ABOUT THE GUEST:
Debbie Vandermeulen, founder of Fusion Features, is an international industry executive with 23 years of experience in successfully working with filmmakers to turn their ideas into cinematic entertainment. Her countless achievements have earned her recognition at multiple renowned festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Toronto.
Known for ensuring bottom line responsibility, Debbie has facilitated many aspects of film production while remaining hands-on in each phase, including development, financing, post-production, and marketing and distribution. Throughout her distinguished career she has cultivated partnerships in a broad spectrum of industries and organizations: entertainment, corporate, education, sports, radio, non-profit, government and community. She is highly adept at developing strategic pairings across multiple industries to secure proper funding and ideal talent for every project.
She is known for creating and utilizing Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) in the UK to aid film projects in generating development and production funds that will provide tax advantages for the investors.
Debbie’s numerous roles and credits include managing/executive director for organizations like the Foundation of International Film Artists and producer on projects such as full-length feature Life Tracker; documentary We’ll Always Have Dingle; shorts Amma and Truth and most recently feature film My Eleventh. She is currently producing The Flaming Jerk and Guys Reading Poems, both still in development/pre-production.
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