- Matthijs Wouter Knol, Juliette Binoche, Gaston Kaboré
Angela Regenbrecht/European Film Academy
Matthijs Wouter Knol is the CEO and director of the European Film Academy since 2021. Previously, he was an award-winning documentary producer. After a short stint at IDFA, he worked for the Berlinale as the Berlinale Talents programme manager (2008-2014) and director of the European Film Market (2014-2020). Among his key missions at the European Film Academy are supporting, connecting and uniting the best people and work in European cinema.
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.