Berlinale Talents
February 8 – 13, 2014

Distributors Sharing Their Secrets

11.02.2013 - Clare Binns, Sam Klebanov, Hengameh Panahi, moderated by Ben Gibson

A skilled distributor recognizes a film's quality and appeal, bringing festival gems to general audiences, and has the power to broaden the film‘s reach. Seasoned distributors Hengameh Panahi, Clare Binns and Sam Klebanov share their insights into the multifaceted world of film distribution. The session encourages filmmakers and producers to consider their audience and marketing strategy as early as possible in the film producing process.

Experts of this programme event:

photo of Clare BinnsClare Binns
Head of Programming at City Screen Ltd, Britain‘s largest circuit of independent art-house and community cinemas. She has more than 30 years of industry experience and is a member of the Industry Liaison Committee for the London Film Festival.



photo of Sam KlebanovSam Klebanov
Russian producer and screenwriter currently living in Sweden. He was the anchor of the television show Magic of Cinema, he co-wrote the film NEWSMAKERS and wrote and directed the documentary GALLE ROAD: THE VOLUNTEER DIARIES.


photo of Hengameh PanahiHengameh Panahi
Producer and sales agent, she is the president of the world sales agency Celluloid Dreams. Among others, she co-produced THE COUNTESS by Julie Delpy, was executive producer of I’M NOT THERE by Todd Haynes and world sales head for PERSEPOLIS by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi.

moderated by

photo of Ben GibsonBen Gibson
Ben Gibson is currently the Director of the London Film School, a position from which he will stand down after 14 years in the autumn of 2014. He is a former independent producer and Head of Production at the British Film Institute in the 1990s, when he has produced films by Terence Davies, Derek Jarman, John Maybury and others. Before becoming a producer he was a distributor and exhibitor (The Other Cinema/ Metro Pictures), theatre director, film critic and journalist.

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