MEETING POINT - VILNIUS Speakers 2018

   

Christian Have
Denmark
Have Communications

Christian Have has one of Denmark's most significant voices in the public debate surrounding arts and culture. His goal is to preserve, promote and develop the field as a public debater, speaker, moderator, author and last, but not least, the Creative Director of Have Communications, which he founded in 1983. Over three decades, Have Communications has grown to be Scandinavia's biggest communications agency within the cultural field. Along the way, he has worked with a plethora of people – from upcoming artists to global super stars – and released a wide array of books about culture and communication. The list of his agency’s managed clients includes Disney, Universal (Universal Music Group), Zentropa Productions, EFA and 20th Century Fox.

Kathleen McInnis
California, USA
See-Through Films

A festival strategist/publicist (press agent) with more than 25 years of experience, Kathleen McInnis believes in employing long-range strategic planning and targeted publicity to help emerging world-cinema filmmakers cultivate new audiences and launch careers from the platform of the global film festival circuit. As a unit publicist during production, she designs the required deliverables (marketing materials and iconic imagery) that films need for distribution. Kathleen previously has been Director of Programming at Aspen Shortsfest, Festival Director at Palm Springs ShortsFest, Festival Director at Slamdance Film Festival and International Programmer for Toronto International Film Festival’s ShortCuts. She is currently the Curator of Seattle International Film Festival’s New Works-in-Progress Forum for Documentary and Narrative Features.

Linda Beath
Italy
Ideal Filmworks

20 years ago, Linda Beath set up Ideal Filmworks in Canada. In 2000, the company was incorporated in Italy adding Business and Strategic Planning to its core practice of entertainment industry financing. Focusing primarily on fundraising for development and production, Linda Beath works as an executive producer together with producers of feature films, documentaries, animated features, and primetime television drama. She often supervises marketing and promotional campaigns drawing on her background as a distributor in Canada and the United States, regularly running strategic planning sessions for European production companies to improve their positions in the international marketplace. She is a trainer for producers in the areas of finance, co-production, and new industry revenue sources for EAVE (European Audio-Visual Entrepreneurs), MAIA workshops, and with other MEDIA supported initiatives. 

Wendy Bernfeld
The Netherlands, Canada
Rights Stuff

Wendy Bernfeld is the founder and the managing director of the Rights Stuff and an international content consultant with over 20 years of experience. She’s a passionate film buff specialized in library and original content acquisition, licensing negotiations and related strategy and rights advice for traditional media, digital media and web cross-platform, transmedia production and distribution. Occasionally, she picks up select films for digital or hybrid distribution, and assists with the business side of web series, cross-platform, and transmedia programs to help maximize revenues / audiences. Her expertise includes not only big brands (studio “output deals” and independent suppliers) but also finding more eclectic, niche, festival, local language content.