The First Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival
Location: Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Date: 15th October －18th October 2016
Theme: Man and Nature – Looks and Roots
Jean-Claude Carrière (France)
French novelist, playwright, film festival dean, former president of the French state film school La Fémis, recipient of the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement as screenwriter at the 87th academy awards, Academy Award for Best Short Subject for “Heureux Anniversaire” (1963).Pierre-Henri Deleau (France)Actor, film producer, film festival founder and leader, chairman of the independent segment “Director’s Fortnight” at the Cannes Film Festival, first director of the French TV-festival FIPA, jury member of the International Film Festival Venice.
Patrick Deshayes (Latin America)
Director, producer, expert for latin american films, scholar, member of the French Institut International Transcultura, representative work: From the Perspective of Indians from another World”.
Zhang Yaxin (China)
Currently professor at the TV and Journalism School at the Communication University of China, doctoral tutor, director of the Television Program Institute, jury member of the China TV Golden Eagle Award, main works include: “General Theories of Video-Based Culture Documentary”.
Noa Karavan (Israel)
Famous personality in the international culture and film world, cultural and creative production executive, chairwoman of Artists for Public Art 1777, Founder of an international symposium for public art, representative works: “Production Cooperatives”, “Air, Light and Utopia”.
Hans Christoph von Bock (Germany)
Famous documentary director, producer, outstanding figure in the area of music documentaries, reporter for RIAS-TV, representative work: “The Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires”.
Pallavi Arora (India)
Film and Video graduate of the India National Institute of Design, experienced documentary film director, representative works: “The Eternal Gandhi”, “Girl Stars”.
Thomas Frickel (Germany)
German film director, producer and Executive Chairman of the documentary association AG DOK, supervisory board member of ONLINEFILM AG and member of the board of the film promotion agency FFA, member of the managing council of the third professional group at VG Bild-Kunst, representative of AG DOK in the media committee of the German Cultural Council, founding member of the European Documentary Network (EDN).
Zhang Yaxin (China)
Professor at the TV and Journalism School at the Communication University of China, Doctoral Supervisor, Director of the Television Program Institute, Visiting Professor at the Univérsité Panthéon-Assas in Paris and the Macao University of Science and Technology, Board member of the China Television Artists Association, Executive Vice President of the work committee of the China Television Artists Association and Jury Member of the China Documentary Academic Awards.
President of the expert jury for the documentary film segment at the 6th Beijing International Film Festival, jury member for the “Reddish-Gold Cotton Awards” at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, jury member at the Banff China Documentary Film Festival, jury member of the China TV Golden Eagle Award.
Main Works: “General Theories of Video-Based Culture Documentary”. Multiple Chinese TV-series planned, produced and co-written by her have won a series of national and international documentary film awards.
Paul Lewis (Canada)
Paul Lewis is a famous Canadian journalist, producer and now president of Great Pacific Television. Before joining Great Pacific he launched the world‘s first daily science program Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel Canada. He served as president and general manager during Discovery Canada‘s most significant period of expansion and made it the most watched factual channel in the country. Paul has supervised a multitude of TV-networks and websites and is a founding member of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and the Canadian Science Media Centre, as well as director of these institutions.
Paweł Łoziński (Poland)
Currently a lecturer for documentary film technology at the Gdansk Film School in Poland. Director, screenwriter and producer and has received awards at numerous international film festivals, including Best Television Documentary at the Prix Europa in Berlin and the Golden Dove at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Among his most outstanding works are: “You don’t know How Much I Love You” (Nawet nie wiesz jak bardzo cię kocham), 2016; “Father and Son” (Ojciec i syn), 2013; “Chemia” (Chemo), 2008.
Pieter van Huystee (Netherlands)
Producer. Among his representative works are: “The New Rijksmuseum” and “On the Way to School”, among others.
Once a very creative director at IDTV, he founded his own production company in 1995. Since then he has been working with famous Dutch directors such as Johan van der Keuken, Heddy Honigmann and Klaartje Quirijns, among others, to produce documentaries and feature films. His company is now one of the most influential independent production companies in the Netherlands, which is highly respected in the industry for its quality and wide-ranging business. In 1999 Peter’s business expanded with the addition of the department Public Film, intending to introduce German documentary films to local cinemas. It is worth mentioning that many of Peter’s documentaries and works have been screened at various global film festivals and have won numerous awards.
George Kalomenopoulos (Greece)
Founder and owner of the company 2k, an independent production company based in Athens, producing and co-producing documentaries, feature films and commercials. 2k works with Greek and foreign directors that share common goals, in order to produce films in line with the global interests of a wide audience. The company also develops and produces documentaries, short films and feature films representing the original and innovative views of their directors and reflecting the modern world’s cultural diversity.
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The Second Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival
Location: Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Date: 6th September－9th September 2017
Theme: Man and Nature
Romain – Philippe Pomedio (France)
President of CINAPS TV channel
He founded and still directs CINAPS TV（Science television in southern Paris）.
His main productions concern the origins of the world, quantum physics, the impact
of Broad Hadron Collider, black holes, etc. in collaboration with Steven Klein and
French Atomic Energy Authority.
“Violins of the World with violin player Didier Lockwood”
Pieter Fleury (Netherlands)
Director, Producer, Editor
Independent director, producer at Golden Monkey Enterprises
Member of the National Selection Committee for Judges at the Netherlands Council
Senior consultant of the academic committee of western documentary of Chinese TV artists association
Senior Advisor of the Documentary Films Academic Committee of China TV Artists
Association Communication Ambassador Global Eco Forum of China Senior
Consultant International Gold Panda Documentary Festival
“war witnesses”, “from the children's voice”, “in the day of the DPRK”, “ the emperor era”
Fritz Wolf (Germany)
Independent journalist, Author, Lecturer and Media publisher
Jury member of the 3Sat Documentary Awards
Jury member of the Baden-Württemberg Documentary Film A wards in 2003
Conducted thorough cooperation with multiple media companies regarding topics
such as politics, culture and science and technology
Zhang Yaxin（ China）
Chinese Professor, Ph.D. supervisor at the School of Television and Journalism
and director of the Television Program institute of the Communication University of China
Visiting professor of Université Lyon 2 - Accueil
Visiting professor Macau University of Science and Technology
Permanent Vice President of the Working Committee of the Movies and Television
Institution of the China Television Artist Association
Permanent Member of Council of the Documentary Work Committee of China Radio
and Television Association Beijing International Film Festival Documentary Unit Jury Chairman and China
Documentary Academic Award Judge
Takuma Akifumi （Japan）
He graduated from the master after the Japanese Fuji TV work, has been
engaged in television production for nearly 40 years, is the Japanese film and
television industry of the elderly
"29 Years of Christmas", "No One Loves","101 times to marry"
Francois Verster（South Africa）
Director, Producer, Writer, Freelance camera, Sound recordist
Guest lecturer: University of Cape Town
Representative work "The Dream of Shahrazad"
Marcelo Fortaleza Flores（ Brazil）
Director, Producer Ph D in anthropology
one of the most innovative audio-visual producers and visual anthropologists to come out of Brazil
"River of Gold","Katsa Baba: Humorous Dramas" as well as a feature documentary“ Trópico da Saudade”
Thomas Frickel (Germany)
German director, producer and executive Chairman of AG DOK.
Member of: the supervisory board of ONLINEFILM The board of directors of FFA
Representative of AG DOK in the area film/media of the German Cultural Council
A founding member of the European Documentary Network
Paul Lewis (Canada）
Journalist, Producer President of Great Pacific Television
Founding Board director for the "World Congress of Science", "Factual Producers"
and "Canadian Science Media Centre of Canada"
He served as president and general manager during Discovery Canada's most
significant period of expansion, made it the most watched factual channel in the country
Vice-president of Chinese Culture Promotion Society
Director-General of China Science Film & Video Association
Chairman of China Television Artists Association
Deputy Director of China Central Television(CCTV)
Executive officer of the City TV Foundation
Chairwoman of the Steering Committee of annual Festivals of Local Televisions in
Koš ice, Slovakia President of the International Jury, MITIL, Vevey, Switzerland
Co-author of the book "Comunidad y Comunicación. Prácticas comunicativasy
medios comunitarios en Europa y América Latina", published in Madrid, November 2012
Gilles Lyon-Caen (France)
Producer, Movie critic
Gilles Lyon-Caen selected movies for the Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection,
short films and foreign feature films Gilles Lyon-Caen has wide experiences extending from film production
(The Coproduction Office) to DVD edition (MK2) and movie critic
Director, Photo journalist
As a director of television documentary films, Kurian uses extensive sources for
his films, including current events, history, culture, wild animals etc. His films have
been broadcasted on many international television networks, including BBC, CBC,
NHK, Al Jazeera Television, National Geographic, Discovery Channel. His work as a photojournalist has also been published in a number of international media outlets,
such as The Sunday Times (UK), Aftenposten (Norway), as well as print media in Australia, Switzerland
Gervais Hugues Ondaye (Congo)
The Professional cultural operator in Brazzaville, Congo
General commissioner of the Panafrican Music Festival
He participated in the production of the documentary series“ Passeport - Musique
Amérique Afrique” with the television Channel CINAPS TV. His rich experience and
commitment to the culture of the African continent have earned him the following
honors“, Chancellor in the Congolese Order of Merit”, “Big Prize of Arts and Letters of
the Republic of Congo”,“ Award of Excellence for Cultural Action in Africa”
Forums 1: New Production and Distribution Channels for Documentaries and Documentary Industry
TV stations become platforms – or platforms become tv stations?
In the beginning studios around filmmakers saw SVOD platforms
rather as an additional means of distribution at the end of the
distribution cycle. By now platforms such as Netflix, Amazon,
Apple have turned into producers and buyers with million dollars
budgets. Documentary films have become part of the portfolio.
Certainly the audience response to documentary films on the
popular platforms can't be compared to top series like Game
of Thrones“ or „House of Cards“, but content providers such as
Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and of late Facebook and Vimeo as well
also produce and buy high class documentary productions. At
the moment the proportion of bought and own productions for
Netflix is said to be 50:50. Among others Netflix has „Man on Wire“,
Academy Award winner 2009 for „Best Documentary Film“ and
films of Werner Herzog's, namely Into the Inferno“.
Forums 2: Filming in extreme Areas
We have all gotten used to seeing daily reports from crisis and
conflict zones. Television news are seemingly documentarily
authenticated with shaky, mostly vertical, cellphone footage.
Maybe add a short sentence by a correspondent and we can
leave the war zone behind again. There is little space in modern
news flow to look behind the scenes and get to know the people
affected. The guests of the Forum“ Location Conflict Zone” show,
that there are other possibilities and ways to work.
Forums 3: Documentary and Television: Today and Future
To deliver the information, to build the connection, to provide the
social and political insight, all of which belongs or should belong
to the natural duties of television. Especially in the time of the
growing self-referential confusing “Fake-News”, the journalistic
classifications are of the utmost importance. However, the reality
of the world doesn’t only reflect in News, Magazines and the
formatted documentations. The documentary filmmakers all over
the world put their own insights towards what happens in the
world and in front of their cameras. In the hands of documentary
filmmakers the reality is a material as similar as the script of a
Together with international experts, we would, through this panel,
try to explain the rolls of documentary films, especially those in
artistic formats, in television systems in different countries.
Forums 4: Investment and Documentaries -- New Investment Model for Documentary Films
Documentary investors, producers and buyers from Germany,
China, Canada, Switzerland, Greece and other countries, with
demand and hope for the documentary investment market, At the
Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival, face to face
with documentary films in the forum dialogue, For international
cooperation and investment.
Firstly, Investors from different countries will introduce and analyze
the documentary investment in the country or the industry'
situation and trends;
Secondly, Investors from various countries will explore the
investment cooperation in the documentary area under the
impact of globalization with their personal experience;
Lastly, Investors from various countries express the
recommendations and prospects for investor platform at the
Golden Tree International Documentary Festival.
Forums 5: Documentary - Educational Model and Prospect
The interdisciplinary approaches will lead to a higher interface
competence and open the door to career paths in many branches
such as film, television, advertising, communication, education
The graduates of the subject of “Media: the Conception &
Production” can carry out the conceptual duties as well as
the technical tasks relating to the producing in fields such as
broadcasting organization, media and advertising agency,
production company, company communication, event
management etc. Meanwhile, the integrated foreign semester
provides the opportunities to the international career.
In the panel “Documentary Film – the methodology and the
perspective on education”, we would certainly like to get involved
into many small segments concerning the education in the
documentary film industry.
Forums 6: Documentary and Philosophy :What is our consciousness?
The major Homo sapiens’s challenge in this XXI century will be to
understand and take care of his own psychic growth.
How to set the real face to intersubjectivity?
What contemporary research gives up in cognitive psychology?
How to interpret senses’ physiological localization in our brain?
What is the impact of new technologies of information and
communication and cinema on our cognitive practices?
What are the consequences of the important brain plasticity?
In front of the immense fields of investigations’ diversity, it
seems to us important to extend the meetings by integrating
in this Forum contributors with spiritual practices on state of
consciousness’ changes (shamans, Griots ...) and introduce them
into this scientific research debate.
The Second Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival has concluded.
On the evening of the 9th of September, the official award ceremony of the second Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival took place in Frankfurt/Germany before the festival officially concluded on the same evening. After 31 movies that made it to the finals of the competition went through a strict review and discussion process by the final jury, a total of 6 documentary films climbed to top of the Golden Tree film competition.
“Callshop Istanbul” by the Canadian filmmakers Sami Mermer and Hind Benchekroun won the award for the Best Feature Length Documentary ;“ Coming of Age”, a documentary by the South African director Teboho Edkins won the award for Best Medium- Length Documentary; another award went to South Africa when Simon Wood’s film“ Orbis” won the award for Best Short Documentary; the award for Best Mini Documentary was given to Miguel Argilès from Spain and his film“ Eli. Swedish Passion” which tells the story of a sick yet optimistic girl called Eli, whose thinking about life is very thought-provoking. Simon Gillard received the award for Best Director. His film “Boli Bana”tells the story of the Fulai children in Burkina Faso. The three Chinese directors He Shiping, Fu Peng and Zhou Chengyu won the Special Jury Prize for their work“ Hermit”.