KFF INDUSTRY MEETINGS

ONE‐ON‐ONE MEETINGS: MEET THE DECISION MAKERS

27.05 – 31.05, 17.00 – 18.00

MOS 3 (pre‐registration required)

Daily one-on-one table meetings with the decision makers (distributors, sales agents, buyers, festival programmers, experts). The meetings are aimed at the producers, filmmakers and all the other professionals involved in the film promotion held as 10 minutes long individual consultancy meetings.

Due to a limited number of seats please book your meeting in advance by sending an e-mail to Małgorzata Kramek, the meetings coordinator – [email protected] Please note that applicants will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please make your reservations with consideration and in accordance with your presence and flexibility at the festival.

Monday, 27.05

Sydney Neter, SND Films (The Netherlands) – distributor/sales agent

Marcin Łuczaj, New Europe Film Sales (Poland) – distributor/sales agent

Kamila Dohnalová, Anifilm (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

Sarah Schlüssel, Berlinale Shorts (Germany) festival programmer

Olga Artemyeva, Moscow International Film Festival  (Russia) – festival programmer

Sigrid Hadenius, Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden) – festival programmer

Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Tampere Film Festival (Finland) – festival programmer

Wim Vanacker, European Short Pitch/Festival de Cannes (Belgium)  – festival programmer

Guy Knafo, noKzeDoc.tv (France) – distributor/sales agent

Tuesday, 28.05

Anne Gaschütz, Filmfest Dresden (Germany) festival programmer

Laure Goasguen, Miyu Distribution (France) – distributor/sales agent

Mathieu Janssen, Go Short (The Netherlands) – festival programmer

Enrico Vannucci, The Venice International Film Festival (Italy) – festival programmer

Evgeniia Marchenko, International Documentary, Short Feature And Animated Film Festival “Message To Man” (Russia) – festival programmer

Laurence Boyce, Black Nights Film Festival/PöFF Shorts (Estonia) – festival programmer

Juraj Machalek, Ji.hlava IDFF (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

Shane Smith, Hot Docs (Canada) – festival programmer

Leena Pasanen, DOK Leipzig  (Germany) – festival programmer

Wednesday, 29.05

Mar Montaner Riera, Sideways Film (Spain) – distributor/sales agent

Donatien Pierda, Java Films (France) – distributor/sales agent

Michael Treves, Jmt Films (Israel) – distributor/sales agent

Durna Safarova, Filmotor (Czech Republic) – distributor/sales agent

Sergio Fant, Berlinale (Germany)    festival programmer

Miguel Ribeiro, Doclisboa International Film Festival (Portugal) – festival programmer

Angeliki Petrou, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece) – festival programmer

Kathy Brew, MoMA Doc Fortnight (USA) – festival programmer

Thursday, 30.05

Hanne Biermann, Deckert Distribution (Germany) – distributor/sales agent

Ulla Lehmann, Taskovski Films (Great Britain) – distributor/sales agent

Thierry Detaille, Visible Film (Belgium) – distributor/sales agent

Vittoria Rusalen, Slingshot Films (Italy) – distributor/sales agent

Astrid Silva, Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon (Switzerland) – festival programmer

Margot Mecca – Festival Dei Popoli Institute (Italy) – festival programmer

Adam Thorsmark, CPH:DOX (Denmark) – festival programmer

Friday, 31.05

Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado (Canada) – distributor/sales agent

Julie Kárová, One World (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

Giuseppe Gariazzo, Trieste Film Festival (Italy) – festival programmer

Raluca Iacob, Astra Film Festival (Romania) – festival programmer

Victoria Leshchenko, Docudays UA (Ukraine) – festival programmer

Viviana Carlet, Lago Film Fest (Italy) – festival programmer

Monday, 27.05

Kamila Dohnalová, Anifilm (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

Anifilm is an International Festival of Animated Films held annually in Třeboň, Czech Republic. Festival features the best films from the entire spectrum of animation, with international competition section of feature films, short films, student films, music videos, abstract and non-narrative animation and independent computer games. The most interesting Czech animated production is selected for the Czech Horizon national competition. Industry programme offers a wide range of masterclasses, seminars, workshops and lectures given by the festival guests. Animarket, that takes place during the festival, is an industry networking event of job opportunities for animation professionals and students.

Marcin Łuczaj, New Europe Film Sales (Poland)distributor/sales agent

New Europe Film Sales is a boutique world sales company based in Warsaw. We are proud of our small, carefully-selected catalogue of feature films and shorts. Each one of them is very precious for us. Our films regularly open at key festivals, such as Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and we’re working with such directors like as Ruben Östlund, Tomek Baginski, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Trevor Jimenez, Reka Bucsi, among others. Among our short films, there are 12 Oscar shortlisters.

Sydney Neter, SND Films (The Netherlands) – distributor/sales agent

SND Films is a boutique sales agency founded in 1994, based in Amsterdam. Selling short films, feature and hour docs. Strong animated and live action shorts are always welcome. As for docs; Mostly looking for entertaining documentaries that are not too political. Strong preference for Arts & Culture as well as the LGBTQ docs.

Sarah Schlüssel, Berlinale Shorts (Germany) festival programmer

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. 25-30 short films are selected for the Berlinale Shorts competition. The International Short Film Jury awards the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film), the Audi Short Film Award, and appoints the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards. ‪In March 2019, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck was appointed curator of Berlinale Shorts.

Olga Artemyeva, Moscow International Film Festival  (Russia) – festival programmer

The Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) is is one of the oldest in the world, held in 1935 for the first time. The festival has been held annually since 1999.The festival’s top prize is the statue of Saint George slaying the dragon. MIFF has three competition programs – Main Competition, Documentary Competition (Oscar qualifying status), Short Films Competition, and a variety of out of competition sections, including retrospectives, a program of notable documentary films “Free Thought”, and “Short Film Corner” which showcases notable short films from around the world.

Sigrid Hadenius, Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden) – festival programmer

Founded in 1982, Uppsala International Short Film Festival has since become Sweden’s premier arena for short film and one of the most important short film festivals in Europe. Every year the festival screens more than 300 short films in different sections exploring the diversity and richness of the short film – from new film to retrospective programmes, from fiction film, documentaries and experimental film to animations. Submissions to International Competition, National Competition and The Children’s Film Festival are open until 31st of May. The 38th Uppsala International Short Film Festival takes place during the 21-27 October 2019.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Tampere Film Festival (Finland) – festival programmer

Tampere film festival is one of the oldest and well known short film festivals in Europe. Next year will be its  50th edition.The international competition presents in 11 screenings films that are under 30 minutes in duration: Fiction, documentaries, animated films and experiments in film making. Tampere also shows the best of Finnish shorts  and documentaries within the domestic competition as well as  many special programmes like retrospectives, thematic screenings, films with live music etc. Altogether Tampere film festival has about 100 screenings on several screens. The festival is attended yearly by more than 700 accredited guests including ca.170 foreign guests.

Wim Vanacker, European Short Pitch/Festival de Cannes (Belgium)  – festival programmer

European Short Pitch is an initiative aimed at promoting the European coproduction of short films. It combines a scriptwriting workshop in residency and a coproduction forum bringing together scriptwriters, directors and industry professionals from all over Europe. Selected on the basis of their short film projects, 16 European talents gather to discuss, rewrite, and learn to promote their stories on a European level with the support of 4 tutors. They eventually pitch their projects in front of a panel of professionals: over 55 producers, financers, buyers, and distributors.

Guy Knafo, noKzeDoc.tv (France) – distributor/sales agent

noKzeDoc.tv is a smart SVOD Platform dedicated to Documentaries As of today, over 1300 films are broadcasted by noKzeDoc.tv and we use a technology that we have developped based on “Semantic Indexing” and “Recommendation”. It allows: Enrichment of documentaries (our algorithm analyzes and enrichs them with information found in the Linked Open Data), A powerful search engine able to find an extract inside a vidéo, A “Personnalised” Recommendation. We want Docs with a Signature. We need strong stories with a real story telling.

Tuesday, 28.05

Anne Gaschütz, Filmfest Dresden (Germany) festival programmer

FILMFEST DRESDEN is counted among the most renowned and best endowed short film festivals in Europe and brings short film productions from Germany, Europe and the world to the cinema screens each year. It has a strong focus on animation and fiction shorts. The festival’s industry section “etc. – events.trainings.connections” completes the programming with panel discussions, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival will have its 32nd edition from April 21 to April 26 2020.

Laure Goasguen, Miyu Distribution (France)distributor/sales agent

Created in 2017, Miyu Distribution was born from the partnership between Luce Grosjean, and her company Seve Films, and Miyu Productions. Specialized in international sales and distribution of animation short films, Miyu Distribution distributes the graduation films of leading animation school as well as films from independent production structures.

Mathieu Janssen, Go Short (The Netherlands) – festival programmer

Go Short – Internationals Short Film Festival Nijmegen is the main short film festival in the Netherlands. During the five festival days Europe’s best recent short films will be screened and the Go Short Awards will be presented.Go Short is not only a shortcut to the Oscars and the BAFTA’s, but as of 2019 it is also an official gateway to the European Film Awards. Aside from the competitions Go Short offers an extensive program of events, talks, workshops, parties and meeting points for the filmmakers, film industry and the public.

Enrico Vannucci, The Venice International Film Festival (Italy) – festival programmer

The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the most prestigious, presenting every year a selection of world-class films and continuing the tradition that adds the glamour charm that always marked the Festival to a high artistic value program.

Evgeniia Marchenko, International Documentary, Short Feature And Animated Film Festival “Message To Man” (Russia) – festival programmer

International Documentary, Short Feature And Animated Film Festival “Message To Man” – is held annually in St. Petersburg since 1989 and the opening ceremony of the Festival takes place in the Palace Square. Each year, up to 40.000 spectators attend the festival. The name of the festival is a reference to the universal humanist values promoted in the Bible. Since its foundation, the festival has received financial and organizational support from the Russian (formerly USSR) State Cinematography Committee, the Russian Ministry of Culture and its cinema department, and the St. Petersburg Government and its Committee for Culture.

Laurence Boyce, Black Nights Film Festival/PöFF Shorts (Estonia) –festival programmer

Black Nights Film Festival is a FIAPF accredited A-List Film Festival that takes place in Tallinn, Estonia in November. With competitions for feature films and a large industry section, the festival welcomes documenatries, fiction and animation from across the world. PÖFF Shorts is the short film section of Black Nights and also welcomes animations, fiction, documentaries and experimental films from across the globe

Juraj Machalek, Ji.hlava IDFF (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

Ji.hlava IDFF is the largest festival for creative documentary films with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. It draws attention to socially relevant projects that possess innovative style and imagery, as well as a certain depth of reflection and confrontation. In addition, the festival offers screenings dedicated to experimental cinema and hosts various industry events for film professionals. The 23rd edition will take place on October 24-29, 2019, in the Czech Republic.

Shane Smith, Hot Docs (Canada) – festival programmer

Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, presented its 26th annual edition from April 25-May 5, 2019. An outstanding selection of 234 documentaries and 18 interdisciplinary projects from Canada and around the world were presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs also mounted a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

Leena Pasanen, DOK Leipzig  (Germany) – festival programmer

DOK Leipzig is one of the leading festivals for documentary and animated film. The festival, being the first in the world to combine these two genres, is built on more than 60 years of history and tradition. The festival is a celebration of films with the highest artistic and innovative approaches to storytelling, embodying our values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression.

Wednesday, 29.05

Mar Montaner Riera, Sideways Film (Spain)distributor/sales agent

Sideways Film is a documentary and factual sales agency established in 2010 that specialises in worldwide Broadcast, All Rights, Digital, Educational and in-flight licensing. We work closely with our filmmakers to ensure that every title offers a unique perspective and gets the attention it deserves.

Donatien Pierda, Java Films (France) – distributor/sales agent

Founded in 2005, Java Films rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading independent documentary distributors, providing production support and distribution to both finished films and projects in development. In 2013, we opened a new department to handle our growing theatrical catalogue. Our films include international Emmy winners and have been nominated for prestigious prizes like the Goyas or premiered at important festivals like Sundance, Tribeca or HotDocs.

Michael Treves, JMT Films (France) – distributor/sales agent

Michael Treves has experience of more than 18 years of work with international broadcasting networks, founded and runs JMT Films since 2003. The company represents more than 100 titles, including Award Winning Films such as ”You Only Die Twice” (KFF 2019), ‘’The Field’’ (Fipa Biarritz 2018), ‘’Child Mother’’ (KFF 2017) and ‘’Holy Zoo’’ (KFF 2017). Michael Treves, International Film Distributor & Sales Agent, was born in Paris France in 1963 (Jean-Michel Trèves), holds a B.A. degree in Social Studies from the University of Tel Aviv, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel and a diploma in Audiovisual Financing & Commercialization from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Durna Safarova, Filmotor (Czech Republic) – distributor/sales agent

Filmotor is Prague-based agency of award winning documentaries, mainly debuts. We search character driven, innovative documentaries and VR films with strong aesthetic elements.

Sergio Fant, Berlinale (Germany)  –  festival programmer

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

Miguel Ribeiro, Doclisboa International Film Festival (Portugal) – festival programmer

Doclisboa is one of the most established European film festivals and aims to question the present of film, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom. By refusing the categorization of film practice, it searches for the new problematics that cinematic image implies, in its multiple ways of engagement with the contemporary. Doclisboa tries to be a place to imagine reality through new modes of perception, reflection, and possible new forms of action.

Angeliki Petrou, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece) – festival programmer

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is now on its 22nd edition and is among the most important documentary festivals in the region. It provides the opportunity to exchange ideas and urges the audience to look at the world with a critical eye. The TDF’s main sections (International Competition and International Competition for first or second features, Human Rights, Habitat, Docs for Kids, etc.) as well as the large annual Greek documentary production, aim to inform, sensitize and mobilize the audience about critical issues.

Kathy Brew, MoMA Doc Fortnight (USA) festival programmer

MoMA’s annual festival of nonfiction film celebrates important new discoveries in documentary cinema. Combining short and feature-length work by both emerging and established artists, Doc Fortnight highlights the ever-growing ambition and experimentation within the documentary field.

Thursday, 30.05

Ulla Lehmann, Taskovski Films (Great Britain)distributor/sales agent

Taskovski Films is a London based world sales and production company of independent documentary films. We welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe. Our passion is discovering new talent and authorial stories. The company’s main activities are promotion and sales, festival consultancy and publicity services, and development, financing and co-production. Our portfolio includes award-winning films like The Shutka Book of Records, Ukrainian Sheriffs, Czech Dream, Cooking History, Ramin, Olmo and the Seagull, The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger and Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray.

Hanne Biermann, Deckert Distribution (Germany) – distributor/sales agent

Deckert Distribution is a world sales company for documentaries and stands for excellent, director-led, award-winning films, such as EMMY Award winners MINERS SHOT DOWN by Rehad Desai and NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS by Nima Sarvestani, the OSCAR nominated RABBIT A LA BERLIN by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski, ¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! by Victor Kossakovsky,  HONEYLAND by Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska as well as UNDER THE SUN and PUTIN’S WITNESSES by Vitaly Mansky, HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME by Thomas Heise or HAPPY WINTER by Giovanni Totaro. The company was established by managing director Heino Deckert in 2003 and is based in Leipzig.

Thierry Detaille, Visible Film (Belgium) distributor/sales agent

VISIBLE FILM gap-finances 6 projects and releases 10 films a year : society, human interest, geopolitics, current affairs and history. Our wide TV markets attendance and decision making to main co-production markets worldwide as well as a strong network of producers and commissioning editors enacts efficient international financing and world sales.We enable post-production belgian tax shelter funding along with Dame Blanche Studios, and market position on internet while audience building and delivering as DocsOnline Project marketing founders. BELGIAN DOCS is the belgian Indies and creative documentary world sales and pre-sales unit, powered by Wallonie Image Production.

Vittoria Rusalen, Slingshot Films (Italy) – distributor/sales agent

Launched in 2013, Slingshot Films is sales agency and production company based in Trieste, Italy specialized in creative documentaries and art-house fiction films. We like to work with debut and second films, with the aim is to value the career of the authors. We prefer to join projects at early stage, and we can provide input at different level: from project development to financing strategies, project packaging and marketing. We are producing the first feature documentary FANGO ROSSO by Alberto Diana, now in post-production, the short fiction film THE CLOUD by Margherita Panizon, winner of the MIX Award at the Milano Film Network 2018, and the first feature documentary WHITE LIES by Alba Zari, both in development.

Astrid Silva, Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon (Switzerland) – festival programmer

Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon (24 April – 2 May 2020), includes several competitive sections – presenting films in world and international premieres – as well as a few non-competitive ones, for a total of around 170 films. The industry activities, which bring over 1’200 professionals to Switzerland, allow for attendees to make connections for funding, co-production, promotion and film-rights acquisition.

Margot MeccaFestival dei Popoli Institute (Italy) – festival programmer

Founded in 1959 by a group of scholars in the humanities, anthropology, sociology, ethnology and mass-media studies, the Festival dei Popoli Institute, a not-for-profit organization, has been active for sixty years in the promotion and study of social documentary cinema. The association works primarily to organize Italy’s leading International Documentary Film Festival in Florence, this year at its 60th edition.

Adam Thorsmark, CPH:DOX (Denmark) – festival programmer

Founded in 2003, CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – is now one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. Each year in March, CPH:DOX presents a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The program goes beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines and media, and with our numerous debates and talks we aim to create real social impact.

Friday, 31.05

Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado (Canada) – distributor/sales agent

Syndicado Film Sales is a Toronto based world sales and production company established in 2016 that specializes in all rights sales. We are looking for autorial, cinematic and character driven narratives that convey an universal approach. We attend all major festivals and markets, currently representing such films as: A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, TASTE OF CEMENT by Ziad Kalthoum, GIANTS AND THE MORNING AFTER (executive produced by Syndicado) by Malla Grapengiesser/Per Bifrost/Alexander Ryneus.

Julie Kárová, One World (Czech Republic) – festival programmer

One World is considered to be the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. It is held in Prague, other 35 towns in the Czech Republic and Brussels. One World shows documentaries on human rights, social, political, environmental and media issues and includes Q&As, panel debates, virtual reality events, social impact projects, and screenings for schools. One World distributes documentary films, assists to new festivals and is an active member of Human Rights Film Network and Green Film Network.

Giuseppe Gariazzo, Trieste Film Festival (Italy) – festival programmer

The Trieste Film Festival is the leading and only Italian festival focusing on Central and Eastern European cinema. Its main structure includes: 3 competitive sections: feature films, documentaries and short films, only Italian premieres.

Raluca Iacob, Astra Film Festival (Romania) – festival programmer

Astra Film Festival offers a vital and exciting meeting place of world cinema. For 25 years now, non-fiction film lovers, general audiences, and professionals from all over the world have attended each festival edition in Sibiu (Romania) to explore and understand the human condition through the edifying cinema of reality. The Festival opens a window to the latest international documentary film productions and trends, promotes worldwide cross-cultural understanding, showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling, explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art, and celebrates the work of the genre’s great masters.

Victoria Leshchenko, Docudays UA (Ukraine) – festival programmer

Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (docudays.ua) is a regular event with the annual 20K attendance in Kyiv and 100K in the regions of Ukraine. In March 2019 the 16th festival edition took place. Member of the IHRFN.

Viviana Carlet, Lago Film Fest (Italy) – festival programmer

Lago Film Fest, founded in 2005 in the daily urban metabolism of the fascinating lake town of Revine Lago (TV) and now at his 15th edition Lago Film Fest is an international short films, documentaries and screenplays festival. Nine days of talks, videos, workshops, artistic performances, live music and special guests on the lake shores, among stone houses.