Tutors for pitching preparations


IMG_1700_1Phil Parker
Phil Parker is a co-founder of www.bcre8ive.eu, a multiplatform online development company, and is one of Europe’s leading development consultants – productions include Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were Rabbit and Terry Prachett’s Hogfather.

Olivier Catherin
In 2002 he joined the French Animated Films Association (AFCA) to create the International Animation Day celebration in France (Fête du cinema d’animation), he was the French representative on the ASIFA board, and was in charge of the International Animation Day coordination on an international level. In 2008, he created the animated film production company Les Trois Ours, with Serge Elissalde and Jack Wang, and won César Award with the short Kiki of Montparnasse in 2014. In 2017, he joined Pictanovo and is in charge of the development of the animated film sector for the Hauts-de-France region. He also teaches animation production at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute).

Philip LaZebnik
Philip LaZebnik has written numerous television episodes and motion picture screenplays in Los Angeles and Europe, but he is primarily known for his animated features at Disney and DreamWorks. His screenwriting credits include Disney’s Pocahontas and Mulan, and DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt and The Legend of El Dorado. Philip also wrote the book for the theatrical musical adaption of Prince of Egypt for DreamWorks.

Thom Palmen
Thom Palmen is a festival director, short film producer and distributor working in Baltic countries and on the European level. With AIR Productions, he received the International Competition Grand Prix at the 45th Tampere Film Festival for the Latvian fiction film, Castratus Kuilis (2014), directed by brothers Raitis and Lauris Abele.

Agnieszka Kruk
A script-neuron collider that is… scriptwriter, educator, creator and Creative Director of Script Fiesta, the biggest Polish festival for scriptwriters. Translator of Linda Aroson’s “21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow’s Films”. The only certified script coach in Poland. A story consultant working with scriptwriters, novelists and filmmakers. An expert evaluating documentary and feature projects for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The founder and head lecturer at StoryLab.pro.


Joan Lofts – Cartoon Forum
Joan Lofts was Director of Television at Contender Entertainment Group. She was responsible for developing and overseeing the television production division – integrating with the company’s vision to Build Entertainment Brands. This department was run and built in close proximity to International TV Sales, Publishing, Licensing and Merchandising, and DVD. Recent animated hits include Tractor Tom, Peppa Pig, Humf, Little Kingdom and a special for Channel 4, Lost and Found. She is currently involved with mentoring projects for the European Media Programme – and is also a Chair person for the Cartoon Forum. She has also recently run pitching clinics in Asia for the Asian Animation Summit.

Agnes Bizzaro – Cartoon Forum
Agnes Bizzaro works as a consultant for European broadcasters and producers. She started her career in TV production in France and then moved to the public channel, France 2, where she was responsible for the coproduction of animation series. She then worked for channel M6 in the fiction department. She is also a content coordinator for Cartoon Springboard, the Cartoon pitching event dedicated to young European talents.