- Natasha Dack Ojumu (Guest Speaker)
- Rebecca De Pas (Guest Speaker)
- Ronan Girre (Guest Speaker)
- Jaap Guldemond (Panel Member)
- Joana Hadjithomas (Panel Member)
- Laura Israel (Jury Member)
- James King (Guest Speaker)
- Andrew Kotting (Guest Speaker)
- Elisa Larrière (Jury Member)
- Sarah Mosses (Guest Speaker)
- Floor Onrust (Guest Speaker)
- Simon Osborn (Guest Speaker)
- Tobias Pausinger (Panel Member)
- Zorana Piggott (Guest Speaker)
- Sam Rumbelow (Guest Speaker)
- Lisa Marie Russo (Guest Speaker)
- Pavel Strnad (Guest Speaker)
- Jason Wood (Guest Speaker)
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.
Ronan Girre, CEO, has a PhD in Law and a long experience as a script editor and commissioner. He is the operational director of ACE and also acts as a trainer and as a consultant.
Previously he worked for 20 years in the film industry. His most important positions have been:
Director of France 3 Cinema (a subsidiary of France Television co‐producing and commissioning feature films for theatrical release and TV broadcasting) where he coproduced around 150 French and European features by directors including Patrice Leconte, Alain Corneau, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kryzsztof Kieslowski, Paolo & Emilio Taviani, Pavel Lounguine, Pedro Almodovar, Jean Marie Poiré, Olivier Dahan, Jan Kounen, Jean Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, Jacques Audiard etc.
Financial Director of Duboi, one of the European leaders in new cinema technologies (SFX on Asterix 2, Amélie, Alien 3, Frida Kahlo, etc.).
Freelance line producer specialising in period films (Maupassant series for France 2).
Ronan Girre also worked as a TV scriptwriter and directed a feature film in 2000.
Jaap Guldemond is since 2011 Director of Exhibitions/ Curator at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam.
This is a new museum based on the former Dutch Cinematheque ( the Netherlands Film museum). The new museum has a brand new – iconic – museum building with four cinema’s, and a substantial exhibition space.
Guldemond is responsible for the artistic exhibition policy of the museum and tries to rethink the position of the museum in the field wherein cinema meets the visual arts and vice versa, apart from the basic question how to expose cinema?
So far Guldemond has curated and organized exhibitions on/ with artists as Anthony McCall, Isaac Julien, Brothers Quay, Oskar Fischinger, William Kentridge, Johan van der Keuken, Yang Fudong etc. alongside group exhibitions like Found Footage, Cinema Remake and recently Celluloid- Tacita Dean, Gusmao & Paiva, Rosa Barba, Recoder & Gibson. He also organized exhibitions on the oeuvre of filmmakers as Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Michelangelo Antonioni and cinematographer Robby Muller.
Before starting to work at the Eye Film Museum Guldemond has been working as a chief curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Kroller- Muller Museum at Otterlo, and the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, working with artists as David Claerbout, Pierre Huyghe, Anri Sala, Yayoi Kusama, Ernesto Neto, Helio Oiticica, Steve McQueen, Olafur Eliasson, Aernout Mik, Ulay/ Abramovic, etcetera.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige collaborate as filmmakers and artists, producing cinematic and visual artwork that interwine. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, representations and history of their home country, Lebanon and questioned the fabrication of imaginaries in the region and beyond. Together, they have directed documentaries such as Khiam 2000-2007(2008) and El Film el Mafkoud (The Lost Film) (2003) and feature films such as Al Bayt el Zaher (1999) and A Perfect Day (2005). Their last feature film, Je Veux Voir (I Want to See), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroue, premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2008. The French critics Guild chose it as Best Film Singulier 2008. Their films have been multi awarded in international festivals and enjoyed releases in many countries.
Laura Israel started editing award-winning commercials and music videos while a film student at NYU. By the time she graduated she had formed her own editorial company, Assemblage. She worked on projects involving John Lurie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Sonic Youth, New Order, Ziggy Marley, David Byrne. Windfall, her directorial debut, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won top prize at Doc NYC. It also earned A NY Times Critics Pick and Israel was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.
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.
Born in Paris in 1978. Graduated in business & finance from Paris-Dauphine University and Media Law & management from Paris-La Sorbonne University, and International finance from American University. Started simultaneously working regularly from age 17 in movie production. Started her producer career in 2004 when joining MNP Entreprise, Mathieu Kassovitz’ production company where she developped and produced Avida, directed by Benoоt Delépine and Gustave Kerven (2006 Cannes Film Festival among many others), Johnny Mad Dog by Jean Stéphane Sauvaire (which won many prize in international film festivals, including Price of Hope at 2008 Cannes Film Festival), Louise-Michel by Benoоt Delépine and Gustave Kervern (Best screenplay Award winner/ San Sebastian Festival, World Cinema Special Jury Prize for originality/ 2009 Sundance Film Festival). Simultaneously since 2004, she went into partnership with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and created the production company EXPLICIT FILMS, which coproduced Johnny Mad Dog. In 2009, she found together with Priscilla Bertin and Judith Nora the production company SILEX FILMS who produced so far several feature films (Last Winter, by John Shank – Venice Mostra 2011; The Big Trip, by Jerome le Maire – Acid Cannes 2013, Connasse, by Eloise Land & Noemie Saglio – currently in the theatres with more than 1 million tickets sold in France), fictions, creative documentaries and short programmes (among other programs The Adventurers of Modern Art, a documentary serie for ARTE, and Gadjo by Flora Desprats for ARTE), as well as art films with a collaboration with Philippe Parreno since the production of C.H.Z, and Camille Henrot, since the production of Grosse Fatigue (awarded with Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale 2012).
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.
Family Affair Films is an Amsterdam based production company founded by Floor Onrust. We produce urgent and contemporary television drama, short and feature films of high artistic quality with a strong author driven vision. We develop projects with new talent, video artists and we continue our relation with established filmmakers. Our latest productions are children film Life According to Nino (winner best film Cinekid 2014 and BUFF 2015) and single plays Basile H. (2014) and Arezo (2014). History’s Future feature debut by artist Fiona Tan will premiere in the summer of 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.
Tobias Pausinger was trained in international film production and financing in Ludwigsburg, Los Angeles and Rome and is a MBA graduate of the TU Munich. 2003 till 2009, he was responsible for the acquisition of various multi-award-winning films for international sales at Bavaria Film International and The Match Factory. With The Match Factory, he also co-produced Yesim Ustaoglu’s San Sebastian Golden Shell winning feature film Pandora’s Box. Tobias continuously advises various film festivals and industry initiatives on content and strategic matters, such as e.g. the CineMart of the International Rotterdam Film Festival, Istanbul’s Meetings on the Bridge and Sarajevo’s CineLink etc. and serves as a constant member in selection committees of various markets and training schemes. He also works as script and development consultant and advises film professionals and visual artists on development, financing and distribution. Further, Tobias lectures at various training initiatives throughout Europe. In 2011, together Jacobine van der Vloed, he co-founded the Art:Film initiative, a platform held during International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart, to enhance and nurture highly artistic cinema and visual arts. Tobias is also a voting member of the European Film Academy
Zorana Piggott is a London based producer. She has been working in the UK film industry for the past fifteen years, having graduated from the National Film and Television School. Zorana made her feature film producing debut in 2003 with the award-winning The Last Horror Movie which was released in over thirty countries around the world (including theatrical releases in the UK and the US). Since then Zorana has produced a number of award-wining shorts and features. Most recently Zorana produced Tom Geens’ Couple in a Hole which premiered at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Jury Grand Prix, Best Screenplay and the Best Film Audience Award at the 2015 Dinard Festival of British Films. Zorana is a member of the ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) Producers Network.
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.
Lisa Marie Russo produced Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 with Kate Ogborn and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films. Previously Lisa Marie produced Swandown, a feature documentary by artist Andrew Kotting and writer Iain Sinclair. She also produced Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s feature debut, Self Made and was an executive producer on The Deep Blue Sea. Prior to creating Fly Film, she executive produced Terence Davies’ documentary Of Time and the City as well as the films Salvage and Kicks as part of Digital Departures, a scheme to celebrate the Capital of Culture in Liverpool ‘08. Of Time and the City was critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and was nominated for a Bafta, Bifa and Grierson Award. The film was on Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten Movies for 2009, and was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle for Best Documentary, 2009. Before moving to the UK, she directed documentaries for PBS in Philadelphia, and won an Emmy for Peace about the Gulf War.
Pavel Strnad is a film producer and CEO of Negativ Film Productions. After graduating at the Czech Technical University, he studied film production at Prague Film Faculty FAMU. In 1995 he co-founded Negativ Film Productions, which focuses on arthouse films and produced more than 40 feature films – fiction, documentary and animation. Pavel’s credits include award-winning films Year of the Devil, the winner of the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2002, Something Like Happiness, the Best Film of the San Sebastian IFF in 2005 and two winners of the European Academy Award – René for the Best Documentary in 2008 and Alois Nebel for the Best Animation Feature in 2012.
Pavel Strnad is Chairman of the Czech Producers’ Association, member of the Board of the Czech Film and TV Academy and member of the Board of ACE, a training program for producers.
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.