An EURODOC producer is someone who is inspired by a love for cinema, but also by a strong desire to play an active role in her/his society, with the belief that creative documentary filmmaking addresses the others in terms of sharing outlooks and knowledge.

The members of the pedagogical team are professionals internationally well known, with different profiles covering a wide range of activities (programming, distribution, production).

THE LOCAL GROUP LEADER: for every session, we identify a different group leader, usually a EURODOC graduate with a long experience. The group leader for the local group is chosen following different criteria, such as the language and on the production panorama of the hosting country. Our pedagogical approach pays particular attention to the profound changes affecting the documentary production sector.

The Head of Studies of EURODOC is composed of:



Maria Bonsanti 
Program Director

Maria Bonsanti has established herself in the world of documentary film since 2000. For twelve years, she worked for the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where she was appointed co-director in 2011. She also frequently worked for the Locarno Festival, where she coordinated, for instance, the Play Forward section in 2006 and 2007, dedicated to experimental cinema and visual arts. From 2012 to 2017, Bonsanti was artistic director of the documentary film festival Cinéma du réel at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Since 2017, she is the programme Director of Eurodoc. Maria has already served on a number of festival juries around the globe (among them Busan International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Locarno Festival, Berlinale, Mar del Plata Film Festival). She collaborates as an expert and tutor in several workshops, and as member of in Film Funds (CNC, Ile de France, MEDIA…).

Jacques Bidou
(JBA Production, France)

& French-Speaking Group Leader

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 
(, Germany)

& English-Speaking Group Leader

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.

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