Meet the experts
EXPERT JURY PERFORMING ARTS DOCUMENTARY
Co-founder at Marquee TV
Kathleya Afanador is a co-founder of Marquee TV, a video streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. She works closely with a core editorial and commercial team on Marquee’s content acquisition, partnerships, and commissioning projects.
Head of Strategic Development at TVF International
Lindsey Ayotte is the Head of Strategic Development at TVF International, the world's largest independent distributor of factual programming. In addition to leading a dynamic sales team of eight, Ayotte oversees the company's digital strategy and leads its mission to support fellow independents in the production space through partnerships and early-stage financing opportunities.
Commissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Dance at BBC Music
Emma Cahusac has worked in TV for over 25 years as a producer, director + executive. She has produced programming for all major UK channels and US broadcasters, with subjects ranging from the visual arts, theatre, classical dance to pop music.
Programme Manager at ARTE France
After having worked at Cinedoc & Paris-Films Cop, an association distributing + showing experimental movies, Esther joined ARTE as Performing Arts programmer, selecting the programme material and developing ideas. Since 2003 she is the commissioning editor for the Culture and Performing Arts Department at ARTE France, being in charge of productions + acquisitions. Among others she commissioned classical and jazz music documentaries such as “Charlie Parker, Bird Songs” (Illégitime Défense, 2020) & “Saint-Saëns, The Enigmatic Composer” (Heliox Films, 2021). Esther is also in charge of producing and selecting pop-rock concert films and commissions two shows for ARTE: “Echoes “With Jehnny Beth” (Walter Films – 60’) & “Ground Control” (Sombrero & Co - 60’). Besides, she commissions Arts documentaries and 52-minute profiles of movie stars.
Commissioning Editor at ZDF/ARTE and Head of Department ARTE Culture and Music at ZDF – German Television
Dieter was a freelance filmmaker for ZDF, 3sat and ARTE before working as Head of Department Theatre, Pop, Event/ARTE at ZDF from 2012 to 2017. Since April 2017 he is Head of Department ARTE Culture and Music at ZDF.
International Sales Coordinator at CLPB Rights
EXPERT JURY DIGITAL CREATION
Director at Virtual Switzerland + President at XR4Europe
Laetitia Bochud joined Virtual Switzerland at its start in 2017 to shape and develop the association into the gateway to #SwissXR. Now the director, she advises companies, fosters synergies worldwide, promotes new media production and creation, and evangelizes XR tech transfer and integration across industries. She is also, since 2021, the president of the XR4Europe association and the Swiss ambassador for the Women in Immersive Tech Europe (WIIT) initiative.
Head of Cultural Channels at La Trois, La Première, Musiq’3, Classic 21
Laetitia Huberti has been working in the cultural and public service media sectors for 18 years, and her career has taken her from the Performing Arts Center Flagey in Brussels to the Belgian Public Radio & Television, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Since 2014, Laetitia joined RTBF, where she managed the classical radio station Musiq'3 for 4 years, while actively contributing to the organisation's transformation towards a "public centric" model. In 2018, she became the Head of Editorial Strategy of a portfolio of thematic media including 3 radios and 1 television: La Première, Musiq'3, Classic21 & La Trois-TV. Her current role is to define the vision and editorial strategy for these media and lead the team.
Non Executive Director at Opera North
Prior to joining CtM, Renee held a senior tech role at Sky in Europe. She is a passionate leader and communicator and that passion also shows in her deep interest in music, including through her position as a Non-Executive Director at Opera North.
Head of Mission Innovation at ARTE
Kay Meseberg studied Political Science at University of Potsdam in Germany. He worked since the end of the 90ties on many award-wining digital productions and as a journalist. Since 2013 he is working for ARTE in Strasbourg, France. After his contribution for the world-first VR-documentary Polar Sea 360 in 2014 he is working on immersive media and other innovative forms and charing the ARTE group dedicated to upcoming technologies Mission Innovation. Kay is also a visiting lecturer for the Center of Collaborative Arts and Media at Yale University and Innovation Ambassador for the IMZ.
Managing Director at Ars Electronica Linz
Veronika Liebl (f) is currently Managing Director at Ars Electronica and has an interdisciplinary background in non-profit and innovation management. She is is mainly engaged in programming and producing collaborative programs with partners from arts, science and industry and facilitates, in this framework, programs for artistic productions and knowledge incubation.
Artistic Director of VRHAM Virtual Reality & Arts Festival Hamburg
Ulrich Schrauth is an international curator, creative director and artist working in the field of immersive media. His posts include artistic director for VRHAM! Festival Virtual Reality & Arts Hamburg as well as XR and immersive programmer for the BFI London Film Festival. In addition to that, he oversees many international projects with virtual, augmented and mixed reality, and acts as a speaker, moderator and jury member in this field.