Susanne Kovács is a TV director from the Danish Media and Journalism School. She previously studied fine arts and narrative storytelling in Germany, and was trained in filmmaking at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. It Takes A Family is her first mid-length documentary, and was part of the Twelve for the Future Workshop in 2015-2016. Susanne participated in the IDFAcademy in 2016 with the film.
Anna Eborn is a Swedish artist and filmmaker, working and producing her films in Denmark. She studied Film and Photography in Malmö, and Human Geography at the University of Gotland, Sweden. Her debut documentary, Pine Ridge (2013), was in the Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, and was awarded the Best Nordic Documentary at the International Film Festival in Gothenburg in 2014.
The Newsroom - Off the Record
As the daughter of an editor-in-chief, Mikala Krogh was weaned on newspaper copy. She, however, chose a different path for herself, and graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a documentary film director in 2001. Central to Krogh’s filmography is her constant exploration of existential dilemmas and her ability to seek out her stories among the many interesting fates of real life.
2017 - A Year of Hope
2012 - A Normal Life
2009 - Cities on Speed: Cairo/Garbage
2008 - Evertyhing is Relative
2006 - Beth's Diary
2004 - My Grandfather's Murderer
What Walaa Wants
Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts. Based in Toronto, she often co-produces with the Nordic countries. Distributed worldwide, Garland's films deliver strong dramatic development, poignant character transformation and universally felt themes.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Mads Brügger is a Danish journalist, television host, author and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically-acclaimed, late-night television show, The 11th Hour, as well as the daily news program, Deadline.
2012 - The Ambassador
2010 - The Red Chapel
David Borenstein is an American director currently based in Copenhagen. He has directed films for ARTE, Al Jazeera English, Horisonts, NYTimes, and more are underway. He was a cinematographer and producer for the Sundance-funded film, The Hand that Feeds, which won the audience award at the Full Frame Film Festival. A China scholar, he received PhD training in Anthropology at the City University of New York. He began developing China Dreamland while on a Fulbright scholarship in China to study urbanization and real estate speculation. David speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
The War Show
Andreas Dalsgaard has directed documentaries for over a decade. Educated in anthropology at Aarhus University and Paris VII, and film directing at The Danish National Film School, his award-winning films have been shown at more than 200 festivals worldwide. Dalgsaard is also a co-founder of the production company Elk Film, and writes and directs fiction for both film and theater.
Obaidah Zytoon was born in Zabadani, Syria in 1976. She studied English literature at the University of Damascus before becoming a radio host and producer, working both in Syria and internationally. In 2008, Obaidah produced her first documentary film, Through Women’s Eyes. Following the 2011 Syrian uprising, Obaidah co-founded the Syrian artist-activist collective Waw Al-Wasel, which produces multi-media art and short films related to the Syrian conflict. She has also coached and trained young Syrians entering media and radio production. The War Show is Obaidah’s first film as a director.
Emil Langballe (b.1982) studied broadcast journalism and video production in Aarhus and New York before earning an MA in documentary filmmaking at the British National Film and Television School. His MA film, Beach Boy (2013) has been shown worldwide and was awarded in festivals like Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki, Tampere and Hot Docs. Emil has directed the children’s doc series, Josefine’s Farm (CPH:DOX 2015). The Wait is his first, longer documentary film.
Last Men in Aleppo
Firas Fayyad is an award-winning Syrian filmmaker. He has directed, edited and produced several films, both documentary and fiction. He has participated in international film festivals and received recognition for his work about contemporary Syrian issues and the political transformation in the Arab world. His latest film, Last Men in Aleppo, won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2017 Sundance FilmFestival; the prize for Most Innovative Documentary at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards; the IDA Courage Under Fire Award and received two nominations from Cinema Eye Honors.