TorinoFilmLab - Training, development, Funding

Sophie Bourdon

Sophie Bourdon


Film Festival, Training


Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2017
Decision Maker 2016
Jury 2011
Decision Maker 2010
Decision Maker 2009


Formerly Chief Executive of ACE – Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, Sophie Bourdon is today working as a freelancer for the international film industry at the crossroads between training/conferences (Digital Production Challenge II programme), consulting in co-productions & international sales and since 2016 she has been running the coproduction platform Open Doors of Festival del film Locarno focused on South Asian countries till 2018 included. The 70th edition of the festival will take place from 2-12 August 2017.

Her main objective is to help building bridges between filmmakers, producers from Europe and their peers from other continents and vice versa.

During the 11 years spent at the Head of ACE (2000-2011), she was not only responsible for the fundraising of this non-profit organisation but also for the design and organisation of 30 professional workshops and 40 seminars.

She has been working as a financing/sales expert with 200 independent film producers on the development of their features, launched and developed the ACE Network that today gathers more than 160 producers from all over the world.

Prior to ACE, she worked as an international sales agent for 10 years in Paris for the companies MK2, Mercure Distribution and GPFI, supporting directors such as Chabrol, Pialat, Kieslowski, Pintilie, Haneke, Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Kerrigan, Nossiter and Ripstein.

company profile

FOCAL resource is a non-profit Dutch Foundation founded by the Swiss Foundation FOCAL, and a direct beneficiary of the latter's 24-year experience in professional training for the audiovisual industry: this experience covers the entire production and distribution workflows, from script to all possible screens.