MARIA TANJALA, filmmaker, freelance producer & production manager, co-founder, Big Couch& and FilmChain, UK
Maria Tanjala was born and raised in Romania and moved to the UK in 2010 to begin her mission of bringing a significant contribution to the film industry. Holdinga BA in Sociology and an MA in Filmmaking from Essex University, she has deployed her theoretical knowledge and practical insights to identify and address pressing issues and inherent inefficiencies within the screen industries and has committed herself to solving these problems with tech-driven solutions. Focusing on the automation of processes, increasing transparency, and empowering the filmmakers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, Tanjala is keen on building bridges of communication between audiences, creatives and financiers, weaving ecosystems for them to thrive. With Big Couch, a fintech filmmaking platform she co-founded in 2014, she has introduced a new ‘crewfunding’ model to the industry whereby a production’s crew become equity investors in the productions they work on. Since 2017, Big Couch has been developing a new product, FilmChain (filmchain.co), on the Ethereum blockchain, in partnership with Imperial College London, to efficiently collect film and digital revenues and instantly pay all the stakeholders. Currently, they signed up films to run revenues on the alpha platform and have opened to projects globally. In 2018, they were awarded an innovation grant from Innovate UK.
Tanjala has been a prominent figure at film industry and tech events worldwide, including festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, and Glasgow and hopes to bring transparency and innovation to an industry begging for disruption.
ABOUT BIG COUCH
Big Couch is operating in the film and entertainment industry co-financing films by empowering the crews to become equity investors in the productions they work on. Since 2017, Big Couch has been developing a new product, FilmChain which separates itself from the financing tool and offers a new collection and allocation of revenues for films and video content on the blockchain. In 2018, they have been awarded an innovation grant from Innovate UK and are building the technology in partnership with Imperial College London. They have spoken at many film and tech events including Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, IBM Blockchain, Createch London, to name a few. Currently, they signed up films to run revenues on the alpha platform and have opened to projects globally.