Session #2: Local Stories, Global Films

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Session Note

A discussion on the challenges and opportunities of crosscultural filmmaking, international audiences and increasing exposure for "local" films globally.

Guest Biographies

    • Niv Fichman
    • Niv Fichman is one of the founding partners of Rhombus Media in Toronto. The company's 30-year history has yielded a rich compilation of feature films, documentaries, performing art films and series television. Niv's most recent projects include Antiviral, Hobo with a Shotgun, Blindness, and Passchendaele. Other selected feature films include The Red Violin, Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould, Last Night, The Saddes Music in the World, Clean, Snowcake and Silk.

    • Michael Lake
    • Michael Lake is currently the CEO of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios. He has over 40 years experience in Production and Management worldwide. He has held executive positions at The Grundy Organization, Crawford Productions, Warner Roadshow Studios, Village Roadshow Pictures and WWE Films Inc. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of the Association of Film Commisionners International (AFCI) and AFCNet.

    • Sanjeev Lamba
    • Sanjeev has been serving as the CEO of Reliance Entertainment since 2009, the movie production, distribution, home entertainment and animation arm of the Reliance Group, based out of Mumbai, India. He has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment and advertising industry with positions in global firms in India, Asia and the US. Part of his current responsibilities include the development, distribution, marketing and sales worldwide of movies in Indian languages and the production and distribution of home entertainment products in India for major Hollywood Studios.

    • Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
    • Pierre-Ange Le Pogam began his career by directing the movie theater La Clef in Paris, then the distribution company Les Films Moliere before joining Gaumont where, from 1981 to 2000, he held senior positions including head of distribution, acquisitions, international sales, video and television. In 2000 he created, with Luc Besson, the mini major EuropaCorp, where he held the post of general manager and head of development until 2011. Following his departure, Pierre-Ange launched his own company Stone Angels, which is currently finishing production for Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, directed by Olivier Dahan, and has recently produced La Creme de la Creme, directed by Kim Chapiron. Four other movies are also in development, for production in 2014.

    • Shan Tam
    • Shan Tam is a multiple award winning producer that has been instrumental in feature co-productions involving Hong Kong, Canada, China and Australia. Her film Eve and the Fire Horse won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2006 and her recent production Finding Mr. Right has become one of China's top ten box office hits of all time. Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, Ms Tam currently sits on the board of Creative BC, a cultural provincial government agency.

    • Patrick Frater
    • Asia Bureau Chief, Variety (MODERATOR)