Niels Pagh Andersen has cut more than 250 films of widely different categories. He lectures and teaches filmmaking at film schools and Universities around the world and also works as dramaturgist and supervising-editor on Scandinavian films. Niels recently won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award 2005, given by The Danish Film Institute for outstanding efforts in documentary filmmaking.
John Appel – In 1987 John Appel graduated at the Nederlandse Film and Televisie Academy with his documentary Radio Daniëlle, a portrait of a local pirate radio station. This film, awarded Best Student Film, shows Appel’s interest in ‘daily life drama’.
In 1993 he made his first documentary for cinema Johnny Meijer – Body and Soul, about the last and lonely days of the Amsterdam accordeon virtuoso. This film expresses Appel’s tendency to ‘Amsterdam blues’.
His film André Hazes – She believes in me, awarded with the Joris Ivens Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (IDFA ’99), is the greatest documentary hit in Dutch cinema over the last 60 years.
In 2003 he made his film The last victory, about the famous horse race in Siena, the Palio. This film won two Golden Kalves at the Dutch Film Festival and many international awards. The film was nominated Best European Documentary at the European Film Awards 2004.
In 2009 he made his personal film The Player, about his father’s addiction to gambling. This film was awarded with the IDFA Award ’09 for Best Dutch Documentary and the Filmfund Stimulus Award 2010 for most successful documentary of the year. The film was nominated Best Feature Length Documentary (IDFA ’09).
His latest film Wrong time, wrong place (2012) is a film about chance and fate, based on the tragic events in Norway of 22 July 2011. This film was the Opening film of Idfa 2012 and won several international awards.
Characteristic feature of all his films is the preference for ordinary people and lonely heros, while thematically it’s about melancholy, memories, death and consolation.
Steve Ascher is a director, producer, writer and educator. The Boston Globe has called his work Filmmaking at its finest. He is the author of The Filmmaker’s Handbook: a Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age, a bestselling text and a staple of universities and film schools internationally. The Independent calls it The Bible.
Jeroen Berkvens (Eindhoven, 1968) studied Cinematographic Design at the Academy of Arts in Breda and graduated in 1993 with LET ME HAVE IT ALL, a roadmovie-like documentary search for the legendary pioneer in soul music Sly Stone. It won the ARTE AWARD at the European student filmfestival in Hannover Germany
His other films on music include JIMMY ROSENBERG – THE FATHER, THE SON & THE TALENT (winner of the GRAND PRIX in Krakow, the GRAND PRIX at Montréal’s Festival du Films sur d’Art, a BIG SKY AWARD in Montana and GOLDEN CALF in the Netherlands).
Also he directed A SKIN TOO FEW – THE DAYS OF NICK DRAKE which was described ‘a cinematic tone poem as much as a biography’ by the NY TIMES during its US theatrical release. Jeroen’s film PARADISO shows Amsterdam’s pop temple as seen from the perspective of several performing artists. It received a GRAND PRIZE at the Jecheon Music & Filmfestival in Korea 2012.
Besides directing documentaries and -series, Jeroen Berkvens occasionally produces filmprojects. Among them are BOY MEETS GIRL STORIES – 34 short film poems on love. The follow up of this series, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, was co-directed by Jeroen together with director Mark the Cloe. In a hybrid mix of documentary and fiction shorts this series depict 33 of the many ‘Adagia’ of Erasmus.
From 2000 to 2010 Jeroen Berkvens teached cinematographic design at his alma mater in Breda, as well as being a guest teacher at various (international) workshops and documentary classes. Since 2010 Jeroen is appointed to the DUTCH FILM & TELEVISION ACADEMY in Amsterdam teaching documentary directing.
Martichka Bozhilova has worked as producer at Agitprop in Bulgaria since 1999. During the last four years, seven of the company’s projects have been in co-production with leading TV broadcasters such as: Channel 4, Sundance Channel, IRAI, CBC and TV2/ Denmark. Bozhilova earned a degree in law and art management and graduated in European documentary production from EURODOC in 2005. In 2006, she received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes for creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the documentary field. Credits: See You At The Eiffel Tower (2008), Omlet (2008), Corridor No. 8 (2008), The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007), Georgi and the Butterflies (2004).
Simon Brook produced, directed and production managed educational, fiction, documentary, industrial and TV films. His work includes 20 short films about children in the Caucasus, a documentary on the Amazon, a docudrama about the Karo tribe of Ethiopia and the documentary feature Brook by Brook, produced by the Dardenne brothers. His recent films are Cleopatra’s Lost City, Jungle Magic, and the prime-time docudrama The True Legend Of The Eiffel Tower. His latest film Generation 68 is a humorous and off-beat look at the 1968 uprisings, with interviews of Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman etc. His films have been selected at numerous festivals worldwide: Venice, Telluride, Brussels, Sao Paolo. He is a member of the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts and the Director’s Guild of Great Britain.
Jennifer Fox is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning director, producer, camerawoman, and educator who has been involved in countless documentaries over the last 25 years. Her first film, Beirut: The Last Home Movie was broadcast in 20 countries and won 7 international awards, including Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography at Cinema Du Reel in 1988. The ten hour TV series An American Love Story received a Gracie Award for Best Television Series and was named one of the Top Ten Television Series of 1999 by The New York Times. Her most recent work, a six-part film Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman premiered at the IDFA in 2006 and at Sundance in 2007. She is currently editing a new feature documentary, filmed over twenty years, Learning To Swim. Jennifer has lectured and taught master classes on filmmaking at universities, TV stations & government training programs around the world.
Thierry Garrel was head of Arte France’s Documentary Department and Animation and Video Art Programming, for 21 years. He launched highly successful series such as: Palettes, Contacts, Cinema de Notre Temps, Histoire Parallele, La Lucarne and the series of feature length documentaries called Grand Format. He was also Head of Documentaries and Archives at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). He notably produced the series: Cinecourt, Le Choc des Cultures, Rue des Archives, Juste une Image (winner of the Grand Prize for Television) and L’inapercu.
Dominique Gros is a french writer, director and producer of over 60 documentary films. Her portraits series Working At Home won the Silver Toucan in Rio and the Special Prize in Tokyo.
Jeanne Jordan is a director, producer, and educator. Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern (co-directed with Steven Ascher) was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance. She has taught filmmaking at Harvard and the Art Institute of Boston and held master classes around the world. Jordan and Ascher’s most recent feature documentary, So Much So Fast, premiered at Sundance, was released theatrically to critical acclaim, and has been broadcast on PBS Frontline, BBC Storyville, ZDF Germany, and many other networks around the world.
Nino Kirtadze – Academy-award-winning director Nino Kirtadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is one of the few Georgian directors who made her cinematic debut in France and quickly established herself as one of the leading documentary filmmakers in Europe. Her films deal with controversial subjects, placing the accent on the human drama underlying her stories and creating deep insightful human portraits. Her camera turns the natural into the supernatural and blends together the personal and the universal without black and white romanticism.
Nino Kirtadze’s films have won international acclaim and numerous prestigious prizes at festivals worldwide, including Best Director Prize at Sundance for « Durakovo-village of fools », the European Film Academy award for “Pipeline next door”, Germany’s top documentary award, the Adolf Grimme Gold, for “Chechen Lullaby” and the Cinema du Réel award for “Tell my friends that I’m dead”. Her films have been presented at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Idfa, RIDM, Vision du réel etc.
She is currently finishing a new film, “Don’t breathe”, a dark comedy that examines the fragility of human nature, highlighting our common fears, doubts and resilience as we fumble our way through the theatre of the absurd that we call life.
Since 1997, Nino Kirtadze has lived in France, where she has worked with Peter Brook, Ben Gazzara, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Pierre Ameris and Claude Goretta. She works with different national and international organisations as a consultant, jury, lecturer and tutor.
André Labarthe is one of France’s most iconoclastic and unusual filmmakers, he has (roughly) 600 films credited. Cinéma de notre temps and Cinéastes de notre temps collections.
Rafi Pitts is one of the latest Iranian directors to join the new wave of prize-winners on the international festival circuit. His first documentary feature, Season Five, was the first Franco-Iranian coproduction since the Islamic Revolution. His second feature documentary Sanam won the Grand Prize at the Paris Film Festival in 2001, and in 2006 his film It’s Winter was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Rafi received yet another Golden Bear nomination for his 2010 film The Hunter.
Marten Rabarts is a producer, screenwriter, script editor, and Artistic Director of the Binger Filmlab.
Tania Rakhmanova – Franco-Russian filmmaker. She began working as a print journalist in the USSR, and moved into documentary with work on the award-winning Discovery/BBC series THE SECOND RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (Brian Lapping Ass). She has worked on several awards winning documentaries in the UK and France, including the EMMY winning CUBAN CRISIS. Since 1997 she has produced and directed more than 20 documentary series and films, her films received many international awards including EMMY nominations, Golden eagle, Fipa, Pessac. Her latest films were: “Lords of the Spin”, a two hour series on the history of political spin in the world, a 52’ program “How Putin Came to Power”, in 2008, “Iraqi Exodus” an hour documentary for the PBS Wide Angle and in 2010 “Oligarchs, Arts and Dollars” and EUROPA Prise nominated “Rroms, the First European Nation”. She has been a member of jury of several international festivals, including Banff, Fipa et etc. For more than ten years she has been teaching in University of France Television.
Marijke Rawie is an independent documentary consultant who specialises in international Documentary Training & Consultancy, and works for various international and national production companies and documentary initiatives. From 1990 till 2006 Marijke Rawie was Head of Art & Documentary at AVRO TV, the first public broadcaster in the Netherlands. In 1991 she founded the documentary slot AVRO Close Up which became one of the leading international co-producers and co-financiers of documentaries in Europe.
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