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7th MARRAKESH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DIGITAL CINEMA CONFERENCE THURSDAY 13 AND FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER 2007 / CENTRE DES CONGRÈS Alain Besse Alain Besse, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière, is responsible for the Broadcast section at the CST (Commission Supérieure Technique) and supervises the screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. He is author of the guide Salles de projection, salles de cinema (Projection spaces, film theatres). Clare Binns Clare Binns has worked in the industry for 30 years now. In March 2003 Clare joined City Screen Ltd, Britain's largest circuit of independent art-house and community cinemas, as the Head of the Contract Programming Department. By joining City Screen Clare brought the cinemas owned and programmed by the former Zoo Cinemas, of which she was Managing Director, to the City Screen circuit. City Screen owns and runs 18 cinemas, and has programming contracts with 25 others, in which the company has involvement with at various levels. Clare is also a board member of Film London and a member of the Industry Liaison Committee for the London Film Festival. Sarim Fassi-Fihri The Moroccan producer Fassi-fihri Sarim is president of the Moroccan Chamber of Film Producers and owner of Cinedina studios. Producer, notably, of Voleur de rêves (Hakim Noury) and Mektoub (Nabil Ayouch), he has recently acted as executive producer of Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (Alain Chabat), ...And They Lived Happily Ever After (Yvan Attal), Iznogoud (Patrick Braoudé) and OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (Michel Hazanavicius). Daniel Goudineau A graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Daniel Goudineau is currently General director of France 3 Cinéma. Since 1989, he has held several leadership functions at the CNC. Appointed General director of France 5 in 2004, he was named Director in charge of cultural activities, international co-productions and relations with the CNC at France Televisions in 2005. In 2006, he wrote the report Farewell to film? What is at stake in digital projection? for the CNC. John Graham John Graham started his career in Television Film working for the BBC Film Unit in Ealing Studios, UK, from 1970 to 1998. In 1999 he was invited to take up the role of Director of the BKSTS – The Moving Image Society, which is an internationally respected professional body and technical society for people working in Film, Television and Cinema. Following its leading role in examination of the new technologies associated with the development of digital cinema, the BKSTS set up the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF) in cooperation with similar organisations in France and Sweden. The EDCF has since grown to more than 250 members across Europe and is recognised globally as the foremost representative body for Digital Cinema in Europe. The EDCF was legally formalised in 2004 and John Graham took the position of EDCF General Secretary. Faiçal Laraïchi Graduated from the Stanford University, Faiçal Laraïchi is the President of the Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (Moroccan national TV and Radio Broadcast Company). He is also the Delegated vice-president of the Marrakesh International Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Lemoine In the 80’s, Jean-Pierre Lemoine is one of the most important exhibitors in Paris with the multiplex Forum Horizon, located in the heart of Les Halles. In the 90’s, he starts the adventure of Megarama, a group that owns several multiplexes in Bordeaux, Villeneuve La Garenne and Paris. In 2002, he opens the Megarama Casablanca, the biggest multiplexes in Africa with 14 screens and 3 650 seats. Four years later, Megarama opens a new multiplex in Marrakesh. Claude Miller A graduate of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC), Claude Miller worked in assistant for Michel Deville, Robert Bresson, Marcel Carné and Jean-Luc Godard, among others. Production Director for François Truffaut, he directed his first feature, The Best Way to Walk, in 1976. Notably he has directed Under Suspicion, Deadly Run, Charlotte and Lulu and The Little Thief. WithOf Woman and Magic (2000), he was one of the first to shoot in digital. His most recent films are Little Lili (2003) and Un secret (2007), one of the major successes of the year with almost 1.7 million viewers in France to date. He is president of Europa Cinemas and of the cinema school FEMIS. Claude-Eric Poiroux An exhibitor since 1975 and owner of the Cinémas 400 Coups in Angers (7 screens), Claude-Eric Poiroux worked for 12 years as distributor with Forum Distribution (Jarmush, Carax, Kieslowski, von Trier, van Sant…) and has produced around ten feature films (Assayas, Limosin, Desplechin, Oliveira…). He created and directs the Festival Premiers Plans in Angers since 1989. He created and directs the Europa Cinemas theatre network since 1992. François Reumont Journalist for Profession Film magazine, François Reumont is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière. Director of photography and winner of the Lutin Short Film Award 2000 for best photography, he shot his first short, At Night, in 2002, sold in France and abroad. He is also one of the authors of Guide Image de la prise de vue cinéma, book which is now a reference on the subject. Peter Rommel Peter Rommel began in the distribution business in 1989. In 1993 he opened his own independent production company, Peter Rommel Productions, which specialised in international co-productions, as well as German language films. He is also directing manager of Home Run Pictures. Among critically acclaimed films, he has co-produced four films by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Halbe Treppe (Grill Point) and Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin) by Andreas Dresen, Sehnsucht (Longing) by Valeska Grisebach and Princess by Anders Morgenthaler. He is member of the European Film Academy since 1988 and the ACE Producer's Network since 2001. Nour-Eddine Sail In 1984, Nour-Eddine Saïl was appointed programme director of the national channel TVM. In 1999, he started working as Programme director for the channels 2M and Horizon Canal Plus before returning in year 2000 to the channel 2M as General director. Since 2006 he has been the General Director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM). Nour-Eddine Sail is also a scriptwriter, a producer as well as a film critic. He is the founder of the movie clubs federation of Morocco and meetings of the African film of Khouribga. He is the Delegated vice-president of the Marrakesh International Film Festival. Nico Simon Born in 1952 in Luxembourg, Nico Simon was actively involved in the student film-society movement in his homeland. During this time he participated in the creation of Luxembourg’s first “artplex” and, under the aegis of a Ministry of Culture program, organized a network of regional theatres across the country. In 1991 he embraced the film profession and was instrumental in founding the Utopia Company, where he has served as CEO since 1994. Today Utopia Group operates 93 screens in 15 theatres (mainstream and/or art house) throughout the Benelux countries as well as in France. Nico Simon also was a founding member of Europa Cinémas and is this association’s current co-vice- president. He is also member of the boards of the UNIC. Arne Christian Thronsen Arne Christian Thronsen, after running a small art house cinema in Norway, is currently Assistant Director of the Bergen Kino, a theatre network in Norway. He is also a member of several professional cinematographic organisations, such as the Organization Film and Kino and the production company Norsk Film. Vibeke Windeløv Vibeke Windeløv is one of Europe’s most successful and acclaimed producers, with a feature film credit list including all of Lars von Trier’s films from 1993 to 2006 (amongst them Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves and Manderlay) and, for example, Open Hearts by Susanne Bier. 1998-2004 she has been a member of the board of the European Film Academy. She was furthermore instrumental in establishing the production companies Liberator in France and Pain Unlimited in Germany. She’s executive chairman of Copenhagen Bombay Productions.
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