Lidia Damatto (Morethan)
Lidia studied Cinema at FAAP (Brazil), screenwriting and entertainment at UCLA (USA) and film distribution at DFFB (Germany). She was also part of the programs Locarno Industry Academy and Berlinale Talents. She worked with development at Ambush Entertainment in Los Angeles and also coordinated the first edition of documentary film fest Ambulante California. She worked as sales and acquisitions manager at sales label FiGa Films and later joined O2 Play, managing the sale of Brazilian films internationally and the acquisition of international films for release in Brazil. She also co-founded the international collective film agency MoreThan.
Gugi Gumilang (In Docs)
Since 2021, Gugi has taken the lead as an Executive Director at In-Docs, a non-profit organisation that initiated Docs by the Sea (an Indonesia-based international lab and forum in Southeast Asia). His professional interest mainly centres around film projects with societal impacts. He aims to intensify In-Docs’ global presence by sharing unknown stories and bringing awareness to the broadest audience possible. He has several years of experience in film festival management and has served as a juror for regional and international film festivals, including BKK DOC, DOK Leipzig and Sunny Side of the Doc.
Muhammad Refaat (Al Jazeera Documentary)
Born in Cairo, Muhammad Refaat studied film production in Egypt and then The Netherlands. He developed his enthusiasm for cinema through screenwriting, and his debut short The Kingdom was named the best foreign short documentary at The International Festival for Student Films in Hollywood 2011. Through his work with AJD as a producer and commissioning editor, he worked on several projects in MENA, Europe and Africa, which were selected for notable film festivals such as Sundance, Locarno, IDFA, and Hot Docs. He is an avid participant in international industry platforms and a faithful devotee of independent cinema.
Five prizes will be awarded to the winning docs-in-progress.
IEFTA Award (partner = IEFTA)
> €10,000 cash prize and project follow-up, supported by IEFTA – The International Emerging Film Talent Association.
AJD Award (partner = Al Jazeera Documentary)
> Al Jazeera Documentary comes in as co-producer, with a minimum contribution of $15,000.
Alphapanda Award (partner = Alphapanda)
> Two private tailored consultations on film marketing & social media, offered by Alphapanda.
Think-Film Impact Award (partner = Think-Film)
> Personalized strategic impact workshop & impact pitching coaching session, offered by Think-Film.
DAE Award (partner = DAE – Documentary Association of Europe)
> Free membership + rough cut consultation with a senior DAE consultant.