Founders and Directors

Danielle Turkov Wilson

Danielle’s creative passion and political engagement provide the binding thread so vital to TFIP’s vision and success. Danielle is also currently a policy advisor for the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief, liaising with the European External Action Service. She spearheaded many projects on radicalisation (most notably: AWARE and PRISM). The combination of these projects and her involvement with some vulnerable groups - providing a platform for women, youth, religious minorities and refugees - sparked her vision to reform the mediums to empower socio-political progress, in the form of visual policy briefs that propel emotional, lasting narratives.

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Dr Dwayne Menezes

Dwayne has been the driving force behind TFIPs excellent relations with policy makers in the UK and beyond. As the Founder and Director of two London-based think-tanks, Human Security Centre(HSC) and Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), that together manage vast international academic, policy, NGO and media networks; work regularly with the Commonwealth, UN, EU, OECD, Arctic Council, Nordic Council and other intergovernmental bodies as well as member governments; and have a combined social media outreach of over 10 million and readership of over 50,000 per week. The commitment and energy he brings to every project translates well to the creative industries.

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Advisory board

Sasha Achilli

Sasha Joelle Achilli is an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker specialising in international current affairs. She has spent her career getting at the heart of difficult stories in some of the most remote parts of Africa and the Middle East. During the last eight years she has investigated war crimes in Syria, produced films such as Outbreak -about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, investigated the Kenyan Westgate Mall terrorist attack for HBO documentary Terror at the Mall gaining exclusive access to the CCTV footage and victims of the attack. More recently she directed a BBC film about the honour killing of a British-Pakistani woman. With every film she tries to transcend cultural barriers making documentaries that are accessible to a wider audience.

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Melanie Horkan

Melanie co-produced and co-wrote My Enemy, My Brother which was shortlisted for an Academy Award (2015) and nominated Outstanding Short Documentary category at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. She produces The FACTory Pitch Day at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne. Melanie was the TEDx Sydney Film Curator at the Sydney Opera House from 2014-2016. She produced How to Fall in Love with a Stranger which was licensed by The Guardian. She was also Associate Producer and Interactive Producer on Google and the World Brain, which was commissioned for BBC4's Storyville and premiered at Sundance and screened at over 60 international festivals. Melanie has over 15 years experience in the interactive industry including at Spinifex Interactive, National Geographic and Leo Burnett.

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Heather White

Co-Director/Producer: Heather White began working on COMPLICIT while a network fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics (2011-2014). She is the founder of verite.org, a nonprofit organization recognized for its groundbreaking research on global supply chain monitoring of labor standards and risk management. Heather is an international expert on global corporate social responsibility (CSR) having provided social risk advisory and in-factory trainings for stakeholders since 2000.
Her research reports and recommendations on ethical sourcing standards have been recognized by United Nations agencies, EU parliament and several government ministries of Labor and Finance.

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Manon Ardisson

Manon Ardisson is a BAFTA-nominated independent producer based in London, now the director of Ardimages UK. She produced the BFI-backed feature film God’s Own Country (2017) by Francis Lee, which premiered in Sundance, winning the Special Jury Award for Directing in the World Dramatic competition. The film went on to win awards in international festivals, notably 4 British Independent Film Awards including Best Film, Best British Film in Edinburgh, Best International First Feature in Galway, and was nominated for Outstanding British Film of the Year at the 2018 BAFTAs. The film is sold by Protagonist Pictures and was released in the UK by Picturehouse Entertainment. Manon also co-produced La Soledad (2016) by Jorge Thielen Armand, the first feature about the current Venezuelan crisis. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and went on to screen at festival around the world, notably winning the Audience Award in Miami. La Soledad was released in the UK by the ICA and MUBI. Manon has been selected for a number of talent schemes, such as the Berlinale Talent Campus, Creative England’s iFeatures, Film London’s Microwave, and Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, among others. Manon comes from a production background, and also worked as Creative Assistant at Paul Webster’s Shoebox Films.

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Ann Shin

Ann is a multiple award-winning Producer, Director and New Media Producer for CBC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, PBS, and Fine Living Network. Her credits include: Turning Points of History, History Channel’s longest running series to date; Sunday morning Live, (CBC); The Heat with Mark McEwen (Food Network); TheFour Seasons Mosaic (CBC), Gemini nominee for Best Performance Doc; and Chris Award-winning The Roswell Incident. Her films and series have been broadcast in territories across the globe and won numerous awards. Her latest cross-platform project The Defector film and interactive won 3 Canadian Screen Awards and was selected into 20 international film festivals including SXSW, Hotdocs, IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Thessaloniki Film Festival and was sold in multiple territories. My Enemy, My Brother, the short film, was the 5-time winner of Best Short Documentary at international film festivals, including Traverse City Film Festival, Grand Prize Winner of the Best Shorts Humanitarian Awards, the Sepanta Award for Best Short Film, and was shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award. The New York Times Op-Docs selected My Enemy, My Brother, the short film, and it was recently nominated for a 2016 News & Documentary Emmy Award.

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Marc Van de Walle

Vision Mixer/ Video Editor Lecturer/ Coordinator / Teamleader / Coach. Member of the LUCA School of Arts leadership team, responsible for developing andcommunicating the vision and policy within 5 Undergraduate Programs of LUCA School ofArts, Brussels: Photography, Film, Interior, Construction and Graphic Design. Currently exploring the narrative disadvantages that are inherent in immersive fiction film. By experimenting at different levels, we try to develop innovative ways to enhance the experience of the story. Initially, the research focuses on the possibilities that a smaller angle of view than the usual 360˚ could offer. The research uses a design-based approach to investigate whether reducing the angle of view offers new possibilities to increase the storytelling power and technicity of the medium without losing too much on immersiveness. In addition to the scientific report, an artistic component is linked to the results of this research in the form of an immersive short film.

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TFIP Policy & Strategy Film Fellows

Djan Sauerborn

Djan has a background in policy as well as anthropology and previously worked for a Think Tank in Brussels focused on democratization, good governance and anti-extremism where he wrote policy briefs and advised EU decision makers. He is a “multipotentialite” that thrives on creative writing, ideation and synthesizing ideas.

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Maxime Seguin

Maxime Seguin completed a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Management at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His interests lie in research, LGBTi+ issues and power dynamics exercised through official state discourse. Maxime is interested in the power of film to challenge and educate as a novel medium to initiate society-wide debates.

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