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 and beyond!

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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 | Change Animal, Facilitator and Corporate Consultant | Germany

Christine von Fragstein

Christine von Fragstein is a trained Facilitator, Systemic Consultant, and completed studies at a private business academy as well as postgraduate courses in the fields of cultural management and PR. Her path led from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Kohtes Klewes agency, and the ifs Cologne to cooperating with renowned companies in the cultural and economic sector, including many years for the Berlinale (director of Berlinale Talents first four years), DFB Kulturstiftung and FIFA™, Zurich Film Festival, European Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010, ministries as well as artists and production companies in Germany and abroad. She advises and coaches teams and companies with major projects, challenges or change processes. In particular, companies at the convergence of culture, business and the public-sector benefit from her professional expertise and her competent insight into processes and structures. www.change-animal-engl.com

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Sitora Alieva | Kinotavr - Sochi Open Russian Film Festival | Sochi, Russia

Sitora Alieva

Sitora Alieva is a film expert, director of the IFF “Faces of love” and the IIF Sochi, artistic director of the largest Russian national film festival “Kinotavr”, Russian Ministry of Culture film expert, lecturer at film schools and universities, juror at numerous film festivals, including Berlinale, Venice Film Festival and many more.

Sanam Gharagozlou | MUBI | London, Great Britain

Sanam Gharagozlou

Sanam Gharagozlou is the International Marketing Manager at MUBI, the online cinema that hand-picks one new film a day, available for thirty days. While at MUBI she has been responsible for distribution of film releases, press, and partnerships with the likes of the Royal Academy, Serpentine Galleries,  among others, and in 2018 produced her first short film, Ben Rivers‘ Trees Down Here.

Marynia Gierat | Pod Baranami Cinema | Kraków, Poland

Marynia Gierat

Marynia Gierat is the manager of the highliy acclaimed arthouse cinema Kino Pod Baranami Kraków, Poland.

Thorsten Ritter | Beta Cinema | Munich, Germany

Thorsten Ritter

Thorsten Ritter is the executive vice president of Beta Cinema where he has been part of the international successes of films like NEVER LOOK AWAY, THE HAPPY PRINCE or WOMAN AT WAR. Ritter is a regular guest on international panels and lectures for initiatives and schools such as EAVE, European Films Crossing Borders, Nipkow Program, Atelier Ludwigsburg – Paris and others. He has also served as a regular member of the FFA committee, the federal body for the distribution support of German films.

Tomáš Prášek | eventival | Prague, Czech Republic

Tomáš Prášek

Tomas is an entrepreneur, former festival organiser, occasional film producer and a frequent traveller. In his varied career, he taught English in Thailand, translated books, worked in senior positions at the Prague and Karlovy Vary International Film Festivals, and co-founded the festivals EuroConnections and Music on Film – Film on Music, as well as the Film Festival Academy. Under his leadership, the DataKal software originally developed for KVIFF became the world’s first globally used film festival management system. Since 2009, Tomas has been running Eventival, his company that produces and distribute the world leading film festival software used by over 130 film and other festivals on all continents and widely regarded as the benchmark in its field. Tomas also worked extensively with the Berlinale, served on Prague’s Cultural Grants Commission for several years, and lectured about festival management all over the world.

Tamara Tatishvili | Eurimages, European Women's Audiovisual Network | Tbilisi, Georgia

Tamara Tatishvili

Tamara has been working in Georgian audiovisual sector since 2002. In 2004 Tamara Co-founded and served as Director of “Independent Filmmakers’ Association – South Caucasus”. She built an extensive network of professionals to promote the South-Caucasian cinema on Regional and International levels. In 2010-2013 she worked as Director of Georgian National Film Center. She led GNFC activities focusing on public support schemes for film development, production and promotion.  Tamara’s leadership initiated emergence of new wave of talented filmmakers. She contributed vastly to enhanced visibility of young talent. Tamara co-authored Georgian Film Strategy 2010-2012. Since 2011 she represents Georgia to CoE Film Fund, EURIMAGES and European Film Promotion. Tamara holds French Distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettre.

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