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Dominic Gagnon

Documentary filmmaker

As a filmmaker, installation and performance artist, Dominic Gagnon works with non-orthodox images taken from the Internet. In addition of questioning the specificity of cinema, his work breaks conceptual and formal frames. He challenges the institutional and cultural modalities of production and consumption of images. Since 1996, his works include a variety of themes: mythologies, marginal production of the image and its censorship, the conditions of mediation between the work of art and its viewer. 

Present at the festival October 8-14.

Wieland Speck

Filmmaker, writer, Head of Berlinale Panorama programme

After having studied German Literature, Drama and Ethnology at the Freie Universität Berlin, he then started working on video and film projects and was a writer and a publisher. In his work, he focuses on the men’s movement and gender identity. Wieland Speck is a director, author and producer of numerous film and TV productions; he worked for several film institutions (Filmhaus Berlin, Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg), taught at universities and various film institutes, like DFFB (German Film and TV Academy), Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, and others. He has been a jury member of various film funding systems, film festivals, worked as the head of the Panorama section of the Berlinale (1992-2017), and, in 2017, he became a consultant of the Official Programme of the Berlinale.

Present at the festival October 8-12.

Diana Tabakov

Head of acquisitions at the international VOD platform “Doc Alliance Films”

Diana Tabakov is in the head of acquisitions and film programme at the international VOD platform “Doc Alliance Films” powered by 7 key European documentary film festivals. She also curates documentary films for arthouse cinemas and film festivals and runs the film literacy project “My Street Films” in Central European countries. She was brought up in Malta, and has a major in humanities from Charles University in Prague; she studied for her Master’s degree in Documentary film at University of the Arts London.

Present at the festival October 7-12.

Barbara Wurm

Slavist, film scholar, curator and critic

Barbara Wurm has worked as a programmer and consultant for various film festivals (Dok Leipzig, goEast, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen) and cinema libraries (Vienna, Munich, Berlin). She is a researcher and teacher of Theory of History of Literature and Film for East European cultures, non-fiction film, soviet avant-garde and contemporary culture of Russia at the Institute of Slavistics at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Present at the festival October 6-11.

Konrad Wirkowski

Programming director of the Human Rights film festival “Watch Docs” in Poland

Having graduated from Warsaw University in the culture animation department and Lodz Film School, Konrad worked as a programmer of “Kino.Lab” at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2000–2006). Since 2009, he is a Programming director of “Watch Docs”, Human Rights in Film IFF, vice-chairman of Social Institute for Film – a Polish NGO devoted to promotion of socially engaged documentary in Poland.

Present at the festival October 8-10.


Chris Kelly

Director of A Cambodian Spring

Chris Kelly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He spent the last nine years making his first feature-length documentary A Cambodian Spring which recently won the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs film festival (2017). He is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper, and his investigations are often received very well. Chris is currently working on an animated feature film about slavery in the Thai fishing industry and a virtual reality game about slavery and migration.

Present at the festival October 9-12.

Jan Gebert

Director of When the War Comes

Jan Gebert, both a director and a journalist, studied history and Latin American studies; after that, he continued his studies in Spain, the USA and Mexico. In 2007, he received the Story of a Refugee Journalist Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2012, during Jihlava IDFF, Jan’s directorial debut Stone Games won the Special Jury Prize.

Present at the festival October 10-13.

Gürcan Keltek

Director of Meteors

Born in Izmir, Gürcan Keltek studied film at Dokuz Eylül University. His short film Overtime (2012) was included in the programmes of Visions Du Réel and DOK Leipzig. Colony (2015) was premiered at FIDMarseille. Meteors (2017), Gürcan’s first feature film, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival where it won the Swatch Art Peace Hotel First Feature Film Award and the Cinelab Award. His newest film Gulyabani (2018) premiered in the programme “Signs of Life” at the Locarno Film Festival.

Present at the festival October 9-12.

Aminatou Echard

Director of Djamilia

Aminatou Echard studied ethnomusicology and film. As an artist who works with experimental film and documentary, Aminatou’s investigates the manifold relationship between a person and the spaces he/she lives in and the reciprocal influence of this relationship. She focuses on sound, image and fieldwork. After four years spent working in the area of ethnomusicology in Bolivia, in 2006 she moved to Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) where she filmed her first feature film Djamilia.

Present at the festival October 9-12.

Poh Lin Lee

Social worker, main character of Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Poh Lin Lee is an Australian social worker who has been providing narrative therapy to individuals, families and communities for the past 12 years. She mainly focuses on the treatment of traumas caused by domestic violence, state violence directed towards its own citizens, migration and displacement. Poh Lin teaches narrative therapy at the international Dulwich Centre and the University of Munich. Island of the Hungry Ghosts depicts her work with the asylum-seeking migrants who are held in a high-security detention center on Christmas Island.

Present at the festival October 10-12.

Christina Willings

Director of Beauty

Christina Willings has worked in film industry and television for more than 20 years. She co-developed and produced the feature film Chicks with Sticks (Hockey Mom) (dir. Kari Skogland, 2004). Christina produced and directed TV documentaries including Viva Bengali (2004) and Cure for Love (2008). She also wrote, produced and directed the TV programmes of Discovery, History, Slice, HGTV, Discovery ID, Global and OWN. Her work has received multiple awards and nominations and has been screened at many film fairs and festivals worldwide. At "Inconvenient Films" festival director will present her short documentary called "Beauty" which will be screened in the educational programme "Films that help you grow" for children and youth.

Present at the festival October 12-16.

Christian Tod

Director of Free Lunch Society

Born in 1977 in Linz, Austria, Christian Tod is an accomplished economist, currently working on his dissertation thesis about unconditional basic income. In 2007, his debut documentary film “Fatsy –The Last Cowboy of Austria” received an honorable mention at the Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz. Christian’s latest project Free Lunch Society provides background information about the idea of unconditional basic income and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation. The film was well received in CPH:DOX (F:ACT Award nomination, Politiken’s Audience Award nomination) and the Zurich Film Festival (Golden Eye Award nomination).

Present at the festival October 8-10.

Petr Lom

“Burma Storybook” director and masterclass lecturer

Petr Lom holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard and is an internationally respected human rights filmmaker. He has developed a lecture about human rights advocacy through cinema that suits a broad and a more specific academic audience, like film schools, universities. His award winning films have premiered at Sundance, Berlinale, IDFA, Locarno and Rotterdam, screened at more than 250 festivals around the world and broadcast in more than thirty countries.

Present at the festival October 3-5.

Corinne van Egeraat

“Burma Storybook” producer and masterclass lecturer

Creative producer and director Corinne van Egeraat is known for innovative storytelling.  In addition to directing many films in the Netherlands, she is now producing projects that especially focus on artists in countries where freedom of expression is threatened. Together with director Petr Lom she made two documentary films – ANA ANA (“I am me” in Arabic) and recently Burma Storybook.

Present at the festival October 3-5.

Artem Loskutov

Performing arts artist, human rights activist

Artist lives and works in Moscow and Novosibirsk. In 2004, he and other members of the group CAT (Contemporary Art Terrorism) started organizing the May Day happening Monstration in Novosibirsk. The organizers have been repeatedly arrested and fined, and attempts have been made to ban the happening, since its constant criticism of Kremlin politics. In 2007, after the breakup of CAT, he founded the group Kiss my Ba, of which he was a member until 2014. Since 2012, he has been a member of the working group of the MediaImpact Festival of Activist Art. He has been awarded the Innovation Prize (Russia, 2010).

Present at the festival October 3-6.

Elena Milashina

Investigative reporter for Novaya Gazeta

Milashina is a veteran investigative reporter for Novaya Gazeta, the most prominent of Russia’s independent newspapers. She is best known for reported stories of hundreds of gay men that were detained, tortured and even killed by officials in Chechnya as part of an anti-homosexual purge in 2017. Her reporting has played a critical role in the independent investigation into the murder of Chechen human rights defender Natalia Estemirova. Milashina’s stories have attracted international attention to human rights abuses and violence, but also have resulted in her receiving death threats from Chechen authorities. Milashina has also investigated the catastrophe of the Kursk submarine and hostage crises in Moscow and Beslan, documented atrocities committed by the military on both sides of the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict. Elena Milashina holds awards from Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism and International Women of Courage Award.

Present at the festival October 5-8.

Jens Wamsler

Member of the organization "BIEN Denmark"

BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) is an international network bringing together actors and activists who are lucky enough to introduce universal basic income.

Present at the festival October 7-11.

Ville-Veikko Pulkka

A PhD student at Helsinki University

V. V. Pulka I was a member of the research group that was responsible for the preparations of the world’s first nationwide basic income experiment.

Present at the festival October 7-8.

Lenka Lovicarová

International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival "One World" in the regions director.

Present at the festival October 10-12.