Balkan Network Group
Independent Documentary Film Consultant
Assistance with pitch, development, rough-cut, strategy, financing and applications for documentaries.
Freelance Film Commissioner at Filmfond North, Norway (2020- )
Film Commissioner for documentaries at the Norwegian Film Institute (2016 – 2020).
Among the supported films: PRAYING FOR ARMAGEDDON. iHUMAN and THE SELF PORTRAIT (qualified for Oscar run, 2020). THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF, GUNDA (shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Feature Film, 2020). International co-productions: ONLY THE DEVIL LIVES WITHOUT HOPE, SPOON, CARNIVAL PILGRIMS.
Film Commissioner for documentaries at the Danish Film Institute (2011-2016).
Among the supported films: THE LOOK OF SILENCE (Oscar nominee Best Documentary Feature, 2016). BOBBY JENE, MOTLEY’S LAW and international co-productions SHADOW WORLD, THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES, MOGADISHU SOLDIER, GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS.
Journalist and director of numerous documentary films for TV (1995 – 2016).
Pitching Forum & workshop
Zeynep Güzel is a filmmaker, consultant and the head of Doc Station at Berlinale Talents. Zeynep was the head of the Yeni Film Fund of Turkey founded by Anadolu Kültür and !f Istanbul Independent Films Festival. Zeynep directed and produced the documentary Come Rain or Shine (2019) and produced two other documentaries Beginnings (2013) and Impressions of A Summer (2020). Zeynep works as a consultant on storytelling in its broadest sense, international grant writing, pitching and co-financing strategies. Zeynep was a fellow of the 2021 Berlin Artist in Residency (AiR) at Nipkow Program with her first narrative feature film When the Sun Comes Out. Zeynep has been a senior consultant at the Documentary Association of Europe (DAE) since its foundation.
Co-founder of Documentary Association of Europe
Brigid O’Shea is an Australian native who has worked for European film festivals and documentary organisations since 2008. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts obtained in Melbourne and Berlin, she started as an intern at the Berlinale Talent Campus. She worked for various Berlinale departments as a freelancer until 2014, including the EFM and also Co-Production Market, until taking a more focused approach on creative documentary. This came from coordinating the DOK Industry Programme from 2009-2015, which allowed her to also freelance for the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague, for Documentary Campus Masterschool, and Berlin-based production companies. She was appointed Head of DOK Industry Programme in January 2015. She regulary tutors on topics like European co-financing, cultural management and festival strategies in places like North America and East Europe. In February 2020 she co-launched the Documentary Association of Europe.