Members of the Honorary Board
Hana Kulhánková has been a director of different film festivals. Since 2005, she has been working for the Czech humanitarian Organization People in Need. There she was Director for the biggest human rights documentary film festivals in the world, One World Prague (2000-2017). Since 2010 Hana Kulhánková is a member of the Slovakian Czech Women-Foundation and works on gender equality and the Queer Eye Festival.
Thomas Schadt is a well know German Documentary maker and works as director, producer, photographer and writer. Additionally he was teaching on different film universities since 1991. He is the director of the film university Baden-Württemberg and a member of the European Film Academy and German Film Academy and the Academy of Arts.
Ally Derks was the Director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which she had founded in 1988. She was previously the coordinator of Festikon, an annual film and video festival in the Netherlands. Until 2015 she was also director and head of the selection committee for the IDFA Bertha Fund, supporting documentary filmmakers in developing countries. She has been on juries at numerous festivals including Sundance, Hotdocs, Silverdocs and Nordisk Panorama. Ally Derks has also been responsible for retrospective programs – including ones on Cuban, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Palestinian/Israeli and Polish documentaries.
Ally Derks was awarded for several prizes for her contribution to the documentary field, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award at DocAviv in Tel Aviv (2007) and the Hot Docs Doc Mogul Award (2011). Furthermore she got the Banninck Cocq award and the IJ-prijs from the city of Amsterdam. The France government honored her in 2015 as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. In December 2016 she was granted with the IDA pioneer award in Los Angeles.
Ally Derks studied Dutch literature and film and theater at Utrecht University.