Having worked as a journalist and film critique, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer was acting as an artistic adviser for the Edinburgh based training for writers and directors Moonstone International. She was developing the East-West-Coproduction Market Connecting Cottbus at the Film Festival Cottbus, which she was running as Artistic Director till the end of 2010. Since 2005 she is also working for the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, a funding body for first and second films by German young talents, as freelanced project and script advisor. Furthermore she is working as consultant for script development, packaging and project presentation for Berlinale and Sarajevo Talents, Robert Bosch Coproduction Prize and others. Currently she is managing the BLS Südtirol Alto Adige coproduction event Incontri. Since May 2013 she is acting as Head of Studies for the MEDIA supported training program for emerging producers, the Italy based Maia workshops.
Tristan Priimägi works as a film editor for a cultural weekly paper SIRP. He has worked as a head of international relations for Estonian Film Institute and is one of the founders and a programmer of DocPoint Tallinn Documentary Film Festival.
Aija Berziņa is a head of Film Council at Ministry of Culture, head of Latvian Producer’s Association and a board member of Latvian Filmmakers Union. She is also a co-owner and producer of a production company TASSE FILM. Her documentary THE DOCUMENTARIST (2012) was selected as the best feature length documentary and audience award in National festival Lielais Kristaps; selected for International competition in Leipzig documentary film festival.
Laurence Boyce is originally from the UK and now mostly lives in Estonia. He is a film programmer and journalist who has worked with short films for more than 15 years. He is currently the programme director of Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival in Tallinn as well as a programmer for the international shorts and the Academy Award accredited Leeds International Film Festival. He regularly writes for Screen International and Cineuropa Shorts. He is a member of BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) and the European Film Academy.
Laurent Crouzeix is Co-Executive Director of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Market. He is the Programmer of the International Competition and the Project Manager on the shortfilmdepot.com online platform. Laurent is also the Coordinator of Euro Connection, the co-production meetings for shorts he launched in 2009. He also produces various targeted industry meetings and implements partnerships with other festivals and markets. He’s regularly invited to industry events as an expert in Europe and beyond.
Daniel was born in Budapest where he lives and works. He studied film history and literature and he loves to create, write and watch films – especially shorts. He manages Daazo.com the MEDIA program-supported short film sharing website. Also, he is the publisher of World of Shorts, the only English-language magazine which covers the short film related programs of the Berlinale, Cannes, Venice film festivals.
Between 2011 and 2014 she was working for Zentropa International Poland and MD4, production companies based in Warsaw, Poland focusing on feature films. She was responsible for international promotion of films and cooperation with sales agents and distributors. She worked on such films as “In the Name of” by Małgośka Szumowska (Berlinale Competition), “Baby Blues” by Katarzyna Rosłaniec (Berlinale Generation Winner), “Kebab & Horoscope” by Grzegorz Jaroszuk (Karlovy Vary East of West Competition) and “Red Spider” by Marcin Koszałka. Since March 2014 she is head of festivals in New Europe Film Sales, sales company based in Warsaw.
Wim Vanacker was born in Izegem, Belgium. After studying psychology and filmstudies in Gent and Antwerpen, he moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. During this period he was employed as a film critic and a programmer for several filmfestivals. After which he moved to Paris and picked up studying again at EICAR, the International Film School of Paris where he made two shorts. “Endgame”, which got selected for 25 festivals and won 5 awards along the way, and “The Naked leading the Blind”, which got selected for 50 festivals thus far while winning 15 awards. After graduating, he discovered Nisi Masa and started off working as the project coordinator of “European Short Pitch” to finally become the Head of the Script Department. Recently, he also founded “Sireal Films”, a Brussels based production company, together with Michaela Pnacekova and Wim Baeten, where he’s currently producing “EMPIRE”, the next short film by Kristof Hoornaert.
Gustavo Vainstein is presently the Chairman & CEO of Eurochannel and has been since May 2004. As Director of Media of CitéFibre, from France, he was involved in the launch of the first “Fiber To The Home System” in Paris. During 10 years, he was the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Programs at Lyonnaise Cable (the main Paris cable system).