Inside Pictures is delighted to announce the participants selected for Inside Pictures 2019.

The successful group were selected from numerous high-calibre applications from industry subsectors including acquisitions, development, production, sales, distribution, finance, digital, talent management, marketing, legal and business affairs. This year’s cohort is comprised of 20 participants who come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. They are:

Gary Cranner – Producer, Chezville, Norway
Alice Damiani – VP International Sales, TF1 Studio, France
Sander Dikhoff – Entertainment Lawyer, Dikhoff Van Dongen Advocaten, The Netherlands
Karina Gechtman – Head of International Marketing and Publicity, Altitude Film Sales
Matthew Gledhill – CEO/Producer, Wheelhouse Productions, France
Verena Gräfe-Höft – CEO/Producer, Junafilm UG, Germany
Sophie Green – Head of Acquisitions and Development, Bankside Films, UK
Gints Grube – CEO/Producer, Mistrus Media, Latvia
Oliver Huson – International Sales Manager, IMG Media, UK
Tessa Inkelaar – Vice President, Creative, Cinestaan Film Company/C International Sales, UK
Mike MacMillan – Producer, Lithium Studios Productions Inc., Canada
Ailish McElmeel – Co-founder, Deadpan Pictures, Ireland
Don McNicholl – Senior Legal & Business Affairs Manager, Film4, UK
Cristian Nicolescu – Co-Owner/CBDO, Avanpost Media, Romania
Samanta Roberts – Marketing Director, Film, eOne Spain, Spain
Frédérique Rouault – Director of International Sales, Playtime, France
Hannah Saunders – Marketing and Distribution Manager, Film4, UK
Anna Smith Tenser – Managing Director/Executive Producer, Iconoclast London, UK
Leanne Tonkes – CEO/Producer, Sense & Centsability, Australia
Lena Vurma – Head of Acquisitions/Producer, NFP marketing&distribution/dragonfly films, Germany


Inside Pictures comprises of three intensive one-week modules, taking place in London and Los Angeles between June 2019 and January 2020. The programme delivers cutting edge industry business knowledge and high-level management skills, as well as enhancing participants’ profiles within the global film industry. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and events cover all aspects of international film business – from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments.

For 2019, Inside Pictures is delighted to have secured Daniel Battsek as Industry Ambassador. Battsek joined Film4 as Director in 2016, bringing 30 years of production, development and distribution experience at the cutting edge of the independent sector from three continents to the organisation. He had previously headed up film teams at companies including Miramax, Buena Vista International and Cohen Media Group.

Since joining Film4, Battsek has greenlit films including Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY from writer/director Stephen Merchant, Pawel Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR, Armando Iannucci’s THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD and Rungano Nyoni’s I AM NOT A WITCH, and development projects including adaptations of Booker Prize Winner Graham Swift’s MOTHERING SUNDAY, US box office smash hit documentary THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS and award-winning stage show EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE.

Battsek says: “The access to a rich seam of expertise and opportunity to develop rounded multi-discipline knowledge afforded the Inside Pictures participants is just an invaluable resource. Opportunities for structured learning mid-career are so rare, and I know it’s something I would have loved the opportunity to take part in when I was building my career. The industry needs to play its part in building the next generation of film business leaders, executives and content producers. I can’t wait to get started helping the 2019 intake realise their potential and fulfil their ambitions.”

Inside Pictures is presented by world leading film school, the National Film and Television School and supported by the Creative Europe Media Programme as the majority funder and ScreenSkills, using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, says: “It’s heartening to see yet another year’s Inside Pictures cohort embarking on their exciting journey. I am particularly pleased about the international mix of participants which will enable them to learn not only from their tutors but from each other. Friendships and collaborations will flourish as a result and this is precisely the unique advantage of this Creative Europe-backed programme.”

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film and Animation, ScreenSkills, says: “Congratulations to the 2019 cohort of Inside Pictures.  Beyond equipping our future leaders with the necessary skills to step up, the exposure the programme offers to global business practice is invaluable. We thank the industry executives who are willing to share their expertise with those on the scheme.”

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director, says: “Inside Pictures – now in its 16th year – remains the leading film business development programme in Europe. Its continued success would not be possible without the support of the programme’s funders – and we are grateful to them for recognising the value of ongoing learning, and for giving this year’s group of talented individuals the opportunity to grow their business and contribute to the wider industry. I’m sure this group of participants will go on to achieve great things like the 15 cohorts before them!”

Julia Short, Programme Director of Content, says: “Inside Pictures is privileged to have speakers from Europe and the USA’s leading organizations support this programme, it is due to their willingness to share their expertise, vast knowledge and generosity of spirit that this programme maintains its leading status on continuing professional development.   We are honoured to have them involved.”