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Production

Robert WalakPresident, Focus Features
Alumni of 2007
“Being accepted onto Inside Pictures marked a turning point in my career. Its holistic approach to the film industry gave me the tools, confidence and perspective that helped elevate my role, as well as that of my contemporaries on the course. It’s a bonding experience. Nearly 10 years on we are still supporting and advising each other. It is a unique career development opportunity, and one of the industry’s most respected training programmes. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Thomas BenskiMD and Producer, Pulse
Alumni of 2011
“I must say I was sceptical when I applied as I think it is very hard to find a program once you have reached a certain stage of the industry that will be genuinely helpful, well I was very wrong. IP was a real revelation: the standard of the lecturers and participants has made this experience unique. The most unique aspect for me is the blend of disciplines. Despite all participants being from the same industry, if it was not for IP I would have never engaged with certain disciplines unless we were in a business transaction, by which time it’s too late. Thanks to IP, we’ve learnt about the different priorities and agendas across the business, which effectively helps each of us become better professionals both on and off the programme. More importantly, now we can reach out to anyone of our fellow alumni and ask a question, which is amazing. On top of that, for me the course helped generate business: I have created 2 joint ventures on the back of the course so it was definitely money and time well spent.”
Linda KrukleProducer, Krukfilms
Alumni of 2016
“I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of this community. During the 1st Module, I regained my confidence and redefined what are my targets are in the film industry, and realised that thanks to the ability to provide content, we’ll have a future no matter where we are from. The 2nd Module in Los Angeles gave me a brand-new understanding of business structures, a 360-degree spectrum and an inner belief that whatever model of creating we choose, as long as we do it with passion, it will be awarded sooner or later. The 3rd Module shook me to the core and pushed me to re-evaluate my professional life. It opened up a much bigger perspective of what’s actually possible.”
Martina NilandManaging Director / Producer, Cosmo Films
Alumni of 2016
“Inside Pictures came at a perfect time in my career as a Film Producer. Having worked in the industry for over fifteen years, I have been looking to attend an advanced programme that would enhance my knowledge of the industry and in particular of the constantly changing trends in finance and in distribution – really questioning what it means to be a producer in today’s shifting landscape. Inside Pictures not only did this, it also significantly broadened my network of peers and colleagues from all aspects of the industry. In laying out the challenges but also the great opportunities that exist in the entertainment world today, the Inside Pictures programme has re-energized my passion and ambition for what I do and I am extremely grateful to the team for that and as such would highly recommend to others!”
Steve JamisonDirector-Producer and Co-Founder, Archer's Mark
Alumni of 2015
“There simply isn’t another programme that offers the kind of access and insight that Inside Pictures provides. The same words crop up time and again in the testimonies of participants: growth, access, contacts, and confidence. The session with Steve Golin from Anonymous Content was particularly memorable for me. He’s built one of the most impressive independent production outfits on the planet so to be able to pick his brains for a couple of hours in LA was an incredible opportunity. It would be so easy for a guy in his position to roll out stock answers to difficult questions but like so many of the Inside Pictures panelists, he was incredibly candid and we all took so much more from the session as a result.”
Stewart le MaréchalProducer, Met Films
Alumni of 2012
“Inside Pictures was a great experience that has helped me on a number of fronts. I wanted to increase my knowledge about the business particularly on the sales and marketing side, to expand my US contacts, to explore other business models for our company and to have the opportunity to share experiences and gain knowledge from my colleagues on Inside Pictures. The programme didn’t disappoint and provided me with everything I went looking for.

Module 1 provided us with an industry overview from a variety of perspectives including development, finance, sales and exhibition and it was delivered to us from people at the top of the industry. Module 2 was the trip to LA which helped contrast the differences between the UK and US systems. Module 3 focussed on company business models and your own personal skills which was a great way to finish the programme as it meant I left with ideas on how to change and improve how our company works.

Most valuable of all for me was the opportunity for the group to share our thoughts in an open and safe environment where we could learn from each other. The programme gave us the space and time to establish strong relationships within the group that I hope will continue to grow and lead to collaborations in the future.”

Sofie Wanting HassingCEO, Producer, Consultant, Sweet Chili Entertainment ApS
Alumni of 2011
“Inside Pictures is a brilliant gate opener for contacts, new set-ups and international production – not to forget the new friendships in the industry that will follow you for many years.
It was very inspiring meeting and learning from the Top Executives and at the same time it works perfectly as inspiration for new ideas and new co-operations. Inside Pictures will help you reach your goals and set new ambitions. This course is without a doubt one of the best film business courses in the industry.”
Sinisa JuricicProducer / CEO, Nukleus Film
Alumni of 2015
“Inside Pictures made me re-think my entire film production knowledge I had accumulated up to the point I embarked on the scheme. For me it was a real success, as the project I brought in as a test case back then is now in full swing and ready to go into production this autumn in China. If I had not stepped into the Inside Pictures world, I would have never been able to make this huge step in my career. This programme arms you with the tools and knowledge no other scheme can provide you with.”
Katherine BridleHead of Film Development, See-Saw Films
Alumni of 2013
“Perhaps the greatest surprise of Inside Pictures, for me personally, was how much it focused on personal growth. I had applied for the course and accepted a place thinking that it would provide me with an invaluable insight into the industry and furnish me with a group of contacts. All this it did brilliantly, of course, but on top of this it seemed like Julia and her team had put a lot of time and effort in to exploring ways in which the course could function as a platform through which the participants could explore their strengths and weaknesses, and offer opportunities to use existing skills in unexpected ways.

It should go without saying that Inside Pictures provides a solid bedrock of education about the patterns and structures that underpin the work we do, but in particular, I found the sessions in Module 3 with David Solomon the most unexpectedly interesting. They focused on key interpersonal skills including presentation, communication and negotiation. So much of our discussions throughout the course were based around the idea that the film industry at large is, in the main part, relationship based. These sessions, then, gave the participants the space and time to examine how we currently use these ‘soft skills’ (that are just as vital as hard knowledge) and how they might be employed to even more effective use.”

Bert HamelinckProducer & Managing Director, Caviar Content
Alumni of 2011
“I was an experienced producer when I applied to Inside Pictures in 2011 but the programme was a big part of my reaching the next level in my career as it really gives access to areas of the film industry, both in Europe and the US. The quality and breadth of speakers was excellent and I am happy to say that I feel I learned just as much from my fellow participants on the programme. I am now working on a number of European co-productions where the experiences on the programme were very helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Inside Pictures to experienced European film industry professionals looking to take that next step.”

Acquisitions

Amit DeyAssociate Acquisitions Director, UPHE Content Group
Alumni of 2015
“The most exciting thing is being in front of the key decision makers in the industry and having a great opportunity to gain the kinds of relationships that last your whole career. The fact it was opened up to non-Europeans like me for the first time is what prompted me to apply and I’m thrilled to be involved with this year’s group. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know some of the people in our group who I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing previously, in particular hearing from producers about the challenges they face in today’s marketplace, and how it differs from my experience at a studio.”
Aranka MatitsPartner, Featurette
Alumni of 2013
“I gained insights into areas of the industry I am not connected to directly or on a daily basis, yet which impact and shape my work as an acquisitions consultant for arthouse distributors. Equally valuable were the networking opportunities Inside Pictures presented me with. Over the course of a few short months, fellow participants have become trusted peers and they will play an important role in my career from now on. Most surprising perhaps were the immediate business opportunities Inside Pictures granted me. As a direct result of my participation in the program I signed a European distribution company as a new client and also brokered a sale for one of the participating producers to a multinational broadcaster.”
Benjamina Mirnik-VogesHead of Acquisitions & Co-Production, Universum Film GmbH
Alumni of 2010
“I enjoyed the Inside Pictures course very much. My colleagues are very talented and interesting, the projects were inspiring and promising and my understanding of how the independent film market works was greatly improved. The lecturers were very experienced people who gave us the inside view on how to put a film together and make sure that one looks out for the business opportunity as well. I benefitted greatly from the course by making interesting contacts and learning about the film business from different points of view.”
Laura WilsonVP Acquisitions, Anton Corp
Alumni of 2016
“Inside Pictures has granted me the tools and knowledge to understand my role in the industry and take the next steps in my career. I know that the film industry is made up of many different components, which all rely on each other and I was keen to understand each area in more depth, especially as so much is changing. This programme provided me with a holistic view of the industry so that I could spot potential new opportunities, make sense of the things I found confusing and learn completely new concepts. The speakers have all been excellent and the course encourages a uniquely inquisitive atmosphere amongst the participants where no question is too simplistic or goes unanswered.”

Distribution

Anna GodasCEO, Dogwoof
Alumni of 2015
“What attracted me to the programme was its reputation, the opportunity to broaden network for my company, both through my peers (who are of a very high caliber), and through the speakers. The insight it gives into the Hollywood system is second to none. I have to say, this is not just a course, this is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”
Jill MacnabGeneral Manager / Producer, Vendetta Films
Alumni of 2015
“Inside Pictures is hands down the best industry training programme out there. I was blown away by the level of access to incredible participants in London and LA, and the range of different styles of presentations and discussions, from a panel of agents behind the walls of UTA, to storytelling from a top screenwriter, to business case studies from industry names we all recognise, to in-depth personal development sessions. All that, before I even mention my own group of fellow participants, who’ve become friends, colleagues and allies. I cannot recommend IP more highly. Do it!”
Damien SpandleyHead of Programming & Events, Curzon Cinemas
Alumni of 2014
“For me, my Inside Pictures experience equipped me with two key advantages in my work. The first is network, both access to high level speakers that see you as peers, and who welcome contact and enquiry beyond the course; and long-lasting and meaningful relationships within our participant group, the “Insiders”, who’ve become a tight-knit community of friends and colleagues that jump to attention to help each other when challenges are shared. And the second is that 360º first hand view of the industry that normally only comes through repetition, a wider understanding that elevates your everyday conversations and relationships.”
John RamchandaniManaging Director, Hollywood Classics
Alumni of 2012
“The Inside Pictures modules are arranged in three very detailed modules which focus on different aspects of the film industry. Participants attend a detailed and well-organised programme of seminars and networking events, all of which are designed to broaden your understanding of the business. Personally, I really enjoyed Module 2 in LA which gave an invaluable insight into the US Studio approach to Home Entertainment & Digital sales.

My background is in film distribution, however IP is designed to throw each participant into the ring, each with individual strengths and backgrounds within the industry. I now have strong contacts in production, finance, international sales and acquisitions, all of whom can be called on if needed – and vice versa. Inside Pictures manages to condense decades of professional experience into just 3 weeks!”

Jakob AbrahamssonDistribution and Acquisitions Director, NonStop Entertainment
Alumni of 2013
“A truly excellent course, people, lecturers and fellow students. Inside Pictures combines amazing access and almost stupendous openness with high level business knowledge and strategy. Highly recommended.”

Finance

Laure VaysseChief Operating Officer, Motion Picture Capital
Alumni of 2012
“Inside Pictures is one of the best training programmes that can be offered to executives of the film industry. It provides a better understanding of the current issues facing our industry as well as a distinct and rare opportunity to meet well-respected specialists. The quality of the sessions, the expertise of the speakers and diversity of the fellow participants create a great environment to reflect on our personal role within the industry and to try and maximise what we can bring to it now, and in the near future. Opportunities such as this are few and far between; building a network of contacts; getting upfront advice from senior executives; and, just as importantly finding answers to professional challenges faced or being faced on an individual level. As an Alumni, I have already benefited significantly from the embedded structure and organisation at Inside Pictures, and furthermore I am sure I will for many years to come.”
Patrick FischerManaging Director, Creativity Capital
Alumni of 2015
“Knowing that each cohort is meticulously put together made Inside Pictures very attractive to me. I think the ethos of Inside Pictures, to get a group of promising, smart and ambitious film executives and producers together and give them access to the leaders of the industry, the opportunity to ask the questions they want to ask and the time to take in and reflect on the answers is brilliant. My Inside Pictures mentor is Adam Kulick and he’s been great. We’re looking to raise additional finance for Creativity Capital and having him as a mentor during this process is invaluable.”

Sales

Charlotte van WeedeConsultant (Cross Over and Mainstream), The Netherlands Filmfund
Alumni of 2011
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to take part in the Inside Pictures program. Over a period of three modules, I had the chance to interact with leading filmmakers and executives, covering every aspect of the film financing, production and distribution process. The level of speakers was very impressive allowing a clear insight in the mechanics of making films in Europe and the US. Equally, the diversity of the group of participants allowed for in-depth and lively discussions. This bird’s eye view of the film industry has particularly broadened my understanding of the financing side of filmmaking and has allowed me to further my career and to build my network, particularly across the UK and Europe.”
Natja Noviani RosnerBusiness Development Consultant, Staerk & Christensen
Alumni of 2014
“I understand my business differently then I did before, and I am inspired to do better and more within my own expertise. That is worth more than money can buy. One of the strengths of the course is that the participants are all very experienced in their own field, so before you are being presented to the expert speakers and the course it self, you have already won with your new friendships.

My classmates and I have shared views, ideas and advice and I believe that this group of people will be a close networking group and my friends for many years to come. I am confident that Inside Pictures and the time I invested here will let me reach the next level in my career.”

Legal and Business Affairs

Mark ByrneHead of Business Affairs, Element Pictures
Alumni of 2013
“As somebody involved in a company that straddles production, distribution, exhibition and VOD, I didn’t think I would ever find a training programme that could cater for what I needed but Inside Pictures did. I had always heard great reports back from anybody who I knew that had participated on it and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Not only was the calibre of speakers excellent but there was a great mix of participants both geographically and from different disciplines. A particular highlight was the LA module as we got a great insight in to the workings of the industry. We were brought in to meet with studios, financiers, agents, producers and to openly discuss issues with them. I also learned a lot about my own way of working during the negotiating day in London. Overall Inside Pictures was an invaluable experience and I would thoroughly recommend it.”
Mar Ilundain GonzalezBusiness Affairs Consultant
Alumni of 2016
“I wanted to broaden my professional horizon further and learn more about the business of film outside of Spain, especially in Europe and the US. I am aware of the deep changes the industry is undergoing worldwide and I wanted to learn and see how these challenges are being faced in other markets. I feel very fortunate to have taken part in this programme. It has been a very enriching experience. We’ve had the opportunity to meet some tremendously inspiring speakers and the network we are building is priceless”
Simon GillisHead of Commercial Affairs for Film, See-Saw Films
Alumni of 2014
“”In a business where the extraordinary seems ordinary and low probability but high-impact outcomes dominate, William Goldman’s “”no one knows anything”” remains the fallback. Whilst informational advantages are scarce and complexity is rife, Inside Pictures’ offers a chance to wrestle the “”whole equation”” into one’s head.

Putting what I learnt to work, in the short term, contributed to my promotion at Universal Pictures and ultimately led to me being headhunted by See-Saw to spearhead the commercial strategy and business operations for their film division.

I can’t recommend highly enough the access and exposure Inside Pictures grants and the relationships it nurtures. It’s a golden ticket for those seeking a roadmap to navigate the shifting market with and a strategic springboard to progress their career. “”

Other

Anna HiggsCreative Director, Nowness
Alumni of 2010
“Inside Pictures really is a game-changer of a programme. It gives you unparalleled access to executives at the top of the industry, unique insight right across the film value chain and, most centrally for me, a brilliant peer network in all areas of the business. It certainly helped equip me for my move from independent producing to leading on creative innovation for Film4.”
Vanessa HennemasnCEO / Founding Partner, Henneman Agency and The European Talent Network
Alumni of 2016
“Inside Pictures is simply the best place to learn about the current landscape in the rapidly changing international film and TV business. The participants, speakers, tutors, alumni and the people running Inside Pictures are the best of the industry, thus providing a network of incredible value. I was very keen to absorb more knowledge during the programme on the numerous finance, production and sales/distribution models and the differences between these models in mainland Europe, UK and US territories. This knowledge brought my two companies to the next level and gave me the opportunity to operate on a larger scale. Inside Pictures provided me with so much new knowledge and a network of incredible value. Besides that Inside Pictures is the key to almost anybody in the industry. Say you are Inside Pictures participant or alumni and doors open for you immediately. Inside Pictures is simply THE place to connect with the best of the best of the film industry.”