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More Than Honey: The Many Dimensions of Film Funding

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

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.


Henning Kamm

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A producer, alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2012 and co-founder of Detailfilm and Zentropa Hamburg, Henning Kamm now runs Real Film in Berlin. His films have won a German Film Award, a Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary and a Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and have screened at festivals including the Berlinale, Sundance and Venice. He produced SHARQIYA (Berlinale Panorama 2012), PRAIA DO FUTURO by Karim Ainouz (Berlinale Competition 2014) and THE LAMB by Kutlug Ataman (Panorama 2014).

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 Schory 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 280 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.