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Tor Fosse is the director of both the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) and of Checkpoints, a festival within BIFF on human rights issues. BIFF is Norway's largest film festival, with about 150 feature-length films and a good many shorts. Before BIFF, Fosse produced the Tromsø International Film Festival in Norway's Arctic from 1991 through 1998. He has also worked for Norwegian Television (NRK), as well as the Norwegian Federation of Film Societies. In 1992, he helped found the Oslo-based film-distribution company Arthaus. He founded another distribution company called Tour de Force in Bergen in 1994. In the 1980s, he spent a number of years as secretary of the Bergen Film Society.




Kumjana Novakova is the creative director of the Pravo Ljudski Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a festival that she established together with a small group of fans of artistic and creative documentary films in 2006. She is currently living and working in both Sarajevo and Skopje, where she heads up Studiorum's New Media and Society Department, which mainly focuses on the use of new media and audiovisual arts in education.






Klaartje Quirijns is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer. Her Brooklyn Connection (WATCH DOCS 2005) stirred up discussions in leading American newspapers, as it describes how the U.S. is used as a launching pad for waging wars abroad through the purchase and export of arms. The main character in The Dictator Hunter (WATCH DOCS 2008) is Reed Brody, who hunts dictators for a living as a lawyer with Human Rights Watch. Peace vs Justice, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival this year, deals with controversies surrounding the International Criminal Court. Another documentary – on psychotherapy in New York – is currently in production, and Klaartje is also working on the fictionalization of The Dictator Hunter documentary. Klaartje Quirijns will give a master class at this year's WATCH DOCS.




Małgorzata Sadowska is a film journalist and reviewer, as well as the author of the blog "Widzi mi się" (It Seems to Me), which is published on the website of Canal+. After nearly a decade writing for the weekly Przekrój, she now writes for another weekly, Newsweek. She co-authored a book called Polish Cinema Now! Focus on Contemporary Polish Cinema (Adam Mickiewicz Institute), as well as Chełmska 21 (WFDiF - a Polish film production company), about Polish documentary filmmakers. She also worked with the WATCH DOCS festival in 2010-2011.





Alexandru Solomon is a filmmaker, a cinematographer, a producer, a member of the European Documentary Network, and the director of the One World Romania Human Rights Documentary Festival in Bucharest. He is one of the leading political filmmakers coming out of Romania, and he is active in the international documentary scene. Solomon's The Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004), which was broadcast on Arte and as part of BBC4's Storyville series, received an award at Documenta Madrid. His Cold Waves (2007), a chilling slice of political history that played for 12 weeks in Romanian cinemas, deals with the love-hate relationship between Radio Free Europe, Romanian audiences, and the former Communist regime. His latest film, Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula, which appeared at WATCH DOCS in 2010, speaks of the rise of a new ruling class in Eastern Europe.