In November 2014 IMAGINE featured Elika
Portnoy in our issue themed Women Who
Work in the Industry. We believed she was a
woman to watch, in fact, we were convinced
of it. So there is no surprise she is on the
cover of this edition with a terrific tale to
tell. Elika is an Executive Producer for the
film BEAST OF NO NATION that has been
acquired by Netflix and will be their first
theatrical release. Important for Elika, the
film, but perhaps more important to Netflix
as they may be demonstrating to future
filmmakers for Netflix that it is not just a film
streaming company. In addition BEAST OF
NO NATION has been selected for screening
at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film
In our November Article David Kleiler described Elika Portnoy this way:
“With brains, beauty, and talent, Elika Portnoy screenwriter actress and producer has
embedded herself in the world of filmmaking with fierce determination and a sense
of mission. In less than a decade, she has already made her mark in the independent
film business with six films to her credit, as executive producer, producer and/or
actress. Currently, she has four projects in various stages of development. Her latest
films have been featured at Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto.
“Born in Bulgaria , Elika Trifonova was raised in the capital city Sofia. With a degree
in finance and the ability to speak at least four languages, she came to work at the
World Bank in Washington DC, where she met Adam Portnoy, the man who would
become her husband.” They moved to Boston nine years ago. According to Elika her
first film was her “film school.” She says it cost about the same.
Many of us have been celebrating successfully defending our Film Tax Credits. I could hear huge sighs of relief from all over when Governor Baker signed the FY2016 budget that kept our program in place.
An interesting development has repealed the corporate tax deduction, FAS 109, after lawmakers had agreed to delay it for one year thereby eeking out enough money to fund the Governor’s bill for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families – the one he initially wanted to fund by phasing out film tax credits.