Kenan Aliyev is the Executive Editor of Current Time TV, the 24/7 Russian language digital and TV network since 2014, responsible for the network’s strategy on content acquisitions and commissioning. Under his supervision, Current Time has commissioned 14 films since 2017, including those by prominent Russian directors Vitaly Mansky (Putin’s Witnesses) and Sergei Loznitsa (State Funeral). Both films, together with numerous other feature-length documentaries by some of the newest, emerging talents in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere, have attracted wide acclaim and honours at the most prestigious international film festivals. Aliyev also oversaw the production of the documentary series InterNyet, an account of the Russian Internet by distinguished Russian journalist Andrei Loshak. Prior to his current position, Aliyev was instrumental in launching the Current Time network in 2014. He is a former director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) award-winning Azerbaijani Service. He currently lives in Prague.
Mr. Mehdi Bekkar graduated in 2002 as a Drama and Documentary Editor from The Higher Industrial Institute, Casablanca, Morocco. His talent and zeal attracted a number of media institutions, namely 2M, the Second Moroccan Television (2003-2007) and Aljazeera Documentary Channel (2007-present) for which he worked as Senior Picture Editor. Mehdi continued to develop in his career and in 2009 was assigned the position of Editing and Sound Supervisor in Aljazeera Documentary Channel.
In 2013, he held the position of Senior Producer in the Production Department of the same channel where he still occupies the same position. In collaboration with the production team, Bekkar has the credit of supervising different documentary productions relating to various strands and directing a number of documentary films including Messali Hadj and the Forgotten Massacre 1961, that won three awards in Algeria, Croatia and Morocco.
NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), is Japan’s only public broadcaster. As a public broadcaster funded by fees received from TV viewers, NHK delivers a wide range of impartial, high-quality programs, both at home and abroad. Natsu Kawakami is a producer at NHK World Documentary, selecting films and coordinating co-production projects for the strand’s yearly line-up of about 100 titles. Her current assignment includes curating for the World Documentary strand, promotion of documentary films as well as selection of 4K/8K content. After joining the team in 2012, she worked on localization of co-produced films and producing related programs. She was an independent filmmaker for many years, directing and producing various factual content for NHK and other Japanese broadcasters. Areas of personal interest: human themes in general, gender, fine arts, animals and more. Recent (commission/co-production/acquisition): Leonardo: The Mystery of the Lost Portrait, Iran: The Pain We Share, Newtopia, 1968, The Wondering Chef, Singled Out, The Borderless Sky, Hitler Chronicles and Butterfly Effect.
Jo Lapping is an experienced broadcast Executive and Producer with a strong track record in commissioning and acquiring distinctive international content for BBC audiences. With over 20 years of experience, Jo has worked as the Strand Manager for Storyville, the BBC’s multi award-winning feature documentary strand, and as a pan genre buyer and producer for BBC Factual Commissioning. Jo has been involved with over 600 documentary projects including: The Furthest, The Cult that Stole Children, Kings of Pastry, The Chinese Mayor, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, If A Tree Falls and Knuckle. BBC is a British Public Service broadcaster with television, radio and online services that cover the nations and regions of the UK.
Anton Mazurov studied at the Moscow Medical Academy. In 1998 he graduated from the film studies department at the faculty of the Russian State University of Cinematography (workshop of L. Zaitseva and L. Mamatova). He worked at the Central Museum of Cinema as programmer, in Nezavisimaya Gazeta as a film critic, and as a screenwriter of the TV program This Film on Channel One. In the period from 1998 to 2000 Anton worked as PR and Advertising Director of the distribution company East-West Creative Commonwealth (currently — UIP). He was one of the authors of the manifesto of the arthouse distribution in Russia “PROJECT 35” (2000) and founder of the information portal KINOTE devoted to art cinema. Before setting up the international company ANT!PODE Sales & Distribution in 2013, Anton worked in distribution companies: Cosmopol Film Distribution (Kino Bez Granits LLC), Maywin Media AB, LeopART among others.
After 6 years of fruitful work, having exhausted the resource of the previous project ANT!PODE Sales & Distribution, in January 2019 Anton Mazurov created the international company ANTIDOTE Sales – a universal sales agent based in Russia, built on European professional principles and focused on curatorial work with the international art cinema and its commercial distribution worldwide. The project has more opportunities for the distribution of films on the territory of the former USSR and is aimed at becoming the only Russian company dealing with the world feature-length arthouse cinema.
Tomasz Piechal – senior commissioning editor for documentaries on TVP (Polish Public TV Broadcaster), responsible for documentary slots on TVP and new projects (current affairs, human stories, history). An expert on Eastern Europe. In 2014-2018, a senior fellow at the OSW (Centre for Eastern Studies), a Polish governmental think-tank focused on Eastern Europe. During the revolution of dignity in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, he was a correspondent for the Polish media. Since 2010, a journalist for TVP, “Super Express”, Eastbook.eu, Nowa Europa Wschodnia and Polska The Times. A cultural anthropologist (Master’s degree, University of Warsaw, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology). TVP (Telewizja Polska S.A.) is a Polish state media corporation and the largest Polish television network.
CEO & founder of the Taskovski Films Ltd., an 18 year-old London-based world sales & production company with offices across Europe. Irena works as a film consultant/expert on marketing, sales, financing and festivals for many film institutions, such as: HBO Europe, Asian Cinema Fund, Dok.incubator CZ and Sources Germany. She is Head Tutor at Emerging Producers – at Ji.hlava IDFF CZ. Founder of the Film Academy for Conscious Creative leaders and film residencies. Mother of a 6-year-old son, 5Rhythms dance and movement facilitator, coach for personal and professional growth for film industry members, and passionate environment, peace, and human unity activist and mental health ambassador for film industry professionals. Taskovski Films Ltd. is a documentary company that integrates production, sales, professional film business training and film and art residencies. We believe film has the transformative power to inspire change. Our passion is discovering and supporting new and well-established talent to tell stories that can spark social change by surprising and engaging audiences across the globe. We welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking and authorial stories in the fields of arts and culture, history, society, politics and environment, while maintaining high criteria when it comes to production value, content and form.