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.
Marija Apcevska holds BA in Directing from FDA, Skopje and MA in Film and Media Production, NYFA, Los Angeles.
Her shorts have travelled to festivals worldwide and won several awards, with Bardo premiering at Berlinale Generation.
In addition, she is the creator of the children’s TV series Zoki Poki, the only TV series from North Macedonia broadcasted in Scandinavia.
Her latest Film, North Pole, premiering at Festival de Cannes - Official Short Film Selection, was one of the winning projects at European Short Pitch 2019.
She is currently working on her first feature, Spring Cleaning, selected for development at LIM 2021 and presented at Cannes Focus CoPro’ 2021.
Beatrice Baldacci was born in Città di Castello (Italy) in 1993.
She studied psychology in Padua and then moved to Rome to study cinema. While studying directing and photography with Daniele Ciprì and Claudio Cupellini, she made the fiction short film Corvus Corax which participated in numerous festivals. In 2017 she graduated with honours under the supervision of Susanna Nicchiarelli with a thesis on the border between man and animal and anthropomorphisation in cinema.
After completing her studies, she made some experiences on set and in 2018 she won the artistic residency Immerge making the short documentary film Un posto sicuro.
In 2019 she wins the Premio Zavattini 18/19 with the autobiographical short film Supereroi senza Superpoteri, entirely made with VHS footage. Supereroi senza Superpoteri had its world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019 in the Orizzonti section, where it wins a FEDIC Special Mention as the best short film of the exhibition.
In 2021 she makes her first feature film La Tana (The Den), produced by Lumen Films, developed within the Biennale College Cinema programme 2020/21 and premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
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.
A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ian Barling toured the eastern United States as a drummer in various punk rock bands in his youth.
His last short film, Safe, premiered at the Semaine de la Critique - Cannes Film Festival 2021.
He currently lives in New York City, where he is preparing his first feature-length film, titled Francis, with which he is currently participating in the TorinoFilmLab.
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.
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.
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.
DUVÁN DUQUE VARGAS
Duván Duque Vargas is a Colombian director, screenwriter and producer.
He studied filmmaking at CICE in Madrid and Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
His latest short film, Todo Incluido, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2022, Canada.
Masmelos, his previous short film, was selected in festivals such as Moscow, Vancouver and Guanajuato. Earlier works include Paila, Tumaco and Pasó.
He is currently writing his first feature, deepening the themes filmed in Todo Incluido, as well as producing short films by other directors (such as Cristina Sánchez's Bebè, Tribeca 2022).
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.
Sofia Georgovassili is an awarded Greek actress and filmmaker.
Her latest short film Memoir of a Veering Storm had its worldwide premiere at Berlinale Generation 14plus.
She is now developing her first feature film under the title Mignon. Mignon was part of the Torino Script lab, 2018.
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.
Birutė Kapustinskaitė is a playwright and screenwriter for cinema, theatre and audio projects. In 2018, she received Lithuania’s national Golden Cross Award for best playwright.
Birutė also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2019 Aubagne Film Festival for the screenplay of the feature film Sasha Was Here. She teaches screenwriting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and at Vilnius University.
The short film Mothers is her debut as a director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polen Ly paused his studies in medicine to pursue his filmmaking path in 2012. He has directed several shorts and documentaries, which explore social issues related to the environment, human rights, including LGBT+ and indigenous experiences.
In 2015, his short film Colourful Knots won first prize at Tropfest SEA in Malaysia, and in the same year, he was selected to join the International Writing Residency at the University of Iowa in the United States.
In 2018, Polen joined the Asian Film Academy in Busan, Korea. His short documentary Cemetery Of Green Souls won an Honorable Mention prize at Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Pitch at IDFA in 2019.
In 2021, his documentary short, Side by Side, was selected in the Open Doors section at Locarno.
His newest short fiction, Further and Further Away (2022), received the SEA-Shorts grant from Singapore International Film Festival.
Polen is now in early production on his first full-length documentary, The Tongue of Water, which has received funding from IDFA (Netherlands), DMZ Docs (South Korea), and the Sundance Institute (USA).
Morad Mostafa is an Egyptian Director, born in 1988 in Cairo, Egypt.
He worked as an Assistant Director in several independent films; he collaborated as an Executive director in Souad by Ayten Amin (official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2020 and Berlinale).
Morad wrote and directed Henet Ward (2020) and What We Don't Know About Mariam" (2021); both movies had their world premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Festival du Court Métrage and they have been selected in other major festivals winning more than 30 international awards.
Khadiga (2021) is Morad's latest short film.
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).
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's first feature film.
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.
Deepak Rauniyar is a director, screenwriter, and producer.
A former critic, he became the first Nepali filmmaker to compete at a major international film festival. His debut Highway world premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and also played at Locarno Film Festival.
His second film White Sun premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and screened worldwide (Toronto, Busan, Locarno, Rotterdam), winning awards at Venice, Singapore, and Palm Spring film festivals.
The film was Nepal's official selection for the 90th Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.
The New York Times described Rauniyar as one of "The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch."
He is an alumnus of the Toronto and Berlinale Talent Campuses as well as the Cannes Cinéfondation program. He has served as a jury member at Locarno and Sydney Film Festivals and Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Currently, Rauniyar is developing his third feature film, The Sky Is Mine (TFL Co-production Award 2019), and his first English Language Feature High and Low (Jerome Foundation Hill Artist fellowship 2021).
He co-produced Johan Carlsen's Death on the Street, which screened at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2021.
Photo Credit: Marco Abram
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.
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 has been studying film direction at ESCAC in Barcelona. She attended Berlinale Talents Sarajevo edition in 2020.
She is interested in unconventional structures, experimenting with the perception of her characters and their view of reality.
At the moment she is developing her debut feature film Luna on Two Planets and her short film The Real Truth About the Fight (2023) premiered at the 62nd Semaine de la Critique.
CHANRADO SOK & KONGKEA VANN
Chanrado Sok grew interested in the relationship of media, public opinion, and freedom of expression. After high school, he chose to study film and work at Bophana Center, the audiovisual resource organization founded by filmmaker Rithy Panh. He has also joined filmmaking and photography courses with the Institut Français in Phnom Penh, and the Busan Film Commission’s 2018 FLY program in Singapore. He has primarily worked as a documentary filmmaker, and he has made four short documentaries since 2015.
Documentary and social realism in his fiction filmmaking allow him to engage with society and develop the stories of the real characters he finds around him every day.
Sound of the Night (World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2021) is his first short fiction.
Kongkea Vann graduated with his degree in film from the department of cinema at the School of Media of Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) in 2016 in Phnom Penh. Shortly after, he has been involved as a camera assistant in certain international projects, such as First They Killed My Father by Angelina Jolie in 2017 and the Australian feature film Buoyancy by Rodd Rathjen in 2019.
Ever since, he has been sought after by local production companies as a director of photography on many feature films, short films, and TV commercials. Pursuing his filmmaking dream in directing.
Sound of the Night (World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2021) has become his first short film as co-director and cinematographer where he could shape his artistic approach further than just in the field of technician.
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.
SEBASTIÁN VALENCIA MUÑOZ
Sebastián Valencia Muñoz was born in Pereira (Colombia).
He studied media communication and philosophy at the Javeriana University and he attended the 14° Berlinale Talents Buenos Aires. Sebastian has directed the following short films: Mañana piensa en mi (2006), official selection at Nuevos Creadores FICCI47, La transeúnte (2007), official selection at Bogoshorts 2007, Un día volverás (2013), official selection at Panorama Bogoshorts 2013.
He recently completed the short films Montañas (2019) winner in the National Short Films Category at Cine por los Derechos Humanos.
El Remanso (2020), selected in several film festivals (Vienna Shorts, Palm Springs, Shorts Waves, Sao Paulo, FICCI) and Zarzal (2022) based on his childhood memories. All three supported by the FDC film fund (Proimágenes, Colombia).
He is currently working in his first featured film Todo lo que era mío (Everything I Used to Own).
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.