Mike Goodridge – IFFAM Artistic Director
Mike Goodridge was most recently CEO of London-based sales, finance and production company Protagonist Pictures. In his tenure, from 2012 to 2017, he doubled the company’s revenues and oversaw world sales of over $80m. In his five years, he oversaw the financing, production and distribution of over 60 films including hit titles like Love & Friendship, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, American Honey, The Lobster, Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country, ’71, Calvary, Paris Can Wait and Free Fire as well as Cannes 2017 hits The Florida Project and The Rider. The films he worked on won two jury prizes in competition at Cannes and an Oscar as well as awards at Toronto, Venice, Berlin and Sundance.
Prior to Protagonist, Goodridge was a journalist, editor and critic, spending 19 years at trade paper Screen International including 12 years in Los Angeles as US editor. He was overall editor of the brand from 2009 to 2012.
Since 2011, he has also programmed the Kinoscope section at the Sarajevo Film Festival, bringing together an eclectic mix of world cinema and hosting many guests at the prestigious event.
He has sat on over 25 film festival juries including Sundance, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago and chaired all three FIPRESCI juries at Cannes in 2009.
He has published several books about film-making, and is a member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy. While in Los Angeles, he was Vice President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Lorna Tee – Head of Festival Management
Tee is a respected pan-Asian film producer international film festival consultant.
From 2005, she has worked with prominent film companies such as Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), and Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/ Japan). She also was involved in setting up and executive producing the first Asian Film Awards in 2007.
She is currently the Festival Director of CinemAsia Film Festival (Netherlands) and Head of Festival Management International Film Festival & Awards Macao. As part of the Selection Committee in Berlinale, she was part of the team selecting the Competition and Gala films. She is also the Asian representative for Back Up Media Group (France).
TEE has served on the board of international film festivals including Rotterdam, Shanghai, Busan and Jakarta. She has been jury member at Berlinale, Cannes, Locarno, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Barcelona, Mexico, Durban, Jechoen & others.
Her producing credits include The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the end of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K.
Giovanna Fulvi – Programming Consultant
Giovanna Fulvi has been programming Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. She is responsible for discovering and introducing audiences to the newest films and filmmakers of Asian cinema from regions such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
Based in Italy, she is a member of the selection committee for the Rome Film Festival, and has served as a film consultant and acquisitions manager for various organizations over the past 20 years, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Torino Film Festival. Fulvi is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome.
She also worked on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor as a historical and cultural researcher, and has served on juries for the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea, Tokyo Filmex, the Taipei International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 1997, she worked as a production assistant for Alan Miller’s documentary on the Puccini opera Turandot, staged by Zhang Yimou.
Fionnuala Halligan – Programming Consultant
Fionnuala Halligan is the Reviews Editor and Chief Film Critic for Screen International, the UK-based trade magazine and website, where she commissions and edits over 1,000 film reviews annually from a team of global reviewers at all major festivals.
She is a Contributing Editor to Vogue (China), where she writes about cinema, European art, cuisine and fashion.
She is the author of two books, MOVIE STORYBOARDS (Chronicle, 2013) and FILMCRAFT: PRODUCTION DESIGN (Focal/Ilex 2012). She curates the highly-regarded Stars of Tomorrow issue annually for Screen International where she has brought young UK acting and directing talent from Eddie Redmayne to Andrea Arnold to the attention of the global business at the beginning of their careers.
She has worked extensively in Asia and served on several international film festival juries and selection committees.
Violeta Bava – Programming Consultant
Violeta Bava was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a double degree in Theory, Aesthetics and History of Cinema and Drama at Buenos Aires University.
She has worked at the artistic area of Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) since 1999 and is the founder/ Co- director of the Buenos Aires Laboratory (BAL).
She is co-founder of Ruda Cine, a film production company focused on Latin American Auteur driven films. Ruda Cine has produced The Human Surge, by Eduardo Willimas (Locarno 2016, Golden Leopard at Filmmakers of the Present), Two Shot Fired by Martin Rejtman, FIPRESCI award for the best Argentinean Film 2014. She has also produced Back to Stay, by Milagros Mumenthaler, winner of the Best Film, the Best Actress and FIPRESCI Award at Locarno FF 2011.
She has been part of the Advisory Board of Torino Film Lab, Locarno Open Doors Programme, and Qumra (Doha). Currently, she is the Latin American consultant for Venice International Film Festival.
Hiromi Aihara – Programming Consultant
Aihara began working with Japanese independent films in 1976, when she joined the film editorial division of PIA, Tokyo’s leading cultural information weekly magazine. She served on the selection committee of PIA’s Film Festival while co-managing the festival until 1979. She then joined Midnight Label, a video distribution company launched by Bandai Visual to promote European and North American independent films.
Aihara has also worked extensively with international film festivals like The Brussels IFF, Dubai IFF and Fantasia FF in Montreal. Since 1999, she served as the programming coordinator for the Rotterdam IFF.
And also as a producer, she has produced TETSUO II/THE BODY HAMMER by Tsukamoto Shinya, ASCENSION by Karim Hussain , LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE & INVISIBLE WAVES by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, OUT OF THIS WORLD & CHILDREN OF THE DARK by Sakamoto Junji , UNDER WATER LOVE by Imaoka Shinji & SUKITA THE SHOOT MUST GO ON (Documentary).
Maxine Leonard – US Consultant
Los Angeles-based Maxine Leonard is a marketing and publicity expert with over 20 years’ experience in the film industry. Her boutique PR agency Maxine Leonard PR specialises in corporate publicty and film publicity and marketing and she attends all the key film markets and festival, with clients including leading production, financing and international entertainment companies such as Protagonist Pictures, See-Saw Films, STXinternational, Arclight Films, White Horse Pictures, Covert Media, Capstone Group, Oceanside Media, Radiant Films International, Voltage Pictures, Akatsuki Entertainment USA and Route One Entertainment.
She supported the worldwide launch and international roll out of recent theatrical feature films such as 2017 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Top of the Lake:China Girl, 2017 Grammy award winner The Beatles – Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, Academy Award nominated Lion. Upcoming titles include Ridley Scott’s new film All the Money in the World starring Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, Gringo staring David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron, The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy currently in post production, Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez, Pete Berg’s Mile 22 starring Mark Wahlberg and Paul Schrader’s new film First Reformed that premiered at the 2017 Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals.
Other recent titles include the Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan starrer The Foreigner, Bleed For This, Mother’s Day, 2015 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection A Tale of Love and Darkness, Dirty Grandpa, The Family Fang, I Am Bolt, Academy Award winning Dallas Buyers Club, Don Jon, 2 Guns, Parkland, And So It Goes, November Man, How to Make Love Like and Englishman, Laggies, Infinitely Polar Bear, Jenny’s Wedding, Two Night Stand, The Forger, Words & Pictures, Felony, Writers aka Stuck in Love, The Zero Theorem, Killer Joe, The Company You Keep, Arbitrage, The Words, Red Lights and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.
June Wu – Head of Industry
With M.A. of Cinema Studies from New York University, June WU started out in film production at critically acclaimed auteur Johnnie To’s Milkyway Image and later moved into distribution, serving at Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution and heading international sales and distribution at renowned producer Bill Kong’s Edko Films. With her extensive experience for years in international sales, WU has distributed numerous films including “Infernal Affairs”, “Secret” and “Cold War”. In 2013, WU founded Ablaze Image, the leading brand of international sales and distribution in Taiwan, bringing various genres of Chinese-language cinematic gems to worldwide audiences. WU has also served as the mentor of Taipei Produire au Sud Workshop, as well as the industry consultant and committee member of various film institutions in Taiwan.