CJ’s Top Women In Global Cinema Redux – 2021

By | September 30, 2021 5:23 pm PDT

A huge thank you to our sponsors of this year’s Top Women In Global Cinema, IMAX.

For the last five years, Celluloid Junkie has published its annual Top 50 Women in Cinema list, to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the talent and achievements of women in the global cinema industry. Recognition of the list has, we’re proud to say, grown since its inception and each year we’ve received a growing number of nominations from both male and female colleagues around the world. 

To that end, the first quarter of each year at Celluloid Junkie is usually spent agonizing over the many different and deserving nominations we receive, the formation of the list and a publishing deadline. 

Cue 2020, the year that there are many adjectives for, very few of them positive. Aside from throwing many spanners into all kinds of works, COVID-19 has meant the last year feels as though we’ve all been through the wringer in more ways than one. And the usual format of the ranked Top Women list posed a difficult challenge, one that didn’t feel appropriate for obvious, pandemic-shaped reasons. 

But now that the light at the end of the longest tunnel ever is steadily getting brighter, we didn’t want to do away with the list entirely so we’re excited to bring back a slightly different version of Celluloid Junkie’s Top Women in Cinema list, for this year only. We reached out to all our former “listees” (if you didn’t hear from us we probably couldn’t track you down!) to provide an update – listed in alphabetical order – on the last year or so of their lives, what they’ve been up to and how the pandemic has affected them. 

So a huge thank you to all who took the time to answer our questions and we hope that next year will see the return of 50 Top Women In Global Cinema in its usual format. But in the meantime, put the kettle on, get comfy and read on.

Sponsor’s Message

IMAX is an innovator in entertainment technology that combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat and into a world you’ve never imagined. IMAX’s network is the only global theatrical platform for blockbuster entertainment and top filmmakers and studios utilize IMAX’s technology to connect with audiences around the world in extraordinary ways. Today, there are over 1600 IMAX theatre systems operating in 84 countries and territories worldwide.

Claire Beswick

Claire Beswick

Founder, The Living Room Cinema


Katarzyna Borkowska

Katarzyna Borkowska

Chief Operating Officer, Helios


Jackie Brenneman

Jackie Brenneman

General Counsel & Director of Industry Relations at National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)


Sandie Caffelle

Sandie Caffelle

Brand Ambassador, Ferco Seating Systems


Clara Cheo

Clara Cheo

CEO, Golden Village Multiplex


Melissa Cogavin - Managing Editor, Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE)

Melissa Cogavin

Managing Editor, Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE)


Kathy Conroy

Kathy Conroy

Vice President & COO, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)


Beth Cretors & Shelly Olesen

Marketing Communications Manager & Vice President Sales and Marketing, C. Cretors and Company


Christine DelGuidice-Kraemer - SVP Marketing, Spotlight Cinema Networks

Christine DelGuidice-Kraemer

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Spotlight Cinema Networks


Helena Eklund – Commercial Director Northern Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group

Helena Eklund

Commercial Director Northern Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group


Theresa English - Principal, TK Architects

Theresa English

Principal, TK Architects


Edna Epelbaum - CEO, Cinevital

Edna Epelbaum

CEO, Cinevital


Christine Fenby - Former Marketing Director, Vista Group

Christine Fenby

Former Marketing Director, Vista Group


Beth Figge – Senior Sales Manager, North America, Dolby

Beth Figge

Senior Sales Manager, North America, Dolby


Anne Fitzgerald – Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Cineplex

Anne Fitzgerald

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Cineplex


Norma Garcia-Muro - Kaleidescape

Norma Garcia-Muro

Vice President of Marketing, Kaleidescape


Marynia Gierat - Director, Kino Pod Baranami

Marynia Gierat

Director, Kino Pod Baranami


Shona Gold - Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communication, Vue International

Shona Gold

Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communication, Vue International


Jane Hastings - CEO, Event Hospitality and Entertainment

Jane Hastings

CEO, Event Hospitality and Entertainment


Melissa Heller-Callis - Vice President of Domestic Ticketing, Fandango

Melissa Heller-Callis

Vice President of Domestic Ticketing, Fandango


Laura Houlgatte-Abbott - CEO, International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

Laura Houlgatte-Abbott

CEO, International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)


Koh Mei Lee - CEO, Golden Screen Cinemas

Koh Mei Lee

CEO, Golden Screen Cinemas


Sarah Lewthwaite - Chief Client Officer, Movio

Sarah Lewthwaite

Chief Client Officer, Movio


Malin Lundstedt - Director of Operations Northern Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group

Malin Lundstedt

Director of Operations Northern Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group


Tess Manchester

President USA, Vista Entertainment Solutions


Stephanie Mills - Director of Sales, Marketing & Content, The Hoyts Group

Stephanie Mills

Director of Sales, Marketing & Content, The Hoyts Group


Deepa Menon – Senior Vice President Corporate Communication and Corporate Responsibility, PVR Limited

Deepa Menon

Senior Vice President Corporate Communication and Corporate Responsibility, PVR Limited


Meryl Moser - Director, Cinerive

Meryl Moser

Director, Cinerive


Funmilayo Onuma – Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas

Funmilayo Onuma

Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas


Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi – Director of Theatre Development, IMAX

Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi

Director of Theatre Development, IMAX


Grainne Peat

Managing Director, Event Cinema Association


Marit Sætre Færevåg - CEO, Haugesund Kino

Marit Sætre Færevåg

CEO, Haugesund Kino


Karen Stacey – CEO, Digital Cinema Media (DCM)

Karen Stacey

CEO, Digital Cinema Media (DCM)


Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

General Manager, ASM Global


Stacie Tursi - Senior Vice President, Local & Digital Sales, National CineMedia (NCM)

Stacie Tursi

Senior Vice President, Local & Digital Sales, National CineMedia (NCM)


Barbara Twist - Film Festival Alliance

Barbara Twist

Associate Director, Film Festival Alliance


Araceli Vaello – Chief Commercial Officer, Volfoni

Araceli Vaello

Chief Commercial Officer, Volfoni


Cheryl Wannell – CEO, Global Cinema Advertising Association (SAWA)

Cheryl Wannell

CEO, Global Cinema Advertising Association (SAWA)


Carol Welch - Managing Director UK, Ireland & Commercial Officer OCG Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group

Carol Welch

Managing Director UK, Ireland & Commercial Officer OCG Europe, Odeon Cinemas Group


Suzie Welch - Chief People Officer, Odeon Cinemas Group

Suzie Welch

Chief People Officer, Odeon Cinemas Group


Celluloid Junkie Staff
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