Arjun Gourisaria

Producer, Director & Editor, India

Arjun Gourisaria is a producer, director, editor and instructor. He has won many awards including the National Award for Editing for the documentary Gulabi Gang and the Best Film Award at the New York Indian Film Festival for his maiden directorial feature, Sthaniya Sambaad.

Audrius Stonys

Filmmaker / Professor Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuania

Audrius Stonys is one of the most prominent filmmakers from the Baltic region. Stonys is known for his distinctive cinematic style and his films have received numerous international awards. Among them are – Audience Award in Nyon, Grand Prix in Split, and prizes in Bornholm, Florence, Gyor, Neu Brandenburg, Oberhausen, Bilbao and San Francisco. In 1992, his film ‘Earth of the Blind’ was recognised by the European Film Academy as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year and was conferred with the Felix Award.
His latest film ‘Bridges of Time’ was selected as the Lithuanian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, which Stonys co-directed with Kristine Briede. Stonys is also a member of the European Documentary Network.

Brian Tilley

Director/Producer, South Africa

Brian Tilley started out as a member of the Afravison Video Collective documenting the struggles that swept away the Apartheid government in South Africa. He shot and directed several award winning documentaries that were screened on television around the world. Amongst them are ‘Fruits of Defiance’, ‘Jo’burg Stories’ and ‘It’s My Life’, which were screened in the Joris Ivens competition at IDFA and on several international television channels. Brian has produced 15 short films for the Steps’ ‘Why Democracy’ documentary series and subsequently produced eight long and 40 short films for the global ‘Why Poverty’ series that was sold to 70 international broadcasters. He has also been the consultant producer on the Emmy Award winning documentary ‘Miners Shot Down’, and also ‘Beats of the Antonov’ which won the Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award for Documentaries.
He has directed the award winning short ‘Lucky Day’ and has also been the story consultant on Khalo Mathabane’s feature film ‘The Number’, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.He also co-wrote Akin Omotoso’s 2019 Nigerian feature film THE GHOST IN THE HOUSE OF TRUTH.

Dorothee Wenner

Filmmaker, Writer and Curator

Dorothee Wenner is based in Berlin, works as a freelance filmmaker, writer and curator. She has been on the selection committee of the International Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale’s Delegate for India and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2004/5 she curated the EU-funded project “Import Export: Cultural Transfer between India and Germany, Austria.” She worked as the director of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006-2008. From 2009-17 she worked as programmer for the Dubai International Film Festival. Her documentary films include Hollywood Killed Me (1988), Germany-Outside In (Unser Ausland, 2002), Star Biz (2005), Shanti Plus (2006), Peace Mission (2008); Drama.Consult (2012); Family Affairs/Living Archive (2012/13) and the web series www.KINSHASA-COLLECTION.com (2017).

Nilotpal Majumder

Filmmaker, Teacher; President, Documentary Resources Initiative, India

Nilotpal Majumdar is the Founder President of Documentary Resource Initiative that organizes Docedge Kolkata, an Asian documentary Project pitching forum that is engaged with filmmakers for intensive
incubation, mentoring and international co-production opportunities. A postgraduate from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, he has received a National Award in 1997 for his film Dhatu
Jhar. He is a frequent jury member and a tutor-mentor at the international documentary film festivals and incubation-cum-pitching sessions. Presently, he is the Director of the
Manipur State Film & Television Institute, Imphal.

Paul Powels

Owner/Managing Director of Congoo bvba

Paul has 40 years of experience in the world of audio visual production as unit manager, production manager and producer. During the larger part of his career he has combined production and teaching/ tutoring.
He worked in feature film production until 1987, when he founded his own production unit: Periscope Productions. The company produced commercials, short feature films and prize-winning documentaries.
In 2005 Paul Pauwels left Periscope Productions NV to become programme manager at the Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT/CANVAS. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the creator and later the director of the “European television and media management academy” in Strasbourg, France. From May 2013 until April 2019 Paul Pauwels was the managing director of the European Documentary Network (EDN). In April 2019 he re launched Congoo bvba, mainly for activities that concern tutoring, coaching and moderating.
Paul has been lecturing and managing workshops on documentary development and production in many countries of the world including Bangladesh. He is teaching at the LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium and is a guest lecturer at the RITCS film school in Brussels, Belgium.

Ryota Kotani

Executive Producer of International Programs, NHK Enterprises INC., Japan

Since 1986 Ryota Kotani has been working for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) as a Director of Documentaries and News Operations. He has been working as documentary producer of NHK unique satellite channel cultivating High Definition Documentaries as like the travelogue “World Strollers” (2005-07) and “Cats!” (2012-14), international co-production “Why Democracy” (2007) “Indian Short film series” (2007 & 2008) “Queen and I” (2008), and “The KERIYA”(2016) with NEO and BTV.
He has commissioned many film productions, from which various films like “Chronicle of Amnesia” (2007) by Anirban Datta, “Char… The No-Man’s Island” (2012) by Sourav Sarangi, “Spiral stairs” by Ji Tang (2009) from China and Japan; “Love & Hate” by Sean McAlister (2009) from U.K got screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and won Awards. His present commissioned works include “INSIDE LENS” by Sumon Delwar from Bangladesh for the NHK World.

Sinae Ha

Boda Media founder and producer

Since 2005, she had worked in a television production house as a director with a B.A specialized in journalism. In 2011, she was granted a M.S degree in Cross-media production at the Graduate School of Culture Technology, KAIST.

During the 2010’s Crossing Borders, she directed and produced her first international feature documentary, ‘Here Comes Uncle Joe’ with Wooyoung Choi.

Based on this experience, she has produced diverse documentaries with international filmmakers, ‘REACH FOR THE SKY (2015)’, ‘ASHES TO ASHES (2015)’, ‘MANSUDAE MASTERCLASS (2016)’, ‘GOD BLISS OUR HOME (2017)’, and ‘STAMMERING BALLAD (2017).’

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