Executive Committee

Dan CliftonDan CLIFTON

Chairman

Directors UK, United Kingdom

Dan Clifton is an award-winning writer, director and producer working across documentaries and film. Recent projects include true crime docu-drama series WEB OF LIES: JOB OF A LIFETIME; and award-winning short film PATIENT 39. As Writer/ Director, he is currently developing a number of genre-focused feature projects, as well as building a slate of feature documentaries through his production company Atomium Films. Dan is Chair of FERA. www.danclifton.co.uk

 

sverreSverre PEDERSEN

Honorary Treasurer

Norwegian Film Makers Association, Norway

Sverre Pedersen has worked in the film and television industry since 1984. He has directed and produced several short films, music videos, commissioned films, TV dramas and one feature film. Though, it is the documentary film which has been his main area in film production. He has made a large number of socially committed documentaries with a focus on international solidarity, nature and culture, cultural heritage, anti-war and anti-racism. In 2005 he was elected President of the Norwegian Film Association and has since worked primarily with film policies, collective bargaining, conflict resolution, copyright and other areas that fall under his responsibility in the Film Association.

 

Karolina BIELAWSKA

ExCo Member

Polish Filmmakers Association, Poland

Film director and screenwriter. Graduated from the University of Silesia’s Faculty of Radio and Television: Directing (Katowice) and Wajda School (Warsaw). Studied under the supervision of renowned Polish filmmakers as Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Marczewski. She has directed feature études and documentaries. Her most recent film, Call Me Marianna, has been screened at sixty-five festivals, including Locarno, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Kiev, Lisbon, Chicago and Los Angeles, gathering twenty five awards. She was nominated for the film category of the 2015 Polityka Passport Award. In 2016, she received the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award and a nomination for a Polish Film Academy Award 2017. In 2016 she was elected Vice – President of Polish Filmmakers Association.

 

carpentierPeter CARPENTIER 

ExCo Member 

BVR, Germany

Peter Carpentier (°1956) was trained as an actor (Studio Herman Teirlinck, Antwerp, Belgium), director and writer (Nederlandse Film- Televisieacademie NFTVA / Dutch Film & TV Academy in Amsterdam, American Film Institute in Los Angeles). He has written and directed many internationally successful TV-movies and series (“TATORT”/Schimanski), “KOMMISSAR REX”, “LE CHINOIS” (Charles Aznavour) as well as feature films “JESTER TILL”, “ A DAY WITH MISTER JULES” (in development). He is an Executive Board Member of the German Directors Guild BVR and of the European Directors Guild F.E.R.A. since 2000.

 

Klemen DVORNIK

ExCo Member 

DSR, Slovenia

Klemen Dvornik (1977) graduated in film and TV-directing at AGRFT (The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Until now, he’s directed more than 500 shows of various genres and more than 20 documentaries, short & full-length films and live concerts and has received nine national and international awards (best film, best documentary, student award, the audience award).

He’s been working at the AGRFT since 2010. In autumn 2017, he was appointed Assistant Professor of television directing.

He is currently President of the Alliance of Slovenian Associations of Filmmakers and Chairman of Supervisory Board of AIPA, Collecting Society of Authors, Performers and Film Producers of Audiovisual Works of Slovenia.

 

Hrvoje HRIBAR

ExCo Member

Croatian Film Directors Guild / DHFR, Croatia

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Hrvoje Hribar graduated in film directing from ADU (Academy of Dramatic Arts) in Zagreb. He has worked as a first assistant director, screenwriter, radio playwright, cook and essayist, contributing to the Croatian film Encyclopedia, Radio 101, Novi Prolog and Gordogan. He produced and directed the comedy What is a Man without a Moustache?, the highest grossing film at Croatian box office in the first decade of the Century, which was shown in more than 30 international film festivals. Prior to that, he also wrote, directed and produced two documentaries (The World is Great and Once there was a Man), as well as his first feature The Tranquilizer Gun. As a director and a scriptwriter, Hrvoje is also the author of Croatian Cathedrals (television film produced by HRT, Croatian public broadcaster) and the short film Between Zaghlul & Zaharias (produced by Tuna-film). In 2001, he directed the TV series New Age for Croatian Radio-television (HRT). He was awarded the Oktavijan (Best Croatian film of the year) several times (for the feature Tranquiliser Gun, the documentary Once there was the man and the short Between Z&Z). Since November 2010, Hrvoje has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of FERA. In September 2010 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the main audiovisual agency in Croatia, which he left February 2017.

 

Lou JEUNET

ExCo Member

Groupe 25 Images, France

French, TV writer and director and delegate of Groupe 25 Images. Lou Jeunet was a student in Femis, as a director and editor, but it was the meeting with Roman Polanski’s scriptwriter Gérard Brach which encouraged her to write for cinema and television. Lou won a scholarship for Villa Medicis Hors les Murs in London. Claude de Givray, scriptwriter for François Truffaut, gave her the opportunity to write and direct her first TV movie. She co-wrote and directed four TV fictions, a TV web series in 2011. “The Favorite Daughter” won best script and Unda Prize in Monte Carlo 2000, nominated to European Emmy Awards in New York and laureate “Television Talent” for SACD (Authors Composers Society) in 2001. “Small hands” won Best Fiction in Festival de la Fiction in 2001. These last years, Lou is working as a scriptwriter for cinema and television and directing a documentary on Japonism for the Franco-Japanese foundation Sasakawa. In 2015 she wrote her first long feature “Curiosa”, which she will direct in October 2017.

 

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Alberto SIMONE

ExCo Member

100autori, Italy

Alberto Simone, multi-awarded, Film Director, Writer, Producer, is a charismatic and eclectic figure. He switches hats as screenwriter, show-runner, film director, and as a psychologist and psychotherapist. His first film, “Colpo di Luna”, was awarded with the Special Jury Mention at the Berlin’s Film Festival. It won a Golden Globe by the Foreign Press in Italy, got two David of Donatello’s Nominations, as well as many other Awards and acknowledgments in Festivals all over the world. Simone has created, directed and produced a number of successful TV projects, all of them released by Rai Italian Main TV Broadcaster, with high viewer ratings; among them popular Tv Series such as “Linda e il Brigadiere”, and TV movies such as “Una Storia Qualunque” and the widely acclaimed “Un difetto di Famiglia”. He also created the Tv Series “Il Commissario Manara, 1 e 2”, the TV movie “In nome del Figlio” and the Miniseries “L’Ultimo Papa Re”, TV remake of the famous film by Luigi Magni. He recently wrote the Movie “The Italian recipe” an Italian-Chinese co-production now in development. The movie is the first Italian production created for Chinese distribution. Simone is married and a father of three; he lives and works in Rome, New York and Los Angeles.

 

birgitteBirgitte STÆRMOSE

ExCo Member 

Danish Film Directors, Denmark

Birgitte Stærmose debut feature, ROOM 304, had its national cinema release October 2011. ROOM 304 is a multi plot story set in a hotel, written by acclaimed Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson, and with an international cast (among others Trine Dyrholm, Leon Lucev, Ariadna Gil, Stine Stengade, Magnus Krepper, David Dencik and Mikael Birkkjær). The film premiered internationally in the main competition at Karlovy Vary IFF, where it was awarded for the score. The film was released on VOD in the US in 2012 and has been sold for cinema distribution in almost 10 countries.

Stærmose’s documentary, OUT OF LOVE, a staged monologue based film with street children in Pristina, Kosovo, has been honored with a Special Mention at the Berlinale, the Prix EFA at Rotterdam IFF, Prix de la jeunes at Festival du cinema de Brive, a Jury Special Mention at Melbourne IFF, the award for Best Short at Stockholm IFF and a Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary, and was also nominated for Best European Short at the EFA Awards in 2010.

Her other award-winning shorts have screened worldwide as well. SMALL AVALANCHES won UIP Prize for Best European Short at Edinburgh IFF 2003 and was nominated for Best European Short at the European Film Awards. Stærmose has directed a monologue for the compilation film LETTERS FROM DENMARK. Her contribution is part of the permanent exhibition at the Copenhagen Museum. PRINCIPLES OF ATTRACTION, four stories about four women includes SOPHIE, the last of these stories. SOPHIE had its international premiere at Sundance in 2007, was selected for New Directors / New Films at MOMA in NY and was awarded the ARTE prize at Dresden International FF.

Stærmose is currently directing three episodes of the upcoming TV drama series NORSKOV to be aired on TV2 and ARTE in the fall of 2015. She is also the co-writer on the feature film, THE IDEALIST (dir. Christina Rosendahl). She will go into production with Zentropa on her next feature DARLING, a drama set in the world of the Danish Royal Ballet.

Stærmose is the recipient of several grants from the Danish Arts Agency. She has taught at the National Film School, European Film College, Kolding School of Design and The Danish National School of the Performing Arts. She is on the board for Danish Film Directors as well as Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo. She has been the head of the Council of Feature Films at the Danish Film Institute since 2014.

 

Martijn WINKLER

ExCo Member

Dutch Directors Guild, the Netherlands

Martijn Winkler (1978) is a writer and director of (short) films for theatrical, broadcast and online release. With his company VERTOV he specializes in digital storytelling campaigns, winning numerous awards internationally. He is president of the Dutch Directors Guild, professional moderator and presenter for events and conferences, guest lecturer at various universities, contributor to leading tech blog Frankwatching, and is debuting with a novel at publisher Atlas Contact in 2017.

 

Staff

Pauline DURAND-VIALLE

CEO

Originally from Paris, France, Pauline has worked in film distribution and international sales. She joined FERA from her previous position as Deputy Manager in charge of European Affairs at La Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), where she worked for five years. She is the Chief Executive of FERA since February 2014.

 

Florence PEERAER

Office & Communications Manager

Florence has worked in the audiovisual sector since 2011. After having participated in promoting Belgian cinema in France (at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris), she has worked as a programmer in international film festivals (Cinéma du Réel and Champs-Elysées Film Festival). Back in Brussels, she joined FERA as an Office and Communications Manager in December 2017.