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. Therefor 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 were and are selected at major film festivals (launch pads), such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, IDFA, and many others, and have won 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 was Head of the Documentary Campus Master School in 2016 and 2017. Over the last few years Jan increased his activities as consultant and workshop teacher to the benefit of younger generation filmmakers.
Over the years Jan 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. In 2017 Films Transit International celebrated its 35th anniversary. Nowadays, the office is still located in Montreal, Canada, but Jan moved back to Europe where he lives and works out of Athens, Greece.