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In the past 9 years, Greenhouse has worked with prominent experts in different fields of the documentary filmmaking. Greenhouse filmmakers receive individual and continuing support from our inspirational and dedicated mentors, leading figures in the documentary film world, as they develop their film ideas. They participate in hands-on seminars including master classes on storytelling, scriptwriting, and pitching to an international market. They enjoy the support of a vibrant and sustainable community of talented filmmakers from the region and world-renowned film professionals.

Amongst the wide variety of lectures and workshops given by different experts, the Greenhouse participants has the opportunity to attend master classes by renowned filmmakers such as  Victor KossakovskiPirjo HonkassaloNicolas PhilibertHubert SauperNino Kirtadze and others who are sharing with the filmmakers their unique filmmaking process, cinematic vision, ideology and strategies, from the birth of an idea to their use of locations, shooting techniques and approach towards characters.


Documentary filmmaker internationally renowned, Nicolas Philibert was born in 1951 in Nancy (France). After studying philosophy, he turned to film and became an assistant director, notably for René Allio, Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta.

In 1978, with Gérard Mordillat, he co-directed his first documentary feature, His Master's Voice (La voix de son maître, 1978) in which a dozen bosses of leading industrial groups talk about control, hierarchy and power, gradually sketching out the image of a future world ruled by the financial sector.  
From 1985 to 1987, Nicolas Philibert shot various mountaineering and sports adventure films for television, then started directing documentary features that would all obtain a theatrical release: Louvre City (La ville Louvre, 1990), In the Land of the Deaf (Le pays des sourds, 1992), Animals (Un animal, des animaux, 1995), Every Little Thing (La Moindre des choses, 1996), as well as a film essay pitched between documentary and fiction: Who Knows? (Qui sait ?, 1998)
In 2001, he directed To Be and to Have (Etre et avoir), about daily life in a "single class" school in a mountain village in the heart of the Massif Central (France). Screened as part of the Official Selection at the 2002 Cannes Festival, Prix Louis Delluc 2002, the film was a huge success in France and around forty other countries.
In his most recent film, Back to Normandy (Retour en Normandie, 2007), he returned to the settings of I, Pierre Rivère, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and My Brother… by René Allio, the director who allowed him to take his first steps in film.