Andrew T Hunt is an award-winning Writer/Producer/Director with over 15 years experience in the film and television industry. Andrew’s feature length directorial debut “Sweet Karma” premiered at the 2009 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, garnering praise and kudos from press and industry insiders alike. It went on to play Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and Fantasporto in Portugal, and to date has been acquired for distribution in over 20 territories. In addition to managing the creative aspects at Raven Banner, Andrew oversees the review, development and packaging of feature projects from script to screen.
With more than 10 years experience in the field of international distribution, Michael Paszt is one of the most respected names in the area of independent film. As head of Raven Banner Entertainment Michael will be responsible for driving film prospect discovery in global sales markets and international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto International Film Festival to name a few. Key to his success is a disciplined and proven strategic evaluation process, enabling the selection of film properties ideally suited to the unique needs and preferences of global, regional and national markets.
James Fler has taken a decidedly different path to the film industry than his partners have. A successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in a variety of different industries, James’s business sense and creative eye has allowed him to build an impressive professional portfolio, and reputation. At Raven Banner James oversees worldwide sales, having quickly established professional relationships with some of the industry’s leading distribution companies (Sony, IFC, Magnolia, Lionsgate, to name but a few) and has direct contact with the key players. As well, James annually attends all the major world markets and festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, AFM, and TIFF.
Michaelangelo started as a marketing coordinator for an independent film company right before the economic meltdown in 2008 and the downturn of physical sales in the home entertainment business along with the rise of the emergence of content online. He always knew that despite the chaotic nature of the economy, the one constant he could continue developing was his network of business relationships and how to hone his marketing message effectively to that network. His marketing background paired with his knowledge and experience of doing business in this new era of digital content consumption allows him to manage the complete picture at Raven Banner.
Annick Mahnert studied film production at the New York Film Academy and worked as a production assistant at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons. After moving back to Switzerland, she went on to work at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. In 2007 she became the Sales Manager for Frenetic Films, a major independent film distributor in Zurich, dealing with Studio Canal, Europacorp and Wild Bunch titles amongst others. She then joined the renowned sales agency Celluloid Dreams at their Paris office handling sales and acquisitions. In early 2013 she left to pursue greener pastures, joining the Raven Banner team.
Hugues Barbier is a long time genre film lover that grew up watching giallos, American grindhouse films and other exploitation flicks in his small hometown in France. He’s been involved for over 4 years in the organization and programming of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, and is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival in upstate New York. Hugues’s analytical view on the industry is primarily driven by attending such film festivals as SXSW, BIFFF, NIFFF, Fantasia, Fantastic Fest and Sitges, as well as his strong interest in vanguard/new vision films and directors. Hugues is also a recurrent writer for the French film magazine CUT.
Andrew is screenwriter by trade who’s impressive resume of short films and plays have earned him praise from his peers. Being driven by a love of film, that started with genre films at far too early of an age, pushed Andrew to refine his self-taught screenwriting skills to film school. And it was at film school that he discovered a passion for independent film and began actively looking to be involved in all aspects of the film industry. Andrew monitors and maintains Raven Banner’s database of film contracts with the same passion he does the scripts he writes.
Alex Stacey is no stranger to the creative field, having penned the indie video game, Pug Puncher, in 2015, along with an array of shorts which have been featured in film festivals. As Development Coordinator of Raven Banner Entertainment, Alex is responsible for finding and developing screenplays, while also being aware of market needs and interests. As for future plans, Alex looks forward to taking over the world one day, but until then, he'll gladly read your script.
Anelle has been an avid horror fan since she was little, her first introduction to horror was Wes Craven’s ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, she’s been hooked on the genre ever since. She currently handles film assets and deliveries as well as the VOD aspects of distribution.
Tom Davia possesses more than a decade of experience in the film and film festival industries. A well-seasoned member of the film community and the film festival circuit, Tom is a master of what makes a film festival really work. Whether it be Programming, Program Administration, Print Traffic, Technical Logistics & Operations, VIP & Filmmaker Services, Industry & Sales, Development,Publications, or Marketing & Outreach, his broad knowledge and expertise come from an impressive variety of upper management and key consulting positions at festivals and film organizations worldwide – 10 years at the Miami International Film Festival, 7 years at the Dubai International FilmFestival, 4 years at the Miami Jewish Film Festival, and various assignments with the Atlanta FilmFestival, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, KIDFLIX Children's Festival and the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, among many others. A Cornell University graduate with an ear for languages and raised as a "global nomad" in the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Pakistan and Paraguay, Tom brings an international focus and a universal sensibility to his work. He firmly believes that film is the unifying language for all people of all ages.