Aung Min / Screenwriting & Film Analysis

Dr. Aung Min


Dr Aung Min divides his time between writing, filmmaking and treating patients at his Yangon clinic. A YFS-trained screenwriter, he passes on his skills to his fellow Myanmar filmmakers in YFS courses and independently. He wrote the script for The Monk feature film directed by YFS graduate The Maw Naing which premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2014.


Regina Bärtschi / Editing

Regina Baertschi


Swiss editor Regina works on feature films, documentaries and TV series including Palm Springs Audience Award winner Elles (1997); Better & Better (1997), awarded at Nyon, Leipzig and San Francisco; Sooner or Later (2003), nominated for the LA International Documentary Award; and Blue Skin (2004), recipient of the Berlinale‘s Dialogue en Perspective Award.


Lars Barthel / Cinematography

Lars Barthel


Born in East Germany, Lars has worked as a cinematographer for over 25 years on both features and documentaries, shooting films in countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Jamaica, Germany and Myanmar. He was Professor of Cinematography at the HFF in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1996-97 and regularly tutors at film schools and workshops across Europe. In 2006 he directed multi-award-winning documentary My Death is Not Your Death about his life in the GDR.


Marleen Bovenmars / Participatory Video



Dutch Marleen is based in the UK where she works as a trainer for Insight Share using participatory video (PV) for community action and knowledge and skills sharing. She recently trained farmers in PV at the Himalayan Permaculture Centre in Nepal. During her 3-year MSc she specialised in communication for behavioural change, sustainable agriculture and video-mediated education.

Ellen Bruno / Documentary Directing & Development

Ellen Bruno

American Ellen is a documentary filmmaker with a background in relief work. Her films focus on human rights and include Sacrifice (1999), about Burmese child prostitutes, and Leper (2004) filmed in a remote village in Nepal. Her many awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships and a Goldie for Outstanding Artist. Ellen serves on the Board of the San Francisco Buddhist Film Festival.

Frances Calvert / Film History

Frances Calvert
British-Australian Frances has an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and is particularly interested in documentary style and form. She is currently completing a PhD on cultural broadcasters. Her own documentaries focus on the Torres Strait Islanders in Australia and include Talking Broken (1990) and the award-winning Cracks in the Mask (1997). She teaches at the Filmuniversitaet Babelsberg near Berlin.

Jessica Ehlebracht / Editing

Jessica Ehlebracht
North German Jessica worked as assistant editor on feature films such as Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) before becoming an editor herself of feature films, TV series and, in particular, documentaries including Jonathan (2011), winner of the Earth Vision Award at Tokyo Film Festival, and The Ferryman (2007) which won Silver Prize at the German Short Film Awards.


Ansgar Frerich / Postproduction Sound

Ansgar Frerich
German sound expert Ansgar set up Die BasisBerlin postproduction studio in 2006 and is its general manager and creative director. He works on postproduction sound for features and documentaries including the Oscar-nominated Story of the Weeping Camel (2003), Women Without Men (Silver Lion at Venice, 2010) and Pianomania (Lola for Best Sound, 2011).


Ivan Horák / Sound Recording & Postproduction Sound Design

Ivan Horák
Czech Ivan has recorded and undertaken postproduction sound design on numerous productions including dialogue editing on the Czech unit of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005). His documentary credits include the award- winning The Beauty Exchange (2003) and Blues by the Beach (2004). In 2014 he won the Czech Lion Award for Best Sound for The Way Out.


Kyaw Ko Ko / Sound Recording & Postproduction Sound Design
Born in Yangon, Kyaw Ko Ko joined YFS in 2009. He first worked as a cinematographer shooting projects including the short fiction film Bungkus (2011, dir. Lay Thida). He then moved his focus to sound & has since worked as a sound recordist on numerous YFS and independent projects. Kyaw Ko Ko is also skilled in post-production sound and sound design. In 2015 he had the opportunity to hone his skills during a 3-month placement at BasisBerlin sound studio in Berlin, Germany. Having completed the YFS Train to Teach programme, he is now on the School’s roster of tutors & teaches location and post-production sound alongside YFS international tutors.

Rachel Mathews / Screenwriting & Fiction Directing

Rachel Mathews
British filmmaker Rachel has directed award-winning short films including Danny & His Amazing Teeth (Royal Television Society Award, 2002) and written scripts for BBC Radio 4 and TV. In 2010 she won a Wellcome Trust Award for feature script Matrioska. She is currently writing a BBC radio play and a series pilot for Channel 4.


Tuula Methonen / Editing & Film Analysis

Tuula Mehtonen
Over the past 30 years Finnish editor Tuula has collaborated with almost all of Finland’s directors of note and edited award-winning documentaries including Father to Son (2004) and Daughters of Palna (2007). She was Professor of Editing at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and is guest lecturer at the Baltic and Norwegian Film Schools. She is currently writing a book about editing.

Lindsey Merrison / Documentary Filmmaking, Production, Distribution & Marketing

Anglo-Burmese Lindsey‘s long interest in Myanmar began in 1990 when she visited the country to research her family history. The trip led to the documentary Our Burmese Days (1996) which screened at festivals around the world including the Berlinale and IDFA. Her second Myanmar documentary, Friends in High Places (2001), won awards in Europe and the USA. She founded the Yangon Film School in 2005.


Melanie Sandford / Editing

Australian Melanie has edited over 40 documentaries and dramas for TV and film on subjects varying from history to health to contemporary dance. A respected member of the Australian Society of Editors, she edited the award-winning profile of novelist David Malouf, An Imaginary Life (1997), and the eight-part documentary, Australians at War (2001), nominated for an AFI Award.


Ulrike Schaz / Documentary Filmmaking

Ulrike Schaz
German filmmaker and photographer Ulrike‘s films often focus on women‘s issues, such as the lives of drug-addicted prostitutes in Hamburg in To Be Somewhere Else, and the promotion of family planning in Thailand in Spiral of Fortune. Her WDR/arte production, The Women of Kisani Sabha, depicts courageous women in Bangladesh. She is also curator for an international network of women artists.


David Smith / Postproduction

David Smith
British David lectures at major UK film schools including NFTS and the Northern Film School. He specialises in editing, design and visual FX for clients including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Apple and Quantel on projects including feature film editing, promotions, commercials, pop promos, colour grading, title sequences, on-air graphics, film finishing, corporate programming and design.


Fiona Strain / Editing

Fiona Strain
Australian editor Fiona‘s primary focus is on documentary but she also works on TV dramas and children‘s series. Her credits include Dancing Down Under, winner of the 2012 Atom Award for Best Children‘s Factual TV; Whatever! The Science of Teens (2009), for which she received an Australian Screen Editors‘ Award; and landmark series Liberal Rule, awarded Best Documentary by the Australian Directors‘ Guild and the AFI.


Tin Win Naing / Cinematography

Tin Win Naing
Myanmar Tin Win Naing joined the first ever YFS workshop in 2005. He has shot numerous projects including Into the Ring, winner of the 2007 YFS-Heinrich Boell Documentary Competition; the multi-award-winning feature documentary Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing (2008); and feature film The Monk (2013). As a graduate YFS‘ ‚train to teach‘ programme, he is now a fully qualified cinematography tutor.


Stewart Young / Editing

Stewart Young
Scottish-born Stewart’s distinguished editing career spans 40 years. Moving to Australia in his teens, he edited for ABC before moving to the independent sector where he has won numerous AFI awards and nominations including Best Editing for Nicaragua – No Pasaran, Rocking the Foundations and Year of the Dogs. Three of his films: Frontline, Chile – Hasta Cuando? and First Contact, were nominated for Academy Awards. Stewart’s many documentary credits recently include The President Versus David Hicks, about an Australian held captive at Guantanamo Bay.

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