Dale CorlettHead of Talent Development New Zealand Film CommissionRupert Abraham Production Executive, Vendetta FilmsRachel Antony CEO, Greenstone TV Cass AveryExecutive Producer/ Head of Development, AugustoVincent Burke CEO, Topshelf ProductionsJude Callen Commissioning Editor, Television New ZealandBrian Holland Head of Development/Producer, Topshelf Productions Bettina Hollings Managing Director, Imagination TelevisionRachel Jean Head of Production and Development, South Pacific PicturesChristina MilliganProducer, ConbrioAnnie MurraySenior Commissioner Local Content, Prime and Sky TVNevak Rogers Head of Content Development , Maori Television Service Leanne Saunders Head of Production and Development, New Zealand Film CommissionGlenn UsmarHead of Funding, New Zealand on Air Sue Woodfield Head of Commissioning and External Production, (Mediaworks) TV3.
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Creative Director, United Nations
Gabo is the first ever creative director of United Nations; Founder and President of LightShed a virtual reality and social impact start up and founder of the UNVR, the United Nations Virtual Reality Lab. Among these is a video viral campaign for the recent Climate Change Summit in Paris. His work focuses on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision- making processes inclusive.His award winning VR documentaries Clouds over Sitra, Waves ofGrace and My Mother’s Wing have all premiered at major film festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca and screened at the White House and the Museum of Modern Art’ s inaugural programme on immersive storytelling. A native New Yorker, Gabo holds honours degrees with distinction from NYU and John Hopkins University.
Nick is one of Britain’s most celebrated filmmakers. His films include the iconoclastic and provocative Kurt and Courtney, Tales of the GrimSleeper, Biggie and Tupac and Aileen – Life and Death of a Serial Killer. He is the recipient of numerous international film awards including the Sundance First Prize, British Academy Award, Dupont Peabody Award, Hague Peace Prize and Amnesty International Doen Award. In 2016 Nick was awarded the prestigious Finch and Partner and Jaegar-LeCoultres Filmmakers Award at Cannes. His most recent film, Whitney: Can I be Me, documents the tragedy and impact of fame on singer and superstar Whitney Houston. Whitney: Can I be Me is the opening night film at this year’s Documentary Edge Festival.
Acclaimed Digital Storyteller, CEO & Founder of UPAIN
UPIAN is internationally recognised documentary company, actively involved in pioneering the Web documentary both in France and at International Level. The company has produced, among others, Gaza –Sderot (2008), Prison Valley (2010), Alma, A Tale of Violence’ (2012) and the hugely successful Generation Quoi ( 2013), a transmedia project about youth all across Europe which lead to a Europe wide adoption of the format. In 2015 UPIAN launched Do Not Track, a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy. Co -produced with Arte (France) the NFB (Canada) and BR (Germany) Do Not Track reached an audience of 1.8000,000 viewers. Most recently UPIAN released How to Make a Ken Loach Film with Sixteen Film.
Co Founder and CEO of CNEX FOUNDATION LTD and CNEX Studio
CNEX is a non profit cultural organisation set up by Ben Tsian, Ruby Chen and Chao- Wei Chang to support and promote Chinese documentary films and filmmakers internationally. Since CNEX’s inception in 2014 Ruby has Executive Produced more than seventy films released in Greater China including the award winning 1428, KJ, Music and Life and China Gate. Ruby is also the Executive Supervisor of Chinese Visual Industry and Creation Society (CIVICS) and Senior Advisor of Executive Education of CEIBS (China, Europe International Business School). CNEX organises CCDF (Chinese Doc Forum) in Taiwan making collaborative connections between Chinese and International documentary communities.
Director of Filmmaker Services International Documentary Association
As IDA’s Director of Filmmaker Services, Amy works closely with hundreds of independent documentary artists each year consulting and advising on all aspects of documentary funding. She oversees IDA’S fiscal sponsorship program which administers over 8 million dollars in philanthropic funding annually to independent documentary projects in the US and abroad. She also manages and was a key architect of the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund an annual competitive grant program supporting documentaries that address pressing US issues. Before working with IDA Amy spent five years working on the production of cable television documentaries for the History Channel, A & E, Lifetime, ESPN, Bravo and TLC.
Hollie’s films have been screened at festivals in Australia and Internationally including Children of the Rainbow, Serpent, Common Ground, Corinna and Very Impressive. The Opposition is Hollie’s first documentary feature set in Papua New Guinea and the UK. Following a court injunction, the film screened in a reducted version at Hot Docs. The production companies behind the film were subsequently able to defend The Opposition’s right to be seen publicly and the film premiered at IDFA 2016 and won the Grand Jury Prize at FIFO 2017. Hollie is a honors graduate of Swinburne University and the Northern Film School UK and has a Graduate Diploma of Documentary from AFTRS.
Hindustan Times Multi Media Editor and ICFJ Knight Fellow
Previously multi media Editor at the Hindustan Times, Ravi is helping top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical health and development issues by building reporter expertise in interactive multimedia storytelling. He specializes in DSLR/moble phone news videos with a focus on narrative for digital audience. His videos have been published in The Economist, London and CCTV China. He is also the founding editor of Climate Journal Asias a multi media digital news magazine on climate issues across Asia. Ravi is an alumnus of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and the recipient of the prestigious ICFJ Knight Fellow.
Award winning Producer/ Director of “The Cinema Travellers”
Shirley is an award winning filmmaker whose films explore how cinema can give form to the many faces of human imagination. Together with Amit Madheshiya, she produced and directed The Cinema Travellers (2015) a film about the travelling showmen who bring the Cinema to faraway villages in India. Described variously as fascinating, elegiac and aesthetically and intellectually rigourous. the film won the L’OEIL d’or Special Mention: Le Prix du documentaire at Cannes 2016. Shirley has directed documentaries for The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, and Doordarshan India and presented her work at Universities around the world. She has been a fellow of the Sundance Institute , India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe lnstitut.
Award winning Photographer, Producer/ Director of “The Cinema Travellers”
Amit is an award winning photographer and filmmaker based in Mumbai. His Photography has been exhibited world wide and won numerous international awards including the prestigious World Press Photo ( 2011) and the World Photography Awards (2011 and 2009 ). Amit is a fellow of the Sundance Institute, Goethe Institut, India Foundation for The Arts, National Foundation of India, Arts Council of England and University of Heidelberg. He is also the co- producer and director of the Cannes awarding winning film The Cinema Travellers. Together with Shirley Abraham, Amit founded Cave Pictures in 2015. The Cinema Travellers is their debut feature.
Award Winning Shorts Film Maker of “Stranger in Paradise”
Born in 1987, Guido was raised in Eindenhoven, the Netherlands. He studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University Rotterdam, focusing on courses in Philosophy Criminology, Film Studies and Journalism. His first short film before Day is Done premiered at IDFA 2010. He went on to enrol at the Netherlands Film Academy to study Documentary Directing and as a student he directed the award winning shorts Escort (2014) and Onder Ons (2014) .His latest film Stranger in Paradise opened the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Hindustan Times Multi Media Editor and ICFJ Knight Fellow
Previously multi-media Editor at the Hindustan Times, Ravi is helping top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical health and development issues by building reporter expertise in interactive multimedia storytelling. He specialises in DSLR/mobile phone news videos with a focus on narrative for digital audience. His videos have been published in The Economist, London and CCTV China. He is also the founding editor of Climate Journal Asia a multi-media digital news magazine on climate issues across Asia. Ravi is an alumnus of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and the recipient of the prestigious ICFJ Knight Fellow.
Born in 1987, Guido was raised in Eindenhoven, the Netherlands. He studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University Rotterdam, focusing on courses in Philosophy Criminology, Film Studies and Journalism. His first short film Day is Done was premiered at IDFA 2010. He went on to enrol at the Netherlands Film Academy to study Documentary Directing and as a student he directed the award winning shorts Escort (2014) and Onder Ons ( 2014) .His latest film Stranger in Paradise opened the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2016.
Award winning Photographer, Producer and Director, The Cinema Travellers
Amit is an award winning photographer and filmmaker based in Mumbai. His Photography has been exhibited world wide and won numerous international awards including the prestigious World Press Photo ( 2011) and the World Photography Awards (2011 and 2009 ). Amit is a fellow of the Sundance Institute, Goethe -Institut, India Foundation for The Arts, National Foundation of India, Arts Council of England and University of Heidelberg. He is also the co- producer and director of the Cannes awarding winning film The Cinema Travellers. Together with Shirley Abraham, Amit founded Cave Pictures in 2015. The Cinema Travellers is their debut feature.
Award winning Producer/ Director, The Cinema Travellers
Shirley is an award winning filmmaker whose films explore how cinema can give form to the many faces of human imagination. Together with Amit Madheshiya, she produced and directed The Cinema Travellers (2015) a film about the travelling showmen who bring the Cinema to faraway villages in India. Described variously as fascinating, elegiac and aesthetically and intellectually rigourous. the film won the L’OEIL d’or Special Mention: Le Prix du documentaire at Cannes 2016. Shirley has directed documentaries for The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, and Doordarshan India and presented her work at Universities around the world. She has been a fellow of the Sundance Insitute , India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe lnstitut.
Corey is an Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Emmy Award- winning film Last Day of Freedom and producer of the drama The Land Has Eyes, ( Fiji- USA 20O4 – 2005 ). A former director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival (CAAMFEST) and former IFFCON director of special projects, Corey has worked with media producers, distributors, festivals and festival juries worldwide including Arclight/ Pacific Theatres, ( US) PPP ( Busan Film Festival Co production Market, South Korea) and Forum des Images ( Paris). He has consulted on over 15 globally screened international documentaries features and television programs
Executive Director, The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
As Executive Director of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, Wendy focuses on facilitating collaboration, innovation, strategic growth and social impact for the global media arts field. Previously Senior Consultant at Sundance, she helped develop the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change Program and the New Frontier Story Lab. She also directed the MacArthur Foundation-funded Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, the first US public media Innovation Lab. She was also Festival Director for the Film Arts Festival for Independent Cinema in San Francisco, and her first short film premiered at Sundance in 1997. She was a featured speaker and moderator at Sundance, Tribeca, the United Nations, Skoll World Forum and recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award for distinguished contribution to the media arts field.
Jean’s documentary editing credits include an Academy nomination for Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2001), three Peabody Awards for Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Travis and Solar Mamas, Please Vote For Me (2008), the Grierson award for the most entertaining documentary; Dixie Chicks: Shut Upand Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! and three Sundance awards for her debut documentary Something Within Me (1993). Jean was executive producer for The Road To Fame for BBC/Storyville, The Storm Makers for POV/PBS and Please Remember Me which premiered at IDFA (2015). She has been editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab since 2010 and is a proud member of American Cinema Editors. Jean edited Plastic China which screens at Doc Edge 2017.
Marcus has directed and produced more than 20 documentaries. His feature documentary My father, the Turk won several international awards and was screened at the Joris Ivens Competition (IDFA) last year. His film, The Tunnel, on a famous escape of East’s Germans through a legendary tunnel in Berlin in the 1950’s has been one of German TV’s best-selling documentaries and screened on the Sundance Channel (US) last year. Marcus has directed numerous prime time documentaries and received Germany’s prestigious Adolf Grimme Prize three times. His previous film, The Forecaster was screened at Doc Edge. His latest film, The Promise, won the Award of Merit at the 2016 Accolade Global Film Competition in the United States and will screen at Doc Edge 2017.
Robert is critically acclaimed art-director and founder of Storybox, a multidisciplinary creative company that develops urban installations utilizing shipping containers. Storybox is known for producing exciting temporary spaces with engaging interactive content. An award-winning boutique production and design studio, Storybox finds innovative ways to connect with audiences, offering clients nimbleness, flexibility and a complete production package.
Prisca Bouchet has been working as an editor in NZ film and TV for over ten years. She has directed three short documentaries, along with co-director Nick Mayow: Le Taxidermiste, Today and After Life. Prisca is passionate about documentary as an artform that allows social exploration.
Sumner is an independent documentary film producer, columnist and feature writer based in Auckland. Her previous film, One Man, One Cow, One Planet, won numerous awards and screened in 18 countries. As a columnist, she won Best Columnist of the Year award at the 2004 Qantas Awards. She established the late great Auckland magazine store Magazzino in the late 80’s, has four daughters and four grandchildren, and a passion for environmental and social justice issues. Sumner worked with partner Thomas Burstyn to make the award winning critically acclaimed film, This Way of Life. Both Thomas and Sumner also made Some Kind of Love, which was invited to screen in a number of international festivals.
Canadian-born cinematographer Thomas Burstyn made his feature debut supplying the film noirish imagery for 80s Kiwi chillers The Lost Tribe, and Mr Wrong. Since then Burstyn has stacked up Canadian award nominations, and an Emmy nomination for The 4400. Working with Kiwi partner Barbara Sumner-Burstyn, he has expanded into directing docos alongside other photographic assignments, winning two Qantas awards for the Berlin-selected This Way of Life.
With twenty years experience in web and digital, James specialises in creating outreach and distribution tools for independent filmmakers and distributors. Seven years ago James founded Assemble, a revolutionary toolkit to help filmmakers build an audience for a film. Assemble is used by over 1500 films and people such as Ted Hope and Jon Reiss, as well as companies such as Vimeo, The Weinstein Company, IFC and BBC Films. He is also the Creative Director at BRITDOC, working across all aspects of the film foundation’s presentation and design on and off-line, including Good Pitch, Doc Academy, The Impact Field Guide and Something Real.
Dr.Shuchi Kothari is a screenwriter, producer, and academic. Both her co-written feature films Firaaq and Apron Strings premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. Her films have screened at festivals as diverse as Telluride, Venice, Cannes, and Pusan. Shuchi has also produced and executive produced award- winning short films including Six Dollar Fifty Man which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2010. She is the director of the Screen Production Programme in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at University of Auckland in New Zealand where she teaches screenplay writing.
Sapna is a filmmaker, radio producer and writer who is also a doctor. She came to Aotearoa in December 2001. Her production company Holy Cow Media Ltd has made award winning radio shows and films. She currently works as a GP in Cannons Creek, Porirua. Balancing the creative life with the medical work , it causes her to question even more the place of ethnic minorities in this culture-scape of Aotearoa – how we challenge the hierarchy within the community and the views of the dominant culture.
Aliesha is the founder of Staples Rental, a photographic and video rentals film and VR company based in Auckland. She has over eight years experience in the media/ film industry, working all over the world and for the last four years has been working with gimbals and drones. Last year her work became heavily focused on VR content creation and workflow.
When Ryan’s son Joel was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of one he decided to bring narrative order to the devastating chaos of his son’s illness by using the medium he knows best. A video game and freelance application developer with fourteen years experience, Ryan created That Dragon Cancer, a video game to his son as a way of expressing his grief and allowing others to share his experience. Filmmakers David Osit and Mailka Zouhali-Worrall (Call Me Kuchu) documented Ryan and his family’s journey in a process that illuminates the strengths of the two mediums. Their film Thank You For Playing screens at Documentary Edge 2017.
Alexandre holds a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is creative director of Denver based Exhibit A Pictures and Cinema Vertige. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning films and documentaries including Doc of the Dead, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychotic Octopus, and The People vs. George Lucas. His latest film 78/52 is a feature documentary about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The film premiered at Sundance 2017 and was picked up by Dogwoof and IFC Midnight. His next film is Kaiju, a large scale feature about the giant monsters of Japan.
Jess Feast has worked as a researcher, writer and director for over 15 years. In this time she has made documentaries for cinema, television and online. She also works making digital theatre and video art for international arts festivals. Her first independent feature, Cowboys & Communists was shot over 18 months in Berlin and screened in several international festivals as well as ARTE television across Germany and France. Her second independent feature, Gardening with Soul won the Moa Award for Best Documentary and had a sell out run at the NZ International Film Festival before successful theatrical releases in New Zealand and Australia. She works with Rob on Storybox projects as well as her own projects.
One of the founders of Method, Sam has over 15 years’ experience working with New Zealand and international brands to implement successful and award-winning digital strategies and campaigns. Sam is passionate about creating experiences and stories that connect with audiences and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun and immersive.
Matt Nippert spent the past decade in news-breaking roles at the Listener, National Business Review, Herald on Sunday and Sunday Star-Times before joining the New Zealand Herald. His work, tackling tax avoidance, hackers, lobbyists, conmen and surprise billionaire citizens, has won numerous awards and he is the reigning Canon Reporter of the Year. Matt studied public policy, political science and commercial law at Victoria University, and journalism on a Fulbright scholarship at New York’s Columbia University.
David graduated with a LLB and BCL (Second Class Honours) from McGill University in 1988. He joined Auckland firm Minter Ellison (previously known as Rudd Watts and Stone) before moving to Ellis Gould in 1992 becoming a partner in 1994. In 2003 David joined the independent bar. He specialises in general civil and commercial litigation including in the fields of real estate and property, building and construction, unit titles, trusts and governance. In 2016, David was appointed a Queens Counsel in recognition of this expertise and contribution to the legal profession. David will bring his legal expertise to facilitate the session featuring Holly Fifer in the session When Subjects go Rogue.
Mark Jennings’ career in journalism extends back to the late 1970s and, until the founding of Newsroom, was primarily anchored in broadcast news. After 10 years in front of the camera in Australia from 1979-89, Mark returned to New Zealand and began a 27-year career with MediaWorks. He has mentored successive generations of acclaimed and respected journalists, and was responsible for launching Newshub across TV Three and Radio Live. Mark writes about the media industry, business, and the tertiary sector.
A respected news operator, Cathy has worked in various editorial roles across both Fairfax and APN (now NZME) over the last decade, contributing to biggest news sites in the country. She was previously Auckland editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media., Editor of nzherald.co.nz and Head of News at the New Zealand Herald.