Tue Steen Müller / Documentary Consultant / Denmark

Tue Steen Müller has worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years on the Danish Film Board – as press secretary, head of distribution and information and as a commissioning editor. He’s the co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Müller has frequently been on the jury of various European short and documentary festivals and given courses and seminars on documentaries in more than 30 countries. He has received multiple awards for his work with film: the Danish Roos Prize in 2004 for his contribution to Danish and European documentary culture; an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries in 2006; the EDN Award for “outstanding contribution to the development of European documentary culture” in 2014; the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania in 2016. From 1996 to 2005 Müller was the director of the European Documentary Network. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops, including Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea Doc Stories, Caucadoc as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. From September 2007 he has taught at the Zelig Documentary Film School in Bolzano, Italy. Müller has written multiple articles for national and international newspapers and magazines and writes (almost) daily about documentaries in English on www.filmkommentaren.dk.

Mikael Opstrup / European Documentary Network / Denmark

Mikael Opstrup has worked as a producer the most of his professional life but started in distribution and theatrical release of documentaries in the 1980’s. In 1988 Opstrup studied screenwriting at the Danish Film School. He worked as a freelance producer through the ‘90s and co-director of the festival Films from the South from 1995–1998. In 1998 Opstrup joined the Danish Film Institute and worked there as a production adviser until 2002. He attended EAVE in 1998, and was co-owner and producer at Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen between 2002 and 2008 where he produced a number of international documentaries. Opstrup served as Executive Committee Member and later Chairman of European Documentary Network (EDN) 2005-2009 and now works as EDN Head of Studies. Opstrup is the editor of The EDN Co-production Guide and has served as tutor and moderator at more than 40 international documentary events.

Phil Jandaly / Film Editor / Sweden

Phil has spent the last 20 years as an editor, first in fiction, fishing, and comedy, then in documentary. Part of award winning international productions like Prison Sisters, Killing Time, and Liberation Day, Phil also tutors and consultants on everything from pitching to rough cuts to the genius of sticky notes. Working out of Sweden, his projects have originated in places as far afield as Serbia, Kenya, France, Korea, and beyond. With a focus on human rights stories, Phil has brought an acute, analytical approach to storytelling to help creators get to the heart of their projects. He has travelled the world with EDN, B2B, and independently, giving master classes on pitch pilot trailers and the craft of storytelling through scripting, editing, and sticky notes. Phil blogs about documentary and technology on his Storysmith blog, and runs BedouinViking productions, where he has been part of developing the Sundance/Stories of Change feature documentary Brown Gold.

Aleksandar Govedarica / Syndicado / Canada

Aleksandar Govedarica was born 1987 in Sarajevo, graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. e produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking including directing. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar now runs the Toronto based world sales agent Syndicado.

Alexander Nanau / Director, Producer, DOP, Editor / Romania

German-Romanian producer/director born in Romania, he studied directing at the renowned Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His documentary film, The World According To Ion B, was awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010. Nanau is a fellowship holder of Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Sundance Institute. His latest feature documentary, Toto And His Sisters, is a European Academy Award nominee (2015). The film had wide international distribution and played successfully in festivals worldwide. Alexander served as D.O.P. on the French/German documentary Nothingwood that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered in Cannes as part of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017. Right now he is working on his feature length documentary C (working title) planed for release in 2018/2019, and which he is co-producing with Samsa Film from Luxembourg and HBO Europe. Nanau has also served as a creative consultant for HBO Europe and was a tutor at the Masterschool of the Documentary Campus 2015.

Marje Tõemäe/ ERR / Estonia

General: Estonian Public Broadcasting consists of 5 radio channels and 3 television channels, ETV, ETV2 and ETV+. ETV main channel is for general audience while ETV2’s programming consists of outstanding cultural and educational broadcasts, documentaries, TV shows and films. It also has a special daily children’s slot. ETV+ is a TV-channel for Russian speaking audience.

Main documentary film slots of ETV and ETV2: current affairs docs (ETV): weekly, 1 hour; dokkaader (docframe, ETV2): creative author films, weekly, open ended; AegRuum (TimeSpace, ETV2): scientific docs, weekly, 1 hour; Natural History (ETV): weekly, 1 hour; music documentaries (ETV): weekly, 1 hour; theme evenings, thematic events, special events.

Anna Wydra / Otter Films / Poland

Anna Wydra runs Otter Films – a Warsaw-based production company focused on art-house fiction and documentary films for cinema and TV, with an emphasis on the international market. She received an Oscar nomination for the documentary Rabbit a la Berlin. She produced or co-produced many documentary movies, including: 6 Degrees, Deep Love, Domino Effect, Art of Disappearing and Communion (European Film Award 2017). Films produced by Anna have won awards at many festivals including Trieste FF, Locarno IFF, Leipzig DOK Festival, Hot Docs, Krakow FF, Jihlava IDFF and Warsaw IFF. The feature film Zud by Marta Minorowicz had its premiere at Berlinale 2016, and Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018. In the near future Anna will premiere The Mute – a middle-ages drama by Bartosz Konopka. Anna is a member of the European Film Academy.

Laure Cops / NuNam / Belgium

Laure Cops is a producer and director of audiovisual and interactive projects. Through her creative studio NuNam, she focuses on exploring the emerging field of interactive factual narratives. Her areas of interest include experimental storytelling, digital documentaries, augmented/locative/VR experiences and collaborative design thinking. She collaborates with social, cultural and commercial partners on the design of immersive experiences. She also lectures and runs workshops on interactive storytelling. Currently, her creative studio NuNam is developing The Golden Forest, an interactive documentary that explores the power of human resilience.

Donald Rabinovitch / CINEMAFLIX Distribution / USA

At present Donald Rabinovitch is the Executive Vice President, Business Development & International Sales Manager at Cinemaflix Distribution. Donald Rabinovitch earned an MBA in International Business at George Washington University. He served in South America for three years in the U.S. Peace Corps and was a co-founder, President, and Co-CEO of AFP Imaging Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed company. He was also the Founder of the Andes Film Company, which produced three feature films: Route 9, On the QT, and Mendy. The films won awards at Tribeca, Berlin, Sao Paulo, and Miami. He also served as co-founder and Executive Vice President of the QUADflix SELECT Program, which distributed over 300 films in North America. He has spoken at film festivals in Cannes, France, Ireland, Colombia, Argentina, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Canada, and on various online learning sites.