EWA country ambassadors

We are delighted to introduce EWA’s country ambassadors:

Albania: Iris Elezi

Iris studied film theory and criticism, anthropology and women’s studies in the USA before completing her film production studies at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) in 2001. Collective memory and the preoccupations of time are some of the essential inquiries underlying her work. Her editing and directing skills on the award-winning six-part documentary series Under Construction (2007) resulted in the series being chosen for the “Films That Matter” selection for the episode Disposable Heroes. Iris lives in Tirana where she teaches film analysis at the Marubi Academy of Film and Multimedia. She is currently in post-production of her first feature length film, BOTA, which was awarded the prestigious Eurimages grant in 2012. She is the first Albanian female director to receive this honour. 

Austria: Iris Zappe-Heller

Iris is the Deputy Director of the Austrian Film Institute and the Austrian representative to Eurimages. She is a member of the Eurimages study group on gender equality, which hosts quarterly meetings with film professionals during the Eurimages sessions. This group has already brought about major changes on equality in the fund, including monitoring gender of cast and crew in all applicant projects and organising for there to be a Bechdel test for information.  

Bosnia: Aida Begi

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


Bulgaria: Maya Vitkova
Maya has worked as an assistant and casting director, and an executive producer for national and international productions, such as BBC’s Eastern Delight by Michael Palin, SKY One’s Ross Kemp on Gangs and National Geographic’s The Ancient X-Files(1996-2008). In 2008, she executive produced Kamen Kalev’s debut feature Eastern Plays, which premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for the Camera d’Or (2009). The independent feature was among the 3 finalists for the LUX award of the European parliament and Bulgaria’s foreign Oscar candidate (2011). In 2009, Maya founded Viktoria Films, producing two shorts written by the 2015 Silver bear winner Radu Jude, and her debut feature Viktoria, which was the first Bulgarian feature ever in competition at the Sundance Film Festival (World Dramatic Competition), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Hivos Tiger Award Competition) and many others (2014-2015). Viktoria was recently sold to the USA by Maya and her partner’s company Viktoria World Sales and Distribution, and will have its theatrical release in 2016.
Croatia: Sanja Ravlic

NFTS-educated Sanja Ravlic is the President of the Eurimages working group on gender equality and is the Eurimages representative for Croatia in the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC). Sanja has had an instrumental role in ensuring greater gender equality in the Eurimages film fund and also in her own country. EWA’s Cannes 2013 networking event was kindly hosted by HAVC, whose support has proved invaluable.

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.

Katerina graduated with a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from Charles University in Prague and received her film training at Prague Film School. She worked briefly as a TV reporter for the Czech TV channel Premiera and in 2012 she founded the company Bohemian Productions, focusing entirely on directing and producing documentary films. Apart from short TV reportages her filmography includes the short films Bus Story (2004) and The Diary (2006). Her first feature documentary film "Children of Flamenco" has been presented at many international film festivals and screenings and was among the top 4 films selected from close to 600 submissions for the "Art, Culture and Heritage of the Mediterranean" award of Primed 2014.
Germany: Belinde Ruth Stieve

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
Irish filmmaker, actress, festival director. Member of the Irish Film & Television Academy, Member of Board for FilmOffaly film commission in Ireland, Member of Board for Notre Dame University International Film Festival in Lebanon & Ambassador of Ireland for the European Women’s Audiovisual Network. Co-founder of Film Festivals Cinergy, a union of film festivals around the world, to promote talents in filmmaking. Co-founder and director of the Irish Production Company, Cardel Entertainment and Silk Road Film Festival which screens films from Middle Eastern, Persian, Arab, African, Asian, Mediterranean & European countries. Launching Silk Road ON DEMAND (SR|OD) video on demand platform in 2016. 
Israel: Noa Cacharel

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"

Italy: Ludovica Fales

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
Dögg has been President of Women in Film and TV Iceland for 3 years. She is a director, scriptwriter and editor at Marimo Films and is also director of the Northern Wave International Film Festival.

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’. 

Portugal: Ana Godinho de Matos
Ana is a filmmaker and visual ethnographer. She is a self-shooter who produces, directs and edits on FCP. Her video documentation service is called Chameleon Eye and she works with museums and galleries to produce the highest quality, documentation footage.

Scotland: Biança Barker
Biança Barker is a highly experienced UK programme maker, with network television credits for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, RTE and Discovery. She joined the industry in 1996 following her training at the National Film and Television School and is now firmly established as a Series Producer/Director and filmmaker in both documentary and factual entertainment.
Spain: Alexia Muíños Ruiz

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
Kate Brown studied fiction directing at the NFTS. She has worked as a screenwriter and director in the Netherlands and the UK. Her films ‘Julie & Herman’ and ‘Absolutely Positive’ have been shown at international film festivals and on television in both Europe and the USA. Her short prose fiction has also been widely published and commended. Kate would like to see women film-makers get the opportunity to realise their full potential and believes that EWA’s Europe-wide network can play a fundamental role in achieving this.

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.

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