Victoria Jelinek


“I met Victoria through a colleague at HanWay and over the years I’ve had the chance to observe and sometimes participate in the events she has produced, from the London Business School through to her work for Club Panico. Victoria’s ability to educate and train is informed by her professionalism and strong industry background. Her sound judgment, honed whilst scouting for literary properties and developing film projects, is of great benefit to the writers and directors she’s worked with, encouraging their creativity whilst keeping mindful of the realities of making film.”

Matthew Baker, Head of Acquisitions, Recorded Picture Company/Hanway Films, London

“I met Victoria through colleagues and friends several years ago and since then, I’ve been a guest to a few of the film events that she’s programmed and moderated over the years. Victoria is incredibly informed and organised, but she’s also generous, friendly, and relates well to a variety of people easily and naturally.”

Nik Powell, Director of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), London; Executive Producer of THE CRYING GAME, LADIES IN LAVENDER, BACKBEAT; co-founder of Virgin

“I met Victoria while I was a Creative Executive at Intermedia Films in LA and she was a Story Analyst. Victoria was an avid and speedy reader, who was (and is) able to read massive books and complex screenplays and then condense the basic elements and marketing possibilities to a few pages succinctly and astutely. This practical ability, in addition to her passion for good storytelling, made her judgment trustworthy and helped move several properties into the cycle of financing and production.”

Mark Burrell, Former Creative Executive at Intermedia Films, now Producer at Half Shell Entertainment, Los Angeles

“I met Victoria at ICM in LA almost fifteen years ago. While there, she was a voracious reader and able to spot which stories were both intelligent and marketable, which helped to identify new writers and books to represent as well as to develop some of the (literary) properties that ICM has successfully packaged. In the years since our formally working together, Victoria still reads for me and refers talented new directors and writers to me for representation, and I’ve been a guest for an event or two that she’s programmed and moderated. Astute in the business of film, Victoria is also a bright, generous and loyal friend.”

Robert Lazar, Literary and Talent Agent, International Creative Management, Los Angeles

“I met Victoria when we were both working on For Love of the Game in New York City. While I was immediately engaged by her thoughtful conversation, over the years, she has continually impressed me because of her enthusiasm and her particular insight and knowledge of stories and film.”


“I met Victoria over ten years ago while working in Los Angeles at IFP/West (now Film Independent).  Victoria brings energy, compassion and intelligence to everything she does.  She’s a real asset to the film community, not only because she willingly shares her extensive knowledge of film and story with others, but also because she’s an absolute delight to be around.”

Susan Rossetti, former Marketing Manager, IFP/West, Los Angeles

“I first met Victoria Jelinek at the Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey, where we were both invited in 2005. Since that time, I have been invited as guest speaker to two London based film workshops she has organised and hosted. In the time that I have known Victoria, I have been struck by her sound knowledge of the industry, astute understanding of market shifts and trends, and her deep passion for story and the mechanics that makes it tick. Through organising such events, she also demonstrates a great, natural talent for bringing people and ideas together.”

Piers Nightingale, Head of Development, High Point Media Group, London

“Victoria Jelinek is a joy to be around. From the moment she arrived at the London Film Academy she has radiated good humour and an infectious enthusiasm for film, backed up by an in-depth knowledge of her subject. She is astute yet deeply modest; a thoughtful and sympathetic listener who brings out the best in those around her.”

Sebastian Secker Walker, Screenwriter, Screenwriting Tutor, University of Westminster, London

“Victoria Jelinek is a one-woman film school. She has generously shared her knowledge to help me get two independent features off the ground. From the first reading she was able to direct me to the people who would be interested in my projects, a kind of knowledge that would have taken me years to accumulate. She knows these things inside out. Victoria’s grasp of the life cycle of film (and the myriad of complexities that that throws up), is impeccable and she has been an invaluable guide in making sense of the whole process.”

Shaheen Schleifer, Film Producer, Club Panico graduate

“Victoria is an asset to the film making student community in London. Her insight about the process of film making and her support of our emerging talent is valuable to our development as filmmakers and storytellers.”

Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, MA Film making Candidate Goldsmiths College

“Victoria’s contribution to the film making community is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and accomplished with great warmth and friendliness.”

Jon Hammond, Editing Tutor, Tisch School of Arts/New York University in Singapore

“The feedback and analysis I received from Victoria for a project I’d like to get off of the ground was thorough, well informed and pertinent.”

John Le Brocq, Film Producer, LFA Producing tutor

“Victoria has inspired me and has been refreshingly frank and honest. I just want to thank you Victoria and I hope there are more people like yourself who want to help new filmmakers.”

Akifa Mian, Goldsmiths MA in Filmmaking

“With her warm and generous nature, Victoria helped me get my first short film off the ground and inspired me to increase my knowledge in all areas of film making. A large knowledge of film making and its various aspects combined with a never diminishing level of enthusiasm and hard work is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Victoria’s amazing qualities.”

Adam McHattie, Filmmaker, Club Panico graduate

“Victoria’s knowledge and passion for film and great stories is an inspiration to everyone who has the good fortune to meet her, myself included.”

Beatrice Webber, Filmmaker, London Film Academy

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