Mikael Opstrup has worked as a producer for most of his professional life, but began in distribution and theatrical release of documentaries in the 1980s. In 1988 Mikael studied screenwriting at 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 he joined the Danish Film Institute and worked there as production adviser until 2002. Mikael 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. Mikael served as Executive Committee Member, Chairman of EDN, and from 2011-2019 as EDN Head of Studies and editor of the EDN Co-production Guide. Opstrup now works as a specialist in project development, trailer consultancy, co-productions, workshop planning & tutoring, and has worked as such on more than 50 international documentary events.

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 the Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Tue 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 Docs, Black Sea Doc Stories, Caucadoc, Sarajevo Film Festival, 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.

Phil Jandaly has been an editor for the last 20 years, starting in fiction before firmly landing in documentary. Part of award-winning international productions such as Prison Sisters, Killing Time, and I am Samuel, he also works as a rough-cut consultant and has been part of the films Liberation Day, Home Games, How Big is the Galaxy, and more. Working out of Sweden, his projects have originated in places as far afield as Serbia, Kenya, France, Russia, and beyond. He has travelled the world as a tutor with EDN, B2B Doc, and independently, helping filmmakers develop their projects and giving master classes on pitch pilot trailers, the craft of storytelling through scripting and editing, and the genius of sticky notes. Phil blogs about documentaries and technology on his Storysmith blog, and hopes to one day bike across Europe.

Audrius Stonys is a director and producer, professor at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is recipient of Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award. His films have received numerous international awards, among them: Audience award in Nyon, Grand Prix in Split, prizes in Bornholm, Florence, Gyor, Neu Brandenburg, Oberhausen, Riga, Shanghai, Bilbao and San Francisco. In 1992 the documentary film Earth of the Blind was recognised by European Film Academy as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year. Audrius has taught documentary in European Film College, Denmark (2004-2005). He has lectured and held masterclasses in Kolkata, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Berkeley, Stanford, Moscow, Belgrade, Barcelona, San Francisco, Carpi Modena, Paris. His films have been screened in various countries, such as Switzerland, Russia, France, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay, Italy.

Diana El Jeiroudi is a Syrian filmmaker and screenwriter whose films encapsulate sociopolitical tensions and contradictions and extend well over time. Diana is best known for her films Dolls – A Woman from Damascus (2007) and Morning Fears, Night Chants (2012). As producer, her filmography includes the award-winning Silvered Water – Syria Autoportrait by O. Mohamad & W. S. Bedirxan (Cannes 2014), and The Mulberry House by Oscar-nominated Sara Ishaq (IDFA 2013). Her efforts in supporting and advancing the documentary community and culture, notably through establishing DOX BOX as Syria’s first documentary film festival, and then as the Berlin-based documentary film support organization, has earned her various awards, including the EDN Award, The Katrin Cartlidge Award, and The Heart of Sarajevo. She is a member of the American Academy of Motion Pictures, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and the Asia-Pasific Screen Academy. She served on several committees and juries, most notably Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Documentary Award, Sundance Documentary Program, IDFA, AFAC, and APSA Awards. Diana has supported many careers and tutored talents through the professional training initiatives and workshops of DOX BOX, EuroDoc, Ex Oriente, IDFA, and Story Doc.

Emma is a filmmaker and tutor. She has made a wide variety of documentaries and most recently co-directed a feature documentary Becoming Animal with Swiss Canadian Peter Mettler. It was nominated for best feature at CPH Dox, Documenta Madrid, Docs Against Gravity and is playing at IDFA, RIDM, Jihlava and many other festivals. Her previous documentary, I Am Breathing ( co-directed with Morag MacKinnon ) won Scottish BAFTA for Best Director and played in over 50 countries. Prior to this she directed many documentaries for BBC , Channel 4 etc. including the Grierson nominated “ What age can you start being an artist?”/
She teaches at Edinburgh College of Art where she runs the post graduate course in documentary directing. She advises on many films internationally and used to programme documentaries for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her background is in performance theatre which gave her a love of the collaborative process. She ran a performance company called Clanjamfrie, which specialized in immersive large-scale shows incorporating performance and film, often in unusual spaces.

Gitte Hansen is a deputy director at sales and distribution company First Hand Films. She works on daily basis with project development, executive producing, financing & marketing strategy, sales & acquisition of non-fiction films/series. Recent titles Gitte executive produced for FHF include Humanity on Trial (by Jonas Bruun, Hansen & Pedersen with DR, SVT, YLE, RUV, Knowledge, SRF, Da Ai, TRT) and The Reformist – A Female Imam (by Marie Skovgaard, House of Real, DR, SVT, YLE, NRK, RUV, IKON, SRF, VRT). She serves with great joy as lecturer, tutor or moderator at events such as IDFAcademy, Nordisk Panorama, Crossing Boarders, FIPADoc, EsoDoc, DOK.incubator, EDN workshops, Crossing Borders, Pitching du Réel etc. Gitte holds a Master in Film & Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.

Nino Orjonikidze is a Georgian documentary filmmaker – the author of several award-winning documentaries including ‘English teacher’ and ‘Altzaney’. Her latest film – A Tunnel, a co-production with ZDF/ARTE, was premiered at IDFA 2019. At Montenegro’s Underhill FF it has won the International Competition. Alongside with directing and producing, for almost 10 years Nino teaches Documentary & Experimental filmmaking at GIPA (Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management) in Tbilisi, Georgia and works as a mentor & commissioning editor for the Media Platform ‘Chai-Khana’, supervising documentary film production in the South Caucasus. Artefact Production is a company she established 12 years ago after quitting her Journalism career and moving to creative documentary production. She studied Journalism, TV production and Documentary Film in Goldsmiths, University of London (MA) and Tbilisi State University (BA).

Peter Kerekes is a film director, producer and teacher, he was born in 1973 in Košice, Slovakia. Peter’s first feature length film 66 Seasons (2003) tells about the swimming pool in Kosice, showing 66 years of the popular spot as well as 66 years history of Central and Eastern Europe.The film was screened at over a hundred festivals and won among others, the following awards: Best European documentary at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2003, Best Director, DocAviv, 2004. The film Cooking History (2009), about military cooks and the way how their cooking changed the history, also received wide international recognition. The film was in production for five years and was filmed in 11 different European countries. It won many awards at international festivals, including the Jury Prize at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, the Best Documentary Award at Viennale, and was nominated for the best documentary at the European Film Awards. In a documentary comedy Velvet terrorists (2013) Peter is focusing on three protagonists who opposed the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. The film was honored at several festivals, including the „Tagesspiegel audience prize“ at Berlin International Film Festival, 2014 and FEDEORA award the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2013. Peter has also produced omnibus documentary Occupation 1968 (2018), which maps the occupation of Czechoslovakia from the perspective of 5 directors coming from 5 different countries (Evdokia Moskvina, Linda Dombrovszky, Magdalena Szymkow, Elisa Marie Scheidt, Stephan Komandarev). As a co-producer he took part in the projects of the White World according Daliborek (2017) by Vít Klusák and The Wind. A Documentary Thriller (2019) by Michał Bielawski. Peter is teaching at Academy of Performing Artrs in Bratislava and at the DocNomads – joint masters in Budapest.