Speakers: Ira Deutchman, President, Emerging Pictures (USA); Lucinda Englehart, Executive Producer and Distributor, Spier Films (South Africa/UK); Mark Hooper, Vice-President of Technology and Development, DigiScreen (Canada); Stefan Kaspar, Founder, Grupo Chaski and Microcinema Network (Peru); Bjorn Koll, CEO, Salzgeber Films and German Partner, CinemaNet Europe (Germany); Kees Ryninks, Head of Documentaries, The Netherlands Film Fund and Co-Founder of CinemaNet Europe (The Netherlands).
Ira Deutchman, who has been making, marketing and distributing films for some 27 years now, currently serves as president and CEO of Emerging Pictures, a New York-based digital film production and exhibition company.
He also works as a partner in Redeemable Features, an independent production company he founded to develop and produce theatrical and television programming.
Deutchman's prolific career encompasses 130 films, including some of the most successful independent films ever made.
was one of the founders of Cinecom
and later created Fine Line Features - two companies that, in their times, have helped define the independent film business.
A graduate of Northwestern University (major in film), Deutchman today is an associate professor in the Graduate Film Division, Columbia University.
He serves as chairman of the Independent Feature Project/New York and sits on advisory boards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.