EWA country ambassadors
We are delighted to introduce EWA’s country ambassadors:
Albania: Iris Elezi
Austria: Iris Zappe-Heller
Bosnia: Aida Begić
Born in Sarajevo, she graduated in directing at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. Her graduation film Prvo smrtno iskustvo (First Death Experience) was presented at The Cinéfondation Official Selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. Her debut feature Snijeg (Snow) was premiered at Cannes 2008, Semaine de la Critique where it won the Grand Prix and 20 further festival awards from around the world and nominated for the European Film Awards. Her 2nd film Djeca (Children of Sarajevo) premiered in Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2012 where it won Special Distinction of the Jury
Czech Republic: Masa Hilcisin & Katerina Hager
Masa Hilcisin is a documentary filmmaker and producer, lecturer and scholar. She has been involved in a number of cultural and film projects in the region of former Yugoslavia. Her interests include documentary film with emphasis on social issues and different aspects of violation of human rights. Her documentary films have been screened at various film festivals around the world. She holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture from the Masaryk University and teaches a documentary film production at the Prague Film School. Masa is a co-founder of a documentary and video production raddox studio in Prague.
Belinde is a professional film, TV and theatre actress from Germany, currently living in Berlin. Two years ago she started her own research on women on and off screen in German and international film and TV productions and regularly writes about it in her bilingual blog „SchspIN – an Actress’s Thoughts“. In 2008 she received the Fighting Spirit-Award at the North German Iaido (Japanese sword) championships. In February 2015 she was appointed EWA ambassador for Germany and plans to set up a strong branch of the organization in her country to work towards gender equality in all areas and departments of filmmaking, ensuring better films for the audience and better role models for girls and boys. Belinde is a strong believer in European films. She hopes that EWA groups will eventually be established in all European countries and help improve the situation of women in the film industry.
Hungary: Anita Gerencser
Anita has been a Project Manager at Cinema Total, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin since 2010. As development producer and project manager at Inforg Studio in Hungary, she worked on over a hundred films, in all genres from animation and documentaries to fiction features, many of which travelled to major festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, etc.). Amongst others, Anita was the associate producer on Robert Lakatos’ award-winning documentary ‘Bahrtalo! Good Luck!‘ and assistant producer on ‘Just the Wind’ by Benedek Fliegauf. In June 2013 Anita curated the CineRomani Workshop, a documentary development training for Roma Filmmakers and the members of International Romani Film Commission and in 2007 co-organised the Institute of Documentary Film’s (IDF) training programme: Ex Oriente Workshop.
Ireland: Carla Mooney
Noa Cacharel has been dedicated to empowering Israeli filmmakers and helping them to succeed internationally for over 10 years. She initiates courses focusing on international financing and marketing. In addition, Noa organizes delegations to international film festivals aiming to educate and to give opportunities to varied target audiences including filmmakers, film students and active youth.Noa is a big supporter of digital advancements such as crowd funding & digital distribution. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of "5 Screens –Un Conference on Cinema, TV & New Media"
Ludovica studied philosophy between Rome and Berlin, before completing her documentary direction studies at National Film and Television School in the UK in 2011. With experience as First Assistant Director and AP, Ludovica has worked on a range of documentaries and short films across Europe and the Middle East. Award-winning ’The Real Social Network’ is her first feature-length documentary She is currently completing her PhD and she is working on her second feature-length documentary ’The Story of Fear and Desire’.
Iceland: Dögg Mósesdóttir
Luxembourg: Alexandra Hoesdorff
She began her film career in the European Marketing and Distribution departments for Warner Bros. and Disney. Alexandra was L.A. representative and producer for Luxembourg’s Delux Productions. In 2010 Alexandra founded deal productions With over 17 years of production experience in the U.S. and Europe, Alexandra was recently elected the first female member of the board of the ULPA, the Union Luxembourgeoise de la Production Audiovisuelle and is a EAVE 2013 graduate.
Netherlands: Fleur van Dissel
Fleur van Dissel received her Masters in Visual Communication at the ’Hochschule der Künste’ in Berlin. She began her career as an artist and designer for various Dutch theaters. Emerging as a video artist, she entered the media platform when she made her first documentary ‘Hi mum’ for the Dutch VPRO Television. The love story between Fleur and her mother Fransje with Alzheimer’s won several international awards. She has worked for over a decade as consultant, creative producer and filmmaker on people driven leadership issues in Kenya, South Sudan and recently Uganda. Her documentaries are made in collaboration with African organisations, festivals and national TV. She is currently turning these local African initiatives into international features. Fleur van Dissel has received support from the Dutch Film Fund, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan and ’Cannes Producers Network’.
Scotland: Biança Barker
Born in La Coruña, Alexia graduated in Chemistry and studied at the Conservatory of Music before leaving for Barcelona where extended her education by graduating in Film Studies and completed her Acting training in New York City. For the past years, she has been working in several facets of the Film / Advertising Industry. Her debute feature film is Noche Transfigurada. She is EWA’s deputy director.
Switzerland: Rachel Schmid
Rachel works as a Script Developer, Script Editor and as a Head of Development for feature films, TV-movies and series. She acts as a Project Adviser for film funds and festivals. She imparts her knowledge to upcoming writers in film schools and international training programmes. She is on the selection commitee of the Luxemburg Film Fund, represents Switzerland as a delegate in the Eurimages board and is a Board Member of the International Animation Film Festival Fantoche.
Turkey: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan graduated from the Film and TV department of Marmara University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. She worked as an Assistant Director and Producer in the television advertisement industry from 1986 to 1999, and co-founded her advertisement production company in 1994. In 1999, Zeynep transitioned to the film industry and began producing international film projects. In 2007, she founded Zeyno Film. She is a multi-award-winning producer and EWA’s Vice-President. The film "Winter Sleep", directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which she produced, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2014.
UK: Amber D’Albert
UK: Kate Brown
United Arab Emirates: Stefania Brunori
Stefania Brunori is a Spanish Creative and Marketing Expert based in Dubai with a consistent record of proven results for top brands, having completed 14 years of international experience in all the areas of Marketing. She has recently been in charge of the Brand Ambassador´s programme for a multinational company, where she promoted local talent in the Arts, Photography and Music. Stefania has also participated as an actress in different movies and theatre plays, and is thrilled to continuosly support the unique development that is happening in the cinema sector in the UAE over the last few years, both through independent cinema screenings and international cinema festivals.