The President:

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). 
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 and EFA President in 2021.

The Board:



Mike Downey, producer, Ireland

Mike DowneyMike 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. He was elected deputy chairman in 2014, and chairman in 2020.

Deputy Chairwomen:

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. 

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.

Board Members

Graziella Bildesheim, institutional, Italy

Graziella is the founder and director of MAIA WORKSHOPS, the Creative Europe MEDIA-supported training programme for emerging European producers. Running since 2005, MAIA has graduated more than 400 active producers of over 35 nationalities, co-operating with local institutions to hold workshops in different European countries. The programme is made up of three workshops a year and proposes tailor-made training initiatives and dedicated networking activities to its graduates within festivals and markets.
Graziella also created and directed the HERMES training programme for producers from the Eastern Partnership countries (2009) and the STORY DEVELOPMENT and PRODUCERS’ WORKSHOPS for filmmakers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine (2012 and 2013).
As an independent producer and consultant, Graziella was involved in the creative development and financial packaging of feature and documentary films in co-production with European and international partners since 1991. With her own Rome-based company Fabulafilm active between 2003 and 2011, she also set up and co-produced a number of documentaries and features for theatrical and tv distribution.
Graziella also worked as expert assessor with the Development scheme of the EU MEDIA Programme (1994 to 2013), RAI Cinema (2000 to 2002) and, more recently, the Apulia Film Fund. She also collaborated in the setting up of the New Cinema Network co-production market in Rome (2006 to 2007).
From 2014 to 2016 she served on the National Film Board at the Italian Ministry of Culture where she participated in the selection of projects for features, shorts and documentaries. Many of the supported projects have become films selected and awarded at the main international festivals in the most recent years.
She currently teaches at the Centro Sperimentale/National Film School in Italy and is a voting member of the David di Donatello Italian Film Academy. She joined the EFA Board in 2018.

Àngela Bosch Rius, Spain, producer

Àngela 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.

Presently Àngela Bosch is the Balearic Islands’ Film Commission & International Promotion Manager at the Regional Ministry of Culture, Participation and Sports of the Government of the Balearic Islands.

She is a member of the Committee Board of the European Film Academy (EFA), representing Spain and Portugal.

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. Since 2013 she worked 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). Àngela 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). Since April 2015, Àngela Bosch assesses and collaborates with the 5 film festivals that exist in the Balearic Islands: Ibiza Cine Fest, Formentera Film Festival, Atlantida Film Festival, Festival de Cine de Menorca, Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival and El Dia Més Curt.

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).

She has worked as advisor on acquisitions and sales for Canary Islands Connection, a new International Sales Agency.

Bettina Brokemper, producer, Germany

Bettina Brokemper is producer and owner of Heimatfilm, a Cologne-based feature film production founded in 2003. Thanks to her passion for international co-productions, she managed to develop Heimatfilm into one of the leading independent European production companies. Throughout her career she has produced and co-produced over 50 feature films; which premiered at the most prestigious festivals worldwide and earned more than 100 international awards and prizes. Her films have been released in countries all around the world.

Bettina’s producer credits - among many others - include Dogville and Antichrist by Lars von Trier, The Syrian Bride by Eran Riklis, the 2010 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Bal – Honey by Semih Kaplanoglu, Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta (German Film Award in Silver) and WILD directed by Nicolette Krebitz (German Film Award in Bronze).

Besides her duties as a producer, Bettina Brokemper works as academic lecturer at several film schools. From 2017 to 2019, she was a visiting professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne for film dramaturgy. Jury and committee activities for various film funding institutions and festivals enrich her work. In 2020 Bettina Brokemper was part of the international jury of the Berlinale (Competition).

In 2006 the European Film Promotion nominated Bettina Brokemper as “Producer on the Move” and she was awarded with the ‘Prix Eurimages’ for Outstanding European Co-production in 2008. She is a longtime member of the European Film Academy, “Les rendezvous franco-allemands du cinema” (board member from 2010-2016) and of the German Film Academy. She takes part in the EWA Mentoring program and participated in EAVE+. In 2014 the Kölner Kulturrat (Cologne Culture Council) appointed her „Cultural Manager of the Year 2013“.

Marta Donzelli, producer, Italy

After a graduate degree at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, Marta Donzelli finished a PhD in Philosophy in 2004, with a thesis on Edmund Husserl. The same year, together with Gregorio Paonessa, she established Vivo Film, an independent production company with a catalogue of more than 50 films, selected and awarded by the most prestigious festivals world-wide. Her producer’s credits with Vivo Film include: IL MIO PAESE by Daniele Vicari, winner of a David di Donatello Award as Best Documentary in 2007; Corso Salani’s IMATRA, Golden Leopard – Special Jury Prize in the Cineasti del Presente Competition at the 60th Locarno Film Festival; THE FOUR TIMES by Michelangelo Frammartino, premiered at 2010 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and winner of many awards; A STREET IN PALERMO by Emma Dante, winner of the Coppa Volpi at the 2013 Venice Film Festival; SWORN VIRGIN by Laura Bispuri, presented in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015; Andrea De Sica’s CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, which premiered in Competition at the Torino Film Festival in 2016; Laura Bispuri’s DAUGHTER OF MINE, presented in Competition at the Berlinale in 2018; DAFNE by Federico Bondi and FLESH OUT by Michela Occhipinti, which both premiered in Panorama at the 2019 Berlinale, where DAFNE won the FIPRESCI Award; MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, winner of four awards, including the Special Mention of the Jury, at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival; SIMPLE WOMEN by Chiara Malta, opening film of Discovery at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. More recently, Vivo film presented Abel Ferrara’s SIBERIA, in competition at the last Berlinale and MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli in the official competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival. Vivo film is currently committed in the post-production of Andrea De Sica's second feature film DON'T KILL ME and in the pre-production of THE PEACOCK'S PARADISE by Laura Bispuri. For their work at Vivo Film Gregorio Paonessa and her have been nominated twice as Best Producers at the David di Donatello Awards (for THE FOUR TIMES and for NICO, 1988) and at the Silver Ribbon Awards (for NICO, 1988 and for DAUGHTER OF MINE) and they won the Ciak d’Oro as Best Producers for THE FOUR TIMES. In 2011 she was Italy’s Producer on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. Marta Donzelli has been the Head Professor of Cinema at Scuola Holden in Turin for the class of 2017-2019 and a tutor in many international workshops, including Biennale College. She has also been a member of the Jury at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival and Turin Film Festival. Since the beginning of 2018 she has also been a member of the directorial board of ANICA’s producers’ section.

Ildikó Enyedi, director, Hungary

Ildikó Enyedi, director, Hungary

Ildikó Enyedi, awards winner and Oscar-nominated film director, has started her career as a concept and media artist. She was a member of the art group Indigo and the Balázs Béla Studio, the only independent film studio in Eastern Europe before 1989. She later turned to feature-film directing and scriptwriting, wrote and directed five features and several shorts. With these works she’s won more than fifty international awards. Her first film, MY 20TH CENTURY, was chosen as one of the 12 Best Hungarian Films of All Time.

Her films were presented in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and her latest film, ON BODY AND SOUL won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2017. She is currently finishing a new feature film, THE STORY OF MY WIFE, an international co-production.

She is a passionate teacher, a habilitated professor of the University of Film and Theatrical Arts in Budapest. She also lectures at European masterclasses. She was a member of the main juries in Berlin, Venice, Moscow, and San Sebastian (among others). She was awarded the Balázs Béla and the Merited Artist Prizes, and has received the Republic President’s Order of Merit Cross. Besides the European, she is also a member of the American Film Academy. A mother of two, she lives in Budapest.

Mike Goodridge, producer & festival director, UK

Mike Goodridge has spent the last five years as CEO of Protagonist Pictures working in sales, finance and production across over 80 films including LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, AMERICAN HONEY, LADY MACBETH, THE LOBSTER, '71, CALVARY, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and Pawel Pawlikowski's upcoming COLD WAR.

He was previously a business journalist, film critic and editor of Screen International.

He is a member of EFA and BAFTA. He has programmed the international section Kinoscope at the Sarajevo Film Festival since 2012 and is currently artistic director of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao in Macao, China, as well as an independent producer with several projects in various stages of development.

Nina Hoss, actress, Germany

Nina Hoss started acting in radio plays at the age of seven and appeared on stage for the first time at the age of fourteen. In 1997 she graduated from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. While pursuing an extensive and celebrated theatre career, at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Berliner Ensemble and Schaubühne Berlin, she developed a close working relationship with the director Christian Petzold with whom she has collaborated on six occasions.
After having had her first big success with Bernd Eichinger’s A GIRL CALLED ROEMARY in 1996, Petzold’s and her collaboration began. It won her, amongst others, the German Film Award and the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear Best Actress award for YELLA. Also, with the films JERICHOW, BARBARA and PHOENIX she has been invited to several international film festivals such as Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Telluride.
Alongside her work with Petzold she has worked with directors such as Anton Corbijn in A MOST WANTED MAN starring Philip Seymour Hoffmann; Volker Schlöndorff in RETURN TO MONTAUK; Henk Handloegten in FENSTER ZUM SOMMER; Ina Weisse in THE AUDITION which won her best actress in San Sebastian; Katrin Gebbe in PELICAN BLOOD which had its opening in Venice; as well as Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond in LITTLE SISTER which had its opening at the Berlinale 2020 and earned Nina Hoss an EFA nomination.
She has also been a member of the main competition juries at the festivals in Venice, Berlin, Locarno, and at the Les Arcs film festival.
Her more recent TV work includes HOMELAND and an up-coming role in the Bron Studios’ SHADOWPLAY directed by Måns Marlind.

Anita Juka, producer, Croatia

Anita Juka started her own production company 4Film in 2004. In her career, she has produced various films and European co-productions of different genres, including feature fiction, creative feature documentaries, shorts and a mini TV show. Her films have been supported by Eurimages, they won more than 70 awards at film festivals including Toronto IFF, Karlovy Vary IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Palm Springs IFF, Santa Barbara IFF, HotDocs and were distributed in more than 190 countries world-wide. She participated at eight different programmes including Producers on the Move, Producers Lab Toronto, TransAtlantic Partners, eQuinoxe. Noted titles are YOU CARRY ME, directed by Ivona Juka, SLOVENIAN GIRL by Damjan Kozole, BAD BLUE BOYS by Branko Schmidt and HERE by Zrinko Ogresta.
Anita Juka organises educational workshops for European film professionals and film literacy in Europe. Some of the lecturers at these workshops were Kirk Francis, Bill Butler and Oliver Stapleton. She also wrote expert articles about film production for Forbes Croatia.

Baltasar Kormákur, director, Iceland

Director and producer Baltasar Kormákur has been able to divide his time between filmmaking in his native Iceland (101 REYKJAVIK, THE DEEP, JAR CITY, THE OATH, TRAPPED, the tv series) and the US, where he has directed numerous successful films (CONTRABAND, 2 GUNS, EVEREST, ADRIFT).

Christophe Leparc, festival director, France

Managing Director of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) in Cannes. and Director of Cinemed,the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier, Christophe has been working in the film industry since 1990, specialised in the organisation and programming of film festivals. Notably, he has worked for the International Women Directors’ Films Festival of Créteil for ten years as a "prospector" of films. He began working for the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier in 1994 as prospector, member of the selection committee and developing retrospectives.
Christophe has worked for the International Critics’ Week in Cannes from the year 2000 to 2007 as program manager of this parallel section of the Cannes festival. Since 2007, he is the Managing Director of the Directors’ Fortnight, the  other sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival. He was also appointed Director of Cinemed in 2016.

Leontine Petit, producer, Netherlands

Leontine Petit is founder and CEO/Producer of Lemming Film with offices in Amsterdam and Berlin. Lemming Film has, for the last 25 years, successfully co-produced 54 feature films and 14 high end drama series in Europe and beyond. Their projects are sold to many countries around the world and have won various national and international awards.

Before working in film production, Leontine studied at the University of Amsterdam where she earned her Master’s degree in Philosophy. She graduated from EAVE and is a member of the ACE Network. She was Producer on the Move (2006). In 2014 she participated at EAVE+. She first participated in the Inside Pictures workshop in 2017. Today she teaches at various media programs and until 2020 she was also the President of ‘Bridging the Dragon’, an association that is connecting European and Chinese filmmakers.

Leontine is a passionate advocate of helping independent films cross boundaries and connect with international audiences. She won the prestigious EURIMAGES Co-production Award during the European Film Awards in 2016.

Amongst others, their latest (co-)productions are PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden, 2020), DO NOT HESITATE by Shariff Korver (Netherlands, 2020), HOME by Franka Potente (Germany, 2020), DEAD AND BEAUTIFUL by David Verbeek (Netherlands, 2020), BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani (Germany, 2020), THE HEIRS OF THE NIGHT by Diederik van Rooijen (drama series, Netherlands, 2020), MONOS by Allejandro Landes (Colombia, 20199, FENIX by Shariff Korver (drama series, Netherlands, 2018), ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina, 2017), MY GIRAFFE by Barbara Bredero (Netherlands, 2017) and THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece, 2015).

Antonio Saura, sales agent/producer, Spain

Antonio Saura is a film producer with more than 30 films, including award-winning titles such as THE LAST SUIT, 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, and creative documentaries like FADOS and ARGENTINA by Carlos Saura, or THE CHICKEN, THE FISH AND THE KING CRAB and, in 2021, THE MISTERY OF GOYA by Lopez Linares.

As a sales agent, Antonio has been director general, since 2015, of the international sales agency Latido Films. Most recently, Latido has sold international rights of THE PLATFORM which became the 8th most-seen film ever on Netflix  (no. 1 of non-English language titles), as well as being number one in Korea when theatrically released. This year, he  represents  the greatest Argentinian box-office hit HEIST OF THE CENTURY,  the Spanish-Italian co-production MY HEART GOES BOOM, or San Sebastian official selection  and Goya award nominees ANE, Sitges winner and Goya award nominee BABY or the Goya award nominee THE SEA BEYOND, and is proud to have supported the release of the Berlinale Special NUMBERS by Oleg Sentsov.

Latido has an ongoing relationship  with great cinema masters like Campanella, Saura, Ripstein or Zanussi, and  has placed a strong bet in new female directors like San Mateo, Echevarria, Laura Mora etc.

Antonio has done outstanding work in audiovisual training, funding and directing the Media Business School. In the past years, he has been a visiting professor at the Spanish School in Middlebury College, Vermont (USA), and has continued teaching for producers, sponsored  either by IMCINE in Mexico or the DGCine in Dominican Republic, the Valladolid University etc. He is the author of several studies about the film industry and has served on the jury in Lima, Valladolid, Seville, Rio de Janeiro, among other festivals.

He joined the EFA Board in 2008, was elected deputy chairman in 2014, and was re-elected onto the board in 2021.

Katriel Schory, institutional, Israel

Having studied at the New York University Film School, Katriel Schory was the founder and managing director of BELFILMS LTD from 1974 to 1999, where he produced over 150 films and TV programmes, including feature films, documentaries, TV dramas, international co-productions, among them BEYOND THE WALLS (1984, Oscar finalist for Best Foreign Language Film).

From 1999, and for more than 20 years, Katriel has been executive director of the Israel Film Fund where he authorised the support and the promotion of more than 300 full-length narrative feature films, in Israel and world-wide, of which more than 80 films were international co-productions, mainly with Europe. Many of these films won prestigious awards, including four Oscar nominations in the Foreign Film Category of the American Academy, Golden and Silver Lions in Venice, and Bears in Berlin.
Katriel is a Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has received various honorary awards, among them the Berlinale Kamera for Outstanding Contribution to the Film Industry, the Telluride Film Festival’s Special Medallion for Outstanding Achievements, the VARIETY Award for creative impact on the international film industry and the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He also regularly gives lectures, training & master classes, e.g. at Berlinale Talents, EAVE, ACE, MidPoint, SOFA, Torino Film Lab, Rotterdam Lab, Tel Aviv University, Tisch Film School, VGIK in Moscow, Famu in Prague, IFS Cologne, La Femis in Paris and the Film Academy Ludwigsburg.

Jim Sheridan, director, Ireland

Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Jim Sheridan wrote and directed his first critically acclaimed feature MY LEFT FOOT in 1989. The film was nominated for two EFAs.

He followed this in 1990 with THE FIELD which he also wrote and directed.  In the same year he wrote the screenplay INTO THE WEST which was directed in 1992 by Mike Newell. In 1993 he wrote, produced and directed IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, which again was nominated for an EFA, and in 1995 he wrote and produced SOME MOTHER’S SON, which was directed by Terry George. In 1997 he wrote, produced and directed THE BOXER and in 1999 he produced AGNES BROWNE, directed by and starring Anjelica Huston.  He was also executive producer of BORSTAL BOY, ON THE EDGE and BLOODY SUNDAY. IN AMERICA, which he produced, directed and wrote, was released in 2003.  In 2005 he directed and produced GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’. BROTHERS was released in 2009 and DREAM HOUSE in 2011. His most recent feature film is THE SECRET SCRIPTURE. He directed the short film 11th HOUR at the end of 2016 and also the documentary SHELTER ME.

Jim Sheridan’s films have achieved popular and critical acclaim throughout the world. His films have garnered sixteen Oscar nominations and have won two Academy Awards as well as numerous prestigious international awards. Jim Sheridan lives in Dublin and is married with three children.

Joanna Szymańska, producer, Poland

A graduate of Film Studies and Law, Joanna is a Polish producer working both in fiction and documentary films. She is a Berlinale Talent Campus Alumna (2011), graduate of the EAVE Producers Workshop (2015) and co-owner of SHIPsBOY.
Joanna gained her professional experience being involved in the development and production of numerous fiction and documentary projects, including the Oscar®-nominated short documentary JOANNA (dir. Aneta Kopacz) and award-winning short fiction MILKY BROTHER (dir. Vahram Mkhitaryan), a film which brought her the Best Producer of Shorts and Documentaries Award at 54th Krakow Film Festival (2014). As Head of Production at Wajda Studio, a position she held for three years (2011 – 2013), Joanna was responsible not only for the company’s current production slate, but also for the studio’s international activities such as the European programme EKRAN.
SHIPsBOY, founded in 2013, is her main professional activity. Joanna represents the company internationally and manages the co-productions produced by SHIPsBOY. Actively involved in her local film industry she is the Head of Industry at Off Camera Film Festival (Kraków) and guest lecturer at film schools in Warsaw, Kraków and Łódź. As an independent documentary consultant she works closely with HBO Europe. Her most recent feature-length project, ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN (co-production between Germany, Poland and Canada), received the Alfred Sloan Award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Béatrice Thiriet, composer, France

Discovered for the cinema by Pascale Ferran, Béatrice Thiriet wrote the music of SMALL ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE DEAD (1993), THE AGE OF POSSIBILITIES (1994), LADY CHATTERLEY (2006, FIPA d'Or for Best Music) and BIRD PEOPLE (2014, for which she was nominated for a César for Best Original Music). She works with many filmmakers and directors: Dominique Cabrera (CORNICHE KENNEDY, THE MILK OF HUMAN TENDERNESS, NADIA AND HIPPOPOTAMUSES, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA), Jacques Deschamps, Radu Miailheanu, Joel Farges, Marc Esposito (THE HEARTS OF MEN 1 & 2, ALL THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD), Pierre Javaux, Xavier Durringer, Eyal Sivan. In 2017, Béatrice collaborated with Anup Singh for the second time with THE SONG OF SCORPIONS, BFI London and the Locarno Festival, which won the Torino Special Music Award.
In 2008, Béatrice was appointed Knight of Arts and Letters and in 2019 Knight of the National Order of Merit. She is also a member of the supervisory board of Sacem, member of the general assembly of César and Vice President of SNAC, the syndicat national des auteurs et des compositeurs.

Honorary Members:

Sir Ben Kingsley
István Szabó