Durban FilmMart experts


Denis Vaslin created Dutch documentary and fiction production company Volya
Films in 2004.

Recent films include 40 Days of Silence directed by Saodat Ismailova (Berlinale
Forum 2014); Solo by Guillermo Rocamora (Best First Film Award at the Miami
International Film Festival); The World Belongs to Us directed by Stephan
Streker (Montreal World Film Festival), The Hum of Holland by Stella van Voorst
van Beest (Competition Feature Length Documentaries Netherlands Film Festival
2012), and Snackbar, the first fiction film by documentary filmmaker Meral Uslu
(Berlinale Generation Plus 2012). Currently, we are developing projects with a.o.
Marjoleine Boonstra, Andre van der Hout, Marco De Stefanis and Jan Willem van
Dam. We are in post-production with Kurai, Kurai – Tales on the Wind, the first
fiction film by documentary director Marjoleine Boonstra, Men Who Save the
World by Seng Tat Liew and The Dream of Sharhazad by director Francois

In production are Niks Mektoub!, a documentary by Gulsah Dogan, The Market
by Marleine van der Werf, and Greed by Ingeborg Jansen. Recently added to the
list of developing fictions is Aliyushka, by Kazhak director Adilkhan Yerzhanov,
which has been selected for L’Atelier at Cannes Film Festival 2014. Since 2011,
Denis Vaslin manages France based Mandra Films that he co-owns with Eric

Miguel Machalski was born in Buenos Aires to a Polish father and a British
mother and was based in Paris for many years. With a multicultural and
multilingual background, Miguel has been working since 1995 as a development
and creative consultant on projects from all parts of the world. He specialised in
what is sometimes labelled as World Cinema – though his track record as a
script analyst also includes major studio films and works from prominent
filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood (Million-Dollar Baby), Alejandro Amenabar
(The Sea Inside), David Cronenberg (Spider), Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter)
and Ingmar Bergman (Saraband). Many of the films he has worked on have
garnered awards at major festivals.

He works as an advisor on several European Media-funded script development
programmes, as a trainer at the Binger Writers’ Lab in Holland, and as a
consultant for film funds in several countries (Colombia, Chile, Belgium and
formerly Jordan and Malaysia). He has published two Spanish-language books
on screenwriting, one of which has been re-edited and translated into Brazilian.

He has three produced screenplays: Ramata (Senegal), directed by Leandre
Alain-Baker, Kluge, El Arreglador (Argentina), directed by Luis Barone and
America (Puerto Rico), directed by Sonia Fritz.

Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1955, Stefano Tealdi studied Architecture
in Torino, Italy. After graduating, he worked on film and TV at the Politecnico di
Torino, becoming head of production. In 1985, he founded, with others, Stefilm
where he works as a director and producer.

He produces and directs one-off documentaries and documentary series. Since
2008, he has also directed A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice (Science Film Festival –
Milano 2009), Coffee Please and Tea for All and the series Food Markets – In the
Belly of the City. Recent works produced: Mostar United (IDFA 2009), Vinylmania
(IFF Rotterdam 2012), Char, No Man’s Island (Berlinale Forum 2013).

In 1992, he graduated from the MEDIA training course “EAVE – European
Session’. He has directed all 17 editions of the annual Italian workshop
Documentary in Europe. He chaired EDN (European Documentary Network) and
is national co-ordinator for INPUT, Television in the Public Interest.

He tutors film development and production at universities and master courses,
and film pitching for organisations, such as Biennale Cinema College, Cannes
Film Market, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School,
Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab and ZELIG Film School.

Julia Overton has had a long career in the screen and cultural production
industry in Australia and internationally across all story telling genres. Her
recent credits include the theatrical documentaries The Last Impresario (London
2013, SFF 2014) Red Obsession (Berlin, Tribeca, Pusan, Best Doc 2014 AACTA)
and From The Bottom of the Lake for See-Saw Films (Hot Docs 2014). Like most
practitioners Julia has a slate of projects in various stages of production and

For 10 years from 2001 to 2011 Julia worked with Australia’s national screen
agencies assisting filmmakers in the development, financing, production and
marketing of their projects. In the last six years of this tenure she specialised in
documentary and factual production for broadcast and theatrical release and
assisted in the formulation of policy in that area.

Julia has been on the board of the Australian International Documentary
Conference, where she is now a marketing consultant, is an international
advisor for Hot Docs Canada, FIFO Tahit, Doc Edge New Zealand and is national
co-ordinator for INPUT, a public broadcast television event. In May 2012 this
annual event was held in Sydney and she was the co-director.


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