Florencia Santucho began her career working for a television channel in Rome, Italy, until she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at IDAC, Instituto de Artes Cinematográficas de Avellaneda. Since 2004, she has been working as producer, cultural manager and programmer for film festivals and events. She has participated as a jury member in international film festivals and as a panelist at workshops and conferences. Nowadays, she is: the Vicepresident of the Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC (IMD); the Director of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (FICDH), the first human rights film festival in South America, and the Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental (FINCA), both held in Buenos Aires; Board member of the Human Rights Film Network and the Green Film Network.
Tadeusz Strączek is the Festival Coordinator of the WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film International Film Festival (Poland) organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. He is affiliated with WATCH DOCS since 2011. A graduate of the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw; also studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin.
Ádám Paszternák graduated from Károli Gáspár Protestant University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of English Literature and Culture in 2004. He started working at MEDIA Desk Hungary as project coordinator in 2004, and became managing director of Creative of Creative Europe Desk Hungary and head of the MEDIA sub-programme in 2014.
Eszter Cseke and her husband Andras S. Takács are award-winning Hungarian journalists and documentary filmmakers of On The Spot, Central Europe’s most acclaimed documentary series. With just two small broadcast cameras and no extra crew, Cseke and Takács have always gained unique perspectives in the most delicate environments. Each year, Cseke and Takács have focused on a new and compelling subject for the series, from living with ethnic tribes in Africa and Papua, being embedded with fighters in the Middle East, getting to know children of dictators or travelling the world and to examining birth in a myriad of cultures. Over the years, the program has garnered a great deal of international recognition. They received the Golden Nymph for Best Documentary at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival, the Press Freedom Award in Strasbourg from the Council of Europe, the Prize for Best International Short Film at the American Documentary Film Festival and the Gold Plaque at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards.
Paula Alvarez Vaccaro (born in Argentina) is an award-winning journalist, scriptwriter, producer, and visual artist with over twenty-five years of experience working in film, radio, printed media, and TV. She founded production company Pinball London in 2009 to bring international stories in all genres focusing on storytelling about gender, LGBT, human rights, immigration, class dynamics, and our planet. Since 2004, she provides training on pitching, production, impact producing, gender and implicit bias for international organizations such as British Council, Eurimages, Circle Doc Accelerator, GoodPitch, ProPro Austria, Los Cabos FF, BAM Bogotá, UNAM Mexico, and Documentary Campus, among others. Within Pinball London, she also leads Pinball Audiences, to provide impact producing consultancy, and strategy. She is a Sundance Alumna, a mentor and member of the European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA), a member of the the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), a member of the European Film Academy, and Vice-president of the European Producers’ Club.
Tamara Tatishvili has been working in the audiovisual sector since 2002. In 2004, she co- founded and served as executive director of the Independent Filmmakers’ Association – South Caucasus (IFA-SC). In 2008 and 2009, Tamara was based in London and worked for BOP Consulting, overseeing research, strategy, planning and evaluation for culture, media, digital industries and innovation. She was the director of the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC from 2010 to 2013. She was acting as the Georgian representative to European Cinema Support Fund – EURIMAGES – as well as the Georgian representative in the European Film Promotion (EFP). Since 2014, she curates high-level conferences for Cinema Backstage (Odessa International Film Festival); consults Bridges East of West Film Days at Bozar and acts as strategy manager for European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA). Since February 2020 Tamara is appointed as Head of Training for MEDICI – Film Funding journey.
Ferenc Varsányi has won multiple awards over his 35-year career, including a daytime Emmy for directing the first season of Klasky Csupo’s Rugrats. Born and raised in Hungary, he has been writing and directing live action, animated, and mixed genre films since the late 1970’s. From 2011–2019, Varsányi was the president of the Animation Committee/Media Support and Asset Management Fund. He is currently an advisor for the Hungarian Media Council, and president of two committees of the National Film Institute. He also teaches at MOME University, and works as a screenwriter/film director and co-producer on his own projects.
Tue has worked with short and documentary films for over 20 years at the Danish Film Board. He has written articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, and co-founded Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and the European Documentary Network. Tue has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 40 countries. From its foundation in 1996, he served as the director of EDN. Since 2006, he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in Danish and European Documentary matters, and in 2009, became head of studies at IDF's Ex Oriente Film. Tue has taught at the Baltic Sea Forum and the Zelig Documentary Film School, Italy. He has been a program consultant for film festivals, such as Magnificent7, DocsBarcelona. His work has also earned him several awards.