Sten-Kristian Saluveer

Marche de Film, Festival de Cannes | Head of NEXT
Sten-Kristian Saluveer is Academy Award nominated, Estonia / Japan based audiovisual media innovation and policy strategist, audiovisual producer, and content & technology entrepreneur focusing on bridging Asia with Europe and the impact of exponential technologies on the content industry and policymaking sector. He is the Founder of Storytek Creative Accelerator /​​ – bringing together deep audiovisual sector knowledge, technology and funding with a selection of hand-picked global tech entrepreneurs and content creators.

Sten holds a BA in Electronic Media (film and television production, communications) from Concordia University Estonia, MA in Interdisciplinary Information Studies with Honors from The University of Tokyo, and is currently finishing his PhD dissertation in UTokyo on the disruption of technology and IP to the film and festival industries . He has further educated himself in New Media & Communications (Jönköping University, Sweden), Cultural Management (Estonian Music Academy), and Japanese Studies (Tallinn University, Estonia).
Over the years has served as a Key Executive and Industry Director and Asian programmer for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – one of the 15 A class film festivals in the world, the Festival Director of Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, the CEO of Plektrum – the Festival of Visual Sound, the first multidisciplinary new media, technology and arts festival in Estonia, and has served as a jury member, innovation and technology consultant and advisor for several festivals, and governmental organizations – the Estonian Ministry of Culture, European Commission, the European Capital of Culture, The Open Estonia Foundation, Helsinki-Tallinn Euregio, the Cannes Marche du Film, Estonian National Broadcasting, and the Udine Far East Film Festival/Ties That Bind, to name a few on the impact of exponential technologies, digital transformation of media industries, co-productions, film, restoration, technology and media digitalization and policy for Asian-European collaboration and the content sector at large.
Sten has been the driving force behind the pioneering film collaboration agreement between the Korean Film Council and Estonian Film Institute, and has kickstarted Asian co-productions with Northern Europe including Angry Painter (2014, Korea-Estonia, dir. Jeon Kyuhwan), Man and Woman(2015, Korea, dir. Lee Joon ki,) Dearest Sister (2016, Laos-France-Estonia dir. Mattie Do) – Academy Award Nominee 2017, and Magic Kimono (2017, Japan-Latvia, dir. Maris Martinsons).
Sten frequently talks and writes on content, technology and Asia related topics for local and international media including Eesti Ekspress, Müürileht and Screen International amongst others. He occasionally producers and supervises music, technology and Asia related creative projects and events, composes, and is the father of one.
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