Michal Blasko | Atlantis
Michal Blasko (1989, Bratislava) studies Film and television directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VSMU). His second year film at VSMU, “Strach” (Fear, 2015), was premiered at the 63rd San Sebastián International Film Festival and won several prizes including Best Short Film Award at the 21st International Film Festival in Vilnius. He is a writer and co-director (with Marta Prokopová) of a short animated film “Wild Beasts”, which was presented at the Short Film Project Lab during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. His bachelor project “Atlantis, 2003” was premiered at the Cinéfondation competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and was also selected for the Future Frames at the 52nd Karlovy Vary IFF.
Katarzyna Iskra | Casting
Katarzyna Iskra – born and raised in Polish mountains. She has graduated in psychology and Hebrew Studies at Warsaw University. She took her first steps in directing at Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of Gdynia Film School. Casting is her diploma project.
Kristof Deák | Sing
Kristof Deák (1982, Budapest) started his career in editing before studying directing at Westminster Film School. He has been working in London and Budapest, directing fiction short films and TV drama episodes. He is currently developing his first feature film. His filmography as film director: Golf With a Shotgun (Short, 2010), Germ Free Adolescent (Short, 2011), Hacktion (TV series, 2011-2012), Losing It (Short, 2012), The Boss (Short, 2012), Mindenki (Eng. ‘Sing’, short, 2016)
Anna Udvardy | Sing
Growing up in a cinema (her mother was the manager), Anna knew from an early age she wanted to work in the industry. She started out as a production manager at MAFILM (Hungary’s state-owned film production company) in 1971 and subsequently helped generations of young filmmakers overseeing production at the University of Drama and Film in Budapest. She established Meteor Film in 2005 as the successor of her father’s Meteor Filmstudio, est. 1946. She has been working as the producer of several documentaries, popular science and educational films, before branching into fiction films quite recently.
Matei Lucaci-Grunberg | Bones for Otto
Matei Lucaci-Grunberg (b. 1989, Bucharest) is a theater and film director, screenwriter, and playwright. He earned his bachelor’s in film direction from the National University of Theater and Film I.L. Caragiale (UNATC) in Bucharest. He completed his master’s at the same university and is currently pursuing a doctorate. His theater and film productions have earned him national and international awards.
Timo von Gunten | La femme et le TGV
Born 1989 in Zurich, Timo von Gunten is the founder of BMC Films and works as a screenwriter and director out of Switzerland. His filmography as film director: La femme et le TGV (2016), Le Voyageur (2016), Mosquito (2014), Eastern Winds (2013), Poupée (2012), Acht Blumen (2011), Frei nach Gefühl (2011), Monsieur Du Lit (2011).
Farnoosh Samadi | The Role
Farnoosh Samadi is an iranian filmmaker who is graduated from Fine Art Academy in Rome. She worked as co-writer in Ali Asgari’s award winning short films. She is also co-writer of a feature film with Ali Asgari which was developed at Cinefondation Residence. The Silence her first short film co-directed by Ali Asgari had its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Gaze is her second short film which has its world premiere in competition of Locarno Film Festival 2017. “The Role“ is her newest film. Her filmography as film director: The Role (2018), Gaze (2017), The Silence (2016).
Myrsini Aristidou | Aria
Born and raised in Limassol Cyprus, Myrsini Aristidou is an award winning filmmaker, based in New York and Paris. She graduated with an MFA in Film Production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a full Scholarship. In 2013, she completed her BFA in Film and History of Art at Pratt Institute in New York where she was part of the President’s List. Her latest short film Semele won multiple awards around the world, including the Special Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation Kplus in 2016. Other works of the filmmaker include the short documentary shot in Argentina Ma’ (2014), and the award winning short lm Not Now (2013). In May 2009, Myrsini had her first photographic book publication and exhibition Mother India, with all the proceeds donated to the Médecins Sans Frontières. Myrsini is also the co-founder of S’agapo Children’s Foundation, which aids in the education of children internationally.
She is currently developing her first feature length film, “Borders”, which has been selected at the TIFF Talent Lab 2016, the Berlinale Talents 2017, the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence Spring of 2017, and the Torino Script Lab 2017. Her filmography as film director: Aria (2017), Semele (2015), Ma’ (2014)
Jacqueline Lentzou | Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year
Jacqueline (Athens, 1989) is a writer/director whose work revolves around unconventional family constructs, coming-of-age, intimacy and the dream. She is a London Film School graduate (Distinction, 2013), a Sarajevo (2014) and Berlinale (2015) Talents alumna. Her graduation project, Thirteen Blue, screens in several international film festivals and wins, among others, Best International Short in Athens Film&Video FF getting shortlisted for the Oscar nomination.
Her semi-feature’s, FOX, script was selected in Berlinale Short Film Station. The film world premieres in Locarno (2016) winning Best International Short from Cinema&Gioventu Jury. Until now, FOX won over 16 awards world wide including Best Short from PanHellenic Critics’ Association, as well as the prestigious award in the memory of Ingmar Bergman by Uppssala ISF.
HIWA (2017) world premieres in Berlinale and gets listed as one of the best shorts of the year in anOthermag.com. In 2017 she is invited by Vienna Shorts as Artist in Spotlight where a retrospective of her work is held. Recently, she is invited to represent Greece in Locarno Filmmakers’ Academy, as well as in TIFF Talent Lab. Her filmography as film director: Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (2018), Hiwa (2017), Fox/Alepou (2016), Thirteen Blue (2013)
Corina Schwingruber Ilić | All Inclusive
Born 1981, Corina lives and works in Lucerne (Switzerland) and Belgrade (Serbia). 2004-06 attends University of Fine Art in Basel and Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrade. 2006-09 University of Art & Design Lucerne, in Video department. Since 2010, she works as a filmmaker & editor. 2017 Co-Founder of PRO SHORT (Short Film Association Switzerland). Her filmography as film director: All inclusive (2018), Ins Holz (2017; Co-Director: Thomas Horat), Just Another Day in Egypt (2015; Co-Director: Nikola Ilić), Kod Ćoška / Down on the Corner (2013; Co-Director: Nikola Ilić), Baggern/Tons of Passion (2011).
Hannah (born 1993) developed and produced her first documentary film during her first stays abroad in the United States, Mexico and Romania. After starting her studies in politics and sociology and some experience as assistant producer she came up with her first short life action film “hide!”, which was awarded 2015 at the Girls Go Movie Festival and running in several film festivals such as the 11th “Festival des Deutschen Films”. Since 2015, Hannah is studying at the film academy Baden-Württemberg film directing. She spent one semester at the art academy in Cologne and she spent some time at the art school La Fémis in Paris, where she produced the short film “PLUME”. Her recent short film “AM CU CE” will be presented at the 40st film festival Max Ophüls Preis 2019 and at the international category of the 41st Clermont-Ferrand short film festival.
Johannes Geier was born 1993 in Passau/Germany. While studying animation and visual effects at the Munich film academy, he could spend some time as artist in residence at the “Atelier Kirchmair”, where he founded the artist platform “Para-Para”. He graduated in motion design with “Red Orange Ground” at the film academy Baden-Württemberg and worked as freelance art director and designer. After his diploma thesis, he will go for some time to New York in order to learn more about creative and art directors and designers at Gretel NY.
Kiana graduated 2017 at the film academy Baden-Württemberg. After that, she subscribed and joined the international animation programme “Animation Sans Frontière”. Her graduate film “AUGENBLICKE” has been awarded several times and was even nominated for a student Oscar. Kiana is working as film producer and designer. She is currently developing a new short film project.
Alex Kälin was born 1991 in Zurich. He has a polygraphic background and always had a strong passion for cinema and movies. He then studied multimedia production in Berne. While studying he more and more discovered his passion for filmmaking. During his semester abroad 2017 in Hamburg he wrote the screenplay of his first short movie «Days of Desire». He produced this short the following year together with some of his friends. They are all driven by their passion for movies without having graduated at a film academy. Besides filmmaking, Alex is driving several artistic and journalistic projects.
Dorota Kobiela | Loving Vincent
A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Dorota Kobiela was awarded the “Minister of Culture scholarship” for special achievements in painting and graphics for four consecutive years. Through friends Dorota discovered animation and film, and immediately threw herself into learning these new artistic disciplines, attending The Warsaw Film School, Direction Faculty. She has directed one live action short film, The Hart in Hand (2006) and five animated shorts – ‘The Letter’ (2004), ‘Love me’ (2004), ‘Mr.Bear'(2005), Chopin’s Drawings (2011) and Little Postman (2011). Little Postman was the world’s first, and to her knowledge still only, Stereoscopic Painting Animation film, and won Stereoscopic Best Short Film at the LA 3D Film Festival, 3D Stereo Media (Liege), 3D Film & Music Fest (Barcelona).
For her sixth animated short, Loving Vincent, Dorota aimed to combine her passion for painting and film, and intended to paint the entire film herself. However once she expanded the project into a feature film the task of writing and directing was such that she has to content herself with directing the 95 painters. Loving Vincent is her feature film debut.
Hugh Welchman | Loving Vincent
Hugh Welchman has worked as a producer for several short films like The Most Beautiful Man in the World, The Clap, Isan Poika, Fat Hamster, Chopin`s Drawings and Scarecrow, to name a few. He was the associate producer for the animation comedy film Free Jimmy in 2006. He then went on to be the producer for the animated family adventure The Flying Machine in 2011, directed by Martin Clapp and Geoff Lindsey. His 2017 production venture includes the biographical animated drama Loving Vincent, which revolves around the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. Written and directed by him and Dorota Kobiela, the movie features Douglas Booth and Robert Gulaczyk in the lead roles.