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Trainers • 2017

Elie Levasseur



Development Lab expert panel
Elie Levasseur is a French event organizer with a focus on interactive and immersive content. In 2016, he has been appointed programming director of Cross Video Days. With 378 projects received from 51 countries in 2015, Cross Video Days is the Leading European Digital Content Market and one of the best place to capture market trends and discover the very finest of the International digital-first creation. Supported by Creative Europe, the Content Market hosted 500 pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings between 60 selected projects and 60 Commissioners among the most emblematic TV, web broadcasters, MCNs or Funding bodies. Elie previously served as International Relations & General Coordinator Assistant for Sunny Side of The Doc and moved digital with eYeka, a global co-creation community that enables leading brands to activate online communities and drive crowdsourced innovation by tapping into creative power of user-generated content. 
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Trainers • 2017

Federico Dini



Development Lab mentor
Federico Dini is a Berlin-based producer and art director exploring the borders between interaction and participation in cross-platform storytelling. His experience spans from film and TV to web and mobile applications. After winning a year funding from the EXIST Programme and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology he founded Honig Studios to produce story-driven experiences that are playful and memorable across multiple platforms. With Honig Studios, Federico co-created the transmedia design of the "The Spiral" - a participative TV series and online social game broadcasted simultaneously in eight European countries. The project was nominated at the International Digital Emmy Awards for “Best TV fiction” and in the Prix Europa Awards for “Best online Project”. He is currently developing “Milli”, an extensive story universe for 3-6 years old kids told through animated series, playful applications and learning mini-games. Parallel to that, he's working on “The Great Depression”, a participative feature film about the separation and collapse of near future Europe. Prior to Honig Studios, Federico produced the controversial webseries “Notruf Deutschland” and interactive projects for clients such as Warner Group and Universal Music.
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Trainers • 2017

Jiannis Sotiropoulos



Expert and Development Lab mentor
Jiannis Sotiropoulos is a Berlin-based producer and technical director exploring the borders between interaction and participation in cross-platform storytelling. After graduating from the film school of Potsdam Germany in 2008, he won an one year innovation grant from the German Ministry of Technology and established Honig Studios to produce story-driven experiences that are playful and memorable across multiple platforms. Currently he is the producer of “Milli”, a series of interactive stories and games for children from 3-6 years old and the technical director of “The Great Depression”, a participative feature film about a father’s pledge for a tiny coffin for his firstborn son. In 2012 he co-developed the transmedia design of “The Spiral” a participative TV series and online social game broadcasted simultaneously in eight european countries. The project was nominated at the International Digital Emmy Awards for ‘Best TV fiction” and in the Prix Europa Awards for “Best online Project”. Prior to that and among other projects, he created interactive campaign for Jessie J and Universal Music. The application reached over 10.000 unique players in the first week. After its success, it was translated into eight languages and was distributed in over thirty countries.
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Trainers • 2017

Lili Blumers



Development Lab mentor
Lili works as a commissioning editor in ARTE France’s web department. She is in charge of interactive programmes (fiction, documentaries and games). She has been working for ARTE since 2005, where she was previously in charge of programming within the Programme Direction. Prior to ARTE, she was in charge of international development and programming for Multithématiques/Canal+. She holds a Master in Political Sciences.
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Case studies • 2017

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness


Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is an immersive virtual reality (VR) project based on John Hull’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness released alongside the feature film. 
John Hull’s original audio recordings form also the basis of this project, a six-part interactive documentary using new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’.
The project won the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Film Festival and the Alternate Realities VR Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The experience is now available for free on the following platforms: Samsung Gear. Mobile or Cardboard: iOS 
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is a VR and interactive experience produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France and AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark. It has been supported by the TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation, JustFilms, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) and Région Midi-Pyrénées.



Speaker: Lili Blumers (web commissioning editor).
When: TBD

Where: Nyon, Château de Bossey

http://www.notesonblindness.co.uk/vr/
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Trainers • 2017

Sandra Gaudenzi



Expert
Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialize in the field of digital interactive narrative. She has taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) during thirteen years, completed a PhD about interactive documentary at Goldsmiths, and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. She also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences such as WebDox, blogs, researches and runs a monthly meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative. Her latest adventure is !F Lab, a new training scheme opened to interactive storytellers, where their projects can be incubated during a period of six months. !F Lab is a Creative Europe initiative.
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Trainers • 2017

Susanna Lotz



Development Lab mentor
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies. Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”. Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.

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Projects • 2016

An Unpaid Act

The story of an unpaid intern living in a tent while working at the United Nations in Geneva spirals into an international media storm that sparks a debate on the rights of interns and challenges employers across the world to rethink the way they treat young workers. When filmmakers Nathalie Berger and David Leo Hyde were confronted with the expectation that young people should work without pay, they turned their frustration towards a creative purpose. David secured an internship at the UN with the goal of making a film to illustrate the inequalities and explore the problems behind unpaid internships.

The visual approach developed for the film is one of simple contrasts. David slept in a small blue tent while working inside the mammoth marble towers of the UN complex. After tipping off a local newspaper about David’s living situation, the filmmakers faced an international press storm that blew out of their control and led to David’s live resignation in front of the UN and the world's media.

An Unpaid Act will tell this story while covering wider themes such as inequality, youth activism and media as a tool for social change. The filmmakers will create an interactive web platform to host a growing global movement against exploitative internship practices. People across the world will be able to speak out against internships by giving testimonies and reporting their experiences. This platform will serve as a tool for interns to familiarize themselves with their labor rights, while getting interns in touch with local intern groups and pro-bono lawyers to take action.


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Participants • 2016

Ana Brzezinska

Director / Producer
Documentary filmmaker and a senior level producer with a strong track in TV and digital productions with a multitasking approach (scriptwriting / directing / producing). Graduate of Drama Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Theatre School (Krakow, Poland). Ana was a Digital Media Producer at Polish National Opera. She had collaborated as an expert on media with Leon Kozminski University and Modern Poland Foundation. For a number of years she had worked for TVN and NC+, major private broadcasters in Poland. For over ten years she had been translating films and non-fiction television series. She is interested in stories that shape our way of thinking about contemporary social relationships and the future of our civilization.

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Trainers • 2016

Angad Singh Bhalla



Expert
Angad Singh Bhalla uses film to call attention to voices we rarely hear. His short films told the stories of Indian communities left behind by so-called development. U.A.I.L Go Back became a widely used organizing tool that helped pressure Alcan into ending its involvement in the project in a controversial mining project while Writings on the Wall was broadcast internationally by Al-Jazeera English. Passionate about using media as a means of fostering political change, Angad co-founded the production co-operative Time of Day Media. While working as a community organizer for immigrant rights, he produced videos for groups including the Service Employees International Union, Working America and the Center for Constitutional Rights. 


His debut feature documentary, Herman’s House, screened at more than 40 festivals, was distributed theatrically in the US and Canada and received an Emmy award following its 2013 PBS broadcast.  His first foray into interactive storytelling, The Deeper They Bury Me: A Call from Herman Wallace, has been presented at the New York Film Festival and IDFA. A production of the National Film Board of Canada, it was named one 2015’s 12 most creative examples of digitally enabled storytelling by the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab.


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Participants • 2016

Angelos Tsaousis

Producer, Director, Documentary Filmmaker
2014 – 2017 "ROBOTICS FOR ALL" - a feature documentary that tells the story of two talented young boys Alexandros and Theodore, the youngest members of the first Roma Robotics team in Greece who managed to overcome the wretchedness of their segregated community and travel all the way to USA for the World Championships of Lego Robotics. The film follows their life-changing journey in their personal lives as well as on robotics, and is as much about finding their playfulness as kids, as it is about their continuous struggle for education. (in development) (Producer / Director)

2014 – 2018 "THE ROLLING PIONEERS" - a cross platform documentary about sports on a wheelchair (in development) (Producer / Director) 

2014 - 2018 "FRED BOISSONAS: a travelogue in Greece." - a feature documentary for OTE TV about the journey of the Swiss photographer Fred Boissonas in 1912 in Greece (in development) (Producer/ Director)

2012 - 2014 "The New Plastic Road" - a feature documentary in Tajikistan/China, Producer and Director (completed). A co-production with ZDF/ARTE/ Supported by MEDIA DEVELOPMENT FUND & GFC: Greek Film Centre. Pitched at Story doc Athens 2011, EDN International Pitching Forum in Thessaloniki, MIPDoc International Pitch Cannes 2012 and EBU IDFA Amsterdam 2012 (Producer / Director)

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Trainers • 2016

Bruno Choinière

Expert and Development Lab mentor
With more than seven years of experience in the field, Bruno Choiniere is the head of the creative web department at Akufen. 
Throughout the course of his career, his work has consistently stood out. His most notable creations include the interactive documentary Trou Story (NFB); Les Enfants de la Bolduc (Lusio Films); and most recently A journal of Insomnia (NFB), official selection at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam and at the Storyscapes 2013 competition during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Bruno Choiniere is also responsible for the artistic direction of the interactive fiction Émilie (Radio-Canada), finalist at the prestigious SXSW festival in the film / TV category. His expertise and the uniqueness of his projects have been recognized repeatedly by his peers internationally.
Over the past three years, Bruno Choiniere has given lectures and training sessions at numerous conferences, including the Filmgate festival in Miami, RDV Design Infopresse, and Digicamp NFB. His last collaboration work DAda-DAta is a digital project composed by a storm of interactive Dada events (“Dada Hacktions”) and an online anti-museum.


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Participants • 2016

Christian Tod

Director
Born 1977 in Linz, Austria, Christian Tod is a filmmaker and an economist. His debut film, Fatsy - The Last Cowboy of Austria (Documentary, 54min, 2007) received an honorable mention at Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz in 2007. Christian Tod's first feature length documentary Es muss was geben (104min, 2010) was the opening movie at Crossing Europe's 2010 edition, was chosen for the official selection at Filmfest München in 2010 and got theatrically released nationwide in 2011. Being a success with both audience and critics, Es muss was geben firmly established Christian Tod as an auteur filmmaker. Being both a scientist and a filmmaker, Christian Tod began working on What’s Wrong With a Free Lunch?, combining his expertise in both fields for a project he considers utterly important for the future of mankind. What’s Wrong With a Free Lunch? / Free Lunch Society (90min, 2016) is going to be released in mid 2016.

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Case studies • 2016

DAda–DAta.net


February 5th, 1916. In a Swiss cabaret, a handful of wild and nationless artists set out to remake art and change the world. February 5th, 2016. Dada madness strikes again.

Dada-Data, by Anita Hugi and David Dufresne (two Grimme Online Awards for Prison Valley and Fort McMoney), is a digital project composed by a storm of interactive Dada events (“Dada Hacktions”) and an online anti-museum, the DADA-Depot. A modern tale, between collages and hyper-text, Twitter and manifestos, Instagram and connected readymades, Dada-Data is a living and viral tribute made of embezzlements, self-destruction and derision rooted in our time, just like Dada was at war against her era. A tribute without dust, a documentary without video, purely web.

An interactive installation designed by Fragment. In (Lausanne) will be open to the public during Visions du Réel 2016 (Nyon, 15-23 April).

Dada-Data is an international co-production led by SRG SSR and Arte, in collaboration with DocMine, Pro Helvetia, and developed by the design studio Akufen (Montréal).

Speakers: Anita Hugi and David Dufresne (creators), Bruno Choinière (Studio Akufen), Sven Wälti (SRG SSR)
Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi
When: Sunday, 17 April, 2016, 14h30–16h00
Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)


www.dada-data.net
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Participants • 2016

David Induni

Director
David Induni was born in Argentina (Neuquén) in 1974. Studied graphic design and sculpting at Josefina Conte College (Corrientes-Argentina); joined the artistic group Grupo Arte Ahora in 1992. Studies at the National University, Department of Plastic Arts (Sculpture and Painting). After three years he moved from theory to practice and expanded his knowledge by traveling around the world. Since 2003 he has been discovering Europe and has started a new professional path: film making. He graduated in 2008 at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUSPI) and has been working as an artist, independent film maker and teacher since 2008. In 2014 received on special mention of the public in the 4° Dada film festival in India. In 2013 He re received the price for the "Best documentary film" at the Nova Film Festival in USA and the price for the "Best editing and sound documentary film" at the Jaipur International Film Festival in India. In 2009, He won the Collechio film festival in Parma and received the price for "Fist sellection" at the Roma film festival with his film "Le armi della liberà".
In 2008 He won the Migros spot contest with his spot “Freschezza online”.
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Participants • 2016

David Leo Hyde

Content Creator, Media Consultant, Film Director

2016 – Docs in Thessaloniki Attended pitching forum as co-director of An Unpaid Act

2015 – Present
Public Services International
Involved in creating a new video channel with the goal of creating an interaction with a younger audience.
This has included the production of stop-motion videos, AJ+ style glimpses and longer format films on subjects ranging from water privatization to corporate tax justice.
Content Creator consultant present 

2015 – Present
An Unpaid Act
Documentary and cross-media project highlighting the injustice of the unpaid internship system
Co-director/Actor

2016
Le Complot des Moutons 
A video that deconstructs the symbols of the Swiss People’s Party, giving them a new meaning in the style of "detournement" before the "initiative de mise-en-oeuvre" (within three days, it got more than 700.000 views and 12.000 shares on social media
Director

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Trainers • 2016

Elie Levasseur




Development Lab expert panel
Elie Levasseur is a French event organizer with a focus on interactive and immersive content. 
In 2016, he has been appointed programming director of Cross Video Days. With 378 projects received from 51 countries in 2015, Cross Video Days is the Leading European Digital Content Market and one of the best place to capture market trends and discover the very finest of the International digital-first creation. Supported by Creative Europe, the Content Market hosted 500 pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings between 60 selected projects and 60 Commissioners among the most emblematic TV, web broadcasters, MCNs or Funding bodies. Elie previously served as International Relations & General Coordinator Assistant for Sunny Side of The Doc and moved digital with eYeka, a global co-creation community that enables leading brands to activate online communities and drive crowdsourced innovation by tapping into creative power of user-generated content. 
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Participants • 2016

Eva Pa

Producer
2015 – present, Bflm, production company (www.bflm.sk)
Position: co-owner, producer of animation Job tasks: producing of animation flms (developing of fnancial, distribution and marketing strategies), international coproductions

2013 – 2015, International Animation Festival Fest Anča (www.festanca.sk)
Position: festival director Job tasks: international relations, development of industry program, fnancing, fundraising,

2012 - present – FILMTOPIA, flm distribution company (www.flmtopia.sk)
Position: cofounder, acquisitor, law adviser Job tasks: fundraising, advising in law tasks, developing of distribution projects

2010 – present, KINEČKO, bimonthly flm magazine (www.kinecko.com)
Position: cofounder, executive producer, editor Job tasks: editor, producer, Public relations, networking

2008 – 2010, Kressling Gallery, gallery of contemporary visual art (www.gallerykressling.sk)
Position: managing director Job tasks: fnancing, organization of exhibitions, public relations activities,

2008 – Law Firm JUDr. Miroslav Pekar
Position: junior associate Job tasks: incorporating companies, preparation & drafing of legal documents (contracts, legal analyses), communication with Legal and/or State Authorities.

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Projects • 2016

Family.eu



Latvia is a member of EU and we like to think about ourselves as western oriented. However, when it comes to diversity and especially sexual diversity, the society turns into ultraconservative crowd. It has also resulted in many changes in laws, for example the education law which prohibits to talk about sexuality at schools. With the conservative wave that’s now spreading also in the EU we see similar tendencies also in other countries. 
If you are a part of homosexual family, you need to be really brave and you are forced to develop certain skills such as lying and manipulation in order to overcome the obstacles. We see these people as real superheroes. 


Our goal with this project is to raise awareness and show the existence of homosexual families in Latvia. We also want to call people to action and ask them to sign petition that would speed up the establishment of partnership law in Latvia. 


As this is a sensitive topic and we don’t want to expose these families, we have chosen the form of fact based interactive graphic novel as the best media to tell the stories. We will approach our characters as superheroes with special skills and the user will have the opportunity to experience the situations through the eyes of our heroes. The form of interactive graphic novel will also give us a chance to highlight the comical and ironical side of these real everyday situations. We believe that in this way we will also be able to attract a wider audience that usually wouldn’t be open to such content. 


After entering the website the user will meet our heroes that all together remind a so called “traditional family”. The user will have to choose one hero with certain set of skills through whose perspective to continue the experience. To make it more playful, the user will have a task to improve his skills during the process. There will be also options to choose different pass ways. However, the main goal will be to raise the frustration level to the maximum while going through various stories and by exploring the different interactive possibilities, for example, documents, interviews with experts or opponents. 


When the user will reach the maximum frustration level, he will be invited to join the superhero family and take the action- sign the petition, share his avatar on social media. 


We will have both Latvian and English versions of the site. Our primarily target audience is LGBT community and their friends and also open-minded people that are not usually active supporters of the community, but could be open to learn if the content is presented in attractive way. 


We plan to launch the website in June 2017. At this point, when we are still in early stages of development, we are looking both for opportunities to continue work on development and, of course, also financing. 



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Trainers • 2016

Federico Dini

Development Lab mentor

Federico Dini is a Berlin-based producer and art director exploring the borders between interaction and participation in cross-platform storytelling. His experience spans from film and TV to web and mobile applications. After winning a year funding from the EXIST Programme and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology he founded Honig Studios to produce story-driven experiences that are playful and memorable across multiple platforms. With Honig Studios, Federico co-created the transmedia design of the "The Spiral" - a participative TV series and online social game broadcasted simultaneously in eight European countries. The project was nominated at the International Digital Emmy Awards for “Best TV fiction” and in the Prix Europa Awards for “Best online Project”. He is currently developing “Milli”, an extensive story universe for 3-6 years old kids told through animated series, playful applications and learning mini-games. Parallel to that, he's working on “The Great Depression”, a participative feature film about the separation and collapse of near future Europe. Prior to Honig Studios, Federico produced the controversial webseries “Notruf Deutschland” and interactive projects for clients such as Warner Group and Universal Music.


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Projects • 2016

Free Lunch Society


Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices 
arash@goldengirls.at
www.goldengirls.at


The Free Lunch Experience is a multiplatform project in partnership with the film "Free Lunch Society" by Christian Tod. This project will seek to engage a community and rally activists around the idea of unconditional basic income and enhance the overall understanding of the topic.

The Free Lunch Experience will be structured in three steps that will build over time in a modular way. However, it will retain a unified feeling as it expands across the web, into social media and ultimately into live events. The project will be rolled out over time in connection with important related events around the globe, such as the 5 June 2016 Swiss referendum on basic income.

The experience is designed to help users consider their positions on universal basic income and give them an opportunity to express their own beliefs about it. In the end the experience will allow users to observe their own presumptions and how they may evolve as new information comes to light. It will also offer an innovation in interactive documentaries by integrating data from the user to create a dynamic ordering of the content.


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Case studies • 2016

Giant


“A virtual reality experience inspired by real events.”

Trapped in an active war-zone, two parents struggle to distract their young daughter by inventing a fantastical tale. Inspired by real events, this immersive VR experience transports the viewer into the family's makeshift basement shelter. The parents' fairy tale intensifies as bomb-blasts draw closer and closer... One of Sundance’s 2016 New Frontier Program highlights, “Giant” draws on director and co-creator Milica Zec’s personal experiences as a child in war-torn Serbia: “Through virtual reality the viewer can see, hear and feel what it’s like to be at the epicenter of a conflict zone. They can also witness the fear and suffering that millions of innocent families around the globe are going through, at this very moment.”. The evocative film shows how cinematic VR lets us observe ourselves and our instincts, and become more conscious of the way we make choices.

Speakers: Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III (creators)
Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi
When: Sunday 17 April, 2016, 16h15–17h45
Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)


giantofficial.com

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Participants • 2016

Gintė Žulytė

Scriptwriter, Producer, Curator
2005 – up to date
Non-governmental organization for film preservation and education Meno Avilys
Cofounder and project manager

2014 – 2015
European project Moving Cinema
Strategy and contents

2014 – up to date
International project Framework for Film Education in Europe
Member of a working group

2013 – up to date
Online educational platform for Lithuanian films and teaching guides (run by Lithuanian Film Centre)
Film programming, writing teaching guides, teacher training
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Projects • 2016

I/ran I/rak

As the media continuously shows us the tension between Shias and Sunnis in the Middle East, this web documentary aims at explaining the geopolitics of the area through the daily life of a specific neighborhood of Tehran, the capital of Iran, a country that is one of the main actors in the real conflict simmering beneath the war in Syria and Irak. Dowlat abad is the only “Arab” quarter in Tehran. It’s been populated by successive waves of Irakis fleeing first Saddam Hussein’s terror on Shias and political opponents, then later escaping the American invasion and now the war with ISIS. These different generations of Irakis have kept strong ties with their motherland and many go back and forth through the frontier. Some are engaged with the Iranian backed Shia militias against ISIS. Others have economic matters to tend to in the southern half of Irak, which has de facto become a sort of Iranian province. Hence the characters living in this neighborhood are our best guides to the region, its history and its geopolitics, dominated by the long-running competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran. As much as religion matters in that part of the world, it’s really the political ambitions of nations that explain much of the conflicts going on right now. Through the life history, testimony and daily errands of a handful of characters, I hope a western audience will better grasp the complicated web of alliances and conflicts that encompasses ethnicities and religions in the Middle East.


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Participants • 2016

Ieva Kaulina

Artist
2015 – Stage, costume design, video Catch Me, dir. Kristīne Brīniņa, PIGEON BRIDGE, ĢIT
Stage, costume design WIT, dir. Valters Sīlis, LNT
Stage, costume design FIREWORKS, dir. Mārtiņš Eihe, DT
Artist “7 Stories About Us”, short film series, dir. Oskars Morozs

2014 – Stage, Costume Design LOST ANTARCTIC, dir. Vaters Sīlis, Dirty Deal Teatro
Stage, Costume Design DISHES, dir. Inga Gaile, Dirty Deal Teatro
Stage, Costume Design, video WAR NOW! dir. Vaters Sīlis/ Teatro Sotterraneo, Italy
Stage, Costume Design PĒTERPILS PILSĒTAS ŽĪDI, dir. Inga Gaile
Stage, Costume design BARIKADOS, Lithuanian National Drama Theater

2013 – Stage DIVU KUNGU KALPS, dir. Valters Silis, Latvian National Theater
Project CHANGE OF HOPE, Hamburg “Kampnagel”, Berlin “Hau1”

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Projects • 2016

Interstice

In the South Hebron Hills, in the West Bank, since centuries have been surviving one of the world largest cave-dwelling populations. Spread out in 12 hamlets in an area of 30km2 of semi-desert mountains, the communities survive thanks to herding and non-mechanized agriculture. This unknown and bucolic place is trapped between the so-called Green Line and a belt of Israeli illegal settlements, and its future is uncertain: the area was declared a military training zone by the Israeli Army (designated as the Firing Zone 918) and the Israeli government intents on displacing these cave-dwelling communities in the near future. "Interstice" is a documentary project that, through film, photography, text and multimedia constructs a unique and unprecedented document that tells the story of the life and transformation of these communities in an intimate way, and portrays the challenges which they are faced with.


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Trainers • 2016

Ivan Venturi



Expert
Ivan Venturi was born in 1970 in Bologna, Italy. He began developing video games in the early ’80s and published his first C64 videogame in 1987. Venturi co-founded the first Italian video game software house (Simulmondo) where he has acted as Production Director until 1993. He then founded his own video game company (Colors Arti Multimediali) in 1994, producing dozens of PC videogames, and began began working as a video game producer and business developer. In 2003 he founded Ticonblu (formerly Koala Games), part of Gruppo Armonia. With Ticonblu he produced several serious games, edutainment games, and the adventures of Nicolas Eymerich, Inquisitor, published by Microids. In 2013 Ivan Venturi started an independent videogame development company, IV Productions, focused on PC/MAC/MOBILE/CONSOLE video games for the worldwide market.
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Participants • 2016

Jessica Luz

Producer
Jessica Luz is a Brazilian producer who graduated from UNISINOS with a degree in Journalism and Filmmaking. After completing her Film and TV Production Masters Degree at University Autonoma of Barcelona and her Cultural Economics studies at UFRGS, in 2014, she atended the "Writers and Creative Producers Lab" at Binger FilmLab in Amsterdam. Since 2015, she teaches film production at UNISINOS. In 2016, she attended the EAVE on demand and was the only Brazilian producer to have a project selected for the Talent Project Market, at the Berlinale Talents Program.
As a creative producer Jessica is focused on development, script editing, as well as production. Being a keen cinephile Jessica strives to connect with international filmmakers and exchange ideas across different cultures. Since 2011, participated on several international events and coproduction meetings, such as EFM, Cinemart, Brazil CineMundi and Rio Content Market.
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Participants • 2016

Joanna Kozuch

Director
2014 – present, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (www.ff.vsmu.sk)
Position: teacher on department of animation

2014 – present, plackartnyj s.r.o. (www.plackartnyj.sk) Production company of husbands Joanna Kozuch and Boris Sima, established in 2013. Plackartnyj is a name of a sleeping wagon, which is travelling in countries of former Soviet Union. It is the most popular and the cheapest travelling class: no coupés, no doors. Just open space with 54 beds, 54 travellers and 54 stories. Plackartnyj, Ltd. is genial and artistic platform for stories not only from East block.
Position: co-founder and co-owner, director, animator

2012 – 2014, freelancer
Position: animator

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Participants • 2016

Malgorzata koziol

Producer
She has been working in film production for over 8 years with many feature and documentary films and dozens of commercials in her portfolio. She has worked in Munk Studio as Executive Producer and as Producer Coordinator supervising the production of over 60 short films: fiction, documentary and animation. She is a founder of D.Film – a production company dedicated to developing and producing art-house films, documentaries and theatrical performances. Currently she works with talented Polish directors such as: Wiktoria Szymanska, Pawel Ferdek, Rafal Skalski, Krzysztof Garbaczewski.

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Trainers • 2016

Maria Grau Stenzel

Development Lab mentor
Maria Grau Stenzel is a producer and production manager at Honig Studios in Berlin. She creates interactive experiences from games to mobile apps. Maria's strongest passion lies in creating educational children's contents, she thus joined Honig Studios in 2013 where she co-developed "Milli", an extensive story universe for children. Currently, Maria is working on a mobile game for the animation feature "Richard the Stork". Furthermore, she coordinates and creatively contributes to the production of the children's app "Jazzoo" (focus on Jazz music) and the "Berlin Unterwelten" app (an app about Berlin Bunkers). She is also part of the team developing the non violent stealth game “El Hijo”. Prior to Honig Studios, Maria gained a broad experience in the film and television industry working for Bavaria Film Interactive as a Production Coordinator and at the Erich Pommer Institute as a Project Coordinator, organizing the institute's international training projects for the film and television industry. She produced several short animations for the Internet learning platform Sofatutor and worked with Interfilm, coordinating and leading workshops for children and teenagers, introducing them to documentary making. Maria studied Media and Communication and International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
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Participants • 2016

Marta Kontina

Producer, Marketing Manager

2016
- Latvia 100, short film, dir. Oskars Morozs, producer
- Quantum Code, documentary, dir. Santa Skutele, producer/marketing manager, in production
- Ruta, documentary, dir. Liene Laviņa-Kalnaella, producer/marketing manager, in post-production
- Alexey Avechkin, documentary, dir. Roberts Rubīns, production manager/marketing manager, in production Jelgava 94, feature, dir. Janis Abele, producer/marketing manager, in pre-production

2015
- 7 Stories About Us, short film series, dir. Oskars Morozs, producer/marketing manager/co-script writer 
- The Formula of Happiness, documentary, dir. Antra Cilinska, marketing manager
- #mindpower, web series, dir. Olafs Okobovs, producer/marketing manager/co-script writer
- Two Women, feature, dir. Vera Glagoleva (starring Ralph Fiennes), marketing manager in Latvia 

2014
- Anatomy of Independence, documentary, dir. Antra Cilinska, production manager/marketing manager
- Territory Vija Celmins, documentary, dir. Olafs Okonovs, production manager/marketing manager 
- The Story of Milda, short film, dir. Roberts Rubins, producer

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Trainers • 2016

Mauro Salvador



Expert
Mauro Salvador holds a PhD in Communication Culture at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan and a M.A. in Cinema, television and multimedia production at University of Bologna. He has written various academic essays and books on game studies, on gamification processes and on the spreading influence of games in media environments. He teaches Multimedia Production and Web contents Production as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Mauro Salvador is co-founder of the academic online journal G|A|M|E - Game as Art, Media, Entertainment – The Italian Journal of Game Studies where he is now member of the Editorial Board. He also works as an urban game designer with the Dotventi Collective, and as a digital game designer with GAME-S Association and with IV Productions.
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Trainers • 2016

Milica Zec

Expert
Milica Zec is a NYC-based virtual reality and film director. Raised in war-torn Serbia, Milica’s work is deeply rooted in issues of conflict, identity and the human struggle. In addition to her own creative and client work, Milica has parlayed her artistic experience into a 9-year collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramovic. Highlights of her directorial work include the short film, “Christina” (Cannes Film Festival 2012) and “Marina Abramovic Presents MACCOC” (Venice Biennale 2011). Milica’s work has appeared in The New York Times, MSNBC, Art Forum, The Huffington Post and many other media outlets. 
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Participants • 2016

Mindaugas Survila

Director, Cinematographer

2015 –  "Ramybė mūsų sapnuose" (Peace to us in our dreams) (dir. Šarūnas Bartas)
Camera department

2014 – "Moteris ir ledynas" (The Ice-field woman), (dir. Audrius Stonys)
Second cameraman  

2013 – "Kenotafas" (Cenotaph) (dir. Audrius Stonys)
Camera assistant

2011 – "Stebuklų laukas" (Field of Magic), 
documentary feature, Lithuania
Director, cinematographer



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Projects • 2016

My body, My story

What comes to your mind when you think about a Brazilian female body? - Tackling an apparently simple question, "My Body, My Story" is a narrative that aims to provoke the audience to think about stereotypes. If there is a single image that is attached to the Brazilian body, how does that affect individual identities? If being a woman is about self-determination, what’s the importance of the symbolic unit of the body?

In a 3 steps strategy, the project will first cast stories and collect data trough a big media campaign (newspapers, outdoors and social media) inviting women to collaborate by phone interviews. The choice to start with a phone cast aims to interact with people "without a face" – by phone we will have sounds and ideas that are not connected to physical images. After that we will do live interviews with selected characters, confronting them with their audios. The last part is to organize audio and images on two narratives: a short film with the director’s perspective and an online player, in which the user can mix footage (video, audio testimonials and soundtracks) and watch it in any order they choose.

The project was designed to be a reference platform on women research and data collection. After its release, the web platform will also be a channel to receive more stories. Users will be able to send audio, photos and videos that will be organized and gradually uploaded on the interactive player. A personal experience where, by mirroring themselves and having an active roll on the narrative, women can realize that normality is on diversity. How does our body define who we are?


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Participants • 2016

Nathalie Berger

Director

2016 – Le Complot des Moutons A video taking the symbols of the Swiss People’s Party and giving them a new meaning in light of the "initiative de mise-en-oeuvre" (within three days, it got more than 700.000 views and 12.000 shares on social media)

2016 – Documentary Film Festival Thessaloniki attended a pitching forum for "An Unpaid Act" 
Documentary about "David Hyde, unpaid UN intern sleeping in a tent" and the unpaid internship schemes

2015 – Solar Impulse SA Content Creator, Digital Team
Blog creator, videographer to educate people on clean technology (#insider series)

2014 – 2015 Designer for Feeling Magnets a tool to help people develop their emotional intelligence
Photography, filming, post-production design

2015 – Produced & Directed a Freelance Documentary film about "Voluntourism", Kenya May
Conception, event coordination, filming, interviewing, post-production (in progress)

2015 – Produced & Directed a Promotion Video for Cheap Trip - BIG Impact, Kenya
Conception, filming, interviewing, post-production

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Participants • 2016

Negar Zoka

Director
Since 1994 – Short and medium-length (26') documentaries on disabled people, unemployment and social issues for France 5. Documentaries about Iran for France 3 (magazine "Faut pas rêver") and Canal Plus. Reports for « le Forum des Européens » for Arte. Short documentaries (26') for M6 and Canal Plus and France2 (« Un Œil sur la Planète »).

2003 – TV documentary (52') « Comment peut-on être Français? » - about the psychological and social impact of a change in one's nationality. Artline productions for France 5.

2007 – TV documentary (52') « Foutue adolescence! » - a group portrait of highschool teenagers, a majority of whom are physically disabled. Quark productions for France 5 .

2010 – TV documentary (52') « Ce que le voile dévoile » - a film discussing the ban on the "burqa" in France. Mecanos productions for LCP- La chaîne Parlementaire.

2012 – TV documentary (56') « Vous avez dit Laicité? » - a film about secularism and islam in France. Produced by myself and aired on Public Senat – a public TV channel funded by the Senate of France.

2016 – TV documentary (52') "No Way out" through the daily life of a driving school a metaphor of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Zadig productions for Public Senat and France 3.

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Projects • 2016

Once there was a sea...

Once, there was Aral Sea, fourth biggest lake in the world. Its tragedy started with building cotton plantations in its neighborhoods. Because of irrigation canals the rivers had lost their power and Aral Sea ran dry. Just the desert is getting bigger. The audience will have a chance to explore dying Aral Sea through the animated documentary, comic book and interactive experience - oncetherewasasea.com. The project is inspired by the stories and destinies of the people that director Joanna have met when she was exploring the disaster of Aral Sea. In film we will meet her friends, inhabitants of destroyed area of Aral Sea. The audience will experienced the consequences of ecocatastrophe thru the everyday life of the main characters: Russian one-eyed woman Svetlana, who worked in a cannery; Russian Captain from Moynak; Sergej and his sons who transported Joanna thru the desert storm to the bottom of glittering Aral sea, Gulšat - the owner of the last hotel. The user will thru the interactive experience explore the ecocatastrophe live and go deeply into the problematic - see the consequences of cotton industry, impact of pesticides on the area, find the plans of Soviet engineers, explore the forbidden island – everything in a scrolling telling experience. The last part the comic book will be released as a traditional printed graphic novel –to be delivered to the people who stayed in Moynak. These trans-media stories will hopefully help us to make better decisions in the future.


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Participants • 2016

Pawel Ferdek

Director and Screenwriter
Paweł Ferdek, born in 1977 in Poland is one of Poland's most talented and original director and screenwriter. His documentary films was screened at festivals around the world, his fiction debut (as a screenwriter) was acclaimed by critics and audience as the freshest film of recent years in Poland. Ferdek graduated from European film program EKRAN in Andrzej Wajda Master School, Warsaw University’s Institute of International Relations and Academy of GARDZIENICE Theatre Company (work based on Jerzy Grotowski’s method). He also studyied in Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School in Los Angeles. Ferdek shot documentary films in Poland, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, China, USA. With his "Glass Trap" nominated for an EFA Award, he is a member of European Film Academy. He wrote an acclaimed script for feature fiction film "Ki" -it was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2011, won an Award as Best Polish Film at Off Plus Camera festival in Krakow, was distributed in cinemas in Poland and France. He is working for cinema and TV. His films was broadcasted in TVP, TVN, Canal +, Planete, ARTE. Ferdek works often with kids and teenagers- teaching them the filmmaking, storytelling, and usually they shoot short fiction films together as a result (mostly in horror/ thriller genre).
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Trainers • 2016

Pierre Cattan

Development Lab expert panel
Pierre Cattan, transmedia producer, CEO of Small Bang studio.
Pierre began his career with the creation of several French magazines such as “TOC” and “Usbek & Rica”. He also created and runned several production companies such as Otoko Films and 5ème Étage Production.
In 2012 he founded the transmedia studio, Small Bang, which develops hybrid interactive projects. The products range from film productions (interactive or otherwise), to print and digital work, as well as sound production, event planning, product conception, application and game designing.
Furthermore, Pierre produces and designs live shows for "L'émission dessinée" and "Mediapart". There have been fifty evening shows since December 2011, amounting to 3 millions views during live sessions and more than 3 million online replays. 
He also co-produced with Upian the online 30 minute hyper-video experience “Happy world: Burma, the dictatorship of the absurd” for which he received the Orson Welles Prize for Best Documentary at the California Film Awards in 2012.
Pierre produced and show-runned the transmedia experience "Cinemacity" with Arte, released in July 2013. Most recently, he produced "BirdLab", a free participatory science game with the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Paris (MHNM) Seasons:Morphosis, the companion app’ of the last Jacques Perrin’s feature lengh movie Seasons, and Phallaina, a scrolling grafic novel’s app, both of them in co-production with France télévisions Nouvelles écritures.
Pierre is also co-founder of the association Open Bidouille Camp and Coworking space Superbelleville.


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Projects • 2016

Pollywood

A filmmaker’s journey to America following the traces of East-European founders of Hollywood.
More than a hundred years ago, millions of Jewish people left their hometowns in Eastern Europe and hit the road in a pursuit of happiness in mythical America. A few of them became the founders and rules of Hollywood who changed the nature of the world cinema and popular culture forever. Their names are: Samuel Goldwyn, Luis B. Mayer and Warner Brothers. Pawel Ferdek sets on a journey following their traces. The aim is to recall the stories and methods of working which shaped the Moguls during their journey between Poland and Hollywood, and to get to a few generations of contemporary Hollywood creators in order to learn the same approach to life’s challenges and to art.
The interactive part, complementary to the film will be a game which will give the user an experience of the Moguls’ journey. The starting point of this treasure hunt interactive game will be Krasnosielc, a town where Warner Brothers were starting their journey. The final point for the user will be an award, a star in the Hollywood boulevard. During the journey user will have a chance to experience the adventures of Moguls and to learn more about the beginnings of the movie industry. The content will be based on the interactive map with archive photos and short clips. The tone of the game will be funny and exciting, just like the film itself.



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Case studies • 2016

Progetto Ustica


Progetto Ustica is a serious game that aims at keeping alive the memory of one of the most tragic events in recent Italian history. It is a short free to play exploratory experience created for PC/MAC and Oculus Rift VR. Progetto Ustica recreates the main events of the 50 minutes flight of the ITAVIA DC9 shot down from the sky over the Tyrrhenian Sea at 8:58 PM on June 27, 1980. The exact chain of events was never confirmed. The facts are still highly controversial but what we know with a fair amount of certainty from legal and technical evaluations is that the DC9 was shot down by mistake by a military missile that killed 77 passengers and 4 crew members. Progetto Ustica puts the player inside the DC9 shortly after its take off, from a first person point of view. The player explores its cabin, interacts with objects and people, and finds several objects that unlock additional features: new points of view that show what is happening from the perspective of the military aircrafts and more; audio recordings of that night radio communications; contextual information on the military activity in the Tyrrhenian Sea, new hints on events of that night and on what followed. The player retraces the events of that night during multiple playthroughs, each one contributing to build a different path among several possible points of view.

Speakers: Mauro Salvador and Ivan Venturi (creators)
When: Monday, 18 April, 2016, 16h15–17h45
Where: Nyon, Grande Salle de la Colombière (Rue de la Colombière, 18)

www.facebook.com/progettoustica
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Participants • 2016

Ricardo Torres

Graphic designer, Filmmaker

2016 – IL CICLISTA (Work in progress)
REC. Documentario, 90’
Regia

2016 – Hopp Suisse!  
Di Daniel Bilenko. REC / RSI. Documentario, 52’
Fotografia / Grafica

2016 Il sogno
Di Felix bachmann Quadros. Masnàda. Fiction, 10’
Fotografia

2015 – Sean, Shauna e altri corpi
Realizzazione

2014 – Paranoiko pictures / RSI. Reportage documentario, 8’ Algún día es mañana (Il domani arriverà)
REC / Fundación Chasquis. Documentario, 70’
Regia

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Projects • 2016

Robotics for all

The Romani people of Greece are called Arlije/Erlides, Tsiganoi or the more derogatory term Gyftoi (Gypsies). The number of Roma in Greece is currently estimated to be between 200,000 and 300,000 people. The Roma in Greece live scattered on the whole territory of the country, mainly in the suburbs. Roma largely maintain their own customs and traditions. Although a large number of Roma has adopted a sedentary and urban way of living, there are still settlements in some areas. The nomads at the settlements often differentiate themselves from the rest of the population. As a result of neglect by the state, among other factors, the Romani communities in Greece face several problems including high instances of child labour and abuse, low school attendance, police discrimination and drug trafficking. The most serious issue is the housing problem since many Roma in Greece still live in tents, on properties they do not own, making them subject to eviction. In the past decade these issues have received wider attention and some state funding. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Alexandros and Theodore who are the youngest (13 years old) members of the first Roma robotics team in Greece live in a Roma community in the west side suburban area of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. Both of them have a totally different background but sharing the same dream: to be educated and change their everyday reality of their community. Drug dealing or child labour with the consequence of dropping out from school are few of the major problems that are facing daily in their community and being funny and creative is the only way to confront them. But are there any opportunities for these kids and their mates to be funny and creative?

In May 2005, Father Athinagoras initiated a Community house called “The Lighthouse of the World” in their deprived neighbourhood and gave the opportunity to those kids to be creatively educated and involved in Lego Robotics. Father Athinagoras is an emblematic figure for all kids from the Roma community. They call him the “super priest” or the “saintlike Father of ROMA”. e is one of those husky, minded and safe keeper figures that most of the kids from the community want to feel his hands on their back. What he gives generously to the kids is a smile of hope and a playful reality. He is responsible for the educational progress that the youth in the community have accomplished till this moment and a great inspiration for them. He spends a major part of his day at the community house “The Lighthouse of the World” dealing with several issues that appear regarding the everyday life of the Roma youth. !2/!4 ! The film follows the challenges these two charismatic and talented are facing in their personal lives as well as on Robotics Lab and at school. We follow them throughout the year, how they are confronting different little life surprises and the harshness of everyday reality within their ghettoised community. Reaching out Christmas, their impatient feeling of experiencing the exceptional Roma celebration of these days is rising, as well as their anxiety because the departure day for the World Championships of Lego Robotics in USA is coming closer. This film shows how these kids’ dedication to robotics and learning through play magnifies their belief in what is possible in their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most scientific game, what can’t they do.


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Trainers • 2016

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz



Development Lab expert panel
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a commissioning editor at ZDF (German public broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE, the European Culture Channel. The ZDF department “Thema”, where she is deputy head of, is dealing with One Offs, Season programming, Theme Evenings, the documentary series “ARTE Discovery” and Cross Media Projects. The investigative and creative documentary projects she is involved in are mostly international coproductions. The topics range from Culture, Science and History to Current Affairs, Human Interest and socio-political issues – always wishing to discover strong and surprising stories. Lately, she has been involved in the Oscar nominated coproductions “The Act of Killing”, “The Look of Silence”, “Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah” and other award winning documentaries and cross media productions like “Drone”, “netwars”, “I am Ingrid Bergman”, “The Queen of Silence”, “Sugar Coated” etc. As a tutor, she has been participating in international pitching and training workshops. Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also Head of Studies of ESoDoc - European Social Documentary (www.esodoc.eu).
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Participants • 2016

Salomé Jashi

Filmmaker
Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She first studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she was awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London. Upon her return to Georgia, together with close friends Salomé founded production company Sakdoc Film that has since become the biggest in producing documentaries. Accept for filmmaking, Salomé was part of Caucadoc, a project that supported development of documentary scene in the South Caucasus. She at times tutors at international workshops.

Salomé’s previous film BAKHMARO made in co-production with ma.ja.de. filmproduktion and MDR/Arte received Honorary Mention for a Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, was awarded as the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IFF and was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Silver Eye Awards in 2011. She lives between Berlin and Tbilisi.

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Trainers • 2016

Sandra Gaudenzi



Expert
Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialize in the field of digital interactive narrative.
She has taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) during thirteen years, completed a PhD about interactive documentary at Goldsmiths, and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. She also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences such as WebDox, blogs, researches and runs a monthly meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative. Her latest adventure is !F Lab, a new training scheme opened to interactive storytellers, where their projects can be incubated during a period of six months. !F Lab is a Creative Europe initiative.
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Trainers • 2016

Susanna Lotz



Expert and Development Lab mentor
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies.

Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”.

Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.


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Participants • 2016

Thais Fernandes

Diretor, Creative Producer
2007 – 2009 was Finishing Coordinator in the Special Programs Department at RBSTV (Globo Affiliated channel). In 2009 was assistant editor at Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre. Still in 2009 was curator and producer of the film exhibition "Santiago Álvarez – The Eye of the Revolution", that brought to Porto Alegre the work from the Cuban filmmaker. In 2011 won one of 4 scholarships awarded by IBERMEDIA to participate at the IV Diplomado en Documental de Creación in Cali, Colombia.

2013 –  released "PASSPORT TO EXILE", a transmedia performance that engaged the public in live and online presentations. Still in 2013 was selected to the 8º Talent Campus Buenos Aires, and in 2014 selected to Berlinale Talents, both events focused on young filmmakers designed by BERLINALE. Still in 2014 debut "WHAT’S IN YOUR MIND?", a theater play that mixes video and actors live interactions awarded with the Brazilian Fund Funarte Myriam Muniz 2013, and released "THE INVENTED VILLAGE", a web documentary in which signs General Coordination, research and video editing. The project is part of the awarded movie "The Village", directed by Liliana Sulzbach.

Signs Script, directing and editing of the shorts "Window" and "Love Contract", both documentaries, and "The Last Picture", result of Canon Short Film Competition, her first fiction. Currently develop projects and hybrid narrative researches with Cena Expandida, an artist collective she co-founded.
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Projects • 2016

The Ancient Woods

The project The Ancient Woods consists of two parts: a linear creative documentary The Ancient Woods (to be released in January, 2017) and interactive experience with the same title. Ancient woods are home for very rare species of animals, plants as well as human beings. They contain very old trees (300 hundred years old or older). Unfortunately, these old forests are about to extinct due to severe deforestation. In Western Europe they have almost disappeared and in Lithuania there are still small “islands” left. The interactive platform The Ancient Woods “collects” all the Lithuanian old forests and intertwines them into one continuous wood.

The platform user is invited into a sensorial, smooth and vibrant journey through the ancient woods as if they were his/her home. During different seasons, day and night a user can meet different rare inhabitants (owls, moose, black storks, yellow-necked mice, hermit beetles etc.), interact with people living on the outskirts of the woods and enjoy other forest delights. The platform will be gradually enriched with more layers (e.g., a virtual tour around the ancient woods with a teacher, excursions guided by scientists, a playful visit to the ancient woods for children). In the future the virtual ancient woods are expected “to grow” and to encompass the ancient woods of the other countries.



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Case studies • 2016

The Deeper They Bury Me: A Call from Herman Wallace


“I’ve had dreams of getting out of prison—and I was dancing my way out.” – Herman Wallace

Within a window of 20 precious minutes - the time allotted for a prison call - The Deeper They Bury Me plunges users into the universe of former Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, in an interactive inside look at the system that held him in solitary confinement for most of his adult life. Wallace’s universe in Louisiana’s notorious Angola penitentiary is reimagined through the deft overlay of Wallace’s real voice with sparsely poetic animation, as visitors navigate between his six-by-nine-foot cell and the dream home he envisions with artist Jackie Sumell. After 42 years in solitary confinement, Wallace was released from prison on October 1, 2013 and died three days later of cancer, nine days shy of his 72nd birthday on October 13.

The Deeper They Bury Me is written and directed by Angad Bhalla and Ted Biggs (Storyline Entertainment), and produced by Anita Lee for the NFB.

Co-directors Bhalla and Biggs worked with animator Nicolas Brault and the Toronto-based multidisciplinary studio Helios Design Labs to embed Wallace’s testimony within an immersive environment of poetic animation and evocative archival images, crafting an utterly original perspective on North America’s prison industrial complex.

Speakers: Angad Singh Bhalla (creator) 
Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi
When: Monday, 18 April, 2016, 14h30–16h00 
Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)

acallfromherman.nfb.ca
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Projects • 2016

The Future of Forever: Welcome to the Other Side

"The Future of Forever: Welcome to the Other Side" is a VR experience that follows a 90’ creative documentary "The Future of Forever" about life extension and the future of human species. The VR project is a unique trip to the only moment in human life when we are all put in a situation of no return. This is the first immersive experience in which you live and survive your own death. The user experiences his sudden death in the first minute of the project. We design 4 scenarios showing different types of death. Whilst "virtually dying" the user participates in an eight-minute, two-step metaphysical journey during which he faces his deepest fears and doubts concerning life. After 8 minutes (in medicine this is the time when you can still save a patient who has run out of oxygen) the user "comes back to life" - to the beginning of the experience. The reward after this shocking and melancolical trip is renewed hope and joy of living. Welcome to the Other Side!



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Participants • 2016

Thoraya Binzagr

Videographer, Interaction Designer
What are my strengths? Well, the combination of my video, animation and programming skills make me particularly good at prototyping interfaces and interactions! I also create clear and comprehensive documentation through storyboards, media and well-formed text. I’ve had experience in tangible interface design, digital fabrication, data visualisation, and application and service design. I’ve also managed my own projects as well as whole teams in productions and events. I enjoy reading, cooking, origami, music, and science.

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Trainers • 2016

Winslow Turner Porter III

Expert
Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, creative technologist and producer who has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. With over five years of experiential and digital agency experience, he has created experiences for TED, Google, Delta, Diesel and Merrell as well as worked with the who’s who of creative coders, having produced Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia award-winning virtual reality documentary CLOUDS among other internationally acclaimed projects.


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Trainers • 2015

Alexandre Brachet



Expert
Alexandre Brachet, e-producer and CEO of “web producer” Upian, is one of the world’s major players in the area of web documentary and the intersection of documentary cinema and digital storytelling.
Founded in 1998, Upian has been producing webdocumentaries since 2005 with its first creation, lacitedesmortes.net. Over the last few years, Upian has produced some of the most notorious webdocumentaries among which: thanatorama.com (2007); gaza-sderot.arte.tv (2008 – Prix Europa); prisonvalley.arte.tv (2010 – World Press Photo first prize of the interactive category for the multimedia contest); happy-world.com (2011) and Alma A Tale Of Violence (2012 IDFA Doclab award, World Press Photo, Sheffield Doc Fest innovation award, Grimme online award, Etoile de la Scam). Among Upian’s last production, together with Yami2 and France Television, Génération Quoi: a successful documentary experience about the state of the youth in France (website recorded 20 million page views and over 22.5 million answers to individual questions). Lately, Upian produced 24h Jerusalem, a second screen experience using Vine videos was created to go with an exceptional 24 hours documentary produced by ARTE and BR. “Documentary Narration on the Internet. Webdoc Development and Perspectives”, 19.4.2015 (Grande Salle de la Colombière, Nyon). FOCAL event, in collaboration with Visions du Reél. With the support of ARF/FDS.

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Participants • 2015

Andrea Culková


e-mail: culkovaandrea@gmail.com



director
"Communique" (2005) – The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film Festival Leipzig – official selection, FAMU FEST – Special Jury mention, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – Nomination for the best Czech documentary.
"Life to Killed Frog!" (2006)
"Beautiful Prague to Become Olympic" (2007)
"Story of the House No. 100" (2008)
"Lise Forell – Without Borders" (2011) – Award for the best Czech documentary film – AFO Czech Republic, Fites, special mention for revelatory documentary, 2011 (Award of Czech Film Association)
"Let’s Heal Czech Republic!" (2013)
"Sugar Blues" (2014) – CPH DOX (Nomination for F:Act Award)
"Art Detective Story" (2015)
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Participants • 2015

Andrius Lekavičius


e-mail: andrius@primefield.net 




Director, Creative Producer

Andrius Lekavičius is all-around media storyteller recently living between Europe and Asia: Vilnius and Kuala Lumpur cities. In 31 years, the young creative succeeded in building a profile of all-around media storyteller and a promising start to his career as a filmmaker.
In 2014 Lekavicius was producer and story editor of a feature length documentary “Arvydas Sabonis. 11” which became the best grossing documentary in Lithuanian cinema history with 35.000 admissions and over €150 000 in the box-office. Lekavičius has written and directed several short films and high-end commercial and non-commercial audiovisual productions. Andrius is one of the Transmedia pioneers in Eastern Europe. He has been shortlisted among five finalists from all over the world to present his Transmedia concept in MIPCube Content 360 competition in Cannes.
In 2015 Andrius was selected to i_doc workshop, a project development programme for expanded documentaries in Switzerland and East-West Talent Lab in goEast Festival in Germany to develop his webdocumentary project “Blurred Border”. Right now Lekavičius is working on a few international cinema projects, documentary, fiction, and transmedia.

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Participants • 2015

Bartek Glinski

author, director, producer
Documentary filmmaker and producer with a long record as director of documentary films for television in Poland. He is the co – founder of Impakt Film, a film production company based in Warsaw. Graduate of Warsaw University.
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Projects • 2015

Beyond Freightened

Beyond Freightened complements documentary feature Freightened (coproduced with SWR, France5, AlJazeera + presales) by Denis Delestrac, fully financed and due early 2016. Today, 90% of our consumer products come from overseas, turning freight shipping into the backbone of our economy. Yet it remains largely invisible to the public’s eye. Inspired by the lack of regulation and public ignorance of the industry’s polluting power, questionable operations and economic dominance, the documentary and transmedia project aim to inspire change in consumer habits. Targeting a youth audience to complement the broadcast audience, Beyond Freightened will build engagement through multi-channel experiences in 4 languages, including:

The incredible mileage story
An interactive audio-visual piece, in which the user enters a type of product, and dynamic graphics will show the distance travelled, the fuel burnt and more. Kinetic typography will lead to short clips of video and live polls; live-feed imagery from Instagram illustrates the arguments of this engaging artwork.

Social Media Network & Competitions
Centred on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, this part of our strategy is a call to action and marketing tool and a means of creating a network for the project.

Portable exhibition in a container
Includes stunning visuals and exhibits that provoke the discovery of startling facts. Augmented reality and QR codes link to digital content and the atmospheric soundtrack will be created from real-life audio.

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Blurred Border

Blurred Border is a characters-driven webdocumentary aiming to observe how the regime is changing people. In mirrored documentaries the differences of inhabitants of Curonian Spit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curonian_Spit) on both, Lithuanian and Russian sides (Kaliningrad), will be explored. They are living in this quite separated and isolated land. The Curonian Spit is a narrow sand peninsula of 98 km of length, which divides the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. In the South, Lithuanian part of the Spit borders with Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. The borderline marks the external borders of the European Union.

The summer of 1944 became fateful for the Curonian Spit: with battle line drawing closer, all of the local inhabitants had to leave for the depth of Germany, and majority of them did not come back. Suddenly, the age-old cultural tradition of the Curonian Spit, in which German, Curonian, and Lithuanian languages and heritages were intertwined, had ruptured. After 700 years, the wheel of history had ended up drawing one trajectory and started to roll a completely different track, enriching new experience with historical memory.
Local people on both sides of the border are living quite similar lifestyle. I want to portrait a fisherman who wakes up at the same time, who is fishing in the same waters – whose daily routine is almost identical to his border alter ego.

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Participants • 2015

Carlo Lo Giudice

director
Carlo Lo Giudice has written and directed several short films and documentaries that have received recognition in national and international festivals such as: Genova Film Festival (1st prize; Salina doc fest (1st prize); Per un pugno di corti (1st prize); Bellaria Film Festival (2nd prize); Sottodiciotto film festival (2nd prize, special mention, critics’ prize); Pescara Corto Script (special mention); Festival della filosofia; Cinema Giovani Torino; Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Taormina; Arcipelago; Visioni Italiane; MED Film Festival; A.V.E. International Short Film Festival; Siena Corto Festival; FIKE Film Festival Evora-Portogallo; Opere Nuove, Infinity Film Festival; Videopolis, Roma Film Festival; Mediterranean Film Festival, Lavrio; etc. Some of his works have been broadcast internationally (Rai3 and Planete Poland). 
He studied cinema independently, with Nanni Loi, Raul Ruiz, Jem Cohen, Roberta Mazzoni and was awarded a degree by the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of La Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis: “Governing Chance. Italian Documentary in the Age of the Desert of the Real”. His work has taken him to different countries (Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Palestine). He has held meetings on his work at the National School of Cinema (Rome) and has taught at the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Philosophy at the University of Catania and in various private institutions. He currently teaches at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Catania.
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Trainers • 2015

Christian Popp



Expert
Christian Popp has since 1991 worked as a journalist and film director. From 1998-2003 he was commissioning editor for ARTE in Strasbourg and in Berlin.
From 2005 to 2010 he worked as producer, author and editor in chief in Paris and Berlin for interscience film, an independent French-German production company. In 2011 he established in Berlin DOCDAYS Productions where he produced documentaries and transmedia projects until the end of 2014. In 2012 he co-founded with Fabrice Estève the Paris based productions company YUZU Productions where he is currently producing. Christian is mentoring and moderating at various documentary events (Thessaloniki Documentary Forum, LisbonDocs, Vision du Réel, Doc Ouest, IDFA Academy, Diagonale, interactive documentary workshop). He attended the Pixel Lab in 2011 and was part of the Swiss Transmedia Projects jury in 2014.
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Participants • 2015

Dagmar Jacobsen

Producer, Director
After studying sociology and communication at Berlin’s Free University, she graduated from the German Film & Television Academy. Since 1990 she has directed and produced price-winning feature films and documentaries and translated, subtitled and dubbed films from all over the world, with German and European partners and her own company, alias film und sprachtransfer GmbH in Berlin. She was head of the producers’ school at dffb (2006–2010). Since 2007 she has been a regular consultant for SOURCES2. Since 2012 she is a board member of the European Film Academy. Fluent in German, English and French.
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Participants • 2015

Dimitra Kouzi

Producer, Author
After studying Mass Media & Communications at Munich’s LMU, and Photography in Athens, she worked as a journalist and author for ERT, ZDF, Deutsche Welle and ARTE. She was the host and co-author of ARTE’s 24-hour Greek Theme Day (2013). Head of documentary acquisitions (ERT digital). TV and Radio journalist. Contributor to the Balkan Documentary Workshop 2014. Co-organizer, communication and impact expert, and distributor for CineDoc since 2009 (www.cinedoc.gr). Documentary publicist. She writes about documentaries and storytelling in English on dimitrakouzi.wordpress.com. Fluent in Greek, English and German.
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Participants • 2015

Elda Guidinetti

Producer
Producer since 1991 when, together with Andres Pfaeffli, founded ventura film. Based in the Italian part of Switzerland, its aim is to produce films, fiction and documentaries, that in form or/and content cross borders – language, cultural, political, geographical. And now they will cross media.
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Trainers • 2015

Elie Levasseur



Development Lab expert panel
Elie Levasseur is a French event organizer with a focus on interactive and immersive content. 
In 2016, he has been appointed programming director of Cross Video Days. With 378 projects received from 51 countries in 2015, Cross Video Days is the Leading European Digital Content Market and one of the best place to capture market trends and discover the very finest of the International digital-first creation. Supported by Creative Europe, the Content Market hosted 500 pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings between 60 selected projects and 60 Commissioners among the most emblematic TV, web broadcasters, MCNs or Funding bodies. Elie previously served as International Relations & General Coordinator Assistant for Sunny Side of The Doc and moved digital with eYeka, a global co-creation community that enables leading brands to activate online communities and drive crowdsourced innovation by tapping into creative power of user-generated content. 

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Participants • 2015

Emmy Oost

Producer
Emmy Oost produces films and crossmedia projects that combine innovative vision and social or political engagement.

"Double Take" (2009) – selected for the Berlinale and Sundance 2010 and winner of a BLACK PEARL AWARD in Abu Dhabi and the Grand Prize of the New Media FF in L.A.

"Looking for Alfred" (2005, 10’) – won de Spirit Award in NY and the European Media Award 2006, after selections for a.o. Rotterdam and L.A. IFF.

"Not waving but drowning" by Elias Grootaers, premiered at the IFFRotterdam 2010.

"Beneath the surface by Alex" Debreczeni (FF Oostende, nominated for best Belgian documentary 2014). Currently in (post-)production.

"Problemski Hotel" by Manu Riche (fiction), distributed by Lumière.

"The Shadow World" (coproduction; documentary; producers Anandil Hussain, Joslyn Barnes & Driss Benyaklef, USA).

"Inside the distance" by Elias Grootaers (documentary).

"Emergency Exit" by Lieven Corthouts (crossmedia project).

"Omar" – no man is an island by Tim De Keersmaecker (feature doc).

"Waiting for Giraffes" by Marco de Stefanis (coproduction; documentary; produced by Volya Films, NL).
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Projects • 2015

Ethos

The current crisis concerns the whole world. In the West, however, more than elsewhere, it is clear that the nature of the crisis, rather than economic, is mainly of ethical nature. Of this state of things, those who are paying the highest price are young people, as reported by the 10th Italian National Report on the Status of the Youth (EURISPES, Telefono Azzurro): “Trapped in the present. Called to live in a space-time dimension in the name of temporariness, without a compass can draw well-defined routes on which to build the future and with a few strong references to which anchor in times of trouble”.

Despite that, I think that they have also a huge potential to express, because they are starved to find out something that help them to go deeply on things. Starting from this personal point of view, the ethos project will give to young people and to anybody wanting to get involved in the project, the tools to face the main topics around ethics in an attractive and challenging way, and by using an open platform where everybody will be able to discuss a number of topics in a philosophical way.

Everything starts from a series of a site-specific talk-shows organized in different Italian schools, where we will arrange the discussions on ethical topics. It’s a format that starts from precise questions like, for example: Is humanity social or egoist? Does democracy limit us or not? Are we really free or we are conditioned by our nature? From questions like these, the students, mixed with other visitors and moderated by selected professors or a philosophers, will discuss every topic taking a stand as “I agree, I don’t agree or I don’t know”.

All discussions and dynamics about different topics, in all the participating school’s talk-shows, will be shot by a travelling troupe of Ethos with multiple cameras that will document the contribution of every participant and the effects on the other participants. All video material, properly prepared and organized by concepts, will be made available online together with all the discussed concepts and featured materials (images, sounds, short video sequences) made by alums and users. Thanks to Ethos we realize that philosophy is not boring, how important it is and that it is a part of our daily life.

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Trainers • 2015

Ewa Przybylak



Expert
Ewa is account director and co-founder of BrightMedia, the digital studio from Poland, which provides unique style of design and interactive realisations.
She gathered marketing experience in well-known companies, such as McCann Erickson, L’Oreal and media house MEC Global. She has been lucky enough to work with some of the best talents in the industry and some of the greatest brands, including: Mercedes Benz, Nestle, Rimmel, Orange, Maybelline New York. After few years of working in corporations she decided to quit and run BrightMedia with Lukasz Gorka and Pawel Rebisz in 2014. It seems that it was a great decision because only after one year BrightMedia was nominated for The Agency of The year 2014 by AWWWARS.com and had got several international awards. Now Ewa works with clients and manage crucial projects to achieve always the best results. The most famous realisation of BrightMedia is Warswarising.eu website.

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Participants • 2015

Fabienne Giezendanner


e-mail: fabienne@zdcprod.fr



Creative storyteller
Since 2002 Fabienne participated in several interactive projects.
Sign of water, an immersive installation in partnership with Dadamédia and the Musée de l’Homme. Then she devoted herself to young audiences and in 2006, directed the Yi and the curse of the Celestial Emperor, a video game about Chinese culture.
The online game igloops.com. She wrote the Tuktulik TV series bible and joined the Red Frog studio. She also wrote and directed the short animated film Dwarf Giant, selected for Berlinale 2014. Since 2011, she has finally assembled the interactive game and broadcast of “The Gigaminus”, a connected and social TV project produced in collaboration with Zero de Conduite Productions, Gamific TV and Frima (Canada).
She currently works on the adaptation of Skyscrapers, a book written by Germano Zullo and Albertine, for the production of a short animation film. Fabienne has been teaching storytelling since 2004 in different schools including the Canton de Vaud School of Engineering (Switzerland).
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Projects • 2015

Find me in Kakuma


Cassette for timescapes
When filming in the refugee camp Kakuma in the Horn of Africa, Lieven Corthouts realized that 4 out of 5 children coming to the camp, arrived alone, without their parents. Contrary to widely held belief, most of them are not orphans. With this project Find me in Kakuma, we want to have a direct impact on the problem of unaccompanied minors.

We want to help children find back their parents in big refugee camps as Kakuma so the camp can grow as a community.

  1. For the refugees in Kakuma, we are prototyping an application at a grassroots level to reunite families. It works on mobile phones and tablets and builds up to a huge database.
  2. But this app can only be effective if it is able to exist over a long time and therefore we need the help and funding of the Western audiences. Our interactive documentary experience urges you to find back the child Doctore in a camp of 200.000 people. In your search for Doctore, you will meet different other children that give you hints to help you find him. Gradually you will also understand the why and how of these large numbers of unaccompanied minors.
When you have found Doctore (or haven’t found him), you arrive on a bio map of Kakuma refugee camp. This bio map reflects in real time how many people are enlisted in the database of the app, so how many people are looking for family. And each time a family has been reunited in the camp, that success story will be shared on the bio map. And each time a Western user gives a donation, the search of a particular child in Kakuma will be accelerated.

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iISland

iISland is a cross media documentary which follows elderly Slovene writer and passionate spear fisherman Mate Dolenc, when writing his last book. Mate Dolenc is a kind of Slovene Hemingway. His intention is to return to the Croatian island of Bishevo after four years to write his last novel. During his absence, the island itself became old, like him, and began dying. Today it is the habitat of 13 stubborn islanders, most of which are over seventy years old. A young couple, Lucio, a former ship cook and Lada, a teacher of Yoga from New York are the hope for the island’s future. To help save the island from extinction, they intend to establish a city council and revive the community of the island.

TREATMENT: The documentary will take place on the most distant still inhabited Croatian island, which is rapidly losing its population during every winter.
iIsland.com platform will therefore distribute twelve, 10-14 minute webisodes, which will be filmed and edited, during 3 winter month on Bishevo. Web – users will be able to navigate across the iIsland through numerous 360 degrees interactive photos and also spear fishing game will be available. With its use the audience could dive in the Bishevo’s underwater world and conquer various audio and .PDF previews of writer’s emerging last novel. Users will be also able to and communicate with islanders trough interactive speakerphone, which will be set on the main island square. Every day, between 12:00 and 13:00 pm free phone calls will be available and audience will be able speak directly to islanders. During the whole project audacious users will have a chance to apply for the iIsland test-settlements. On the very end, we will bring the most interesting applicants to the island and give them a chance to settle on Bishevo for couple of weeks. We will then follow their attempt with camera and finish the official web distribution with additional 6 webisodes. Iilsand.com will then remain in use of Bishevo inhabitants and we will finished the project with 52 and 75 minute film and also printed and E-book.

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In search of Max Hudan

In Search of Max Hudan is a fact-based transmedia investigation into the disappearance of Max Hudan. The son of the Russian speaking KGB officer from Crimea who arrived on Maidan in Kiev to overthrow a corrupt government, joins the Ukrainian army to fight with separatists but suddenly disappears on the frontline.
The project responds to this urgent need for solving the mystery of a soldier in war, who was captured and now is unaccounted for. This fact-driven, nonlinear transmedia experience will invite the user to figure out what happened to Max. Along with the evolving story of the disappearing we will unravel the complexity of geo-political situation in the region, shedding light on the most intricate moments in the contemporary events in Ukraine. 

We will be meeting the people who knew him: his fellow soldiers, friends and family members. We will use different transmedia elements: videos, personal objects, pictures, interviews, testimonies, the interactive map of war development in Ukraine, animated content. The user will unfold the story from different perspectives, decide how deep to go into the larger narrative, when to go there, which direction to navigate through the story.

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Trainers • 2015

James Pallot



Expert
Jamie Pallot is a co-founder of Emblematic Group, pioneers in the production of immersive, virtual reality journalism (“Project Syria”, Nonny de la Peña).
He was formerly Editorial Director of Conde Nast Digital, where he won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence and oversaw web sites including style.com,epicurious.com, and concierge.com. Pallot has led major digital initiatives at Time Inc., Microsoft, and NewsCorp, as well as editing The Virgin Film Guide in the U.K. He is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Trainers • 2015

Jiannis Sotiropoulos



Expert and Development Lab mentor
Jiannis Sotiropoulos is a Berlin-based producer and technical director exploring the borders between interaction and participation in cross-platform storytelling.
After graduating from the film school of Potsdam Germany in 2008, he won an one year innovation grant from the German Ministry of Technology and established Honig Studios to produce story-driven experiences that are playful and memorable across multiple platforms. Currently he is the producer of “Milli”, a series of interactive stories and games for children from 3-6 years old and the technical director of “The Great Depression”, a participative feature film about a father’s pledge for a tiny coffin for his firstborn son. In 2012 he co-developed the transmedia design of “The Spiral” a participative TV series and online social game broadcasted simultaneously in eight european countries. The project was nominated at the International Digital Emmy Awards for ‘Best TV fiction” and in the Prix Europa Awards for “Best online Project”. Prior to that and among other projects, he created interactive campaign for Jessie J and Universal Music. The application reached over 10.000 unique players in the first week. After its success, it was translated into eight languages and was distributed in over thirty countries.
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Trainers • 2015

Johanna Strodt



Expert and Development Lab mentor
Johanna Strodt is a producer and production manager, living and working in Berlin.
Her speciality lies in cross media productions. After studying European Media Studies in Potsdam, she worked several years as production manager in a publishing house for educational media in Berlin. At Honig Studios she produces interactive experiences from games to mobile apps. She develops visual styles, leads the creative team in the design process and coordinates the productions to follow the artistic guidelines. Currently, Johanna is working on a mobile game for teenagers and a community application for hobby cooks.
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Participants • 2015

Judith Aston


e-mail: judith.aston@uwe.ac.uk

Creative Producer, Art Director
Judith Aston is co-director of i-Docs, the web-hub and international symposia for discussion and debate on the rapidly evolving genre of interactive documentary. She holds a PhD in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London and a Masters Degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She was a pioneer in the UK’s emergent multimedia industry, working on videodisc and CD-ROM projects with the BBC Interactive Television and Apple Computing in the mid-1980s and has retained her involvement in this area ever since. As a documentary maker with a specialist interest in cross cultural communication, her work has brought her into contact with a wide variety of people including Tibetan monks, Tuareg nomads, museum archivists and factory workers. She is an associate lecturer in multiplatform production at the University of the West of England and is actively developing i-Docs related projects through her affiliation with the University’s Digital Cultures Research Centre.
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Projects • 2015

Julian Antonisz. Non-Camera

This is a story about Julian Józef Antonisz, Polish artist and filmmaker. Antonisz spent his whole life in a grey, isolated reality of Communist Poland, and created a strange, pulsating and colourful artistic world. The interactive project aims to explore his camera-less techniques and the machinery he constructed to make his films. Julian Antonisz (Antoniszczak) was born in 1941 and died in 1987. In 1966 he graduated from Krakow’s Academy of Fine Arts. In 1968 he cofounded the legendary Animated Film Studio in Krakow.

Fascinated by kinetic toys, optical machines and effects attained by experimenting with film tape, Antonisz strove to uncover the roots of cinema. Many of his findings were published in his 1977 Artistic Non-Camera Manifesto. In formulating his vision for producing camera-less films, he declared that “Only films made with the Non Camera technique can be called authentic works of visual, painting, graphic and musical art”. He made 36 films, many of them awarded at film festivals. Deep reflections are hidden under humorous and seemingly light-hearted films. In 1982 Antonisz created a vivid sketch “The Kingdom of Non-Camera”, it included all elements of a perfect Non-camera life. This drawing will lead the explorers of interactive documentary deeper into the mind and creations of Julian Antonisz. The interactive project is accompanying a feature documentary that tells a personal story of artist’s life, told by his daughter Malwina Antoniszczak.

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Participants • 2015

Lieven Corthouts


e-mail: lievencorthouts@gmail.com
Director
Born in Belgium, raised in a suburb of Brussels. After living in Andalucia, Spain and Allepo, Syria, Lieven went to live in a small village in Ethiopia were he made his first film My Future.

My Future
(2009, 50’) – Prize best debut at Miradasdoc, Special mention film festival D’Abruzzen. Official selection for New York Independent film festival, Edinburgh, Huesca, Trois continentes, Begrade film festivals, a.o.

Little Heaven
(2011, 70’) – World premiere at IDFA, followed by a festival tour around the world. Sold by Taskovski Films.

Emergency Exit
(2015, 80’) – He is currently editing the documentary Emergency Exit with the support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe & Canvas.

Find Me in Kakuma
(2016) – Interative documentary in development with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Pictanovo, Power to the Pixel & i_doc workshop.

Broadcasts of his films by: ARTE, RAI, TV3, VRT, TV5, ZDF, Lichtpunt, RSI, Israeli Channel, TVI24.
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Trainers • 2015

Łukasz Górka



Expert
Lukasz is production director and co-founder of BrightMedia, the brand new digital studio. He is responsible for technical, interactive and emotional part of realizations.
Ten years ago he was fascinated with flash technology which brought him to the digital industry. Since then he has worked for many well-known brands and best digital agencies in Poland. During that whole time his skills, predispositions, interests and requirements have evaluated. He always wanted to do outstanding projects and work with the best talents. This is why he decided to start brand new studio with his friends in 2014. Lukasz pays a lot of attention to every single detail to reach very emotional and memorable realizations. He has a great passion for new technologies and creative coding. This year he is a member of prestigious jury at AWWWARDS.com.
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Participants • 2015

Maciek Hamel


e-mail: maciek@impaktfilm.com



author, director, producer
Documentary filmmaker and producer with a long record as assistant director in film & television in France. He is the co-founder of Impakt Film, a film production company based in Warsaw and a graduate of the Graduate of EICAR Film School in Paris.
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Participants • 2015

Malwina Antoniszczak

Creator and Producer
Co-founder of Poland Studio film production company, designer, producer and interdisciplinary artist.
As a designer Malwina has been working in the field of scenography creating scenographies for museums, film and art scene. In 2014 she worked as a production designer for a musical film “Circus Maximus”, dir. Bartosz Kulas. In 2014 she produced and directed short satirical film “Stinker Games”. Malwina has designed several art exhibitions for International Cultural Center in Krakow, National Museum in Krakow, Adama Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and other Polish museums. She is also a Vice President of Julian Antonisz Foundation, in 2014 she’s created a virtual exhibition “Julian Antonisz – Cinema without a camera” for Google Cultural Institute.
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Participants • 2015

Marieke van den Bersselaar

Producer
The Speed Trap (Dir. Cosima Dannoritzer, in development)
Freightened (Dir. Denis Delestrac, in production) Executive producer
Falciani’s Tax Bomb (Dir. Ben Lewis) line producer Spain
With Music my Poetry Might Sound Better (2008, Daniel Jariod) – Production manager
The Forgiveness (2008, Ventura Durall) – Production Assistant
My Scheduled Strolls (2007, José María Pérez) – Production Assistant
Je ne Suis Pas Moi-Même (2007, Alba Mora & Anna Sanmartí) – Production Assistant
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Participants • 2015

Marlene Schiött Rasmussen


e-mail: marlenesr@me.com
sugarbluesfilm.com


producer and campaign strategy
In 2009 Marlene Schiött Rasmussen founded the Danish distribution company DOXBIO where she has worked as CEO till January 2015. Her speciality is marketing and outreach often by linking audiences in one-off events and live debates (Films and campaigns include: The Act of Killing, Samsara, Stories we tell, Food INC., Into the Abyss, Searching for Sugar Man, Svend etc.). Before starting DOXBIO Marlene has worked with broadcasters such as BBC, DR and History Channel as producer, director and production manager. Finally she has run the marketing and events initiative dox-on-wheels for CPH:DOX and doing PR, events, film-curating as well as produced corporate videos and projects for the outreach sector and visual artists.
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Participants • 2015

Melisa Üneri

Creator, Director, Script Writer, Main Character
Melisa Üneri was born and raised in Finland. After moving to Turkey, Melisa has been working in Turkish production companies and developing her first creative documentary Daddy’s Girl for Finnish Klaffi Productions. Melisa received her MA degree in Dramaturgy and Feature Film Development in 2008 from Exeter University, UK, where she graduated as the first of her class.
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Projects • 2015

Metro Crossing

Inspired by Athens in One Trip, a book by the celebrated Greek author Petros Markaris, Metro Crossing is a transmedia project that offers a curated social and cultural experience through the metropolises of the world. A collection is planned of cinematographic linear documentaries and unique apps to discover the cities proposed. We will explore Athens by using one of the oldest suburban railways in the world. From the harbour of Piraeus to the suburb of Kifissia, the train takes us through a panorama of Athenian districts and social stratification, providing outstanding views and little-known places, and gives us a complex image of contemporary Athens. Through the unique point of view of Petros Markaris, who is already a committed partner to this project, we will present a personal and knowledgeable account of Athens.

Athens is the pilot for other cities to be determined, such as Berlin (Linie 1, from the West to the East), Paris (via legendary metro scenes from the French cinema), New York (take the A-Train and listen to Jazz music then and now) or Istanbul (Asia and Europe via the new underground). The sounds and images of the documentary collection will offer vast possibilities for the different platforms.

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Participants • 2015

Miha Čelar


Skype: miha_celar


Screenwriter and director, he was born in 1970 in Ljubljana (SLO) and has been working as a screenwriter and a TV and film director since 1990. His filmography includes co-authoring several major television programmes, 7 sitcoms for the national and two commercial TV stations, one short film and one full-length film, which was screened in theatres, on television and at several film festivals. He is the owner and funder of ASTRAL FILM Production Company.
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Participants • 2015

Monika Derenda

Producer
Cofounder of Poland Studio film production company. Film producer and programmer of film events. Graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw and Management at the University of Economics in Krakow. From 2006 to 2013, she worked at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, working on film projects, including a supervising producer of films from the series Guide to the Poles, organising retrospectives of the masters of Polish cinema in the art cinematheques in Israel and Poland in Close-up at the Busan festival in Korea. During 2000 – 2007, she worked at the Krakow Film Festival, working on the programme of films appearing outside the main competition. In 2005, she organised the festival of Polish films Polnischer Kurzfilm Retrospektive in five German cities as part of the Polish – German Year. Her professional experience includes work on the set of documentaries and fiction films. Recently she has worked as an executive producer of two documentaries in southern India and in Nigeria.
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Trainers • 2015

Navid Khonsari



Expert and Development Lab mentor
Founder of the independent studio iNK Stories, The Space calls Navid Khonsari one of the five top digital artists of our time.
Known for having developed the cinematic look and feel for groundbreaking AAA video games such as Grand Theft Auto/Vice City/San Andreas, Max Payne, The Warriors, Midnight Club, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Alan Wake, Homefront and more. The Contract, Pindemonium and Pulling John are among his film titles while the soon to be released Infidel is his debut graphic novel. 1979 Revolution is Khonsari’s most innovative and latest coup, the highly anticipated narrative adventure video game based on the real events of the revolution in Iran. A fellow of the Sundance Institute and recipient of support from the Doris Duke Foundation, Khonsari often speaks on the convergence of documentary and video games and the new media approach to incite empathy through innovative storytelling. The art installation based on his game, 1979 Revolution, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival ’15, and continues to exhibit at Film Festivals and museums around the world with upcoming events including SXSW, IndieBo, and more.
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Participants • 2015

Ottavia Fragnito

Lawyer, producer
She works as Junior Porducer in ventura film (Switzerland) and collaborates with several independent Italian production companies, mainly dealing with development of feature films and documentaries. She also works as production coordinator for “Filmmaker”, International Film Festival in Milan.
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Participants • 2015

Rose Kowalski


e-mail: rose@polarstarfilms.com
Transmedia Director
Falciani’s Tax Bomb 90’, 2015 – Post Production Manager & Unit Director
Google And The World Brain 90’, 2013 – PostProduction Manager & Additional Photography
El Club 67’ (16mm / DVCPro) 2009 – Director
L’últim Castell / The Last Castle 30’ (DV) 2005 – Director
El Cor De L’escala / The Heart Of The House 30’ (DV) 2005 – Director

Digital Projects
Polar Star Com: www.polarstarfilms.com/digital 2014(-present) – Development Director & Communication Strategist
Polar Star Films’ Social Media Network, 2012(-present) – Director of Communication
E-commerce for Polar Star Films, 2013 – Development Director Polar Star Films

Video art
Pablo y Ana (HD) in development 2015, Polar Star Films
Esto es una constucción/This is a Construction 32’ (digibeta)
Wake Work 18’ (16mm) projection 2007, co-director Charlotte Ginsborg
Quizás 14” (DV) projection 2005
Technicolor Dreams 10’45’’ (DV) projection and installation, 2004
Blackworks 9’45” (DV) projection and installation, 2004
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Trainers • 2015

Sandra Gaudenzi



Expert
Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialize in the field of digital interactive narrative.
She has taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) during thirteen years, completed a PhD about interactive documentary at Goldsmiths, and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. She also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences such as WebDox, blogs, researches and runs a monthly meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative. Her latest adventure is !F Lab, a new training scheme opened to interactive storytellers, where their projects can be incubated during a period of six months. !F Lab is a Creative Europe initiative.
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Participants • 2015

Sena Başöz

Producer
Sena Başöz is a creative producer living and working in Istanbul with a background in creative documentary production & directing and video art. Her company Oktopus Film was freshly founded in January 2015. Among her recent work are the following films; 2014-Looking Back 100 Years (co-director), 2014-Jewel (director & co-producer), 2014-Time Worm (director and producer), 2012 UNBOUNDED; Wildfire in the North Aegean (director and producer), 2010-Doctoring (director and producer). She received her MFA at Bard College, NY in film/video in 2010 and her BA from Bogazici University in 2002. She teaches contemporary art at Boğaziçi University and is a PHD Candidate in Art History at Istanbul Technical University.
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Projects • 2015

Still Dancing at Sundown: a story of resilience and survival

This project introduces the Oxford anthropologist, Wendy James, and her fieldwork of over fifty years in the Sudan/Ethiopian borderlands. Few anthropologists have worked in the same region for so long and even fewer have used audio-visual media from the outset to record their work. Further to this, her materials both document pre-modern life and show how war and displacement has catapulted the same group of people into the modern world. Over the years Wendy has followed this story from villages in the Sudan, to refugee camps in Ethiopia, back to the Sudan and in some cases on to the USA. The proposition here is for me to build on this knowledge to create an aesthetically strong introduction to Wendy, to her work and to our collaboration It will be designed primarily for tablets to maximise the intimacy of the experience but will also work on the web. 

As an anthropologist and transmedia producer, I have been collaborating with Wendy on this unique and important set of materials for the past fifteen years. This was originally part of my PhD studies in anthropology and interaction design, and is now part of my ongoing artistic and curatorial work with Wendy as both a colleague and a friend. I was captivated from the word go by the aesthetic and musical quality of the recordings, by the storytelling potential within them, by the relaxed response to Wendy’s camerawork, and by the ongoing nature of the story. The spine of this story will be a twenty minute narrated timeline set to photographic images. For those who want more, it will be possible to jump off and interact with the recordings on a deeper level. The experience will be fluid and evocative, relating past to present and allowing users to lose themselves in the story. The audience for this work is students in the social sciences, development workers and anyone with a general interest in culture, anthropology and history. The title is Still Dancing at Sundown because in spite of all the upheavals there is always dancing. It also reflects Wendy’s more artistic side, which is ever-present in the content.

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Trainers • 2015

Susanna Lotz



Expert and Development Lab mentor



After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies.

Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”.

Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.
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Participants • 2015

Tamara Babun


Tamara has been working on film since 2006, as production assistant, location manager, production coordinator, production manager and producer. Tamara was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1985. She graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb (Production), and has been working on film (shorts, features and documentaries) since 2006, as production assistant, location manager, production coordinator, production manager and producer. Since 2011 she has been producing ZagrebDox Pro training programme.
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Projects • 2015

The Only Slut Around

Half Finnish half Turkish, Melisa was born and raised in Finland. She has been living in Turkey for 6 years, since she was 23 years old. Soon, she realized that in Turkey, girls like her are considered slutty. Sex is a dangerous topic and soon Melisa understood it’s best to avoid talking about it and definitely hide having it. Tired of feeling like the Only slut around, Melisa has just decided it’s time to speak out and start sharing. 

The Only Slut Around is a series of short and funny 3-5 minutes webisodes documenting the sexual discomforts of a nation through Melisa’s experiences and observations. Weekly episodes will be released on a social media channel such as YouTube or Facebook in order to maximize accessibility and social impact of the project. The content will be shaped according to demands and responses of the audience. In each episode Melisa addresses her young female Turkish audience directly to create an intimate and sincere tone. According to the topic, episodes involve informal interviews, re-enactments, animations and documentary footage.

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Projects • 2015

The Sugar Blues App

The Sugar Blues App. A practical tool that will set you free from the sugar blues.
The director, Andrea, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Fear for her unborn baby changes the eating habits in Andrea’s family and motivates her investigation of the sugar industry. Confronting doctors and scientists, Andrea explores the influence of sugar on human physical and mental functions. With the obsession of a detective, she discovers the ties between multinational corporations, politicians and health care.

The quest begins at Andrea’s kitchen table and continues worldwide over nearly five years. Now the film Sugar Blues is finished. A tragicomic, vibrant and emotional story that is informative and inspiring and that has strong ability to create an urge to reconstruct personal habits. But it’s a difficult task and viewers ask for help in their personal quest to become sugar free. From so many Q and A sessions we now have a really strong knowledge of what it is that people ask for. Our target group is pregnant women and parents of small children. They are longing for a practical tool that gather the most important information in an easy, attractive and playful form – They want to know how to balance their daily diet, get tips, tricks for effective and cheap sugar free cooking and ingredients – Finally a repeated wish is for something that can help them engage their children and grandparents to this sugar free process. The Sugar Blues App will take the form of an app. for shared parent-child activity. We will work in a clean a stylized aesthetic that will appeal to a young parents but full of animation and interaction elements for kids (age group 4-8). A good reference both in means of target group and style is the free app WWF Together.

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Trainers • 2015

Tobias Büchner



Development Lab expert panel
Tobias Büchner studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg.
In 2001 he graduated at EAVE. From 2000-2006 he worked at Peter Stockhaus Filmproduction in Hamburg as a producer for feature films and documentaries. From 2005-2006, he acted as executive producer of the weekly TV-format "Kurzschluss" on ARTE. As an independent producer he produced several
documentaries, short-films and commercials. He has been working for zero one film as managing director since 2007 and is in charge of licensing, fundraising, development and production of New Media and cross platform projects. 2011 he participated in the Pixel lab and won the Pixel lab Prize for "turning points" (www.aera-magazin.de). 2013 he was in charge of the second screen format for the tv fiction series "time of heroes" (SWR, ARTE, www.zeitderhelden.de) and 2014 he produced in co-production with Alegria and Upian the second screen program for 24 h Jerusalem (BR, ARTE, www.24hjerusalem.tv)

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Trainers • 2015

Vassiliki Khonsari



Expert and Development Lab mentor
In 2006 Vassiliki Khonsari co-founded the New York City based studio, iNK Stories.
With a background in Visual Anthropology and a specialization in verite storytelling, Khonsari Produced/Directed and often shot a variety of shows that aired on Vh1, TLC, Discovery, ESPN, Oxygen, and more. Khonsari’s independent feature documentary titles include Our House (Prod: 20+ awards), Pindemonium (Prod: Sundance Channel) and the award winning Pulling John(Dir: SXSW). At iNK Stories Khonsari oversees production on the various projects that range from commercial to social awareness to independent original content across mediums. A fellow at the Sundance Institute, Vassiliki attended the New Frontier story lab to incubate iNK’s latest project, the narrative adventurevideo game, 1979 Revolution. A video game that converges documentary narrative with critical decision making, 1979 Revolution has become a much anticipated, critically heralded game due to release in 2015. The art installation based on1979 Revolution, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival ’15, and continues to exhibit at Film Festivals and museums around the world with upcoming events including SXSW, IndieBo, and more.
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Projects • 2015

Women vs. Money

Breaking a taboo – because money touches us intimately – Women vs. Money  will investigate the relationship between women and money in our western society, where women in the best cases must work at least 16 months to earn what men earn in just 12. And, as a result of our history – women, from the top manager down to the immigrant cleaner – submit to that inequality even if they know it’s unfair. To make women more aware of how money shapes their lives, and even their relationships, we plan to explore the topics related to the central theme Women vs. Money starting with a feature documentary.

Since it’s important to reach the younger generation of women that probably ignore what they will be confronted with pretty soon, we’ll create a graphic novel. With a web series of 13 episodes we’ll widen the audience and give voice to the users. To help us reach the users we’ll create 13 vignettes each focused on topics related to money where women can have a say: salary, not having enough money, being in debt, sharing expenses, marrying rich men, stealing, hiding money, investing, gambling, planning the future, shopping, inheriting, winning money, losing money, creating money etc. Both the vignettes and the episodes of the series are aimed to open discussions and debates on online forums and networks.

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Trainers • 2014

Adam Sigel



Expert and Development Lab mentor
Writer, producer and content strategist working across multiple platforms.
He has work in film and TV (scripted and documentary) for Alcon Entertainment, NBC/Universal, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Hearst Entertainment, and PBS. He was story editor for Steven Spielberg on his video game project for Electronic Arts and writer/producer of the award-winning cross-platform series “Afterworld” for Sony TV. He has developed content and digital strategy for Disney, Microsoft, Activision, Cisco, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, Fox Searchlight, Suzuki and GE.
He has been a speaker and/or expert for Nordisk Film and TV, Screen Australia, Torino Film Lab, Power to the Pixel, Independent Filmmaker Project, Berlinale Talent Campus, Atlantic Film Festival, Canadian Media Fund, Merging+Media, Distrito Cinema of Columbia, Forum Brazil, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Adam is now writing and producing an action series for John Woo “The Red Book” and an interactive film “Social Media Kills” with the National Film Board of Canada. He is working on a new integrated game and TV documentary series entitled “Sequence”, which he developed in the Torino Film Lab’s Writer’s Room program. Adam studied film production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University (film and history). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
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Participants • 2014

Agnieszka Pokrywka

concept, illustration, cinematography, video editing and postproduction
Agnieszka Pokrywka (born in Poznan, Poland, currently lives in Helsinki, Finland) is a multi-educated hybrid and variously experienced professional in the field of visual arts, film, cultural organization, graphic/interaction design, and open source practice. Her experiences of the recent years consists of studying art criticism, animated film and technical physics at the same time on the two different Polish universities, researching as an artist on open source software at one of the computer science departments in Norway, establishing the first Kino Kabaret, collaborative film making experiment in Estonia.
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Participants • 2014

Alexander Wyssling

Producer / Creator
As former Graphic Designer and co-founder of an online magazine he has an eye for beautiful images and an ear for good stories. Alexander has demonstrated effective development skills and is able to find innovative approaches to difficult problems. On his days off he is out climbing, ocean sailing and exploring near and far.
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Participants • 2014

Ana Maria Vijdea

Co-creator / DOP
Ana Maria Vîjdea was born in Romania in 1991. After studying Cinematography and Media at the Faculty of Theatre and Television in Cluj-Napoca, she moves to Turkey where she works on several film productions. In 2013 she finishes her BA studies at the University in Cluj Napoca. Her short films were shown at several film festivals around the world.
Her main interest is in the documentary field, but she also worked as a freelance director, producer, cinematographer and editor on a variety of news and commercial projects.
Throughout the years, she participated in different film workshops and trainings, Aristoteles Program and Generation Campus Doculab being two of the most recent ones.
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Participants • 2014

Andreea Mihalcea

Co-creator / Script consultant
Andreea Mihalcea (b. 1991, Romania) is a Bucharest-based film critic. In 2013 she graduated from the film studies and scriptwriting department of the National University of Film and Theatre “I.L. Caragiale”. During university she worked as script consultant, assistant director and production manager for several short student fiction films and also as programming assistant for the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival. Member of the Émile Cantillion Jury at FIFF Namur (Belgium, 2011) and member of the Students’ Jury at San Sebastián IFF (Spain, 2012). Since 2011 she is a contributing editor of the film magazine Film Menu and cine-club moderator. She is currently in the development phase of the collaborative transmedia documentary project “Nearby” and of a personal feature short that has as starting point found photography.
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Participants • 2014

Bojan Kanjera


e-mail: matija@aning.hr

Producer
Bojan is a structural backbone of every Aning film production bringing versatile experience gathered throughout his career. Studying to be a lawyer but at the same time being involved in various audiovisual productions, starting in theatre at the age of 16.
Bojan Kanjer and Matija Radeljak met in 2011 and quickly found a reliable business partner in each another. They form the core of the independent production company Aning Film, based in Zagreb. They have both been in love with art since the earliest ages, and for both of them it is the only constant they can remember since kindergarten.
Matija and Bojan and their three year old company produced 4 short films, one animated short and where involved in many commercial and authorial cross media projects as well as some international co-productions as minor co-producers. Their educational programme “Croatia goes cross-media” is first workshop on multi platform storytelling held in Croatia. With the support of Media desk Croatia and Croatian audiovisual center workshop is going to have its second edition in September 2014.
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Trainers • 2014

Bruno Choinière



Expert and Development Lab mentor
With more than seven years of experience in the field, Bruno Choiniere is the head of the creative web department at Akufen.
Throughout the course of his career, his work has consistently stood out. His most notable creations include the interactive documentary Trou Story (NFB); Les Enfants de la Bolduc (Lusio Films); and most recently A journal of Insomnia (NFB), official selection at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam and at the Storyscapes 2013 competition during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Bruno Choiniere is also responsible for the artistic direction of the interactive fiction Émilie (Radio-Canada), finalist at the prestigious SXSW festival in the film / TV category. His expertise and the uniqueness of his projects have been recognized repeatedly by his peers internationally.
Over the past three years, Bruno Choiniere has given lectures and training sessions at numerous conferences, including the Filmgate festival in Miami, RDV Design Infopresse, and Digicamp NFB.
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Projects • 2014

Chasing Wind

Chasing Wind is about four kitesurfers competing for a world record in a nonstop, day and night, one thousand hours race to the antarctic circle. The story of the race is presented in a real time webdoc where the viewer can influence the competition through user engagement and game components.
In 2013 we created a sports-show for SRF TV in Patagonia. In February 2015 we want to go even further south and create a live experience webdoc. The live webdoc is split in three chapters. Each chapter is one week. After each week we show a documentary of 10 minutes summarising the events up to this point. The documentary simultaneously aires on the web and on TV. In-between these shows there is multimedia content featuring the real time events of the expedition. These parts contain live radio interviews, video, pictures and tweets, that are being published as events occur.

The web platform has two sections: one on the race, where you see each kitesurfer’s progress and the race stats in real time. And an interactive section on the sailboat, where you get all the side stories told by the crew. All content can be discovered and unlocked as the story evolves. The user can engage with and support his favourite athlete by giving points for his skills, freestyle tricks and empathy. By voting and interacting the user himself earns points, which he needs to unlock certain content, for example to discover the sailboat and its stories.
To dive deeper into the story, the interactive sailboat section will feature side stories by the crew such as the captain, answering questions from the audience, or the ships‘ scientist explaining facts such as the increasing wind speed related to global warming.

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Trainers • 2014

Christian Popp



Development Lab mentor
Christian Popp has since 1991 worked as a journalist and film director. From 1998-2003 he was commissioning editor for ARTE in Strasbourg and in Berlin.
From 2005 to 2010 he worked as producer, author and editor in chief in Paris and Berlin for interscience film, an independent French-German production company. In 2011 he established in Berlin DOCDAYS Productions where he produced documentaries and transmedia projects until the end of 2014. In 2012 he co-founded with Fabrice Estève the Paris based productions company YUZU Productions where he is currently producing. Christian is mentoring and moderating at various documentary events (Thessaloniki Documentary Forum, LisbonDocs, Vision du Réel, Doc Ouest, IDFA Academy, Diagonale, interactive documentary workshop). He attended the Pixel Lab in 2011 and was part of the Swiss Transmedia Projects jury in 2014.
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Projects • 2014

Confessions on a razor’s edge

Confessions on a razor’s edge in its concept is an illustrated, objectlike book with hidden links to the complementary and unique audio-visual material available online and accessible by the use of an app. Confessions on a razor’s consists of:

Book: The text is edited and updated version of Bob memoirs published almost 10 years ago on his webpage. Bob is a 70 years old American living on exile in Northern Sweden who due to his activism against Vietnam War fled in to Europe. The content smuggle encrypted both in text and black and white illustrations links in a form of shapes, barcodes and digits which by the use of smart device app lead to the footage hidden online.

Audio-visual material: Online footage captures Bob nowadays in his everyday surrounding. The text and linked to it material are strictly related although creating two separated storylines that cross each other just in certain points.

App: The app functions as a jumpgate between the book and online content. The app without the book is useless, the same as the book is not complete without the app and watchful reading of the book.

Web: Each encrypted online part gets unlocked and just in such a case can be watched after all in the linear way on the project’s webpage. Beside that the webpage functions as a hub which contains the trailer, explanation of the whole project and appropriate links to digital distribution platforms and bookstores in which both the app and the book can be accessed.


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Trainers • 2014

Dan Wechsler



Expert
A graduate in Business Management from Lausanne’s School of Economics, Dan Wechsler worked as a manager for several companies before enrolling at the Media Business School in 2003 (Madrid, Spain).
A year later, he joined forces with film director Laurent Nègre to establish the Geneva-based production company Bord Cadre films Sàrl (Switzerland).
Producer on the Move during the Cannes Int’l Film Festival in 2011, Dan produced Nègre’s debut feature fragile (2006) and Operation Casablanca (2010). He also produced the Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu’s Aurora (Official Selection’s Un Certain Regard, Cannes, 2010) and Los Pasos Dobles, by Isaki Lacuesta (Winner of the San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival Great Prize, 2011).
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Trainers • 2014

David Dufresne



Expert and Development Lab mentor
David Dufresne is an independent writer and filmmaker.

Fort McMoney is his new film, an interactive game documentary, produced by ONF/Arte and Toxa and acclaimed by the NY Times as the “wedding of the film and the video game”. In 2010, he authored and co-directed Prison Valley, a web documentary, with Philippe Brault (Upian/Arte), which won a host of international awards: World Press Photo 2011 (Best interactive non-linear work of the year), Visa pour l’image 2010 (Best web documentary, Perpignan, France), Sheffield Doc/Fest (England, special mention from the jury), best cross-media production (AIB, London), 2010 Cross-media Award in Bellaria (Italy) and the Prix Italia (Turin, Italy). David Dufresne also crafted the film Quand la France s’embrasse (France 2, in 2007, with Christophe Bouquet). He was a long-time reporter for Libération and managing editor of iTélé, France’s 24-hour newscast. He has also published a dozen investigation books. He was also one of the first Internet players in France (he published the first webzine, La Rafale, in 1995). Today, David lives in Montreal.


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Dude, I lost my culture

A cross-platform documentary exploration of cultural state of affairs in Europe, seen through the eyes of professionals: producers, directors, writers and others directly dependent on the overall audiovisual industry and its social reception in Europe.
After Twingo overhears a conversation between his owners and finds out that they intend to sell him due to financial problems in their film production company, he decides to run away. Twingo embarks on a spectacular escape through Europe and talks to different film professionals with an ultimate goal to understand: why is creating culture so difficult?

The travel blog in the form of a crowdfunding campaign and live web series follows Twingo’s run across Europe. Using development and financing process of the project as an independent and interactive storytelling platform.
A feature length documentary follows a simple story timeline with two producers, Matija and Bojan, on their way of developing, financing and producing the film that audience has just started to watch. The film is being shot parallel to developing the project through workshops, forums, film festivals. Their story has just one goal, making a real behind the scenes of the filmmaking industry. Their own success or failure in making their dream come true gives an equally valuable lesson about every day life in one of the most glamorous professions known to man kind: show business.

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Trainers • 2014

Elaine McMillion



Expert
Elaine McMillion is an award-winning documentary storyteller and visual journalist.
She is the project director of Hollow, an interactive documentary that examines the issues of rural America, as well as the director and producer of short and feature films that have screened nationally and internationally. McMillion’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Filmmaker Magazine and Huffington Post. She has presented the Hollow case study on panels and discussions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Documentary Lab, Harvard University’s Berkman Center, Camden International Film Festival, New York Film Festival at the Museum of Moving Image and IFP Conference. In the summer of 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named McMillion one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Most recently, Hollow was selected for the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam’s DocLab Competition. McMillion holds a B.S. in Journalism and a M.F.A. in Visual and Media Arts.
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Participants • 2014

Elisabeth Rull

Author / Director
Author and director of “Memories Cut Short”, and daughter of the main character of the story “Tamas Rull”. Born and raised in 1975 in Paris, France. As photographer living and working in Lyon, Elizabeth is local correspondent for numerous national French and international publications (Le Monde, Libé, La Croix, L’Express, Financial Times etc.). Her photographic work is distributed by the Parisian agency Picturetank.
She routinely works with NGOs, such as Médecins du Monde (missions to Bolivia, Lebanon and Iran) and Habitat for Humanity. Her university education as a scientific researcher (Master degree in Molecular Genetics) instilled in her an insatiable curiosity to knowing, understanding and sharing. From homosexuality in Cameroon (Têtu, 2006) to a long-term portrait of Cardinal Barbarin, from the media-friendly campaign of the young socialist minister Najat Belkacem to the urban and human transformations of Lyon’s suburbs (Duchère, 2010),
Elisabeth is always and everywhere pursuing her quest of human discovery. In 2008, she founded the multimedia collective “The Womps,” which produces photographic raw materials based on an approach of socially-aware, humanist documentary. Their first web documentary, “Duchoramas, the Story of a Neighborhood in Transition,” is online through a partnership with French broadcaster “Le Progrès”.
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Emerald Symphony

Emerald Symphony is a transmedia project – a journey through the decadence of luxury, depicting the very rich as a mirror of our society, where the increasing monetization of everything is getting insane. A surreal Symphony of a place without memory, that comes alive and dies ever year. The protagonist is the Costa Smeralda, a piece of coast in the Northeast of Sardinia island, bought, renamed and built in the early Sixties by business magnate “Prince” Karim Aga Khan, later owned by Tom Barrak and today by the Emir of Qatar.

In the Fifties it was a place still populated by evergreen shrubs, dolphins and seabirds, in the Sixties by the “elite” of industrialists, aristocrats and Hollywood stars, and today it is a privileged destination for Russian billionaires, TV starlets and football players. In winter it is a place of desolation, in summer a place of excess.
Emerald Symphony intends to turn this jet setter coast and its infrastructural, geopolitical and socio-political changes from the Fifties to present days into a unique platform for an audiovisual improvisation with no dialogues.
The general idea is to have the different narrative layers interwoven, strongly supported by the music score and structured through the 4 parts inherent a Symphony and the timeframe Winter – Summer, all in an audiovisual crescendo.
The website will complement the documentary by offering the users to create their own score. Through a timeline and frames users can have an in depth sight with regards to the different storylines, where every scene and photo is linked to a tone or melody.

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Trainers • 2014

Emmanuel Cuénod



Development Lab expert panel
Emmanuel Cuénod, journalist and producer by training, was co-editor-in-chief of the professional review Ciné-Bulletin for several years.
A film critic and cultural writer for Tribune de Genève for ten years, he also worked as producer for the French-speaking Swiss production company Rita Productions, and regularly appeared as reporter on the Radio Télévision Suisse airwaves. He is also the founder of In utero, a production organisation specialising in the development of radical projects. In 2013 Emmanuel Cuénod was appointed new Executive and Artistic Director of the Festival Tous Ecrans in Geneva. The programme of the Festival Tous Ecrans explores areas on the borderlines between cinema, television and digital formats (transmedia, crossmedia, webdocs etc.), video games, web series and video-clips. As a lover of cinema and audio-visual creations, Emmanuel Cuénod hopes to continue making this event a working part of contemporary creation, and in particular to closely keep up with the narrative methods emerging from the digital screen
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Flavia Oertwig

Author / creative director
Flavia Oertwig is a German-Italian producer of documentaries, shorts, feature films and animation. She produces and co-produces intriguing and engaging films with a focus on emerging talents and world cinema. She has also worked as a script reader, ghost writer, head of development and line producer. She holds a postgraduate Master in Audiovisual Management, MEGA (Spain, Media Program) and took part in Eave Ties That Bind in 2011. This is her “audiovisual” debut.
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Projects • 2014

Goodbye Marco

Goodbye Marco is an absurdist philosophical documentary/mockumentary hybrid about Japanese animator Isao Takahata children’s series “3000 Leagues in Search of Mother” and the profound and lasting effects which it has had on the people who grew up watching it in the late 70s and early 80s.
Marco, the main character, is a young boy, abruptly separated from his mother. One day Marco decides to run away to Argentina and search for her. The adventures and setbacks that he faces during his quest make up this story.

We propose to make a cinematic reflection on how Marco entered popular culture in a given generation, and what our intense and melancholy nostalgia for him represents. The project will mix archival footage, super 8 re-enactments, animation and interviews to explore our peculiar world and its lingering effects on the emotional lives of its former viewers. We would like to set up a website which will work as an echo of our memories and as a research platform. The authors will be the hosts of this website, appearing as animated characters, and interacting with the users, sharing blurred childhood memories, expanding to the problems and anxieties of adult life. This is a project about the images that occupied our childhood: both the images of our imagination and of the screen, which combined to shape a way of navigating the world that we continue to carry with us through adulthood. What does this place of innocence mean to us? Can we still see it, through the suspicious gaze of adulthood?

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Trainers • 2014

Guillaume Braun



Expert and Development Lab mentor
A key player in the design industry for over 10 years, Guillaume Braun began his career working for companies such as Sid Lee, Les Évadés, BOS, and Revolver 3.
He worked with a range of international clients including Cirque du Soleil, Adidas, Tourisme Montreal and Redbull. In 2007, he went on to establish his own agency, Akufen, convinced that his vision could offer an alternative to the agency-freelance relationships that dominated the industry at the time. His training in both design and marketing are two key elements that have allowed Akufen to excel as an interactive agency in Quebec, as well as internationally.
Guillaume Braun specializes particularly in interactive web. As creative director, he played an important role in the conception and realization of projects such as the interactive documentary Trou Story (ONF) and Les Enfants de la Bolduc (Lusio Films). More recently, A journal of Insomnia (NFB), was recognized at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam, and in the Storyscapes 2013 competition during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In addition, the interactive fiction Emilie (Radio-Canada), which added to Akufen’s list of major interactive projects, was named as a finalist in the film / TV category at the prestigious SXSW festival.
Today, Guillaume Braun regularly lectures on graphic design, most recently giving talks at l’Uqam, Sherbrooke College and RDV Design Infopresse. He also teaches interactive design at Salette College.
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Participants • 2014

Ioana Mischie

Storyteller
Ioana Mischie is an emerging Romanian screenwriter and a transmedia storytelling researcher, passionate about expanded mechanics of storytelling. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication and the Screenwriting MA Program with Highest Honours at The “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film – Bucharest, where she is currently enrolled in her first year of the PhD research. Her filmmaking training was enriched by international programs that selected her work like Berlinale Script Station (2012, Berlin, Germany), GoEast Young Professionals Program (2012, Wiesbaden, Germany), Midpoint Central European Script Center (2012, Prague, Czech Republic), Locarno Academy Meetings (2012, Locarno, Switzerland). Ioana collaborated as a screenwriter and co-writer to 15 short film projects and signed, as a director, six short films inspired by personal stories (to name just a few -“Between already and not yet”, “A la recherche d’espace perdu”, “Die, please”). So far, the directed shorts were selected and showcased by more than 50 international film festivals like GoEast IFF (Germany), Tampere IFF (Finland), Ficmec IFF (Liban), Timishort IFF (Romania), Les Films de Cannes a Bucharest (Romania). Her portfolio is a vivid apprentissage of filmmaking, creative writing and envisioning the world as a neo-creative playground.
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Participants • 2014

Joana Gusmão

Author /Director
Studied English Literature at Oporto University and holds an MA in Text and Performance Studies from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art / King’s College London. Completed the Young Artists Program at Gulbenkian Foundation and took up the film directing course at the PCFE Film School (Czech Republic) and the documentary workshop at EICTV (Cuba). She has been working as a Film Producer since 2011, highlighting the work with filmmakers such as André Gil Mata (Captivity – Doclisboa, Award for best Portuguese feature film / Doc Alliance Award for best documentary) and Salomé Lamas (Theatrum, Orbis, Terrarum – Rome Film Festival). In 2013, she was selected to take part of Emerging Producers 2014 – Jihlava IDFF.
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Trainers • 2014

Judith Aston



Expert
Judith Aston is co-director of i-Docs, the web-hub and international symposia for discussion and debate on the rapidly evolving genre of interactive documentary.
She holds a PhD in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London and a Masters Degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She was a pioneer in the UK’s emergent multimedia industry, working on videodisc and CD-ROM projects with the BBC Interactive Television and Apple Computing in the mid-1980s and has retained her involvement in this area ever since. As a documentary maker with a specialist interest in cross cultural communication, her work has brought her into contact with a wide variety of people including Tibetan monks, Tuareg nomads, museum archivists and factory workers. She is an associate lecturer in multiplatform production at the University of the West of England and is actively developing i-Docs related projects through her affiliation with the University’s Digital Cultures Research Centre.
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Participants • 2014

Julia Eksner

Author / Director
Julia is a Polish-German writer, anthropologist, and educator born in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) in 1974. She has been working on majority-minority relations in Germany and the U.S. as both researcher and educator for the past 15 years. After graduating with an MA in Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin (2001), she worked at Northwestern University (Ph.D. 2007), UCLA (PostDoc 2009), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PostDoc 2010-2012) and Tel Aviv University (2012-13). Julia has been a video educator since 1999 and is the founder and former director of the non-profit StreetGriot Media Education (streetgriot.net), which teaches urban youths in Berlin visual arts and filmmaking, and designs and implements interactive online learning environments. Julia currently teaches in the international MA program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin and is a professor of education at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
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Projects • 2014

Just wanted to tell you

The project Just wanted to tell you will address the suicide issue. The purpose of the project is to support people who lost their loved one to suicide. They are more than 5% of Lithuanian population. The issue addressed: people, who have been through the tragedy of a suicide tend to keep their grief and suffering inside themselves. Unreleased traumatising experience often lead to serious psychological issues and a risk of a suicide. With this project we will encourage people to share their painful experience. Psychologists claim that talking to someone about your feelings is the first step to emotional heeling.

Our target audience is broad, therefore we need to engage different types of media to reach it: web platform, TV documentary film public screenings followed by discussions/debate (director & psychologist present).
How are we going to do it? Our protagonist, a 30 year old Arturas, will help us to collect testimonies of people, who have been through the same painful experiences from the entire country; 5-7 or more portraits will be created; The users of the platform will explore these portraits online.
We will aim to collect different experiences, so more people who have been through the same painful losses will be able to relate to them. The users will then be able to share their own testimonies and/or suicide related experience online using the interactive platform (the uploaded contents will be monitored to prevent abuse or exploit). The users of the platform will be able to access or receive all the necessary information on psychological help available in their area.
We believe that this project, which talks about a universal topic, in Lithuanian context will serve as a pilot project and may be adapted in other countries.

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Participants • 2014

Katarzyna Boratyn


e-mail: k.boratyn@gmail.com
Co-director
Filmmaker, freelance curator and journalist focused on documentary. Studied anthropology of culture at Warsaw University and film editing at Lodz Film School. Directed short films and videos, edited several short films, reports as well as video art; co-edited feature-length documentaries (“Themerson&Themerson”, “Pomerianian Illusions”, “Native”). Assistant and later head curator of Kino.Lab – film and video department of Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Collaborates with film festivals and culture institutions and organizations on film programming. Selection team member of Watch Docs International Film Festival for Human Rights. In 2013 received scholarship form the Ministry of Culture of Poland to create a blog Love the Doc (http://lovethedoc.com/) dedicated to documentary expanding into various platforms (film, web, contemporary art). Writes about film and video art on “Obieg”, an on-line art magazine.

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Participants • 2014

Laura Almantaite


e-mail: laura@cmconsulting.lt
Producer
Laura has been working in the film industry since 2007. Laura’s career in the sector started with the Paris-based Media Consulting Group, where she worked as junior consultant and contributed to the coordination of film events (speakers and participants at World Forum on Strategy & Finance for Cinema 2007, Rome Film Festival). She later coordinated film and educational projects for the “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009” programme. In 2011 Laura worked as Managing Director of the Vilnius Documentary Film Festival. Since 2008, Laura has worked on more than 10 film projects, including feature documentary, animation and fiction films. She produced two, co-produced one, and is currently working on three projects as associate producer. Laura specialises in social documentary and international co-productions. Laura co-produced the international documentary “Those Who Dare” by Olafur Rognvaldsson, Iceland, to be released internationally in March 2014. It is a film about the solidarity of small nations. A graduate from Sorbonne University (Master’s in Culture Economics), Laura also completed a course at Locarno Summer Academy for Young Filmmakers.
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Trainers • 2014

Lena Thiele



Expert
Creative Director and Author Lena Thiele designs and produces media formats in the field of film, online, mobile and games since 2003
2008 she co-founded a Berlin based games studio. Since 2010 she is focusing on international transmedia productions in the field of documentary and fiction. Her last interactive documentary FAREWELL COMRADES! INTERACTIVE, produced by Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, in coproduction with Artline Films, ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E. and ZDF Germany, has been awarded the FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2012 and nominated for international awards like the DEUTSCH-FRANZÖSISCHER JOURNALISTENPREIS or PRIX EUROPA.
In addition she works as a lecturer at international workshops and universities like INTERNATIONAL FILMSCHOOL COLOGNE, the TORINO FILM LAB, DOKLAB or HFF MÜNCHEN, and as consultant for the media industry.
Lena Thiele holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Arts, Berlin in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts with focus on experimental media design and cinema studies. Furthermore she was juror in the digital program (non-fiction category) for the 2012 International Digital Emmy® Award and obtained her coaching certificate last year.
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Projects • 2014

Line No 9

Line No. 9 is an interactive documentary about changes in social and urban landscape of Warsaw in time and space. The project is a story of how these transformations affect people’s lives. Warsaw is a unique city, where dynamic of changes is incomparable to most cities you know. During the Second World War 80% of the city had been ruined, then a new city has been built on the remains of the old one. The 90s brought a chaotic mixture of fast investments, cheap but colourful materials and no control. Recently the city has been sprawling with all consequences of this process.

The project is a journey through time and space along the tramway line No. 9, one of the longest tramway lines in Warsaw. It passes by the most important places of modern Poland’s history: the brand new National Stadium (which replaced the old one that served as the biggest marketplace in Europe and local Viettown); a plastic palm tree (artistic installation) right next to communist party headquarters changed into stock exchange in 1990; it crosses Vistula river, which divides the city into two antagonistic parts. Line No. 9 passes between new glass-and-steel buildings, communist housing blocks and pre-war tenement houses… there are places untouched for decades – an old world that is being slowly and quietly replaced by new reality. The project will be based on an interactive experience, archival images and interviews with people who live, work and travel along line no. 9.

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Participants • 2014

Małgorzata Jurko


e-mail: m.jurko@wp.pl
Co-director, Visual ID & UI designer
Warsaw based graphic designer. Born in 1982, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw graduate. Since 2007 working on both editorial and web design projects mainly for culture-related institutions (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, National Center for Culture, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle). Appreciated for print and editorial projects (several posters presented at 23rd and 22nd Warsaw Poster Biennale, publications in Print.Control. Printed matter from Poland yearbooks). Responsible for UI design of Identity.Move! website (Goethe-Institut Warsaw). Apart from culture-oriented projects: 2008-2011 chief of the graphic studio of “Party” magazine, in 2011 art director of “Party Style” magazine (Edipresse Polska S.A. Publishing House). Since 2011 designer (free-lance) of print and DPS magazines for Valkea Media Publishing House.
Portfolio: www.malgorzatajurko.pl
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Participants • 2014

Maximilian Speidel

Story Developer
Maximilian Speidel, born 1989 in Zurich, worked after high school graduation as an actor and dancer in different projects. In 2010 he worked as a radio host at Corpmedia where he discovered his passion for film production. Since 2011 he works at Filmgerberei GmbH as a director and production manager.
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Projects • 2014

Memories cut short

Memories cut short takes us along the trail of Tamas Rull, a father and spy in postwar Europe caught between the Soviets and the Western Allies. At the heart of the Cold War, Rull’s personal story mixes family and state secrets and reveals the inextricable bonds between them.
The documentary film focuses on the story of this man and of his daughter’s quest across Europe’s past and present. Beginning in contemporary France, her journey plunges us into Cold War era Europe as it crosses nations and generations. Elisabeth Rull’s curious and intimate perspective guides us along this voyage of discovery. She introduces to an incredible series of characters – of former spies belonging to Tamas’ old network, the survivors of troubled times – but also to memories of the lines which divided Soviets and Allies.

The interactive platform takes us deep into the experience of Tamas Rull, his spy challenges and his man’s existence in Cold War Europe, through a fictional facts based game. In this game you will have to move over to The West through The Iron Curtain in the 50s to escape from Soviet persecution and to survive in your path from Hungary to France, while you were separated from your family, your friends, your country, your roots, and while you were recruited by a spy network to engage secret missions in Hungary, with false ID papers. Spying, secrets, soviets agents, blackmails, treasons, missions etc. Will you manage to complete your missions and to finally earn the right to built a normal life in The West, in France? Even a spy wishes to have a normal life…

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Projects • 2014

Mirrors of the self

Mirrors of the self is a characters-driven expanded documentary exploring the meaning of cover-up tattoos and their genuine power of rewriting personal stories. The interactive documentary is conceived as an exploration of confessions of diary films surprising “moments” of covering up a previous tattoo, a scar or undesired skin sign, but moreover a visual metaphor for changing perspectives in one’s life, for healing their pasts and their inner selves through trying to replace memories. Highlighting portraits of people who choose to cover up already exiting tattoos, in order to forget or revive their inked memories, we aim to raise questions, instead of giving answers. How much does this process heal their past, their inner stories, their aims? What happens when there is a “switch” that determines the individuals to want to forget about an impacting event or an unsuccessful choice that was already inked on their skin?

Storyworld
The documentary explores a multi-layered odyssey of questions connected to the intimate process of cover-up tattoos: To what extent are tattoos the mirror of who we are/admire/aim for? What happens when you want to forget something that was inked – a name, a face, a symbol? Can be cover-up-ness expanded to a whole set of mechanisms we all posses when making choices or selecting meaningful memories? The documentary follows as a main premise three portrait-stories of people who decide to have a “cover-up” tattoo: one of the protagonists covers the name of her ex-lover with a tattoo symbolizing a new focus in her life. Another protagonist covers a previously poorly done tattoo with a reiterated, colourful, expanded one, wanting to underline it. The third protagonist covers her scars from an accident with a vivid tattoo, trying to cover the past and to start a new life.
An essay about changing perspectives, identities in a world conquered by what Pierre Bourdieu used to call “fast food, fast love, fast thought”. The user explores the dichotomy of eternity-instant, shame vs. self-acceptance, individual choices vs. societal conventions.
The human body becomes a palimpsest for the stories, the time and space we are marked by.

Target audience: 15-25 years old.
Genre: Characters-driven interactive documentary.

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Projects • 2014

Nearby

Core idea: Evolving is never a solitary act, but the result of people coming together.
Logline: Who would you love to be Nearby?
Nearby is a unique residency project that offers artists from all artistic fields (e.g. music, visual arts, performing arts) the opportunity of real life interactions with inspiring mentors through an interactive “matchmaking” platform.

Targeted audience
Nearby is a tool destined to give the chance to emerging and established artists worldwide to get to know, work alongside and share the way of life of a one of kind virtuoso for one month. By keeping an audiovisual diary of this real-life “rencontre”, their experience will be integrated in interactive documentaries available on the platform for art-enthusiasts everywhere.
Nearby focuses on emergent meetings (where “meeting” is defined as an “act of coming together”) between different mentors and apprentices from all artistic fields (e.g. music, visual arts, performing arts). Our starting point consists of creating an online platform that reunites filmed portraits of various mentors that users from around the world can access in the view of applying for artistic residencies nearby these mentors. Following a selection done by the masters themselves, the applicants may become their apprentices. Thus, we will have created both the context for their coming together in real life as well the chance for our filmmaking crew to seize it.
One of the motivations behind this project stems from a current state-of-affairs happening in the online medium: the dominant display of web content encourages the users to embark on an endless link-to-link journey through virtual reality, ruling out any halts in reality. Therefore, we felt the need to offer an alternative approach for artists in search for masters who can inspire them. That is, not the mere assimilation of virtual content related to a person, but a real life connection in the physical proximity of the master (“nearbyness”). Our aim as filmmakers is to explore how these different intertwining of mediums (film, reality, online) can determine and affect this process of “coming together”, not by us talking “about” it, but “nearby” it. We are currently researching the Romanian music scene in our own search for local mentors to be discovered internationally and hopefully in the future we will be able to also put in touch foreign mentors with local artists/apprentices.

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Participants • 2014

Rodica Dominteanu


e-mail: rodica.dominteanu@yahoo.com

Producer
Rodica Dominteanu graduated in Audiovisual Communication in 2011 from UNATC (National University of Drama and Film Bucharest). Since then she wrote and produced three short movies (“7 Sharp”, 2011, short Sci-Fi; “7 Dreams”, 2012, short experimental; “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear”, 2014, short drama) and worked as production coordinator for Filmster.ro (film video blog) and Film TEEP 2013 (co-production training program held in Bucharest). She is currently pursuing a master degree in Film and Visual studies at CESI Bucharest.
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Projects • 2014

Rudy Ricciotti: the fight of an architect

The project is about Rudy Ricciotti, an architect who believes architecture comes from a constant struggle. He is a very controversial architect, he refuses labels, for him “L’architecture est un sport de combat”, and he uses the metaphor of war to explain his work, his philosophy. Rudy Ricciotti is a brilliant architect and a warrior. Ricciotti has a strong and fascinating personality: his voice is warm, his speech charms, and his judgments are true explosions among the conventional thought. His communication is always a challenge, definitely unconventional, mostly provocative. A building is a political, cultural and aesthetic adventure and the user is going to discover it and to discover his vision. His fights are against minimalism, the radical chic academy, the coherence, the mediocrity, the cultural invasion of steel. His weapon is the BFUP, the high-performance concrete.

He his from the South and he is deeply related to its culture. In his projects, concrete is transformed in a very sensual, smooth and light material like in the MUCEM museum in Marseille.
I chose the interactive documentary format because I would like to give the user an unique experience discovering Rudy Ricciotti’s personality, charisma, vision and building through the navigation.

My attack plan
Gget in touch with the existing community of architectural schools, University etc. while I will launch the web site. The interactive documentary will be useful for students of architecture, architects, builders, journalists, and generally for those interested in architecture.

Structure of navigation
The navigation in the first layer will be done through sound and Ricciotti’s voice (using the war metaphor he will say words which will give the user the suggestion of his fights). In the second layer of navigation the user will experience the buildings and they will be explored and discovered through different assets: sound, light and space will be of high priority because architecture is at the end a space experience.

Assets
Photos, video, sketches, projects, archives of the most offbeat filmed interviews, his recorded voice, graphic headlines. The “map” is a battlefield in the style of a graphic novel.

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Trainers • 2014

Serge Gordey



Development Lab expert panel
Serge Gordey is a documentary producer mostly involved in international coproduction, both on television and online.
From 2001 to 2007, he was executive producer and head of current affairs at Point du Jour (Paris). He then joined Bo Travail (Paris) where he headed creative documentaries. In 2009, he joined Alegria Productions, a French company specialized in high end international documentaries: he produced among others Sundance awarded, International Emmy awarded and Oscar nominated “Five broken cameras” by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi). In Cannes 2010, he was acclaimed “international world trailblazer” for his innovative work on the web (“Gaza-Sderot: life in spite of everything”, “Havana-Miami: times are changing”). He is currently producing “24 hour Jerusalem on line”. In the nineties, he headed Internews Yugoslavia, where he coproduced “Balkan Bridges”, a series aimed at creating a dialogue through the innovative use of videoconferencing techniques for documentary production.
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Participants • 2014

Stefania Casini

Director / Producer
After graduating in Architecture, Stefania began a career in acting and worked with Pietro Germi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Peter Greenaway and Dario Argento. She moved to New York in the late 70s, where she acted in Andy Warhol’s ‘Bad’. While in New York she decided to move behind the camera and became a director. With Francesca Marciano, she wrote and directed the film ”Lontano da dove”, presented at the Venice film festival (1983). In 1997 she wrote and directed another feature film “Un Paradiso di Bugie”. Hercareer as director also includes the making of six feature films for the Italian television network Mediaset. 
A passionate traveller, Stefania has made a great number of documentaries and reportages for Rai and Mediaset. She focuses her attention on contemporary topics concerning women and young people. As director she has made many hard-hitting series including: “Islam: stories of women”; “Latin America: stories of women”; “To be 20 years old in…”; “So close so far: portraits in the suburbs”. Between 2000 and 2002 Stefania was the Artistic Director of Siena’s Film Festival “Terra di Siena”. Currently, Stefania writes and directs programmes, reportages and documentaries for Rai and for satellite channels: she also works as journalist, contributing to several popular women’s magazines.
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Trainers • 2014

Susanna Lotz



Development Lab mentor
Susanna Lotz is an online editor at the Web Department of Arte.
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies.

Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”.

Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.
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Trainers • 2014

Ulrich Fischer



Expert
Since 1994, Ulrich Fischer is creating film and video projects, realizes installations or performances and works with new media interactivity.
He graduated from the Geneva Art School, the E.S.A.V. in 2000. He founded two companies: C-Side Productions (cinema production & postproduction) in 2007 and Memoways (software development) in 2011. His latest project, Walking the Edit, is a transmedia project initiated in 2008, allowing users of a mobile app to “walk movies” in an audio-guide style experience. This project was showcased in several festivals and is in use in European cities (Paris, Brussels, Geneva etc.). Next to consulting work for cultural institutions, he is giving theoretical and technical curses in various schools, events or institutions.
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Projects • 2014

Verdict. Can there be Justice for Auschwitz?

Verdict portrays the struggle for “justice” for Auschwitz and the breaking of the silence about perpetratorship during the Holocaust. 70 years after Auschwitz, and as a series of trials against the few remaining perpetrators of Auschwitz are being prepared in Germany, a tug-of-war around the quest for justice for Auschwitz is unfolding. The interactive web doc follows the on-going investigations and trials of three former SS-personnel of Auschwitz, portraying the unfolding of events before, during, and after the trials as mirrored in the contrasting hopes, experiences, and emotions of a group of people whose lives are deeply affected by this last attempt to prosecute the crimes of Auschwitz.

The objectives of the project are to increase the transparency and accountability of the trials, and to allow the audience to actively participate in the current investigations and trials. There is a huge global audience for these trials, consisting primarily of survivors and their families who are deeply concerned with and touched by this last possible effort at justice, and who are greatly interested in following in and engaging with the imminent trials. The interactive web doc will thus be connected to a “call for action” that will make the investigations and trials a participatory experience in which the users voices and actions will become part of a powerful global community of witnesses to the trials that will increase their transparency and accountability.
Verdict is conceptualized as web documentary organized on a spanned timeline. The web doc introduces and elaborates a traditional documentary film, which will be released by public broadcasting. The web doc includes a call to action utilizing social networks. The release platform of the web doc will be a website.

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Projects • 2013

4 Stelle Web-Doc

The Eurostars Roma Congress & Convention Center, modern 4 stars hotel located in a quiet setting about 1 km away from Rome’s GRA Ring Road, suddenly shut down in December 2011.

The big glass-covered building has been abandoned for one year, when it was occupied by 250 families of migrants, guided by the collective BPM, experienced movement which have been struggling for housing rights.

The new tenants of the 4 STARS are about 700 people of more than 30 different nationalities, mainly coming from the Maghreb, the Horn of Africa, Latin American and East Europe. They have given new life to the abandoned hotel by giving back their original use to common spaces and rooms through an internal self-organization process which includes from cleaning shifts to picket lines.

4 STELLE WEBDOC is the story of this multi-ethnic block of flats (well, of rooms) through the story of its tenants, who are currently experimenting – day by day – the creation of a unique mixed society where racism and prejudice disappear.

4 STELLE WEBDOC is conceived according to an interactive principle, by designing the structure of the hotel as a web framework within which the viewer can explore its stories and protagonists. 4 stars represent the graphic element that shows narrative lines in 4 selected locations:

  • Picket line
  • Kitchens
  • Rooms
  • Roof

associated to 4 main themes:

  • Migration stories
  • Integration and cohabitation in this modern Tower of Babel
  • Feeling at home in an occupied hotelA future in Italy

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Trainers • 2013

Alexandre Brachet



Expert
Alexandre Brachet founded Upian in 1998. Upian is a creative agency specialized in webdesign and in the development of media websites (Rue 89, France Inter, AFP, Lesinrocks etc.).
Founded in 1998, Upian has been producing webdocumentaries since 2005 with its first creation, lacitedesmortes.net. Over the last few years, Upian has produced some of the most notorious webdocumentaries among which: thanatorama.com (2007); gaza-sderot.arte.tv (2008 – Prix Europa); prisonvalley.arte.tv (2010 – World Press Photo first prize of the interactive category for the multimedia contest); happy-world.com (2011) and Alma A Tale Of Violence (2012 IDFA Doclab award, World Press Photo, Sheffield Doc Fest innovation award, Grimme online award, Etoile de la Scam). Among Upian’s last production, together with Yami2 and France Television, Génération Quoi: a successful documentary experience about the state of the youth in France (website recorded 20 million page views and over 22.5 million answers to individual questions). Lately, Upian produced 24h Jerusalem, a second screen experience using Vine videos was created to go with an exceptional 24 hours documentary produced by ARTE and BR. “Documentary Narration on the Internet. Webdoc Development and Perspectives”, 19.4.2015 (Grande Salle de la Colombière, Nyon). FOCAL event, in collaboration with Visions du Reél. With the support of ARF/FDS.

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Trainers • 2013

Arnau Gifreu Castells



Expert
Arnau Gifreu Castells is a lecturer, researcher and director in the audiovisual and multimedia field.
He is a doctor in communications and has a master’s degree in digital arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). He is a research affiliate at the Open Documentary Lab (MIT, Massachussets Institute of Technology) and part of the i-docs group, of the i-docs Lab and the i-docs Conference (University of the West of England). He is a lecturer at the Universitat Ramón Llull (URL) and at Universitat deVic (UVIC), directing Final Grade Projects in the multimedia field. He is a founder and coordinator of UVIC_Lab. He has published various book chapters and articles in his research area, interactive and transmedia non-fiction, and specifically on interactive documentaries. In terms of research stays, he has been a research lecturer at Harvard University (Harvard Metalab) and York University (Future Cinema Lab).
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Participants • 2013

Bernadette Klausberger

producer
Bernadette Klausberger was born 1983 in Upper Austria. She has a background in cultural management, media sciences, video art, film festivals and PR. She works as a producer, project developer and trainer for media education programmes. Together with Niklas Hlawatsch she is running the Produktionsbüro Pfeiffers since they started studying film production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). The shortfilm “Stampede” (part 1 of “In Panic”) and a thesis on transmedia storytelling were part of her graduation at dffb 2012.
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Trainers • 2013

Bruno Flaven



Development Lab expert panel
Before launching the 3WDOC project, Bruno Flaven worked within the media business for 15 years, first as TV producer for documentaries and then on the Internet as content and project manager, working closely on the convergence of the 2 medias: Web and TV.
He founded the web agency Hecube with 2 partners who came from a similar background and persisted with the idea to mix Web and TV into a tool that will let anyone produce multimedia content on the Internet, Mobile and Connected TV (HbbTV, social TV, second screen). With extensive development in HTML5 and jQuery, Hecube have created 3WDOC Studio, one of the first browser-based authoring and publishing applications for digital storytelling, fully Cloud and totally SaaS. This web application introduces timeline and positioning in a web page. 3WDOC Studio gives anyone the ability to create beautiful and interactive stories on the web.
hecube.net – Creative & interactive digital experience. Blog: social.hecube.net.
3WDOC.COM – Mix the Web and become a Media.Blog: blog.3wdoc.com.
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Trainers • 2013

Christian Beetz



Expert
Christian Beetz studied theatre studies and cultural sciences in Berlin.
As executive director of gebrueder beetz filmproduktion he produces international documentaries since 2000 and is responsible for feature films and international coproductions, working both as executive producer and director. Some of his productions include: “FC Barcelona Confidential”, “Autumn Gold” and the TV-series “Inspired by Nature” or “Farewell Comrades!” with its interactive webformat. For his documentary “Between Insanity and Beauty – The Art Collection of Dr. Prinzhorn” he won the German Grimme Award for screenplay and director within the category Information and Culture and the Marler Group’s Adolf-Grimme Audience Award.
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Participants • 2013

Christian Davi

Producer
Born in 1967, Christian Davi is today developper, producer and co-owner of Hugofilm Productions. Together with Simon Hesse he’s the chairman of the Independent Swiss Producers Association IG.
After his academic studies of natural sciences at ETH Zurich, he worked at the theatre of Lucerne before making his master-studies at the filmschool DAVI in Lausanne. With his first feature documentary „Die Regierung“ (The Government) he won the Swiss film Price in 1999 and the Zurich Film Price in 1998. This succes announced the end of his filmmakers activity and the beginning of his career as producer.
Christian Davi worked besides as member of the national film board, occasionally as teacher for different filmschools and as chairman of GARP. He did Eurodoc with the feature documentary “Tinguely” and several other specific formations.
As producer for Hugofilm, he was during the last ten years in charge of around twenty feature documentaries and fictions for cinema and television.
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Trainers • 2013

Christian Popp



Development Lab expert panel
Christian Popp has since 1991 worked as a journalist and film director. From 1998-2003 he was commissioning editor for ARTE in Strasbourg and in Berlin.
From 2005 to 2010 he worked as producer, author and editor in chief in Paris and Berlin for interscience film, an independent French-German production company. In 2011 he established in Berlin DOCDAYS Productions where he produced documentaries and transmedia projects until the end of 2014. In 2012 he co-founded with Fabrice Estève the Paris based productions company YUZU Productions where he is currently producing. Christian is mentoring and moderating at various documentary events (Thessaloniki Documentary Forum, LisbonDocs, Vision du Réel, Doc Ouest, IDFA Academy, Diagonale, interactive documentary workshop). He attended the Pixel Lab in 2011 and was part of the Swiss Transmedia Projects jury in 2014.
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Participants • 2013

Christian Ströhle

Project manager
35, has been working for 5 years at the Federal Office of Culture (Switzerland) in the film funding section (till 2011). He was head of film culture and all topics related to trends in movies, multimedia and games.
He now works as an independent transmedia project manager and consultant at mxlab, a resarch and development company dealing with traditional and new media. He also initiated and managed a transmedia series of events at five different film festivals in 2012 to get the transmedia movement in Switzerland kick-started.
Always fascinated by all sorts of communication, he studied cinema, linguistics and history of art, directed short-movies and devoted his free-time to all sorts of multimedia applications.
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Trainers • 2013

Claire Leproust



Expert
Since January 2008 Claire Leproust is CAPA’s Associate Director in charge of the group digital content development, production and publishing channels Rendez-vous à Paris – Youtube and CapaTV.
From 2006 to 2007 she was Associate Director of Marketing and Content at EYEKA, a web2.0 internet start-up. From 2003 to 2006 Claire Leproust founded and managed “TV For Mobile”, a company specialised in mobile and internet content sourcing, conception, production and distribution. From 1993 to 2003 she was deputy director of programs in charge of developing new interactive television services at Canalsat (VIVENDI GROUP), and Director of Marketing and Portal content at Vizzavi (SFR).
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Projects • 2013

Corporate Vikings

Everywhere in the world, a young generation experiences the fragility of our economic system – through high unemployment rates, unbelievably high government debt or the very realistic fear of losing savings for the family. In the age of economic crises this generation is captured in a state between thirst of knowledge and being overwhelmed by information. They try to grasp the ratio of local bank crashes, internationally spreading bankruptcies and state debts and still don’t understand the processes behind it all. Politicians seem to be extremely busy doing something without communicating what exactly. Managers answer reluctantly and experts flounder. But do we are just victims?

Through the example of the Icelandic Financial Crisis in 2008, Corporate Vikings aims to both reveal and explain the functions and processes of the economy and how everybody participate in it. To achieve this, the project uses the interconnected world economy to explain how state bankruptcies occur, who actually influences them and what kind of economic systems run in the background. From the microcosm of Iceland we take the story to a more global context. It is taken into question whether the processes in Iceland are an exception or the rule in economic systems.

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Participants • 2013

Fabio Ragazzo

Producer
Graduated in Economics and holder of Media Business School’s Mega Plus (Master in Audiovisual Management), Fabio worked for different film productions, festivals and communication agencies.
His break in New Media came working for the transmedia project “Collider” by beActive, the leading multi-platform production company led by Nuno Bernardo. He is currently the New Media Producer of Kinesis Film, where he runs Eikon, the newborn Transmedia Lab.
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Trainers • 2013

Frédéric Dubois



Development Lab Mentor
Frédéric Dubois is a screenplay designer and producer in the field of interactive non-fiction.
Frédéric has worked with the National Film Board of Canada on several projects. The last one he directed is the interactive version of The Hole Story, a documentary about resource extraction. He regularly works with the Association for Progressive Communications – an NGO network concerned with human rights and the internet, as well as with other nonprofits. Frédéric is a reporter and activist with independent media and he co-edited two books about media and journalism: “Autonomous Media” (2005) and “EXTRACTION!” (2007).
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Gerry Flahive



Expert
In a career spanning more than 30 years with the National Film Board of Canada, Gerry Flahive has produced more than 75 documentary films and interactive projects on a wide range of subjects, including health care, cultural diversity, urbanism, history, communications, diplomacy, globalization and racism.
Senior producer Gerry Flahive has been at the forefront of the NFB’s innovative work with digital media, producing the groundbreaking multi-platform Filmmaker-in-Residence project at St. Michaelʼs Hospital, winner of the NFB’s first Webby Award in 2008. He is currently producing Highrise, a multi-year many-media documentary project looking at vertical life across the planet. “Highrise: Out My Window” won a 2011 Emmy Award. His recent projects include “Paris 1919”, “Waterlife”, “I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors”, “The End of Time”, and “Surviving Progress”. Flahive is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, and has been published in Time, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, the Toronto Star, and the Los Angeles Times.
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Participants • 2013

Hector Ulloque

Author & filmmaker
Chemical engineer and cinephile, Héctor Ulloque arrives in France in 2002 to make film studies. In 2006 he creates Medio de Contención producciones. His first film Hartos Evos Aquí Hay wins the best documentary award in Biarritz festival and the Otras Miradas award from the Latin-American council in social sciences. Currently, parallel to the production and transmedia storytelling, he develops projects that mix education and cinema.
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Henry Páll Wulff


e-mail: henry@norationalproduct.com

Producer
Born 1982 in Berlin, Henry Páll has become an Account Manager in the advertising industry before he changed the business and gained experience as Production Manager and Line Producer. In 2007 he co-founded the production company No Rational Product and started working as a director for music videos. His sense of justice and his penchant to be a do-gooder makes him change the focus to produce documentaries. His motivation is to explain complicated issues in a simple manner and to reveal unclear relationships and structures through investigative work. In his mind, an investigative documentary should also entertain the audience. In 2012 he joined the further education program “International Producing” at IFS, Cologne. He initially developed the idea of “Corporate Vikings” in 2011 and is the driving force within the production team.
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Projects • 2013

i-f@milia

Every single family has a story. Sometimes it is written over the distance.
A family supper, the celebration of an event, morning and evening routines are just a few of the many unconscious rites pacing the life of a family and some key elements for better understanding a culture.
While separated by thousands of kilometers, transnational families succeed in sharing some of these moments as an extension of their own everyday life.

Rich with the intimacy and the culture of each family, this exchange provides a new understanding of the fact of being HERE and THERE, simultaneously. By telling the stories of ten transnational families, i-f@milia will raise awareness not only about human migration.
The purpose is to seize their characteristics and dynamics, in order to decrypt how each family tells it self by contrasting their everyday life, which takes place in different geographical places. In other words, we will concentrate on the tools, the media and the mechanisms commonly used to animate the communication of a family, despite the distance separating its members.

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In Panic

In Panic is a transmedia project at the intersection of fiction and documentary, art and science.

Exploring the phenomenon “mass panic” the project proposes a dramatic ‘what if’ scenario:
What if a mass panic breaks out somewhere in shared common space, where people of all ages, languages, classes and backgrounds come together? How does such an event change our own projections of fear and the individual sense of security in public space?

The stampede as a metaphor raises fundamental questions, that link fiction with real experiences and the facts:
What triggers people’s fear in urban space nowadays? How do individuals experience the moment when they get out of control? What leads and influences people in panic? What kinds of mechanisms make well-coordinated systems fail?

In Panic as an audio-visual experience immerses the viewer and speaks to him/her on an emotional, physical and intellectual level.
At the core of the collection there are artistic audio-visual pieces from different auteurs and collective research and reflection by media scholars as well as experts from the field of sociology, psychology, urban planning, security & risk management and politics.
The entire production comprises a short film, a web fiction + web documentary, the live experience (installation/exhibition) and printed publications.

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Trainers • 2013

Jeremy Mendes



Expert
Jeremy Mendes is a Vancouver based artist with over 12 years experience working on interactive projects.
He is currently working with the National Film Board of Canada as a Creator and Interactive Producer. His recent success with Bear71 has landed numerous awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion, and FWA Site of the Year 2012. He has attended festivals internationally, performing a live version of the project and speaking to audiences about interactive work – venues include IDFA, DOXA and Rooftops festival NYC. Other NFB projects include co-creation of This Land – with a handful of other titles due to launch this year. These interactive projects truly capitalize on his collective experience – requiring an understanding of story, culture, art and design. And importantly, how these elements are conveyed through interactive experiences. He graduated from Emily Carr in 1996 and specialized in Art Direction, Creative Direction, Design and Illustration. His experience spans – storytelling, interactive design, motion design, information design, creative conceptual work, brand development and advertising.
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Judith Aston



Expert
Judith Aston is co-director of i-Docs, the web-hub and international symposia for discussion and debate on the rapidly evolving genre of interactive documentary.
She holds a PhD in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London and a Masters Degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She was a pioneer in the UK’s emergent multimedia industry, working on videodisc and CD-ROM projects with the BBC Interactive Television and Apple Computing in the mid-1980s and has retained her involvement in this area ever since. As a documentary maker with a specialist interest in cross cultural communication, her work has brought her into contact with a wide variety of people including Tibetan monks, Tuareg nomads, museum archivists and factory workers. She is an associate lecturer in multiplatform production at the University of the West of England and is actively developing i-Docs related projects through her affiliation with the University’s Digital Cultures Research Centre.
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Lena Thiele



Development Lab mentor
Creative Director and Author Lena Thiele designs and produces media formats in the field of film, online, mobile and games since 2003.
2008 she co-founded a Berlin based games studio. Since 2010 she is focusing on international transmedia productions in the field of documentary and fiction. Her last interactive documentary FAREWELL COMRADES! INTERACTIVE, produced by Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, in coproduction with Artline Films, ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E. and ZDF Germany, has been awarded the FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2012 and nominated for international awards like the DEUTSCH-FRANZÖSISCHER JOURNALISTENPREIS or PRIX EUROPA.
In addition she works as a lecturer at international workshops and universities like INTERNATIONAL FILMSCHOOL COLOGNE, the TORINO FILM LAB, DOKLAB or HFF MÜNCHEN, and as consultant for the media industry.
Lena Thiele holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Arts, Berlin in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts with focus on experimental media design and cinema studies. Furthermore she was juror in the digital program (non-fiction category) for the 2012 International Digital Emmy® Award and obtained her coaching certificate last year.
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Mandy Rose



Development Lab mentor
Mandy Rose is a Senior Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England.
Her research looks at the space where documentary meets networked culture. Her work as a documentary maker includes Hilda at Darjeeling for Channel Four and Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC2. She has been responsible for a number of ground-breaking participatory media projects for the BBC. She was co-founder and producer of Video Nation (CRE Media Award), executive producer of the digital storytelling project, “Capture Wales” (BAFTA Cymru), devised the multiplatform “Voices” project (Webby nominee) and executive produced “MyScienceFictionLife” (Webby Honoree). Mandy Rose’s current work-in-progress, the Are you happy? project revisits Rouch & Morin’s seminal 1960 documentary “Chronicle of a Summer” in the context of the global web. Mandy blogs at CollabDocs and is a contributing editor to i-Docs.
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Participants • 2013

Mar Medir

Development executive
She has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and another one in Literature Theory and Compared Literature. Later on she completed her studies with two postgraduated courses from ESCAC in Line Producing and Projects Development, the second one as an invited scholarship holder. Since 2005 she works as an executive producer and has participated in projects such as Luisa is not home, by Celia Rico (Biennale di Venezia 2012); Elisa K, by Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena (San Sebastian Film Festival 2010) or The scared breast, by Claudia Llosa (Golden Bear, Berlinale 2009). She has also worked as a consultant in co-productions, markets and international film festivals in Catalan Films & TV.
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Trainers • 2013

Marije Meerman



Development Lab expert panel
Marije Meerman lives in Amsterdam. She made her debut as a director with the documentary “The Creche: Live and Work in the Spirit of Lenin” on the anti-authoritarian kindergarten that she attended in Amsterdam at the end of the sixties.
At the kindergarten she was raised according to the ideas of Marx, Lenin and Reich. Most of her films explore on the question how the needs and longings of the individual collide with systems of ideology and religion. From 1998-2001 she worked on the series “The New World” (VPRO) about the effects of globalization. She works now for “Backlight”, a “future-affairs” series for VPRO, Dutch public television. Many of her films are personal stories set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing world. They deal with globalisation, finance and international relations. She made the internationally acclaimed “I Wanna Be Boss: China’s Smartest Kids/China Prep” in which she followed five students of an elite high school in Chongqing during their preparations for the infamous National College Entrance Exam. Also she made in collaboration with designers Catalogtree, the world’s first TouchDoc “Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box”; a reconstruction of the infamous flash crash. A documentary that was made into an interactive app for iPad. Recently she made the documentary “The Tax Free Tour” for a collaborative transmedia project with designer Femke Herregraven who developed the online serious game “Taxodus”. Both on the parallel financial shadow world that is a result of global tax evasion by multinationals.
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Participants • 2013

Melisa Muhtari

Author
Born in 1990 in Sarajevo, the main city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she grew up in Bern, Switzerland. In 2012 she graduated at the University of Arts in Zurich in the CAST / audio-visual media department (CAST is a multimedia storytelling program). Now she’s working as an independent filmmaker on different audio-visual projects. The project “Sitting on the fence” is based on her Bachelor thesis of 2012.
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Niklas Hlawatsch

producer
Niklas Hlawatsch, born 1983 in Halle/Westfalen (Germany), studied Digital Film Making at the SAE Institute Cologne and film production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. He works as a producer and production manager for various film companies. Since 2008 he is running the Produktionsbüro Pfeiffers, together with Bernadette Klausberger he has developed and produced 10 films and a media education programme for kids. Recently he was unit manager for Razor Film Production in Saudi Arabia.

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Rabia Williams

Pitching
Creative Director, Creative Developer
Currently a creative developer at Talatala Films. She a documentary filmmaker, producer and creative developer whose interest lays in creative initiatives that are multidisciplinary and that create engaging situations and synergies, exploring and developing new audio/visual languages and relationships structures for documentary storytelling and related experiences.
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Projects • 2013

Show me your meaning

The project speaks about birth, sickness and death. It is destined to all the people who still feel a little bit of their teenage-years in their souls.

I part (gathering material)
"Show me your meaning" is a social platform where it will be possible to post a video about the meaning of life, it will be possible to comment and discuss about it.
All the videos will be available to everybody, and the audience will be able to share it, like or dislike it, comment it, or answering to the other participants through another movie.
Members will be free to send in whatever kind of film they like (a simple interview, a statement, a special shot, a short-movie, a reportage, a documentary, animation, tv-spot, etc.).

II part (editing)
Users will also be able to make their own ranking of the movies, and to use the movies to edit their own 15-minute documentary and export it.

III part (collaborative documentary)
After a period of time to be determined, with all the material gathered, the production company will produce its own collaborative documentary made for a traditional distribution (Cinema, TV, DVD, VOD, …). In the final social movie, the author will introduce his point of view, and a special dialogue with all the participants.

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Sitting on the Fence

With over 22%, the part of foreigners in the swiss population is one of the highest in Europe (average 6.5%). Foreigners and minorities are a huge political, social and cultural issue since the right wing parties are gaining in power. Especially younger minorities (like from former Yugoslavia) are usually negatively stigmatized in the medias and not always for the right reasons.

The project is about the young second generation Albanian minority in Switzerland which is caught between two cultures: the traditional culture of their family and the Swiss culture they are living in. How do they manage? And why are they role models for the Swiss youngsters?

The project is a multi platform participative web documentary from linear audio-visual content to live interaction which is structured into two phases. After the first phase, a dialogue inside the Albanian culture the project addresses in a second phase a broad Swiss audience. The project will result into an interactive web documentary where people can go on a journey into the urban, Albanian community in Switzerland and understand the realities of sitting on the fence.

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Trainers • 2013

Susanna Lotz



Development Lab mentor
Susanna Lotz is an online editor at the Web Department of Arte.
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies.

Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”.

Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.
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Projects • 2013

The Interpreter / The Call

This is a choral web documentary that puts us between death and life. One person’s sudden death can give hope to another one who is in need of a transplant. We aim to sensitize audience about organ donation, and thus, we will give them a central role in the crossing stories of characters who must face extremely difficult questions. The user will fictitiously experience the urgency and dilemmas that come up of such an extreme situation as the death of a loved one, but also the relief of knowing the result can be encouraging when death is translated to life.

The project is based on a video interactive interface, which will use some of the footage filmed for a linear documentary and some extra material.
From a grid full of different phones ringing you’ll have to pick one up. When you click on the image you will enter a situation related to the organ donation process. You’ll follow four type of stories:

  • Patients waiting for organs
  • Donation interviews
  • People that received organs
  • Donors
Some of the characters are: Jordi, 30, passionate about athletics, he has received a kidney from his cousin; Mar, waiting for a heart transplant; Silvia and Teresa, organs coordinators…

The website will also offer practical resources, designed co-ordinately with the National Transplants Organisation.
The user will be also able to share the videos, become a donor on-line, know more about the whole donation system, access real letters from organ receivers or tell their own story.

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Participants • 2013

Vito Robbiani

Filmmaker / art design
Vito Robbiani (1972, Swiss and Italian nationality), in 1993-95 majored in “Communication and Information Science” at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France) in the “Art, Communication and Languages” department. Nowadays he is an independent journalist, director and camera operator. Teacher in Documentary and Audio-visual Techniques at the professional University of Italian-speaking Switzerland (SUPSI) in Lugano. He is a member of the central committee of Switzerland’s federation of journalists, impressum and member of the ARF/FDS (Swiss Filmmakers Association).
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Trainers • 2013

Yasmin Elayat



Expert
Yasmin Elayat is a new media artist and creative technologist who merges arts and technology when designing and developing interactive installations for physical spaces and interactive storytelling projects for the web.
Her work seeks to push the boundaries and form of storytelling. Yasmin is the Co-Creator of 18 Days In Egypt: A Collaborative Documentary Project about the ongoing Egyptian Revolution which calls on the Egyptian community to tell their story using their own media. The project was awarded the Tribeca New Media Fund grant and was one of six artist projects selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, awarded an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012, and featured in the Margaret Mead Film Festival 2012. Yasmin moved to Cairo after the Egyptian revolution began, and she now currently lives between Cairo and New York.
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zim.doc

Filmmakers who break through barriers to bring to the world a unique view on contemporary Zimbabwe.

zim.doc is a cross-platform documentary project that consists of an interactive web-documentary and a real space exhibition. The web-documentary consists of nine chapters, composed of TWO STORY WORLDS: The first is set in the PRESENT and the other in the PAST. In the PRESENT we follow the process of these women artists as they explore the language of documentary. This becomes the catalyst that brings us to confront a series of contemporary issues that are interconnected to the past: media oppression, residue of the colonial past, problems with infrastructure and isolation.

The PAST is represented in a series of interactive graphic story-worlds (something between game and living paintings) that contextualise the viewer in poetic interpretations of various moments of Zimbabwe’s history, providing keys to understand the present, taking us from the 1960s, with the schism between urban and rural populations created by the colonial state and revealing semiotics of oppression and revolution, to the high hopes of the early 1980s, the violence of late ‘80s and the IMF restructuring (the end of socialism), corruption, unrest, the economic fiasco, to the troubled recent elections. Finally we travel back to the independence agreements over seen by the British, identifying some of the time-bombs built into the structure of the Zimbabwean state at its conception.

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