Former Sundance Institute Director Caroline von Kuhn has been appointed Executive Director of Greek nonprofit Oxbelly.
Founded by producer and Faliro House founder Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Oxbelly is known for its writers’ and directors’ lab, which operates under the artistic direction of Athina Rachel Tsangari, and hosts many workshops each summer. of international filmmakers to Greece. Past mentors include Maren Ade, Michael Almereida, Paul Thomas Anderson, Willem Dafoe, Dee Reese and Lulu Wang.
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Von Kuhn helps Oxbelly grow their business and break out of the traditional lab model where international creators meet once a year.
“Oxbelly was started with the vision of building an international community of builders around the world based on the values of generosity and inclusivity inherent in Greek hospitality,” said Konstantakopoulos. “No one more than Caroline thinks in leading Oxbury to the next chapter as we expand our program and uniquely serve and empower storytellers in the ever-changing creative industry. I can’t.”
Von Kuhn added: It’s never been done so well. It is a privilege to join Christos in this movement that is built on the foundations of both ancient and contemporary Greek culture. At some point, Oxbury is uniquely positioned to lead these efforts. ”
Von Kuhn is an industry veteran focused on filmmaker programs and independent film funding initiatives. Most recently, she served as Industry Director and Catalyst at the Sundance Institute, where she helped fund Sundance’s independent films through her annual three-day forum, where experienced funders and new funders expanded to a year-round investor curriculum for both
Prior to Sundance, he was director of artist development at SFFILM (San Francisco Film Institute), where he ran grants, residencies and artist programs, and partnered with Cinereach to launch SFFILM Invest, an ethical film financing initiative. I was.
Prior to SFFILM, von Kuhn co-founded the Points North Institute with Ben Fawley and Sean Flynn, transforming the four-day Camden International Film Festival into an internationally recognized documentary institution. She continues to serve as President of the Points North Institute and is a member of the Catapult Film Fund Board of Directors. She now divides her time between Athens and Los Angeles.
Oxbelly will soon announce its first new program in 2023. Two of his programs serving writers internationally will be accepting applications starting next week.
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