Dominique Green

Dominique Green

International Jury Member 2015

Dominique Green’s career combines extensive experience in the film and photography industries, in London and Paris with work in the charitable and educational education sectors.

She is currently the  Berlin Film Festival Delegate, representing the Berlinale in the UK and Ireland in all aspects of the festival’s work and pre-selection of films and Consultant/Acting COO with the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture in Paris. She is also Tutor at The National Film & Television School and Executive Producer of French/Spanish/UK co production Genie in the House.

Dominique Green was born in England. After her studies in Fine Arts she took her first steps in the world of film production industry, where she works on various logistic aspects, including advertising and film screenings. In the ‘80s Green becomes Head Distributor for Virgin Films and Island Pictures, as well as Director of Osiris Film. She takes a break for a period from the movie world to hold the position as Managing Director for the charity, Comic Relief. Back to the cinema world she is a protagonist of great projects, including Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha, set in Nepal, Bhutan and Seattle.

In 1992 she moves to Paris, where for 12 years she works as Deputy Director for ACE, becoming later Head of Co-Production for TF1 and StudioCanal. Here, Green works in the co-production of some international movies for the channels, producing up to 31 films for the second one in a period of 5 years. In the meantime she teaches in Spain and in France. She founds her own company, Greenlight Productions, and becomes Associate Producer on The Truce, directed by Francesco Rosi and produced by Leo Pescarolo.

After 14 years she returns to London, where she still lives, to become Managing Director of Magnum Photos, during in a difficult period for the photography industry, which was feeling the full impact of the digital revolution and all the creative and economic issues that it generated. Seismic changes were also being felt in music, cinema and television. In regard to the digital revolution, she explains that although these change seemed to be insuperable in that period, they did create new opportunities and believes that welcoming change is important.  By way of example she refers to some tv series, which were always seen as the poor relation of cinema, are now considered to be some of  the best creative endeavours in the entertainment industry. This has happened in part because they have been ‘freed’ from broadcast television schedules with the arrival of computers and tablets.

One of the most attractive features of Dominique Green is the enthusiasm she breathes into her work. She talks about her childhood “Everything was possible at that time. With an education you could choose any path you could desire – film director, actor, doctor, lawyer, astronaut – it wasn’t hard, there were not the difficulties like there are today”. She tells how she got fascinated by cinema and how it eventually became a career. She also says that what fascinates her is the possibility of telling a good story, a story that can move and touch the viewer. This is actually one of the criteria she looks for in her current job, as delegate for the Berlin Film Festival  with the pre-selection of films from the UK and Ireland.

The quality of a movie, the expression, the ability of the director to narrate a story, these are some of the features she is going to use to make her choice at the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival. One thing she is excited about in this new adventure is the possibility to discuss with the other members of the jury, which will bring to the final decision of selecting a winner through their own different experiences.