Erika Balsom is a lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London, specializing in the study of the moving image in art. A frequent contributor to Artforum, she is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013) and is currently finishing a book on the distribution and circulation of artists’ moving image, to be published by Columbia University Press next year.

Mia Bays is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and documentaries, with a proven track record of launching careers and over 22 years experience in film on over 50 features. Mia has produced SIX SHOOTER the Oscar winning film by Martin McDonagh, EX MEMORIA by Josh Appignanesi the BIFA nominated short film of 2007 ; acclaimed music doc SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN featuring David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn by Stephen Kijak, with whom she’s just completed BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW EM WHAT YOURE MADE OF. From 2007-14 Mia has made 8 micro budget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme, including one of the most acclaimed UK debuts of 2008, SHIFTY by Eran Creevy which won Best Script at Stockholm Film Festival and garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut 2010, and LILTING starring Ben Whishaw which opened Sundance Film Fest 2014 World Dramatic section and garnered strong critical reaction and several BIFA 2014 nominations including Best Debut. Before that, Mia sold, marketed and distributed over 40 features and has a strong understanding and experience of the worldwide indie film scene. Formerly Head of Distribution at The Film Consortium, Mia has worked with such talent as Ang Lee, Shekhar Kapur, Ian McKellen, Michael Winterbottom, John Sayles, Gavin Hood & Peter Fudakowski (as marketing consultant on TSOTSI), Lucy Walker (BLINDSIGHT).

Renée van der Grinten is a consultant for Experimental Film & Documentary at the Netherlands Film Fund. The Netherlands Film Fund is the national organization responsible for supporting film production in the Netherlands and activities such as film festivals and training for film professionals. It’s focus is to develop and strengthen Dutch cinema and film culture both domestically and internationally. The Netherlands Film Fund collaborates with the Mondriaan Fund for De Verbeelding (The Imagination funding scheme), a bi-annual scheme that provides grants for artists and their production company to make a feature film that explores the boundaries between art and film.

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.

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
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 torbonne 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 Benoît 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 Benoît 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 Jerôme 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).

Anna Manubens is a producer, curator and writer living between Barcelona and Brussels, where she works at Auguste Orts an artist-run organisation for the development of film projects by Sven Augustijnen, Herman Asselbeghs, Manon de Boer, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Dora García, to name the most recent productions. In parallel, she occasionally works on curatorial projects and is currently a board member of Hamaca –the Spanish moving image archive and distribution platform– where she is co-directing the first online anthology of moving-image art from Spain. She was formerly associate professor at Universtitat Pompeu Fabra and artistic director of LOOP festival, both in Barcelona.

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.

Curator, writer, screenwriter and director. His work concentrates on the links between contemporary art and cinema. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, he is the author of the novel Half Empty (Warsaw 2011) whose protagonist is artist Oskar Dawicki. He has recently curated many shows, including: New National Art, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2012); Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014); Oskar Hansen. Open Form in Architecture, Art and Didactic at MACBA Barcelona (2014).

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.

Nadia Turincev was born in Moscow in 1970. Grew up in Paris. Studied cultural anthropology at Paris X-Nanterre University. Worked on her first film at the age of 16, as a trainee on Nikita Mikhalkov’s « Dark Eyes » with Marcello Mastroianni. Then as set translator. Followed ACE-European Film Studio, Europa Cinemas, the European Producers Club, EU Media Development programme. Selection committee of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and Moscow IFF, as artistic director. In July 2007, she founds together with Julie Gayet the production company Rouge International. They have so far produced and coproduced (among others): 8 Times Up by Xabi Molia (San Sebastian 2009), Fix ME by Raed Andoni (Sundance 2010), Bonsai by Cristian Jimenez (Cannes 2011), A Spell to Ward Off The Darkness by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell (Locarno 2013).

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.