DOCSBARCELONA - International Documentary Film Festival

Financing Pitching Panel

Jordi Ambròs - TVC (Televisió de Catalunya)
Commissioning editor in Televisió de Catalunya – TVC (Spain)

Televisió de Catalunya is the public Catalan broadcaster and depends on the Catalan Autonomous Government. TVC has historically been the most watched TV by Catalunya’s citizens. TVC is the major producer of television content and it operates 4 channels. These are some of the programs which show documentaries: “El Documental”, creative proposals with social undertones; “60 minuts”, current affairs and politics; “Sense Ficció”, a window to the best genre documentaries; “Sala 33”, a selection of Catalan production long-length films with theatrical path (fiction and documentaries) and other documentary programs, focused on arts and culture, nature and environment, science, travel or history.


Cristina Aragao - Globo TV
Chief Editor and reporter for Cultural Programming of Globo News -  Globo TV (Brazil)

Globo News, the first 24-hour news channel in Brazil, has become a reference for those who seek news and information. With over 10.8 million different viewers each month, with a reach of more than 40 million people, it ranks first among the country's cable news channels. Globo News features 20 weekly news programs and is now focusing in the  production and broadcasting  documentaries.
 Globo News is part of GLOBO TV, the fourth largest TV network in the world, after ABC, CBS and NBC. It is composed of 122 owned and affiliate television stations throughout Brazil.


Manel Arranz - TVE (Televisión Española)
La 2 - TVE Director (Spain)

La 2 is the cultural and citizen participation channel of TVE, the public service broadcaster. Its main content is cultural programs and social issues, Spanish movies, European, independent cinema and documentaries. Most of these documentaries are acquisitions, but some are inhouse productions or coproductions.

Oriol Baquer - Independent Distributor
Independent Distributor (Spain)

Oriol Baquer - Independent Distributor
Independent Distributor (Spain)

Oriol Baquer began his career as a Production Assistant for different feature films with Figaro Films and Estudi 16/35. He became an International Sales Executive for Figaro Films and TVC and has served as the Head of Sales for CYRK. During the last 20 years he had been the Managing Director of SLOT until he became an independent distributor.


Licia Eminenti - EURIMAGES
Project Manager for Eurimages (France)

Eurimages is the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Established in 1989, it currently numbers 36 of the 47 member states of the Strasbourg-based Organization. Eurimages promotes the European audiovisual industry by providing financial support to feature films, animations and documentaries produced in Europe. In doing so, it encourages co-operation between professionals established in different European countries.


Vice President, Artist Programs (USA)

The Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, TFI identify's a diverse and exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists and empower them with  over $2 million US dollars in funding and other resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. TFI a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.


Vice President of Films Transit International (USA & Canada)

Founded in 1982 by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International is one of the longest running, renowned and respected international sales agencies of quality documentaries with offices in Montréal and in New York. Their objective is to bring quality documentaries to different markets, such as cinema, dvd, on-line and broadcast. Their documentaries are primarily, single, auteur-driven works that deal with contemporary issues and have an immediate relevance. It specializes in two large genre fields: Arts&Culture and Society&Politics.


Jo Lapping – BBC
Strand Manager, BBC Storyville (United Kingdom)

The British Broadcasting Corporation is an English language Public Service Broadcaster, delivering television, radio and online services to audiences in the UK.   The BBC produces its own content as well as commissioning programming from the independent sector.  The BBC operates a global Newsgathering service which includes the BBC World Service and BBC World which offer multi-lingual international television, radio and online news and current affairs services outside the UK. 


Carine Leblanc – CARGO FILMS
Producer of Cargo Films (France)

Established in 1984 by acclaimed director Jean-Jacques Beineix, Cargo Films has produced all the director’s films since that date, starting with Betty Blue, which is still one of the European films the most exported all over the world.


Carolina Martínez – IMG MEDIA
Entertainment Sales Executive, Spain, Portugal & Italy in IMG MEDIA (USA)

IMG Entertainment operates as part of globally renowned Sports and Entertainment group IMG Media, providing over 1200 hours of content to a worldwide audience. With access to an unrivalled global network of over 200 sales executives, every territory is individually negotiated to guarantee an optimal return of the programmes.
IMG Entertainment endeavours to continue delivering engrossing and engaging programming for worldwide audiences over the next years, building long running special series to sit at the heart of programming schedules around the world.


Karen Michael - ARTE FRANCE
Commissioning Editor for the Society and Culture Department and in charge of Culture (France)

ARTE is a European public-service cultural television channel. Its originality lays in the fact that it targets audiences from different cultural backgrounds, in particular French and German.
The ARTE channel offers different programmes that invite the audience to discover other people, regions and ways of life, to experience culture in Europe and to better understand political and social developments in today’s world.


Acting Coordinator of Europa Creativa Desk-MEDIA Catalunya (Spain)

Europa Creativa Desk-MEDIA Catalunya is the information office of the MEDIA Subprogramme of the European Union in Catalonia. There is a network of MEDIA offices in each of the EU Member States. All offices are associated equally with a public entity linked to the audiovisual world (in the case of Catalonia, it is the Generalitat and ICEC). The European Commission publishes several times a year a series of calls for proposals, aimed at professionals in various fields of activity of the MEDIA Subprogramme (training, development, distribution and promotion).


Brigid O'Shea – DOK Leipzig
DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting and Industry programme (Germany)

DOK Leipzig was founded in 1955, making it the oldest documentary and animated film festival in continental Europe.
The Industry Programme encompasses a wide range of events for networking, developing and financing creative documentaries. They have a digital online Market, the International Co-Production Meeting and also the Net Lab for transmedia and interactive projects, in addition to the panels, masterclasses and workshops. They welcome over 1.400 industry visitors each year.


Montse Portabella – MOTION PICTURES
Producer and distributor Documentary Department (Spain)

Motion Pictures is a leading independent production and distribution company based in Barcelona since 1977. Nowadays the company holds TV and Home Video rights for 3.000 half hours of animation, 250 hours of series, over 300 TV movies and about 500 hours of documentaries for Spanish territory. The company has recently been involved in European co-productions of some high quality animation and documentary series.


Mayolo Reyes - Once TV México
Director of Developing and Strategy area (Mexico)

Once TV is the oldest public television in Latin America. With educational content, cultural and social character, its mission is to generate and broadcast programs that encourage and promote human development. Its programming has increasingly audience through Internet, cable and broadcast television. Furthermore, has an international signal which reaches the United States of America and part from Canada.


Jaume Ripoll – FILMIN
Co-founder and Content Director (Spain)

Filmin is an online platform with the biggest catalog in Spain, including movies, series and shorts. It has been the first company introducing subscription services in our country and is the only one supported by European Union’s MEDIA program, and has been one of EUROVOD founders, the first Video On Demand European association which operates in 11 countries. Filmin contains more than 400 documentaries out from 7.100 film titles from its library.


Guy Spriggs - RAMILLAS
Business Angel (Spain)

Ramillas is an angel investment company, based in Barcelona. Founder Guy Spriggs is an entrepreneur who created, the first big social network in the Netherlands.
Ramillas co-produces interactive web documentaries. This year they are launching the Ramillas Fund at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and they are supporting the InterDocsBarcelona.


Irena Taskovski - TASKOVSKI FILMS
Founder and Managing Director of Taskovski Films (United Kingdom)

Taskovski Films is London based world sales and Production Company of independent documentary and fiction films.  They welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the world. They like discovering new talent and authorial stories. Taskovski Films is producer and sales agent of the multi-award winner documentary Czech Dream (The most successful European documentary film), People I could have been and maybe am (Winner of IDFA, Visions du Réel, HotDocs), Cooking History, nominated for the European Academy Award, winner of special jury award at Hot Docs 2009, FIPRESCI Jury Award, Leipzig DOKS 2009. 


Iñigo Trojaola - CANAL +
Head Editor of Documentaries at Canal + (Spain)

Canal + is a Premium Pay-tv Station. They look for very new and unprecedented titles with very high production values. Canal+ acquires about 100 hours of documentaries per year, and prebuys around 10-15 hours. Four their Dok Brand, around 20 long feature documentaries, among them, some of the most successful documentaries in the international and national panorama. For this channel they also acquire blue chip wildlife productions and documentaries related to sports, cinema, fashion or music. Canal + Xtra offers an alternative TV programming. For this channel they acquire about 40 documentaries every year, many of them related to arts. Canal + coproduce about 4 to 5 documentaries each year.


Olga Valencia - BTV (Barcelona Televisió)
“Docs” Programme Director at BTV (Spain)

Barcelona Televisió – BTV broadcasted for the first time in November 1994. The channel was first conceived as proximity channel for Barcelona residents, offering quality programmes, while placing special interest on culture and local viewer participation and focusing on local and innovative programmes.


Wim Van Rompaey - Lichtpunt
Comissioning editor (Belgium)

Lichtpunt is an independent broadcaster and has a TV programme on the second channel of the Flemish public broadcast (VRT). Lichtpunt is subsidised by the Flemish government. The mission of Lichtpunt is to bring documentaries, interviews and feature films from a humanist point of view. Therefore Lichtpunt broadcasts human/social-interest programmes. Lichtpunt produces a part of its programmes by its own Staff, but also buys and co-produces on the international market.


Ricardo Villa - RTVE WEBDOC LAB
Director of interactive media at RTVE (Spain)

The Media Lab was created three years ago with the aim of experimenting with new visual narrative forms. It consists of a multidisciplinary team of journalists, graphic designers, producers and developers who work together searching for the best way to tell each one of the stories they face.


Jenny Westergård – YLE
Commissioning Editor for documentaries in the YLE Co-production department (Finland)

YLE is the national public service broadcasting company in Finland established in 1926 and joined the European Broadcasting Union at the very beginning in 1950.  The broadcast operates 4 national television channels, 6 radio channels, and offers internet service. YLE is the main purveyor and producer of domestic culture, and 48% of its television programs are made in Finland.