Rome Dugong Films, developing a creative research with the aim to blur the line among cinematographic genres.
The first film produced in 2011 is the documentary Tahrir – Liberation Square by Stefano Savona (premiere at Locarno, David di Donatello and Nastro Argento 2012, sold in more then 20 countries); followed by In Attesa dell’Avvento by Lavorato and d’Agostino (Premio Orizzonti at Venice Film Festival 2012), Ancient Copies of Recent Lanscape by Rä di Martino (Rotterdam FF. Tate Modern London 2013), The Challenge by Yuri Ancarani (Special Jury Prize at Locarno 2016). Controfigura by Rä di Martino (Venice Film Festival 2017) and the short film by Adriano Valerio Mon amour, mon ami (Venice, Toronto).
La Strada dei Samouni by Stefano Savona selected at Quinzaine des réalisateurs, is awarded with l’Oeil d’or for best documentary at Cannes 2018.
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.
Olivier Marboeuf is an author, performer, independent curator and the founder of the art centre Espace Khiasma (www.khiasma.net), which he has directed since 2004 in Les Lilas (in the outskirts of Paris). He has developed a program centred around social realities and contemporary politics, which associates performances, debates and exhibitions, and questions the place for discourse and oral expression in the arts. Interested by the dynamics of narrative speculations as tools for critical theory, his research has progressively led him to explore contemporary cinematographic practices (collaborating on exhibitions with Vincent Meessen, Alexander Schelow, Sandy Amerio, Matthieu Abonnenc, Bulter & Mirza). Since 2010 he has produced films for exhibitions, which are subsequently presented in diverse festivals in France and abroad. In 2013 he participated in the creation of a production company, Spectre (www.spectre-productions.com), whose objective is to offer a structure of support for ambitious projects of artists and filmmakers. Among them: Louis Henderson, Filipa César, Ana Vaz, Anna Marzianno, Jean-Charles Hue, Eric Baudelaire, Laura Henno…
Born in Rome in 1975, she studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Arts in London before moving to New York, where she lived from 2005 to 2010. She has exhibited in Italy and abroad, in institutions such as Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, Palazzo Grassi, GAM and Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo in Turin, MACRO and MAXXI in Rome, Museion in Bolzano, MCA in Chicago, Bicocca and PAC in Milan. She has participated in international festivals such as Locarno, VIPER Basel, Transmediale.04, New York Underground Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest and Torino Film Festival, and participated at the Venice Film Festival, winning the SIAE Award in 2014, the Gillo Pontecorvo Award and a special mention at the Nastri d’Argento with the movie The Show Mas Go On.
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.
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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