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20 February, 15:45-17:15

One-on-One Expert Sessions

Meet the Movers + Shakers


Meet the Movers + Shakers of the Creative Industry lets you pick the brains of major players from all parts of the creative industry, gaining insight into their respective fields! Check out the list of Movers + Shakers in attendance below with more to be announced soon!


The application process is now open. Click on the button below to register.


Please note that only registered participants of Avant Première can access the expert sessions and that slots are assigned on a first come first served basis.




Antonia Rahofer

Executive Deputy Head of the Film Department of Division IV - Arts and Culture, Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport

Adviser, Executive Deputy Head of the Film Department of Division IV – Arts and Culture at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport since 2020; Project Manager, Managing Editor and Programmer in the film and arts sector (2010 – 2020); Academic Stuff and Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature  and Art History (2008-2023)

Elisabeth Gigler

Cultural Manager/COO, AVL Cultural Foundation GmbH

Elisabeth Gigler has over 15 years of experience in the cultural industry. She is COO and Cultural Manager at the AVL Cultural Foundation. Since the foundation was established, Elisabeth has been involved in the development and management of its program at the intersection of art, science and technology, which includes the development and collaboration on unique art and technology projects, experimental, innovative formats, concerts and exhibitions. In her academic life, she has focused on cultural studies, postcolonial studies and contemporary Indigenous Australian art. She has a background in music.

Fernando Amodeo Tuacek

Manager, Sesc Digital and SescTV

Manager of Sesc Digital and SescTV, leads projects in Sesc's digital environments, with an emphasis on Education and Culture. Fernando Tuacek works at the institution since 2007 and has a Business Management – MBA.

John Kieser

CEO, Honens International Piano Competition

John Kieser is the the President and CEO of the Honens International Piano Competition. Formerly, he held the positons of Director of Partnerships for IDAGIO GmbH and Media consultant for the New World Symphony.  Previously John served as EVP and Provost for New World since 2015 and General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony. While there, he created SFS Media, produced the diverse-media project "Keeping Score," Grammy© award winning recordings and won Emmy Awards for The San Francisco Symphony at 100 and Sweeney Todd.

Judy Flannery

Director, San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Judy Flannery has been an independent filmmaker and producer; programming executive for San Francisco’s PBS station and a media consultant to various arts organizations in the US. She is currently a director at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Justin Janßen

Junior Product Manager, KlimAktiv

From numerous film projects, often sustainability-focused, film & TV engineer Justin Janßen has gained a comprehensive knowledge in green production. At KlimAktiv he is developing carbon footprinting tools for Green Shooting and Green Streaming.

Reanne Leuning

Project Manager Creative Industries, Advantage Austria

Reanne Leuning is responsible for the internationalization programs of the Austrian creative industries at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the internationalization and innovation agency of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber with over 100 offices in 70 countries. Through consulting, financial support, and the organization of exhibitions, showcases, B2B matchmaking events, as well as conferences and economic missions, the aim is to generate more international business opportunities for Austrian designers and manufacturers, the music industry, filmmakers, fashion labels, and other creative professionals. Since October 2022, Reanne has also been serving as the Deputy Chair of KAT – Kreativwirtschaft Austria.

Stefaan Coninx

International valorization & network officer, Alamire Foundation

Stef Coninx (b.1960, Belgium) recently joined the Alamire Foundation from Flanders Arts Institute. A former musician turned musicologist, he managed classical & jazz marketing at PolyGram, worked at Flanders Music Centre (2000-2015), and held key roles in music networks like Iamic, EMO, and the International Music Council. He chaired the European Music Council and supported the European Agenda for Music.


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