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Richard Ladkani

Director and Cinematographer

Richard Ladkani, an award-winning Austrian director and cinematographer, has completed over fifty documentaries for cinema and TV, directed a feature length drama as well as a great number of commercials for international clients.
After completing his film studies in the United States in 1996, he gained most of his early experience in NYC, where he worked and lived for more than six years before moving to Munich in 2002. From the early years, his dual approach as director and cinematographer has given his films a special handwriting, which has gained him international recognition.

In 2001, his film “Escape over the Himalayas” (ZDF) got him a nomination for the German TV Award. In 2002, he received the Golden Austrian Romy Award for outstanding cinematography on the series “Monasteries of the Danube River” (BR/ORF). In 2005, his feature-length documentary film “The Devil’s Miner” (PBS/arte/BR), won 22 international awards (Tribeca FF, Toronto FF, Los Angeles FF, European Film Awards, to name a few) and got a theatrical release in the US and Europe. In 2008, he photographed the award-winning documentary “A Powerful Noise”, and in 2009 the feature-length documentary "Jane’s Journey” on the world-renowned primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.

Both films were released in cinemas across Europe and the US. “Jane’s Journey” later won the “Cinema for Peace” award during the Berlin Film Festival 2011 and was 

shortlisted for the Academy Awards 2012. “Vatican – The Hidden World” (BBC/NatGeo/BR/France2), a three-year project which focuses on the secret world in the heart of the Vatican, was awarded the Bavarian Television Award 2011 for best directing and cinematography.

“Gas Monopoly” (ORF/Arte), an investigative thriller on the international Gas business and “Bavaria!” (BR/Arte), a high-end four-part series on the people and nature of Southern Germany are amongst his latest projects, which he directed and photographed before embarking on THE IVORY GAME, an investigative thriller on the illegal ivory trade and the plight of the African elephant. THE IVORY GAME is a production of Red Bull's cinema brand Terra Mater Film Studios, co-financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, in association with Malaika Pictures and Leoanrdo DiCaprio's Appian Way. DiCpario is also an Executive producer on this film. THE IVORY GAME was released as a NETFLIX ORIGINAL on Nov. 4th, 2016 after it had its festival premiers at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. It also won the Golden Panda Award at Wild Screen Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category 2017. 





Executive Producer of International Programs, Production Headquarters
NHK Enterprises, INC 


Since 1986 working for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) as a director of documentaries and news operations as “NHK Morning News” “News operations of German Unification” (1990) “Urgent Report After Death of Rajiv Gandhi” (1991) and the live show “Symphony for the earth – Satellite Live Message by Seiji Ozawa and world musicians” (1995), his directed documentary “European Picnic Plan breaking against Iron Curtain" (1993) won awards of HBF (Hoso Bunka Foundation) . Between 1997 and 1999 working as an NHK correspondent to Hong Kong Office then since 1999 working as documentary producer of NHK unique satellite channel cultivating High Definition Documentaries as like the travelogue “World Strollers” (2005-07) and “Cats!” (2012-14).

As International co-production “Why Democracy” (2007) “New Chinese” (2007 & 09) by different Chinese film makers and “Indian Short film series” (2007&08) “Queen and I” (2008)
He commissioned many productions, from which various films got screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, like “Chronicle of Amnesiac” (2007) by Anirban Datta, India and “Char... The No-Man’s Island” (2012) by Sourav Sarangi, “Spiral stairs” by Ji Tang from China and Japan; “Love & Hate” by Sean McAlister (2009) from U.K won awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. 






Michael Tear

President of Screen Producers Australia

CEO of WildBear Entertainment

Michael was Managing Director and co-founder of Bearcage before becoming CEO of WildBear. As Producer and Executive Producer, Michael’s career spans award-winning television, government and commercial productions, including a recent move into feature films.

Michael has produced commissioned programs for leading international & Australian broadcasters including, National Geographic, Discovery, Arte, ZDF, CCTV10, CCTV9, CCTV2, Beijing TV, ABC (Australia), FOXTEL (Australia) and Nine Entertainment Company (Australia).

As an Executive Producer, Michael has been involved in over 200 hours of television most recently including Hunt for Tassie Tiger and Snake Sheila for Discovery; The Kangaroo King and Borneo’s Secret Kingdom for National Geographic, The War That Changed The World for CCTV10, M.A.D World For American Heroes Channel and Changed Forever for History Channel Australia.

Michael was an Executive Producer on feature film The Babadook (2013, dir. Jennifer Kent, Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2014).

Michael currently serves as President of Screen Producers Australia and is a Director of ScreenACT 









Chen Dali

Director and senior editor of BTV Documentary Channel, vice-president of Documentary Committee of China Radio and Television Association, vice president of Television Documentary Academy Committee of China Television Artists Association, vice-chairman of China Film and Television Art Association; senior consultant of Southwest China Documentary Research Committee, and visiting professor at School of Management, Communication University of China.

Major works:
The documentary “Fleeting Time” (the director, photographer and writer) of 1998, won the Jury Special Award at Monaco International Film Festival and the first prize of China Television Documentary Academic

The documentary “Great Hall of the People” (the writer) of 2010, obtained the Documentary Fund from SARFT, and won China TV “Starlight Award” of 2011 and China TV “Golden Eagle Award” of 2012. 






Yang, Lan

Co-founder and Chairperson of Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation

Yang Lan is a household name in China, as a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Chairperson of Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation. Sun Media Group is one of the leading private media companies in China with businesses ranging from TV production, integrated communications, events, and more. Sun Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization aiming to improve education and promote philanthropy.

Ms. Yang graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. She became a rising star by hosting CCTV’s “Zhengda Variety Show”, which earned her the “Golden Microphone Award” in 1994. She then attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she earned a master’s degree in International Affairs. Upon returning to China, she created her signature show “Yang Lan Studio”, now named “Yang Lan One on One”. “Yang Lan One on One” has become China’s longest-running in-depth talk show, with more than 800 interviews with leaders from around the world. In 2000, Ms. Yang and her husband Dr. Bruno Wu launched Sun TV, Greater China’s first documentary satellite channel. In 2005, she created “Her Village”, a TV talk show geared towards Chinese urban female audience, which is developed into a multimedia community to empower women. To promote gender equality and women development, Ms. Yang founded “Her Village Academy” in 2016 to offer both online and off- line educational programs. She is committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges, as the only person to represent Beijing twice, she was chosen as the presenter for Beijing’s bid for both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2022 Olympic Winter Games. She was named as Goodwill Ambassador for 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Mr. Yang has served as MC and moderator for many events including the opening and closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the opening ceremony of Shanghai Expo, Special Olympics Global Development Summit, APEC Women and the Economy Summit, World Economic Forum, Fortune Forum and China Charity Forum.

To promote philanthropy and civil society in China, Ms. Yang, collaborating with Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and Center for Civil Society Studies at Peking University, organized capacity building workshops and international forums for NPO leaders in China. In 2010, with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she co- organized the “Giving Pledge” event in Beijing, which is regarded as a milestone in philanthropy development in China. Sun Future Art Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting the overall development of underprivileged children through art education. She is a Global Ambassador and International Board Member for the Special Olympics Movement and the first Chinese UNICEF Ambassador, the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, and the Vice-Chairman of China Charity Alliance.

Ms. Yang was honored with many awards, including Columbia University SIPA’s “Global Leadership Award”, the “National Philanthropy Award”, China’ “Women’s Achievement Award”, the Paley Center For Media and AOL’s “Makers” award. She is one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. 





Zhang Tongdao

Professor and PhD tutor at School of Art and Communication, Beijing Normal University, director of Documentary Center, famous documentary scholar and producer. Zhang was a selected candidate for “New Century Talents” sponsored by the Ministry of Education and was awarded as one of the Beijing’s Top Ten Film Figures of 2009. He was on the judge panel of China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival, Sichuan International TV Festival, Canada’s Banff Film Festival and US Reel China Film Festival. He was a visiting scholar at New York University in US from 2004 to 2005, and attended the international academic conferences held in US, Europe, Korea and Hong Kong in the name of main academic spokesman. He has been in charge of the writing and planning work for Blue Book: Annual Report on the Development of China Documentary since 2009.

Major works:
“Community Board” of 2011, was nominated for the 14th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam;
“Four Sisters from Baima” of 2003, was nominated for the 18th Fribourg International Film Festival;
“Kids Kingdom” of 2009, won the 10th Sichuan International Golden Panda Award; “Secrets of Growing Up” of 2009 (18 episodes have been completed);
“Our Kids” of 2010, co
-produced with Singapore party (10 episodes);
“Secrets of Growing Up: Primary School Age” of 2012 (12 episodes) 





Zhang Yaxin

Professor of TV and Journalism College in Communication University of China; director of the School of TV Programs. Zhang Yaxin planned many TV series which win a number of national awards. At the same time, she serves as a judge in many national awards such as China Jin Ying TV Awards (Documentary Award), Chinese Documentary Academic Awards, China Horse Awards and Chinese Television Artists Association.

Major Works:
Comparative Study of Documentaries: TV memories of Public culture, Communication University of China Press, 06/2006
Comparison of Chinese and Foreign Documentaries, Beijing Normal University Press, 09/1999
Introduction to Television, China Radio and Television Press, 08/1997

Ms Zhang was a guest professor as University of Paris II in 2007, and her subjects included:
- A survey of the development of TV programs in China
- The Present Situations of Television News in China

- The Television Broadcasting System in China - Chinese documentaries since 1980~2007 






The Guidance of Experts


    Chen Dali(above)

    Zhang Tongdao(above)



Xiao Long


MA in Creative and Media Enterprises of the University of Warwick, MPhil in Science and Technology of the Peking University, Long Xiao is the Operation Director of Beijing International Documentary Center (BIDC), the Permanent Secretary of Beijing International Film Festival Documentary Sector (BJIFF DOC), Deputy Secretary of DocChina Committee, the Director of Business Development of NeoMedia (Beijing) Investment Co., Ltd.

Long Xiao is in charge of the initiative and operation of BJIFF DOC, BIDC, DocChina Supporting Programme, and the business development of NeoMedia. Long Xiao also engages in the institutional reform and business development of BTV Documentary Channel. Long Xiao is the co-founder of DocChina Supporting Programme, the juror of China Charity Film Competition, the Special Observer of Good Pitch Australia, the Special Speaker of WCSFP and Sunnyside of the Doc, the author and expert of Annual Report on the Development of China Documentary.




Fan Qipeng


Fan Qipeng, deputy professor at School of Art and Communication, Beijing Normal University, PhD on Radio and TV Art, and documentary producer. Fan has served as secretary-general of the Organizing Committee at the 17th and 18th Beijing College Student Film Festivals and involved in one Key Project of Philosophy Social Science Research sponsored by the Ministry of Education, 4 projects supported by the Ministry of Education and Beijing Government, 3 projects supported by Beijing Normal University, and 4 university-level projects. Fan has published one monograph and been a member of Research Group of “Research Reports on the Development of China Documentary” for consecutive three years. He was also served as vice-editor of “Research Reports on the Development of China Documentary” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. His works have won many awards at various international film festivals including Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival and Sichuan International TV Festival.

Major works:
  “China Insight via TV Eye”, “Secrets of Growing up”, “Kids Kingdom” (Documentary Film), “Classical Documentaries”, “Classics of the Century”, “Long-length Footages of the Century”, “Three Sisters from Baima” (3 episodes),  “Dang Li Ge Dang”, “Pengpeng Scholl” etc.





Tian Weigang


Weigang TIAN PhD,Associate Professor, Master Tutor. Deputy Director of the Television Department, Director of Television Teaching and Research Office in Communication University of China.
 At present, TIAN’s main research fields are Documentary Creation, Theory and Practice of TV broadcasting, new media video communication. He used to work as a journalist and a producer at various television stations for several years. His works won China Journalism Prize and China Broadcast Television News Awards.

His other titles are: China Journalism Prize Committee Member, Training Specialist of SAPPRFT, Expert Judge of The KingBonn Award of China International New Media Short Film Festival, Expert Judge of Guangzhou Micro Documentary Contest.
 (P.S. SAPPRFT is State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China.)








Li Deying


Li Deying, working at the BTV HD Documentary Channel, responsible for licensing documentaries. Li has been working in BTV since 2003, and used to be the big event manager and the talk show director. In 2007, she stepped her foot on the documentary field as an assistant director in the history documentary of BEIJING and the culture documentary The GREAT HALL of the PEOPLE. Reviewing and selecting the licensing documentaries is her daily job, in the past five years, she has watched over 5000 hour the licensing documentaries.