KriStine Ann Skaret, 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.
KAROLINA LIDIN, UK
Audrius Stonys, Lithuania
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
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
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
NILOTPAL MAJUMDAR, INDIA
Filmmaker, Teacher/ President, Documentary Resources Initiative, India