Guests 2014

Christiane Schmidt

Christiane Schmidt, Germany

She studied Political Science and Science of Art, with an emphasis in visual media. Participates in different art and cultural projects in Brussels. Studied Documentary Film, majoring in Cinematography at the University of Television and Film Munich.

Her film, “The Forest is Like the Mountains, See?“, co-directed with Didier Guillain, is screened at Pelicam in the Black Sea Docs competition and had its international premiere at Berlinale this year.

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Didier Guillain, Belgium

Didier works as director of image for documentaries. Member of Les Renards, a cinema collective. Lives in Brussels. Together with Christiane Schmidt he co-directed “The Forest is Like the Mountains, See?“, film that had its international premiere at Berlinale in february 2014.

Pelicam guest for this edition, he will present “The Forest is Like the Mountains, See?” in the Black Sea Docs Competition.


Jan van den Berg

During his fieldwork at the Leiden university he made his first film: Olverenos (1975), about a village in Andalusia, where because of continuous drought, more and more men had to leave the village to look for a living abroad. Since that time he made many documentaries, mostly about people at the cutting edge between cultures.

He founded drsFILM and works together with writers, artists and film makers.

At Pelicam IFF he will present his latest documentary, When Elephants Dance, the Grass Gets Beaten, screened in the Shorts Competition.


Dan Susman, USA

Dan is a co-founder of Elmwood Motion Picture Company and filmmaker whose focus is on creating documentaries that inspire environmental and social change. Dan was given the most outstanding film award from Dartmouth College for Landmark, his short film that brought together a diverse group of community members to save a forest from destruction. Dan was also
selected to attend Working Films’ Reel Change Summit where he honed the engagement and outreach plan for Growing Cities.

At Pelicam 2014 Dan Susman will present his last film, Growing Cities, screened in the Fresh Perspectives Competition.

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Claus Drexel

Claus Drexel, France

After graduating from film school he works as a director of photography for several years. His career as a director starts in 1996, completing three short-films: C4 (1996), The Operating Theatre (Max au Bloc) (1998) and The Divine Inspiration with lead actor Keir Dullea (star of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 – A Space Odyssey). The films participate in more than one hundred festivals worldwide and win several awards.

In 2008, he directs his first feature, Family Values (Affaire de Famille), with French star actors André Dussollier and Miou-Miou. The film wins the Best Screenplay Prize by the French National Cinema Center and the Best European Film Award at the Avignon Film Festival.

In 2013 he directs On the Edge of the World (Au bord du monde) a feature-length documentary about the homeless people of Paris. The film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in the selection of the ACID, wins the Grand Prize of the International Francophone Film Festival in Germany and is shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Currently, Claus Drexel writes the screenplay of his third feature-film.

Claus Drexel will present his fim, Au Bord du Monde, in national premiere at Pelicam.

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Brechtje Smidt, The Netherlands

CEO/Director at Deepeei Film Productions, The Netherlands, Brechtje will coordinate the Green Film Making Workshop in Tulcea, at Pelicam Festival, together with Dorien Grötzinger.

Photo: Anne Claire de Breij

Dorien Grötzinger, The Netherlands

Event Producer for The Green Film Making Project, she will coordinate the Green Film Making workshop in Tulcea, at Pelicam IFF.


Reuben Aaronson, USA

Reuben Aaronson is a highly respected producer, director, cameraman, whose distinctive work reflects a wide variety of films, culminating in thirty years of experience. He has created or worked on films for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS and many others. From Academy Awards to Emmys, Aaronson’s work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity. He has filmed in almost every South American country including a dozen projects in Peru where “Amazon Gold” was shot. He is also working on two other documentaries in Peru, “Finding Vilcabamba”, about the long anticipated discovery of the last capital stronghold belonging to the Inca Empire and a feature film, “26 Days in Peru”, about the extreme left wing radical group that called itself The Shining Path. Other recent work includes a two-hour special about Mexico for the Discovery Channel and the cinematography for the feature film “The Thin Red Line” directed by Terrence Malick that was nominated for an Academy Award.

Also, Reuben was the cinematographer for “The Ground Truth,” a feature length documentary that screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award. He has recently established NGOfilms, an independent film company to assist organizations in creating noteworthy films about a social issue, cultural significance and/or the ongoing crucial work by the organization.

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Valentin Thurn

Valentin Thurn, Germany

Valentin Thurn is producer and director, the author of Food Savers (2013) – screened in the Fresh Perspectives Competition at Pelicam this year. In 1990, he started to work for the public TV channels Arte, ARD, ZDF and since 1994 he owns the Thurn Film/ Valentin Thurn Film Production.

He is the author of more than 40 documentaries on social, developmental, environmental and educational issues. He has also thought at numerous schools and foundations around the world. Valentin has also published two books, written over 20 radio plays, written articles for newspapers and magazines.In 1993 he founded with journalists from over 50 countries, the “International Federation of Environmental Journalists”. He is the co-founder of the online platform where consumers, dealers and producers can offer or pick up the surplus food for free, so it does not end up in the trash bin.

In April 2014, he initiated an online platform in Cologne to introduce to the consumers, food producers from their region.


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Stefano Martone, Italy

Born in Napoli in 1974, he now lives in Bologna. After graduating, he dedicated to photography and film making.He made a series of anthropological and social documentaries, in collaboration with NGOs and public institutions in Bosnia, South America, Palestine and Liban.

In 2013 he finished the film  Lucciole per Lanterne, documentary on the dam construction in Chile, Patagonia, film screened in over 50 festivals in Italy and world wide. The film will be screened at Pelicam, in the presence of the director, in the International Shorts Competition.


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Carl A. Fechner, Germania

Carl-A. Fechner is a journalist, filmmaker and producer. Since 1989 Fechner is managing associate of the fechnerMEDIA GmbH (formerly focus-film GmbH). As chief editor he is in charge of the content and artistic design of all fechnerMEDIA films and media campaigns.

In 2010 he made his cinema debut with The 4th Revolution and in this context travelled all around the world with his crew. „The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy“ shows in impressive images the trailblazers of Renewable Energies that convince the spectators that the energy turnaround to 100% Renewable Energies is possible within the next 20 years. The film has been the most successful movie documentary in Germany of the year 2010 and reached more than two million viewers in television broadcasts.

This year at Pelicam Mr. Carl A. Fechner will present his film When You’ve Gone, I Still Be There from the Fresh Perspectives competition.

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Roxana Pencea - Mining Watch

Roxana Pencea, Mining Watch

Bogdan Gioara_Reper21

Bogdan Gioară, Reper 21

Tudor Bradatan - Mining Watch

Tudor Bradatan, Mining Watch

Vilhelm Schuster

Vilhelm Schuster, Bio Mosna Sibiu


Florin Baci, Association of Permaculture Cluj

Alexandru Bodnar - Mai bine

Alexandru Bodnar, Mai Bine Association, Iași

Cosmin Dumbrava

Cosmin Dumbravă, Active Watch Bucharest

Shorts Competition


Katharina Fiedler, Germany

Freelancer editor since 2003, Katharina was selected for Berlinale Talents in February 2014.

At Pelicam 2014 she will present the last film she worked for as editor, My Name Is Salt in the Official Competition.

Maria Popa, Active Watch Bucharest