Henrique Amud is a screenwriter and image researcher based in Rio de Janeiro. He made his feature debut as a writer with the documentary Como Você Me Vê? (2017). He worked together with Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos on the documentary Othelo, O Grande as a writer and researcher. Stunned, I Remain Alert is his directorial film debut.
Sandra Beerends is a script editor, creative producer and writer/director who works for the Dutch broadcaster, NTR. She also runs her own company, Beruang. Her work includes script-editing for Kauwboy (2012) and In Blue (2018), and writing Arigato (2012). They Call Me Babu is her directorial debut in documentary film.
Barbora Berezňáková is a graduate of the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the film directing course at NYFA, and the Animation and Film Department of BBAA, UPV, Valencia. Barbora has worked on TV documentaries and web videos for various NGO productions as a director or editor. Her work also includes video installations, gallery screenings and music videos. She experiments with new ways of storytelling and crosses genres in documentary film.
Péter Bognár (57) is a distributor, and co-founder of Odeon Art Video (1993). He is also the copy right manager of Budapest Film distribution company (1993), later the strategic director (2004), and the executive director of the company (2007-2010). He co-founded the VOD platform called Filmklik (2006-2010), and Magyarhangya, a community-based distribution company (2010-).
Paweł Chorzępa is a Polish director and cinematographer who has worked as a director of cinematography for documentary and feature films. Sonny is his directorial debut.
Vítězslav Chovanec graduated from Film and Audiovisual Culture Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. During his studies he worked at the Czech Television as an assistant dramaturge. Since 2010, he worked for several film festivals including Karlovy Vary IFF and Ji.hlava IDFF. He is a member of programming team of One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague. At the Czech Film Fund, Vítězslav is responsible for promotion of Czech documentary and short films abroad and consults festival strategies of upcoming films as well. In addition, he prepares the annual Czech Shorts Films collection and takes care of the presentation of Czech cinema at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market.
Adrian Cioflâncă is a historian and the director of the Wilhelm Filderman Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Romanian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. He has co-edited volumes and authored papers in fields like the history of the Holocaust, history of communism, political violence, cultural history, and the theory of history. He has been a consultant on several movies and theatrical plays.
Eszter Cseke and her husband Andras S. Takács are award-winning Hungarian journalists and documentary filmmakers of On The Spot, Central Europe’s most acclaimed documentary series. With just two small broadcast cameras and no extra crew, Cseke and Takács have always gained unique perspectives in the most delicate environments. Each year, Cseke and Takács have focused on a new and compelling subject for the series, from living with ethnic tribes in Africa and Papua, being embedded with fighters in the Middle East, getting to know children of dictators or travelling the world and to examining birth in a myriad of cultures. Over the years, the program has garnered a great deal of international recognition. They received the Golden Nymph for Best Documentary at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival, the Press Freedom Award in Strasbourg from the Council of Europe, the Prize for Best International Short Film at the American Documentary Film Festival and the Gold Plaque at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards.
Alexandra Derewienko holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She also completed postgraduate studies in TV and Film Organization at the National Film School in Lodz, and the MEGA Plus course – European Master in Audio-visual Management – from the Media Business School in Spain. In 2016, after working as a sales manager at Taskovski Films for four years, she joined CAT&Docs in sales and acquisition. She has participated in many international festivals and markets, and was a member of the pitching panels at the Baltic Sea Docs, Visions du Reel, Krakow Film Festival, Doc Lisboa and Zagreb Dox, among others.
György Dobray (born in 1942, in Budapest, Hungary) graduated from the Department of Cinematography of the Film Academy in 1965. He produced documentary, educational and literary films for the Hungarian Television, and fiction films for the Hungarian Film Production Company. He is currently working on documentary and TV films, as well as a fiction film. He received the Hungarian Balázs Béla Award in 2010.
Stephanie Fuchs is the festival manager at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and documentary series, including the Academy-nominated For Sama and Of Fathers and Sons, Sundance-awarded films The Painter and The Thief and Acasă, My Home, Midnight Family. She is in charge of festival strategies, coordination of all international festivals and single bookings. She also offers her expertise as a consultant and panelist, and has been part of several juries. Stephanie studied computer science and has been working in the creative industries since 2012. Before joining Autlook in 2014, she worked as a project manager at ARS Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.
Ilona Gaal is a sociologist and journalist who has worked in hospice care for 10 years beside patients as a volunteer and communication specialist. Terminal Phase is her first documentary.
Atanas Georgiev is one of the owners of Trice Films and Film Trick in Macedonia, subsidiaries of FX3X. His directorial and producing debut, Cash & Marry, has won recognition and many international awards. This was followed by Avec l’amour, a festival favorite in 2017, which premiered at HotDocs. In 2019, Honeyland was a triple winner at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards (Best Documentary and Best International Feature).
Maria Gradowska-Tomow has worked for the Polish Film Institute for more than a decade. Serving as a Festivals & International Projects Manager in the International Relations Department for several years, she was responsible for promoting Polish documentaries and animation abroad. She has been heading the International Relations Department since July 2019.
Diana Groó is a film director, producer and head of the Film and Media Specialist Program at METU Budapest. She is the co-founder of Katapultfilm studio (2002), Malcah Productions (2011), and DunaDock documentary masterclasses and workshops (2013). Her debut feature film, A Miracle in Cracow, was a Polish-Hungarian co-production with Krzysztof Zanussi. Her second feature film, Vespa (2010), was awarded by UNICEF. Her documentary, Regina (2013), based on a single photograph was screened widely, including at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at UNESCO (2014), the Library of Congress (2014), and was deposited in the Visual Center Collection at Yad Vashem. Diana’s documentary, What Lies Ahead, won the Audience Award at the 4th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest.
Nathan Grossman was educated at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. He started his career as a stills photographer for Rolling Stone India, and later moved into documentary filmmaking, mainly focusing on environmental issues. His first full-length television series on increased meat consumption in Sweden sparked a widespread discussion and was nominated for best factual program of the year.
Eszter Hajdú is a film director, scriptwriter and producer based in Portugal and Hungary. She regularly lectures at universities, and holds workshops and masterclasses for film students and human rights activists. Her films cover social and political taboos.
Ronja Hemm grew up in Bamberg, and studied time-based media at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. During her studies she devoted herself mainly to documentary formats. The documentary For Your Sake is her graduation film.
Ekain Irigoien (born in 1981, in San Sebastian, Spain) works as a television producer and script writer for Spanish television channels. He currently produces a program starring the popular Spanish chef, Karlos Arguiñano, with whom he has been working for more than a decade.
Radu Jude (born in 1977) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the Media University of Bucharest in 2003. He has directed several short and feature-length fiction films, including The Tube with a Hat and The Happiest Girl in the World. His works have been showcased at festivals like Sundance, Berlinale, Thessaloniki, Sarajevo and London, and have received several prestigious awards, including the Hubert Bals grant, the CICAE prize at the Berlinale-Forum, the Silver Bear and the Crystal Globe. His first documentary film, The Dead Nation, came out in 2017.
Hanka Kastelicova is an executive producer of documentaries for HBO Europe. As an experienced and dedicated documentary filmmaker, she has lectured on documentary filmmaking, and served as a moderator and participant on numerous industry panels and other documentary events. Among the recent titles she has been involved with are: Collective, Something Better to Come, Toto and His Sisters, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, Cain’s Children, Train to Adulthood, and When the War Comes.
Csilla Kató has been with Astra Film Festival since 1998. She is working in the departments of communication, film selection / programming, Astra Film Junior, DocumentaryTank @AFF. For several editions from the position of artistic director, coordinates the programming department of the festival. She has served in international film festival juries and was appointed as an expert in various international industry programmes in documentary film festivals across Europe and beyond. She studied cultural anthropology and film at Eötvös Loránt University in Budapest, as well as studies at the London School of Economics and the Australian National University in Canberra.
Peter Kerekes is film director, producer and teacher. He studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he currently teaches filmmaking. Together with director Dušan Hanák, he participated in founding the atelier of fiction and documentary film, and engaged in filmmaking that explores the complex relationship between history and memory. His film, Cooking History (2009), is a documentary about cooking in the army and how it affects the victories and defeats of the soldiers. It won multiple awards, including the Best Documentary Award at Viennale, and was nominated for best documentary at the European Film Awards. Velvet Terrorists (2013), the story of three protagonists who opposed the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, was screened at Berlinale in 2014.
Michaela Kirst worked for many years as a journalist in New York and has headed the Berlin office of Sagafilm since 2011. As a director and/or producer, she works on documentaries for TV and cinema. Her films Disgustingly Healthy, Crime Scene Rainforest and Brown Babies – Germany's Lost Children have won several awards.
Susanne Kovács is a TV director from the Danish Media and Journalism School. She previously studied fine arts and narrative storytelling in Germany, and was trained in filmmaking at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. It Takes A Family is her first mid-length documentary, and was part of the Twelve for the Future Workshop in 2015-2016. Susanne participated in the IDFAcademy in 2016 with the film.
Sára László graduated from the film director’s faculty of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary, and completed a one-year production training couse in the Parisian film school, ESRA. She co-founded Campfilm in 2007, and has worked as a producer, and occasionally, a co-author since. Campfilm productions address social issues and have a strong cinematic quality. They have participated and gained recognition at both national and international festivals. Sara is an alum of Eurodoc, the Nipkow Programme, EAVE and DokIncubator, and a 2019 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee. In 2018, she defended her DLA dissertation at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest.
Christopher Petar Marcich
Christopher Petar Marcich was appointed CEO of the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) on 1 May 2019. He has been President of the Board of AGICOA, the association of audiovisual producers and their collective rights management groups, since 2013. In January 2015, he became responsible for coordination of the Motion Picture Association (MPA)’s international offices (EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Canada, Brazil & Mexico). Prior to that he was in charge of MPA’s regional office for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and oversaw legislative and regulatory issues related to the media sector at European and national levels. He has also spent sixteen years working in the U.S. Government on international trade issues as a negotiator shaping U.S. trade policy.
Director Judit Oláh completed her MA in film studies at Eötvös Loránd University in 2014. Parallel with her academic studies in film theory and history, she attended the faculty of filmmaking. During her studies, she worked on several films in different positions. With the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund, she made her first short film Beauty Queen in 2015, which was screened at several festivals. Since then, apart from working on television documentaries and live-action shorts, she has been working on her first feature-length documentary, Return to Epipo. Judit is a Nipkow fellow. She participated in the Archidoc, Eurodoc and Dok Incubator workshops, and the Midpoint 2019 short-film script development training program. She is a script-consultant trainee at Midpoint Feature Launch 2020.
Ádám Paszternák graduated from Károli Gáspár Protestant University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of English Literature and Culture in 2004. He started working at MEDIA Desk Hungary as project coordinator in 2004, and became managing director of Creative of Creative Europe Desk Hungary and head of the MEDIA sub-programme in 2014.
Yuriy Pivovarov was born in Moscow in 1990. He majored in philosophy at the Russian State University. He has worked as a first camera assistant in movie productions since 2013, and has attended the Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theater since 2018.
Nenad Puhovski graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Academy of Dramatic Arts (ADU). He began working there as a teacher in the Film and TV Directing Department in 1980. He presently is a Professor of Documentary Directing at ADU, and the founder of the TV Program Department and graduate studies of documentary film. In 1997 he founded the independent documentary production, Factum. He is the director of the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, a winner of the Albert Kapović Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film in Croatia, and a member of the European Film Academy.
Tibor Riczu has been the head of the Digital Marketing and Sales Department at HBO Central Europe since April 2016. In 2016, he spent 4 months starting HBO España. In 2019–2020, he coordinated the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region from Warsaw. Before that, he worked for a decade at Sanoma (now Central Media), in the field of digital marketing and e-commerce. He specializes in online sales, building new markets, market launches, marketing technology, data connections and lifecycle management.
Florencia Santucho began her career working for a television channel in Rome, Italy, until she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at IDAC, Instituto de Artes Cinematográficas de Avellaneda. Since 2004, she has been working as producer, cultural manager and programmer for film festivals and events. She has participated as a jury member in international film festivals and as a panelist at workshops and conferences. Nowadays, she is: the Vicepresident of the Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC (IMD); the Director of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (FICDH), the first human rights film festival in South America, and the Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental (FINCA), both held in Buenos Aires; Board member of the Human Rights Film Network and the Green Film Network.
Akshaya Sawant is a multimedia artist from Mumbai, India, who focuses on the human experience as knitted in the web of gender, culture and traditions. She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts, with a major in painting. She is a Dean's Fellow and received her MFA from Emerson College, Boston, in May 2019. Her first feature documentary, Talking To The Wind, received the Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund (2017, 2018), and won the Platinum Remi Award in the social/economic films category at the 53rd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.
Mihály Schwechtje is an award-winning filmmaker, theatre director and university lecturer. His recent works address the problems of modern socitey, his protagonists are victims of the social structure. His fist feature fiction film focuses on the issue of bullying in school and on the internet. He is currently developing his second feature fiction, which has been selected to the Nipkow Program in Berlin. He lectures at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in Hungary.
Tue Steen Müller
Tue has worked with short and documentary films for over 20 years at the Danish Film Board. He has written articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, and co-founded Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and the European Documentary Network. Tue has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 40 countries. From its foundation in 1996, he served as the director of EDN. Since 2006, he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in Danish and European Documentary matters, and in 2009, became head of studies at IDF's Ex Oriente Film. Tue has taught at the Baltic Sea Forum and the Zelig Documentary Film School, Italy. He has been a program consultant for film festivals, such as Magnificent7, DocsBarcelona. His work has also earned him several awards.
Tadeusz Strączek is the Festival Coordinator of the WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film International Film Festival (Poland) organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. He is affiliated with WATCH DOCS since 2011. A graduate of the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw; also studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin.
András Surányi has directed feature films, documentaries, TV films and radio productions. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and an external member of the European Film Academy. His films participated successfully in several international festivals.
Csaba Szekeres is a director, screenwriter and the creator of several documentary films. He focuses on films with a personal touch that explore the border between documentaries and feature films, while placing an emphasis on storytelling.
István Gábor Takács
István Gábor Takács studied to be a psychologist and has worked as a human rights activist, video filmmaker, trainer and contributor at the Law Reporter Foundation. He led the video program of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union between 2007 and 2015, and worked for five years in the needle exchange program of the Drug Prevention Foundation. He is the author of several articles on harm reduction, and the cinematographer, film editor and co-director of over 700 online videos.
Tamara Tatishvili has been working in the audiovisual sector since 2002. In 2004, she co- founded and served as executive director of the Independent Filmmakers’ Association – South Caucasus (IFA-SC). In 2008 and 2009, Tamara was based in London and worked for BOP Consulting, overseeing research, strategy, planning and evaluation for culture, media, digital industries and innovation. She was the director of the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC from 2010 to 2013. She was acting as the Georgian representative to European Cinema Support Fund – EURIMAGES – as well as the Georgian representative in the European Film Promotion (EFP). Since 2014, she curates high-level conferences for Cinema Backstage (Odessa International Film Festival); consults Bridges East of West Film Days at Bozar and acts as strategy manager for European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA). Since February 2020 Tamara is appointed as Head of Training for MEDICI – Film Funding journey.
Paula Alvarez Vaccaro (born in Argentina) is an award-winning journalist, scriptwriter, producer, and visual artist with over twenty-five years of experience working in film, radio, printed media, and TV. She founded production company Pinball London in 2009 to bring international stories in all genres focusing on storytelling about gender, LGBT, human rights, immigration, class dynamics, and our planet. Since 2004, she provides training on pitching, production, impact producing, gender and implicit bias for international organizations such as British Council, Eurimages, Circle Doc Accelerator, GoodPitch, ProPro Austria, Los Cabos FF, BAM Bogotá, UNAM Mexico, and Documentary Campus, among others. Within Pinball London, she also leads Pinball Audiences, to provide impact producing consultancy, and strategy. She is a Sundance Alumna, a mentor and member of the European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA), a member of the the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), a member of the European Film Academy, and Vice-president of the European Producers’ Club.
Ferenc Varsányi has won multiple awards over his 35-year career, including a daytime Emmy for directing the first season of Klasky Csupo’s Rugrats. Born and raised in Hungary, he has been writing and directing live action, animated, and mixed genre films since the late 1970’s. From 2011–2019, Varsányi was the president of the Animation Committee/Media Support and Asset Management Fund. He is currently an advisor for the Hungarian Media Council, and president of two committees of the National Film Institute. He also teaches at MOME University, and works as a screenwriter/film director and co-producer on his own projects.
Anna Weitz studied documentary filmmaking at Stockholm University of the Arts. She also attended the EAVE Producers Workshop and trained at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Art. In 2015 she produced Detained, which was nominated for the Prix Europa and won the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary. Since 2012 she has worked at Mantaray Film, one of Sweden’s most prominent production companies, as the associate producer on Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words (2015) which premiered in Cannes, and co-producer of Silvana (2017), which won the Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary. Her latest production, Josefin & Florin (2018) was nominated for three Guldbagge Awards (including Best Documentary) and won one award.
Ravn Wikhaug is a senior advisor on short film and documentaries at the Norwegian Film Institute. He also oversees documentary coproduction at NFI.
Balázs Wizner (1972) is a sociologist and documentary film director. He worked for the Institute of Sociology in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He made documentary films and public service commercials as the head of Metaforum Film Studio. He currently works as a video journalist for AFP, as director of photography in documentary films and in oral history research projects.
Technology executive-turned-filmmaker Hao Wu takes a raw and human approach to storytelling in an era when culture evolves online. Wu previously held management roles at Alibaba, TripAdvisor and Excite@Home. His award-winning films have received support from JustFilms/Ford Foundation, ITVS, Sundance, Tribeca and international broadcasters. His 2018 documentary film People's Republic of Desire was screened at the 16th Verzió in the Media the 4th Estate section.
Giedre Žickyte is a Lithuanian film director and producer. She graduated with a MA in visual arts from Vilnius Art Academy in 2007. Her first documentary, Baras (2009), won the best TV film award at the Lithuanian National Film Awards. Her first feature documentary, How We Played the Revolution (2011), was selected to many international film festivals, and received first prize as the best Baltic States’ film at the Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival in 2012. Master and Tatyana (2014) won four national cinema awards, including the award for best directing.
Dorottya Zurbó graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master Program, for which she was awarded a full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Her latest short documentary, Distance (2017), premiered at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Her first feature-length documentary, The Next Guardian (2017, co-director), premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition. Easy Lessons (2018) is her directorial debut. The film received the Hungarian Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2019, and the Movies that Matter Award at ZagrebDox for the best film promoting human rights. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, where she also teaches for the Documentary Film Directing Master and Docnomads Joint Master programs.
Zsófia Zurbó studied film studies at ELTE University, Budapest. She also studied at Charles University, and FAMU in Prague. She joined Éclipse Film in 2015 as a production manager and assistant producer, before becoming a junior producer. She has worked as a scriptwriter and head of research for AMC Network, and as scriptwriter and assistant director for Focusfox Studio. Since 2016, she has been the Hungarian coordinator of the alternative documentary distributor, KineDok, and is on the organizing team for the DunaDock masterclass series. She was the industry coordinator for Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in 2018.