After completing a PhD on the relationship between German cinema and television, Martin Blaney moved to live in Germany in 1988. Since then, he has worked for, among others, the Berlinale, Filmfest München, and various initiatives of the European Union’s MEDIA Programme. In 1990, he became the correspondent for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the British trade magazine Screen International and has also been a regular contributor to such publications as German Films Quarterly and Blickpunkt:Film. In 2000, he left Screen International to become Head of Press & PR for the Berlin production company Road Movies, but returned to Screen in 2001. In addition to his journalistic activities, Dr. Blaney has been a jury member at numerous international film festivals and served as a moderator for various panels at the Berlinale as well as other events throughout Europe, including Connecting Cottbus, Sofia Meetings, Nyon's Visions du Réel, Moscow Business Square, Locarno's Open Doors, the Nordic Film Days, the Baltic Event, When East Meets West, and the Odessa International Film Festival.