Participants of new leadership program Audiovisual Women announced

Participants of new leadership program Audiovisual Women announced

13. October 2022 –

 Press: The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) announces the participants of its new leadership program Audiovisual Women. It is an advanced training program specifically for women along the entire value chain of the international audiovisual industry.

Audiovisual Woman is designed for female executives in mid- to senior level management positions in the audiovisual industry offering a highly interdisciplinary approach to professional and personal development. The program elements focus on topics such as leadership and communication, new work and entrepreneurship, as well as innovation and change management. In addition to the female executives, the program is also aimed at HR managers or respective decision-makers in their companies. These will receive training on the topics of equality and diversity management in order to promote cultural change directly within organizations.

Following a large number of applications, fifteen female managers were selected as participants for the first edition of Audiovisual Women. The women come from twelve different countries and work in various areas of the industry. The diversity of the group reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the program. The curriculum consists of several on-site and online workshops and will kick off October 26 to 29 in Berlin.

In addition to its funder Creative Europe - MEDIA, its partners European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA), The European Producers Club (EPC), FOCAL, Göteborg Film Festival and Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern) also supports this new program as a new local partner. In cooperation with FFF Bayern, a workshop will be held in Munich in March 2023.

Dina Rubanovitš, Head of International Training & Business Strategy, EPI:

"We are very pleased with the great international response to the first edition of Audiovisual Women. We have set up the new leadership program specifically for female managers from companies along the entire value chain in order to support them individually. Applications from women with very different profiles strengthen our belief that Audiovisual Women is a necessary contribution to supporting women in the audiovisual industry in their professional development. We would like to thank our sponsor Creative Europe - MEDIA, our numerous industry partners as well as our new local partner, the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern), for their support towards this new training program."

Dorothee Erpenstein, Managing Director, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern):

"Women are still underrepresented in high positions in audiovisual companies. The training program Audiovisual Women is specifically dedicated to female executives and HR managers. We can only welcome such dedication and support the program, which will also make a stop in Bavaria, in view of the necessary path towards diversity and equal opportunities."

The following fifteen participants were selected:

Katharina Bergfeld, Flare Film GmbH, Germany

Raffaella Bonivento, Anica Academy Foundation, Italy

Christina Christ, Keshet Tresor Fiction, Germany

Rimantė Daugėlaitė, Lithuanian Shorts, Lithuania

Sacha Gertsik, De Ontmoeting, Netherlands

Leonor Jardim, Cinemundo, Lda., Portugal

Emőke Krigler-Tóth, Joyrider Kft., Hungary

Sonja Levy, Background Action GmbH, Switzerland

Iiris Orasmaa, Blockbusters Gang, Finland

Katarina Prpić, Antitalent, Croatia

Laura Rauscher, Amazon Digital Germany GmbH, Germany

Justyna Rutkowska, Vision House Productions, Poland

Johanna Teichmann, Moviepool GmbH, Germany

Ivy Vanhaecke, de mensen, Belgium

Catharina Weinek, The Ergo Company, South Africa

Find more information on the program here.

Contact Erich Pommer Institut (EPI):

Katarzyna von Matthiessen

Project Manager International Training

T: +49 331 76 99 15 09

PR contact:

public insight

Andrea Klasterer

T: +49 89 78 79 79 90

Many thanks to our funder and partners that support this program:

Funder: Creative Europe – MEDIA

Local Partner: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern)

Partner: European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA), The European Producers Club (EPC), FOCAL, Göteborg Film Festival and Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI)

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