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He is Head of the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Production Bridge since 2012, Co-Founder and Manager of the European Co-Production Forum, Brussels, since 2020, and Head of the Tokyo Gap Financing Market. He is also President of IDPL, his own company specialized in the creation and management of festivals, markets and events all around the world, since 1998, and Creative Europe MEDIA Expert (2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021). Previously Pascal Diot spent 28 years in international sales and co-productions departments of multimedia groups (TF1, Hachette, UGC, Canal+, Pathé) as well as in its own production and sales companies (Onoma, IDPL) and has been for three years (2011-13) Head of the Dubai International Film Festival Market (Filmmart), Market Manager of the first European genre films market Frontières in Brussels (2014-5), President of the Festival International du Film de Bruxelles (2015-6), CEO of Le Pôle Image de Liège (2014-7) and CEO of the Belgian production company Gapbusters (2017). Advisor to the H!Market of the Hainan Island International Film Festival (2019), Advisor to the TIFFCOM (Content Market of the Tokyo Film Festival (2015 –9).


Klaus Eder

He was born in 1939 in the German city of Augsburg. In 1959 he begins his studies of German literature and of electrical engineering at Stuttgart university and graduated in 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he was editor of the monthly film magazine Film, then he became a film critic of the national radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk. He wrote regular contributions to German language film magazines, books on “Ancient Comedy” and on 17th century French playwright Jean Racine, monographs on Andrzej Wajda and Luis Bu?uel, and History of Bulgarian cinema, Der bulgarische Film, together with Maria Racheva (1977); he also wrote festival publications, at the occasion of retrospectives, on Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovski, Arturo Ripstein, Im Kwon-taek, Nagisa Oshima, and two books together with Alexander Kluge: Ulmer Dramaturgien, Reibungsverluste (1980) and Bestandsaufnahme: Utopie Film (1983). He was editor of a series of texts on cinema (Arbeitshefte Film, Carl Hanser Verlag) by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Robert Bresson, Vadim Glowna, Guido Aristarco, André Bazin. He was curator of a series of 30 films of the German 50s (After the War, Before the Wall) at the New York Film Society of Lincoln Center (2002), as well as curator of a series of films by German director Helmut Käutner, accompanied by a book published by the Goethe Institute (2007). From 1986 to 2007 he worked as a programmer of the Munich International Film Festival (combining this with travels to worldwide festivals). He has been adviser and a member of international juries in many festivals (among them Venice, Montreal, Istanbul, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Odessa, Jerusalem, Bari). He is General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) since 1987. He lives and works in Munich, Germany.


Andriy Khalpakhchi

Andriy Khalpakhchi has been the head of the Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” for many years. He was born on 4th March 1950, has a degree in bridge engineering and a PhD in technical sciences. Since 1989 he has dedicated his work to film, including the promotion of Ukrainian cinema internationally. He has been a member of numerous juries at international film festivals in Berlin, Moscow, Lagow, Oberhausen, Sochi, Bratislava, Hanty-Mansiysk, Ischia, Karlovy Vary, Lecce and more. He is a member of the EFA and of the Ukrainian Film Academy. He was appointed a Cavalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), was awarded the Golden Cross of Hungary, he’s a member of the Order of the Italian Republic and of the Order “For achievements” (Ukraine). He is also author of many articles about cinema.



Bachelor of Arts (Literature and History of Art). She has been responsible for TV films acquisitions in TF1, then creative director at StudioCanal and, since 2008, head of acquisitions at Wild Bunch, working in domestic and international independent companies. Wild Bunch is a leading independent film distribution company and a major player in international sales. It is also active in France on theatrical distribution (Wild Bunch Distribution) and in video distribution (Wild Side Video). The company has developed a pan-European distribution network with direct distribution arms in Italy (BIM Distribuzione), in Germany (Wild Bunch Germany) and in Spain (Vertigo). Wild Bunch has also positioned itself on the market of electronic distribution through its French VOD/ SVOD platform FilmoTV. The company particularly looks for young directors and new talents. Wild Bunch films have been successful all over the world and have received numerous and prestigious awards at the most important film festivals. Some recent acquisitions are Happening (L’événement) by Audrey Diwan, The Summit of The Gods (Le sommet des Dieux) by Patrick Imbert, Promises (Les Promesses) by Thomas Kruithof, The People Upstairs (Sentimental) by Cesc Gay. Marie-Pierre Vallé prefers to get involved on script and first rough cut for the first feature films and documentaries to watching the finished products.



Enrico Vannucci

Enrico Vannucci è il vicedirettore esecutivo di Eurimages, il fondo cinematografico del Consiglio d’Europa. È entrato in Eurimages all’inizio del 2017, dopo 15 anni trascorsi nel Consiglio d’Europa, dove si è occupato in particolare di diritti umani e democrazia locale. Prima di trasferirsi a Strasburgo ha lavorato per diversi anni nel settore finanziario in Italia e in diversi altri paesi europei. Ha conseguito dei master in Economia, Scienze Politiche, Giurisprudenza e un master in Economia aziendale. Enrico Vannucci is the Deputy Executive Director of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film fund. Enrico joined Eurimages at the beginning of 2017, after 15 years spent in the Council of Europe, where he worked in particular, in the fields of human rights and local democracy. Before moving to Strasbourg, he worked for several years in the financial sector in Italy and in several other European countries. Enrico holds Master’s degrees in Economics, Political Science, and Law as well as a Master of Business Administration.





Professional journalist and film critic of Contributor to Io Donna, La Lettura of Il Corriere della Sera and 8 ½. Editor of CineCritica and member of the selection committee of “Film della Critica Sncci”, the Italian critics’ film selection. Member of the selection committee for the International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival. Member of the steering committee of “Rete degli Spettatori” and professor of Narratives for the International Master in Cultural Diplomacy at the Università Cattolica. She is a trainer of Visual Education Operators at School for the Mic-Miur. She is artistic director of the Movie To Music award of the Palladium Theater – Roma Tre. Several times a FIPRESCI jury member, including at Cannes, Venice, Turin and many more festivals. Her publications include the essays Hollywood Italian (Baldini&Castoldi), winner of the Donna Città di Roma award, and Cinema: femminile, plurale (Le Mani, 2010), winner of the Domenico Meccoli award. She has contributed for years to the Marsilio monographic volumes of the Pesaro Film Festival.



Živa Emeršic

Živa Emeršic is a journalist, film critic and editor of RTV Slovenia. For years she ran the award-winning radio show Let’s go to the Cinema, she worked as a TV presenter and author of programmes on culture and cinema. She was editor of the Cultural Program, Documentary Program and editor-in-chief of Cultural and Arts Programmes of public broadcaster TV Slovenia. From 1999 to 2001 she worked as program director of Slovenian National Film Festival in Portorož. She is a a long-time member and vice-president of Fipresci from 1992 to 1996, and has participated in a number of international juries. From 2011 to 2013, she worked as foreign correspondent for TV Slovenia. Now she is independent film critic and a member of the RTV Slovenija and Slovenian Film Fund program commissions.



Joanna Orzechowska-Bonis

Member of FIPRESCI, International Federation of Journalists, French Press Association, Polish Press Association, graduated from Film Studies at Lodz, Poland and Paris Sorbonne University. Member of French Association of International Critics of Cinema “Lumières”, awarding annually the best films, directors, actors and the personalities of French cinema. She started her career as film critic working for Film and Kino magazines and pursued working for press groups: French Lagardère Group (Hachette Filipacchi Médias), international Bauer Group and also as independent critic/journalist, editor and correspondent and jury member on the international film festivals. She published three novels, short stories and the series of portraits of international artists, often focused on the women in the cinema and in the world of art.  Author of scripts, film catalogues and film & culture reviews. In 2021, she received a medal for the whole of her work attributed by international Académie des Arts, Sciences et Lettres, based in Paris.












Screenwriter and film journalist, she has been collaborating with the newspaper “La Repubblica” since 2000. She is the author, for the director Pippo Mezzapesa, of the films Ti mangio il cuore, from the eponymous inquiry book by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini (2022, Orizzonti Competition, Venice Film Festival), My Own Good (2018, Giornate degli Autori, Venice), Il paese delle spose infelici, based on the eponymous novel by Mario Desiati (2011, Competition, Rome Film Fest); of the docufilm Pinuccio Lovero. A Midsummer Death’s Dream (2008, Venice Critics’ Week, Venice); of the short films Zinanà (2004, David di Donatello award), SettanTA (2014, Silver Ribbon award), La giornata (2018, Silver Ribbon award for social engagement). She dramatized the documentaries The Human Cargo by Daniele Vicari (2012, Special event at the Venice Film Festival and Pasinetti Award), Housing by Federica Di Giacomo (2009, competing at the Locarno and Turin festivals), Bottoms Up by Brunella Filì (2018, Biografilm Festival competition), Bellissime by Elisa Amoruso (2019, Alice nella città, Rome), Vernissage by Fabrizio Bellomo (winner of the Bellaria Film Festival 2021) and the soon-to-come documentary Sea Sisters by Brunella Filì. She was a film selector at the 67th and 68th Venice International Film Festival editions, alongside Marco Müller, and the president of the Apulia Film Commission from 2011 to 2015.



Gregorio Paonessa

Gregorio Paonessa worked in the photography field for twenty years, before becoming partner of Donzelli publishing house, where he was Director of Marketing until 2003. In 2004, with Marta Donzelli, he established Vivo film, an independent production company for arthouse films with a catalogue of over 40 titles. His credits with Vivo film include Il mio paese by Daniele Vicari, winner of a David di Donatello Award as Best Documentary in 2007; Imatra by Corso Salani (2007), Golden Leopard – Special Jury Prize in the Cineasti del Presente Competition at 60th Locarno Festival; Le Quattro Volte by Michelangelo Frammartino, Europa Cinemas Label Award at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2010; A Street in Palermo by Emma Dante, Coppa Volpi at 2013 Venice Film Festival; Sworn Virgin and Daughter of Mine by Laura Bispuri, which premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015 and 2018; Children of the Night by Andrea De Sica, Silver Ribbon Award for Best New Director in 2016; Nico, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli, Best Film of Orizzonti at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and winner of 4 David di Donatello awards, including Best Original Screenplay. He produced Dafne by Federico Bondi and Flesh Out by Michela Occhipinti, which both premiered in Panorama at the 2019 Berlinale, where Dafne also won the FIPRESCI Award; Maternal by Maura Delpero, presented in Competition at Locarno Film Festival always in 2019 and winner of four awards, including the Jury Special Mention; Simple Women by Chiara Malta, opening film of Discovery at 2019 Toronto International Film Festival; Siberia by Abel Ferrara, presented in Competition at the 2020 Berlinale; Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli, presented in Competition at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, winner of 3 David di Donatello awards and Ribbon of the Year 2021; Don’t Kill Me by Andrea De Sica which was nominated at 4 Silver Ribbons (Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Composer); The peacock’s paradise by Laura Bispuri, presented in Orizzonti Competition at the 2021 Venice Film Festival; Il pataffio by Francesco Lagi, presented in Competition at the 2022 Locarno Film Festival; Chiara by Susanna Nicchiarelli, presented in Competition at the 2022 Venice Film Festival; El Suplente by Diego Lerman, presented in Competition at the 2022 San Sebastian Film Festival. For his work at Vivo film, Gregorio Paonessa won the David di Donatello as Best Producer and the Ribbon of the Year for Miss Marx in 2021. He has been nominated twice as Best Producer to the David di Donatello awards, for Le Quattro Volte and for Nico, 1988. He has also been nominated twice as Best Producer to the Silver Ribbon Awards for Nico, 1988 and for Daughter of Mine; while he won the Ciak d’Oro as Best Producer for Le Quattro Volte.




Lidia Vitale

After graduating in Sociology, she has trained as an actress (still studying and teaching acting nowadays) with Actors’ Studio teachers such as S. Baston, A. Penn, M. Margotta, D. Hicks, etc. She made her film debut in The Theft of St. Peter’s Treasure (2000) by A. Sironi, then in The Best of Youth (2002) by M. T. Giordana. Some examples of her extensive repertoire are Cose da pazzi by V. Salemme, Love & Slaps by S. Castellitto, The Dinner by I. De Matteo, the short films Piccole avventure romane by P. Sorrentino and Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle directed by the other Oscar winner M. Van Diem, and in the tv series Romolo + Giuly: The Italian World War, Leonardo, Rosy Abate, Medici: The Magnificent, Sanctuary alongside M. Modine, Medicina Generale. After her debut in Los Angeles, she has toured the world with her one-woman show Solo Anna, about actress Anna Magnani. In the last year, she starred in the big screen films Ghiaccio by F. Moro and A. De Leonardis, Exterior, Night by M. Bellocchio, The Grand Bolero by G. Fabbro, and Ti mangio il cuore by P. Mezzapesa, competing in the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival. She has just completed the filming of Il Vangelo secondo Maria di P. Zucca. Besides The Grand Bolero, Il primo giorno della mia vita by P. Genovese, My Dorian by S. de Santis and A. D’Ambrosi, and Il giudizio by I. Simioni will soon be released. As a director and producer, after the award-winning short film Musica per i miei occhi (2007), she shot the pilots of the web series Le Gonfiate, 5 Fathers, Un Pesce Fuor d’Acqua. Her latest short film Tra fratelli, made with an almost all-female crew, was acquired for distribution by Shorts Tv, WeShort and Sharky TV. She won the MiC fund for her first feature Amà’s screenplay development. She is mother of actress Blu Yoshimi (Feather, Like Me Back, and more).