Jonas Witsch studied Documentary filmmaking in France and completed a post-graduate degree in international film production in Paris and Ludwigsburg. In 2011 he lived for a year in the Palestinian territories where he was working for Cinema Jenin and the French German Cultural Center in Ramallah.
Since 2012 he has been living and working in Berlin on an array of projects in the film and crossmedia/interactive field. Projects include an augmented reality app, interactive graphic novels or his work with Filmtank Berlin on the Grimme-Online-Award-winning webdocumentary "netwars / out of CTRL".
Beside this, Jonas has been for three years one of the organisers of Netzdoku, a network of interactive documentary makers, for whom he organises events and meet-ups, puts together content and also gives talks. In 2016 he coordinated the DOK Hackathon, was a mentor for the participants and also moderated the closing pitching session. Currently Jonas works as a producer on a MIZ-funded VR Project.
Curator and producer of cultural events (film and new media), documentary researcher and film editor. For many years affiliated at Kino.Lab’s Laboratory of Media Art program at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (program curator between 2010 and 2012) in Warsaw, Poland.
As a freelancer, she has worked for cultural institutions and NGOs, programming and producing events such as „Direct it yourself” and „Interception” exhibitions at 2014 Przemiany Festival organised by Warsaw’s Copernicus Science Center and KRK Interactive section of the 55th Krakow Film Festival).
Author of numerous articles about contemporary documentary cinema. Recipient of art grants from Polish Ministry of Culture and Warsaw City Council. Faculty member of Lodz Film School. Co-founder of StoryCode Warsaw, board chairperson at Total Immersion Foundation.
Digital culture manager, film curator and media strategist. Between 2008-2014 she helped develop the Planete+ Doc Film Festival (Docs Against Gravity). Coordinator of the international project Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Curator of programmes on interactive storytelling (Story-Re-Telling section of the NInA Beta Version 2015, Interactive Storytelling section at Digital Cultures Conference in 2018).
She runs the Odbiornik podcast for the dwutygodnik.com magazine, focusing on hybrid digital culture. Organiser of the StoryCode Warsaw network and co-founder of Total Immersion Foundation. Graduate of University of Warsaw’s College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities, where she studies sociology and anthropology.
Milton is a visual anthropologist who works along the borders between fiction and documentaries to explore the cinematic intersections of ethnographic research and sensorial experiences.
He has directed several films and commercials in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. His latest film, The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Film, is co-directed with Maple Razsa and received the Best Feature Documentary award by the Society of Visual Anthropology (SVA).
In his talk Milton will explore some of the possibilities of interactive documentaries in both form and content and reflect on how they can further storytelling rather than foregrounding technological advances.
Harmke Heezen is a director, writer and creative producer, based in Berlin. She holds a Master’s Degree in Film Studies from Utrecht University. She directed and produced for the Arts & Culture department of the Dutch national public broadcaster AVRO, before moving to Berlin in 2011.
As an independent filmmaker she has made web series and shorts, and co-created innovative interactive projects with production companies Kinomaton Berlin and Helios Design Labs in Toronto, commissioned by, among others, the BBC, Arte Creative and the Goethe-Institut.
Harmke’s company High Road Productions with Mike Robbins creates VR and interactive documentary projects.
Yvonne is a POV Digital producer where she develops online content across the organization's platforms. In addition to forming digital engagement for the award-winning series POV, she supports the production of interactive projects, including the first Snapchat-native documentaries.
Yvonne has attended festivals and conferences around the country, including IDA's Getting Real, PBS TechCon and the Flaherty Seminar. Prior to joining POV, she interned at think tanks, media organizations, and served as a research assistant for the 2015 biography "Michelle Obama: A Life" by Peter Slevin. Yvonne graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, concentrating on video and documentary.
Co-founder of StoryCode Warsaw and Fundacja Pełne Zanurzenie (Total Immersion Foundation), organisations aiming to promote new narrative forms in Poland and abroad. Film and television producer, new media and technology enthusiast interested in their influence on storytelling methods.
Participant in The Pixel Lab, Transmedia Next and MultiPlatform Business School. He is currently developing a storytelling platform that transfers stories onto urban tissue. Founder of Udyssey Creative Technologies production studio.
After completing a master's degree in Cinema and English studies, I have worked in International Sales for the last two years and joined WIDE a year ago. WIDE is a leading independent sales company currently representing more than 15 new feature films a year and a library of more than 500 fiction titles and 300 documentaries represented by the joint-venture WIDE HOUSE.
End of 2016, WIDE launched WIDE VR, a department dedicated to International Sales of narrative films in Virtual Reality. The first title represented by WIDE VR is SERGENT JAMES by Alexandre Perez, that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. In September 2017, the new acquisition PROXIMA by Mathieu Pradat was in the VR official competition of Venice Biennale.
Currently my work is focused in managing VR Festivals and finding new offline and online partners for our VR Experiences in a fast growing and changing industry.
Mike is Creative Technologist and partner at Helios Design Labs. Collaborations include the Quipu Project with Maria Court and Ros Lerner; Digital Me, Sandra Gaudenzi and the BBC; After The Storm, Andrew Grace; Highrise, Kat Cizek and the NFB; Offshore with Brenda Longfellow. This work has won major awards and nominations and has been featured in such venues as IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, smartFip@, Bristol iDocs. Mike studied Visual Arts in Toronto.
Mike is currently based in Berlin, where he runs High Road Productions with Harmke Heezen, creating VR and interactive documentaries.
Ranell Shubert is the Educational Programs Manager at the International Documentary Association (IDA) in Los Angeles, a membership organization dedicated to serving documentary filmmakers, artists and activists.
She provides essential programming and operational support for IDA’s educational and conference programming. Ranell has managed IDA’s Conversation Series, showcasing interviews with prominent filmmakers; Master Classes, workshops about documentary storytelling and craft; What’s New sessions, spotlighting nonfiction leaders in the entertainment industry; and technical and virtual reality workshops.
She has participated in planning and managing the IDA Getting Real Documentary Filmmaker Conference (2014, 2016 and 2018). She also manages IDA’s summer Internship program and serves as a mentor and advisor for international film festivals and markets. She received her BA in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago with a focus in documentary film production.