28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Inka Achte

country: Finland
profession: Distributor, Festival Representative
institution: DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Raina Film Festival Distribution
attending: 24. 10. 2023 - 27. 10. 2023
Founded in 2001, DocPoint is one of the largest documentary festivals in the Nordic countries. In Finland, it is the only festival solely dedicated to nonfiction films. Once a year it brings more than a hundred of the best and most talked-about creative documentary films from all over the world and Finland to the screens of Helsinki. The films in DocPoint’s international selections are Finnish premieres. They range from festival hits to experimental gems for smaller audiences. DocPoint has no open call for international films, the selection is curated by the Head of Programming and by invitation only.

Shaima Al Tamimi

country: Kenya
profession: Director, Producer
institution: Freelancer
attending: 23. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023
Shaima Al-Tamimi is a Yemeni-East African visual storyteller, photographer and filmmaker based in Qatar. Her work is inspired by social issues reflective of her lived experiences, drawing on themes of migration, healing and sociocultural issues within her environment. She is currently in production of her upcoming first feature film titled "The Myth of Mahmood" with Mayar Hamdan. In 2020 Al-Tamimi was a Photography and Social Justice Fellow at the Magnum Foundation,where she developed her multimedia film Don’t Get Too Comfortable (2021), which was nominated for the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice International Film Festival. The film screened at over 38 film festivals around the world and was showcased at Bottega Veneta Square Majlis, a custom built space for the film.

Maria José Alarcón Ardila

country: Colombia
profession: Director
institution: Freelancer
attending: 25. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023
Filmmaker, woman and Latin American Her first short film, Broken Sky, was selected in eight international festivals in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and the Czech Republic. Her experience as a filmmaker has been mainly focused on research on Colombian traditional music, armed conflict and human rights. She is currently working on her first feature documentary Leaf Remnants, a film that seeks to explore the family archives, she inherited that show a broad spectrum of Colombia's environmental wealth and the armed conflict between the Colombian State and the ELN, Colombia's oldest active guerrilla group. She works at the Cinemateca in Bogotá.

Alekos Alexiadis

country: Greece
profession: Director
institution: Freelancer
attending: 24. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023
Alekos Alexiadis, an independent filmmaker from Athens, Greece, was born in 1989. He's the creator of several notable works, including Starry Night (2017), Expropriator (2017), Rifts (2021), The Hospital Trilogy & Hereafter (2021), La Sera Di Feffe (2022), Holding Cell (2022), Hot Day Afternoon (2023), From Oregon To The Stars (2023), A Climate Diary (2023) and Terrace, Athens (2017 - 2023). Alekos has dedicated his life to producing essay documentaries that explore the dynamic synergy of urban life, art history, and critical theory, shedding new light on these intersections. His unwavering dedication is to elevating cinema into an epistemological art form and a vehicle for new knowledge. Constantly armed with a camera, Alekos captures the world around him, creating a continuous visual narrative of his experiences and observations.

Stephanie Andreou

profession: Director
institution: Freelancer
attending: 23. 10. 2023 - 29. 10. 2023
Stephanie is a filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. Her films often explore anti-imperialism, survival and zombie late capitalism. She has worked on documentaries that have screened at Sundance, True/False, Tribeca, Full Frame, New York Film Festival and Rotterdam as well as Academy Award nominated for Best Feature Documentary - TIME. She has been a fellow at UnionDocs, Karen Schmeer Film Editing, Sundance Art of Editing, Sundance Edit and Story Lab and True/False Fest and Catapult Film Fund Rough Cut Retreat. She’s currently developing her first feature film, Women Walk Home, about a hidden women’s anti-occupation movement in Cyprus.

Natalia Arshavskaya

country: United States
profession: TV Representative
institution: Current Time TV
attending: 25. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023
Natalia Arshavskaya is a Commissioning Editor for Current Time TV, overseeing production and acquisition of the best world documentaries for the Realnoye Kino (Real Cinema) strand of the channel, which aims to make the world of documentaries more familiar to Russian-speaking audiences. Since the Realnoye Kino launch in 2017, it has become a real home to the most daring documentary films and series and the biggest documentary platform for Russian-speaking world. Among the films co-produced by Current Time TV are multi-award-winning Putin’s Witnesses and Gorbachev. Heaven by Vitaly Manski and State Funeral and Mr. Landsbergis by Sergei Loznitsa, as well as films by prominent new filmmakers such as Alisa Kovalenko’s We Will Not Fade Away (Berlinale 2023).

Veranika Bandarovich

country: Belarus
profession: Director, Producer
institution: KolosProduction
attending: 24. 10. 2023 - 29. 10. 2023
Kolos Production is an Eastern European production company, it focuses on thought-provoking and gripping stories that urge viewers to broaden their outlook, go deeper inside and transform their lives.

Pierre-Olivier Bardet

country: France
profession: Producer
institution: Ideale Audience
attending: 24. 10. 2023 - 26. 10. 2023
Idéale Audience is an audiovisual production company specialized in documentary and music films founded by Pierre-Olivier Bardet and Hélène Le Coeur in 1990. Since its establishment, it has built a reputation for distinctive, world-class productions. Idéale Audience takes an active part in most of the cultural fields, especially when it comes to performing arts (music and dance) which now represent more than fifty percent of its business.

Jessica Bardsley

country: United States
profession: Director, Producer
institution: Faunus Film Productions
attending: 24. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023
The Cave Without a Name seeks to meet with potential co-producers, sales agents, and festival representatives.

Louis Beaudemont

country: France
profession: Producer
institution: Les Steppes Productions
attending: 26. 10. 2023 - 29. 10. 2023
Les Steppes is an audiovisual production company founded in 2018 by Nicolaï Iarochenko and Louis Beaudemont. Les Steppes produces or co-produces fiction and documentary films from France and abroad, with the sole aim of ensuring that the authors' point of view is rich and fresh.

Nela Beislová

profession: Producer, Film Institution Representative
institution: FAMU International
attending: 25. 10. 2023 - 28. 10. 2023

Ila Bêka

country: Italy
profession: Director
institution: Bêka Partners
attending: 25. 10. 2023 - 26. 10. 2023
Artist and filmmaker working at the crossroads of visual arts, non fiction cinema and architecture. For the past twenty years Ila Bêka has been collaborating with Louise Lemoine as part of the duo Bêka & Lemoine. Together they experiment with new narrative and cinematic forms to explore how people experience, perceive, and relate to space from an emotional, social, and cultural standpoint.
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