Meet The FACTory Assessment Committee

With submissions officially open for The FACTory, the time has come to introduce this year’s panel of experts, tasked with narrowing a wide field of worthy projects to the final selection.

David Amiel
Commissioning Editor, Society & Geopolitics, France Télévisions (FRANCE)

At France Télévisions, David Amiel is a Commissioning Editor within the Society & Geopolitics unit, which focuses on both French and international society subjects. Currently, his main responsibility is managing the strand “25 Shades of Docs”, the home of high-end, compelling and creative documentaries on all topics from France and around the world.

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S. Leo Chiang
Independent Director/Producer, Walking Iris Media (Taiwan / U.S.A.)

Leo is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei. His most recent film, Our Time Machine, won the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and Best International Director award at Doc Edge Festival (New Zealand). His previous film, the Emmy® Award-nominated A Village Called Versailles, picked up eight awards and aired on the PBS series Independent Lens. Leo’s work has received funding support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, and ITVS. He also collaborates with other documentarians as editor and a cameraman. Leo received a MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. He is the co-founder of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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Ianeta Le'i
Senior Manager, Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute (U.S.A.)

As Senior Manager for Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program, Ianeta’s focus is to identify and support emerging Indigenous filmmakers and their stories from across the U.S. and globally. She manages the implementation of all Labs, Fellowships, and Intensives, as well as facilitates outreach and engagement efforts. Raised in Waialua, Hawai’i, she previously worked at Pacific Islanders in Communications, managing non-fiction programs and content for public broadcast. Ianeta is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in Sociology, minor in communications, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the BYU Marriott School of Management.

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Jane Mote
Consultant Editor, The Whickers (United Kingdom)

As Consultant Editor for documentary funding foundation The Whicker, Jane nurtures and supports new audio and film documentary-makers who share a curiosity for the world. She has helped develop filmmakers at Docs by the Sea (Bali), MyDocs (Malaysia), AND – Asian Network of Documentary (Busan) as well as leading documentary training in Uganda and for the BFI (British Film Institute) in London, UK. The former UK MD of Al Gore’s documentary channel Current and Executive Editor, BBC London, Jane has worked for Discovery, Turner, BBC Worldwide, UKTV and the Africa channel. She is also Director of UK-based beechtobeach ltd.

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Abigail Priddle
Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual, BBC (United Kingdom)

Abigail Priddle is a BBC Commissioning Editor in Factual producing content for BBC One, Two, Three, Four and iPlayer. Working across several genres, her recent credits include science commissions What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery? & Inside the Factory, BAFTA winning history series The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story and Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal. Earth’s Greatest Rivers in Natural History and Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel and Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret for Religion & Ethics.

Before joining the BBC in 2017, Abigail was a Director and Series Producer working for all the main UK broadcast channels making a wide range of factual programming from documentary singles and series such as The Met: Policing London and 24 Hours in A&E, to returning formats such as Back in Time… and Hunted.

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