108 guests la 63 films and events

Guest filmmakers

Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon’s recent work includes 2013 Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose (directed by Călin Peter Netzer, 2013), 2015 Silver Bear winner Aferim! (directed by Radu Jude, 2015), 2016 Academy Award-nominated Toni Erdmann (directed by Maren Ade, 2016), and 2017 San Sebastián selection Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (directed by Ivana Mladenovic, 2017). The most recent documentaries produced by her include Locarno selection Dead Nation (directed by Radu Jude) and Karlovy Vary premiere Tarzan’s Testicles (directed by Alexandru Solomon), both from 2017. Over the past 20 years, the films produced by her at the production company HiFilm have been selected and awarded in Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Busan, Sundance, etc., and made in co-production with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Croatia, Hungary and Luxembourg.

Alexandra Wesolowski

Alexandra Wesolowski (b. Poland) studied Political Sciences at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen. Since 2008 she has been studying directing at the University of Television and Film Munich. Other films: Magda (2015), 1st Class Asylum (2014), Fliehkraft (2010)

Ana Branea

Ana Branea (b.1986, Romania) studied sound and editing at the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor degree degree thesis on ethics and morality in the auteur documentary. Alumnus of Aristoteles Documentary Workshop (2011) . In 2012 she received a scholarship from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where she focused on documentary film editing for the following 4 years. She is currently working on a new feature documentary with award winning director Alexander Nanau. Other films: Flo’s Pictures (2015, directed by Julian Vogel), Island 36 (2014, directed by Asli Özarslan), Turn Off the Lights (2007, directed by Ivana Mladenovic).

Ana Dumitrescu

With a background in photo-journalism, Ana Dumitrescu has worked in France and Romania for numerous media groups such as National Geographic, MEDIAFAX and the Gamma-Rapho photo agency. Her work deals with social topics such as the Holocaust of Roma during the Second World War, homophobia in Romania, or the undocumented workers living in France. In 2016, she founded the production company Jules et Films. Licu, a Romanian Story is her forth documentary feature. Other films: Time of Light (2016), Même pas Peur! (2015), Khaos, the Human Faces of the Greek Crisis (2012)

Angelika Spangel

Angelika Spangel (b. 1987, Austria) studied Educational Science. In 2013 she started studying cinematography in the class of Wolfgang Thaler at Vienna Film Academy. She worked on several short films with Matthias Krepp and Magdalena Gruber.

Anne Fabini

Anne Fabini is the editor of Talal Derki’s documentaries Of Fathers and Sons and Return to Homs, winners of the 2018 and 2014 World Documentary Grand Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival. She has also worked on fiction films such as Morris from America (dir: Chad Hartigan, 2016) and Houston (dir: Bastian Günther, 2013), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her editing of the international co-production More Than Honey (dir. Markus Imhoof, 2012) was highly acclaimed. She collaborated closely with director Hannes Stöhr on Berlin Film Festival competitors One Day in Euope (2005) and Berlin Calling (2008). Since 2013 she has also been working internationally as story and editing consultant. Her work has won her several nominations for Best Film Editing at the German Film Awards. She is the winner of the prestigious German Film Critics Award for Best Editing.

Asli Özarslan

Asli Özarslan (b. 1986, Germany) studied theater and media at the University of Bayreuth and philosophy and sociology at the Paris-Sorbonne University. Following her graduation in 2011, she worked as an editor on film projects for ZDF and for ARD Studio Abroad in Warsaw. In 2012 she began her studies in documentary filmmaking at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. In 2016 she was nominated for the Fellowship of the Cultural Academy Tarabya in Turkey. Other films: INSEL 36 (2014), Kanak Sprak Bist Du (2012), Bastarde(2011), reflektZone (2009)

Bernhard Braunstein

Bernhard Braunstein (b. 1979, Austria), studied at the Communication Sciences Department of the University of Salzburg. He currently lives in Paris and Salzburg and works as an editor, camera operator, and documentary filmmaker. Atelier de conversation was the opening film at Cinéma du Réel – International Documentary Film Festival in 2017. Other films: Sleeping Image (2013), Pharao Bipolar (2007), Reisen im eigenen Zimmer (2006)

Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison (b. 1965, USA) is a New York-based filmmaker and artist. His films often combine archival material set to contemporary music and have been screened at cinemathčques, museums and concert halls worldwide. Eight of his works are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He attended Reed College between 1983 and 1985, and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in 1989. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Other films: The Great Flood (2013), Tributes - Pulse (2012), The Miners' Hymns (2011), Spark of Being (2010), Decasia (2002)

Boris Mitić

Boris Mitić (b. 1977, Serbia) worked as a professional journalist, wrote satirical pieces for Playboy, then made his first film, Pretty Dyana (2003). In 2009 he directed Goodbye, How Are you? (2009), which was selected at numerous festivals including the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Boris Mitić has also lectured on atypical documentary filmmaking at many film schools in Europe, China, the USA and the Middle East. Other films: Goodbye, How Are You? (2009), Unmik Titanik (2004), Pretty Dyana (2003)

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the founder of Little Ease Films. He is also a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper. In 2014 he produced an award-winning undercover investigation into slavery in the Thai fishing industry, a topic which he is currently developing into an animated feature film. A Cambodian Spring is his first feature, which he spent nine years making. Other films: The Rights of Others (2014)

Claude Ferland Milewski

 My Name Is Claude is the classical-meets-electronic pop project of singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Claude Ferland Milewski. During the late '90s, Ferland Milewski was a member of the electro-pop group SAS-31. By 2005, he had moved to Berlin and played with another electro-pop outfit, Lovelovelove, who appeared on 2007's Berlin Insane compilation together with Planning to Rock, Peaches and Mount Sims. Around this time, Ferland Milewski began working on My Name Is Claude. After releasing 3 albums under My Name is Claude, performing among places like the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, he composed in 2017 Dream Boat’s soundtrack, that was nominated for the Best Music prize at Munich DOK.fest and released as an album. In 2018, My Name Is Claude released You Cannot Enter the Disco, an album that featured some of Ferland Milewski’s most rhythmic works yet, and the Can't Cheat EP, a set of dub-inspired live improvisations.

Claudiu Mitcu

Director and producer Claudiu Mitcu (b. 1976, Romania) is a graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest. He worked as an editor the public television station in Romania for 8 years and in 2004 he co-founded the production company We are basca. Other films: Paștele blajinilor (2014), Maria (2013), Noi doi (2011), Circul vesel (2010)

Corneliu Porumboiu
Corneliu Porumboiu (b. 1975, Romania) studied film directing at the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. His feature debut, 12:08 East of Bucharest, received the Caméra d’Or award for best debut and the Label Europa Cinémas distribution award in Cannes. His second feature, Police, Adjective, was selected at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. In 2015, he was awarded the A Certain Talent Prix for his feature The Treasure. Other films: The Second Game (2014), When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013), Liviu’s Dream (2004) 
Cosmin Bumbuț
Cosmin Bumbuț worked for 15 years in fashion photography and advertising and his pictorials have been featured in magazines such as Elle, Tabu and Esquire. In 2013 he published the photo album Bumbata about the everyday life of the inmates from the Aiud Penitentiary. Bumbuț has won several photography awards, including the Sony World Photography Award for his project Camera intimă. His previous film, Ultimul căldărar (2016, co-directed with Elena Stancu) was awarded at several festivals, including Transylvania IFF, Docuart, Urban Eye and Millenium Film Festival in Brussels.
Cristina Haneș

Cristina Haneș (b. 1991, Romania) is a director and cinematographer. She graduated in 2016 the DocNomads MA in Documentary Directing as an Erasmus+ scholarship student. In 2013, she finished her BA studies in Cinematography at the Faculty of Theatre and Television in Cluj-Napoca. Her student films were screened at DocLisboa, MakeDox, Astra Film Festival, Transylvania IFF, DocuArt. She is an alumnus of the Aristoteles Workshop and is currently developing her first feature length film, a co-production between India and Romania. Other films: A Rifle and a Bag (in development)

Daisy Asquith

Daisy Asquith is a documentary filmmaker with 20 years’ experience making films for BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Irish Film Board and Sheffield Doc/Fest. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and convenor of an MA in Filmmaking Screen Documentary. She has won many awards for her work including the Royal Television Society Best Documentary Series twice (THE DECISION and 15), a Grierson, and a BAFTA nomination. Other films: Greatest Motherfucker (2016), Velorama (2014), Crazy about One Direction (2013), Britain’s Holocaust Survivors (2012).

Daniel Abma

Daniel Abma (b.1978, The Netherlands) studied primary school pedagogy and worked as a youth worker in Berlin and Brandenburg. He studied film directing at the Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf”, with a focus on documentaries. His film Beyond Wriezen was shown at IDFA and won the prestiguous GRIMME AWARD in Germany. His next film, Hollanda del sol, was selected in the competition at DOKLeipzig, DOK.Fest Munich and in Krakow IFF. Other films: Hannes: About Papas and Power Rangers (2011), Turkeys and Diamonds (2011)

Daphni Leef

Daphni Leef (b. 1986, Israel) is filmmaker and social activist based in Tel Aviv. She is a graduate of the „Steve Tisch” School of Film and Television in Tel Aviv. She has edited music videos, short films, TV shows and feature length documentaries such as Pepe’s Last Battle (directed by Michael Alalu), nominated for Best Documentary by Ophir Israeli Awards in 2017. Before My Feet Touch the Ground is her first feature documentary film.

Dieter Schumann

Dieter Schumann (b. 1953, Germany) studied film directing at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 1988, together with East-German DEFA studios, he produced the legendary documentary Whisper & Shout about the attitude of young East Germans towards life at the end of 80s. In 1990 he started directing theatrical and television documentaries, especially about people from a working-class milieu. In 2002 he founded the production company Basthorster Filmmanufaktur. Other films: Wadan’s World – About the Dignity of Work (2010) , Whisper & Shout (1988)

Dragoș Hanciu

Dragoș Hanciu (b.1993, Romania) studied film directing at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. In 2014, he made his first student short documentary, The Floating Bridge. Ionaș Dreams of Rain premiered in 2017 at Visions du Réel. Currently, he is editing his first feature documentary and he is in the course of publishing his photo-book, Hometown. Other films: Three (co-directed with Robert Braga and Andrei Inizian, 2016), The Floating Bridge (2014)

Dragoș Turea
Dragoș Turea (b. 1980, Chișinău, Moldova) graduated in 2007 from the Chișinău Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts with a Master’s Degree in Film Directing. He made his debut with the documentary Vasile Mamaligă, evocating one of Moldova’s first decision makers on the world arena and awarded the Moldova Filmmakers’ Union Debut Prize in 2007. Dragoș Turea also has a rich experience in TV production, having produced some of Republic of Moldova’s most successful television products, aired by the local TV channels. He has also worked as an assistant producer for other successful young Moldavian filmmakers. In 2010 he started his biggest project to date, the feature-length documentary film production Alpha Beta Gamma.
Elena Stancu

Elena Stancu worked for 12 years as a journalist and was vice editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine. She has won several journalism awards and fellowships, including 2 Superscrieri awards, a Carter Center (USA) fellowship and the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. Her previous film, Ultimul căldărar (2016, co-directed with Cosmin Bumbuț) was awarded at several festivals, including Transylvania IFF, Docuart, Urban Eye and Millenium Film Festival in Brussels.

Elitza Gueorguieva

Elitza Gueorguieva (b. Bulgaria) is a Paris-based filmmaker, performer and writer. Her first novel, Les cosmonautes ne font que passer, was awarded the Prix SDGL André Dubreuil for Best Debut Novel. Her texts have been published in magazines such as Dyonisies, Jef Klak and Vue sur cour. As a performer she has collaborated with Maison de la poésie, Tarmac, Théâtre Ouvert, Khiasma and the Hors-Limites Festival.

Florent Vassault

Florent Vassault is an editor and a director of documentaries. In 2007, his documentary Bernard Thomas, the Secrets of Glory was selected at FIPA in Biarritz and at the International TV Festival in Montecarlo. In 2011, he co-directed with Arnaud Gaillard Honk, a feature-length documentary on the death penalty in the US. Alte filme: Honk(2011), Bernard Thomas, the Secrets of Glory (2007)

Gürcan Keltek

Gürcan Keltek (b. 1973, Turkey) studied film at DEU Fine Arts, after which he directed several shorts. His short film Overtime was selected at several festivals including Visions Du Réel and DOK Leipzig, while his medium-length Colony screened at FIDMarseille. Meteors is his first feature film. Other films: Colony (2015), Overtime (2012)

Henry Rammelt

Henry Rammelt is a teacher at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. He majored in Political Sciences and Sociology and his Ph.D thesis is dedicated to the recent social movements and protest networks in Hungary and Romania.

Ileana Bîrsan

Ileana Bîrsan is a film critic and cinema education trainer. Founder of the film education workshops Filmikon and co-founder of DokStation Music Documentary Film Festival, she is currently a PhD student at the University of Bucharest (CESI).

Jessica Gorter

Jessica Gorter (b. The Netherlands) has been working as an independent filmmaker focusing on post-soviet Russia since graduating from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. She directs documentaries for Dutch television and works as an editor, script writer and coach. Her films have been shown at many different film festivals and broadcast internationally. In 2014 Jessica Gorter received the Documentary Stipend of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Other films: 900 Days (2011), Piter (2004), No Goods Today (2002)

Karel Kovanda

Karel Kovanda (b. 1944) grew up in Czechoslovakia as the son of English and German-Czech parents. During his university studies in the mid-1960s, he emerged as one of the leaders of a band of students whose opposition to the Communist regime contributed to the momentary fall of orthodox Communism in the country and to the emergence of the 1968 Prague Spring, often associated with the name of Alexander Dubček. In 1970 he left Czechoslovakia and spent the following 20 years in exile in the USA, studying and working. Upon returning in 1990 to his newly democratic country, he joined its foreign service and served among other as Deputy Minister and Ambassador to the UN and NATO. In the early 2000s he held a senior position in the Foreign-Relations Directorate-General of the European Community. He has since retired and works from time to time as a consultant, lecturer, and as an electoral observer.

Kazuo Hara

Kazuo Hara (b.1945, Ube City, Japan) attended Tokyo College of Photography before dropping out to work as support staff at a special education school, where he developed an intense interest in the world of disabled children. He subsequently held a photo exhibition titled Baka ni Sunna (Don’t Make Fun of Me). In 1972 he founded production company Shisso Production with Sachiko Kobayashi. That same year he made his directorial debut with the documentary film Goodbye CP about changing relationships between the disabled and the able-bodied. In 1974 he directed Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974, which profiles Hara’s ex-wife Miyuki Takeda and which drew acclaim as a pioneering “self documentary”. His 1987 film, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, followed former soldier Kenzo Okuzaki’s relentless hounding of his superior officers to hold them accountable for their actions in World War II. It became a huge hit, winning a Best Newcomer Award from the Director’s Guild of Japan, the Berlin International Film Festival’s Caligari Film Award, the Cinéma du Réel's Grand Prix, and many other accolades. 1994 saw the release of A Dedicated Life, an examination of truths and fictions surrounding novelist Mitsuharu Inoue, which topped film magazine Kinema Junpo’s Best 10 list of Japanese films for that year. In 2005 he presented his first fiction film, The Many Faces of Chika, in which four actresses portray the life of one woman. Actively involved in helping new filmmakers, Hara has taught at Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Waseda University, Osaka University of Arts, and other institutions, and held his own film studies workshop, Cinema Juku. The films he has released to date are all highly regarded and retrospectives of his works have been held at international film festivals in Buenos Aires, Montreal, Sheffield, Amsterdam.

Klára Tasovská

Klára Tasovská studied New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and documentary Filmmaking at FAMU. Her feature-length debut documentary about Transnistria, Fortress (2012, co-directed with Lukáš Kokeš), was awarded best Czech documentary at Jihlava IDFF in 2012, it was nominated for LUX Prize in 2013 and it won the High School Students Jury Award at One World Romania in 2013. Other films: Midnight (2010)

Leni Gruber

Leni Gruber (b. 1991, Austria) is a film student. In 2012 she started studying production and screenwriting at Vienna Film Academy. She worked on several short films with Matthias Krepp and Angelika Spangel. Other films: Ende September (producer, 2015).

Lotte Mik-Meyer

Lotte Mik-Meyer is a documentary film director and teacher. She holds an MA in International Development and Media Studies. She worked as a development manager for the Danish National TV and taught artistic expression at The Classical Drawing School in Copenhagen. Mik-Meyer is experienced in filming alone in conflicted areas like Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Madagascar. Return of a President – After the Coup in Madagascar is her debut feature-length documentary. Other films: The Arab Initiative (2008), Network (2008), Puppets, Stories & Therapy (2007), What We See (2006)

Lucio Basadonne

Lucio Basadonne has worked as a director of commercials and TV documentaries broadcast on Comedy Central and MTV. Other films: Unlearning (2014)

Lukáš Kokeš

Lukáš Kokeš is a graduate of the Film Studies department of the Charles University in Prague and of the Documentary department at FAMU in Prague. His short film Redemption Attempt of a TV Repairman Josef Lávička in Nine Scenes (2008) received a Special Jury Mention at Jihlava IDFF 2008. His feature-length debut documentary about Transnistria, Fortress (2012, co-directed with Klára Tasovská), was awarded best Czech documentary at Jihlava IDFF in 2012, it was nominated for LUX Prize in 2013 and it won the High School Students Jury Award at One World Romania in 2013. Other films: Midnight (2010)Other films: Vietnamese Important People (2014)

Marcel Schreiter

Marcel Schreiter (n. 1982, Germania) este artist vizual, cineast de film documentar și producător. Este absolvent al masterului de Applied Cultural and Media Studies al Școlii de Artă Merseburg din Germania.

Marco de Stefanis

Marco de Stefanis (b. Italia) started his career working as an editor and later as a director for RAI television, Discovery Channel and History Channel. Since 2001 he lives in the Netherlands where he decided to expand his knowhow through the “Documentary Director’s Coaching Program” of Binger Film Institute. He is also a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches Visual concepts for Documentary Films at the SAE Institute. Other films: Tulip Time (2008), Amazing World (2006), Lieve Monster (2006)  

Maria Olin Hustad

Maria Olin Hustad (b. 1991, Oslo) graduated from a 2-year visual arts course (specialization in photography) at Nordic Institute for Stage & Studio in 2012. During her studies she worked as a member recruiter for Amnesty International. After finishing her studies and backpacking across Asia, she decided to start working at her mother's film production company Speranza Film AS and immerse herself in the world of documentary. Maria worked as a production assistant and launch manager on the documentary Nowhere Home (2012) and as a pre-production researcher and coordinator, production manager and launch manager on the documentaries Doing Good (2016) and Childhood (2017).  

Mary Jirmanus Saba

Mary Jirmanus Saba (b. Boston, 1983) works as a filmmaker and geographer. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard College and an M.A. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2006 to 2008, she produced the weekly broadcast television program Via Comunidad with the Vientos del Sur media collective in Ibarra, Ecuador. A Feeling Greater Than Love is her feature debut.

Matthias Krepp

Matthias Krepp (b. 1987, Austria) studied Comparative Literature and History. In 2012 he started studying film directing in the class of Michael Haneke at Vienna Film Academy.

Maxim Pozdorovkin

Maxim Pozdorovkin holds a PhD from Harvard University with a research thesis on early propaganda. He has directed 4 feature-length documentaries and multiple shorts. In 2013 he received the Sundance Jury Prize for his film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and in 2016 his documentary Clinica de Migrantes was nominated for an IDA award. Pozdorovkin is currently shooting a hybrid documentary about cult video artist Joe Gibbons, How to Rob Banks for Dummies. Other films: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2016), The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014)

Mila Turajlić

Mila Turajlić (b. 1979, Belgrade) studied Political Sciences and International Relations at the London School of Economics and specialized in documentary filmmaking at La Fémis. Alumnus of Berlin Talent Campus and Discovery Center. Since 2005 she has been organizing the Magnificent 7 Festival of European Documentary Films in Belgrade. She is also the founder of DokSerbia, the association of Serbian filmmakers, and a teacher at Archidoc and at the Balkan Documentary Center. Other films: The Labudovic Reels (in production), Cinema Komunisto (2011)

Mona Nicoară

Mona Nicoară started working in film in 1997 as an Associate Producer for Children Underground, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut, Our School, premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 60 festivals worldwide, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs, was nominated for Best Eastern European Documentary at the Silver Eye Awards and for Best Romanian Documentary at the Gopo Awards. Other films: Our School (2011), Children Underground (associate producer, 2001)

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan is a Romanian producer and director. Monica produced and co-produced a number of feature length fiction films and documentaries by established Romanian directors, selected or awarded at Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno and many others festivals (A Mere Breath, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, The Cage, Domestic, Touch Me Not). In 2011, My Vote, a medium length documentary co-directed by Monica, was selected at Rotterdam IFF, Documenta Madrid IFF and many others and awarded at Sarajevo IFF. The latest film directed by her, the feature length documentary, A Mere Breath (2016) premiered at Visions du Réel, as part of the International Competition, and was awarded at Sarajevo IFF in 2016 with The Heart of Sarajevo/Best Documentary Film, at LET’S CEE Cinema Austria with Best Documentary in Competition, at the Gopo Awards with the Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary of 2016, at ASTRA IDFF with Best Romanian Documentary Award, 2017, at DocuArt with Best Director. The film was selected for Chicago IFF and Visions du Réel in 2016 and it also screened on Mubi and Amazon.

Monika Grassl

Monika Grassl (b. 1981, Austria) studied Journalism and Communications Studies at the University of Vienna and Media Management at the University of Applied Science St. Pölten. She has worked for OTKO Community TV and the production company WILDart Film & DocuZone Austria. Since 2007 she has been working for documentary director Hubert Sauper and his production company Adelante Films. In 2008 she started studying directing and documentary filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Other films: Mein Herr Alfons(2010), No Chicken in the Bus (2007), Her Position in Transition (2006)

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová lectures about civil resistance as reflected in the arts to international students in the Charles University, Prague. She was previously a diplomat in the Czech Foreign Ministry and Administrator of the Cultural Committee of the Council of Europe. In 1989 she was part of the leadership of the student movement which began the Revolution on November 17th 1989 and participated in the foundation of the Civic Forum. She was in charge of the civil society organisation which led the campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on accession into the EU and has presented a number of series on European issues broadcast in Czech public radio and television.

Nora Agapi

Nora Agapi is a director, cinematographer and photographer. She graduated from the Cinematography Department of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest in 1998 and she holds an MA in Digital Arts from Athens Fine Arts University in Greece. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest and as a tutor at Moldox IDFF for Social Changes. Her documentaries were selected at festivals such as Berlin IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Transylvania IFF, Astra Film Festival. Other films: The Hunt for Transylvanian Gold (2017), Decoding Dacia (2012, DoP), Off the Beaten Track (2012, DoP), Leaving Transylvania (2016, DoP)

Nora Lam

Nora Lam graduated from the University of Hong Kong, where she studied French and Comparative Literature. Her first feature documentary, Road Not Taken (2016), premiered at the Hong Kong IFF and screened in other international film festivals. Other films: Midnight in Mong Kok (2014)

Orban Wallace

Orban Wallace is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of Gallivant Film. In the last 7 years he has directed and produced documentaries, music videos and commercials. His films have been selected at festivals such as Cannes, Vancouver International Film Festival and Aesthetica. He was nominated for Britain’s Royal Television Society Awards for his short Aeron (2012). Another News Story is his first feature documentary. Other films: Eyes for Gertrude: Messing Around (2014), Copenhagen, The Musical (2011)

Paco de Onís

Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries during a time of dictatorships. He is the executive director of Skylight, an organization dedicated to creating feature-length documentary films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice.


Paco’s film producing credits include Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011), Disruption (2014), The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (2009), State of Fear (2005) and Rebel Citizen (2005), all of which were directed by Pamela Yates.

Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates is the co-founder and creative director of Skylight, an organization dedicated to creating feature-length documentary films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for Granito:​ ​How​ ​to​ ​Nail​ ​a​ ​Dictator (2011), a film used as key forensic evidence in the genocide trial against dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. Yates is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association. Other films: Rebel Citizen (2005), State of Fear (2005), When the Mountains Tremble (1982)

Péter Forgács

Péter Forgács (b. 1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest, whose works have been exhibited worldwide. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest that hosts a unique collection of amateur footage. He has received several international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europe for Free Fall. Other films: I Am von Höfler - Variation on Werther (2008), Own Death (2007), Miss Universe 1929(2006), Perro Negro – Stories from the Spanish Civil War (2005), The Danube Exodus(1988)

Peter Yam

Peter Yam is a Hong Kong-based producer. Yam has produced the Golden Horse nominated documentary Yellowing (directed by Tze Woon Chan, 2016). He is the recipient of the New Asian Currents Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at the 15th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan.

Pietro Pasquetti
Pietro Pasquetti studied Documentary Film Direction at the Accademia del cinema e della televisione di Roma a Cinecittŕ. His first documentaries, Roma Residence and Il Vangelo secondo Maria, were selected at Torino FF, while the latter received the status of art film by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. Other films: Il Vangelo secondo Maria (2009), Roma Residence (2007)
Radu Ciorniciuc

Radu Ciorniciuc is a 30 years old journalist who has written about human rights, animal welfare and environmental issues across the globe for most of the major media organisations and NGOs in the world. He is the co-founder of the first crowdfunded independent media organisation in Romania, Casa Jurnalistului.

Ronen Zaretzky

Ronen Zaretzky works a director and producer. He is a graduate of ''Camera Obscura'' Arts School, Film and Television Department. He is the former head of the news editorial staff of Haaretz daily newspaper and chief editor of UVDA (Fact), Israel’s leading investigative program weekly. Other films: A Talent for The Land (2014), Super Women (2013), Displaced (2008), The Last Fighters (2006)

Ruxandra Gubernat

Ruxandra Gubernat (b. 1982, Romania) is a Bucharest-based journalist, researcher and documentary filmmaker. After working for seven years as a journalist in Romania, she moved to Lyon, where she did her M.A. in Media Sociology. She also studied Sociology and Philosophy of Film at the Institute for Political Studies in Lyon. Recently, Ruxandra Gubernat obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Paris Nanterre.  

Sachiko Kobayashi

Sachiko Kobayashi (b. 1946, Niigata City, Japan) graduated from Niigata University in 1969. In 1972 she founded the production company Shisso Production with her husband, director Kazuo Hara. Filmography: Sennan Asebestos Disater (2017, producer), Mata no hi no Chika (2005, producer, screenwriter), A Dedicated Life (1994, producer), The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987, producer), Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (1974, producer), Goodbye CP (1972, producer).

Shevaun Mizrahi

Shevaun Mizrahi received her BA in Cognitive Neuroscience and English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to get her MFA at the Graduate Film Program at NYU. She worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman and her photography has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Silvia Jop
Silvia Jop studied Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Siena. She works as editorial coordinator of the Lavoro culturale blog, social media manager and has written a book about Italian theaters occupied by squatters, Com’č bella l’imprudenza
Tereza Nvotová

Tereza Nvotová (b. 1988, Slovakia) is a director, scriptwriter and actress based in Prague. She is a graduate of FAMU and holds an MA in Film Direction. Her first documentary feature, Take it Jeasy!, premiered at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and her debut fiction feature film, Filthy, premiered at IFF Rotterdam. She has directed several documentary films for Czech and Slovak public TV and HBO Europe. Other films: Filthy(2017), Players (2010), Take it Jeasy! (2009)

Thierry Michel
Thierry Michel (b. 1952, Belgium) graduated from the l'Institut des Arts et Diffusion de Bruxelles. In 1973 he started working for the Belgian television and in 1990 he started making documentaries in Brazil, Africa and Asia. Other films: Métamorphose d'une gare (2010), Katanga Business (2009), Congo River, Beyond Darkness (2005)
Till Schauder

Till Schauder (b.1971, USA) got his start interning for director Roger Corman in Los Angeles. After earning his MA from the University of Television and Film, Munich, he relocated to New York with a DAAD post-degree scholarship to study acting at New York University. Schauder teaches film classes at NYU and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is also a co-founder of the production company Partner Pictures. Other films:  Iran Job (2012), Duke’s House (2004), Santa Smokes (2002)

Tristan Ferland Milewski

Tristan Ferland Milewski (b. Germany) is a writer and director. In his work he deals with gender normativity, sexuality and pop-culture. His documentary series documentary series Make Love (Gebrüder Filmproduktion) for German broadcaster ZDF was nominated for the renowned Grimme Online Award 2014 as well as the German Television Award 2017.  His work has received critical acclaim in publications including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Village Voice, Variety, Vice, I-D, Huffington Post, Movie Pilot, Süddeutsche Zeitung and others.

As senior producer and Head of Factual Department at MTV Networks Europe he developed and directed 30 - 90-minute documentary broadcast formats and did documentary portraits of musicians like Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Eminem, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Pink and others.  He holds lectures regularly on documentary film, story development and dramaturgy.

Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky (b. 1963, Ukraine), graduated from VGIK - Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 1989 and became one of the most acclaimed contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. He has directed more than 30 films, which screened at festivals worldwide and were awarded several times, and he has produced films by directors such as Renata Litvinova, Alexander Rastorguyev, Sergey Miroshnichenko, Dmitry Zhelkovsky, and Sergei Loznitsa.
Other films: Under the Sun (2015), Pipeline (2013), Motherland or Death (2011), Gagarin’s Pioneers (Our Motherland)

Wissam al-Zoabi

Wissam al-Zoabi (b. 1988, Libya) is a Syrian filmmaker living and working in Bucharest. He is a graduate of the Film Faculty of the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. Other films: AlmaniaO zi lungă

Yael Kipper
Yael Kipper (b. 1969, Israel) is a director and producer. In 1994 she graduated from the “Camera Obscura” Arts School, Film and Television Department. In the last fifteen years she has directed and produced documentary films selected for festivals worldwide and won several international awards. Alte filme: A Talent for the Land (2014), Super Women (2013), Displaced (2008), The Last Fighters (2006)
Yony Leyser
Yony Leyser (b. USA) is a screenwriter, director and photographer. His 2010 documentary, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, premiered at Slamdance FF and screened in over 60 other festivals. His first fictional feature, Desire Will Set You Free, was selected at festivals such as Guadalajara IFF and Montreal World FF.  His work deals with race, gender identity, pop-culture and deviant social histories. He has received critical acclaim in publications including The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Sight and Sound Magazine and Haaretz. Other films: Desire Will Set You Free (2015), William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
Yves-Marie Mahé

Yves-Marie Mahé – director of documentary films about counterculture – has made over 70 independent experimental shorts since 1997. Mahé is the founder of the groups Collectif négatif and L’arevue négatif. He has also done documentaries about the connection between culture and politics for France Culture and ARTE Radio. Other films: Les Établissements Phonographiques de l’Est (2017), Jacques Doyen, le diseur de počmes (2017), Mauvais nazis et bons aryens (2015)

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Ada Milea

Ada Milea (b. 1975, Târgu-Mureș) is a Romanian actress and musician. She graduated from the Theatre University in Târgu Mureș, Acting department, with the role of Mistress Quickly from Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare). She worked as an actress at the National Theater in Târgu Mureș and later on, played in and made the soundtrack for shows directed by Radu Afrim, such as No Mom’s Land, America știe tot and De ce fierbe copilul în mămăligă. She has worked for Cirque du Soleil and released the albums Aberații sonore (1997), Republica Mioritică România(1999), Absurdistan (2003), De ce fierbe copilul în mămăligă (2003), No Mom’s Land (2002), Apolodor (2004) și Quijote (2005), Nasul (with Bogdan Burlăcianu, 2007), The Island (with Alexandru Bălănescu, 2011), Cântece de iarnă (with Anca Hanu, Bobo Burlăcianu and Cristi Rigman, 2015).

Adriana Speteanu-Vasiliu

Adriana Speteanu-Vasiliu has a PhD in contemporary history at the University of Bucharest, with a thesis on the mentality, social relations and projections of the working class during the late period of Romanian socialism. Her area of research includes oral history, and industrial and urban anthropology, in connection with the professional and everyday aspects of life in socialist and post-socialist Romania. She lives in Bucharest and teaches at the Faculty of History, the University of Bucharest.

Alexandru Marinov

Curiosity comes in many forms and Marinov managed to make it into a full time passion, in many music related fields. In the early 90’s it came in the form of cassettes’, morphing into CD’s and, eventually, the best that digital could provide. Only after going through music in almost all forms, the decision was made regarding the one that will go further in this journey: vinyl. Still, the curiosity remains and fuels the creative process further. Sounds, beats and rhythms are masterfully put together, complementing each mood, heartbeat and life moment.


Alina Manolache

Alina Manolache is a documentary film director. She has won grants and creative fellowships in Paris, Lisbon, Grenoble și Nyon. Her documentary about teenagers, End of Summer, produced by Aristoteles and ARTE France, was selected at Visions du Réel, Zagreb DOX, Astra Film Festival, Crossing Europe Linz. She is currently in development with a deFilm production feature, Copii pierduți pe plajă. Alina also produces web documentaries for VICE and microDOX and curates a 90s home movies archive.

Alina Pavelescu

Alina Pavelescu (b. 1972), historian and writer, is Deputy Director of the National Archives of Romania. She graduated in 1996 the University of Bucharest – Faculty of History. In 2009 she got her PhD degree from the Institut d'Etudes politiques in Paris with a thesis titled “Le Conducător, le Parti et le Peuple. Le discours nationaliste comme discours de légitimation dans la Roumanie de Ceaușescu”. In 2016 she published at Herg Benet Publishing House the novel “Old Woman Stoltz's Heritage”, an X-ray on the way in which the Romanian post-communist society deals with the memory of its recent past.

Alina Tudor
Alina has a 10-year experience in community project management. She works as a Sustainability Projects Manager at Enel Romania, where she coordinates the implementation of the company’s sustainability plan. In the past she has coordinated the programme “Țara lui Andrei”, OMV Petrom’s corporate social responsibility platform. She is experienced in coordinating grant approval programmes and in organising competitions which set out to develop local communities via social entrepreneurship. In the last two years she has focused her efforts around topics which deal with energetic poverty and the vulnerable consumer.
Ana Szel

She started studying piano when she was 4 and debuted as a soloist with the orchestra at age 9. Awarded multiple times at national and international competitions, she had concerts and recitals in several countries. Also involved in filmmaking, together with Ana Lungu, she directed, wrote and produced the feature Belly of the Whale. The film has been selected at the Locarno Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Vancouver Film Festival. Since 2016 she has been coordinating the Sahia Film document archives.

Andreea Bragă

Andreea Bragă is the Executive Director of FILIA Centre, a feminist NGO which supports, through research, advocacy and activism, women’s rights, women’s empowerment, the political representation of women’s interests as well as their participation in the political life. Andreea is a graduate of the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (PhD) and she is involved in projects for combating all forms of violence against women and girls and for promoting gender equality and non-discrimination.

Bernard Guetta

Bernard Guetta (b. 1951, Boulogne-Billancourt), is a French journalist and a geopolitical expert, recipient of the Prix Albert-Londres (1981). Guetta was one of the leading figures during the May ‘68 protests in Paris before having investigated for Le Monde the birth of the Solidarity movement in Poland or the fall of the USSR. After having worked for 12 years for Le Monde, he become editor-in-chief of the publications L’Expansion (1991 – 1993) and Nouvel Observateur (1996 – 1999). His geopolitical analyses are followed every morning by almost 2 million French on the radio channel France Inter.

Bogdan Ghiu

Bogdan Ghiu (b. 1958) is a Romanian writer and intellectual: poet, essayist (literature, media, contemporary art, architecture, philosophy, traductology), ex-student of Jacques Derrida, ’French Theory’ and French literature translator (over 60 books: Foucault, Deleuze, Bourdieu, Latour, Artaud, Breton, Leiris, Duras, Sansal etc.), journalist and TV-radio author. Pioneer, immediately after the Revolution in 1989, of media and TV analysis in Romania, he is a weekly columnist for different cultural magazines as Observator cultural and LiterNet (‘Evul Media’, The Media Middle Ages) and daily columnist (about urban phenomena) at The Romanian Cultural Radio Public Channel.

Bogdan Suditu
Bogdan is a geographer working in the fields of territorial governance, housing politics, urbanism and territorial arrangement, socio-territorial inequalities. He has a rich experience in public administration, having worked for 7 years in coordinating specialised structures from the public central administration that deal with housing, urban and territorial planning. He holds a PhD with a thesis under joint supervision from the University of Bucharest and the Anger University. He worked as a diplomat for the École Nationale d’Administration – ENA in France. He has published books and articles on urban and peri-urban residential motilities, uncontrolled urban expansion, informal settlements, housing politics and social living. He is also an associate professor at the Faculty of Geography of the University of Bucharest.
Cosmina Moroșan

Cosmina Moroșan (b. 1989, Dorohoi) is a poet and a performer. She is a graduate of the Philology Faculty, of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She is a PhD student at the Literary and Linguistic Studies School in Cluj-Napoca with a research thesis on the Schizanalysis of Performative-Posthuman Literature. She has published poems, reviews and translations in literary magazines such as SteauaFamiliaEchinoxAstra, 

HyperionTribunaArta and is a co-author of the anthologies Literatura potențială (2006), Deranj (2011), 

Antologia de poezie contemporană Echinox (2011), Alții (2012), Maraton de poezie feminină (2013). She made her debut with the book AgesexlocationPLS (Vinea Publishing House, 2006). She experiments performance through music and visual art under the pseudonym Morfolina.

Dana Bunescu

Dana Bunescu has been the main editor of the Romanian New Wave. She was awarded a Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlinale for her exceptional artistic contribution to Ana, Mon Amour. She has edited Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu and Things We Said Today (in post-production) – both directed by Andrei Ujică – Transilvania International Film Festival-winning Laura Căpățână’s Here…I Mean There, and iconic fiction films like the Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the Un Certain Regard winner The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu and the Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose.

Elena Vlădăreanu

Elena Vlădăreanu (b. 1981, Medgidia) is a poet. She holds a BA in Philology from the University of Bucharest with a thesis on Surrealist literature. She has worked as an editor for several publications such as Cotidianul, Evenimentul zilei and România liberă. She made her debut in 2008 with the book pagini, published by Timpul Publishing House in Iași. Her most recent books are Bani. Muncă. Timp liber (2017), Non Stress Test (2016), spațiu privat. A handbook (2009).

Iulia Popovici

Iulia Popovici is a journalist and a performing arts critic and curator. Weekly columnist for the cultural magazine Observator cultural, she has worked for six years for the daily newspaper Ziua. She has collaborated with different publications:  IDEA artă+societate, Long April,, Arta, Dilema Veche, România curată, Studia Dramatica (Romania), UBU, Bruit du Monde (France), Szinház (Hungary); Dialog, Teatr (Poland), Bilten (Croatia),, Critical Stages etc. Since 2011 she is the co-curator of the Independent Performing Arts Platform of the Temps d’Images Festival in Cluj-Napoca and in the last couple of years she has curated several theater and dance events in Romania and Poland. Author of the books Elefantul din cameră. Ghid despre teatrul independent din România (2016) and Un teatru la marginea drumului (2008), co-author of several other books and editor/coordinator of the bilingual anthologies New Performing Arts Practices in Eastern Europe/Noi practici în artele spectacolului din Europa de Est (2014) and The End of Directing, the Beginning of Theatre-Making and Devising in European Theatre/ Sfârșitul regiei, începutul creației colective în teatrul european (2015).


Lavinia Betea

 Lavinia Betea is a graduate of the History-Philosophy Faculty, department of History-Philosophy, and had a PhD in psychology from the “Babeş-Bolyai“ University in Cluj-Napoca. She teaches social and political psychology and she is the director of the European Institute “Serge Moscovici“  of the “Aurel Vlaicu“ University in Arad. She coordinates human sciences PhDs at the University “Paul Valéry“ Montpellier III  and communication sciences PhDs a the “Babeş-Bolyai“ University in Cluj-Napoca. As a journalist she has founded and run the Recent History department of the Jurnalul Național (2004-2011) and Adevărul (2011-2013) newspapers. She currently collaborates with the Public Romanian Television channel and coordinates the “History” collection of the Corint Publishing House (Bucharest). She has written and coordinated 20 books, 100 academic papers and over 2000 press articles.

Maria Balabaș
Maria Balabas once fell in love with sounds and remained on their territory. She is a radio host and creates sound installations, performances and other stories.
Marius Cosmeanu

Marius Cosmeanu is a resourceful, creative storyteller and an award-winning journalist and social scientist. In the last 20 years, he has delivered a variety of innovative media and qualitative social research solutions to various companies and global organisations. He has held UNESCO, German Marshall Fund, Institute for Human Sciences, Open Society Institute, ERSTE Foundation, and Bosch Foundation scholarships. Marius also writes on a personal blog:

Marius Deaconu

Marius Deaconu is PhD student in History at the University of Bucharest with the thesis "The Social Dimension of Higher Education in Romania: 1971-1986". He is also the president of the National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania, the most representative federation at the national level of the students. Marius has been involved in the representation of students and students for almost a decade, having had, over time, different leadership roles in student organizations or educational management structures at national level.

Marius Păcuraru
Marius is a firefighter and lives in Valea Corbului village, Călinești commune, Argeș county. He is a deacon at the Biserica Penticostală Rugul Aprins Valea Corbului. Since 2014 he has been involved in solving the local community’s problems and is a member of the Grupul Tineri pentru Schimbare Valea Corbului, one of the main problems of the village being that of informal housing.
Michael Loebenstein 

Michael Loebenstein has worked as a researcher, curator, and administrator in the filed of film heritage and museums since the late 1990s. Between 2004–2011 he led the establishment of the research & education department at Österreichisches Filmmuseum (Austrian Film Museum, Vienna). Between 2011–2016 he was the director and chief executive of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. In 2017 he returned to Vienna as the new director of the Austrian Film Museum. Michael has published numerous articles, books and digital publications in the field of film archiving, history and cultural memory, and is currently the Secretary-General of FIAF — International Federation of Film Archives.

Mihai Fulger

Mihai Fulger, film critic and festival programmer, is a member of the Film Critics Association (UCIN) since 2008 and of FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest and of the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. In 2012 he started working at the National Film Archive – Romanian Cinematheque. Contributor to the Film quarterly magazine - published by UCIN (Romanian Filmmakers Union) -, since 2013, when the first number was issued. Member of the National Film Center’s Administrative Board and director of the National Film Archive.

Mirela Dima
Mirela Dima has a rich experience in the Romanian energy field and, in particular, in coordinating the supplying of energy in private and public companies. She currently coordinates the aligning of the CEZ Group activities with the national regulation framework. 
Nicoleta Chiriță
Nicoleta is a graduate of the Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Bucharest, French studies, and holds an MA in Political and Social Communication from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has contributed for seven years to the establishing of informal civic groups in Bucharest for Centrul de Resurse pentru participare publică and has developed the community organisation programme of the organisation. Former member of the executive board of the European Community Development Network, trainer and consultant for organisations and community groups on advocacy and organisation development matters. In march 2018 she joined the Habitat for Humanity România team, working on organisation’s advocacy programme.
Oksana Sarkisova

Oksana Sarkisova is Director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, Research Fellow at Blinken OSA Archives, Co-Founder and Head of Visual Studies Platform at Central European University. She authored Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (2017) and teaches courses on visual theory, memory politics, documentary cinema and human rights, and documentary filmmaking for historians.

Paula Dunker

Paula Dunker (b. 2016) is the musical persona of Paul Duncă (a physical queer activist based in Bucharest working as a performer, choreographer & writer).

Pavel Sterec
Pavel Sterec's works pass through video, performance, objects, installations and photography. His practice is based on research and he focuses on social interactions, which he turns into conceptual installations. His works reinterpret cultural connections and natural phenomena and they take over the engaged critique of the social and political status-quo. Pavel Sterec lives and works in Prague and Brno, in the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. 
PC Harem
PC Harem is a Romanian live house band. Its members are 3 instrumental players studying classical music, rock, jazz and manele, who fell in love a couple of years ago with electronic music. Based on on-the-spot improvisation, using varied instruments, many synthesisers and rhythm machines, a PC Harem concert is always a unique experience.
Petra Dobruská
Petra Dobruská is a graduate of Romani Studies at the Carol University in Prague, where she was involved in several linguistic and anthropological research programmes. During her PhD studies she is focusing on transnational migration and on the conversion toward new religious movements, which are all in close connection to the economical situation and the deterioration of work in the postindustrial areas. She also takes care of social matters as an event and cultural initiatives manager. She lives and works in Bucharest.
Radu Jude

One of the most important names of Romanian contemporary cinema, Radu Jude has gained his notoriety with the short fiction film The Lamp with the Hat, winner of more than 50 international awards. His debut feature film, The Happiest Girl in The World, won the NHK/Filmmaker Award at Sundance and the CICAE award at the Berlinale. His third feature, Aferim!, won several international awards, one of them being the Silver Bear for the Best Director at the Berlinale. FILMOGRAPHY: The Tube with A Hat (2006), Alexandra (2007), Dimineața (2007), The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), Film for Friends (2011), Toată lumea din familia noastră (2012), O umbră de nor (2013), Trece și prin perete (2014), Aferim! (2015), Scarred Hearts (2016), Dead Nation (2017)

Raluca Voinea

 Raluca Voinea is an art critic and curator based in Bucharest. She is co-director and the Bucharest coordinator of the Association since 2012. She organizes here a programme of exhibitions and discursive events which target the relations between contemporary art and wider social and political contexts, stimulating the artistic production and multidisciplinary debates, and, more recently, artistic reasearch. Since 2008 she is co-editor of the IDEA artă + societate magazine and since 2012 editor of the (Exhibitions) collection published by IDEA Publishing House. In 2013 Raluca Voinea was the curator of the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale with the project An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale by artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş.

Rodica Păun

Rodica, a member of the Ferentari community, joined the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities Foundation’s team in 2010. After a 3-year experience as an educational assistant for the Alternative Education Club, she become one of the founder of the Mothers’ Club, a civic initiative group of Roma and non-Roma women from the ghetto communities in Ferentari who develop advocacy campaigns meant to help improve the living conditions in the area. Since the end of 2015, Rodica is the first mediator on access to electricity in Romania and helps families living in Ferentari in the process of improving the living conditions by means of facilitating the access to utilities and through integrated support in the field of access to education, health services and work.


Stefanie Eckert

Stefanie Eckert (b. 1980, Germany) is a media scientist at DEFA-Stiftung. During her studies at the Film University "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg, she worked as festival director of the International Student Film Festival "sehsüchte". She has been working at DEFA-Stiftung since 2001. She was involved in numerous publications on German film heritage and curated national and international film events. As managing board advisor, she is responsible for the digitization of the DEFA film heritage.

Svetlana Cârstean

Svetlana Cârstean (n. 1969, Botoșani) is a poet, journalist and translator. She studied Romanian and French literature at the University of Bucharest. She made her debut in 1994, as co-author of the anthology Tablou de familie, alongside T.O. Bobe, Răzvan Rădulescu, Mihai Ignat, Sorin Gherguț and Cezar Paul-Bădescu. Her first book, The Vice Flower, was released in 2008 and it was published in 2013 in Sweden by Rámus Publishing House and translated by Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad. Svetlana’s poems have been translated into German, French, Italian, Catalan, Swedish and Czech. In 2015 her book Gravitație was published by Trei Publishing House. In April 2016 she co-wrote the book Trado alongside Athena Farrokhzad. It was published in Sweden by the publishing houses Albert Bonnier and Rámus.

Tudor Chirilă

Tudor Chirilă is an actor, musician, composer and producer. He has played in 15 theater shows directed by directors such as Alexandru Tocilescu, Alexandru Darie, Alexandru Dabija, Iarina Demian, Gelu Colceag, Horațiu Mălăele, László Bocsárdi. In 2004 he won an UNITER award for the part of “Malvolio” in Shakespeare’s Twelfth  Night directed by Gelu Golceag. He has played in feature films such as Legături bolnăvicioase (dir. Tudor Giurgiu), Milionari de weekend (dir. Cătălin Săizescu), Nordrand (dir.Barbara Albert) and Live (dir. Vlad Păunescu). He was co-founder and lead-singer of the rock band Vama Veche. He and his bandmates produced the first Romanian rock opera to be released after 1989, Am să mă-ntorc bărbat. Currently lead-singer of the band Vama, in 2017 he released a 3rd album. During the last 20 years dedicated to music he’s written about 100 songs and has held concerts in front of millions of people.