EDN Chairman Andy Glynne, Director & Producer, Mosaic Films, UK
Andy Glynne is a double-BAFTA winning director, producer and author. He is currently the Managing Director of Mosaic Films, and is the Founding CEO of the Documentary Filmmakers Group – the UK’s national documentary organisation. He is the former CEO of One World Media, the UK’s charity to support the coverage of the developing world in UK Media.
Andy initially trained as a clinical psychologist, and became involved in documentaries around 15 years ago, when he founded the Documentary Filmmakers Group. He has directed and produced over 50 films for broadcasters both in the UK and overseas, earning many awards, including most recently a BAFTA in 2010, and a further BAFTA November 2012. He has been instrumental in creating specific strands for new filmmakers for British Television as well as creating projects for new and emerging filmmakers in India, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland. He is author of the book Documentaries and How To Make Them – a core resource for all aspiring documentary filmmakers – now in its 2nd Edition. He also acts as a consultant and tutor for organisations both in the UK and around the world.
Björn Jensen, CEO, Ginger Foot Films, Germany
In over 25 years, Björn worked as supervising producer, executive producer and consultant on more than 80 documentary and feature films, many of them award-winning. Credits include “Quiet Days in Hollywood” with Hilary Swank, “Montreal Symphony” (winner best Canadian documentary at FIFA), “Under the Ice” (winner best documentary at Kuala Lumpur Festival), “Scientists Under Attack” (winner 11 international festival awards) and many more.
He holds a Master Degree in German and English Literature (MA) and an International Business MBA and is board member of several film associations. Björn worked for 15 years as Head of Production for the production company Kick Film GmbH before he founded Ginger Foot Films in 2007. He further co-developed the Asian-European training initiative DOCROADS, is a certified instructor (IHK), teaches at film schools in Europe and Asia and holds regularily international workshops in production, financing and pitching.
Björn is consultant for Sunny Side of the Doc for the Asian market and the Chinese production company China Film Assist. As treasurer he is member of the board of directors of AG DOK (the largest association of indepentent film professionals in Germany), member of the advisory council of German Films, member of the tax expert committee of the German Cultural Council, member of the evaluation committee of Bild-Kunst, member of the friend's association of Munich University of Television and Film and member of the friend's association of Dok.Fest Munich.
Klara Grunning, Film Commissioner, Swedish Film Institute, Sweden
Klara Grunning is an Emmy Award winning freelance consultant for content, production, distribution, financing and executive producer for film, TV and cross media world-wide. Currently she is working at the Swedish Film Institute, as their film commissioner for documentary films. Before, she worked five years as the commissioning editor for documentary feature and short films at the Royal Danish Film Institute full time, where she has supported award winning films like The Visit, 1989, The Arms Drop, Circus Dynasty, Queen of Versailles, Why Poverty?, Expedition to the end of the world, Sepideh, Aiweiwei the Fake Case, Mercy Mercy, Concerning Violence, Palme, Lost in Perfection and many more. Klara is also the chairwoman of the Board of Directors for The Why Project (formerly, STEPS International), who are responsible for major events like Why Poverty? and Why Democracy?
Klara has expertise in international co-production, content and editing for distribution and financing, versioning for different markets and works closely to customize strategies for all aspects of production. Prior to that she was appointed Vice President and International Commissioning Editor of KUDOS Family, a media co-production and distribution company based in Stavanger, Norway, with a branch in Berkeley CA, where she bought and sold films, created strategies for world wide distribution and outreach. Prior, she worked as the Coordinating Producer for ITVS International (The Independent Television Service), to bring international and domestic documentaries, series and dramas to US television broadcast (PBS, POV, IL, Fontline, HBO, Discovery, national Geographic, Sundance Channel), and digital platforms (For ex. Films like, Lion in the House, New Americans, Be Like Others, Please Vote For Me, My Country My Country etc.). She was responsible for negotiating co-production and distribution agreements, manage the programs through completion, reversion and delivery to multiple US broadcasters according to required specifications including legal and technical standards.
Claire Aguilar, Director of Programming & Policy, IDA (International Documentary Association), USA
Claire Aguilar has a long track record of working in the film and documentary industry. Prior to her current position at the IDA, Claire worked as Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which she joined after years of attending as a delegate, jury member and panelist. Claire had previously been with ITVS and public television station KCET/Los Angeles, where she was responsible for programming/scheduling and programming acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Claire had been a film programmer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, one of the leading exhibition venues for international documentary and classic Hollywood films.
She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and many other media and funding organizations. She has also led and participated in film juries for IDFA, Silverdocs and Visions du Réel. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. She serves on the board of Women Make Movies.
Estelle Robin-You, Producer, Les films du balibari, France
Estelle Robin-You is producer at the French company Les Films du Balibari based in Nantes. Before returning to her native country to work with film production she lived and worked in Ireland throughout her twenties. Estelle’s productions have been selected in festivals throughout the world, such as Vision du réel - Nyon, Planet Doc Review - Warsaw, Cinéma du réel - Paris, Dei Popoli - Florence, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, Toronto and New Horizons - Wrokclaw. Among the titles she has produced on an international level are The Man Who Made Angels Fly (Wiktoria Szymanska, 2013, copro Luna W), Village Without Women (Srdjan Sarenac, 2010), The Runner(Saeed Taji Farouki, 2013, copro Tourist with a typewriter), La Machina (Thierry Paladino, 2010, copro Centrala), and the web docDes Jouets Un Sorin (Samuel Doux). In 2010, she was also nominated for the Procirep Best Producer award.
Jan Rofekamp, CEO, Films Transit, The Netherlands
Jan Rofekamp is president and owner of Films Transit International, one of the world’s leading international distributors of high-profile theatrical feature documentaries.
After studying film production at the Dutch Film Academy, Rofekamp co-founded and co-operated film distribution company Fugitive Cinema Holland until 1982, when he founded Films Transit International Inc. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films throughout his career.
Martichka Bozhilova, Producer, AGITPROP, Bulgaria
Martichka Bozhilova has been producer of AGITPROP since 1999. Her films include the multi-awarded Georgi and the Butterflies (Silver Wolf Award, IDFA 2004), The Mosquito Problem and other stories (World Premiere: Cannes 2007; Grierson Award, London Film Festival 2007; Grand Prize, Sunny Side of the Doc 2008), Corridor #8 (World Premiere: Berlinale 2008 – FORUM, Ecumenical Jury Award; HOTDOCS 2008 - HBO Documentary Film Emerging Artist Award). She is also producer of the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, Concrete Pharaohs and Paradise Hotel. Among her latest films are The Last Black Sea Pirates (Premiere at Visions Du Reel and HotDocs 2013, FIPRECI Award Krakow FF 2013), Tzvetanka (CphDox 2012, MoMA 2013, more than 10 awards), Dad Made Dirty Movies (World premiere: Visions du Reel 2011) and The Boy Who Was a King (World premiere: Toronto IFF 2011, The Times BFI London FF 2011, IDFA 2011). AGITPROP’s films are broadcast and have cinema release worldwide.
In 2006 Martichka Bozhilova received the International Trailblazer Award, launched by Robert Redford and Sundance Channel at MIPDOC in Cannes for creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema. Lecturer at various European workshops and events in the field of documentary cinema. Founder and director of the Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) for supporting documentary filmmakers from the Balkans.
In 2012 Martichka was ranked on the 49th place in the prestigious selection “100 Most Influential Women” of Bulgarian newspaper “Capital” and in top 7 of the most influential Bulgarian visionaries in the creative sector, according to business magazine “Forbes”.
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