Alexander Knetig is Web Project Manager at ARTE France. For the last five years, he has been in charge of the editorial and technical follow up of some of the most emblematic web productions of the channel like Alma, Barcode, Prison Valley and Gaza Sdeort. Before joining ARTE he worked as a freelance journalist for web media in France, Austria and Spain as well as for web producers like the agency Upian. He also teaches interactive storytelling at various institutions in France and Germany and is a jury-member of the Austrian Film Board for New Film Formats.
Emma Davie (Scotland). Documentary filmmaker. She runs the Film Department at Edinburgh College of Art. She has co-directed a feature documentary I am Breathing for Film 4 which is travelling to festivals all over the world. Previous work includes many documentaries for BBC, Ch 4 and various international broadcasters. She was on the board of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and writes for DOX magazine. She taught at the European Film College and has worked as tutor or consultant with EDN, European Film College, Storydoc, Discovery Campus, East European Forum, Docs Barcelona, IDFA Summer School, Norwegian Film School and many others.
Jean Garner (United States) is in charge of co-productions and acquisitions for the program Witness on the Al Jazeera channel in English, which since it started in 2006 has shown more than 500 documentaries all over the World. Garner is regional head for the whole area from the Arctic Circle down to Argentina. She has worked for several broadcasters including ABC News, World News Tonight and Nightline.
José Rodríguez (Puerto Rico). He is the Manager for Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for movies that led him to Syracuse University (NY), where he wrote a feature script and directed two shorts. After interning as an assistant to producer Amy Hobby, he settled in New York City and became a script/book reader for Overture Films while also working on Tze Chun’s Children of Invention and the documentary Poor Consuelo Conquers the World. He also maintains a blog about daily NYC life & film.
Lech Kowalski (England). Film director. Born in London to Polish parents who were displaced from their country during the Second World War, Kowalski’s family moved to the USA. He has directed 12 feature documentaries and developed web projects including D.O.A. (1980), Story of a Junkie (1987), Hey! Is Dee Dee Home? (2002), On Hitler’s Higway (2002) and The End of the World Begins with One Lie (2011). He won several prizes in film festivals such as IDFA, San Francisco International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. Kowalski has taught at the French film academy La FEMIS and at HEAD school of art in Geneva.
Luis Ospina (Colombia). Director, producer, scriptwriter, film editor, writer, university teacher, and movie critic. He made 9 feature films, 4 series and over 18 short films, including Agarrando pueblo (1977), Ojo y vista: peligra la vida del artista (1988), Cali: ayer, hoy y mañana (1995) and Un tigre de papel (2007). His films were awarded at film festivals such as Oberhausen, Cadiz, Toulouse, Bilbao, Sitges, Havana, Biarritz, Lima, Caracas, Bogotá and Cartagena. In 2010 the Ministry of Culture awarded him with the “A lifetime dedicated to film” Prize and the InVitro Visual Festival gives him the Santa Lucía Prize.
Marta Andreu (Spain) is the academic coordinator of DocMontevideo. She is the academic coordinator of the master’s in creation documentary course at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She teaches port-graduate documentary film courses at the Universidad Rovira y Virgili in Tarragona. In 2004-2005 she coordinated a Spanish documentary cinema retrospective for Cinéma du Réel. She analyses documentary scripts for the Centre de Desenvolupament Audiovisual. In 2004 she founded Estudi Playtime in order to devote her time to producing creation documentaries. She has a degree in audiovisual communication and a master’s in creation documentary from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Orlando Senna (Brazil). President of the TAL and member of the Higher Council of the New Latin American Cinema Foundation. He is one of the most outstanding theoreticians in cinema in Brazil. He was general director of TV Brazil, Audiovisual Secretary of Brazil and general director of the EICTV in Cuba. He has directed feature films including Iracema y Gitirana and Diamante bruto. He has also written scripts for films including El rey de la noche, Abrigo Nuclear, Iremos a Beirut. His films have won prizes at major international festivals. He has written nearly 30 plays and published several books.
Ryan Harrington (United States). Director of Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute, where he oversees year-round documentary funding and filmmaker support initiatives. Previously, he managed production at A&E IndieFilms, where he championed the films Murderball, Jesus Camp, American Teen and My Kid Could Paint That, among others. With Participant Media, he recently produced the feature documentary A Place at the Table, which will be released in theaters in early 2013.
Simon Kilmurry (Scotland). Executive Director of POV in United States. He served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming as executive director in 2006. He has played a key role in setting strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV’s co-production initiative in support of emerging filmmakers; POV’s Borders, PBS’ Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives, a second-run series for independent documentaries on public TV. He worked to secure partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers.