Paul Pauwels is the director of the European Documentary Network, the most important international documentary network with over 1000 members and more than 50 yearly activities. Paul Pauwels comes from a position as Managing Director for the Belgium production company Congoo bvba, and has a long track record of working with international documentary co-productions from both a commissioning and production point of view. He has been the managing director of the Media Academy ETMA, commissioning editor for the Belgium public service broadcaster VRT and has almost 30 years of experience with producing documentaries for the national and international market. In addition Pauwels has been a member of the Eurovision Documentary Workgroup, one of the first Chairmen of EDN as well as tutor, moderator and expert at many European workshops and seminars.




Born in 1947. Worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board as Head of Distribution and as a Commissioning Editor. Articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. Co-founder of Balticum Film- and TV-Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Tue Steen Muller has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 40 countries. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and a teacher in Danish and European documentary matters, including Head of Studies at Ex Oriente, Prague until 2008. Consultant for Parallel40, Barcelona and Head of Pitching Forum of DOCSBarcelona. Programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DoxBox in Damascus and DOKLeipzig. Teacher at the documentary film school Zelig in Bolzano, Italy. Head of Studies at the European training programme Storydoc for film projects from the Mediterranean 2010-2011.Tutor at other training programmes like DocStories Black Sea, Archidoc, DocuRegio, DOCMeeting Buenos Aires and Bridging the Gap in Edinburgh. Writes at




Victoria Belopolskaya was born in 1963 in Moscow. After graduating from Moscow State University (Faculty of Journalism, film critics workshop) in 1986, she began working as a film critic. Also а Commissioning Editor for documentaries at the Russian State Culture TV channel and a Programming Director of the International Documentary Film Festival Art-DOC Fest (Russia, Moscow). She has made a selection of films created in Russia and former Soviet Union for Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and collaborates as a programmer with the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) now. Beside this, she collaborates as a programmer with a number of national and international film festivals, specializing in documentaries created in Russia.

Petr Kostorhyz (Czech Republic)


Born in 1972 in Czechoslovakia, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the Charles University in Prague. Has worked in various non-governmental organizations and the UN for over twenty years including in the North Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and South Sudan. Living in Georgia since January 2010, where he works with the Norwegian Refugee Council as the Regional Director for the Caucasus region. In his function at the NRC Petr Kostorhyz has commissioned the production of two creative documentary films about Georgian IDPs. Finally, Petr Kostorhyz is a documentary film passionate who also collaborated with the most important East European documentary festival focused on human rights: One World Human Rights Festival in Prague.


Lela Ochiauri (Georgia)


Film critic, PhD in Arts, full-time professor of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University, Arts Editor of Rezonansi Newspaper, Chief Editor of Galaktioni Newspaper. In 1974 graduated from Tbilisi State Art Academy. In 1981-1982 made an internship in Moscow Film History and Theory Institute. Lela Ochiauri is a successful author and co-author of various books, articles and publications about modern culture.  She has been awarded with number of professional prizes, amongst them are: Georgian Film Union Award Nostalgia for outstanding work in 1986, Kavkasioni Newspaper Best Publication Prize for her work – Mama Roma (1991), Adjarian Regional Theatrical Union Prize (2007) etc.


Marina Drozdova (Russia)


Marina began her career as film critic, writing as contributing author to art newspapers and magazines in Russia, Europe and USA. Her short fiction film Battement (co-writer and co-director, 1995) received awards at European film festivals and was shown on Arte and other TV channels. She extended her fascination with cinema to the research in film archives and for many years worked as researcher and
creator of historical visual context for documentaries, aired on European television. At the same time, she started to produce film documentary stories on history of cinema, working during last ten years; also wrote several novels about alternative versions of cinema history in Russia. Current professional activity include the following positions: Chief of documentary films and series production department at Russia-wide TV channel Culture and art director at Flahertiana International Documentary Film festival.