Saturday 09 March | 05:30 pm

    Rabindranath Tagore Centre (ICCR)

    9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071

    Irena Taskovski | CEO & Founder | Taskovski Films Ltd | Spain

    CEO & Founder of Taskovski Films  network London-based  world sales & production company with offices across Europe. Irena is working as a film consultant/expert on marketing, sales, financing and festivals for many film institutions e.g. HBO Europe, TRT world, Asian Cinema Fund, Dok.incubator CZ, Sources Germany, and Head Tutor at Emerging Producers – at Ji.hlava IDFF CZ.

    Founder of the training program initiative Art of Creative Producing and Distribution Film Academy for Conscious Creative leaders and film residencies.

    Irena studied in Prague, graduating from FAMU. She also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained a Master’s degree from the National Film & Television School in London, UK.

    Mother of 9-year-old son. 5Rhythms mindfulness in motion & movement facilitator/ coach for personal and professional growth for film industry members, and passionate environment, peace, and human unity activist and mental health ambassador for film industry professionals.

    Filmography as producer: 2022 The Golden Thread (documentary) producer 2020 Tales from the Prison Cell (Documentary) (co-producer) 2015 Ukrainian Sheriffs (Documentary) (co-producer) 2015 Surire (Documentary) (executive producer) 2012 Who Will Be a Gurkha (Documentary) (producer) 2010 All for the Good of the World and Nosovice! (Documentary) (producer) 2010 Czech Peace (Documentary) (producer) 2004 Czech Dream (Documentary) (producer)2003 The Guest (Short) (producer) 2002 Village B. (Documentary short) (producer) 1999 Plays I used to Play (Short) (producer)


    Friday 08 March | 05:30 pm

    American Center

    38 A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road

    Robert Y. Chang | Co-Producer | American Documentary, POV | USA

    Robert Y. Chang is the Co-Producer of POV, the longest-running independent documentary showcase on American television. Prior to POV, Robert was the Coordinating Producer of America ReFramed, where across five seasons, he facilitated the national broadcast premieres of nearly seventy independent films.

    Robert has served as programmer, panelist, and reviewer for a range of film festivals, foundations, and funders of the arts. He has also served as a juror for festival and industry awards including the IDA Awards, RTDNA Murrow Awards, and the News & Doc Emmys.

    Robert received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at NYU with research on the intersection of religion and media. As an independent filmmaker, Robert's work has been screened worldwide and is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources (DER).

    In 2020, DOC NYC awarded him a New Leader in Documentary Award and he is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Producers Guild of America, A-DOC and NLGJA.


    Friday 08 March | 02:00 pm

    American Center

    38 A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road

    Alejandro Valdes-Rochin | Producer | USA

    Alejandro Valdes-Rochin is a Mexican American, award-winning documentary editor, producer and consulting editor whose collaborations have been released theatrically and digitally across National Geographic, PBS, Al Jazeera, Red Bull TV and Discovery. Alejandro’s credits include Five Years North (PBS), MAXIMA (Festival Favorite – Hot Docs) and Science Fair (Festival Favorite – Sundance), as well as the hard-hitting pieces “Menudo: For Ever Young” (HBO Max), “Undocumented in the Pandemic” (PBS-Frontline), “The Naked Truth: Death by Fentanyl” (duPont-Columbia Award winner.)


    Wednesday 06 March | 02:00 pm

    Rabindranath Tagore Centre (ICCR)

    9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071

    Emma Davie | Filmmaker, Theatre Performer and Professor | UK

    Emma has made a wide variety of documentaries with very different narrative approaches. Most recently, she directed an award-winning feature documentary The Oil Machine which has travelled extensively, provoking wide debate about how we get off oil. Before that, she co-directed Becoming Animal (2018) with Swiss Canadian director Peter Mettler, which was nominated for best documentary at CPH Dox, Edinburgh Film Festival, Documenta Madrid and many more.

    Previous work includes I am Breathing, co-directed with a fiction filmmaker, Morag MacKinnon. This film was nominated for 3 Scottish BAFTA’s, won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Director and played in over 50 countries.

    A background in performance theatre gave her a love of the collaborative process. For many years, she ran a performance company called Clanjamfrie, which specialized in immersive large-scale shows incorporating performance and film, often in unusual spaces. She also collaborated with theatre directors, such as Robert LePage on Tectonic Plates.

    Emma was educated at Oxford University, where she studied English literature and then studied theatre in Paris. She currently teaches documentary directing to postgraduates at Edinburgh College of Art, where she is the Personal Chair of Documentary Film.

    She also works as a mentor and advisor on films, teaches at workshops and gives seminars internationally. She programmed documentaries for the Edinburgh Film Festival, was on the board of EDN for 4 years and taught at the European Film College in Denmark. She has also written widely on documentary-making practice.

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