Florence Martin-Kessler is a filmmaker and the founder of Live Magazine, a storytelling show in 4 countries and 16 cities in Europe, labelled Press Innovation of the Year by the 2015 Assises Internationales du Journalisme. Since its creation Live Magazine has reached an audience of 40 000 and produced special editions with Le Monde, Le Temps, Les Echos and J’aime Lire as well as major festivals such as les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. Live Magazine's government-sponsored outreach and media literacy program trains teachers and vocational-schools students all over France.
She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2010-11, and sits on the boards of the CFJ (French Journalism School) and LASCAM, the French Author's Guild which manages 100 million euros of copyrights for journalists and nonfiction authors. Her recent documentaries narrate the perils of building the Republic of South Sudan from scratch (for Arte); the fate of Cambodia (for revue XXI), and the impossible ambitions of women on Wall Street (for the New York Times). She helped launch the newly-created Next Journalism Award which allows European journalist entrepreneurs to pitch their project at Harvard University and is a member of the jury of the Prix du Livre du Réel, the first narrative non fiction prize in France.