JAN ROFEKAMP – President & CEO Films Transit International
Founded in 1982 by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International is one of the longest running, renowned and respected international sales agencies of quality documentaries.
Our objective is to bring quality documentaries to different markets, such as cinema, DVD, online and broadcast. Our documentaries are primarily, single, auteur-driven works that deal with contemporary issues and have an immediate relevance. Our films make clear to the buyer why this film has to be seen today.
The films we are interested in can largely be divided into films in the areas of ARTS & CULTURE, which includes our documentaries about Arts, Culture, Biography, Cinema and Music, and SOCIETY & POLITICS, which includes our documentaries about Current Affairs, Society, Politics, Human Interest and History.
We strongly believe that major festival exposure adds prestige to a film’s international career. Therefore we help our filmmakers secure their world festival premiere, design an international festival career, and provide them with the right contacts and recommendations. Many of our films are selected at major film festivals (launch pads), such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, IDFA, and go on to win prestigious awards.
Besides sales and being involved in co-productions, Jan Rofekamp also acts as Executive Producer. Past productions are The End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones and Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. Recent productions include the IDFA Special Jury Award winner SOMETHING BETTER TO COME by Hanna Polak and the investigative SUGAR COATED by Michele Hozer.
Jan Rofekamp sits on the EDN Board and is part of the international advisory board of IDFA. He is Head of the Documentary Campus Master School since 2016. Recently he joined the advisory board of the Amsterdam based Documentary Impact Academy and joined the board of the Greek Film Centre in Athens. Over the last few years he increased his activities as a workshop teacher and lecturer to the benefit of younger generation filmmakers.
Over the years he has been consulting and conducting workshops at many important documentary events and festivals, such as IDFA, Hot Docs, Nordisk Panorama, Visions du Reel, East Silver, Thessaloniki Doc Festival and Sunny Side of the Doc to name a few, and advised hundreds of producers and filmmakers at these events. Jan Rofekamp was born in Zurich, Switzerland and grew up in the Netherlands. He graduated at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam, where he studied film production from 1968 to 1972. In the Netherlands, he was active in theatrical and non-theatrical/educational film distribution from 1972 to 1982. He then moved to Montreal, Canada, where he started Films Transit International. While the head office is based in Montreal, Rofekamp lives in and works most of the year out of Athens, Greece. In 2017 Films Transit International will celebrate its 35th anniversary.
DIANA HOLTZBERG – Sales, Acquisitions & Project Development
Diana Holtzberg is based in New York City and has been with Films Transit International since 2001. In addition to acquisition, festival strategy and sales work, Diana produces, executive produces and acts as a creative consultant on a select number of film projects each year.
Some examples: REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM; OUTLAWED IN PAKISTAN, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2014 and won an Emmy for Outstanding Research; BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN; THE ART OF FAILURE, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2009 in the Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming category; Oscar Shortlisted GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life Of Glen Gould; END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES; IMAGINARY WITNESS: Hollywood and the Holocaust; HELD HOSTAGE IN COLOMBIA; and STILL DOING IT: The Intimate Lives Of Women Over 65.
Diana is currently exec producing GROWING UP COY, directed by Eric Juhola and produced/edited by Jeremy Stulberg; MR. GAGA, directed by Tomer Heymann and produced by Barak Heymann; SYL JOHNSON: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS, directed by Rob-Hatch Miller and produced by Puloma Basu; EDUCATION, INC., directed by Brian Malone; FALLOUT, directed by Susan Kaplan; and is an exec producer and agent for BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS, directed by Cheryl Furjanic and written and produced by Will Sweeney.
Diana is co-author of a book based on the documentary film STILL DOING IT with Deirdre Fishel (Penguin Group/Avery Books), the co-author with Jan Rofekamp of three widely read documentary film industry articles: The Current State of the International Marketplace For Documentary Films, Feeling Festive: Strategies for Taking Your Film on the Festival Circuit, and Distribution To The Max, and she is the credited ghostwriter of The Warrior Diet (Dragondoor, 2002).
Diana speaks on panels and conducts workshops at festivals and markets throughout the world, including the IFP; IDFA, Amsterdam; CCDF, Taiwan; Creative Europe, Ireland; The Edinburgh Pitch; Sundance Film Festival; SXSW; Full Frame; AFI Docs; AIDC, Australia; Sunnyside of the Doc, France; Visions du Reel, Switzerland; Hot Docs; Encounters, South Africa; The Galway Film Festival and Dublin Market, Ireland; The Woman’s Film Festival, Sweden; Latin Sunnyside of the Doc, Argentina; Doc Montevideo, Uruguay. And has sat on juries including DocAviv and Jihlava. Diana is also on the doc advisory board of the Paley Center For Media.
Diana began her career in the magazine business, working at SPIN and then at Inc. and Details. During this time she produced groundbreaking TV specials for MTV and Fox Sports Network. She has her own company East Village Entertainment, LLC., which she established for independent projects in 2007.