Guests 2019

Heather Kenyon

Heather Kenyon

Senior Vice President, Development and Production at Citizen Skull Productions - USA

Heather is part of Citizen Skull Productions, an independent production company specializing in television and feature production. She coordinates Citizen Kids, a division of Citizen Skull, focused on children’s entertainment. She is also a creative consultant, some of her clients are Discovery Kids Latin America, Kid Glove Creative, Portfolio Entertainment and Cinema Fantasma. As Vice-President at Starz Animation Toronto, she produced ``9`` and ``Gnomeo and Juliet``. Previously, she had been Sr. Director of Development of Original Series at Cartoon Network.

Veronique Encrenaz

Véronique Encrenaz

Head of Projects MIFA, CITIA - France

She began her professional career at Acteurs Auteurs Associés in Paris where she joined Président Films, an export company of French films, as Technical and Export Manager. She later continued in the same position in the Film department at France Télévisions Distribution in Paris. At the beginning of 2005, she joined the CITIA team. She spent her first four years working as Sales Assistant for MIFA before taking on the job of Sales Manager until 2011, then of MIFA's Head of Projects until 2018, in charge of developing and marketing the spaces and events for the film Market.<br /> Since July 2018, Véronique Encrenaz is Head of MIFA, under the authority of Mickael Marin,CEO of Citia.

Charlotte De La Gourniere Videobuero

Charlotte De La Gournerie

Co-founder and producer - Sun Creature - Denmark

Charlotte worked as a production manager for various projects in Paris, before moving to Copenhagen and joining Sun Creature in 2014.<br /> She is currently producing several major animated projects such as the Original Cartoon Network series ``The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe``, and the animated documentary FLEE. She shares her experience in production and crowd-funding in talks and lectures around Europe.

Alison Tafel

Alison Tafel

USA

Alison just finished her third season writing on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series, ``BoJack Horseman``, serving as Executive Story Editor in the show’s final season. Additionally, she's a Colorado-born comedy writer who has trained and performed with Second City Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, Improv Olympic Chicago and The Groundlings. In 2016, she was one of six writers selected from 1100 applications to attend the NBC Late Night Comedy Writers Workshop in New York, and she is currently a finalist for the 2019 Humanitas New Voices Award for her pilot “A Little Much.” Alison resides in North Hollywood with her civilian husband, Zach, and their two cats Story and Typo. Her manager is Brendan Bragg at Haven Entertainment.

Lina Fot

Lina Foti

Executive Producer - Managing Director Kreiworks - Australia

Lina is an Executive Producer/Creator with extensive experience in international marketing and business management. Lina has worked with artists, producers, publishing houses, and broadcasters all around the world, developing original IPs for international audiences, and as a Consultant for the localization of animation and live-action shows across non-English and English speaking territories. Her TV credits include Script Producer for pre-school hit Pocoyo (S4); Producer Attachment for Australian NBCU’s Matchbox Pictures; and Director/Writer/Voice-over artist for factual shows “Animal Mania” and “Reino Animal” (NatGeo Kids LatAm).

Barbie Heusinger

Barbie Heusinger

International Sales Manager Sola Media GmbH - Germany

Freelance production and international sales and acquisitions consultant with more than 10 years of work experience in the film industry. Sales Manager at Sola Media GmbH, company specialized in high-quality children's films and family entertainment with a strong focus on animation features. Since 2014, Barbie is also a member of the consulting team in the Film Marketing Coaching program at FOCAL. Additionally, she works as a script coach.

Ivan Miñambres

Iván Miñambres

UniKo Estudio Creativo - Spain

Founder of UniKo. He won 190 awards at Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy, Chicago, and Foyle festivals. Some of his most important projects are the animated short films ``Birdboy`` (2012 Goya Award), ``Sangre de Unicornio`` (2017 Goya Award), ``La Noche`` and ``Soy una tumba``. He participated in ``Psiconautas, los niños olvidados`` (Goya Award for Best Animated Film in 2017 and nominated for the European Film Awards in the same category). Two of his projects have been selected for ICAA's ``Shorts from Spain`` catalogue as one of the ten best short films from the country. He is currently working in the production of the animated feature film ``Unicorn Wars`` and the short films ``Loop`` (Pablo Polledri, Argentina) and ``Homeless Home`` (Alberto Vázquez).

Francisco Menendez

Francisco Menéndez Nadal

Lawyer Welaw Consulting - Spain

Welaw Consulting is a firm specialized in entertainment law, specifically in Spanish and international audiovisual law. Francisco is advisor on international audiovisual law, international co-productions, and administrative requirements, whether it is in Latin American, English, European and/ or Asian areas, always minding the respective co-production agreements. He also advises on legal aspects of funding sources for audiovisual projects, including tax shelter and tax rebate structures. He has been academic coordinator for the Master’s Degree on Film Industry Management at Carlos III University of Madrid, and he is currently giving lectures at universities or film institutes such as ESCAC at Catalunya.

Jose Iñesta

José Iñesta

Founder / Director Pixelatl Festival - Mexico

José Iñesta has a passion for art, technology and human beings. He believes that creative industries, animation especially, can be a driving force for development, dignity and reconciliation for Latin America. Founder of Pixelatl, an association looking to spark off and promote Mexican creative industries in the world by creating alliances with organisms interested in the audiovisual ecosystem. He has been member of the jury for several animation festivals and he is director of Animotora, a business incubator conceived and designed to identify, teach and support creative entrepreneurs willing to venture to the international industry.

Jose Luis Farias

José Luis Farias

Coordinator of the Ibero-American animation Quirino Awards - Spain

Founder and creator of Paramotion Films, which has focused in animation, event organisation, digital post-production and audiovisual training since 2002. Creator and Director of 3D Wire, Animation, Video Games and New Media International Market (Segovia, Spain), which is already in its eleventh edition. Creator and Director of the Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation (2018-2019), and Co-creator and Co-director of Bridging the Gap – Animation Lab (2015-2018). Ambassador in Spain for the EEA - European Animation Emile Awards. As adviser and consultant, he has collaborated with institutions such as Consejo de la Cultura de Chile, Proimágenes Colombia, Pixelatl (Mexico), Ruta N Medellín (Colombia) and SPET Turismo de Tenerife, among others.

Bea Bartolome

Bea Bartolomé

Coordinator - 3D Wire - Spain

Producer of the Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation, an initiative created in 2017 to acknowledge the best in animation from the region and generate cooperation between the countries. She is also Coordinator of 3D Wire, Animation, Video Games and New Media International Market (Segovia, Spain), held for the last 11 years in Segovia, Spain. She is also producer of Bridging the Gap, international Animation Lab for feature films and series.

Erwin Gomez Viñales

Erwin Gómez Viñales

Chilemonos - Chile

Director of animated series and short films with vast experience in animation for advertising. Winner of the 2011 Pedro Sienna National Animation Award for ``S.11`` among many other international awards and acknowledgements.<br /> President of CHILEMONOS Foundation. Creator, Editor and Art Director of Chilemonos International Animation Festival, MAI! Animation Market, Animaccion, Monocycle Distribution, Solomonos Magazine, Solomonos TV, ReelDay, Monos en Short, and Animadores del Mundo, among others.

Gerardo Michelin

Gerardo Michelin

LatAm Cinema - Uruguay

Director of LatAm cinema, portal specialized in the Latin American film industry. His experience in the animation sector began in Europe in 2005; he worked as Head of Press in Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie, events organized by the European Animation Producers Association. He is currently collaborating with the project lab Bridging the Gap, with the Quirino Awards, and as co-programmer of Latin American short filma at Animazine in the Malaga Film Festival.

Fred Gentet

Frédéric Gentet

Millimages - France

Graduate of a Master's degree of Marketing and Distribution of the Audiovisual Media from INA SUP, Frédéric Gentet is currently in charge of sales for animated feature films and series at the production and distribution company Millimages. Before joining the Millimages sales team, he held the positions of DVD Project Manager at Naive and International Sales Manager for the feature films distribution companies Reel Suspects and Wide.

Melissa Vega

Melissa Vega

Head of Barcelona office / International Sales / Partner- Dandeloo - France

After working 2 years at Planet Nemo Animation as production assistant in Paris, Melissa worked at Televideo (Bogota) for a year, managing audiovisual content for a kids online platform. She arrived at Dandelooo in 2013 and is now in charge of international sales for Latin America, Asia and Middle East regions. From November 1st, 2018 Melissa is managing Dandelooo's Barcelona office and became a partner in the company.

Katarzyna Gromadzka

Katarzyna Gromadzka

Producer, Animation Talents' Agent and Coordinator of the Polish Quality Project - Poland

Producer, animation talents' agent and coordinator of the Polish Quality project. In 2010, she joined Se-ma-for studio as events coordinator, production manager and line producer until 2015. Co-founder of Momakin, she is currently acting as executive producer and agency coordinator at Momakin and as representative of the Polish Quality project promoting Polish artists. The Polish Quality project aims at the worldwide presentation of Polish artists and service-providing companies working in the animation industry, contributing to international film production and especially to stop-motion animation.<br /> Coorganizer of Animarkt Stop Motion Forum. Member of Polish Filmmakers Association and Polish Animation Producers Association.

Camila Deakin

Camila Deakin

Camilla began her career as a freelance journalist before moving into producing and directing TV documentaries and arts programmes. She joined the Arts and Music department of Channel 4 in 1999 where she was editor, Arts & Animation. Camilla left Channel 4 in 2002 to set up Lupus Films with friend and colleague Ruth Fielding. Together they have developed the company to become one of the UK’s leading animation studios, producing high quality film entertainment for children and families. In addition to her work running Lupus Films, Camilla has produced and executive produced a number of award-winning short films for Channel 4 and the UK Film Council.

María Laura Moure

María Laura Moure

CEO Metrovisión (Grupo Cinecolor)

Industrial designer and producer. She worked in post-production for advertising, TV series and feature films (Profilms, Videocolor, Mediabyte, Patagonik, Metrovisión) and she was producer and animation manager at Patagonik for projects such as ``Dibu``, ``Los Pintín``, ``Condor Crux``, ``Patoruzito``, ``El Ratón Pérez`` I and II, ``El Arca``. In 2009 she was jury member at Annecy International Animation Festival 2009 (France). Since 2010, she has been CEO of Metrovision (Grupo Cinecolor), and worked as general producer of ``El jardín de Clarilú``, Disney Jr, Emmy International Kids Awards 2013 winner in the Pre-School category; ``Playground``, ``Morko y Mali``, ``Nivis, amigos de otro mundo``.

Agustina Dompe

Agustina Dompé

Acquisitions Manager - The Walt Disney Company Latin America (Argentina)

She has a degree in Communication sciences and she is in charge of content selection and acquisitions for the company channels and negotiations on purchase contracts for these contents. Some of her responsibilities are the permanent contact with distributors and international producers for series, and searching for contents available in the market on the basis of the channels’ needs. She was previously Head of communications and press of CAPIF, project manager at E-volution agency, and Head of programming for the premium signals in Claxson.