Mette HOFFMANN MEYER Denmark
Executive producer, THE WHY
Mette is the executive producer of THE WHY which is a non profit organization initiating, producing and distributing stories from the world to the world. She was formally the head of documentaries, DR. THE WHY commissions themed WHY´s such as Why Democracy? Why Poverty? and now is going into production of Why Slavery? THE WHY also commissions and acquire 20 films per year for WORLD STORIES. THE WHY is commissioned to acquire content approximately 50 titles per year for Yaddo – a new online doc platform.
Patrick HÖRL Germany
Founder & Managing Director, AUTENTIC
Dr. Patrick Hörl is the founder and Managing Director of the factual entertainment label AUTENTIC. Furthermore he is MD of the channel joint venture SPIEGEL TV GESCHICHTE & WISSEN and SPARK. Hörl is also one of the founders of DOCUMENTARY CAMPUS and serves as Chairman of the Board of Campus a pan-european advanced training programme for young filmmakers/aspirants in the fields of documentary film and factual entertainment. Additionally Hörl is member of the Board of Directors of the factual section of PRODUZENTENALLIANZ.
Margje DE KONING Netherlands
Chief commissioning editor of documentaries EO, JDocs and IKONdocs, IKON
After finishing her studies, Margje de Koning made various documentaries for different broadcasting companies for 12 years. In 2004, Margje de Koning became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of 52’ docs. This meant producing and co-producing single 52'-documentaries on social, social-cultural and moral issues. Since 2005 Margje de Koning has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON. From 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje de Koning as Commissioning Editor Documentaries for EO, JDocs and IKONdocs.
Nick FRASER U.K.
Nick Fraser is the founder and editor of Yaddo, an international, subscription-based online documentary platform. He was formally the editor of Storyville, the BBC’s successful series of international documentaries. Awards won by Storyville programmes include an Oscar, Sundance prizes and Peabody awards. Nick has written five non-fiction books and is a contributing editor of Harper’s magazine, New York. Nick was the series editor of the global documentary project Why Democracy? and executive producer of Why Poverty?
Llion IWAN U.K.
Factual and Religion Commissioner, S4C
Llion Iwan was appointed as commissioner for factual content at S4C in 2012. He began his career as a print journalist and worked at the BBC. His network credits for BBC1, 2 and 4 include Life on Land, The Search for Speed and Extreme Lives. He has also been a producer for live football and rugby matches. He has won awards from international festivals including Vancouver, Grenoble and Dijon. From 2004 to 2012 he was a freelance producer/director with credits on S4C, ITV and BBC Wales including Drowning of a Village and Stradey Stories.
Tom KOCH U.S.A.
Vice President, PBS Distribution
Koch is Vice President of PBS Distribution (PBSd), the global coproduction, acquisition and distribution company jointly owned by PBS and WGBHBoston. PBS Distribution seeks out and manages coproduction partnerships with producers and broadcasters and directs the sale of PBS, WGBH programs and programs of independent producers to media companies globally. Koch’s primary role is to oversee all international activities of PBSd.
Steve BURNS U.S.A.
Chief Programming Officer, Curiosity Stream
Steve Burns is Chief Programming Officer for CuriosityStream, a subscription video-ondemand (SVOD) channel from the founder of the Discovery Channel. Burns is
responsible for 600 hours of production and acquisitions for the science, history and technology channel. Steve has served in EVP positions at Discovery Networks and the National Geographic Channel as well as SVP/General Manager of the Science Channel. His teams have two Academy Awards nominations, over 200 Emmy nominations, including dozens of wins, and two Peabody Awards nominations.
ZHANG Xiaowei China
The production manager, BeiJing Programming Centre, Guangdong TV Station, Guangdong TV Station
More than 20 years experiences in Guangdong TV station, as reporter, chief reporter, has produced 13 times live coverage about the great east Japan Earthquake in 2011 . Now devoted to making documentary，works won the national and provincial awards for many times. Representative Works：《Cantonese Businessman》 ,《zero distance》
XU Bei China
Vice-director of Science&Education Channel, Chong Qing Broadcasting Group(BCG)
Ms. Xu Bei, vice-director of Science&Education Channel of Chong Qing Broadcasting Group(BCG) ,China, documentary director and producer. She is in charge of the documentary production and broadcasting of BCG, and manage a distinguished production team in China. As a documentary director, her works have won lots of national prizes and been screened on international festivals. Her main works are ‘Going To Town’, ‘Behind the Frontline’, ‘The Story of Chen Xiaomei’, etc.
Jongil KIM South Korea
Producer / Commissioning editor , Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
KIM has been a producer at SBS’s documentary department of Korea since 1995, dealing with current affairs, human interest and overseas culture. In 2012, he was elected vice chairman of Korean Producers & Directors’ Association.
He works as a planner and commissioning editor of international web documentary channel which will be newly launched in Dec 2016 at SBS. Therefore, he specifically looks for filmmakers, producers and distributers who are interested in web channel covering with short and middle length documentaries.
Jessie SHIH Taiwan
Director, International Department/ Documentary Platform, Public Television Service, Taiwan
Ms. Jessie Shih has worked with both commercial and public TV stations in program acquisition, marketing, programming, commissioning, documentary making, and international co-production for over 25 years. She has produced or commissioned dozens of environmental and human- interest documentaries and won many awards including Berlin Film Festival, US Peabody, Cine Golden Eagle, New York Film Festival, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, and Banff’s Rockie Awards. She is also the EP of two major documentary strands on PTS: Viewpoint and Thematic Nights.
Abdul Hakim Amir NAZRI Malaysia
Assistant Vice President, Content Strategy, Development, Insights & Creation, ASTRO All Asia Networks
New concept & ideation for the all-important Malay Customer Business unit. Lead development team to create/propose new ideas/co-pros/special projects that can translate into compelling content for our customers.
Vikram CHANNA Singapore
Vice President of Production & Development, Discovery Networks AsiaPacific
As Vice President of Production and Development, he is responsible for editorially approving all regional and local commissions and coproductions that are broadcast across all networks in AsiaPacific. Channa first joined Discovery in 1995. He has taken on various roles within the company from onair promotions to programming and production. He has a Masters in both History and Film and Television Production from New Delhi, India, and also holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA.
Hidayah ONG Hee Yah Singapore
Head, News Segment, MediaCorp Pte Ltd.
As the present Head of News Segment, she oversees the business development of Channel NewsAsia, TODAY and 938 Live. She brings to the role more than 28 years of creating and innovating content for audience engagement and commercialization.
From 2006-2015, she was the head of Content Production Innovation (CPI) where she is a content strategist responsible for innovating content for multi-platform purposes for all genres of content - (entertainment, variety, format, drama and documentary.
Executive Producer, Content Development Center, NHK
Satoshi Chiba joined NHK in 1986. He produced a number of documentary programs, including NHK Special, mainly for the news department. In 2011 he transferred to NHK Enterprises. He moved back to NHK’s Content Development Center in 2015 and he now works as a producer on various programs and specials.
Senior Manager, Digital & Program Management Division, NHK WORLD Dept.
Naoki Nomura began his career at NHK working at the Osaka Broadcasting Center in 1991. He has mainly worked as director and producer of news programs. From 2010 to 2014, he worked in New York and was in charge of producing US-related programs and news. In 2014, he became chief producer of International News Report 2014 (a daily news show on BS1). He is currently commissioning editor of NHK WORLD TV.
Producer Manager, Programming Division, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Kai Yoshida joined Nippon Television in 1997. He’s produced live information programs, special cultural programs and documentaries. He’s recently overseen the production of the shows, ZIP!, Sukkiri!!, The World’s Astonishing News! and Big Family Ishida. He joined the Programming Division in June this year and is now mainly in charge of development and project selection for special information programs and special documentaries.
Chief Producer, Information Programs Center News Division, TV Asahi Corporation
Takuo Azuma joined TV Asahi in 1985. He has worked as the director of Sunday Project, a local news reporter, captain of the Judiciary Club of the Japan National Press Club, producer of TV Tackle and Hodo Station, head of the Economy Department, and head of the Cross Media Center. He became the Chief Producer Responsible for Documentaries in July this year.
Senior Vice President of Production Div. and Vice President/Director of Cultural Infotainment Dept., BS-TBS, Inc.
Hiraku Kasahara is the Executive Producer of TBS Television, a Japanese TV broadcasting network with 28 affiliated TV stations in Japan. He directed documentary programs, including Amazing Animals and Seven Wonders of the World, and produced special programs such as Life Science, The History Mysteries of Ancient Egypt. He has been transferred to BS-TBS, where he recently produced The Great Amazon and The Great Siberia.
Director/Producer, Infortainment and Documentary Dept, Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Akira Nishimura joined Fuji TV in 1990 as a director of infotainment programs, prior to becoming a documentary producer. He’s currently the chief producer of discussion-based talk show, New Weekly Critique on Fuji Television, and a producer for long-running documentary series, The Nonfiction. He’s also produced two feature documentary films, The God of Ramen and Kanzaburo. His works have won national and international awards and recognition, including the ATP Award TV Grand Prix, Asian Decision Maker Television Awards and New York Festivals.
Deputy Director, Programming and Production Dept, Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Tetsuji Yano joined Fuji Television in 1998. After working as Director of Information Programming, he worked on live broadcasts of the Olympics, figure skating, horse racing and more. As a baseball correspondent, he also produced a long-running, close-up documentary series about Hideki Matsui. After a stint working in the Personnel Department, he moved to the Production Department in 2015. His work has mainly been in the planning of comedy and talk shows. He is now in charge of news/information programs and the documentary, Nonfix. He has also worked in the production of High School Court Battle, Moths in the Flame and Tokyo Priceless.
Atsushi “Ucci” UCHINO
Executive Producer / Commissioning Editor of Documentary, Entertainment & Informative Programs Department, Production Division, WOWOW INC.
Atsushi “Ucci” Uchino has overseen the production of over 200 episodes of WOWOW’s Nonfiction W as well as several international co-productions. In 2015, he took charge of the planning and production of Finding 1984, a documentary screened on Australia’s FOXTEL network. He was also the chief producer of Sacred, a co-production with WNET. Sacred will receive its world premier at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival and it will also be screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Producer / Commissioning Editor of Documentary, WOWOW INC.
Hideki Furutani is a Chief Producer / Commissioning Editor of WOWOW’s original documentary series Nonfiction W. Hideki joined WOWOW in 2003 as a producer of sports programs, including Spanish League Football, EURO (European Football Championship) and Grand Slam Tennis. In 2010 he started his career as a documentary producer and has produced more than 30 documentaries since. Hideki is now pushing WOWOW’s documentary production into an international scale.
Producer/Manager, Content Acquisition, HJ Holdings LLC
Akihiko Harazono joined Nippon Television Network Corporation in 1990. His first production was Takeshi’s Genki TV. He oversaw production of major specials, including All Japan High School Quiz Championship. In 2000 he left NTV for a post at NTV International Corp. in NY. Upon returning to Japan, he became involved in the export of program formats and took part in co-productions with European companies. In 2014, he joined Hulu, where he’s in charge of original programming and content acquisition from Japan and overseas.
Senior Producer, Local Production, NETFLIX K.K.
Noriyasu Ueki joined Toho in 1983. He then worked at Japan Satellite Broadcasting (now WOWOW), JSKYB (now Sky Perfect – JSAT) and Warner Brothers Japan before assuming his current position in 2015. He’s involved in the planning and production of a number of projects, including movies, TV dramas, animation, variety shows and documentaries. He’s charge of producing original content and was behind the launch of Hibana (Spark), a series, which began being distributed this year. In his free time, he enjoys watching documentaries and animation.
Tatsuhiro BENIKO ABU
Director, ABU Programming , Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
Beniko joined the ABU in November, 2013. Prior to his appointment as the Director of ABU Programming, Beniko was Senior Producer at Science Programs Division, Program Production Department and member of the Strategic Planning Division, International Planning and Broadcasting Department of NHK.
Hanizah HAMZAH ABU
Head of TV, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
A Malaysian, Hanizah has worked for Radio Televisyen Malaysia as a radio producer and TV anchorwoman, as well as for NHK's Radio Japan. She joined the ABU in August 2006.
Ann JULIENNE France
Documentary specialist, Independent consultant
Ann entered the television industry in 1985 with the French indie Tele Images. In 1994, she was a member of the startup team at France 5, where she was long Head of Acquisitions and International coproductions. From 2005 Ann was head of international development for documentaries for all the France Television channels. Since her retirement from France Television in June 2015, Ann is an independent consultant in the documentary field. She specializes in coaching documentary makers to help them succeed in the international market.
Shane SMITH Canada
Director of Programming, Hot Docs
Shane Smith is Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America's largest Festival and Market for documentary film.
Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as director of Special Projects, and director of Public Programs.
Prior to TIFF he was Executive Producer, In-Flight Entertainment, Spafax, overseeing all entertainment on Air Canada; Director of Programming, Channel Zero Inc; Director CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival; Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival; Programmer for Inside Out LGBT Film Fest.
Nilotpal MAJUMDAR India
Director - DocedgeKolkata, Docedge Kolkata
Nilotpal Majumdar is the Founder/President of Documentary Resource Initiative, which produces DocedgeKolkata, Asian Forum for Documentary, a mentoring and training program for Indian/Asian documentary filmmakers. He graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India. He has worked as a writer, director, editor and cinematographer for documentary and fiction films. He was a professor and dean at Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute until January 2016. Presently he’s the Director of Manipur State Film & Television Institute.
Ruby CHEN Taiwan
CEO, CNEX Foundation & CNEX Studio Corporation
Ruby Chen is cofounder and CEO of CNEX Foundation and CEO of CNEX Studio, which produces, distributes and broadcasts online documentary films. Her professional career spans over 30 years and includes experience as a communication professional, a management consultant and an executive leadership educator. Her passion is to discover, support and promote Chinese documentary films internationally. She is the executive producer of almost 80 Chinese documentaries, including the awardwinning documentary 1428.
Seok-pil KANG South Korea
Executive Manager, Documentary Film Director/Producer, Incheon Film Commission / Docs Port Incheon
Seokpil Kang majored in political science and began his career in 1997 as a documentary producer and director. His films has been invited to many international film festivals including Berlin International Film Festival(Forum), IDFA, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. His recent work Boys Run, the second part of village trilogy, won the Best Korean Documentary Award at Busan Int’l Film Festival in 2015. He organized Docs Port Incheon, an initiative for the platform of funding and network for Asian documentaries, in 2014.
Mark SIEGMUND Germany
Advisor with focus Asia and Korea, DOK Leipzig
Mark started at the independent cinema project in Leipzig before he joined Cinémathèque Leipzig. From early 2000 he worked as curator for festivals like Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland, Nippon Connection in Frankfurt/Japanische Filmtage Leipzig, and RealFanta Film Festival in South Korea.
After working for the Busan International Film Festival, he joined the Seoul Film Commission in 2007. Since 2015, he's been working as freelancer production coordinator for international film and TV productions filming in Korea. He is now based in Seoul.
Nha-Uyen CHAU Australia
Founder/CEO, Looking Glass International
She is the Director and founder of Looking Glass International. Prior to setting up LGI, she was Sales Executive for Asia and Pacific Rim with Dutch company Off the Fence. With 10 years experience in international distribution, she has worked with leading broadcasters including National Geographic, ARTE, NHK, Discovery, AETN and Animal Planet. In addition, she has worked with talented producers and filmmakers from across the globe via sales for finished documentaries and seeking finance thru coproductions and presales.
Anna ALVORD U.S.A.
Manager, International Sales, PBS Distribution
Anna Alvord joined PBS Distribution in September 2011 as Sales Manager for Asia, the Middle East, German speaking Europe and Iberia. Anna brought 14+ years of international licensing experience to PBSd from her previous position as Director of International Sales at Scripps Networks, operator of lifestyle networks Food Network, Home & Garden Television and Travel Channel. She also works closely with the Pre-Sales and Co-Production team at PBS International.
LIU Xiaojie China
General Manager, Hualu New Media& Information Technology Co., Ltd
Mr. Liu Xiaojie, general manager of Hualu New Media& Information Technology Co., Ltd, is responsible for the company's management policy and strategy. It is engaged in the development & operation of new media platforms copyright business, and working with major domestic partners (CCTV, Tencent, Aqiyi, Yoku, Tudo , PPTV) and Japanese partners (TBS, NTV, Fuji TV). The company is devoted to copyright procurement, distribution, co-production of film & drama programs, with the goal of becoming the bridge for copyright and content development.
Steven SEIDENBERG U.K.
Executive Producer for International Productions, LIC China
He began working in documentaries in 1983, working in London variously as a freelance and in-house at both the BBC and ITV. From 1993 to 2003 he was a partner in the highly-respected independent production company Cafe Productions. Since 2003 he have worked almost exclusively in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and, since 2011, with LIC in Beijing). Evangelical about documentaries, he also teach in various documentary training programs including Greenhouse and Crossing Borders.
Antje BOEHMERT Germany
Executive Producer, DOCDAYS Productions
Since 2000, Antje Boehmert has been a producer, collaborating on a variety of documentary films - most of them international co-productions from the fields of science, history and current affairs. She runs Berlin-based indie DOCDAYS Productions. Antje recently served as Executive Producer on THE BLOODY TRUTH - an international co-production on the pre-history of HIV and EBOLA: DEATH IN A VILLAGE.
Luc MARTIN-GOUSSET France
CEO, Point du Jour
Graduated in Economics (Paris Sorbonne) and in Politics (Science Po). After having been Point du Jour’s head of sales & financing, Luc began his career as a producer at Caméras Continentales in 1993 and then at Ellipse Documentaries (subsidiary of Canal+). In 1996 he returned to Point du Jour and became the company’s CEO in 2007. He has produced a wide range of committed documentaries as well as TV movies.
Nicolas DESCHAMPS France
Senior Producer/ Head of International Co-Productions, GEDEON Programmes
Nicolas Deschamps joined GEDEON Programmes as Senior Producer and Head of International Co-Production in November 2015. He has held high-level positions at MC4, ITV Studios and Boreales. He also worked as Arte’s Head of the Acquisitions and Commissioning Editor.
He holds a Masters Degrees in Cultural Affairs and Cinema Studies. He’s produced over 30 documentaries including Against all Odds (with Sendai Hoso) and Ama, the Mermaid of the Sea. Currently he’s preparing Japan from Above, a 5 part series in collaboration with NHK for Arte and Voyage.
Michel NOLL France
He is an experienced filmmaker and producer operating out of Paris, France for more than 30 years. He owns a production and distribution company called ICTVSOLFERINO and operates in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. His aim is to celebrate freedom of speech, to foster independence of local production and to support those who build their lives on dialogue.
Bob MOORE Canada
He is a documentary film producer based in Montreal. Together with his partners and collaborators at production company Eyesteelfilm, he’s won many international awards and his films have shown around the world. He sits on the executive board of the Documentary Organization of Canada and regularly consults for institutions on film production. Prior to working in film Bob completed degrees in law and philosophy, managed artists, consulted for record labels, worked with social and political organizations, and founded an art collective.
HAI Tian China
CEO, Rare Media
Hai Tian is the founder and CEO of Rare Media, and he was once a television host. After being a director in CCTV, he founded Rare Media in 2001. Rare Media is a national leading institute which focuses on both production and operation of historical and humanistic documentaries. It has produced documentaries for over 1500 hours and has copyrights for near 30000 hours’ video materials.
Janine STEIN Singapore
Editorial Director, ContentAsia
Janine Stein is Editorial Director for ContentAsia’s print, multimedia and online and mobile information platforms.
Janine has covered the Asian television and media business since 1989, and has worked for the The Hollywood Reporter, The South China Morning Post/Television & Entertainment Times, Cable & Satellite Asia, Television Business International and Electronic Media.
From 1984 to 1989, she covered the African television industry. She was TV Editor for an English-language national daily and a correspondent for Southern Screen & Stage.
John BADALU Indonesia
John Badalu is an independent producer. His previous films were screened at Sundance, Locarno and Rotterdam. He's also a Southeast Asian Delegate for Berlinale and Shanghai Film Festival and a programmer for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. He also co-founded a few film festivals in Indonesia.
- 12 Wives
Cha ESCALA Philippines
Cha Escala is a documentary filmmaker from the Philippines. Her films, Intoy’s Christmas (2008) and Nick & Chai (2014), have won awards in different festivals. She attended the Berlinale Talents in 2010 and 2011 and was a fellow at the Asiadoc Documentary Scriptwriting Residency in 2015 and 2016.
- My Father the Executioner
Vincent Hai DU China
Independent Documentary Filmmaker
Vincent DU’s China's Little Rock Star, won British One World Media Award 2013, and was aired on Al Jazeera. His film Five to Nine, co-produced with three Asian directors has been screened at Singapore International Film Festival, and Osaka Asian Film Festival, etc. He was also selected to Berlinale Talents at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
- China's National Children
Meng HAN China
Meng Han is a journalist and photographer. She mainly focuses on women’s and children’s rights. Her recent works include Chinese Adoptees at Home in America, published in the New York Times, and South China Morning Post, and Finding the Women at China’s Big Meetings, published in the China File of the Asia Society.
- China's National Children
Pankaj JOHAR India
Penny Wise Films Pvt. Ltd.
Pankaj spent 8 years as TV producer making content that ranged from Global Warming’s impact on Arctic to Sri Lankan conflict. He founded his own production company in 2008 and has since directed and produced feature films including content for international broadcasters. His work has been supported by organisations like IDFA, Sundance, SORFOND and BRITDOC.
- No More Babies
Arun BHATTARAI Bhutan
Graduated from Documentary Film Directing MA. Before, he was working at the Bhutan Broadcasting Service as a TV director for youth documentaries for more than 5 years. His documentaries have been screened on BBS TV and some of them also at festivals in Europe and Asia. Now he is working as an independent documentary filmmaker in Bhutan.
- Stories from the Field
Abbas MOHAMMADI Afghanistan
3rd Eye Film & Photojournalism Center
Abbas is a photographer and documentary director active mainly in Afghanistan. He also shoots publicity photos for UNICEF. His most recent film, My Little Country, was shown at the Avanca Film Festival in Portugal in 2015.
- A Bike Bookmobile in Bamiyan
Md. Arifur RAHMAN Bangladesh
Goopy Bagha Productions Limited
Md. Arifur Rahman's documentaries have been showed at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest and International Human Rights Liberation Film Festival. He has produced short documentaries in collaboration with BBC, Scottish Documentary Insti-tute, Bangladesh Documentary Council, and NHK TV.
- Beyond the waves -Bangladeshi Surf Girls-
Xaisongkham INDUANGCHANTHY Laos
Lao New Wave Cinema Productions
Xaisongkham is a Lao independent filmmaker. He is a co-founder of Lao New Wave Cinema and has been working with the team since 2012. In September 2012, he was selected to participate in ‘Asian Film Academy’ as part of the Busan International Film Festival, Korea.
- Because I am a Girl
Anjali BHUSHAN India
Apricot Sky Entertainment
Anjali has co-produced & co-directed “INDIA’S DAUGHTER”, commissioned by the BBC. Special mention at IDFA Forum’s Secret Pitch, the film was awarded the Gucci Tribecca Outreach grant and broadcast by: Rai, DR, CBC and STV amongst others. Anjali is producing and directing a documentary on an Indo-Polish subject, “MY HOME INDIA” based in 1942 Undivided India.
- Smiling Woman of Banda
Van Thuc HA Vietnam
RED BRIDGE CO., LTD
2004-present CEO -Redbridge TV&Film Production Services, Vietnam
2004: Founder -Lac Viet Centre for Community Support&Development
- Countryside Conservatory
Sein Lyan TUN Myanmar
PS Films (PS-Perfect Services Co., Ltd)
SEIN LYAN TUN is an award winning filmmaker. He won the awards from China and Southeast Asia and Central Asia. He is focusing to make documentaries and short films about youth and women concern with education, Child Labor, abuse & Human Trafficking. He hopes that by using media tool, it will be more receptive and forthcoming in equipping themselves.
- Charred Brick
Ishani K DUTTA India
I am a documentary film maker, making films for nearly two decades now. I focus on issues related to gender, environment and children. My films have been recognized and awarded in national and international festivals. I believe in finding and sharing unheard and untold stories about marginalized sections of the society, bringing power to them.
- A treasure of their dreams
WANG Guanming China
Beijing Huaxiabaina Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
Previous CCTV2 reporter, now is a independent director, product documentary mainly for cctv9 and cicc.
- fly, kitty hawks
Wisnu Surya Pratama Indonesia
Two Islands Digital
Wisnu is a filmmaker with 10 years experience. Beginning as a film activist, he currently works as a director for documentary, short fiction and TVC’s. His works have screened at international film festivals in Pusan, Rotterdam and Hong Kong. He is currently working as production supervisor for Metro TV’s Eagle Awards Documentary Competition 2016.
- Burung Berkicau (Songbird)
Nicholas Peter CALPAKDJIAN Indonesia
Two Islands Digital
Nick is a filmmaker with 15 years experience and working in SE Asia since 2010. Nick recently produced the documentary The Muslim Tourist (NHK World). Nick co-produced East Timor’s first feature film Beatriz’s War, winning 1st prize at the 2013 India Int. Film Festival. He has produced programs for LiTV, The Indonesia Channel and ABC iView.
- Burung Berkicau (Songbird)
Ariel Pajela BACOL Philippines
One Big Fight Productions
I am a filmmaker from Southern Philippines. I co-produced Joseph Israel Laban's Cuchera and Nuwebe which screened at Toronto, Stockholm, Montreal, Vancouver and other festivals here and abroad. I also worked for television: as Field Producer for GMA News and Public Affairs, and researcher for Probe Productions.
- Alfreddie's Choice
Joseph Israel M. LABAN Philippines
One Big Fight Productions
Joseph Israel Laban is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. He holds a Master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from New York University where was a Fulbright Scholar. He has contributed articles and video work to The New York Times, Channel News Asia and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and GMA News and Public Affairs.
- Alfreddie's Choice
Raja Shabir KHAN India
Raja Shabir Khan is the winner of 60th National Film Awards, India. He won three awards for his film “Shepherds of Paradise” in the category of best non‒feature film and best cinematography. Raja has meade several documentaries in collaboration with different International T.V channels.
- Broken Blossoms
Dipesh KHAREL Nepal
Media Help Line Nepal
Dipesh Kharel has got Master degree in documentary film studies at University of Tromso, Norway in 2006. He has already produced several award-wining documentaries, notably A Life with Slate (2006) and Playing with Nan (2012) and Tama Gaun (2015) those have been screened at more than 60 international film festivals around the world and won several prizes.
- A Seed of Hope
Dinesh KHAREL Nepal
Media Help Line Nepal
Dinesh Kharel is currently working as a Documentary film/TV program producer in Media Help Line, a video production company in Nepal. Mr. Kharel worked at National broadcasting TV channels in Nepal as a producer for 13 years. Mr. Kharel has already produced over 30 documentaries in different social issues of Nepal in coordination with Government of Nepal, UN agencies and other stakeholders.
- A Seed of Hope