ChristMatchmaking

Ho ho ho! The season to be merry is soon upon us. It’s a time that is usually typified by drinks, food, parties and people to talk to. This year everything will probably be a bit different, but we do want to give you one more chance to connect with meaningful people (other than family and friends). Which is why we decided to host one more Matchmaking session in 2020, but with a twinkle of festivity, ChristMatchmaking! Catchy right? Want to participate? Make sure to save the date!

More information will follow soon.

Speakers

Dan Burt (Wunderman Thompson, US)

Dan Burt has been supervising and producing music at Wunderman Thompson (formerly J Walter Thompson, part of WPP - the world’s largest ad organization) for 17 years and has worked on thousands of commercial spots for global and national clients.

He has brought groundbreaking music there, making branded entertainment a reality for even the most unexpected clients, including Diamond Trading Company ("A Diamond is Forever" campaigns) and Nestle, and has further strengthened giants like Puma, Google, Smirnoff, Royal Caribbean, Rolex, Microsoft, Kellogg's, Dannon, 7-11, Walmart, Dominos, Revlon and Johnson & Johnson collaborating with artists across the music spectrum, helping start quite a few careers in the process.

Dan has contributed as a panelist speaker for panels organized by CMW, Music & Media Finland, Co/Pop, MIDEM, Pop Montreal, Spot Festival, Vil Vil Vest Norway, Winter Music Conference and Musexpo LA.

Danielle Guirguis (Smarthouse Films, NL)

Danielle Guirguis studied both International Communication Sciences and Spanish at the University of Amsterdam and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

She started her career as an Assistant Producer on Paul Verhoeven’s Zwartboek, was involved in Komt een Vrouw bij de Dokter by Reinout Oerlemans and De Gelukkige Huisvrouw by Antoinette Beumer as an Executive Producer and produced the teenage box office hits Spijt and Razend by Dave Schram.

She set up her own film production company SMARTHOUSE FILMS – ARTVERTISING & INDIE FILMS. This is not just another creative production house. They are married to feature films but fell in love with advertising. And like in real life, they don’t want to choose between the husband or the lover. Therefore, Smarthouse develops, produces and distributes crossover feature films and arthouse commercials.

Highlights include a series of 6 short films produced together with the International Film Festival of Rotterdam that all premiered at IFFR and have travelled the festival world, production services for the Netflix Original series Trailerpark Boys and the Italian mafia film Black Souls and the first Smarthouse feature film La Holandesa, shot entirely in Chile, was selected for Toronto (TIFF) and IFFR and nominated Best Film and Best Actress at the Dutch Film Awards. She produced Holland’s most watched fashion documentary about Dutch fashion icons Puck & Hans Made In Holland, which premiered at the Dutch film festival and was released in cinema’s and on tv. A new fashion documentary about Ronald van der Kemp, the world’s first sustainable fashion couture designer is in the making for Netflix and the experimental art film by highly acclaimed visual artist Guido van der Werve is set for 2021. Advertising highlights include a series of mini docs for Twitter, Nikon and Tesla, and work for Toyota, Sennheiser, Majid Al Futtaim, Tele2, T-Mobile, Porsche, the Dutch Ministry of Defense, Wish.com, Guerlain and the Mauritshuis museum. From 2019 -2020 she was the production consultant for advertising agency Ogilvy in Amsterdam.

She is always looking for new ways to expand her passion for filmmaking, whether it’s art, documentary or commercial; as long as we can put our love into it. Hence, an artfilm with highly acclaimed video artist Guido van der Werve is set for 2020. And the ravishing fashion documentary about Holland’s first fashion designers duo Puck & Hans was released in cinema’s this year after a glamorous premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival.

She is a regular speaker/juror on festivals like Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Buma Awards, Gerety Awards, ADCN and Go Short Int. Film Festival, a member of EAVE and the treasurer of the Executive Board of ACE Producers. There is no stopping Miss Guirguis. But when shit does hit the van, she just needs to vacuum clean a room or two and she's good to go again.

Django Weisz Blanchetta (SuperHeroes, NL)

Django Weisz Blanchetta is Managing Director at SuperHeroes, which he co-founded in 2009.

SuperHeroes is an international, creativity-driven, digitally native agency with one mission: to save the world from boring advertising. Django has a demonstrated history of working in the international marketing and advertising industry. Passionate about business strategy, cultural connections and entrepreneurship.Having cast aside various secret identities, Django answered his inner call to lead a group of extraordinary people from all over the world, co-founding SuperHeroes in 2009. Before launching SuperHeroes, Django cut his teeth as an Interaction Designer, Management Consultant and Operations Director. He learned that great results don’t come easy. Dedication, focus and working with the best people are all essential ingredients when fighting mediocrity in every form.

Léon Noordzij (The Pastry Shop, NL)

Léon Noordzij is Creative director, Trailer Editor and Co-owner of The Pastry Shop and has over 14 year of experience in the European film industry.

The Pastry Shop works with producers, distributors, sales agents and streaming services to reach their audiences through tasteful short form work across all platforms, from 15 second socials to 2 minute theatrical trailers.
Clients include Netflix, Savage Film, Kaap Holland Film, Baldr, Lemming Film and Dutch Filmworks. www.thepastryshop.film