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 second edition launched at CineEurope 2018. 


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

Sarah Lewthwaite

Managing Director, Senior Vice President EMEA Region at Movio

Clare Binns

Joint Managing Director at Picturehouse Entertainment

Mariam El Bacha

Chief Executive Officer of Cinepax Cinemas

Daniella Koot

Director Theatre Programming at Pathé Netherlands

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

Stay tuned for more information!


Big Screen Feature - Interview with Montse Gil

For the third edition of Big Screen Feature - providing a behind-the-scenes look at the world of cinema exhibition through the eyes of professionals themselves - Montse Gil (Vice-President & Managing Director, Paramount Pictures, Spain) discusses the job itself and the value of the Big Screen.

Describe your typical day at work

One of the most interesting aspects of my work in movie distribution is that every day is different, which makes difficult to describe it as “typical”. Overall, I focus on release planning and strategy, which implies meeting with my team to discuss and set release dates for our upcoming movies, strategise on release patterns and marketing plans and coordinate and integrate the implementation of the plans from every area. The fact that we work on different movies for different targets challenges us to be up-to-date by researching new ways of dealing with the changing competitive landscape and new audiences, which makes my job really exciting.

The moment you fell in love with the Big Screen?

There is not a precise moment but a period of my life; as a kid when going to the see a movie on the Big Screen was “The Big Thing”. It was usually my aunt taking the big group of cousins all together to see a movie, so beyond the movie, the cinema, the screen, it was the collective fun, the best fun possible. Over time the immersive aspect of a dark theatre screen taking you to alternative scenarios, lives and characters is still The Big Thing to me.

The best thing about the cinematic experience? 

In a period of constant digital connection, always on, the possibility of “switching off” for a couple of hours is invaluable to me. To be able to disconnect from daily work, life and responsibilities and sit comfortably at a theatre screen to see, hear, laugh or cry, scream or jump and to ultimately experience an original story that takes you beyond reality, that is the best part of the experience.