Heleen Gerritsen (Netherlands, 1978) studied Slavonic Languages and Economics in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. She has lived in Germany since 2003. In 2009 she produced her first feature length documentary and founded her own film production company Serious Directions, together with producer/director Sahand Zamani. From 2014 to 2016 she was festival director of the European documentary film festival dokumentART in Neubrandenburg. Since October 2017 Heleen is at the head of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film which is organized by the German Film Institute (DFF).