Teachers

Kurt Moser
Kurt Moser

DOP, Bolzano (IT)

After training as a DOP in Milan, the cameraman and photographer Kurt Moser began to work for the Italian studio of Austrian broadcaster ORF. Moving to Rome, he worked on reports for the German broadcasters ZDF and Pro 7 as well as for Swiss TV. From 1996 onwards he worked on documentary films for numerous notable broadcasters, such as ARD, ARTE, BBC and CNN, and produced for TERRA X and UNIVERSUM among others. He then spent some years as a war correspondent and got a „ Grimme Price „ nomination for this. One of his best-known works is his 2009 cinema documentary “Das Auge 3D: Leben und Arbeiten am Cerro Paranal”, for which he received the “Award for Best Picture” at the Dimension3 international film festival in Paris. Kurt has since 2010 been working on ultra large format photography and has sifted through dozens of historical books and documents, updating the approaches of the past to the possibilities of the modern era. Today he is one of the few experts in this area and his work has met with considerableonal approval.

Chris Wherry
Chris Wherry

Television Audio Producer and Trainer, Maribor (SI)

Chris Wherry is an independent sound engineer and trainer. Starting his sound career in television in the UK and becoming Head of Sound for Television South West. The work included all types of studio and outside broadcast programming. He later became freelance, working on a wide range of documentary and drama productions for ITV, Channel Four, Discovery and the BBC and in 2000 was a co-author of the reference book Multi-Skilling Television Production.
He has carried out a range of audio and production-based training for television companies around the world and his goal is to ensure attention to the fine detail in order to produce the most artistic audio to tell the story. He is currently living in Slovenia and also makes shows for Radio Slovenia International.

John Watkinson
John Watkinson

Consultant, publisher, London (UK)

After studying Electronic Engineering and Acoustics, John Watkinson joined the Digital Equipment Corporation where he discovered a flair for writing and training in digital technology. He worked for Sony and Ampex before forming his own consultancy. Since then he has been involved in many of the phases of the digital revolution: first digital audio, then digital photography, digital video and digital cinema, finally fly-by-wire. In addition to lecturing world wide, he has written over 25 books, many of which have won awards.

Thomas Bresinsky
Thomas Bresinsky

Direttore della Fotografia, Amburgo/Monaco di Baviera (DE)

Nel 1990 completa gli studi presso la 'Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film' di Monaco di Baviera, presso il reparto Fiction.
Dal 1993 è operatore di ripresa per numerosi documentari, e dal 1996 cura la fotografia per spot pubblicitari, film e serie TV.
Produttore, regista, cameraman e autore. Fondatore della casa di produzione 'New Horizons' di Hannover e Monaco di Baviera, con la quale sviluppa e produce film e documentari. Docente presso la scuola di cinema ZeLIG di Bolzano (Italia), HFF/Monaco di Baviera, Film Academy Ludwigsburg, ARD - ZDF Media Academy, Workshop Nordmedia Händs sul tema High Definition. Particolare esperienza in coproduzioni internazionali (Italia, Cina). Riprese in Italia, Francia, Spagna, Giappone, Canada, Polonia, Turchia, Cina, Russia e India. Docente di Image Design per 10 anni presso 'Nordmedia Händs' in HD (dall'ideazione fino alla docenza per la camera) e per 7 anni presso ARD.ZDF Media Academy (Workshop: progettazione dell'immagine in HD).

Christine Loriol
Christine Loriol

Coach and Trainer, Zurich / Switzerland

Christine Loriol is a journalist, texter and communications consultant as well as a coach and trainer for people who have to speak in public in any situations as presentation, pitching, interviews etc. She has been giving workshops, seminaries and personal trainings for many years – especially also for people working in the film industry, for example with www.focal.ch and the Swiss Film Prize, as well as also for ESoDoc 2015 in Palermo. For ESoDoc she gave a open Pitching-Workshop and one-to-one-Coachings for every project. She is born 1960 and lives in Zurich / Switzerland. She speaks german, english, french and italian.

Sarah Mosses
Sarah Mosses

CEO of Together Films, London (UK)

Sarah Mosses is CEO of Together Films, a new consultancy working with social issue film content to reach new audiences. She helps filmmakers craft Impact Distribution Campaigns to increase both their social impact, audience reach and revenue potential. As an award winning Producer, Sarah’s debut feature documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First had its World Premiere at SXSW 2015 and European Premiere at London Film Festival 2015. Sarah is a mentor for Documentary Campus, ESoDoc, Sheffield DocFest, On Screen Manitoba, working with emerging producers to enhance their film narrative and distribution/marketing potential.


Mark Atkin
Mark Atkin

Director, Crossover Labs; Curator, Alternate Realities, Sheffield Doc/Fest, (GB)

As director of Crossover Labs, Mark works with film and TV producers and directors, games developers and web designers, preparing them to become the producers of tomorrow, through labs and workshops. He curates the Alternate Realities strand at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, comprising the Interactive Summit, a public exhibition of the world’s most exciting interactive and Virtual Reality documentary work, and the AR market for interactive projects seeking funding. He is an award-winning independent producer, having been commissioned by BBC, Channel 4 and international networks over the past six years.


Iikka Vehkalahti
Iikka Vehkalahti

CEO of RCS ( Rough Cut Service), Helsinki (FI)

Iikka Vehkalahti, Executive Producer in IV Films Ltd, Rough Cut Service and Dare To Dream. Consultant for Steps and AfriDocs. Commissioning Editor for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Finland 1998-2015. Executive Producer for 'Steps For The Future' and one of the Series Producers for 'Why Democracy'. He has been involved or supported numerous international well known documentaries like 'Three Rooms of Melancholy', 'Act of Killing', 'Armadillo', 'Happiness', 'Don't Breath', 'Lakshmi and Me', 'Placebo', 'Vivas las Antipodas' etc. 'Steps by Steps' is one of his books.

Stefano Tealdi
Stefano Tealdi

Director/Producer and Head of Development - Stefilm International, Turin (IT)

Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1955, he studies Architecture in Torino – Italy and founds the film production company Stefilm in 1991. He directed 'A World of Pasta', 'Doctor Ice' (Science Film Festival 2009) and the series 'Food Markets -  In the Belly of the City' (10x52). He produced 'Mostar United' (IDFA 2009), 'Vinylmania' (IFF Rotterdam  2012), 'Char, no man’s island' (Berlinale Forum 2013), 'The Queen of Silence' (IDFA 2014, 'Silver Horn', best feature length doc Krakow FF 2015, Golden Nanook - Flahertiana IDF Perm 2015). He tutors for: Biennale Cinema College Venice, Cinema do Brasil, Cannes Film Market, Documentary Campus, EDN, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School, Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, Film Garage, ZagrebDox Pro, ESoDoc / ZeLIG School for Documentary, Bolzano.

Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Free lance film consultant and film critic, Copenhagen (DK)

Born 1947. Danish. He worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Institute. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. He has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. From 1996 until 2005 he was director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, ZeLIG School for Documentary, Caucadoc as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. www.filmkommentaren.dk

 

Gerhard Schumm
Gerhard Schumm

Editor and Director, Berlin (Germany)

Following studies in Film Direction and Psychology, he received a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has worked as a film editor and screenwriter since 1973, for documentaries and experimental films. He has conducted important research and written extensively on the esthetics and theory of editing and more, including the book 'Der Film verliert sein Handwerk', and co-authored with Hans J. Wulff, 'Film und Psychologie'. He’s taught at many film schools, including HfbK, Hamburg; UdK, Berlin; FHSS, Berlin; FU, Berlin; HU, Berlin; Vienna Film Academy; HFF, Potsdam; ZeLIG, Bolzano; Filmarche, Berlin. Visit his website dedicated to film editing: www.montagetheorie.de

Fernanda Rossi
Fernanda Rossi

Writer • Speaker • Documentary Doctor, New York (USA)

Internationally renowned writer and speaker Fernanda Rossi has collaborated for 15 years in more than 500 fiction scripts and documentaries, including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award®. The grant proposals and fundraising samples she contributed to received funding from ITVS in the United States and the National Film Board of Canada. She has given her lectures in more than 12 countries and at film festivals and markets, such as Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest. In addition, she’s is a trainer for special programs and a grant evaluator for foundations. Her book Trailer Mechanics: 'How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo,' 2nd Edition, is according to industry professionals the bible on demo production. www.documentarydoctor.com

Alessandro Rossetto
Alessandro Rossetto

Director, Rome (Italy)

Born in Padova in 1963. Studied cinema and anthropology in Bologna and Paris. Screenwriter, director, director of photography, and cameraman, Rossetto is considered one of the leading documentary makers of his generation. He is also a producer and teaches cinema. His films – distributed internationally and selected at a host of prestigious film festivals – include: 'Il Fuoco di Napoli', 'Bibione Bye Bye One', 'Chiusura' and 'Piccola Patria', which was selected for the Horizons section at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

Joao Riberio
Joao Riberio

Cinematographer, Lisboa (PT)

A cinematographer working in documentary, and in feature length fiction film. Since 1993, he has made the photography of more than forty films, including several co-productions between Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Guinea, Sweden, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, among others. His name is linked to a new generation of directors who developed Portuguese documentary film in the beginning of the 90s. He co-directed and was the cinematographer of his first documentary 'In Between Walls', selected for several festivals (Cinéma du Réel, Festival Dei Popoli, among others). In 2003, he received the Best Cinematography Award at Doc Lisboa for the film 'Restless', by Catarina Mourão. In 2007, he was attributed two more awards of Best Cinematography (VIII European Cinema festival, Lecce/Italy and Cineport Festival – João Pessoa/Brazil). 'A Corte do Norte' by João Botelho, was selected for the New York Film Festival, and won a Special Jury Award at Rome Film Festival. His last feature, 'Letters from War' (by Ivo Ferreira), was in the main competition program of the Berlinale 2016.

Marzia Mete
Marzia Mete

Editor, Director, Rome (Italy)

She attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the italian national film school, where she studied audiovisual creation and editing. She works as film editor and director in Europe. Has worked with Vittorio de Seta, Citto Maselli, Paolo Virzì, Helga Reidemeister, among others, on films selected for film festivals in Venice, Berlin, Locarno and many more. She has directed documentaries about Italy, immigration, and music videos for Italian and international artists (Paolo Fresu, Omar Sosa, The Sessions Voices). She has taught dramaturgy and editing since 2000, and has been at ZeLIG since 2003. She has worked as script supervisor and editor on over 100 feature-length and short films. In 2008 she co-founded 'Sorandaye', a multiethnic theater and dance company, which performs in Rome and Senegal. Beginning in 2016, she, along with 5 collaborators from different European countries, heads a film workshop supported by the Ayudh Foundation and the European Union, which works with young people 15 to 30 years of age from all over the world.

Gesa Marten
Gesa Marten

Freelance Film Editor and Script Consultant, Cologne (Germany)

She studied theatre, cinema and television, German Literature and Philosophy in Munich and Cologne, where she earned her Master of Arts degree. A freelance film editor and script consultant since 1991. Visiting professor at the Filmuniversität in Babelsberg, where she teaches editing, 2014-present. She also teaches at ZeLIG, the Baltic Film and Media School, and the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. She is a member of the European and German Film Academies; VeDRA, the Screenwriters’ Association for Cinema and Television; and BFS, the German Association of Film Editors. She is a founding member of LaDOC, a network of documentary filmmakers. She lives and works in Cologne and Berlin.

Angelo Loy
Angelo Loy

Documentary director, AMREF Rome (IT)

As a PhD fish biologist he worked as researcher at the University of Rome. In 1996 he co-produced Emanuele Crialese’s first feature film, an experience that made him drop a promising university career to jump into the uncertainty of filmaking. Since then, he’s been working in directing social documentaries (among others, the feature length 'Black Pinocchio' and 'An Italian School'). Starting from 2000 he collaborates with AMREF (the African Medical and Research Foundation) where he promoted, along with Giulio Cederna and John Muiruri, a participatory video (PV) training within the AMREF street children rehabilitation project in Nairobi, Kenya. Here he directed several awarded participatory films for national and international TVs (such as TV Slum, African Spelling Book, Millennium News, The Turkish Glance). Besides Nairobi, he has been running PV workshops in Italy, France, Switzerland and Morocco.

Susan Gray
Susan Gray

Director + Broadcast Development, Northern Light Productions, Bosten (USA)

Susan Gray is an American documentary filmmaker whose films have aired on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Arte, Channel 5, NHK, Canal Plus, Sundance, Showtime, and television channels worldwide, as well as theaters and festivals.  She has a masters degree from the Columbia School of Journalism and from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Her films have won the best of Input, the Prix Europa, and (controllare) and nominated for the Adolph Grimme Award. She is a dual American/Italian citizen and teaches documentary writing in Italy and the United States.

Achim Dunker
Achim Dunker

Engineer and Photographer, Cologne (Germany)

Achim DUnker works as a cameraman, director and film editor, and is the owner of the Zwo-Filmproduktion production company. He has written extensively on lighting and camera technique. His books include 'Die chinesische Sonne scheint immer von unten' (Lighting in Cinema, 6th editione) and 'eins zu hundert' (a photography manual, 2nd edition). Teaches seminars and workshop on cinema and lighting.

Claas Danielsen
Claas Danielsen

Filmmaker, Festival consultant, Leipzig (DE)

Claas Danielsen, born in April 1966 in Hamburg, is a filmmaker, producer, lecturer and festival director living in Leipzig/Germany. He made seven documentaries of which several did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 1997 he became assistant to the professor in the documentary department of the Munich Film Academy where he built up a new chair for TV-journalism. In 1999 Danielsen became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus (nowadays Documentary Campus). From 2004 till the end of 2014 he was Artistic and Managing Director of DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, which he developed into one of the leading international doc festivals. Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association AG DOK and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an advisor to the European Film Academy, board member of the Balkan Documentary Center and has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds.

Mick Csáky
Mick Csáky

Director, Producer, Antelope, London (UK)

He has directed more than 100 documentary productions while executive producing a further 600 productions for TV and cinema. The majority of his productions have been in the areas of human stories, biography, history, current affairs, music and arts for the UK and international markets. He works as a freelance writer / director / producer / cameraman and as an executive producer, while also running his own independent production company Antelope.

Katerina Cizek
Katerina Cizek

Indipendent filmmaker, Toronto (CAN)

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-award winning, internationally recognized director and writer in the digital space. Her media work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. She has built collaborations with a diverse range of community, academic and media partners to co-create media. She works across many media platforms: digital media, broadcasting (radio and television), print and live presentations/installations. She is the director of an award-winning digital documentary media project at the National Film Board of Canada, called HIGHRISE. She realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program, winner of a Webby Award, among others. Her media projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek's Films include the Hampton-Prize winner 'Seeing is Believing': Handicams, Human Rights and the News (co-directed with Peter Wintonick), and 'The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda', the First global television documentary (1995) made about the genocide. Her work has been seen by millions around the world, through TV broadcasts and publishing on the web. She has travelled the world with her projects, teaching and mentoring with her innovative approaches to the documentary genre, community-based collaborative practices and digital media. She is currently a Visiting Artist at MIT, completing her Final iteration of the NFB HIGHRISE documentary.

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz

Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE; Head of Studies ESoDoc, Mainz (DE)

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is commissioning editor at German public broadcaster ZDF for various documentary slots on ARTE, the European Culture Channel. At ZDF/ARTE, where she is deputy head of the department 'Thema', they are coproducing one offs, Theme Evenings, documentary series and cross-media projects. The topics Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is handling, range from culture, science and history to current affaires, human interest and sociopolitical issues. Her list of projects include award winning films like 'The Act of Killing' and 'The Look of Silence', 'Drone', 'netwars', 'Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah', 'Ingrid Bergman in her own words'… Sabine Bubeck-Paaz started her career as a print journalist. As a tutor for documentary projects, she has been participating since many years in international pitching and training workshops. Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is, next to her job at ZDF/ARTE, also Head of Studies of ESoDoc - European Social Documentary, the training initiative for cross-thinkers and media professionals, who want to increase impact and outreach of their documentary projects.

Tarek Ben Abdallah
Tarek Ben Abdallah

Director of Photography (A. I. C.), Rome (Italy)

Born in 1961 in Tunisia. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, University of Tunis. Studied photography at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome, 1988-1990. Works as Director of Photography, and teaches at several film schools.

Films:

'Esercito più piccolo del Mondo' (2015) and 'Sul Vulcano' (2014), directed by Gianfranco Pannone; 'Kaspar Hauser' (2012) and 'Beket' (2008), directed by Davide Manuli; 'Palestine Stereo' (2013) and 'Laila's Birthday' directed by Rashid Masharawi, selected for the San Sebastian Film Festival (2008); 'Riparo' (2008), directed by Marco Simon Piccioni; 'Ce n'è per tutti' (2009) and 'Gas' (2005), directed by Luciano Melchionna; 'Pouppées d'Argile' (2002), directed by Nouri Bouzid; 'Latina - Littoria' (2001), directed by Gianfranco Pannone, winner: Best Documentary at the Torino Film Festival; 'Crudo' (2000), directed by Irma Immacolata Palazzo, nominated for a European Golden Globe Award; 'L'America a Roma' (1998), directed by Gianfranco Pannone, selected for the Locarno International Film Festival; 'Giro di luna tra terra e mare' (1997), directed by Giuseppe Gaudino, selected for the Venice Film Festival.

Frank Behnke
Frank Behnke

Director, Film Editor, Sound Designer, Berlin (Germany)

Born in Berlin in 1955. Attended the Music School 1965-1970 (which included a 1969 European tour, with orchestra); attended DFFB (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie) in Berlin, 1988-1989. Assistant sound designer under Alan Splet, 1985-1986, for the film 'Blue Velvet', directed by David Lynch (USA). Guitarist in the band MUTTER, Berlin, 1986-2002; manager of art brut artist Klaus Beyer, 1988-present. Has held conferences on the art of David Lynch, 1991-present (in London, 2007; at the International David Lynch Conference, Berlin, 2012). In 2015 Quiqueg Verlag published his novel 'Ich, Medea'. Works as a writer, film editor, and sound designer; teaches sound, editing, and sound design at film schools in Münster, Berlin, Bolzano, Potsdam. He lives in Berlin.

Lars Barthel
Lars Barthel

Director of Photography, Berlin (Germany)

Born in Erfurt in 1953. Following military service, studied camera at East Germany’s Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, and with Deutsche Film AG. Left East Germany with his wife and daughter in 1982 for India, and the following year began work as a freelance cameraman in West Berlin. Further training led to work in documentary and docufiction. Teaches at film schools in Germany, Italy and Myanmar, where his focus is on fine-tuned observation of reality.

Sibylle Kurz
Sibylle Kurz

Pitching Expert, Erbach (DE)

Born 1958, since 1995 she works as communication skill trainer for production companies, producers and writers. For renowned national and international universities, and for film schools and academies, she teaches 'The Art Of Pitching'. In her intensive workshop sessions she enables producers, writers, directors to hone, fine- and time-tune their projects prior to pitching as well as gain insight into their own professional practice. Her book 'Pitch It' has been published in 2015 for the third edition. Her motto is: say, what you think - do, what you say, - be, what you do. Her focus is on project presentation, proposal development, dramaturgical doctoring, consultancy and personal coaching. Additionally she helps in project development through dramaturgical advice. Projects include all feature fiction, documentary, animation and children formats. Furthermore she offers communication skills and negotiation training as well as personal coaching, also for creative people in the fields of “Arts & Culture”.

Bodo Klemz
Bodo Klemz

Professor, editor, Certified Instructor Avid (ACI), Munich (DE)

After completing his degrees on Magister Artium (M.A.) in Sciences of Communication, Journalism, History of Art and Dramatics at the University of Munich, Bodo Klemz became manager of film and video production and postproduction for a famous advertising agency of political communications and a well-known bavarian media company for nearly 20 years. In 1994 he established his own Munich-domiciled certified training center for digital nonlinear film&video editing, named interBasics. Bodo Klemz was among the first ones of german editors who received the Avid Certified Instructor (ACI) by Avid Technology, Inc. Since 1994, he was assistant lecturer for digital film&video editing, montage, composition and supervisor at Munich University for Television and Film (HFF), Bavarian Academy for Television (BAF) and ZeLIG. Bodo Klemz is member of the Bavarian Association of Journalists (BJV) since 1980. www.bbklemz.de

Britta Hartmann
Britta Hartmann

Professor of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture, Berlin (Germany)

Graduated from the University of Utrecht, and published her dissertation 'Aller Anfang' on screenwriting and cognitive dramaturgy. Professor of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture at the University of Bonn. Was an assistant for the research project entitled 'The History of Documentary Films in Germany, 1945-2005'. Visiting professor of Film and Media Theory at the University of Vienna, 2011-2012. Co-edited (along with Christine N. Brinckmann and Ludger Kaczmarek) 'Motive des Films. Ein kasuistischer Fischzug' (2012). A member of the editorial staff of the magazine 'Montage AV'. She lives in Berlin.


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