Meet the CIRCLE 2020 Experts
Paula Vaccaro was born in Argentina and emigrated to the UK in early 2000 with a British Council Scholarship to pursue an MA in Documentary by Practice at the University of London. She is a journalist, producer and scriptwriter with over two decades of experience in film, radio and TV in Europe/UK, US and Latin America. In 2009, she founded Pinball London, a production company with an independent-cinema spirit at the heart using shorts, animation, tv series, long feature films and documentaries to tell stories from an international perspective with a special emphasis on storytelling that focuses on gender, LGBT, human rights, immigration, minorities, class, and our planet. She has worked with in co-productions with the US, Latin America and Europe with established filmmakers such as Sally Potter, Emir Kusturica and Guillermo Arriaga and with emerging talent such as Victoria Solano, Ana Rocha, Agustina Figueras, Edoardo de Angelis, and Aaron Brookner. Since 2004, she has provided training in pitching, production, impact producing, gender and unconscious bias for various national and international organisations such as British Council, Eurimages, Docs Montevideo, GoodPitch, Impact Lab DocsMx, Thessaloniki, ProPro Austria, Los Cabos FF, BAM, Documentary Campus, and DokLeipzig. Within Pinball London, she leads Pinball Audiences, providing impact producing consultancy, strategy and training. She has trained herself as an Impact Producer with Britdoc (Doc Society) on their 1st Impact Producer’s retreat in 2012, and has continued her training with Julia Middleton/Common Purpose (Cultural Intelligence), George Kohlrieser (Hostage negotiation) and Nova Reid (Anti-Racism). She is a member of PACT, BECTU, DPA (Documentary Producers Alliance), and the European Film Academy. She is also a mentor and member of EWA (European Women's Audiovisual Network), and a current Vice-president of EPC (European Producers’ Club).
Yael Bitton has been making films for over 20 years, as an editor, director, tutor andscript supervisor. She currently works as an editing tutor at DokIncubator, and tutors students at the HEAD / Cinéma du Réel in Geneva. She is a consulting editor for the Rough Cut Service, hosted by Ikka Vehkalahti. Some of her recent credits as an editor include: Advocate by Philippe Bellaiche & Rachel Leah Jones; Los Fantasmas des Caribe by Felipe Monroy; Machines by Rahul Jain; The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda; Muchachas by Juliana Fanjul; as a editing or script consultant: The Edge of Democracy by Petra Costa; Thy Father’s Chair by Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora; as a script supervisor: Lisbon Story by Wim Wenders.
Diana El Jeiroudi is a Syrian filmmaker and screenwriter, Diana films encapsulate sociopolitical tensions and contradictions and extend well over time. She is best known for her Dolls - A Woman from Damascus (2007) and Morning Fears, Night Chants (2012). As producer, her filmography includes the award-winning Silvered Water - Syria Autoportrait by O. Mohamad & W. S. Bedirxan (Cannes 2014), and The Mulberry House by Oscar-nominated Sara Ishaq (IDFA 2013). Her efforts in supporting and advancing the documentary community and culture, notably through establishing DOX BOX as Syria’s first documentary film festival, and then as the Berlin-based documentary film support organization, has earned her various awards, including the EDN Award, The Katrin Cartlidge Award, and The Heart of Sarajevo. She is a member of the American Academy of Motion Pictures, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and the Asia-Pasific Screen Academy. She served on several committees and juries, most notably Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Documentary Award, Sundance Documentary Program, IDFA, AFAC, and APSA Awards. Diana supported many careers and tutored talents through the professional training initiatives and workshops of DOX BOX, EuroDoc, Ex-oriente, IDFA, and Story Doc.
Rebecca Day is a qualified psychotherapist and freelance documentary producer. She founded Film In Mind in 2018 to address mental health in the film industry and has spoken at festivals such as Berlinale, IDFA, Getting Real Documentary Conference and Sheffield DocFest on the issue. She offers therapeutic support to filmmakers working in difficult situations and with vulnerable people, as well as consultancies and workshops on mental health in the film industry.
Giedrė Žickytė is an award-winning Lithuanian director and producer. Her films have been selected at numerous film festivals including IDFA, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel, Sheffield, Rotterdam, winning over 20 international awards, and theatrically distributed. I’M NOT FROM HERE was nominated at the European Academy Awards. MASTER AND TATYANA won 4 Lithuanian Academy Awards, including awards for Best Director and Best Documentary. She produced THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE that premiered in Sundance 2020 World Documentary Competition premiere and received the Best Directing Award.
Simona Nobile is an international script consultant, screenwriter and trainer. Her credits as story editor/creative consultant/production supervisor include among others: feature film “Entwined” (2019, directed by Minos Nikolakis, TIFF 2019), HBO documentary feature “Agnelli” (2017, directed by Nick Hooker); documentary feature “Another Me” (2016, directed by Claudio Casazza – Festival dei Popoli), feature film “Romeo & Juliet” (2013 directed by Carlo Carlei, written by Julian Fellowes and produced by Amber Ent./Echolake/Svarovski Ent.), TV miniseries “Il Generale della Rovere” (2011, RAI Uno) and “L’Aviatore” (2008, Mediaset) both directed by Carlo Carlei and produced by Rizzoli Audiovisivi. As screenwriter she’s currently developing the TV series “Babyland” (production: Agitprop selected by Berlinale Coproduction Market 2020), “Five Minutes Before” (production: Panama Film) and “Beauty Hunters”. Simona is also a Script Consultant for Eurimages, MEDIA Development Program; EWA, Doc Circle, European Genre Forum. From 2014 through 2017 she was a Member of the Italian Ministry of Culture’s Selection Committee responsible for awarding national development, production and coproduction funding for feature films. She is currently Member of the Selection Committees for the ‘Minority Coproduction Fund’ of the Italian Ministry of Culture (Mibac). She selects and consults for Piemonte Film/TV Fund, Friuli Venezia Giulia Fund, IDM Film/TV Fund, Apulia Film/TV Fund and Campania Film Commission. She’s lecturer at the Università La Sapienza of Rome and member of EWA Network and of the European Film Academy.
Iryna Tsilyk is Ukrainian film director and writer. The winner of Sundance Film Festival award “World Cinema Documentary Directing”, as well as “Docu/World” and “Docu/Ukraine” awards at Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival for her debut feature-length documentary film “The Earth Is Blue As an Orange” (2020). Also, Tsilyk is the author and director of several fiction and documentary short films, such as “Commemoration” (2012), “Home” (2016), “Tayra” and “Kid” for the cinema-almanac Invisible Battalion (2017). Moreover, Iryna Tsilyk is the author of several books published in Ukraine (poetry, prose, children books). Some of her poems and short stories have been translated into more than 10 languages, were presented at different international literary festivals.