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Ilse Schooneknaep

Finders Keepers

Producer & Distribution Expert

Ilse started her own company Finders Keepers in 2017 after a career in academics. After a master in Communication Science (University of Brussels), a Master in Film Studies (University of Kent) and a Fulbright Scholarship for an internship in the US she started her research career. She wrote a Phd on the digitalisation of film distribution and European audiovisual support mechanisms designed to boost distribution. This analysis will be published in a doctoral thesis in 2018. During her research years she worked as programmer for the Ostend Film Festival and as a distribution consultant for several Flemish film companies. She puts her academic research into practice at her job at De Wereldvrede where she is in charge of the international outreach of the company, dealing with coproductions, applications for European and national subsidies and festival representation.