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.