Global Pitch 2023
Day 1: Tuesday, February 7
2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m | Meet the Executives - Al Jazeera Media Network
Session moderated by Mathieu Béjot, Sunny Side of the Doc
Lejla Dedić, Programme Producer, Al Jazeera Balkans
Lejla Dedić was born in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1997 she graduated in Media and Society at South Bank University in London. She has over 20 years of experience working in the media sector. She worked at BBC World Service Trust/Media Action, and since 2011, Lejla has been working at the Program Department of Al Jazeera Balkans as a Program Producer, Acquisitions and Co – Productions and as a Selector for AJBDOC since 2018.
Adel Ksiksi, Programming Manager, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel
Adel Ksiksi joined Al Jazeera Documentary Channel in 2010. He graduated from Thames Valley University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies in 1995. As Manager of planning and scheduling, Adel is responsible for the development of strands and the Channel's broadcast schedule. He oversees the global planning effort with regards to special events, series and long-and short-term planning to increase viewership ratings.
3:15 p.m - 4:45 p.m | Pitching Session #1
Session moderated by Louise Rosen, Louise Rosen Ltd.
- Project #1 - The C Word
- Project #2 - Capturing Water
- Project #3 - Climate Justice
- Project #4 - Standing Up
- Project #5 - Intoxicated: How to avoid the end of the World
- Project #6 - Their Present is our Future: Saleem and Climate Adaptation
5:00 p.m - 5:45 p.m | Industry Catch-Up
5:00 p.m -5:45 p.m | ROOM #1 - Don Edkins, Generation Africa
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town who has produced documentary film projects that have been broadcast around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty?, and most recently Generation Africa, with 25 films from 17 countries across Africa around the theme of migration and youth opportunities He is Executive Producer of AfriDocs, a free-to-view VOD platform and broadcast strand across Africa for creative documentary flms. Currently he is developing Generation Africa 2.0, a documentary project for African filmmakers around climate change and environmental justice.
5:00 p.m - 5:45 p.m | ROOM #2 - Emily Wanja, Doc Society
Emily Wanja uses storytelling to drive social change. She works in collaboration with organisations, people and communities that imagine a more just world is possible. She is an award-winning Impact producer for the campaign ‘We Can Fight Climate Change’ for the international feature documentary, ‘Thank you for the Rain’. In conjunction with Docubox, she has worked with policymakers across national and county governments, private stakeholders, funders, civil society, and communities, using film as a tool for advocacy. She’s on the Climate Justice Resilience Fund Advisory Council and on the Global Impact Producers Alliance Transitional Committee. She is the Climate Story Lab Africa Lead. Emily Wanja works at Doc Society as the global community manager at the Climate Story Unit.
5:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m | One-to-one Meetings
Private meetings organized by Sunny Side of the Doc for the pitching teams and confirmed decision-makers only.
Day 2: Wednesday, February 8
2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m | Meet the Executives - WaterBear Network
Session moderated by Mathieu Béjot, Sunny Side of the Doc
Sam Sutaria, CEO, WaterBear
Sam is the CEO of WaterBear: an award-winning digital publisher and interactive streaming company dedicated to our planet. WaterBear produces and distributes impactful documentary content and other media to drive tangible change across the world. Working with 150+ nonprofit organizations, 10+ global brand partners and a growing community of millions, WaterBear is now live in 194 countries, across Roku, Samsung, LG, web, iOS & Android - with more launches incoming in 2023. Sam leads the overall strategy and day-to-day operations at WaterBear, and has driven the commercial business development of the network since launch. Alongside WaterBear's awesome and growing team of 40+ FTE's, Sam has spearheaded key collaboration and partnerships. Prior to roles at WaterBear, Sam was the GM of The European Nature Trust (TENT), produced content and campaigns at Nice and Serious, and trained with the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol. Sam is also the Founder of social enterprise DrawFor - and a Trustee of the Hartswood Trust and the Aegean Film Festival.
3:15 p.m - 4:45 p.m | Pitching Session #2
Session moderated by Rudy Buttignol, NXT Strategy + Brand
- Project #7 - Everything Is Fine
- Project #8 - Future Home
- Project #9 -Porto Central
- Project #10 - Fight for Food
- Project #11 - Flying Green
- Project #12 - Ojos de agua, Free the Waters of Chile
5:00 p.m - 5:15 p.m | Awards Ceremony
5:30 p.m - 6:15 p.m | Industry Catch-Up
5:30 p.m - 6:15 p.m | ROOM #3 - Patricia Finneran, Storyboard Collective
Patricia leads the Impact Fund at StoryBoard Collective, a Geneva-based non-profit that works to strengthen the global ecosystem of storytelling for impact through strategic partnerships and funding. She founded Story Matters which provides strategy to artists, organisations and funders around nonfiction storytelling and impact. Previously, she served as Creative Producer, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; Director, Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. She has worked with Doc Society on many doc / impact initiatives, most recently leading the Good Pitch Local program. She was part of the Ford Foundation/Rockwood Leadership Fellowship program and National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. She is a graduate of the American Film Institute Producers Program and holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.
5:30 p.m - 6:15 p.m | ROOM #4 - Jane Mote, The Whickers
Jane Mote is Consultant Editor at The Whickers documentary film fund that supports and nurtures first time Directors from across the world. She also mentors documentary makers at story labs in South East Asia, Japan and South Korea. Jane is a journalist and former head of BBC London, who worked in senior roles in television for decades including UK Managing Director for A Gore’s documentary channel Current TV. She is now Director of beechtobeach where she recently produced and co-directed the documentary My Bones Are Woven and trains people to make professional films on their smartphones.