Greatest Hits, Misses & Controversies

Find out how and why documentaries get commissioned and funded by top international decision makers


In a new session to find out about decision makers’ fav’s, phobias, fails and successes, this year we will start with Diego Buñuel, director of original documentary features at Netflix, who will explain what is Netflix looking for and the criteria and methodology at the documentary department.

Our special advisor and documentary consultant Catherine Olsen will afterwards present a full panel of international decision makers (Mohamed Elmongy  – ALJAZEERA DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL, José Rodríguez – TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE, Sonja Scheider – BR/ARTE Head of Arte Department & Rika Shimba – NHK Producer)  who will introduce how and why documentaries get commissioned and funded, and will present examples of some of their greatest hits, surprise misses, and greatest controversies.

To end the session with, Lucila Moctezuma, program director of the successful fund for nonfiction women directors, Chicken & Egg Pictures , will explain how the program works.

An unmissable session to fine tune the search of financing for your next documentary work!

Photo from the last edition with: Cahterine Olsen (Moderadora) Marie Nelson (PBS International), Mandy Chang (BBC), Sabine Bubeck-Paaz (ZDF)  and Catherine LeClef (CAT&Docs)





Diego Buñuel – NETFLIX Director, Original Documentary Features

Diego Luis Buñuel is a Franco-American film-maker born in 1975 and the host and director of the Canal Plus and National Geographic Channel series, Don’t Tell My Mother. In 2014 he was appointed Director of Documentaries and Factual Entertainment at Canal Plus and in 2018 joined Netflix as Director of Original Documentaries in London.




Mohamed Elmongy – ALJAZEERA DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL Senior Producer and Commissioning editor

He is an Egyptian film maker working in the documentary field since 2003 and joined Aljazeera in Qatar on 2011. As a commissioning editor and a member of the production team, he has commissioned more than 2000 hours from all over the world with variable content which could fit in multiple slots such as history, social, doc-drama, human interest and so many other.





Lucila Moctezuma – CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES Program Director

As Program Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, Lucila Moctezuma oversees the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs in support of women nonfiction filmmakers. Lucila is originally from Mexico City. Previous to joining C&E, she was Executive Producing Director at UnionDocs, Manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, Director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, and founded and was Coordinator of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin America Media Arts Fund. She was Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for The Flaherty.



José Rodríguez – TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE Director of Documentary Programs

José F. Rodriguez is the Director of Documentary Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, where he oversees the growth and funding for all of the documentary programs and leads documentary workshops in the US as well as throughout Latin America. His documentary short “Adolescencia” (2017) screened at film festivals in the United States (Camden Film Festival 2017, New Orleans Film Festival 2017, DOC NYC 2017) and abroad (DOK Leipzig 2017) – and his latest short film, “Mama, mama” (2018), is currently in its festival circuit.



Sonja Scheider – BR/ARTE Head of Arte Department

Studied politics, journalism and American studies at LMU Munich. Responsible for feature documentaries at BR since 2004, Head of BR/Arte since 2016.





Judith Vecchione – Senior Editorial Advisor of WORLD Channel
Judith represents WORLD Channel (USA), a 24-7 national public media platform for factual programs.





Wednesday 22nd of May, from 15:30h to 18:00h. CCCB  Audiotorium.

This activity will be in English language.
Access with Accreditation only. Seats are limited.
Greatest Hits, Misses & Controversies | Edition 2019, Industry