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 Cinemas & 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!


UNIC Mentoring Scheme – Interview with Yorck Kino’s Lucie Morvan

What better way to celebrate the launch of the second edition of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme than to take a look at what made the first edition such a success through the eyes of one of our fantastic mentees? Here's an exclusive interview with Lucie Morvan, Executive Assistant at Yorck Kinogruppe - the largest cinema group in the city of Berlin and Europe's most extensive and acknowledged collection of arthouse cinemas.

You can also find an interview of Lucie’s Mentor, Paramount Pictures Spain’s Vice President & Managing Director Montse Gil as part of UNIC’s Big Screen Feature here.

And more information on the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme can be found here.

What does the UNIC Women's Cinema Leadership Programme mean to you?

It means a lot to me. It serves as a positive and supportive space and means having time (real time) to exchange, share experiences and receive tips and advice from women with experience working in the field. It means defining your own career goals and counting on someone who provides support but also gives you honest feedback.

Besides that, my mentor and the other brilliant women I have met thanks to the mentoring programme showed me that you can be yourself and be a leader without playing a role or conforming to a stereotype or a model determined in advance. Plus, discovering that these women have not reached their current position overnight but faced doubts, fears, difficulties and sometimes also failures helps a lot to put one’s own career path into perspective.

How did you find the development process while working with your mentor?

Regarding the project on which we have been working together this year, I can see how helpful it has been for me to exchange views and opinions with my mentor. I have the feeling Montse always fully understood the situations I face or questions I have as she went through similar situations in the past. Additionally, the fact that I used to report project progress to Montse also encourages me to regularly take stock of the progress made. The changes do not have to be revolutionary. After a year, I could see how much has been achieved step by step.

I am lucky to have a boss who pushes me, always asks me for my opinion and gives me responsibilities. But I realised the barriers I used to put upon myself in my own way. Working with Montse encouraged me to better grasp the opportunities which I have been offered at work, take credit for what I accomplish and use the speaking time that I have. Thus, regarding my personal development I definitely gained confidence, maturity and, consequently, more visibility.

Why did you choose the cinema industry?

To me, the meaning of my work is essential. To work for something I believe in aligns with my personal values and, in a way, makes the world at least a little bit better. By allowing us to take a look at the world from a new angle, raising provocative questions, giving voices to people who have none and by crossing borders, cinema contributes to a better society. It does so all over the world.

Besides that, I love films and particularly sharing this experience with people. Cinema itself is a perfect place for that.

What role do initiatives like this play in promoting gender balance across the industry?

By offering a trusted environment, this mentoring scheme gives women the chance to exchange experiences and common challenges encountered during their career with one another.

Besides that, it gives the unique opportunity for networking with women in top-management positions.

By shining a spotlight on brilliant women who become role models for generations to come, these kinds of initiatives also open spaces for the future generation of women – and men.

What advice would you give female cinema professionals looking to take the next step in their career?

Do not be afraid of taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Do not underestimate your abilities.

Stick to your values.