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Director, scriptwriter / France

Pierre Salvadori was born in 1964. After taking acting lessons, he performed alone on stage for a few years and then, in 1990, wrote his first screenplay, Cible émouvante (Moving Target). He went on to direct it in 1993 with Jean Rochefort, Marie Trintignant and Guillaume Depardieu in the lead roles. This was followed by Les Apprentis (The Apprentices) in1995 with François Cluzet and Guillaume Depardieu, and ...comme elle respire (White Lies) in 1997 with Marie Trintignant and Guillaume Depardieu. After a darker film in 2000, Les Marchands de sable (The Sandmen), with Mathieu Demy and Serge Riaboukine, he reunited Daniel Auteuil and José Garcia in Après vous (After You) in 2003, followed by Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh in Hors de prix (Priceless) in2006. For his next film, De vrais mensonges (Beautiful Lies) in2010, he again directed Audrey Tautou this time alongside Nathalie Baye, and then in 2014 he directed Dans la cour (In the Courtyard) with Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kerven. Selected for the Directors' Fortnight in 2018, his film En liberté ! (The Trouble with You) with Adèle Haenel and Pio Marmaï received the SACD award, the international press Lumière for best original screenplay and nine César nominations. His new film La Petite Bande is due to be released in the coming months.

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ELSA AMIEL • Director, scriptwriter, actress / France

Born in Paris, Elsa Amiel grew up in theatres, accompanying her mime-artist father around the world from a very early age. After training in the performing arts (theatre, mime and dance) she chose cinema at the age of 18 and made her debut with Raoul Ruiz on Comédie de l’innocence (Comedy of Innocence). She then worked as first assistant to Mathieu Amalric (Le Stade de Wimbledon, Tournée (On Tour)), Emmanuel Finkiel (Nulle part, terre promise (Nowhere Promised Land), Je ne suis pas un salaud (A Decent Man)), Bertrand Bonello (L'Apollonide (House of Tolerance), Saint Laurent), Noémie Lvovsky (Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds), Demain et tous les autres jours (Tomorrow and Thereafter)), Riad Sattouf (Les Beaux Gosses (The French Kissers)), and Julie Bertuccelli (Depuis qu'Otar est parti (Since Otar Left), L'Arbre (The Tree)). In 2007, she directed her first short film Faccia d'Angelo, presented in several festivals including Premiers Plans where she was again selected for her next short Ailleurs seulement in 2012. The screenplay of her first feature film, Pearl, was read in Angers in 2017 and won the Fondation Visio Jury Prize. The film, starring bodybuilder Julia Föry, Arieh Worthalter and Peter Mullan, was selected in several festivals including Venice, Tribeca and Angers.


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LEYLA BOUZID • Director, scriptwriter / Tunisia

Leyla Bouzid grew up in Tunis where she was born in 1984. In 2003, she went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne and then joined La Fémis in the directing department. She directed Soubresauts (Mkhobbi Fi Kobba – Twitching), her graduation film, in Tunisia a few months before the revolution. It won the Grand Prix du Jury at Premiers Plans in 2012. She then made the medium-length film Zakaria in the south of France with non-professional actors. The film was screened in Angers, where it won a special mention from the Jury in 2014. À peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes), her first feature film, was selected for several international festivals including Venice, Namur and Carthage and won more than 40 awards, before being a success when it was released almost simultaneously in theatres in France and Tunisia. Her latest feature film, Une histoire d'amour et de désir, will be released this year.


FILIPPO MENEGHETTI• Director, scriptwriter / Italy

Originally from Padova, Italy, Filippo Meneghetti gained his early experience working in the independent film circuit in New York. After studying cinema and then anthropology in Rome, he worked as first assistant for several years. He moved on to directing with the short films Undici, co-directed with Piero Tomaselli in 2011, and L'intruso in 2012, which won awards at dozens of Italian and international festivals, including the Audience Award at Premiers Plans in 2013. He moved to France and in 2018 he directed the short film La bête, which, after being in competition at South by Southwest in 2019, won several awards in international festivals. With his feature film project Deux (Two of Us), he participated in the Ateliers d'Angers in 2017, and was then selected the following year at the screenplay readings at Premiers Plans where won the Visio Foundation Jury Prize. The film stars Martine Chevallier, Barbara Sukowa and Léa Drucker. After its premiere at the Toronto 2019 festival, it went on to win awards at more than seventy festivals around the world, including the Audience Award in Angers in 2020, and has been was sold in more than twenty countries. The film was chosen by France as its candidate for the 2021 Academy Awards.




FRÉDÉRIC CORNET • General and Artistic Director of Cinema Galleries in Brussels / Belgium
Frédéric Cornet has been managing director and artistic director of the Galeries cinema since 2017. He began working as project coordinator and programmer at the L’heure d’été Film Festival at the Galeries cinema from 2013 to 2017. Since 2018, he has been driving the film distribution business at Galeries to provide a broader film offering in Belgium. Also in 2018 he was part of the selection committee of the international competition of the Brussels International Film Festival.

IOANA DRAGOMIRESCU • In charge of the Elvire Popesco Cinama in Bucharest and coordinator of the French Film Festival / Romania
Ioana Dragomirescu is the manager of the Elvire Popesco cinema, managed by the French Institute of Romania in Bucharest. The cinema, a member of the Europa Cinemas network, was the most frequented single-screen cinema in the country in 2018 and 2019. She is also the coordinator of the French Film Festival in Romania, organised every year in 12 cities simultaneously. Before joining the French Institute of Romania, she studied at Sciences-Po Paris and then worked for several years for Europa Cinemas and the independent distributor Le Pacte.


ABI SAKAMOTO • Head of Cinema at the French Institute in Tokyo and film critic / Japan
Born in Tokyo, Abi Sakamoto was editor of the Cahiers du Cinéma Japon between 1996 and 2001 and organised a major retrospective of contemporary Japanese filmmakers in 1997 as part of the Festival d'automne in Paris where she presented films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Nobuhiro Suwa and Shinji Aoyama to French audiences. Since 1996, she has directed numerous retrospectives of French filmmakers and actors at the Franco-Japanese Institute in Tokyo, including Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Assayas, Jeanne Balibar, Claude Chabrol, Arnaud Desplechin, Philippe Garrel, Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean Renoir, Jean Gremillon, Guy Debord and Chantal Akerman. In 2002, she was performed in the film Demonlover by Olivier Assayas. Since 2013, she has been Head of Cinema at the French Institute of Japan. Abi Sakamoto is also a film critic and has co-written a number of books including Edward Yan, repenser / revoir.




MILJA MIKKOLA • Head of Programming at the Midnight Sun Festival in Sodankylä / Helsinki / Finland
Since 2005 Milja Mikkola has been part of the Arctic Circle's Midnight Sun Film Festival where she currently holds the post of Programme Manager. She is also a member of the programming collective of Cinema Orion and co-director of Viva Erotica Film Festival, which celebrates the history of sex with rare gems screened in their original format. Milja studied Film Theory at Brunel University in London, and Visual Journalism at Finland's University of Tampere. Fully trained as an analogue projectionist decades ago, her celluloid roots are embedded in the film world.
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ÉMILIE POIRIER • Head of programming at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal / Canada
Émilie Poirier’s current practice revolves around art history/cultural studies, film festival curating and how the two intersect and interact. She is a head of short film and student competition (RPCE) and a feature film programmer at the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC). She is currently writing her master thesis in Art History at Université de Montréal, where her academic research examines collaborations between pop culture and contemporary art and on the blurred boundaries between different types of cultural production. Émilie holds a B.A in political science (international relations) from UQAM (2010) and a certificate in art history from Université de Montréal (2014).

JULIETTE SCHRAMECK • Associate producer at Agat Films / France
After a Masters in Law, Sciences-Po Paris and Distex at La Fémis, Juliette Schrameck worked from 2005 to 2007 in distribution and then international sales at Les Films du Losange on films by various French and international auteurs, from Michael Haneke to Sophie Fillières and Michel Deville. At mk2, which she joined in 2007, she oversaw international sales before taking over acquisitions, and then the general management of mk2 films, the group's content subsidiary, in charge of French and international distribution and co-productions.  In this capacity, she co-produced and supervised sales of films such as Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski (Best Director Award – Cannes 2018), Mountains May Depart and Ash is the Purest White by Zhangke Jia (Competition – Cannes 2015 and 2018) as well as The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier (in post-production). The line-up of films acquired for mk2 films' international sales included – among many others – films by Céline Sciamma, Xavier Dolan, Naomi Kawase, Olivier Assayas, Stéphane Brizé, Mati Diop, Yorgos Lanthimos, Mikhaël Hers, Justine Triet, Kôji Fukada, Michel Franco and Corneliu Porumboiu. The catalogue, whose restoration and distribution she has supervised in France and abroad, includes the work of directors such as Charles Chaplin, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Jacques Demy, David Lynch, François Truffaut, Robert Bresson and Claude Chabrol. In 2020, Juliette joined Agat Films / Ex Nihilo as associate producer to develop French and international film projects.



NICOLAS DEVEAUX • Author, director Animation / France
Nicolas Deveaux is a writer and director of animated films. In 2004, Nicolas Deveaux directed 7 tonnes 2. His elephant on a trampoline marked his directorial debut at Studio Cube. This was followed by 5 metres 80 and its diving giraffes in 2013. These films convinced France 3 to entrust him with its summer/winter ident for 2 years and the Oscar Academy for its Theatrical Release. In 2017, he made L'Extraordinaire Voyage, an immersive 6K giant screen flying theatre ride for the Futuroscope. In 2018, his third short film, 1 metre/heure, was released. Athleticus, his new series for Arte, features a whimsical realistic bestiary having to deal with the world of competitive sport. With Cube and Xilam he is currently developing an ambitious new series called Wild Life City. Multi-award-winner Nicolas Deveaux is currently president of the CNC commission for the Fonds d'Aide à L'Innovation en Animation.

XAVIER KAWA-TOPOR • General Delegate of the NEF Animation / France
A historian by training, Xavier Kawa-Topor directed the Centre Européen d’Art et de Civilisation Médiévale in Conques and at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. His passion for animated cinema led him to create at the Forum des images, where he was the director of educational outreach, the biennial New Images of Japan (1999-2003), which played a pioneering role in the recognition in France of the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. At Fontevraud, Xavier Kawa-Topor created an international writing residency for animation which has so far welcomed more than 250 directors from 30 different countries. He is now the General Delegate of NEF Animation, a national association for research and creation in animated films. He has dedicated several books to animation published by Capricci: Cinéma d'animation : au-delà du réel, Le Cinéma d'Animation en 100 films (co-directed with Philippe Moins), Michael Dudok de Wit, le cinéma d'animation sensible (with Ilan Nguyên), Stop Motion, un autre cinéma d'animation (with Philippe Moins) and La Tortue Rouge de Michael Dudok de Wit, published by Réseau Canopé. He is also co-editor of Blink Blank, the animated film magazine.

ISABELLE VANINI • Animation Programmer at the Forum des images and selector at the Annecy Animation Film Festival / France
As a programmer at the Forum des images in Paris, Isabelle Vanini was in charge of the RDV Cinéma d’animation. She coordinated the organisation of the retrospectives of films by Émile Cohl in 2008 and a programme devoted to the Czech animated film director Jan Švankmajer in 2010. She brought the Russian animated filmmaker Yuri Norstein to Paris for a tribute to the Japanese director Kihachiro Kawamoto. She is currently co-programmer of the Carrefour du cinéma d'animation at the Forum des images. An expert in animation for the CNC, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Occitania, the Haute-Savoie Department, Ciclic and the Césars, she regularly sits on juries.