Pedagogical team



Jacques Bidou

Producer (JBA Production, France)

Jacques has produced more than 120 films, both documentaries and fiction, presented and awarded in the most important film festivals worldwide such as Chroniques Sud-Africaines, Diario en Medellin or Carnets d’un Combattant Kurde. As a producer of fiction, he has contributed to reveal talents such as Rithy Panh, Merzak Allouache or Pablo Agüero. As a graduate from INSAS in Brussels, he has been the administrator of the FEMIS school as well as a founding member of EURODOC, of which he has been the Head of Studies for 15 years. He has been the Director of Studies for Docmed and a Group Leader for EAVE Greece and President of the Ateliers Varan for 8 years.

Heino Deckert

Producer/Distributor (, Germany)

Heino is a producer and the managing director of Filmproduktion and Fiction and is a shareholder of Blinker Filmproduktion, he also is the CEO of Deckert Distribution. He has produced more than 120 award-winning documentaries with directors like Victor Kossakovsky, Sergei Loznitsa and Thomas Heise. Being in the business for years, he has gained an excellent inside knowledge of the documentary market. He regularly lectures on production and distribution. He was the chairman of the European Documentary Network (EDN) from 2006-2008.

Nora Philippe 


Nora Philippe is the director of EURODOC, an international training lab for documentary filmmakers. She is also a film director, producer and curator who has relentlessly dedicated her career to documentary cinema. She has made films around the globe that have had an international distribution, among which «Restitution?» (ARTE/TV5, 2021, CPH:DOX), «Like Dolls, I’ll Rise» (2018), «Job Center, Please Hang on!» (theatre release, 2014), «The Ensorcery of James Ensor» (ARTE/RTBF/VRT, 2011). As a independent producer, she launched her own company in 2012, Les films de l’air, and has produced creative documentary films for television, academic research, museums, theaters.… As a programmer, she has conceived film series and symposiums for Columbia University, Institut français, Cité internationale des arts, Maison rouge, and teaches documentary filmmaking and production at various film and art schools, including SciencesPo, Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. She has served as a jury on various boards at French Regional Funds, CNC and LaScam.

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Estelle Robin-You

Producer (Les films du Balibari/Point du Jour, France)

Estelle Robin You is producer at Point du Jour - Les Films du Balibari, a merger of both companies focusing on creative documentary films for French and international markets, based in Paris, Nantes and Lyon. Estelle has (co)produced more than twenty films internationally, both for television and theatrical release, selected in festivals such as IDFA, Visions du Réel, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Locarno… Estelle has been focusing on creative films that delve into the heart of humanity, with stories taking place in France as well as in Myanmar, Mali, Serbia or Canada, from multi-awarded VILLAGE WITHOUT WOMEN by Srdjan Sarenac in 2010 to THE LAST SHELTER by Malian director Ousmane Samassékou, CPH:DOX Award Winner 2021/ IDFA Best of Fests and A THOUSAND FIRES by Saeed Taji Farouky, Marco Zucchi award at Locarno’s Critics Week ‘21/ IDFA ‘21 International competition. With her partner Clara Vuillermoz, Estelle won the 2019 Procirep French Producer Award, documentary category. Estelle is an EX ORIENTE and EAVE alumni and has been a tutor for workshops such as PRODUIRE AU SUD / FIDADOC in Agadir, EURODOC (regional groups) and recently the EAVE CHANGE workshop.

Heidi Fleisher

Producer & consultant (USA)

Heidi Fleisher is an American documentary film producer and consultant based in Paris. She recently handled international acquisitions for France Télévision’s creative documentary strand ‘25 Shades of Docs’ from its launch in 2017 through 2019. From 2015 - 2016 she worked as Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for ARTE SALES. Prior to that, Heidi worked as Head of Producer Training Initiatives for the documentary co-production market Sunny Side of the Doc, implementing workshops for emerging producers in Brazil, China and France. Today, in addition to producing and consulting she works with a variety of documentary industry events and participates frequently as a mentor for international filmmaker workshops such as Hot Docs Blue Ice Group and American Film Showcase. Production credits include the feature documentaries WAKE UP ON MARS by Dea Gjinovci (Tribeca in 2020) a  executive producer and DON’T BREATHE by Nino Kirtadze (TIFF in 2014) as lead producer, as well as the short doc collection ELEMENTAL, currently in production.


Liselot Verbrugge

Distributor (Netherlands)

Liselot graduated with a degree in film production from the Dutch Film Academy in 2007. After a few years of working in production, she moved on to the world of film festivals, o.a. as a festival and market producer at IDFA Forum, NFF and Cinekid for Professionals. She has been working in documentary sales since 2013, first for the sales arm of NPO sales (NL) and Autlook Filmsales (AT), most currently CEO of Deckert Distribution (DE). At Dox Consulting, Liselot specializes in consulting for markets, festivals and other film related organizations. She takes part in several selection committees and often acts as tutor or lecturer at workshops and masterclasses. Liselot is based in Amsterdam.

Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Producer (Films de Force Majeure, France)

Jean-Laurent Csinidis has been a film producer since 2010, when he created Films de Force Majeure, a production company based in Marseille (France) that he has been leading ever since. Over time, he specialized in cinematic author-driven documentary films and international coproduction, with the will of rightly bringing out the striking visions of filmmakers within the reality of markets. As of today, he has produced or coproduced 25 films which have been shown at Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Venice, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel… His filmography includes films like GAME GIRLS (2018, Berlinale, FIFIB Jury Grand Prize), A LAND IMAGINED (2018, Golden Leopard at Locarno), STILL RECORDING (2018, 5 awards at Venice Critics’ Week, Valdivia Grand Prize), THE LAST HILLBILLY (2020, Deauville, ACID Cannes, IDFA Jury Special Mention) or LITTLE PALESTINE, DIARY OF A SIEGE (2021, awarded at Visions du Réel). He is a member of networks such as EAVE or Eurodoc, and is regularly involved in training and teaching activities.

Alexandre Cornu

Producer (Les films du Tambour de Soie, France) & President of EURODOC

Alexandre Cornu took part in the creation of the production company Les Films du Tambour de Soie before becoming its manager. He has been member of the CNC’s Writing Grants Commission (Commission d’Aide à l’Ecriture) from 1999 to 2011, CNC’s Project Developement Commission (Aide au Dévelopement Renforcé), the FACA (Regional Fund in Brittany, in 2004/2005) and of several regional Documentary Commissions (Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône-Alpes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais). He has been President of the PROCIREP’s Television Commission in 2005 and 2006. Member of SPI (Société des Producteurs Indépendants), C7 and PRIMI (Transmedia Cluster). Member of the EDN Executive committee from 2008 to 2012. For several years now, he has been a workshop tutor – development of documentary projects – for the Femis, EDN, DocuRégio, Lussas and EURODOC (in France, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, etc.). Since 2015, Alexandre is the President of EURODOC.

Arne Birkenstock

Producer (Fruitmarket, Germany)

Arne Birkenstock directed and produced theatrical documentaries like "12 Tangos – Adios Buenos Aires", "Chandani – the daughter of the elephant whisperer“ (German Film Award LOLA for best childrens feature 2011), "Sound of Heimat – Germany sings“ and "Beltracchi – the art of forgery“ (German Film Academy Award LOLA for best documentary 2014). As a producer he works with directors like Milo Rau, Michael Madsen, Tonje Schei, Marcus Vetter, Florian Opitz, Yasemin Samdereli and others. Birkenstock serves as an instructor in film schools and is a member of several award- and film funding juries.


Emmy Oost


(Cassettes for timescapes, Belgium)

Carine Chichkowsky


(Survivance, France)

Mila Turajlic

Producer and director

(Poppy Pictures, Serbia) 

Marta Andreu


(Walden Residencies, Spain)

Claudia Tosi



Sylvie Gadmer 



Alba Lombardia

Archive researcher


Rasha Salti

Commissioning editor

(ARTE France)

Niels Pagh Andersen 



Avi Mograbi



Qutaiba Barhamji



Hanka Kastelicová

Executive producer

(HBO, Czech Republic) 

Anne-Laure Négrin 

Commissioning editor

(ARTE, France)

Rithy Panh



Thierry Garrel



Dieudo Hamadi


(Congo RDC) 

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