EDN Members of the Month
In our monthly interview series "EDN Member of the Month", we focus on one of our many members to show both members in the spotlight and the diversity of the EDN membership group. Below you will find an overview of our previous EDN members of the month. Use the navigation bar below to display all Members of the Month for a specific year.
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Ben Kempas — Film & Campaign (United Kingdom)
In 2014 Ben Kempas founded Film & Campaign Ltd., dedicated to building campaigns around films, and to making films about campaigns. He has been involved with high-profile projects by Danish Documentary (Bugs), Counterpoint Films (AWAKE - the life of Yoganandya), Film And Tell (My Life My Lesson), and WG Film (Bikes vs Cars) ... [read more].
Carsten Aanonsen began his career at NRK - the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in 1986 as a trainee and later enjoyed 10 successful years in Eureka Film & TV producing corporate films, commercials and documentaries. In 1998 he founded Indie Film and has since dedicated his time solely to documentaries. Carsten is a 2006 EAVE Master Class graduate ... [read more].
Hanka Kastelicová — Exec. Prod. of Documentaries, HBO Europe (Hungary)
Hanka Kastelicová is the Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe. Based in the Budapest head office she works closely with HBO Europe’s production centres in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest, and is responsible for the development and production of HBO Europe’s documentary films. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary ... [read more].
David Herdies — Momento Film, Stockholm (Sweden)
David Herdies has studied Media, Religion and Culture and also done a post-graduate course in Arts and Culture at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He is one of the founders of Stockholm-based production company Momento Film, and has steadily produced creative documentaries on national and international level. His productions have been selected for festivals throughout the world, such as IDFA ... [read more].
Orwa Nyrabia — No Nation Films GmbH (Germany, Egypt, Syria)
EDN has talked to Orwa Nyrabia about his recent and current projects and his shift and journey from Syria to Germany. Orwa Nyrabia holds a degree in acting from the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus, Syria. In 2002, together with his partner Diana El Jeiroudi, he co-founded No Nation Films GmbH (formerly Proaction Film), the first independent film production and distribution company in Syria focused on documentaries ... [read more].
Heather Millard joined Spier Films in 2007 to set up a London-based sales office and re-located to Iceland in 2009, becoming one of the founding partners of Compass Films Iceland and Spier Films Iceland. She co-produced the award-winning Of Good Report, 2013 (by Jahmil X.T.Qubeka) and executive produced the feature documentary Trend Beacons, 2014 ... [read more].
Elina Pohjola — Pohjola-filmi (Finland)
Elina Pohjola graduated as a media producer from the Turku Arts Academy and as a Master of Arts in Film and TV Producing from ELO Helsinki film school. She has worked in the production of several Finnish feature films before starting her own production company Pohjola-filmi in 2009, together with screenwriter Mike Pohjola ... [read more].
Primavera Ruiz has a degree in Audio-visual Communication from UCJC (Spain), a Film Certificate from Tisch School of Arts, NYU (USA) and a Digital Cinematography Master, ECAM (Spain). Now, she is taking a master in Visual Communication Management and is an active young member of the film and television industry. ... [read more].
Francesca Breccia — Coccinelle Film Placement (Italy)
Francesca is born in Rome, studied there and got a BA in Political Science with a thesis entitled “Cinema between fascism and antifascism”. In 2002 she earned the EMAM – European Master in Audio-visual Management from the Media Programme. After that she worked in the development department of Cattleya, one of the most important Italian independent production ... [read more].
Nikita Tikhonov-Rau was born in 1980 in Moscow in a family with Russian, German, Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish roots. He always wanted to create films on universal subjects, and in 2005 he graduated from the Higher Courses of Directors and Scriptwriters in Moscow, Russia. Having worked for 7 years for major Russian TV channels he has created over 30 documentaries mostly focused on ... [read more].