Eight documentaries by award-winning filmmakers
Driven by an interest in capturing compelling, real-life stories to drive conversation and engagement around the interconnected issues of climate, nature and inequality around the world, SAP established the SAP Filmmaker Fund with the largest documentary film festival and market in North America, Hot Docs.
Over the past 30 years, Hot Docs has earned an internationally renowned reputation for curating the best docs the world has to offer and forging relationships with celebrated filmmakers. Together with the filmmakers, SAP and Hot Docs partnered in producing eight short films for their first series, Roads to Regeneration—a curated collection of inspirational, short documentaries addressing the global challenges and opportunities that individuals, communities, and organizations face in achieving zero emissions, waste, and inequality.
Jude is a Lebanese American filmmaker based between New York and Beirut. Her cinematic interests have drawn Jude to the exploration of the esoteric, the spiritual and the unspoken. A richly layered visual and intimate personal shooting style developed under the mentorship of Abbas Kiarostami’s final student group.
Dan is an award-winning environment journalist who has overseen film, television and audio productions around the world. His focus is on storytelling that transcends traditional climate topics, revealing how the planetary crisis intersects with every part of our lives. He forged his career as a TV correspondent in East Africa and Russia to tell gripping environmental stories in new ways.
Dominic is a former environmental consultant who launched his career in filmmaking by riding a tandem bicycle from Alaska to Argentina while picking up strangers on the back. In 2008 he debuted his film on the subject at Banff Film Festival taking home the Special Jury Prize with a distribution deal by the UK’s ITV4
Richard worked as an actor, writer and theatre director throughout the 1990s and early 2000s before starting Floating Harbour, a production company based in Bristol, UK. He has subsequently worked for many years directing and producing a great many films for multiple platforms and organizations with a particular focus in recent years on sustainability, the environment and climate change.
Hiroshi has directed various cultural documentaries from the World Heritage Sites of Japan to the Ainu ethnic minority and established an unprecedented method of animating history that only remains in documents and paintings. Some of his works can be seen on the official YouTube channel of the Japan Foundation.
Weronika’s work focuses on intimate, local stories as a way to comment on bigger social issues. She is an alumna of DocNomads European Joint Masters Program in Documentary Filmmaking as well as Dual BA Program between Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. Her first documentary “The Vibrant Village” screened at more than 35 festivals worldwide.
Max Sänger, born in 1987, is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Hamburg, Germany. He holds a Master’s degree at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, where he studied documentary film with Prof. Pepe Danquart. His films are sensitive observations that do not simply make the lives of their protagonists visible, but trace their rhythm, their physicality and their specific view of the world. They are films that do not impose any logic of narration and representation on their main characters, but conversely, make the encounter itself the starting point of a cinematic form, a documentary gaze. Alongside these intimate portraits of people, there is a great curiosity and fascination for non-human life worlds, which accompanies Max in all his works. With friends and colleagues he co-founded the Gorgofilm collective.
Koval is a filmmaker and producer based in India with over 14 years of experience. She is now focused on creating non-fiction media for global audiences. She is a graduate from Eurodoc and has received support from Sundance, IDA, IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Al Jazeera, HotDocs, Catapult Film Fund and SFFILM for her projects.
Ose is a Nigerian-American. He is an MFA graduate of Cinema-TV production from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has won awards from a few film festivals, including Tribeca, Rome, and Houston WorldFest. His works have played at over 60 film festivals around the world, on cable, television, and streaming platforms.
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