ILMAR TASKA, Creative Consultant
Ilmar serves as Creative Consultant/Development for House of Film, bringing his expertise in several areas, including the international film industry and the world of fashion, to House of Film’s new fusion distribution business model.
Most recently, Ilmar directed and produced the feature films “Thy Kingdom Come,” a psychological horror movie about the end of the world, and “Set Point,” a psychological drama starring international super model Karmen Kass. He is currently in pre-production on a feature film about John Lennon, based on the life of the singer’s former girlfriend May Pang.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ilmar returned to his native Estonia to become founder, president and CEO of Kanal 2, a private terrestrial television network. Kanal 2 was launched as a small weekend channel, but over the next five years he successfully developed it into the nation’s market leader. During that time he created, produced and directed a number of the network’s successful original programs, including “Spring Tales” and “Decide Yourself.”
Before taking the helm of Kanal 2, Ilmar produced “Candles in the Dark,” starring Chad Lowe, Alyssa Milano and Maximilian Schell, and was producer and co-author of “Back in the USSR,” starring Roman Polanski, Frank Whaley and Natalya Negoda.
Previously, Ilmar produced and directed the “Best Foreign Picture” segment for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards telecast.
Prior to serving as a consultant for Disney Film Festivals in the USSR and as vice president of international affairs & co-production for the American-Soviet Film Initiative in Los Angeles, Ilmar directed “Legends of Hollywood” for CTV and served as editor of the New York-based “Video Fashion.” Before that, Ilmar served as director of feature projects for Fries Entertainment of Los Angeles.
Ilmar earned a Master of Arts degree at VGIK, the Film Institute of Moscow. He also pursued additional studies at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, and in Daniel Mann’s directing master class in Los Angeles.