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Wednesday May 03
Digital Cinema: Hosted by Prof. Katja Hofmann
Europe after the release of the DCI Specs

Katja Hofmann/Hochschule der Medien, Anders Geertsen/The Danish Film Institute (DFI)

In his presentation, Anders Geertsen will look at digital cinema from a European perspective and see how European distributors and exhibitors have reacted digital cinema so far. Geertsen will look at the work of the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF), and discuss how D-cinema is likely to change the way European distributors work. Anders Geertsen will also discuss some of the key differences between the US and the European market, and how this new technology will radically change the market for distribution and exhibition in Europe.

For about a year, Katja Hofmann has been head of Visual Design and Post Production at the University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart. Before moving to Stuttgart, she was a post production coordinator at the Babelsberg Film Studios and has managed inhouse workflows for international movie productions such as „The Bourne Supremacy“ and „Beyond the Sea“. Katja started her career twenty years ago as an assistant camera woman for animation and documentary films at the DEFA Animation Film Studios in Dresden. She gained a degree in cinematography from the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Babelsberg. Katja has participated in more than fifty film and video productions as a DoP, Editor and Digital Artist.

Katja Hofmann
Professor for Visual Design and Post Production
Hochschule der Medien

Anders Geertsen holds a Master in modern languages and economics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In the early 80’s, while at university, Anders worked with IBM, and then, in 1988 joined the Danish Ministry of Research. From 1990, Anders Geertsen joined Munksgaard International Publishers in Copenhagen as an Editorial Director. Over the next twelve years, Anders stayed with Munksgaard, spearheading the company’s migration from print to online publishing. In 1999, Anders Geertsen became CEO of Munksgaard Int. Publishers, and joined the Executive Board of its parent company, Blackwell Int. Publishers in Oxford, UK. Three years later, in 2002, Anders Geertsen joined the Danish Film Institute, as Director of Distribution & Marketing. Anders is also head of the “Commercial Module” of the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF).

Anders Geertsen
Director of Distribution
The Danish Film Institute (DFI)

The Media University Stuttgart (HdM) educates media specialists. It is the only educational institute in Europe to cover every media field and regards itself as a full-service university for the media industry. The main focus lies on Media production techniques, Media economics as well as the creation and design of audiovisual content. Labs and studios with state-of-the-art technology are at the students’ disposal. Graduates from the HDM work in the print and packaging industry, in publishing, in the advertising industry, in companies manufacturing for audiovisual media, in libraries as well as in public and private information services. At the moment, about 3200 students are enrolled in the HdM. They are advised by 110 professors, 125 assistants and several part-time teachers.

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