From hidden talent to global sensation: How to support rising talent on an international scale

European Women's Audiovisual Network is proud to co-host this panel alongside Marché du Film

📆  Save the date   Jul 8, 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT+2

This panel will debate the most effective ways to boost and empower up-and-coming talent in the competitive international arena. This debate will look at what works and what doesn’t when it comes to spotlighting emerging talent from all over the world and search for solutions to bring lesser known talent from territories not previously on the global radar into the spotlight. In this time of colossal global change and specific challenges faced by the audiovisual sector, panelists will discuss already existing talent support tools and question their efficiency in this ever-evolving environment. Panelists will share their personal experiences and discuss new ways of working that may be introduced on the project development level.

The panel will dive into support from the point of view of talent and also feature professionals providing various forms of mentoring and training for emerging talent. As the industry takes strides to become a more diverse and inclusive community, we need to reconsider all existing support mechanisms and constantly search for more efficient ways to respond to the current challenges facing the industry in ways that invite all voices and perspectives. This debate is one of many events aimed at fostering positive change across the industry.


Tamara Tatishvili, Strategy Manager for European Women's Audiovisual Network.

Tatishvili combines film funding knowledge with hand-on industry experience and is engaged in various international initiatives. In 2010-2013 she acted as Director of Georgian National Film Center; leading its full institutional reform. Prior to this, she served as Director of “Independent Filmmakers’ Association - South Caucasus.”
Currently Tamara is Head of MEDICI Training and acts as Strategy Manager for European Women’s Audiovisual network.


Rand Abou Fakhern, Independent Multi-platform Artist

A Syrian multi-platform artist, studied flute at the National Syrian Conservatory in Damascus. She made two shorts “Braided Love” and “So We Live” which got its premiere at Berlinale 2020. Her creations are based on concepts that are built on anthropological and philosophical researches that are highlighted due to her own experiences.

Tamara Dawit, Filmmaker, Gobez Media

Tamara Dawit is an Ethiopian Canadian filmmaker and advisor on programming and policies to address equity and inclusion in the screen sector. She is a board member of the Racial Equity Media Collective, Ethiopia Creates and the East Africa Screen Collective. Tamara was a resident in Docs in Progress, the Logan Non-Fiction Residency and is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Durban Talents, Rotterdam Lab, Apost, and EAVE.

Ted Hope, Producer and Co Head of Amazon Original Movies, Double Hope Films

Over a 35-year career, Ted’s been a producer on over 70 films, studio executive on over 60, CEO of a start-up streamer, co-head of 3 production companies, executive director of a film society, and founder of a post-production facility, 2 websites, 2 think tanks, & an app. The second edition Ted’s memoir Hope For Film was published in August 2020 and is a must-read. His films have received 25 Oscar nominations, with 6 wins. He is one of two producers to have three of their films win the Sundance Grand Jury Award. He is a Professor of Practice at ASU’s Thunderbird School, and produced 5 features in 2021. Did we mention Ted launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production, co-running it for much of his tenure?

Dea Kulumbegashvili, Film Director & Writer

Dea Kulumbegashvili is Georgian writer/director. Her short films Invisible Spaces and Lethe, played in Cannes - competition program for Court Métrage and Directors’ Fortnight. Dea’s debut feature, Beginning, was part of the Official Selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. The film received awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay & Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival, with FIPRESCI Award at the TIFF, played at the main slate of the NYFF, etc.