Tommaso Acquarone was born in Savona (Italy) on December 24, 1992.
He graduated at IULM University Milan with a thesis, supervised by Professor Gianni Canova, about the filmmaker Claudio Caligari.
Soon after Tommaso attended the “Holden School” in Torino.
In 2021 he wrote and directed his first short film I miei occhi (My Eyes).
In the same year Tommaso Acquarone directed a short film for the Italian designer Emilio Pucci.
He lives in Roma and he is working on the script of his first feature film.
PHAM THIEN AN
Pham Thien An is a film director, producer and screenwriter, born in November 1989 (Lam Dong Province, Vietnam). After four years of undergraduate studies in Information Technology at Lotus University, Ho Chi Minh City, he realized his interest in cinematography and filmmaking. In recent years, he has won several film awards in Vietnam. In 2015, he moved to Houston, Texas (USA) and continued working as a freelance filmmaker.
His short film The Mute (2018) has travelled across several film festivals (Winterthur International Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival).
His latest short Stay Awake, Be Ready, official selection at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2019, was produced with the support of CJ Short Film Making Project. He is currently working on his first feature film Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell.
Dimitris Anagnostou was born in Athens, Greece.
He studied Chemistry at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and filmmaking in Athens at the Hellenic Film and Television School L. Stavrakos and in Paris at the University Paris 1 Sorbonne and at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle with a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y).
Since 2016, he is teaching “The Aesthetics of Cinema” and “Theory of Montage” at the Hellenic Film and Television School L. Stavrakos.
Mare Nostrum (2020) is his first short film.
Tristan Aymon was born in 1986. He graduated from the Ecole
cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2010, directing his graduation
fiction short film Ultima Donna, which received various European
In 2012, he co-founded the filmmakers’ association Terrain Vague, which has produced all of his short films: Off the Road (Sortie de route, 2013, co-directed with David Maye), The Lesson (La Leçon, 2016) and Trou Noir (Black Hole, 2020). They all premiered in the “Pardi di Domani” section of the Locarno Film Festival.
Saulius Baradinskas (born on September 19, 1990) is a film, commercial & music video director from Vilnius, Lithuania.
Saulius is noticed for directing music videos that already got recognition in the Baltic states. In 2018 annual music video awards Saulius was selected as a best director of the year and won best music video award for directing.
Måns Berthas was born in Sundsvall, a small town in Sweden.
In 2015 he directed Champion which debuted at Göteborg Film Festival and it has been screened in more than fifty film festivals around the world (among which Bogoshorts in Colombia, FlickerFest in Australia and Asiana International Film Festival in South Korea).
Bitchboy and Vila i frid (Rest in Peace) are both from 2016. Bitchboy had the world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival 2016 where it was awarded with the Special Jury Mention. In 2017 he directed A Swedish Classic (Seattle International Film Festival 2017) and in 2018 Isle of Capri, which was one of the winners of the Nespresso Talents - Cannes Film Festival 2018. Bottleneck (2019) is his latest short.
Måns is now working on the script of his first feature.
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Francesca Canepa is a Peruvian filmmaker who recently completed her second film, the award-winning short El Silencio del Río.
The filmmaker studied cinema at the University of Montpellier and holds a Masters degree in Cinematography from the ESCAC, the Cinema School of Catalunya.
The ambitious filmmaker strives to tell stories with a socially conscious message and El Silencio del Río is her second short film shot on the Amazon River. The film is currently in distribution following its world premiere at Berlinale 2020 and its Grand Jury Prize-winning run at the Calgary Film Festival where it also became eligible for the Academy Awards 2021.
Her first Short Film AYA, shot in the Peruvian Andes, garnered the honor of Best Ibero American Short Film at the Guadalajara’s International Film Festival (FICG) 2017 and enjoyed strong praise from international cinema critics. Following studies for a scriptwriting degree at he prestigious EICTV in Cuba, the Filmmaker is now penning her first feature film script titled BELEN, while also directing advertising and music videos in Madrid.
Nicholas Clifford is a graduate of the directing program at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in Sydney, Australia.
He is the writer and Director of the AWG Monte Miller award winning screenplay The Handyman, and the Story Pros Grand Prix award winning feature film screenplay Bella & The Bear (2017).
In 2013 Clifford wrote and directed the Tropfest Winning short film adaptation We’ve All Been There (2013). He is also the writer director of Tropfest finalist and award winning short film Kitchen Sink Drama (2012).
He is a founding partner of Melbourne based production company, Truce Films.
ANNA ROSE DUCKWORTH
Anna Rose Duckworth has worked in film and television for almost a decade in both New York City and Auckland. In the past few years Anna wrote and directed three self--funded short films including Mum Jeans (2017) which screened at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival. Anna has twice won Best Director at 48Hours Competition, with her team being three time National Finalists and has directed music videos for a range of different artists.
Anna directed web series Psusy, which went on to screen at New Orleans Film Festival, Seattle Webfest, DC Webfest, Melbourne Web Series Festival and won the Best Episodic Jury Prize at the 2018 LA Film Festival.
In 2018, Anna was granted production funding for two projects as writer/director. The first was a New Zealand Film Commission Fresh Short film Pain, a naturalistic character drama. The second was TVNZ’s, Butt Dial, a six part web series showcasing toilet--stall phone calls between two friends.
Anna has also produced a myriad of award- winning music videos which garnered accolades such as multiple Show Me Shorts Best Music Videos, nominations at both NZ Music Awards and UK Music Video Awards and multiple vimeo staff picks.
Linh Duong is a Vietnamese filmmaker who is extremely fascinated with sad, angsty and naggy women. She has just completed a series of shorts that tackle this topic with a rather quirky sense of humor.
Her films have been competing and winning award at various festivals
around the world.
Linh previously attended Berlinale Talents in 2020, Asian Film Academy in 2016, Locarno Summer Academy and Bucheon Fantastic Film School in 2015. She is developing her first feature, Don’t Cry, Butterflies, which recently won the Moulin d'Andé-CECI Award at Locarno Open Doors 2019.
A Trip to Heaven (World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2020) is her latest short.
Ostin Fam (Pham Quoc Dung) is an independent filmmaker.
His work seeks to elevate underserved narratives, but rather than attempting to capture the existential pain that comes with underrepresentation, he tries to hone in on the specifics of experience. The notion of cultural fluidity has become a focal point in his work; how we reconcile our identities in different lands with different customs.
Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, Ostin Fam attended a Documentary Workshop at The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents in 2012 with a graduating film The Journey which earn the center’s Silver Lotus Bud Award. For undergraduate studies, Ostin received Freeman Asian Scholarship to attend Wesleyan University where he earned a BA in Film Studies and a minor in East Asian Studies. In 2017, in addition to graduating with High Honors, he was the recipient of the Steven J. Ross Prize, awarded to the best senior film thesis for his project short/cut.
He spent the past two years working on different film projects of his own and other filmmakers in New York and Vietnam, many of which have travelled various international film festivals. Ostin is a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, the first and largest collective of independent filmmakers in New York and one of four recipients of Sony Pictures' IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film in 2017.
His last short film project, Bình is funded by CJ Cultural Foundation, Singapore International Film Festival and TPD Center.
Serhat Karaaslan, from Kurdistan (Turkey), has directed one feature film and several shorts.
His short films were screened and awarded in major festivals like Toronto International Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival. His debut film Passed by Censor (Cannes Cinéfondation Residence), premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2019 where it received the Critics Award, and was shown at festivals around the world winning several awards along the way. His latest work is The Criminals, World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2021.
Born in 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Vytautas Katkus graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in cinematography from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He works as cinematographer in movies as well in video art projects. He won best young cinematographer award by Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers in 2014 and 2015. Since 2016 he is a member of Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers.
Kolektyviniai sodai (Community Gardens), his debut short film, is selected at the 58th Semaine de la Critique.
Firas Khoury is an award-winning upcoming Palestinian screen writer and director. He graduated from the University of Tel Aviv with a BFA in Film. Alongside his directorial activity, Khoury is committed to disseminating Palestinian films and training young people. He is a founding member of Group “Falastinema”, which develops film workshops and presents screenings throughout Palestine. He is currently working on his first feature film The Flag.
ÁKOS K. KOVÁCS
Ákos K. Kovács was born in 1991 in Senta, Yugoslavia.
After he finished high school in Subotica he moved to Budapest (Hungary), to study Cinematography in the Metropolitan University.
His BA diploma work, Away (directed by Roland Ferge) debuted at the Berlinale Generation in 2014 where it won Special Mention of the Generation Kplus International Jury. His other collaborations as DOP include Szabolcs Hajdu’s It’s Not the Time of My Life.
Since then Ákos started to work in films also as writer and director. Branka is his first short film.
Shoki Lin studied Digital Filmmaking at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore.
His thesis short film Adam was part of the Cinéfondation Selection at the 72th Festival de Cannes. His previous works include Chasing Paper which was in competition at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival and Changi which won best picture at the 2017 National Youth Film Awards.
Born in Salento (Italy) in 1988, Manuel Marini grew up in Rome.
During his studies in Netherlands he worked with several film productions and started directing music videos.
In 2015 Manuel graduated from a Communication Bachelor degree in Amsterdam and he moved back to Rome to study Screen Writing.
In 2016 he took part in a Directing course at the EICTV in Cuba.
In 2017 his short film ‘Olvidate de eso" entirely shot in Old Havana, was selected by many film festivals around the world.
In 2018 he is selected by the Los Angeles advertising agency ’72andSunny’ to be one of their international team of creative.
In 2020 he directed ‘Li Paradisi’, his latest short film produced by Apulia Film Commission. Manuel currently lives in Rome.
Morad Mostafa is an Egyptian Director, born in 1988 in Cairo, Egypt.
He studied Film Directing in “Cinema Palace” in 2008 and at other filmmaking workshops.
He works in the film industry since 2010 as an assistant director with several directors as “Mohamed Diab", "Hala Khalil" in Nawara, and "Sherif Elbendary" in Ali the Goat and Ibrahim.
In 2019 He directed and wrote his first short film Henet Ward that had its World Premiere at "Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival" in the the International Competition.
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.
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).
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.
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Nada Riyadh is a filmmaker based in Cairo, Egypt.
Her debut documentary film (Happily ever after) premiered at IDFA (International Documentary Film of Amsterdam) in 2016. She is a winner of The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung 2017 to support the production of her short fiction film Fakh (The Trap) official selection at Semaine de la Critique - Cannes 2019. She also leads and mentors filmmaking workshops to empower distressed communities suffering from war, displacement, and difficult living conditions in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. Her work mainly focuses on exploring the depth and complexity of the human psyche and relationships through the visual medium.
Born in 1984 in Teramo (Italy), Giacomo Sebastiani soon left the birtplace to undertake university studies in Rome where he graduated in Sociology at the Sapienza and worked as a social researcher. He directed several shorts, including Behind the Mirror, selected at several international film festivals including the 63rd Sydney Film Festival.
Zheng (2020) is his latest work.
Or Sinai is a film director, writer and editor.
She was born in 1985 and currently lives in Tel-Aviv. She graduated of the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Jerusalem and is an Alumna of the Berlinale Talents 2015.
During her studies, she wrote and directed a few shorts and a 50 min documentary, Violeta Mi Vida, which won prizes at festivals in Israel and Russia. Her graduation film, the fiction short Anna, won the Cinéfondation First Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, as well as The Israeli Academy Best Short Feature Award 2016, an honourable mention at TIFF 2016 and other important awards in festivals around the world.
Sinai worked as an editor for different TV series and documentaries. Among them is Mr. Gaga by the director Tomer Heymann.
She is currently working on her first feature script.
Anne Thieme was born in 1982 in the German Democratic Republic.
She studied acting in Vienna and film directing and screenwriting at Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires and at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon. Currently she received her Masters in Film Directing with a focus on fictional film from the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Germany.
Since 2001 she has worked on many film productions, both in front of and behind the camera, mainly in Europe and Latin America. She has written, directed and produced several short films that have been shown internationally at many festivals. She has also directed social media content for Netflix and documentaries. Her latest short film, Interstate 8 (USA/Germany), premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival, has been selected to be a GERMAN FILMS NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2020 and won the FIRST STEPS AWARD 2020. At the moment, Anne is working as a screenwriter for two feature films and a series, all original projects.
SEBASTIÁN VALENCIA MUÑOZ
Sebastián Valencia Muñoz is 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 (2018) and El Remanso (2020), both winners of the FDC award (Proimágenes Colombia). Sebastian was also the DOP for the feature film Hombres solos (Francisco Schmitt, 2015), official selection at 37 Habana film festival and FICCI55, and for Los asesinos (Rodrigo Dimaté, 2013) official selection at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2013.
Alberto Viavattene was born on 1986 in Turin, Italy. He worked in the camera department of Paolo Sorrentino’s productions like “outh and the more recent The Young Pope”HBO tv series. As director he made music videos (like Rockin'1000 Learn to fly video, that reached more than 30 million views on YouTube), commercials and five short films released all over the world in festival circuits, video on demand and home video.
Nelson Yeo is a Singaporean filmmaker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. He participated in Berlinale Talents Tokyo in 2014, BiFan Fantastic Film School in 2015 and Locarno Filmmakers Academy in 2018. He is currently working on his debut feature film which was selected to participate in SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab 2017.