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Esra Demirkiran

Esra Demirkiran

Esra Demirkiran is Festivals co-ordinator at TRT Cinema (TRT is Turkey’s public broadcaster). She is a co-ordinator of 12 Punto, Turkey’s largest script development and co-production platform for Turkish and international feature films. For almost a decade, she worked as a news editor and executive-produced several flagship programmers and documentaries for Turkey’s Haberturk news network. Prior to her journalism experience, Esra was the Board President and Co-Director of NISI MASA, a Paris based European cinema network. In the past, besides working as a film critic and festival-distribution consultant for award winning Turkish feature films, she has contributed to the planning and organization of various Turkey-based film festivals. She studied Sociology at the Middle East Technical University, and holds an MA degree in Film & TV from Istanbul Bilgi University.​​​

Marge Liiske

Marge Liiske

Marge Liiske has held various positions in the film industry since 1990, such as film festival programmer, coordinator in the Europa Cinemas network, production assistant, project manager at the Estonian Public Broadcaster ETV or head of MEDIA Desk Estonia. After working for seven years as managing director of the Estonian Film Foundation (main film financing body in Estonia), she became the CEO of Baltic Event, the largest co-production market in North-Eastern Europe in 2013. Since 2016, she has also worked as the head of industry programs at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The programs, united under the label of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, are one of the fastest growing industry platforms in the winter season, serving as a gateway for global audio-visual industries from and to the region and establishing ties and collaboration points with the ICT, gaming, mobile, technology and venture-capital sectors.
​Marge is an EAVE graduate, member of the Board of the Estonian Film Industry Cluster, and member of the Supervisory Board of the main Estonian film financing body, the Estonian Film Institute.

Francesca Tiberi

Francesca Tiberi

After a degree in International Relations at Sapienza University of Rome and a post-graduate degree in Cinema & TV Production and Distribution at Luiss Business School, Francesca started her career in the film industry in 2014, working in the acquisition and marketing department of Satine Film Distribution. The first theatrical release she worked on was The Broken Circle Breakdown by Felix van Groeningen, Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
​She then took the opportunity to work in the Industry Office of the 9th International Rome FF, assisting in the organization of both The Business Street and New Cinema Network projects. In 2015, she moved to Paris, where she had her first contact with sales, joining the international distribution department of the renowned TV production company La Compagnie Des Phares et Balises as assistant to the head of sales.

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