Networking Lunch

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Session Note

A round robin, "speed dating" type networking lunch, where participants got a chance to meet with our networking lunch hosts in rotations throughout lunch and gained insight into their experiences and advice.

Guest Speakers:

Rikke Ennis

With a masters degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen, Rikke Ennis has been working in sales of Scandinavian films, since she joined Trust Sales in October 1999 until now being the CEO of the Nordic sales company TrustNordisk since 2008. She has recently entered the Asian Market with the production company Zentropa China, where the goal is to coproduce films for the Chinese market by mixing Chinese film traditions and culture with Nordic knowledge and talents.

Kenta Fudesaka
Kenta Fudesaka is in charge of UNIJAPAN Certificate program which aims to be the standard for international co-production in Japan, and the simultaneously announced Agency for Cultural Affairs (Government of Japan) Co-production Subsidy has made it a mandatory requirement. From 2012, he joined TIFFCOM team, is currently serving as manager of co-production program, TIFFCOM CoPro Connection.

Ruth Harley
Dr. Harley has been the Chief Executive Officer of Screen Australia since November 2008. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission and has more than 25 years' experience in the film and television industries. Dr. Harley has held other important roles in the sector including Executive Director of New Zealand on Air, Commissioning Editor at Television New Zealand, and the National Media Director of Saatchi and Saatchi in New Zealand. She holds a PhD from the University of Auckland, and is a former Fulbright Scholar. Her commitment to broadcasting and the arts was recognised in 1996 with an OBE, and in 2006 she received a CNZM (Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for her services to film.

Soo Jin Hwang
Soo Jin Hwang is the representative of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in the United Sates. She works to promote Korean involvement in US film productions, introducing Korean films, Korean filmmakers, and Korean entertainment companies to leaders of the Hollywood film industry and facilitating interaction between American and Korean cultures. Soo Jin earned a BA in Aesthetics from Seoul National University and an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University. Her thesis film, Tycho's Nova, won the Student Emmy Award in 2006.

Kini Kim
Kini S. Kim is the senior vice president at CJ Entertainment, a film business unit of CJ E&M Corp. with responsibility for international sales. He also serves as the head of international direct-distribution for encompassing territories such as U.S., China, Japan, Vietnam, etc. He has been working for more than 15 years at CJ Group. Prior to joining the international division, he worked for music business team, consumer products team, corporate strategy and IPO & investor relations.

Celine Lin
Born in China and raised in France, Celine Lin graduated from Paris 7 Denis Diderot studying Film Theory. She did an internship at Paris Cinema Festival and Forum des Images, worked in Beijing for Fantasy Pictures and quickly learned to speak fluent Mandarin. She went back to Paris working as international sales agent for Coproduction Office for four years. Lin is now working for Beijing-based company Wanda Media as Director of International Distribution.

Steven Markovitz
Steven Markovitz is one of Africa's most pioneering producers, with 20 years' experience on feature films, documentaries, short films, distribution and festivals. He has an extensive production and distribution network across Africa and has co-produced with over ten countries internationally and worked with over 100 directors from around the world. He has produced and executive-produced features and short films such as Viva Riva!, Proteus, Boy Called Twist and Oscar-nominated Inja/Dog. He has produced and co-produced over 50 documentaries such as many have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, IDFA, Hotdocs, Tribeca and have sold to television worldwide. He is currently producing films in Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, DRC, Liberia, Malawi and South Africa.

Sheila de La Varende
Sheila de La Varende has been an influential figure in the Canadian film and television industry for over 25 years. She is currently the Director, International Promotion at Telefilm Canada, and previous held positions at the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema as Executive Director and The National Film Board. For almost ten years, Sheila managed Telefilm Canada's European office in Paris and also spearheaded Immersion Europe, an annual financing forum for feature film co-production and Digimart, an international summit for developing new industry business models.

Michael Werner
Los Angeles born Michael J. Werner is a long-time veteran of the film sales business, with more than thirty-five years experience in international film distribution, sales, production and consulting, specializing in the Asia-Pacific region. He joined Fortissimo Film Sales as an external consultant in 1995, became a partner in 1999, and became the owner of the company in 2009. The company currently represents over 300 films including upcoming titles Rigor Mortis, Love is Strange and Linsanity.