Group 1

Still from Children of the Mist by Diem Ha Le (IDFAcademy Harvest)

Shirley Abraham

Producer/Director India

Shirley and Amit are Cannes prize-winning Indian documentary filmmakers. The Cinema Travellers is their debut feature documentary. It premiered as an Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2016, winning the Special Jury Prize for L’Oeil d’or: Le Prix du documentaire. Since then, it has played 125 film festivals and won 19 national and international awards, including the President’s Medal in India. Their work is supported by Sundance Institute, MacArthur Foundation, New York Times, the Pulitzer Center, IDFA Bertha Fund, Bertha Foundation, the Guardian, Catapult Film Fund, Arts Council of England and Filmmaker Fund. They are fellows of Sundance Labs, IDFAcademy Summer School, Cluster of Excellence Heidelberg, Stories of Change, BBC, TasveerGhar, India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe-Institut.

Polen Ly

Director Cambodia

Polen stopped his studies in medicine to pursue his filmmaking path in 2012. He has directed several shorts and documentary films, which explore social issues related to the environment, human rights, including LGBT+ and indigenous experiences. His latest short film Further and Further Away, received the SEA-Shorts grant from Singapore International Film Festival in 2020. In 2021, his short documentary Side by Side won Youth Jury Prize in Open Doors at Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland. Polen is now in production on his first full-length documentary, The Tongue of Water, which has received funding from IDFA (Netherlands), DMZ Docs (South Korea), and the Sundance Institute (USA).

Amit Madhesiya

Producer/Director

India

Shirley and Amit are Cannes prize-winning Indian documentary filmmakers. The Cinema Travellers is their debut feature documentary. It premiered as an Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2016, winning the Special Jury Prize for L’Oeil d’or: Le Prix du documentaire. Since then, it has played 125 film festivals and won 19 national and international awards, including the President’s Medal in India. Their work is supported by Sundance Institute, MacArthur Foundation, New York Times, the Pulitzer Center, IDFA Bertha Fund, Bertha Foundation, the Guardian, Catapult Film Fund, Arts Council of England and Filmmaker Fund. They are fellows of Sundance Labs, IDFAcademy Summer School, Cluster of Excellence Heidelberg, Stories of Change, BBC, TasveerGhar, India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe-Institut.

Claire Mc Cabe

Producer Ireland

Claire is an Irish film producer with 10 years of experience, she has a passion for storytelling and is committed to creating diverse films and bringing these projects to a global audience. As a graduate in English literature and Irish from Trinity College Dublin, she was selected by Screen Ireland for the Rotterdam Film Lab 2020. Last year, she was chosen for the Screen Skills Mentorship Award and is paired with Irish producer, Katie Holly. She has worked on films that have premiered at TIFF, BFI London FF and Edinburgh FF. Claire has produced six short films, for Screen Ireland, Creative Europe and local funders. Break Us and Procession, have screened at over 60 festivals internationally. Hawksnest was produced for a cultural national event. An Encounter and Don't go where I can't find you, have their world premieres this Autumn, and Too Slow is in post production. Claire produced her first feature film, Holy Island, for the Arts Council of Ireland and Samson Films. It will have its World Premiere at the 66th International Cork Film Festival in November 2021.

Giridhar Nayak

Director

India

Giridhar Nayak is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from India. His work revolves around human interest stories and conservation. His recent film, dhivarah, has earned several international awards and recognitions, such as the 2021 Suncoast Emmys under Best Non-Fiction Long Form and Best Editor, and the first time filmmaker award at the 18th International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco. The film was also shortlisted for 2021 BAFTA Student Award under the documentary category.

Ali Sargent

Producer United Kingdom

Ali Sargent is a documentary film producer, director and translator from London. In 2019 she was researcher on the Emmy-nominated feature documentary film The Art of Political Murder, and has since worked as AP and Producer on films for The Guardian, Business Insider and Al Jazeera. Her work as a producer/director often focuses on LGBT stories, she previously completed a fellowship with One World Media with her film David in Brasilia, following Brazil’s only Black and LGBT congressman, David Miranda, in the fallout of a political scandal. She is currently producing her first feature film, Purity, a UK-Sweden-Venezuela co-production.

Lamtiar Simorangkir

Producer/Director Indonesia

Lamtiar Simorangkir is a self-taught Indonesian director, producer and scriptwriter. Her first feature documentary just won Indonesia Film Festival 2021 for best feature documentary. Her films always carry important social issues. She makes both documentary- and narrative film. For documentary films she focusses on story/character driven documentary in form of cinema verité. In 2017, after she released her first (short narrative) film, she was selected as one of 14 emerging filmmakers in Southeast Asia by the American Film Showcase for a documentary film workshop. In 2021 she got a scholarship for a documentary class from Sundance. She was also one of the screeners for Austin Film Festival 2021 in documentary section. Currently she is developing her second feature documentary.

Laura Wadha

Director

Scotland

Laura Wadha is a half Scottish/half Syrian filmmaker. She likes to tell stories about people in a sensitive way and makes films that build into an emotional and psychological journey. Her short film Isle of Us, had it’s world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and was shortlisted for a BAFTA Los Angeles Student Award. She was recently commissioned by the Scottish Documentary Institute and Screen Scotland as part of Bridging the Gap, to make a short film about her reconnecting with her Syrian cousin after ten years. Born in Damascus premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and she is now developing this film into a feature.

Daria Yurkevich

Producer

Belarus

Daria Yurkevich is a Belarusian director, screenwriter and producer. In 2007, she graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, and in 2009 from Le Fresnoy (National Studio for Contemporary Arts) in France. Jean-Luc Godard, André S. Labarthe, Béla Tarr were her teachers. Now she is doing an internship in Poland working with Polish director Marcel Łoziński. Daria directed six documentary films and five short feature films. She was also a producer of some of them. Daria Yurkevich participated in numerous film workshops, such as ExOriente, B2Doc, East Talent Lab, as well as film pitch competitions in Prague, Moscow, Cannes, Yerevan, Tbilisi and Wiesbaden. Her latest documentary film Invisible Paradise premiered at Visions du Réel 2020 in Switzerland. Daria has knowledge and experience in filmmaking. She currently works as a documentary film director and producer.

Meet the Tutor:

Bianca Oana

Bianca Oana has been active in the film industry since 2009, executive producing the feature documentaries Turn Off The Lights (2012) and Toto and His Sisters (2014) before producing Adina Pintilie's 2018 Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not. She then produced Alexander Nanau's Collective which was nominated as both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary at this year's Oscars, and is now raising the financing for Pintilie's next feature Death and the Maiden.

Group overview