One of Europe‘s leading actresses, Binoche has worked with directors such as Godard, Téchiné, Carax, Malle, Kieslowki, Haneke, Leconte and Kiarostami. In her acting career spanning more than 30 years films like THE ENGLISH PATIENT, CHOCOLAT and THREE COLOURS: BLUE garnered her three European Film Awards as well as acting awards at the Oscars, in Venice, in Cannes and at the Berlinale. Her film ELLES was shown in the Berlinale Panorama 2012.
Documentary and feature filmmaker, whose films WEND KUUNI (which won a César), ZAN BOKO and BUUD YAM are regarded as landmark films for African cinematic culture. He was a member of the Berlinale International Jury in 2009. His decades of commitment to African filmmaking resulted in him founding and expanding the Imagine film school as well as the Fespaco film festival in his native country Burkina Faso.
Matthijs Wouter Knol has been the director of the European Film Market since 2014. Originally from the Netherlands, he previously worked as a creative producer of a dozen internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary films. He then worked for IDFA, where he was responsible for its co-production and sales markets, and set up the IDFAcademy including its Summer School. From 2008 to 2014, he was Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents, and a co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.