Meet our selection committee members!

Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska

We are happy to share the names of our selection committee members who are waiting to start reading your applications!

Our selection committee will carefully examine all the submissions and recommend the best projects to be presented at Young Horizons Industry forum (4-6.10.2023).

Our selection committee members


  • Eleanor Coleman – Animated Film Acquisitions/ International Business Development & Pre-Sales, Indie Sales & Blue Spirit, France
  • Julie Skaufel – Screenwriter, Onkelfilm, Norway
  • Alexandre Dupont-Geisselmann – CEO at Farbfilm Verleih, distributor, Germany


  • Suzanne Kelly – Head of Children’s and Young People’s Content, RTÉ, Ireland
  • Natalia Cupryjak – Programming Director, Canal + Poland
  • Arild Halvorsen – Executive Producer, Fabelaktiv, Norway

The selection will be announced in June. For more information go to our regulations.

More about our selection committee members

Eleanor Coleman
Animated Film Acquistions/ International Business Development & Pre-Sales, Indie Sales & Blue Spirit, France

Eleanor Coleman is a Paris-based American producer working independently in animated film acquisitions with Indie Sales. Her cartoon series work concentrates on international development and pre-sales for the award-winning French studio, Blue Spirit. Eleanor is a founding member and co-vice president of Les Femmes s’Animent. She is proud to have recently produced The Musician by Reza Riahi, a 15’ paper cutout animated short which was shortlisted for the 2022 Oscars.

Julie Skaufel
Filmmaker, writer, director, showrunner, Onkel Film, Norway

Julie Skaufel is a writer, director, and showrunner working with TV drama, feature films, and short films, educated in Oslo, Norway, and Los Angeles, USA. She’s been head writer and showrunner on shows like Home for Christmas, season 1 and 2 (Netflix, worldwide 2019/2020), The Christmas star (TV2, 2021), and Evy and forever (NRK, 2023). She has also written the feature film Shadowkeepers, currently in pre-production. At the moment she is writing and directing her own feature film Home which will premiere spring 2024. She has won several international prizes for her short films The universe is fifty square meters and Why am I black?

Alexandre Dupont-Geisselmann
CEO at Farbfilm Verleih, distributor, Germany

Farbfilm Verleih was established 2005. The first films that we have released were children’s films. Followed by highly decorated debut films and exciting documentaries. Over the years more mature and more international films have been added but still our main focus is on children films. Our films are presented on all kind of major european and international festivals, our films are predicated, awarded and in the box-office charts. We look forward to the next films yet to come.

Suzanne Kelly
Head of Children’s & Young People’s Content RTÉ, Ireland

Suzanne Kelly has headed up the RTÉ Children’s division since 2018. She’s responsible for all content created and commissioned across video, audio and digital platforms, for RTÉjr, 0 – 6 channel and RTÉ Kids, 7 – 12’s platform. As a PSM, the RTÉ kids’ team is dedicated to delivering top quality content for our audience and ensuring that they are represented and given a voice.

Suzanne works hand in hand with both the Irish Live action and animation sectors to deliver stand out moments for TV audio and online, recent commissions include; The Imagination Machine, an e-sports blockbuster, Ireland’s Future is MINE, Alva’s World, Fia’s Fairies, Ray of Sunshine and a wonderful new podcast series, The Neighbourhood, narrated by Oscar nominee, Ciaran Hinds.

Suzanne is also keen to grow RTÉ’s slate for teens and is actively searching out content for this audience.

Prior to joining RTÉ, Suzanne worked as an independent producer/director, creating & developing programme formats, script writing and producing & directing in studio and on location for linear and digital platforms.

Arild Halvorsen
Executive producer, Fabelaktiv, Norway

Arild Halvorsen has produced more than 30 TV and film projects for a young audience. Drama series, feature films, documentary series, formats, and studio-shows – several of these have been international co-productions and have received national and international prices.

Natalia Cupryjak
Programming Director, Canal + Poland

In her career, Natalia Cupryjak has been responsible, among others, for: for the development and implementation of a long-term strategy for TV channels and OTT services, channel positioning, management and monitoring of the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, as well as planning and implementing the SoMe strategy. She gained her experience working with such companies as VIMN Polska, FOX International Channels Poland, Kino Polska TV S.A. or K2 Create. At Canal+ Polska, Natalia is responsible for the programming and production strategy for kids, lifestyle and documentary.

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