IndustryMentoring Scheme

The UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership programme is a 12-month cross-sector, pan-European mentoring scheme for women in cinema exhibition. The programme is rooted in the belief that gender-balanced leadership in cinema exhibition is imperative for business success, better governance and more equity in the industry.

Our key long-term objective is to broaden and deepen the talent pool for leadership in our sector and promote a culture of change within the industry that values growth and equal opportunities.

The initial pilot was launched at CineEurope 2017 to provide 6 ‘up and coming’ female cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to receive one-to-one career advice and guidance from a female senior industry executive recognised for her leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape. The pilot was warmly welcomed by the industry and is now successfully rolling, with the fourth edition launched in June 2020.

 

More information on the programme is available here
 

Edna Epelbaum

CEO of Cinevital, Cinepel, Cinemont, Quinnie; President of the Swiss Cinema Operators' Association; Vice-President of UNIC

Montse Gil

Vice-President General Manager of Paramount Pictures, Spain

Veronica Lindholm

Managing Director of Finnkino

Corinne Thibaut

International Director, Cinema & Leisure at Coca-Cola

Dee Vassili

Executive Director, Group HR at Vue International

Sarah Lewthwaite

Managing Director, Senior Vice President EMEA Region at Movio

Edna Epelbaum

CEO of Cinevital, Cinepel, Cinemont, Quinnie; President of the Swiss Cinema Operators' Association; Vice-President of UNIC

Susanna Hermida Barbato

Executive Board Member at NOS Audiovisuais

Elisabeth Halvorsen

Chief Executive Officer of Bergen Kino

Clare Binns

Joint Managing Director at Picturehouse Cinemas & Picturehouse Entertainment

Mariam El Bacha

Chief Executive Officer of Cinepax Cinemas

Sarah Lewthwaite

Managing Director, Senior Vice President EMEA Region at Movio

Daniella Koot

Director Theatre Programming at Pathé Netherlands

Sofie Braet

COO of Cinionic

Nathalie Cieutat

Director of Programming at Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont

Helena Eklund

CMO, Marketing at Filmstaden

Cathy Huis in 't veld-Esser

CTO/Co-Owner of Gofilex

Petra Rockenfeller

Manager at Lichtburg Filmpalast

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

Chief Executive Officer of Novo Cinemas

Olga Zinyakova

President, KARO Cinema Chain

Eva Maria Valles Novel

HR Director, Spain & Portugal at Cinesa

Nathalie Cieutat

Director of Programming, Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont

Anne Fitzgerald

Chief Legal Officer and EVP, Real Estate, Cineplex

Norma Garcia-Muro

Head of Industry and Cinema Marketing at THX

Kate Gerova 

Marketing & Brand Director, Curzon

Jadranka Islamovic

CEO and Member of the Board, Blitz-CineStar

Grainne Peat

Managing Director, Event Cinema Association

Kaisa Rakemaa

Head of Sales, B2B at Finnkino

Géke Roelink

Managing Director of Filmhuis Den Haag

Bettina Schmidt

COO, KITAG CINEMAS

Greta Bisetto-Donelan

Global Director of Content Distribution, GENERATION MEDIA

Nuria Bronfman

Executive Director, Movie Theatre Association of Canada

Seneit Debese

Founder & CEO, Greta & Starks

Kassandra Dommisse-Reebergen

Country Manager Operations, Kinepolis The Netherlands

Daniela Elstner

Executive Director, UniFrance Film International

Yit-Ching Lee

Vice President EMEA, Paramount Pictures

Hannele Marjavaara

Cinema Manager, Kino Tapiola, Espoo, Finland

Funmilayo Marian Onuma

Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana

Zvjezdana Pavić

Director of Finance and Accounting, Blitz-CineStar

Bettina Schmidt

Head of Operations Cinema, blue Entertainment, Switzerland

Inés Trementino

Operations Director, Cinépolis Argentina

Georgina Broadhurst

Head of Corporate Sales & Advertising at Vue International

Maria Galvez

Head of HR at Yelmo Cines

Magdalena Lewicka

Finance and Reporting Director at Multikino S.A.  

Sandrine Liscia

Manager of theaters in Neuchâtel, Cinepel

Lucie Morvan

Assistant to the CEO at Yorck-Kino

Gráinne Peat

Policy Executive at UK Cinema Association

Lucia Anglade

Regional Cinema Operations Director at Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé

Marieke Jonker

Head of Content at Vue Netherlands 

Delia Kyburz

Head of Marketing and Events at Youcinema

Anna Malaret

Real Estate Director, Southern Europe at Cinesa 

Sharon Reid

Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Cinema First Limited

Valerie Thoen

International Human Capital Director at Kinepolis

Laura Weber

Chief Executive Officer at Cinecitta Multiplexkino

Angeliki Angelidou

Cinema Manager at Cineplexx Multiplexx Thessaloniki

Sévrine Breil

Regional Director at Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont

Susanne Fläxl

Managing Director at Cineplex Neufahrn

Anna Grunert

Market analyst at Helios

Louise McKenzie

UK Operations Director at Webedia Movies Pro

Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi

Senior Manager, Theatre Development, UK and Africa at IMAX

Rochelle Shanthakumar

CRM Campaign Manager at ODEON Cinemas Group

Hanna Szczepkowska

Management Assistant at Arsenal Cinema Tübingen

Clarissa Bergh

Cinema Director, Lillehammer Cinema

Rachel Bland

Screen Content Manager, VUE Entertainment

Monika Giełżecka

IT & Cinema Technology Manager, Multikino Group

Johanna Herfter

Manager Statistics and Research, Rentrak Germany/Comscore Inc.

Valeria Kurohtina

Group Programme Manager, CINAMON

Madelene Lorentzsson

Film Booker, Svenska Bio

Laura Mancilla

Brand Manager EMEA, Searchlight Pictures / Disney

Anna Paprocka

Group Content Manager, ODEON Cinemas Group

Olivia Taylor

Senior Marketing Manager, EMEA, IMAX

Nevena Brašanac

Booking & Exhibition Manager, CINEPLEXX INTERNATIONAL, Serbia

Nisha Denton

Head of Screen Content, CinemaxX, Germany

Patricia Edeline F. Antunes

COO and Booking Manager, Sociedad Cinematográfica de Centros Comerciales, SA, Spain

Elisabetta Hoch

General Manager, UCI Cinemas Bicocca Milan, Italy 

Natalia Mackiewicz

Cinema Programmer, Kinokawiarnia Stacja Falenica, Poland

Chloe Monteiro

Account Manager, EMEA, Movio

Boglárka Nagy

General Delegate, International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE)

Charlotte F. Neumann

Senior Film Booking Manager, ODEON Kino Norway

Ogbonna Nkemakolam Chizoma

Business & Operations Manager, Filmhouse Cinema, Nigeria

Julia Vinokurova

Operations Management Consultant EMEAR, RealD 

Becky Tobin

Regional Manager, Curzon, UK


UNIC LAUNCHES FIFTH EDITION OF THE WOMEN’S CINEMA LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME


Brussels: 30 June 2021 - The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European cinema trade grouping, today launched the fifth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, a 12-month mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

Following the success of the previous four editions, this year’s programme will provide 11 talented female cinema professionals with an exclusive opportunity to receive one-to-one career advice and networking opportunities, and to learn from an outstanding group of women executives from across the cinema landscape, each recognised for their leadership and business success.

The programme remains UNIC’s flagship initiative to help address the current gender imbalance at senior levels of the industry and works to encourage and empower female professionals in order for the industry to realise its full potential. Its 2021/22 edition welcomes the following key female leaders and rising female professionals from the cinema exhibition landscape, representing 19 countries and 22 companies:

Mentors

Greta Bisetto-Donelan, Global Director of Content Distribution, GENERATION MEDIA
Nuria Bronfman, Executive Director, Movie Theatre Association of Canada
Seneit Debese, Founder & CEO, Greta & Starks
Kassandra Dommisse-Reebergen, Country Manager Operations, Kinepolis The Netherlands
Daniela Elstner, Executive Director, UniFrance Film International
Yit-Ching Lee, Vice President EMEA, Paramount Pictures
Hannele Marjavaara, Cinema Manager, Kino Tapiola, Espoo, Finland
Funmilayo Marian Onuma, Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana
Zvjezdana Pavić, Director of Finance and Accounting, Blitz-CineStar
Bettina Schmidt, Head of Operations Cinema, blue Entertainment, Switzerland
Inés Trementino, Operations Director, Cinépolis Argentina

Mentees

Nevena Brašanac, Booking & Exhibition Manager, CINEPLEXX INTERNATIONAL, Serbia
Nisha Denton, Head of Screen Content, CinemaxX, Germany
Patricia Edeline F. Antunes, COO and Booking Manager, Sociedad Cinematográfica de Centros Comerciales, SA, Spain
Elisabetta Hoch, General Manager, UCI Cinemas Bicocca Milan, Italy 
Natalia Mackiewicz, Cinema Programmer, Kinokawiarnia Stacja Falenica, Poland
Chloe Monteiro, Account Manager, EMEA, Movio
Boglárka Nagy, General Delegate, International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE)
Charlotte F. Neumann, Senior Film Booking Manager, ODEON Kino Norway
Ogbonna Nkemakolam Chizoma, Business & Operations Manager, Filmhouse Cinema, Nigeria
Becky Tobin, Regional Manager, Curzon, UK
Julia Vinokurova, Operations Management Consultant EMEAR, RealD 

Welcoming this latest edition of the programme, UNIC CEO Laura Houlgatte commented:

"It’s incredibly rewarding to see how our inspiring community has grown – we’ve come a long way since 2017, when the programme was first launched!  We owe the success of the scheme to our wonderful mentors and mentees, who have been our champions since the very beginning. 

We know that more initiatives are needed to achieve more diversity and inclusivity in the industry – and we hope that we are doing our part.

This year, we received a record number of applications and the selection process was a challenge! We are thrilled to welcome a fantastic group of mentors and mentees for the fifth edition - the biggest to date. We are honoured that the programme is expanding into new territories and bringing more diverse profiles to our community. 

We also want to thank the graduating cohort for their dedication, ambition and hard work in what has been a very challenging year. 

We can’t wait to see everyone again – in person and not on Zoom!

I would like to wish an empowering journey to the new cohort!"

Notes for editors

The UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme is a 12-month cross-sector, international mentoring scheme for women in cinema exhibition.

Launched in 2017, the Programme is rooted in the belief that gender-balanced leadership in cinema exhibition is imperative for business success, better governance and more equity in the industry.

More information can be found on the UNIC website here.

Further Enquiries

dstratan@unic-cinemas.org / +32 2 880 99 39 | @UNIC_Cinemas