Tribeca Film Institute (USA)
Amy Hobby has 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature and documentary film producer. She mentors emerging filmmakers worldwide and actively supports women directors through various initiatives launched through Tangerine Entertainment, which she co-founded. Her producing projects have included Secretary, Hamlet (with Ethan Hawke), Love, Marilyn and What Happened, Miss Simone?, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. She joined TFI as Vice President, Artist Programs in 2015.
Steps (South Africa)
Don Edkins started AfriDocs in 2013, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa, that screens the best African and international documentary films twice a week, as well as special focus events on relevant issues facing African audiences. He has co-authored a book with Iiikka Vekhalahti on documentary filmmaking – Steps by Steps. He is a director of a non-profit organization that works in documentary film production, training and distribution, Steps, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Rough Cut Service (Finland)
Iikka Vehkalahti is CEO of his own company IV Films Ltd. He is an independent producer for YLE net platform kolmasulottuvuus.fi and working permanently for Afridocs documentary tv-strand of STEPS. He is also managing director of Rough Cut Service and one of the Executive Producers of Dare To Dream Asia. Additionally he is Exeutive Producer of selected documentaries, tutoring and lecturing in different workshops and training programs.
Founder - Made (Finland)
Ulla Simonen is the founder and producer of the production company MADE. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in national fund AVEK. Her filmography of over 50 titles includes both domestic and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction. Many of her productions such as The Idle Ones (2001) and Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart (2013) are multiple award nominees and winners.