Directors UK, United Kingdom
Dan Clifton is an award-winning writer, director and producer working across documentaries and film. Recent projects include true crime docu-drama series WEB OF LIES: JOB OF A LIFETIME; and award-winning short film PATIENT 39. As Writer/ Director, he is currently developing a number of genre-focused feature projects, as well as building a slate of feature documentaries through his production company Atomium Films. Dan is Chair of FERA. www.danclifton.co.uk
Norwegian Film Makers Association, Norway
Sverre Pedersen has worked in the film and television industry since 1984. He has directed and produced several short films, music videos, commissioned films, TV dramas and one feature film. Though, it is the documentary film which has been his main area in film production. He has made a large number of socially committed documentaries with a focus on international solidarity, nature and culture, cultural heritage, anti-war and anti-racism. In 2005 he was elected President of the Norwegian Film Association and has since worked primarily with film policies, collective bargaining, conflict resolution, copyright and other areas that fall under his responsibility in the Film Association.
Groupe 25 IMAGES, France
Director for TV since 1988 (after 18 years as AD) mostly on TV series and documentaries film. On the documentary front, Christophe is developing a series of 5 episodes, co produced by different european producers and broadcasters. On the fiction’s front, a feature film (also European co-produced), a TV film and a TV series are in the pipes !
Peter Carpentier (°1956) was trained as an actor (Studio Herman Teirlinck, Antwerp, Belgium), director and writer (Nederlandse Film- Televisieacademie NFTVA / Dutch Film & TV Academy in Amsterdam, American Film Institute in Los Angeles). He has written and directed many internationally successful TV-movies and series (“TATORT”/Schimanski), “KOMMISSAR REX”, “LE CHINOIS” (Charles Aznavour) as well as feature films “JESTER TILL”, “ A DAY WITH MISTER JULES” (in development). He is an Executive Board Member of the German Directors Guild BVR and of the European Directors Guild F.E.R.A. since 2000.
Klemen Dvornik (1977) graduated in film and TV-production at AGRFT (The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Until now, he’s directed more than 500 shows of various genres and more than 20 documentaries, short and full-length films and live concerts and has received nine national and international awards for his opus (best film, best documentary, student award, the audience award). Since 2010, he is higher education teacher of television directing at the AGRFT. In 2012, he was appointed as president of the Directors Guild of Slovenia.
Union of Bulgarian Film Makers, Bulgaria
Adela Peeva is awards winning Bulgarian documentary film director. She is Member of the European Film Academy. Her films “Whose is this Song“ (2003 – over 50 festivals, 16 awards) and ”Divorce Albanian style“ (2007 – over 30 festivals, 12 awards) are Nominated by the European Film Academy for Best European Documentary – Prix ARTE. Till now they are the only Bulgarian documentary films with such a Nomination. Till 1990 she has been working as a director for the TV stations in Ex-Yugoslavia and as a director in the Studio for Documentary Films and the Studio for Feature Films in Sofia. Some of the films of Adela Peeva she made in the period before 1989 and democratic changes in Bulgaria („Mothers”, „In the Name of Sport”) were banned by the communistic authorities. After 1990 she established her own company „ADELA MEDIA”. Made over 30 documentaries – some of them in co-operation with international partners from Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Turkey. Adela Peeva was a special guest at the 20th Birthday of the MEDIA Program, as one of the 20th renowned European film directors at the Ceremony during the Cannes Film Festival 2011.
Danish Film Directors, Denmark
Birgitte Stærmose debut feature, ROOM 304, had its national cinema release October 2011. ROOM 304 is a multi plot story set in a hotel, written by acclaimed Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson, and with an international cast (among others Trine Dyrholm, Leon Lucev, Ariadna Gil, Stine Stengade, Magnus Krepper, David Dencik and Mikael Birkkjær). The film premiered internationally in the main competition at Karlovy Vary IFF, where it was awarded for the score. The film was released on VOD in the US in 2012 and has been sold for cinema distribution in almost 10 countries.
Stærmose’s documentary, OUT OF LOVE, a staged monologue based film with street children in Pristina, Kosovo, has been honored with a Special Mention at the Berlinale, the Prix EFA at Rotterdam IFF, Prix de la jeunes at Festival du cinema de Brive, a Jury Special Mention at Melbourne IFF, the award for Best Short at Stockholm IFF and a Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary, and was also nominated for Best European Short at the EFA Awards in 2010.
Her other award-winning shorts have screened worldwide as well. SMALL AVALANCHES won UIP Prize for Best European Short at Edinburgh IFF 2003 and was nominated for Best European Short at the European Film Awards. Stærmose has directed a monologue for the compilation film LETTERS FROM DENMARK. Her contribution is part of the permanent exhibition at the Copenhagen Museum. PRINCIPLES OF ATTRACTION, four stories about four women includes SOPHIE, the last of these stories. SOPHIE had its international premiere at Sundance in 2007, was selected for New Directors / New Films at MOMA in NY and was awarded the ARTE prize at Dresden International FF.
Stærmose is currently directing three episodes of the upcoming TV drama series NORSKOV to be aired on TV2 and ARTE in the fall of 2015. She is also the co-writer on the feature film, THE IDEALIST (dir. Christina Rosendahl). She will go into production with Zentropa on her next feature DARLING, a drama set in the world of the Danish Royal Ballet.
Stærmose is the recipient of several grants from the Danish Arts Agency. She has taught at the National Film School, European Film College, Kolding School of Design and The Danish National School of the Performing Arts. She is on the board for Danish Film Directors as well as Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo. She has been the head of the Council of Feature Films at the Danish Film Institute since 2014.
Originally from Paris, France, Pauline has worked in film distribution and international sales. She joined FERA from her previous position as Deputy Manager in charge of European Affairs at La Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), where she worked for five years. She is the Chief Executive of FERA since February 2014.
Alix de MONTBLANC
After completing a Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University College Maastricht, followed by a Masters in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Alix worked in film production for Playtime Films and Eklektik Productions in Brussels. She joined FERA in September 2015.