DIANE WEYERMANN (US) President Documentary Film and Television Participant Media
PETER GERARD (US) Director/ Producer/ Distributor
SIR BOB HARVEY (NZ)
KYLIE BOLTIN (AU) Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries SBS
NOEL DOCKSTADER (US) Co-director Point of No Return
HOLLIE FIFER (AU) Director The Opposition
FIONA GILROY (AU) Content Sales & Acquisitions Director Flame Distribution
PIETER VAN HUYSTEE (NL) Producer Deaf Child, The Long Season
KEN-ICHI IMAMURA (JP) Executive Producer/ Co-production NHK Enterprises
QUINN KANALY (US) Co-director Point of No Return
MAREVA LEU (PF) Festival Director FIFO Tahiti
YARIV MOSER (IL) Director Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
JULIA OVERTON (AU) Independent Producer & Consultant
NADINE PEQUENEZA (CA) Director The Invisible Heart
PJ RAVAL (US) Director Call Me Ganda
MATTHIEU RYTZ (CA) Director Anote’s Ark
TILL SCHAUDER (US) Director When God Sleeps
ALICIA SMITH (CA) Producer National Film Board of Canada
JOE WILSON / DEAN HAMER (US) Co-directors Leitis in Waiting
MALINDA WINK (AU) Executive Director Good Pitch² Australia
TOM ZUBRYICKI (AU) Director Hope Road
ROB APPIERDO Art Director Story Box
EUGENE EASTLAKE Creative Director Method
JESS FEAST Director Story Box
BEN FORMAN Founder/Director Wrestler
JAMES FRANKLIN Founder Assemble, Creative Director Doc Society
MARK JENNINGS Co-editor/Founder Newsroom
KAT LINTOTT Director Wrestler
BRIAR MARCH Filmmaker, Field Director & Cinematographer Anote’s Ark
VEA MAFILE’O Producer/ Director/ Set Designer
SAM RAMLU Managing Director Method
TAMMY WILLIAMS Photographer/ Videographer
Doc Pitch NZ Panelists attending are:
Rupert AbrahamProduction Executive, Vendetta Films Rachel Antony CEO, Greenstone TV Cass Avery Executive Producer/ Head of Development, Augusto Kylie Boltin Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries, SBS Vincent Burke CEO, Topshelf Productions Jude Callen General Manager Content Creation, Television New Zealand Dale Corlett Head of Talent Development, New Zealand Film Commission Hollie Fifer Steering Committee, The Good Pitch Pasifika Fiona Gilroy Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution Brian Holland Head of Development / Producer, Topshelf Productions Pieter van Huystee Producer, Deaf Child, The Long Season Rachel Jean Head of Production and Development, South Pacific Pictures Jill McNabb General Manager, Vendetta Annie Murray Senior Commissioner Local Content, Prime and Sky TV Leanne Saunders Head of Production and Development, New Zealand Film Commission Gary ScottSenior Producer, Gibson Group Robyn Scott-Vincent Founder and Advisor, Attitude Pictures Glenn Usmar Head of Funding, New Zealand on Air Simon Werry, Managing Director, Limelight Distribution Summer WhakerewaContent Commissioner, Maori Television Service Malinda Wink Executive Director of Good Pitch² Australia, Director at Shark Island Institute Sue Woodfield Head of Commissioning and External Production, Mediaworks.
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President Documentary Film and Television, Participant Media
Participant Media is a company dedicated to entertainment that also inspires and compels social change. In addition to the upcoming Far From The Tree, Kailash, RBG and America To Me, Participant’s recent documentary projects include Human Flow, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Zero Days. Previous releases include the Oscar®-winning films, Citizenfour and An Inconvenient Truth, the Emmy®-winning Food, Inc., and Emmy®-nominated The Great Invisible. Prior to joining Participant in 2005, Weyermann was the director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund. Before her time at Sundance, Weyermann was the director of the Open Society Institute New York’s Arts and Culture Program where she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund)
Director/ Producer/ Distributor, former General Manager Entertainment, Vimeo
Peter Gerard is a leading expert in marketing and distribution for films and series, with a focus on emerging digital platforms. From 2014-2017, he worked at Vimeo, where he was most recently General Manager of Entertainment. Prior to joining Vimeo, Gerard was founder and CEO of Distrify. He has also produced and directed a number of award-winning films, including the winner of a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.
Producer/director Noel Dockstader began his documentary career in the UK, where he worked for leading independent production companies October Films and Diverse Productions. His UK credits include Show Runner/Director of several Discovery Channel series: Warrior Women, a popular history series hosted by Lucy Lawless of Xena, Warrior Princess fame, Hero Factor, exploring the science of sudden acts of heroism, and Trailblazers, a 13-part series following the adventures of scientists and journalists in some of the most dangerous regions of the globe. His previous work includes content for National Geographic.
Director, The Opposition; Steering Committee, The Good Pitch Pasifika
Hollie’s films have screened at festivals both within Australia and internationally including Children of The Rainbow Serpent (NITV), Common Ground (SBS), and Corinna and Very Impressive. Hollie’s first documentary feature was in The Good Pitch Australia. The Opposition was set upon by legal challenges as she fought to tell the story set in Papua New Guinea and the UK. Its world premiere occurred at IDFA 2016 before going on to win the Grand Prize at FIFO 2017 and also screened at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.
Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution
Since beginning at Film Australia in 1989, Fiona has built strong relationships with producers and international content buyers. At SBS from 1996, Fiona worked to market drama and documentary content across all platforms worldwide. Establishing her consultancy business Fi’sAbility in 2009, Fiona worked with independent producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content and explore new business models. In 2011 Fiona joined Flame Media’s start-up distribution business – Flame Distribution – as Content Sales & Acquisitions Director. Flame’s catalogue of 3,000 hours of unscripted content is produced by over 160 independent filmmakers from around the world.
Prior to Far West Film, Quinn co-produced Supercoasters, a two-hour special for National Geographic on the science of roller coasters. She wrote and co-directed several history and natural history documentaries for Discovery Channel and Travel Channel, such as Revolution on Wheels, a global history of motorcycles. Quinn also directed and wrote Sharks under Glass for Discovery’s hit series, Shark Week. She also produced the San Francisco episode of Lonely Planet’s acclaimed international travel series, Six Degrees, which broadcast internationally on Discovery.
For 10 years from 2001 to 2011, Julia worked with Australia’s national screen agencies. She specialised in documentary and factual production for broadcast and theatrical release and assisted in the formulation of policy in that area. She has been on the AIDC board, a consultant to Screen Territory, international advisor to Hot Docs Canada, FIFO Tahiti, Sydney Film Festival and Doc Edge New Zealand. She is on the panel for the David and Joan Williams Scholarship, an annual award that supports the development of emerging documentarians. In 2012, she was presented with AIDC’s Stanley Hawes Award for her contribution to the documentary sector.
Nadine is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer best known for her social issue films that offer unique access to character-driven stories. With more than 15 years of international experience, she has garnered multiple nominations and awards. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including in Toronto (Hot Docs), Montreal , Milan, Florida , Atlanta and Tel Aviv. Nadine is Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and a member of the Hot Docs and DOC Toronto board. She is also a Fledgling Fellow; and a graduate of that foundation’s inaugural engagement lab 2014-15
Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Trinidad and Before You Know It. Also a cinematographer, Raval’s work has earned him awards such as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Raval’s work includes the 2009 Academy Award-nominated & Sundance Grand Jury Award winner Trouble The Water, as well as the Independent Spirit Award-nominated Room. He recently shot Love & Air Sex which is currently in cinemas, as well as Primate Cinema: Apes As Family, the first film created for a chimpanzee audience (Sundance 2013, Berlinale).
Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visualanthropologist by training, his passion for photography and ethnology has led himacross the globe, photographing cultural and human diversity over the past tenyears. His own photographs, as well as those he has commissioned, have beenexhibited internationally. He is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality. Anote’s Ark, his first feature film, premiered at Sundance 2018.
Santa Smokeswas Schauder’s feature debut. It won several awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012, Till completed his first documentary The Iran Job, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender and shortlisted for a German Academy Award in 2014. His latest documentary When God Sleeps premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017. When God Sleeps won the “Cinema for Peace Award” for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year during this year’s Berlinale. Till also recently completed Warriors of Faith for which he just won a German Emmy.
Pieter started as a photographer before becoming the creative director of IDTV. In 1995 Pieter started his own production company. Since then he has produced documentaries, feature films and single plays with many well-known Dutch directors. By combining daring with decisiveness, Pieter van Huystee Film has become one of the leading Dutch independent production companies, highly esteemed for the quality and wide range of its projects. Many van Huystee documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have won many awards.
Emmy Award-winning Hawaii-based filmmakers and long-time activists Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson make documentaries that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to both question and act. Their films – including Out in the Silence, KumuHina, and A Place in the Middle – have screened and won awards at film festivals around the world and have been viewed by millions of television viewers. Their impact campaigns have reached thousands of grassroots community groups and classrooms around the world. Dean and Joe are Fellows of the Sundance Institute.
Executive Director, Good Pitch² Australia; Director, Shark Island Institute
Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has served on various advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum (2010), was a Mentor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Pitch Workshops (2015 & 2016) and now serves on the boards of The Caledonia Foundation and Australian Progress. Malinda has worked as a consultant advising on business strategy and capital raising for several for-profit film companies including Madman Films, Hopscotch, Transmission Films and Electric Pictures, and the not-for-profit sector, including Social Ventures Australia and the Sustainable Social Enterprise Project.
Tom Zubrycki is an award-winning Australian filmmaker whose documentaries have earned an international reputation for their truthfulness, realism and humanity. Zubrycki has for the last 30 years mapped Australia’s changing social and political landscape. He is well known for his distinctive observational story-telling style and his ability to get close to his subjects. Hope Road (2017) was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award at Sydney IFF. His awards as producer include an International Emmy for Exile In Sarajevo (1996). In 2010 Tom received the Stanley Hawes Award “in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia”
Kylie Boltin is the Commissioning Editor, Online Documentaries at SBS where she directs the slate of interactive documentaries for the Australian broadcaster. Projects Kylie has directed/ produced or commissioned over the past five years are widely recognised as leading examples of innovation and storytelling for the web with selection and recognition from IDFA, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Future of Storytelling, The Walkleys, The Webbys, AIMIA and others. Kylie’s background is as an award winning independent documentary filmmaker and writer across multiple platforms. She holds a PhD in Creative Media and a Masters in Creative Writing and has taught in Australia and the USA.
Executive Producer/ Co-production, NHK Enterprises
Imamura joined NHK in 1983 as a TV director with a focus on international affairs. Between 2005 and 2009, he worked for NEP (NHK Enterprises) distributing NHK programmes abroad. Since 2009, he worked at NHK headquarters and was the producer/commissioning editor of World Documentary. A regular guest at many international documentary festivals and markets, he has co-produced about ten documentaries. He is now the executive producer in charge of coproduction projects. He also produces the slot of Inside Lens introducing Asian documentaries to the world. In 2011, he started Tokyo Docs the sole international documentary event in Japan with a pitching session.
Yariv Mozer graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film and Television Department in 2004. He directed documentary and feature films, among them are Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Israel-France-Germany 2016), Snails in the Rain (Israel-Spain 2013), The Invisible Men (Israel-The Netherlands 2012), and My First War (Israel 2008). Mozer produced more than 15 films including The Heart of Jenin (Germany 2008) and Inheritance (Israel-France-Turkey 2012). Mozer, former head of Entrepreneurial Producing Program at The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (2007-2010). He is a graduate of EAVE Producer’s workshop, a member of the European Film Academy and the Israeli Academy of Motion Picture.
Sir Bob Harvey was the Chairman of Waterfront Auckland, serving 6 terms as Mayor of Waitakere, and awarded, with six international Mayors, the United Nations Award for Peace in 1997. He also received the United Nations Life Time Achievement Award for the Environment in 2007 and a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for 2013. Sir Bob is a prolific leader and worked tirelessly for and within the screen industry. He was an early documentary filmmaker and also led an advertising agency for many years prior to his mayoralty, winning numerous awards. He recently published his biography A Life Less Ordinary.
Graduating from Université Paul SABATIER (Toulouse, France) and Université de la Polynésie française (Tahiti, French Polynesia), Mareva holds a PhD in chemistry and pharmacology. She pursued a scientific career until 2015 and was honored by various awards. In 2009, she was the first Polynesian to receive Les talents de l’Outre-mer prize, awarded by the French Economic and Social Council in Paris. Since 2010, she is also committed to Polynesian literature and culture, gets involved in several literary projects and takes the lead of Matareva Editions in 2012. In 2016, she was appointed as the International Festival of Oceanian documentary Films (FIFO Tahiti) association’s general delegate. Like her predecessors, she now aims at directing the FIFO by giving the central part to Oceanian interests, concerns and issues.