Film Producer with his company ZEBRA PRODUCCIONES and founding partner of Sales Company LATIDO FILMS.
Credits include award winning films such as “En la ciudad sin límites” by Antonio Hernández, “Rencor” by Miguel Albaladejo, “Salomé” by Carlos Saura; box office successes like “Dos Tipos Duros” by Juan Martinez Moreno,”Di que si” by Juan Calvo, and experimental movies like “Síndrome” by Liberto Rabal. Recently he produced “Oculto” by Antonio Hernández, “Miguel and William” by Ines Paris and “Fados” by Carlos Saura.
In the last years, ZEBRA has also produced hundreds of hours of television, both fiction and entertainment. Antonio Saura was named “producer to watch” by Variety, and was selected “European producer in the move” in 2003.
Before creating his production company, he worked as Head of Development of Lola Films and Iberoamericana Films.
He has had a lasting contribution in Film training, having been one of the creators of the Media Business School, one of Europe’s leading training centres for the audiovisual (which he directed as well six years and left in 1999). He was also the creator of MEDEA.(Mediterranea Development Agency) for which program he acted as Director of the Selection Committee for two years.
Even with his company growing and hence demanding much of his time, Antonio Saura has continued collaborating in training initiatives, as a panelist and teacher in several film schools, Universities and training programs, including, among others: European Films Crossing Borders, Test and Taste.
From 1998 to 2016 Manfred Schmidt was working as executive director of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM). From 1969 to 1981 he was a member of the Berlin “Maxim Gorki” Theatre. This followed a seven-year period of free-lance work as author and dramatic adviser. Within this time Manfred Schmidt has taken correspondent courses at the Leipzig Institute for Literature. In 1988, he started working as script analyst and author at DEFA studios for documentary films; from 1990 to 1992 he was the deputy chief editor at this studio. Before being appointed to CEO of MDM he worked as deputy programme director of the culture and science department at the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) broadcasting station from 1992 to 1998. Manfred Schmidt is Member of the European Film Academy, Kuratorium Förderverein Deutscher Kinderfilm e.V., Member Advisory Board of Script EAST and Advisory Board of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Jerusalem, Member Expert Committee of IDM Filmfund South Tyrol and Member Selection Committee of Vienna Film Fund.
Member of ScripTeast Advisory Board
Sandy Lieberson has been a major figure in the film industry in Europe and America since the 1960s when he served as an agent to Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and the Rolling Stones.
Upon partnering with David Puttnam to form the company Goodtimes, he went on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1970s, including PERFORMANCE(1970), STARDUST (1974), and MAHLER (1974).
Sandy Lieberson also served as first vice president of International Pictures and later was president of production at 20th Century Fox. Working for 20th Century Fox was supervising such productions as STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and Bertolucci’s 1900, Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU, Nic Roeg’s BAD TIMING, Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA & INFERNO and as President of World Wide Production 20th Century Fox supervising: CHARIOTS OF FIRE, NINE TO FIVE, QUEST FOR FIRE and Kurasawa’s KAGAMUSHA. In 1981/83 as V.P. International Production, The Ladd Company he supervised: Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Peter Hyams’ OUTLAND, Paul Verhoeven’s FLESH AND BLOOD, Richard Eyre’s THE BEGGARS OPERA, etc. In 1984/8 As Chief of Production at Goldcrest he supervised: Mike Newell’s DANCE WITH A STRANGER, Julian Temple’s ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, James Ivory’s ROOM WITH A VIEW, Roland Joffe’s THE MISSION, and many others.
Sandy Lieberson was the inaugural Chair of Film London’s board of directors from 2003-2010 and was instrumental in building the foundations of Film London and helped shape significant and successful initiatives such as Microwave Film Fund, London’s Production Finance Market and The Artists Moving Image
One of the founders of The Berlin Talent Campus and Power To The Pixel.
Sandy continues to advise and contribute to a wide range of organisations and projects dedicated to the development of talent and skill in the film and media industries.
Sandy Lieberson has been awarded by Queen Elizabeth II the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the film industry.
Simon Perry (Ireland)
After an early career in theatre and television production, Simon Perry entered the British film industry in 1974. Over the next eight years, he worked as an independent filmmaker (“Knots”, 1975; “Eclipse”, 1976), as a trade journalist for Variety, and as head of the National Film Development Fund.
In 1982, he set up his own production company, Umbrella Films, which has produced or co-produced 10 feature films to date. These include: Michael Radford’s “Another Time, Another Place”, 1983, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, 1984, and “White Mischief”, 1988; Richard Eyre’s “Loose Connections”, 1983; Conny Templeman’s “Nanou”, 1986; Jana Bokova’s “Hotel du Paradis”, 1986; Gillies Mackinnon’s “The Playboys”, 1991; and Patrick Dewolf’s “Innocent Lies”, 1995.
In January 1991 he was appointed Chief Executive of British Screen Finance (“British Screen”), the UK’s national investor in film development and production. He ran the organisation for almost ten years, until September 2000 when it was absorbed by the UK’s new Film Council.
Notable British Screen successes during Perry’s time in office included Neil Jordan’s “The Crying Game”, Sally Potter’s “Orlando”, Mike Leigh’s “Naked”, Milcho Manchevski’s “Before The Rain”, Marleen Gorris’ “Antonia’s Line”, Ken Loach’s “Land and Freedom”, Peter Howitt’s “Sliding Doors”, Danis Tanovic’s “No Man’s Land” and Gurinder Chadha’s “Bend It Like Beckham”.
Between 2000 and 2005 Perry worked as a course designer and lecturer at the International Filmschool in Cologne, and as a film selection correspondent for the Cannes Film Festival. For a year he was Director of Co-Productions at Ingenious Media, a leading London-based film financier specialising in tax-based investment.
Between 2006 and 2011 he had been Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Film Board, the state agency responsible for the support of all Irish filmmaking.
He is also president of Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), which provides advanced training for European producers.
Perry holds the French honour of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and that of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Since October 2009, Doreen Boonekamp has been the CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund, the national agency responsible for supporting film production in the Netherlands. It focuses on the quality and diversity of feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films. The Fund’s operations cover participation in development, production and distribution. Besides, it supports film activities such as film festivals, co-production markets and training for film professionals. Production support is granted through both selective funding schemes as well as through the Film Production Incentive which was launched in 2014, offering a cash rebate up to 35% on production costs, demonstrably spent in the Netherlands. The Fund is also responsible for the Netherlands Film Commission.
Between 2002 and 2009 Doreen Boonekamp was director of the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht. Before this she had several positions at the Netherlands Film Festival and the CineMart (International Film Festival Rotterdam). Doreen Boonekamp is member of the board of the Association of European Film Agency Directors, representative for Eurimages, member of the advisory committee of the Netherlands Film Festival and member of the board of De Balie, a platform and centre for freedom of speech, contemporary art, politics, culture, cinema and media. She also frequently acts as an expert, advisor, decision maker or jury member for talent labs and festivals. She has a degree in political sciences – public administration from the University of Amsterdam as well as in arts management from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.