Advisory board

Claas Danielsen

Filmmaker, producer, lecturer and former DokLeipzig festival director. Author of award-winning documentaries presented at international festivals and sold to European broadcasters. In 2000 he became Head of Studies at Discovery Campus and built up this European training initiative for documentary professionals and up-and-coming talents aiming at entering the international non-fiction market. From 2004 to 2013 Claas has been Director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, the biggest German and one of the leading international documentary festivals. For several years he has also been a board member of the German documentary filmmaker’s association a.g.dok and the European Documentary Network (EDN). Advisor to the European Film Academy and member of several international festival juries.

Charlie Philips

Charile he is the Head of Documentaries at The Guardian. Guardian Documentaries is a new project to commission and acquire new documentaries from all around the world for the one of the world’s most visited serious online video platforms, The Guardian’s global website. The Guardian is one of the world’s most read English Language news sources, with 114m monthly unique browser visits. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014, it has a long-respected reputation for news, investigation and multimedia. Guardian is looking to commission mostly short form documentaries, with the occasional co-production on a longer doc. The docs they want need to have brilliant storytelling and characters focused on contemporary subjects which are relevant globally and feel very new. Charlie was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for 7 years before joining The Guardian in 2014, and prior to that he was Editor of FourDocs for Channel 4.

Rada Sesic

Rada ?e?i? is a filmmaker, critic, lecturer and curator. Born in Bjelovar (Croatia), lived in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), now lives in the Netherlands. Rada collaborates on the programme of two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands: IFF Rotterdam and IDFA in Amsterdam and was on a selection of IDFA’s (Jan Vrijman) Fund for almost ten years. Currently, she is one of commission members for the Hubert Bals Fund, and head of the Documentary Competition Programme of Sarajevo IFF. For seven years was teaching at University of Amsterdam and was employed at the Master of Film of NFT Amsterdam where she is still active as an examiner. Rada is one of tutors of EDN at several international workshop-pitching sessions in Europe and Asia. Served at about 40 juries at the film festivals around the world, including the Joris Ivens Jury at IDFA, Moscow, Krakow, Bombay, Toronto Hot Docs. Since 3 years is program advisor of DOK-Leipzig for South-East European and South Asian cinema. Curated several programs for the biggest film festivals in Europe and Asia (IDFA, IFFR, IFFKerala, MIFF Mumbai, Dok Leipzig). In the Netherlands Rada directed four films: Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2001),  In Whitest Solitude (2001), The Way to School (2007). Her films were awarded at international festivals, screened and bought by MoMa New York.

Veton Nurkollari

Professional photographer and producer, Veton is a founding member and director of programming (since 2004) of DokuFest, Prizren – Kosovo’s biggest film festival and a leading cultural event in the Balkan region. He is also co-curator of DokuPhoto, an annual showcase of documentary photography that runs alongside the film festival. He was also involved in the promotion of film through the weekly screenings of educational documentaries under the series titled “Documentary Mondays”.

Alexandru Solomon

Director and DOP of a number of multi-awarded documentaries mixing genres’ boundaries, broadcasted by BBC, Channel 4, ARTE and CBC, among which the internationally acclaimed “The Great Communist Bank Robbery” (IDFA 2004). As resident at the University of California at San Diego (1996) he produced several interactive cultural CD-ROM’s with the Visual Arts Foundation. Since 2004 Alexandru has been running together with Ada Solomon Hi Film Productions company. In 2007 he launched “Cold Waves”, a feature doc on Radio Free Europe. His latest film, “Capitalism – our secret recipe”, a Romanian-French-Belgian co-production is now playing in Romanian cinemas. Lecturer at the Film School and the Arts Academy in Bucharest. Member of the European Documentary Network (EDN).

Cecilia Lidin

With a background in filmstudies at the University of Copenhagen and a final thesis focusing on the ethical challenges of documentary filmmaking, Cecilia Lidin has for more than 20 years worked in the field of developing and financing documentaries internationally. Starting as a loans officer in the first MEDIA programmes office DOCUMENTARY followed by a position promoting shorts and documentaries at Filmkontakt Nord. In 1998 Cecilia Lidin joined the EDN team where she over the years was responsible for a large number of  the many EDN workshops and events as organizer, tutor and moderator. Between 2006 and 2009 she was artistic director of Odense International Film Festival and from 2009 to 2011 she shared the leadership of EDN with Hanne Skj?dt. Since 2011 Cecilia Lidin has held the position as Film Commissioner for Documentaries at the Swedish Film Institute