Panellists and experts' profiles

Panellists and experts' profiles


Jens Lanestrand is CEO of Biografcentralen and has worked since they started 2011. Before that he was working at Film i Väst, Region Västra Götaland with school cinema and cinema development. Jens is also hosting a cinema blog.

Biografcentralen is a national non-profit arthouse organization, founded 2011, and with financial support from the Swedish Film Institute. Biografcentralen works with Biografcentralens goal is to provide arthouse and other cinemas needs by enhancing skills, strengthened international cooperation and exchange of ideas. This will in the long run improve the quality of the independent cinemas ability to reach out to a wider and bigger audience. Biografcentralen runs a number of projects to develop the industry and arrange training and exchange for exhibitors.

During 2017 they release a new website that collects all 333 independent cinemas and over 100 filmfestivals from all over Sweden to be more public to the audience.




Chloé Faulkner (b. 1987), a French and Canadian citizen based in Oslo, is Head of Booking and Children’s Film Advisor at the Norwegian Federation of Film Societies. Her special fields of responsibility are film club recruitment and information, film import, distribution and curation.

Established in 1968, the Norwegian Federation of Film Societies (NFK) is an organisation that represents and promotes film societies and film culture in Norway with support from the Norwegian Film Institute. It counts 90 film societies throughout Norway, including about 20 Children and Youth film societies.

Their main activity consists in organising film screenings. Programmes range from historical and cult classics to recent art house titles, children’s films, shorts programmes and documentaries. Screenings are accompanied by introductions, lectures, debates and other film-related activities.

Through its various activities and publications, NFK is a source of information and education in the field of movies and media for a wide base beyond its members. We take a special interest and pride in organizing film societies for children and young people, and cooperate with a wide range of actors in the Norwegian film industry. In 1992, NFK founded the film foundation Arthaus, which has, since then, become Norway’s foremost importer and distributor of art house cinema from the whole world.

NFK is a member of the International Federation of Film Societies FICC.



Javier Pachón and his cinema in Palma de Mallorca are driving a project of cinema where not only the programming is alternative but also all the way to get closer to cinema, films and the context around.

CineCiutat was born after the closing of Cines Renoir in Palma thanks to a number of citizens disguised as heroes, those that change the cape and mask for the shirt and jeans, got down to work and in less than three months, the lights turned on again, this time the neon light was making a new name dance: CineCiutat.

Once CineCiutat –with its members, its screenings and its “weird things”- saw that the gear was set in motion and miraculously working, it decided to put his example to serve other cinemas. How? Promoting a network of art-house cinemas that sought to program auteur, more risky, daring, unexplored, less common… in a word, art-house films.

No sooner said than done. It seemed impossible but it was not (does it ring a bell?). Over thirty art-house screening rooms around different cities of Spain, with common interests and a common vision of cinema, are all part of CineArte.

The purpose of this new network is clear, following the path of other 2700 similar screening rooms spread throughout Europe, we want to facilitate access to education and culture through film.



Raúl Díez, co-founder, is a professional and entrepreneur with more than fourteen years of experience in various sectors of activity, including Marketing, ICT, Culture and Cinema, having held positions of management in a national and international level. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from University of Malaga and Pontifical University of Salamanca. He holds Masters Degrees in Marketing Direction (ESERP Business School) and Cultural Arts (Monash University) where he specialized in creative-and-cultural businesses management.

Youfeelm is the theatrical on demand service platform aimed to provide films in theaters across Spain. Youfeelm offers a unique service in which moviegoers can choose the movies they want as well as when and where they would like to watch them. We use crowdfunding techniques to engage with audiences and make these events possible and we cater to content providers who need to show and monetize their catalogues and content, as well as movie theatres that need to monetize the seats that often remain empty during mid-week shows. Operating in more than ninety cinemas throughout Spain and accounting for more than 600 hundred titles, since the launch of the service two years ago we have organised more than 200 events, gathering almost 30.000 spectators and becoming a real launcher for new creators and independent films, as well as an innovative way of bringing classic and cult films to the big screen.



Jaume Ripoll, Filmmaking graduate at ESCAC (UB) is one of the founders of Filmin, a reference website for independent cinema in Spain that has over 350,000 users, in which he serves as Editor-in-chief and Development Manager.

On 2015, Filmin initiated an international expansion that has led the company to be an available platform in Mexico and Portugal. Filmin has won the Ciutat de Barcelona Award, the Sant Jordi Award, El Mundo Tendencias Award, the Time Out Award for most innovative company in the country, and two Proyecta Awards for Best Marketing Campaign for Films.

Jaume Ripoll is also the vice-chair of EUROVOD, the first European association that manages online film distribution, present in 11 countries.

On 2010, Jaume Ripoll created Atlántida Film Fest, the first film festival offering the entire programme online.

As a teacher, since 2013 he serves as director of the Master on Online Distribution at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, apart from being guest lecturer at UAB, UB, UPF, ESCAC, Carlos III, and Camilo José Cela universities.



Alessandro Raja is a Paris-based film professional and founder of Festival Scope, launched in 2010.

After completing a degree in Business studies at the Bocconi University in Milan, he went on to work within various segments of the film industry, ranging from international sales and acquisitions – Celluloid Dreams (Paris, 2005-2009), Coproduction Office (Paris, 2004), distribution – Artificial Eye (London, 2000-2003) to exhibition – The Everyman (London, 1999-2000). Since 2012 he also acts as a programmer for the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Festival Scope Pro is the online platform for film professionals only, allowing programming of selected festivals around the world to be viewed online on demand. An allround tool to access the full potential of the international festival circuit.

Festival Scope partners with a network of more than 80 festivals including Cannes Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week, Berlinale, Venice, Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, Sevilla and many more.


Lecturer in cinema and photography at Pompeu Fabra University, she is author of articles for a range of books. She was film programmer at CCCB (2003-11). Is codirector and project designer at A Bao A Qu, a non-profit cultural organization founded in 2004, specially devoted to film education. Among its programs, the international Cinema en curs and European projects such as Moving Cinema stand out. She focuses on the elaboration of methodologies and resources that enable students from 3 to 18 to discover actively cinema as art and creation, specially by linking viewing with creative practice, and the teacher training.

Cinema en curs is a structural programme for primary and secondary schools on film pedagogy. Initiated in 2005 in Catalonia, it currently takes place in Galicia, Madrid, Argentina, Chile and Germany as well. Cinema en curs aims to foster the discovery of cinema, understood as art, creation and culture, by children and young people, and to develop the pedagogical potential of the cinematographic creation in an educational context.

Moving Cinema is a European project started in September 2014. The main objectives are to create strong links between young people and cinema, to give them the tools to be autonomous spectators, and ultimately, to build active and sensitive audiences able to appreciate diverse cinematographic manifestations. It focuses on contemporary and classic European auteur cinema, with special attention to films and filmmakers that differ from the mainstream, and yet are able to engage young people in a deep and meaningful way. With these objectives in mind, it explores four strands of work: screenings and dialogues, young programmers, film practices with mobile devices (linking filmmaking to film viewing) and discovering films on VoD platforms.

CinEd is a collection of European cinema for children and young people. The CinEd collection brings together a selection of unique films, of great expressive power, that appeal to the audience in a unique and personal way. It has been conceived as an opportunity for children and young people to discover European cinema, to know it and enjoy it, and as a privileged pedagogical resource to work in diverse curricular areas.



Manuel Martín González is Head of Plans and Educational Programmes at the General Department of Innovation of the Culture Department in the Andalusian Regional Government.

The Culture Deparment of the Andalusian Regional Government puts at the disposal of the Andalusian educational centers the audaDcine program with the aim of disseminating the cinematographic and audiovisual culture in the educational field.

The objective is to promote in schools interest in cinema in general, and Andalusian cinema in particular. The main goal is the creation of new audiences through a programme of screenings and didactic activities.

In order to do this, the programme makes available to young audiences the necessary tools to watch films with different eyes and to develop a critical spirit through the analysis, the reflection and the exchange of opinions.

A collaborative platform has been also created so that teachers can share their experiences and knowledge with other programme’s participants, can download teaching materials and even screen the selected works online on electronic whiteboards.



Juliette Duret is Head of Cinema at the BOZAR / Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

BOZAR offers a curated and quality regular film programming in their three screening rooms including premieres, special presentations, festivals and films for children and youth.  

BOZAR pays special attention to the Spanish cinema. The centre has programmed retrospectives with the works of Jaime Rosales, Carlos Saura, Albert Serra, Pere Portabella o Isaki lacuesta. In June 2017 took also place the first edition of Spain on Film showcasing a selection of the best recent Spanish productions.

Juliette Duret is member of the European Film Academy, the André Devaulx Academy, the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs organization and the the Commission « microprojet » at VAF (Flemish Film Fund) since 2016.


Nico Marzano is Cinema and Film Programme Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London and is the artistic director of Frames of Representation (FoR) festival.

Nico Marzano works to bring a unique programme of independent and socially relevant films to UK audiences. As well as hosting industry debates, masterclasses and Q&As with contemporary international artists and filmmakers, Nico also served on juries for Venice Film Festival and London Film Festival amongst others. Nico has been a guest lecturer at Birkbeck University of London, Falmouth University, Kingston University and delivered papers and keynote speeches for various international agencies. Nico contributes to various academic film journals with film reviews and film theory essays.

Founded in 1946, the ICA is a membership institute that promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, talks and events, the ICA examines recent impulses in artistic production while stimulating debate surrounding the arts. With its critically-acclaimed exhibition and film programme, as well as its Off-Site and Touring strands, the ICA continues to engage new generations of artists and audiences alike.  

The festival Frames of Representation is a laboratory conceived to engage with new visions of documentary cinema through supporting exhibition, production and distribution of innovative and politically aware cinematic languages. It aims to support and generate dialogue around emerging practices in documentary cinema. In particular, we champion films that explore the tension between authenticity and artifice, reflecting on both the material realities of working and the fictional frames of filmmaking.



Frédéric Maire is the director of the Cinemathèque Suisse and President of the International Federation of Film Archives, the prestigious institution dedicated to the preservation of and access to the world's film heritage since 1938

Frédéric Maire works in the film field since the beginning of the 80s: documentary filmmaker, journalist, critics or film teacher at the École cantonale d’Art de Lausanne.

He co-founded in the 90s Passion Cinéma dedicated to the programming of auteur films and La Lanterne Magique, a film society for children. Between 2005 and 2008 he directed the Locarno International Film Festival.

Since his arrival at the Cinemathèque Suisse in 2009 he focused on the restauration and circulation of the classics as well as on the distribution of auteur films in the Swiss cinemas, including titles such as Cría Cuervos by Carlos Saura, La mort de Louis XIV by Albert Serra or La propera pell by Isaki Lacuesta.



René Wolf is Head of Acquisitions and Programmer at the EYE Filmmusem where he works since 1988.

The EYE Filmmuseum, located on Amsterdam’s IJ harbour, manages more than 40.000 films from all genres. The collection represents an outstanding sample of film history, from classics and blockbusters to cult films. But EYE does not only focus on the past: it also closely follows the latest developments in film by organizing new acquisitions, programmes, and debates.

EYE is internationally acclaimed for its knowledge of and expertise in the field of film restoration, research, and education. For young and old, for film enthusiasts and professionals, and from constantly changing perspectives, EYE focuses on film as an art form, as entertainment, and as part of digital visual culture.



Jaime Pena is Doctor in Art History. Since 1992 he programmes the GCAI, Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe, the Galician Filmmuseum. He is member of editorial board at Caimán Cuadernos del Cine (previously known as Cahiers du Cinéma España) and a regular collaborator for the Argentinian magazine El Amante, as well as for several national and international cinematographic publications (Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, among others). He is programming advisor for the Bafici (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente). Jaime Pena has written El  espíritu de la colmena (Paidós, 2004), awarded as the best monograph of the year by the Spanish Association of Film, and together with  José Luis Castro de Paz, Ramón Torrado, cine de consumo no franquismo (CGAI, 1993) and Cine español. Otro  trayecto histórico (IVAC, 2005).

The CGAI, directed by Guillermo Escrigas, was open the 15th March 1991 and has been developing its activities in audiovisual and photography fields regularly.

Among CGAI’s functions are:
-To recover, catalogue, care and diffuse the productions and works of the Galician audiovisual and photographic heritage.
-To program screenings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, etc. in order to provide a wider knowledge of the image arts.
-To collaborate, with the former aims, inside and outside Galicia.
-To participate in the promotion of the Galician audiovisual production in markets, trade fairs and festivals.



José Antonio Hurtado holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History and Advanced Sudies in History and Cinema’s Aesthetics by the Valladolid University. Between 1985 y 1989 was responsible of  the Áula de Cine at the Valencia University. Since 1989 he works at the Filmoteca de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Valencian Filmmuseum as Head of Programming.  He teaches cinematographic genres at the Valladolid University and works as teacher for the Senior University of the Valencia University.  He is member of editorial board at Caimán Cuadernos del Cine (previously known as Cahiers du Cinéma España). He has written articles for several specialised magazines such Nosferatu or Archivos de la Filmoteca, as well as collective books. He has coordinated several monographic publications including Radiografías del cine negro: un travelling histórico, Paul Schrader, Robert Aldrich, Richard Fleischer o Robert Rossen. He wrote Cine negro, cine de género  and has co-written París, Texas together with Antonio Santamarina.

Created in 1985 La Filmoteca is in charge of carrying out the tasks of recovery, restoration, cataloging and conservation of material related to cinematography and audiovisual, as well as being responsible for the study and dissemination of the audiovisual heritage and the film culture.
To this end, it organises regular screenings in Valencia, Castellón and Alicante, offers every summer open air screenings at the Filmoteca d'Estiu, organises courses and seminars, regularly publishes the magazine Archivos de la Filmoteca and other publications, and offers consultation and loan service in its library and video library.
The audiovisual funds of CulturArts-IVAC are composed of more than 20,000 titles, which cover a wide spectrum of Valencian, Spanish and foreign film productions of all periods, many of which have a high historical and cultural value. Since 1995, the Film Archive of the Generalitat Valenciana has been a full member of the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives).



The Cordoban poet Pablo García Casado holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and is since 2008 he is the Director of the Filmoteca de Andalucía. With his book Las afueras (1997) he received the RNE Ojo Crítico Award and was finalist for the Poetry National Award in 1997. Before joinging the Film Archive he managed the Arte y Creación Joven program at the Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud in Sevilla between 2002 and 2004, and worked for the Cabinet of the Equality Ministry between 2004 and 2008.

The Film Archive of Andalucía was founded in 1987. Since its origin, it carries out research works, compilation and broadcasting of the Andalusian cinematographic heritage. This labour is complemented with a program of screening that combines the review of the great works of reference of the history of cinema and the latest tendencies of this art. In addition, the Film Archive is also a cultural space, for the meeting and the participation of the civil society.

The Film Archive's headquarters is located in the former Hospital of San Sebastián in Córdoba and it has also movie theatres in Granada, Almería and Sevilla, although its scope of action extends to the whole Andalusian community.

The Film Archive of Andalucía is an administrative unit that reports both organically and functionally to the Dirección General de Innovación Cultural y del Libro de la Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía. Also, the Film Archive of Andalucía is an associate member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)



Ivana Ivisic is a film industry professional from Croatia.

A graduate of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia, where she studied Italian and English language and literature, Ivana Ivisic began her professional career organising and producing film and music (jazz) festivals in Motovun, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Berlin.

She was the first project manager of the Sarajevo Talent Campus, which trains young film professionals from Southeastern Europe. In 2008 she started developing the Department of Promotion at the newly established Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

With the creation of Everything Works based in Zagreb (Croatia), Ivana Ivisic became an independent consultant for festival strategy, promotion and distribution of films in the international film festival circuit.



Born in Granada (Spain), Rocio Mesa is the director of L.A. OLA - Spanish Contemporary Cinema Showcase in Los Angeles and New York. She premiered ‘Orensanz’ in 2013, her first feature as a film director, selected in numerous festivals and nominated for Best Andalusian Documentary at the ASECAN Awards. Mesa has years of experience as a Post-production Producer and she is currently working on her next feature film project as a writer/director, ‘Secaderos’ (‘Tobacco Barns’), selected at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. 

L.A. OLA is an annual showcase of the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain in the United States. L.A. OLA was started in 2015 with the intention of giving exposure to the most avant-garde Spanish film creations, distributing them in movie theaters in Los Angeles, the Mecca for the industry. Thanks to the success of the first two editions, the showcase expanded in 2017 to the East coast of the U.S. and set up a new headquarters in New York in partnership with the historic Anthology Film Archives. Therefore, in only three years L.A. OLA has become a benchmark for avant-garde film experts in the United States and a not-to-miss event for all lovers of Spanish culture in both costs of the country. 

L.A. OLA's job of helping give international recognition to Spanish independent film does not finish when the showcase closes, the work goes on all year round by making it possible for officially selected films to secure sales and distribution beyond the event. The most outstanding example was the recent collaboration with the online platform MUBI, through which three Spanish independent films were made available in over two hundred countries around the world for over one month, being viewed by thousands.

L.A. OLA is a project created by Playtime Audiovisuales, La Panda Productions and Rocio Mesa with the collaboration of Spain Fresh and Curtocircuito. 



Ewa Bojanowska was born in Warsaw and studied Film Producing and Fine Arts in Poland, Italy and USA. She graduated in Media Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. 

Ewa is in charge of festivals in New Europe Film Sales - a boutique sales company based in Warsaw, founded in 2010 by Jan Naszewski. Company’s catalogue includes the Icelandic hit RAMS (Prix Un Certain Regard 2015), 2016 Silver Bear winner UNITED STATES OF LOVE, Israeli black comedy ONE WEEK AND A DAY (Cannes Semaine de la Critique 2016), Polish arthouse hit THE LAST FAMILY (Best Actor in Locarno FF 2016) and 2017 Berlinale Best First Feature winner SUMMER 1993. NEFS works with many first and second time filmmakers and animation.



Beatriz Setuain helds Master Degee in Audiovisual Business Management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Advanced Studies in Audiovisual Communication.

Since February 2017 Beatriz Setuain is Director of Imagina International Sales, the overseas distribution arm of the Mediapro Group, one of the biggest independent TV companies based out of southern Europe.

Previously serving as International Sales manager, Setuain returned to the company in 2016 after heading up international sales at Lagardere Studios’ Madrid-based Boomerang TV. She had been head of Imagina International Sales  cinema division for over 2008-2013 and a member of the sales team at Prisa-owned Sogepaq, a breeding ground for now top Spanish executives,  from 2002 to 2007.



Since 2012 Maike Schantz is responsible for German Films’ activities with international film festivals and distributors in Southern Europe and Latin America. She also organizes the Festivals of German films in these territories and the German-French Film-Meeting in cooperation with UniFrance.

German Films Service + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. It was established in 1954 under the name Export-Union of German Cinema as the umbrella association for the Association of German Feature Film Producers, the Association of New German Feature Film Producers and the Association of German Film Exporters, and operates today in the legal form of a limited company. In 2004, the company was reorganized and now operates under the name: German Films Service + Marketing GmbH.

In association and cooperation with its shareholders, German Films works to promote feature, documentary, television and short films.



Marcel Müller is Film Consultant, VOD and Programmes at Swiss Films.

The SWISS FILMS Foundation is the promotion agency for Swiss filmmaking. As a partner to Swiss filmmakers, it reinforces the visibility and positive awareness of Swiss filmmaking at home and abroad. The foundation’s primary tasks include distribution, networking and cultural promotion of Swiss filmmaking. SWISS FILMS directs its activities towards film distributors, media professionals, special-interest groups, cultural institutions and sectors of the general public interested in film. The foundation has a performance-based contract with the Federal Office of Culture. Further support is provided by public as well as private funds.

SWISS FILMS is the ambassador for Swiss film productions and assists in creating a distinctive mark for the film productions as regards cultural diversity and regional forms of expression. It offers film directors and producers promotional services and facilitates international distribution of their film productions. The foundation works together with its national and international network and organises retrospectives and film programmes all over the world. It serves as the source and publisher of reliable information on independent Swiss film productions. SWISS FILMS identifies current developments on the film scene and organises its activities accordingly.

The organisation was initiated approximately forty years ago by the film industry. In 2004 the Swiss Film Center joined forces with the film service department of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and the Swiss Short Film Agency to form SWISS FILMS, the film promotion agency. The foundation’s board of trustees is comprised of nine members representing the various stakeholder groups. SWISS FILMS is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, with an office in Geneva as well.

SWISS FILMS is one of the ten founding members of the European Film Promotion (EFP), the network for European film promotion agencies.



Piffl Medien is an independent film distribution company based in Berlin, Germany. It releases between 6 to 8 titles per year including not only fiction but also documentary films. Piffl Medien has specialised in discovering and building long lasting relationships with new and confirmed talents, paying special attention to Spanish and  Latinamerican filmmakers. Company’s catalogue include the works of Christian Petzold, Thomas Arslan, Valeska Griesebach, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Hans-Christian Schmid, Pablo Larraín, Fernando León de Aranoa, Icíar Bollaín or Sebastián Lelio.

Hans-Christian Boese is co-founder of Piffl Medien and Head of international acquisitions.  



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