2nd November Monday – 6:30 pm | Live event on Zoom via link*


Producer/Director Shrihari Sathe in conversation with Fay Breeman of the Hubert Bals Fund, Emilie Pianta Essadi of Cinema Du Monde and Miriam Henze of Berlinale World Cinema Fund.

This session focuses specifically on finding financing for South Asian films from international film funds in Europe. The panel discusses the various steps that a director/producer must go through—from application, script and production, to sales and distribution—in order to successfully find funding and collaborators for their film, and offers filmmakers from the region a realistic perspective on what makes a film potentially attractive for international co-productions and film funds.


EMILIE PIANTA ESSADI is the head of Cinemas du Monde, a division within the Cinema Departement of the Institut Français. She coordinates various actions and programmes, designed to promote foreign talents, directors, and producers, including La Fabrique Cinema, a selection of 10 feature films projects from southern countries presented within Cannes Film Festival, and Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, a selective fund for foreign films co produced with France, co-managed by the Institut français and the CNC.

FAY BREEMAN is the manager of the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), a curatorial fund dedicated to supporting filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe in every stage of the filmmaking process. She graduated from Utrecht University with a master’s degree in Film and Television Studies and a minor in Journalism. She was a member of the short film selection committee of IFFR and has worked for the industry departments and co-production markets of the Netherlands Film Festival, Go Short, Cinekid, and IFFR. Fay is an EAVE Puentes 2019 graduate.

MIRIAM HENZE is a founder of Mexican production company Brujazul and producer of the feature film Los Años Azules (Dir. Sofía Gómez Córdova, Mexico 2017) which was nominated by the Mexican Academy Award for best debut feature. She has been working with the Berlinale World Cinema Fund since 2019, coordinating its funded projects. The World Cinema Fund supports the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries in Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, the Pacific as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

SHRIHARI SATHE is a New York based director and producer. Sathe most recently won the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Producer’s Award. His credits as producer/co-producer include Jaron Henrie McCrea’s Pervertigo, Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, Partho Sen-gupta’s Sunrise (Arunoday), Afia Nathaniel’s Dukhtar, Bassam Jarbawi’s Screwdriver, and Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam’s The Sweet Requiem amongst others. Sathe’s feature directorial debut, 1000 Rupee Note, has received over 30 awards. His latest production Paul Felten & Joe DeNardo’s Slow Machine premiered at 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Shrihari is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Production Advisor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, as well as a member of the PGA, IMPPA and SWA-India.

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