Boross Martin

Martin Boross studied dramaturgy at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest from 2007 to 2013. He is the artistic leader of the progressive contemporary theatre group Stereo Akt. He received the prestigious Junior Prima award in 2016 for his work as a director and performer.

Travis Beard

Travis Beard was born in Australia, studied Photojournalism and worked globally as a photojournalist for 12 years. He later moved into video journalism. He also founded Argus Productions, which provides numerous media services in Afghanistan and the region. His first feature-length documentary RocKabul (2017) won a Global Metal Award from Metal Hammer Magazine.

Stephan Komandrev

Stephan studied directing at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. He took part in a number of workshops and trainings at home and abroad.

Dombrovszky Linda

Linda Dombrovszky graduated as a director from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest and the Roma Film Academy in Rome. Her short films and documentaries have been screened and awarded at numerous international film festivals.

Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha co-directed/produced the feature documentary “Made in India” about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. The film received several Jury awards at festivals and is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics. “Ask the Sexpert” is Vaishali’s second feature length documentary. She also produced numerous shorts, and freelances at Videoline Productions founded by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Richard Wormser.

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is a French film director, born in Belgium, who has spent most of her working life in France. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinctive experimental style. Film historians have cited Varda's work as central to the development of the French New Wave film movement.


JR is the pseudonym of a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. He started out on the streets of Paris. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world". 

Andreas Neumann

Born in 1967 in Germany, Andreas Neumann first began his career in the world of advertising. His artistic sensitivity quickly led him to shoot with his own custom cameras and lenses in order to bring a new vision to the world of advertising. Touched by the works of Ansel Adams and Italian Baroque Painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Neumann’s photography reflects a specific and constant willingness to play with contrast while obtaining stylized, epic and timeless images. “American Valhalla” is his first film.

João Miguel Real

Director of Easylab, he graduated in Engineering from Faculdade Técnica de Lisboa. Then he studied art, including illustration and animation. He has collaborated with various animation studios and production companies. “Macabre” is his first film as a director.

Jerónimo Rocha

Born in 1981, Jerónimo Rocha soon developed a taste for visual storytelling. He studied Fine Arts (Painting) at the University of Porto, then Pitching and Script Analysis at the Cinematography and Audiovisual School of Madrid. Since 2005, he has been working at Take it Easy, a production company based in Lisbon, where he divides his work as director between fiction, animation and publicity. In 2014, he became the Creative of Easylab, Take It Easy’s animation department.

Guto Parente

Guto Parente was born in 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil. He finished his film studies in 2008 at Escola do Audiovisual de Fortaleza and from 2008 until 2016 was member of the collective of artists Alumbramento. In this period, he wrote and directed seven shorts and six feature films, most of them made with small crews and very low budgets. In 2016, Guto Parente and Ticiana Augusto Lima, his creative partner and producer, founded the production company Tardo Films. Guto’s films had screenings at festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, Viennale, AFI, FidMarseille, and Bafici.

José Pedro Lopes

José Pedro was born in Oporto, Portugal, in 1982. He founded the production company Anexo 82 in 2011 with Ana Almeida with whom he has produced several short films in the fantasy genre such as “A Noiva”, “Survivalismo” and the direct-to-web effort “M is for Macho”. Their most recent work, the 90s-set coming of age drama “Video Store” proved to be a festival success. Besides producing, he is also a journalist, a festival programmer for FEST, and a film enthusiast.

Coralie Fargeat

Coralie Fargeat was born and raised in Paris, France. She studied at French cinema school La Fémis where she was chosen to participate in their Atelier Scenario lab. She began her career as Assistant Director on American productions in France. Her debut short film “The Telegram” won 13 awards at multiple film festivals, and her sci-fi short film “Reality+” has won multiple awards on the festival circuit. It had its U.S. premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. “Revenge” is her first feature film.

Narges Abyar

Born in 1972 in Tehran, filmmaker Narges Abyar received her BA in Persian Literature. As an established writer, she’s published 30 novels for children, young adults and adults. 

Fereydoun Jeyrani

Born in 1951 in Kashmar, Fereydoun Jeyrani is a film director, screenwriter and television presenter. He was director, producer and host of a television show about Iranian cinema called “Seven”.

Mouly Surya

Mouly Surya was born in Jakarta, where she currently lives. She is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. After earning her BA in Media and Literature from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Surya obtained an MA in Film and Television from Bond University, Queensland. Besides making films, she teaches a directing class in Jakarta. Her debut film, “Fiction”, won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008.

Hsiao Ya-Chuan

Born in 1967 in Taiwan, Hsiao Ya-Chuan graduated from the Fine Art Department of the National Institute of Arts. His first feature-length film “Mirror Image” (2000) was selected in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes in 2001 and won numerous awards, such as Best First Feature at the Torino Film Festival, and Best Film and Best New Director at the Taipei Film Festival.

Geng Jun

Geng Jun was born in 1976 in Heilongjiang Province, China. He has directed and written many films including “Hawthorn” (2002), “Diary in Bulk” (2003), “Barbecue” (2004), “Youth” (2009), and “The Hammer and Sickle are Sleeping” (2013). Geng Jun also directed “Poetry and Disease” (2011).

David Lowery

David Lowery is an American filmmaker based in Dallas, Texas. He has written, directed and edited several feature films, his original work “Ain't Them Bodies Saints” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. 

Rachel Israel

Rachel Israel received her BFA with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA with Honors from Columbia University. Rachel lives in NYC and is an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She was an associate producer on “Violet & Daisy” (2011), and has directed numerous short films that have screened at festivals such as Slamdance, Rooftop and Florida Film Festivals. 

Chloé Zhao

Chloé is a Chinese writer, director and producer. She was born in Beijing and currently resides in the United States. She studied Political Science at Mount Holyoke College and Film Production at NYU. Her 2015 feature debut “Songs My Brother Taught Me” premiered in US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It was nominated for three 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. 

Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton’s films mark him as a unique voice in Australian cinema. His first feature “Samson and Delilah” won the prestigious Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His short films have played at the A-List International festivals, both “Nana” and “Greenbush” premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival – with Nana winning the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. He is also an award-winning cinematographer and he shot “Sweet Country” together with his son Dylan River.

Zhanna Issabayeva

Zhanna Issabayeva was born in 1968 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, graduating from the journalism faculty of Kazakh State University in 1991. She made her feature debut with “Karoy” (2007). Her comedy “My Dear Children” (2009) won Special Prize of Jury and Press Award at the Kinoshok International Film Festival in Russia. Her “Nagima” (2013) won the Grand Prix at the Deauville Asian Film Festival. 

Bojan Vuletić

Born in Belgrade in 1977. M.A. in Film and TV directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. As a co-writer, he has collaborated with Stefan Arsenijević on the omnibus film “Lost and Found“ (Serbian story) and feature “Love and Other Crimes“, which premiered at the 58th Berlinale (Panorama Special). His first feature film “Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying” premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in East of the West competition.

Rainer Sarnet

In his 48 years of existence, Rainer Sarnet has directed 5 films, lived with 3 women, accumulated about 10 friends, passionately loved Fassbinder, directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek, been deemed a wonder child at film school and had got the opportunity to defend this ambitious title only 15 years later with his film “November”. 

Alexander Hant

Born in 1985 in Khanty-Mansiysk, a graduate of The Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.A.Gerasimov (VGIK), and started directing at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television.

Gilles Coulier

Gilles Coulier is a Belgian director, producer, scriptwriter and partner and co-founder of the De Wereldvrede production company. Gilles studied Audiovisual Arts at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University of Art and Design. Besides video clips and publicity he started off by making three shorts, “Iceland”, “Paroles” and “Mont Blanc”.

Bodo Kox

Born in 1977. A director, scriptwriter, performer. He has graduated from Journalism at the University of Wrocław and the “Studio Prób” at the Wajda School. He studies Directing at the Leon Schiller PWSFTViT in Łódź. He is numbered among the most important and expressive authors of the Polish independent cinema, where he gained the nickname of “off icon” and won numerous awards. 

Muajad Alajan / Muayad Alayan

After completing his studies in San Francisco and being part of its grassroots filmmaking culture, Alayan returned to Palestine with the goal of making organic cinema by and about Palestinians as a community; a cinema made through the participation of people coming together to tell stories. He worked extensively with youth and community centers and non-governmental organizations on projects promoting cinema culture in Palestine. 

Daan Bakker

Daan Bakker (1979) graduated at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with “Jacco’s Film”, which won international awards and was selected for many film festivals, such as Berlinale. In 2010 Daan wrote and directed the short film “Bukowski”, which was selected for Aspen Shortfest, Palm Springs Short Film Festival and many others. Between 2011 and 2014 Daan worked as story-editor and scriptadvisor on several projects.

Constantin Popescu

Constantin Popescu (born in Bucharest in 1973) is a Romanian film director and scriptwriter whose work includes short and feature films. His work has been selected for the competition programme of a number of important film festivals in the USA, Australia and Europe (Venice, Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian). He has won numerous prizes with his shorts and features alike.

Susanna Nicchiarelli

Susanna Nicchiarelli was born in Rome in 1975. With a degree in Philosophy and a PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, she graduated in Filmmaking from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in 2004. She began her career working with Nanni Moretti, directing one of the “I diari della Sacher”, presented at the Venice Film Festival. She has written and directed many shorts and documentaries, and two feature-length films: “Cosmonauta” (2009), winner of the Controcampo award at the Venice Film Festival and “Discovery at Dawn” (2013), presented at the Rome Film Festival.

Rungano Nyoni

Rungano Nyoni was born in Zambia and raised in Wales. She graduated from Central St Martins with an MA in Acting. She has made a number of shorts including BAFTA Cymru winner “The List” and BAFTA nominee “Mwansa the Great”, as well as written the Locarno Golden Leopard winner “The Mass of Men”. She co-directed the short “Listen” which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and qualified for an Oscar. In 2013, Rungano participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence programme.

Onur Saylak

Onur Saylak was born in Ankara at 1977. He graduated from Bilkent University Performing Arts Department Skill of Acting. He also studied Physics and Political Science. After he graduated from university he performed theatre and cinema. “More” is his directorial debut, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Hakan Günday.

Julia Langhof

Julia Langhof was born 1981 in Berlin. She lived in New York and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. In Berlin she worked as assistant director at various theatres. In 2006 she started studying film directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Her shorts were screened at numerous international film festivals, such as the Hof International Film Festival or in Cannes. In 2015 she shot her first feature “Lomo – The Language of Many Others”. Julia is currently working on her next feature “Bonnie’s Ranch”.

Milad Alami

Milad Alami was born in Iran, raised in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. His shorts have been selected for numerous festivals, including Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight), New York, Clermont Ferrand, and Karlovy Vary. The last of them, “Mommy” (2015), won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film. “Charmøren” is his feature film debut.

Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen

Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen was born in 1982, in Norway. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz in 2011. Jonas writes and directs his films, which are simple stories about people that resonate universally. His debut short film, “Darek” won the Norwegian Academy Award “Amanda” and several international awards. His graduation film “Everything Will Be OK” won several prizes in Norway and abroad. “Valley of Shadows” marks his feature film debut; the film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017.

Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, editor, and costume designer. He began his career as a child actor in commercials before directing several arthouse feature films. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his debut feature “I Killed My Mother” (“J’ai tué ma mère”), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight. He has won many awards for his film work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for „Mommy” and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for “It's Only The End of the World”.

Robin Aubert

Robin Aubert is a film writer, director and actor. In 2005, he directed his debut horror feature “St. Martyrs of the Damned” which received wide critical acclaim and was selected for numerous film festivals worldwide. In 2009, he directed “Train to Nowhere”, an independent experimental film shot without a script. Robin Aubert presented in 2010 the social drama feature “À l’origine d’un cri” (“Crying Out”) selected for the competition in Toronto, Mons, Valladolid, Pusan, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Seattle, Boston, Paris, Nîme, Portland and Barcelona.

Morgan Simon

Born in the suburbs of Paris, Morgan Simon studied screenwriting at La Fémis. Youth and marginality are crucial themes in his films, such as “American Football” awarded at Angers’ Premiers Plans in 2013 and “Try to Die Young”, a César nominee in 2016. His first feature film, “A Taste of Ink”, took part in L’Atelier de la Cinéfondation at Cannes. It was selected for fifty festivals and received ten awards, including a special mention of the jury at 64th San Sebastián Film Festival.

Dylan Howitt

Dylan Howitt is a filmmaker with many years of experience telling compelling stories from all around the world. Dylan’s passion for film was sparked as a teenager, shooting stop frame animations with a Super 8 camera. He went on to study Fine Art in Sheffield, working in photography, paint, animation and video. His recent series for the BBC on contemporary ethics, “Matters of Life and Death”, was nominated for a BAFTA.

Baltasar Kormákur

Baltasar Kormákur was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1966. He graduated as an actor from Iceland’s National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990 and was signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland right after his graduation where he worked as one of the leading young performing artists until 1997. Baltasar wrote the screenplay, directed, acted in and produced the film “101 Reykjavik” in the year 2000, and after the international success of the film, Baltasar started Blueeyes Productions. His films have won many international awards.

Sævar Guðmundsson

Director, screenwriter and editor from Iceland. Born in 1972, he started as a writer/director of short films that gained massive attention in Iceland. A self-taught film maker, at the age of 25 he started directing and editing commercials in Iceland and later internationally. He has directed television series and programmes as well as making several documentaries for television. His first feature film was “Fruit Basket” in 2012. He has won many awards, including the EDDAN and EFFIE awards. “Inside a Volcano” is his first full-length documentary.

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir is an Icelandic writer and director, born in 1984 in Reykjavík. Ása completed a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Iceland and La Sorbonne – Paris IV Université, and worked for a while as a book critic for the Iceland National Radio before she decided to move to New York City and pursue filmmaking. She graduated from the Columbia University Film MFA program in 2012. Ása has written and directed a number of award-winning short films. Her first feature film, “The Swan”, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed Icelandic novel of the same name, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Bogdán Árpád

Born in 1980, Árpád Bogdán grew up in a children’s home from the age of four. He began his career working as a stage actor and theatre director alongside his studies. He has also organised creative forums for disadvantaged children using various aspects of theatre, film and literature and has directed several short films and documentaries. His debut feature film “Happy New Life” premiered in the 2007 Berlinale Panorama to wide critical acclaim. The director returned to the Berlinale Panorama with “Genesis” in 2018.

Sebastián Lelio

Sebastián Lelio is a Chilean film director and screenwriter. His first feature film, “The Sacred Family” (2005) premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival and received several awards and worldwide recognition. “Christmas” premiered at Cannes in the 2009 Directors’ Fortnight section. Lelio’s fourth feature film “Gloria” received a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and it represented Chile at the Academy Awards. “A Fantastic Woman” won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 67th Berlinale, and was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Feature at the Academy Awards in 2018.

Wes Anderson

One of the most original directors of current cinema, multiple award winner and 6-time-Oscar nominee Wes Anderson was born in Houston, Texas in 1969. His oeuvre includes animation and live action films alike. His latest work, “Isle of Dogs” was the opening film of the Berlinale in 2018 and won the Silver Bear for Best Director. 


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