MEET THE SPEAKERS

CAROLINA DUARTE

Carolina Duarte is a lecturer in Film Marketing and Festivals and a founding member of the European Film Festivals Association board. She has management experience is several international film festivals and collaborates as an expert for the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe. Carolina has a bachelor in Film and a master in Marketing and Advertising. She is enthusiastic for political movements, entrepreneurship and global projects.

JOSEPH CARISTENA

Art Director of “Social Machinery Film Festival” but also an visual Lyrics Composer, ​EU DG NEAR Expert and Coordinator of the EU Workshops. Public Speaking is one of his major strengths especially in the field of Identity and Audience development.

JAMES MULLIGHAN

James is an experienced film festival and exhibition professional, and events and conferences creative producer. He produced the second Edition of CogX: the largest Festival of AI in Europe. Prior to that, he directed four editions of the Cork Film Festival; the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2011; and he was Creative Director of Shooting People from 2006 to 2010.

ERIC FRANSSEN

He is the current Director of Wallonie-Bruxelles Images, Member of General Assembly of
Center du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel - Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and Member of Cineuropa team.

KLARA TROŠT LESIĆ

She is an Croatian entrepreneur, scientist and university lecturer, founder of Eventor, an event advisory company. Klara has 10 years of experience in scientific and professional analysis of events and sustainable tourism. She is Member of Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Croatian Meeting Professionals Association.

STEFAN RUZOWITZKY

He is an Austrian film director and screenwriter, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), The Inheritors (1998) and Cold Hell (2017). He is an Academy Award® Winner (The Counterfeiters)and multiple international film festivals winner.

MARINELA DROPULIĆ-RUŽIĆ

Marinela is an Certified Executive Coach and Whole Brain Coach, University lecturer, author of books, columnist. She has ten years of experience in leading and collaborating on scientific and professional projects such as in field of surveys and data analysis.

NENAD PUHOVSKI

Croatian film, TV and theater director, producer and screenwriter, Co-founder and director of international documentary ZagrebDox film festival. He directed many theater peaces, and more than 250 TV productions of different kind but he is most known as a director of documentaries, which were screened and awarded all around the world.

SANJA DRAKULIĆ

Actress, casting director and CEO of Duart European Actors Platform, the first digital casting platform in the region. Working as a CA she worked on the movie Ibiza (Netflix), The Guardian Angel, A Perfect Day, as the actress she had a small role in BBC tv series McMafia and as a Founder, she ensured that Duart gets selected for Web Summit (Lisbon) in 2017 as one of the promising startups in the world.

PATRICK AGER

Director of EU Affairs at MPAA - Motion Picture Association of America. Prior to this function, Ager worked as ECSA Secretary General, he served in the Austrian Foreign Ministry on EU budgetary affairs and as Research Fellow at the Parliamentary Assemble of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He holds a post-graduate MA in UK, EU and US Copyright Law from the Centre of European Law, King’s College London and a MA in Political Science from the University of Vienna.

ROBERT PIASKOWSKI

Deputy Director for Programming at Kraków Festival Office from 2008 - 2019. Since January 2019, he has been the Social Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Krakow for cooperation with international organizations in the field of cultural heritage of Krakow. Since June 2019 he has been appointed to the position of the Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of the City of Krakow for Culture. Currently he is acting as the Program Advisor of the Director at Krakow Festival Office.

BRUNO CHATELIN

Bruno Chatelin is a voting member of the European Film Academy, and an advisory board member at International Film Festival Summit, as well as a co-founder of Animation Day in Cannes. He worked in advertising agencies, as a distirbutor and digital pioneer and entrepreneur. He's the founder of filmfestivals.com, Major Buzz Factory and Emotion Film Factory.

TIM CORRIE

Former Chairman of BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) as well as one of the most successful Talent Agents. Corrie started his career at Paramount Pictures and in 1971 was invited to join the agency Fraser and Dunlop Scripts. He worked for the company – which became PFD – for more than thirty years and held the role of Co-Chairman. He left to found a new agency, United Agents, where he continues to represent a large roster of clients including some of the finest writers, directors and producers in the country.

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