DOC DAY SPEAKERS
FRI 18 NOV I THE RIVER LEE I 1100 I €30
SESSION 1 – PROGRAMMING
Laure Bonville – Documentary Programmer, BFI London Film Festival
Laure Bonville is a programmer at the BFI London Film Festival. She overlooks the documentary competition and the selection of documentarties in the programme. She first joined the London Film Festival working within the print coordination team. She then worked various roles in the programme planning department of the BFI Southbank. She could almost say that she’s BFI born and bred… She grew up in Clermont-Ferrand, where she developed a taste for short films and the festival bug.
Sarafina DiFelice – Associate Director of Programming, Hot Docs
Sarafina DiFelice is the Associate Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival, conference and market. There, she oversees a team of curators and programs films for the annual festival, as well as Hot Docs’ national and international programming initiatives and interdisciplinary media strands. She has worked with a number of juries and film funds internationally, including Hot Docs’ $4 million dollar trust, the Shaw-Media Hot Docs Fund. She also currently curates for SundanceNOW, a digital subscription service for documentary films, and has previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film Centre.
James Mullighan – Creative Director, Cork Film Festival
Prior to South Australian James’s appointment as Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival, in May 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer of Transmedia Next and, in 2011, directed the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Before that he ran Shooting People and RESFEST’s UK, Irish and Australian tours. James serves on the Boards of Encounters Short Film and Animation and London Short Film festivals, and is a trustee of Dramatic Need.
Rich Warren – Director, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
Rich Warren is currently Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritises the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. The 23rd edition of the festival will take place between 19 – 24 September 2017.
Rich began working for the festival in 2008 however during this time he has also had the opportunity to continue his support of new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK and a sabbatical in Sydney working with Metro Screen. His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and spends hours of his life online in search of new and emerging talent.
SESSION 2 – DISTRIBUTION
Anna Berthollet – Festivals and Non-Theatrical Sales Coordinator, Taskovski Films
After a Master’s degree in Media and Marketing Sciences from the University of Geneva, Anna Berthollet worked several years in the banking sector, mainly as a project coordinator.
In 2013 she undertook a career shift willing to invest skills and knowledge into documentary producing. She graduates successfully from the Ecole Documentaire de Lussas, France, attends several European workshops for producers and filmmakers (Balkan Documentary Center Discoveries, with modules in Sofia, Prizren and Jihlava, etc). Currently Anna is working as a Festivals & Non-Theatrical Sales Coordinator at Taskovski Films, with a strong focus on film marketing , branding and alternative distribution.
Oli Harbottle – Head of Distribution, Dogwoof
Oli Harbottle has been at Dogwoof since 2006, and was part of the original team who made the decision to specialise in documentaries after the release of Black Gold the following year. As Head of Distribution, he is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing all film releases, which include highly successful and innovative campaigns such as The Age of Stupid, Restrepo, Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ’45, The Act of Killing, Blackfish, Dior and I, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land, Where To Invade Next and Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. He was named one of Screen International’s ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ in 2014.
Patrick O’Neill – CEO, Wildcard Distribution
Patrick is Founder and Managing Director of Wildcard Distribution, an Irish based all rights film distribution company with credits including The Young Offenders, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, and Patrick’s Day. Wildcard also work with several UK distributors including Altitude and Curzon Artificial Eye, and have managed the Irish releases of Amy, Love & Friendship, and Green Room. Patrick has almost 20 years experience in the film industry including seven years at the Irish Film Board in Business Affairs. Prior to the Irish Film Board, Patrick worked in international sales with Capitol and MR Films, and Irish film production, with credits including The Count of Monte Cristo, and Song For A Raggy Boy. Qualifications include an MSC in Cyberpsychology, MA in Audio Visual Management, and BA in Business Studies.
SESSION 3 – FOREVER PURE CASE STUDY
Alan Maher – CEO / Producer, Roads Entertainment
Maya Zinshtein – dir., Forever Pure
SESSION 4 – SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE CAMPAIGNING DOCUMENTARY
Luke W Moody – Director of Film Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Luke W Moody is recently appointed Director of Film Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Until 2016 he was Head of Film at leading independent documentary film fund and think tank BRITDOC. At BRITDOC he worked editorially across the Foundation’s six film funds and managed innovative distribution initiatives for titles such as Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR and Dirty Wars.
SESSION 5 – PORTRAIT OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY
Mike Lerner – prod./dir., Roast Beef Productions, The Russian Woodpecker, Pussy Piot: A Punk Prayer
Mike Lerner is an Oscar-nominated producer who has been making films since 1988, including Afghan Star, Hell and Back Again, The Square, Smash & Grab – The Story of the Pink Panthers, A Whole Lott More, The Do Gooders, Tierra Caliente, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner The Russian Woodpecker and Born To Be Free. He and his team have won a number of industry awards including two Academy Award Nominations for Best Documentary Feature, seven Sundance Awards, four Emmys, two Grierson Awards for Best Documentary, the Prix Italia, the Alfred Dupont Award, Best Documentary at the Moscow Film Festival, a BIFA for Best Documentary, and a Broadcast Award for Best Documentary of the Year.
SESSION 6 – KEYNOTE
Kim Longinotto – dir., Dreamcatcher, Pink Saris
Kim Longinotto is a British documentary filmmaker, well known for making films about extraordinary women and also the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future filmmaker Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that was shown at the London Film Festival, and has continued to be a prolific observational documentary filmmaker ever since. She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary Pink Saris.