Our tutors and mentors

SOFA – School of Film Agents is very proud of the excellent support by a top-class line-up of experienced lecturers from all over Europe!

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Oliver Baumgarten | Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis | Germany

Oliver Baumgarten

Co-founder of SOFA as well as the independent German film magazine “Schnitt” to which for many years he serves as a chef-editor. In 2014 he was appointed programme manager to the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis. He also launched Europe’s first festival dedicated to film editing and montage, Filmplus. As part of the Berlinale Talents programme, he has created an international project for emerging film critics, Talent Press, which he is still in charge of.

Ewa Puszczyńska | Opus Film | Łódź, Poland

Ewa Puszczyńska

World recognised producer and board member of the European Film Academy. She has worked with a great number of well respected filmmakers, including Paweł Pawlikowski. Their great collaboration resulted in many awards, including an Oscar for IDA. She has been an active SOFA’s supporter and a wise adviser from its very beginning.

Christine von Fragstein | Project Manager, Consulter & Coach | Berlin, Germany

Christine von Fragstein

Dedicated culture manager and former coordinator of Berlinale Talents, a Berlinale initiative supporting young filmmakers from all over the world. She also collaborated with the Zurich Film Festival, where she was behind organizing the Zurich Master Class. In years 2014-2016 she served as a programme director of the Berlinale Open House at the Audi Berlinale Lounge.

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Marek Hovorka | Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival | Jihlava, Czech Republic

Marek Hovorka

FAMU graduate, founder and director of one of the largest international creative film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, Jihlava, co-founder of the Doc Alliance festival network, East Silver Film Festival and DAFilms distribution network. In addition, a jury member to many festivals, including FID Marseille, CPH: DOX, Visions du reel, Karlovy Vary IFF or Cinema Verite Tehran.

Mihai Gligor | Bucharest Film Studios | Bucharest, Romania

Mihai Gligor

Vice-president of one of the largest and oldest film studios in Eastern Europe, Bucharest Film Studios, former board member of the Romanian National Film Centre, one of MEDIA’s experts and a longtime collaborator of the Doha Film Institute, one of the most important film institutions in the Middle East.

Maciej Jakubczyk | New Horizons Association | Warsaw, Poland

Maciej Jakubczyk

One of Polish Film Institute’s film experts, director of the Education Department and a board member at the New Horizons Association that organises the well respected New Horizons International Film Festival. Additionally, serves as a director of the Kids’ Cinema festival. He is also known for leading workshops for Europa Cinemas about creative marketing aimed to young audiences.

Viktória Petrányi | Proton Cinema | Budapest, Hungary

Viktória Petrányi

Important figure among the Hungarian filmmakers known also for a close collaboration with acclaimed director Kornél Mundruczó with whom she established Proton Cinema production company. During their work, she has taken on an active role in the creative processes as both a dramaturge and consultant. She has produced multiple projects that premiered at A-category film festivals, including JOHANNA, DELTA, TENDER SON – THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT, JUPITER’S MOON and WHITE GOD that won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

Magdalena Sroka | Polish Film Institute | Warsaw, Poland

Magdalena Sroka

Director of the Polish Film Institute, producer and coordinator of many international projects. She is behind forming both The Krakow Film Commission and the Regional Film Fund. She is also one of the experts of the Congress of Polish Culture. She is a former vice-president of Cracow assigned for culture and promotion of the city.

Tamara Tatishvili | Eurimages | Tbilisi, Georgia

Tamara Tatishvili

One of the most important persons among the Georgian and Eastern Partnership film industry. She co-founded and served as Director of Independent Filmmakers Association – South Caucasus. And   in 2010-2013 she was Director of Georgian National Film Center. Tamara co-authored Georgian Film Strategy 2010-2012. Since 2011 she represents Georgia to CoE Film Fund, EURIMAGES and European Film Promotion.

Francine Raveney | European Women's Audiovisual Network | Strasbourg, France

Francine Raveney

Oxford graduate, founder and former director of EWA Network. She is known for her long collaboration with the Eurimages Film Fund, where she is mainly responsible for projects related to gender and discrimination. She is also a dedicated teacher at several universities, including Universitat Pompeu Fabra. A well respected expert invited to many prestigious festivals.

Nikolaj Nikitin Director & Founder, nikolaj@joinsofa.org

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