DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS AND PROTAGONISTS
Amelia Green-Dove is a journalist, filmmaker and the producer of “Watchers of the Sky”. She was a field producer for filmmaker Michael Moore’s Academy Award-nominated feature documentary “SiCKO”. A native of Santa Monica, California, and graduate of Hampshire College, Green-Dove has worked internationally, including as a researcher at the BBC’s Open University division in London. She has started working with Edet Belzberg, “Watchers of the Sky” ’s director, since 2008, having produced Belzberg's award winning documentary “The Recruiter”.
Born in 1972 in Poland, Bartek Konopka obtained a degree in Film Studies from the Jagiellonian University, one in Journalism from Warsaw University and one in Film Directing from the Radio and Television Department of the Silesia University in Katowice. His films have won awards at festivals in New York, Seattle, Brest, Wrocław and many others. His Oscar-nominated documentary “Rabbit à la Berlin” was presented in more than 70 festivals, receiving dozens of prizes and being sold to over 40 countries. Bartek Konopka has received a scholarship from the Culture Minister for his artistic achievements as well as the Nipkow Scholarship in Berlin. Other films: “Niebo nad Europą” (2003), “Goat Walker” (2004), “Three for the Taking” (2006).
Caterina Monzani was born in Italy. After a BA in Cinema Studies at University of Bologna, she worked as an assistant producer for various documentaries while also developing her personal projects. She moved to London in 2006 where she followed a master’s programme in Documentary Filmmaking at The National Film and Television School. She lives and works in London as a documentary director and producer and as a video producer for The Guardian newspaper. Other films: "The Love Bureau" (2009), "Borderland" (2008), "The Big Race" (2006), "Early Wright time" (2004).
Born in 1976 in Romania, Claudiu Mitcu has graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. He worked as an editor for the public television station in Romania for eight years and, in 2004, started his own production and post-production company, Wearebasca. In 2010, he received an Honourable mention from the Romanian Filmmakers Union for his documentary “Australia” (2009) and the Human Rights Award from the French Embassy in Romania for three of his documentaries, in acknowledgement of their fight against prejudice and their attempt to promote the rights of marginalised people (2011). Other films he directed: “Maria” (2013) “The Merry Circus” (2010), “The village Called Sands” (2007).
Dominic Dowbekin is a producer specialising in film, digital media and the arts. He has worked on internationally celebrated films that have featured at festivals including Telluride, Adelaide, Belfast and London (receiving a Grierson Award nomination) as well as at cinemas including the British Film Institute’s National Film Theatre, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and Riverside Studios. He has produced work for directors and artists including Don Boyd, Mark Cousins, Amit Chaudhuri, Shirin Neshat, Gary Kemp, Mania Akbari, Susanne Hou and Gavin Turk and has worked with institutions such as Tate, the Southbank, the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Dance and the Courtauld Institute. As an executive member of HiBROW Productions Ltd, Dominic works passionately in establishing a global digital platform for the visual and performing arts, freely accessible by all.
Eszter Hajduwas born in 1979 in Budapest, Hungary. She studied Electronic Media at University of Szeged and Sociology at ELTE University of Budapest and received training in film-making in Italy and Romania. She has worked for film productions since the age of 18 and has directed and produced several documentary films, focusing primarily on social-political taboos. Other films: "My Own Private, Tarnabod" (2006), "Destino" (2007), "The Fidesz Jew, the mother with no sense of nation and mediation" (2008), "Lullaby" (2009), "Demon Hands" (2010).
Hasan Metehan Ozkan
Hasan Metehan Ozkan, film producer of “My Child”, graduated from Marmara University’s Department of Political Sciences and International Relations in 1998. He received his MBA from Yeditepe University and is currently studying for his PhD in the Department of Anthropology there. Between 1996-2000 he worked for the Istanbul Office for International Immigration Organization of the United Nations. Later he was involved in Civil Involvement Projects at the Sabanci University. He is writing his dissertation on the families of LGBT individuals, who represent the core of the LISTAG organisation in Istanbul, whose activities are depicted in the documentary.
Ivo Bystrican was born in 1980 and graduated in Sociology and Social Policy at Masaryk University in Brno and in Documentary Film at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He used to work as a editorial writer, film critic, video-reporter, sociologist in the non-profit sector and as an analyst at the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Repulic. As a director and screenwriter he regularly cooperates with the Czech Television, creating numerous documentaries focusing on social themes. His films have been screened at festivals around the world. Among these we name "Better tomorrow" (2005), "Sikora" (2007), "Copper Age" (2009).
Johanna Domke is a visual artist and filmmaker, born in 1978 in Kiel, Germany. She studied Fine Arts at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen and the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden and attended the Postgraduate Program in Film at the Media Art Academy in Cologne, Germany. She is producing work for a cross-over field between art and cinema with a both structural and socio-political approach; her work has received much attention in exhibitions and film festivals around the world. Other films: "A sunset takes 7 minutes" (2005), "Cuers" (2008), "Stultifera Garden" (2009), "The lake in the mirror"(2010), "Man kenenki" (2010), "Untitled-Epilog" (2011).
Marcel Lozinski was born in 1940 in Paris. Prior to enrolling in the Łódź Film School in 1967, Łoziński graduated from Warsaw Polytechnic, the Department of Communication, and worked for a few years as a sound engineer at the Warsaw Documentary Studio. Łozinski lectures at Andrzej Wajda's Master School of Film Directing and is a member of the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy. He is one of the internationally most acclaimed Polish film documentary filmmakers, boasting prizes from numerous film festivals, including Oberhausen, Kraków, San Francisco and Leipzig for films such as “Microphone’s Test” (1981), “89 mm from Europe” (1993), “Anything can happen” (1995), “So It Doesn’t Hurt” (1998), “Poste restante” (2009) si “Father and Son on A Journey” (2013).
Marouan Omara is a visual artist working with film, video and photography, born in 1987 in Cairo, Egypt. He got his Diploma in Filmmaking from the Academy of Cinema Arts & Technology in parallel to receiving his BA in Applied Arts from the Helwan University. He also works as a film & video instructor at the German University in Cairo. Marouan Omara is currently preparing his first feature film “Repeated Stopping”.
Matei Budes is a founding member of the Vira Association and initiator, alongside Bogdan Palici, of ViraFilms. Having graduated from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Bucharest, Matei Budes has started his film production career with "Counting Tiny Little Steps", a documentary he directed in 2009. He has attended numerous documentary workshops (Iswib, 2010, Aristoteles, 2011; the Documentor workshop, 2012). Having worked for various film projects and also as a video editor for Hotnews.ro, Matei Budes is currently developing ViraFilms as well as delivering educational workshops run by the Vira Association.
Monique Issele is a protagonist in the documentary “The Invisibles”. She worked in national education, in France, for 40 years, before retiring. In the 70s, she joined the group Les Gouines Rouges, a feminist association which, at that time, worked to protect lesbian rights. Since then, she has kept in touch with former members of Les Gouines Rouges and has been tenaciously campaigning for the visibility of lesbian people and their rights.
Sergio Vega Borrego
Sergio Vega Borrego was born in 1981 in Spain. After graduating with a BA in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid, he received a Robert Gavron Charitable Trust scholarship to attend the National Film and Television School in London. He has been working on a wide range of projects as editor and these have brought him multiple awards including the "Talent Dove" at Leipzig Film Festival. For him, filmmaking is not a job, but a need and a way to understand and learn about life. Other films he directed: “Sleepless city” (2006), “Bestiario” (2008).
Film director and actor, Stefan Weinert was born in Germany in 1964. He began his acting career by performing in theatre plays in Cologne and Dusseldorf. He finished his studies in 1991 and since then has been working as a film and theatre director, video art curator as well as a festival organiser. Other films he directed: "Facing the Wall" (2002), "Always Sergej" (2002), "Without CFC" (1995), "Is It True or Not" (1994).
Susanna Helke is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor, born in 1967 in Finland. Her films have been featured in the most important international documentary film festivals, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Toronto Hotdocs and Visions du Réel. Her film “The Idle Ones” (2001) was nominated for the European Film Academy Award for Best Documentary, while “The sin - A testimony on ordinary crime” (1996) received the Special Prize at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Other films: “A soap dealer’s Sunday” (1998), “White sky” (1998), “Playground” (2010).