Vadim Dumesh is a documentary filmmaker, researcher and journalist, with an academic background in economics, film, arts and public affairs (at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, Sciences Po Paris and Le Fresnoy).

Originally from Latvia, in his works Vadim explores questions of mobility, circulation, belonging, and human condition in larger economic and political structures. Vadim’s work is based on cohabitation and collaborative and collective work, and ranges from plastic and narrative experimentation in video installations and documentary cinema.

He cultivates a transdisciplinary approach and is currently investigating the potential of co-creation practices, which he is developing in his doctoral thesis in artistic research and practice “Situated Gaze: Documentary authorship and collective creativity in the digital age” co-directed by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (scientific supervisor Viva Paci, artistic supervisor Sharon Lockhart).

Vadim is currently a member of labdoc (Le laboratoire de recherche sur les pratiques audiovisuelles documentaires de l’UQAM) and a member of the Raconter-Cartographier transmedia scriptwriting research group.

His films screened in such festivals as CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, Jerusalem IFF, among other international festivals. LA BASE, Vadim’s first feature film, is theatrically released in France in april 2024.


2019 – ….     PhD in artistic research and practice
Le Fresnoy, National studio of contemporary arts, Tourcoing, France, et University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada

2019–2021 Le Fresnoy, National studio of contemporary arts, Tourcoing, France

2016–2017 Sciences Po, Paris Institute of Public Affairs, France
Master of Public Affairs degree in Arts and Politics SPEAP founded by Bruno Latour

2008–2012 The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School (JSFS), Jerusalem, Israel
Production and Entrepreneurship in Film faculty

2006–2007 Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv, Israel
2 semesters in the M.B.A. program in Tel Aviv University, Recanati Management School

2003–2007 Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), Riga, Latvia
B.Sc., Economics and Business Administration, specialisation in Marketing

training and residencies

2023 – ….  Raconter-Cartographier, member of a group of research group on transmedial scriptwriting
(School of Media, UQAM; University of Montreal; Concordia University)

2022 – …  labdoc (Le laboratoire de recherche sur les pratiques audiovisuelles documentaires de
l’UQAM) – member under the direction of Viva Paci and Diane Poitras

2017–present IRI, Institute of Research and Innovation in Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Pharmakon seminar, in the Chair of Contributive Research of MSH Paris Nord, Ars Industrialis,
and Plaine commune territoire, headed by Bernard Stiegler

2019-present médialab and Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po Paris
Resident artist with the artistic project on documentary co-creation “The Base”

Feb 2018 Doc Station Development Lab, Berlin Film Festival, Germany

July 2016 Future Storytellers Lab, Capalbio Film Festival, Italy

June 2015 Tribeca Hacks Digital Storytelling Workshop, Holon, Israel

Nov 2014 IDFA Academy, International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 2014 Cannes Producers Workshop, Cannes Film Festival, France

Feb 2014 Berlinale Talents training program, Berlin Film Festival, Germany