Born on November 13, 1974 in Bratislava. He studied Animation on Film and Television Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. His diploma film EVERYDAY GRAZING was awarded among others also by the main student prize on Animafest Zagreb. Two of his short fi lms were distributed in cinemas in Slovakia as pre-fi lms. Besides the directing he works as a graphic designer and teacher.
2014 The Last Bus, short
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1978. He is a graduate of the prestigious film program at Columbia University, New York. His first feature film Á ANNAN VEG (Either Way) screened at film festivals all around the world and was re-made in the US as Prince Avalanche (starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch). Hafsteinn was selected as “Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch” in 2012.
2017 Under The Tree, feature
2014 Paris of the North, feature
2011 Either Way, feature
Przemek Kotyński was born in 1981 in Zyrardow. Self-taught, he graduated with a degree not directly related to art, a MSc. in Mathematics and Information Science from the Warsaw University of Technology. Przemek creates mainly film and advertising for the Warsaw Production Studio Orka. He worked on the post-production of such films as Manhunt by Martin Krzyształowicz , 80 millions by Waldemar Krzystek , Girl in the Closet by Bodo Kox , Ixjana by Skolimowski brothers, Ambassada by Machulski, The Warsaw Uprising by Jan Komasa and Photographer by Waldemar Krzystek.
He worked for brands such as Mazda, Orange, Ladybug, Oshee, Bwin, Bakoma, Garnier, Coral, Play, Peugeot, Samsung, Ferrero. The list of customers also included such studios as Platige Image, Vivid Games, Yakumama or CI Games. Kotyński’s illustrative works lived to see the publication of, among others, in Exotique and Ballistic Publishing EXPOSE whether BOOK OF CREATION 2012 Oracom.
He mainly works with picture, he designs and illustrates. BLOODY SUNDAY is his debut as a director and another step in the implementation of the arts. Previously worked with Arkadiusz Jurcan at the “Canon of Polish fairy tales” , a collection of four short animated cartoons.
2014 Bloody Sunday, animated short
Gudmundur Arnar graduated in Fine Art and studied screenwriting. His short films and feature debut have been showcased and awarded in numerous festivals. Among these accolades are Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and a nomination for the European Film Awards. His debut feature Heartstone premiered in the Venice Days Competition in 2016 and ended up collecting over 50 awards worldwide.
Caroline Ingvarsson’s short BENEATH THE SPACESHIP (2015) premiered at TIFF 2015 and then screened at BFI London Film Festival and Stockholm Film Festival. In 2014 Ingvarsson won the “After Bergman” script award for her the script of Beneath the Spaceship. In May 2015 Ingvarsson was selected as one of six participants for Pure Fiction, a feature film development program for Swedish Female Directors.
She was also the recipient of the 2014 SWEA Los Angeles Film Grant, and the 2014 Pixel Director Talent Award. Ingvarsson’s short documentary THE DOGWALKER (2014) won 2nd prize for Best Documentary at Palm Springs Short Fest as well as the Audience Award for Best Film at Uppsala International Shortfilm Festival. The film screened at DOK:Leipzig in addition to Camden and Chicago’s International Film Festivals, as well as in Zagreb DOX 2015 and TEMPO Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Tempo New Doc Award. Caroline holds a Diploma in Screen Studies from Sydney Film School, Australia, and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from City University in London, England. She currently resides in Malmo, Sweden.
Chaitanya Tamhane is an independent filmmaker based in Mumbai. His debut feature film, Court, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, where it was awarded the Best Film – Orizzonti and the Lion of the Future award. It has since gone on to win over 30 awards at film festivals worldwide. Court won the National Award for Best Feature Film and was India’s official entry for the 2016 Oscars.
Tamhane has been featured in the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list and was touted by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of the world’s most promising film-makers under 30”. In 2016, he was invited to serve on the jury at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. In the same year, he was selected to be mentored by Alfonso Cuarón as part of the Rolex Mentor-Protégé Arts Initiative. His new film, ‘The Disciple’, was awarded the Sundance Institute Open Borders Fellowship presented by Netflix. The film will have its World Premiere at the 77th Venice Film Festival in competition.
2020 The Disciple
2011 Six Strands, short
Andrias Høgenni is a filmmaker from the Faroe Islands who is currently based in Denmark. He got his start working freelance for Faroese national television while directing short films in his spare time. In 2009 Andrias uprooted himself and moved to Denmark, where he started on the Fuenen film programme 18 FRAMES. Andrias has since studied at the alternative and prestigious Danish film school SUPER16 from which his first year project BREAK IN, won awards at several international festivals. IKKI ILLA MEINT is Andrias’ graduation film from SUPER16 and follows his fancy for telling intimate stories in claustrophobic environments. He has a deep desire to explore Faroese culture, which has been severely underrepresented in an international context. Andrias is currently developing his feature film debut, which will be shot on the Faroe Islands.
A former film critic, in 2007 Andrei became Creative Manager of HBO ROMANIA’S “Original Production” department and went to produce In deriva (an adaptation of HBO US’s In Treatment) and nine original documentaries. In 2011 he left HBO and started his own production company, Kinosseur. He wrote and directed BAD PENNY and KOWALSKI (winner of the Golden Pram – Zagreb Film Festival 2014). RAMONA is his third self-financed short film. Andrei is currently in pre-production with his first feature, Charlton Heston, which he’ll shoot in Fall 2015.
2015 Ramona, short
2014 Kowalski, short
2013 Bad Penny, short
Ben Pearce is a London born filmmaker.
His work includes: A Few Miles South 2021, Waterloo 2020, Nurtured 2019 and Silent Woods 2012. All of which have screened internationally and garnered him a number of awards. He is a member of BFI Bafta Crew and is currently developing a number of film and TV projects, including his debut feature for Revolution Films. Prior to this, Ben studied filmmaking at UCA before beginning his career working for filmmakers such as David Yates, Bryan Burk and David Koepp on films including Star Wars, Mission Impossible and JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts.
A Few Miles South (2021)
Silent Woods (2012)
Hana Jušić obtained ma degree in film and tv directing at Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She also graduated in comparative literature and English language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2007 and she enrolled in the Postgraduate Doctor’s Study of Literature and Film.
So far, she has written and directed several short fiction and documentary films which have been shown at student, but also at some prominent European festivals. She has directed short films ‘Zimica’ / ‘The Chill’ (international premiere in competition at Oberhousen festival), ‘Mušice, krpelji, pčele’ / ‘Gnats, Ticks and Bees’, for which she has received Oktavijan award and the Jelena Rajković award and ‘Terarij’ / ‘Terrarium’, for which she received Oktavijan award for fiction film and Golden Pram award at Zagreb Film Festival. Her latest short ‘Da je kuća dobra i vuk bi je imao’ / ‘No Wolf Has a House’ was screened in Rotterdam and awarded Best Film at London Short Film Festival 2016. She has written the script for feature film ‘Zagonetni dječak’ / ‘The Mysterious Boy’, directed by Dražen Žarković.
‘Quit Staring at My Plate’ is her debut feature film as a director/screenwriter. The project was developed at screenwriting workshop Torino Film Lab, the programs Script & Pitch and TFL – FrameWork, intended for projects in pre-production.
2016 Quit Staring at My Plate
Lisa James Larsson was born in Potsdam and brought up in London. She moved to Stockholm in 2005 to study film directing at Dramatiska Institutet.Lisa studied film TV at Brunel University in London before working for five years as a camera operator/editor and also teaching screen acting. In 2009 she completed her Masters at Dramatiska Institutet in screenwriting.
2012 Sex, liv och längtan, short
2010 Little Children Big Words, short
2010 Flera liv, short
2009 Pussyfooting, short
2008 En låda full av minnen, short
2008 Mellan 11 och 12, short
2007 Djur i bur, short
Tobias Nölle (1976 Zürich) studied film at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His short film RENÉ (2008) was screened at numerous festivals worldwide and won several awards such as the Golden Leopard in Locarno for the best Swiss short. Nölle is one of the directors of WONDERLAND, which premiered at the Festival del film Locarno 2015 (International Competition).
ALOYS is his first feature, which he wrote, directed and edited. It was developed at the Torino Film Lab and selected for the Rotterdam Cinémart and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
2016 Aloys, feature
2015 Heimat land, omnibus
2007 René, short
2006 Mes vacances, animated short
2006 Kuckuck, short
2004 Bernd, short
2003 Dav is, short
Katarzyna is a graduate from the Polish Film School in Lodz and alumni of the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam.
Her documentary WASSERSCHLACHT – THE GREAT BORDER BATTLE co-directed with Andrew Friedman was awarded Berlin Today Award during Berlinale 2007. Her short film HANOI-WARSZAWA won many Polish and International awards and was voted the Best Short of 2010 by the European Film Academy. Her debut feature film FLYING BLIND premiered in Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2012 where it was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award. The film received three Awards (Grand Prix, Best Director, Critics Award) at the Polish Festival of First Films in Koszalin and was released cinematically in the UK and in Poland in 2013.
Katarzyna is a member of the European Film Academy, for many years she was also a president of Film 1,2 Association, which supports young filmmakers in Poland.
2013 La Isla, short
2012 Flying Blind, short
2009 Hanoi-Warszawa, short
2009 Nic do stracenia, documentary short
2007 Wasserschlacht: The Great Border Battle, documentary short
1999 Treading Water, short
Edmunds Jansons was born in 1972 in Saldus, Latvia. He studied TV directing at Academy of Culture, has taken animation directing course at VGIK in Moscow, but recently graduated MA at Estonian Academy of Art – the masterclass led by Priit Pärn.
In 2002 Edmunds founds animation film studio Atom Art. Studio tends to be a platform for young talented animators and their experiments. In the last years Atom Art has become one of the most noticeable creatively active Latvian animation studios. The films produced by Atom Art has been selected at the festivals all over the world, such as Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, HAFF, Stuttgart, Zagreb, Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dok Leipzig, Encounters, Anima Mundi and many others, and has been awarded in many of them. Studio works in variety of techniques – drawing, sand animation, animation with charcoal, puppet and cut out animation. There is also a big variety of animation genres – magical realism, animated documentary, musical, absurd, animated tv series for pre-schoolers a.o. Edmunds has worked as tutor of animation directing at Academy of Art and Academy of Culture of Latvia. He is also film expert at Culture Endowment Fund and National Film Centre of Latvia. Besides his initial work Edmunds is recognized and beloved award winning children’s book illustrator. His books “Year of Wonderbaby” and “Poop and Springtime” has been awarded J.Baltvilks Best illustrations award and had been included in IBBY honor list. Each film has its own story of how it began. One begins with some sort of event while another with a vivid visual image. THE ISLE OF SEALS began with a peculiar place and its environment.
2014 Isle of Seals, short
2012 Choir Tour, short
2012 International Father’s Day, short
2009 Springtime in Crow Street, short
2007 Little Birds Diary, short
Adura Onashile is an award-winning Glasgow based artist. She has just finished playing Medea in the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival 2022 acclaimed production. She has directed two productions, HeLa and Expensive S**t for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a Fringe First, Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama and TOTAL and Amnesty nominations. Both shows toured nationally and internationally supported by the British Council. She has directed productions with The Unicorn Theatre, The Place, Contact Theatre, Fuel Theatre, and The National Theatre of Scotland. In 2020, she wrote and directed her screen debut, EXPENSIVE SHIT, a BAFTA Scotland nominated short produced by barry crerar which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2020.
Girl (2023, feature)
Expensive Shit (2020, short)
Eliška Chytková is a Czech young animator and director. She studies animation at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Eliška says about her own approach to work and life:
“The most ordinary thing about those ordinary days of our time is the everydayness, impersonal greyness and the fact that the greatest stereotype of all is that there is always something new. That greyness is what doesn’t let the imagination perish. None of us is without imagination. None of us stamps on it and holds it chained, no matter how hard we try. None of us!“
2013 Ham Story, short
2011 Den debil, short
2010 Polednice / Noon Witch, short
2009 Dejchátko, short
Ezequiel Radusky was born in 1981 in San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina).
He is a film director, screenwriter and actor. His first feature film “The Owners” was screened at the 52nd Cannes – Semaine de la Critique in 2013, where he got the special mention from the great Jury. His new project, “The Lunchroom” won best project at the Europe Latin America Co-production VI Forum at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2017, got a special mention at the screenplay competition of the 39th International Latin America New Film Festival in Havana (2017), and won the co-production Ibermedia Fund in 2018.
In 2013 graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Karyy University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. During his studies at the university, hi made several short films, which were participating and received awards at different international festivals. Participant of the BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS 2013.
Contributor of the documentary project Babylon#13 (cinema of civil protest) Kyiv, Ukraine.
Scholarship-holder of the program of the Minister of Culture of Poland “GAUDE POLONIA” 2015, 2017.
Organizer of the Ukrainian Script Platform «TERRARIUM».
Participant TorinoFilmLab (Script&Pitch) 2016.
Member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine since 2013.
Member of Ukrainian Film Academy since 2017.
Member of EFA (European Film Academy) since 2018.
2018 WEIGHTLIFTER, short
2015 INTERSECTION, short doc
2013 KRASNA MALANKA, short doc
2012 THE BEARD, short
2008 ADOLESCENCE, short
Maryna Vroda was born on 22 February 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2007, she graduated from the Cinematography and TV faculty at the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University of Theater, Cinematography and Television with a specialization in feature film directing. During her studies in Kyiv she attended the workshops of Mikhail Illenko and Valery Sivak. After graduating, she worked with Sergei Loznitsa.
In 2008, her short student films were entered for international film festivals both in Eastern and Western Europe and her film CROSS-COUNTRY was nominated for the Golden Starfish Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011 and won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in the same year at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2010 Maryna was a participant at the Berlinale Talent Campus and used the Residence Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013 to write the script for the film STEPNE. In 2016 she studied for a Master at the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg. Living in Kyiv.
|PENGUIN, 51 min.||2015||Documentary|
|SNAILS, 19 min.||2014||Short|
(original “Cross”) 15 min.
|THE RAIN, 13 min.||2007||Short|
|THE OATH, 14 min.||2008||Short|
|FAMILY PORTRAIT, 14 min.||2006||Short|
In 2007, Screen International named Paul Wright as a UK ‘Star of Tomorrow’ following the success of his first short film, Hikikomori. Made whilst Paul was a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the film won numerous awards, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the UK BAFTAs.
In the summer of 2008, Paul wrote and directed Believe, a short film produced by Rhianna Andrews (Young Films), with finance from Scottish Screen. The film won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival in August 2009. Paul is one of the writer/directors involved in the ‘Advanced Party 2’ scheme (Sigma Films/Zentropa Films).
2010 Photos of God, short
2010 Until the River Runs Red, short (2010)
2009 Believe, short
2006 Hikikomori, short
Lauren trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland in German and Film, TV & Media Studies. She works as a director, playwright, actor and drama tutor. Lauren attended film school in Germany in 1998, and in 2004 represented New Zealand at the 40th International Young Theatre Practitioners’ Forum in Berlin. Lauren has had her writing on the German and New Zealand film industries published in New Zealand and in Germany. In 2010 Lauren was selected to participate in Script to Screen’s short film lab, and in 2012 wrote and directed the short film I’m Going to Mum’s. Lauren has further film projects in development.
Lauren has directed various stage productions for the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Smackbang Theatre Company, Auckland Theatre Company and Four Afloat Productions. Lauren began her career playing the lead in the NZ feature film Alex. Following her graduation from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2001, Lauren has enjoyed a variety of stage, screen and radio work. Theatre performances include Mr Marmalade, Land of Make Believe and Mr Kolpert at the SiLO Theatre. Her screen work includes roles in TV series: This is Not My Life, The Jaquie Brown Diaries and A Thousand Apologies; and in feature films: Perfect Creature, 1nite and The Tattooist. In 2005 Lauren won the Chapman Tripp Most Outstanding New Playwright of the Year Award for her play Exchange, which premiered at BATS in the Young and Hungry season. Exchange has been published by Playmarket Press and produced by Radio New Zealand.
In 2010 Lauren directed Exchange for Auckland Theatre Company’s Young and Hungry festival. In 2009 Lauren wrote Polly Hood in Mumuland — a Pacific adaptation of Red Riding Hood — which premiered as part of Pasifika 09. Polly Hood in Mumuland was also produced by Auckland Theatre Company in association with the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts for its successful 2011 season. Lauren has been commissioned to write the 2013 touring play for the ‘Duffy Books in Homes’ programme.
Álvaro Gago was selected by Variety in 2019 as a Spanish talent to track and as a Star of Tomorrow by Screen International in 2021.
In 2017 he directed a short film “Matria”, which was a 2019 Goya nominee and received the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. His follow up short film, “16 de decembro”, premiered at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival and was also a Goya nominee in 2021.
He is currently working on his debut film “Matria” (titled like the short) which was part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and has been developed at the TIFF Academy, La Incubadora or the MFI Script Lab.
2022, MATRIA (long feature)
2019, 16 DE DECEMBRO
2017, MATRIA (Short Film)
After graduating from the Faculty of Theatre & Television of Babes Bolyai University, Romania with a 4 year BA in film, she continued her MA at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art, Budapest directing several shorts which travelled the European festival circuit. She graduated in 2012/2013, directing CARRY ME AWAY. Based on that work, Cristina was selected among two other filmmakers for a one month residency at the Sarajevo City of Film, where her most recent short film was produced and shot.
HOLIDAY AT THE SEASIDE premiered in Sarajevo in August 2013, winning the “Atlantic Group” grand prize for best short film. She is developing OPENING, a short film focusing on a young transsexual working in a sex chat, as an operator, which gives him not only a chance to earn easy money, but to practice what he wants to become: a woman. OPENING is nominated for the 2014 Film Prize Germany/Eastern Europe by the Robert Bosch Foundation, and was also selected for the European Short Pitch, organized by NisiMasa.
On the long term, she is working on a first feature film project, A COAT OF GOLD telling the story of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who refuses surgery. On a commercial side, I’ve worked on a variety of commissioned works from clips showcasing United Nation’s work, to book trailers and classical advertisement clips. I work in the advertising industry in Budapest.
2013 Holiday at the Seaside, short
2009 Express Delivery Service, short
Eirik Svensson, born in 1983, belongs to a brand new generation of Norwegian directors. He graduated from the Norwegian Film School in 2010 with internationally acclaimed short film called FRIDAY. Before that he has attended film school in Finland – Lillehammer University College (LUC) where he met Jyrki Väisänen, with whom he co-wrote and directed the short LIFE WORTH LIVING. In 2013 he made his feature film debut called MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE. ONE NIGHT IN OSLO is his second feature film.
2014 One Night In Oslo, feature
2012 Must Have Been Love, feature
2010 Friday, short
2006 Life Worth Living, short
Born in 1984, Tudor Jurgiu studied at the Drama and Film University in Bucharest. After shooting several short film, he now works on his first feature film The Japanese Dog, about an old man, Costache Moldu, who tries to connect with his estranged son after a flood has swept away his wife and house.
2011 The Japanese Dog, short
2009 Oli’s Wedding, short
2009 Ela, short
Sascha Fülscher works in the field between art and activism and likes to experiment with different techniques and formats. NEXT DOOR LETTERS is her graduation film from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she studied documentary film making.
Sascha has previously directed Belgrade Bound, a documentary about three young adults in the City of Belgrade and HITMUSIC – RHYTHM OF THE REVOLUTIONARY, a colorful portrait of political artists. Sascha was born in Switzerland in 1983 and grew up in Lund, Sweden. She is a member of the filmmakers collective RåFILM, a collective of political and socially engaged filmmakers. She wants to continue exploring the worlds of animation, documentary and a combination of the two.
2011 Next Door Letters, animated short
2010 Belgrade Bound, short documentary
2007 Hitmusic - Rhythm of the Revolutionary, short documentary
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Christopher earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Virginia Tech College of Architecture where he worked as an assistant to the director of the Virginia Tech Multimedia Lab. Following graduation he gained experience as a designer at IDEO San Francisco and Blu Dot before starting an interaction design studio called RUNROBOTS. While running this studio he spent over a year working part time at the office of independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. This combined professional experience in both design and film has strongly influenced his creative process.
2010 I Don’t Blame the Beautiful Game, short
Johan Oettinger is a self taught Danish director and filmmaker who has worked on stop-motion and live action productions since his 13th year. A number of commercial productions (music videos and TV spots) are on his filmography. In 2001 he directed his first short film THE KILLING OF EVIL and since that time he has directed and produced 2-3 short films a year, many of them together with the creative partner Emil Brahe, composer and filmmaker. Johan Oettinger also works as a set designer and set builder and on e.g. films for Lego.
2012 Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto, animated short
2011 Singvogel – Strisserne Breder Sig, animated music video
2011 Silja – Sokratæsk, animated music video
2009 Baptised with a double load of pure protein, animated short
2009 Under vand, animated short
2008 Imperium, short
2008 Otrplo Pisce, animated music video
2007 Den Agnostiske Kylling
2007 Maskinen, animated short
2006 Øglen, Blomsten og Dukkehovedet, animated short
2006 Dem Der Forsvinder, short
2005 Fuck Toronto Jungle, live action and animated film
2004 Stjerner, animated short
2001 The Killing of Evil, animated short
Evi Kalogiropoulou is a film director and visual artist working in Athens and London. She has a Masters from the Royal College of Art in Moving Image. Her projects explore ideas associated with inclusion/exclusion, cross-culture identity, female figures in Ancient Greek mythology frames, and post-apocalyptic environments. She is currently developing her debut feature Cora, (Eurimages Development Award, Cinemart 2021, ARTE Award at Atélier Cinéfondation in Cannes 2021).
Ognjen Glavonić was born in 1985 in Pančevo, SFR Yugoslavia. His short films have been selected for more than 50 international film festivals. ZIVAN MAKES A PUNK FESTIVAL (2014), his first documentary, had its premiere at Cinéma du Réel and has been screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, and IndieLisboa, among others.
Ognjen’s documentary DEPTH TWO (2016) had its premiere in the Forum section at the Berlinale, and was named best film at Festival dei Popoli, DokuFest, Message to Man, Open City Docs Fest, ZagrebDox and Kassel Dokfest. He is the founder of Pančevo Film Festival. THE LOAD (2018) is his first feature film.
2018 The Load
2016 Depth Two (doc)
2014 Zivan Makes a Punk Festival (doc)
Born in 1984. Jan graduated in Film Directing from Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice and completed the Documentary Course in Wajda School. His documentary DEEP LOVE was awarded, among others, Best Documentary Award at the 36th IFF in Moscow and the Silver Horn award for Best Feature Documentary Film at the 54th Kraków FF. His feature debut, THE LAST FAMILY, premiered at Locarno, where it won the Best Actor Award, and was screened at over 100 festivals worldwide (including Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Palm Springs & New Directors New Films), winning many international awards. Jan also works in TV, his most recent series THE KING OF WARSAW, produced by CANAL+, was released in October 2020. LEAVE NO TRACES is his second feature film.
Born in China in 1995, Story Chen is a writer director with expertise in films, commercials, and music videos. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts majoring in FILM&TV with a minor in psychology.
Her two student short films made at NYU Tisch has won her many awards. A Woman’s Gaze has won Best Drama Short at Hollywood International Film Festival. Her thesis short film Marina has won Best International Short at Norwegian International Short Film Festival.
Her own identity as a hybrid of Eastern and Western culture cultivates her keen eye on prevailing themes of humanity, transcending cultural and racial differences. She focuses on depicting the emotional struggles of real life. Her stories also put a spotlight on minorities like Asian women, LGBTQ and children.
Currently, Story is based in New York and Beijing. She has been selected by Asian Film Academy Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2018.
1st feature on writing process
2021，Drunk of Sun (4min 16mm film experimental) Grand Jury Award at New York International Film Awards
2018，Marina (15min Short Fiction) Best Actress, NYC Independent Film Festival
Best Student Short, LA Independent Film Festival Awards
Best International Short, Norwegian International Short Film Festival
2016, A Woman’s Gaze (18min Short Fiction)
Best Drama Short, Hollywood International Film Festival
Chintis Lundgren is an Estonian-born animator currently living in Croatia. She studied fine arts at an alternative art school in Estonia called Academia Non Grata before pursuing a career as a painter. Lundgren later taught herself animation and quickly gained attention in the animation world for her quirky music videos, PSAs and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone along with distinct anthropomorphic characters. In 2011, Lundgren created her own animation studio called Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia.
Her films (including ABOUT THE HARD LIFE OF THE BARN SWALLOW, the music video, I LOVE YOUR FACE, and the award-winning 2015 short, LIFE WITH HERMAN H. ROTT) have screened at numerous international animation festivals including Annecy, Zagreb, and Ottawa. MANIVALD is her first film with the National Film Board of Canada.
2017 Manivald, animsted short
2015 Life with Herman H. Rott, aniamted short
2014 Kingfisher, animated short
2013 Mysterious Swamp, animated short
2011 Montego, animated short
2011 About the Hard Life of the Barn Swallow, animated short
2010 Volli Pall, animated short
2009 The Great Grey Shrike, animated short
Born in 1991. Animation student and cartoonist from Cracow, Poland. In 2010 graduated from The National School of Fine Arts in Cracow.
Currently 5th year student of Film Animation and Special Effects Department at the Polish National Film School in Lodz.
2015 Cipka / Pussy, animated short
2014 With your eyes closed, animated music video
2013 Birthday, animated music video
2013 Niezwykła noc / Unusual night, animated short
2012 Łukasz i Lotta / Luke and Lotta, animated short
2011 Pułapki / Traps, animated short
Asaph was born in Washington, DC in 1983. In Israel, where he grew up, he directed, wrote and produced two short films, both official selections of the Jerusalem Film Festival: ZIPPER and IN BED AT 10 P.M. In 2010 he attended The American Film Institute Conservatory’s Directing Program where he directed the 2013 Student Academy Award Nominee thesis film SAMN ANG, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and won awards and screened at several film festivals internationally.
His debut feature film, ONE WEEK AND A DAY, was participated in the 2012 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab – Jerusalem, participated in the 2013 Sofia Meetings and won the 2015 Haifa Film Festival Work in Progress Award. Asaph was awarded AFI’s Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award, an Irwin and Sheila Allen Scholarship and an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.
2016 One Week and a Day, feature
2013 Samn Ang, short
2010 In Bed at 10 PM, short
2009 Zipper, short
Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong is an animator from Bangkok, Thailand based in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently finishing up her MFA in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta, she is also the executive director of ASIFA-Atlanta (International Animation Society affiliated with UNESCO), Atlanta Film Society’s filmmaker-in-residence, SIGGRAPH S3 committee member, and co-director of Oscar long-listed animated short STARLIGHT.
With a B.Tech in computer graphics/ multimedia and over 10+ years as web designer/developer working with companies globally such as Unilever in Singapore, she also runs a blog called www.needyanimator.com with a monthly rate of 7-10,000 views focus on soft skill resources for animators and artists including entertainment law, contracts, and film festival tips. She has also been the art director on Atlanta’s Global Game Jam’s 1st place team in 2014, semifinalist of Adobe Design Achievement Award for both motion media in 2015 and animation in 2014, chosen for the ADOBE ICO-D mentorship program and Variety.com’s 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment for 2015. Along with coordinating various children’s animation workshop for ASIFA-Atlanta and the Atlanta Film Society for schools all over Atlanta, she has lead creative panels at the Atlanta Film Festival, Dragoncon and invited to speak at various colleges such as Maryland College of Institute of Technology and Bangkok University International College.
2015 Starlight, animated short
Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese-Canadian award-winning writer & director with an intenselove/hate relationship with Lebanon which she finds to be her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration. Dania, currently a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, hasa BA in GraphicDesign from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship in her third year. Her pre-thesis film “Meshkal” (English title: Kaleidoscope), has traveled to film festivals in France, Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Czeck Republic, India and many more. It has won a few notable awards including Award of Excellence at the2014 Canada International film festiva land Golden Palm at the2014 Mexico International Film Festival. Her thesis film, “In White”, which received the Spike Lee Production Fund, had its world premiere at the renowned Clermont Ferrand film festival and went on to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, Uppsala International short film festival and more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It has won a dozen awards including the International Grand Prize at the Rio de Janeiro International short film festival thus making it eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards in the short live-action category. In 2019, Dania was selected as a Berlinale Talentand participated in its Short Film Station with her short film “Warsha”.Warsha is a co-production between Inter Spinas Films (France), GoGoGo Films (France) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Lebanon).The film has secured a pre-purchase broadcast deal with renowned European TV channel ARTEand as been supported by the CNC, therégion Grand Est, the région Sud, the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, the Sacemand the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Warsha had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance International Film Festival and its French premiere at International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand 2022. Dania is currently based in Dubai and is developing her first feature film “Pigeon Wars” which was selected for the 2018-2019 Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya Screenwriting lab. Pigeon Wars was also selected for the 2021 Cine Qua Non Storylines lab.
2021 Warsha (short)
2018 Sound of Reverence (short, documentary)
2017 IN WHITE (short)
2014 DAD (short)
2014 KALEIDOSCOPE (short)
Alan Holly is a Dublin based artist and filmmaker. He studied animation and has been working in various roles in the industry since 2005. He has directed a number of short films, his most recent film Coda is funded by the Irish Film Board.
2013 Coda, short
Valentyn Vasyanovych is a Ukrainian director, producer and DOP. He was born in 1971 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine and graduated from The National University of theatre, cinema and television of Karpenko-Kary as cinematographer (1995) and documentary filmmaker (2000), as well as from The Wajda School in Poland (2007).
Born in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1982. From 2003–2008 he studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His short films have been shown at over 100 international film festivals and won several awards. His graduation film Polar received a Special Mention at Berlinale 2009 and won the German Camera Award as well as the German Short Film Award. His debut feature film Marija had its world premiere in Competition at the International Filmfestival Locarno 2016. The film was internationally screened at several festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Angers and Gothenburg, winning numerous national and international prizes. A Piece of Sky is his second feature film.
Mariko Bobrik was born in Japan in 1983. In 2009, she graduated from the directing course of the Lodz Film School. Currently she lives in Warsaw with her family and is finishing her first feature The Taste of Pho. The project participated in Cinéfondation: Résidence du Festival de Cannes (2012) as well as in Script Station program of the Talents, Berlinale (2013). The script won a 2nd prize of Script Pro 2015 – a Polish feature film script competition.
2019 The Taste of Pho
Kristin Ulseth (b.1968) has a BA in Film and Photography from Harrow College, University of Westminster in London. She has worked professionally in the Norwegian and Nordic film and television industry since early 90s doing a wide range of work on shorts, creative documentaries, TV-drama and feature films. In 2008 she started producing at Maipo Film, producing the 360° animation project Alfie Atkins with an animated TV-series, feature film and app-game in 2013, and the live action feature Gilbert’s Grim Revenge, and the app-game Gilbert’s Eggggg in 2016. ODD IS AN EGG is her first animated short film as a director.
2016 Odd Is an Egg, animated short
Actor, scriptwriter, director and producer for Cinema, Theatre and tv, and a lecturer at the Open University. He has b.a degree from Tel-Aviv University in Theater acting and m.f.a in filmmaking from the Academy of Art University. Lately Shady was involved in the film 24 HOURS JERUSALEM (ARTE), which won the German tv Award for best midlength documentary 2014. He was the Lead in the Oscar-nominated short film Ave Maria. HOLY AIR is his feature debut as director.
2017 Holy Air, feature
2014 24 Hours Jerusalem, Documentary, Palestinian Content Director
2011 Watan A Watar Comedy tv Series
2010 Films from Real life, 10 shorts (project with adults in distress)
2009 Amwash, Comedy Series (10 Episodes)
2007 Either Me or Haifa, short
2005 Sense of Need, short
Born in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1982. From 2003–2008 he studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His short films have been shown at over 100 international film festivals and won several awards. His graduation film Polar received a Special Mention at Berlinale 2009 and won the German Camera Award as well as the German Short Film Award. His debut feature film Marija had its world premiere in Competition at the International Filmfestival Locarno 2016. The film was internationally screened at several festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Angers and Gothenburg, winning numerous national and international prizes. A Piece of Sky is his second feature film.
2022 A Piece Of Sky (feature)
2016 Marija (feature)
2009 Polar (short)
2006 Beckenrand (short)
2005 We Are The Faithful (short)
Lise I. Osvoll (b.1979) is educated in art, design and art direction. She entered the film industry in 2004 after graduating and worked as a graphic designer and motion graphics designer for many popular fiction films. During her studies she made two animated short films together with scriptwriter Anne Elvedal. Their graduation film won the award for best film and for the best newcomer at festivals in Norway. Osvoll co-directed Elias and the Royal Yacht (2007, a first film of Elias). Then followed the season two of the TV series Elias (2009) and the movie Elias and the treasure of the sea (2010) where Osvoll also wrote the script together with Anne Elvedal. Her next film as a director, Cattle Hill was released on the 19th of October 2018.
2018 Cattle Hill
2010 Elias & Duppe searching for Ramsalt
2008 Elias: The Little Rescue Boat
Gunhild Enger (1980) graduated from Edinburg College of Art, and The School of Film Directing in Gothenburg. She was nominated for a BAFTA with her graduation film BARGAIN, and has since then screened her films in festivals around the world. The film PREMATURE, won the international Grand Prix at Breif Encounter, Bristol 2012. Her film PASSION won for the best international short at Alcine, Madrid 2009. She is currently working as a director in Norway and Sweden.
2013 Premature, short
2012 Bargain, short
2009 Passion, short
Cav Bøgelund (1978) has a degree in character animation from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. On top of this, Cav graduated as animation director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2008. Apart from his work with film, Cav has written, illustrated and edited a series of comics, along with doing illustration and graphic facilitation for years.
In 2012, Cav helped to create a bachelor’s degree in graphic storytelling at The Animation Workshop and he is now on the schools advisory board. Cav has just finished directing Film Maker’s animated short film BROTHERS IN ARMS.
2012 Brothers in Arms, short
Yu Ueda was born in Japan and studied Animation in the United States. While Yu teaches himself drawing and digital animation tools, he also explores puppet and miniature making for stop-motion animation.
2015 Starlight, animated short
Biography: Sander Joon uses animation to create surreal worlds with a dash of humour. His films have previously travelled to festivals such as Annecy, DOK Leipzig, Ottawa, Go Short, Stuttgart, Fredrikstad, Kaboom, Supertoon, Animateka and GLAS. He has attended the Open Workshop artist residency in Viborg twice and is now teaching animation at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he has received a master’s degree in animation. Besides films he has animated a music video for Tommy Cash, participated in a popular commercial for Rick and Morty and has been a VJ to numerous events. Sander also worked as a 2D artist for the multi-awarded film The Old Man Movie (2019). His previous short Sounds Good (2018) won awards from Stuttgart, Fredrikstad, SUPERTOON and PÖFF Shorts.
2022 Short animation “Sierra”. 15’57”. Director and animator.
2018 Short animation “Sounds Good”. 9’50”. Director and animator.
2017 Short animation “Moulinet”. 5’51”. Director and animator.
2015 Short animation “Velodrool”. 6’12”. Director and animator.
Born in 1976. Director, animation and producer. He is a self-taught artist. He left architecture studies to make films. His first student film Rain won several local awards in 1998 and became an entry pass to Platige Image studio, where he currently works as an Art Director. From 1999 to 2002 he worked, with short intervals, on his debut short film THE CATHEDRAL. The film won the first prize for Best Animated Short at the largest animation and special effects festival SIGGRAPH in 2002 and it was nominated a year later for an Academy Award in the category Animated Short Film.
In 2004 he completed his second short animated film entitled FALLEN ART. He won the Jury prize at SIGGRAPH festival in 2005 and became the first person in the history of the festival to have won both main prizes. The confirmation of the success of both The Cathedral and Fallen Art are numerous awards and the films’ screenings at tens of international festivals. He received the BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Animation.
When not working on his own projects he produces special effects and animations for film and advertising productions. He is also no stranger to theatre productions. He is the director of, among others, a virtual set for a commemorative concert of Krzysztof Penderecki entitled Seven Gates of Jerusalem which was the basis for a musical-ballet film nominated by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Emmy Award 2009. He currently prepares the realization of his first feature-length film HARDKOR 44.
2010 The Kinematograph, short
2010 Animated History of Poland, short
2004 Fallen Art, short
2002 The Cathedral, short
Sonja Tarokić (Zagreb, 1988) has an MA degree in film directing, and a BA degree in literature. She is the author of several short films. On Shaky Ground (2014), a dissection of a Mediterranean family that goes through the breakdown of its paterfamilias, was screened at Rotterdam IFF and awarded the best Croatian short at Zagreb Film Festival, while her other films (You Bitch!, I’m a Self Made Woman, Smart Girls, Red) were screened and awarded at numerous international festivals, such as Sarajevo FF, Vila do Conde, Angers Premiers Plans, NEXT Bucharest FF, Brief Encounters FF. She participated at CPH:Lab and Sarajevo Talent Campus workshops. The Staffroom is her first feature film, which was developed through TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch 2015 and FrameWork 2016 program, winning the TFL Production Award.
A graduate of the ENSAV La Cambre animated film workshop, in 2006 Rémi Durin together with three fellow graduates from the same school, set up L’Enclume Animation, an animation studio which makes short films, adverts, long films, video clips, TV series…
Since 2009 Rémi has been teaching at the Albert Jacquard CG school in Namur.
After his graduation films Là-haut, Mademoiselle Chloé, and Séquence 01 Plan 02, Rémi Durin made De si près (2009), a moving tribute to the 14-18 war, The Scent of Carrots (2014), an animated musical comedy, co-directed with Arnaud Demuynck, The Unicorn (2016) based on the kids book by Martine Bourre, and recently Big Wolf & Little Wolf (2018) adapted from the book by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec.
Since 2017, he has developed a feature film for children, Yuku and the Himalayan Flower, written and co-directed by Arnaud Demuynck.
Swedish director and animator based in London and Stockholm. Represented by Passion Animation Studios. I work mainly in stop motion and have a soft spot for things that are sad and funny at the same time.
Graduate from Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation. Recently worked on Wes Andersons ‘Isle of Dogs’. My films have been screened in festivals around the world, and won multiple awards including Emile Awards for Best Achievement in Student Film. Walt Disney Award and Audience Award at Ottawa International Animation Festival.
2018 Good Intentions
Farnoosh Samadi was born in Iran and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. She started her career as a filmmaker at the Iranian Youth Cinema Societyand after that she made some video installations. She is the scriptwriter for the short films More Than Two Hours directed by Ali Asgari which was nominated fora Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013, The Baby which premiered in Short film competition at Venice Film Festival 2014 and some other short films.
She is currently co-writing a feature film with Ali Asgari which is accepted at Cinefondation Residence of Cannes Film Festival. THE SILENCE is her first short film which will have its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016.
2016 The Silence, short film
Born on October 12, 1977 in Partizánske. She studied Animation on Film and Television Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and nowadays she’s teaching there. In 2006 she established a production company feel me film and debuted as a producer with an animated short by Ivana Šebestová FOUR. She’s a founder and editor in chief of a magazine about animated fi lm Homo Felix.
2011 The Last Bus, short
Polish director, studied directing at the Łódź Film School. His short film Nice to See You world-premiered in Cannes Cinefondation competition, where it got the 3rd prize. His feature film debut, Suicide Room, premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and attracted over 800.000 viewers in Polish cinemas. His second film, a war blockbuster Warsaw ’44, sold over 1.8 mln. tickets. Corpus Christi is his third feature film.
2019 Corpus Christi
2014 Warsaw 44
2011 Suicide Room
Directing duo Karni and Saul.
They have been working together since 2005 , merging Karni’s atmospheric photographic style with Saul’s fantastical animated elements to create music videos, commercials and short films. In 2010 Karni & Saul showcased their short film TURNING, which then went onto feature at many festivals worldwide winning three, and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011. Their new short film FLYTOPIA, commissioned by film4. Based on a dark, fantastical Will Self story, with original score by Adrian Utley , is showing in festivals worldwide. They are currently represented for commercial work at Aardman and are developing their first feature film.
Born in 1978 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He writes, directs and acts for film and theatre.His first feature film, Homeland, asaga about afamily and acountry in free-fall, premiered at the Venice Critics’ Week 2010, and participated in many international film festivals. His second feature film, ABlast, the portrait of awoman going rogue, premiered in the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2014. Praised by the international press, the film went on to be theatrically released in 20 countries, and to screen at over 80 festivals around the world (Rotterdam, BFI London, Karlovy Vary – Variety’s10 Directors to Watch, Sarajevo, Seattle, Hong-Kong, São Paulo, Jeonju, A.F.I.’s European Film Showcase, etc.). His other film credits include co-writing the script of Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Suntan(Rotterdam, SXSW, 2016) and Ahmad Ghossein’s All This Victory (2019) and participating as an actor in selected short and feature films.
2019 The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea
2014 A Blast
Mauricio Osaki was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he started his career directing short films and working in feature projects as assistant editor and post producer at major film companies. At NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, he completed his short film, MY FATHER’S TRUCK, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013 and has won numerous prizes at film festivals around the world. He currently lives in Brazil, where he is developing his first feature film.
2013 My Father’s Truck, short
2010 Lembrança / Reminder, short
2008 Liberdade / Liberdade, short
2007 Primavera / Springtime, short
2004 Quando Tudo Formiga / Life in an Anthill, short
Shir Wen Sun was born and raised in Malaysia, Shir Wen Sun, who also commonly goes by the name Sun, is a passionate artist who dabbles in many fields of art such as illustration, graphic design, animation and games.
She is the co-director of Oscar long-listed animated short STARLIGHT, and has received many awards and recognition such as First Place in Global Game Jam 2014, as Production Manager/ Background designer and painter, Acceptee of 52 Illustration West Competition , Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist 2014 for illustration and animation category and 1st place in ASIFA 12X12 Animation Competition 2012. Her works have also been published in Port City Review 2014 and exhibited in SCAD’s open studio night.
2015 Starlight, animated short
Will Ashurst started as a traditional animator and story artist, and created and wrote his own series King Arthur’s Disasters in the UK, which earned him a BAFTA nomination. He has contributed to many children’s film productions such as the first Two Buddies and a Badger film, and as director he also helped reimagine the Elias universe for an international audience in Elias’ New Adventures. He made his debut as a feature director on the award winning Anchors Up, also from the Elias universe.
Having spent his early life in the Middle East, Andrew returned to the North East of England to study Literature Film. He made a documentary at a workshop led by Abbas Kiarostami in southern Italy, and then made a short drama titled BREATHE FOR ME. This film premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and went on to play many other European festivals.
LAMB was his next project, premiering at Encounters and playing Oberhausen, Krakow, Brest and Hamburg amongst other international festivals, gaining Special Mention of the Jury at Nice Film Festival 2009 and inclusion in Oberhausen’s Best of the Festival DVD selection and their permanent archive.
COMPULSION is his third film, premiering at London Film Festival 2011 and winning Best Film at London Short Film Festival 2012. Currently, he works in development of feature film and moving image installation projects at Third Films.
2011 Compulsion, short
Born in 1984. Director, scriptwriter, anthropologist. Aga graduated from Applied Social Science (2008) and The Polish National Film School in Lodz – Directing Department (2014). For many years she has been working as Assistant Director in Poland and abroad. Her short films were presented and won awards at numerous film festivals, including Cannes Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, T-Mobile New Horizons, Sao Paulo Kinoforum or Warsaw Film Festival and have been brought by national and international TV channels. Her graduation short film “Fragments” had its international Premiere at Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs). „Silent Land”, which premiered in Toronto IFF Platform Competition is her first feature film. She is currently working on her second feature „Black Water”.
Elin was born 1994 in Uppsala, and grew up in Sigtuna and Salt Lake City, USA. Today she is based in Stockholm as a film director, and has directed several award-winning short films. As of 2018 she is studying Film Directing at Stockholm University of the Arts. Earlier she has worked as assistant director on many productions. Her films are often about the fear of being abandoned, and she likes to test how far characters are willing to go to avoid confrontation.
2019 Ingen lyssnar / Who Talks
2017 Förebilder / Picture world
2014 Kontroll / Control
2014 Antingen-eller / Either-or
2013 Gryning / Stockholm daybreak
Photo credit: Robin Trolin
Asaf Saban is a director and writer. His short films were screened at major film festivals worldwide including Clermont-Ferrand, Telluride, San Sebastian, and AFI Fest. In 2017 he directed and produced his debut feature film – ‘Outdoors’ (‘Bayit Bagalil’), which was successfully released in Israeli cinemas.
His new film, ‘Delegation’ (‘Ha’Mishlahat’) premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival 2023.
DELEGATION (2022, Feature)
PARADISE (2021, Short)
BLESSED IS THE MAN (2018, Short)
OUTDOORS (2017, Feature)
Charles grew up in a country town in northern Victoria, far from anything connected to filmmaking, except for an obsession with movies.
Though his household was largely dependent on government assistance, he found a way to make films with equipment ‘borrowed’ from the local school and, while still in his teens, won the Best Director award at Tropfest Film Festival.
Over the past decade his acclaimed films have screened and won awards at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Toronto, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, MIFF, Busan and the Australian Academy Awards.
His latest short film ALL THESE CREATURES was awarded the Palme d’Or at tthe 2018 Cannes Film Festival among more than 20 other international awards. He is currently developing feature projects THE BUZZARD and INSIDE.
Niki Lindroth von Bahr, born in 1984, is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm. She got her master degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in the spring of 2016. Her films BATH HOUSE (2014) and TORD AND TORD (2010) has been screened at festivals around the word, such as Berlinale, Sundance, AFI and Annecy. TORD AND TORD was also nominated as Best Shortfilm at Guldbaggegalan 2011.
2017 The Burden / Min börda, animated short
2014 Bath House / Simhall, animated short
2010 Tord and Tord / Tord och Tord, animated short
2007 One Night in Moscow / En natt i Moskva, animated short
Trained as a scriptwriter, an author, director and producer of animated films. At the same time, active in the direction of actors for the voices of animated films, specializing in children’s voices, and artistic direction. The author of books and editorial director of a collection of albums and Ebooks for children, La Collection de la Chouette du Cinéma.
Jola Bańkowska, born in 1992, is a Polish filmmaker and illustrator. Double winner of Adobe Design Achievement Awards and proud owner of Vimeo Staff Pics for her short film BIOTOP. In 2016 she received Minister’s of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship for Outstanding Achievements. Currently she is working in London, also finishing her graduation film on Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Tom’s work as writer/director began with a series of short films, including RADICAL HARDCORE, a love story about the history of British carpet making. Released via Dazed & Confused, it was selected as part of Lynne Ramsay’s Electric Shorts series, going on to win the BFI’s Network Pick Series. Following this, with the BFI’s support, Tom recently completed work on the short PITCH BLACK PANACEA. A live action-animation hybrid that charts the progress of two patients undergoing a peculiar corrective treatment fortheir lazy eyes.MEDUSA DELUXE is Tom’s feature debut, it was shot during the covid lockdown in the North of England. Before moving into directing, Tom worked in Film & TV in various roles ranging from Art Director to Assistant and Line Producer.
2022 Medusa Deluxe (Feature)
2019 Pitch Black Panacea (Short)
2016 Radical Hardcore (Short)
David was born on Slovak-Hungarian borders in 1991. During past 4 years he studied animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Currently he works on his master’s degree at FAMU in Prague. While rendering school films he also works as a freelance animator on several projects, including TV Series The TOTS (dir. Vanda Raymanova and Michal Struss). And while rendering freelance work, David is developing his debut short film with Michaela Mihalyiova called THE END.
2014 Cowboyland, animated short
Rachel Lambert is a writer-director hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. Her debut feature, IN THE RADIANT CITY, produced by Jeff Nichols and starring Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Paul Sparks, and Celia Weston, premiered to rave reviews at TIFF 2016 and was nominated for the New American Cinema Award.
Rachel’s sophomore feature, SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING, starring Daisy Ridley, recently premiered opening night of Sundance 2023 in US Dramatic Competition. Alongside Nate Gregorski, she also sold the spec script THEY WERE JUST NICE PEOPLE to Netflix with Adam Sandler attached to star and Dylan Clark producing.
Sometimes I Think About Dying 2023 – Feature film
I Can Feel You Walking 2022 – Feature film
In The Radiant City 2016 – Feature film
Johanna Pyykkö has a bachelor’s degree in film directing from The Norwegian Film School (2016). She has made several award-winning shorts and worked as Joachim Trier’s director’s assistant on his latest feature THELMA. She’s also been in writers’ rooms and worked as episode-writer for several drama series. One of them being the second season of critically acclaimed tv-series ‘Heimebane’ / ‘Home Ground’ (Screened at Berlinale – Tv-series, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and other Nordic channels such as SVT, Yle and DR).
Johanna Pyykkö has a Swedish-Finnish background (a mainly working-class Finnish speaking minority group in Sweden) and now lives and works in Norway. Her films are often about identity, belonging/alienation, gender and power.
She’s now developing four features and a tv-series and has received development funding from The Norwegian Film Institute – New Paths’ scholarships for three of her projects: the sci-fi-drama series ‘Year 2098’ (to be produced by Nordisk Film Production), for the features ‘Ebba: The Lover’ (to be produced by Ape&Bjørn) and ‘Mirrors On Evy’. ‘Ebba & The Lover’ got an Honorable Mention at the Scandinavian Debut pitch competition at The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund in 2017. Her second feature, ‘The Swedish-Finn’, is in development with the Sweden-based production company Verket Produktion.
At the Göteborg International Film Festival 2017, Johanna Pyykkö was awarded the Bonnie Scholarship Dragon Award – presented to a filmmaker who has made a special effort. The same year, she was chosen for the FilmLab Norway-program and in 2018, she was selected to participate in the Nordic Film Lab held by the film institutes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland together with Göteborg International Film Festival. In 2018 she was chosen for the development program UP arranged by Talent Norge and The Norwegian Film Institute. This year Johanna Pyykkö received The Norwegian Art Council’s one-year filmmaker’s grant.
Daniel Mulloy films are known for nuanced and sensitive exploration of characters often concentrate on story worlds with strong social themes. Mulloy is a BAFTA and BIFA winning filmmaker and has been nominated for an Indie Spirit and European Academy Award. Three of his films have premiered at Sundance and he is two time winner of the Edinburgh international Film Festival. His films have received near one hundred international awards.
2016 Home, short
Cecilia Actis, born in Cordoba, Argentina, studied stage and theater technology in Malmö, Sweden. She is a director, animator and currently a light technician at the Opera of Copenhagen.
2010 Igelkottsresan, short
2008 Attached to You, short
2006 Blue, Karma, Tiger, short
2003 The Dance of My Text, short
Director and screenwriter.
His first feature film, Root (2013), made originally as his graduation film, was internationally premiered in San Sebastian International Film Festival and awarded as Best National Film in Valdivia International Film Festival. Also, it was selected in many international film festivals as La Habana, Cartagena de Indias, BAFICI, Palm Springs, Nuovo Cinema de Pessaro, TUbinguen, Málaga, Latin Beat New York and others.
After his debut, he co-write and direct I need to know (2015), short film made by the program Factory, organized by the Director’s Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival. The short film premiered in the Director’s Fortnight and then selected to be part of the Official Competition in Warsaw’s International Film Festival in Poland.
His second feature film as screenwriter and director, A place called Dignity (before In the Shade of Trees), filmed in 2019, is a fiction feature film about the real case of Colonia Dignidad, and which is an international coproduction between Chile, France, Germany, Argentina and Colombia, and granted with the Cinemas du Monde international fund, Ibermedia coproduction fund, INCAA-CNCA bilateral fund, as well as public funds granted by Hamburg, Germany and Chile.
His film projects has been selected in many international development instances like the Coproduction encounter of San Sebastian International Film Festival, Produire au Sud residence, Coproduction Market of the Berlinale, Venice Production Gap, Cinéfondation L’Atelier of Cannes Film Festival, among others.
Along with visual artist Alejandro Leonhardt he works in the development and realization of video art projects. Their first work together When the forests shine was selected in the Medial Arts Biennale in Chile, ARCO Madrid and in the official selection of Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.
He also works as a director in many audiovisual productions and publicity spots for TV at the same time he works as a college teacher in the subjects of scriptwriting, direction and cinema appreciation.
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Elina Talvensaari began her studies with anthropology and sociology at Helsinki University. While fnishing her master’s degree she switched to flm studies, majoring in documentary directing. Her latest film HOW TO PICK BERRIES opened at Venice Film Festival, and has been awarded in various international festivals such as San Sebastian, Tromsø and Tampere and has been recognized also by Fine Art institutions such as MoMa in New York. She is currently finishing her studies on flm directing at Aalto University, ELO Helsinki Film School.
2010 How to Pick Berries, short
Špela Čadež (born 1977) is a Slovenian animator and filmmaker. After graduating in Visual Communication Design (2002) in Ljubljana she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Department of Media Design. During her studies in Germany she made two animated puppet films MATE TO MEASURE and LOVESICK which have been screened at over a hundred festivals all over the world and won more than 30 awards. Since 2008 Špela Čadež works in Slovenia as an independent animation film director and producer.
2013 Boles, puppet animation
2011 Good Night, Missy, animated scenes in Metod Pevec feature
2010 Last Minute, animated film (co-director Marina Rosset)
2009 Far East Film Festival Trailer, puppet animation
2008 Marathon, clay animation (co-director Izabela Plucinska)
2007 Lovesick, puppet animation
2004 Mate to Measure, puppet animation
Marta Pajek was born in 1982 in Kielce/Poland. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where she specialized in animated film in the class of Jerzy Kucia. As part of an exchange programme she studied in Turku Arts Academy in the class of Priit Pärn. Author of the animated short films. Her previous film – Impossible Figures and Other Stories II was screened and awarded at almost 80 festivals in Poland and abroad and scored 25 awards among others Grand Prix of the Stuttgard ITFS. Marta Pajek lives and works in Warsaw.
2016 Impossible figures and other stories II
2004 After apples
Jan Gadermann, born in 1986, studied Film Studies and Animation. He has written and directed two short films and is co-creator of the board book series „Mats & Frida“. With “Laika & Nemo” he graduated from Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF with a master’s degree in Directing Animation.
2022 – Laika & Nemo, Animationsfilm, 15 min
2013 – Pieter the Pirate, Animationsfilm, 2 min
2009 – Welcome to London, Animationsfilm, 3 min
QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia.
His latest short film SHE RUNS has been selected to the competition at the Cannes 58th Critics’ Week. His previous works including A GENTLE NIGHT was awarded the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 70th Festival de Cannes. He became the first ever Chinese director to receive this award. In 2015, UNDER THE SUN was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Competition.
He is currently developing his first feature project, which was selected to the Cinéfondation Residence 2017 and was awarded the CNC Screenwriting Grant during the 70th Festival de Cannes.
2019 She Runs
2017 A Gentle Night
2015 Under the Sun
Hector Herrera is a creative director and animator living and working in Toronto. Having headed the design teams of several award winning studios (Cuppa Coffee Animation, The Studio Upstairs and Trace Pictures) he now freelances as a creative director designer and animator.
With over 13 years’ experience in broadcast design, Hector has created work for a diverse range of clients that include Cartoon Network, SpikeTV, BBC, CTV as well as advertising agencies such as JWT, Ogilvy and FCB among others.
His film and documentary work ranges from David Cronenberg’s Spider, Empire Of The Word, The Antarctica Challenge, The Nature Of Things and Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children based on Ret. Gen. Romeo Dallaire’s book of the same name.
He’s a founding partner of the animated content production studio Together: Words + Pictures for Art & Culture where he has designed and directed several animated music videos and short films.
His work has been showcased in several design publications such as Stash, Design In Motion, Applied Arts and Boards magazine and has garnered several BDA gold, silver and bronze awards. Hector is also an instructor in the illustration program at the Ontario College Of Art and Design where he teaches classes in digital mixed media, animated illustration and illustrated activism.
Goran was born and grew up in Macedonia before migrating to Australia in his teens.
His debut feature, You Won’t Be Alone, premiered in official competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, while his second, Of an Age, opened the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival before winning the $100,000 CinefestOz prize for Best Australian Film. Both films were distributed internationally by Focus Features and Universal.
Before shifting to features, Goran had made twenty-five shorts, playing over 200 festivals worldwide, with Would You Look at Her winning the jury prize for Best International Short at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and being selected for the Criterion Channel.
Goran completed a Bachelor in Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts.
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|YOU WON’T BE ALONE||2022|
|MY BOY OLEG|
|WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER|
|YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING|
|EVERYTHING WE WANTED|
Roman Vasyanov is a DOP and director. He graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.
Since 2007 Roman worked Russia’s highest acclaimed feature films, such as Hipsters (2008), Vice (2007), Odessa (2019), dir. by Valery Todorovsky. In 2010 Roman received a prize for Best Cinematography at Kinotavr Open Film Festival for Act of Nature (dir. by Alexandr Lungin, Sergey Osipyan).
Since 2010, Roman has been working with US film studios with directors David Eyre (Fury, Suicide Squad), Doug Liman (The Wall), Jason Hall (Thanks for Your Service), J. C. Chandor (Triple Frontier).
The Dorm is Roman’s directorial debut, produced by METRAFILMS Studio.
Biography ZOU Jing, born in 1984, she is a Chinese director and writer based out of Shanghai and Los Angeles. Jing came from a literature background but she found her calling when she began working at Shanghai International TV station as a director/editor on documentaries.
As a fanatic lover of literature and philosophy, Jing has always loved writing. Lili Alone is her first short film. Her ultimate goal is to write and direct feature films that explore the truths in modern China life.
• Lili Alone – 2021
Trevor Jimenez is a Canadian filmmaker and story artist who has worked in animation for over 10 years at companies such as, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Feature Animation, and Blue Sky. His student film “Key Lime Pie” won the award for best animated short at AFI Dallas 2008, and screened at numerous international festivals. He currently works in the story department at Pixar while also pursuing his own creative projects.
Kuba Mikurda (born 1981) is a film scholar and filmmaker based in Warsaw, Poland. He started as a film critic, journalist and publisher, then worked as TV director and „Film News” talk show presenter for Canal+ Poland.
Mikurda has studied psychology (MA, 2006) and philosophy (PhD, 2012). He works as an Assistant Professor at Film School in Łódz. He has delivered a number of guest lectures abroad,including British Film Institute and Tate Modern in London and Volksbühne in Berlin. He has been a student of the maverick philosopher & psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek and written a thick book about his work.
Mikurda is fascinated by the idea of mixing film practice & research – he has explored various forms of visual film analysis, including graphic novel, found footage film, instalation and performance (as a creative duo with visual artist Jakub Woynarowski). Every time he falls in love with a film, he wants to share it with a largest number of people – this is how he initiated & co-edited books on Terry Gilliam, Brothers Quay, Guy Maddin, Tsai Ming-liang and, last but not least, Walerian Borowczyk.
Mikurda has been five times nominated for Polish Film Institute Award (category „film book”and „TV/radio show”) and won the Polish edition of British Council’s „International Young Screen Entrepreneur”.
2018 Love Express. The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk
Mia Hulterstam was born in Linköping and studied stage and theater technology in Malmö, Sweden. She is a director, animator and currently a technician at the Theater of Malmö.
2010 Igelkottsresan, short
2008 Attached to You, short
2006 Blue, Karma, Tiger, short
2003 The Dance of My Text, short
Icelandic director, Grímur Hákonarson, graduated from FAMU in 2004. His graduate film, SLAVEK THE SHIT, was selected to the Cinefondation section of Cannes Film Festival 2005. The film traveled widely and won 12 festival prizes, including the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. His next short film, WRESTLING, premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2007 and won 25 festival prizes around the world. Grimur’s previous feature film, RAMS, won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. The film has received more than 30 international awards and won 11 Icelandic Academy Awards.
2019 The County
2013 Hvellur, doc
2012 Pure Heart, doc
2007 Wrestling, short
2005 Slavek the Shit, short
2004 Last Words of Hreggvidur, short
2002 Vardi Goes Europe, doc
2001 Vardi Goes on Tour, doc
Gustavo Pizzi is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. His directorial debut was RISCADO / Craft, which world-premiered at SXSW and went to over 40 other film festivals worldwide. In 2010 Gustavo produced the short film Ivan’s Distraction, which world-premiered at the Semaine de la Critique of Cannes International Film Festival. In 2012 he directed the documentary TV Series Oncotô. He also worked on the script of the TV series #callmebruna, already in its second season, broadcasted by Fox Premium in all Latin America. His is now developing the film/miniseries GILDA.
2010 Riscado / Craft
Fernando Guzzoni debuted in 2008 with the documentary La Colorina, with which he competed in the Films du Monde Festival in Montreal and for which he won the Best Director Award at the Santiago International Film Festival and Best Film at the Trieste Festival. His first fiction feature was Carne de Perro (Dog Flesh, 2012), written during a residency at the Cannes Festival, selected for more than 30 festivals and winner of awards at San Sebastian, Gothenburg, Havana, Punta del Este and Toulouse. His second feature Jesús premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won a prize at San Sebastian’s New Directors competition.
2022 Blanquita (Feature)
2016 Jesús (Feature)
2012 Carne de Perro (Feature)
2008 La Colorina (Documentary)
Tam King specializes in 2D digital animation, but loves visual storytelling of all kinds. She has done work with installation art, projection mapping, graphic novel illustration, and sound art. As a kid, Tam first learned to animate digitally at the Intel Computer Clubhouse, a community center in her hometown of New Mexico. As an adult, she is passionate about promoting media literacy and creating content that empowers kids of all backgrounds.
In 2012, Tam earned her bachelors degree in studio art at Stanford University, before moving on to Savannah College of Art and Design to study animation. In 2010, she worked as visual developer and key animation for the Oscar long-listed short, El Salon Mexico. Later, as part of the animation collective Obscura Works, Tam co-directed STARLIGHT, another Oscar long-listed short. She is currently working on her thesis project, researching coming of age stories for girls in animation. In the future, Tam hopes to help create animated children’s content that will empower kids, and help promote empathy and critical thinking.
Three Wishes and a Half
Avez-vous du Feu?
Art’s New Car
Timothy and the Great Robotic Invaders from Outer Space
El Salon Mexico
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Hlynur Pálmason is an artist / filmmaker born in 1984 in Iceland. He started out as a visual artist and continued his career in filmmaking by pursuing education at the Danish National Film School. His graduation film, A PAINTER (2013), won best short film at Odense IFF, Reykjavík IFF and was nominated for The Danish Film Academy. His latest short film, SEVEN BOATS (2014) premiered at Toronto IFF. His debut film WINTER BROTHERS will premiere in the main competition in Locarno in 2017. Hlynur lives in Copenhagen with his fiancé and three children and is currently working on his second feature, A WHITE, WHITE DAY, parallel with exhibiting art work and video installations.
Carin Bräck was born in Stockholm, studied scriptwriting and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lund. She works as a director, scriptwriter and teacher in scriptwriting.
2008 Attached to You, short
2010 Det görs ju inga misstag, short
2010 En gång var jag en dröm, short
2010 You Know?, short
Bobbie Peers is a Norwegian writer/director that came out of London International Film School in 1999. His 2006 short SNIFFER won the Palm D’Or at Cannes Film Festival and went on to other festivals with great success. After several other acclaimed shorts, his debut feature THE DISAPPEARING ILLUSIONIST came out in 2015. That same year, Bobbie also released his first in a series of highly sucsessful fantasy novels. Today he continues to both write and direct. TO PLANT A FLAG is his latest film and his fourth novel in the series about William Wenton is expected to reach the stores in 2018.
2018 To Plant a Flag (short)
2015 Dirk Ohm – The Disappearing Illusionist (feature)
2014 Veggie Land (TV-series)
2013 People Who Fall (short)
2008 The Qroquet Match (short)
2007 5 grøss fra vestlandet (short)
2007 Spandexman (short)
2006 Sniffer (short)
Born in Cologne, Germany, Jens decided to come to the Uk at the age of 21. He studied art and design, creating a bunch of animated shorts eventually starting to work as a freelancer for Nexusproductions. The last project Jens worked on at Nexus before joining the NFTS for a 2 year MA in animation direction was the 2009 oscar nominated short THIS WAY UP. His graduation film COOKED has screened as part of the official selection of the Cannes film festival in 2010. Since then it has been shown in over 30 festivals worldwide. He is currently developing a new short project and looking to get representation as a director within the animation industry.
2010 Cooked, short
2009 This Way Up, short
Polish filmmaker based in Warsaw. Director and screenwriter of short films, commercials and music videos. Studied Directing at the University of Silesia in Katowice, and Psychology at the University of Wroclaw. She has made several short films – CHICKEN, ALL SOULS’ DAY, AMERICA, THE BEST FIREWORKS EVER– and a documentary – CZECH SWAN.
Her film AMERICA (2015) recived 16 awards including Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury at Filmfest Dresden, Best Short Film at Sehsuchte International Student Film Festival in Potsdam, Golden Tadpole at Camerimage IFF, Early Bird Grand Award in Bulgaria and The Flaming Faun at Shnit International Shortfilm Festival. Her previous film All Souls’ Day was selected on over 100 film festivals among them San Sebastian, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand. It received 16 awards, including Grand Prix at Short Film Festival in Drama, Best Short Film at Cottbus Film Festival and PFI and Mastershot Award at Camerimage IFF.
Marijana Jankovic is a Danish actress and director, born in Montenegro. She moved to Denmark with her parents when she was only 6 years old. Later she graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in 2006. Since then she has established herself as one of Denmark’s most interesting actresses. She has starred in numerous award winning films and has been honored with several awards and accolades.
This year, in 2018, she will appear in award winning director Lars von Triers highly awaited, The House that Jack Built opposite of Matt Dillon.
Most recently, Jankovic stepped behind the camera to write and direct her very first short film MAJA.
It’s a biographical short film, a story from her own childhood, that’s Starring Selena Marsenic, Jesper Christensen, Dejan Cucik and Jankovic, as her own mother.
2018 Maja (short)
Anna Odell is a Swedish conceptual artist and film director. She graduated from two of the most highly valued institutions in Sweden: University College of Arts, Craft and Design, and the Royal Institute of Art. In 2009 her graduation work, Unknown Woman 2009-349701, was an intervention in the public space. She staged a psychotic attack on the Stockholm bridge, and was taken away by the police to the psychiatric hospital. The take on the mental health institution in the spirit of Faucault’s‘ Madness and Civilisation’ made the headline of all Swedish newspapers as a case of the critical art gone too far. In 2013, in her feature debut The Reunion she reenacted the class reunion between the former classmates after 20 years, exploring the tensions between the victim, the bullies and the observers at schools. The film was selected for Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival and won a number of awards, among them two Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s top movie honor, for film and screenplay. In contrast to many other critical artists, in her work the investigations get a twist of a cinematic form and a subversive humor.
2013 The Reunion
2009 Okänd kvinna, student film
Dominga is one of the leading young directors from Chile. Her first feature film, DE JUEVES A DOMINGO (Thursday till Sunday), was developed at the Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence and won the Tiger Award for best feature at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012 as well as best film awards at the IndieLisboa, T-Mobile New Horizons IFF and Valdivia FF, among others. The film was released theatrically in the US, UK, Portugal, Poland, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.
Her second feature film MAR had worldwide premiere during Berlinale 2015 in Forum Section. Dominga also had her video pieces and installations shown in Tate Modern and at exhibitions in Santiago de Chile. She directed several short films, including LA ISLA (2014), which won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2014 and Best Short Film at Huesca Film Festival 2014. Her next feature film, TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN (Late to die young), took part in the Binger Filmlab program and received the support from the Sundance Institute (Global Film Maker Award) and Hubert Bals Fund.
Barnabás Tóth trained at the Film and TV Academy of Budapest and is an accomplished director. His filmography includes 12 short films, two features Akik Maradtak (Someone to Live For) and Rózsaszín sajt (Camembert Rose). Tóth has also directed some of Hungary’s most popular TV shows, including A mi kis falunk, Csalfa Karma, HBO – Natural Born Loser.
Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze are Poland‘s leading film auteurs. Their work is characterised by a deep humanist approach and respect for their protagonists. Their first collaboration was DEBT, directed by Krzysztof and jointly co-written. The film was recently chosen as the most important Polish production of the past twenty years. Altogether, their films have received more than 120 awards in Poland and around the world. Their films include MY NIKIFOR, a story about a forgotten painter (Award for Best Director in Karlovy Vary) and SAVIOUR SQUARE, a drama about a toxic family.
2006 Saviour Square / Plac Zbawiciela
2004 My Nikifor / Mój Nikifor
1999 Debt / Dług
Marie was born in Saint-Brieuc in 1988, she is a painter and a director. After studying classical literature in hypokhâgnes and khâgnes, she studied at ENSAD Paris and developed a practice of both still and moving images. Trained in the techniques of stop motion model making, traditional animation, and painting, she explores different types of narration.
In 2017, her video «Proxima B» won the audience award at the Science Po Prize for Contemporary Art. The same year, she took part in the exhibition «Apparailler» at the Palais de Tokyo which brought together 23 young artists who graduated from ENSAD Paris. In 2018, Marie completed a writing residency organised by the NEF, at the Abbaye de Fontevraud for her short film project «Noir-Soleil».
Winner of the Pierre-Gautier Delaye prize in 2019, she benefits from a one-year residency at the Cité internationale des Arts to develop both her film and her painting practice.
Marie Larrivé In January 2020, the Miyu gallery organised «Eden», a solo exhibition of her paintings and animation work. The same year, she participated in the Ciclic residency for the production of her hand painted film «Noir-Soleil».
At the beginning of 2021, she exhibited at the Openbach Gallery and the Bastille Design Center with Maison Contemporain. Marie regularly collaborates with musicians on music videos and with magazines as an illustrator.
Danish director Ulaa Salim was born in Denmark in 1987, both parents are originally from Iraq. In his films he uses his personal experience as inspiration. In 2018 Ulaa Salim graduated from The National Film School of Denmark and established Hyæne Film with his producing partnerDaniel Mühlendorph. SONS OF DENMARK is Ulaa Salim’s debut film.
2019 Sons of Denmark (Feature)
2017 Land of our Fathers (Short)
2014 The Pure Heart (Documentary)
2014 Vore Fædres Sønner (Short)
2013 Min Bror (Short)
Megha Ramaswamy is a screenwriter, director and producer based in Mumbai. Her hybrid short documentary, NEWBORNS premiered at TIFF’14 and was reviewed as the Best Film of Programme Four. It takes a close, discomfiting look at the lives of survivors of acid attack violence. Newborns has since travelled to numerous festivals like Clermont Ferrand, Films de Femmes, Byron Bay, Flicker Fest, Cinequest, Filmmor, and Human Rights Film Festival, Paris. Winning awards and top honours for its powerful storytelling and innovative technique. Megha has also been a beneficiary of the prestigious Chicken & Egg Fund in collaboration with IDF for the film and for her work with the support group Stop Acid Attacks.
Megha’s banner, Missfit Films, is dedicated to producing innovative films, which don’t necessarily subscribe to being independent or commercial.
Megha’s latest film Bunny premiered in North America at TIFF’15
2015 Bunny, short
2014 Newborn, docucmentary short
Bartosz Kędzierski was born in 1976 in Wrocław. He is a Polish screenwriter and director. He studied Film Directing at the Radio and Tv Faculty of University of Silesia. He gained recognition in Poland thanks to his animated series LORDZ OF FLYS. The huge success of the series allowed him to produce a feature version of it. Kędzierski has also created other animated series: 1000 BAD DEEDS, PARAPET and DADDY! DADDY! DADDY! which were broadcasted by many TV channels. He also works as a film director in the advertising market.
2014 Wollen Cogwheels, animated short
Marc James Roels is a live-action director, making award winning shorts ‘Mompelaar’ in 2007 and ‘A Gentle Creature’ in 2010. Emma De Swaef specializes in stop-motion and doll-making, her preferred working materials include wool, felt and textile. Together they made the short film ‘Oh Willy…’ in 2012, a stop-motion short that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d’Or for best European short, and a Cézar nomination. They are based in Antwerp, Belgium and ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau !’ is their latest production.
Born in 1974. Ruben Östlund is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films. He started out as a director of skiing films in the 90s, and later went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg. He has directed three dramatic feature-length films, THE GUITRAR MONGOLOID (2004), INVOLUNTARY (2008) and PLAY (2011) that celebrated its world premiere Cannes.
2011 Play, feature
2010 Incident by a Bank, short
2008 Involuntary, short
2004 The Guitar Mongoloid, short
2002 Family Again, short
Malou started acting in her early teens and was nominated for a Danish Academy Award (Robert) and a Danish CriticsAward (Bodil) for her role in Hella Joof’s feature film “Hush Little Baby” (2009). She has a BA in literature from the University of Copenhagen and an MA in Directing Fiction at the National Film & TV School in England (2016). She has directed a number of short films at the DFI Filmworkshop. 13 won the Best Short Film award at Odense Film Festival in 2011 and she was nominated for a Robert for OSLO-COPENHAGEN in 2014. Her short film INTERRUPTION, funded by New Danish Screen, has been selected for a number of festivals, including CPH PIX in 2015.
A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY is Malou’s first feature film and is inspired by her own life.
2020 A Perfectly Normal Family
2015 Interruption, short
2014 Oslo-Copenhagen, short
2011 13, short
Jorunn Myklebust Syversen (born 1978) works across film, video-art and photography. She graduated from Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in 2005 and her work has shown at numerous international festivals, screenings and exhibitions. She made her feature debut in 2017 with THE TREE FELLER (HOGGEREN) starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen. DISCO is her second feature.
2017 The Tree Feller
2017 Crying Man, short
2014 Cyrk, short
2010 Der Dunkle Mensch, short
2020 RASCALS – Shooting- Production : Spade / Agat Films
SOLDAT NOIR Short Feature- Production : Spade-Agat Films (Critics Week 2021)
2013 LE BAISER CM –
2007 LA FRANCE EST A L’IMAGE DE NOTRE VOTE
2019 RASCALS – Shooting- Production : Spade / Agat Films
2015 MON FRERE – Julien ABRAHAM. Production : Agat Films/BacFilms. Released July 2019
2013 LA CITE ROSE – Julien ABRAHAM. Production : Agat Films/UGC. Released March 2013
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2019 SOLDAT NOIR – En Financement. Production : The Jokers
2013 LE BAISER
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2018 LA REPUBLIQUE ALOKOS 10X26’– Showrunner– Awarded bourse Beaumarchais TV
2019 JE NE SUIS PAS NOIR 10X10’– Showrunner
Guðmundur was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1982. He graduated in fine art from the Icelandic Art Academy. There after he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Guðmundur works as a filmmaker and a part time teacher in film and fine art. His short films have collected 20 international awards and over 100 nominations. WHALE VALLEY received among others, a Special Mention in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, Best Short film at Hamptons I.F.F. and a nomination for Best Short film to the European Film Awards. ÁRTÚN received f.x. the Grand Prix for Best Short Film at Brest S.F.F and The Golden Plaque for Best Live Action/Narrative Short at Chicago I.F.F.
2014 Ártún, short
2013 Whale Valley WHALE VALLEY (15 min)
Elisabet Gustafsson is a Swedish director and producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied at Stockholm and Lund University and graduated with a Degree in Literature. She started her carrier working for theatre as stage director from 1992 to 1998. In 1998 she moved to Paris where she produced TV reports and short documentaries for Scandinavian TV-channels. Since 2003 she is established as film director and producer in Sweden.
2011 The Seventh Pullet, short
2010 Awaiting Examination, short
2007 The Great Magician, short
2005 Let Us Dance, short
2003 Älskade du, short
2007 Mrs. G
Antti Heikki Pesonen is a director and scriptwriter originally from Korso. He has studied directing (film and tv) in School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto University/Helsinki). He sometimes finds humor in the grim and he thinks it is funny that he writes a biography about himself in a thrid persona.
2012 Say Yes and Dance, short
2012 So it Goes, short
2011 Meal with a Deal, short
2010 Happy Fatties, short
2008 Mentally Fat, short
Born 1980. Polish scriptwriter and director. Tomasz started his career with a low-budget feature film IN A BEDROOM, which world premiered in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 and travelled to numerous festivals picking up prizes in Mannheim-Heildelberg IFF, among others. His second feature film FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 (selected as one of Indiewire’s Top Films of the Festival). The film won the East of the West debut competition at Karlovy Vary iff in 2013, Best Director Award at Transylvania iff 2014, Audience Award at the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF in Wrocław, and Best New Directing Talent and Grand Prix of the Youth Jury at Gdynia Polish Film Festival. UNITED STATES OF LOVE was presented at Cinemart and Berlinale Coproduction Market in 2014.
2016 United States of Love, feature
2014 Floating Skyscrapers, feature
2012 In a Bedroom, feature
Asaf Saban was born in 1979 in Israel. He lives and works in Tel-Aviv. Recently, he graduated from the film department at the “Midrasha” school of arts, Beit-Berl College. His short student films have been screened in film festivals around the world. On Leave is his graduation film.
2009 On Leave
2008 Garbage Time
2006 The Museum
Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990. He graduated from the film school at UCA, Franham in 2007 and has since completed several short and documentary films, including REFUGEE UNKNOWN (2016), LISTEN (2015) and KEYS OF HEAVEN (2014). LISTEN premiered in Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards. It went on to win 45 awards and screened at more than 200 festivals world-wide. His latest work is the film ANY DAY NOW (2020) which was selected at Berlinale 2021.
Tudor Giurgiu is a member of the European Film Academy, founder and President of the Transilvania International Film Festival, founder of the production company Libra Film and of the film distribution company Transilvania Film, co-founder of Cityplex – local exhibitor (11 screens) – and initiator of the Gopo Awards Gala.
Tudor’s debut feature LOVE SICK was selected in Panorama section of 2006 Berlinale and awarded in several int’l festivals. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as General Director of Romanian National Television (TVR). In 2008, he directed for HBO the documentary WEDDINGS, MUSIC AND VIDEOTAPES. Tudor was involved as main producer in Katalin Varga by Peter Strickland, awarded with a Silver Bear in 2009 Berlinale and with the European Discovery of the Year at EFA Awards.
2015 Why Me?
2012 Of Snails and Men
2011 Superman, Spiderman, or Batman
2008 Wedding, Music and Videotapes, documentart
2006 Love Sick, feature
Director and screenwriter. Author of short films presented and awarded in Poland and international as well as public awareness campaigns and commercials. Michal studied directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. His student short fiction „A Dead Marriage” received many awards at Polish film festivals – such as Silver Hobby Horse at Cracow Film Festival, Grand Prix of the Short Film Competition at WAMA Festival in Olsztyn and several other prizes and honorable mentions on festivals like „Two Riversides” in Kazimierz Dolny, „The Youth and Film” in Koszalin and many more. The film was also shown at the international festivals, e.g. in Leuven and Tirana.
Michal gained experience by working as the 2nd director on set of „My Wonderful Life” a film by Lukasz Grzegorzek and „Elephant” by Kamil Krawczycki. His documentary debut „Strawberry boys” was presented on festivals in Poland and international, was awarded with Best Editing Award at Cracow Film Festival and an honourable mention at Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow. In 2021 he received a Best Directing Award with Ola Hulboj for their film in Branded Stories Papaya Young Directors Competition. Michal developed his storytelling skills by working as a reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza during his studies. What he appreciates in Cinema the most is a sensitive approach towards the characters of the movie and witty humour. He considers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh his masters in directing.
Fijona Jonuzi, born in Sweden 1977, director and writer. Studied at the School of Photography and Film, Gothenburg University. Her graduation film JUNE, was nominated for Best short in the Swedish Guldbagge Award and was awarded Gyllene Draken by the magazine Film Konst. It also won the Jury’s Special Price at Uppsala International Short Film Festival. FLATMATES won The SF Nordic Talent Award at Nordisk Panorama and was nominated for Best Short in the Norwegian Amanda Award. Girl was nominated in Best Swedish Short at Gothenburg International Film Festival 2011 and competed in Sundance 2012. ASTRID premiered in the competition Best Swedish Short at Gothenburg International Film Festival in January 2012.
2012 Astrid, short
2007 Flatmates, short
2007 June, short
Sacha Polak (1982, Amsterdam) is an award-winning director and writer. She graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in 2006. Her first two feature films HEMEL (2012) and ZURICH (2014) received great critical acclaim from the international press. They were both selected at many international film festivals, HEMEL won the FIPRESCI award (International Federation of Film Critics Award) at the Berlinale Forum and ZURICH the International Confederation of Art Cinema Award (C.I.C.E.A award), the jury price for Best Film of Berlinale’s Forum. Her latest feature DIRTY GOD, about a young mother who is the victim of an acid attack, premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition of Sundance 2019 and was the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. After finishing DIRTY GOD, Sacha directed a block of episodes for Season 2 of HANNAH for Amazon. Her newest feature film is called SILVER HAZE.
|Hanna||2021||2 episodes of series 2|
|Under the table||2008||Short|
Born in 1983. A graduate of the Lodz Film School. His first-year film THE AIM (2005) received an honourable award for artistic virtue at the International Animated Film Festival ReAnimacja in Lodz and the first prize at Dozwolone do 21 lat (No Children above 21) film festival in Tarnow. His second-year film GREAT ESCAPE was screened during numerous international film festivals.
His latest film PATHS OF HATE (2010), whose simplified version constituted his diploma project at Lodz Film School, will soon enter festival circulation. He is a specialist in various fields relating to computer graphics and the author of short animated films, illustrations and concept art. He currently works at Platige Image Film Studio where he directs, creates animation, edits and works on a widely-conceived 3-D graphics.
2010 Paths of Hate, animated short
2010 City of Ruins, animated short
2006 Great Escape, animated short
2004 The Aim, animated short