Shalini Adnani is a Chilean-Indian writer and director based in London.
Her latest short film White Ant premiered at Sundance 2023. Her India-set debut feature is in late stage development with Film4.
She has a BA from Bard College in Political Philosophy & Latin American Studies and is represented by Liam Francis Quigley at 42 MP.
Saulius Baradinskas is a film & music video director from Vilnius, Lithuania (born on September 19, 1990). In 2013 Saulius graduated Architecture in Vilnius Arts Academy. In the 2018 annual music video awards Saulius won "the best director award” and "the best music video award”.
In 2019, Saulius premiered his debut short film Golden Minutes. This short film was filmed on one take and the main role was created by famous Scottish actor Billy Boyd, who starred in Lord Of The Rings. The short film won various awards and traveled to more than 40 film festivals around the world. In 2020 Saulius was selected as one of the Berlinale Talents in the 70th Berlinale Film Festival.
His second short film Techno, Mama premiered at the 78th Venice Film Festival in 2021.
NIRARTHA BAS DIWANGKARA
Nirartha Bas Diwangkara is a Balinese film director and producer based in Denpasar.
Nirartha holds a degree from Udayana University and received a scholarship to study basic digital filmmaking in the United States for almost a year. In his practice, he is interested in talking about his own island and its people, especially about gender, sexuality, toxic masculinity, and mental health topics that society often avoids discussing.
Nirartha has actively volunteered in film screening communities and local film festivals in Bali. In 2018, he co-founded Film Sarad, a film production community. His debut film, Insanely Infatuated with Someone at the Most Inappropriate Time / Tergila - Gila won the 2019 Bali Jani Festival and was featured in the 2019 S-Express Indonesia exchange program.
The film has been screened at various film festivals across Southeast Asia, such as the Thai Film and Video Festival, SEA Shorts, and Minikino Film Week, as well as the 2022 Bogoshorts International Short Film Festival in Bogota, Colombia.
His last short film, Where the Wild Frangipanis Growm had its world premiere in Busan International Film Festival 2023 and he just received the Prince Claus Seed Award 2023 to embrace his journey in developing new projects. In addition to making fiction films, Nirartha has also worked on animations and documentary films that are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Education as well as The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Leila Basma is a Lebanese filmmaker and photographer currently based between Beirut and Prague.
She holds a BA in Audiovisual Arts from IESAV in Beirut, and an MA in Film Directing at FAMU. Through her work, she explores the themes of society, youth, womanhood, and identity.
Her second-year FAMU short documentary The Adam Basma Project was short-listed for the 48th annual Student Academy Awards (the Student Oscars) after touring various international documentary film festivals.
Her graduation film Sea Salt was selected to premiere at the 80th La Biennale Venice International Film Festival in the official Orizzonti Short Films Competition.
Leila is currently developing her feature documentary Dance with Me, winner of the Robert Bosch Stiftung development award, while working on various other projects.
Sage Bennett is a writer and director.
She got her start in filmmaking as an editor and has since gone on to direct commercials, music videos, and narrative work. Her most recent short Placebo just premiered on NOWNESS to international acclaim.
Sage is passionate about work that brings people together through the shared human experience.
Oscar Boyson was born and raised in Maine and lives in New York City. His feature producing credits include Frances Ha, Mistress America, Heaven Knows What, Good Time, Uncut Gems, Funny Pages, and the HBO series Chillin Island.
He is currently working on his feature directing debut, Liberty’s Last Line, starring Paul Walter Hauser.
Nicole Chi is a Costa Rican-Chinese director of narrative and documentary films.
Her first feature length documentary, Guián (2023), premiered at Visions du Réel in the Burning Lights Competition. Her narrative short films Comadre (2022) and Los Mosquitos (2024) have screened at festivals like the Telluride Film Festival, SXSW, and Cinélatino Rencontres Toulouse. She’s been recognized with awards like the Director's Guild of America’s Student Film Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
She’s in development of her first narrative film La Versión Cansada.
Antonio Donato is a filmmaker from Milan (Italy) who trained at the London Film School, graduating in 2023 with Distinction.
His graduation film, Sparare alle Angurie, has been selected for the BAFTA Yugo 2023, El Gouna Film Festival , Interfilm Berlin and it's currently distributed by Lights On Films.
He has also worked on international productions as a producer and editor, and some of these short films have been screened at Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying film festivals.
Recently he was one of few filmmakers accepted from a global callout to be invited to take part in the Locarno Film Festival's 'Base Camp' program.
Antonio is currently developing a new short and his feature film debut.
Camilla Figenschou is a filmmaker and a visual artist educated from Konstfack in Stockholm, Film Studies at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, and at Nordland Art and Film School.
She works mainly with hybrid film where she explores the camera’s presence and sensory realism. In 2010 she debuted with her first short film The Beginning of No Night.
Her next short film To Open, to See was widely shown internationally, and won the prestigious Terje Vigen award at the Grimstad Short Film Festival and for best female director at Guanajuato International Film Festival in 2012.
Tommaso Frangini is a film director based in Milan.
In 2016 he assisted Andrea Pallaoro in feature film Hannah, for which Charlotte Rampling won the Coppa Volpi at the Venice Film Festival.
He attended the Master of Fine Arts in Film Direction at the California Institute of the Arts – CalArts, in Los Angeles, where he graduated in May 2020.
Tommaso’s short film Finis Terrae, thesis project at CalArts, was presented in Competition at the International Critics' Week (Settimana della Critica) during the 77th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the FEDIC Award for Best Short Film.
Foto di Gruppo (Group Picture) is included in the official selection of the Venice Critics’ Week 2023.
Emilija Gasic is an award-winning filmmaker born in 1991 in Serbia, now residing in New York City.
She graduated with an MFA in Cinematography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Emilija grew up in a small Serbian town in the 90s against a background of news reports on war, a dying country and the sense of uncertainty which deeply affected her sensibility in arts and formed her observant style in creating tension and atmosphere in her films.
Her films have had successful festival runs and have screened at renowned festivals such as Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Oscar qualifying Izmir Kisa Film Festival and many others.
Her feature film screenplay Mileva that she co-wrote with Nicola Lanthier-Rogers was awarded with the Production Honorable Mention Award by the Sloan Foundation in 2021. She developed her first feature film screenplay 78 Days at Venice Biennale College of Cinema 2020.
As a cinematographer, Emilija shot films in the USA, France, Norway and Czech Republic. She is a Nikon Storytellers Award recipient and a finalist for the Volker Bahnemann for Outstanding Cinematography.
Her most recent cinematography work Stay Here If You Want (directed by Sarah Rosen) premiered at Davey Fest 2022 and Lost Beyond Stars
(directed by Kayla Arend) showing at LA Shorts, St Louis International Film Fest, CineQuest and many others. .
Emilija’s film photography traveling exhibition “In | Between” started in Serbia, with parts of it being showcased in Hackney Studios in London and in its entirety at Culture Lab in New York City in 2021.
She is the co-founder of Istok Films with Alex Wiske.
78 Days (78 dana), her first feature film, is included in the official selection of the international Film Festival Rotterdam 2024.
Sofia Georgovassili is an awarded actress and filmmaker based in Athens, Greece. She is an Artworks fellow, 2020.
Her lead part in Mavro Livadi by Vardis Marinakis, won her the best actress award at Seville European FF.
She is the supporting actress in Christos Nikou Apples the Greek nomination for Oscars 2021. The movie opened Orizzonti section at Venice IFF 2020.
Her first short film as a director, Preparation, had its world premiere in the section Short Cuts at Toronto International Film Festival, 2017.
She travelled to many festivals worldwide and won numerous awards.
Human condition and coming-of-age ground are at the heart of her films.
Her latest short film Memoir of a Veering Storm (2022) had its worldwide premiere at Berlinale Generation 14plus.
She is now developing her first feature film under the title Mignon.
Giulia Grandinetti was born in 1989, in Macerata (Italy).
Ever since she was a child, Giulia loved bringing people together and telling stories to try and move the world into a different direction.
She defines herself a dystopian director: she loves to play, distorting rules of society, and of the human being.
Tria (Tria - del sentimento del tradire) is her latest short movie (2022).
The World Premiere was at the 79th Venice Film Festival (2022) in Orizzonti Competition.
Anna Gyimesi was born in 1985, in Budapest (Hungary).
After receiving her degree in medicine in 2011, she turned to filmmaking. She graduated from the film directing program of the University of Theater and Film Arts in 2019 and from documentary film directing in the
Docnomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course in 2021.
Her interests are taboo social dilemmas represented through personal dramas, especially connected to motherhood, womanhood, and social marginalization.
With Affricate she won Cinelink-award for the best pitch at Talent Sarajevo Pack&Pitch 2020 and took part in European Short Pitch Works-In-Progress Co-Production Forum in 2022.
Recently she is developing her first feature.
Rodrigo Guerrero was born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1982.
He has a degree in Film and Television as a graduate from the National University of Cordoba. He also has a Masters Degree in Creating Audiovisual Screenplays from the International University in La Rioja, Spain.
His first feature film El invierno de los raros (2011) had its world premiere at the 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival.
His second feature film as director is titled, El tercero, which premiered at 16th edition of the BAFICI (April 2014).
His third feature film project, Venezia had its world premiere at the 73rd edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, 2019.
His fourth feature film, Siete perros, participated in Cine en Construcción 38 Lima - Toulouse and will have its world premiere at the 43rd edition of Cairo International Film Festival. Currently he is developing his new film, Perimetral.
SONIA K. HADAD
Sonia K. Hadad is an Iranian writer and director.
Born in Tehran, she studied Film and Media Arts (M.F.A.) at Emerson College in Boston.
In 2009, she graduated from the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran with a B.A. in Theatre and Dramatic Literature.
The writing of short stories for youth magazines led her to her primary interest: writing for film. Having moved to the United States in 2013, Sonia began producing for the film industry, as well as editing TV series and making short films.
The Box (2016), Personal (2017), Exam (2019) and File (2022) are her four short films. Exam was selected in more than 150 film festivals and it was qualified for The Academy Awards.
Shuli Huang is a writer-director and cinematographer born in Wenzhou, China.
After graduating from Beijing Film Academy in 2019, he moved to New York City as an MFA candidate for NYU graduate film program.
Farewell, My Hometown, his feature debut as a cinematographer won the New Currents Award during the 26th Busan International Film Festival in 2021.
His second short film, Will You Look At Me, was selected for the 61st edition of La Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2022.
Remi Itani is a Lebanese director, producer and University lecturer.
Graduate of the London Film School MA Filmmaking with distinction, Remi started her career as a documentary producer/ dircetor for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
She has participated in numerous directing workshops, among them a filmmaking workshop with the acclaimed director Werner Herzog and Torino Film Lab.
Her work has been selected for more than fifty international film festivals such as IDFA Documentary Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
She has been awarded the Boghossian prestigious residency award, and is currently working on her first feature fiction In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And You were Full of Joy, which has been granted the Doha Film Institute Fund.
Katarina Jazbec, a visual artist working in film and photography, was born in 1991, in Slovenia, and has been living in Rotterdam since 2015. She received her BA from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana and her MA in Photography from the AKV | St. Joost art academy in Breda (NL). In her film works, Katarina searches for new narrative forms by using interdisciplinary and collaborative artistic strategies.
She is drawn to exploring the fragility and agency of human and non-human critters in the current economic system.
Her previous short film You Can’t Automate Me premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in June 2021.
Her films have been shown at numerous festivals all around the world and at exhibition spaces such as TENT Rotterdam. She is the first recipient of the RTM Pitch Award by the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Katarina is currently doing a two-year international residency programme at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Birute Kapustinskaite has been working as a screenwriter and a playwright for quite some time. She received the main National Award as the best playwright of the year for the play Therapies, which was
also staged in South Korea. She holds the best screenplay award for
her feature film Sasha Was Here from Aubagne Film Festival.
In 2019, the screenwriter also started directing. her debut short film, Mothers (2019), received a special mention at Ismailia Film Festival in Egypt (2022) and has been touring around festivals.
The Nominees (2024) is the second short film she directed.
Born in 1991 in Vilnius, Vytautas Katkus is one of the most talented and appreciated up-and-coming directors and cinematographers in Lithuania. He graduated with a BA in Cinematography and at the moment continues his MA studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
He debuted as a director with his first short film Community Gardens (2019), which was selected to the 58th Semaine de la Critique, while his second short film Places (2020) premiered in Venice, Orizzonti Competition. Vytautas latest short is Cherries, official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2022.
Currently he is also developing his first feature film The Visitor, which won the NEXT STEP program of Semaine de la Critique - Cannes in 2022.
Lucy Kerr is a filmmaker and artist based in New York.
She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine in 2022.
Kerr received a dual MFA in Film/Video and Art from California Institute of the Arts on the Lillian Disney Scholarship.
Her feature film, Family Portrait, garnered her the feature film grant from Austin Film Society, the AirFrance Prize from FIDLab, and the New Horizons Award from US in Progress.
Kerr’s work has been presented by International Film Festival Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, REDCAT, Anthology Film Archives, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, and others.
Family Portrait world premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2023, Concorso Cineasti del presente section.
MICHELLE KESERWANY AND NOEL KESERWANY
Michelle Keserwany and Noel Keserwany are Lebanese musicians, writers, and filmmakers.
The sisters are known for their satirical music videos that criticize the Lebanese corrupt political system. Ever since Michelle co-wrote Capernaum with director Nadine Labaki (Academy Award nominee, winner of the Prix du Jury in Cannes 2018 as well as Best Script Award at Stockholm IFF), they started their own film projects, including the political documentary Slow Burn, a co-production between France and Lebanon, produced by Special Touch Studios and supported by the CNC.
Between 2019 and 2021, they both received grants from the French Institute to reside at La Cite des Arts in Paris and work on their film projects. They live between Beirut and Paris.
Noel is currently writing her first fiction film Un An and developing an animated short film Seven Mountains and Seven Seas, grantee of the DFI Production Fund, and produced by Dewberries Films.
Michelle is currently developing her first animated feature film Ouzkourini, produced by Special Touch Studios. In 2021, she received the CNC's Aide au Parcours d’Auteur grant, to develop her first fiction feature film Amara, a satirical political drama that takes place in Beirut.
The sisters' debut short fiction film Les chenilles was written by Michelle, and directed by her and Noel, who also plays one of the lead roles in it.
Les chenilles, co-produced by La Biennale de Lyon and Dewberries Films , won the Golden Bear for the Best Short Film at Berlinale 2023.
Marie-Magdalena Kochová is a Czech director based in Prague.
She graduated from New Media in Pilsen and Documentary Film at FAMU in Prague.
Her short film Apparatgeist (2019) was granted the Special Mention of Student Jury at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2019. Her hybrid short film Shells (2022) premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022, competed at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2023, was selected to The Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs 2023 and won The Best International Student Film Award at Cinedans Film Festival Amsterdam 2023.
Her work focuses on personal and social themes through documentary and fictional forms, and she is currently working on her first documentary feature film The Other One.
Nikolas Kouloglou was born in Athens, Greece (1989) and undertook Film Studies in Los Angeles (U.S.C.) and Athens.
He has worked as a Director, Copywriter and Voice Actor for commercial films, as well as an assistant director in cinema.
His first two feature films as a writer are currently in development, in addition to a period drama mini-series for domestic and international distribution.
Super (2023) is Nikolas’s debut short.
Nikos Kyritsis was born in Greece and received his MFA in Film Directing with Honors.
He has worked in short films, features, commercials and video-art installations in Greece, Germany, and Vietnam.
Since 2017, he has been teaching Film, Media, and Communication in HHU & SBC Universities in China.
He took part in Berlinale Talents (2013) and Sarajevo Talents (2014), where he won the YapimLab award for Pack&Pitch.
His short fiction film, King Kong, premiered at Rotterdam IFF in 2014 and continued in QueerLisboa, Split, Sguardi Altrove, Pink Screens and Queersicht.
In 2020 he received the SNF Artist Fellowship Program – ARTWORKS.
Baby is his feature debut, developed with the support of the Greek Film Center, First Films First (Goethe Institute) and Sam Spiegel Film Lab.
Domenico Laddaga is an Italian director, editor, and screenwriter.
He graduated as an actor in 2002 from the "Menandro Theatre Academy”, and in 2007 he graduated in History and Criticism of Cinema from La Sapienza University in Rome.
In 2003, he founded the theatre company "Le Vignacce" in collaboration with Vito Cipolla, a student of Orazio Costa, with whom he managed, until 2011, the Teatro Stabile di Canale Monterano.
In 2008, he directed his first play "Libertà è Partecipazione," based on works of Giorgio Gaber, which was staged in many of the most important theatres in Italy.
In 2010, he adapted and directed the play "Closer”, written by Patrick Marber.
In 2011, he directed and edited his first documentary, shot in Malawi, One of Us, about HIV outbreaks.
His first short film They Call it Love (2013) became in 2021 the most viewed Italian short film on the web with over 27 million views.
Born in Sichuan, China in 1992, Bohao Liu studied filmmaking and screenwriting at New York University and the London Film School.
His graduation film, the short documentary Eagles Rest in Liangshan, won a Student Academy Award in 2021. He is currently working on a PhD in film studies in Paris. His second short film, When a Rocket Sits on the Launch Pad, is selected at Berlinale Generation 2023.
Bianca Lucas is a graduate of Goldsmiths College in London and Béla Tarr’s 3-year Film.Factory course in Sarajevo.
Her short films have screened at international festivals such as IFFR - Film Festival Rotterdam, New Horizons, Sarajevo Film Festival, Premiers Plans d’Angers, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur among others.
Love Dog, world premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2022, is her first feature film.
SEIN LYAN TUN
Sein Lyan Tun is an emerging filmmaker from Myanmar, currently residing in Recollets Residency, Paris.
He started working as a film festival coordinator at Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Yangon in 2013.
He runs traveling film festivals and every year he reaches out to more than 300 schools around Myanmar to screen short films and documentaries.
He also organized open air cinema to engage more audiences from different cities and villages. In 2015, his first short documentary film Charred Brick was premiered in One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague.
He won the “People's Choice Award” from One World in Kyrgyzstan.
His documentary Unsilent Potato is well-recognized in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He also directed and co-produced the TV documentaries: Border Boy; We Are Nuns,“ Dream Over Monsoon for Inside Lens, NHK World!'s new documentary strand.
His documentary For Me And Others Like Me won the Docs Spirit Award from Docs Port Incheon in 2016 and the HosoBunka Foundation Prize in 2017 at Japan Prize. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2022, FAMU summer filmmaking campus 2022, Talents Tokyo, American Film Showcase Fellowship, and Autumn Meeting directing workshop by Tran Anh Hung.
His short film Late Blooming In A Lonely Summer Day' has been selected for many international competitions like the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Festival Du Court Métrage de Clermont Ferrand (France), and Locarno Filmmakers Academy (Locarno). His first feature documentary The Bamboo Family which was selected at IDFA Academy and received IDFA development grants in 2022. In 2023, selected to VdR–pitching forum and won “Cannes Docs Award” and “Doc Leipzig Award”.
The Beer Girl In Yangon is his first feature film, which won two Development prizes from CNC and Swiss Films under Locarno Open Doors at Locarno Open Doors 2021. which was selected at Cannes L'atelier Cinéfondation 2022, Torino Feature Lab 2023.
Sam Manacsa worked as Art Director on award-winning films such as Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Whether the Weather Is Fine.
Her short film, If People Such as We Cease to Exist (2016), was selected at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Competition.
Cross My Heart and Hope To Die (2023) was selected to premiere at the 80th La Biennale Venice International Film Festival in the official Orizzonti Short Films Competition.
Her first feature, The Void Is Immense on Idle Hours, is currently in development.
Sebastian Mihăilescu is a writer, director and producer from Romania. After completing his Bachelor studies in computer science, Sebastian decided to pursue a career in film directing and embarked on a Bachelor degree, followed by a Master’s, at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest.
He directs documentaries and features, while also helming commercials. His feature-length documentary You Are Ceausescu To Me (2021) won Best Film from Central and Eastern Europe and Best Cinematography at Ji.hlava IFF, the DocLisboa IFF's New Talent Award and the Transilvania IFF's What's Up Doc Competition.
His short film Old Luxurious Flat Located In An Ultra-Central, Desirable Neighborhood (2016) premiered in the Pardi di Domani Competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2016.
Mammalia, official selection at Berlinale Forum 2023, is his debut feature film, produced by Diana Paroiu and Ada Solomon for microFilm (Romania), and co-produced by Ewa Puszczynska for Extreme Emotions (Poland) and Nina Frese for Pandora Film (Germany).
In his films, Sebastian constantly experiments with the cinematic language, moving away from the formal conventions of fiction toward a more liberated expression of the medium.
Gustavo Milan is a Brazilian filmmaker currently living in New York City.
In 2022 he graduated from the NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program and received the Wasserman Award, NYU's top honor in recognition for outstanding directorial achievement.
His short film Seiva Bruta (Under the Heavens) premiered at Telluride and won the award for Best Latino Short Film from the Directors Guild of America. Seiva Bruta (Under the Heavens) was also shortlisted at the 2022 Academy Awards. The movie was also acquired by The New Yorker Magazine and the Criterion Channel.
Currently Gustavo is working on the development of his first feature film Paula and Cristina.
Unfamiliar Skin (Ruído da Pele) is his latest short film.
Kathy Mitrani is a Colombian award winning filmmaker based in New York. She received her MFA from Columbia University.
Kathy’s short films Rozada (Rubbed in Pink) and Buzzkill have screened internationally in festivals such as AFI Fest Chicago International Film Festival, Curta Cinema in Rio de Janeiro and Palm Springs ShortFest and were both selected as Vimeo Staff Picks. She is currently developing her first feature film, La Danza de Las Sombras.
Sombras Nada Más (Nothing But Shadows), world premiere at San Sebastian Film Festival 2023, is her latest short.
GYÖRGY MÓR KÁRPÁTI
György Mór Kárpáti is a Budapest-based film director and writer.
He studied at the Directors’ Department of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. His short films have been selected at various international film festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale.
His first feature film Guerilla premiered at the Ingmar Bergman Debut Competition of the Göteborg Film Festival 2019, and won the Hungarian Critics’ Choice Award for the best first feature film.
His second feature, Summer to Come, premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2022.
Azadeh Moussavi is an Iranian independent director and producer.
She graduated in directing in 2009 and soon after she directed the documentary From Iran, A Separation (2013) which won many prizes and appeared in well-known T.V. channels such as Cine+ (France) and Channel 4 (UK).
Her latest documentary "Finding Farideh" (2018) won many prizes in the international film festivals and it has been selected to be Iran’s official contender at Oscars.
In 2020 she completed the short movie The Visit, based on her childhood memories, and selected in many international film festivals like Festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs International ShortFest, AFI FEST.
Her latest short is 48 Hours (2022).
MANUEL MUÑOZ RIVAS
Manuel Muñoz Rivas is a filmmaker based in Spain.
He alternates his personal film projects with co-writing and editing films for colleagues.
His first feature film El mar nos mira de lejos (The Sea Stares At Us From Afar) was premiered in 2017 at Berlinale, in the Forum Section, and was shown at several international film festivals.
His short film con El viento (With The Wind) premiered at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Manuel has worked, as editor and/or co-writer, in films like: Dead Slow Ahead, Blanco En Blanco, Eles Transportan, A Morte, Arraianos, Ocaso.
Director, screenwriter and editor, Guto Parente graduated in cinema in the first class of the Audiovisual School of Fortaleza, was a member of the collective of artists Alumbramento (2008-16) and has been a partner of the production company Tardo Filmes since 2012.
He made 7 short films – including Flash Happy Society (2009) and Dogs Are Said to See Things (2012), shown at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) – and 9 feature films – including Road to Ythaca (2010) and The Monsters (2011) , both competing at BAFICI (Argentina), where The Monsters received a special mention from the jury; The Mysterious Death of Pérola (2014), The Cannibal Club (2018) and Inferninho (2018), all three released at the Rotterdam IFF (Netherlands) and exhibited at various festivals around the world.
His 10th feature film, A Strange Path, will have its World Premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival (United States).
Luo Runxiao, born in 2000, is a Chinese director and screenwriter. Knowing early where his true passion lies, Runxiao began learning filmmaking on his own and shooting documentaries at the age of 16. Currently, he is an undergraduate student studying film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
His debut short film, Hair Tie, Egg, Homework Books, is selected into the 78th Venice International Film Festival - Orizzonti Short Film Competition. Runxiao is the youngest Chinese filmmaker in history, at the age of 21, to enter Venice International Film Festival.
Runxiao seeks to make realist films that revolve around one's search for true-self and explore themes such as the destructive nature of hyper-masculinity, as well as the roots and effects of violence.
Lorenzo Pallotta is a young director from Abruzzo (Italy) born in 1992.
He attended the SAE Institute in Milan and began working for both university and independent film productions. He worked on the creation of documentaries, commercials, video clips, short films and web series.
Lorenzo collaborated with the production house Fedra Film and Fedra Hub and he worked as assistant director on the film Loro by Paolo Sorrentino and Piccole Avventure Romane by the same Paolo Sorrentino.
Inumanamente, his first short film was selected in 2016 at the Milano Film Festival (Italy), while his short film Luis (2019) was selected, among others, at Festival Europeen du film court de Brest (France), Figari Film Fest (Italy), Visioni Italiane Festival (Cineteca di Bologna, Italy), Medflm Festival (Rome, Italy).
His latest short film Las Hadas (2021) had its world premiere at the FEST- New Directors New Film Festival (Espinho, Portugal).
Sacro moderno (The Children of the Sleeping Giant) is Lorenzo Pallotta's first feature-length documentary presented at Alice nella Città 2021, Italy - World Premiere, Taipei Film Festival 2022, Taiwan - International Premiere.
Lois Patiño was born in Vigo, Spain. His films have been screened in festivals as Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Viennale, Cinema du Rèel, Media City. While his video installation have been shown in arts center such as MACBA (Barcelona), Copperfield Gallery (London), CC San Martín (Buenos Aires), JIFF Art Gallery (South Korea) and art fairs like Paris Photo, ARCO Madrid or Unseen (Amsterdam).
With Mountain in Shadow (2012) he was awarded at Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand and Bucharest Experimental. In 2013 in Locarno he won the prize for Best Emerging Director for his first feature film Costa da Morte (2013), which was consequently awarded in Jeonju IFF (South Korea), FICUNAM (México), Valdivia IFF (Chile) and Seville European FF (Spain).
His second feature film Red Moon Tide premiered at the Berlinale - Forum in 2020, and was screened at the MoMA (NY) for New Directors/New Films, among other more than 50 festivals around the world.
His short film Sycorax (2021), codirected with Matías Piñeiro, premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Festival di Cannes 2021, and it was shown in festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Specific focuses on his work have taken place in New York Film Festival (Views from the Avant Garde), Flaherty Seminar, BAFICI and Cali IFF.
He has been invited to show his work at universities such as Harvard (Sensory Ethnography Lab), Cal Arts (L.A.), McGill (Montreal), FUC (Buenos Aires). From Harvard he received the Robert Fulton III Fellowship for emerging directors in 2016.
Tahmina Rafaella is an Azerbaijani filmmaker and actress.
In 2015, she wrote Inner City, a feature film which was funded by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism of Azerbaijan.
The film screened and won prizes at multiple international film festivals. Her directorial debut, A Woman, which she also wrote, produced and acted in, premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest.
It won awards at numerous film festivals including Best Narrative Short at
Her feature script Banu was selected as one of four to be produced
by La Biennale as part of their Biennale College Cinema program.
It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2022.
Banu is her feature film directorial debut.
Khozy Rizal is a filmmaker based in Makassar, Indonesia.
He started making films in 2021 with the short film Makassar is a City for Football Fans, official selection at Sundance Film Festival, BFI Flare and many others.
In 2023, he directed Basri & Salma in a Never-ending Comedy, world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
Basri & Salma in a Never-ending Comedy is the first Indonesian short film that is eligible to compete for Palme d’Or for short film.
Tommaso Santambrogio is an Italian filmmaker and writer.
He lived and studied in Milan, Paris, Roma and La Havana and he worked with several international acclaimed directors, like Werner Herzog and Lav Diaz.
His last short movies (The Last Scene and The Oceans Are the Real Continents) were both presented at the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia and in many other important Festival all over the world.
L’Ultimo Spegne la Luce is his last short film (2021).
He is currently developing his first feature film with Rosamont and Rosso.
Feyrouz Serhal acquired her Master’s degree in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2009.
Her short narrative film Tshweesh won the film prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung during Berlinale 2016 and was premiered in Locarno Film Festival in 2017.
Tshweesh has screened in more than 60 festivals around the world.
In 2023, Feyrouz wrote and directed the short films I Come From The Sea and Sen Ti.
She is now developing I Am Here But You Can’t See Me, her first feature narrative film as director.
Lun Sevnik is a film director from Slovenia. He was studying film directing at FAMU - Prague.
His student film Playing (2019) was premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival.
He just finished his graduation film The Sea In Between, produced by Rok Biček (Cvinger film / SI), which was a part of Clermont-Ferrand Euro Connection.
Eldar Shibanov was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in a family of hereditary architects.
He started working in the film industry in the art department.
Since 2010, he has been making independent films with his mother Yulia Levitskaya and his brother Dias Shibanov.
Eldar participated to Berlinale Talents program and the Asian Film Academy of Busan Film Festival, where he won a scholarship from Tsai Ming Liang.
In 2018 his short movie Sex, Fear and Hamburgers was selected at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2021, together with Yulia Levitskaya, he became a finalist at the Biennale Cinema College with the Gornyi Luk project.
Andrea Slaviček is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and designer from Croatia. She studied film direction at ESCAC in Barcelona, Spain.
Her second short film The Real Truth about the Fight premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2023, following selections at various international festivals.
She is interested in unconventional structures, experimenting with the perception of characters and their view of reality.
At the moment, she is developing her debut feature film Luna on Two Planets at the Résidence of the Festival de Cannes.
Wendi Tang is a Chinese writer/director and producer based in Los Angeles.
Wendi's work focuses on character-driven stories that explore various corners of female narratives. Her short films have been selected by numerous film festivals worldwide and won several Best Short Film awards.
She is a 2022 NYC Women’s Fund recipient, a Sundance Uprise Grant Fund Finalist, and a 2022 BAFTA Newcomer.
Her upcoming project, FISHTANK, is the winner of the 8th Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens program and the winner of the 2022 Film Pipeline Short Script Competition.
Kim Torres is a Costa Rican screenwriter and director born in
Her work focuses on inquiries about identity and the experience of inhabiting a body and a place, exploring narratives that play with a free and experimental cinema.
Her short films The Moon Will Contain Us (2023), Night Light (2022), and Suncatcher (2021) have been screened in the official selection at Cannes, Locarno, Mar del Plata, Cinélatino Rencontres Toulouse, New Directors/New Films at MoMa and Lincoln Center, among others.
She is currently in pre-production of her debut feature film If We Don’t Burn How Do We Light Up The Night supported by Torino Film Lab, La Fabrique Cinéma at Cannes, Locarno Open Doors, Visions Sud Est and Hubert Bals Fund.
Damián Vondrasek is currently finishing studies of Directing at FAMU.
His first short Together (2015) took the best director award at Famufest. Imprisoned (2016) was selected to San Sebastian International Film Festival and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, also nominated for the best student film at the Czech Lion Awards.
Frontier (2020) premiered at Trieste Film Festival and got two nominations at the Czech Lion Awards.
Rites, his latest short, is supported by Czech Film Fund and selected for Cannes Focus Script and Midpoint Shorts programs.
His first feature Goddess is participating in the LIM development program organized by Le Groupe Ouest.
Tomasz Wolski is a scriptwriter and documentary filmmaker born in 1977. He is a graduate of Journalism at the Jagiellonian University and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Aside from directing his own films Tomasz also worked as a director’s assistant to Jacek Bławut on Born Dead (2004).
Tomasz has taken part in Berlinale Talent Campus twice and received a scholarship from Ministry of Culture and Natural Heritage (of the Republic of Poland). He has won a number of Festival awards in Neubrandenburg, Pamplona and Wroclaw among others. He was awarded at The Punto de Vista Documentary Film Festival in Spain with Jean Vigo Prize for the Best Director, DocumentART Festival in Germany with Grand Prix, International Film Festival “Era New Horizons” in Wroclaw for Best Documentary and “Slamdance on the Road” Festival in Poland with Grand Prix.
Yi Xiong is a Chinese director and screenwriter based in New York City and Shanghai. Having earned a Bachelor's degree in Film from Pratt Institute in 2022, he is now set to pursue his MFA at Columbia University School of The Arts.
Yi's cinematic approach is deeply rooted in his belief that gazing is a form of caring. His films serve as a vehicle to convey his observations of people and society, delving into the complexities of human nature and the dynamics of our interconnected world.
Nelson Yeo graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University in 2011.
He participated in Berlinale Talents Tokyo (2014), BiFan Fantastic Film School (2015) and Locarno Filmmakers Academy (2018).
Nelson has a prolific body of works. His short films have been selected at over 30 international film festivals such as Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Cairo International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
Mary, Mary, So Contrary (2019) was awarded Best Experimental Short at Golden Ger International Film Festival, Here is Not There (2019) was awarded Best ASEAN Short Film at the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival, and
Plastic Sonata (2021) was awarded at Seashorts Film Festival and Ribalta Experimental Film Festival.
His first feature film, Dreaming & Dying, premiered at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival 2023, Concorso Cineasti del presente section.
Kawthar Younis is a filmmaker based in Cairo, Egypt.
Known for her film A Present from the Past', which was the first of its kind to set a record for audience demand in the Egyptian market.
She works as a producer for films, mini series and TV commercials.
Kawthar is a co-founder of the inaugural Rawiyat-Sisters in Film.