Coming Up Next
This new 2023 spring programme explores the entire film business, embracing world and national cinema, non-Hollywood film production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing, alongside coproduction and digital strategies for the future.
This programme provides talents with the key business tools and contacts needed to build a career in the international film industry. The objective is that each cohort member will have a solid understanding of the international film industry’s structure and practices before examining strategies in more details and have memorable film experiences in Europe and Britain.
Dr. Angus Finney
Dr. Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His work includes risk management for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments – a £1.5bn City of London fund manager, MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is the producer of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London. Finney was managing director of Renaissance Films from 1999-2005 where he oversaw financing and sales. Finney has personally trained more than 800 film producers, company executives and students since 2005, and delivered master classes and lectures at Judge, Cass, Grenoble and Copenhagen Business Schools over the past five years.
Cedric co-founded Trinity Filmed Entertainment in 2006, which theatrically
distributed Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void and Beautiful Lies casting Audrey Tautou. Later, he launched the label CineAsia, which aims to release the best Chinese and Asian films in cinemas simultaneously with their domestic release. For over a decade, CineAsia’s filmography has included IP Man series, Detective Chinatown 2, Youth and Wolf Warrior 2.
Paul developed and Implemented the UK exhibition and distribution strategy at The British Film Institute, before leaving to found Prescience in 2005. Paul has previously worked for Miramax International, Paramount, Universal and Pathe. His producer credits include The King’s Speech, Wolf Hall and A Street Cat Named Bob.
Andrew was marketing manager of Lionsgate Films UK from 2005 to 2009, releasing around 12 titles a year in the UK and Ireland across a broad range of upmarket and arthouse features including Oscar Best Foreign Language Film The Lives of Others. While working as Head of Theatrical Marketing at Revolver Entertainment, he released the first Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, nominated as Best Documentary Feature at Oscar. Recent years, Andrew worked at Film London & British Film Commission. He is currently a regular lecturer for the Met Film School, the National Film & Television School and the London Film School, focusing on film sales and distribution.
Sandra Hebron is a film curator, events host and critic currently working as Head of Screen Arts at the NFTS, Beaconsfield. She is also a Programme Consultant to the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Festival. Previously she worked at BFI London Film Festival as a film programmer since 1997 and was Head of BFI Festivals and Artistic Director at BFI London Film Festival for 8 years. Her previous clients including the Rome International Film Festival, the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM), the Met Film School, BAFTA, the BBC, StudioCanal, Artificial Eye, Wild Horses Films, Picturehouse Cinemas, Everyman Cinemas and Curzon Cinemas.
Yilan Wang starts to be responsible for the founding of the first nationwide art-house circuit in China, Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas (NAAC) from 2013. She participated in various major international film festivals and has selected and introduced many world-class films into China film market such as Manchester By the Sea, Three Billboards, On Body and Soul, and The Third Murder. She has been in charge of acquisition, programming, promotion and advertisement in NAAC. Her work includes international business, film art, import and export and marketing.
Chiara Marañón is the Director of Programming for the global online cinematheque MUBI, looking after the curation for the platform as well as for theatrical distribution in the UK. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015), Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, 2016) or Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) are some of the titles MUBI has released in cinemas. As a filmmaker she has worked with Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami on The Girl in The Lemon Factory and has been mentored by the likes of Lucrecia Martel, Carlos Reygadas, Pedro Costa and Jaime Rosales. She studied film at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the International Film and Television School of Cuba (EICTV) and the University of Westminster in London.
She has over forty years of experience in the film business. In 1975, she was the first woman in international film distribution at 20th Century Fox where she was stationed in Amsterdam. She was a pioneering acquisitions executive for Lorimar in the first days of the video industry, and later Vice President of Acquisitions for the newly starting up Republic Pictures in the early days.
In 1988, she invented FilmFinders, the first film database tracking worldwide films for acquisitions executives which later morphed into Cinando.com and IMDbPro. FilmFInders was official partner of the Cannes Film Festival Market and official sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.