BPF 2016 - Panelists & Trainer

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer (Germany) | Trainer

Having worked as a journalist, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer was in charge of the MEDIA Antenna Berlin-Brandenburg, acting as an artistic adviser for the MEDIA training initiative Moonstone International as well as an artistic director for Connecting Cottbus till the end of 2010. From 2013 till December 2014 she was the head of studies for the MEDIA supported training program Maia Workshops. Since 2005 she is working for the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film as a free lanced project and script advisor. Since 2013 she is acting as the conference coordinator for the BLS Film Conference Incontri in Italy, South Tyrol. Furthermore Gabriele is working as consultant for script development, packaging and project presentation for single projects as well as for Sarajevo Talents, Robert Bosch Coproduction Prize, HFF München, Sam Spiegel School and others. Gabriele lives in Leipzig and Berlin.

Laurence Boyce (Estonia) | Moderator

Laurence Boyce divides his time between the UK and Estonia. He is a regular correspondent for Screen International and the editor of Cineuropa Shorts. He also works for Sleepwalkers Short Film Festival in Tallinn, where he is the programme director. He is a member of BAFTA, FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics), the London Critics Circle and the European Film Academy.

Laurent Crouzeix (France) | Panelist

Laurent Crouzeix is Co-Executive Director of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Market. He is Programmer of the International Competition and Project Manager on the shortfilmdepot.com online platform. Laurent is also Coordinator of Euro Connection, the coproduction meetings for shorts he launched in 2009 as part of the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand. He also produces various targeted industry meetings and implements partnerships with other festivals and markets. He’s regularly invited to industry events as expert in Europe and beyond.

Jing Haase (Denmark) | Panelist

Jing Haase is the Market Manager at Nordisk Panorama, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Nordic short and documentary films. Each year Nordisk Panorama arranges the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, showcasing the best shorts and documentaries from the five Nordic countries. Jing organises the NP Market, an online screening room and a series of talks with market professionals. Additionally, she works to promote the films registered at NP internationally and provides advice on international distribution of short films.

Theo Tsappos (Sweden) | Panelist

Theo Tsappos works as the festival manager for Swedish short films at the Swedish Film Institute. He’s main tasks is to promote Swedish short films, get them distributed- and exported internationally and recognized around some of the leading film festivals around the world.

Wim Vanacker (France) | Panelist

After studying psychology in Belgium, Wim Vanacker moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. Three years later, he picked up studying again at EICAR where he made two shorts: Endgame and The Naked leading the Blind. After graduating, he discovered NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department and the Project manager of the MEDIA funded project, European Short Pitch. Recently, he founded Sireal Films, a Brussels based production company where he produced the VAF funded short film empire. As a writer/director, he’s currently developing the short film [ˈsɪə.ri.əl ].

Valentine Lodato (France) | Panelist

Valentine Lodato is the co-founder of VODD, a french SVOD platform. Having worked several years in TV contents production, she realised that french audience had only access to a way too small part of worldwilde production and that TV channels and theaters are often unable to offer a sufficient range of formats and genres. Along with the other members of VODD’s team, she believes that users should find quality films more easily online, from all over the world and no matter what the genre and format. With VODD, her goal is to free legally the movies online and make them accessible wherever users need to find them

Riho Unt (Estonia) | Panelist

Born in the Soviet Estonia on the 15th of May in 1956. Studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts, graduated with the Diploma of Interior Architecture. Has been working as the scriptwriter, artist and director of animated films at Nukufilm studio since 1983. Has 33 years of experience and has created about the same amount of films of different length. The films have been awarded with more than 40 international prizes. The most recent film "The Master" has been selected to over 100 festival programmes and awarded 18 prizes. Grand Prix from Badalona, Espinho and Perugiast, Jury awards from Annecy, Ottawa and Hiroshima etc.

Sari Volanen ( Finland) | Panelist

Sari Volanen is a commissioning editor at YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. She works at the co-production department producing short films and documentaries mainly with Finnish independent film makers and producers. She is in charge of the strand called New Cinema on YLE/Teema which shows quirky and cinematic films regardless of length and genre.