Documentary Consultant, Denmark
Born 1947. Danish. He worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board – as press secretary, head of distribution and information and as a commissioning editor.
He’s co-founder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. He has travelled to European short and documentary festivals often to be seated as a jury member. He has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries.
In 2004 he was awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. In 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”.
From 1996 until 2005 he was director of EDN (European Documentary Network). He has written articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, 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, Bolzano, Italy. He writes (almost) daily about documentaries in English on www.filmkommentaren.dk
Head of Studies, EDN
Mikael has been a dedicated documentary filmmaker since he made his first S-8mm documentary, in 1977, now hidden for the public in his cellar. Most of the 80’s Mikael worked with distribution and theatrical release of documentaries.
In 1988 he attended script writing at the DanishFilmSchool. Worked as a freelance production manager up through the 90’s and organized the film festival ‘Films from the South’ from 1995 – 1998. Made a desk-cross-over from 1998-2002, where Mikael worked as production adviser at The Danish Film Institute. Mikael started his exclusive career as tutor at EDN workshops in the same period. Attended EAVE 1998/99. 2002-2008 was a co-owner and producer at Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen. Has produced a number of international documentaries, among them The German Secret, Joris Evens Competition at IDFA 2005. An EDN Executive Committee Member from 2005 – 09, the last year as Chairman. Now serves at Head of Studies at EDN.
Film Editor, Sweden
It started as a love of film before Phil turned it into an unhealthy obsession with its construction. Part of the last generation of editors to physically cut actual film, Phil has pursued the architecture of great stories for the past 20 years. He’s cut independent and international feature films, labour of love shorts, and art installation media. But his love for documentary keeps him coming back to help tell real stories about human rights abuses, and everyday injustice.
Recently transplanted to Sweden from his native Canada, Phil has continued to edit documentary and fiction, including Setareh Persson’s Cutting Loose, which recently screened to Sweden’s parliament as a cautionary tale on child abuse. He’s brought his experience on the international market to bear in workshops across Europe and Asia, and is currently consulting on several projects in production and development, as well as editing his own co-production with director Annika Gustafson, whose previous collaborative film, Killing Time, won the grand prix at Montreal’s Human Rights Film Festival in 2008.
Media co-op, Scotland
Lucinda Broadbent has over twenty years experience as a Director and Executive Producer of UK and international documentaries for UK broadcasters More4’s “True Stories”, Channel 4, BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, Scottish Television and Sky; and co-productions with YLE, ZDF, Al Jazeera, etc. Her prizes include Amnesty International‘s Media Award and ECHO Human Rights Award and BAFTA nominations.
Lucinda has specialised in human rights and social justice stories. She is a member of media co-op, a production company in Scotland that is a workers co-operative, making documentaries on social issues and non-broadcast digital content for NGO‘s.
Media co-op’s international co-pro’s include “Red Oil” a Scotland-Germany co-pro commissioned by Channel 4, “Man for a Day” a Scotland-Germany co-pro commissioned by ZDF, “The Bridge Rising” a Scotland-Canada co-pro commissioned by BBC.
Lucinda is a former Skillset Careers Advisor for freelancers in the UK film and TV industry, and a mentor for the Screen Academy in Scotland.
A strong believer in new voices in international documentary scene, she is a former Board Member of the European Documentary Network, and has tutored on Pitching Forums in Greece, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea, Morocco and Tunisia.
Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, Germany
Daniel Saltzwedel is a producer for Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion in Leipzig and Berlin. He also represents DECKERT DISTRIBUTION at festivals and markets. Until 2015, Daniel has worked as a funding consultant for the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg filmfund specialising in creative documentaries.
Daniel has studied Business, Cultural Studies and Philosophy in Witten-Herdecke, Cardiff and Berlin and has worked as a producer for zero film (Berlin). He is teaching on story development and film financing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, amongst others.
Autlook Filmsales, Austria
Inka has over 10 years of experience working in the film and television industries in her native Finland, and in the United Kingdom. Alongside directing numerous award-winning short documentaries, she has worked at Finnish National Television (YLE) and independent production companies as a Director, Producer and Script Writer, on documentary series and factual programming. In early 2014 a documentary series she directed won a Finnish Television Academy Award.
She is currently also working as a Module Leader and Mentor for MA film students at Raindance Film Institute. Before joining Autlook Film sales, Inka was International Sales and Acquisitions Coordinator of documentary at Taskovski Films. She has also worked as a consultant/tutor in various industry events, most recently Medimed and Busan Film Festival
The Autlook line-up includes Song of Lahore by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken, The Forecaster by Marcus Vetter, The Visit by Michael Madsen, Bikes vs. Cars by Fredrik Gertten, Art and Craft by Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman, and Toto and his Sisters by Alexander Nanau.
Autlook Filmsales is an international sales agent for powerful, daring and acclaimed docs, selecting around 25 TV documentaries per year, and up to 6 docs with international theatrical potential. Autlook is a full-service sales agent, 6 people strong, handling festivals, TV / theatrical / educational / DVD and digital sales worldwide.
Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the documentary Blood Brother, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Also that year, he had co-directed an award-winning documentary short film entitled Seven Days. Steve’s second feature length documentary film, Almost Holy, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution. Almost Holy went on to win awards around the world. Prior to directing documentary films, Hoover has had a successful career directing commercial campaigns. Currently, he is a commercial director at Animal.
WILDart FILM, The Netherlands
Vincent Lucassen was born in the Netherlands. He studied sociology at the University of Wageningen and worked as a lobbyist in Brussels. After finishing his study at the Media Academy in Hilversum he moved to Vienna where he set up the production company WILDart FILM, together with Ebba Sinzinger. In 2001 he co-founded dok.at, the Association for the Austrian Documentary Film, in 2004 he created DocuZone Austria – a collaboration between right holders to promote films in the age of digital. DocuZone was part of the world’s first international digital cinema network: CinemaNet Europe. In 2011, Vincent joined Under the Milky Way and is film aggregator for Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slowenia, Slowakia, the Baltics, Russia and Turkey.
DOCOS MEDIA, UK
John Marshall is founder of Docos Media, an international technology and media consultancy for the convergence of digital and traditional media. Based near Cambridge, England, the company concentrates on digital innovation, research and development, advising clients world-wide and developing its own cutting-edge systems.
The company is currently focused on Memodox, a mobile international online training, production and dissemination system for short documentaries. The aim is to provide audiences with an innovative new factual medium and film-makers with realistic, accessible, local revenue streams. The project is currently being piloted, in collaboration with film schools in Cambridge and Barcelona.
With a professional background in documentary film, television and journalism, John has worked with digital since the early days of the internet and founded the global documentary industry platform, docos.com.
John started as a journalist writing about media issues. He became a successful documentary producer and writer for the UK’s BBC and Channel 4 and for five years was a television war reporter for the International Committee of the Red Cross, based in Geneva.
John has also held a number of posts in EU-supported organisations: Secretary General of the European Union’s documentary film support agency, based in Copenhagen; Director of Development for MEDEA, based in Seville and focused on documentary producers from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, Head of Studies at SWIM Digital, the workshop programme on emerging digital media, based in Nantes and partnered by a network of European institutions.
John currently moderates and instructs at the annual MEDIMED pitching forum in Sitges, near Barcelona, which assists producers from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe to enter international markets.
CT, Czech Republik
Kateřina Ondřejková is a TV producer and creator. She works for Czech Television and she has produced many documentaries, documentary series, TV films, series, miniseries, feature films (as a co- producer) as well as sketch shows and music shows. Some of her projects were presented on festivals and won awards there. Her music documentary series My Efforts to Make a Masterpiece (2015) received Prix CIRCOM Regional Awards and it was part of the International Television Festival Golden Prague program (2015, 2016). The Czech-Polish documentary Czech Swan (2016) is winner of the The Best Pitch at IFF Cannes in 2013 and was presented at the Krakow Film Festival and Festival Era Nowe Horizonty in Wrocław. Her new documentary Courage (2016) and feature film Teacher (2016) were premiered at IFF Karlovy Vary. The feature film The Way Out (2014) was presented at IFF Cannes (section L´ACID), IFF Karlovy Vary, Art Film Fest Trenčianské Teplice, Festival du cinéma européen en Essonne and others. The Way Out as well as her another Czech Television co-produced feature film Nowhere in Moravia (2014) received the Czech Film Academy Awards. Her documentary The Unseen (1997) was screened at the IFF Karlovy Vary, RIDM Montreal, IDFF San Paolo, DOK Leipzich among others. Kateřina Ondřejková was a member of council of the Czech State Cinematography Fund (2009 – 2013). In 1995 she received The Film and Television Association (FITES) Award for her production activities.
Claudia Neuhauser is with ORF since 1986. She worked for the News Departments in Radio and Television, she has been war reporter during the Yugoslav war and Head of ORF’s Bureau in London.
She headed ORF’s foreign report magazine WELTjournal in 2010. In 2012 the additional current affairs documentary slot WELTjournal+ was developed. Claudia Neuhauser is currently responsible for all acquisitions for the weekly international themed evening slot.
ORF 2, Magazine Department. WELTjournal 30’ and WELTjournal+ 45’ are our weekly current affairs programs being aired on ORF 2. Our shows report on international affairs and global impact stories with a topical angle (Green, Social, Politics, Human Interest). The programs go out consecutively and are connected.
MDR is a public service channel in the ARD Network, based in East Germany (Leipzig). It is financed mainly by license fees. MDR is broadcast to Eastern Germany and contributes with a share of approximately 10% to the national ARD programme. It also delivers programme to ARTE and 3sat. MDR is being broadcast by cable, satellite and terrestrial network.
MDR produces documentaries (from 30’ up to feature length) for regional broadcast and for the nationwide ARD Network and ARTE. The Culture and Society department produces and commissions documentaries with topics ranging from History and Society to Current Affairs, from Science and Arts. Special focus is laid upon the local history and stories from Eastern Europe and Russia.
Heribert Schneiders worked as freelance producer for fiction and documentary, and since 1992 as commissioning editor at MDR.
Currently with SVTs documentary slot K special which aims to present the most exciting and daring titles within arts & culture. Past assignments during the last 15 years includes Canal+ and educational broadcaster UR.
K special recently has coproduced for instance, Mr Gaga, Presenting Princess Shaw, I am Ingrid and Dixieland.
Yle is the national public service broadcasting company in Finland, operating 4 national television channels, 6 national radio channels and an extensive online service. Yle ranks first in television viewing in the country. Yle is the main purveyor and producer of domestic programming, and 48% of its television programs are made in Finland. Yle is owned by the Finnish people and funded by a special tax from January 2013. Yle is a media company free from commercial and political affiliations, and carry no advertising. Yle was established in 1926 and joined EBU in 1950.
Sari Volanen is a commissioning editor at YLE Finnish Broadcasting company. She started her career in television over 20 years ago. Currently she works at YLE’s Co-production department producing short and documentary films mainly with Finnish independent film makers and producers. She is in charge of a strand called “New Cinema” on YLE Teema on Monday nights. Along with studies of film in Finland, she has participated EAVE –training in 1999, Eurodoc 2006 and Sources2 – Documentary Mentor training 2008.
General: Estonian Public Broadcasting consists of 5 radio channels and 2 television channels, ETV and ETV2. ETV main channel is for general audience while ETV2’s programming consists of outstanding cultural and educational broadcasts, documentaries, TV shows and films. It has a special daily children’s slot and daily news broadcast in Russian.
Acquisitions: Average yearly budget for acquisitions – about 1 million EUR.
Co-Productions: Mostly local co-productions but open to pre-buys (for creative documentaries mainly). Can only support international co-productions involving an Estonian independent production company.
Main documentary film slots:
Current affairs docs: weekly, 1 hour
dokkaader (docframe): creative author films, weekly, open end
AegRuum (TimeSpace): scientific docs, weekly, 1 hour
Natural History: weekly, 1 hour
Music documentaries: weekly, 1 hour
Theme evenings, thematic events, special events
Rise and Shine World Sales, Germany
Anja Dziersk started her career as a TV journalist and film critic for German TV before joining broadcaster SAT.1 in the department for acquisitions of films and series. In 2002, she and her partner Stefan Kloos founded the production company Kloos & Co. Medien which produces documentaries for international TV and cinema. Together with Kloos, she also directed and edited the documentary DANCE WITH ME about the history of film musicals for a theme evening on ARTE. Together, they founded RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES in 2008, today one of the world´s leading international boutique size sales agents for. Anja is amongst others responsible for festivals/sales. RISE AND SHINE markets and sells outstanding documentaries to broadcasters and distributors around the world. With an average of 15 new films per year the exquistite catalogue of award-winning films from all over the world includes WAITING FOR AUGUST, TRANSIT HAVANA, HOLY COW, WALKING UNDER WATER, HIP HOP-ERATION, GAYBY BABY, CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM, K2 – TOUCHING THE SKY and RAVING IRAN.
VENTES-CBAWIP-SALES/VISIBLE FILM, Belgium
With a journalism and communication degree and a European master’s degree in film writing and analysis, Thierry has a journalistic background for the press and specialized cinema press, and was a reporter-producer for radio magazines prior to working internationally in 1998 with documentary films, initiating the commercial unit of Belgian documentaries’ incentives CBA-Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles and WIP-Wallonie Image Production. He actively participates in decision making at events for coproduction and pre-sales at the East European Forum, Prague, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Sheffield Meet Market, Baltic Sea Forum, Medimed pitching and Dok Leipzig coproduction meetings, as well as for IDFAcademy or Forum IDFA. The Belgian export and pre-sales catalogue Ventes-CBAWIP-Sales provides Belgian creative documentaries with a P.O.V. on society, history, geopolitics, arts & culture, with a priority for feature-length with an hour–long TV version. Thierry’s international selection with Visible Film, favours current affairs with creative cinematography and a human angle on society and geopolitics, keeping world sales, pre-sales and international co-productions in mind.
ARTE G.E.I.E, France
After having completed two Masters in Sociology and in Science of Information in Paris, Valérie moved to Berlin where she worked for ten years as a journalist for the daily news TF1 (French TV) in Germany. In 2001, she started to make her own films and became a free-lance author and producer for several French and German production companies. Since 2009, Valérie is a commissioning editor in the knowledge unity at Arte, where she is in charge of the programme “GEO reportage” and “Faraway Places“.
360° “GEO Report” – a prestigious international arte TV slot, in 43 min and 52 min lengths on Saturday nights. This program offers fascinating escapes while discovering stories in far-off countries or just around the corner. Programme stories are character driven – following these everyday heroes in their houses, regions and countries to see the world through their eyes. All of them have a passion, a mission or a challenge that opens a question, which we promise to try and answer during the film. 360° GEO Report offers amazing footage during authentic trips with original music inspired from the shooting.
“Fareway places” offers an authentic and unbiased view of lifestyles, traditions, religions and everyday life in cultures and societies around the globe. The narrative and cinematic characteristics of the documentaries are shaped by the following criteria: accessibility, comprehensibility, and the arousal and satisfaction of curiosity. True to the motto “different countries, different customs”, this allows viewers access to distant and out-of-the-ordinary cultures and their ways of life.
Illumina Films , The Netherlands
Illumina Films is a boutique sales company based in Amsterdam. It specializes in human-interest documentaries of quality and represents a collection of documentary films that have been shown widely at international film festivals and by international broadcasters. Illumina Films focuses on documentaries with meaningful cultural and social themes as well as historical, literary, and art subjects.
Robin Brinster has acted as Head of Sales for some notable production and distribution companies. These include American/Dutch distribution and production company TV Matters which specialized in classic feature films and music productions with American public broadcaster PBS, and Nature Conservation Films the production company behind Holland’s great wildlife filmmaker Hugo van Lawick. She then started her own company in 2003.
Holds Master degrees from Psychology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She finished also post-graduate studies of TV and Film Organization in National Film School in Lodz and MEGA Plus course – European Master in audiovisual management – in Media Business School in Spain.
Aleksandra worked as the production manager for Warsaw based company Eureka Media and took part in production of documentaries such as Farewell Comrades 2012 (produced for ARTE ) or The Last Generation 2011 among others.
In 2016 after working as a sales manager in Taskovski Films for four years, she joins Cat&Docs in sales and acquisition.
She was participating in many international festivals and markets and was member of pitching panels at Baltic Sea Docs, Visions du Reel, Krakow Film Festival, Doc Lisboa or Zagreb Dox among others.
TV Rain, Russia
Rodion Chepel is journalist, TV reporter and documentary filmmaker. He covered internal affairs, annexation of Crimea, war in Ukraine, war in Nagorniy Karabakh and filmed The Committee (a documentary on 2004 Beslan terrorist attack in Russia, Artdocfest-2014 nominnee) and investigative documentary Chaika (on business ties of the Russian Prosecutor General, Artdocfest-2015 laureat) and co-edited “Freedom” (documentary about acclaimed Russian artist Piotr Pavlensky).
Dozhd (Russian: Дождь, also known as TV Rain) is the only Russian independent television channel. The channel’s coverage of politically sensitive issues, like the Moscow street protests in 2011 and 2012 as well as the conflict in Ukraine, has been dramatically different from the official coverage by Russia’s national television stations. The channel focuses on news, discussions, culture, politics, business reports, and documentaries.
IKON/EO, The Netherlands
After finishing her studies, during 12 years Margje de Koning made all sorts of documentaries for many different broadcasting companies. In 2004 Margje de Koning became a part time teacher at the Culture & Media studies (department Film& Television at the University of Amsterdam). In August 2004, Margje de Koning became Commissioning editor for a documentary slot of 52″ docs. This means producing and co-producing creative single 52′-documentaries on contemporary social, social-cultural and moral issues with a strong human interest angle. January 2005 Margje de Koning became responsible for the Television Department of IKON television. As of January 2012, Margje de Koning is Head of Radio, TV and New Media at IKON.
TVP Kultura, Poland
A buyer, programming editor and a commissioning editor for TVP Kultura. Focuses on films about culture and creative docs.
TVP Kultura is the first TV theme channel to be run by the Polish public broadcaster TVP. It was launched on April 24, 2005 and is dedicated to arts and culture. The channel concentrates on all cultural disciplines: cinema, music (both classical and modern), theatre, dance, visual arts and literature.
Latvian Public Television, Latvia
Šarlote Līduma is the head of Film Acquisitions at the Latvian Public Television and is responsible for a broad spectrum of acquisitions content starting with Current Affairs, People, Social Issues, Wildlife, Environmental Issues, Exploration, Adventure, Civilization, Popular Science and ending with various film genres (Romance, Drama) and TV series (Daytime series, Crime series, Drama series) etc. This year in collaboration with Estonian Public Broadcasting Russian channel have exchanged their Russian content. With developing the collaboration between the Public Broadcasting channels in the Baltic sees as mutual benefit for all.
Used to write film critics for various newspapers and magazines. Is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI. Has a festival programmer’s background specializing in English and German speaking countries as well as Asia.
After working for Open City Documentary Festival in London, Scarlett now handles Acquisitions and Publicity at Journeyman, where she co-ordinates the newsletters and press releases as well as serving as the point of contact for the company’s filmmakers.
For over twenty years Journeyman has distributed and co-produced, provocative, profound and original factual content, working with the top players in the industry and being one of the leading independent suppliers of award winning stories to the world broadcast market. The agenda remains the same – to always look for new ways to create revenue for the stories their partners tell.
Company operates 3 departments: documentaries, news (newsletters “The Journeyman Weekly”; “Doc of the Week”) and footage. And their combination of interactive web platforms, a powerful publicity machine and a topical sales focus means Journeyman films targets both broadcasters, and the consumer directly.
Taskovski Films, UK
Tijana Djukic holds a B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Belgrade, with a specialization in surrealistic film and photography. In 2007 she co-founded the International Short Film Festival Kratkofil Plus, where she was the artistic director. Tijana has 7 years of experience working for MIP markets in Cannes. Additionally, she has worked as a curator and project manager for the local authorities in Serbia and Bosnia, on European Commission, UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF projects. Since the beginning of 2015 Tijana has worked at Taskovski Films as an acquisitions and sales executive, as well as a creative producer on selected film projects.
Taskovski Films welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe, with a passion to discover new talent and authorial stories in the fields of history, society, justice, environment, and politics, while still maintaining high criteria when it comes to production value, content and form. The Taskovski Films portfolio includes: Lampedusa in Winter, Olmo and the Seagull, Blood Sisters, Work Hard Play Hard, People I Could Have Been and Maybe I Am, and the European Academy Award-winning director Audrius Stonys with his Ramin, and Helena Trestikova’s René, winner of the European Academy Award, Prix Arte 2008.
DR Sales, Denmark
DR Sales, the sales department of DR (the Danish Broadcasting Corp.), is Scandinavia’s largest international TV-distributor. We distribute and sell films and TV programmes produced by DR as well by independent production companies around the world. Our focus is great stories in all genres, but we specialise in documentaries as well as handling projects in production for international co-productions and pre-sales. We are looking for new, engaging projects with contemporary stories – unique stories and strong narratives for an international audience.