Beki Probst – EFM President
Beki Probst was born in Istanbul and studied law and journalism before joining the daily newspaper "Tercuman" and the weekly newspaper "Hayat". In 1960 Beki Probst moved to Switzerland where she organized several cultural projects. She then became manager of the Probst-Kinobetriebe. Her commitment to film and cinema soon led her to extend her activities to Europe and beyond.
From 1981 to 1988 she was the Berlin International Film Festival's delegate for Turkey and Greece. In 1985 she organized a tradeshow for the Locarno International Film Festival. She also served on Locarno’s Selection Board until 1995.
From 1988 to 2014 she was director of the "Film Fair" of the Berlin International Film Festival. She renamed the section "Film Fair" into European Film Market. Under her management the European Film Market was established as one of the biggest and most important international film fairs.
In addition she was artistic director of the Geneva Festival "Stars de Demain". She has served on the juries of several international film festivals, among them Toronto, Jerusalem and San Sebastián.
In 1992 Beki Probst was decorated as "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Cultural Minister.
Beki Probst is president of the European Film Market since 2014.
Matthijs Wouter Knol – EFM Director
Matthijs Wouter Knol was born in the Netherlands in 1977 and studied contemporary history at Leiden University and at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. He worked as a freelance journalist until 2001 before joining Pieter van Huystee Film, a renowned and internationally award-winning production company in Amsterdam.
After becoming head of development in 2004, he focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects.
As the associate producer of various documentary films, he worked with acclaimed filmmakers, such as Heddy Honigmann and Mani Kaul. With Arte he also co-produced the DVD edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix "Cahiers du Cinéma" in 2006.
In 2007, Knol started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between the co-production and sales markets, and the IDFAcademy training programme. As head of the latter, he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School.
From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents.
Matthijs Wouter Knol is director of the European Film Market since June 2014.