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, a passionate film buff with 25+ years experience, is the founder and managing director of Rights Stuff,  www.rights-stuff.com, an international content consultancy specialised in library and original content acquisition, distribution, ‘Originals’ deals and related strategy,  rights advice for traditional and digital platforms, and the producers/rightsholders who want to sell to them. She draws upon her comprehensive internal database of international Digital and VOD buyers, to help producers, sales agents, distributors achieve fuller exploitation of digital and hybrid distribution (TVOD, SVOD, AVOD etc.) going beyond just the Big5. She further assists with the business side of mobile/ webseries, cross-platform, and VR content, to help maximize revenues and audience. Her expertise includes not online big brands (studio ‘output deals’ and indie suppliers), but also finding more eclectic, niche, festival, local language content.

 

Xavier Henry-Rashid
United Kingdom
Managing Director of Film Republic Film Sales

Xavier Henry-Rashid is the Managing Director of Film Republic film sales in London. He started his career as a freelance photographer and contributor with publications including Yahoo Movies, Screen, Variety and Film247. He has worked a number of acquisitions and consultancy roles, including as Executive Director of Raindance, as previewer for Sheffield Doc/Fest and in sponsorship for Sundance London. At Film Republic he has worked on the debut features of Hadas Ben Aroya (People That Are Not Me), Lorenz Merz (Cherry Pie), Anna Eborn (Pine Ridge) and renowned auteurs including Pirjo Honkasalo and Marcel Gisler.

Martina Bleis
Germany
Consultant, curator, advisor

As a consultant and curator for international co-production events, Martina has worked with the Berlinale Co-Production Market since its inception in 2003/04 and is now one of its heads. She leads the selection for the official projects and is the key contact for the producers, advising them regarding their project presentation and market strategy. She also runs the CoPro Series Pitches at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Since 2011, Martina is also working as an advisor for Connecting Cottbus, the East West co-production market at the FilmFestival Cottbus, Germany. She has mentored at events such as MFI Script 2 Film Workshop, New Nordic Films Haugesund, ScripTeast, Transilvania Talent Lab, PriFilmFest Pristina, Haifa International Pitching Forum, and Odesa International Film Festival.