Vladimir Brnardić is a screenwriter, editor and director, born in 1973. After graduating with a degree in history from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1997, he has been working for the Documentary Department of Croatian National Television (HRT) as a journalist and editor. Vladimir is an author of contributions for TV Kalendar and associate on the documentary serial Prošlost u sadašnjosti. He wrote and directed 15 documentaries. Since 2016 he is has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Documentary Department at Croatian Television.
Born in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1972. Lejla Dedić lived, studied and worked in London for 20 years. In 1997 she graduated in Media and Society at South Bank University in London. She has over 20 years of experience working in the media sector: production, post-production and broadcasting. She worked in BBC World Service Trust/Media Action that uses media and communications to help reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. Since 2011, Lejla has been given a role of Producer at Al Jazeera Balkans.
Thierry gratuated in Journalism and Communication prior to mastering European Writing and Analysis at ULB Brussels. He started producing and directing radio programmes and documentaries before founding Ventes-CBAWIP-Sales in 1998, and Visible Film in 2014, an international pre-sales and sales company that financed six projects and releases 10 new completed films a year, focusing on one-off, feature-length for TV, with an accent on contemporary society, human interest, geopolitics, current affairs, and history mini-series.
Hanka Kastelicová is the Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe. Based at the Prague office, she works closely with HBO Europe’s production centres in Warsaw, Budapest and Bucharest, and is responsible for the development and production of HBO Europe’s documentary films. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She continued her professional career in Slovenia, where she worked for more than 25 years as a documentary director and producer, and later as a Commissioning Editor and Head of Development of Documentary Programming. As an experienced and dedicated documentary filmmaker, she has been lecturing on documentary filmmaking and served as a moderator and participant on numerous industry panels and other documentary events.
In November 2009, Le Clef started a documentary distribution company, CAT&Docs. In January 2007, she joined Fortissimo Films as Senior Vice President – TV and Ancillary Sales from the Paris-based Doc & Co. Prior to this, she was with Films Transit International in Canada. She began her career at Unibelfilm in Belgium, promoting Belgian films internationally.
Katarina Zrinka Matijević graduated in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Her first professional documentary Of Cows and Men (co-directed with N. Slijepčević) was shown at major international documentary film festivals such as IDFA and Munich Film Festival. In 2016 she premiered with a narrative feature film The Trampoline and with the autobiographical documentary A Two-Way Mirror which won many domestic awards and was selected for the competition of Jihlava Film Festival, Festival dei Popoli and Sarajevo Film Festival, among others. She is an associate at VERN where she teaches fiction and documentary scriptwriting. Since May 2018 Katarina Zrinka is an Artistic Advisor for Documentary Films at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
Jarmila started her career as an Acquisition and Programme Manager for HBO/Supermax kids channel. After a couple of years working for a British distribution company, she decided to set up her own business focused on music production and international film distribution. Since 2013 she works as Head of Industry Office at Jihlava IDFF – the largest festival of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe.
Leena Pasanen started her career as a journalist in 1988 at the Finnish News Agency, first as a reporter and later on as a political commentator from the Parliament house. In 1993 she joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, subeditor and TV presenter for the current affairs magazine programme on YLE TV1. After that she was the Head of Documentaries for YLE TV1 in 1999-2000. When YLE launched new digital channels, she was chosen as the Head of Programmes responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programmes in YLE Teema, a channel focusing on culture, science and education. She stayed with the channel until November 2005, when she started working as the Director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2008 she returned to YLE in Finland as Coordinator of Programmes and at YLE Fact and Culture and later as Coordinator and Senior Advisor at YLE Media and Customer Relations. In 2011 – 2014 she worked in Budapest, Hungary leading the Finnish Institute and also serving as cultural attaché at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. She is currently based in Leipzig, Germany and working as Managing and Artistic Director of DOK Leipzig, the international film festival for documentary and animated film. She has been a regular expert, tutor and lecturer at several training programmes, for example EDN, Discovery Campus, EURODOC and Television Business School. She was a EURODOC 1999 graduate and a member of the international advisory committee at Hot Docs. She has also been a board member of IDFA Forum, INPUT and the Bonnier’s Journalistic Award in Finland and served as a jury member at several international festivals, among others Sundance and IDFA.
Andraž Pöschl is the Editor of Documentary Programme, Department of Culture and Arts Programme, TV Slovenia. He began to work for the Slovenian national TV station 20 years ago and spent most of the years working as an author of doc- umentaries. Later he became the editor in charge of Documentary Programme. Between the years 2011 and 2015 he was Editor-in-Chief of Culture and Arts Programme. He is also a member of different commissions and juries both inside and outside TV Slovenia.
Rada Šešić is a festival programmer, film lecturer, critic and film director. She is the Head of the Documentary Competition at Sarajevo FF and a Co-head of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique-SFF. Šešić is also associated with the two largest film festivals in The Netherlands: IDFA, where she is involved in the selecting process and IFFR, where she works as a Programme Advisor and Curator and participates in the selection committee of the festivals’ Hubert Bals Fund and IDFA Bertha Fund. She is also Artistic Director of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in The Hague and serves on the board of the Balkan Documentary Centre and NETPAC. As a documentary mentor and consultant, she worked at 20 international workshops/pitching sessions in Europe and Asia. In The Netherlands, she directed four films – Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2001), In Whitest Solitude (2002), On the Way to School (2007). Her films were screened at 60 festivals, won awards and are archived by MoMA/ New York and EYE/Amsterdam.
Harry Vaughn is a Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, specialising in US and world documentary features. At the festival, he also leads a Talent Forum initiative that introduces world documentary filmmakers to American film industry representatives. He is a Consulting Programmer for Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Forum and he began his career at the institute in 2011 as an intern and reader for the Feature Film Program, International. Aside from his work at Sundance, Harry is on the board of Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video and performance, and he is also a Consulting Programmer for Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. His previous work includes: Senior Programmer for Outfest Los Angeles, Programmer and Coordinator for NewFest in New York and Outfest Fusion. He holds a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a Los Angeles native.
Želimir Žilnik is the author of many fiction and documentary films, a winner of numerous awards at national and international festivals. He is one of the founders of the docu-drama genre and his films focus on contemporary issues, social, political and economic analyses of daily life. Among other things, he made many fiction and documentary titles to the subject of the Balkan cataclysm and the value system collapse in the post-transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe, refugee and migration issues in the new circumstances of such expanded Europe. His films have been screened at all the important festivals all over the world. Žilnik’s work has already been included in many retrospectives around the world, and currently he is preparing a comprehensive retrospective of his films at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Next to ongoing work in film production, Žilnik is also active as a mentor and executive producer at many international film workshops and schools and as a visiting lecturer he collaborates with numerous film schools across the world. He is currently based in Novi Sad, Serbia.
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