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Dare to Dream Selection Workshop

From February 27th – March 2nd, 2016, 16 projects that are developed under Dare to Dream meet to present their development results and to pitch in front of potential co-producers, broadcasters, and financiers.

Check out the 16 projects that are presented at the workshop:


and check out the workshop schedules at:



Christoph Jörg has been producing and commissioning documentaries for over twenty years.

From 1994 to 2008, he was Senior Commissioning Editor at ARTE France in Paris. He was overseeing the output of a huge range of programs from international series like Why Democracy? and Steps to the Future to documentary strands like Thema, and more than 350 feature documentaries which won numerous international awards and have been shown in festivals all over the world. Before he worked as a TV producer for Das Kleine Fernsehspiel at ZDF/Germany, a podium for young makers of film and television programs and one of the longest-lasting niches for auteur films on German TV.

Christoph Jörg founded Pumpernickel Films in 2009 in Paris. Since then, he has produced a wide range of award winning documentaries, working with a line-up of talented and acclaimed filmmakers, including the films Ingrid Betancourt: Six Years in The Jungle by Angus Macqueen (France TV/ ARD/ BBC/ HBO), Be Like Others and Love Crimes Of Kabul by Tanaz Eshaghian (HBO/BBC/France 5), The Guantanamo Trap by Thomas Wallner (Sundance, ARD, France TV), La Toma by Miguel Salazar and Angus Gibson (ZDF/ ARTE/ RCN Colombia), Best Of Enemies by Martina Hall (ARTE), Bobby Fischer Against The World by Liz Garbus (HBO/ BBC/ ZDF-ARTE), Dreams Are Colder Than Death by Arthur Jafa (ZDF), Whose Country by Mohammed Siam (PBS), Battle For Rio by Gonzalo Arijon (ARTE France/ TSR/ YLE/ NHK/ SBS/ CBC/ DR/ Canal Brazil), The Lovers And The Despot by Rob Cannan and Ross Adam (BBC/ ZDF-ARTE) and Winnie by Pascale Lamche (ARTE, SVT, RTS).

DON EDKINS (South Africa)

Don Edkins was born in Cape Town in 1953. At the age of twenty-two he left South Africa for political reasons, and returned in 1994 to take part in his country’s first democratic elections. He completed his studies in development work and African languages, and has extensive work experience in the field of media and social change.

In April 2013, he started AfriDocs, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa, that screens the best African and international documentary films twice a week, as well as special focus events on relevant issues facing African audiences. He has co-authored a book with Iikka Vekhalahti on documentary filmmaking – Steps by Steps.

He is a director of a non-profit organization that works in documentary film production, training and distribution, STEPS, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

JEAN TSIEN, ACE (United States)

Jean Tsien has been working in documentary film for 30 years. Her feature editing debut, Something Within Me, won three Awards at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Tsien’s notable editing credits include: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2001 Academy Award nominee); three Peabody Award-winning films: Travis, Solar Mamas and Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Emmy nominee for Best Editing); Please Vote for Me (2008 Grierson award recipient for most entertaining documentary).

Tsien is a strong believer in mentorship and nurturing emerging talents. She has served as an editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab since 2010, Hot Docs Blue Ice Lab in 2014, and the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum since 2011. Tsien was a 10-year board member for CAAM, a non-profit organization promoting Asian American media. She is a proud member of American Cinema Editors.

MENNO BOEREMA (The Netherlands)

Since 1983 he has been working as a freelance film editor with directors such as Johan van der Keuken, Peter Delpeut, Hedy Honigman, Marjoleine Boonstra, Hugo Claus, Frank Scheffer and Dumisani Pakhlati.The last 20 years he has often worked in Africa, South America and Asia, always working with local directors.

He also has a part time teaching position at the Nedelandse Filmacademie, and is a regular tutor at different editing workshops around the world such as the IDFA Summerschool, Berlin Talent Campus and Doc. Inkubator. He has also been involved in the Steps for the Future and Why Democracy?/ Why Poverty? projects. Since april 2015 he is one of the advisors for Roughcutservice.com. Among the films he has tutored are 5 Broken Cameras, Tea Time and Where Condors Fly.

The most recent films edited by Menno are among others:

Jungle Rudy by Rob Smits, Lucanamara by Hector Galves and Carlos Castaneda, No. 89 Shimen Rd. by Shu Haulun, Forgotten Space by directors Noel Burch and Alan Sekula, Nick by Fow Ping How, My Life on Planet B by Ivan Lopez Nunes, Voices Of El Alto by Benjamin Oroza, The Only Son by Simonka De Jong, Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai.


Mikael Opstrup has been a dedicated documentarist since he made his first documentary – now hidden for the public in his cellar – in 1977. Most of the 80’s He worked with distribution and theatrical release of documentaries. Mikael attended script writing at the Danish Film School in 1988. Freelance Producer up through the 90’s. Made a desk-cross-over from 1998-2002, where he worked as Production Adviser at The Danish Film Institute.

Mikael attended EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) in 1998-1999. Co-owner and producer of Final Cut Productions, Copenhagen from 2002 until 2008 where he had produced a number of international documentaries. Board member of EDN – European Documentary Network from 2005 until 2009, and Chairman from 2008 until 2009. Mikael became Head of Studies of EDN since January, 2011.

MIN-CHUL KIM (South Korea)

He is a former literary agent, a party promoter and currently a producer who made several award-winning documentaries such as Planet of Snail (2011), Iron Crows (2009) and 9 Muses of Star Empire (2012). With the knowledge earned from his hands-on experiences of coproducing and collaborating with film talents from Europe and Asia, he has been working as a trainer at Crossing Borders, CNEX CCDF, Tokyo Docs and Tribeca Teaches.

He recently founded Documentary Airways with a simple vision of distributing Asian docs by Asian filmmakers worldwide. He believes that it’s possible to live a sustainable life with time to water his plants in the morning as a filmmaker.


Stefan Kloos is the managing director of Kloos & Co. Medien, one of the most active German production companies for international co-productions for cinema and TV.

Kloos, a trained journalist and Grimme Award-winner, founded his production company in 2002. In 2007, he additionally started Rise And Shine World sales, one of the leading boutique sales agents for documentaries with multi-award winning films such as Hip Hop-Eration, Gayby Baby, Everyday Rebellion, My Stuff, Every Face Has A Name, Neuland and others.

Kloos has a strong track record as a creative producer on international documentaries. He is a member of the German Film Academy of EDN & AG DOK and an alumni of the Documentary Campus Masterschool. He regularly teaches and tutors internationally on documentary film production and distribution.


Ulla Simonen is the founder and producer of the production company MADE and tutor for Berlinale Talents and Sources2. From 2013 to 2016 she has worked as the artistic director of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in national fund AVEK. Her filmography of over 50 titles includes both domestic and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction: ”The film-maker’s vision and how that vision is executed is what interests me the most”.

Many of her productions such as The Idle Ones (2001) and Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart (2013) are multiple award nominees and winners. She has worked with many co-productions, newest was Don Juan (2015) winner of the main prize in IDFA. In Garden Lovers (2014), one of Simonen’ cinema releases, romantic couples are opening their hearts to each other while gardening – which is a very dear hobby to her as well. She is also a mother of two, beekeeper and a passionate fan of HJK Helsinki football club.