International Film Heritage Festival

Yangon, 4 – 13 November 2016


Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten is an internationally renowned screenwriter and script consultant known for the celebrated feature film Call Girl (2012) directed by Mikael Marcimain. Call Girl premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was awarded with the 2012 Fipresci Award. Other projects Marietta has been involved with include award winning films such as Svinalängorna (2010) directed by Pernilla August, The Babadook (2014) directed by Jennifer Kent, and Mediterranea (2015) by Jonas Carpignano, H by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia, Djeca, Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begic, Alaverdi by Maria Sachyan, Los Hongos by Oscar Ruiz Navia, The Dog Show by Ralston Jover, Svinalängorna/Beyond by Pernilla August, Hi-So by Aditya Assarat, Les Quattro Volte by Michelangelo Frammartino, The Slut by Hagar Ben-Asher, Short Skin by Ducchio Chiarini and the upcoming Rey by Niles Attallah, Blanka by Kohki Hasei, Underground Fragrance by Pengfei Song and The Fits by Anna Rose Holmer. Since 2007 von Hausswolff works in connection with Torino Film Lab, Binger Film Lab, Toronto International Film Festival Studio, Boost Rotterdam, Balkan Film Fund Athens, Talent Campus Sarajevo, Berlinale Rutger Hauer Masterclass, Campus Moscow, Script Lab Russia, Venice Biennale College Cinema and many other international script labs. Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten has a background in television, both as a story editor and as a screenwriter, and has worked on popularly acclaimed TV series such as Skilda Världar (1996-1999), Tre Kronor (1994-1999), as well as SVT’s Christmas calendar Allrams Höjdarpaket (2004). She is also Head of MotherOfSons (MOS), a development/film production company based in Stockholm.

Isabelle Glachant Isabelle Glachant is an independent producer based in Beijing. She is the founder and CEO of production and sales companies Chinese Shadows and Asian Shadows, which aim to represent new generations of Asian directors by introducing their work to the world. While Chinese Shadows works with Chinese directors, Asian Shadows has expanded beyond China’s mainland to produce and handle international sales for movies made in Taiwan and Indonesia. « A generation of directors has emerged in Southeast Asian nations that are similar to the sixth-generation Chinese directors from 15 years ago » comments Glachant. Her role is often to establish a bridge between the Chinese and European film industries and professionals. She is the producer of the Chinese filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai whose  Shanghai Dreams (2005) won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, In Love We Trust (2008) got Silver Bear Best Script at the Berlin Film Festival, and Chongqing Blues (2010) was selected for the official competition at Cannes Film Festival. Another important project was 11 Flowers (2011), the first French-Chinese co-production in recent years. Before being producer, she studied cinema in France and Chinese in Guangzhou (China), and was correspondent for Canal +, a French movie channel, and Audiovisual Attaché at the French embassy in Beijing.

Olivier Père Olivier Père, a native of Marseille (France), obtained an MA in Modern Literature from Paris IV–Sorbonne. Since 2012, he is executive director of TV Arte France Cinema and director of film acquisitions for Arte France. He was programmer at the French Cinematheque in Paris from 1996 to 2009 and print researcher for a series of retrospectives for the Belfort Entrevues Festival (France). Between 1996 and 2008, Père was Artistic Director of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs), and in the period between 2004 and 2012 he was Artistic Director of several editions of the Festival des film Locarno (Switzerland). Père contributes regularly to the film section of the French weekly magazine Les Inrockuptibles and has co-written a book on Jaques Demy together with Marie Colmant.

Ron Halpern Ron Halpern has been in charge of international productions and acquisitions for Studiocanal since 2007 (currently Executive Vice President), overseeing its growth in international production and contributing to making the studio a European major. His past productions include Bafta winning and Academy Award nominated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, awarded the Jury’s Grand Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson. Current productions include Legend starring Tom Hardy as both of the notorious Kray brothers, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash with Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts, and last but not least, James Marsh’s upcoming film The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. Acquisitions have included Moonrise Kingdom, and The Imitation Game among others. Halpern also oversees the theatrical adaptations and productions of Studiocanal, notably “The Producers” by Mel Brooks, “The Graduate” and “The Ladykillers.” Before joining Studiocanal, Halpern worked for CBS SPORTS at 3 Winter Olympic Games. He holds a BA and an MBA from Columbia University.

Rachel Mathews Rachel Mathews is a British writer, director, and tutor in screenwriting & fiction directing at the Yangon Film School. Mathews has directed award-winning short films including Danny & His Amazing Teeth (Royal Television Society Award, 2002) and written scripts for BBC Radio 4 and TV. In 2010 she won a Wellcome Trust Award for her science-based feature script “Matrioska.” She was selected for a C4 Screenwriting course 2015 and is currently writing a BBC radio play and a series pilot for Channel 4.


Grace Swe Zin Htaik Grace Swe Zin Htaik is a well-known Myanmar Academy Award-winning actress. In front of the camera, or as a producer and director, she has worked on an impressive number of locally distributed film and video productions. In 1977 she won the Burmese Academy Award for best performance. She attended the Rangoon Institute of Economics, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Subsequently she obtained a degree from the Alliance Française in Yangon in 1989, and trained in special content media at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) in 2002. She received a superior diploma from the International Institute of Abhidhamma, Yangon, in 2011. Heading International Affairs at Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO), she acts as a liaison between the government and visiting production teams. In this role, she has participated at many international film-related events, festivals, symposiums, media workshops, and seminars around the world. In addition to her work in film, she is also involved with Population Services International, an INGO focusing on HIV/AIDS education in Myanmar. Since 2007, she is Ambassador for Peace for the New-York-based Universal Peace Federation. Since 2014, Grace Swe Zin Htaik has worked in close association with the Memory! Cinema Association and Memory! Internation Heritage Film Festival for the preservation of Mya Ga Naing, the earliest Myanmar classic film recovered to date. She is also Special Advisor to the Myanmar Film Heritage Project, which aims to establish a national film and audiovisual archive and preservation facility in Myanmar.

Vít Janeček Vít Janeček is a director, writer, producer, and associate professor at the Film and TV School Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (FAMU). He graduated from the School of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague in Film Studies and from FAMU in non-fiction filmmaking. His creative interest consist in considering the transversal aspects of reality – science, politics, society and thought.  In the 1990s he curated several film programs in Prague’s Roxy, Archa Theater, and historical retrospectives at several editions of IFF Charley Vary. Subsequently he co-founded and directed the first four years of the FAMU Center for Audiovisual Studies. Between 2012 and 2015 he headed FAMU International, where he transformed or developed curricular frameworks for several academic programs (Production Team Studies, new tracks of AP Program and a re-defined Masters program CDM, FAMU Summer Initiation Campus). In 2015 he was appointed member of the Czech commission for UNESCO. Together with his wife, Slovak director and producer Zuzana Piussi, he formed D1film production and since 2015 they work on films aiming to address socially sensitive contemporary topics. He has produced or co-produced a number of films including the full length feature film The Monk by The Maw Naing (2014, CZ/MM), within the scope of the FAMU Burma project, which he has led since 2006. In addition, Vít is a development advisor with Czech TV, and a regular contributor to various publications and web media.

Sophie Bourdon Sophie Bourdon is the Head of the section Open Doors at Festival del film Locarno (Switzerland), which consists in two main activities: a co-production hub presenting eight projects from the highlighted region to European and international decision makers and a five-day lab targeted at the new generation of producers and filmmakers producers from the chosen countries. The regional focus in 2016-2018 is South Asia. Bourdon has a 25-year experience in the European and international film industries, more particularly in international sales, co-productions, festivals and training. Among other responsibilities, she has been Chief Executive of the European organization Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), for eleven years during which she supported over 200 independent producers through the creation of the ACE Network where she designed workshops and seminars, contributed to expand the ACE to non-EU producers, and to establish connections with other continents. Prior to ACE, she was Director of international sales at MK2, the Paris based production-distribution-sales company.

Jury President Michel Hazanavicius Michel Hazanavicius was born in Paris, France. He attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis (1999), which featured his brother Serge Hazanavicius. His next feature film, a spy parody, OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d’espions (2006) was a success at the box office, and warranted a sequel, OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2009), which was also a hit. Hazanavicius came to the attention of international audiences with the release of an almost wordless film, The Artist (2011), which starred his wife, Bérénice Bejo and OSS 117 star Jean Dujardin. The film was a critical and popular hit, garnering many major awards including five Oscars.