Leontine Petit, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Tobias Pausinger, Irina Ignatiew, Bernie Stampfer, Wolfgang Brehm, Christophe Vidal, Maria Tanjala

Leontine Petit

Producer BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, THE LOBSTER / CEO, Lemming Film, The Netherlands

Leontine Petit is founder and CEO/Producer of Lemming Film with offices in Amsterdam and Berlin. Lemming Film has, for the last 25 years, successfully co-produced 54 feature films and 14 high end drama series in Europe and beyond. Their projects are sold to many countries around the world and have won various national and international awards. Before working in film production, Leontine studied at the University of Amsterdam where she earned her Master’s degree in Philosophy. She graduated from EAVE and is a member of the ACE Network. She was Producer on the Move (2006). In 2014 she participated at EAVE+. She first participated in the Inside Pictures workshop in 2017. Today she teaches at various media programs and is the President of ‘Bridging the Dragon’, an association that is connecting European and Chinese Film makers. Leontine is a passionate advocate of helping independent films cross boundaries and connect with international audiences. She won the prestigious Eurimages Coproduction Award during the European Film Awards in 2016. Amongst others their latest (co-)productions are: Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg (SE) – 2020; Do Not Hesitate by Shariff Korver (NL) -2020; Home by Franka Potente (DE) – 2020; Dead and Beautiful by David Verbeek (NL) – 2020; Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani (DE) – 2020; The Heirs of the Night (drama series) by Diederik van Rooijen (NL) – 2020;  Monos by Allejandro Landes (CO) – 2019; Fenix (drama series) by Shariff Korver (NL) 2018; Zama by Lucrecia Martel (AR) – 2017; My Giraffe by Barbara Bredero (NL) -2017; The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (GR) – 2015


Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen

Executive Producer A ROYAL AFFAIR, MELANCHOLIA / Co-Founder / CEO, SAM Productions, Denmark

Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen is a seasoned producer; her film and TV-productions are among the finest in Denmark. Along the way, she has produced for esteemed directors such as Lars von Trier, Nikolaj Arcel, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Omar Shargawi, Morten Hartz Kaplers, Heidi Maria Faisst, Mikkel Munch-Fals, Samanou Sahlstrøm, Kasper Barfoed, Bo Mikkelsen, Fenar Ahmed and Per Fly. Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen’s films have have won awards both at home and abroad; they have been featured at festivals like Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Lacarno, Toronto and Göteborg. In 2013 A Royal Affair achieved an Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.


Tobias Pausinger

Head of Development and Acquisitions, The Match Factory, Germany 


Irina Ignatiew

Managing Director, Boxworks Media, Germany

Irina is a 20+-year veteran in the media industry. Before the launch of Boxworks Media, she was Managing Director of Red Arrow International after serving in various senior management postitions for companies in Europe and North America. Boxworks Media’s partners and clients include Discovery Communications, filmpool, ndF and Deutsche Telekom, where Irina is responsible for intl. acquisitions and coproductions as well as local productions for their S-VOD platform Magenta TV.


Bernie Stampfer

Founder, International Film Partners, Germany

Bernie Stampfer graduated from Constance Universitywith a First Class Master of Arts Degree to continue his media oriented studies at renowned Munich Film Academy. Soon after Bernie followed the route of film production and set up his own company Salinas Film GmbH which stood for exquisite documentaries, German TV drama and feature films alike. – His first managerial position outside his own company was at Media Park AG, at the time a specialist in the field of East- West M&A and J.V. transactions. Bernie then decided to fully concentrate on film financing and set up Media Park’s London bureau. – A second managerial challenge followed with the call of Bravo Studios Milan for which Bernie set up a TV drama and feature film division along their tradition television entertainment business. Alongside his professional career, Bernie has engaged himself in numerous further training activities with EAVE, the Media Business School and many other institutions and universities. He is a member of the European and German Film Academy.


Wolfgang Brehm

Attourney at Law / Partner, Brehm & v. Moers, Germany

Wolfgang Brehm, Attorney at Law, Studies of Law and Philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Munich and Frankfurt/Main, admitted to the bar in Berlin. He is a co-founder of the firm Brehm & v. Moers, one of the leading German entertainment law firms with offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Wolfgang Brehm advises a wide range of German and international clients particularly in the field of Film(co-)production, Distribution and Finance. Wolfgang Brehm is a frequent speaker on conferences and seminars. He is author of the “HANDBOOK – FILMLAW”, published in 2008 (2nd edition) and he has contributed to various other publications on film and copyright law. Since 1993 he is an expert to various European Training Programmes, including without limitation, the Media Business School, the Erich Pommer Institute and he is a lecturer at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg. Throughout the years Wolfgang Brehm was involved in numerous international Coproductions, including without limitation, “Underground” and “Black cat – white cat “ by Emir Kusturica, “Dead Man” by Jim Jarmusch, “Enemy at the Gates” by Jean–Jacques Annaud, “Mostly Martha” by Sandra Nettelbeck, “The Quiet American” by Phillip Noyce, “The Aviator” by Martin Scorsese, “Lemon Tree” and “Dancing Arabs” by Eran Riklis, “Hannah Arendt” by Margarete von Trotta, “Voyage of Time” by Terrence Malick, “Richard The Stork” by Reza Memari and recently in various series such as “You are wanted” (Amazon) and “Counterpart” (Netflix).


Christophe Vidal

Director, Natixis Coficiné, France

Christophe Vidal has been working in film finance for 20 years. He currently works at Natixis Coficiné, the leading financial services company in the cinema and entertainment sector in Europe with in excess of 650 million Euros lent yearly. Natixis Coficiné specializes in providing cash flow to mainly film and TV productions through project finance and is involved in a several European films each year in France, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland, most of them being co-productions.


Maria Tanjala

Co-Founder FilmChain / Big Couch, UK

FilmChain co-founder, Maria has over 12 years of experience in project management and film/TV production. She worked in the film industry as a producer, creating and managing budgets, assembling and managing crews of up to 70 people, creating marketing and distribution strategies. Maria is a keynote speaker and holds masterclasses in film finance and film recoupment at major film markets.  She is passionate about creating level playing fields between industry professionals to leverage the power of technology and take better ownership of their work and data. She has an MA in Filmmaking and was nominated for Rising Star Screen International 2018.

Founded by Maria Tanjala and Irina Albita, FilmChain addresses a long-term problem in the Film/TV industry – ensuring all project stakeholders are paid for their services in a timely and transparent manner “ by maintaining transactions on a private Ethereum blockchain ledger and distributing monies (in dollars, Euros, and pounds) near real-time to stakeholders’ digital wallets.  The platform is leveraging a private Ethereum blockchain ledger to maintain transaction information, to execute fast payments and accommodate complex recoupment schedules with hundreds of beneficiaries.   As an innovative, digital and data-driven solution, FilmChain has also been able to develop features to support, empower and transform the international screen industries, beyond its more traditional collections account functionality. By analysing and harnessing the power of each titles revenue data, FilmChain has also been able to develop and offer the screen industry dynamic and easily digestible visualisations of how each title is performing.    Film Chains innovation was celebrated both in the technology field and in the screen industries. Innovate UK awarded them a major, and other prestigious titles include: Winner “Start-up of the Year” London Business Awards 2020, Winner ‘Best Woman-led Investment in Innovation” UKBAA Awards 2019, Blockchain Founder of the Year 2018.