2019 PARTICIPANTS

We’re delighted to introduce the selected filmmakers who attended the second edition of our Global Short Docs Forum in March 2019.

Elīza Bēniņa

Latvia | Filming in Estonia

Isobel Cockerell

UK | Filming in Turkey

Lesia Diak

Ukraine

Angus Dunsire

UK

Alba Jaramillo

Colombia / USA

Ketevani Kapanadze

Georgia

Owen Kean

UK | Filming in Pakistan

Taisiia Kutuzova

Ukraine

André Larsson

Sweden | Filming in Greece

Denys Lukoshkin

Ukraine

Damilola Onafuwa

Nigeria

Roxy Rezvany

UK | Filming in Jordan

Lara Taylor

South Africa

Yue Wu

China

Les Yakymchuk

Ukraine

Yurii Yudin

Ukraine

Mentors

DANIEL ABMA

Documentary Filmmaker & Tutor

QUTAIBA BARHAMJI

Film Director & Editor

JEAN GARNER

Senior Executive Producer

Dominique Young

Executive Producer

Dominique Young

Platform Representatives

ERICA EDWARDS

LUSH | Film Director & Film Fund Manager

HORIA EL HADAD

AJ WITNESS | Documentary Producer

ALEX HOFFMAN

VICE| Head of Video

ANASTASIA KANAROVA

Zaborona | Senior Video Producer

ANDREW PHILLIPS

AJ SHORTS | Commissioning Editor

ROMAN STEPANOVYCH

Zaborona | Executive Producer

LAURENCE TOPHAM

THE GUARDIAN | Multimedia Editor, Special Projects

SERGEI TROFIMOV

CURRENT TIME | Acquisition & Commissioning Manager

ANNA YERESKO

HROMADSKE | Story/Culture Editor

Clothilde Redfern

Clothilde is the Director of One World Media. She is responsible for the growth and success of One World Media’s programmes including its production fund and industry events. She strives to support media which highlights our common humanity, breaks down prejudice and enables new voices to be heard.

Clothilde started her career in France working for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, she moved to London in 2005 and joined the Media Trust’s production team making documentaries for the Community Channel. She then spent three years as a documentary programmer for Birds Eye View Film Festival, which exclusively showcased films made by women. Prior to joining One World Media she spent 4 years at Channel 4 where she worked in the Documentaries department and Film 4.

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Flora Gregory

With over 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and many awards under her belt, Flora is always on a mission to uncover and mentor new talent, and to bring stories made by local filmmakers around the world to an international audience.

She conceived and ran Channel 4’s long running Unreported World, and was the founding commissioning editor of Witness, Al Jazeera English’s flagship documentary strand which transmitted to 280 million homes worldwide. While at Witness she commissioned, co-produced and acquired hour and half hour films, and launched Viewfinder for new filmmakers. Since leaving, she has run workshops for BBC Media Action with Libyan filmmakers, and acted as a mentor for IDFA Academy, East Doc platform, EsoDoc, Docs in Thessaloniki (with the EDN) and Medimed in Sitges. She is also a mentor for One World Media’s Production Fund.

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Lisya Yafet

Lisya has worked with One World Media in various capacities since 2013. She is currently responsible for producing the first edition of Global Short Docs Forum, and managing One World Media projects for nurturing new talent, including the Production Fund and international reporting workshops. 

Lisya is a freelance producer, working on film and event production. She has worked with Open City Documentary Festival, Quadrangle Film Festival and DocumentarIst Istanbul Documentary Days as a programmer and coordinator, producing regular screenings, panel discussions and development workshops. She produces films and videos with Superplex Pictures, Loft Films and Hiten Media, and runs practical filmmaking workshops at Arcola Theatre.

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Jennifer Igiri

Jennifer joined One World Media in 2017 as a Creative Access trainee Comms Officer. She is now responsible for all digital communications, including website maintenance and social media content. Jennifer has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Middlesex University. She is interested in the stories that don’t get told, the reasons why, and the media’s role in how things are perceived. She is an avid script writer and poet and she will be starting an MA in Screenwriting at the LCC in Fall 2018.

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Ragnhild Nøst Bergem

Ragnhild is a Norwegian filmmaker and cinematographer. She has a distinct and brave voice in storytelling, and her intimate approach to the vulnerable characters in her films makes them open up and share the unspoken. Her film “Remember me?” was selected at IDFA’s student documentaries in 2016 and was part of the National Art Exhibition in Norway in 2017. It’s a strong portrait of young people who suffer from dementia, and their next of kin. Bergem’s film brings the audience closer to people who normally remain silent.

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Ismael Egui Saad

Ismael is a psychologist and a film director, and founder of Icaro Films. He creates digital content for online platforms, and has a strong interest in mixing documentary filmmaking with psychology, to achieve intimate and deep testimonies. He explores queer culture, its notions of body, community and the self. He was awarded Best Web Series in Popayan Short Film Festival 2015, first place for Audiovisual Piece in the Expresarte 2016 Festival; and Best Short Film, Best Director and Best Script in the 48h film project Bogotá 2016, achieving a special exhibition at Festival de Cannes 2017.

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Jason Hanasik

Jason has a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. He is currently a fellow at SFFILM’s FilmHouse where he is developing a series of short docs. Jason’s artwork appeared at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and other galleries around the world. His first monograph, “I slowly watched him disappear” is in collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stanford University. Jason’s short docs are generally character driven films which explore how seemingly ordinary individuals are living extraordinary, complex lives.

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Zeynep Guzel

Zeynep is currently based in Istanbul and manages the New Film Fund since its foundation in 2015. She received her BA in Film and Television and her MA in Sociology, worked as a film tutor as well as a screenwriter, director’s assistant and consequently as a producer in film and media productions. She produced the feature length documentary “Beginnings” directed by Somnur Vardar in 2013 and is working on her debut documentary film “Come Rain or Shine”.

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Elena Horn

Elena is an emerging filmmaker from Germany who graduated in Documentary Practice from Brunel University London. She is working as a story producer for ARTE, ARD, RTL and SPIEGEL TV Wissen. Elena’s films focus on questions around education, working culture, love and ethnic conflict employing visual inspirations from the world of music and dance. As a director, Elena is a fellow of the Logan Non-Fiction Program in New York. Together with Alessandro Leonardi, she was selected for the BBC Fresh Award for her short documentary “Generation in Transit”.

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Saila Huusko

Saila is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist. She graduated from the Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, Narratively, and GlobalPost. She worked in several conflict and post-conflict areas as an in-house filmmaker for Crisis Management Initiative. Her first feature documentary, Moroni For President, is on the festival circuit with a later public broadcast in the US. As a filmmaker, she gravitates towards stories about people who fight the odds and/or immerse themselves in something the rest of the world doesn’t seem to understand.

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Amit Madheshiya

Amit is an award winning, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker based in Mumbai. His photographs on the Travelling Cinemas in India won the World Press Photo, World Photography Award and Grand Prize at the Humanity Photo Awards. His film “The Cinema Travellers”, co-directed with Shirley Abraham, premiered as an Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2016, to a standing ovation, and won 18 awards. Amit’s work is supported by the Sundance Institute, MacArthur Foundation, Goethe Institut India, India Foundation for the Arts, Arts Council England, and the University of Heidelberg.

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Peter Okojie

Born in the Edo State of Nigeria, Peter began his journey through life fascinated by filmmaking. He studied Cinematography at The Pencil Film and Television Institute, with a concentration in videography/documentary filmmaking. He later received a degree in Business from Lagos State Polytechnics. Peter’s love for filmmaking, particularly documentaries, continues to propel his passion for storytelling. He was one of the 10 people representing Nigeria at aKoma’s 2017 Amplify Fellowship for Africa’s storytellers and content creators. Peter works as a Director of Photography in the film industry in Lagos, throughout the continent of Africa and overseas.

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Anders Palm Olesen

Anders holds a BA in Political Science and is currently completing his MA in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths. He’s been working on documentaries for television since 2015, when he sailed around the world filming and producing the series; “Towards Distant Shores” for Danish TV2. He recently co-directed and filmed the award-winning documentary, “Manila High – Life in Company with Death”. Next to his studies, he is freelancing on various documentary projects and finishing a feature documentary with a Danish director, filming in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and the UK. From Summer ’18 he will be based out of Beirut.

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Hanz Rippe

Based in Bogota, Hanz is a Colombian filmmaker and photographer devoted to the production of documentary images and stories. He’s been working with indigenous, peasant and Afro-Colombian communities for over 7 years. He has a deep interest in learning and nurturing his knowledge to take on new projects, adopting new narrative skills to keep on telling stories throughout the Colombian and Latin-American territory. He has won documentary photography awards in Colombian contests, and he is in search of strategies and communication tools to generate long-term projects with multimedia platforms.

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Nancy Roberts

Nancy has lived in Japan for eight years, during which she has worked for the United Nations and numerous non-governmental organizations. She recently spent time in Berlin, filming her documentary “The Little Girl and the House” —the story of one woman’s struggle to prevent her apartment block from being bought by investors. Nancy has filmed and photographed in 15 countries. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

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Mohamed Shalaby

Mohamed is a filmmaker currently living in Turkey, finishing two BA degrees in Film & TV and Motion Design. He did a short term study in Kent University in Film Studies. Mohamed has worked on various projects and sets for TV shows, short films, documentaries, and music videos, and produced his own projects. He currently works as a director, writer, editor and cinematographer, and he is a strong believer of the guerrilla filmmaking style.

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Annabella Stieren

Annabella is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker from Berlin with a background in Politics and Psychology. She has lived and worked as a journalist in Europe and the Middle East mostly reporting about conflict, politics, migration, human rights and global economy. She has a passion for directing short films and creative documentaries and likes to explore new forms of storytelling. Her work was featured in Der Spiegel, Euronews, CCTV, NRT, stern, ZDF and 3SAT. Her latest documentary “From Kurdistan with Love” premiered at IDFA in 2017.

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Angelos Tsaousis

Angelos has twelve years of experience in the audiovisual sector, with a postgraduate degree in Communication Studies and a specialisation in documentary filmmaking. Since 2011, he’s been mainly producing/directing creative documentaries with an international potential. His main objective is to explore the potential of documentary form as a social impact tool. He participated at first edition of Emerging Producers at IDFF Jihlava, and he is spearheading DocRepublic – a documentary hub where digital storytellers and public dialogue will be inspired. Angelos is a Fulbright Artist Scholar (2016/2017) and an x-fellow at SFFS’s Filmhouse (2017) where he developed his current documentary film Far.Go.Bots.

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Sein Lyan Tun

Sein is an international award winning filmmaker from Myanmar. His documentary “Unsilent Potato” is well recognized in Myanmar and Southeast Asia, and he’s an alumni of “Talents Tokyo” 2016. He is focusing on making documentaries and short films about young people, women, education, child labour and human trafficking. Currently, he is working on his documentary “For Me and Others Like Me” which won “Docs Spirit Award” from Docs Port INCHEON in 2016, and Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize in 2017 at Japan Prize.

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Nicholas Wambugu

Nicholas is a director, producer, drone pilot, and writer at Folklore Films. Since 2015, he’s directed 10 short films in different regions of Italy. Nicholas has also been writing and directing an ongoing feature documentary about cycling in Kenya. His first short film “All-In” won Best Production in diaspora at the Kalasha International Awards in 2015. In 2017 he filmed 150 testimonial/TvC/short documentaries for the President of Kenya during the election campaign period. He was the head Aerial Cinematographer for the short film “Watu Wote”, which was nominated for the Oscars 2018 for Best Live Short Film.

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Simon Ardizzone

Simon is a documentary editor, producer and director living in London. Simon graduated as an editor from the National Film and Television School in England. For twenty years he has worked on long and short-form projects for all the major UK broadcasters, as well as BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, HBO, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic. Genres range from crime drama-documentary to investigative journalism, and from lifestyle programming to observational documentary. In 2003, Simon received a BAFTA nomination for editing and in 2007, Simon was nominated for an Emmy award in Investigative Journalism for Hacking Democracy, a feature-length documentary that proved votes could be stolen from American voting machines. Simon is currently working on a follow-up.

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Kashaf Chaudhry

Kashaf has 20 years experience in creating engaging, high quality content. As a filmmaker he directed the Real Da Vinci Code, one of the highest ever-rating factual programmes on Channel 4. He would later return to the channel as a commissioner responsible for Time Team, the most successful history brand on television. He took that experience on to Discovery where he worked across the EMEA region, developing new channels and commissioning award winning short form content. His love of international content led him to Al Jazeera English, where he commissioned and produced a range of series with a particular focus on digital distribution. As the executive producer at Breakthrough Media, Kashaf is responsible for the development and production of all film content, across all digital platforms. He works with strategy and digital insights to continuously evolve the content, whether it’s an Instagram film or an interactive documentary.

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Paul Sapin

Paul has made films for broadcasters in the UK, USA and Europe as well as for Al Jazeera English. Paul’s work Made In Bangladesh about the clothing factory disasters won the Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination. He won the Royal Television Society award for his BBC film Rivals for Paradise about the war between the Vatican and the Soviet Union. In So Close So Far Away, Paul investigated an event from the Vietnam War that received the Cine Golden Eagle and the International Academy of Visual Arts Award for Best Documentary. His most recent film A Very Sicilian Justice won Best Documentary Short in the 2017 Manchester International Film Festival.

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Dominique Young

Dominique is an Executive Producer in international documentary and factual programming.  For many years she was Senior Commissioning Producer for the Witness observational documentary strand on Al Jazeera English, executive producing programming from Africa and the Middle East with a particular emphasis on developing young, regional documentary makers. She currently oversees all international output for the production and communications company Breakthrough Media.

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Sarah Brown

Sarah is training and news literacy manager, EMEA region for the Facebook media partnerships team. She has been at Facebook for three years and prior to that spent 15 years working in digital and social media for newsrooms around the world such as the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN, working on user generated content, social and digital media. She is based in London.

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Adam Gee

Adam specialises in social video/short form video. He set up the factual Short Form Video service on All4, Channel 4’s online player – he was a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 for 13 years (of Multiplatform TV and Online Video). He is the first Commissioning Editor of original programming at Little Dot Studios, commissioning documentaries for ‘Real Stories’ channel. Adam has won over 80 international awards for his productions, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award of the New York International Film Festival. He is a voting member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy.

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EMILY BODENBERG

Emily has been commissioning short documentaries on a range of pressing
social justice and human rights issues from established and emerging independent producers around the globe for AJ+ since 2014. She also produces in-house docs for the network with correspondents Dena Takruri and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. Prior to AJ+, she produced long-form television documentaries for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CBS and ABC in the US. She began her career as a news and current affairs radio produc- er with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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ROSIE GARTHWAITE

Rosie is the Digital Documentaries Producer for BBC Arabic, and the founder of Mediadante; an award-winning independent production company making lms about the Middle East region for a global audience. She is producer of the multi award-winning The Workers Cup that premiered on the opening night of Sundance 2017. The International Emmy-award winning Escape from Isis which she developed for Channel 4 and PBS was referenced by the UK Prime Minister in a key speech and shown to the U.S. Congress. She exec produced a CINE Golden Eagle winning series following the rst Saudi woman up Everest, and she is the author of the award-winning book How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone (Bloomsbury, 2011).

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RAVIN SAMPAT

Ravin is an Executive Producer with BBC News and Digital Current Affairs. He commissions short and long form content for BBC Stories, BBC Like That, and various other strands that target underserved audiences. He has been a journalist for over 8 years, leading on digital innovation in storytelling, and worked for a number of BBC News programmes. Ravin also specialises in audience engagement strategies for current affairs output, user generated content veri cation, creating new formats, and innovation in news. He created a Snapchat documentary following migrants across Europe, and was also a producer on BBC Panorama’s rst ever digital only documentary on Facebook.

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LINDSAY POULTON

Lindsay is a multi-award winning documentary lmmaker and journalist who is passionate about innovation in digital storytelling and new platforms. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and multimedia interactives on subjects ranging from climate change to the First World War, the global garment industry in Bangladesh to the psychological impact of solitary con nement in American prisons.

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ERICA EDWARDS

Erica has been making lms her whole life, and working with video at Lush since 2013. Her work has seen her travel the world to document stories of local ingredients and people, and most recently she has been coordinating the Lush Film Fund, a grants initiative to provide funding to a diverse selection of lm projects around the globe.

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ALEX MACKINTOSH

Alex is the Director of Content at Zinc Network, a global communications agency that helps governments, communities, businesses, and NGOs address some of the most complex issues facing the world today and deliver positive social change. He has also created several social video channels for Zinc Network, including the eponymous Zinc, which has had over half a billion video views on Facebook. Alex came to Zinc from a 14-year career in the broadcast industry, where he made numerous hit shows for broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, TLC and A&E. He has lmed presidents and porn stars, dog slaughterhouses and revolutions – but nothing will beat a private tour of the set of cult 90s soap opera Eldorado.

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RUTH WRIGHT

Ruth is Editor-in-Chief at Zinc Network, managing social channels Zinc and Zag as well as sponsored content. Ruth is BBC-trained in broadcast journalism and, before joining Zinc, worked as a freelance producer, director, casting producer and all the roles below that in the TV industry. She worked on big documentary series for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV, Discovery and National Geographic. She believes variety and exibility are key to a successful career in media, so she has also produced an award-winning ctional short and documentary-style branded content for big brands.

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BATOUL KARBIJHA

Batoul is a journalist and producer, currently based in the Netherlands. She has a Masters in TV Production and Media and Theology, and a wide range of experience in storytelling and lm production, particularly in con icted and war-torn countries. She has an intimate approach, focusing on human rights, immigrants, refugees and sensitive religious topics. Her short-form lm series The 11 Years Old Rebel has been nominated for the Short Film Award at OWM Awards. Prior to joining Zoomin. TV, Batoul worked as a program producer at NPO (a Dutch public broadcaster) and a lm producer at War Child. She is currently responsible for hunting and producing stories from all around the world – in cooperation with a network of professional freelance lmmakers.

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ZEYNEP YILDIZ

Zeynep has worked for the film and TV industry for over 10 years. She was an assistant director in Istanbul for TV commercials and music videos before moving to Leeds for a Masters degree in Film Production. Since her studies at the Northern Film School, she has worked on feature documentaries, online short form and news reports, as well as film distribution. She was the production manager for critically acclaimed feature documentary Shadows of Liberty which toured festivals including Hot Docs, IDFA and Sheffield Doc/Fest. She saw the film through its distribution stages and was in charge of its outreach and marketing campaign. Zeynep currently works on her own projects and is based in London.

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GABRIELLE CARACCIOLO

Gabrielle joined One World Media in January 2018 as an intern, assisting with the Global Short Docs Forum. Gabrielle is in her second year of a dual degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with Political Science at Syracuse University in Upstate New York. She is interning with One World Media until the end of May as part of her study abroad term in London. She has previously interned on radio news desks and worked as a multimedia journalist for a student-run television station.

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CHARLIE PHILLIPS

Charlie is the Head of Documentaries at The Guardian. Guardian Documentaries commissions and acquires new documentaries from all around the world for one of the world’s most visited serious online video platforms, The Guardian’s global website. He commissions mostly short form documentaries, up to approximately 20 minutes, with brilliant storytelling and characters focused on contemporary subjects which are relevant globally and feel very new. Charlie was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for 7 years before joining The Guardian in 2014 to create the documentary strand, and prior to that he was Editor of FourDocs for Channel 4.

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MATT SHAW

Matthew produces, commissions and licenses film for Lush Player, as well as setting up and managing the publishing for the Lush Gorilla channel, employing and developing its teams and content. He produces a series of short film and documentaries for the Gorilla, as well as writing for the Lush website & Louder than War magazine and producing radio content for The Quietus. He presents regular Lush events focussing on authors, musicians and activists. Alongside film Matthew has published a series of photography and poetry books as well as recording and touring professionally as a musician.

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Katie Sakka

Katie Sakka is currently Head of Talent at Zoomin.TV, global media company and largest MPN in Europe. After working as an Interpreter in Southeastern Europe for many years, she returned to the UK and has held various roles within the media industry, with positions at Zoomin.TV including Production Manager and Head of Channel Development. Katie’s current role has a heavy focus on Talent & Content development and distribution, detecting and capitalizing on opportunities available in the marketplace.

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Eleanor Winter

Eleanor Winter is responsible for producing and publishing surprising, dynamic and engaging short form content for a hugely international audience. Currently heading up Zoomin.TV’s lifestlye channel, Beehive, she has experience in coordinating remote shoots, directing in studio, and recruiting talented filmmakers. Her professional background is in copy writing, and she’s still continually on the look out for the most unusual ways to tell a story (visually or otherwise).

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Julia Lemos Lima

Julia started her career as a journalist at the largest TV network in Latin America, TV Globo. In 2012, she co-directed the documentary TV series, Musica.doc, commissioned and broadcast by VH1 Brazil/Viacom. In 2016, she completed her MA in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths College. Ever since she’s been directing short films and was granted a One World Media Production Fund to shoot a short documentary in Brazil about how women deal with sexual harassment and abuse. In London, she has been working as a freelance video maker, producing institutional films for University College London and The Open University.

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Lara Taylor

As a Social Anthropology post-graduate, Lara’s interest in people and places has evolved into a passion for using video as a tool to impact people’s thoughts and actions. Her drive is to share stories that uplift and inspire. Social media and cell phone videos are a new source of interest and learning, particularly in South Africa as bandwidth has dramatically improved, and she is inspired by the power of short videos. She’s been in the industry for 18 years, increasingly focused on participatory filmmaking, and in particular teaching people how to film on their mobile phones.

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Damilola Onafuwa

Damilola is documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Lagos, Nigeria. He focuses on human-interest stories that create consciousness about social issues. He is interested in how cultures are formed and how they shape our perception of the world. As an advocate of social change, he has worked with notable organizations both locally and internationally, including UNICEF, RCS London and The Commonwealth. He is a member of Africa Photo-Journalism Database, and a fellow at The Royal Commonwealth Society.

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Yue Wu

Yue is a Chinese documentary filmmaker and photojournalist based between Shanghai and Chongqing, China. Her visual work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Initium Media and Sixth Tone. Boxing Shadows is her first directed short documentary film. Yue was born and raised in Chongqing, China. After five-year studying Journalism at Iowa State University in United States, Yue decided to move back to China, and to tell stories through her lens.

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Alba Jaramillo

Alba is based in New York and Medellín. Her film Project for a Collection screened internationally in venues such as Big Sky, Havana Film Festival and won Best Short Documentary at the Guayaquil International Film Festival. She is a producer for CNN’s Great Big Story and Moxie Pictures’ upcoming documentary series about education reform. She was the production coordinator for Academy Award-nominated Cartel Land and the US producer for Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local events. While completing her MFA in Media Arts Production at the State University of New York – Buffalo, she taught courses in film theory and immigration studies.

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André Larsson

André is originally a photojournalist turned documentary filmmaker based in Umeå, northern Sweden. He previously worked with NGOs primarily in Burma and Gaza. With a constant focus on empowering people around him, he invites people he follows to co-create the film about them – sometimes by giving them their own camera or through a thorough co-creative directing process. André’s latest film Alone Through Iran – 1144 Miles of Trust has won several awards and the trailer has been viewed more than 30 million times.

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Keti Kapanadze

Ketevani is in her last year of the Film Study program at Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film Georgia State University. From 2016 to 2018, she worked for Tbilisi International Student Film Festival as an organiser, for CineDOC-Tbilisi on coordination and programming, and as a project assistant for Audio Visual Storytelling Course for emerging documentary filmmakers. She co-founded the platform Tarazo, which aims to organise human right film events. Ketevani is part of the project 16 Women For Change, within the framework of which she created her first film Serving the Homeland. Currently she is working on her next documentary, Lana.

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Isobel Cockerell

Isobel is a multimedia investigative journalist. She is currently reporting on disinformation and authoritarian technology for Coda Story, a crisis reporting platform. She spent her teenage years making amateur horror films on a webcam, but first picked up a proper camera as a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School. She has since documented the lives of LGBT Russian refugees in Brooklyn, African-American residents of Chicago’s west side, Uighur exiles in Istanbul, and a Colombian soap star in Queens. She worked on production for USA Today’s critically-acclaimed The City podcast, a ten-part audio documentary. Originally from London, she is now based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Owen Kean

Owen is a producer and director, a two time BAFTA Children’s Award winner and RTS North Award winner. His work has ranged from communicating classical music to young people, bringing Romantic poetry to life for a modern audience and creating a new visual format for The Kermode and Mayo Show, to uncovering the gritty underside of Rio’s hip-hop scene, documenting people’s shifting opinions on Brexit and showing the world how a life can be rebuilt after escaping the Grenfell fire. He is based in London, but remains a Liverpudlian, despite the sliding accent.

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Angus Dunsire

Angus is a London based director and co-founder of Pal.tv, a London based creative studio and production house specialising in video content. At Pal, Angus and his team come up with new ways to engage audiences and have done so for the likes of Somerset House, Cannes Lions, The International Rescue Committee and Penguin among others. Angus previously worked as a video journalist for a number of UK news organisations, including the Press Association – before setting up Pal. He has a passion for visual storytelling and his work has been published by the Atlantic, The Guardian and AJ+.

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Roxy Rezvany

Roxy is a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent. She has been recognised by The Dots as one of their Creative Trailblazers of 2018 and featured twice in Broadcast Magazine as an up and coming director. After a career in television which included the twice Emmy-nominated programme, Gaycation, her directorial debut Little Pyongyang, a short film about North Korean refugees, premiered in competition at CPH: Dox Festival, had its UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and was the winner of best director at Underwire Festival, best documentary at The Smalls, and is currently up for a SIMA award.

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Denys Lukoshkin

Denys is an independent director and cinematographer from Kyiv, Ukraine. He studied documentary filmmaking at The Sergey Bukovsky Film Program in 2016-2017. During that time, Denys became a finalist of the national contest The Guardian Goes to Ukraine as the producer of the project Furious. He took part in making a short film House On The Edge Of The Planet as a student of Digital Filmmaking course at Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. He likes to take part in Medieval reenactments, which is also the topic of his current documentary.

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Lesia Diak

Lesia is a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist from Kyiv. She graduated from the the National University of Ostroh Academy specializing in Public Relations in 2010 and studied at the The Sergey Bukovsky Film Program in 2016-2017. Lesia currently works in a creative agency communicating healthcare projects, and writes short stories and reportage. She created a series of articles about veteran families in Ukraine and people living in a war zone. The film Strong But Not Steel is her first directorial experience.

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Taisiia Kutuzova

Taisiia is a documentary filmmaker and a freelance videomaker. She received an MA in Journalism from Ukrainian Catholic University. During the video academy DocEmotion in Ukraine, she created two short documentary films as a co-director, cameraperson and editor. One of her films was screened at the Docudays UA Festival in 2017, telling the story of two choirs in a single house of culture: one with veterans of Ukrainian Insurgent Army and one with the Red Army. She is currently working on her debut short documentary as a director.

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Les Yakymchuk

Les is a documentary director and journalist from Ukraine. He graduated from Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism and started Linza Production, where he works as a producer and director creating videos mostly for Ukrainian NGOs. He completed four short documentaries and one short fiction film. His films focus on issues of human perception and communication, social problems in Ukraine and internal reflections. His documentary What’s Wrong With My Home took part in Art Doc Fest, and is about individualization that leads to drug addiction in Ukraine.

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Yurii Yudin

Yurii is a self-taught filmmaker, focusing on editing and directing. Though he’s never been to film school, he developed his career by reading, practicing, and following the documentary film culture in Ukraine. In 2013, he made his first short Facing Window, about windows where lights were never turned off. Over the next 5 years, he has gained experience in filmmaking, worked as an editor and DOP on documentary projects. He participated in the Civil Pitch at Docudays UA 2018, with the project Drowsiness, his feature documentary debut. Yurii is developing digital projects around the topic of “human existence in undiscovered spaces” such as dreams or the virtual world.

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Elīza Bēniņa

Elīza is a student of Audiovisual Media BA in Baltic Film School, Estonia. She has made short student films and has recently discovered her passion for documentaries. Before starting her studies, she participated in a year-long voluntary work with children in Northern Ireland with European Voluntary Service through which she became more interested in social themes, especially in the stories of the socially excluded. In her filmmaking work she wants to raise awareness and tell the stories of those whose voices are usually silenced.

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QUTAIBA BARHAMJI

Born in Damascus, Qutaiba is an award-winning film editor and director based in Paris. He has edited films in 12 different languages, full length documentaries as well as fiction films. His works are traveling around the globe at festivals like Venice, Berlin, IDFA, Rotterdam, Paris, Nyon, and many others. Among them are Still Recording (2018) dir. Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al Batal, Poisonous Roses (2018) dir. Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, Wardé (2016) dir. Qutaiba Barhamji, The Magic Mountain (2015) dir. Andreï Schtakleff, Rough Stage (2015) dir. Toomas Järvet. Qutaiba also works as an editing consultant and trainer for several organisations in Europe and
the Middle East.

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JEAN GARNER

Jean has worked with documentary filmmakers for the past 15 years.
She worked for ABC News and the network’s leading long form news
program, Nightline. At Al Jazeera, she oversaw production and acquisition of documentaries from the Americas for the channel’s flagship program, Witness. In 2012, she helped to establish the Viewfinder program in Latin America, designed to recruit emerging filmmakers from across the region and bring their voices to an international audience. Today, she works with journalists and filmmakers for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, whose work is based in some of the most difficult regions for free expression; including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and Iran.

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DANIEL ABMA

Daniel studied film directing at the Film University Babelsberg in
Germany, where he realised the feature length documentaries Beyond
Wriezen (Grimme Award, 2012) and Transit Havana (2016). Daniel focuses on observational, character-based documentaries about socially relevant topics. He teaches documentary film directing at Film University Babelsberg, and he is part of the selection committee of the DOK Leipzig Film Festival in Germany. He also works as a tutor at pitching workshops (Baltic Sea Docs Riga, Cinedoc Tbilisi, Docudays UA), and gives workshops and masterclasses on documentary filmmaking.

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ANDREW PHILLIPS

Andrew is Commissioning Editor at AJ Shorts, Al Jazeera English’s digital short documentary studio. He has been with the team since 2016. AJ Shorts produce short, sharp and intimate character driven stories from around the globe. Andrew works with reporters to find poignant personal stories and tell them in a way that rises above other content. As part of AJ Shorts, he prioritises emerging talent by giving opportunities to first time filmmakers, as well as collaborating with those who are more established. AJ Shorts was awarded ‘Video Team of the Year’ at last year’s Drum Online Media Awards.

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SERGEI TROFIMOV

Sergei is a Prague based media professional focused on TV-series and
documentary acquisition, production and distribution. He graduated
from Baltic Film and Media School (Tallinn, Estonia) with a bachelor of
Crossmedia production. For the last 15 years, Sergei has been involved
in audio-visual production across print, online and video. He worked for Estonian Public Broadcasting as acquisition executive for feature films, animation and documentaries for ETV+ (channel in Russian). Since 2017 Sergei has been working for Current Time TV (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty) as an acquisition and commissioning manager.

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LAURENCE TOPHAM

Laurence has worked at the Guardian for over 10 years. He was initially
an in-house video producer, working across a wide-range of international news stories, documentaries, interactives and investigations. He has won multiple awards for his work – including Firestorm, Fast Ice and Building the Bomb – and has filmed in places such as Antarctica, the Arctic, West and East Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and all across the United States. Laurence is currently a Special Projects Editor and oversees many of the Guardian’s in-house documentaries and multimedia projects – such as The Trap, The Tower Next Door and Beyond the Blade.

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ANNA YERESKO

Anna is the Story/Culture Editor at Hromadske. She dreamed about being a cinematographer since she was a kid; but she married a cinematographer and got three kids instead. Anna’s now trying to turn television into cinema. She feels lucky to have met Hromadske, as short docs are their favorite. Hromadske is a story-centric platform, hunting for protagonists and their huge little dramas. Anna believes there is only a slight difference between real life and the movies. Same rules of three-act drama, same suspense. Especially in Ukraine, where it’s like living in a dramatic action movie since Maidan in 2014. The big challenge is to stay empathetic and don’t lose the human touch.

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ERICA EDWARDS

Erica fell in love with filmmaking at the age of eight when she first
discovered her dad’s hi-8 camcorder. She is now a film producer and
director, and manages the Lush Film Fund, which champions films
with a conscience and ethical backbone. She dreams of a future world
of filmmaking where everyone has the same opportunities and is
passionate about providing a space in film for others to share their
stories without restraint.

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ALEX HOFFMAN

Alex is Head of Video at VICE UK, managing the documentary films and series across the network. Prior to this, he was Head of Music, managing VICE’s music channel Noisey from launch. VICE and Noisey UK have won a series of awards for its groundbreaking content. Before VICE, Alex spent nine years at MTV, a tenure that included winning an NME Award for Gonzo with Zane Lowe, and running the rock and indie channel MTV2. As a director, Alex has made a number of documentaries including Hip Hop in the Holy Land hosted by Mike Skinner, the controversial feature The Redemption of the Devil, and films about the likes of Liam Gallagher, Skepta and seminal clubnight Bugged Out.

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ROMAN STEPANOVYCH

Roman is co-founder and executive producer of Zaborona. He focuses
on issues of migration, post-soviet reforms, human rights, and gender
inequality. He has contributed to PBS Newshour, AP, Bloomberg and Vice in Ukraine, Russia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Turkey. Roman reported from both sides of the conflict in the East of Ukraine during an active phase of the war, filmed as a cameraman and producer some of the dispatches Russian Roulette on Vice News. In 2018, he produced the Peabody and NPC award-winning Inside Putin’s Russia series for PBS Newshour. In 2018 he launched Zaborona media project with prominent Ukrainian (and former Russian) journalist Kateryna Serhatskova.

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ANASTASIA KANAROVA

Anastasia is Senior Video Producer of Zaborona. She focuses on issues
of war between Russia and Ukraine, internal migration, human rights,
LGBTQ, and far-right movements. She has contributed for Hromadske TV as video content producer till 2018. She has made the film Donetsk Spring about pro-Ukrainian protesters and their resistance to “Russian spring” in Donetsk during the beginning of the war in the East of Ukraine. In Zaborona, she is one of the directors of the art-doc serial Light it up! about Ukrainian changemakers in local communities. She also contributed to Current Time TV, BBC, Reuters, RFE/RL, UNHCR, Thompson Foundation.

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HORIA EL HADAD

Horia El Hadad is an observational documentary filmmaker and producer for Al Jazeera’s flagship documentary strand, Witness. Horia has produced and directed ‘East End Undertakers‘, ‘Undocumented and Under Attack‘, ‘When Time Stopped at Sea’, ‘Paris: Voice of the Suburbs’ and ‘A Marrakech Tale’.  Horia is committed to producing multi-layered, non-judgmental and impact-driven films that explore global issues through personal narratives.

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