Carmen Slijpen – Exhibitor
Carmen started her career in the film industry as a projectionist in Amsterdam where she trained at Rialto, a successful independent cinema focusing on specialist film. After moving to London her natural place was in repertoire and arthouse cinemas – you name it she worked there!
She later moved to Sussex where she became programmer for the local film club, shaking things up and introducing new ideas. In 2009 Carmen started an event-cinema club for families, which won numerous awards.
Following an intensive ICO (independent Cinema Office) exhibitor’s course in 2011, she started developing the idea for an independent community cinema in her hometown of Lewes. Four years later, the project is fully funded and has planning permission for a 3-screen cinema with restaurant, café and bar, education room and garden, with work due to start in summer 2015. When the cinema is completed, Carmen will be in charge of programming as Creative Director.
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