Co-Host - Faaborg (Denmark)
Katja Adomeit is a German producer, based in Denmark and Germany. She loves the creative and financial side of producing, and is in a constant search of new ideas that matter and different processes during development and production, that allow for new and different results.
Katja is known for Wolf and Sheep and The Orphanage (Shahrbanoo Sadat); The Weight of Elephants, Loving Pia and Resin (Daniel Borgman); Pine Ridge, Lida and Transnistra (Anna Eborn); Force Majeure and The Square (Ruben Östlund), Team Hurricane (Annika Berg).
Katja has worked in many countries including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine, China and New Zealand. She established and owns Adomeit Film in Denmark and in Germany, where she produces international fiction films, focusing on arthouse projects by young filmmakers from all over the world. Katja is a member of ACE and Producer on the Move at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
Host - Bethlehem (Palestine)
Muayad Alayan is a Palestinian film director and producer. He is the co-founder of PalCine Productions, one of the very few West Bank registered companies focused on producing narrative feature films.
His directing debut feature, Love Theft and Other Entanglements premiered at Berlinale Panorama in 2015. His second feature, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, won the Special Jury Prize and HBF Audience Award in Rotterdam’s Tiger Competition in 2018. It also won the Grand Jury Prize at Seattle and Best Feature Film at Durban and was distributed in over 50 countries.
Alayan’s short film, Lesh Sabreen, premiered in competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2009 and was distributed to TV and DVD. He is a co-founder of the Palestine Film Meetings, the only annual film industry platfrom in Palestine bringing international and local film professionals together.
Ayman El Amir
Host - Cairo (Egypt)
Ayman El Amir is an Egyptian script consultant and film producer. He works as a script consultant for many programs, labs and institutes including Doha Film Institute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Marrakesh Film Festival Atlas Workshop and The Royal Film Commission of Jordan.
El Amir consults privately on films and leads several international script development workshops and masterclasses. Ayman established his production Company (Felucca Films) in Egypt in 2016, which focuses on fresh and new talents and contemporary social issues.
During the same year, he implemented the Mahd Film Lab, a Cairo-based script development programme open to filmmakers working on Arab film projects and Arab-European co-production.
Host - Tórshavn (Faroe Islands)
Jón began his film career at Lars von Trier’s Zentropa in 2012, where he worked on development and financing of some of the biggest films in Denmark for 6 years.
In 2017 he released his first feature film as lead producer and established his own production company Kykmyndir (in English KYK, pronounced “cheek”).In 2019 he participated in Rotterdam Lab and became a member of EAVE. The same year he relocated to his native Faroe Islands, to focus on producing films by local talents, and to develop a film industry in his capacity as a board member of the Faroese Film Institute.
Jón continues to produce and co-produce international films out of the Faroe Islands and Denmark. He is currently in post-production with Turkish talent Emre Kayis’ debut Anatolian Leopard, shooting the Faroese documentary Heartist by Marianna Mørkøre, and preparing the debut film of Béla Tarr’s film.factory graduate Anton Petersen.
Co-Host - Athens (Greece)
Giorgos was born in 1973 in Athens, studied Political Sciences at the University of Athens and Macroeconomics at the Hellenic Management Association while taking courses on script writing.
He entered the film production in 2011 as a producer and created Heretic in 2013 along with Konstantinos Kontovrakis.
He is a member of ACE, the European and Greek film Academies and alumnus of Inside Pictures.
Co-Host - Athens (Greece)
Konstantinos Kontovrakis is founder and partner of Athens based production company Heretic.
His credits include some of the most awarded Greek films, such as Wasted Youth (2011), Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2012), Standing Aside, Watching (2013), Forever (2014), and of Son of Sofia (2017) by Elina Psykou, Copa Loca (2017) by Christos Massalas, The Harvesters (2018) by Etienne Kallos and Still River (2018) by Angelos Frantzis.
Konstantinos has also been collaborating with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, for which he worked for ten years mainly as a programmer.
Host - Asunción (Paraguay)
Marcelo Martinessi is Paraguayan writer/director. He studied cinema at the London Film School. Participated in different programs such as Cannes Cinefondation / La Residence, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Berlinale Talents, Torino Film Lab.
Sebastian Peña Escobar
Host - Asunción (Paraguay)
Sebastian Peña Escobar was born in Asunción, 1973. He studied economics and business in Paraguay, the United States, and Italy.
Since 2002, he has developed and produced magazines, books and audiovisual content. Has published essays on cultural theory and history, as well as prose, poetry and newspaper articles. Sebastian produced two fiction films (Guaraní, 2015; Las Herederas, 2018) and a documentary (Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas, 2015). Currently working on his first documentary as director (Los Últimos), and producing a new feature film (¿Quién mató a Narciso? by Marcelo Martinessi).
Host – Vilnius (Lithuania)
Marija Razgutė, Lithuanian film producer, established the film production company M-Films in 2008. Meanwhile she has produced three feature films as major producer, as well as nine short films (fiction, documentary and animation).
Her latest features are: Nova Lituania by Karolis Kaupinis that premiered at Karlovy Vary 2019; Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradze (Toronto 2018); The Saint by Andrius Blaževičius (Busan 2016). At the moment Marija is in post-production of Runner, the second feature by Andrius Blaževičius. She has also been co-producing as a minority co-producer since 2016: with Spain – Tres by Juanjo Giménez and Trote by Xacio Baño; with Germany and Georgia – Otar’s Death by Ioseb Soso Bliadze.
Marija Razgutė is an active member of the Independent Producers Association of Lithuania, and a Board member since 2016. She is also a graduate of MAIA Workshops and EAVE. A member of Lithuanian Film Academy, European Film Academy, EWA Network, and Producer on the Move 2020.
Co-Host - Faaborg (Denmark)
Norwegian producer Pål Røed accelerated his career after film school with The Kautokeino Rebellion in 2007. He has since been involved in films such as Headhunters, Twigson, Switch and Detective Downs, as well as a number of music videos, animation and short films.
His latest TV-series Monster was nominated for best fiction at Prix Europa, is sold to several territories including USA, where it became the first Norwegian spoken series to screen at a major network. In 2018, Pål successfully premiered the feature film Battle globally on Netflix. Besides producing, Pål is working with training programs and mentoring young producers at Filmlab Norway, Mediefabrikken and teaching at the Norwegian Film School.
He has started companies such as Ape&Bjørn and worked as producer in companies such as Friland, Rubicon as well as partner in Storm Films. Pål is currently focusing on the projects of his new company Paasan as well as starting up a branch in Denmark.
Host - Beirut (Lebanon)
Myriam Sassine majored in audiovisual studies and received a M.A. in cinema research.
In 2010, she joined Abbout Productions producing several features and documentaries such as Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes Critic’s Week 2016), All This Victory by Ahmad Ghossein (Venice Critic’s Week 2019), 1982 by Oualid Mouaness (TIFF 2019), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017) and Amal by Mohamed Siam (Idfa 2017).
Since 2016, Myriam is also the COO of Schortcut Films, dedicated to coproducing international films and the executive director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which she cofounded.
Host - Bucharest (Romania)
Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer, founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film.
She has produced over 60 films such as: I do not care if we go down in history as Barbarians (Radu Jude, 2018, Grand Prix Karlovy Vary), Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015, Silver Bear Berlin) and Child’s Pose (Calin Netzer, 2013, Golden Bear Berlin). She has worked with the most promising Romanian filmmakers, such as Cristian Nemescu, Ivana Mladenovic or Răzvan Rădulescu and was executive producer for Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann.
Ada co-produced with over 15 countries & was involved in European filmmakers debuts as Chiara Malta, Marta Bergman, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio, and in accomplished directors film such as Tomasz Wasilewski, Slobodan Sijan or Dragomir Sholev.
European Film Academy Deputy Chairwoman, Executive President of EWA Network, EAVE national coordinator, ACE board member, winner of the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages 2013.