Tutors

Tutors who cooperate with dok.incubator:

The tutors of the latest dok.incubator edition appear under the workshop session description here

You can find the list of core dok.incubator tutors who work regularly with us below.

LEADING TUTORS

Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – MADE
aThe 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.

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
SigridSigrid 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.

Claas Danielsen /DE/
Filmmaker & Dramaturgy Consultant
claas2After working as a journalist and getting practical training in film production companies he studied documentary directing at the Munich Film Academy. He made seven documentaries of which several did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 2000 he became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus, an internationally highly respected training initiative for documentary professionals and up-and-coming talents who want to enter the international non-fiction market. In April 2004 Claas Danielsen was appointed Artistic and Managing Director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, the biggest German and one of the leading documentary festivals worldwide, which he has developed into an important meeting place of the international non-fiction industry. Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association a.g.dok and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an advisor to the European Film Academy and has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds.

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.

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).

 
 

EDITING AND DRAMATURGY TUTORS

Yael Bitton /FR/
yael_bittonYael 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/
MenoBorn in Holland in 1958, 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 CeaClaudio 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 FabiniAnne 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.

Stephan Krumbiegel /DE/
Stefan Krumbiegel - stillStephan Krumbiegel has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1996. Among the award-winning documentaries he’s edited are: ‘Berlin Symphony’ (by Thomas
Schadt), ‘White Ravens – Nightmare in Chechnya’ and ‘Lullaby’ (Johann Feindt /Tamara Trampe), ‘Accordion Tribe’ and ‘Echos of Home’ (Stefan Schwietert), ‘Enterprise Paradise’ and ‘Under Control’
(by Volker Sattel) or ‘Gerhard Richter-Painting’ and ‘Peter Handke: In the Woods, Might Be Late’ (by Cornna Belz). His last work ‘BEUYS’ (Andres Veiel) was invited to compete at Berlinale 2017. Since 2001, Stephan has been teaching
editing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, and has been a professor of film editing there since 2007.

Nanna Frank Møller /DK/
NannaNanna 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_kirkegaardPer 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 Marten /DE/
Gesa MartenGesa graduated from Cologne University in Dramatics, German literature and Philosophy. As a freelance film editor she has edited more than 60 films since 1991 – documentaries including ‘Lost in Liberia’ (2009), ‘Wo Stehst Du?’ (2011), ‘The Order of Things’ (2014) or ‘FEMMEfille’ (2015), as well as feature films including ‘Hannah’ (2006) or ‘Low-Lights’ (2009). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor, specialising in feature-length documentary film such as ‘Whiteblood’ (2010) or ‘Foreign / Fremd’ (2011). Her work has been nominated as Best Edit at the German Television awards (2000), Best Edit at the German Camera awards (2004, 2006) and Best Edit of a Documentary at the Filmplus Editing awards (2005, 2008, 2009, 2014). Gesa teaches at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg and is board member of the Institute of Artistic Research. She is a member of the European (EFA) and
the German Film Academy.

Pernille Bech Christensen /DK/
Pernille Bech Christensen graduated from the National Danish Film School in 1987 in Editing. She regularly teaches at the National Danish Film School and has been a guest teacher at the Norwegian Film School. She has been nominated and won several prizes, including the Danish Academy Award for editing in 2003 and the Television Editor of the Year Award in 2005. Pernille has edited all but one of Susanne Bier’s feature
films, including ‘After the Wedding’, nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Category in 2007, and ‘In a Better World’ won 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. She is an international editing consultant in both documentary and feature film, as well as working as a script consultant in Denmark and Scandinavia. As an executive producer, she is currently developing a drama series at the national commercial broadcaster TV 2 Denmark.

François Sculier /FR/
François SculierFrançois 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.

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/
iikkaCommissioning 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.

Wolfgang Widerhofer /AT/
Editor and Scriptwriter, NGF
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Wolfgang has been working as editor, scriptwriter, producer and dramaturgical advisor for cinema and Tv documentaries and fiction films since 1994. He has lectured Film and Montage at the Masterclass in Amsterdam at the University of Art in Linz and others. He is associate of NGF-Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH. In 2008 he got Grimme Prize for the editing/script of OUR DAILY BREAD, in 2011 Diagonale-Prize for the best Documentary-Montage for the Film ABENDLAND and in 2012 Prize for the best Fiction Film Montage/Diagonale for the Film MICHAEL.

Morten Højbjerg /DK/
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Morten Højbjerg was born on October 31st, 1975 in Denmark and graduated from The Danish Film School in 2003. He is known for his work on ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I.’ (2013) and ‘Melancholia’ (2011). He was awarded with the prize for best editing at Woodstock Film Festival (2014) and Robert Festival (2015), and was nominated for Best Editing at Guldbagge Awards (2017). Morten has edited almost 30 feature films, over 30 trailers and several hundred commercials.

 

Thomas Ernst /DE/
Editor
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.

MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION TUTORS

Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy NeumannFounder 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 primarly on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.

Peter Jäger /AT/
CEO – AUTLOOK Filmsales GmbH
peter_croppedBorn 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/
Copywrighter
Aleš FialaAleš, 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.

Wolfgang Gumpelmaier /AT/
gumpelMEDIA
gumpelmaierWolfgang was born in 1978 and lives in Austria. During his media studies at Vienna University he worked as a film critic and journalist. He is a passionate web user and always on the hunt for the latest trends in Social Media, social film marketing, online film distribution, crowd-funding, community building etc. He aggregates his knowledge in his Social Film Marketing blog, on gumpelmaier.net, Facebook and Twitter. Wolfgang is also team member of ikosom and a regular speaker at a variety of workshops and film festivals. He is currently working on different projects throughout Europe.

Andy Green /UK/
Distrify
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Andy has more than 10 years experience as a film producer and editor, including a strong background in the advertising industry. He worked on several Cannes Media Lion winning campaigns for the world’s top commercials agencies. Andy was selected for “Features Scotland” – the Scottish Government sponsored expo of up-and-coming film producers. He has worked across film finance, production, distribution and marketing, and draws on this experience to ensure clients of all sizes get what they need from Distrify. As the COO of Distrify, Andy oversees marketing, sales and client relationships. If you don’t understand all this new stuff about online distribution, spend a half-hour with Andy and you’ll not only be an expert, but you’ll be inspired to take on the world. 

Tomáš Hrivnák /CZ/
Brand Management & Brand Strategy
tomasTomáš 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
Salma AbdallaAfter 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
MaelleAfter 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. Recent acquisitions include: ‘Tokyo Idols’, ‘Ultra’, ‘The Good Postman’, ‘La Chana’, ‘Stranger in Paradise’, ‘Houston, We Have a Problem!’, ‘Cameraperson’, ’Sonita’, ‘Don Juan’, ‘A Syrian Love Story’, ‘CITIZENFOUR’, ‘My Love Don‘t Cross That River’, ‘Of Men and War’, ‘The Shelter’…

Heino Deckert /DE/
Producer & Distributor MA.JA.DE/Deckert Distribution
_DSC0312Heino 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/
Cinephil
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAPhilippa 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/
Wide House
Anais ClanetAnaïs 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
stefanGrimme 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.

Sue Turley /US/
Managing Director ro*co films
sueSue 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
gitte hansenIn 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
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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
SONY DSCTaskovski 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

Christine Camdessus /FR/
Christine CamdessusChristine 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 2000 to 2011. She is elected at the board of USPA (leading television producers union in France), member of European Documentary Network and of the European Film Academy.

Arash T. Riahi /AT/
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.

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/
Photo Philippe Avril (Oslo)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
milton_tabotHe 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
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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 of IDA
Simon KillmuryThe 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/
Producer
simone BaumannBorn 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.

Maria Fuglevaag Warsinska-Varsi /NO/
IMG_5282Maria was educated as a film director at The Polish Film Academy where she also got her Master in Documentary films. She has been awarded for many of her films internationally and from 2009-2013 she worked as a documentary film commissioner at the Norwegian Film Institute. During her entire career Maria Fuglevaag Warsinska-Varsi has been dedicated to human right issues through films and other works internationally, as a mentor at the International Sami Film Centre, Indigenous Film Circle.

Osnat Trabelsi /IL/
Trabelsi Productions
OOSNATsnat is one of the leading producers in Israel. Chair-woman of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum. Owner of Trabelsi Productions, which specializes in  political and social films. Among the films she produced are international award winning films such as Arna’s Children (director: Juliano Mer Khamis), Strawberry Fields, Ashkenaz, Pizza in Auschwitz, Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork. Her last film Sound of Torture won the Israeli Academy award and other prizes and honors around the world.  Co producer of the  original ground breaking webdoc “Gaza-Sderot”. She initiated and directed the first International Human Rights Film Festival in Tel Aviv and Ramallah and curate theme programs for cinematheques and art places. In 2007 she was chosen by The Marker as one of 40 women who make change in society.

Liisa Juntunen-Karpo /FI/
Producer
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.

 

Peter Kerekes /SK/
Director, producer, script writer
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.

Grant Keir /UK/
Film/TV Producer and Consultant
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, TV dramas, documentaries and cross platform projects with a range of national and international partners. He obtained a degree in Geography from University College London and started in TV in the mid-80s as a researcher at ITN. Grant has produced films and TV programmes on four continents and attends all the major film markets and festivals. He has an extensive network of national and international contacts in the film and TV world.  Grant was an active member of the Sheffield Docfest Board and is a graduate of the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) professional producer training course.  He specialised in coaching creative start-up entrepreneurs in how to pitch to decision-makers more effectively, and worked for national clients such as NESTA, Channel4Talent and Skillset.  Grant has written, developed and produced award winning short films and many hours of documentaries for Faction North Ltd. He now lives in Edinburgh where he loves music and enjoys the Arts, cycling, and cooking Thai food.

 

BROADCASTERS AND FESTIVAL REPRESENTATIVES

Joost Daamen /NL/
IDFA
Joost DaamenJoost Daamen is the Senior Programmer of IDFA, Netherlands. Over the past twenty seven 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 – Docs for Sale (online), a market backed up by an extensive database and catalogue, and the FORUM, Europe’s largest pitching FORUM and gathering of commissioning editors and independent producers. IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. IDFA 2015 takes place from 18-29 November.

Caroline Libresco /US/
Sundance
carolinelibresco_okSince 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.

Lars Meyer /DE/
DOK Leipzig
lars meyerLars 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 Fisher /DK/
Director of CPH:DOX & CEO – Fischer Film
CI7R6595In 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.

Hanka Kastelicová /CZ/
Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe
katelicovaHana earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. As an experienced and dedicated documentary film-maker she came to HBO Europe from Slovenian public broadcaster RTV SLO. There she directed and produced many documentaries and recently performed the position of the Head of Documentary Development and Commissioning Editor. Hana Kastelicová is the Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe. Based in her Budapest office and working closely with HBO Europe’s production centers in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest, she oversees all aspects of HBO Europe’s documentary output.

Alex Szalat /FR/
ARTE France
alex-szalat_okAlex 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
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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 of International Film Festival Jihlava
Marek HovorkaFounder 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 reel, Karlovy Vary IFF, Cinema Verite Tehran, It´s all true Sao Paulo).

Ondřej Moravec /CZ/
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
ondrej-moravec-newOndřej Moravec is one of the leading persons in the program departure 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. He is on the beginning of the filmmaker career, while still studying on the FAMU film school in Prague. He is the cofounder of the film platform called Apropos, which specialises in documentary movies.

Sean Farnel /CA/
Programmer
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Sean Farnel is currently an unrestricted free agent, specializing in documentary, having recently departed his post as Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, market and conference. Sean was recruited to this newly created position in November 2005, following six years as a staff programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. At Hot Docs, Sean was responsible for managing all Festival programming, including film curation and the Industry conference. He also created the popular Doc Soup screening series, as well as the Dog Mogul Award, and managed the Shaw Hot Docs Fund. Sean is a graduate of Cinema Studies from one of Canada’s most respected film schools, Concordia University. Upon graduation he received the Motion Picture Foundation of Canada Award for Most Outstanding Achievement. His occasionally writes on his blog RippingReality.com.