An invite-only programme filled to the brim with new opportunities and crossovers between Dutch film producers and the international world of sales and distribution.
With presentations of recent and soon-to-be-released Dutch films with international potential and one-on-one meetings with worldwide sales agents and distributors.
And through an actual no-holds-barred symposium, attendees will explore through case studies including the Four Golden Calf-winning Gluckauf, better and more effective ways for Dutch films to find their way to audiences across the world.
Michaela is founder of Filmotor. She began as a production manager for shorts and later specialised in several film distribution areas like acquisition assistant in Czech TV, festival and VOD manager in Taskovski Films. Filmotor (Eastern Memories, Beautiful Things, Songs for Kit) is the first sales in the former Czechoslovakia with a special focus on first creative and documentary features and VR. Searching for innovative and challenging cinema in terms of images and storytelling.
Dutch Features Global Entertainment is a specialized worldwide distribution company based in the Netherlands, known for marketing and selling high concept thrillers, European features, award-winning family films, and acclaimed television drama series. The unrivaled roster includes a unique selection of box office hit and award-winning films and boasts an high quality family film catalogue. Dutch Features distributes an exclusive catalogue of acclaimed Mini-series and TV-drama series, such as The Swell, Best Friends, The Body Collector and The Fix. Dutch Features is a member of the The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
A polyglot graduate of the Salento and Kingston Universities, Yana has worked on various television programmes in production and film distribution as well as producing and directing multiple short films. Sleeping Dogs is the first feature film Yana produced, which received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and was selected for several international film festivals including the Raindance Film Festival. She has been with Bankside Films (Freeheld, Ill Manors) since 2013.
Silje started as an intern at Zentropa in 2009, and she quickly joined their international sales team at TrustNordisk, one of the leading sales agencies in Europe, that same year. With a Bachelor in dramaturgy from the University of Aarhus, Silje has collaborated with screen- and play writers, for both the theatre and the film industry. Apart from being a Sales Manager at TrustNordisk, she is responsible for incoming projects, scripts and development.
With sales and marketing experience for blockbusters and arthouse films alike at a.o. Pathé, Universal Pictures and Lumière, Hein van Joolen has been running his own sales agency Gusto Entertainment since 2014. His mission: to get more people to movie theaters, in particular for Dutch films. He has been consulting film producers on ways to position their films more effectively in the market. Additionally, he has been organizing the popular sneak preview series Amongst Friends since 2009.
Kasia Karwan is the founder of The Moonshot Company, based in Paris. She has worked in renowned film sales agencies, cultural public institutions, with film festivals and production companies. The Moonshot Company (Back Home, El futuro perfecto) was born in Paris at the beginning of 2016 to promote new talents of independent cinema worldwide. The company aims to support director-driven, engaging cinema of various genres and origins, combining artistic power with socio-cultural impact.
Marcin Luczaj graduated in Film & Media Studies from the University of Lodz and in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw. He works for New Europe Film Sales, a Warsaw-based sales agency for both features and shorts, where he is responsible for acquisitions. The company represents such films like Rams (Un Certain Regard winner — Cannes), Summer 1993 (Best First Feature Berlinale), Winter Brothers (Locarno winner), United States of Love (Silver Bear Berlinale) to name a few. Marcin has several years of experience as a programmer for Warsaw Film Festival and ZUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival, and as a guest curator for various international film festivals. He has been also working as a producer and production manager at Koi Studio.
Aranka Matits, as the founder of Featurette, advises on acquisitions, co-productions and strategic planning. Current clients include Amsterdam-based sales agency Nine Film as well as theatrical distributors September Films (Benelux) and Condor Distribution (France). Recent acquisitions include Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Oscar winner Una mujer fantástica and Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul.
Originally a filmmaker and media writer, Jaume Ripoll is co-founder of the multiple award-winning Filmin, a platform for independent cinema in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. Jaume is the vice-chair of EUROVOD, the first European association that manages online film distribution, present in eleven countries; and the creator of Atlántida Film Fest, the first online film festival. Jaume has participated as expert speaker at film festivals in a.o. Rotterdam, Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Locarno.
Weerada Sucharitkul is the co-founder of FilmDoo, overseeing Content, Product and Technology. Weerada was born in the Netherlands and is consequently passionate about growing FilmDoo’s Dutch film collection to international audiences. Weerada has 10+ years of experience across Digital Strategy and Innovation, which she is now using to help disrupt international film distribution. Weerada has spoken extensively on digital distribution at film festivals, including Cannes, Odessa, Edinburgh and Thessaloniki.
Please note: Only available on Friday September 28th.
Sophie started her career as a foreign drama and feature film buyer for TF1 and then for all France Televisions channels (France 2/France 3/France 4/France 5/France Ô). She worked as Deputy Manager of Acquisitions (foreign dramas and feature films) for France Televisions before joining ARTE last July.
Marie-Pierre Vallé holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and History of Art). She was responsible for TV films acquisitions in TF1. She went on to become Creative Director at StudioCanal and since 2008 she is the Head of Acquisitions at Wild Bunch, working in the domestic and international independent companies. Wild Bunch particularly looks for young directors and new talents. Their films have been successfull all over the world and often awarded at numerous important film festivals.
Actress and filmmaker Hanna Verboom is, first and foremost, a social entrepreneur. In 2014, she founded film platform Cinetree, a curated VOD environment of the best films and documentaries, recommended to you by well-known figures in the Dutch cultural world. Hanna believes in the ambition and the eye of young filmmakers, and with Cinetree, she provides them with the podium they deserve.
A nomadic independent filmmaker, Jordi graduated from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and went on to work for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, IFFR (and its distribution initiative IFFR Unleashed), and Binger Filmlab. He assists filmmakers and producers at finding new/alternative ways of sales and distribution at Cinemarket, a new platform for film professionals to bridge the gap between independent filmmaking and their potential audiences around the world.
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