Virginie Devesa, Barbie Heusinger, Paul Hudson
Virginie Devesa studied Languages and Communications in Lyon, and Photography and Business Communications in the United States. Her first experience with cinema was in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she participated in organizing the Molodist Film Festival. After a three-year tenure at Celluloid Dreams she accepted a post at the French Embassy in Moscow. Upon her return, she studied film production at the CFPF in Paris and worked for Urban Distribution as Head of Sales. Recently she created her own sales agency Alpha Violet, which has represented such films as Tanta agua (2013), the Knight Ibero-American Competition Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival.
Barbie Heusinger was trained in Germany, Northern Ireland and Spain in Anglo/American Studies, Film Studies and Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Business Management specializing in International Film Production. From 2006 to 2014, she managed German Films’ Distribution Support Fund. Prior to taking up her position at German Films, she worked in marketing at the National Theatre in Nuremberg, Germany, handling event organization and film production. In December 2014, Barbie joined the integrated world sales and production company Picture Tree International as a Sales and Acquisitions Manager for Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Since April 2014, Barbie is a member of the consulting team in the Film Marketing Coaching (FMC) program at FOCAL – Foundation for professional training in cinema and audiovisual media in Switzerland that supports producers and distributors with their film projects in development, marketing and promotion campaigns.
Paul Hudson is a graduate of the University of Bournemouth in England. He was Vice President of International Theatrical Distribution, Operations and Finance for MGM in Los Angeles where he was responsible for all of MGM and United Artists’ theatrical distribution activities outside of the United States and Canada. He currently runs the independent US distribution, production, and sales company Outsider Pictures, which he co-founded. Since its launch in 2005, Outsider has released Adam’s Apples (2005); Klimt (2006); London to Brighton (2006); The Unknown Woman (2006); Baarìa (2009); José and Pilar (2010), Las Acacias (2011); Juan of the Dead (2012), Miami International Film Festival’s 2014 Knight Ibero-American Grand Jury Prize winner A Wolf at the Door; and two 2015 Festival Official Selections: Voice Over (La voz en off) (2014) and Beautiful Youth (Hermosa juventud) (2014).