DIRECTORS



Ali Abbasi

Writer-director Ali Abassi makes his feature film debut with Shelley. Ali has a background as an author and has published several short stories in Farsi. Born in 1981 in Tehran, he abandoned his studies in 2002, and travelled to Europe. He resided in Stockholm where he studied architecture at The Royal Academy of Science. In 2007 he started his education at the National Film School of Denmark in Film Directing.He graduated from the film school in 2011.

Catherine Bainbridge

Catherine Bainbridge has an accomplished career in media. She has brought her signature enthusiasm and passion for storytelling to countless documentary, drama, comedy, and interactive media projects, notably the Peabody award-winning documentary Reel Injun, about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. Her role as director on Rumble encapsulates her love and devotion to music, history, politics, and bringing important Indigenous stories to the mainstream. 

Jonathan Cenzual Burley

Jonathan was born in Salamanca (Spain) in 1980. He moved to the UK in 1996.

After working in different music videos and video installations for live concerts, he shot his first feature The Soul of Flies in 2009. Although the film was made without a budget, it premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2011 and went on to be selected for numerous prestigious festivals in the world. Jonathan is currently working on his first photography book and preparing his first English speaking feature.

Brady Corbet

Brady Corbet is a 27 year-old actor and filmmaker currently living and working in New York City and Paris. In 2009, he presented his writing and directorial debut, a short film called Protect You + Me at the Sundance Film Festival, which was awarded a Special Jury price for Short Filmmaking. Brady was co-editor and starred in Two Gates of Sleep, which premiered in Director’s Fortnight in Cannes then premiered Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, which he co-wrote and starred in at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Terence Davies

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, best known for The Deep Blue Sea (2011), The House of Mirth (2000) and Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). His films are regularly selected for the competition of the most prestigious festivals in the world like San Sebastian, Taormina, Locarno, Valladolid, Cannes, and Berlin.

Julia Ducournau

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She studied screenwriting at La Fémis. In 2011, her short film Junior won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, she wrote and directed her first full length film Raw, a horror film that was selected for the Critics’ Week programme at the Cannes film festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.

Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker

Filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, aka Pepper & Bones, are a husband-and-wife team who work between Berlin and New York. Epperlein was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, GDR, Tucker was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. They met in New York in 1994 and immediately began work on the The Last Cowboy – one of the earliest examples of digital film. Later they made documentaries on the Iraq war. Gunner Palace premiered at Telluride and Toronto in 2004, The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair premiered at Toronto in 2006 and was later nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Their documentaries received numerous nominations and awards all over the world.

Ole Giæver

From the Balcony is Ole Giæver's third feature film. His first two also premiered in the Panorama section at the Berlinale: The Mountain (2011) and Out of Nature (2014), which won the Europa Cinemas Label Award at the Berlinale in 2015. In Out of Nature Ole also played the lead role as Martin. Ole and his family have been living with his new feature film From the Balcony since 2015, when the shooting began.

Rodrigo Grande

Rodrigo Grande was born on February 10, 1974 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He is a writer and director, known for Rosarigasinos (2001), Cuestión de principios (2009), and Al final del túnel (2016).

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (born 1982, Iceland) graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy. After graduation he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. His short films have been selected for more than 200 festivals and won over 50 international awards. Among these accolades are a Special Mention for Whale Valley (2013) in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival and a nomination for the European Film Awards. Heartstone is his debut feature film.

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali was born 1978 in Northern Iran and has lived mainly in London since 1986. He graduated with a Masters in filmmaking from the London Film School in 2005. Jalali’s short film Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran was screened at 60 film festivals worldwide and received a BAFTA nomination as Best Short Film in 2006. Babak was elected as one of six residents at the Cannes Film Cinéfondation Residence in 2006–2007. In the Residence, he developed his first feature film titled Frontier Blues in 2009. The film premiered in the official competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 and has gone on to screen at over thirty festivals worldwide. It won the FIPRESCI award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He recently completed his 2nd feature film titled Radio Dreams, which premiered in competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival. He is currently in pre-production on his third feature film, Land.

Jim Jarmusch

Born in Akron, Ohio, Jim Jarmusch lives and works in New York. He studied English and American literature at Columbia, then filmmaking at the Film School of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He directed his first film, Permanent Vacation there in 1980. He was an assistant to Wim Wenders, who also gave him acting parts in his films.

Amanda Kernell

Amanda is a director and screenwriter born in northern Sweden 1986, with a Swedish mother and a Sami father. She lives in Copenhagen where she graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2013. Besides writing and directing, Amanda teaches film and film directing. Her short film Stoerre Vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) was selected for Sundance Film Festival 2015. Stoerre Vaerie is a prologue for the feature Sameblod (Sami blood), which had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016 where it won the Europa Cinemas Label and the film critics award FEDEORA for Best Young Director. It had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jee-woon Kim

One of Korea’s greatest film stylists, whose innovative take on film genres has brought him worldwide acclaim, KIM Jee-woon is always pushing in new directions. His debut The Quiet Family ingeniously fused horror and comedy. A Tale of Two Sisters is recognized as one of the most influential Korean horror films ever. This was followed up by the elegant, brutal noir A Bittersweet Life, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The Good, the Bad, the Weird stands out as both a popular hit and an utterly unique contribution to Korean cinema. The Last Stand took him to Hollywood to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Andrey Konchalovskiy

Born in Moscow, Konchalovskiy studied music in his youth, becoming a skilled pianist, before enrolling in the cinema program at VGIK – the major state film school, where he studied under Mikhail Romm. Konchalovsky has enjoyed equally distinguished directing careers for both the stage and screen. His best-known film credits range from international pictures such as Uncle Vanya, based on the Chekhov play of the same name and regarded as one of the best Russian films ever made, House of Fools, a Russian-French co-production about an asylum along the Russian-Chechnya border, to such popular English language fare as Maria’s Lovers, Duet for One, and Runaway Train, which received three Oscar nominations. He has earned acclaim for such landmark television epics as The Odyssey, for which he won an Emmy Award as best director. 

Kadri Kõusaar

Kadri Kõusaar (1980) is an Estonian writer and director. Her media debut started at the age of 13 writing and drawing cartoons and comic strips for newspapers. She has since published numerous film, literature and music-related articles, as well as three bestselling novels. She has also worked as a radio-DJ and TV-host, and has a university degree in Spanish language and literature. Her feature debut Magnus (2007) was the first Estonian film ever to be selected for Cannes (Un Certain Regard). Magnus toured successfully dozens of festivals around the world, including Rotterdam, Busan, and Seattle. Her second feature The Arbiter (2013) premiered internationally in competition (East of the West) at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Johnny Ma

Johnny was born as Nan Ma, in Shanghai China, and immigrated to Toronto at age of ten. Graduating from Columbia University’s M.F.A. in the Directing / Screenwriting film program, Johnny’s short films have screened at TIFF, Dallas International Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest and other international festivals, while receiving awards from DGA and National Board of Review as well a nomination for the Canadian Academy Awards. Johnny is currently developing his second feature project also set in China.

Alfonso Maiorana

Alfonso Maiorana is Co-director and Director of Photography on RUMBLE. Based in Montreal, Alfonso’s DP experience on Hollywood films, Independent features, MOWs, and television series brings a distinctive look and feel to the films he shoots. His directing credits include The Big World which premiered at the Montreal International Film festival. Passionate about music history and inspired by filmmakers like Jarmusch, Truffaut and Coppola, Alfonso’s combination of visual style and storytelling come together in RUMBLE.

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor was born in Scotland in 1971. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. Later he enrolled at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a three-year course. His first notable role was that of Alex Law in Shallow Grave (1994), directed by Danny Boyle. This was followed by The Pillow Book (1996) and Trainspotting (1996), the latter of which brought him to the public's attention. He is now one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation. Americal Pastoral is his first film as a director. 

Mike Mills

Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989. He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries. His first feature film, Thumbsucker (2005), which he adapted from the novel by Walter Kirn, won acting awards at the 2005 Sundance film festival, the Berlin International film festival, and Mike received the 2005 Guardian New Directors award for it at the Edinburgh International film festival. His recent film 20th Century Women was nominated for over 30 awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar-nomination. 

Na Hong Jin

Na Hong Jin has gained international recognition with his feature film debut The Chaser (2008) and follow up film The Yellow Sea (2010). Both films were selected for the official programme of the Cannes Film Festival. He realized his unique perspective and fully fleshed out the genre of “Korean noir” through his distinct visual style and bold touch.

Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Jon Nguyen’s work in the film world has been closely linked with David Lynch. He has collaborated on the trilogy Lynch (one), Lynch 2 and David Lynch: The Art Life. He also has co-produced David Lynch Presents Interview Project Germany.

Olivia Neergaard-Holm has graduated from the National Danish Film School in 2013. She has worked as a freelance editor on various Danish and international feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercial projects. Olivia debuted as a screenwriter on the award winning feature film Victoria.

Rick Barnes co-directed the film David Lynch The Art Life.

Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a writer and director, known for Mud (2012), Take Shelter (2011) and Midnight Special (2016).

Johannes Nyholm

Writer/Director Johannes Nyholm is an artist and film director with an international outreach. He has had three short films selected for the Quinzaine at the Cannes Film Festival (Las Palmas, Puppet Boy and Dreams from the Woods) and Las Palmas was also selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. For his shorts Nyholm has been awarded a number of prizes at film festivals around the world, and he has also gained a remarkable number of followers on online platforms.

Homero Olivetto

Homero Olivetto was born in São Paulo. He studied film at the New York Film Academy and began his career as a filmmaker making short films. His first short film, Egonowhere, was awarded at the São Paulo International Film Festival. His advertising films won several awards. In 2012, he won Best Adapted screenplay award at the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize with Little Surf Girl, a feature film that gathered an audience of more than 2 million people in Brazil in 2011. Holy Biker his first feature film.

Tony Palmer

Tony Palmer’s vast filmography of over one hundred films ranges from early works with The Beatles, Cream, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to the famous portraits with and about Britten, Stravinsky, Maria Callas, and Menuhin, as well as feature films such as Testimony, starring Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich. His 7 hour 45 minutes film on Wagner, starring Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most beautiful films ever made”. Among over 45 international prizes for his work are 14 Gold Medals at the New York Film & Television Festival (the most recent in 2016) as well as numerous BAFTA, EMMY, and Grierson nominations and awards. In 2014 he was nominated for the Glenn Gould International Prize, unprecedented for a documentary film maker. He lives in the most westerly house in England, next to Land’s End.

Mika Rättö

Mika Rättö was born in 1973. He has written two published novels and the third one is on the way. He is the lead singer of experimental rock band Circle and has toured in Europe and North America on a regular basis. He founded the art group Moderni Kanuuna in 2000 in Pori, Finland. The group has produced theater plays and music and since 2016 also full length films. The creative motor and leader of the group is Mika who is a director, author, musician and actor. The group focuses exclusively on original scripts by themselves and every project is an experiment of its own. 

Mikhail Red

Born in 1991, Mikhail Red is a Filipino filmmaker and director. He is the eldest son of Cannes Palme D’or winner Raymond Red. Mikhail wrote and directed his first short film when he was fifteen, immediately earning him recognition in local and international film festivals. As a young up-and-coming filmmaker he continued making short films throughout his teenage years, screening his works at film festivals in Hong Kong, New York, Berlin, and Seoul among others. At age 21 he wrote and directed his first full-length feature film Rekorder which had its international premiere in 2013 at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival. The film continued its successful run throughout the international circuit, winning six awards. Mikhail Red’s sophomore feature film project Birdshot won the top prize of the Asian Future section of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Laura Schroeder

Born in Luxembourg, Laura studied film at Sorbonne and at the National Film and Television School, London. After several self-produced films, she wrote and directed the short films Senteurs and Double Saut. Both films were selected for festivals worldwide. Laura’s new feature Barrage, co-written with French novelist Marie Nimier had its world premiere at the Forum of the Berlinale 2017. Besides making films, Laura also directs theatre throughout Europe.

Sarah Adina Smith

Sarah’s first feature was The Midnight Swim, a psychodrama that won six awards on the festival circuit, including the audience award from AFI Fest. She wrote and directed Mother’s Day, a segment of the horror feature anthology Holidays, which opened the Midnight section at Tribeca 2016 and had a worldwide release shortly thereafter. Sarah was born in Colorado and studied Philosophy at Columbia University. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan’s works have screened at film festivals in Singapore, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Busan. Spotlighted by CNN’s “Ones to Watch”, she has received numerous international awards, including Best Southeast Asian Short Film for Dahdi (2014), and Best Director for Fonzi (2007) at the Singapore International Film Festival. Her debut feature, Pop Aye, developed at Berlinale Talents, TorinoFilmLab, where it won the Production Award, and Cannes Atelier, is premiering in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Ferenc Török

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1971, Ferenc Török studied film and television directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. His films have screened at numerous international festivals and have won several prizes. He has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2007. He was honoured with the Béla Balázs Award of the Hungarian State for special services to the art of film in 2008 and the Pro Cultura Urbis Award from the City of Budapest in 2005.

Yeşim Ustaoğlu

After making several award-winning shorts in Turkey, Yeşim Ustaoğlu made her feature film debut with 1994's The Trace. The film was presented at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Gothenburg. Yeşim received international recognition for her 1999 film, Journey to the Sun. In competition at the Berlin Film Festival, the film received the Blue Angel Award (Best European Film) and the Peace Prize. Her third film, Waiting for the Clouds, the story of a woman forced to live for 50 years with the haunting secrets of a hidden identity, was awarded at Sundance. Ustaoğlu's fourth film, Pandora’s Box won the Best Film and the Best Actress award in San Sebastian Film Festival. Having participated in many international festivals and winning many awards, the film was also released in theatres worldwide. Ustaoğlu's next film, Araf won the prize for  Best Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival as well as Best Performance at the Moscow 2morrow Film Festival, and Best Actress Award at the Tokyo Film Festival.

Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley is the award-winning British director of Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England and High-Rise. He has also directed notable TV shows including Doctor Who, adverts and idents, animated shorts and Internet viral ads. Initially a short filmmaker and animator, Wheatley gained a cult following for his work online. His psychedelic historical thriller A Field in England was shot in 12 days in B&W, and it was the first film in the UK to be released simultaneously in cinemas, VOD, DVD and Freeview, a revolutionary distribution strategy. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Midi Z

Born in Burma in 1982, Midi Z arrived in Taiwan at the age of sixteen. He studied design and art before obtaining a master’s degree from the National Taiwan University of Technology and Science. In 2006, his graduation film, Paloma Blanca, was invited to several festivals such as Busan and Gothenburg. In 2011, Return to Burma, his debut feature, was nominated for the Busan New Currents Competition and Rotterdam Tiger Competition. In 2014, Ice Poison won Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and represented Taiwan at Foreign Language Oscars.


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