More Than Honey: The Many Dimensions of Film Funding

16.02.2016 - Malika Rabahallah, Ben Roberts, Katriel Schory, Jorge Sánchez, moderated by Henning Kamm

    The relation between filmmakers and film funds has more dimensions than just the pure business deal between the party granting financial support and the fund recipient trying to get a film made. As creative partners in the filmmaking process, funders create and foster lasting relationships with filmmakers in a climate of mutual trust and respect. Major representatives of Mexican Film Institute, BFI Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Israel Film Fund share with producer Henning Kamm their personal understandings of the role of a fund and funder. Get a deeper understanding on how to connect with film funds, as the panelists share insights into strategies and visions for the film business today and in the future.


    Malika Rabahallah

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    She has been working in the film industry internationally since 1995. After studying Business Administration in Paris, she lived in Costa Rica, in Cologne and Berlin (Germany) where she produced documentaries, and in Boston, where she was consultant for international sales. Since 2012 she has been working at the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Malika is an EAVE Producer Graduate.

    Ben Roberts

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    Ben Roberts is the Director of the BFI Film Fund, overseeing the BFI’s investments in film development, production and distribution, along with the BFI’s international activities. He has 15 years’ experience in the film industry, across international sales, studio acquisitions, UK distribution and film finance, gained during his time as CEO of Protagonist Pictures, and before that at Universal Pictures International and independent UK distributor Metrodome.

    Katriel Schory

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    For 25 years, Katriel Shory has been an active producer with his own production company, Belfilms, which has produced over 150 films including fiction, documentaries, TV dramas, TV shows and international co-productions. Since 1999, he has been the Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund and in this capacity has authorised the production of 240 new Israeli feature films.

    Jorge Sánchez

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    Producer since 1979 of over 20 films directed by Mexican and Latin American filmmakers. He founded several producers’ associations in Latin America. Has participated as juror in over 15 International Film Festivals and helmed the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He is currently the general director of the Mexican Film Institute.

    Moderated by

    Henning Kamm

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    German producer, co-founder of DETAiLFILM and Talent 2012, Henning also co-owns and runs Zentropa Hamburg. His films won the German Film Award, the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary, the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and were shown at festivals including the Berlinale, Sundance, Venice and many more. Kamm produced SHARQIYA (Panorama 2012), PRAIA DO FUTURO by Karim Ainouz (Berlinale Competition 2014) and THE LAMB by Kutlug Ataman (Panorama 2014). At this year’s Berlinale he shows L'AVENIR by Mia Hansen-Løve in Competition and BERLIN METANOIA by Erik Schmitt in the Generations 14+ section.