A Moon for My Father - director
An internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014), Cyprus Film Festival (2014) and Nottingham Contemporary UK (2018). Her films have screened at festivals around the world and have received numerous awards. Akbari lives and works in London, having been exiled from Iran in 2013.
This Is Love - director
Film director, scriptwriter and editor. In 2011 he graduated from Harvard, where he won the McCord Arts Prize. Before, he interned with Sam Raimi on "Drag Me to Hell" (Cannes 2009). He edited "One Way to Drown", executive produced by Brett Ratner, "Running Wild", starring Alden Ehrenreich, and "Shut Up and Drive" (Tribeca 2015). His directorial feature debut, "Bender", a cult thriller about America’s first serial killing family, won a Golden Strands award for Outstanding Cast. "This Is Love" is his debut documentary.
The Fourth Kingdom - director
Director, scriptwriter and producer. He has directed eight feature films receiving numerous awards such as Joris Ivens at IDFA, Best Documentary Nomination by the European Academy of Cinema, Pilar Miró Award for Best Opera Prima SEMINCI, Goya Awards Nominee and a NY-Emmy, among others. His filmography includes: "Fishbone" (2018), "The Fourth Kingdom" (Documentary, 2017), "The Pinch" (short documentary, 2017), "The Walker" (short, 2015), "Noah’s Ark" (2014), "Kanimambo" (2013), "The Eternauta’s Wife" (Documentary, 2012), "Dodge and Hit" (Documentary, 2011), "Stigmata" (2009), "My Grandmother’s House" (Documentary, 2006).
Pariah Dog - director
Jesse Alk was born in Ottawa, Canada. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied briefly at the NYU TISCH School of the Arts film department, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles MFA Directing Program in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is the son of the late documentary filmmaker Howard Alk. "Pariah Dog" is his first feature film.
Kabul, City in the Wind - director
Director, screenwriter and editor. He was born in 1985 in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. He moved to the Netherlands at a young age. He received his B.A. degree in Fine Arts at the Art Academy in Amsterdam. His graduation film "KabulTehranKabul" (2010) won the Wildcard Award of the Dutch Film Fund. He has continued his study at the London Film School, where he completed his M.A. degree with "Angelus Novus" (2015) which had its premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He received many international awards.
2 or 3 Things about Marie Jacobson - director
Anne Azoulay is a French actress, born in Paris. She has worked in films by Pierre Schoeller, Pascal Ferran, Tonie Marshall and Phillipe Ramos, and in several TV series, like "Le Bureau des Legendes". In theatre, her credits include "King Kong Theorie" by Virginie Despentes, which gained her a nomination to the Moliere prize as Best Actress. Pre-nominated twice at the Famous French Cinema Cesars for Best Female Newcomer (for "Lea" and "Adieu Pays"). She co-wrote the feature film "Lea" by Bruno Rolland, where she also starred. "2 or 3 Things about Marie Jacobson" is her first film as a director
Stress - director
Film director and producer. He was born in 1984 in Berlin. He spent a few years in Japan where he worked on several films and artistic video projects. He earned a degree in Film Directing from Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. He graduated with distinction and his diploma was "The Final Call" (2012). He has also made the documentary "Radio Taxi" (2010) for ARTE, “Joe Boots” (2017) for 3Sat TV. In 2015 he established Machnitzky Filmproduktion.
The Wind. A Documentary Thriller - director
Director, scriptwriter, author of creative documentaries, producer. A graduate of the Inter-Faculty Humanities Studies at the University of Warsaw. A longtime collaborator of TVP Kultura and the Planete Doc Review festival. Co-author of the television format "Jeden scena" nominated for the awards of the Polish Film Institute and Grand Press. His filmography includes documentary series "Kibice" and documentaries: "W mgnieniu oka", "Team" (2014), "1989" (2014), "Mundial: The Highest Stakes" (2012).
Imbued Life - director
Born in 1983. She graduated from the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and Animation at the University in Volda, Norway. Since 2010 has been working on a number of stop motion projects as a model maker, animator, and film director. Filmography: Imbued Life (2019), Simulacra (2014), Crossed Sild (2010, graduation film co-directed with Lea Vidakovic).
Turbine - director
Bulgarian-born, Montreal-based animator who studied animation at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Inspired by medical illustrations and the copper plate “eau forte” technique, his first short with the NFB "Focus", a synaptic journey through attention deficit disorder, earned him an Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Animation at the 2015 Ottawa International Animation Festival. "Turbine" is his second film with the NFB.
The Land of Whim - director
Born in 1993 in Kraków. She is a graduate of high school of fine arts in Krakow and a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow The winner of open-air, international competitions and artistic. She participated in film festivals (International Festival of Animation Animart in Łódź, Festival Polenmarkt in Greifswald). She deals with illustration, painting and animations.
Vanessa del Campo
Mars, Oman - director
Spanish film director based in Belgium. For her, filmmaking is a way to understand and connect with the world and hence, with herself. She studied film at LUCA School of Arts (Brussels), EICTV (Cuba) and BÀP (Barcelona) and prior to "Mars, Oman", she had directed "Lollies" (2018) and "Pepita" (2019), which had been selected in different film festivals worldwide. Her background as an aerospace engineer links her in a very personal way to her latest film "Mars, Oman" (2019).
The End of the Season - director
Born in 1996. Currently, he is a student of Film Image Production at the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has completed the Film Kindergarten course at the Wajda School. His artistic pursuits include music videos, feature and documentary films, such as "Subcultures" (2014) and "Under the Sails" (2016). Among his film awards, there is the Grand Prix at the OKFA National Independent Cinema Competition for his picture "The Race" (2016).
Of Animals and Men - director
Director, game designer and TV reporter. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Latin American Studies at the University of Warsaw, as well as the documentary program Dok Pro at the Wajda School. "Of Animals and Men" is his film debut.
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
Bror - director
An actress, writer and director. Her professional acting career began at age 17 in the TV-series "Performances". In 2016 she graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts and has appeared in short films, series and feature films. She won a Bodil Award (the Danish Critic Association) for her lead role in the feature film "Excuse Me". Her interest in writing and directing started while working in front of the camera. She wrote and acted in the viral film "Europe" that served as a humanitarian outcry in the refugee debate. "Bror" is her directorial debut.
Fuck Off II – Images from Finland - director
Born in 1933. He has had a distinguished career as a film director, film producer, writer, and politician. His works have influenced Finnish society for almost half a century, and still, he keeps on working as one of the most controversial characters in the Finnish cultural sector. Donner's film "A Sunday in September" (1963) received the Prize for best directorial debut at the Venice Film Festival, and after that, he has directed several fictional films and documentaries. His most famous films include "Portraits of Women" (1970) and the original "Fuck Off! Images from Finland" (1971).
Jonathan Kolodziej Durand
Memory Is Our Homeland - director
Jonathan Durand is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Montreal, Canada. He studied Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University (BA), before spending several years living and working as an educator in Asia and East Africa. Since 2009, he has been pursuing a career as a director, cinematographer, and photographer. "Memory Is Our Homeland" is the culmination of a decade of research into his family's history as Polish WW2 refugees in Africa. It is his first feature-length film.
The Hypnotist - director
A documentary filmmaker from Helsinki, born in 1980. He has been making documentary films since 2005. In 2009 he graduated from Arcada – University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts. "The Hypnotist" is his first feature documentary.
Crazy Against the Nation - director
Since the beginning of Hanuljak's professional career he directed three feature films and several short movies. His movie "About Young Parents 2" won an audience prize at the One World Festival in 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2010 Hanuljak was one of the three founding members of non-profit organisation DogDocs, which aims at documentary filmmaking, audio-visual education and dance movies production. Since 2014 is making intern ArtD at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava. Since 2008 Hanuljak was collaborating with contemporary theatre companies from Slovakia on various video-projections
Dandelion Mum - director
She is one of the three first documentary directors to graduate from the Norwegian Film School. Originally trained as a photographer, she exhibited at the National Art Exhibition in 2014 (Høstutstillingen), only 25 years old. Barbora also has a BFA in art photography from the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague and has studied documentary photography under Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin at Volda University College. Her ambition is to combine a subtle visual language and an observational style of storytelling, creating personal, yet political films – aiming to make both
Attrition - director
A writer and director from the United Kingdom who has had her films purchased and broadcast on national French television, has screened award-winning shorts internationally at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals and has just completed her 2nd French co-production. She has also attended schemes such as the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, has been mentored by Peter Strickland and James Kent, has shadowed Douglas MacKinnon on BBC’s Sherlock, and she is developing 2 feature films and her first TV drama with Blazing Griffin in Scotland.
Gods of Molenbeek - director
Reetta Huhtanen is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. She has graduated with a Master of Arts from the ELO Film School Finland in Aalto University majoring in documentary film directing. She has also graduated as a BA in Sociology and Philosophy. Currently, along with film making, she is a doctoral student at Aalto University. Her films, „The CoffeeBreak”, about three eternal students, and Economic Forecasters, an absurdist look into the inscrutable world of economics, have been widely exhibited at international film festivals. "Gods of Molenbeek” is her feature documentary debut.
Sophie B. Jacques
Hearth - director
Suspense, discomfort and dark humor are core themes of Sophie B Jacques’s work. For her documentary "Sunday" we’ll see, she flies to Belgium to discover 77 year-old man who lives in a toy museum. With "Chaloupe", who earned a nomination at the Jutra award ceremony in 2015, long-buried secrets are unveiled around a campfire. With "Privé", she learns how to lie in 72 hours during the DocuMenteur Festival where the film wins the jury prize. With "Foyer", her most recent film, she explores what time can hide in the same space. Sophie’s great sensitivity makes her creations genuinely powerful.
Ticket to the Moon - director
A film producer, director, and cultural programmer. In the last decade, she has been active mainly in the field of documentary films, focusing on social-political driven narratives. Her work includes topics dealing with the global supply chain in the textile industry, the dynamics of North-South divide, current feminist movements in Rwanda or the political realities of the post-Soviet Caucasus region. She co-founded and has been programming the DokuBaku, the first independent documentary film festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. "Ticket to the Moon" is her directing debut.
Imbued Life - director
Born in 1984. He graduated Time Based Media from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and from New Media Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Aside from making animated films, Thomas creates stop motion performance artworks which have featured at numerous festivals.
Die Toten Hosen - You Only Live Once - director
Born in Aachen, Germany, she studied German, English and theatre and film in Munich and Berlin. Together with Christoph Schlingensief, she has developed, produced and directed projects including the talk show satire ‘Talk 2000’. Since 2001, she has directed and produced arte’s best-known documentary series ‘Into the Night with...’, which has received four Grimme Awards. She had her debut as a feature film director for the period drama ‘Lou Andreas-Salomé’, which was one of the most successful art-house films in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2016.
Homesick - director
Since he was a kid, he is fascinated by the power of the image. Since then, he's thrilled by all kinds of films like "The Godfather" (Francis Ford Coppola), "Memories of Murder" (Bong Joon-ho) or "A Prophet" (Jacques Audiard). Half French half Japanese, the Fukushima disaster has a strong impact on him. It will take him several years to process the catastrophe and after directing commercials for almost ten years, he starts writing his first fiction film: "Homesick", the story of a father willing to enter the no-go-zone to spend time with his eight years old son.
Zlota - director
Director of short films, image spots, video clips and social campaigns. He is an enthusiast of music films and has made several documentaries focusing on the subject, including "From Podserednieje with Love" (2015), "Good Evening, Opole!" (2014) and "Poland – Path of Dance" (2016). His production "Elektro_sonda" (2016) is a hybrid that crosses genre boundaries. His latest film "BandMasters" had its premiere at the 57th Krakow Film Festival.
My Heart - director
Translator and student of Film and Television Image Production and Photography at the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. He is also a graduate of German Philology at the Jagiellonian University. His film "What I Want" (2015) has won a number of awards, including the award for the best photography (by the director) at the Cambridge "Watersprite" International Student Film Festival, and has taken part in the Youth and Film Festival in Koszalin. He is the winner of the Silver Hobby Horse for "Nothing New under the Sun" (2017), and at the 58th Krakow Film Festival he presented another film, "1410".
Tõnu Kõrvits. Moorland Elegies - director
Marianne Kõrver is a documentary filmmaker (b. 1980). She graduated from Baltic Film and Media School, majoring in film directing. She has done several portrait documentaries about Estonian artists (painter and fashion designer Agu Pilt, jewellery designer Kadri Mälk) and composers (Eduard Tubin and Erkki-Sven Tüür). Marianne Kõrver’s main subjects of interest are human, environment and religion - and the difficult and contradictory relations between these subjects in the modern Western civilization.
Red Light Train - director
Born in 1992 in Krakow. She was a student of the Department of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, now she is studying at the Graphics Department there. On everyday basis she works with animated films, drawing, graphic design and graphic arts.
Àlex Lora Cercós
The Fourth Kingdom - director
Spanish film director born in 1979. He studied Film Directing in Spain and Italy and, as a Fulbright scholar, in New York. He has worked in many countries as a script doctor, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter and film director. His films have been screened all over the world at over 350 festivals and won about 100 awards. He is a laureate of the Golden Dragon Award for his film Odysseus’ Gambit (2011), winner of two NY-Emmys, finalist of the Oscars-Student Academy Awards, winner of a Gaudí and Goya Nominee. His works have received more than 100 awards.
Fateicz and the Sea - director of photography
Cinematographer, director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Film and Television Production Department at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia. He makes video clips, works as a director of photography and directs documentaries awarded in Poland and abroad, which include With Beak and Claw (2002) and Olter (2004), a film about the legendary drummer Jacek Olter. He cooperates with ZDF, Discovery, Planet and TVP Kultura.
Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator - director
Film and television director and content editor. She was born in 1974, she is a graduate of the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University, and a former PhD student in Comparative Literature. Among her works are the films "Who's Afraid of Mordechai Vanunu?", "Israel is not waiting...", "Pitbulls: Flesh&Blood" as well as the documentary series "My Little Empire". Her works gained prizes and participated in international festivals and acquired by various channels in Israel and abroad.
One of Many - director
An artist, specializing in sculpture, painting and set design. He graduated from Bennington College, USA. He lived in New York where he had a solo exhibition of his monumental paintings SAINTS. He returned to Macedonia to work as a set designer on all the films by his sister Teona S Mitevska. Animation films are his great challenge. His award-winning animation "Alerik" was presented at more than 30 festivals around the world. In 2019 he finished his last drawing animation "Edna", which took him 2 years to make.
Cobain: Montage of Heck - director, Crossfire Hurricane - director
Director, screenwriter and producer who has also been dubbed the ‘mad scientist’ of the documentary film. In 1992 he earned his BA in Mythology and US History from Hampshire College and in 1999 – MFA in Film from New York University. His graduation film On the Ropes (1999) obtained an Oscar nomination in 2000. His consecutive pictures, including The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), Chicago 10 (2007) and Crossfire Hurricane (2012), have been screened and awarded internationally. He produces television series and programmes (e.g. Nimrod Nation) as well as advertisements.
Heat Singers - director
Nadia Parfan was born in Ivano-Frankivsk. She studied cultural studies, anthropology, and urbanism. In 2014-15, she took a documentary directing course at Wajda School. Her student film “Reve ta Stohne on Tour” premiered at Warsaw IFF and was selected to a number of other international film festivals. Nadia is a creative producer of MyStreetFilmsUkraine series, a co-founder of "86" festival and production company "Phalanstery Films".
When the Dragon Came - director
Born in The Netherlands to parents in the diaspora, coming from former Yugoslavia. His work exists between the experimental documentary and the linear narrative realm. A lot of his work ends up functioning as homage: being made with and for someone, he is close with. Stefan moved back to Europe in 2017 to pursue an Artistic Research in and through Cinema at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam where is mentored by documentary filmmaker Eyal Sivan.
Portrait of Suzanne - director
Animated film director. Born in Poland, she is now living in Germany. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and Film Animation of the Cinematography Department at the Lodz Film School, where she also completed her Ph.D. in the field of animation. She specialises in clay animation. Her filmography includes "Jam Session" (2005) - a winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Esterhazy" (2009) and "Sexy Laundry" (2015). Currently she is a teacher at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, in the same time she is working at her own production company, ClayTraces, and is back with "Portrait of Suzanne", her latest film, inspired by a short novel by Roland Topor.
The Tough - director
Director, cinematographer and photographer. Graduate of the Krakow Film School, fifth-year student of Film Image Production at the Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Director of documentaries, short feature films, music videos and commercials. He has collaborated with many TV stations. He specialises in shooting films in extreme conditions, e.g. underwater or while rock climbing.
Acid Rain - director
He was born in 1986. He is a graduate of the Department of Animation Films and Film Special Effects at the Lodz Film School. At the same time, he has been studied scriptwriting for one year. He is an author of several films, of which his graduated animation "Ziegenort" was presented at many international festivals and won numerous awards around the world. He took part in the Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo, residency program organised by Japan Image Council (JAPIC), where he made his previous film "Black".
Ricochets - director
Film director and screenwriter born in 1991 in Cieszyn. Graduate of Film Directing at the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia and the DOK PRO documentary course at the Wajda School. His films "Uhlan", "Ghetto Gospel" and "God Bless You" were screened at many festivals (e.g. in Bilbao, Los Angeles, and Cambridge). He worked as an assistant director for Wojciech Smarzowski on feature films "Traffic Department" and "Volhynia" and Maciej Żak on "Convoy". His documentary film "Dust" received numerous awards at the international film festivals, including the award for the best short documentary film at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. He is one of ten European filmmakers invited to the prestigious section "Future Frames" at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. He is a laureate of Talenty Trójki award in a film category.
Juan Pablo Ruiz
Cerro Quemado - director
Director, scriptwriter and editor. He studied directing at the CIEVYC Cinematic Research Center. He is an author of several short films, which were shown at international film festivals. The document "Cerro Quemado" is his feature-length debut.
It's Good Like That - director
Photographer, cinematographer and film director. He was born in 1971 in Bydgoszcz. He is a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers who has had several dozen individual photographic exhibitions. He teaches at the Wajda School. He is the founder of Bydgoska Kronika Filmowa, an educational and artistic initiative. His involvement with cinema started in 1997 with the collaboration with Maciej Cuske on the feature film "What Do You Think about It, Gałuszko?", which was followed by such documentaries as "Travelling Cinema" (2005), "North from Calabria" (2009) and "Hakawati" (2011). His recent picture, "Zhalanash – Empty Shore" (2017), has won a number of international film awards, including the Best Short Documentary Award at IDFA or the Grand Prix of Camerimage.
Milady - director
Born in Rome in 1991. She attended the film faculty at Rome University of Fine Arts and made several documentaries and short films as executive producer and general manager. From 2016 she started working in the production department with important Italian production companies such as Groenlandia, Fandango, Sky Arte and Lotus. She co-directed the documentaries “Milady” and “We are the only one”, this one awarded by Sky Arte (she is also a producer for both).
Dissect - director
Director and screenwriter. He was born in 1993 in Iran. In high school, he was interested in mathematics, but at the same time, he started to make films. He has continued his education at the university, where he received a BA in Fine Arts and Theatre Directing. He is an author of eight films - experimental, documentary and short fiction films. He was invited to international festivals, where he won several awards.
Pure Art - director
Born in 1979 in Minsk, Belarus. After graduating from the Law Department of the Belarusian State University he decided to study film directing. Graduated from St. Petersburg High School of Directors and Screenwriters in 2013 and Wajda School (Documentary Programme) in 2016. Now he directs documentary series for television. In his free time, he creates and develops social videos.
Power of Yoik - director
He has over 30 years of experience in film and television communications, with numerous awards for superior work. Director, producer, manager and project leader, recognized for work in the production of films and television-series. He speaks fluently in several languages (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Sami), extensive international travel. His long professional history includes high quality producing work.
Shadows of the Empire - director
Born in Gdynia in 1990. He graduated from film directing at the Lodz Film School. Author of several short documentary and fiction films, including "Drogi Karolu ...", "Kawaler" and "Przedziały". His films were presented and awarded at numerous film festivals. He was the director's assistant in the highly-acclaimed film "The Last Family" by Jan P. Matuszyński. The film "Shadows of the Empire" is his feature-length documentary debut.
Alba's Memories - director
In 2005 she started her study at the University of Film and Television HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 2014 she became a master scholar at HFF "Konrad Wolf“. Since 2015 she is working as a freelance animator and leading animation workshops for children and adults. She is an author of "Memorie di Alba“ (2019), "The Mosquito Pieks“ (2017), "Macramé" (2014), “Changeling” (2011), “Coma” (2009).
Wongar - director
Director, producer and scriptwriter. She is an assistant professor of Documentary Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She’s the author of 7 short fiction films, 8 short documentary films; 2 mid-length documentaries and 1 feature fiction film. Her films are screened and awarded at festivals like Rotterdam, FidMarseille, IDFA, HotDocs, Films de Femmes de Créteil, Raindance, Sofia, Havana, etc. Also, her films were broadcasted on YLE and Canal+.
19.91 - director
Director and linguist. In 2010, she graduated from the Ernst-Moritz Arndt Universiät in Greifswald with degrees in German as a Foreign Language, Baltic and Finnish Studies. In the years 2006-2010, she worked as an actress and cellist with the Gardzienice Center for Theater Practices. In 2018 she obtained a master's degree in the film directing at the Lodz Film School. Since 2014, he has been working as an assistant director on feature and documentary films and has been producing television formats.
Milady - director
She was born in Bogotà, Colombia, in 1994. She was adopted by Italian parents the following year. She attended the film faculty at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts. She began a two-year direction course with Susanna Nicchiarelli, who followed her in writing her first documentary, "Milady", a short film on the theme of adoption that traces Giulia's experience through old repertory films made by her parents. She is currently engaged in writing her first feature film.
Cyborgy - director
An audiovisual artist, born in 1993. He graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He specialises in animation, computer games, photography, and film. He grew up in the countryside, combining his experience of farming with the latest technologies. He actively supported scientific circles involved in the construction of cyborg and space exploration. Winner, finalist and participant of international festivals, competitions, and exhibitions (including Sony World Photography Awards, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest, ADOBE ADAA, Sitges IFF).