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Claire Aguilar
USA
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Claire Aguilar is Director of Programming and Policy at IDA. She oversees IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives. Aguilar serves as the primary programmer for IDA’s biennial “Getting Real” conference, a convening for documentary filmmakers and professionals, which will take place in September 2020. She is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where she curated and directed the film program for Doc/Fest 2015 and 2016. At the Independent Television Service (ITVS), she served as Vice President of Programming and Executive Content Advisor, working on program content and strategy for the organization.  She co-curated the Emmy and Peabody awarded series Independent Lens, PBS’s prominent showcase of independently produced films.  A second-generation Filipina American, she has a BA in Communications Studies and MA in Film and Television Studies from UCLA.  She serves on the Boards of Women Make Movies and Firelight Media and on the Advisory Board of the Why Foundation.

Claas Danielsen
Germany
Contributions:
Partner Organization (MDM)

Claas Danielsen is a German filmmaker, producer, lecturer and festival director currently based in Leipzig. He has made seven documentaries, several of which did extensive festival tours, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 2016, Claas was appointed managing director of the MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, the regional film fund serving Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Claas Danielsen was a board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association (AG DOK) and of the European Documentary Network EDN for years. From 2004 to 2014, he was the artistic and managing director of DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, which he developed into one of the leading international documentary festivals. In 1997, Claas became an assistant professor in the Documentary Department of the Munich Film Academy, where he built up a new chair for TV journalism. In 1999, Claas became head of studies at the Discovery Campus (now Documentary Campus). He is a member and advisor to the European Film Academy, board member of the Balkan Documentary Center and has served on many international festival juries and selection committees for various German film and media funds.

Hala Galal
Egypt
Contributions:
Consultant
DC Cafe/ Networking

Hala is an Egyptian director, script writer and producer. As such, she directed 18 and produced more than 15 films. Her feature documentary ‘Women ChitChat’ won the Silver Prize at the Arab Rotterdam Film Festival in 2006. Since 2002, she initiated several education opportunities, providing young potential filmmakers with basics of filmmaking, and helped create networks to support independent filmmaking in Egypt and the Arab region. She co-founded “SEMAT​ Production and Distribution​” which she has been managing since its inception. Hala was a jury member in numerous international, regional and local festivals, as well as head of the “Caravan of the Euro-Arab Cinema​ Festival”​ and the “Masry Asly” festival.

Jowe Harfouche
Lebanon
Contributions:
Co-facilitator of Expert Group
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Jowe Harfouche is the executive director of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS), a growing constellation of non-governmental cinema spaces presenting visionary film programs that engage and challenge audiences across the Arab region. He is also a filmmaker. With Ginger Beirut, he has produced feature films for the likes of Ghassan Salhab, Nadine Labaki, Simon El Haber, Ziad Doueiri, Vatché Boulghourjian, Rabih Mroué, Alia Farid, and Mark Lewis, working in various roles ranging from line producer and assistant director to post-producer and editor. As an independent filmmaker, he edited the feature film 28 Nights and a Poem by Akram Zaatari, and has directed music videos for Mashrou’ Leila and Aziza. Born and raised in Lebanon, he holds degrees in animation, film, and television production from Notre Dame University (Lebanon) and Trebas (Montreal, Quebec). Harfouche lives in Beirut, Lebanon.

Myriam Sassine
Lebanon
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Myriam Sassine majored in cinema studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and received a M.A. in cinema research. In 2012, she became a Producer at Abbout Productions working on several features such as Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes Critic’s Week 2016), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017), Amal by Mohamed Siam (Idfa 2017) and A Certain Nasser by Badih Massaad and Antoine Waked (Festival Lumière 2017). Myriam is the COO of Schortcut Films, dedicated to coproducing international features and the Executive Director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East.

Laura Ranca
Romania
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 3: Data is beautiful/ Data is ugly

Laura is a project lead at Tactical Tech in Berlin, where she manages the work of Exposing the Invisible – an initiative that explores how journalists, activists, technologists, artists and citizen journalists work together to investigate issues affecting their communities. Before Tactical Tech, she worked as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Prior to that, she was a reporter and researcher with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project – a community of investigative journalists, developers and activists in Romania. At RISE, among others, she coordinated the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform, which assists investigative journalists, activists and researchers in mapping complex organized crime networks. Earlier on, Laura also worked as a public information officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a program coordinator and reporter with the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Talal Afifi
Sudan
Contributions:
Consultant
Rough-cut Screenings

Talal Afifi (b.1976) is a Sudanese film curator, producer, founder and director of Sudan Film Factory- a production house and film culture center. Founded in 2010, it supports production, empowerment and building youth capacities in the fields of documentation, film making and freedom of expression. Previously working in cultural management in Egypt and Sudan, he also managed the production of over 40 documentaries and short films between 2010-2019, in addition to supervising filmmaking workshops and training in Sudan. Afifi is interested in further developing the independent filmmaking industry and supporting new modes of documentary production and presentation. Afifi is a Founder/ President of the Sudan Independent film Festival since 2014, and serves as a member of the executive committee of the Sudanese Writers’ Union. He is also part of the steering committee of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens and has served as a jury member of i.a. Film Festival of Oran, Algeria and NAAS award (Forum Expanded, Berlin International Film Festival).

Mikael Opstrup
Denmark
Contributions:
Facilitator of Expert Group
Module 2: Ethics of Co-Production

Mikael Opstrup is head of studies at the European Documentary Network (EDN) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and editor of the EDN Co-production Guide. In the 1980s, Mikael worked in distribution and theatrical release for documentary films, and has worked as a documentary producer since the 1990s. He was production adviser at the Danish Film Institute (1998 – 2002), and co-owner of Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen (2002 -2008), where he produced a number of international documentaries. Mikael is the chairman of the EDN, where he has worked since 2011.

Brigid O’Shea
Germany
Contributions:
Facilitator, Panelist
DC Cafe/ Networking, Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Brigid O’Shea is an Australian native who has worked for European film festivals and documentary organisations since 2008. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts obtained in Melbourne and Berlin, she started as an intern at the Berlinale Talent Campus. She worked for various Berlinale departments as a freelancer until 2014, including the EFM and also Co-Production Market, until taking a more focused approach on creative documentary. This came from coordinating the DOK Industry Programme from 2009-2015, which allowed her to also freelance for the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague, for Documentary Campus Masterschool, and  Berlin-based production companies. She has collected many professional experiences across diverse audiovisual fields as a freelancer before being appointed Head of DOK Industry Programme in January 2015. She regularly tutors on topics like European co-financing, cultural management and festival strategies in places like North America and East Europe.

 

Ines Marzouk
Egypt
Contributions:
Participant
Rough-cut Screenings

Ines Marzouk is a Tunisian filmmaker living and working in Egypt. She started her career as an editor and worked on a number of feature films such as Ahmad Abdallah’s Heliopolis (2009), and The End of the Road (2006) by Amir Ramses. She also directed her own short dramas, including Anything but That! (2006), a commentary and satire about smoking. She worked in the news as a video journalist and editor with Al Masry Al Youm and Tahrir News. Marzouk has also worked on a number of films that document events surrounding the revolution in Egypt, including working as an editor on Reporting a Revolution (2012) by Bassam Mortada which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival that year. She also directed her own short documentary about the events. Mohamad Mahmoud… Herald of the Revolutionaries (2012) recounts her live coverage of clashes between protesters and security forces, and was screened in festivals in the UAE and Jordan.

Azza Chaabouni
Tunisia
Contributions:
Consultant
Rough-cut Screenings

Azza Chaabouni is a Tunisian lecturer, researcher, editor and festival curator.

Among the films she edited is multi-award winning feature Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia (2016). Since 2014 Azza is the head of TAKMIL, a post-production workshop for African and Arab feature films and creative documentaries taking place annually in the framework of of “Carthage Pro”, the professional platform of Carthage Film Festival (JCC). In addition she was appointed head of of Ciné Par’Court in 2018, a project that accompanies seven groups of young Tunisian filmmakers in the realisation of their short films of all genres.

Azza studied cinema in Cinecittà-Rome. She is based in Tunis where she teaches cinema at the Higher Institute of Humanities while pursuing her PhD.

Marion Schmidt
Germany
Contributions:
Manager of DC

Marion Schmidt is the Events & Award Manager of DOX BOX e.V., the project manager of the annual international Documentary Convention, and one of the co-founders of the association. Previously she acted as the administrative head and project manager for the organisation.

As experienced cultural project manager, Marion has worked in various areas across Europe and the Middle East including for the Goethe-Institut Cairo, European Film Market, Berlin and Social Enterprise UK in London. Next to her engagement with DOX BOX Marion does cultural project management in Berlin and pro-bono consultancies for individuals and small initiatives upon request. Marion holds a Master’s degree in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from the University of London, UK. She is participant of the Eurodoc 2019 program.

Mohanad Yaqubi
Belgium, Palestine
Contributions:
Facilitator of Expert Group
Module 4: Displaced Archives

Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer and co-founder of the Ramallah-based production house Idioms Film. Mohanad is also a co-founding member of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films, which focuses on militant film practices. Most recently, Mohanad became a resident researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Gent, Belgium. Mohanad’s filmography as a producer includes the documentary features Infiltrators (2013) and Suspended Time (2013) and the narrative short Pink Bullet (2014). He has worked on several films as co-producer, including the narrative feature Habibi (2010), the short narrative Though I Know the River is Dry (2012) and the feature documentaries Ambulance (2016) and Ouroboros (2017). Mohanad’s first feature film, Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory (2016) made its premiere at TIFF, Berlinale, cinema du reel, Dubai IFF, and Yamagata, among many others around the world.

Ibrahim Mursal
Norway, Sudan
Contributions:
Participant
Rough-cut Screenings

Ibrahim Mursal is a Sudanese/Somali/Norwegian filmmaker living and working in Oslo. Graduating as an oil engineer, Mursal decided to follow his passion in film and social activism instead. Starting in the Sudan Film Factory, Mursal headed several media initiatives for gender equality projects and youth participation, in Sudan and Qatar. In 2013, he moved back to Norway where he worked in film alongside refugees and unaccompanied refugee minors. He currently works to further Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and is in the post-production phase of his first feature documentary film.

Guevara Namer
Germany, Syria
Contributions:
Module Guide
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Guevara is a co-founder of DOX BOX. Her position at DOX BOX from 2014 till 2017 was academy manager and community moderator, where she contributed in building the community and was furthermore involved in several productions of the academy’s educational materials. Prior to her involvement with DOX BOX, she used to run the documentary campus of the DOX BOX International Film Festival Syria and was production manager and line producer of several Syrian documentary films, such as Return to Homs (2013) and Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014). In her own right she is a documentary filmmaker herself (Morning Fears, Night Chants, 2012). Guevara is a graduate of the Damascus Applied Arts Institute as a certified photographer and did Drama Studies at the Higher Institute Dramatic Arts in Damascus. Currently she is a freelance photographer and filmmaker based in Berlin.

Hicham Falah
France, Morocco
Contributions:

Hicham is the Manager of FILMS DE PAPIER (filmmaker and producer) as well as Artistic Director at FIFFS. Furthermore, he acts as the Délégué Général at FIDADOC (International Film Festival of Agadir). Originally from Casablanca and France, Hicham studied cinematography at Sorbonne University’s Louis Lumière College in Paris.

Ahmed Sobky
Egypt
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Ahmed Sobky started his career in film PR and marketing, later venturing into film distribution in Egypt and the Arab region. He is currently the Head of Acquisitions,
Sales and Theatrical Releases in Zawya Distribution, a venture for art-house and independent film distribution in Egypt and the Arab world. His latest projects included “Cactus Flower”, “In the Last Days of the City”, “Mother of the Unborn” and “Experimental Summer”.

Maya Szydłowska
Poland
Contributions:
Project Assistant
DC Team

Maya Szydłowska is a lawyer by training, specialising in the international protection of human rights and international criminal law. Prior to joining aDC, she worked for several Polish and international NGOs, including the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Gender Equality Observatory and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court office in Brussels. She is passionate about the power of documentary filmmaking and visual storytelling for human rights advocacy. Maya is a 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow. She speaks English and Polish and is conversational in German.

Thomas Kaske
Germany
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Thomas Kaske was born 1984, in the countryside close to Berlin. After living in Nairobi for a while, he decided to study Social and Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2008 he worked for the MA Visual and Media Anthropology at FU Berlin. After focusing on Visual Anthropology he started to fall in love with documentary filmmaking.

In 2013 he began to study Media Art and Media Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. During his M.F.A. he directed and produced experimental short films. After his studies, he started to work as a Junior Producer and Archive Researcher for the Berlin-based companies Ilanga Films and Molly Aida. Since 2016 he works as an independent Producer.

Christine Eloy
Belgium
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group, Panelist
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Christine Eloy has been the Managing Director of Europa Distribution since 2013. Previously the Sales Manager at Cineart (a reputed independent distributor in Benelux), Christine has a long experience in distribution. She has released about 500 films in 12 years, including Amour, Auf der andere Seite, Persepolis, Bowling For Colombine, Dancer in the Dark, L’Enfant, The Angels’ Share, Noi Albinoi, and Chicken Run.

Before heading the association, Christine was already involved in Europa Distribution whilst still a distributor, notably through her participation in the digital expert group created by the EU Commission in the scope of the digital roll out.

Gitte Hansen
Contributions:
Panelist
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Gitte works on daily basis with project development, executive producing, financing & marketing strategy, sales & acquisition of non-fiction films/series. Recent titles she executive produced for FHF include The Reformist – A Female Imam (Marie Skovgaard, House of Real), A Thousand Girls Like Me (Sahra Mani, Marmita& Les Films du Tambour de Soie), Humanity on Trial (Jonas Bruun, Hansen & Pedersen), Ambulance (Mohamed Jabaly, Idoms Films/Jabfilm). Gitte is head of acquisitions at FHF. Previously she has worked with international distribution of feature films, production at DR, film promotion at FkN. She serves as lecturer/moderator at events such as Nordic Forum, IDFAcademy/IDFA, CPH:DOX, DOK.incubator, EDN workshops, Crossing Borders, Pitching du Réel, Greenhouse. Gitte has served on juries at international film festivals and holds a Master in Film & Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.

 

Rasmus Steen
Contributions:
Partner Organization (IMS)

Rasmus Steen is the Programme Manager for Documentary Film at International Media Support (IMS) working out of Copenhagen, Denmark. For the last decade, Rasmus has been proactively engaged in the documentary film environment in the Arab countries and Iran. Rasmus Steen has extensive knowledge of the documentary scene and a vast professional network of filmmakers, festivals and media professionals all around the world. IMS has supported more than 170 documentary films from the MENA region and launched projects in collaboration with local film institutions all over the region.

Ranell Shubert
USA
Contributions:
Partner Organization (IDA)

Ranell Shubert is the Educational Programs Manager at the International Documentary Association (IDA). She provides essential programming and operational support for IDA’s year-round educational programs and conferences. Ranell manages IDA’s signature Conversation Series, which showcases interviews with prominent filmmakers, as well as master classes and workshops that enhance filmmakers’ knowledge of the craft, spotlight nonfiction leaders in the entertainment industry, offer candid filmmaker-only “behind the scenes” conversations, as well as skill-building in new media and technology. She is a programmer for the IDA’s biennial Getting Real Documentary Conference and is a regularly featured speaker and panelist at conferences and festivals. Ranell has served as a juror, mentor, and programming advisor for documentary festivals and conferences such as Dok Leipzig, Sheffield Doc Fest, Big Sky, St. Louis International Film Festival, and Based on a True Story. She received her BA in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago with a focus in documentary film production.

Emma Davie
Scotland
Contributions:
Consultant
Rough-cut Screenings

Emma is a filmmaker and consultant at the Scottish Documentary Institute. She has won many awards, including three Scotland BAFT as in 2013. She has been making documentaries for fifteen years: What Age Can You Start Being An Artist? for Channel4 (2004, nominated for a Grierson); Gigha: Buying Our Island (2002, a one-hour film for BBC/Scottish Screen); and Flight (2000, a BBC/Canadian co- production). With a background in experimental theatre and performance, Emma ran her own company called Clanjamfrie which did large-scale site-specific performances that combined film and live performance.

Rasha Salti
France, Lebanon
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group, Moderator
Module 4: Displaced Archives

Rasha Salti is an independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living between Beirut and Berlin. At present, she is the commissioning editor for La Lucarne, an experimental documentary programme for Arté France. Salti collaborates with different festivals as a programme consultant, including the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (2009-2010), and the Toronto International Film Festival (2011-2015). She has also curated film programmes for the Musée Jeu de Paume (2012, 2013 and 2015) in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London (2011), among many others.

Marion Guth
Luxembourg
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 3: Data is beautiful/ Data is ugly

Marion Guth is a co-founder of a_BAHN, an award winning film production company based in Luxembourg. Marion is an impact and creative producer, engaging audiences by bringing together the traditional worlds of film and television and new media. She has recently founded a non-profit to create a more inclusive film industry in Luxembourg and beyond.

Rima Mismar
Lebanon
Contributions:
Co-organizer

Rima Mismar is the current Executive Director of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC). Prior to being appointed the executive director, she gained experience within the fund as the deputy director and film programs manager. Rima Mismar completed her studies in Communication Arts (Radio/TV/Film emphasis) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut in 1998. Prior graduation, she began writing for local newspapers and cultural supplements, focusing on cinema and pursuing her professional career as a film critic as of 1999. She had participated in several festivals as jury member or as a member of the selection committee, contributed to serious critical writings on Arab cinema, moderated panels and wrote for several regional media. Rima worked briefly in television, writing and producing several episodes of The Arabic Lens (Al Adasa Al Arabiya), a series on Arab cinema produced and broadcasted by Al-Jazeera. She also wrote and researched a number of feature documentaries produced by and broadcasted on Al-Arabiya channel.

​Isabel Arrate Fernandez
Netherlands
Contributions:
Moderator
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Isabel has been the manager of the IDFA Bertha Fund since 2002 where she has participated in numerous juries and works regularly as a consultant for documentary projects. In the past 16 years, the fund has developed into an internationally renowned institution with a broad network supporting over 500 documentary projects and film organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Soleil Gharbieh
Lebanon
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 3: Data is beautiful/ Data is ugly

Soleil Gharbieh is the grants manager at AFAC. Prior to accepting this position, she spent six weeks in Goethe’s Kulturakademie and underwent a specialised training program to connect Arab cultural managers with the art scene in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg. Prior to her experience in Germany, Soleil lived in Egypt, where she was heavily involved in the local independent music scene while working at the Cairo Jazz Club Agency. From 2008 to 2014, Soleil worked as a catalogue manager and book buyer at CIEL, a book distribution company. She holds a BA in French Literature from the Lebanese University.

Orwa Nyrabia
Germany, Syria
Contributions:
Panelist
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Orwa is the Artistic Director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). He is a highly-acclaimed independent documentary film producer, who has earned numerous awards and screened projects in major international film festivals and on television channels around the world. His filmography includes successful titles like Dolls, A Woman from Damascus (2008), Return to Homs (2013) and Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014). Nyrabia tutored many up-and-coming filmmakers and served as juror for some of the world’s most influential film funds and festivals. Next to his role at IDFA Orwa manages an independent production company in Berlin where he focuses on documentary films with sociopolitical relevance. Orwa is a member of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Deutsche Filmakademie, the International Documentary Association (IDA) and the European Documentary Network (EDN). Orwa holds a degree in Acting from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, Syria.

Rabih El-Khoury
Lebanon
Contributions:
Panelist
Module 1: Cross Border Collaboration & Co-Production

Rabih El-Khoury has been working with the Metropolis Association, since its inception in 2006 as administrator and then as Managing Director, he then became a member of its administrative board in 2014.  He has also worked for the cultural association Beirut DC, for the promotion of Arab Cinema with which he organized over 20 Arab film weeks in the Arab World and Europe.

Since 2014, he is the Programme Manager of Talents Beirut. He also became Head of Programming at the Beirut Cinema Days and is a main programmer for Alfilm, the Arab Film Festival of Berlin. He has recently joined the team of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung as curator. ElKhoury holds a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese American University and has a MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University in London. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Kesmat El Sayed
Egypt
Contributions:
Consultant
Rough-cut Screenings

El Sayed started her career in audio-visual production in 2007 working within an independent media organisation.  She initiated documentary audio visual production for the web together with a team of creative journalists, directors and producers. By 2011, they was producing short documentaries and feature length films. Her first feature production Reporting…A Revolution premiered at the Berlinale film festival and a number of festivals worldwide.  She then moved on with a number of colleagues to start SEE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, focusing solely on creative feature documentaries and short and feature narrative films that have social relevance in Egypt and transcend borders. In a short time, SEE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS has produced a number of documentaries, including one that was awarded first prize at the Jesuite film festival in Cairo. They are now working on 2 feature documentaries in post production and developing a feature documentary and a short narrative film.

 

Uldis Cekulis
Latvia
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Uldis Cekulis created the independent production company VFS FILMS almost 20 years ago and later won the International Trailblazer prize at MIPDOC in Cannes, which recognises the best documentary makers.

 

He has worked on almost fifty creative documentaries and author-driven prime time TV projects, both as a producer and, occasionally, a cameraman. Most of the films he produced, such as Roof on the Moonway, Theodore, The Deconstruction of an Artist, Double Aliens, Liberation Day, and Bridges of Time have travelled and received awards around the world, including nomination for the European Film Academy Documentary Award 2005 for Dreamland by Laila Pakalnina. He produced Ramin, a creative documentary by Audrius Stonys and Wonderful Losers. A Different World by Arunas Matelis, and both films were selected as the official Lithuanian entry to the Academy awards for the Best Foreign Language film. Uldis Cekulis has co-produced documentaries with Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Russian, German, Italian, French, Greek, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Georgian production companies. He is a member of the European Documentary Network and European Film Academy. Other activities include tutoring at workshops in Europe, Caucasus and India. Currently, he is working on five feature documentary co-productions and two author driven original TV series.

Mélanie Simon-Franza
France
Contributions:
Co-facilitator of Expert Group
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Mélanie Simon-Franza is a distributor for Juste Doc, which has been distributing documentaries in France for eleven years. In January 2018, Mélanie distributed Taste of Cement, a Lebanese-Syrian documentary by Ziad Kalthoum. She distributes AMAL by Mohamed Siam since February 2019. The Juste Doc team specialises in distributing documentaries throughout France and is focused primarily on films that question the world, education and humanity. Mélanie Simon-Franza is also a journalist and professor with a focus on cinema.

Jelte Zonneveld
Netherlands
Contributions:
Module producer, Notetaker of Expert Group
Module 2: Distribution circulation & sales

Jelte Zonneveld has been active as a freelance documentary professional for years, working in many different positions at a variety of organizations. At the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), he is contributing programmer, and earlier worked as producer of the Industry program as well as editor for the Doc Talks program. Besides working as module producer for DC, he is currently mostly working as an impact producer for different (international) documentary projects. Before, Jelte held positions at a variety of documentary production companies, broadcasters and distributors in The Netherlands. Also, he has programmed and produced different film festivals at an Amsterdam cinema; did editorial research for International Emmy and Prix Europa winner Last Hijack Interactive; acted as creative producer for O Ámor e Único by Marina Meijer; marketing/outreach for documentary projects like Heartbound by Janus Metz; and general festival handling and impact production for different production companies. Foremost, Jelte would describe himself as an all-round documentary enthusiast.

Soumaya Bouallegui
Tunisia
Contributions:
Member of Expert Group
Module 3: Data is beautiful/ Data is ugly

Soumaya Bouallegui is a documentary filmmaker based in Tunis. In 2017 she founded Doc House, where she serves as Executive Director. Prior to launching Doc House, she worked on strategy development and led projects aimed at identifying the needs of the documentary sector. She coordinated i.a. 2008-2016 editions of a multidisciplinary festival “Summer Tent” and Tunisia-based Arab-Danish capacity building project based on documentary series “Stories Untold”. She holds a business degree and participated in numerous training initiatives, ex. One (Wo)man, One Camera, One Sound exchange program at The National Film School of Denmark, where she directed her first short documentary, “Release”. In 2016 her first feature documentary “Saida, despite ashes” was released.