Leading International Sales Expert Takes Over the Documentary Campus Masterschool
Documentary Campus has appointed Dutch documentary film sales expert Jan Rofekamp of Films Transit International as its new Head of Masterschool to work with the Masterschool project selection from 2016.
Jan Rofekamp's long-standing career in film sales makes him an exceptional candidate for the role of Head of Masterschool.
Founded in 1982, Films Transit's specialty is the worldwide release and marketing of high-profile documentaries in the genres of Arts & Culture and Society & Politics. Jan's international focus will bring to the Masterschool a helping hand for participants with a view to broadening the reach of their films, all of which will have the potential to be of international interest.
Jan said of his appointment: "Without compromising the stories that these driven and motivated filmmakers want and need to tell, I feel compelled to help make these films more accessible to wider audiences and increase strategic marketing information at Documentary Campus. This is really important for the long-term survival of the genre."
Indeed, Films Transit strongly believes that major festival exposure adds prestige to a film's international career. With decades of experience helping filmmakers secure their world festival premieres, designing their international festival career and providing them with the necessary contacts, Jan has a wonderful track record of getting films selected for many major film festivals. His know-how will be invaluable in marketing the Masterschool films for an international audience.
Jan has also worked on countless films from their infancy and on all stages of production as well as being an executive producer. A current example is Hanna Polak's "Something Better To Come" and the soon to be internationally released "Sugar Coated" by Michele Hozer that had its world premiere at Hotdocs. Classic examples from the past are the multiple award-winning "The Corporation"; Danny Anker's "Imaginary Witness"; "Hollywood and the Holocaust" and the ultimate doc on "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones."
Donata von Perfall, Director of Documentary Campus, is particularly thrilled to have Jan on board. "His expertise and knowledge which he has acquired throughout his lengthy international career make this a perfect time for him to join us at Documentary Campus. Jan is a creative person who is open to working in all types of genres. Together with him we will continue to explore new markets."
Jan is "very much looking forward to becoming the new Head of Masterschool at Documentary Campus. I think that the documentary landscape out there is undergoing tidal wave-like changes and is today, because of the financial crisis, more competitive than it has ever been before." Jan will continue to operate Films Transit International with Diana Holtzberg, his colleague based in New York.
The selection comes in the wake of the exciting news that the current Head of Masterschool, Elizabeth McIntyre, will be taking over the reins at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where she will be CEO and Festival Director from 2016 onwards.
The Documentary Campus Masterschool is a programme in which 16 European producer/director teams develop their documentaries at workshops across Europe with the help of international experts. Over the past 14 years, Documentary Campus has hosted over 55 events in Europe, trained 8,000 international delegates, and organized 14 Masterschools.