Consulting

Individual meetings for filmmakers and producers to meet with market experts, who can advise them on festivals and distribution strategies.

Consultants

Christopher Small

(United Kingdom and Czech Republic)

Christopher Small is a writer, programmer, and filmmaker. He works for Doc Alliance and the Locarno Film Festival as a curator and as head of the Critics Academy respectively. As a writer he is published widely, and is the editor of Outskirts, an independent magazine about cinema of the past and present. He is also a member of FIPRESCI and programs the independent cinema Kino Petrohradská in Prague.

Daniela Persico

Locarno Film Festival (Italy)

Film critic and programmer. Has been working for the Locarno Film Festival since 2013 in various positions, and is a member of the selection committee since 2019. Founder and editor-in-chief of the online quarterly Filmidee, organising its Summer School in Sardinia. Member of the selection committees of the Festival dei Popoli (Florence) and IsReal (Nuoro). Since 2020, selects Italian documentaries for the VoD platform Tenk.eu.com.

Gugi Gumiland

In-Docs (Indonesia)

Executive director at In-Docs, a non-profit organisation that initiated Docs by the Sea and Good Pitch Indonesia, since 2021. His professional interest mainly centres around film projects with societal impacts. He aims to intensify In-Docs’ global presence by sharing unknown stories to the broadest audience possible. He has served as a juror for international film festivals, including DOK Leipzig, Sunny Side of the Doc and Cannes Docs.

Jacqueline Nsiah

(Ghana)

She is a freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant. Her experience includes the positions of co-director for the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2008, producer of the Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, assistant producer at the Rio International Film Festival, and guest manager in the Panorama section of the Berlinale. She is on the advisory board for screenworlds.org and is a curator for the Forum section of the Berlinale.

Madeleine Molyneaux

Picture Palace (USA)

Madeleine Molyneaux is a creative producer and curator based in New York and Los Angeles. Her company, Picture Palace Pictures, founded in 2004, works closely with emerging and established international visual artists, musicians and filmmakers, to develop, produce and represent films and hybrid moving image works that often defy easy categorization. She is currently developing a feature film based on the life of the poet Charles Bukowski.

Maui Alena

Programmer and curator (Argentina)

Audio-visual coordinator at the Biennale for Young Art in Buenos Aires, and film programmer at the Recoleta Cultural Centre. Worked in six editions of BAFICI as artistic producer and coordinator of the professional area, assisting the programming team at the Mar del Plata Festival for seven years, in three editions of the RAW Residencies Arché→Work, and at the Buenos Aires Film Commission. In 2021, he launched the site homeagain.tv that gathers films released on-line.

Melanie Iredale

Birds’ Eye View (United Kingdom)

Film curator, agitator, and director of Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to champion women and non-binary-led films. Prior to this, she was deputy director at Sheffield DocFest from 2014 to 2021, and director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival from 2009 to 2014. Melanie was the executive producer of Rebel Dykes, which brought the queer, ally, and activist communities together at more than 50 festivals around the world.

Pedro Emilio Segura Bernal

(México)

Mexican curator, critic, and distributor. Co-founder and co-director of La Ola Cine, a film distribution company based in Mexico City. Currently part of the programming teams of Black Canvas, Reykjavik Film Festival and  Berlin Critics’ Week (Woche der Kritik). His texts about cinema have been published in Cinema Scope, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook and on editorial efforts of Locarno, Venice, Mar del Plata and the National Cinematheque of Mexico, among others.

Roger Garcia

(USA)

Roger Garcia was the director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and artistic advisor, curator and juror for many film festivals and project workshops in Asia, Europe and North America. He has been published by BFI, Cahiers du Cinéma and Film Comment, among others. He has produced experimental films in Asia and studio work in Hollywood. His latest work, The Once and Future, directed by Yeo Siew Hua, premiered in Singapore in 2022.

Shirin Nadery

Born in 1968 in Shemiran, Iran. She studied film directing at the Soureh
University. She has worked in the international section of the Iranian Young
Cinema Society since 1996 and was a member of the selection committee at
the Tehran International Short Film Festival. She is also a member of the
selection committee and head of the international section of Cinema Vérité –
Iran International Documentary Film Festival (Iran), and head of IranDoc
Market.

Silvia Cruz

Vitrine Filmes (Brazil)

Silvia Cruz began her career in the film industry in 2004. She has worked for film distribution companies, movie theaters and production companies. In 2010, she started Vitrine Filmes in Brazil, distributing Brazilian independent films, and as of today over 150 films were featured in movie theaters. In 2019, she moved to Spain and started working in film distribution and production with Vitrine Filmes in both countries.

Weronika Adamowska

Her Docs (Poland)

Freelance festival programmer and production consultant. She is the co-founder and programmer of the Her Docs initiative in Poland, which aims at supporting, promoting and disseminating the oeuvre of women filmmakers. Weronika also worked for the world sales company Rise and Shine World Sales and for Against Gravity, the leading Polish documentary and art house distribution company. Berlinale Talents 2018 alumna.