Masterclass: Encapsulating the Essence / Mimi Plauché

Film festival strategies are essential for filmmakers looking to maximize the impact of their films on the festival circuit. A well-thought-out strategy can enhance the chances of selection, garner attention from industry professionals, and potentially lead to distribution deals. In this event, the artistic director of the Chicago Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, and SFIF artistic director and producer Hrönn Kristinsdóttir will encapsulate the essence of what is most relevant for film festival programmers and oversee all aspects of the artistic production.


Thursday 11th of April


Bíó Paradís



Mimi Plauché is Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. She has been at the Festival for 18 years and oversees the artistic direction and programming of the annual Festival as well as the organization’s year-round film series. Before joining the Chicago International Film Festival, Plauché was working on a doctorate in Japanese literature and film in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of Fulbright-Hays, Japan Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, among others. Plauché has been named to the rank of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Plauché previously worked in documentary and short film programming for Cinema/Chicago and, while living in Japan for 8+ years, she worked for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. She has worked as a programming advisor and has served on juries and as jury president for numerous international film festivals.