Speakers & Special Guests

María Albiñana

María Albiñana has an MA in Acting, Journalism, and Classical Ballet Dance. She extended her acting training at the Actors Studio, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and the Moscow Art Theater School. She has won several awards and been nominated as Best Actress for short films and digital series. In 2013 she won Best Playwright at “Nuevos Tiempos Awards” for “Retales de Vida y Aprender a Contar”. She also wrote, directed, and choreographed the stage musical Star Desamparados and is the co-founder and director of the web series section at Valencia International Film Festival - CinemaJove. María has just finished shooting the spanish series Desnudate and is preparing her next project with Gastón Armagno and Luke Eve, Matar a mama.

Joël Bassaget

Joël Bassaget lives in Berlin and is a TV writer since 1990. In 2014 he created the blog "Web Séries Mag" for the French paper "Liberation" online edition where he reviews web series from all over the world. He is also founder of the „Web Series World Cup“ and a freelance consultant for advising and assisting producers and networks on digital content.

Gisela Benenzon

Gisela Benenzon. Director. Screenwriter. Playwright. She worked as an author for Telefé, Pol-Ka (Argentina), Televisa (Mexico), E! EntertainmentTelevision and Mac Guffin (Spain). Director and screenwriter of the short film “Treatment”, and web series “Soy Ander”, both winner Competition of INCAA, and nominated for several international festivals. Screenwriter of the feature films “Dead Birds” and “When I see you again”. Winner of the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of Madrid for the script “Lies about Ava”. She wrote the plays “I love you like the air I breath” and “To whom it corresponds”, both for the Ministry of Culture of the Nation. Winner of the Artei theater prize for the work “The triangle of Bermuda”.

Cristiano Bolla

Cristiano Bolla is an award-winning producer and screenwriter. He has graduated in Sciences and Technologies of the Arts and Entertainment and has a master’s degree in screenwriting. He works with Cinnamon production since 2015 and has produced and written their series “Hidden” and “Anachronisme”. He also works as a freelancer for several companies on feature film and commercials.

Chiara Bressa

Chiara Bressa is in the web series scene since 2013. Bachelor in Communication, Innovation and Multimedia at the University of Pavia, she graduated with a final thesis titled "If Walt Disney were alive, would he produce web series?" and she went forward with the analysis of the web serial phenomenon founding the blog World Wide Webserie, of which she is editor in chief and social media manager. She is also a digital specialist, digital trainer, and writer. In 2015 she wrote her book "Making web series - the new way of the independent filming: theory and practice" (available only in Italian), published by Audino Editore.

Meredith Burkholder

Based in Berlin, Germany, Meredith Burkholder began her career in New York City as a freelance commercial photography producer and production manager for television – a graduate of Boston University, she worked in nearly every major market across the US for 10 years. She has worked alongside industry leading advertising agencies, production companies, and photographers on national campaigns for major clients and TV networks. In 2011, she and Lucas Fortes DaSilva founded the Marketing and Production company, Et Tu Tableau. In 2015, she founded the first international digital series festival in Germany – Webfest Berlin. In 2018, she founded her solo venture, Ensoki Productions.

Riccardo Cannella

Riccardo Cannella is an award-winner director, producer, and screenwriter. He founded Cinnamon production and the Sicily Web Fest, along with the Cinnamon Film School, highly performative classes about cinema and digital productions. He has been one of the first to sell a digital series to a pay-tv. He is considered one of the main representatives of digital series in Italy and abroad. His production “Hidden” was awarded more than 35 times all around the world.

Rose of Dolls, Ph.D.

Rose of Dolls is "The web series doctor": she wrote her thesis on web series and completed her Phd in Social Communication by researching online audiovisual productions, after studying Fine Arts. She works as a filmmaker and producer at "A Film To Kill For", dedicated to digital content
and fiction, as well as consulting for other companies. She is the co-founder of "Bilbao Seriesland".

Gabriel Doré

Gabriel Doré is a screenwriter, co-director, actor, co-producer, and editor. After graduating in drama at St. Laurent Cégep, he specialized his writing at UQAM university in Literary Creation
and Scriptwriting. He is the author of two plays: “Ghislain” and “Amour à trois” (presented at the Fringe Festival, Montreal). Since 2010, he has also written three plays for young audiences that are still touring in primary schools in Québec. In addition to his improvisational skills, he appeared on stage, among others, in the play City (2014) at the Prospero Theater, Montreal. Finally, he is the main brain behind the web series “Claire et Michel”, which has 3 seasons by now. www.claireetmicheltv.com

Stefan Dörsing

Stefan is poetry slammer, organizer, workshop leader, martial artist and studies event manage-
ment and technology at the THM in Giessen. In 2011 & 2012 he became German-speaking Vice-Champion in Poetry Slam. In 2015 he received the Martha-Saalfeld-Förderpreis, in 2016 he orga-
nized the Hessian National Championship in Poetry Slam in Wetzlar & Giessen. His first book was published in 2016 entitled "Scheitern ist okay, nicht scheitern ist okayer". He holds the 2nd master degree in WingChun Kung Fu and also focuses on forms of movement such as capoeira and modern dance. Since 2017 he is a member and head of the organizer trio "Linie17" & since 2018 he is part of the Seriale in Giessen.

Luke Eve

Luke Eve graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2005 and in the same year won Tropfest with his short film “Australian Summer”. He later established his own production company, More Sauce, and went on to direct five award winning short films. In 2010 he began directing television in his native Australia before moving to LA where he created, produced, and directed the online series, “Low Life”. In 2017 he directed and produced the follow up series, “High Life”, which has won over 30 major awards including Best Digital Original at Content London and was the winner of the 2017 Web Series World Cup. He also directs high-end commercials and music videos and has a number of feature film projects in development.

Nicole Fornoff

Nicole is actress, author and producer with roots in the Odenwald. She came to film over detours, first she worked for several years as a nurse, a time that had a strong impact on her and on the authenticity of her film material and figures. 2009, she successfully graduated at drama school Charlottenburg in Berlin. In 2015 she won the award for the best German web series with her web series "Emmas Welt", which she wrote and also played the lead role in. In 2016 and 2017 awards for “Best Actress”, at "Dub Web Fest" in Dublin and "Sicily Web Fest" in Italy followed. At "Seoul Webfest" in South Korea, the series won the "Best Dramedy".

Amandine Hervé-Pouchet

Amandine Hervé-Pouchet pursued a professional training for comedians in “La Compagnie Maritime” of Montpellier from 2008 to 2011. She then continued her education by completing various internships and laboratories, mainly with focus on physical theater. After five years of working within diverse companies and productions, she dashed at the realization of her own project in 2015: the creation of a funny silent web series about an atypical character called
Marie-Hélène (MH). Doing everything from writing to editing by herself, she expresses her creativity and her reflections on the human being and contemporary society.

Levin Hübner

Levin Hübner, born and raised in Hamburg. 2010 to 2014 film directing studies at the ifs international filmschool cologne, among others with Barbara Albert and Hans Steinbichler. Some films are screened internationally at festivals - including Berlinale, Oberhausen, Max Ophüls Prize (Audience Award Short Film) and Deutscher Kamerapreis - others end up in the poison cabinet. In 2016, Hübner/Wallenfels, founded together with his partner in crime, Fabian, received a scholarship from Mediengründerzentrum NRW, followed by short and long works for Web and TV. Lives and works in Cologne and Hamburg.

Young Man Kang

Young Man Kang directed several feature films and web series. All feature films have been released on DVD in the US, and have sold in 15 countries. He has a total of 11 awards from a number of film festivals and webfests. Young Man Kang collaborated with fellow film "Avatar" alumni, Just Cause 3D, on his "4D Experience" Project. He is founder and executive director of the "Seoul Webfest" & "Asia Web Awards" in South Korea.

Suzette Laqua

Suzette Laqua, CEO and founder of Vancouver Web Fest, is an entrepreneur, producer, and writer of TV, Digital Series, and Short Films. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, she has had a number of successful businesses. Suzette has also given back to the community as a Volunteer Mentor with PLEA – KidStart; working with teenage girls at risk in the Vancouver area since 2003. By bringing Vancouver, Canada and the world an international festival & conference that honours international digital content, Suzette has created opportunities that have proven invaluable for content creators, buyers, and distributors.

Pedro Levati

Pedro Levati is a director, screenwriter, and producer at Macaco Films, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the contents and program director of Buenos Aires Web Fest and writer, director, and producer of the award winning web series “Silent Night” and “Esther’s Style S1/S2”.

Yvette Lu

Yvette Lu is an actor, filmmaker, and family physician from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has appeared on numerous television shows and her short films have screened on television and in film festivals across North America. Yvette has also worked as a producer, director, and composer for a variety of projects including an award-winning short documentary. She is the host of “House Call with Dr. Yvette Lu”, an award-winning show about family caregivers, and has written a research-based play about chronic illness. Dr. Lu frequently speaks about medical issues on CityTV’s Breakfast Television and other news programs. yvettelu.com / twitter: @yvettelu

Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons is a Vancouver born producer/director, president of Super Creative, and a brand ambassador for Panasonic Lumix cameras. Rob has been making web series since 2006 in a variety of roles and is currently the Executive Producer and Cinematographer of "House Call with Dr. Yvette Lu", a new show that aims to provide practical solutions for caregivers across Canada. supercreative.ca

Kate Madison

Kate Madison, actor, producer, director and owner of Mythica Entertainment. Kate is mostly known for directing, producing, and acting in her Lord of the Rings prequel, “Born of Hope”, released on the internet in December 2009 with over 45 million views to date. She set up Mythica Entertainment to produce various films and series starting with “Ren: The Girl with the Mark”, a short form fantasy series about a young woman who finds herself bound to a powerful ancient spirit. Season one has now been viewed over a million times online and won multiple awards around the world. www.rentheseries.com.

Thomas Meudt

Thomas Meudt was born in 1988 in Frankfurt am Main and already started writing lyrics and composing music at the age of 12. From then on he played the piano and drums in diverse bands. After Abitur he studied Digital Media with focus on sound and his main area became songwriting, lyrics, music production and marketing.

In his Master the focus was on audiovisual productions and the work on set-sound, Sound Design and Film Score. He worked on several projects together with his future series colleagues and affiliates - with whom he realized the series MEM in 2012 and the company „Tag & Nacht Media“ in 2013.

Matthias Noe

Born and raised near Hanau, the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, Matthias instantly fell under the spell of legends and tales of the supernatural. While studying in Mainz, he proofread screenplays for ZDF, Germany’s largest broadcaster of fictional programs, and sought every opportunity to work on film sets. After graduating he worked as continuity, assistant director, and in postproduction and visual effects for several nationwide fictional programs and commercials, whilst never forgetting about his own stories. Eventually, in 2016, he teamed up with a dedicated crew of film professionals from the Frankfurt area and launched the web series project “Spessart Tales”. “Downstream”, the next chapter of this series of interconnected mystery stories, is currently in pre-production and like its predecessors will utilize all the skills Matthias has learned.

George Reese

George is a long-time entrepreneur and filmmaker. A graduate in Philosophy from Bates College, his early career began in television before taking a detour in technology. Professionally, he started several technology companies including Valtira (2003), enStratus (2009), and SEEKA TV (2016). After leaving Dell in 2015, George went back to school again - this time in digital video at IPR in Minneapolis - and returned to television and film in various roles. He has directed a number of short films and is the Executive Director of the “Minnesota WebFest”.

Anne Santa Maria

Anne Santa Maria has operated as a commissioning editor, creative executive and producer (TF1 Group), head of drama (FremantleMedia France), consultant (Gaumont). She produced the multi award winning web series “Osmosis”, which is being adapted for Netflix. She is now establishing new models of content creation for emerging talents & producers, implementing their business development and sales strategies towards the TV, digital, mobile, and platform ecosystem. She is a member of Webfest Berlin board of advisors and a regular contributor to digital content events as a jury, conference speaker, and trainer worldwide (MIPTV, CanneSeries, Grand Est, Connecta Fiction, Luchon, Quebec Cinema, IPF, Sicily Web Fest etc.).

Harry Sherriff

Harry Sherriff is a writer-director based in Manchester. In 2016 he made 12 short films in 12 months. His film "Hits like a girl" funded through the iShorts scheme premiered at Aesthetica Film Festival and has recently been broadcast on German Television. In 2017 he released "Early Days", a six-part web series. The show received over 80,000 views and premiered at Dublin Web Fest where it won Best Director & Spirit of the Festival Awards. Harry is currently developing his debut feature film with Red Union Films (Awaydays and The Violators).

Martha Sigargök-Martin

Martha Sigargök-Martin, filmmaker, author and blogger, was born in France in 1981 and moved to Germany 17 years ago. She studied History and German Linguistics in Göttingen, Rostock, and Hamburg. In addition to her jobs and internships in several fields like cultural institutions, translation, and media, she followed her passion for storytelling through books, films, and series. In october 2016 she founded “Martha’s Film Corner”, a blog with features and reviews about films.

Sebastian Simon

Sebastian Simon is producer and managing director of the company PixelPEC, that was founded 2014 in Offenbach. Starting as a student-network specialized in animation, PixelPEC today is making a lot of animations for German television and is operating as production unit for commercial and cultural multimedia productions.

Michael Söth

25 years ago, the professional assistant tax adviser founded his own film production company Söth Filmproduktion in Elmshorn. The production of high quality industry, documentary and event films are a part of his daily life, and also the realization of feature film projects. Michael knows how to bring his idea directly to the screen. Born in Eckernförde at the Baltic Sea, he spent his childhood at the countryside. The peculiarities of North Germans and the love for flat land shape him to this day. His origin and his passion for Northern Germany reflect in his feature films in a pleasant, unfussy and cheerful way. Michael is producer, author and director of the digital series "Deichbullen".

Christian Stadach

Christian Stadach (BA "Digital Media", MA "Media Direction" at the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt) was born in Pforzheim, Germany in 1982. His professional journey began in school where he attended multiple internships at local production companies, as well as first jobs as camera assistant and assistant director. During his studies he worked as a compositing and motion graphics artist for Pixomondo, where he was involved in projects like "Hugo Cabret", "Game of Thrones", and "After Earth", as well as numerous ad-campaigns. Aside from his passion for visual postproduction, his focus is on directing own projects like the web-series "MEM" or projects of his company "Tag & Nacht Media", which he founded with Thomas Meudt and Stephan Zimmermann.

Bryan Thompson

Bryan studied International Business at Eastern Michigan University earning his B.A. and Law at the College of William & Mary, earning his J.D. in 2012. In December 2017, he earned his LL.M. (Masters in Law) at the University of Miami with coursework including TV and Film Distribution and International Law. In 2012 he founded the production company Imani Films. In 2014 he produced the sci-fi/action series, “The Cell”, which subtly exposed audiences to national security law and the delicate ethical balance between protecting the nation at all costs and the protection of human right. Bryan wrote the script, produced it, directed it, choreographed all fight scenes, and executed his own stunts. “The Cell” has already achieved multiple international accolades including Best Directing and Best Visual Effects at the Los Angeles Web Series Festival 2013, Official Selection at the Hollyweb 2013 (Hollywood, CA), and Official Selection at Carballo Interplay 2013 (Spain). In that year, he also founded Florida’s first international film festival for web series; the “Miami Web Fest”.

Quentin Uriel

Quentin Uriel is a french filmmaker and editor. Self-taught, he created in July 2010 his company, K PRODZ, dedicated to advertising films and events after movies. Simultaneously, he participated in a few short film contests. He also occasionally teaches editing classes at cinema schools. In 2017 he produced “Nemausus”, a ten-episode web series, with his associate from K PRODZ, Maxime Roux. The series, which he co-wrote, directed, and edited, tells the story of a gladiator who travelled from Ancient Rome to our times.

Patxi Urkijo

Patxi Urkijo holds a doctorate and teaches at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Department of Art and Technology of Fine Arts Academy. Specialized in directing, screenplay writing, and audiovisual creation. He has written many books and articles, especially about specific directors such as John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, John Frankenheimer, and other books like "El Cine Belga: Marion Hänsell" or "El Cine de Espías". He has always been a director and creator, doing audiovisual research in all his works.

Fabian Wallenfels

Fabian Wallenfels lives and works as author and producer in Cologne. After studying Applied Theater Studies in Gießen, Fabian decided to do something sensible - and immediately started a program in Creative Production at the International Film School in Cologne. There he wrote and produced several short films, including the graduation film "Alter Egon", which was awarded with the Max Ophüls Prize and the German Camera Prize. With his longtime 'partner in crime' Fabian founded the company Hübner/Wallenfels. "Stage fright" is the first web series they did. You can watch it on www.nixim.tv.

Manuel Weiss

Manuel already knew as a child that filmmaking comes with something magical and passionate. After first attempts with his father's VHS camera, he began to realize action films with friends. After leaving school, he studied media design, and studied at the “Bayerische Akademie für Fernsehen“. Then he joined the ProSiebenSat1 group, where he worked as editor, TV editor and, from 2009 - 2014 as producer for various formats. He founded his own production company Weiss Entertainment, which serves the two pillars of "commissioned production" in the fields of music video and image film as well as "own productions" in the field of fiction. After producing a short film and the first season of "Ebersberg“, the first success emerged in form of the subsidy of the FFF Bayern (Film Fernseh Fonds Bayern) for "Ebersberg - Season 2". As author, cinematographer, producer and director, it never gets boring and the next project (the first feature film) is already waiting.

Dorothee Wenner

Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, author, and curator. Most of her projects deal with cross-cultural topics - her own films, her texts about film, the curating of film - among others for the Berlinale Festival, the Dubai Film Festival, the African Movie Academy, Lagos, and many more. In the last ten years, the relationship between Germany/Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa has become a focus of her work.

Stephan Zimmermann

Stephan Zimmermann studied Digital Media, with focus on sound at Hochschule Darmstadt. In master course Media Direction, he focused also on conception and film production. In 2013 he realized the internationally awarded web series "MEM" together with his colleagues Christian and Thomas. Together they founded the Media Production Company "Tag & Nacht Media". Stephan is working as an Author and in the fields of Conception, Film & Music Production and Sound Design.

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