DOCSBARCELONA - International Documentary Film Festival

Financing Pitching Panel

Confirmed so far:

 

marMar Adrián
Director of contents at Aragón Televisión (Spain)

Mar is currently responsible for content in Aragón TV. She previously worked in other regional channels.

From 2004 to 2008 she was director of analysis, format and content in IB3 - Balearic Regional Television. In this channel she launched the Department of programs and she was responsible for analysis formats and audiences.

Mar began her career at Channel 9 - Valencia Regional Television: she was host of “Arrels" and coordinator of the Programs Department. Moreover, in this channel she has directed several broadcasts, and several programs.
Mar Adrián has a degree in Information Science / Journalism from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. 


claire aguilarClaire Aguilar
Vice President of Programming  at the Independent Television Service - ITVS (USA)

Independent Television Service funds, promotes and distributes independently produced programming to public  television.  At ITVS, she oversees all aspects of program initiatives,  including  programming  strategy, funding calls, peer panel review  and funding recommendations. She commissions programming from U.S. independent producers and from international producers for ITVS’s International Media Development Fund, and co-curates the Independent Lens series, a series of independently produced programs on PBS. 

She came to ITVS from public television station KCET/Los Angeles, where she programmed the station’s schedule and managed programming acquisitions. Prior to that she was a film programmer at the UCLA Film and Television  Archive,  one of the leading  exhibition  venues for international documentary and classic Hollywood films.  She has curated film and media exhibitions for the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Asian American Film and Video Festival, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio. She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and many other media and funding organizations. 

A second-generation Filipina American, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film  and Television Studies from UCLA. She serves on the board of Women Make Movies, STEPS International and the EURODOC Steering Committee.

 

Jordi Ambròs
Scriptwriter, director, executive producer and Commissioning Editor for Televisió de Catalunya/TV3 (Spain).

Currently and since 2000, Jordi Ambròs is the Head of Documentary Coproductions and Director of the documentary slot “El Documental”. Airing from January 2001, “El Documental” is a weekly evening program in TVC's second channel (C33), which focusses on creative proposals with social undertones. It combines a wide range of international productions (acquisitions), with local Catalan works (coproductions and pre-buys): mostly one hour documentaries, and occasionally, feature length pieces.

Jordi Ambròs also collaborates on a regular basis with diffeent national and international organizations as a consultant, jury, lecturer, tutor and speecher.

 

ORIOLOriol Baquer
General Director of Slot TV (Spain)

Oriol Baquer began his career as a Production Assistant for different feature films with the production companies FIGARO FILMS S.A. and ESTUDI 16/35 S.A. He later became an International Sales Executive for FIGARO FILMS S.A. and TELEVISIO DE CATALUNYA S.A., and has served as the Head of Sales for CYRK S.A. Since 1994, Oriol has been the Managing Director of SLOT, SERVEIS AUDIOVISUALS S.L. He also the Co-founder of the DOCUS Association and the Sales Manager at TV3.

SLOT Serveis Audiovisuals was created in Barcelona in 1994 as a distribution company and has become a key player in the Spanish audiovisual market. SLOT takes part in the most important international markets, including MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPCOM JUNIOR, NATPE, SPAIN TV EXPO, IDFA, DISCOP, SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC and MERCADOC. Moreover, it has established excellent relations with the producers and distributors of television departments of the National Film Board of Canada, Granada Media, All3Media, S4C, Films Transit, GA&A and TV Loonland, just to name a few of the companies listed in the SLOT catalogue.

Slot has also handled the international sales for some of the most important Spanish companies and television channels, including Ovideo, Kepry Films, Tibidabo Films, K-2000, Plural Entertainment and Euskal Telebista. Since 2006, Slot has been negotiating the sales for the TVC department.

 

julieJulie Bergeron
Manager Producers Network - Marché du Film/ Festival de Cannes (France)

She runs Vision-in-Motion a Paris-based company she founded in 2001 and specialising in the production of events for the film industry. For example, her company is organising “Cinéma du Québec” in Paris for SODEC: a week dedicated to screening of Quebec films and professional meetings for francophone producers and filmmakers.

Julie is the manager of the “Producers Network” at the Marché du Film / Festival de Cannes since its creation in 2004. At the Festival de Cannes, she is responsible for the annual Documentary Brunch taking place during the festival.

She is also manager of international projects at Ventana Sur, the Latin American Film Market co-organised by the INCAA and the Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes and taking place in Buenos Aires since 2009.

She has been involved in the production of two documentaries: “Beckett’s Prisoners” by Michka Saäl and “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe”, by Joseph Hillel and Patrick Demers.

Julie is a regular collaborator and consultant to international film festivals such as the Berlinale Co-production Market, Dubai International Film Festival, amongst others. 

 

BLATTRoberto Blatt
Commissioning Editor for Chello Multicanal (Spain)

Roberto Blatt is Director of Content and Development for Chello Multicanal, leading company in the design, production and distribution of thematic channels in Iberia, as well as Head of in-house and international co-productions for all of them, particularly documentaries for Odisea & Canal de Historia.

He is a member of EDN, and a veteran Commissioning Editor, active in numerous European forums for documentaries organized by EDN and other institutions, in addition to being a lecturer for various master courses for documentaries.

Roberto studied Economics and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University and was granted a Doctoral research scholarship on Philosophy for the Stiftung zür Förderung der Philosophie, Mönchengladbach, Germany. 

 

Kathryn BonniciKathryn Bonnici
Responsible for foreign acquisitions, pre-sales and co-productions for Java Films (France)

Kathryn Bonnici oversees sales to all English and Spanish speaking territories, the Middle East, Sweden and Finland. Documentaries she has acquired or worked on include “The Green Wave” (selected for IDFA 2010 and Sundance 2011), “20 Seconds of Joy” and “Songs of War: Music as a Weapon”.

Java Films is one of Europe's leading independent documentary distributors, specialising in current affairs, social issues, human-interest and history films. To publicise their films most effectively, Java Films attends an average of 20 markets or festivals every year and they are also involved in co-productions and pre-sales.

antonAnton Calleja
Project Manager, Eurimages (France)

Anton Calleja graduated Doctor of Law with a thesis on fiscal and financial incentives for the film industry. He also pursued studies in Film Production in Rome (EMAM).

He practiced as a lawyer in Malta and also worked in London and Luxembourg. As a lawyer he advised and represented producers and other film industry players .

Since August 2006, Anton has been working as a Project Manager at Eurimages.
Eurimages is the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works. Set up in 1988 as a Partial Agreement it currently has 34 Member States. Eurimages aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.
At Eurimages, Anton takes care of feature films and feature-length documentaries.
He is also a visiting lecturer in Entertainment Law & Film Financing at the University of Malta.

Antoni Capellà
Programs Director at IB3 Television (Spain)

 

joanaJoana Chilet
Responsible of co-productions and broadcasting rights of TV Valenciana (Spain)

Most of her career has been linked with TV Valenciana, where she is currently responsible for co-productions and Broadcasting Rights of the channel.

In 1994 she began working for TVV as a screenwriter for various programs. She was coordinator of content for different programs, both of Channel 9 and Punt 2 and she was responsible for the programming design. Since then she has worked in entertainment and fiction, and has participated in the analysis, selection and production of several television movies. She has participated in several courses on screenwriting for film and television. She has been been jury member in different film festivals. As executive producer she has participated in several television movies and fiction series.

She has a degree in Information Science in 1993 by the San Pablo CEU.


aliAli Delici
Commissioning editor at ARTE France (France)

Ali Delici, has been working for ARTE France since 2004.

He entered the industry during his student years through several summer internships with French independent production companies. A first professional experience led him to work on a feature film (Haut les coeurs! by Solveig Anspach) produced by Agat Films/Ex Nihilo, in Paris, for whom he worked as an assistant to the producers for four years.

After two years spent in the United States, Ali came back to Paris In 2004, and joined ARTE France’s newly created Arts and Culture Department. This department covers a broad range of subjects, including significant international cultural events as well as performing arts. Ali has participated in different types of programmes including themed evenings, documentary films, TV magazines and cultural debates. The cultural documentaries examine major artists, cultural phenomenon and ideas while exploring their social interaction and impact. All artistic disciplines are explored: photography, design, literature, cinema, architecture, music (...), as well as movements, humanities, religion (...).

After studying Law and Art History, he attended La Sorbonne’s Film School, where he studied Cinema for two years.

ZURIZuri Fermín
Development and Training Coordinator IBERMEDIA (Spain)

Zuri Fermín is Venezuelan but she has been living in Spain for over 10 years. After finishing her university studies in the United States, she went back to Venezuela where she worked on international cooperation programs in various public institutions. She joined IBERMEDIA Program from its inception in 1998. Currently she's responsible for project development, training initiatives and preservation of film archives within the Madrid-based Program's Technical Unit.

The IBERMEDIA Programme was created in 1997 after decisions taken in the Iber American Summit of Heads of State that took place in Venezuela concerning the implementation of a program to promote the coproduction and distribution of Iber American films. IBERMEDIA, through its various funding calls, aims to promote the creation of an Iber American audiovisual platform. 
 

Patricia Finneran
Managing Producer for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film (USA)

Patricia Finneran serves as Managing Producer, Special Projects for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and is Director of Sundance Institute's Film Forward project, an international film exhibition initiative designed to promote cross-cultural dialogue.

Based in New York, Patricia represents Sundance at international forums and events and is responsible for recommending projects for consideration to the Sundance Documentary Fund. She works on Program partnerships including Stories of Changes with Skoll Foundation and the Good Pitch with Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation.

From 2003-08, she was Director of the American Film Institute's SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival and Conference in Washington DC, the largest documentary festival in the US. She previously served as Artistic Director of the Market at IFP's Independent Film Week the leading US market for new independent film projects. 

She has produced for organizations including the US State Department, the IMF and the History Channel. 
Finneran studied at the AFI conservatory and was also a creative executive in Hollywood.

perePere Gibert
Cultural and Entertainment Content Director at Xarxa de Televisions Locals (Spain)

Pere Gibert started his professional career as a radio broadcaster for a local station, Matadepera Radio. He worked for 8 years at Canal Terrassa (local TV station) and Ràdio Municipal de Terrassa, another local radio station. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Head of Current of Affairs of these two media. In 2006 he became part of the team of the programme “Matins.COM” of COM Radio.

He has been Content Coordinator of the Xarxa Audiovisual Local (XAL; Network of Local TV stations) for three years.  Currently he is Cultural and Entertainment Content Director at XAL.  Since 2006 he is responsible for new audiovisual formats project. XTVL is a body of coordination and cooperation within the audiovisual media, especially local TV stations. Its goal is to strengthen the chain value of local communication in the areas of news contents, programmes and services, in order to make them available to citizens. It also aims to implement technologies that will allow a larger diffusion of these contents and services.

He has participated in many Spanish audiovisual festivals as a jury member, and as a speaker at conferences on television, culture, trends and new audiovisual formats.

He holds a Masters degree in Audiovisual Communications from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

GitteGitte Hansen
Deputy director of First Hand Films (Switzerland)

Joined First Hand Films in 2002, where her work includes project development, financing & packaging, marketing strategy, sales and acquisition.

Gitte has previously worked with international distribution of feature films, inhouse factual production at DR-TV, and she has been Head of Information and Promotion with Filmkontakt Nord for five years in Copenhagen. Moreover, she has been coordinator of the Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, and she has worked for the former MEDIA project DOCUMENTARY, which included the first edition of the EDN TV Guide and a study on the European Documentary sector regarding co-production and film financing.

She has joined Vertigal Strategies, Eurodoc session, Transmedia Next. She serves as consultant and lecturer at workshops and events in Europe and she has served on several juries at film festivals around Europe.

Gitte Hansen holds a master in Film and Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.

hendelLorenzo Hendel
Commissioning Editor RAI 3 (Italy)

At the end of the 70s he worked in Perugia for RAI local production for a documentation project on the local social reality, without losing his interest on research in television language and his activities in theatrical and video-theatrical fiction.

In 1988 he moved to Rome, and kept working in RAI3 as a television director. His work as a documentary director led him around the world. He directed “Tepuy: a travel to the origins of the world”, set in Venezuela (1997), “Greenland, the long lasting sunset” (1998), and “Akha, when the wind was blowing”, set in Thailand (2000). In 2005 he directed his first feature film for cinema, “When children play in the sky”, completely shot in Greenland. This film won several awards, as best Feature Film at Ischia Film Festival, Maremetraggio Festival in Trieste and Festival Cinemountain in Cervinia, and minor awards in Sulmona Film Festival and Autrans Festival (France). In 2006 he directed “When the hands speak” for DOC3, and in 2007 “Pio La Torre, the Son of the Earth”.

Since 2008 he is in charge of DOC3 (Rai Tre) as Commissioning Editor. He selects the documentaries to buy and co-produce, and he follows all the projects in their development. 

Peter Jäger
Managing Director of Autlook (Austria) 

Born in Belgium, in 2005 Peter Jäger together with Austrian production companies, founded Autlook Filmsales, a sales agent based in Vienna. Autlook Filmsales selects around 25 TV-docs a year and up to 5 docs with international theatrical/DVD potential.

Beside workig as a sales agent at Autlook Filmsales, Peter is also an expert panelmember of MEDIA Programme and an expert-panellist for Festivals like IDFA Amsterdam, HOTDOCS Toronto, DOK Leipzig, Sheffield DOC, Visions Du Réel (Nyon), CPH-DOX Copenhagen, DOK Helsinki, DIAGONALE... Furthermore, he is a jurymember of the Austrian and Flemish Filmfund.

Moreover, Peter works as a guest-lecture for several Film academies (like Filmakademie Wien, Donau-University Krems, Eurodocs, CineRegio, MAIA workshop) and for National Film Institutes (Austria, Poland, Italy, Baltic states, Argentina, Belgium, Edinburgh DocWeek…).

bertBert Janssens
Head of Programmes & General Manager HUMAN (The Netherlands)

Born in the north of Holland Bert Janssens was raised in Rotterdam. Since 1998 he has been Head of Programmes at HUMAN (Humanistische-Omroep), the Dutch humanist public broadcasting service. From October 2004 he is also General Manager of HUMAN, which produces programmes for television, radio, the internet and new media. HUMAN produces 30 documentaries a year that are part of crossmedial projects dealing with specific social, political and philosophical issues.

Bert Janssens has been working in different fields within culture, production and broadcasting since 1976, when he started as a freelance producer and programme maker for VARA Radio and Television. From 1985 to 1992 he was artistic leader of Theatre De Balie, the Amsterdam Centre for Politics and Culture. From 1992-1998 he worked for RO-Theater, the municipal theatre company of Rotterdam.

He has studied Hispanic Language and Literature and Mass Communication.


reinhartReinhart Lohmann
Commissioning editor at ARTE/ZDF (Germany)

After studying History of Art in Munich and Cologne, Reinhart became a filmauthor, journalist and editor for German public broadcaster ARD. From 1982 on he filmed political, cultural and economical subjects in many European countries as well as in the USA and in Israel.

From 1987 to 1991 he was editor for a ARD live-talkshow with international  guests from politics and culture. In 1991 he joined German public broadcaster ZDF and participated in the creation of ARTE. He was specially involved in political theme nights, documentaries, features as well as cultural and political magazines Metropolis/Zoom Europa.

ARTE is an European public-service culture television channel. Its originality lies in the fact that it targets audiences of different linguistic backgrounds, especially French and German. It is composed of three entities: The Head office in Strasbourg and the two members (responsible for programme production and delivery) ARTE France in Paris and ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH in Baden-Baden. ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH, the German member of ARTE, reflects the federal structure of public broadcasting in Germany. The ARD and ZDF, both state broadcasting stations, are shareholders in ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH. They produce or acquire the programmes which constitute the German contribution to ARTE telecasts.

andresAndrés Luque
Executive Producer of the Culture of TVE (Spain)
 
Bachelor of Information Sciences at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, in 1981.
Andrés Luque is Deputy Director of TVE Culture and as the executive producer of Culture he is in charge of the reception, project management, selection, negotiation and development of documentary production unit in which Spanish television participates as co-producer .
During the last 15 years he has been teacher at the RTVE Institute and at several universities and film schools.
Previously he has been screenwriter and producer of the program “En Portada” and “Así se hizo” of TVE. Andrés Luque was co-director of the film "Agallas", selected at the Official Malaga Film Festival (2009).

He has received several awards, including The Right to Childhood Award and Journalism (Madrid, 2006), Manos Unidas - Television Award (2006), Bronze medal and Silver medal for Best feature and Documentary Research on TV Festival of New York (2005 and 2006), Broadcasting Prix Italian Award Signis, Human Rights Award of Council of Lawyers, the International Red Cross Prize of Montecarlo Festival (2003 and 2004) and United Nations Award for Best Television Program on Children and Youth (1990).

 

Charlotte Madsen
Programme consultant by DR Sales (Denmark)

Charlotte Gry Madsen works as a part of DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corp., since 1998.

DR International Sales is Scandinavia’s largest distributor of high quality programming. They distribute documentaries, fiction and children’s programmes produced in-house by DR as well as by independent international producers and production companies to broadcasters and other outlets around the world. They launch approx. 40 new documentaries a year and work with approx. 10 documentaries in production (co-financing).

Charlotte has an MA in media studies from Copenhagen University.

 

pinilloJosé Manuel Pinillo
Programming director of La 2 / TVE (Spain)

José Manuel Pinillo is the current director of programming at La 2 (TVE).
He has developed most of his professional career in multimedia and audiovisual production and in show business.

 

 

joan salvatJoan Salvat
Head of Documentaries of Televisió de Catalunya (Spain)

For the past 24 years, Joan Salvat has been directing Televisió de Catalunya’s news magazine show "30 Minuts", which has won numerous awards, both nationally and internationally. For 15 years, he has also been directing another programme by Televisió de Catalunya, "60 Minuts", which broadcasts the best reports produced by other television channels.

He’s currently the Head of Televisió de Catalunya’s new Documentary Department, and as such, he directs and presents "Sense Ficció", a program that aims to screen the best documentaries produced around the world, as well as in-house landmark documentaries. It’s the first slot of this kind to come from the first channel of a public broadcaster.

Joan earned a degree in Information Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Before making his debut in television, he worked as an editor at different newspapers, including El Correo Catalán, which no longer exists, the magazine Oriflama, and he worked as a correspondent for Avui newspaper, as well as other magazines. 

carmenCarmen Summers
Foreign Production Manager at Television Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)

Carmen is developer and producer of television since 1988. In 1989 she joined Antena 3 TV, where she was employed as programmer, purchaser of foreign production, screenwriter and Assistant Manager of film projects Department for over ten years.

In 2000, she becomes Program and Content Digital release manager, managing pay per view service of the Cable Operators Association until 2002, when she joined the production company Multipark as Formats and International manager. In 2006 she began to create and develop programming formats for Plural Entertainment or The World TV, among other producers.

Since 2007 is the Director of Television Production Others of Castilla-La Mancha. She is coauthor of several publications such as Life is short: short films of the great filmmakers.

Carmen has a degree in Information Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 irenaIrena Taskovski
Creative Director of Taskovski Films (U.K.)

Originally from Bosnia, Irena studied in Prague, graduating from the Film Academy (FAMU). She obtained a Master degree from National Film & TV School, London UK.

Among other films Irena produced multiple award winners: Village B, Czech Dream, Czech Peace, All Good for the world and Nosovice, amongst others. She has also worked in development and financing in a London based production company Autonoumus. Irena has organised and programmed several film festivals.

Irena has also been lecturer at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) and NFTS London, tutor at the Prague Institute of Documentary Film, as expert on international film sales and distribution, with the focus on European creative documentary cinema.

iñigoIñigo Trojaola
Head Editor of Documentaries at Canal + (Spain)

He has a degree in Audiovisual Communication, Universidad Complutense, Madrid and he has studied Documentary Film at the University of Westminster in London. During the last six years he has been editor of documentaries for Canal + , and is in charge of the selection of documentaries (both purchasing and coproducing). He is also responsible for contents of the new Canal + Xtra.

Canal + is a private channel that takes about 80 documentaries per year. It focuses on documentaries about nature, society, sports and the most notable documentaries of national and international scene.

olgaOlga Valencia
Docs Programme Director at BTV  (Spain)

Doc’s Program Director at BTV  (Spain)
Olga Valencia is a journalist. She is currently the director and host of the Doc's program which is broadcasted at Barcelona TV and XTVL (local television network).

Barcelona Televisió – BTV broadcasted for the first time in November 1994. The channel was first conceived as proximity channel for Barcelona residents, offering quality programmes, while placing special interest on culture and local viewer participation and focusing on local and innovative programmes. As a result, a number of the channel’s programmes have been honoured by international and domestic institutions.

 

wimWim Van Rompaey
Commissioning editor of Lichtpunt (Belgium)

Since 1981, Wim Van Rompaey has been a producer of Lichtpunt, an independent broadcaster that has two weekly TV-programmes on the second channel of the Flemish public broadcast (VRT).

Lichtpunt is subsidised by the Flemish government. The mission of Lichtpunt is to bring documentaries, interviews and feature films from a humanist point of view. Therefore Lichtpunt broadcasts human/social-interest programmes.

Lichtpunt produces a part of its programmes inhouse, but also buys and co-produces in the international market. Recent co-productions or presales are "Rabbit à la Berlin", "Mostar United" and "Monsanto".

He has a Master's degree in Modern History at the Free University of Brussels.

 

Nick Ware
Director of Mercury Media and Joining the docs & programme strategy of Africa Channel (United Kingdom)

Mercury Media is an international documentary film distributor. Nick Ware is at the same time the director of its documentaries on demand channel, www.joiningthedocs.tv.

Nick is also a consultant, currently working with The Africa Channel on its programme strategy. He specialises in finding new ways to create, fund and distribute factual and documentary content. He works with media companies, film festivals, charities and Government departments. He works increasingly on cross platform content as an executive producer, consultant and trainer.

Nick was a senior executive in the BBC for many years, including Managing Editor of BBC Four, Creative Director of BBC Learning and Commissioner for Arts programmes. He is also a former Controller of the not-for-profit tv station Community Channel.

 

Jenny Westergaard
Commissioning Editor for documentaries in the YLE Co-production department (Finland)

Jenny Westergard is a graduated journalist from Helsinki University and has been working for YLE, The Finnish Broadcasting Company, since 1985.

She is mainly commissioning for YLE FST, the Swedish language channel on YLE. YLE FST offers full service 7 days a week with an average broadcast of 2200 hours/ year. The main language is Swedish, but all programmes are subtitled to Finnish.

At the moment YLE FST has two weekly slots for documentaries; focusing on contemporary, social, political, human interest strong stories with good characters.