KriStine Ann Skaret, Norway


KriStine Ann Skaret is one of the founders and producers of the Norwegian production company Stray Dog Productions based in Oslo, Norway.

She also works as a dramaturg and consultant for Mid Nordic film center, guest-teacher at the Norwegian film school, and tutor on documentary films for international workshops, previously for EDN, In-Docs, and Ex-Oriente. She has a BA in Aesthetics from The University of Oslo, produced several award-winning films in Medieoperatørene from 2007 – 2012, and was a documentary film consultant for the Norwegian Film Institute from 2012 – 2016, where she supported films like ‘Nowhere to Hide’, ‘The Islamist’, ‘Golden Dawn Girls’ and ‘69 minutes of 87 days.
Skaret has a strong interest in freedom of speech and human rights issues and has a big heart for stray dogs and hybrids of all kinds.


Executive Producer

Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant with 25+ years of experience on international documentary scene, primarily engaged at Nordisk Fil & TV Fond as Documentary Advisor and at Sheffield Doc/Fest as Executive Producer, Marketplace & Talent. In addition, Karolina Lidin is continuously involved in mentoring/training schemes, developing projects with international potential, lately with DocsPort Incheon, Docs by the Sea, DocEdge Kolkata and Dhaka Doclab. Karolina has previous experience as producer, film commissioner, distributor. She has worked as the CEO of Nordisk Panorama and Nordisk Forum. In addition to her role as festival jury, panel-selection committee participation, and tutoring worldwide, Karolina’s activies also include moderating the IDFA FORUM and numerous other film festivals and market events.

Audrius Stonys, Lithuania


Audrius Stonys is one of the most prominent filmmakers from the Baltic region. Known for his distinctive cinematic style 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 recognized by the European Film Academy as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year and was conferred with the Felix Award.
Audrius has conducted lectures and masterclasses in Kolkata, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Berkeley, Stanford, Moscow, Belgrade, Barcelona, San Francisco, Carpi Modena, and Paris. He has presented his films in Switzerland, Russia, France, Israel, the Czech Republic, Germany, the USA, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay, and Italy.
The 2018 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.

John Webster, Finland

Filmmaker, Producer

John Webster is an international film director and producer. He graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School in1987 and did his M.A. from the University of Art & Design (UIAH), Helsinki, in 1996. He has been directing and producing documentary films for over 28 years. He runs his own production company – JW Documentaries – since 1993. Some of his acclaimed films include – ‘Recipes for Disaster’, ‘What Comes Around’, ‘Rooms of Shadow and Light’, ‘Losing It’, ‘Different Trains’.
His films cover a wide area of subjects, but typical to his films are human-interest stories with strong central characters whose lives are followed over a long period of time. Over the years his films have been broadcast to a wide international audience, screened and awarded at festivals, and two of his films have received the Finnish Jussi-award.
John lays particular importance on research and documentary structure, and he gives frequent lectures on his speciality of documentary scriptwriting. John has also been a Member of the Board 2011 – Climate Change Advocate, DocPoint Film Festival; Challenge Europe Project 2008 – 2010 Filmkontakt Nord, Chairman of the Board; 2006 – 2010 Chairman of the Finnish Association of Film Directors (SELO); 1999 – 2003 AVEK: Chairman of the Education Section; 1999 – 2003 AVEK: Member of the Board; 1999 – 2003 The Finnish Film Foundation: Deputy member of the Board; 1999 – 2001 Vice-chairman of the Finnish Association of Film Directors (SELO).
His film ‘Little Yellow Boots’ (2017) has screened at Docpoint Helsinki, Green FF Seoul, Flahertiana IDF Perm and Nordisk Panorama Malmö. DocedgeKolkata hosted a special screening of the film in its 2017 edition.

Sean McAllister, UK


Sean McAllister left school at 16 to work in a series of low-paid low-skilled factory jobs in his hometown of Hull before finding a camera. He filmed his way into the National Film and Television School (NFTS), graduating in 1996. Since then he has made films for BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK and internationally.
His candid, frank films depict, with extraordinary intimacy, the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but who are survivors. Sean has a ‘Vérité’ approach to his filmmaking where he becomes involved, he intervenes and he asks the questions, which often provoke his subjects (and himself) into insights, thoughts, and realisations, which they never knew they had.
Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences, right from his early films ‘Working For The Enemy’ (1997) and ‘The Minders’ (1998) (both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards), to his more recent successes, such as ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad’, ‘Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate’, ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary’, A Northern Soul and ‘A Syrian Love Story’. ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad’, about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter, won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005

Albert Elings, Denmark

Documentary Filmmaker & Editor

Albert Elings graduated in 1991 at the Netherlands Film Academy and in 2007 at Utrecht University with a master in cultural history. He is a documentary film maker and film editor. He is interested in the aesthetics of temporality and therefore often works with found footage. His filmography includes ‘Scaryman’ (co-dir), ‘A daily life’, ‘The royal wedding tapes’, ‘Foreland’ (co-dir), ‘What stays moves’, ‘Fields of Margraten’, ‘Hinterland’


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.

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