OUR TEAM

Isabelle FAUVEL

Isabelle Fauvel founded Initiative Film in 1993, drawing on her background as a producer – having spent six years working at Flach Film, where she co-produced several films, including Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Leolo, which played in competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

With the team she has established at Initiative Film, and the large database they have developed (newspaper extracts, web research, books), she scouts material, develops concepts, and conducts tailor-made research, making her a key partner for literary adaptation. She has close links with writers, directors and producers internationally.

Additionally, she is active as a tutor and course leader, attending conferences, and building connections between the worlds of cinema and literature.  She has contributed to the following programs as an expert : Thessaloniki’s Crossroads, Sofia’s Meeting, Istanbul’s Meetings on the Bridge, Namur Coproduction Forum… She is a regular trainer at the Sorbonne and has acted as a consultant for the Mediterranean Film Institute and ACE as well as an advisor for publishing companies. she was recently involved in the Shoot The Book! event at the Cannes Film Festival.

Her ambition is to help films come to fruition where conditions are the most difficult. With this aim, she recently created Socrates, a training workshop aiming to help story editors from the South-Mediterranean region.

She scouts for the Jerusalem International Film Lab and is also a partner of the Torino Film Lab for the Adapt Film Lab, which she co-founded.

Anne RAPCZYK

After graduating from HEC (École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris) and a Masters degree in law and economy of the film industry at La Sorbonne, Anne Rapczyk starts working in production as a CFO before joining Intertalent agency and François Samuelson’s team.

Anne Rapczyk is also an associate in the production company Sunrise Films. Next time I’ll aim for the heart (La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur) is her debut feature as a producer, coproduced with Alain Attal and in association with Thomas Klotz.

In parallel, Anne works as Initiative Film’s financial director since 2011.

Hakim MAO

After having completed a « BTS » in editing and postproduction, and a masters degree in film writing and directing at the Louis Lumière National Film School in Paris whre he wrote and directed several short films, hakim comes from a technical background in film making.

After interning on several feature film shootings as an assistant director, he decides to dedicate himself to writing, first by developing his first feature film script at the Méditalents trans-Mediterranean writing workshop fore over a year, before starting interning at Initiative Film.

Now a project manager, he alternates between the Development Department and the international training programs in which Initiative Film is involved.

Hayet BENKARA

French born and Toronto-based Hayet Benkara has years of international experience working extensively with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Cannes (Producers Network), Berlinale (the Co-production market), Rotterdam/IFFR (CineMart), the Dubai International Film Festival, the Guanajuato Film Festival (Mexico), Era New Horizon (Poland), the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and most recently the Doha Film Institute.

In 2007, she launched a Toronto-based company created specifically to nurture the careers of aspiring filmmakers internationally – a role she continues to fulfill in her ongoing association with dozens of emerging directors and producers in Toronto and abroad.

In 2013, she launched and managed the first edition of TIFF STUDIO, a new professional training programme for mid-career producers and filmmakers at TIFF Bell Lightbox. (tiff.net/Studio).

Throughout her career Hayet has consistently placed a high value on the quality of the relationships she has fostered, and has developed an extensive network of contacts among artists and professionals working in virtually every aspect of the industry in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Year round she advises young and established filmmakers and producers on Development, Production, Co-production, Distribution and Marketing, and Festival strategies.

Émile BERTHERAT

As a student (at La Sorbonne during his B.A. and the Ecole Normale Supérieure during his M.A), Emile had a strong appeal for film development. After an internship as a junior acquisition manager in one of the most active French distribution company, he integrated the Initiative Film team. In the meantime, he keeps working as a reader for a production company and a sales agent.

In 2014, he participated in the AdaptLab, a section of the Torino Film Lab dedicated to adaptation of novels into films.

Being both a cinephile and a human sciences specialist, Emile can work in the field of story editing as well as a book scout.

Emma DEGOUTTE

Native of Loire, Emma studied at the Sorbonne Paris I University, from license to a professional scriptwriting, directions and production masters degree.

She interned at Zadig Productions for documentary production, and did script reading and analysis of short and feature films for Karé Productions.

She has co-written two short films, a fiction short and a documentary, screened in March 2015 on France 2 (national television channel)

She extended her experience with her work at Initiative Film, alternating consultation and researches before ending up being in charge of the literary department.

She work a second time as project manager to prepare the first prize of the adaptable novel for screen, « Polar en Série / Serial Thrillers », for the last Quais du Polar (Thrillers on the docks) literary festival, in Lyon.

At the last Valence International Screenwriters, her short film script, written during the « 48 hours Marathon of Writing », received the prize of the Youth Jury.

RÉMI GIORDANO

Rémi Giordano was born in the East of France from a Spanish mother and an Italian father. After studying cinema at the university, he discovers script doctoring through his years as a trainee for many production companies (both for TV and Cinema). He starts to work at Initiative Film in 2007 and becomes head of the literary department. Besides his job, searching for books to adapt with Isabelle Fauvel, he’s a script doctor and consultant for different production, distribution, international sales companies (Mars Distribution, Films Distribution,  Why Not Productions, etc.). He left Initiative Film as an employee in 2014 but stills works as a freelance collaborator since. He has worked on the second season of the animated series Martine for Les Armateurs (M6). This experience leaded him to write for two different animated series. He’s currently finishing a short movie for Arte, the first European feature film for the Oculus Rift Experience. The movie is about the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Poney Club,  a movie he wrote with Victor Dekyvère, is currently in financing. In 2013, Rémi Giordano published his second novel and he’s working on his next literary project. He is 30 years old and lives in Paris.

 

Marion KLOTZ

Marion Klotz worked for 6 years at MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL, Paris based sales company, as head of festivals and non-commercial distribution. She also took part in the acquisition activities of the company and developed in that frame the label ARTSCOPE.

Since 2006, Marion is script reader for different institutions and funds in France and abroad. In 2014 she starts to collaborate with Locarno IFF as project manager for the Industry department and as member of the selection committee of the coproduction lab Open Doors. She has been recently appointed by Rotterdam Cinemart as freelance consultant.

Ophélie LEROUGE

Ophelie Lerouge, 37, is a French producer and CEO of Actarus Films.

After studying art history at the Sorbonne, Ophelie Lerouge started her career at the Louvre Museum and Ministry of Culture before turning to audiovisual production; first with Les Films d’Ici where she worked on several documentaries and shorts; then collaboratrf with actor Charles Berling on feature film development. In 2008, she produced the documentary directed by Charles Berling « Gustave Eiffel » (France 5) as well as a web series (Arte.tv) based on Samuel Beckett’s play « Endgame », directed by Charles Berling. In 2009, Ophélie Lerouge started a new business with filmmaker Louis Couvelaire, creating Actarus Films, a production company, where she continues to produce TV documentaries, « The Mystery of the White Bird » by Louis Couvelaire (Arte, 2011 ), « Taxi », a documentary series (10 x 6 min, Sweden, 2012), « The Grand Palais »  by Sandra Paugam (France 5, 2013), the series « Mémoire de l’Oubli » about war reporters, directed by Couvelaire Louis and Patrick Chauvel (Arte, 2014), and « The Louvre Abu Dhabi » by George Bernard (Arte, 2016).

Ophelie Lerouge is currently developing three feature films, including a coproduction with Mon Voisin Productions, TV projects, and documentaries.

She can assist you as a consultant in developing your documentary projects.

She has already worked with Isabelle Fauvel as documentary consultant for Pole Sud Image (Marseille): « How to present a project at a film market? » (expertise, preparation of pitches and meetings with broadcasters) and prepared candidates for Sunny Side of the Doc (France, La Rochelle).

 

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