Michele Turnure Salleo – group leader
As Principal/Producer at Feracious Entertainment, Michele Turnure-Salleo (USA) develops, finances and produces independent films across a range of elevated genres. Recent Executive Producer/Co-Executive Producer credits include; BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (Sundance 2019), THE SOUND OF SILENCE (Sundance 2019) and BUOYANCY (Berlinale 2019). Previously, Turnure-Salleo through her work at San Francisco Film Society (now SFFilm) was instrumental in developing filmmakers some of whom are defining today’s generation of American independent film and television storytellers including Ryan Coogler, Chloe Zhao, Destin Daniel Cretton, Boots Riley and Ben Zeitlin. As founder and head of the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360 department (2008-2016) she provided more than $5 million in funding to incubate and support innovative and exceptional films including THE MUSTANG (Sundance 2019), SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (Sundance 2018), PATTY CAKE$ (Sundance 2017), CLASH (Cannes 2016), MEDITERRANEA (Cannes 2015), SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME (Sundance/Cannes 2015), 5 NIGHTS IN MAINE (Toronto 2015), MANOS SUCIAS (Tribeca 2014), HELLION (Sundance 2014), SHORT TERM 12 (SXSW 2013), FRUITVALE STATION (Sundance/Cannes 2013), BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Sundance/Cannes 2012) and CIRCUMSTANCE (Sundance 2011) In addition to her work at Feracious Entertainment, Turnure-Salleo is also an industry advisor for Biennale College Cinema program for Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia and adjunct faculty in the Film Department at CCA in San Francisco. Previously, Turnure-Salleo produced PSA’s, documentary series and shorts for Bravo, CBC and The Knowledge Network in Canada, and was Assistant Producer on the Academy Award-nominated documentary Regret to Inform. Michele Turnure-Salleo holds a BFA (Film) from the University of New South Wales and a MFA (Film) from the University of British Columbia.
Flaminio Zadra – group leader
After completing his studies in Contemporary History at the Rome University La Sapienza, Flaminio Zadra alternated a career as journalist with his passion for moviemaking. In 2001 he moved to Hamburg (Germany) to collaborate with Fatih Akin and his new-born company Corazon
International and in 2004 he moved back to Rome, where together with Alberto Fanni and Paolo Colombo, he founded the film company Dorje Film. With Dorje Film, Flaminio has produced and coproduced numerous feature films and documentaries by international authors, including Fatih Akin, Julie Bertucelli, Sergei Bodrov, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Etgar Keret, Pablo Trapero, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Zhangke Jia, Hany Abu-Assad and Jafar Panahi. His films have received awards at major international festivals, including a Golden Palm for the Best Film Script at the Film Festival of Cannes in 2008 for the film The Edge of Heaven and a Special Prize of the Jury of the Film Festival of Venice in 2010 for the film Soul Kitchen. The most recent film of Fatih Akin In the Fade, produced as well by Flaminio, has been awarded with the Golden Palm for the Best Female Interpretation at the Film Festival of Cannes in 2017 and the Golden Globe in the following year. In 2018, Flaminio joined the company Moliwood Films, by Mrs. Pilar Saavedra Perrotta. Flaminio is currently co-producing the next feature film by the Golden Bear awarded director Ildiko Enyedi.
Meinolf Zurhorst – group leader
After studying history of art, film and television and anthropology work as a film critic and author of almost 20 books about cinema and actors. Script studies at Frank Daniel. In the Eighties co-founder of a production company which produced special interest programs for German TV. In the late Eighties co-founder of second company for post- and film-production. Co-writer, director and producer of several documentaries about German cinema and TV. 1992 commissioning editor in the cinema department of ARTE in Strasbourg, 1994 head of this department. 2000 move to German broadcaster ZDF to direct the ARTE film department (ZDF is one of ARTE’s shareholder and acquires and co-produces movies and series for the French-German cultural channel). Since 2017 head of fiction ZDF/arte, in charge of acquisition and coproduction of international movies, TV dramas, series and shorts. Member of juries in Guadalajara, Sarajevo, Sao Paulo, Thessaloniki, Tallinn, Istanbul and other festivals. Tutor and expert at Mediterranean Film Business School, EAVE, EAVE programs “Ties that bind” (Busan, Udine) and “Interchange” (Dubai), ACE-Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, ifs – International Film School Cologne, ScriptEast and Bela Tarr’s Film Factory. ZDF/arte’s film department co-produced in the last years the films of directors like Sergei Dvortsevoy, Marco Belocchio, Lars von Trier, Roy Andersson, Elai Suleyman, Eran Riklis, Olivier Assayas, Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, Semih Kaplanoglu, Yesim Ustaoglu, Syllas Tsoumerkas, Andrea Staka, Barbara Albert, Jessica Hausner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Srdan Golubovic and many others. Since February 20019 consultant, lecturer, tutor and producer.
Rasmus Horskjær – script consultant
Rasmus Horskjær, born 1971, is a Danish screenwriter and script coach. He holds a degree in Journalism from DMJX. Rasmus has been working continuously with Denmark’s National Broadcasting Corporation as writer and director for a number of series for young audiences. From 2010 until 2014, Rasmus served as film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute. During this period he funded and developed more than a dozen feature films, among others Isabella Eklöf’s “Holiday”. After his time as commissioner, Rasmus went back to screenwriting and penned the story for “All In”, a Danish drama which was selected as opening film for CPH PIX 2017. Currently Rasmus is putting his efforts into the realisation of his next feature, ”Farewell O Earth”, a melancholic sci-fi, which was selected for the Berlinale Co-Pro market 2018. In addition to his work as a screenwriter Rasmus is also a tutor for TorinoFilmLab. Rasmus lives in the city of Copenhagen with his wife and kids.
Françoise von Roy – script consultant
Based in Berlin, Françoise von Roy works internationally as a script advisor on diverse projects, including genre, experimental and documentary. She also works with visual artists developing longer pieces. Apart from consulting on individual productions, she tutors for the Torino Film Lab, the Venice Biennale Cinema College and consults regularly on projects selected by the German Ministry of Culture and Media. She is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Malta, a guest lecturer at the dffb – the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and a mentor at ZHdK – the Zurich University of the Arts. Together with Franz Rodenkirchen she holds the bimonthly script development workshop Script Circle for writers and filmmakers and the yearly intensive workshop 6 Days of Practice for producers and others involved in script development. Françoise has worked in the film and television industry since the late 1990s, in various fields of production and development. Françoise holds a BA in Film and Philosophy and an MA in Media Production.
Anita Voorham – script consultant
Based Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She began her career in the writers room; story-lining and writing for a number of successful Dutch tv-series. After attending the Binger Filmlab, she worked for five years as a development executive for Dutch public broadcaster NTR and was simultaneously invited by Torino FilmLab as one of their core tutors. Furthermore, she joined Berlinale Script Station, Venice Biennale Cinema-College, Midpoint and the selection committee for IFFR’s CineMart, and has helped design new initiatives such as the Incubator program for the Czech Film Fund aimed at training script editors. Currently she is also a tutor within TFL SeriesLab. Films she consulted on have been selected to major festivals, among them: THE FEVER by Maya Da-Rin, LAS HEREDERAS by Marcello Martinessi, THE WOUND by John Trengove, HOME by Fien Troch, A CIAMBRA by Jonas Carpignano, QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE by Hana Jusic and THE FITS by Anna Rose Holmer. She was the associate producer of Duccio Chiarini’s L’OSPITE premiering in Locarno 2018.
Anita recently finished a four-year term at The Netherlands Film Fund as a Feature Film Commissioner evaluating projects for funding at all stages. She is a graduate of the EAVE 2018 Producers workshop and will continue her career as a creative producer and script consultant within her company Bravado Film combining her experience as a decision maker with hands-on experience in script development and production.
Amra Baksic-Camo – production consultant
Amra is one of the founders of SCCA/pro.ba, independent film, video and TV production from Sarajevo. She has produced and coproduced awarded short films and art videos, documentaries, TV programs and feature films. For 17 years, she is head of the CineLink, regional co-production market, work in progress and project development workshop of Sarajevo Film Festival. She is a member of ACE and EAVE networks and member EFA. Since the beginning of 2019, she is one of curators of Torino Film Lab.Amra is working at the Academy of Preforming Arts in Sarajevo, Production Department as a lecturer.
Agustina Chiarino – production consultant
Born in Montevideo (Uruguay), she studied Political Science, has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and a master’s degree in Creative Documentary Filmmaking. She joined CONTROL Z FILMS and later co-founded MUTANTE CINE along with Fernando Epstein. She produced the following feature films: Miguel Calderón’sLa discípula del velocímetro (The disciple of Speed), Adrián Bíniez’sGigante, El 5 andLas Olas (The Waves), Pablo Stoll’sHiroshima and 3, Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’sTanta Agua (So much Water), Leticia Jorge´s ALELÍ, as well as the documentary feature Locura al aire (Madness on air), directed by Alicia Cano and Leticia Cuba.She co-produced Benjamín Nahistat’sHistoria del miedo (History of fear), Ana Katz’sMiamiga del Parque (My friend from the park), Gustavo Pizzi’sBenzinho (Loveling), Marcelo Martinessi’s Las Herederas(The heiresses)and Alejandro Landes’s Monos. Her work has been screened at film festivals like Cannes, Berlín, Venecia, San Sebastián, Sundance and Toronto, receiving several awards worldwide. For 8 years, she was in charge of developing new projects and co-productions at Uruguay’s Canal 10.Furthermore, she has taught courses at Universidad Católica, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay’s Film School, and EICTV Cuba. In addition to tutoring workshops at Biennale College, Br Lab, Biobio Lab and PUENTES –of which she is a co-organizer alongside EAVE international-, she has been a project evaluator at the Torino Scriptlab, INCAA’s Incubator and the Doha Film Institute, among others. She is part of the pre-selection committee at San Sebastián’s Co-production Forum. She has been a jury member at different project development and finalization competitions and at international film festivals such as San Sebastián, BAFICI, Miami, Málaga, Locarno and Cartagena.
Mike Ryan – production consultant
(USA) Mike S. Ryan is the bold independent producer behind such remarkable and ground-breaking art-house films as Todd Solondz’s Palindromes and Life During Wartime, Bela Tarr’s Turin Horse, Phil Morrison’s Junebug, Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy and Meek’s Cutoff, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy and Jake Mahaffy’s Free in Deed.Mike S. Ryan is president of GREYSHACK FILMS and a veteran of the independent film community. He started out as a Location Manager in the industry’s 1990’s heyday withfilms like Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven. As a producer and executive producer, he has helped realize many ground-breaking films in the last fifteen years, most made for under $3 million. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit “Producer of the Year” Award, and was one of Variety’s 2007 “10 Producers to Watch.” His films have garnered nominations and prizes from the Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, and many more. He has taught workshops and given lectures at universities and festivals including Columbia, Yale, NYU, Bard, Sacred Heart, Emerson, the Atlantic Film Festival, VIFF, Indie Memphis, the San Francisco Film Society, and for the past several years has mentored as a Producer Leader at the Venice Biennale College and participated as a producer/mentor at EAVE PLUS in Luxembourg. An avid film lover, he writes criticism for the online site Hammer to Nail, which he cofounded with Ted Hope, and is a regular contributor to Filmmaker Magazine.
Alec Von Bargen – visual advisor
Born in New York City, Alec Von Bargen studied Dramatic Arts, Art History and Photography. He worked as an actor in productions screened at the Cannes, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, helmed by the likes of Robert de Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Walkow and Gabriel Beristain, among others. He has produced, directed and written for the stage, film and television. He wrote the award-winning stage productions Closet Land (winner of Mexico’s FONCA grant) and Tarantata (Onassis Playwriting Competition Finalist, Greece). He is also a well-established visual artist, most recently exhibiting at the 54th and 56th Venice Biennales, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the OCAT Museum, Shanghai and Les Rencontres D’Arles Festival, France. He was selected by François-Henri Pinault and George Clooney as guest artist at the Swatch Hotel, Shanghai. His work has won numerous awards including the IPA’s in LA and the PX3’s in Paris. He was a finalist at the 2013 Dubai Emerging Artist Award and Aesthetica Magazine, UK, selected him as one of 2013 and 2014’s top 100 contemporary artists.
Paul Tyler – visualiser
Paul Tyler (UK) founded Handling Ideas, from a twenty-year career spanning television and cross-media production at the BBC, theatre management, format development and undergraduate teaching. Paul makes production companies more effective at responding to the ever-growing need for deeper user engagement and consistent user experience across multiple devices. He applies a toolkit for mapping, visualization and prototyping. Paul works with businesses developing film, television, cross/trans-media, games, products, services and campaigns across communication, marketing, commerce and design. Starting at the bottom of the production ladder, Paul worked his way up through BBC apprenticeship to Producer and multi-camera studio Director. A flirtation with online in late nineties took him to cross-media production. With one of BBC’s first innovative cross-media productions under his belt, he found himself supporting others within the industry across Europe, as they wrestled with how to interact with their audiences.
Born in South Africa in 1955, he graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He co-founded Stefilm in 1985 where he develops, produces and at times directs, feature length films and documentary series. Stefilm’s internationally acclaimed films include MY HOME, IN LIBYA by Martina Melilli (Locarno FF 2018, Chicago IFF 2018, DOK Leipzig 2018). THE STRANGE SOUND OF HAPPINESS by Diego Pascal Pannarello (Special Mention DOK Leipzig Next Masters, 2017, Bergamo Film Meeting, CPH:Dox, HOT DOCS 2018, Premio della Critica, Festival Terra di Siena 2018, Special mention In-Edit Barcelona, Chile 2018); WONDERFUL LOSERS. A DIFFERENT WORLD by Arunas Matelis (a Lithuania, Italy, Belgium, Swiss, Latvia co-production – Best Doc Warsaw FF and, Minsk FF 2017, Best Doc Trieste FF 2018, Lithuanian candidate to the Academy Awards 2019); THE QUEEN OF SILENCE (Poland /Germany/ Italy, IDFA 2014, Docpoint 2014, best Doc Krakow FF 2015); CHAR, NO MAN’S ISLAND (India/ Japan/Italy/Denmark, Berlinale Forum 2013 + 30 awards); MOSTAR UNITED (IDFA 2009); VINYLMANIA (Goteburg IFF 2012, Sarajevo FF and IFF Rotterdam 2013); CITIZEN BERLUSCONI, nom. German Grimme Award 2004. EAVE graduate in 1992, he chaired the European Documentary Network EDN. He tutors for Fabrique Cinema, Ouaga Film Lab, Esodoc, Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, Festival de 3 Continents, Zelig Film School and others.
Amy Dotson – production consultant
Amy Dotson is the newly appointed Director of the Northwest Film Center and inaugural curator
of film & new media at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. She also works as one of the founding Group Leaders of the prestigious Biennale College-Cinema program, as a story expert at the Biennale College-Cinema VR and is the Head of Studies at Doha Film Institute’s Series Lab. For thirteen years, she was the Deputy Director & Head of Programming for IFP; her responsibilities included the financial and creative oversight of all domestic and international programming, partnerships and memberships for the organization’s signature programs including: IFP Feature Film, Documentary, Series & Audio Labs, IFP Week & Conference, IFP Expanded International Labs, as well as numerous year-round membership and sponsor-drive programs and initiatives. She oversaw the yearly selection of over 150 fiction & non-fiction projects and managed 18 international partners in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Canada, creating custom programming for their producers, showrunners and filmmakers throughout the year.
She also managed the talent and juries for the IFP’s Gotham Awards, which kicks off US awards season each year and was one of three key staff leaders to help secure and open the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a 22,000 square foot talent incubator for creators at the intersection of story and tech in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Before joining IFP, Dotson held the position of Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, The AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival and The AFI Silver’s The European Union Film Showcase in Washington, DC. Prior, Amy worked with producer Fred Berner (Pollock), as well as at Curious Pictures (Pee Wee’s Playhouse) and Miramax Films, where her responsibilities included a wide variety of production, development, administrative and business affairs duties, as well as extensive script and book coverage. Dotson also produced Brad Beesley’s feature documentary, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (SXSW 2009; HBO and BBC), was a supervising producer for Matt Porterfield’s feature I Used To Be Darker (Sundance 2013; Strand Releasing) and worked closely with director Tim Sutton as a producing advisor on doc/narrative hybrid, Memphis (Sundance 2014; Kino Lorber). She is currently producing Bo McGuire’s upcoming documentary feature, Socks on Fire. She was the 2019 Keynote Speaker at BAM Cinemafest as well as at the 2015 Seattle Film Festival Catalyst Program. Dotson has served as a juror at a wide variety of festivals such as Atlanta, Ashland, IDFA, IndieMemphis, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, Slamdance, Sidewalk, SXSW, Woodstock, and World Air Guitar Championships in Oluu, Finland. She has also been a butterfly wrangler, fashion stylist, licensed welder, art director’s assistant and freelance writer for publications such as Maisonneuve and BUST Magazine. She graduated from NYU with a Masters in Media Ecology where she studied the intersection of media, art and technology and holds a duel undergrad degree in communications and fine arts from Wake Forest University.
Eilon Ratzkvosky – production consultant
Eilon Ratzkovsky produced feature films and TV series over the past 25 years, as CEO of July August Productions, an Israeli production company which he has created in 2003. Among the 22 films that he produced are “The Band’s Visit”, “Mountain”, “Zero Motivation” – all of which participated and won prizes in major film festivals. He produced numerous TV series in Israel, some have been remade into local versions around the world. In the past year, he has been tutoring for TorinoFilmLab as well as heading the TFL Extended. He also heads “Quiddity”, a content company that specializes in developing high quality TV dramas for European networks.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis – production consultant
Yorgos Tsourgiannis is an independent film producer and the founder and managing director of the Athens based production label Horsefly Productions.
He is currently working on the upcoming feature film of writer/director Michalis Konstantatos, All The Pretty Little Horses, in co-production with A Private View (Belgium) and Fabian Massah (Germany). His credits include among others: the third feature film of Emin Alper, A Tale of Three Sisters (2019) a Liman Film production (Turkey) in co-production with Komplizen Film (Germany) and Circe Films (Netherlands), which premiered in the competition section of Berlin International Film Festival, Norway by Yiannis Veslemes (2014) which premiered in Karlovy Vary and Fantastic Fest, won five Hellenic Film Academy awards including Best First Feature, Luton by Michalis Konstantatos (2013) which premiered in San Sebastian and won Best First Feature in Athens IFF, Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos (2009) which premiered in Cannes FF, won Grand Prix Un Certain Regard and numerous other awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2011.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis has been teaching since 2016, Feature Film Development at the School of Film Studies of the Fine Arts Department of the Thessaloniki Aristotle University and since 2012 the Film Production Module for the SAE School of the Athens Bachelor in Digital Film Production. He has also been regularly collaborating on a consultant capacity with a number of national and international institutions.
He is a member of the ACE Network, EFA’s Producers on The Move 2010 alumni, a member of the board of the Hellenic Film Academy and a member the European Film Academy.
Katie Mustard, named by Variety as one of the Top 10 Producers To Watch, is one of the leading film producers, line producers, and executive producers in independent cinema. Katie graduated from The University of Southern California where she was the top of her class in the Cinema & TV Critical Studies BA program. In 2004, Katie was accepted to a Masters program in Producing in Tel Aviv, Israel where she began collaborations with producers from around the world.
With 18 years of Production Expertise:
• Katie has overseen the production of 40 feature length movies, 20 short films, 3 feature documentaries, dozens of commercials, 10 original TV series for Netflix International, and 2 Virtual Reality films.
• Katie has worked across continents filming in India, China, Nepal, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Antarctica, Morocco, France, Italy and the UK.
• Katie has had 9 films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
• In 2014, Katie was selected as one of eight US producers for the TAP International Producing Fellowship, sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
• Katie was honored with a “Women In Film” Award by the St. Louis Film Festival in 2015
In 2018 Katie joined Netflix International in the Physical Production team for creating original content in Europe and Middle East. Katie is a member of the DGA, the PGA, Women Independent Producers, IFP and is represented by United Talent Agency. Katie lives in Amsterdam with her husband and son.
Mary Stephen (France-Canada-Hong Kong)
Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Canada , Mary lives in Paris where she started her editing life as Cécile Décugis’ assistant (Cécile edited for Truffaut, Rohmer, Godard including the legendary film « Breathless »), then continued as Rohmer’s chief-editor and occasional co-composer, from « Winter’s Tale » to his last feature « The Romance of Astrea and Celadon ». Mary has been working with fiction and documentary filmmakers from France, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, Australia, South Africa, Canada etc., editing, helping with producing and consulting as script and editing advisor. A partial list of filmmakers she’s worked with includes Ann Hui (« Love After Love », « Our Time Will Come »), Nicole Shafer (« Buddha In Africa » in consideration for Documentary Oscars nomination), Tiffany Hsiung (« The Apology » a National Film Board of Canada production, Busan Young Audience Award for Documentary), Seren Yüce (« Majority », Lion of the Future, Venice 2010), Du Haibin («Umbrella», «1428» Orizzonti Doc Award, Venice Film Festival 2009 and « A Young Patriot »), Lixin Fan (« Last Train Home » Joris Ivans Award, IDFA 2009), Joan Chen (« Shanghaï Strangers »), Li Yang (« Blind Mountain », Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2007) , Hüseyin Karabey (« My Marlon and Brando » Best New Narrative Filmmaker, Tribeca 2010), and « Do Not Forget Me Istanbul » omnibus film with 6 directors from the Baltic region : Hany Abou-Assad (Palestine), Aida Begic (Bosnia), Stefan Arsenijevic (Serbia), Stergios Niziris (Greece), Eric Nazarian ( Armenia), etc. Mary continues her own filmmaking, with a latest short « The Memory of Water » and the doc-essay « Vision from the edge : Breyten Breytenbach painting the lines ». She takes part in juries and workshops in Locarno, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, HKIFF, Kerala, Busan, etc. and guest-teaches with film academies and universities on several continents.