Abigail is a BBC Commissioning Editor in Factual producing content for BBC One, Two, Three, Four and iPlayer.
Working across several genres, her recent credits include science commissions What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery? & Inside the Factory, BAFTA-winning history series The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story and Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal. Earth’s Greatest Rivers in Natural History and Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel and Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret for Religion & Ethics.
Before joining the BBC in 2017, Abigail was a Director and Series Producer working for all the main UK broadcast channels making a wide range of factual programming from documentary singles and series such as The Met: Policing London and 24 Hours in A&E, to returning formats such as Back in Time… and Hunted.Back to Guests page
Alice is an independent documentary producer with a background in cinema theory and community education. Currently working on a slate of projects with acclaimed filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson as part of FLOOD PROJECTS, Alice turned to film in 2016 to tell powerful stories with the canvas of cinema.
In 2017 Alice participated in the MeetMarket at Sheffield Documentary Festival with Courtin-Wilson’s feature project Underwood, and also acted as casting director on the upcoming feature hybrid doc/drama Carnation, which will tour the festival circuit in 2022.
Alice is currently in production on the feature documentary Days of Fire, supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria, and executive produced by Michael McMahon and Sophie Hyde. She is also in post-production on Body Music, the European-financed hybrid documentary about avant-garde New York musician and artist Charlemagne Palestine, and the Australia Council funded immersive installation work Traces.
Alice is passionate about cinematic nonfiction and telling our most intimate stories that push boundaries in form. She is currently developing a documentary series about funeral rituals around the world.Back to Guests page
Amanda is founder and MD of The Bridge, specialising in co-production film and TV between the east and west - US / UK / Europe and Asia. She serves as Co-Chair of The Business of Film & TV and is a Board Advisor / NED, and member of British Screen Forum. A former UK / Australian Media-Business Woman of the Year finalist, Amanda holds Friend of Australia status for Digital Media Thought Leadership.
The company has delivered innovative new co-production funding models for PBS NOVA, Scripps Networks International, Food Network EMEA & Cooking Channel US, UKTV & S4C. The company has a hub in London and partner offices in China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Amanda’s previous roles include MD of Channel Health, Sky Networks, and Head of Content, PCCW/IMG joint venture NOW. Amanda has worked with Sony Pictures, BBC, Pearson, National Geographic Channels, UK, Sky, Channel 9, TEN and began her career in ABC TV Documentaries.Back to Guests page
Headquartered in London, Universal Pictures Content Group is a repertoire centre acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.
Amelia Rowe is Acquisitions Manager for Universal Pictures Australia, reporting into the Universal Pictures Content Group. Amelia is responsible for acquiring content across all genres for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a multi-territory/worldwide basis.
Prior to joining Universal Pictures Content Group, Amelia worked at Screen Australia and creative talent agency The Cameron Creswell Agency.Back to Guests page
Amiel is one of Australia's most innovative filmmakers whose internationally acclaimed work spans feature films, documentary, video installation, drawing and photography.
Amiel Courtin-Wilson's short films have screened at Cannes (Cicada, 2009) and Venice Film Festival (Carson, 2013) and his feature films Chasing Buddha, Bastardy, Hail, Ruin, The Silent Eye have screened at Sundance, Venice and The Whitney Museum. Ruin won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice film Festival in 2013.
Amiel has also lectured and presented his films at Yale, Harvard, UCLA, John Hopkins and many museums around Europe, Asia and Australia. Amiel won the Byron Kennedy Award at the 4th AACTA Awards (Australian Academy Awards) in recognition of his commitment to innovation in Australian Cinema over the last two decades and The Melbourne Cinematheque and MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) have screened retrospectives of Amiel’s films.Back to Guests page
With a background in communication and cultural management, Anda Ionescu has been working in film production in Romania and Denmark for several years. Currently, she is a Managing Partner and Producer in Tangaj Production (Bucharest, Romania), through which she has recently produced Andra Tarara’s debut documentary US AGAINST US and Bogdan Theodor Olteanu’s second feature film Mia Misses Her Revengs.
In 2020, she has also completed Andrei Dăscălescu’s third documentary Holy Father, produced through Filmlab, and was the delegate producer for Ruxandra Ghițescu’s debut feature Otto the Barbarian - a Romanian-Belgian co-production - produced as part of a long-term collaboration with Alien Film.
Anda is an EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) Ties That Bind alumna (2019), an EAVE+ graduate (2020), Emerging Producers and Berlinale Talents participant (2021) and a European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA) member.Back to Guests page
Andrew has been working in the film industry since 2010, and for the last seven years in the Madman NZ Theatrical team overseeing Marketing.
During that period Andrew has worked on the release of hundreds of feature films across all genres including documentary hits That Sugar Film, Searching For Sugarman and more recently The Painter and the Thief. Andrew graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and English.Back to Guests page
Anusha Duray is the Acquisitions Manager for National Indigenous Television (NITV )in Australia, as well as a skilled producer. She was the Executive Producer for the new series The Whole Table, that premiered this year, and Producer of The Wake, an interactive film installation which is due to premiere later this year.
She is a recipient of the Chief Executive Women in Leadership Scholarship. Anusha is a current member of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce, The Oceanian TV Symposium and The Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network. She is a proud cinephile.Back to Guests page
Arani is an award-winning independent producer, based in Auckland, and founder of Diva Productions (1992). She has had a long career managing New Zealand’s well-loved entertainers, the Topp Twins, and grown her company into a diverse entertainment business, producing television, promoting live shows, launching a talent agency and developing high quality, entertaining and engaging stories for large and small screens.
Arani is currently developing a slate of projects for Film and TV, including factual, drama, digital and animation, including several with attached international co-producers and distributors.
Recent work includes TVNZ’s top-rating series Topp Country (30 x 1⁄2 hours), a three-time winner at the 2018 NZ TV Awards, (Best Lifestyle Programme, Best Documentary/Factual Director and Best Cinematography) and described by the NZ Herald as “truly outstanding television”. For more than 20 years Arani has made some of NZ’s most popular TV entertainment shows and produced the hit theatrical documentary The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, NZ’s highest grossing documentary film for 8 years.
The film won Best Feature and Best Music at the 2009 Qantas NZ Film and TV Awards, People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival the same year and more than 20 other international awards, selling to Australia, North America, Netherlands, Japan and the UK.
In 2010 Arani received the Women in Film and TV Award for Outstanding Achievement and a Producer Award from the NZ Film Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auckland University, studied Film and TV Producing at Australia’s AFTRS college, and was selected for Art Venture in 2008, a business accelerator course for creative entrepreneurs.Back to Guests page
Arianna has 10 years experience in Documentary sales, having previously served as sales executive at Wide House and Upside Distribution. In 2016 she joined Mediawan Rights where she spearheads the documentary division focusing on sales, financing and co-production of both documentary films and TV-docs.Back to Guests page
Austin Kennedy is the Director of Sales and Marketing at NYC-based documentary sales agency, Cargo Film & Releasing where he handles sales and the publicity efforts for the slate. Some of the most recent titles he's worked on our One Thousand Stories: The Making of a Mural featuring artist JR, Once Upon a Time in Venezuela, They Call Me Dr. Miami, among others.
Prior to this role, he worked in publicity at Film at Lincoln Center on multiple New York Film Festivals, New Directors/New Films, and more. He also has worked with Brigade Marketing and Cinetic Marketing on films at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, and Toronto. He worked the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Along with his publicity experience he's worked in production on films such as Lady Bird and Tully and with production agency, PRODn at Art + Commerce.Back to Guests page
Ben Bassauer is the head of acquisitions and sales at Monoduo Films which he founded in 2011. He is an alumnus of Bard College in New York where he studied Film & Electronic Arts and went on to work for Magnolia Pictures as an acquisitions assistant. Upon moving back to Germany he worked for Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market before starting his own company.
Monoduo Films is a sales agency and distributor exclusively dedicated to music documentaries.Back to Guests page
Bojana holds MA in Archaeology from University of Belgrade, Serbia. Interpreting human’s past has a lot to do with storytelling and Bojana was naturally driven to documentaries as another form of creative research. Her passion brought her to co-found Lightdox – a Sales, Distribution and Marketing agency based in Switzerland, committed to powerful documentary storytelling.
Seeking films with capacity to push the limits of perception, question important topics and move the audience deeply, Lightdox supports documentarians brave enough to use their cinematic language in a creative way, standing out firmly with their viewpoints.
Some of Lightdox’s latest acquisitions include Julien Faraut’s critically acclaimed The Witches of the Orient, as well as Paris Calligrammes by Ulrike Ottinger (Berlinale Camera Award 2020) and Michele Pennetta’s Il mio corpo (ACID Cannes 2020).Back to Guests page
Cathy is the founding director of Virgo Productions and has worked as a documentary producer/director/ writer for the past 32 years. Virgo Productions is an award-winning, boutique screen industries company focused on inspiring, positive, global stories with cross-platform delivery and engaging audiences world-wide.
Cathy’s previous credits include The Burning Season (ABC, BBC, CBC, PBS, National Geographic, IF Award for Best Documentary, nominated for an Emmy), I told you I was ill: Spike Milligan (ABC, BBC1, RTE), Walking Through a Minefield (SBS), Losing Layla (ABC, HBO) and The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face (Tribeca Film Festival Best Feature Documentary 2004, IF Award and broadcast in 26 countries).
Cathy was awarded SPA Documentary Producer of the Year in 2009 and won an ACS Award for Show me the Magic about acclaimed cinematographer Don McAlpine. Her feature documentary Rise of the Eco-Warriors was re-versioned as a 13 x 26min TV series in conjunction with Singapore-based Silver Media Group.
Cathy’s latest film, Laura’s Choice, co-directed with her daughter Sam Lara, premiered at Revelation Film Festival in December 2020 and won the inaugural WA Innovation in Feature Documentary Award. It plays in this year’s Doc Edge Festival.Back to Guests page
TVF International’s specialist approach to distribution has earned us a place within the media landscape as the leading independent factual distributor in the UK. The catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional one-off documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative producers from across the globe.
Catriona is responsible for working with broadcasters and producers across Australia, New Zealand and Asia to license, acquire and facilitate co-productions for the market’s most innovative, creative and commercial documentaries. Catriona also oversees the four-strong specialist APAC team operating across South, South East, and North Asia.Back to Guests page
Chaitali King has over 18+ years of experience as a content creative.
She has edited countless teasers, promos, sizzle reels, trailers and commercials for industry giants such as HBO - New York, SKY TV & Rialto Channel - Auckland, STAR TV - HongKong & Mumbai, FOXTEL & CHANNEL 9 - Sydney and Bell Media - Toronto.
She has won over 30 PROMAX AWARDS including a World Gold and Bronze and a CANNES Silver Lion. Chaitali currently runs her own production company Brown Girl Productions for clients in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
Chaitali believes she was born to edit and despite nearly two decades of experience, she says she still has butterflies in her stomach every time she opens up a blank timeline or starts a new project.Back to Guests page
SVT, Sweden’s public service broadcaster, has a wide range of programming and a strong documentary tradition. The documentary department serves three weekly slots, including a feature length slot Dox and an international current affairs slot, with an output of more than 100 new titles a year. In addition, SVT has a strong arts & culture documentary slot, K special, and the acquisitions department acquires additional international programming for a variety of factual slots.
Charlotte Madsen is based in Malmoe and commissions content for SVT’s prime time slots for creative documentaries.Back to Guests page
Formerly lawyer-in-firm and film finance banker, Christine launched Alegria Productions in 2001: more than 60 creative documentaries, distributed around the world: Five Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi (Sundance director’s price 2012, Oscar Nomination 2013, International Emmy Award 2013) and Forman vs. Forman (Cannes Classics 2019).
She was Vice president of USPA between 2014 and 2018, and chairwoman of Nipkow jury, she was nominated FIPADOC’s Managing Artistic director in 2018.Back to Guests page
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with emphasis on Educational Communication, with professional studies in television, film, script and editing in Colombia and Italy.
Her specialisation is the design and development of audio-visual projects, as well as the acquisition and sale of audio-visual content internationally. She has worked in the selection of projects and as jury of markets, festivals and national funds worldwide. .
Claudia has about 10 years of experience in international relations and content distribution, mainly in documentary and animation. She also advises projects in the area of distribution, financing, co-production and internationalisation, conducts workshops worldwide in these areas, in addition to coordinating the AFROLATAM Documentary Laboratories (Miradas Doc, Tenerife, Spain); and the Valencia Platform (DOCsValencia, Spain) and she’s part of the team of international tutors of the INCAA Documentary Incubator (Argentina).Back to Guests page
Cushla Dillon is passionate about story telling in both dramatic form and documentary and has won numerous editing awards for television drama (WANTED, 2018), feature documentary (SHIHAD: BEAUTIFUL MACHINE, 2012) and feature films (ORPHANS AND KINGDOMS, 2015; SNAKESKIN, 2001; TOPLESS WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES, 1997).
She has edited some of the most critically acclaimed NZ feature documentaries including Academy Award-short listed documentary feature THIS WAY OF LIFE (2009), ImagineNATIVE Best Documentary 2015 THE PRICE OF PEACE, TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS (2008) and HOW FAR IS HEAVEN (2012), and is currently editing a three episode documentary series for Prime TV.Back to Guests page
After graduating from Colorado College with degrees in film and anthropology, Wright began working with the filmmakers behind the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, on their highly anticipated second film, Racing Extinciton. After a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it had a worldwide broadcast in 220 countries and territories on the Discovery Channel and received a Primetime Emmy nomination.
In 2018, Wright co-produced The Human Elelment, directed by Matthew Testa, which follows environmental photographer James Balog as he captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. The film premiered at the SFFilm Festival and won Best Documentary at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
Wright associate produced Maurizio Cateelan: Be Right Back, a documentary about the provocative and elusive career of Italian contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattelan. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was called "uproarious and thought-provoking" by The New York Times.Back to Guests page
DOCSBARCELONA has run since 1997, fostering the development of documentary projects at all stages: development and financing through a Public Pitch, Speed Meetings, Coproduction Meetings, Rough Cut screenings and Workshops, Doc Series Forum, and premiere and distribution through festival screenings.
Together with FIPADOC, DOK.fest München and Make Dox they have just launched the Doc Around Europe network with the common aim to promote creative documentaries, as well as increase their availability to wider audiences across the continent.
DOCSBARCELONA SCHOOL has a catalogue of 15 courses and workshops targeting both university students and AV professionals. Over 1,400 students have already benefitted and been trained by DocsBarcelona School.Back to Guests page
Elizabeth is a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Juno Films. She implements a collaborative approach with filmmakers and producers to develop and execute bespoke all-rights releases. Recent releases include What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, Radium Girls. Tiny Tim: King For A Day, Tove and The Most Beautiful Boy In the World.
She has been recognized as one of the '50 Most Powerful People' in the documentary world by POV, is the recipient of three NEH Grants for film development and is a frequent industry panelist and guest speaker.
Elizabeth spends her spare time as a competitive master rower. She earned her MA from Princeton University in German Studies, her BA from Mills College in Philosophy, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.Back to Guests page
Emile commissions and oversees films primarily in the Asia-Pacific region for Al Jazeera’s ‘Witness’ documentary strand. Before this, he was a senior producer at Discovery Networks Asia Pacific for almost seven years.
Hailing from a documentary filmmaking background, Emile has an MA from the National Film & Television School in the UK. He has lived in Singapore and Vietnam, has spent almost 15 years in the Southeast Asia region, and currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Back to Guests page
Emily produces the annual documentary funding awards at The Whickers, a foundation established in 2015 to support emerging film and audio makers in the funding and production of director-led documentaries.
She was previously Film Release Manager at the UK based distribution company Journeyman Pictures, overseeing the presentation and release of feature documentaries across multiple markets.
Prior to this, Emily was part of the small team that opened the UK’s first documentary dedicated cinema, Bertha DocHouse and has worked on various film festivals, including Underwire Festival, London Short Film Festival, and Open City Documentary Film Festival.Back to Guests page
Born in Vienna, Esther lives in Switzerland and holds a BfA in Film & Television and in History from the University of Tel Aviv. In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. Israel and became Head of Distribution. From 1992 she produced international feature films and documentaries as Head of Co-Production and Sales for an independent production company in Zurich.
Since 1998, Esther van Messel runs her own company FIRST HAND FILMS in Zurich and Berlin. FHF represents around 300 hand-picked films and 200 producers from all over the world and acts as Executive Producer for selected projects. FHF is present at all major festivals around the year, produces, sells and also distributes films theatrically in Swiss cinemas.
Today, First Hand Films have been seen by hundreds of millions of people.Back to Guests page
Fenton, along with Randy Barbato, is a co-founder of the innovative and Emmy® Award-winning production company, World of Wonder Productions.
Together, they have produced and directed award-winning films and documentaries such as Stonewall OutLoud, Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures, Inside Deep Throat, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White. Fenton and Randy produced and directed the movie Menendez: Blood Brothers starring Courtney Love.
Seven of their films have premiered at Sundance Film Festival including The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Becoming Chaz and Party Monster. Three of their documentaries - Out of Iraq, Party Monster, The Last Beekeeper - have won Emmy® Awards.
In addition to their feature documentaries they are best known for hit series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race which recently picked a Producers Guild of America award, Million Dollar Listings, Backyard Envy, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, and Island Hunters. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating "exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community".
Self-proclaimed screen agnostics, Fenton and Randy believe it’s the scale of the story not the size of the screen that counts. They also believe that, in the rapidly evolving media climate, stories can be told in an infinite number of ways. Recently, for example, they produced the live event Drag Con with over 100,000 attendees.
World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel and MCN network WOWPresents Plus along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report.Back to Guests page
Fergus Grady is a director/producer, sales & distribution consultant who has over 15 years’ experience in the film industry. Fergus currently serves as consultant Acquisitions Manager at Limelight Distribution.
His directorial debut Camino Skies world premiered at the Newport Beach film festival and went on to win Best NZ Director and Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker awards at Doc Edge 2019, where it sold out all of its screenings. Camino Skies then went on to become one of the top 4 highest grossing NZ or Australian documentaries released in both countries last year, grossing excess of $700K during its ANZ theatrical run.
His directorial debut Camino Skies world premiered at the Newport Beach film festival and went on to win Best NZ Director and Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker awards at Doc Edge 2019, where it sold out all of its screenings. Camino Skies then went on to become one of the top 4 highest grossing NZ or Australian documentaries released in both countries last year, grossing excess of $700K during its ANZ theatrical run.
Fergus was also an executive producer on the Netflix original film Cargo, as well as a producer intern on Daffodils, and associate producer on West of Sunshine which competed at Venice Film Festival in 2017.Back to Guests page
Fiona has over 30 years’ experience in content sales and marketing having worked at organisations like Film Australia and SBS. From 2009 Fiona ran her own consultancy business, Fi’sAbility until joining start up Flame Distribution in 2011 as its Content Sales & Acquisitions Director.
Flame Distribution is a specialist factual and documentary distributor that has established offices in Sydney, Philippines, Berlin, New York and London with representation in China, Italy, Spain and Latin America. It represents over 4,000 hours of which is sells into the TV, VOD, inflight, and educational markets. Flame also works to secure presales and commissions through initiatives like the Flame Coproduction Alliance and Flame Distribution Productions.
Fiona was a board member of the AIDC from 2014 to 2020, serving as Co-Chair for 5 years, and was a member of the AIDC Advisory Committee for the 2021 conference.Back to Guests page
Francesco is the founder and director of Milan's international documentary festival Visioni dal Mondo, which this year presents its seventh editon: Unmasking the Present to Build a Better Future.
During a long and distinguished career in Italain media, Francesco was a founding director of Telepiù pay TV, EVP of sales and marketing of Telepiù, GM of Italy's first Italina music TV channel, Videomusic, and has led advertising and production companies.
For much of the last 20 years he's been a consultant in the strategy, content and production area for broadcasters and producers including De Agostini, NBC-Universal Italy, Polivideo, RaiSat and Sky Italia.Back to Guests page
Golriz Lucina is the Co-Founder and Head of Creative at SoulPancake an award-winning content studio that she co-founded with actor Rainn Wilson. Now a division of Participant, SoulPancake creates daily digital content that inspires with stories and experiences that build compassion, celebrate curiosity, and disrupt the status quo with joy.
With an academic background in media and publishing, and a passion for visual arts, film and storytelling, Golriz leads the ideation and development of SoulPancake’s creative and is the force behind the brand’s distinct aesthetic and a wide body of work which has amassed a community of 10M fans and over 1B views worldwide.
Golriz is a New York Times bestselling author with SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.Back to Guests page
Greg has spent most of his career at the confluence of emerging digital platforms and entertainment. After graduating with an MBA in Finance and spending two years in commercial banking he followed his passion and began working in the film and television industry, before co-founding a digital advertising agency. In 2004 he started working in the then nascent world of VOD as Director of New Platforms at Corus Entertainment, launching Treehouse, YTV Anime and The Documentary Channel on Demand.
In 2009 Rubidge founded Syndicado Inc., a North American film and television distribution company. The company has since become one of the top digital distributors of independent docs, arthouse features and factual TV series, with over 5000 hours of content launched globally on the top VOD platforms.
In 2016 he co-founded the boutique world sales agency, Syndicado Film Sales, which now boasts a slate of docs that have been in Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca, Locarno, HotDocs and Karlovy Vary.
In the company’s 11th year his focus remains on acquisitions and overseeing the sales and distribution team for the company’s core English speaking territories and sub-distribution partnerships rest of world.Back to Guests page
Gugi Gumilang takes the lead as Executive Director starting from 2021. He aims to strengthen In-Docs’ global presence and supports each member to build a robust film ecosystem in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. His professional interest centres on art projects with societal impacts.
Over the years, Gugi has been actively involved in social, arts and culture management in various countries. He currently splits his residence between Berlin and Jakarta.Back to Guests page
Gunny Hyoung has been worked EBS Korea & EIDF (EBS’ International DOC Film Festival) since 2004.
As one of Korea’s public television networks, EIDF made a very adventurous move to programme and screen a documentary film festival on its linear network. The festival took over regular EBS programming slots for a week, airing more than 80 documentary films for the audience.
The crazy experiment has now survived for more than 17 years. Gunny networks with many Asian, European and North American documentary initiatives and leads international relationships for EIDF. Gunny has been a delegate, jury member and/or presenter at festivals including Chicago Doc, GZ Doc, Shanghai Doc, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo Docs.Back to Guests page
Hedva Goldschmidt is owner and CEO of Go2Films, a Film sales company based in Jerusalem, specializing in the distribution, marketing, and co-production of Israeli documentaries, fiction films, and TV series, as well as international titles.
Recent documentaries include High Maintenance (Hot Docs 2021), Leaving Paradise, Muranow, The Pageant, Marry Me However and There is No Other Place. Before founding Go2Films Hedva headed the distribution department at the Ma'aleh Film School and worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Hedva serves as a consultant to festivals and funds and is a co-founder of Women of Faith for Peace, Winner of the Golden Lion for Peace Prize at Venice 2017.Back to Guests page
Born into a movie making family, a career in the film and television industry was inescapable for Heperi - not that he didn't try.
His media career began in 2007, working in online journalism for the Pulitzer prize-winning Las Vegas Sun newspaper. He returned to his home country of Aotearoa / New Zealand in 2011, following the death of his mother - indigenous film making pioneer Merata Mita. It was here that he began his career as an archivist with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, the nation's film archive.
The combination of these experiences culminated in his directorial debut with documentary Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and is now available on Netflix.
Heperi is currently a funding advisor for NZ On Air.Back to Guests page
James specialises in Acquisitions and Development for London-based Dogwoof, a documentary film company integrating production, sales, and UK theatrical distribution.
Dogwoof has so far released 28 Oscar®-nominated documentaries, with four wins and an additional three BAFTA winners; notable titles include Oscar®-winning and BAFTA-winning Free Solo (the UK's highest grossing documentary of 2018), Oscar®-nominated RBG, BAFTA-winning The Act of Killing and Blackfish. Recent releases have included 2021 double-Oscar®-nominated and BAFTA-nominated Collective; 2021 Oscar® nominated The Mole Agent (also represented by Dogwoof Sales); double Oscar®-nominated Honeyland, and BAFTA-nominated Apollo 11 (the UK’s highest grossing doc of 2019)Back to Guests page
Jeff Orlowski is the director, producer, and cinematographer of the award-winning films Chasing Coral and Chasing Ice.
Chasing Coral received the US Documentary Audience Award at Sundance in 2017. Chasing Ice received the Documentary Cinematography award at Sundance in 2012 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Both films were shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, screened at Congress and the United Nations, and have garnered awards and accolades from film festivals around the globe.
Jeff founded Exposure Labs, a production company dedicated to impact through film. His latest film, The Social Dilemma, had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.Back to Guests page
Jenni is Senior Producer in IDFA’s Industry Team, working primarily on the IDFA Forum - one of the most influential meeting places and pitching platforms, which brings together documentary filmmakers and new media creators with a wide range of industry professionals who can help them forward.
IDFA is a leading documentary event, offering filmmakers a platform to launch their documentaries in various festival programs which present around 300 creative documentaries and interactive documentary projects every year. The festival also runs two markets – the IDFA Forum for co-production and co-financing of documentaries and Docs for Sale, a platform which facilitates sales of high-end documentaries.
IDFA supports up-and-coming talent through IDFAcademy, which organises workshops and training programs for emerging filmmakers. Additionally, IDFA runs the IDFA Bertha Fund, which supports independent, critical and artistic voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Jenni joined IDFA in 2017, following several years working in the UK for organisations such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, The British Council, Glasgow Film Festival and Festivals Edinburgh.Back to Guests page
Joanne has worked in the television industry in New Zealand for over 25 years across a wide range of unscripted programming. She currently leads the development and commissioning of unscripted content for Warner Bros. International Television Production NZ including documentary, factual, entertainment and international formats.
Notable development credits include Heaven & Hell: The Centrepoint Story (TVNZ 1), Grand Designs NZ (Three), One Land (TVNZ 1), House of Drag (TVNZ OnDemand), Design Junkies (TVNZ 1), David Lomas Investigates (Three), and The Secret Lives of Dancers (Three).
WBITVP is a leading producer of unscripted content in New Zealand, with global relationships with producers, distributors and the WBITVP network of production companies across 14 territories.
Joanne’s previous roles include Head of Content Partnerships at MediaWorks and Development Producer at Eyeworks NZ where she was Co-Producer on This Is Your Life for TVNZ 1 (Jonah Lomu, AJ Hackett, Mark Inglis, Scott Dixon) and Executive Producer on NZ Smashes Guinness World Records (TVNZ 2).Back to Guests page
With more than two years at Notable Pictures as Loading Docs producer, six years at the New Zealand Film Commission as short film manager, and one year running the South Shorts mentorship programme for Script to Screen, Juliette Veber has extensive experience in the areas of developing filmmaking talent, documentary storytelling, short film funding, production and distribution.
A documentary maker in her own right, Juliette conceived and directed the feature film Trouble Is My Business and interactive documentary website Conversations with Teen Mums. She also produced New Zealand feature film Toy Love and associate produced The Price of Milk.
Juliette brings a passion for nurturing storytellers to reach their full potential while ensuring promising projects evolve from good ideas to critically acclaimed films.Back to Guests page
Kathy coordinates operations for TFC’s festival and non-theatrical distribution program, spearheading TFC's 2020 transition to virtual festivals, and served as the editor of How Not to Sign a Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To.
She was the founding Director of Operations for the diversity initiative the Jane Bolin Project and consulted on the joint USC/Shoah Foundation film-based project Teaching Genocide Through Media. She earned her Master’s in Cinema Studies from New York University.Back to Guests page
Katie is an award-winning post-production executive with an extensive background as a finishing artist, engineer, editor, VFX artist, and colorist.
She brings her technical expertise to bear in building, launching and running post production facilities globally, and is deeply engaged in exploring and researching the technical innovations that are transforming the entertainment industry.
Katie is a passionate mentor and advocate for emerging talent, and the co-founder of Blue Collar Post Collective.Back to Guests page
Kazz runs Sideways Film, a documentary and factual sales agency set up in 2010, with offices in London and Barcelona. Kazz is regularly invited as an expert to various festivals, training programs (EAVE, London College of Communication etc) and juries (including International Emmys).
Sideways occasionally partners at the project stage to develop and close budgets. The company distributes internationally across all media and formats, and attends 15-20 international markets and festivals each year. Their films have screened at major festivals (including Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, Sheffield, Hot Docs) and been licensed globally (by Netflix, BBC, Nat Geo, ARTE and by many other clients large and small).Back to Guests page
During her 20 year career Lanita Ririnui (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāpuhi, Kuki Āirani) has directed and produced many works for TVNZ, Māori Television and thecoconet.nz across genres of entertainment, lifestyle, documentary and sport.
Majoring in television, with a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT, her experience has always been kaupapa driven, immersed in development and stories that bring communities together. Māori, Pasifika and rangatahi voices have always been a driving force in her work. As a co-founder & director of Through The Fire Ltd Lanita has a background as an independent producer, director, writer, presenter/mc.Back to Guests page
Larissa Rhodes is a filmmaker and the Head of Creative Development at Exposure Labs, where she develops projects that are environmentally and socially minded.
Most recently, she produced the Sundance, Peabody, and Emmy award-winning film, Chasing Coral, a feature film following a team of adventurers working to reveal how the oceans are changing.
The Social Dilemma is her latest producing project which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Rhodes previously worked on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice.
She holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA & BA from the University of Colorado in Film Studies and International Spanish for the Professions.Back to Guests page
Lauren is a Brooklyn based Emmy-winning producer with experience in both documentary and narrative, features and television. She is currently Head of Development at Impact Partners.
Previously, she produced for filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau at Reel Peak Films, collaborating on their features Trophy and Narco Cultura, and long form series projects including Independent Spirit Award nominee Immigration Nation on Netflix. She previously ran production and development for Parts & Labor.Back to Guests page
Laurène Mansuy has been working at the Specialist Factual Department of ARTE for 13 years. She is responsible for acquisitions in History, Human Interest, Science, Nature and Natural History. She also has been in charge of strategic Foresight in the Factual area by the Head of programming. Laurène is currently attending all major international documentary markets and congresses.
Before joining ARTE, Laurène worked as a freelance editorial and visual researcher for film and television for 15 years. She holds a BA in Modern and Contemporary Literature (University of Paris X) and a Master Degree in Information Science (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers). She is also an EURODOC graduate 2014.Back to Guests page
Distributor, producer and director. Lorenzo is a co-founder of 3boxmedia International Sales (Cologne, Germany). He manages acquisitions for feature films, 52-minute units and TV series. He has participated in the research, production and direction of documentary films for Arte, ZDF, TVE, Al Jazeera and Canal Sur TV among others screens.
Since its creation, it has advised the contents of 3Boxmedia for its launch to international sales of TV, VOD, educational rights, airlines and premieres at festivals and cinemas. His first film as a director, Invisible Mothers (2016), was selected by 20 festivals and broadcasted on SRF (Switzerland), ORF (Austria), Canal 14 (México) and RTE (Ireland). He has been an evaluator in film fund committees in Spain and Colombia and regularly attends festivals and markets in Europe and Latin America.Back to Guests page
Lorraine is a producer/programmer and tastemaker based in San Francisco, CA. Co-Founder/VP Programming/Acquisitions LINKTV.org, producer for PBS series Global Spirit, and consultant for Bertha Foundation, KCETLINK, Conscious Good, DocLands Film Festival and others.
Over the years, Lorraine has followed her passion to produce and curate programming that opens our eyes to the people and cultures of the world with stories that transform, rouse, inspire, galvanise and provoke.Back to Guests page
After finishing her studies, Margje de Koning directed documentaries for various broadcasting companies for 12 years.
For some years Margje was a teacher for documentaries at the University of Amsterdam.
In August 2004, Margje became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of 52’ docs. This meant producing and co-producing creative single 52'-documentaries on contemporary social, social-cultural and moral issues with a strong human interest angle. The focus is on Dutch subjects but surely also on subjects from over the whole world.
Since January 2005 Margje de Koning has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON and on January 2012 she became Head of TV, Radio and New Media programming at IKON. From January 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje de Koning as Head of Documentaries for EOdocs. Since September 2019 she left the Public Broadcaster in order to become the new artistic director of the film festival Movies That Matter.Back to Guests page
Hong Kong-based International Sales Boutique-Company ASIAN SHADOWS and Production Company CHINESE SHADOWS develop produce represent and sell worldwide Asian films by Asian directors-storytellers of Asia.
Their selection includes auteurs’ visions as well as director-driven stories by veteran helmers and new talents’ voices; observational, creative, conceptual, cinematic works, questioning reality while focusing on political, social, historical, and women issues.
Among their productions, WANG Bing’s Ta’ang and Three Sisters, French-Chinese co-production WANG Xiaoshuai's 11 Flowers and French-Indonesian-Thai-Malay co-production Mouly SURYA's Marlina the Murderer in 4 Acts.
Their aim is to promote Asian Independent cinema to the global stage of the International audience, market and industry, working on various aspects of the film including creative production, festival strategy, and international distribution.Back to Guests page
A creative storyteller with over 15 years’ experience, I craft compelling content that is watched by millions.
With strong technical video editing skills, solid experience in digital technology and a passion for visual media, I have turned my hand to everything from short form web conten through to television, live broadcast, TVCs, long form documentaries and feature films.
These days I wear various hats as a general manager, video editor, director and creative. Passionate about working hard in a team environment, I relish the process of bringing initial concepts to fruition using my creative, strategic, storytelling and management skills.Back to Guests page
Marilyn is a well-rounded factual film and television professional, skilled in producing and directing – from concept development, research and script writing, right through to post-production and final delivery.
Her beginnings in the industry were as part of New Zealand studio crews, from where she grew her skills as a script writer and editor, developing her interest in documentary. Her subsequent experience has taken her all over Asia and Australasia, Europe and the US, with clients including the BBC, National Geographic, The History Channel, Discovery Networks, ZDF Arte and TVNZ.
She was author, researcher and editorial lead on Veil of Dreams, a theatrical feature that was able penetrate the secretive world of women’s football in Iran. She researched, wrote and directed a 3-part series on the unknown history of WW2 in Asia, which included the dramatic story of Filipino guerillas foiling the Japanese Army and the women’s regiment of the Indian National Army, who fought alongside the men to oust the British from India. In 2019, she researched and wrote the theatrical feature Balance of the Five Elements, with its accompanying 5 x 52” TV series - a New Zealand/ Germany/ China co-production. She now has several projects in development as part of Yalla Media, with Alex Lee. These include the NZ Film Commission supported documentary True Colours, and Vrindavan: City of Widows, a NZ/ Canadian co-production.Back to Guests page
Martha Shane is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer of documentaries. Her films – After Tiller, Narrowsburg, The Emoji Story, From This Day Forward and Bi the Way – have screened at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Full Frame, Hot Docs, and the Camden International Film Festival.
They have been released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Utopia Distribution and have screened on Netflix and as part of PBS’s flagship POV series, as well as on many other platforms. Named one of DOC NYC’s “40 under 40” in 2019, Martha also works as an editor and story consultant.Back to Guests page
Melissa Johnson is an Emmy nominated and Academy Award Shortlisted writer and director based in Los Angeles. She tells emotional stories about personal identity, the wilderness, sports, and rites of passage through an irreverent, often humorous lens.
Melissa brings the social commentary and portraiture of her documentary films into her scripted work. Her docs have appeared on Showtime, ESPN, and MTV and have won top awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Outfest and San Francisco IndieFest among others worldwide.
No Look Pass, about a Burmese-American basketball star grappling with her sexual identity, was selected by the U.S. State Department for the American Film Showcase. Melissa directed the Emmy-nominated film, Transformation alongside Katelyn Howes through their company, 1/27 Pictures. The film follows a group of transgender youth who find the resources and safety to express their true selves.Back to Guests page
Originally from Hunan, China, Mijie studied film in both Shanghai and in New York at the School of Visual Arts. She has worked in both countries on television and feature-length documentaries with award-winning filmmakers, such as Lixin Fan, Jessica Yu, Mila Aung-Thwin, and Julia Reichert.
As a shooter and director, Mijie primarily makes observational documentaries. Her first feature film, Confucian Dream, won the Best Asian Pitch at 2015 Docs Port Incheon, was selected for the 2016 IDFAcademy Summer School, and played severalfesticvals inclusing DOc Edge in 2020, picking up five awards. . The short version of the film showed on the“NHK-WORLD-Inside Lens".
MiJie is currently in post with her second feature doco, Miles to Go Before She SleepsBack to Guests page
Mila is co-founder of the Montreal documentary production company EyeSteelFilm. He's produced over 40 feature documentaries including Last Train Home (winner of 2 Emmy Awards); Up the Yangtze (Independent Spirit Award Nominee; Golden Horse Award winner); Rip: A Remix Manifesto (Webby Award Honoree; IDFA audience choice prize winner); and I Am the Blues (Canadian Screen Award winner). He directed, produced, and edited Let There Be Light (Big Sky Film Fest’s Artistic Vision award winner). In 2020, he won an award for editing at the Sundance Film festival for SOFTIE, directed by Sam Soko. He was President of RIDM, Montreal's international documentary festival, and has served on the juries of the Sundance Film Festival, the International Emmy Awards, and the New Zealand Screen Awards.
Mila frequently mentors and gives documentary storytelling seminars to up and coming filmmakers - recent workshops include Guangzhou, China; Durban, South Africa; and Yangon, Myanmar.Back to Guests page
Blue Ant Media is a globally placed channel operator, producer and distributor. In the position of Director, International Sales & Acquisitions, Nick is responsible for strategically placing Blue Ant International's 4000+ hours into both the domestic and international marketplace as well as developing and acquiring content with production partners.
Our growing slate of premium programming includes binge-worthy factual series, trusted kids programming, a lineup of award-winning documentaries and one of the world’s largest, most celebrated offerings of 4K natural history content.
We offer creative producers a full-service approach that includes first-look and development deals, finished content distribution and financing opportunities – including pre-sales and global co-productions.
Blue Ant International attends all major television markets and reaches audiences in over 200 territories. We are proud of our collaborative approach and believe in building honest, long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships with all of our partners.Back to Guests page
Nicola is an award-winning filmmaker with shorts and features that have played festivals like SXSW, Austin, Sitges, Palm Springs Shorts, Doc Edge and Tropfest.
Her most recent films as a documentary Producer include The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phllipps and SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out. A 2018 nominee for the ‘WIFT Woman to watch award, she has also worked in the accounts team on productions like The Emperor, Go Girls, Crouching Tiger 2, Ash vs Evil Dead & Hunt for the Wilderpeople.Back to Guests page
Nicole is the Co-Producer at POV. As a member of the programming and production team, she manages film submissions, supervises pre-screeners, and contributes to the curation and production of the series. She has experience assisting New York-based documentary filmmakers in various stages of production and has participated on panels and juries worldwide, including Doc NYC, Austin Film Festival, and DocAviv.
She is a member of the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc) and serves as a board member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia.Back to Guests page
Olivier is an investigative journalist and award-winning filmmaker, producer and researcher based in the UK. Over the past decade his works have focused on corporate accountability, human rights, environmental issues and colonial legacies, working alongside indigenous communities in the Asia-Pacific region.
His films include the feature documentaries Ophir (FIFO Grand Prix, 2020) and Canning Paradise (2012) as well as The Panguna Syndrome (2017), When We Were Hela (2014), and the newly-launched multimedia educational series The Colonial Syndrome (2020), which features over 30 short films.Back to Guests page
Born in Israel, raised in Manhattan, and living in Los Angeles, Orly Ravid is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative (TFC), an entertainment attorney at MSK (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), and the Director of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School.
Orly has over 20 years of experience in independent film as an acquisitions and business affairs executive, and her experience encompasses all aspects of distribution, domestic and international sales/licensing, development, production, grassroots marketing, and festival programming. Orly started doing and publicly speaking about VOD distribution and splitting rights in the early 2000s and launched TFC’s Digital Distribution Guide which the organisation still updates and offers for free today.
She was a distribution executive at Senator Entertainment and Wolfe Releasing and served as a Programming Associate for documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and a programming consultant at Palm Springs International and the Middle East Film Festival.
A regular panelist, educator, and blogger about digital distributing, splitting rights, and distribution in general at film festivals worldwide, Orly has also contributed to indieWIRE, Ted Hope’s blog “Truly Free Film,” TFC’s blog, and Sundance’s Artists Services for which she was an advisor. Orly co-authored the book series Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and recently contributed to How Not to Sign a Film Contract, and is a passionate advocate for filmmakers.Back to Guests page
Peter is a director, cameraman and producer and has been working in the film and television business for over 25 years. He shot, directed and produced the feature documentaries Art of Recovery (2015) and The Last Ocean (2012) and TVNZ prime-time series Hunger for the Wild, Coasters and Get Fresh with Al Brown.
Peter has won many awards and has credits in well over a hundred documentaries, among them BBC’s Blue Planet, Discovery’s The Quest for the Giant Squid, Country Calendar, Explorers and Grand Designs. In 2012 Peter was named New Zealand Independent Screen Producer of the Year.Back to Guests page
Sam has been directing music videos, scripted and factual content for the past 10 years. Her directing work has been nominated at Sydney Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, Flickerfest International Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Byron Bay Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, where she was selected to participate in MIFF’s 2019 Accelerator Lab. She holds a Bachelor of Film and Television from Bond University and currently serves as the West Australian chapter head of the Australian Director’s Guild.
Her feature documentary Laura’s Choice premiered at Revelation Film Festival in 2020 and will play in Doc Edge Festival 2021.Back to Guests page
Sarah is the Production Coordinator at Exposure Labs. Before joining the team, Sarah was a film festival nomad, supporting various film festivals through her work at Sundance, Tribeca, and Turner Classic Movies.
During her time at Sundance, Sarah worked numerous roles across the Sundance Industry Office, Alumni Relations, Artist Relations, and for the Sundance Labs program.
Her first venture into the production world began in 2019 as the Accounting Clerk for Nine Days and the Production Coordinator on The Social Dilemma, which both premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington's Michael G. Foster School of Business.Back to Guests page
Savannah Peterson is the Founder of Savvy Millennial, an all-remote team that makes the future less scary by building community around new technology. Her specialties include community management, content strategy, thought leadership, presentation/video support, and earned media.
A Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology Alum, Savannah has been taking products to market around the world for over a decade. Savvy thrives when adding value to consumer lives, and is passionate about helping your business grow.
Previously the Director of Global Community at Shapeways, the world's largest 3D Printing platform, she empowered makers ranging from Bronies to drone enthusiasts.
Savannah guest teaches at Stanford, NYU, and UCLA. She has been featured in/on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New Zealand Herald, CNET, The Verge. She lives her life on the hype curve, hosts The WTF Club, and when not on an airplane, loves to enjoy the great outdoors and fine wine with her dog Martini.Back to Guests page
A graduate of Canterbury University's Feminist Studies and Drama departments in 1993, Slavko's start in the screen industry began later in life, aged 39, when he wrote, directed and produced two prime-time documentaries in 2010 and 2011 before co-founding screen activist group Sabineprogram in 2012.
That same year, Slavko created a new genre (propumentary) for his debut feature film Propaganda, which Michael Moore awarded Best Film at the Academy-qualifying Traverse City Film Festival in 2013.
Since winning the VISTA Film Marketing Award for Best Pitch (2016) he has made an award-winning feature documentary, Pecking Order (2017) and is currently waiting to return to the Middle East to resume working on one of the feature documentaries that focuses on his two great loves: cats and ice cream.Back to Guests page
Sophy is the co-founder and chief executive of the Indian Documentary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that was founded with the aim to promote and develop documentaries in and about India.
Sophy brings her 20 years of experience being an advertising producer to help strategize impact campaigns for documentary filmmakers and helps raise funding for outreach activities. She also collaborates on CSR-led training workshops for social entrepreneurs and curates programs for film festivals. She leads the global Good Pitch programme in the country and has created a climate justice Lab called Eco Lens.
Sophy is currently on the advisory board of Dhai Akshar – a non-profit that uses art, and culture-based curriculum to educate street kids and on the advisory board of SOBA - NIMIMS ( Media Branding & Advertising ).
She continues to engage sectors of society to work with documentary film.Back to Guests page
Stacey is a producer specializing in content and post-production for courageous and evocative projects. Previously, she co-produced the Emmy Award-winning Chasing Coral (2017), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was also recognized with the US Documentary Audience Award and Peabody Award.
For over 15 years, she has worked in close partnership with creative editors and burgeoning documentary filmmakers on a range of projects and award-winning independent films, including Frame By Frame (2015) and Valley Uprising (2014).
Stacey earned a Masters degree in Film Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.Back to Guests page
Stephanie is the Festival Manager at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and hybrids. Autlook is currently representing: Belushi by R.J. Cutler, Writing With Fire by Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh (Sundance 2021 awarded), All Light, Everywhere by Theo Anthony (Sundance 2021 awarded), The Painter And The Thief by Benjamin Ree (93rd OSCARS® shortlist), and For Sama by Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts, (Golden Eyes Best documentary Cannes 2019 + 47 awards, Emmy® Awarded, 92nd OSCARS® nominee).
Autlook offers a full spectrum of distribution, in-house, customized sales and festival strategies that help maximize revenues, audience engagement that fosters filmmakers’ careers, and an endless passion for the art of documentaries.
Stephanie is in charge of Festival strategies, coordination of all international festivals and single bookings. She also offers her expertise as a consultant and panellist and had been part of several juries.Back to Guests page
Steve Barr moved to NZ in 2010 after working for 16 years in Hollywood. He has been a studio suit for Universal Studios, a feature screenwriter for Walt Disney Pictures, and VP Development for indie production company SMASHfilms.
He has been hired to write a dozen screenplays in the New Zealand, American, and Chinese industries, two of which have been produced - Timeslow and Born To Dance. He has produced nearly 20 short films and two features - Chronesthesia and Hang Time.
Steve has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and has taught screenwriting for the NZ Film and Television School, the New Zealand Writers Guild, Massey University, and Victoria University. He is a member of the WGA, WIFT, SPADA and served as president of the NZ Writers Guild. He is currently the commissioner for drama and scripted comedy for Television New Zealand.Back to Guests page
Sudeep Sharma is a Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival with a focus on documentary feature films. He is also Co-Director of Programming for the Palm Spring International ShortFest.
He has worked in programming for many eclectic and recognizable festivals and was Director of Public Programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. He holds a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and has taught film and television courses at universities throughout Southern California.Back to Guests page
Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival; the artistic director of the DOC NYC festival; and host of the Pure Nonfiction podcast.Back to Guests page
Over twenty years working in factual television, Tosca Looby has honed her storytelling skills on diverse and often difficult subjects, creating complicated thesis dependent works on issues including international child abduction, modern parenting and Asian poaching rings.
Her latest series featuring the work of Walkley award winning journalist Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, has been called “one of the most important documentaries you’ll ever watch”. Strong Female Lead is a feature documentary charting what happened when Australia got its first and still only female prime minister – a film for our times at fine cut stage.Back to Guests page
Since 2014, Varadila has managed various In-Docs’ programs to incubate talents and documentary projects including Docs By The Sea, IF/Then SEA, and Dare to Dream Asia. As current Programme Director of Docs By The Sea, she is responsible for fundraising, designing the programme, developing partnerships, and overseeing its implementation.
Before joining In-Docs, Vara had years of experience in festival programming and film festival management. She was a film programmer for minikino, Jakarta International Film Festival, XXI Short Film Festival, and Erasmus Huis International Documentary Festival.
Her passion is to connect Southeast Asian documentaries with the international industry and multi-sector stakeholders in the region and beyond. She is a graduate of the University of Indonesia and SOAS University of London.Back to Guests page
Walter has been in film advertising for 20 years. After 7 years as an editor and then creative director in the country’s leading Trailer house, he saw the impact of marketing campaigns compromised when separate companies handled the trailer, poster and other campaign assets. So, in 2007 he founded THE SOLID STATE.
Today TSS is the most experienced and awarded film marketing agency in Australia, racking up 40 International awards. They handle marketing materials for every stage of production and work with all the major distributors.
Over the last 3 years TSS has focused on helping filmmakers pitch their projects through concept trailers - taking their marketing skills to the development stage of the filmmaking process to create powerful finance and recruitment tools. Their efforts have helped raise film projects over 30 million dollars.
For Walter, what ties all this together is his belief that great stories provide a bridge to a deeper understanding of the world.Back to Guests page
Xiao is a producer and a programmer for documentary film festivals and events.
Xiao has produced and co-produced several feature-length, serial and creative documentaries. The feature documentary Daughter of Shanghai (2019) won the Best Documentary Award of Chinese American Film Festival and was released theatrically in China.
He is the Co-founder and Director of FreshPitch Factual Content Conference since 2016, the Co-founder and Permanent Secretory of Beijing International Film Festival Documentary Sector (BJIFF DOC) since 2014; the deputy secretary of Beijing International Doc Week since 2020, the Founder and Host of Wenjin Documentary Screening in National Library Arts Center since 2017. He is the member of Advisory Committee of World Congress of Science and Factual Producer (WCSFP) since 2019; the Experts and Writer of Study Report of the Development of Chinese Documentary since 2015, etc.
Xiao Long engages in project support and talent development, including as Co-founder of Future Doc Academy, and Founder and Director of FreshDoc Talent Plan. He also licenses international documentary to Mainland China.Back to Guests page