The Tutors

George Kalomenopoulos
Producer, President of DOCROADS
President and Initiator of DOCROADS, George works as a producer, executive producer and/or line producer in the production of numerous features, documentaries and TVCs. He is involved in many international co-productions, amongst them award winning films, such as T 4 T, Best Documentary Film in LAGFF, USA 2009 and Dreaming of Zhejiang - in association with Cultural Channel of Zhejiang Broadcasting Group, awarded with the Second prize of the International Contest of Linking Zhejiang, Audience Prize in PLATFORMA VIDEO5 Athens, screened at many festivals around the world (France, Iran, Greece, USA): Official selection, Finalist of TED Prize event, global within the first international Pangaea Day held in May 2008 in Hollywood. He has collaborated with several international partners, including ARTE, ERT, ZDF, TVNZ, UFA, Telefilm Saar, WDR, and has also attended the Annual Meetings of the EBU Fiction Executives as a participant. Given his rich background in literature, history and sociology, and his expertise in the audio-visual sector, George was certified by EACEA as a Media Expert for the Media Program of the European Union since 2009 and was recently nominated as a Culture Expert for activities supported by the European Commission. He has recently co-produced The Olive Route with ICTV Solferino/Paris, a five episodes series for ZDF/arte, and he is currently co-producing Greek Islands in association with Taglicht Media/Koeln, a five episodes series for ARTE.


Bjoern Jensen
Producer, Distributor, Film Consultant, DOCROADS Director
Bjoern has worked as supervising producer and consultant on dozens of documentary and feature films, many of them award-winning. Credits include Quiet Days in Hollywood with Hilary Swank, Montreal Symphony, winner best Canadian documentary at FIFA, Under the Ice (winner best documentary at Kuala Lumpur Festival), The Big Day with Martina Gedeck, winner best TV feature Bavarian TV Award and many more. He holds a Masters Degree in German and English Literature (MA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 2007, he founded Ginger Foot Films, which produces and distributes films and offers consulting services in the areas of development, financing, production and distribution. He teaches at film schools in Europe and Asia and holds international workshops in production, financing and pitching. Bjoern Jensen is a member of the Friend's Association of the University of Television and Film, the friend's association of the Munich International Documentary Film Festival, the evaluation committee of Bild-Kunst, the German Cultural Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the German Documentary Association (AG DOK). For German Documentaries he organizes the participation of German documentary producers at international film festivals and markets.


Hans-Stefan Heyne
Legal Consultant
Hans-Stefan Heyne worked as a Unit Manager at NDR Public Television in Hamburg/Germany, he became a part of Germany's biggest Public Broadcaster ARD/Channel One, he was a Production Manager at NDR Public Television in Hamburg and a Production Manager/Executive Producer at Studio Hamburg's production unit, where he was responsible for production budgets, cost-breakdowns and contracting. He was a Legal Consultant and Head of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions until 2011 at NDR International, later to become Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing (SHDM). The company was responsible for the combining of any and all commercial activities of NDR, such as programme acquisitions, international co-productions, programme sales, worldwide Co-Production, and Licensing. In 2012 he started his own company "International Media Consult & Business Services", focusing on documentaries financing and co-financing, setting up international co-productions, acquisitions and sales contracts, all kinds of legal aspects and rights management.


Eva Stefani
Eva is a documentary filmmaker and a visual artist. She currently works as an assistant professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Athens and as a visiting professor at Freie University, Berlin. She has taught documentary filmmaking at Strory Doc as well as EDN seminars. She studied cinema and anthropology in Paris, London and New York, and she holds a PhD from Pantion University, Athens. She has written the book "10 texts on Documentary". She is the head of the Film Series at Patakis Publishing Company, Athens. Her films have been screened in various international film festivals (IDFA, Cinema du Reel, FIPA, Lisboan Docs). She has won several awards, among which are 1st prize at Cinema du Reel and Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival for The Box. She has also received the FIPRESCI and the Sunny Side of the Docs awards. Her short film Athene received 1st prize from the Greek Ministry of Culture, and was broadcasted by Channel 4, whilst Akropolis won 3rd prize at See Docs (International Documentary Festival) in Dubrovnik and was aired by RAI 2. Other credits include Letters from Albatross, What Time Is It?, and The Return of E.C. Gonatas.


Paul Pauwels
Director of the European Documentary Network-EDN
Paul Pauwels graduated from the Belgian Film School RITCS and worked on Flemish feature films as a unit manager, production manager and producer. In 1985, he established production unit Periscope Productions NV, specializing in factual production. Several Periscope-produced documentaries were awarded internationally. After selling his company in 2004, Paul spent two years working as a Programme Manager at Flemish public broadcaster VRT. Having left the broadcaster in 2006 he became the director of the ,European Television and Media Management Academy, ETMA, in Strasbourg, France, a position he occupied until end 2011. Paul Pauwels is the owner/producer of the Belgian production company Congoo bvba ( but he put his production activities on a hold when he was invited to become the Director of EDN. He has extensive experience in consulting and tutoring (sessions in over 30 countries over the past 15 years). He is also teaching Documentary Production at the Flemish Film School MAD Faculty (Genk) and is regularly invited to moderate pitching sessions. He is a member of the selection committee for documentary projects of the Flemish Film Fund (VAF).


James Bayliss-Smith
Cameraman, Editor, Videographer
James works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as Cameraman / Editor at ABC’s Beijing News bureau shooting and editing news features and breaking news. He worked for PRESS TV and CCTV News. He produced, directed and shot several documentary films, the latest being the 89 minute doc "Punt Wars". He holds a degree in international relations with east asian studies, speaks English and Mandarin and has won a silver award from the Australian Cinematographers Society. He has been tutoring at DOCROADS 2013 in Guangzhou.



Felix Opahle
AV & DIT Professional
After completing his BA in Applied Media-Economy at the die medienakademie AG in Munich, with a subject of TV Producing and TV Journalism, Felix moved on into the field of media technology and made his Bachelor`s thesis about stereoscopic 3D and its development. He worked several years at his university of applied sciences as technical supervisor and instructor. Besides that Felix did workflow consulting, DVD/BD/3D-BD/DCP authoring and other supporting jobs for 2D and S3D productions. Last year Felix worked for the outside broadcast company HD SIGNS GmbH mainly on projects like German Bundesliga, UEFA Europa League, Champions League and other sporting and show events. Finally he was the Data Wrangler and DIT for the HFR3D documentary Legacy of Gods, which included shooting in Chile and Guatemala.