Mentors

Janet Tobias

Janet Tobias is an Emmy-winning filmmaker. She started her career at CBS’ 60 Minutes, after which she moved to PBS. There she was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-winning PBS programme Life 360. In 2012, she made her theatrical debut with the documentary feature No Place On Earth, which premiered at TIFF and was released by Magnolia Pictures in the US and Senator in Europe. Her most recent documentary feature, Unseen Enemy, was released at the Copenhagen and Beijing International Film Festivals and broadcast on five continents in nine languages. It was also screened at #AFO53. Both films were nominated for Writers Guild Awards. Tobias is also an adjunct assistant professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a research professor of Global Public Health at NYU.


Monika Aksamit Koperska

Monika Koperska has a PhD in chemistry, is graduate of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland and Université des Sciences et Technologies, Lille, France, specializes in conservation chemistry – a field of chemistry dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage, from the most valuable works of art to library resources. Recently she devoted her work to preserving notes and works from forgotten polish inventors. Scientific communication is her passion, she lectures and appears regularly on television and radio. She won the 2012 FameLab Award and came second in the International FameLab that same year. She co-hosted “Scientists’ skirmishes” (“Potyczki naukowców”) on the Planete + channel and “Inventors of the future” (“Wynalazcy przyszłości”) on the Canal + Discovery channel. Since 2016 she has been the co-founder and president of the Association of Science Advocates (Stowarzyszenie Rzecznicy Nauki), whose goal is to build a knowledge-based society (bringing together over 70 scientists who are simultaneously popularizers of science and constantly networking them with the media) and has her own production company M.A.K. Art & Science Productions.

 


Sheila Hayman

Sheila Hayman has written and directed dozens of documentary films around the world, for the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE, Beijing TV and others, winning a BAFTA, Time Out Documentary Series of the Year and a nomination for Grierson Arts Documentary of the Year. She has been UK Young Journalist of the Year, BAFTA/Fulbright Fellow in Los Angeles, Hodder Headline Lead Title novelist, columnist for The Guardian, Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and is currently Artist in Residence at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Science. Since starting her career in the Science Department of the BBC, a consistent focus of her work has been the relationship between people and their technology. Her 1993 BBC/WGBH film, ‘The Electronic Frontier’ introduced the world to email, the computer in your pocket (eleven years before the iPhone), the death of Main St and DeepFakes, including their political risks. Her current project ‘Senseless’, which has been developed with the Media Lab, is her return to the world of The Electronic Frontier.

 


Tom Millen

Tom Millen is a Director of Crossover Labs specializing in the production and exhibition of immersive content as well as arranging cross-media training and events. He has curated immersive and interactive exhibitions for festivals world-wide including CPH:DOX, Bergen International Film Festival, Silbersalz Festival, The International Film Festival of India, Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Global Health Film Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Tom also works as a mentor and producer of interactive projects, a series of archive documentaries and VR such as the BBC’s Easter Rising Voice of a Rebel. His work has been released on broadcast, theatrically as well as being displayed at venues such as MoMA, The National Theatre and the Imperial War Museum.


Jessica Harrop

Jessica Harrop is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who has dedicated her career to inspiring passion about science through film. She runs development and production for Sandbox Films, sharing responsibility for all project decisions and company strategy and acting as an executive producer for Sandbox Films documentaries. Jessica has produced content for a variety of outlets including Netflix, Showtime, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS. Her credits include the Netflix documentary series Follow This, James Cameron’s Emmy Award-winning series Years of Living Dangerously, Bill Nye Saves the World, and First in Human. She holds a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a Certificate in Theater from Princeton University, where she has been co-teaching an undergraduate film course on communicating climate change.