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MENTORS 2020-2021

Mark Atkin

Mark Atkin (UK) is an award-winning producer of immersive and interactive work. He is Immersive Curator at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, SILBERSALZ Science and Media Festival, Germany, and Director of Electric Dreams. As Head of Studies of CPH:LAB, he spearheads the development of creatives in immersive media.

Myriam Achard

Over the past 6 years Myriam Achard (CA) has devoted a great deal of her energy to representing PHI internationally, and has thus created an extraordinary distribution network for immersive projects on which PHI takes part today as a co-producer, as well as a distributor.

Katerina Cizek

Katerina Cizek (CA) is a two-time Emmy-winning documentarian, and pioneer in emergent media. She is heading up the Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab. At the National Film Board of Canada, she helped transform the organization into a digital hub with her ground-breaking projects Filmmaker-in-Residence, and HIGHRISE.

Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis (UK) is Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Responsible for creating an innovative digital offer presenting the best of the company to a global audience; for bringing new thinking and the best fresh developments enabling its progression.

Sandra Gaudenzi

Dr Sandra Gaudenzi (IT) consults, researches, lectures and writes about interactive and immersive narratives. She is Course Leader at the University of Westminster and co-convenor of the i-Docs conference. She has recently co-edited the book “i-docs: the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary”.

Vassiliki Khonsari

Co-founder of iNK Stories, Vassiliki Khonsari (GR) is a producer and director across multiple screens, including film, games, installations, and virtual reality. Recent titles include HERO, multi sensory/location based VR; FIRE ESCAPE, interactive VR series made in partnership with Google; BLINDFOLD, interactive VR and 1979 REVOLUTION, a cinematic video game.

Jonathan May

Jonathan May (UK) is currently Acting Director for AbandonNormal Devices. As an arts producer and programmer he leads ambitious cross-disciplinary teams to create arts events from building-wide festivals in the favelas of Bogota; installations in Mexico nightclubs; to public artworks at Tate’s Turbine Hall.

Annette Mees

Annette Mees (NL) is an award-winning artist and immersive theatre director. She is known for her experiential work across art forms mixing live and digital experiences. She is currently the Head of Audience Labs; a new department at the Royal Opera House dedicated to creating new immersive experiences using new technology.

Gayatri Parameswaran

Gayatri Parameswaran (IND) is an award winning writer, director and producer of immersive works. She co-founded NowHere Media — a storytelling studio that views contemporary issues through a critical lens. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice International Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes Film Festival.

Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Georg Tschurtschenthaler (IT) is an Emmy-nominated and Grimme-Prize awarded producer and showrunner forfilm and interactive projects at Gebrueder Beetz FilmProduction in Berlin. He has earned some 35 producer credits for his work. In addition he regularly teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts.