Distributors Sharing Their Secrets

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

    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.


    Clare Binns

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    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.

    Ben Gibson

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    Ben Gibson is the director of the DFFB film school in Berlin. He was previously director of degree programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and a visiting professor at Goldsmiths. From 2001 to 2014, he was director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was head of production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.

    Sam Klebanov

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    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.

    Hengameh Panahi

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    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.