Ex Oriente Film with Alexander Nanau, Maya Daisy Hawke, Anja Salomonowitz

10. 2. 2021

Author: Veronika Zýková

The 3rd session of the Ex Oriente Film workshop 2020/21 will take place during the East Doc Platform (March 6-17, 2021, online). Find all about the tutors who will help filmmakers develop their documentary projects!

The lead tutors of the 3rd Ex Oriente Film workshop are documentary expert Mikael Opstrup, producer and consultant Iikka Vehkalahti, director and script editor Ivana Pauerová Miloševič and director and producer Filip Remunda. We are happy to announce guest tutors of the 3rd workshop:

Alexander Nanau
Director and producer, mostly known for his latest film Collective, premiered out of competition at the 76th Venice Film Festival 2019. It was also screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and in the Spotlight section of the 2020 Sundace Film Festival. It got European Film Award for the Best Documentary among many other accolades. Shortlisted for both Best International Feature and Best Documentary Feature.
His film Toto and His Sisters (2014) premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in the 'New Directors' section. The film won major awards at the international film festivals in Angers, Zurich, Warsaw, Jihlava, Leipzig and Sarajevo. It was nominated as 'Best Documentary' at the European Film Awards 2015 and won the international Cinema Eye Honors' Spotlight Award 2016.

Maya Daisy Hawke
Film editor, creator of the social media video novels: Currency of Despair (2014); Box of Birds (2016); and Unfated Yet (2020) presented by Sundance DFP and LACMA. She is the co-director of Little Ethiopia, a live documentary, performed at the Sundance FF, Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, and in London at ICA Frames of Representation (2017-19). As well as Little Ethiopia: Chez Nous, performed online at  IDFA (2020). Maya has edited two films with Werner Herzog including "Cave of Forgotten Dreams”​ (she and partner Joe Bini were nominated for an ACE Eddie Award). Before that she was assistant editor on eight of Herzog's films including Grizzly Man. She edited the feature doc Freedom Fields (2018), which premiered at TIFF.

Fraser Bensted
Trailer editor and marketing expert. Fraser began his career as a trailer editor fifteen years ago, rapidly becoming one of the most successful and respected in the field, winning a Golden Trailer Award for his international trailer for Billy Elliot. More, he has extended his career by becoming a highly regarded trailer producer, specialising particularly in the independent sector. He has overseen successful and creatively original campaigns for a wide range of acclaimed films, including Slumdog Millionaire, Searching for Suger Man, Hunger and They Call Me Babu

Ruth Reid
Producer with projects selected for over a hundred film festivals globally and pitched internationally at high profile markets including IDFA, Visions du Reel and Nordisk Panorama; received multiple nominations, including BAFTA and EFA shortlisted, and winning awards including Tribeca Best Documentary. Titles include: Merry Christmas Yiwu (2020 dir. Mladen Kovacevic); Scheme Birds (2019 dirs. Ellen Fiske & Ellinor Hallin); Workers! (2018, dir. Petra Bauer). Most recently at Warner Bros ITVP, Reid has produced the first ever documentary series for HBO Nordic, slated for release in Spring 2021, entitled: Pray Obey Kill (dir. Henrik Georgsson).

Maëlle Guenegues
Sales agent who joined Catherine Le Clef in 2009 to set up CAT&Docs. dedicated to the promotion & distribution of handpicked documentaries, in all media around the world: pertinent and impertinent docs on topical questions and timeless subjects; docs that are carefully researched, audacious, question the world and propose new ways of looking at it. Successful titles include: The New Gospel, The Earth is Blue as an Orange, Overseas, The Good Postman, Communion, Stranger in Paradise, Houston, We Have a Problem!, Cameraperson, Sonita, A Syrian Love Story, CITIZENFOUR, My Love Don‘t Cross That River, Of Men and War, 5 Broken Cameras, Planet of Snail, Last Tain Home

Arash T. Riahi
Director and producer. His first fiction film For a Moment Freedom was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he also works as a dramatic advisor for the Creative Europe script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc. Recent works include the documentary Born in Evin, co-produced with Tondowski Film and awarded the Compass Perspektive award at the Berlinale 2019 as well as Solo, a co-production with Artcam & Petit a Petit which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Anja Salomonowitz
Director, editor and script writer. Anja Salomonowitz developed a film language for her films that combines documentary film, feature film and thesis. In the process, real human experiences are condensed through artistic alienation. Her films have received international acclaim, numerous film awards and have been included in relevant documentary film literature. She holds masterclasses on artistic documentary film at universities and film festivals. All her films are explicitly political and always question the border and possibilities of documentary film making. Her latest film is This Movie Is a Gift (2019) about the artist Daniel Spoerri.

Myrocia Watamaniuk
Myrocia Watamaniuk is Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. She has programmed fiction and non-fiction features and shorts for over 20 years, holding programming positions at Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. As a broadcaster and television producer, she has hosted television series and appeared on CBC News, CBC Toronto and Rogers TV.

Tereza Šimíková
Tereza is the Head of CPH:FORUM, CPH:DOX’s main financing and co-production platform and from the position of the International Program Consultant, Tereza tailors international strategies for grantees of Chicken and Egg Pictures, a US based international fund, that supports women nonfiction filmmakers. After graduating at FAMU, Prague in 2009, she directed short documentaries including the award winning Double Life of Saint Vit. She served as the Program Manager of the international rough-cut workshop dok.incubator and the Head of East Doc Platform.

The 3rd session of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film with kind support of Creative Europe MEDIA, Austrian Cultural Forum, American Film Showcase, U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, American Film Showcase, The Czech Film Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and Visegrad Fund. In cooperation with FAMU.

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