Meet the speakers* for the 2019 Indie Film Distribution Summit

* New speakers are currently being added so do check back in. To see the list of past speakers you can go here. 


Distributors and Exhibition

Getting films out there in our domestic territory, that means the UK.

TBA in coming weeks.


International and Domestic Sales

People who get our films out there internationally, domestically and online.

Deborah Rowland // Distributor, NFTS course leader

Debbie has worked for Artificial Eye, Disney, Icon, EOne, 20th Century Fox in senior marketing and distribution positions. She now heads up the new MA in distribution at the NFTS... MORE


Zak Brilliant // Founder of Republic Film Distribution

Zak Brilliant is an experienced distribution executive who has overseen the release of over 200 + films in the UK market. From mainstream, commercial hits to award winning, breakout, arthouse titles, his campaigns have generated over £150M at the UK box office. MORE


Cate Kane // Head of Acquisitions at Curzon Artificial Eye

Cate currently heads up iconic distribution company and  cinema chain Curzon Artificial Eye's Acquisition slate. Cate recently conducted the negotiations for Bong Jong-ho's Palme D'or winner, Parasite, at Cannes, 2019. MORE



People who are actively disrupting the existing systems and creating whole new business models.

Jon Barrenechea // Deputy Director of Marketing, Picturehouse

Jon is VP of Marketing at Mubi, the go to curated SVoD service that is available in 195 countries around the world. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Marketing at Picturehouse Cinemas and is also a Producer at Sundance Film Festival, London. MORE


Peter J Storey  // CEO and Founder of GreenLit Crowdfunding platform

Changing people's expectations of what crowdfunding is, and what it can be. Film finance, marketing and general crowdfunding. 


People who have been there, got the T shirt and can share their experiences so you can learn from what they got right and what they got wrong.

Chris Jones // Filmmaker and author of The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook

Chris has four indie feature films under his belt, an Oscar shortlisted short and six books in the best selling Guerilla Filmmakers Handbooks series. He has also interviewed hundreds of filmmakers over the years for the books... MORE



People who are working in the wider industry.

Ngozi Okali -  Head of Technical Operations - Europe at Entertainment One

Ngozi is a highly motivated and effective operations manager with over 17 years’ management experience in film distribution and presentation in cinema. Having worked with Disney and Warner Brothers, she has extensive expertise in digital cinema technology and applications, Access cinema and VIP screenings; with a comprehensive contact base across the UK film industry, including creative, mastering and fulfilment vendors; exhibition, picture and sound engineers (e.g. Dolby, MPS) and post production (e.g. Pixar, Marvel, Disney Animation). 


Elizabeth Taylor -  Account Director at Premier

Account Director at Premier with seven years experience in film publicity, including: UK theatrical releases (print, broadcast, digital), unit publicity, premieres and events, UK film festivals (overall management and individual film launches) and international film festivals (film launches). 


Matthew Falck // Trailer and Sizzle Editor 

Matt is a freelance Trailer and Sizzle Editor based in London working in the industry for over a decade. His 'sizzle reels' help get films financed. These reels are often used but rarely seen or even understood.  Get the edge.


David Coultas // Creative Producer and Business Development at LipSync Creative

David is a creative producer at LIPSYNC CHEMISTRY the London-based agency producing award-winning marketing assets for film, TV and corporate clients. In addition, he’s spearheading business development.  MORE


Zsofia Szemeredy -  Distribution and Marketing Consultant, Producer of the Summit

Zsofi graduated from the Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition MA course at the NFTS in 2019. During her studies she gained experience at eOne, Picturehouse Entertainment, Curzon Artificial Eye, New Sparta, Sundance London to name a few. She is currently running her consultancy and working with various film, game and TV related companies.