Paul Pauwels

Director of etma (european television and media management academy)

Paul has 30 years experience in the world of audiovisual production as unit manager, production manager and producer. He has recently changed his focus and is now fully concentrating on developing and managing the "european television and media management academy" in France.

During the larger part of his career he has combined production and teaching/ tutoring.

Paul studied at RITCS film school in Brussels where - in 1979 - he got his degree as director and producer. He worked in feature film production until 1987, when he founded his own production unit: Periscope Productions. The company produced commercials, short feature films and prize-winning documentaries.

In 2005 Paul Pauwels left Periscope Productions NV to become programme manager at the Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT/CANVAS. There he was in charge of the science and history department, and responsible for the relations with the independent producers and directors.

In December 2006 Paul Pauwels left the broadcaster to become project manager of the initiative that has led to the creation of the "european television and media management academy" (etma), a new international training institute that was launched in April 2009 and of which Paul is now the director.

During his active time as a producer, Paul Pauwels has been considered to be an expert on matters of European documentary co-production and offered his knowledge as a tutor and an expert for several organisations. Amongst them: Discovery Campus (Germany), the European Documentary Network (Denmark) and Greenhouse (Israel), Documentary in Europe (Italy).

Paul has been giving lectures and managing workshops on documentary development and production in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic; Greece, India, Israel and Macedonia.

Paul Pauwels has also been moderating pitching sessions all over Europe, including the renowned Forum in Amsterdam.

A strong believer in sharing information, Paul has been the chairperson of the European Documentary Network (EDN) for the maximum period allowed by the statutes. During this period he helped develop documentary associations in several European countries.

Today, Paul is a member of the General Assembly of the Flemish Film Fund (VAF) for whom he also acts as an expert reader for documentary projects.

He is teaching at the KHLim University in Genk, Belgium.

Paul Pauwels is living both in France and Belgium.
Paul is married to Liliane Vranken, and has one daughter, who's living in the UK.


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