Advisor with focus Southafrica
Lesedi Oluko Moche
Is a producer and documentary film curator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born in Leipzig/Eastern Germany to exiled South African parents she was raised in Zambia and Canada.
During her tenure as Festival Director for the Encounters International Documentary Festival, she curated, programmed and toured numerous African films for festivals in China, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia and Russia. In addition, she has been invited to speak and sit on international Festival Juries, most notably the International Academy of Television (iEmmys®) in 2009 and 2015. Lesedi sits on the documentary film adjudicating panels of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Fund (KZNFF).
Advisor with focus animation
Annegret Richter is the Managing Director of AG Animationsfilm, the German Animation Association. She has been working for the animation department at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) since 2010. Before, she held the position as Artistic and Managing Director at the International Short Film Festival in Dresden (Filmfest Dresden) and worked as researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. Since 2001 she has been a frequent jury member or speaker and also curated several programmes for festivals and events worldwide.
Advisor with focus Asia and Korea
A native of Eastern German city of Leipzig, Mark Siegmund started at the independent cinema project in Leipzig before he joined Cinémathèque Leipzig as managing director and co-programmer. From early 2000 he worked as curator for festivals like Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland, Nippon Connection in Frankfurt/Japanische Filmtage Leipzig, and RealFanta Film Festival in South Korea.
After working for the Asian Film Market at the Busan International Film Festival in 2006, he joined the Seoul Film Commission in 2007, to build up the international team in charge of marketing and supporting international productions and co-productions in Seoul. During his time at the film commission he and his team were in charge of the financial support of more than 50 international documentaries. Since October 2015, he's been working as freelancer production coordinator for international film and TV productions filming in Korea.
Advisor with Focus Scandinavia
Ulla Simonen has a strong background in different fields of documentary making.
She has worked as the artistic director of DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Festival, commissioner for short and documentary films in the national fund AVEK, and is an active mentor for Berlinale Talents & Sources2 as well as tutor and moderator in different pitching forums and workshops. She is also member of board of the Tampere International Short Film Festival and EFA.
Simonen is producer and a partner in the Helsinki based production company MADE, focusing on the films on the borderline between documentary and fiction.
Advisor with focus Russia
Barbara Wurm has been working for DOK Leipzig since 2000 in several fields - as head of guest office, moderator, curator and member of the selection committee. At present she is an advisor to the programming commission with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Born in Vienna in 1973, Barbara Wurm studied Russian and German Studies as well as Comparative Literature in Vienna, Innsbruck, Warsaw, Moscow and Munich and is now teaching Slavic Literature and Film at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Besides her academic interests, she works as a free critic (taz, epd film, ray, kolik film, senses of cinema and sight and sound) and as a curator for several film festivals and cinematheques.