SOFA – School of Film Agents is very proud of the excellent support by a top-class line-up of experienced experts from all over Europe!
Fatima Djoumer worked for the Berlin International Film Festival before she became responsible for public relations activities connected to the European Film Academy. In 1993 she became Head of International Relations of Europa Cinemas, where she supports the worldwide circulation of European films ever since.
Roman Gutek (born in 1958) studied management and anthropology of cinema in Warsaw and was an active member of student film clubs in 1980s. In 1985, he created the Warsaw Film Festival and served as director of the event until 1992.
In 1994, he established Gutek Film Ltd., which is one of the leading art house film distributors in Poland. The company has released more than 400 films to date by directors such as: Lars von Trier, Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodovar, Peter Greenaway, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-Wai and David Lynch. Gutek Film also runs one of the leading art houses in Poland, the Muranów cinema in Warsaw (Europa Cinemas Award for high quality of programming in 2004). In 2011, Roman Gutek was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Europa Cinemas.
Since 2003, Gutek has been leading the New Horizons Association, which runs Poland’s biggest film festival, the New Horizons IFF and the American Film Festival in Wrocław. Since August 2012, the New Horizons Association has been managing one of the biggest art-house cinemas in Europe – kino Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons Cinema) in Wrocław (9 screens, 2329 seats). He is a member of the European Film Academy.
Roberto Olla is the Executive Director of Eurimages, the European film fund based in Strasbourg. Trained as a lawyer (PhD Entertainment Law – EUI Florence), he specialised in film production (EAVE, FBS, EPI etc). Joined Eurimages in January 2002 as a project manager for feature films, he became the Executive Director in 2008. Before this, Roberto was a researcher at the university and worked for many years at the MEDIA Programme. He also participates as expert in several European training initiatives in the film sector.
Miroslav Mogorović started working as a convention and festival manager in Serbian National Congress and Convention Center in 1995. The same year, he started working as assistant managing director on “Palić Film Festival” where he became the executive producer which he still is today. From 2002 to 2006, he also was the executive producer of “Belgrade International Film Festival”, the biggest and oldest Serbian film festival.
With a group of young film professionals, he entered the independend production market with the “ART & POPCORN Motion Picture Company”. Since June 2004, together with another co-founder Stefan Arsenijevic, he worked on developing of the film project LOVE & OTHER CRIMES. This Serbian-German-Austrian-Slovenian co production found critical and audience acclaim at its premiere in Berlinale, Panorama Special 2008, and won numerous awards on various international festivals. The company has produced and co-produced numerous films until today, often to criticall acclaim.
In 2013 Mogorović produced the film NO ONE`S CHILD written and directed by Vuk Rsumovic, which is Croat-Serbian co-production. The film had its World Premiere on Venice International Film Critics’ Week 2014 and won RaroVideo Audience Award for Best Film and FIPRESCI award for best film and FEDEORA award for best screenplay.
Suggested by the Serbian government he got a nomination and got elected for the National Counselor for Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
Teija Raninen is the director of the West Finland Film Commission, which is part of the Turku Region Development Centre. WFFC has made the Central City Turku to become the most active Film City in Finland. The Commission has launched several initiatives on Film Tourism.
WFFC offers film production companies large variety of services and funding. The Film City Turku association will be established in September 2014 as an initiative of the Film Commission to get more financing for the Films and to give opportunities for citizens and companies to get involved in Film making, Film related events, new products etc. WFFC is a member of AFCI (The Association of Film Commissioners International).
Subsequent to his collaboration with Icelandic director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson regarding the distribution and world sales of Fridriksson’s Oscar-nominated feature „Children of Nature“ Peter Rommel changed sides and became a producer: in 1993 he founded Peter Rommel Productions (now Rommel Film) in Berlin, initially to co-produce international cinema features, like „Movie Days“, „Sweety Barrett“ and „Devil’s Island“.
The feature „Nachtgestalten“ (Night Shapes) in 1998 by director Andreas Dresen constituted the first fully self-developed production. Rommel also produced Dresen forthcoming feature films like “Sommer vorm Balkon” (Summer in Berlin), “Wolke 9″ (Cloud 9) and “Halt auf freier Strecke” (Stopped on Track), which were all met with critical acclaim. Stopped on Track won the top prize of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.
Peter Rommel also founded the german based production companies Home Run Pictures and – along with international partners – Shotgun Pictures, a company specialized on financing and coproducing international low-budget features. Rommel is a regular jury member at international film festivals and is a lecturer at the DFFB – Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, and visiting lecturer at the German-French Masterclass, Ludwigsburg, and member of the European Film Academy (EFA).
Gudrun Sommer is director of the film festival doxs! documentaries for children and youth in Duisburg. She is working as a curator and programme adviser for, among others, the Goethe-Institut, the Diagonale and steirischer herbst in Graz. She initiated the international documentary film project for children KID DOK as well as the competition dok you. The Austria native is a professor at the University of Duisberg-Essen and works as an examiner at FSK in Wiesbaden. Since 2012, she is a member of the Grimme jury for the special culture award of the state of NRW. Various publications, last: Gudrun Sommer, Vinzenz Hediger, Oliver Fahle (ed.), »Orte filmischen Wissens. Filmkultur und Filmvermittlung im Zeitalter digitaler Netzwerke«, Marburg: Schüren 2011.
Dragoslav Zachariev is Secretary-General of the European Federation of Independent Cinema Video on Demand Platforms – EuroVoD. He has organized the creation of EuroVoD in May 2010 and is now in charge of its international development and European activities – integration of new partners, acquisitions of VoD rights for transnational circulation, promotion of legal VoD services throughout Europe.
Before joining the French start-up company LMC/UniversCiné (one of the founding members of EuroVoD), Dragoslav worked at the Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes as Client Manager and Marketing Executive for the international cinema industry database Cinando. He also practiced at Media Consulting Group, where he was in charge of Media funding applications for various European companies, as well as of studies on the audiovisual market.
A native of Bulgaria, Dragoslav holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies from the University Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a Master’s degree in Media Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe).
Katriel Schory studied at the New York University Film School and returned to Israel in 1973 to join as the Head of Productions of Kastel Films, Jerusalem, at that time the leading production company in Israel. In 1984, he formed his own company BELFILMS LTD and produced over 200 films including award winning feature films, documentaries, TV dramas, and international co-productions.
In 1999, he accepted the position of the Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund, the main film fund in Israel, which supports, and promotes Israeli feature films. In this position he authorized the support and the production of more than 190 new Israeli feature films.
He has been engaged in voluntary public activities among them: chairman of Israel’s Film and Television Producers’ Association (1989-1994), member of the National Committee for the Advancement of Television and Films (1989-1999). Lectures at the Tel Aviv University, Department of film and television, since 1985.