Head of Programme


Savina Neirotti
Born in Genova, she graduated in Philosophy in Torino and went on to study Aesthetics at the University of Pennsylvania. After returning to Italy, she became Head of the Press and Communication Office of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, where she was also in charge of the Educational Department. In the same years, she became one of the owners of Scuola Holden in Torino – a school for storytellers – ideated by novelist Alessandro Baricco. She has been Director of Scuola Holden’s Master in Narration Techniques, supervising all the school activities, focusing on the international contacts. In the same years she has written articles and interviews on narration and classical music, book reviews and film reviews for Italian and international newspapers. She has ideated and directed Script&Pitch Workshops since 2005, and TorinoFilmLab since 2008. TorinoFilmlab is an international Lab that includes 5 training courses, a co-production event and a funding system. It develops around 40 projects a year. She is now Head of Programme of Biennale College – Cinema.


Head of Studies


Michel Reilhac
Executive director of ARTE France Cinema for more than 10 years, until November 2012. Director of several organizations, tv producer, producer-curator-author of participative events, he’s also a filmmaker. Among his films: the documentary film All alike?, To Be a Man for Canal +, Kenya Islands for Arte, The Good Old Naughty Days. Since 2000, he has started his own production company, Melange: his first film production, a first short by Licia Eminenti, Intimisto, has been selected for the official competition as the opening film at Venice Biennale in 2001. Among his film productions: Cry Woman by Liu Bing Jian, L’Intrus by Claire Denis and 7 days, 7 nights by Joel Cano.


Jane Williams
Jane Williams set up Dubai International Film Festival’s Industry Office in 2006 which became the Dubai Film Market in 2009. She has played a leading role in the development of a number of initiatives to support filmmakers in the Arab region including: the establishment of the Dubai Film Connection the only co-production platform in the Middle East; Interchange a training and development programme bringing Arab and European filmmakers together to work on 10 projects for the international market organised in collaboration with TorinoFilmLab, EAVE and the Media Mundus. Jane comes from a background of training and development and in the UK worked for a number of organisations and companies including the BFI and NFTS. In 1998 she moved to Amsterdam to become Head of Training at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Holland. Since 2002 she has been working as a freelance consultant for a number of funding organizations and international festivals. She has worked for the Cinemart and Hubert Bals Fund at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Balkan Fund, Thessaloniki International Film Festival Greece, the Industry Office at the BAFICI in Buenos Aries and Taormina Film Festival Sicilie, Italy. She is an expert for the European Commission and currently consults for the Royal Film Commission in Jordan.


Story Developers


Steye Hallema
Steye is a director, composer and inventor, known for his skill to tell original stories with the newest technology. He worked as a creative at the acclaimed multimedia theatre group PIPS:lab and was creative lead at the VPRO Medialab. Always ahead of the crowd, he directed the world’s first 360 Music video in 2009. His masterpiece VR music video What do we care4 was nominated for a UK music award in 2015 and is a world wide hit amongst virtual reality early adaptors, creators and enthusiasts. At this moment Steye works part time as a creative director for Jaunt VR and uses the rest of his time to work on his invention the Smartphone Orchestra


Opeyemi Olukemi
Opeyemi Olukemi is Senior Director of Interactive for Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversees the TFI New Media Fund and leads the Institute’s digital and interactive programs. Since 2011, Opeyemi has expanded the Interactive department to include TFI Interactive, a day-long immersion into the world of digital storytelling, TFI Interactive Playground, an arena showcasing immersive technologies and projects, Tribeca Sandbox—an interactive resource report, Tribeca Hacks—a creative incubator, which mentors storytellers and technologists into creating interactive prototypes, and DEF CON at the Tribeca Film Festival, the hacking villages’ only collective convening outside of Las Vegas. Opeyemi was also an Assistant Professor of Integrated Media at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.


Gino Ventriglia
Story editor and script consultant both for cinema and television; he’s a tutor for TorinoFilmLab as well for other international development programs. He won a Fulbright Fellowship, and got a Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Scriptwriting at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He teaches drama writing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the Italian National School of Cinema. He has written screenplays for cinema and television, like the script for Arrivederci amore, ciao by Michaele Soavi. He lives in Rome.


Visual Advisors


Toby Coffey
Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre. His team is responsible for the creative and technical development of the digital interfaces between the NT and its audiences. He focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. Toby is currently leading the NT’s Immersive Storytelling initiatives looking at the application of 360 films, VR and installations in compelling methods of storytelling. Relevant areas include 360 films, virtual reality, augmented reality, installations, telepresence, digital publishing, online, UX, app development, device based engagement, digital art direction, social media, transmedia and documentary production. Toby has over 15 years expertise in the digital arena from creative, technical, production and social perspectives.


Amaury La Burthe
After a few years in the computing industry Amaury La Burthe turned to his true passion: he followed a Masters in Acoustics and Signal Processing Applied to Music at IRCAM in Paris. He then worked as an assistant researcher for Sony Computer Science Laboratory (Sony-CSL) and as Lead Audio Designer for video game company Ubisoft.
Through his professional experiences he developed a dual expertise: scientific and artistic knowledge in the field of sound design and speciality in the creation of interactive material.
Amaury worked for Sony on various music browser prototypes and recently for interactive music prototypes.
He also worked for Ubisoft as audio designer on Prince of Persia: Warrior Within & Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and as lead audio designer for Splinter Cell: Double Agent & Farcry 2.


Tupac Martir
Born 1977 in the UK, of Mexican heritage, Tupac obtained his BFA, from Creighton University under the guidance of John Thein and National Geographic Photographer Fr. Don Doll, SJ. Tupac Martir is an artist, visual designer and creative director with a varied portfolio of projects in the arts and entertainment scene. He has provided production design, visuals and lighting direction for Elton John, Sting, Coachella, New York Festival of Light, Nederland Dans Theater, Xu Bing at the V&A Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and the Old Vic Tunnels to name a few. Over the years, Tupac has become synonymous amongst the London, Paris, Milan and NewYork fashion scene. His work has been delivered for shows during fashion week for major designer houses Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino and Thomas Tait, among others. As an artist, he has exhibited in Mexico, USA, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, UK, as well as being an official entry for the Morelia Film Festival with his multidisciplinary piece ‘The Gentleman, The Merrmaid, Mexican Cinema, Loteria’ originally created for the British Council as part of the Cultural Olimpyad during London 2012. Tupac’s work has been published in major publications, such as Wallpaper* Magazine, Vogue, Rolling Stone, NME, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Live Design and LSI. He has developed a reputation for creating unique mulitidiscipianry productions from several art forms including two of his own, ‘Nierka’ and ‘Looking Outside My Window’.


Creative Technologist


Carl Guyenette
An empathetic, technological polymath that harnesses imagination, creativity, engineering and method to manifest dreams into digital reality. Founder and Creative Technologist at Hyperspatial.io.


Christian Möller
Christian Möller is a Director of Photography and VR Technologist with more than 10 years of experience. He is specialized in documentary and narrative projects. With his passion for omnidirectional filmmaking he shot multiple research and commercial films, focusing on different approaches to the art of camerawork and new ways of storytelling. Christian strong intercultural skills and ability to adapt have been key in all his projects with different international teams in almost all locations (e.g. USA, Russia, China, Uganda, Kenia, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Switzerland, France) across the Globus. Driven by the strong influence of Virtual Reality in his work since 2011, he founded the company INVR.SPACE GmbH based in Berlin/Germany in 2015. At INVR.SPACE he is responsible for developing strong visual imagery and suitable portfolio. His impressive record till end of 2016 at INVR reflects his level of experience, with several projects he has been in charge.


Sergio Ochoa Jiménez
His interest in researching and creating new technologies has given him a deep knowledge and understanding of each step involved in the development of the audiovisual process.
His career began as software developer of applications and graphic interface. He then combined his technical expertise with artistic creation and became CGI artist and VFX supervisor.
He founded his own enterprise which quickly became one of Spain´s most relevant production companies. After years of direction, post production and production he moved into creative direction and art direction for advertising campaigns. He then returned to the film market as VFX supervisor and DI expert (Technicolor).
Throughout his career he has founded several innovative companies in the arena of FX and VFX, who were quickly absorved by larger companies.
His wide background allows him to help towards the development of a high end post production suite (SGO Mistika), focusing on colour grading and the stereoscopic tool set and SGO Mistika positioning in the international market as a leading technology.
Currently, he works as CEO / Creative Technologist in the SGO office in France.




Daniel Doornink
Daniel started his career at a large Dutch corporate (ING) where he gained lots of hands-on experience with Scrum, Agile and Lean Startup techniques. He put his experience to good use mentoring start-ups at Rockstart in Amsterdam and has been involved in their smart energy accelerator program. Spring 2014 he started the Dutch virtual reality community bringing together everyone passionate about VR in the Netherlands. A year later he organised the first European meetup at NUMA in Paris, uniting the Dutch, German, Belgian and French communities and co-founded VRDAYS Europe. In august 2015 he joined the Parisian-based startup VideoStitch as their VP Strategic Partnerships. Recently he founded VRBASE in Amsterdam with the goal of uniting several physical hotspots in Europe and to create a true VR/AR ecosystem. VRBASE is an incubator/co-working space and (experimental) content production company.


Stefano Tealdi
Born in South Africa in 1955, he graduated in Architecture and was head of audiovisual production at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He established Stefilm with others in 1985 where, to date, he develops, produces and at times directs, documentary features and series. Stefilm’s internationally acclaimed films include Leonardo, the man behind the shroud? (Silver Screen Award 2002), Porto Marghera – Venice (59th Venice Film Festival), Rice Girls (60th Venice Film Festival, MOMA fortnight 2003), Citizen Berlusconi (nominated Grimme Award – Germany 2004), Monstar United (IDFA 2009), Vinylmania (Official film Record Store Day 2012) and Char, No man’s land (Berlinale Forum 2013). EAVE graduate in 1992, he is the director of the annual Italian workshop Documentary in Europe and chaired the European Documentary Network EDN. He teaches at universities and master classes and tutors for EDN – European Documentary Network, Esodoc, Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, Films de 3 Continents, Zelig Film School.


Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler 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.