2016 Report And Visions Seminar
Release of the 2016 Nostradamus Report, 4th of February, 2016
Our third annual international seminar was held at the Nordic Film Market of the Göteborg Film Festival on Thursday, February 4th, 2.15-4.15 pm. We released the 2016 Nostradamus Report and presented its main conclusions. Anna Higgs (Nowness) gave a brief talk about audience engagement, and was joined in a panel about creating the future you want to see by Julie Bergeron (Marché du Film), Matthijs Wouter Knol (European Film Market) and Justine Powell (iROKO Global).
Anna Higgs is a multi-award winning creative producer. She has just been appointed Creative Director at NOWNESS, a video channel showcasing the best in culture. NOWNESS is a movement for creative excellence in storytelling celebrating the extraordinary of every day. NOWNESS works with exceptional talent, both established and emerging, and connects a huge global audience to emotional stories that provoke inspiration and debate.
Prior to joining NOWNESS Anna was a Commissioner and Head of Digital at Film4, spearheading their innovation work and Executive Produced holistic film and digital projects including world-first distribution breakthrough A Field in England, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s Sundance winner 20,000 Days on Earth, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Ben Wheatley’s latest project High-Rise.
Julie Bergeron practised commercial litigation and international financing in important Montreal law firms from 1989 to 1997, before immigrating to France. From 1998 to 2001, she was Deputy Manager at the European Office of Telefilm Canada in Paris where she actively contributed to the presence of Canadian films and filmmakers in Europe and in international festivals and markets. In 2001, she founded Vision-in-Motion, a French company specialising in creating professional events for the film industry.
At the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Julie Bergeron is Head of Industry Programs including the management of the Producers Network, the Producers Workshop, the Doc Corner and the NEXT Pavilion. She is also involved as Manager, International Projects at Ventana Sur, the Latin American Film Market taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina and co-organised by the Marché du Film and INCAA.
She has co-produced Beckett’s Prisoners by Michka Saäl – a co-production with Arte France – ADR Productions – Quatre par Quatre Films – Office national du film du Canada and was associate producer on the film Regular or Super – Views on Mies van der Rohe by Joseph Hillel and Patrick Demers.
Justine Powell is Senior Vice President at iROKO Global, the content distribution arm of iROKO, the largest distributor of African content worldwide. Her role as SVP is to oversee content acquisition for the programming team and to spearhead the company’s global multi-channel distribution, both on and offline, across Pay TV, Internet TV, Inflight and YouTube MCN. She is currently building out this new arm of iROKO into a multi-million dollar licensing business, expanding on a content partner list that already includes British Airways, Emirates, Zuku and Star Times.
Justine has over twenty years’ experience in broadcast and digital, having worked extensively across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and has overseen multi-million dollar sales and content budgets. Before joining iROKO Global, Powell worked for some of the world’s most iconic media companies. At CNBC she was VP of Distribution, where she successfully launched the CNBC TV app and at Associated Press, she was Director of Sales for Europe & Africa, responsible for the company’s prolific licensing business. She has also previously held roles at the BBC and Viacom.
She has an impressive track record of working with leading content producers and distributors and has launched and distributed popular content on new platforms, with a strong focus on emerging markets. When she’s not bringing the best African entertainment to the world, she is a keen ski mountaineer as well as a qualified ski instructor.
Matthijs Wouter Knol
Matthijs Wouter Knol is director of the European Film Market. He was working as a freelance journalist until 2001 before joining Pieter van Huystee Film, a renowned and internationally award-winning production company in Amsterdam. After becoming Head of Development in 2004, he focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the edition of the complete digitally re-mastered works of renowned Dutch documentarian Johan van der Keuken, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006.
In 2007, Matthijs Wouter Knol started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between the co-production and sales markets, and the IDFAcademy training programme. As head of the latter, he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School.
From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, the leading summit and lab programme for emerging film professionals hosted by the festival with satellite events in Beirut, Buenos Aires, Durban, Guadalajara, Sarajevo, and Tokyo. In 2012, he was one of the initiators of the Berlinale Residency programme.
Johanna Koljonen is a writer, broadcaster, media analyst and moderator working mainly is Sweden.
The production company Rundfunk Media AB, of which she is a founding partner, makes cultural programming and documentaries for the public service networks on TV and radio. She consults in and teaches transmedia design and the future of the screen media. Johanna is an international authority on Nordic style progressive larp, co-created the Nordic Larp Talks, and is one of the founders of the Alibis for Interaction experience design conference. She is the editor of the Nostradamus project, the Göteborg International Film Festival/Lindholmen Science Park analysis project on the future of the screen media.
Scriptwriter of manga comic Oblivion High. Author, with Andreas Ekström, of Främling, a book-length study of Carola Häggkvist. Columnist for Fokus and Fönstret, Damernas Värld, and previously Dagens Nyheter. Occasional film and literature critic.