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Zurbó Dorottya

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Dorottya Zurbó graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master Program, for which she was awarded a full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Her short documentary, Distance (2017), premiered at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Her first feature-length documentary, The Next Guardian (2017, co-director), premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition. Easy Lessons (2018) is her directorial debut. The film received the Hungarian Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2019, and the Movies that Matter Award at ZagrebDox for the best film promoting human rights. She teaches for the Docnomads Joint Master program. 

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We want to learn! Where to next?

Meggyes Krisztina

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Little Bus Production, based in Budapest, Hungary, was founded by Krisztina Meggyes and Balázs Lévai in 2017. Their recent fiction, Nyugati Nyaralás (dir.: Dániel Tiszeker & Balázs Lévai), became 2022’s most-watched Hungarian film in cinemas. Krisztina Meggyes is a film director and producer. She received her master’s degree in Documentary Directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. She is currently studying in the doctorate programme; her research field is social impact and ethics in documentary films. Her current projects include: feature-length documentaries funded by the Hungarian National Film Institute, such as My Father's Daughter (dir.: Lea Podhradská), Hatchery (dir: Máté Fuchs); and international co-productions Under the Dance Floor (dir.: Sára Timár), a Hungarian-French co-production currently in development, and 2158 Stories (dir.: Ida Marie Gedbjerg Sørensen) a Danish-Hungarian co-production in production. She participated in several international training and industry programmes, like IDFAcademy, DokLeipzig Co-Pro Market, and Documentary Campus Masterschool.

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Kőrösi Máté

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Máté Kőrösi was born in 1992, in Budapest. After graduating from the Film Studies department at Eötvös Loránd University, he studied documentary film directing at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. He shot several short fiction films during his studies at ELTE, among them Szuper (2015), which was screened at various short film festivals in Hungary. He spent the last years finishing his first feature-length documentary film Divas, co-produced by HBO Europe and Makabor Studio.

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Burning Out: How to take care of your mental health as a documentary filmmaker?

Zuzana Slobodova

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Zuzana Slobodova works as a Communication coordinator in People in Need Slovakia, where she coordinates the campaigns and online communication of the One World International Film Festival. She studied marketing management at Comenius University in Bratislava. Besides One World, she is a part of the production team at the Festival of contemporary art Biela noc and in her spare time, she is engaged in road cycling in the women's club Jazdím Čiernu Stredu. 

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Zsolt Gyenge

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Zsolt Gyenge works as Associate Professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Budapest, Hungary), where he teaches courses in film analysis, avant-garde cinema, film theory, film history, and visual communication theory. His field of research includes interpretation theories (phenomenology, hermeneutics), moving image installations (video art) and Romanian Cinema. He is the author of the book Image, Moving Image, Interpretation: A Theory of Phenomenological Film Analysis (published in Hungarian). He is active as a freelance film critic for more than 20 years, and currently is the editor of the scholarly journal on design culture, Disegno.

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Pamela Cohn

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Pamela Cohn is a freelance film & video curator, arts & culture writer, nonfiction story consultant and dramaturge for film & video makers and moving image artists. She works as a professional mentor for such entities as Open City London's Assembly and The British Council / Scottish Documentary Institute’s program, Connecting Stories, for artists making their first or second long-form works. Pamela is the author of Lucid Dreaming: Conversations with 29 Filmmakers (OR Books New York & London, 2020) and produces, writes and hosts The Lucid Dreaming Podcast: Conversations on Cinema, Art & Moving Image in cooperation with Lono Studio, London. She has been a contributing writer for MIT’s Open Doc Lab blog site IMMERSEFilmmaker MagazineBOMB MagazineThe Calvert JournalSenses of Cinema, and works as a freelance writer for film print and web publications, catalogues and artist materials. Pamela created the blog Still in Motion, active from 2007 to 2015. She works as a host, moderator and interlocutor for filmmaker talks, panels and roundtables at an array of international festivals including the True/False Film Fest, Camden International, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DokuFest, Open City London, and IDFA.

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Michaela Kolláriková

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Michaela Kolláriková works as a Coordinator of the educational section at the One World International Film Festival organized by People in Need Slovakia. During her studies of the Theory of interactive media, thanks to various projects and internships in cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, she discovered her enthusiasm for social issues, volunteering and the civil sector. One World offers her to work in the creative industry and focus on social issues, human rights and non-formal education at the same time.  

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Coordinator of the educational section, One World, Slovakia
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Festivals, Universities, and Documentary Film Education

Dominik Vontor

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He graduated with a master's degree in Film Studies and Television and Radio Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc and studied Directing and Screenwriting at the Tomas Bata University Film School in Zlín. In the years 2017-2018 he completed an international course of production studies at FAMU International and participated in the production of several student documentaries. He continued his cooperation with FAMU and still works as an external producer for projects of foreign students. He worked as an event and production manager in several cinemas and arthouse film clubs and since 2019 he has been working as an industry curator of the 4Science program at the Academia Film Olomouc festival.

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Industry Curator, Academia Film Olomouc, Czecz Republic
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Public Presentation of the projects of the 7th Verzió DocLab

Ivana Formanová

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Since 2013, she has been involved in the production and programming of several film festivals, exhibitions and cultural events in the Czech Republic and abroad. She studied English Philology and Film Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc. Since 2015, she has been Head of the Industry 4Science section at the Academia Film Olomouc (AFO) international documentary film festival. She currently works in Prague as the manager of the community-driven documentary distribution project KineDok, which is one of the activities of the Documentary Film Institute.

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KineDok Manager, Czech Republic
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Public Presentation of the projects of the 7th Verzió DocLab

Oleksandr Pavlichenko

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Since 1st November 2017 – Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union. Deputy Head of the Commission under the President of Ukraine on pardons (since August 2019) Member of the Supervisory Board of National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (since December 2017). Member of the Legal Reform Commission under the President of Ukraine (since August 2019). Member of the Consultative Council on protection rights and freedoms of defenders of Ukraine (since April 2021). For over 10 years, led the diplomatic institution –Information Office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine. For 15 years, he had been involved in project coordination and management by the Council of Europe in Ukraine. Was an executive director of the “Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation” – organisation which developed the legal aid provision standards in Ukraine. The author and co-author of a number of publications on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, manuals and guides on the issues of rights for information, in particular, access to public information, as well as the publications on the free legal aid. Worked at the philological faculty of Kyiv State University named after Taras Shevchenko (deputy dean of the philological faculty on the work with foreign students) and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at the department of information.

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Executive Director, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
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Crisis Without Borders

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