With more than 15 years experience in the field of distribution and production, Michael Paszt is one of the most respected names in the area of independent film. As head of Raven Banner, Michael is responsible for driving film prospect discovery in global sales markets and international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, 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. Michael has Executive Produced more than 30 feature films including Trench 11, It Came From The Desert and the Sundance hit, Turbo Kid, directed by RKSS.
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.
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.
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.
Michael co-founded Annex Entertainment in 2015, with a goal of pushing their business of international sales earlier along the production timeline to include financing and development. Prior to that, he spent several years at the Canadian international sales company Cinemavault, where he managed acquisitions, including Darkness on the Edge of Town and Oscar-nominee Tangerines.
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.
Anelle Dehghani has been an avid horror fan since she was a child, her first introduction to horror was Wes Craven’s ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,' she’s been hooked on the genre ever since. After graduating from the Toronto Film School Production Program she began interning at Raven Banner Entertainment and was later brought onto the team. She currently handles film assets and deliveries as well as the VOD, Theatrical and Festival aspects of distribution.
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.
Kirk Cooper is the founder of Film Market Access, a film consulting and PR firm. Kirk’s contribution to the international film community spans over 17 years with experience in the global arts and the entertainment industry. As a consultant at FMA, Kirk has assisted over 200 producers/directors via FMA's Market Readiness Program to successfully participate in the Marche du Film at Festival de Cannes, Hot Docs, Frontières at Fantasia International Film Festival and TIFF. Kirk's industry experience, passion for independent cinema and media relations savvy provide a unique and compelling perspective to filmmakers, producers, cultural programmers and clients. He
continues to offer a critical and necessary voice in the Canadian entertainment sector. Kirk's strength lies in Film Programming, Communications, Professional Development, and Project Management for Film & Television. Kirk has curated film programming for festivals such as - Durham Region International Film Festival, Victoria International Film Festival, ReelWorld Film Festival, Inside Out (LGBT) Film Festival, Planet In Focus, Canadian Film Festival, River to River and Pan Africa Film Festival.
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.
Jonny Bunning is the internet ventriloquist behind our voice on Raven Banner's plethora of social media accounts. Joining the team in 2012 his first mission was to bring Canuxploitation hero Manborg to life online. Since then he has continued to find champions & audiences for Raven Banner titles. Recent successes have included generating over 33 million views on the Facebook video teaser for The Autopsy of Jane Doe as well as harnessing the power of fans to fuel various crowd funded projects.