Filmmaker Pawel Lozinski and editor Niels Pagh Andersen are two of the tutors at this year’s IDFAcademy Summer School. They will be joined by Gema Juárez Allen, Katja Dringenberg, Gitte Hansen, Aliona van der Horst, Menno Boerema and Jesper Osmund to give guidance to a select group of up-and-coming international filmmaking talents.
The IDFAcademy Summer School takes place July 2 - July 7 in Amsterdam. During the program, participants work on their film project in the script or editing phase. This year, eight projects were selected for Script development, to work with tutors on the narrative in individual sessions. Another eight projects were selected for Editing consultancy, where tutors help participants to perfect their rough cut in the editing suite.
Polish director, cameraman and producer Pawel Lozinski is one of the tutors who will work on Script development with the selected participants. Some of Lozinski’s films that were screened at IDFA, are You Have No Idea How Much I Love You and the award-winning short Sisters. The other Script development tutors are film producer Gema Juárez Allen, sales agent Gitte Hansen and filmmaker Aliona van der Horst. The tutors working on Editing consultancy are editors Niels Pagh Andersen, Katja Dringenberg, Menno Boerema and Jesper Osmund.
Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentary films Pawel Lozinski is a graduate of the Directing Department at the Film School in Lodz. He lectures in documentary film direction at the National Film School in Lodz and Gdynia Film School. Lozinski has made more than twenty award-winning documentary films at international festivals. He makes distinct and emotionally charged documentaries about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. He is also the director of photography on many of his films. He made his debut in 1992 with Birthplace, about a Polish Jew looking for the murderer of his father. Other notable films include the short film Sisters (1999), Between the Doors (2004, part of the Across the Border series), Chemo (2008), Father and Son (2013) and You Have No Idea How Much I Love You (2016).
Gema Juárez Allen has been a film producer since 2005. She has produced over twenty feature-length films—all international co-productions—programmed and awarded at film festivals around the world. Among her most recent titles are Theatre of War (Lola Arias, 2018), La Cama (Monica Lairana, 2018), Yo no me llamo Ruben Blades (Abner Benaim, 2018), Soldado (Manuel Abramovich, 2017), Oscuro animal (Felipe Guerrero, 2016), Camino a La Paz (Francisco Varone, 2015), 327 Cuadernos (Andrés Di Tella, 2015), Damiana/Kryygi (Alejandro Fernández Mouján, 2015) and Invasion (Abner Benaim, 2014). Juárez Allen studied anthropology at the universities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. She has also studied cinema at the National Film School (ENERC) in Argentina, and received an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She is also part of the EAVE and EURODOC networks.
Gitte Hansen is Deputy Director at First Hand Films. She works with project development, executive producing, financing & packaging, marketing strategy, sales & acquisition of non-fiction films and series on a daily basis. Recent titles she executive produced for FHF include A Thousand Girls Like Me, Nothing is Forgiven, Jaha’s Promise, Presenting Princess Shaw, Ambulance and Sound of Torture. Hansen is in charge of acquisitions at First Hand Films. Previously she has worked with international distribution of feature films, in-house factual production at DR-TV, Denmark, and was Head of Information and Promotion at Filmkontakt Nord in Copenhagen. She serves as consultant, lecturer and moderator at events such as Nordic Forum, DOK.incubator, EDN pitchings & workshops around Europe, Pitching du Réel, IDFA, Ex Oriente and Greenhouse. Hansen has served on several juries at international film festivals and holds a master in Film and Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.
Aliona van der Horst trained at the Dutch Film and TV academy. She started directing documentaries in 1997 with her graduation work The Lady with the White Hat, a critically acclaimed film about the abuse of psychiatry for political purposes in the USSR. She directed multiple award-winning feature documentaries like The Hermitage Dwellers (2003, about the people working behind the scenes of the biggest museum in the world), Voices of Bam (2006, co-directed with Maasja Ooms, a meditative film about the survivors of an earthquake in Iran), Boris Ryzhy (2008, about a Russian poet who killed himself) and Water Children (2011, about womanhood in Japan). Her latest film, Love is Potatoes (about her Russian family) world premiered at DokLeipzig 2017 and was a big success in Dutch cinemas, won three international awards, and screened at over twenty festivals.
Niels Pagh Andersen started his career as an assistant on fiction film when he was 16 years old. Since 1979 he has worked as a freelance film-editor and has cut more than 250 films of widely different categories. Some examples of his award winning work are The Adventures of Aligermaa (1998), The 3 Rooms of Melancholia (2004), Prostitution Behind the Veil (2004), The Act of Killing (2012), The Look of Silence (2014), Mogadishu Soldier (2016) and Human Flow (2017). Andersen has not only worked in the Scandinavian countries, but also in Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, The Fiji Islands, Brazil and the USA. Besides his work as editor he has lectured and taught at film schools and universities around the world, as well as working as a dramaturgist and supervising-editor. In 2005 he was awarded the Danish Film Institute’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, The Roos Prize.
Katja Dringenberg is one of the most renowned and experienced film editors in Germany. After studying film from the very beginning as an intern in film copy making and sound design she realized her strong love for film editing. She started her career with the montage of fiction films for Peter Schamoni and later worked with directors like Tom Tykwer, Romuald Karmakar, Christian Petzold and Andres Veiel. Dringenberg works on documentary films as well as fiction films. She recently worked on The Congo Tribunal (Milo Rau, 2017). Dringenberg also started tutoring young filmmakers in different film schools like HFF Potsdam Babelsberg and HFF Ludwigsburg. She was also the chief mentor of the Residency MENA at DoxBox, Berlin. She recently held a masterclass on Editing, Sound Design and Music at Visions du Réel in Nyon.
After his studies at the Nederlandse Filmacademie and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinema in Rome, Menno Boerema has worked as a freelance film editor both in the Nederlands and abroad. Starting out in fiction, he has slowly moved to doing more documentaries. He has worked with directors like Johan van der Keuken, Peter Delpeut, Heddy Honigmann, Marjoleine Boonstra, Frank Scheffer, Rehad Desai, Dumisani Pakhati and Maite Alberdi (The Grown-Ups, 2016). In the last twenty years he has worked a lot in Africa, South America and Asia. He teaches at the Nederlandse Filmacademie, was involved in the Berlin Talent Campus, Dok Incubator, the Binger Instituut and has given workshops at Doc Stories Blacksea and Dare to Dream Asia. In 1998 he won a Gouden Kalf for his work between 1993 and 1998, and in 2006 he won the Gouden Kalf for his editing of Jungle Rudy, the Chronicle of a Family. Since 2015 he is a member of Rough Cut Service, a group of international renowned editors, who advise on documentaries and give workshops all over the world.
Jesper Osmund started his career editing several feature and short films before he shifted his focus entirely to documentaries. Today he has edited more than 100 documentaries. Many of them have been selected by festivals like IDFA, Sundance, Berlinale, and HotDocs and have received numerous awards including an Emmy Award. He also works as narrative consultant/story editor, and is a regular tutor at rough cut and pitching workshops for fx., IDFAcademy, and EDN. The last few years the following titles he worked on have premiered at IDFA: Prison Sisters, A Bastard Child, Becoming Zlatan, Those Who Said No, No Burqas Behind Bars, and When The Boys Return.