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.
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.
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.
In 1997, Uwe-Lothar Müller began his career at ARTE television as a reporter. He was the editorial head of ARTE Info and the deputy editor-in-chief of information programs for four years. Since 2009, he has been the Deputy Chief of Staff of ARTE Reportage.
As part of Lightdox team, Nevena oversees distribution and sales in Central & Eastern Europe, Asia, LATAM and Africa. She embraces the challenge of mastering the most promising and excitingly evolving markets with worlds of creativity and innovativeness. She graduated in Painting at the Academy of Arts Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and holds a Master’s degree in Stage Design from Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Nevena has been working in sales and distribution of documentary films since 2015, with a deep focus on VOD and festival distribution.
Anna Shevchenko is Project Manager at Film New Europe. Film New Europe is one of the top informational sources for film producers, festival programmers and buyers of films in Europe. It is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA program, as well as the main film institutions of 18 countries in the region. Its 18,000 subscribers consist of film professionals worldwide. The FNE newswire is published daily and distributed globally.
Shoshi Korman is Head of Festivals and Marketing at Cinephil, an international sales and advisory firm with a strong reputation for securing international distribution, broadcasting and financing deals for documentaries from around the world on behalf of producers and directors. Shoshi focuses on festival, release and awards campaigns. Recent titles she has worked on include Sundance winners FLEE, by Jonas Poher Rasmussen; President, by Camilla Nielsson; Collective, by Alexander Nanau – screened at Verzió in 2019; Gunda, by Victor Kossakovsky; and the Ross Brother’s Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets.
Hajnal Molnár-Szakács is the Director of Institute Granting at the Sundance Institute, where she heads up development of a comprehensive funding strategy across the Institute’s Artist Programs and oversees nearly $4M in yearly grants. Hajnal serves as industry advisor for international film festivals, pitch forums and funds, and is an active industry panelist, lecturer and juror. Hajnal holds a MSc in Public Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy, and a Bachelor of International Business and German from Carleton University in Canada. Prior to this role, as the Film Fund Director at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program she supported over 200 films, including Minding the Gap (Dir: Bing Liu), The Mole Agent (Maite Alberdi), Crip Camp (Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham) and Writing With Fire ( Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh). Prior to joining the Sundance Institute, Hajnal worked for the European Union and the Government of Canada. Hajnal also works with community and arts-based non-profits in LA, and is conversational in Hungarian.
Julie Nederkoorn started working for the Movies that Matter (MtM) Foundation in 2015. She currently coordinates the International Support program. Based on the belief that the film camera is a powerful weapon against social indifference, MtM organizes film screenings in the Netherlands and promotes film screenings worldwide. As program coordinator, Julie manages the grant program and gives training and advice on setting up human rights film festivals or related events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. For five years she coordinated Activist (one of the main competition programs about human rights defenders) at the annual MtM Festival in the Hague. She obtained a BSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, and a MA degree in Conflict Studies & Human Rights at Utrecht University.