Pitching for Feature Films in Development
Claudia Landsberger works as a creative producer in both script and project development and rough-cut consulting, and has been instrumental in bringing many films to the top of the world’s film festivals. She is a program adviser to various international film festivals, and heads the Black Nights Star Program at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. For two decades, Landsberger was managing director of EYE International at the Netherlands Film Institute, as well as President of European Film Promotion, which she co-founded. She served on the selection committee of the Berlinale Competition Program and the Hamburg Film Fund for many years. She is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Born in Istanbul in 1984, Dilde Mahalli graduated from the Visual Communications Design Department of Bahçeşehir University and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Art and Design at Yıldız Technical University. She began her production career in 2012 with Ramin Matin’s The Impeccables (Kusursuzlar). Mahalli later took on producing roles in director, Pelin Esmer’s Something Useful (İşe Yarar Bir Şey, 2017), Queen Lear (Kraliçe Lear, 2019) and Ali Aydın’s Chronology (Kronoloji, 2019). In addition to producing, she has designed the posters for numerous Turkish films. Mahalli is currently producing Pelin Esmer’s new feature film and Emine Yıldırım’s debut feature, as well as continuing to work on personal video and graphic design projects.
Beginning his career as a film critic, Nadir Öperli was among the co-founders of Altyazı cinema magazine. After working on a few short films, he started to produce feature films in 2007. Until today, he has earned producer credits for internationally acclaimed films such as Summer Book (2008), On the Way to School (2009), Our Grand Despair (2011), Lifelong (2012), Until I Lose My Breath (2015), Frenzy (2015), My Favorite Fabric (2018), and A Tale of Three Sisters (2019). In 2010, he joined the producers’ network ACE, and in 2012 attended the post-production workshop, EP2C. He is a board member of SEYAP (Film Producers’ Association of Turkey) and a member of the European Film Academy.
Stefan Gieren earned an Academy Award nomination for his graduation film, Raju. He has since produced the docudrama, Kunduz, the feature thriller, Radio Silence, and the Turkish-German drama, Dust Cloth (Toz Bezi, Berlinale Forum 2016), while also running two educational TV channels in Afghanistan. His films and projects have won more than 80 international awards and received support from FFHSH, MDM, BKM, FFA, Film- und Medienstiftung, the German-Polish Co-Development Fund and Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film. Gieren specializes in international art-house co-productions and projects with a potential for interactive distribution.
Features Work in Progress Platform
Born in Ankara in 1986, Burcu Hanağasıoğlu graduated from Bilkent University with a degree in Political Science. She began her career working first in the drama, then the film departments at D Productions. In 2011, she moved to the sales and acquisitions (film) department at D Productions where she played an active role in the theatrical distribution and sale to various TV channels and platforms of acquired titles. She stayed here until 2014. In 2016, she joined the content acquisitions team for TV channels, Kanal D and Teve2. Since 2018, she has been Head of Content Acquisitions for Kanal D and Teve2, buying both local and overseas content.
Emma has worked in cinema exhibition since 2003, undertaking various front-of-house, venue and event management roles before moving into the programming team at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. While working as a programmer for EIFF, she also manages various special projects across the public program, and oversees the submissions, guest services and events teams. A University of Edinburgh graduate with an MA in Philosophy, she has worked for BFI London Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and Dominion Cinema, as well as in several different roles within the Centre for the Moving Image, across EIFF, Filmhouse and Belmont Filmhouse.
Geremia started working in domestic distribution and developing international co-productions in 2004. Over the years, he gained experience as a production manager and production coordinator on several international co-productions, but also as content manager for a VOD platform. In 2012, he started working in international distribution along with acquisitions, sales, marketing and festivals. He is currently Sales and Marketing Manager and Acquisitions Assistant for the Italian sales company, Intramovies.
Documentaries Work in Progress Platform
Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant with 25+ years of experience on the international documentary scene. She is primarily engaged at Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Sheffield Doc Fest, where during her 12 years she has developed the successful MeetMarket concept. In addition, Lidin is involved in training schemes and developing projects with international potential, most recently with Docs by the Sea, DocEdge Kolkata, Dhaka DocLab and DocsPort Incheon/DMZ. Her other activities include moderating the IDFA FORUM and many other film festival and market events, as well as participating in panel events, serving on selection committees and tutoring worldwide.
Martina Droandi is a sales agent specializing in documentary film distribution. She joined Autlook Filmsales as Acquisitions Manager in 2019, after working as both a producer and distributor of short films in many European countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking (DocNomads) and attended the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris program.
Curator, writer and editor, Özge Calafato worked for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) as Programming Manager between 2008 and 2013, and served as a committee member for the SANAD Development and Post-Production Fund. Between 2014 and 2020 she worked as the Assistant Director for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYU Abu Dhabi. She has also worked as a programmer and consultant for a number of film festivals and institutions including Documentarist, DOK Leipzig, the Doha Film Institute, DokuFest, Oslo Arab Film Days, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Punto de Vista, Imagine Science, Cinema Akil and AFI Docs.
Series / Short Series Pitching Platform
Dirk Decker is an EAVE alumnus and member of the European Film Academy. Working as a producer in Hamburg since 2005, he founded Tamtam Film in 2012 together with his production partner, Andrea Schütte. Tamtam Film is a breeding ground for exceptional films about unconventional characters with both artistic and commercial appeal for national and international markets alike. Regardless of platform or format, their award-winning portfolio is entertaining, demanding and as diversified and versatile as the stories we want to tell.
Janka Neustupova began her career in independent feature films with a technical knowledge of cameras, lighting, editing, a background in health and safety management and advanced analytical skills. She quickly established herself as an outstanding production crew member working on film and TV projects in the UK and internationally.
Born in Ankara in 1990, Zeynep Can graduated in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University. She began her career as an acquisitions associate and operations manager at the Turkish distribution company, Filmartı Film, in 2014. Between 2017 and 2020, she worked as a producer at Contact Film Works, where she contributed to the development and production of various shorts, documentaries, commercials and feature film projects in roles ranging from coordinator to line producer to associate producer. She joined the drama team at BluTV in 2020.
Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund Pitching Platform
Burak Göral is a film critic, journalist, author and screenwriter. Since 1995, he has regularly written film reviews and articles on cinema for various newspapers, websites and magazines. In the second half of the 1990s, he began working as an assistant director, radio producer and website editor. He has been actively writing screenplays for cinema and television since 2004. To date, three of his feature screenplays have been produced. He has also published four books on cinema. Göral is a screenwriting instructor for various educational institutions and works as a script doctor/consultant on a project basis. He combines this with leading scriptwriting workshops for his own screenwriting studio.
Tevfik Başer studied at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. His first feature film, 40 Square Meters of Germany, screened in the Semaine de la Critique at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win the Silver Leopard at Locarno and Best First Film at Rotterdam. His second feature, Farewell to False Paradise, won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Film de Strasbourg and screened in the official selection at the Berlinale in 1989. His last feature film, Farewell, Stranger, screened in the official selection at the Cannes FF in 1991, and won Best Director Award at Verona. Başer taught as a guest lecturer at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg between 1991-2002 prior to joining Kadir Has University in 2003.
After graduating from Ankara University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2000, Yeşim Gökçe completed a Master’s in Turkish Literature at the Bilkent University Institute of Economics and Social Sciences in 2004. In 2007, she published a reference book setting out the basic principles of writing, “I’m Going to Be a Writer When I Grow Up” (“Ben Büyüyünce Yazar Olacağım”). Her articles on culture, literature and film have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed national and international journals, and she has translated (from English to Turkish) and adapted several works of literature. Since 2006, Gökçe has worked as a film and theater dramaturgist for major national and international companies and organizations.