Tutors who cooperate or have collaborated with dok.incubator since 2012:
The tutors of the latest dok.incubator edition appear under the actual workshop session description.
You can find the list of core dok.incubator tutors who work regularly with us below.
Grant Keir /UK/
Producer & Head of Studies / Faction North Ltd
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, feature documentaries, television and hybrid content for a range of national and international financiers, platforms and distributors. Grant teaches Pitch Training to his fellow industry professionals, funded by industry bodies such as Creative England, Creative Scotland, Channel4TV and ScreenSkills. Current productions at his Edinburgh based company, Faction North, include the feature length documentaries ‘Full Circle’ (Screen Ireland, Screen Scotland, RTE, BBC Scotland and the BAI) and ‘Prince of Muck’, (Dutch Film Fund, Screen Scotland and DKC Rotterdam). Recent credits include the TV documentary ‘Dreaming without Sleeping’ for BBC Scotland and the feature documentary ‘Suzi Q’ (SkyTV, Melbourne Film Festival 2019). Feature Films include the Scottish Classic: ‘From Scotland with Love’, (2014) archive and music feature documentary for BBC Scotland (screened 9 times) and Creative Scotland: “hypnotic”, The Independent; “hugely affecting”, The Guardian; “spellbinding”, Radio Times – International distribution Arts Alliance / Park Circus / Label Distribution. Grant was also Producer on ‘A Very Unsettled Summer’, (2013) feature film co-production, with finance from Film I Vast (Sweden), BBC Scotland and CNC Romania, writer/director Anca Damian, (BBC2 Scotland September 2014, Warsaw & Goteborg International Film Festivals 2014).
Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer / Danish Documentary
Sigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 20 documentary films during the last 16 years. She is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to the financing and production of international documentary films. She also has experience with the serial format, both from ‘BUGS’ (2016) by Andreas Johnsen and ‘Scandinavian Star’ (in development) by Mikala Krogh. Because of her brilliant international track-record, and the great success of Hanna Polak’s ‘Something Better to Come’, Sigrid was accepted as a member in the renowned Producers Guild of America in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Ib Award, given by the Danish Directors Association to honor the best producer in the Danish film industry. Besides producing films and TV series, Sigrid teaches at the National Film School of Denmark and at dok.incubator, an initiative supported by MEDIA. She also delivers masterclass lectures in documentary filmmaking at film schools around the world.
Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer / MADE
The founder and managing director of the production company MADE, Ulla is also a tutor, advisor and consultant for documentary and fiction projects. She has worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the Finnish national fund AVEK as well as film festival director. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since produced over 50 titles. Her filmography includes both domestic films and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction: ”Innovative use of cinematic tools and an attempt to create something new and unforeseen even in everyday subjects pull my attention.” Ulla is a gardener, bee-charmer and avid football fan.
Christine Le Goff /FR/
Producer / ZED
Award-winning producer Christine Le Goff started her career in the 80s in New York independent feature films. Encounter with Newsreel founder Robert Kramer led her to Paris to focus on documentaries. She’s produced over 70 films, including 1998 Sundance premiere CLASSIFIED X with Melvin Van Peebles for ARTE and BET, 2002 Feature Documentary Academy Award winner Jean-Xavier Delestrade’s MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING for France 2, Channel 4 and HBO, James Redford and Maro Chermayeff’s KINDNESS OF STRANGERS about organ transplant for HBO, 2005 Europa Prize and Hot Docs Best Directing ORIGIN OF AIDS, Werner Herzog’s WILD BLUE YONDER, Venice Mostra Fipresci prize winner. More recently, she produced several prime-time features and series for ARTE including LIVING UNIVERSE, SACRED SPACE and BIRTH OF SHOPPING. Christine is currently developing feature documentary MASHA directed by Giedre Zickyte, about the recent discovery of a Russian woman street photographer’s lost archive.
EDITING AND DRAMATURGY TUTORS
Stephan Krumbiegel /DE/
Stephan Krumbiegel is an experienced editor for independent feature and documentary films. He has worked for many well acclaimed film makers in the area of Arthouse Cinema. A focus in his work is to question existing conventions and search for unique concepts in film montage, artistically and story wise. Stephan has been teaching at various film schools and international film programs for 20 years and is a professor at Babelsberg Film University since 2007. Together with six of his former students he has founded STUDIO IIIX, an artistic space for collaborative film editing based in Berlin.
Joëlle Alexis /BE/
Born in Belgium, Joelle Alexis is one of the top film editors based in Tel Aviv. She has been working on full length documentaries, as well as on fiction films, for over 20 years. Her works have been selected by festivals like Cannes, IDFA, Sundance, and many others. A few of the recent documentaries she has worked on are ‘Speer goes to Hollywood’ (Berlinale 2020) ‘Leftover Women’ (Tribeca and Hotdocs 2019), ʻMuhi- Generally Temporaryʼ (IDFA 2017), and ʻTwilight of a Lifeʼ (Visions du Reel 2015). In recent years Joelle has been the editing consultant on documentaries like ‘Cine Morocco’ (Leipzig FF 2018), ʻSilasʼ (TIFF 2017), ʻBecoming Who I Wasʼ (Berlinale 2017). She tutors at the Sundance Edit Lab, Close Up, Doc Campus, EsoDoc and is part of the RoughCutService team of consultants.
Audrey Maurion /FR/
Director & Editor
After being graduated in Philosophy, Audrey Maurion began her career as an editor. She has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1995. Among the award-winning documentaries she’s edited: the theater documentary A Specialist by Eyal Sivan and Rony Brauman, Conversation on a Sunday Afternoonby Khalo Matabane, The Siege by Rémy Ourdan and Patrick Chauvel and the recent series Slavery Routes directed by Fanny Glissant, Juan Gélas, and Daniel Cattier. She has co-directed the feature-lenght documentary I Love You All with Eyal Sivan. She has also directed Farewell Peasant, a 52′ archive documentary. Last year, she currently worked as co-writer and editor on a documentary mini-series for Arte and PBS about the Tiananmen massacre. In recent years Audrey has been editing consultant for various documentaries in South Africa, a country in which she has tied links since 1997 and her involvement in the Step for the future project. She is also a member of Rough Cut Service.
Chris Wright /UK/
Chris Wright was born in the Northern English town of Bolton, studied in Cambridge and then at the film school in Babelsberg. Since the mid-90s, he’s lived in Berlin, working as an editor and documentary-maker. His credits include Thomas Heise’s “Heimat is a Space in Time”, which won awards around the world. He won the German Camera Prize in the category best feature-length editing for “Fighter”. He teaches the documentary course at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) and works as editing consultant on documentaries and fiction films.
Educated as film editor from the national film school of Denmark, Thomas has been editing film and tv series, short films and documentaries for 25 years. He collaborated with Lars von Trier and many other Danish, as well as Swedish directors. Former feature film commissioner at The Danish Film institute, also the Danish Eurimages representative.
Thomas is the head of editing at the Danish School, tutoring students on developing and editing fiction and documentary projects. He is in charge of several seminars on editing / sound & music / title sequence. Thomas is currently working as supervising editor and tutor, giving master classes at film schools and Universities primarily in the Nordic region. Recently he has been teaching documentary students at the Norwegian film School in Oslo, where he also moderates a seminar on documentary editing together with Niels Pagh Andersen. Recently been Editing consultant on a Danish tv 2 fiction Series and has been supervising editing on Documentary films in Vienna, Torino and “on Line “ to projects in Rio and Zagreb. This is his second DOK Incubator workshop as editing Tutor.
Pernille Bech Christensen /DK/
Pernille Bech Christensen graduated from the National Danish Film School´s Editing department in 1987, and has worked since 1987 as an editor on both feature film and documentaries. 2011-2014 P.B.C. was appointed Commission Editor on the board for commercial feature film at the National Danish Film Institute. Since 2015 Pernille Bech Christensen has been working as Executive Producer in the fiction department at the national broadcaster TV 2 Denmark where P.B.C. develops fiction-series . Since 2016 a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. Since 2018 studying a Diploma degree in Cultural Leadership. P.B.C. is an international editing consultant in both documentary and feature film and is also working as script consultant in Denmark and Scandinavia. P.B.C teaches regularly at The National Danish Film School and has on several occasions been a guest teacher at the Norwiegen Film School . P.B.C. has during her career been nominated and won several prizes, including the Danish Academy Award for editing 2003 and the Television Award “Editor of the year” 2005. She has been Susanne Bier’s editor from 1987 til 2015, including the feature film ‘After the Wedding’, nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Category in 2007, and ‘In a Better World’ winner of both the acclaimed Golden Globe award and an Oscar in 2011. Pernille edited the feature-length documentary ‘The Monastery’, which won the main prize at IDFA. Over the years, her films have had 35 wins and 31 nominations at festivals worldwide.
Jakob Kirstein Høgel /DK/
West Danish Film Fund
Jakob Kirstein Høgel heads a talent development scheme (NDS), granting development and production support to documentaries, fiction and video games. NDS has recently supported films such as R (feature, main prize Mumbai and Gothenburg), Applause (feature, 2009, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Mumbai FF), Out of Love (30 min doc, 2010, Rotterdam, Berlin FF) and Dr. Nakamats (52 min doc, 2009, IDFA). Jakob K. Høgel co-founded and co-owned documentary production company, Cosmo Doc in 2004 and ran it for 3 years. He has produced award winning films, such as “Prostitution behind the Veil” (Emmy nominee 2005) and “Gasolin” (2006, the best grossing Danish documentary ever with 235.000 cinema tickets sold). From 1999 to 2004 he was commissioning editor for Documentaries & Shorts at the Danish Film Institute.
Hilla Medalia /IL/
Director & Producer
Peabody Award-winning producer has received three Emmy® nominations. Her projects have garnered critical acclaim and screened internationally; Among them: ‘Transkids’ 2019 (a 5 episode series for yesDocu), ‘Leftover Women’ 2019 (Tribeca, ARTE), ‘The Oslo Diaries’ 2018 (Sundance, HBO, ARTE), ‘Muhi’ 2017 (IDFA, HotDocs), ‘Censored Voices’, 2015 (Sundance, Berlinale), ‘The Go Go Boys’ 2014 (Cannes), ‘Web Junkie’ 2014 (Sundance, POV, BBC), ‘Dancing in Jaffa’ 2013 and more. Hilla holds an M.A. from SIU.
Karolina Lidin /SE/
Senior Advisor Documentary / Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant with 25+ years of experience on the international scene, currently engaged at Nordisk Film & TV Fond, and for 12 years at Sheffield Doc/Fest developing the successful MeetMarket concept. In addition, Karolina is involved in training schemes, developing projects with international potential, lately with Docs by the Sea, DocEdge Kolkata, Dhaka DocLab and DocsPort Incheon/DMZ. Karolina’s activities include moderating the IDFA FORUM and many other film festival & market events – in addition to panel & selection committees and tutoring worldwide.
Serge Gordey /FR/
Serge Gordey is a French producer mainly involved with international creative documentaries, presently working at TEMPS NOIR (Paris). In recent years, he has been involved with projects such as the innovative webbased ‘GazaSderot: Life in Spite of Everything’ (executive producer) and ’24 hours Jerusalem’. He was the French co-producer of the Oscar-nominated and International Emmy awarded ‘Five Broken Cameras’ (Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi). He also coproduced ‘The Wonderful World of Papa Alaev’ (Tal Barda & Noam Pinhas), ‘Vaclav Havel, A Free Man’ (Andrea Sedlackova) and ‘Lech Walesa, A Portrait’ (Andrzej Fidyk). He is an advocate urging for an enhanced role of creative documentaries. From 2015 to 2017, he was the president of the documentary committee of the French CNC.
Nino Kirtadze /GE, FR/
Director & Scriptwriter / Actress
European Film Academy-award-winning director Nino Kirtadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is one of the few Georgian directors who made her cinematic debut in France and quickly established herself as one of the best documentary directors worldwide. She focuses on controversial subjects, placing the accent on human drama and creating deep insightful human portraits. Her films have won international acclaim and numerous prestigious prizes at festivals worldwide, including Best Director Prize at Sundance for ‘Durakovo – Village of Fools’, the European Film Academy award for ‘Pipeline Next Door’, Germany’s top documentary award, the Adolf Grimme Gold, for ‘Chechen Lullaby’ and the Cinema du Réel award for ‘Tell My Friends That I’m Dead’. Her films have been presented at top world festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, IDFA and RIDM. Nino Kirtadze is also a scriptwriter and actress. During the troubled years in the Caucasus in 1990s she also worked as a war correspondent for the AFP and for the AP, covering the war in Chechnya and other armed conflicts in the region. Since 1997, Nino Kirtadze has been living in France and working with Peter Brook, Ben Gazzara, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Pierre Ameris and Claude Goretta. She works on a regular basis with different national and international organisations and film schools as a consultant, jury member, lecturer and tutor. Her last film ‘Don’t breathe’ which was premiered in Toronto IFF 2014 extends the borders of documentary and places this dark comedy between fiction and documentary. She is currently working on her new film focused on the incredible story of the Nobel Prize winning novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and its transformation into a cold war missile. She underlines in her film the tragic story of the novel’s author, Boris Pasternak, as he desperately tries to publish the forbidden book and is prepared to give his life for it.
François Sculier lives in Paris – but he loves to leave Paris to travel elsewhere. His directorial work as well as his work as an editor has led him to Greece, Iran, Burkina Faso, Morocco, and Russia. Before directing movies, this self-taught filmmaker began his career with the
editing of many short films in the 80‘s (narrative, experimental and documentaries), when film stock was still prevalent. His fortuitous meeting with Joris Ivens and his collaboration with Jean-Daniel
Pollet were decisive. Since then he has edited and directed short narrative films but especially documentary films that have been screened and awarded at many festivals. He has been an editing trainer at the Femis, Lussas, Cinédoc and HEAD in Geneva. He pursues and maintains a balance between these three aspects of his work: directing, editing and training.
Vadim Jendreyko /CH/
Producer & Director / Mira Film
Born in Germany, grown up in Switzerland. Between 1983 – 86 Vadim worked as assistant director, camera assistant and editing assistant in Germany and Switzerland. 1986 – 1988 he worked in different theatres in Germany as assistant director and assistant of light design. Since 1986 he works as director, essentially for documentary films. Vadim together with Hercli Bundi founded production company Mira Film (Zürich and Basel) in 2002. Today he is realizing films as author and director and works at Mira Film as producer and co-producer. His films were presented in festivals around the world and received several awards, among them twice the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary and nominations for the European Film Award and the German Film Award. He is giving lectures at film schools and is contracted as consultant and coach for independent documentary films. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Swiss Film Academy.
Yael Bitton /FR/
Yael has been making films for over 20 years and is an editor for both cinema and television. She lives and works in France, the USA
and Switzerland, currently working as an editing tutor at the HEAD in Geneva, as well as an editing and story consultant for dok.incubator and Rough Cut Services. Her latest credits include: ‘Las Fantasmas del Caribe’ by Felipe Monroy (2017); ‘Machines’ by Rahul Jain 2016,winning the 2017 Sundance Cinematography award in the World Documentary Competition and the Special Jury, Human Value and FIPRESCI awards at the Thessaloniki Documentary film festival; MOMA’s Doc Fortnight opening film); ‘Forget History’ by Anat Even (2016); ‘The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev’ by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda (2015). From 1995 to1999 she worked as a script supervisor on various feature films in the USA, including ‘Lisbon story’ by Wim Wenders, ‘Girlfight’ by Karin Kusama, ‘Hamlet’ by Michael Almereyda, and many more. She has directed two feature-length documentaries: ‘Not For Sale’ (2003); ‘The Rabbi‘s 12 Children (2007); as well as various shorter formats for television. She lives in Paris.
Menno Boerema /NL/
Born in Holland (1958 – 2019), Menno grew up in Rome, Italy, where he started his editing career. He then graduated from The Netherlands Filmacademy and earned a post-graduate degree at Centro Sperimentale di Cinema in Rome studying with Roberto Perpigniani. Since then he worked in Amsterdam and other countries around the world on award-winning fiction and documentary films such as De Grote Vakantie, Jungle Rudy or Meisje. Since 1998 he has been teaching at the Dutch filmschool and lecturing editing at workshops such as IDFA Summer School, the Berlinale Talent Campus or Docstories Black Sea in Georgia. Among the films he has tutored are the Academy-Award nominated Five Broken Cameras, Where Condors Fly by Carlos Klein (Special Mention of the Cinéma Suisse Jury), and award-winning IDFA-premiered Judgement in Hungary.
Claudio Cea /CH/
Claudio Cea is a Motion Picture Editor working in feature films, documentaries, commercials, and film trailers. A member of the European Film Academy, the Swiss Film Academy and the Canadian Cinema Editors, Claudio is an alumnus of the Vancouver Film School in Canada and the International Film School of Cologne in Germany, and an AVID Certified Instructor. In addition to his diverse portfolio of theatrical work, he also shaped over 100 factual/reality, documentary, and dramatic programs for SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (Swiss National Radio and Television) over five years. Claudio Cea is in the Jury for the 2015 Canadian Cinema Editors.
Anne Fabini /DE/
Anne is a successful editor of both documentary and fiction film. MORE THAN HONEY, an international co-production directed by Markus Imhoof, won the most prestigious national awards for documentary in Germany, Switzerland and Austria respectively. Her films HOUSTON (2013) by Bastian Günther and RETURN TO HOMS by Talal Derki premiered at Sundance Film Festival, with RETURN TO HOMS winning the World Documentary Grand Jury Award in 2014. BEYOND PUNISHMENT a recent collaboration with Hubertus Siegert, is winner of the Max Ophüls Prize Best Documentary 2015. Her work has been nominated several times for Best Film Editing at the German Film Award (2009- BERLIN CALLING , 2013- MORE THAN HONEY , 2014- HOUSTON). In February 2014 she was awarded the German Film Critics Award for Best Editing for HOUSTON.
Nanna Frank Møller /DK/
Nanna Frank Møller has edited over 40 films, including creative documentaries, feature films and short fiction. She graduated as an editor from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999 and made her debut as a director in 2007 with ‘Someone Like You’ which won the Talent Dove at the International Leipzig Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Odense International Short and Documentary Film Festival the same year. She has directed four documentaries, all of which were sold to international broadcasters and toured international festivals. As an editor, she has a long term collaboration with Danish director Max Kestner and has worked with Anne Regitze Wivel, Kaspar Munk, Phie Ambo and Mohamed Jabaly among others. In 2001, she co-founded the Society of Danish Film Editors and was a member of the board from 2001–2005. She guest teaches at The National Film School of Denmark and has mentored several workshops.
Per K. Kirkegaard /DK/
Per is one of the most established editors in the Danish film industry. He has edited numerous critically acclaimed documentaries and narrative features, and his latest merits include films like Armadillo – for which he was awarded an Emmy for best editing of a long format documentary – TPBAFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. And The Sound of a Revolution, a feature-length documentary about Greenland’s first rock band. Per is renowned for his musically atoned editing style, his great precision as a story teller, his loyalty to the projects he engages in, his unique eye for the poetic yet specific and his punk attitude to filmmaking.
Gesa graduated from Cologne University in Dramatics, German Literature and Philosophy. As a freelance film editor since 1991 she has edited documentaries including ‘The Order of Things’ (2014), ‘FEMMEfille’ (2015), ‘Shot in the Dark‘ (2016) or ‘Lucica and her children‘ (2018), as well as feature films including ‘Hannah’ (2006) or ‘LowLights’ (2009). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor, specialising in feature-length documentary film such as ‘Whiteblood’ (2010), ‘Foreign’ (2011) or ‘Master of Disaster‘ (2018). Her work has been nominated as Best Edit at the German Television awards (2000), Best Edit at the German Camera awards (2004, 2006) and has been awarded Best Edit of a Documentary at the Filmplus Editing prize (2005, 2009). Gesa teaches at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. She is a member of the European (EFA) and the German Film Academy. Gesa lives in Potsdam near to Berlin.
Phil Jandaly /SE/
Phil has spent the last 20 years as an editor, first in fiction, fishing, and comedy, then in documentary. Part of award winning international productions like Prison Sisters, Killing Time, and Liberation Day, Phil also tutors and consultants on everything from pitching to rough cuts to the genius of sticky notes. Working out of Sweden, his projects have originated in places as far afield as Serbia, Kenya, France, Korea, and beyond. With a focus on human rights stories, Phil has brought an acute, analytical approach to storytelling to help creators get to the heart of their projects. He’s travelled the world with EDN, B2B, and independently, giving master classes on pitch pilot trailers and the craft of storytelling through scripting, editing, and sticky notes. Phil blogs about documentary and technology on his Storysmith blog, and runs BedouinViking productions, where he’s been part of developing the Sundance/Stories of Change feature documentary Brown Gold.
Ivo Trajkov /MK/
He was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia in 1965. Graduated on a film academy FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic (1986 – 1992) where he works as professor and a head of department of editing. His filmography is consists of the following films: Wingless, Movie, The Great Water, The Past and others.
Iikka Vehkalahti /FI/
Commissioning Editor for YLE TV2 Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. Board member in Steps International, Steps India and IDFA. In YLE he has commissioned internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy; Decent Factory; Recipes for Disaster; Lakshmi and Me; Paradise; In The Shadow of Holy Book; Northern Star, and Riot On! Before YLE he directed several awarded documentaries for Epidem and Musafilm, e.g., Past is Present; Man from the Shadow; Daughter of a Terrorist; Tehri – Two Journeys. In 2008 published the book Steps By Steps (co-written with Don Edkins). Currently, is off for a year from his post at YLE being a visiting professor at Tampere University.
Thomas Ernst /DE/
Thomas Ernst is a film editor, story editor and author. He has been involved in fictional productions, documentaries, music videos, short films, and also in the animated series ” Mr. Bean “. Feature documentaries like “Invisible Strings”, “Overdose”, “Stream Of Love” and “ULTRA” are on his long credit list. The film “Drifter” won the “First Appearance Award” at IDFA 2014. He was awarded the German Kamerapreis for Best Editing 2015 for his editing of the film “The Queen of Silence”. The feature documentary “The Pearl of Africa” can be found on NETFLIX. “Drifter” (2015) and “ULTRA” (2017) have both been selected for the European Film Academy award. He also works as a consultant and lecturer at international workshops.
Luc Forveille /FR/
Luc Forveille is a graduate of IDHEC, the French public school of cinema. He has been working as editor for 25 years, primarily for documentary film. Over the 5 last years, he has worked a lot with Claire Simon (‘Human Geography’, ‘The Woods Dreams Are Made of’, ‘The Graduation’, ‘Young Solitude’) as well as with Mehran Tamadon (‘Iranian’), Sacha Abaturov (‘Sleeping Souls’, ‘The Son’), and Corinne Sullivan (‘Mutso, the Hinterland’). Each of these films was screened at festivals (Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Paris, Locarno, Lussas etc.) and most of them were also screened in cinemas. He has also edited documentaries discussing the work of directors Avi Mograbi, Claire Simon, and Chris Maker for the French TV channel Canal+. He has been a teacher of film editing at FEMIS, and at the universities of Grenoble (France), Papeete (Tahiti) and Saint Louis (Senegal). He is currently working on Claire Simon’s new project, ‘The Village’, a long documentary series.
Marion Tuor (DK, DE)
Marion Tuor studied Film Editing at the National Film School of Denmark. Since 2007, she has worked as a freelance editor, focusing on ambitious documentaries. Examples of award-winning documentaries she has worked on: ‘At Home in the World’ by Andreas Koefoed (winner of the IDFA Award for the Best Mid-Length Documentary), ‘Free the Mind’ directed by Phie Ambo and produced by Sigrid Dyekjær, ‘Ballroom Dancer’ by Andreas Koefoed & Christian Bonke (Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival).
Anna Johnson Ryndová /CZ/
Editor Anna Johnson Ryndová began her film career as a clapper and then worked as a script supervisor and assistant editor. She holds an MFA from FAMU. She was nominated for the Czech national film award for ‘Pouta’ (‘Walking Too Fast’, 2010) and for the Slovak national film award for ‘Dom’ (‘House’, 2011). From 2012 until 2015, she worked as a lecturer of Film Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, USA. She understands film art as an intellectual, aesthetic, and emotional inquiry rather than a product designed to entertain. In her work as an editor and teacher, she is especially interested in the topics of authenticity, media literacy, kitsch in all its forms, and the ethics of film making. Recently, she collaborated on documentary essays ‘Slepý Gulliver’ (‘Blind Gulliver’, 2017) and ‘Muris’ (‘D Is For Division’, 2018). Currently, she is finishing a fiction film ‘Zlaty podraz’ (‘Golden Betrayal’).
Peter Kerekes /SK/
Director & Producer & Scriptwriter
Peter studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava in the years 1991 – 1998. He ended up teaching the same subject at the same institution, where he founded the feature and documentary film studio together with Dušan Hanáko. Although he originally wanted to make feature films and managed to reach for the university degree, he fell for documentary storytelling ever since his first documentary about the Slovakian poet Erik Groch. His feature documentary ‘Cooking History’ (produced by Austrian director and producer Georg Misch) won awards at many international festivals, such as Hot Docs and DOK Leipzig, and was even nominated for the renowned Prix Arte 2009 European Film Award. His latest film ‘Velvet Terrorists’ also offers a somewhat different perspective on history. It tells the story of three men who made an attempt to crush the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, with varying degrees of success. Based on the idea that what is a terrorist regime to one person may be a just political system to another, the film also looks at how the discourse on terrorism changes with the political context. ‘Velvet Terrorists’ is a Slovakian-Czech-Croatian co-production and was co-directed by Palo Pekarcik and Ivan Ostrochovsky.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION TUTORS
Freddy Neumann /DK/
Marketing Strategist / Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Founder of Neumann PR & Strategic Communication, focused on strategic consulting, communication management, agenda setting, corporate- and product branding, community relations, public affairs, issues management, crisis management and media awareness. PR and marketing specialist, concentrated primarily on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.
Vesna Cudic /UK/
Marketing Strategist & Sales Agent & Executive Producer / Met Film
Vesna is the Head of Sales at MetFilm Sales, a London-based agency, specializing in sales of documentary features and series. Since joining MetFilm in 2017, Vesna has built a strong slate, which includes Sundance 2020 award-winner THE REASON I JUMP, and Sundance and Berlinale 2019 entry SHOOTING THE MAFIA. She has executive produced Netflix hit LAST BREATH, BBC Arts docs THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE and CAPTURING LEE MILLER, and Shosh Shlam & HIlla Medalia’s LEFTOVER WOMEN. As a filmmaker, Vesna trained at the NFTS and is the winner of RTS and multiple film festival awards. Her experience in the field of international distribution combined with her background in filmmaking, provides her with valuable tools for identifying the demands of the international marketplace, while working closely with the filmmakers. Prior to joining Met Film, Vesna headed the international sales arm of Dogwoof from its inception in 2011 until 2017.
Peter Jäger /AT/
CEO – AUTLOOK Filmsales GmbH
Born in Belgium, studied law and philosophy; was a filmmagazine ‘Commercial & Marketing Director’ and a ‘Marketing & Acquisitions Consultant’ for several major independent film distributors and film exhibitors. In 2005, together with Austrian producers founded and became CEO of Autlook Filmsales. Peter is a distribution panel member of MEDIA Programme and an expert-panellist for several major Festivals as well as a jury member of the Vienna and Flemish Filmfund, regularly invited as guest-lecturer on ‘International Distribution & Marketing’ to Film academies & National Film Institutes.
Aleš Fiala /CZ/
Aleš, chief strategist at Mustard Prague, is a communication professional. He has a vast amount of experience in advertising as a copywriter and a creative director, and is also a conceptual and methodical thinking advisor and lecturer. He helps to handle, structure and develop complex ideas across various industries, from comic books to space research programmes. For nearly three decades he worked in a number of creative and managerial positions in different agencies – from big branches of global networks like BBDO, McCann, JWT, DDB to small creative hotspots in Prague – Men on the Moon, Kaspen/JvM, and currently Mustard. He’s currently focused on peripheral and experimental areas of communication, augmented reality application and group work in extreme conditions.
Tomáš Hrivnák /CZ/
Brand Management & Brand Strategy
Tomáš is a “brand therapist”, co-founder of the brand consultancy Idealisti, who has been working for brands big and small in the CEE region for the past 20 years and held a number of creative and managerial positions – from copywriter and executive creative director of MARK/BBDO to the director of strategic planning at Euro RSCG New Europe in Prague. Tomas ran his own consultancy since 2001 where he advised his clients on brand management, qualitative and quantitative research and business coaching. He believes brands should convey meaning and by doing so they should help businesses, individuals and non-profits get and retain customers, provide sustainable advantage over the competition and help people live more meaningful lives. Branding for him is much more than design, but a multidisciplinary approach bordering on human capital management, marketing communication, innovation management, leadership and organizational learning.
DISTRIBUTION AND SALES TUTORS
Salma Abdalla /AT/
Managing Director & Theatrical Sales / Autlook Filmsales
After her master degree in journalism and political science Salma started to work as international tv sales manager at Autlook in 2005. In 2010, she took over all operational matters and acquisitions as Autlook‚as managing director and propelled digital distribution for documentaries. Salma speaks on panels, gives lectures and workshops at major film festivals with focus on rights management and distribution.
Maëlle Guenegues /FR/
Sales Agent / CAT&Docs
AAfter collaborating with different festivals in France (Les Rencontres du Cinéma, Sunny Side of the Doc, FIPA…), Maëlle started working in International distribution with Point du Jour International and Doc&Co (now Doc & Film International). She joined Catherine Le Clef in 2009 to set up CAT&Docs. CAT &Docs is dedicated to the promotion & distribution of all types of docs, in all media around the world: pertinent and impertinent docs on topical questions and timeless subjects; docs that are carefully researched, audacious, question the world and propose new ways of looking at it. Our catalogue include: ’Bitter Love’, ’Only the Devil Lives without Hope’, ‘Wake Up on Mars’, ‘The Earth is Blue as an Orange’, ’Overseas’, ’Transnistra’, ‘The Good Postman’, ‘La Chana’, ‘Stranger in Paradise’, ‘Houston, We Have a Problem!’, ‘Cameraperson’, ’Sonita’, ‘CITIZENFOUR’, ‘My Love Don‘t Cross That River’, ‘Of Men and War’…
Sales & Acquisitions I Deckert Distribution GmbH
Liselot graduated with a degree in film production from the Dutch Film Academy in 2007. She has more than 10 years experience in the audiovisual sector, first working for a few years in production before moving to film festivals. Amongst other postings, she was a festival and market producer at the IDFA Forum and Cinekid for professionals, two of Amsterdam’s most preeminent cultural events. In 2013 she began working in documentary sales, first for the sales arm of NPO sales and then for Autlook Filmsales. She currently handles sales and acquisitions for Deckert Distribution. Parallel to this, in 2018 she co-founded Dox Consulting, offering bespoke consulting and tutoring services for a variety of clients. Liselot is based in Amsterdam.
Stephanie Fuchs /DE/
Sales Agent / Autlook Filmsales
Stephanie is the Festival Manager at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and doc series, including Academy-nominated For Sama, Sundance-awarded Acasa, My Home, The Painter And The Thief, Midnight Family and Academy-nominated Of Fathers And Sons. She is in charge of Festival strategies, coordination of all international festivals and single bookings. She also offers her expertise as a consultant and panelist and had been part of several juries. Stephanie studied computer science and has been working in the creative industries since 2012. She joined Autlook Filmsales in 2014.
Heino Deckert /DE/
Producer & Distributor MA.JA.DE /Deckert Distribution
Heino is Producer and Managing Director of MA.JA.DE Filmproduction based in Leipzig and Berlin, Germany as well as running Deckert Distribution, a distribution company for documentaries. In 1995 Mr. Deckert founded d.net, an informal union of seven European colleagues joining forces to exchange ideas and initiatives. Since the establishing of d.net the producers finished more than 30 internationally coproductions together. As a coproducer MA.JA.DE was involved in 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo and Justice by Fabrizio Lazzaretti. The catalogue of Deckert Distribution includes titles like: Chavez – Inside the Coup, Inheritance: A Fisherman’s Story (shortlisted for Oscar 2004) Garden (Sundance 2004, IDFA 2003) and the three Rooms of Melancholia (Venice 2004).
Philippa Kowarsky /IL/
Philippa Kowarsky graduated with an M.A. in Communication Policy Studies, at City University of London. From 1993 she has been working in the Film & TV industry in various fields such as production, development and sales. In 1997 Philippa established Cinephil, a sales and co-productions company home to independent international productions, strategizing, marketing, distributing and selling documentaries worldwide. Cinephil also acts as a co-producer and executive producer, raising finance for films and following through projects to their completion. In 2014 THE ACT OF KILLING represented by Cinephil was nominated for the Academy Awards©. In 2013 Philippa was nominated for the Academy Awards as THE GATEKEEPERS producer.
Anaïs Clanet /FR/
Anaïs Clanet has been involved with the cinema industry since 2005, working for the website www.allocine.com, where she conducted interviews and covered press screenings for documentaries such as The Kid Stays in the Picture. She pursued her master studies in History and Audiovisual Theory. In 2006, she started at Wide and from 2007, she became Head of Sales and Acquisitions for both fictions & documentaries. With Loďc Magneron she later opened Wide House, an independent documentary organization focused on documentary pre-sales & sales to which she is the General Manager. Wide House handles worldwide THE GREAT MUSEUM by Johannes Holzhausen, THE CIRCLE by Stefan Haupt and SHADOW WORLD by Johan Grimonprez among other titles.
Stefan Kloos /DE/
Kloos & Co. Medien / CEO Rise and Shine
Grimme Award-winner Stefan Kloos founded Kloos & Co. Medien in 2002 and has since produced numerous award-winning creative documentaries with international TV broadcasters and for the cinema. Recent award-winning films and coproductions include: THE OTHER CHELSEA, PUTINS KISS, OF SHARKS AND FISH, GANGSTER OF LOVE, AWAY FROM THE SUNS, ON THE SEA WITH BADJAO and the cultural comedy AND WHO TAUGHT YOU TO DRIVE?. In 2007, he additionally founded RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES and has since been also successfully involved in international distribution of selected award-winning documentaries from all over the world. The catalogue includes THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS, BOTTLED LIFE, TOMORROW, THE KID AND THE CLOWN, LIFE IN STILLS, WINTER GO AWAY, DANCE FOR ME, MY STUFF, CESAR´S GRILL and others.
Aleksandar Govedarica /SRB,CA/
Aleksandar Govedarica was born 1987 in Sarajevo, graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. He produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking including directing. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar now runs the Toronto based world sales agent Syndicado.
Sue Turley /US/
Managing Director ro*co films
Sue Turley is Managing Director of ro*co films productions. As a consultant and independent producer, Sue has contributed to the growth of ro*co films since its inception. She has a strong background in production as Producer/Executive Producer on several documentary film projects. Sue currently serves on the IFP Advisory Board. Sue is responsible for exploring ro*co’s interests in all areas of documentary development and distribution, with special attention to adapting documentaries into scripted television series and/or feature films. ro*co films, founded in 2009, has a partnerships with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, The OWN Documentary Club, and most recently, 1492 Pictures.
Gitte Hansen /DK/
First Hand Films
In 2002 Gitte started at First Hand Films, where her work includes project development, financing & packaging, marketing strategy, executive producing, sales and acquisition. Previously Gitte was Head of Information and Promotion with Filmkontakt Nord for five years, coordinator of the Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, was preparing the first edition of the EDN TV Guide and a study on the European Documentary sector regarding co- production and film financing. She has joined Vertical Strategies, Eurodoc session, Transmedia Next and is a consultant and lecturer at local and international workshops and events where she works for colleagues like EDN, Eurodoc, IDFA, Crossing Boarders and Ex Oriente. Gitte has served on several international film festival around Europe and holds a master in Film and Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.
Esther van Messel /CH/
CEO First Hand Films
Born 1965 in Vienna, lives in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in film & television production and in history from the University of Tel Aviv. In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. Israel and became Head of Distribution. From 1992 she produced international feature films and documentaries as Head of Co-Production and Sales for an independent production company in Zurich. In 1998, Esther van Messel founded her own company First Hand Films in Zurich and Berlin for world sales of documentaries and fiction films. First Hand Films acts as executive producer for selected projects. Esther van Messel has been working as a lecturer and consultant for various organisations like EAVE Brussels, IDFA Forum Amsterdam, Cinemart Rotterdam, Eurodoc Paris, Avea Johannesburg, Eureka Warsaw and Tallinn, Another Finland, TV Media Business School Barcelona, Discovery Campus Munich, FÁS Screen Training Ireland, the Filmacademy Ludwigsburg, the Erich Pommer Institut and the Austrian Parliament, a.o. She was an appointed member of the Selection Committee for the Austrian Film Institute and served on several juries like Golden Link EBU and Nordisk Filmpanorama. Since 1999 she co-owns Vertical Strategy Ltd. in Leipzig together with Björn Koll from Edition Salzgeber Berlin. Esther van Messel is fluent in English, German, French, Dutch, Hebrew, and not yet in Danish. Since 1992 and 1995 she is raising a daughter and a son. She rides a Hornet 900.
Irena Taskovski /UK/
Taskovski Films is a London & Berlin-based world sales and production company of independent documentary and fiction films. We welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking, capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe. Our passion is discovering new talents and creative, author-driven stories. Since 2003, Irena has acted as CEO & founder of Taskovski Films Ltd. During the last decade, Irena has also been working as an external consultant on building successful sales businesses, financing, development, marketing, sales and festivals for many film institutions e.g. HBO Europe, Asian Cinema Fund, Taiwan Film Institute, etc.
PRODUCTION AND FINANCING TUTORS
Arash T. Riahi /AT/
Director & Producer / Golden Girls Filmproduktion
Born in 1972 in Iran, Arash T. Riahi moved to Austria as the child of political refugees in 1982. Studying Film and the Arts at the University of Vienna, he then worked as a freelancer in the youth and art department of Austrian TV. In 1997, he founded the film and media production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion (www.goldengirls.at). His body of work, which has won more than 80 international awards, comprises various short and experimental films (‘Mississippi; ‘That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time’), commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including ‘The Souvenirs of Mr. X’, ‘Exile Family Movie’ or the cross-media project ‘Everyday Rebellion’ that he made with his brother Arman. His first fiction film ‘For a Moment Freedom’ was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he is also working as a dramatic advisor for the MEDIA supported script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc.
Erik Winker /DE/
Producer / CORSO film
Erik Winker has been working in the field of documentary for over 15 years. In 2008 he was the co-founder of HUPE Film in Cologne/Germany. The company has been responsible for successful films such as ´Searching Eva´ by Pia Hellenthal (Berlinale Panorama, Special Mention CPH:DOX, HOT DOCS, Docfest Sheffield and many more), ʻWork Hard Play Hardʼ by Carmen Losmann (FIPRESCI Prize DOK Leipzig, Grimme Award beyond others, big number of festivals worldwide), ʻDancing with Belliesʼ by Carolin Genreith (Official selection Berlinale), ʻFighterʼ by Susanne Binninger (preselected for the German Film Award, German Camera Prize) or ʻHappyʼ by Carolin Genreith (Best Documentary Film Festival Bozen, preselected for the German Film Award, German Critic´s Award) and international co-productions like ʻ15 Corners of the Worldʼ by Zuzanna Solakiewicz (Award of the Semaine le la Critique Locarno, Int. Competition DOK Leipzig), ʻA Woman Capturedʼ by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Sundance, IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield and many more, nominated for the European Film Awards, Best Documentary Linz, Best Documentary Boston, Hungarian Film Award) or `Aida´s Secrets´ by Alon Schwarz (HOT DOCS, Audience Award Doc Aviv). Since summer 2016 the company is running under the new name CORSO Film, since 2017 with a second office in Stuttgart / South-Germany. Erik is teaching regularly at film schools and international workshops, is a former chairman of the filmmaker´s association Filmbüro NW and member of the German Film Academy.
Christine Camdessus /FR/
Christine Camdessus (former CEO of Gaumont Television), launched her own production company in 2001: ALEGRIA PRODUCTIONS, to produce creative documentaries. Productions of ALEGRIA are distributed in most of the world and include The House of Saud directed by Jihan El Tahri, Hammer and Tickle directed by Ben Lewis, Pakistan Zindabad directed by Pascale Lamche, The Lost war of the Vatican? by Patrick Benquet, Five Broken Cameras by Emad Burnad and Guy Davidi (Oscar nomination and International Emmy Award), Divided Korea by Pierre-Olivier François. Christine is a Jury member and permanent Expert in NIPKOW (Berlin). She was director of the Master in European Audiovisual Management (MEGA) from 20
Ingmar Trost /DE/
Ingmar graduated with a BA in Film Studies and Spanish & Latin American Studies and received his MA in Documentary Directing at Goldsmiths College in London. In 2010 he founded his own company Sutor Kolonko, producing challenging documentaries and narrative features. Ingmar is an alumni of EAVE, Documentary Campus and EURODOC and is a member of the European Film Academy. He was Germany’s Producer on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Philippe Avril /FR/
Philippe worked with different filmmakers from all over the world: in Central and Eastern Europe (Dusan Hának, Petr Václav, Valdas Navasaitis, Bakhtyiar Khudojnazarov); in Asia (Park Kwang-su, Aoyama Shinji, Garin Nugroho, Sabiha Sumar, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Murali Nair, Wang Bing, Pepe Diokno); in Middle-East and Africa (Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim, Haile Gerima, Malek Bensmaïl); in Europe (Pedro Costa, Nora Hoppe, Roland Edzard, Peter Brosens/Jessica Woodworth, Peter Hoogendoorn). Producer since 1989 (more than 40 long length art-house documentary or feature films). Graduated EAVE-Europe in 1992. Current positions: General Manager (Les Films de l’Etranger), Head of Studies, Master 2 Pro International Co-production of Audio-Visual and Cinema works (Strasbourg University).
Milton Tabbot /US/
Senior Director of IFP
He started with IFP as a volunteer in 1995, working at that year’s Independent Feature Film Market (now called Independent Film Week), and came on staff in 1996, really jazzed about being at this intersection of the creative and business communities in the independent world. Currently, as senior director of programming, he supervises a number of programs, primarily the documentary components of both the Project Forum of Independent Film Week and Independent Filmmaker Labs, and also fiscal sponsorship program and certain components of annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Lori Cheatle /US/
Hard Working Movies
Lori founded Hard Working Movies, a production company based in Brooklyn, New York, to produce director-driven documentaries and narrative features and television. She has produced a number of award-winning films that have screened in all the top international film festivals, have been released theatrically, and have been broadcast on HBO, Showtime, The Sundance Channel, the BBC, NHK, SVT and around the world. Lori is currently producing several projects including “The Viking of Sixth Avenue”, about the legendary musician/composer Moondog, directed by Holly Elson and featuring Jarvis Cocker and John Zorn and a film about the relationships between comedians and their mothers. She has participated in panels or talks on film producing and distribution at the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, Hot Docs, SxSW, Sundance and New York Women in Film and TV, and has been a guest producer and Lab leader of the IFP Documentary Labs for 4 years.
Simon Kilmurry /US/
Executive Director / IDA
The executive director of American Documentary since 2006, initiator of new activities of AmDoc since 1999, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV’s co-production initiative for emerging filmmakers; POV’s Borders, PBS’ Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives. Advisor and funding panel member for other organizations including the New York City Center for Arts Education, the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers and New York State Council on the Arts. Simon worked in a close partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama, to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers and was associate director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
Simone Baumann /DE/
Born in 1963 in Zschopau/Saxony. Graduated from Rostov-upon-Don State University (Russia), where she studied philosophy 1982-87. Employment History: since 2009 head of the German managing committee of the Friends of the German-Russian Film Academy, since 2005 Eastern Europe Representative for German Films, since 2003 Board member of MFFV Central German Producers Association, 2000 Participant Independent Producers Program EAVE , 2000 Enlargement of LE Vision to include Moscow office. 1997 – present Managing director, partner, and Producer for LE Vision. 1995/96 Producer, Focus TV (Pro7 network), Munich. 1992 – 95 production assistant, domestic politics department, MDR, Dresden. 1991 – 92 researcher, Hegel Institute, Berlin, Dep. for Russian Hegel reception. 1987 – 91 lecturer, Humboldt University Berlin, philosophy dep.
Liisa Juntunen-Karpo /FI/
Liisa Juntunen is an award-winning producer based in Helsinki and the founder of production company napafilms (2009). Napafilms has produced short fiction films and award documentaries in all forms; feature, short, web series and also Finland’s first interactive documentary about animal production called ‘From Pen to Plate’ (by Marika Väisänen). Liisa has participated in several international workshops and the latest of them being 2016 EAVE. Her latest produced feature documentary films are ‘Grey Violet – Odd One Out’ (by Reetta Aalto) which premiered in Hot Docs 2017, ‘Cheer Up’ (by Christy Garland) which premiered in Hot Docs 2016, ‘War and Peace of Mind’ (by Ari Matikainen) which premiered in Edinburgh in 2016. Liisa is currently co-producing several international productions with countries such as South-Korea, India and Norway.
Christian Falch /NO/
Producer / UpNorth Film
Producer Christian Falch works for UpNorth Film in Norway. He has been producing documentaries for the domestic and international market since 2003. His previous films have been screened at numerous festivals around the world, have won several awards and have been sold to more than 20 different territories. Among his previous titles are the feature films ‘The Exorcist in the 21st Century’, ‘Blackhearts’, ‘The King and the Crook’, ‘Two Raging Grannies’ and ‘Street of Dreams’. His latest film ‘Golden Dawn Girls’ premiered in the main competition at IDFA 2017 and has been selected for festivals such as Visions du Réel, HotDocs and many more. The film won the main award for the best documentary at HUMAN Int. Film Festival in Oslo and has been sold worldwide. Falch has also co-produced several feature documentaries with countries like Finland, France, Germany, Australia and Iran. Falch graduated from EuroDoc in 2013 and dok.incubator in 2017. He is a member of the EDN and a board member of The Mid Norwegian Film Centre. In March 2018, Falch received the Norwegian University of Science and Technology`s Film Award for “his work in the field of international documentary production”.
BROADCASTERS AND FESTIVAL REPRESENTATIVES
Joost Daamen /NL/
Programmer / IDFA
Daamen is the Senior Programmer of IDFA, Netherlands. Over the past thirty two years, IDFA has become one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, screening up to 300 documentaries to an audience of over 250.000. IDFA offers two professional markets – the FORUM, Europe’s largest pitching FORUM and gathering of commissioning editors and independent producers. Docs for Sale (online), a market backed up by an extensive database and catalogue, and IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. IDFA is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the art and industry of documentary film and new media. With its fund and filmmaker training programs, IDFA supports filmmakers and connects them across continents, genders and generations. IDFA festival offers a trend-setting film and new media program that gets 295,000 visits and brings together +3000 professionals. IDFA’s Markets, the Forum and Docs for Sale are the reference business events that documentary film professionals never miss.
Marie Kloos /DE/
Programmer / DOK Leipzig
Marie is a member of DOK Leipzig’s selection committee, specialising in international feature length films. For over 60 years, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film has been showing films from around the world. It focuses on the values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression, along with a strong, individual artistic signature of the filmmakers. Marie has been organising and programming for film festivals and cinemas since 2014. Previous experiences include the Berlinale Forum, where she was a programme consultant, and the Marrakech International Film Festival, where she was the programming coordinator. She studied in Berlin, Paris and Montreal and holds an MA in philosophy.
Caroline Libresco /US/
Since 2001, Caroline Libresco has been Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she selects features in all sections, with expertise in documentary and international film. She is also Director of the Catalyst Initiative, which has raised $7 million for Sundance projects in its first three years. Additionally, she directs Women at Sundance, a multi-pronged initiative dedicated to creating gender equality in independent film. Previously, she was an executive at ITVS, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She produced American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs, which won the 2015 Peabody Award, the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and aired on POV. She has been an ongoing consultant to the Zurich Film Festival, Hot Docs Blue Ice Lab, and Harvard Kennedy School. She has appeared widely on film juries internationally—including the Doc Aviv, Sarajevo Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival, Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, and Hot Docs. In June, 2010, Caroline was named among the Top 10 Most Powerful People in Documentary.
Harry Vaughn /US/
Programmer / Sundance Film Festival
Harry Vaughn is a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, specializing in US and World documentary features. At the festival, he is also program lead on a Talent Forum initiative that introduces world documentary filmmakers to American film industry representatives. In 2018, he was a consulting programmer for Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Forum and he began his career at the institute in 2011 as an intern and reader for the Feature Film Program, International. Aside from his work at Sundance, Harry is on the board of Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video and performance, and he is also a consulting programmer for Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. His previous work includes: senior programmer for Outfest Los Angeles, programmer and coordinator for NewFest in New York and Outfest Fusion. He holds a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a Los Angeles native.
Lars Meyer /DE/
Lars Meyer, born in 1974 in Bremen, studied German Literature, Theatre Studies and Journalism in Berlin and attended the script writing academy in Munich. From 2001 to 2002 he managed the cinema in the Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig. Since then he has worked as a freelance radio journalist and film critic, especially for MDR Figaro, and as employee for film festivals. From 2005-2011 he has coordinated the international “Animation Exchange Forum“ for the Filmfest Dresden. Since five years he is member of the selection committee at DOK Leipzig. He also works for the festival as a programmer.
Tine Fischer /DK/
Director / CPH:DOX & CEO – Fischer Film
In 2001 Tine founded CPH:DOX which has grown to be one of the leading international documentary festivals, including talent development program CPH:LAB and CPH:FORUM. Since 2012 she is the lead partner in the new Danish / Swedish transmedia platform SWIM with focus on alternative business models in the new media landscape. Within her company Fischer Film, she produced ‘Accidentes Gloriosos by Mauro Andrizzi & Marcus Lindeen that premiered and won the Orizzonti Award at Venice Film Festival (2011). She executively produced a number of films during the last years: Killing Strangers, 2012 (Berlinale – Forum), La Ultima Pelicula, 2013 (TIFF), Solecito, 2013 (Cannes, Director’s Fortnight). She also produces projects in between art and film amongst them the extensive film, art and web project ‘Little Sun’ with Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson which premiered at Tate Modern in autumn 2012.
Alex Szalat /FR/
Director / Docs Up fund
Alex Szalat is a Director of short films, documentaries and TV series since 1977. His filmography is extensively covering a full range aspects dealing with European life culture and society. In 1987, A. Szalat founded KS VISIONS, an independent producers society and has produced over a hundred documentaries and TV series for Canal +, Arte, FR3, FR2, TF1, Planete, IBA, RTBF, Dutch Channel 1 amongst others. Since 2005 A. Szalat was commissioning editor for the Geopolitical Europe and Society department of Arte France, and from 2008, he heads the Current affair, Social issues and geopolitical department. Since September 2011, he is Deputy Director of the Society and Culture department of Arte France.
Martin Horyna /CZ/
Karlovy Vary IFF
Martin Horyna is a member of Program Department at Karlovy Vary IFF since 2011. At present, he is in charge of documentary films and administrates the festival video library. His previous experience as a film journalist and critic includes working for iNDiEFiLM.cz, a Czech website specialized in independent and auteur cinema, which he co-founded in 2009.
Marek Hovorka /CZ/
Filmmaker & Director / International Film Festival Jihlava
Founder of Jihlava IDFF in 1997 and its Festival Director since then. Between 1998 – 2005 studied at the Department of Documentary Film at Prague’s FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy Of Performing Arts). Co-founder of Doc Alliance festival network, East Silver documnetary film market, DAFilms on-line distribution platfrom and founder of various Industry initiatives (Inspiration Forum, Emerging Producers, Festival Identity). Member of editor´s board of Dok.revue and revue “do”. Member of various juries at international and documentary film festivals (f. e. FID Marseille, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Karlovy Vary IFF, Cinema Verite Tehran, It´s all true Sao Paulo).
Ondřej Moravec is the Director of Programming of the One World Festival in the Czech Republic, focused on documentaries about human rights. He also works as a filmmaker and journalist. He used to work in Czech Television in the department of the cultural newsroom. Ondřej studied Dramaturgy and Screenwriting at FAMU as well as Journalism at Charles University. He has also worked on many virtual reality projects as a dramaturg.
Programmer / Berlinale
Jacqueline Nsiah is a freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant. Her twelve years’ experience of working with film festivals across the world in various capacities, includes the positions as Co-director for the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2008, Producer of the Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Assistant Producer of the Rio International Film Festival and Guest Manager in the Panorama Section of the Berlinale. Other past positions include Co-director and Curator of the African film festival, UHURU, in Rio de Janeiro, Programmer for Film Africa London and Programme Director at the Africa Film Society, Ghana. Nsiah works as a project manager on an African industry film platform for the Goethe Institut, cinidb.africa, is on the advisory board for screenworlds.org and a curator for the section Forum-Berlinale. She holds a MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Free University in Berlin and a BA in African Studies and Politics from SOAS. Jacqueline Nsiah has recently published her MA final thesis titled “Returning From Exile”, a research project on the return of Ghanaian diaspora to Ghana.
Leena Pasanen /FI/
Festival Director / DOK Leipzig
Leena Pasanen started her career as a journalist in print media and in 1993 joined YLE, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, TV presenter and the head of documentaries for YLE TV1. In 2000 she was chosen as the Head of Programmes responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programmes in YLE Teema. She stayed with the channel until November 2005, when she started working as the Director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2011 – 2014 she worked in Budapest, Hungary leading the Finnish Institute and also serving as cultural attaché at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. She is currently based in Leipzig, Germany and working as Managing and Festival Director of DOK Leipzig, the international film festival for documentary and animated film.
Shane Smith /CA/
Director of Programming / Hot Docs
Shane Smith is Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest Festival and Market for documentary film. Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as director of Special Projects, and director of Public Programs. Prior to TIFF he was Executive Producer, In-Flight Entertainment, Spafax, overseeing all entertainment on Air Canada, Director of Programming at Channel Zero Inc, Director CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Short Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, Programmer for Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Smith has served on juries, or participated on panels at festivals and events around the world including Sundance, Cannes, Sheffield Doc Fest, DocNYC, IDA, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Sao Paulo and Rio Short Film Festivals, Encounters Film Festival Bristol and Bangkok International Film Festival. He is not the guy from Vice.
Mads Mikkelsen /DK/
Programmer / CPH:DOX
Mads Mikkelsen has been a programmer at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – since 2008. CPH:DOX is one of the largest documentary festivals in the world, with an internationally-recognized profile that covers staging, visual art and performance as well as other art forms. Besides programming for CPH:DOX, he runs a monthly film series at the Danish Film Institute/Cinematheque, and contributes to various national and international magazines and publications about film.
Hanka Kastelicová /CZ/
Commissioning editor / HBO Europe
Julie has been part of the programme department at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival since 2015. One World has become the largest human rights film festival in the world, promoting human rights and encouraging society to be interested in various issues happening in the contemporary world. She is a member of the final selection committee and organiser of One World Brussels, the Brussels edition of the the festival, which concentrates on advocacy through documentary films and debates. She has worked on a variety of cultural, public space, and community projects in Prague.