1. Ryota Kotani (NHK, Japan)
  2. Amir Hakim Nazri (ASTRO, Malaysia)
  3. Gunne Hyoung (EBS, Korea)
  1. Dorothee Wenner (Delegate, Berlinale, Germany)
  2. Sylvia Bednarz (Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK)
  1. Seokpil Kang (Docs-Port Inchon, South Korea)
  2. Bernadette Schram (International Emerging Film Talents Association, France)
  1. Tajina Djukic (Taskovski Films, UK)
  1. Hans Robert Eisenhauer (Germany)


Sinae Ha

Filmmaker - Producer, South Korea

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).’

Sean Mcallister

Filmmaker, UK

Sean McAllister left school at 16, worked 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. Sean has a “Vérité” approach to his film-making where he becomes involved, he intervenes and he asks the questions which often provoke his subjects (and himself) into insights, thoughts, and realizations 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) to his more recent successes, such as “The Liberace Of Baghdad”, “Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate”, “The Reluctant Revolutionary” and “A Syrian Love Story”.

Graca Castenheira

Filmmaker, Portugal

Grasa Castanheira graduated In Film in 1989 at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, where she currently lectures Documentary and Film Directing. She is also in charge of a Documentary Film class at Restart — Instituto de Criatividade e Novas Tecnologias. During her career as a documentary film director, she was distinguished with many awards. Castanheira is also one of the founding members of Apordoc — Portuguese Documentary Association. In 2008 she created her own production and post-production company called Pop Filmes. She works regularly as a colorist.

Brian Tilley

Producer,Filmmaker, South Africa

Brian Tilley works in both fiction and documentary. 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 JorisIvens 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 both the 8 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.

Paul Powels

Director, European Documentary Network, Belgium

Jean Paul Pauwels has been the Director of the European Documentary Network since May 2013. He has been working in the world of audiovisual production as unit manager, production manager, producer, commissioning editor (TV), head of a media training institute and finally as the director of an international professional organization. He studied at the RITCS film school in Brussels wherein 1979 – he got his degree as director and producer. 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, he 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. He has shared his knowledge as an active documentary producer with several organizations. Amongst them are – Documentary Campus (Germany), the European Documentary Network (Denmark) Greenhouse (Israel), Balkan documentary Center (Bulgaria), International documentary institute (Czech Republic), DocedgeKolkata (India) and Documentary in Europe (Italy).

Ryota Kotani

Executive Producer, NHK, Japan

Since 1986 working for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) as a director of documentaries and news operations as “News operations of German Unification” (1990) “Urgent Report After death of Rajiv Gandhi” (1991) and the live show ‘Symphony for the earth — Satellite live Message by Sei Ji Ozawa and world musicians” (1995). His directed documentary ”European Picnic Plan breaking against Iron Curtain” (1993) won awards of HBF (Hoso Bunka Foundation). He commissioned many productions, from which various films got screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, like “Chronicle of Amnesiac’(2007) by Anirban Datta, India and “Char. ..The No-Man’s Island” (2012) by Sourav Sarangi, ‘Spiral Stairs’ by Ji Tang (2009), China and “Japan; love & Hate” by Sean McAhster (2009), U.K won awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

Nilotpal Majumder

Founder, Documentary Resources Initiative, India

Nilotpal Majumdar is Founder/President of Documentary Resource Initiative that organizes DocedgeKolkata, an Asian documentary pitching forum that Is engaged with filmmakers for intensive incubation, mentoring and international co-production opportunities. A postgraduate from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune he received a National Award In 1997 for his film Dhatu Jhar ‘97. He is a frequent jury member and a tutor-mentor at international documentary film festivals and incubation-cum-pitching sessions. Presently, he is Director, Manipur State Film & Television Institute, Imphal.

Salome Jashi

Filmmaker, Georgia

Salomé Jashi, born in 1981 in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a documentary filmmaker and has previously worked as a reporter for several years. She studied documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London, after being awarded a British Council scholarship in 2005. Alongside filmmaking, Salomé has also been a part of Caucasusdoc, a project that supported the development of the documentary scene in the South Caucasus. Salomé has directed and edited “Their Helicopter” (2006), “Speechless” (2009), “Their Leader is Always Right” (2010) and has directed and shot “Bakhmaro” (2011) which received an Honorary Mention for a Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig. Her recent documentary “The Dazzling Light of Sunset” (2016) was awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition.

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