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Sára László

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Sára László graduated from the film director’s faculty of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary, and completed a one-year production training couse in the Parisian film school, ESRA. She co-founded Campfilm in 2007, and has worked as a producer, and occasionally, a co-author since. Campfilm productions address social issues and have a strong cinematic quality. They have participated and gained recognition at both national and international festivals. Sara is an alum of Eurodoc, the Nipkow Programme, EAVE and DokIncubator, and a 2019 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee. In 2018, she defended her DLA dissertation at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest.

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Producer
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Look Into the Future: New Strategies We Learned From the Pandemic

Elena Subirá

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Elena Subirà i Roca has been part of the Parallel 40 team for 18 years, where she is responsible for the Institutional Relations and Fundraising. She leads the DocsBarcelona project in its global dimension which includes an international documentary film festival and market in 3 cities (Barcelona, Medellín and Valparaíso); the DocsBarcelona distribution brand which operates with a catalogue of more than 100 films in a network of over 70 screens and online platforms across Spain; the DocsBarcelona School with the Campus DocsBarcelona as its main training program; and DocsBarcelona Education, focusing on young audiences. She is member of the European Film Academy (EFA); member of the Board of the Catalunya Film Festivals Association and president of the Spanish Federation of Film Festivals “Pantalla”. She lectures at the PROA-Blanquerna Audiovisual Executive Production Masters Degree of the Ramon Llull University.

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Institutional Relations and Fundraising, DocsBarcelona
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Trends in the Documentary World: Should We Care?

Julianna Ugrin

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Julianna Ugrin graduated from university in 2005, after which she began working in film at Flora Film International. In 2009 she was selected to the EURODOC producer’s workshop. Since March 2009 she has worked at Havas Films as a producer and production manager. She established Éclipse Film, an independent film production company in 2011, and has developed projects at various international workshops and pitching forums. Films she produced were screened, nominated and awarded at festivals like Sundance, IDFA, DOK Leipzig, or Sarajevo IFF. Since 2013 she has taught at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in documentary MA studies, where she is also a DLA student. Ugrin is part of Emerging Producers 2014, and is an EAVE graduate. She is organizer of DunaDOCK Master Class & Pitching series, and a member of the Hungarian Film Academy and of EDN.

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Producer
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Look Into the Future: New Strategies We Learned From the Pandemic

Ivana Formanová

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Since 2013, Ivana Formanová is involved in the production and programming of several film festivals, exhibitions and cultural events in the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2015, she is the head of the Industry 4Science section at the international science film festival Academia Film Olomouc (AFO). Currently, she works as the manager of the alternative documentary distribution project KineDok which is one of the activities of the Institute of Documentary Film and is based in Prague.

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KineDok manager (Czech Republic)
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Anita Rehoff Larsen

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Anita Rehoff Larsen is a Norwegian producer and has worked with Norwegian and international directors since 2010. She is co-owner of the production company Sant & Usant together with Tone Grøttjord-Glenne. Anita has produced many of the company’s award winning films and been shortlisted for an Academy award. Anita is educated in film studies from the UK and has developed as an international producer from EURODOC. Her latest films as producer is Sisters on Track by Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenne premiered at CPH:DOX and Tribeca 2021 and released worldwide on Netflix. Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky, premiered in competition at Berlinale 2020, shortlisted for Oscar and sold to 40 countries for theatrical distribution. This year the company is presenting the film All That I Am by Tone Grøttjord-Glenne in the international competition at Verzió Film Festival.

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Producer
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All That I Am
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Forming New Alliances: Co-production Between the US and Europe

Marc Smolowitz

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With three decades of experience in the film and media business, Marc Smolowitz is a director, producer, and executive producer who has been involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Tribeca, Chicago, Palm Springs, SF FILM, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Krakow, Jerusalem, and others. His film company, 13th Gen, works with a dynamic range of independent film partners globally to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales, and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious Gotham Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film.

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Director, producer
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Forming New Alliances: Co-production Between the US and Europe

Andreas Rocksén

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Andreas Rocksén is a producer, director and investigative journalist. He has been involved in the Arica vs. Boliden project since 2008. Andreas is the founder of Laika Film & Television, and in recent years, his films have premiered at Cannes, Venice, IDFA, Sundance and Toronto. Two films he produced/co-produced have been nominated for Oscars.

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Producer
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Arica
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Trends in the Documentary World: Should We Care?
Q&A with Andreas Rocksén and Gergely Simon

Christine Camdessus

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In 2001, after working as a lawyer-in-firm and a film finance banker, Christine Camdessus launched her production company, ALEGRIA PRODUCTIONS. They have produced more than 60 creative documentaries, distributed throughout most of the world, including: Pakistan Zindabad, The Vatican's Lost War?, Five Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (Sundance Director’s Prize 2012, Oscar Nomination 2013, International Emmy Award 2013), Divided Korea, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, Erdogan, the Making of a Sultan, One Day in Tehran, and Forman versus Forman (selected in Cannes Classics in May 2019). Christine is chairwoman of NIPKOW’s jury (Berlin). She was vice-president of USPA (the leading TV producers union in France) from 2014 to 2018. In June 2018, Christine was appointed Managing & Artistic director of FIPADOC.

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Managing & Artistic director, FIPADOC (France)
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Masterclass with Christine Camdessus: How to Make your Festival Plan
DocLab Pitching - Presentation of the participants

Leena Pasanen

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Leena Pasanen started her career as a journalist in print media. In 1993, she joined the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, TV presenter and the head of documentaries for YLE TV1. In 2000 she was appointed the Head of Programs responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programs in YLE Teema. She stayed with the channel until November 2005, when she started working as the Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN) in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2011 to 2014, she led the Finnish Institute in Budapest, Hungary and served as cultural attaché at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. From 2015 to 2019, she was based in Leipzig, Germany, working as Managing and Festival Director of DOK Leipzig. In January 2020, she took over the direction of Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy. She has been a regular expert, tutor and lecturer at several training programs, for example: EDN, Discovery Campus, EURODOC and Television Business School. She has been a board member of IDFA Forum and served as a jury member at several international festivals, such as Sundance and IDFA.

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Festival director, Biografilm Festival (Italy)
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Masterclass with Leena Pasanen: Making your Trailer, Logline and Synopsis Stand Out

Stefano Tealdi

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Stefano Tealdi established Stefilm in Torino, Italy, in 1985. He develops, produces and/or directs drama and documentary film features and series. Stefilm’s recent productions include: Exemplary Behaviour (winner of Dok Leipzig Golden Dove, Fipresci and Interreligious Award, 2019), My Home, in Libya (Locarno FF 2018); The Strange Sound of Happiness (Special Mention Next Masters DOKLeipzig 2017); Char, No Man’s Island (Berlinale Forum 2013). He tutors for Biennale Cinema & VR College Venice, Cannes Film Market, Documentary Campus, La Fabrique - Les Cinemas du Monde, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, New Chinese Film Talents, Ouaga Film Lab, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, ZagrebDox Pro, and ZELIG Film School/ESoDoc.

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Director and producer, Stefilm (Italy)
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DocLab Pitching - Presentation of the participants

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