Industry Speakers

    See who spoke at our Industry Talks and Sessions

    Amos Gitai | Filmmaker
    Filmmaker Talk: Amos Gitai | Letter to a Friend in Gaza
    Nov 16, 15:00 - 16:40, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Amos Gitai | Filmmaker
    Born in 1950, and best known to the public for his film Kippur, shown at Cannes in 2000, the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai bases his work to a large extent on personal experience, including the Yom Kippur war and other historic events in Israel. Today, Gitai’s art – not just his films – has attained a profound maturity as he continues to explore themes that have accompanied his rich career as a director in other disciplines such as photography. His images oscillate between personal and collective memory. Taken in the moment, and with all its emotions, they are like an improvised autobiography, becoming, with hindsight, testimony to a shared reality. The coherence and evolution of his work are now manifest through the diversity of the media he uses, constituting a complex mosaic whose guiding thread is essentially biographical. Major retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Lincoln Center in New York and the British Film Institute in London.
    Filmmaker Talk: Amos Gitai | Letter to a Friend in Gaza
    Nov 16, 15:00 - 16:40, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    André Singer | Filmmaker
    André went into filmmaking as an anthropologist having completed his doctorate at Oxford University. He was Editor of Granada Television’s Disappearing World series during the 1980s, and ran the BBC Documentary Department’s Independent Unit in the 1990s where he founded the award-winning documentary strand Fine Cut (now Storyville). He has been responsible for several hundred hours of factual programs for the international TV market and producer or executive producer of fifteen films with Werner Herzog since Lessons of Darkness in 1992. As a director, André’s film Night Will Fall (2014) won a number of awards including an Emmy, a Peabody Award, the Royal Television Society Award, and two Focal International Awards. His last film, Where the Wind Blew, was completed in 2017 and his current film, Meeting Gorbachev (2018), he directed alongside Werner Herzog.
    Industry Session: Meeting Gorbachev: Andre Singer on the Importance of the Archives | hosted by Archive Valley
    Nov 18, 14:00-15:00, NH Carlton, Paganini Room

    Andrea Kuhn | Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival
    Andrea Kuhn is the director of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival. She started her career as an academic in the Film Studies field. From 2000 to 2010 she was the director of the silent film festival StummFilmMusikTage Erlangen. Kuhn served as the chair of the Human Rights Film Network on 2008 and is currently a board member of Dox Box e.V. She is the chair of the Association of Bavarian Film Festivals, a member of the European Film Academy and a founding member of the section "Festivalarbeit" at ver.di which aims to improve working conditions for freelancers and employees at film festivals.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15:00-17:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Annelotte Medema | Film editor
    Film editor Annelotte Medema was born in Germany and is a Dutch Film Academy graduate. She has edited both successful fiction shorts, like Hold On, which won Best Narrative Short at Tribeca film festival as well as documentaries like Wolflady which was in the official selection of the IDFA 2014. She is a member of the NCE, the Netherlands association of Cinema Editors.
    Filmmaker Talk: Masterclass Chris King - Wizard of Archive Film Editing Hosted by NCE
    Nov 17, 12:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Audrius Stonys | Filmmaker
    Stonys is a film director and producer, professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and recipient of Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award. Born in 1966 in Vilnius, Lithuania, he studied film directing in the Vilnius State Conservatorium between 1984-1989 and in Jonas Mekas Film Anthology Archive New York in 1989. His films got numerous international film awards, like the Audience award in Nyon, the Grand Prix in Split, prizes in Bornholm, Florence, Gyor, Neu Brandenburg, Oberhausen, Bilbao and San Francisco. In 1992 Stonys documentary film Earth of the Blind was recognized as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year by European Film Academy and received the Felix Award. Between 2004-2005 he was documentary teacher in the European Film College, Denmark. He also gave lectures and masterclasses in Kolkata, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Berkeley, Stanford, Moscow, Belgrade, Barcelona, San Francisco, Modena and Paris, as well as film presentations in Switzerland, Russia, France, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay and Italy.
    Filmmaker Talk: Audrius Stonys
    Nov 20, 18:15 - 19:17, Brakke Grond, Grote Zaal

    Bonnie Williams | Voiceover narrator and actress
    Bonnie Williams is an Amsterdam based American actress. Her acting and theater directing career has spanned the decades and crossed the ocean. She’s trained in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio. For more than 25 years, she’s applied theatrical techniques to enhance communication in the “real world,” from designing and leading workshops in the Art of Storytelling to Effective Pitching. Currently, Bonnie works on screen (most recent recurring role as Lucia in Nickelodeon Hunter Street) and as a professional voiceover. She has also directed voiceover narration for documentary (Roger Ross Williams - American Jail; Tommy Pallotta - More Human Than Human) as well as commercial & corporate productions.
    Industry Session: Creating a Successful and Personal Voice-over Narration

    Nov 17, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Bruno Masi
    Author and director Bruno Masi started as a journalist in the culture department of the daily newspaper Libération. He directed the web documentary La Zone- Retour a Tchernobyl which won several awards. Most recently, he wrote and directed the series La Barricade which tells an hour by hour story of the most violent day of protest in France in May 1968. Bruno has overseen teaching at National Institute of Archives, for the Web and Journalism courses. He is currently working on two film projects, Akia, a short film in virtual reality about the experience of war, and Birthday Party, a dive into the musical Berlin of the 80s and 90s.
    Industry Session: Serialized Docs on Multiple Platforms
    Nov 21, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Cecilie Bolvinkel | EDN
    Cecilie holds a Master's Degree in Film Studies. Before joining EDN she worked as a festival coordinator for shorts & documentaries at the Danish Film Institute. At EDN Cecilie is responsible for overall partnership coordination. Furthermore, she produces several events and workshops and coordinates EDN's involvement in the pan-European distribution network Moving Docs. Cecilie is also the editor of the EDN Financing Guide, which contains detailed information on a wide range of financing and co-production possibilities in Europe. Besides her work at EDN, Cecilie is the founder of a monthly documentary event in Berlin.
    Industry Talk: The Act of..... Releasing: How to Release Documentaries in Theatres Sucessfully.
    Nov 19, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Chris King | Film editor
    Over the last few years Chris King has earned himself a reputation as one of the most creative and incisive documentary editors in Britain, bagging an Academy Award nomination, two BAFTAs, and numerous other awards for projects including Amy, Senna, and Exit Through The Gift Shop. Chris won the 2012 British Academy Film Award: Best Editing for his outstanding work on the international documentary hit Senna and the film Amy won an Oscar in 2016 earning Chris an Eddie for Best Edited Documentary.
    Filmmaker Talk: Masterclass Chris King - Wizard of Archive Film Editing Hosted by NCE Nov 17, 12:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Claire Aguilar | International Documentary Association
    Claire Aguilar is Director of Programming and Policy at IDA (International Documentary Association). She oversees IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives. In addition, she sets strategy around IDA’s policy and advocacy work supporting filmmakers around a range of issues. Aguilar serves as the primary programmer for IDA’s biennial “Getting Real” conference, a convening for documentary filmmakers and professionals, which will next take place in 2020. She is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Docs/Fest and Executive Content Advisor and Vice President of Programming at ITVS. She serves on the boards of Women Make Movies and Firelight Media.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke
    Grond, Rode Zaal

    Corinne van Egeraat | Producer and Director (moderator)

    Corinne van Egeraat is a documentary producer and director. Her creative documentary films are mostly on human rights topics, made in collaboration with her husband, Czech-Canadian filmmaker Petr Lom. Corinne likes to think out-of-the-box and has a long-standing interest in coaching young artists in underprivileged parts of the globe. Since 2000, she is the owner of production company ZIN Documentaire in Amsterdam.
    Industry Session: Creating a Successful and Personal Voice-over Narration

    Nov 17, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Diana El Jeiroudi | DOX BOX

    Diana El Jeiroudi co-founded DOX BOX and held the position of general director of DOX BOX for the first years of existence until the end of 2018. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Syria and has entered in numerous co-productions. Diana is a recipient of the EDN Award and the Katrin Cartlidge Award and has sat on the juries of film festivals and funds, including the jury of the first year of the L’Oeil d’or award in 2015. Her films have screened in festivals world-wide and broadcast internationally. In addition to being a filmmaker, Diana has conducted & managed several research projects and studies into the film and cultural sector, including the AFAC study on the Status of Arab Artists in Germany (2016), and Mapping the Arab Documentary Landscape (2014-2018).
    Industry Talk: Code of Conduct: Towards an ethical way of co-producing
    Nov 17, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal.

    Ed O’Donovan | Front Line Defenders

    Ed O'Donovan works with Front Line Defenders, an international organisation based in Ireland which provides rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk. As Head of Protection, Ed oversees the protection of human rights defenders at a global level, coordinates emergency response and analyses emerging trendsconcerning the security of defenders.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk.
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Estelle Robin-You | Les films du Balibari
    Estelle Robin-You is MD for French company Les films du balibari. Recent international co-productions include OUAGA GIRLS by Theresa Traore Dahlberg (Momento films Sweden and Seydoni Burkina Faso) DOLPHIN MAN by Lefteris Charitos (Anemon Productions Greece, Storyline Canada), THE WORLD CITY by Antarès Bassis (Stenola Belgium, Filmtank Germany). Currently in the making: DEBOUTTES by IDFA Academy participant Maxime Faure (France-Canada), A THOUSAND FIRES by multi-awarded Saeed Taji Farouky (France-Sweden-Palestine), CREAM & PUNISHMENT by César winner Christian Rouaud (France-Belgium). Les films du balibari’s broadcasting partners include France télévisions, ARTE, SRC, RTBF, YLE and their co-productions have been screened at IDFA, HOT DOCS, Visions du Réel, CPH Dox, …
    Industry Talk: Code of Conduct: Towards an ethical way of co-producing
    Nov 17, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Eva Patricia Fernández | Professor – Big data
    Eva Patricia Fernández has a PhD in Media from UCM. She has a Master’s in media business management from IE Business School, and a Master’s in Big data and business intelligence management from EOI. Eva is a Producer of Creta Producciones, a media production company focused on digital transmedia content with which she has been nominated for a Goya Award. Currently, she is a professor at several universities and business schools. Her research focuses on how media companies’ work with technology, mainly Big data. She has published several papers and books about media and technology, among others: Big data, strategic axis of me media industry (UOC, 2016) and Data Management in Audiovisual Business, Netflix as a case of study (EPI, 2016).
    Industry Session: Big Data in the Audiovisual Industry
    Nov 20, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Gema Juarez Allen | Gema Films
    Gema Juarez Allen is a Buenos Aires-based producer with extensive experience in international co-productions. Among her most recent films are Theatre of War (2018, Lola Arias, Berlinale), La Cama (2018, Monica Lairana, Berlinale); Ruben Blades Is Not My Name (2018, Abner Benaim, SXSW); Soldado (2017, Manuel Abramovich, Berlinale), Oscuro Animal (2016, Felipe Guerrero, IFFR), Camino a la Paz (2015, Francisco Varone, BUSAN); 327 Cuadernos (2014, Andres Di Tella, San Sebastian IFF). Previous films include Vivan las Antipodas! (Victor Kossakovsky, Biennale 2011), Corta (Felipe Guerrero, IFFR, 2012), El Ojo del Tiburon (Alejo Hoijman, Roma IFF 2012). Gema Films is a member of EURODOC and EAVE networks and ADN, the Argentinean Filmmakers Association.
    Industry Talk: Code of Conduct: Towards an ethical way of co-producing
    Nov 17, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Giovanna Fossati | EYE Film Museum, University of Amsterdam
    Giovanna Fossati is the Chief Curator of Eye Filmmuseum where she supervises a collection of 50,000 titles. She is also Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam where she teaches in the MA Program Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. She is currently leading the research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA): Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research. Fossati is the author of From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (2009 and 2018, revised edition) and co-author of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (2015).
    Industry Talk: World Film Heritage: Who Decides?
    Nov 19, 12.00-13.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal


    Guiseppe Abbamonte - TBC |Director Media Policy, European Commission (DG CONNECT)
    Giuseppe Abbamonte has been a Director in DG CONNECT since 2014. His directorate is responsible for the development and follow-up of the European regulatory framework on audiovisual media and the European Big Data Strategy. On 1 July 2016 he took over the new Media Policy Directorate in charge of, amongst other policies, copyright reform, AVMSD and support to the media industry. In his former positions, Giuseppe Abbamonte was the head of the electronic communications policy unit and then of the cybersecurity and on-line privacy unit. He also has extensive experience in complex merger cases and in consumer law.
    Industry Talk: SVOD - Repositioning the Documentary Film Market
    Nov 20, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Gonzalo Arijon | Director
    Gonzalo Arijón is a multi-award winning Uruguayan documentary director. He studied film and anthropology in Paris, where he lives. His documentary work includes territories in conflict such as The world according to my brother in the Colombian guerilla, A Street under siege in Sarajevo and Somalia: the price of the spilling blood. But also documenting isolated groups in, The furor of the Massaï vulcano, Matis, the call of the ancestors and Kampere, the last houarani shaman. But above all Gonzalo rediscovers his Latin American continent, bring to light issues of memory and justice in For This Eyes and political issues in Eyes Wide Open (IDFA Official competition 2009). As well as a worldwide well known dramatical accident that Gonzalo transformed into an intimate story, Stranded.
    Industry Session: How to Make Money as an Author | hosted by LaScam
    Nov 18, 13:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Greta Akcijonaite | Greta Garbo Films
    Greta Akcijonaite is the founder of Greta Garbo Films, a distribution company in Lithuania. She has worked actively in the Lithuanian film industry since 2005. Her experience includes programming for film festivals (Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”, Vilnius Documentary Film Festival, Vilnius Film Shorts, Women Film Festival), film distribution (over 50 titles of European cinema), project management (“Cinema under the stars”, “#europeanfilmchallenge”, etc.). Recently Greta Akcijonaite opened a new boutique and delicatessen cinema in Vilnius - Kino Deli, with only 26 seats. Greta Garbo Films has been operating as a distributor since 2017 and successfully released one documentary film - Walk With Me (dir. Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh).
    Industry Talk: The Act of..... Releasing: How to Bring Documentaries to Theatres Sucessfully
    Nov 19, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Helena Třeštíková | Filmmaker
    One of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers, Helena Třeštíková has directed some forty films since graduating from Prague’s FAMU film school in 1974. She worked for a long time in Czech television, which funded the hit series Marriage Stories (1987), seven years portraits of young married couples. The series’ six episodes combined sociology, demography and "cinéma-vérité", making the filmmaker very popular in her country. It was followed in 2006 by a second series, Marriage Stories 20 Years Later, which catches up with the couples later in their lives. Both series feature Třeštíkova’s signature working method, known as time collection. During her years in Czech television, Třeštíková showed an interest in female characters, directing several portraits of women with tragic lives. Her latest trilogy of portraits (Marcela, René, Katka), shot in the late 2000s, brought her international attention. René won the prestigious best documentary prize at the European Film Awards in 2008. Katka won two awards at the RIDM in 2010, including best editing. The trilogy also highlights Třeštíkova’s complex relationship with her characters, especially in René, where her own life increasingly comes into play. She continued with her time-lapse method also in her later works, like Private Universe or A Marriage Story, covering a span of 37 years from the life of one family.
    Filmmaker Talk: Helena Třeštíková
    Nov 16, 13:00 - 14:30, Tuschinski 1

    Jess Search | Doc Society
    Jess Search is Chief Executive of Doc Society. Doc Society gives funding and support to Oscar nominated documentaries such as CITIZENFOUR, Virunga, Whose Streets, Hooligan Sparrow, The Square and The Look of Silence. Doc Society is well known for backing films with a social change potential and training filmmakers and Impact Producers to devise and deliver film engagement campaigns. In partnership with the Ford Foundation and The Sundance Institute, Doc Society created and runs The Good Pitch which partners films with new partners and funders across the US and around the world. In collaboration with a wide range of documentary funders and security experts, Doc Society co-ordinated the new Safe + Secure initiative - aimed at increasing filmmaker and subject safety. Jess is also a board member of Marie Stopes International (the global family planning and abortion provider), Kickstarter (crowdfunding platform and public-benefit corporation) and Institute of Public Policy Research (British think tank behind the new Economic Justice Commission).
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Katerina Dvorakova | Aerofilms
    Katerina Dvorakova is PR Manager in Aerofilms, a Czech distribution company based in Prague. Aerofilms specialises in high quality and attractive feature films and documentaries. Their recent documentary titles include McQueen, Earth: One Amazing Day, L’empereur, and Les Saisons. Aerofilms has also released a number of Czech documentaries over the past years (King Skate, Wilder than Wilderness, Cervena, A Marriage Story). Katerina holds a degree in Marketing Communication and PR from the Charles University and is currently finishing her Law degree at the same university. Besides her activities in film distribution, Katerina is also a member of programming team at the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, the largest showcase of LGBT films in the Czech Republic. Industry Talk: The Act of..... Releasing: How to Bring Documentaries to Theatres Sucessfully
    Nov 19, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Julie Trebault | Artists at Risk Connection (PEN America)
    Julie Trebault is the Director of PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC). ARC aims to safeguard the right to artistic freedom of expression and to ensure that artists everywhere can work without fear. Designed as an interactive hub to gather and share the forms of assistance available, ARC strengthens connections between artists at risk and the organizations that support them. Prior to joining PEN, she served as Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Marcus O’Dair |Associate Professor in Music and Innovation
    Marcus O’Dair is Associate Professor in Music and Innovation at Middlesex University in London. Marcus is an associate editor of the Frontiers in Blockchain journal and has written about intellectual property management for the Blockchain Research Institute. He is a member of the blockchain working group at techUK and the DLT committee at BSI, and was recently appointed to the British Blockchain Association’s executive committee for public good, policy and governance. His book Distributed Creativity, which concerns the impact of blockchain technology on the creative economy, is shortly to be published by Palgrave.
    Industry Session: Blockchain and the Creative Economy
    Nov 20, 13:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Maria Ramos | Filmmaker
    Maria Ramos was born in 1964 in Brasília, Brazil. After graduating at the University of Brasilia (BA in Music/Piano), she moved to Europe where she studied Musicology and Electroacoustic Music in Paris at the Groupe de Recherche Musicale and, after that, in London at City University. In 1990, she moved to The Netherlands where she entered the Netherlands Film and Television Academy (NFTVA), specializing in directing documentaries. Her first feature documentary Brasilia, a day in February was awarded the Prize of the Jury at the International Documentary Festival ‘It’s all true’ in São Paulo and screened in several international film and documentary festivals. With films like Desi, Rio, a Day in August, Justice, Behave she continued winning many prizes. In 2013, the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights awarded Maria Ramos the Marek Nowicki Prize for her body of work and excellent achievement in showing human rights in film. Her latest film The Trial premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.
    Filmmaker Talk: Maria Ramos
    Nov 22, 14:00 - 15:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Martijn Winkler | director & producer (moderator)
    Martijn Winkler is an award-winning writer, director and producer from Amsterdam, specializing in innovative modes of audiovisual storytelling. He is president of the Dutch Directors Guild and board member of the Federation of European Film Directors.
    Industry Session: How to Make Money as an Author | hosted by LaScam
    Nov 18, 13:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Matias Noschis | Alphapanda
    Mathias Noschis is a film marketing strategist specializing in social media. He is the founder of Alphapanda, a film marketing agency with team members in Berlin, Warsaw and Geneva. Alphapanda’s client list includes 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., the European Film Awards, Festival Scope and several independent producers, distributors and sales agents. Alphapanda’s recent projects span from fiction films The Guest (Locarno ’18), Another Day of Life (Cannes ’18), Touch Me Not (Berlinale ’18 Golden Bear) and God’s Own Country (Sundance ’17) to documentaries Manu (IDFA ’18), Hamada (IDFA ’18), Heartbound (TIFF ’18) and Ghost Hunting (Berlinale ’17). Mathias is also a consultant for Creative Europe MEDIA and a marketing expert and tutor for organizations such as ACE Producers, FOCAL, IFFR and Proimagenes Colombia.
    Industry Talk: The Act of..... Releasing: How to Release Documentaries in Theaters Sucessfully

    Nov 19, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Maxim Tuula | Marx Film
    Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Max is an Estonian producer. He collaborated as a journalist with various film magazines and participated in production of several shorts that enjoyed festival success. In 2012 Max co-produced the docudrama I Don't Love You (2012, Warsaw IFF) by Rastorguev/Kostomarov and continued to work with the filmmakers on their project The Term (2014, Karlovy Vary IFF, DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, IDFA) and Elena Khoreva’s duology Kiev/Moscow Part 1 (2015, Special Mention in Locarno) and Part 2 (2015, Special Mention at Verzio IHRDFF). He was also named as an Emerging Producer 2016 by the Jihlava IDFF. In 2016 My Friend Boris Nemtsov was named Best Documentary in Krakow. At the 2017 Berlinale The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov was selected for a Special Screening. His most recent project How Big Is the Galaxy? participates in IDFA’s new Luminous section.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Nicolas Philibert | Filmmaker
    Nicolas Philibert was born in 1951 in Nancy (France). After studying philosophy, he turned to film and became an assistant director, notably for René Allio and Alain Tanner. In 1978, with Gérard Mordillat, he co-directed his first documentary feature, His Master's Voice, in which a dozen bosses of leading industrial groups talk about power hierarchy and control, gradually sketching out the image of a future world ruled by the financial sector. From 1985 to 1987, Nicolas Philibert shot various mountaineering and sports adventure films for television, then started making documentary features that would all obtain a theatrical release. In 2001, he directed To Be and to Have, about daily life in a "single class" school in a mountain village in Auvergne (France). Screened as part of the Official Selection at the Cannes Festival, Prix Louis Delluc 2002, the film was a huge success in France and around forty other countries. Many films followed and his latest film, Each and Every Moment, shot into a Nursing Training Institute, was released in September 2018. Since 2002, more than one hundred of tributes and retrospectives of his films have been set up all over the world.
    Filmmaker Talk: Nicolas Philibert
    Nov 15, 15:00 - 16:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Nicolette Nol | Producer (moderator)
    Motivated by the limitless possibilities of the industry, Nicolette Nol has focused her energies on online projects combining photography, audio, video and text in compelling and award-winning productions. She creates and produces experiences of telling a story by mixing traditional and interactive storytelling. She is always in the process of exploring new territories and developing new ways to find the optimum for telling a story in the mobile age. Moving from concept to concrete is what fuels her drive.
    Industry Session: Serialized Docs on Multiple Platforms
    Nov 21, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Patrick Jeudy | Director
    Director Patrick Jeudy is passionate about history, be it military, such as the Indochina wars, or regarding legendary personalities and great heads of state such as General de Gaulle or American society icons such as the Kennedys or Marilyn. Patrick Jeudy has directed over 30 films, including La bataille de la lune (2019), Qu’est-il arrivé à Rosemary Kennedy (2018) and Bobby Kennedy (2017). His films have been sold and broadcast in 60 countries across the world on channels such as BBC2, NHK and Discovery / TLC. Also, Jeudy has twice received the “Lauriers de l’audiovisuel” award (best documentary of the year).
    Industry Session: How to Make Money as an Author | hosted by LaScam
    Nov 18, 13:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Paul Miller | Escape Pictures
    Paul Miller is a partner at Amsterdam based The Foundry, which supports producers to package and finance their projects and United Arab Emirates based, Film Solutions, which develops and produces Arabic and English langauge content for the international market. Previously, Miller was Director of Film Financing at the the Doha Film Institute in Qatar and Head of Film Production at New York based Crossroads Films, under a first look deal with United Artists/MGM. Miller’s credits include the documentaries: The Worker’s Cup which premiered at Sundance 2017, Poor Consuelo Conquers the World and Death Defying Acts of Arts and Conspiracy both for ARTE.
    Industry Session: Financing a Documentary in an Entrepreneurial Age
    Nov 21, 12:00-13:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Rebecca Lichtenfeld - Director of Social Impact Media, Bertha Foundation
    Rebecca Lichtenfeld is a Brooklyn-based human rights advocate, producer and Director of Social Impact Media at the Bertha Foundation. Guided by the belief that media and the arts play a vital role in the advancement of human rights, Rebecca has created, produced, and executed ‘creative advocacy’ projects involving filmmakers, artists, heads of state, and organizers from around the globe. In 2011, Rebecca launched Bertha Foundation’s Social Impact Media portfolio. To date, the program has supported over 200 documentary films including several Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners, as well as over 70 media projects that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice and bring attention to unreported issues.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Rasmus Steen | International Media Support
    Rasmus Steen is the Programme Manager for Documentary Film at International Media Support (IMS) working out of Copenhagen, Denmark. For the last decade, Rasmus has been proactively engaged in the documentary film environment in the Arab countries, Iran and China. Rasmus Steen has extensive knowledge of the documentary scene and a vast professional network of filmmakers, festivals and media professionals all around the world. IMS has supported more than 170 documentary films from the MENA region and launched projects in collaboration with local film institutions all over the region.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15.00-17.00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Roger Ross Williams | Director, producer and writer
    Roger Ross Williams is an award-winning director, producer and writer and the first African American director to win an Academy Award ®, with his short film Music By Prudence. Williams was recently named by Variety to the New York Power List as a 'digitally savvy, entrepreneurial trailblazer' in the entertainment industry. His current projects include a documentary feature about Harlem's legendary Apollo theater, a series for Netflix, and a narrative feature film for Amazon Studios. His most recent documentary, American Jail, which examined the U.S. prison system, premiered on CNN this past July.
    Industry Session: Creating a Successful and Personal Voice-over Narration
    Nov 17, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Sean Farnel | SeaFar North
    Sean Farnel has been curating and championing creative documentary for some 20 years. He founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the popular national screening series Doc Soup. Following, Sean was the first Director of Programming hired by Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure. His company, SeaFar North, provides creative, marketing, sales, and distribution services to independent documentary producers worldwide.
    Industry Talk: Steve James and Claire Simon on Storytelling in Serialized Format
    Nov 21, 15.00-16.30h, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Sean McAllister | Director
    Sean McAllister is an award-winning documentary director. In 2016, Sean was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for A Syrian Love Story. He has another 9 film award wins and 11 nominations to his credit, including Grand Jury Award at the 2015 Sheffield Doc Festival, Special Prize and Citizens Prize at the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival for his film Japan: A Story of Love and Hate and the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema – Documentary at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for The Liberace of Baghdad.
    Industry Session: How to Make Money as an Author | hosted by LaScam
    Nov 18, 13:00-14:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Sonja Henrici | Scottish Documentary Institute
    Sonja is an international BAFTA nominated producer of multiple international feature documentaries, such as Time Trial (2018) and Donkeyote (2017). She also executively produced Pablo’s Winter and Where You’re Meant To Be, and more than 50 short documentaries. Her films have screened on all continents, in over 60 countries, via festivals, platforms, broadcast, theatrical etc. She's also co-director of the Scottish Documentary Institute.
    Industry Session: Data-Driven Audience Engagement
    Nov 20, 11:30-12:30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Sarah Mosses | Together
    Sarah is the Founder and CEO of Together, a Marketing, Distribution and Data company based in London. Sarah leads on strategic consultations with film clients including Producers, Sales Agents, Film Festivals and Brands. She drafts Impact Distribution Strategies for titles on our slate and raises 3rd party funding to support P&A. Sarah will be launching the Together Insights data platform in 2018 to bring clarity to the business of film.
    Industry Session: Data-Driven Audience Engagement
    Nov 20, 11:30-12:30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Steve James | Filmmaker
    Steve James is best known for Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critic's prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Other award-winning films include Sundance award-winner, Stevie; the IDA-winning miniseries The New Americans; The Interrupters, which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award; and Emmy-winning Life Itself, named the best documentary of the year by over a dozen critics associations, Rotten Tomatoes, The Critic’s Choice Awards, The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America. His docuseries America to Me is one of 2018’s most acclaimed TV shows. Industry Talk: Steve James and Claire Simon on Storytelling in Serialized Format
    Nov 21, 15.00-16.30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Steven Markovitz | Big World Cinema
    Steven has been producing and distributing for over 20 years. Productions include aKasha by hajooj kuka (Venice Critics’ Week, TIFF, 2018), Silas by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essumann (TIFF, IDFA, 2017) Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu (Cannes – Un Certain Regard, 2018), Winnie by Pascale Lamche (Winner, Sundance World Documentary Cinema Best Director Award, 2017), Beats of the Antonov by hajooj kuka (TIFF Documentary Audience Award, 2014), (TIFF 2010, Berlinale 2011) and Behind the Rainbow (Fespaco 2009) by Jihan El-Tahri. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences and co-founder of Electric South and Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. He is founder of African Screen Network.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15:00-17:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Thomas Zribi | Producer & reporter
    Thomas Zribi is a producer and reporter. Thomas was chief editor of the Canal Plus program, L’Effet Papillon. He was also a reporter for French news channel itv, and has worked on dozens of reports around the world on a diverse range of topics. Currently, Thomas is a producer at Nova Production, a reports and documentary production company based in Paris. Nova Production produces programs for several French channels such as ARTE, M6, France 2. He was produced a 20-episode web animation titled Flavors of Iraq, which will also be shown during IDFA.
    Industry Session: Serialized Docs on Multiple Platforms
    Nov 21, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Tom Oyer | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    Tom Oyer is a Membership and Awards Manager at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he manages all aspects of the documentary and short film categories, including rules, submissions, voting and member engagement and outreach. Oyer is in his 10th year at the Academy.
    Industry Session: Academy Awards
    Nov 19, 14:00-15:00, NH Carlton Hotel, Paganini room

    Tuki Jencquel | ORINOKIA FILMPRODUKTION
    Born and raised in Venezuela, from a German father, French mother, and Russian grandparents. He studied film at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and holds a MBA from IESA, Caracas. His medium-length documentary Sin Ti Contigo (40') about a father's imaginary conversation with his dead daughter, won the "Premio Feisal" at Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2011. His first feature-length documentary, Está Todo Bien (It's All Good), which follows five characters who are faced with chronic medicine shortages in Venezuela, premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2018 and is now showing in the Best of Fests category at IDFA 2018.
    Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
    Nov 18, 15:00-17:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

    Zahra Rasool | Al Jazeera
    Zahra Rasool is the Head of Contrast— Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content. Before joining Al Jazeera's Innovation Team, she was the Managing Editor of HuffPost RYOT where she was responsible for RYOT's editorial strategy, managing the content team and combining journalistic storytelling with VR and 360-degree technology and in 2015, she founded her own startup Gistory. Her background is in documentary filmmaking and she is very passionate about new emerging platforms and immersive storytelling in shaping the future of the media.
    Industry Session: Creating Inclusive Realities
    Nov 19, 10:00-11:00, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal