Wim Wenders, director, Germany
Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (THE STATE OF THINGS, 1982), the Palme d’Or and BAFTA (PARIS, TEXAS, 1984), as well as a European Film Award (WINGS OF DESIRE, 1988) and a Silver Bear (THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL, 2000). His latest productions include LAND OF PLENTY and DON’T COME KNOCKING. Throughout his career, Wenders has also made several unconventional documentaries including LIGHTNING OVER WATER, TOKYO-GA, and NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES. His most famous documentary, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB about a group of legendary Cuban musicians, received an Oscar nomination and won a European Film Award. Wim Wenders became president of the European Film Academy in 1996.
Agnieszka Holland, director, Poland
Having graduated from FAMU, the Prague film school in 1971, Agnieszka Holland returned to Poland and began her film career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her first feature film was PROVINCIAL ACTORS (1978), one of the flagship pictures of the "cinema of moral disquiet" and the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. This was followed by FEVER (1980) and THE LONELY WOMAN (1981). In 1981, just before the declaration of the state of emergency in Poland, Agnieszka Holland emigrated to France.
She directed ANGRY HARVEST (1985) which was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. Her film EUROPA EUROPA (1990) also received a U.S. Academy Award nomination (best screenplay) and IN DARKNESS (2011) was again nominated as foreign-language film.
She also collaborated with her friend, Krzysztof Kieslowski, on the screenplay of his trilogy, THREE COLOURS (1993).
Holland's films include TO KILL A PRIEST (1988), OLIVIER, OLIVIER (1992), THE SECRET GARDEN (1993), TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995), WASHINGTON SQUARE (1997), THE THIRD MIRACLE (1999), SHOT IN THE HEART (2001), JULIE WALKING HOME (2001) and COPYING BEETHOVEN (2006). Her most recent film is BURNING BUSH.
She also directed several episodes of many notable TV series, including THE WIRE, JAG, COLD CASE and TREME (for the pilot of the latter she was nominated for an Emmy).
Agnieszka Holland has also written or co-written screenplays for films made by other directors and directed plays for the Polish Television.
She was elected chairwoman of the EFA Board in 2014.
Mike Downey, producer, UK
Mike Downey, producer, and CEO of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), launched his independent UK production company on the Frankfurt DAX 12 years ago. He has produced, since then more than 40 feature films, with producing partner Sam Taylor and company chairman Stephen Daldry.
F&ME’s catalogue includes UKFC funded WHITE LIGHTNIN’, Saul Metzstein’s GUY X, DEATHWATCH (Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis), U.S. Academy Award nominated and Venice Golden Lion winning BEFORE THE RAIN and a slew of international co-productions written by Günter Grass, Thomas Keneally, James Ellroy and Clifford (HOAX) Irving. His award winning South African production SON OF MAN, premiered at Sundance, as did WHITE LIGHTNIN’ while LOVING GLANCES, opened the Venice Film Festival. Serving his eighth year as European Film Academy Board Member, Downey’s books The Film Finance Handbooks - a Guide for European Producers are published by the MEDIA Business School.
Educated in theatre: University of Warwick, with postgraduate studies at the University of Paris - III (Sorbonne), and Paris - X (Nanterre), he has long taught on the MEGA European Masters programme. Quondam Thomas Ewing Professor of Film (Ohio University) and on the Film Board Oklahoma University and he is also President of the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia and Artistic Advisor to the Zagreb Film Festival and works closely with Amnesty International establishing Amnesty Human Rights Awards at international film festivals as well as being a consultant for USAID, the American government programme rebuilding infrastructure (film) in the Balkans. Downey has served three terms as member of the Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts as well as a term on the BAFTA Film Committee. He is a member of the board of the Berlin Golden Bear winning (CARMEN) South African Theatre Company Isango along with Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Simon Rattle and Alan Rickman. Mike is particularly proud to be a trustee of the White Ribbon Foundation – an international charity which works to eradicate women dying in childbirth in the developing world.
Films currently in production include: EPIC, written by Pawel Pawlikowski and directed by Ben Hopkins and starring Matthew Macfadyen, Julien Temple’s CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION - THIS IS RIO, IMAGINE by Andrzej Jakimowski , Christine Jeff’s CASSY AND JUDE, Srdjan Dragojevic’s THE PORCUPINE, Mike Van Diem’s THE SURPRISE, Martin Koolhoven’s BRIMSTONE, the live action film for children ROLLI AND THE GOLDEN KEY, and an untitled Albanian project to be directed by Fatmir Koci. Recently completed films are GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY by Peter Greenaway, LILET NEVER HAPPENED by Jacco Groen and the portmanteau film ZAGREB STORIES 2.
Mike Downey joined the EFA Board in 2004 and was elected deputy chairman in 2014.
Antonio Saura, producer, Spain
As producer, with his company Zebra, credits include award winning films such as EN LA CIUDAD SIN LÍMITES by Antonio Hernández, RENCOR by Miguel Albaladejo, or SALOMÉ by Carlos Saura; box-office successes like DOS TIPOS DUROS by Juan Martinez Moreno, DI QUE SI by Juan Calvo , more ambitious European co-productions like OCULTO by Antonio Hernández or MIGUEL AND WILLIAM by Ines Paris or international documentaries like FADOS by Carlos Saura and THE CHICKEN, THE FISH AND THE KING CRAB by Lopez Linares.
He has recently produced for television the documentaries ROBERTO BOLAÑO: EL ULTIMO MALDITO by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares, LA TIERRA DE LAS MIL ORQUESTRAS by Felix Cabez and QUIEN FUE PILAR MIRÓ by Diego Galan. This year he will open SILENCIO EN LA NIEVE by Gerardo Herrero and TODO ES SILENCIO directed by Jose Luis Cuerda. Antonio Saura is a founding partner of LATIDO FILMS, one of the most dynamic Spanish international film sales companies. He was named “producer to watch” by Variety, and was selected as “European producer on the move” 2003.
Before producing, he created and directed the Media Business School, one of Europe’s leading training centres for the audiovisual. He is also founding partner of the program Greenhouse, of Euromed audiovisual and Media Mundus.
Antonio Saura is also a panellist and teacher in several film schools, universities and training programs and is member of the Spanish Film Academy.
He joined the EFA Board in 2008 and was elected deputy chairman in 2014.
Francis Boespflug, producer, France
After studying Law and Humanities, Francis started his film career at the cinema “Le Club” in Strasbourg, run by Louis Malle, together with Fabienne Vonier.
In 1981, he joined the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, to work on the creation of the Regional Cinematographic Development Agency led by Jack Gajos, which still exists.
In 1983, he was hired by the UGC Group as manager for the Rhône-Alpes region for three years. In 1985, Francis joined MK2 as head of Acquisitions, where, between 1985 and 1989, with Fabienne Vonier, he distributed, amongst others, BAGDAD CAFE by Percy Adlon and AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS by Louis Malle, and worked with European and international directors such as Nanni Moretti, James Ivory, Luis Puenzo, David Cronenberg, Stephen Frears …
In 1989, together with Fabienne Vonier, Louis and Vincent Malle, Claudie Cheval and Michel Seydoux, Francis founded two companies headed by Fabienne Vonier: Pyramide Distribution, a film distribution and international sales company, and Pyramide Productions, a film production company.
Pyramide Distribution has established itself as one of the most important film distribution companies in France, working with renowned directors such as Louis Malle, Alain Resnais, Youssef Chahine, Sean Penn, Denys Arcand, Aki Kaurismäki, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Elia Suleiman, Tonie Marshall, Fatih Akin …
Pyramide Productions produced or co-produced over 50 French and international films. Most of them were selected and awarded at major international films festivals, especially THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS by Denys Arcand, LE HAVRE by Aki Kaurismäki, CLIMATES and THREE MONKEYS by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, IRENE by Alain Cavalier, LEAVING by Catherine Corsini …
From 1992 to 1997 Francis was head of programming for the Gaumont–Pathé theatre chain.
From 1997 to 2010, he was head of Warner Bros productions and distribution France, where he significantly increased its activities in the French production and produced or co-produced about fifteen films including CLASS TRIP by Claude Miller, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and COCO BEFORE CHANNEL by Anne Fontaine.
Since 2011, Francis is the president of F.B. Productions and acts as a cinema advisor for Gaumont, with whom he co-produced CAMILLE REWINDS by Noémie Lvovsky, PERFECT MOTHERS and GEMMA BOVERY by Anne Fontaine, THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, DIPLOMACY by Volker Schlöndorff, and SOPHIE’S MISFORTUNES by Christophe Honoré.
After the death of his wife Fabienne Vonier in July 2013, Francis took over the presidency of Pyramide Productions and continued the activities she had developed. Since then, he has produced HIGH SOCIETY by Julie Lopes Curval and co-produced THE CUT by Fatih Akin, 21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE by Arnaud and Jean-Marrie Larrieu, FATIMA by Philippe Faucon, BELGICA by Felix Van Groeningen and the new film by Volker Schlöndorff - RETURN TO MONTAUK (currently in post-production).
Àngela Bosch Rius, Spain, producer
Angela has worked for the Spanish audio-visual industry since 1992 in different positions in the private and public sector, but always focused on the international area, on promotion, distribution and co-production.
For almost ten years she worked for the most active Spanish production companies (Lolafilms and Sogepaq) in international distribution, selling their finished productions world-wide. She also directed contents at Cosmopolitan TV (Hearst Entertainment) and for nine years headed Catalan Films & TV, a mixed consortium (public and private) focussed on the international promotion, distribution and co-production of the whole Catalan audio-visual industry.
Presently she works as a freelancer for the Association of Producers of the Balearic Islands (APAIB) as their consultant for international affairs. She is also an external teacher for Bande A Part (a private film school in Barcelona) and for the official school of cinema in Catalunya (ESCAC).
Angela also collaborates with international film festivals frequently serving as a jury member and giving master classes (e.g. at Film Fest Training Ground in Espinho/Portugal, Abycine in Albacete/Spain, Miradas Docs in Tenerife/Canary Islands, Mare Mostra Film Festival in Mallorca/Balearic Islands, Mecal in Barcelona, Zero + Film Festival in Tyumen/Siberia, Film Forum Zadar in Croatia, RegioFun Film Festival in Katowice/Poland, and others).
In 2013 she collaborated with the European Commission in a macro research on film literacy in secondary schools in Europe. She has been member of the Spanish commission for public subsidies for projects in production (2014-2015) from ICAA (Ministerio de Cultura de España), as well as official technical adviser for the audio-visual industry for ICEX (Instituto de Comercio Exterior de España).
And at present she works externally as advisor on acquisirtions and sales for Canary Islands Connection, a new International Sales Agency.
Roberto Cicutto, producer, Italy
Born in Venice in 1948, Roberto established the production company AURA FILM in 1978. Under this label and ten years later (1988), he won the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion thanks to Ermanno Olmi's THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY DRINKER.
In 1984, with Luigi Musini, he established Mikado Film, a company with which he distributed and produced films of the most representative and talented Italian and international directors.
In 1993, with Angelo Barbagallo, Nanni Moretti and Luigi Musini, he established the distribution company Sacher Distribuzione and with Ermanno Olmi and Luigi Musini, he became a partner of the production company Cinemaundici.
In 2002, the big editorial group De Agostini, detecting in the company an ideal partner for entering the audiovisual production and distribution field, became part of Mikado Film. In 2006, Musini and Cicutto made over 100 % of their quotes to De Agostini.
In 2009, Roberto Cicutto became the director of The Business Street, the Film Market part of the International Rome Film Festival, and was named President of Cinecittà Luce. For several years, he was a member of the board of ACE (Atelier du cinéma européen), EFA, and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
Since 2011, he has been CEO of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, the new company which links together Istituto Luce, Cinecittà and Filmitalia. He has been re-elected onto the EFA Board in 2014.
Tilde Corsi, producer, Italy
With a degree in philosophy, she has worked for a few years as a movie publicist. Then, in 1992, she teamed up with Gianni Romoli to start her career as film producer, founding R&C Produzioni. In 2001 she won the prestigious Nastro d’Argento award for best producer. In 2003 the film LA FINDESTRA DI FRONTE (Facing Windows by Ferzan Ozpetek) won five David di Donatello awards (including Best Film), three Nastri d’Argento and three Ciak d’Oro awards, among many others. She has co-produced some interesting international directors such as Amos Gitai (KIPPUR and EDEN) and Lucretia Martel (LA NINA SANTA) and a few young Italian talents at their first movie such as Vincenzo Marra, Aureliano Amadei and Marco Amenta. Tilde Corsi and her partner Gianni Romoli were prized with a David di Donatello as best producers of the year 2012. She produced the last film by Ferzan Özpetek ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (Fasten your seatbelts), box-office top ten among Italian movies of last season. She is Vice President of Anica (Italian National Association of Cinema Industries), member of the board of A.C.E. (Atelier du Cinema Européen) and has been elected onto the board of EFA in 2015.
Helena Danielsson, producer, Sweden
Helena Danielsson established Hepp Film in 2003 after a fifteen-year-long career in the Scandinavian and European film industry where she worked for, amongst others, Sonet Film. Prior to her film career, Danielsson studied German language and literature in Austria at Salzburg University and she has a bachelor degree from Lund University/Sweden in Psychology & Media/Communication.
Helena Danielsson´s first title as producer in her own company was DAY & NIGHT (Dag & Natt) - a box office hit, starring Mikael Persbrandt (IN A BETTER WORLD, THE HOBBIT) earning the Bergman Award for his role. RATIONAL SOLUTION (Det Enda Rationella) and SMILING IN A WARZONE have both received international acclaim including competition in Venice Critics´Week 2009 and a nomination for an International Emmy Award. Danielsson also produced Venice Critics´Week winner 2010 – BEYOND (Svinalängorna) - debut of Palme d’Or winning actress Pernilla August, starring Noomi Rapace (SHERLOCK HOLMES 2, PROMETHEUS) which reached an audience of 700,000 across Scandinavia and has been sold to 19 countries. BEYOND was selected as the Swedish entry for the Oscars and was part of the EFA Selection 2011. Currently Danielsson is preparing the new film by Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT, SIXTEEN) The film is the story of big-time pop star in Sweden in the 60´s - Anita Lindblom - to be played by Noomi Rapace and fast-living European boxing champion Bo Högberg, to be played by Ola Rapace, and their equal scandal-plagued career and love story. Danielsson has co-produced numerous European titles as well; most recently THE INVADER by Belgian artist Nicolas Provost, in competition in Orizzonti/Venice as well as Toronto/Discovery 2011, WHITE WHITE WORLD (Beli Beli Svet) by Serbian director Oleg Novkovic , Locarno Competition 2010 , EFA Selection 2011, as well as the Spanish titles THE APPEARED (Aparecidos) and NEON FLESH (Carne de Neon).
Danielsson was a board member of the Swedish Producers Association between 2007-2009, member of ACE (participant 2003) and is the Swedish National Coordinator for EAVE. She joined the EFA Board in 2012.
Ilann Girard, producer, France
Former Senior V.P. Legal & Business Affairs of Pandora Cinema, Ilann Girard set up Arsam in 2002, a one-stop services company offering business affairs consultancy and finance packaging services to the film and television production community, as well as an international sales and co-production operation. In 2004, he set up Arsam International, a production company. He is a founding partner of OLFFI. COM, the online database on film financing.
Ilann Girard has executive produced RENAISSANCE, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, PLASTIC PLANET as well as SUMMER GAMES (Venice 2011).
He has produced Bille August’s GOODBYE BAFANA (Berlinale 2007) as well as Golden Lion awarded LEBANON by Samuel Maoz which also won the European Discovery 2010 - Prix FIPRESCI. Most recently, he has produced I ANNA by Barnaby Southcombe (Berlinale 2012), OMBLINE by Stéphane Cazes (Cannes Junior Prize 2012) and WHEN DAY BREAKS by Goran Paskaljevic (Toronto 2012).
Ilann Girard joined the EFA Board in 2014.
Angeles Gonzáles-Sinde, Spain, screenwriter
Born in 1965, Angeles González-Sinde graduated in Classical Philology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has an MFA in screenwriting from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. From 1993 to 1996 she attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she graduated with an MFA with a Fullbright grant.
Film and television writer by trade, she has wide experience in both fields for which she received numerous awards including a Goya for Best Original Screenplay in 1997 for LA BUENA ESTRELLA and for Best New Director in 2003 for LA SUERTE DORMIDA. Her most recent film as director is UNA PALABRA TUYA which opened in the summer of 2008 to critical and audience success.
Other feature credits as screenwriter include LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS (Black Tears) also directed by Ricardo Franco, SEGUNDA PIEL (Second Skin), director Gerardo Vera, LAS RAZONES DE MIS AMIGOS (Friends Have Reasons), an adaptation of Belén Gopegui’s novel “La conquista del aire” directed by Gerardo Herrero, and, in collaboration with Alberto Macías, ANTIGUA VIDA MÍA (Antigua My Life), a Spain-Argentina co-production directed by Héctor Olivera, adapted from the novel by the same title by Marcela Serrano. Other features penned by her are Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón’s LA VIDA QUE TE ESPERA (Life awaits you) and TODOS ESTAMOS INVITADOS (We’re all invited), LA PUTA Y LA BALLENA (The Whore and the Whale) directed by Luis Puenzo, ENTRE VIVIR Y SOÑAR (Between Living And Dreaming) and MENTIRAS Y GORDAS (Big Fat Lies) by the director team Menkes & Albacete, EL MISTERIO GALÍNDEZ, HEROÍNA (Heroin) and LOS AIRES DIFÍCILES, all directed by Gerardo Herrero, and 7 MINUTES, co-written with director Daniela Fejerman.
She also writes for television and theatre as well as children’s books. In 2013 she won a literary award for her first novel for grown-ups, “El buen hijo”.
From April 2009 until December 2011 she interrupted her film career to serve as Minister of Culture of Spain in President Rodríguez Zapatero’s government. She developed new and innovative legislative actions on intellectual property protection and against piracy on the internet that have come to be known as Sinde's Law. Other areas under her responsibility were art promotion, museums and historical heritage, archives, public libraries, book industry, performing arts and music, film and audiovisuals, international cultural co-operation, promotion of Spanish culture, statistics and surveys on the cultural industries raising awareness on their growing influence on national economy, foundations, building of new infrastructures and facilities.
She has teaching experience in screenwriting in schools such as ECAM and the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Taller de Guionistas in Barcelona, and the international film school of San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba, among others. Prior to being a member of the cabinet of President Zapatero, she was President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Spain (2006-2009), and previous to that President of ALMA, the screenwriters association of Spain, as well as member of the board of DAMA, a collecting society for filmmakers.
She is currently working on a new novel, a stageplay and different audiovisual projects.
Vanessa Henneman, the Netherlands, talent agent
Born in 1968, Vanessa Henneman studied Film and Television sciences at The London Institute and graduated with a bachelor of arts with honours. Her first job was with Canal+ in Madrid where she worked as a junior producer. Back in the Netherlands, she worked several years as a director and producer for various networks and production companies. During this time, she studied Law at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2000, specialised in Entertainment Law.
Vanessa started working as a talent agent in 1994 and became a senior agent at Features Creative Management. In 2005 she started her own company Henneman Agency, which is now one of the leading talent agencies in the Netherlands, representing more than 100 prominent creative names in the entertainment industry. Ranging from actors and writers to directors and designers, Henneman Agency plays a key strategic role between clients and producers on a national and international level.
In addition to the standard services as an agency, Henneman Agency initiates various new TV, film and theatre projects. These projects offer unique creative and business opportunities for the agency's creators and actors and will become the key focus in the immediate future for the company.
In 2015, during the Berlinale in Berlin, Vanessa Henneman is launching a new company: European Talent Network (ETN). With ETN, three European talent agencies (Teamplayers from Denmark, Spielkind from Germany and Henneman Agency from the Netherlands) have united to form a central meeting point between European talent and the international film and entertainment industry. By creating a central meeting point, they aim to maintain up-to-date information of the current European entertainment industry and provide talent with the necessary contacts to develop an international career and help producers across Europe to find the right talent for their project. ETN strives to build an international network based on strong and long-lasting relationships.
Henning Kamm, producer, Germany
Henning Kamm has a Master’s Degree in Applied Cultural Studies and is a graduate of Atelier Ludwigsburg Paris. In 2007 Henning co-founded DETAiLFILM. His films have been presented at major festivals winning numerous awards e.g. a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, a German Film Award – LOLA, two Crystal Globes @ Karlovy Vary, SXGlobal award @ SXSW.
Henning was Germany’s “Producer on the Move“ 2014, is an EAVE and Inside Pictures alumni. In January 2015 Henning co-founded Zentropa Hamburg, a joint venture of Zentropa and DETAiLFILM.
As of 1 December 2016, Henning is managing director at REAL FILM Berlin, focusing on national and international content production for film and tv.
Lynda Myles, producer, UK
After eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Lynda spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley.
On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature, DEFENCE OF THE REALM, for Enigma Films. She then joined Columbia Pictures as a Senior Vice-President, after which she was Commissioning Editor for Drama at the BBC.
In 1990,she co-produced THE COMMITMENTS, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus four other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar nomination for Editing. In 1992, she returned to independent production, producing THE SNAPPER (winner of, inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and THE VAN, both directed by Stephen Frears. THE VAN had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She also produced WHEN BRENDAN MET TRUDY, also written by Roddy Doyle and co-produced KILLING ME SOFTLY, directed by Chen Kaige.
In the early 90s,she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programme for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of THE MOVIE BRATS, the first study of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, George Lucas and John Milius. She was the first Chair of Women in Film and Television in the UK. She is currently on the Board of the Ateliers du Cinema Europeen and is a member of AMPAS and BAFTA.
In 2004, she joined the UK's National Film and Television School as Head of Fiction Directing and continues to work as an independent producer.
Rebecca O’Brien, producer, UK
Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for over twenty five years. Prior to becoming a producer she worked her way up through the industry in various production roles including location manager on MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985) and production manager on some early Channel 4 films.
She has produced fourteen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including LAND AND FREEDOM (European Film of the Year 1995), SWEET SIXTEEN (European Critics’ Award 2002 - Prix Fipresci), MY NAME IS JOE and LOOKING FOR ERIC. In 2006 THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, set during the Irish War of Independence, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Their latest film THE ANGELS' SHARE is currently on release and won the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes. This year they will release the archive documentary THE SPIRIT OF '45, an essay by Ken Loach on the moment, immediately post-war, when Britain elected its first socialist government and introduced the National Health Service, the Welfare State and nationalized key industries.
She has also produced a number of other films including BEAN (1996) and PRINCESA (2001) and she is currently developing a TV series and feature film with British director Tim Fywell in addition to her new Loach/Laverty projects.
Rebecca O’Brien is currently a member of the UK Film Industry Training Board and the British Screen Advisory Council. She runs the production company Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.
She joined the EFA Board in 2013.
Marek Rozenbaum, producer, Israel
Holding a degree in Social Work and Film from Tel Aviv University, Marek Rozenbaum established Transfax Films Productions in 1988. He has directed two and produced over 40 feature films, among them award-winning films that have received world-wide recognition. Marek Rozenbaum is the chairman of the public steering committee of film & television at the Israeli Export Institute. For ten years he held the position of chairman of the Israeli Academy for Cinema and Television, for six years the position of chairman of Israel’s Film and Television Producers Association, and today is a member of its board.
In addition to feature films, Transfax has produced over 40 documentaries for Israeli television, seven dramas and over 80 television commercials and television programs, including one of 1995/6’s highest rated entertainment shows.
He joined the EFA Board in 2012.
Ada Solomon, producer, Romania
Born on 3 June 1968 in Romania, Ada Solomon has worked in the film business for the last 20 years. She has served as a line producer for foreign international projects such as Franco Zeffirelli's CALLAS FOREVER, Didi Danquart's OFFSET and, more recently, Hermine Huntgeburth's TOM SAWYER & HUCK FINN.
Setting up her own company HiFilm in 2004, Ada has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (MARILENA FROM P7) and Radu Jude (THE TUBE WITH A HAT), debut features by Radu Jude (THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD), Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu (FIRST OF ALL, FELICIA), Paul Negoescu (A MONTH IN THAILAND), and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (KAPITALISM - OUR IMPROVED FORMULA), among others. She is currently developing the docu-science-fiction TARZAN’s TESTICLES by Alexandru Solomon, as well as Radu Jude's third feature AFERIM!, after the award-winning EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY which premiered in the Berlinale's Forum in 2012 and received the Heart of Sarajevo award for Best Film, the Bayard d’Or for Best Film & Best Actor in Namur and 16 further awards.
The films produced by Ada Solomon were presented and awarded at the most prestigious festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Sundance - to name just a few.
Ada Solomon has co-produced with France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Croatia, Bulgaria and Hungary and her films have been released in over 40 territories around the world.
Apart from her producing job Ada Solomon is also Head of Distribution in Parada Film and manages (together with Tudor Giurgiu) Cityplex - 3 mini-plex cinemas in Romania. She is a member of Europa Cinemas, founder and executive director of NexT Int’l Film Festival Bucharest and teacher at the National Film School in Bucharest.
With CHILD'S POSE (Pozitia copilului) by Călin Peter Netzer, Ada Solomon produced the Berlinale FIPRESCI & Golden Bear Winner of 2013. Luminita Gheorghiu was nominated for the EFA’s European Actress award.
Ada Solomon is national co-ordinator of EAVE, ACE graduate and she received the EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES at the 26th European Film Award in 2013. She was elected onto the EFA Board in 2014.
Krzysztof Zanussi, director, Poland
Krzysztof Zanussi is a film director, producer and scriptwriter. He studied physics at Warsaw University (1955-59) and philosophy at Jagiellonian University (1959-62). He has directed many award-winning, internationally acclaimed films, including THE STRUCTURE OF CRYSTAL (1968), ILLUMINATION (1973), CAMOUFLAGE (1976), CONSTANT FACTOR (1980), THE YEAR OF QUIET SUN (1984), WHEREVER YOU ARE IF YOU ARE (1988), IN FULL GALLOP (1996), PERSONA NON GRATA (2004) and REVISITED (2009). Krzysztof Zanussi is also a theatre director, staging productions in Milan, Palermo, Bonn, Cracow, Bremen, Basel, Syracuse, Kiev, Novosibirsk and Rome. He has written several books: volumes of Film Scripts, the American edition of In Full Gallop And Six Other Screenplays, Time to Die (Warsaw, 1999), including Italian, Russian, Ukrainian and English editions (the Indian edition is in preparation), Between a Funfair and Salon (Warsaw, 1999), Bigos Will Last in the European Family (Warsaw, 2003) and A Portrait of the Artist (Warsaw, 2008). Between 1990-1994 he was president of the European Federation of Audiovisual Producers (FERA). He is a member of the Pontifical Commission of Culture at the Vatican and ex-president of the EUROVISIONI Association. Krzysztof Zanussi is also a member of: the Polish Academy of Science, the PEN-Club and the Polish Writers’ Association. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography VGIK (Moscow), the National University of Drama and Film “I.L. Caragiale” (Bucharest), the European Humanities University (Minsk), Yanka Kupala State University (Grodno), the Bulgarian University (Sofia), the University of Film and Television (St. Petersburg), the Catholic University of Lublin, the Opole University, and he is a recipient of the Luka Brajnovic Award (Navarre). He has also been invited to lecture at numerous universities, among them Columbia, Yale, Cambridge and Rice University (Houston).
Krzysztof Zanussi joined the EFA Board in 2012
Director: Marion Döring, Germany
Marion Döring studied French and Portuguese at the University of Mainz from 1972 to 1975 and then, from 1976 to 1979, worked as a trainee and later editor at the daily newspapers Fuldaer Zeitung and Hessisch/Niedersächsische Allgemeine. Between 1980 and 1985 she worked as free-lance journalist in Berlin, from 1985 to 1988 as press attaché of the “750 Years Anniversary Berlin 1987″ and “Berlin - European Capital of Culture 1988″. She has been connected to the history of the European Film Academy since its very beginnings in 1988: first as PR manager of the European Film Awards, later as project manager for the Academy’s activities and publications, since 1996 as the Academy’s director. Starting in 2004, she also acts as producer for the European Film Awards and since 2006 as managing director of EFA Productions gGmbH, the company producing the Awards together with the European Film Academy.
Sir Ben Kingsley