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DIRECTORS


Michael Albright
He is Project Moonshine’s primary founder and also serves as the director and editor of the organization’s documentaries. He has a bachelor’s degre in Film Studies and English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has experience working in New York City with Albert Maysles, one of the pioneers of direct cinema.
Tomas Alfredson
Born in 1965, Lidingö, Sweden. He is autodidact film maker and directed several televison series and short films for TV. He is a member of the popular „Killinggänget”; seven cabaret artists that bring in full houses in Swedish theatres with people that roar with laughter, and together they have made several television programmes.
Olivier Assayas
Born in 1955 in Paris. Son of writer Jacques Rémy; his mother is Hungarian. Graduated from the French National School of Fine Arts (Paris). Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. Was one of the first European to pay attention to the cinema emerging from Asia.
Jan Balej
Born in 1958. In 2007 he won Czech Lion Award for the best art direction with his animation film Fimfárum 2 (segment More, strýcku, proc je slané?) shared with Pavel Koutský, Petr Pos and Martin Velísek.
Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Born in 1970. Beside being a filmmaker, he is also a poet of repute.
Faouzi Bensaidi
Born in 1967, Meknes, Morocco. Studied first at the Drama High school of Rabat, where he received his certificate of drama studies, and then at the Conservatory of Paris. His first feature film, A Thousand Months won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
Ole Bornedal
Born in 1959 in Nørresundby, Denmark, and has worked extensively in theatre, radio and television as a writer and director. Between 2001 and 2005 theatre manager of the Aveny Theatre.

Serge Bozon
Born in 1972 in France. Started as an actor in French feature films in the middle of the 90’s, his debut film was L’Amitie in 1998.
Simón Bross
Born in 1960, Mexico City, went to film school in Florence. Director of Garcia Bross & Associates, he is the most recognized and awarded director in the history of Mexico´s and Latin America´s advertising arena. He has co-produced two feature films, Who the Hell is Juliet? (1997) and Second Century (1999) and produced more than twenty short films. Bad Habits is his debut feature.

Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán
Israel Cárdenas
Born in 1980 in Monterrey, Mexico. He founded Blueberry Films in 2001, and has since produced music videos, commercials and short films. Cochochi is his directorial debut.

Laura Amelia Guzmán
Born in 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and attended the International Film and Television School in Cuba. She has acted as cinematographer for several short films. Cochochi is her directorial debut.

César Charlone
Born in 1958 Montevideo and studied at the Academia Internacional de Cinema in São Paulo. He received an Academy Award nomination for his cinematography in Fernando Meirelles’s City of God and a BAFTA nomination for best photography for Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener. The Pope’s Toilet is his directorial debut.
Emmanuelle Cuau
Born in 1964. A graduate of l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematique, as a screenwriter, she has collaborated with, among others, Pascal Bonitzer and Jacques Rivette.
Dean DeBlois
Born in 1970 in Canada, he graduated at Sheridan University. He joined Walt Disney's animation department in 1994, where he worked first as a layout artist, and soon as head of story. He co-wrote and co-directed Lilo & Stitch along with Chris Sanders.
Kim Dong-Hyun
Born in 1966 in Seul. He started his career as an assistant director then carried on with shooting short-films. His feature debut A Shark was selected as opening film for the 2005 Pusan International Film Festival.
Kerry Douglas Dye and Jordan Hoffman
Kerry Douglas Dye was born in 1974 in Philadelphia. Graduate of NYU Film School, 1995. He and Jordan Hoffman met at NYU Film School in the early nineties. Their first feature, Ultrachrist!, a satirical comedy, was released on DVD on 2004. Dye based Body/Antibody’s script on his own struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, although he maintains that the bloodier parts of the film are entirely fiction.
Enrique Fernández
Born in Melo, Uruguay. He has worked as a scriptwriter, assistant director and cinematographer in Uruguay and Germany. The Pope’s Toilet is his directorial debut.
Pascale Ferran
Born 1960, in Paris. Her short film The Kiss screened in competition in Cannes. Later her drama Coming to Terms with the Dead won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Lady Chatterley won several prizes including five Césars.
Ryan Fleck
Born in 1976 in Berkeley, California. He would like his films leave the audience with the idea that people are becoming more aware of the world. Half Nelson is his first fiction feature on his own. His films have been awarded 18 times in various festivals.
Francisco Franco-Alba
In the 90s he directed several episodes in a number of tv series’. Burn the Bridges is his debut feature.
Mimi Freedman
Born in 1961 in Toledo, Ohio. She is a documentary filmmaker who specializes in films about Hollywood history.
Chris Fuller
Born in 1982 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Loren Cass is his debut film.
Aslan Galasov
Born in 1967 in Vladikavkaz (Northern Osetia, Russia). Graduated from the State University in Literature and Linguistics. Later he studied at Moscow State University, and then at American University in Washington D.C. where he received the Master’s degree in Arts and Literature. He attended courses in the Theory of Film and in the Italian and French cinema. He has entered the Moscow Film Institute. The Swallows Have Arrived marks his film debut.
Grant Gee
Born in Plymouth, England, and studied at Oxford University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His documentaries about musical groups Radiohead and Gorillaz – Meeting People Is Easy and Demon Days: Live at the Manchester Opera House, respectively – received Grammy nominations for best long-form video.
Paul Goldman
Born in Melbourne and studied at the Swinburne Institute of Technology and attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. He has made over two hundred music videos and worked as cinematographer on John Hillcoat’s Ghosts… of the Civil Dead in 2005. Suburban Mayhem is his third feature as a director.
Leslie Greif
Born in 1960 in Hollywood. Leslie Grief has established a reputation for producing, directing and writing in virtually every genre and for every audience’s taste.
Bahman Grobadi
Born in 1969 in Bané in Iranian Kurdistan and studied filmmaking in Tehran. He has worked as an assistant director for Abbas Kiarostami and as an actor for Samira Makhmalbaf. He has directed a number of short films, his first feature, A Time for Drunken Horses received the Caméra d'Or and a FIPRESCI prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Paul Haggis
Born in 1953 in London, Ontario, and has been writing, producing and directing television series such as thirtysomething and EZ Streets since the seventies. His screenwriting credits include Million Dollar Baby, which won the Academy Award for best picture, Flags of Our Fathers, Casino Royale and Letters from Iwo Jima. His directorial debut, Crash, which he also wrote and produced, won Academy Awards for best picture and best original screenplay.
Quang Hai Ngo
Graduating from the Hanoi Cinematography University before turning to acting, Quang Hai has become one of Vietnam’s most respected leading actors. Taken under the wing of director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of the Green Papaya, Cyclo) in the 1990s, Quang Hai has been concentrating on rounding out his filmmaking skills and seems as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it. Pao's Story marks his directorial debut.
David Hausen
He is president of an award-winning production company Surreel. He has been producing and shooting documentaries, commercials, feature films and music videos for the past fifteen years. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Untitled Documentary is Hausen’s documentary debut.
Werner Herzog
Born in 1942 in Munich. He made his first film, Herakles, when he was nineteen and went on to direct dozens of shorts and features both fiction and documentary, as well as writing prose and directing operas.
Andrzej Jakimowski
Born in 1963 in Warsaw. A philosophy graduate from Warsaw University and from the Radio and TV Direction Faculty at Silesian University in Katowice.
Guo Jing and Ke Dingding
Guo Jing
Born in 1976 in Shanghai. She studied journalism at Fudan University. She worked as director and editor in Chinese television. She shares a production film with Ke Dingding.

Ke Dingding
Born in 1965 in Shanghai. He graduated as an electric engineer and cameraman, and has worked mainly in Chinese television. He made the documentary Fruitful Summer together with Guo Jing in 2003 for which they won the Joris Ivens Award.

Arne Johnson and Shane King
Arne Johnson
Born in 1968 in San Francisco. Arne has been a film reviewer, entertainment journalist, film festival worker and screenwriter. He got his real start in movies working with fellow 7th grader Shane King on the Super 8mm classic Cala ‘n’ Ala Honey Baked. They collaborated again 20 years later, as he wrote the screenplay for King’s The Park Files, a film for kids about native plant restoration. Along with King, he has hosted a radio show called Doc Talk, about documentary film.

Shane King
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he met and started having grand adventures with Arne Johnson in the 5th grade. He has been working as a shooter, editor and producer, and continues to find the time to teach documentary production and editing at The Film Arts Foundation, The Bay Area Video Coalition and at his alma mater San Francisco State University. His educational short The Park Files won 7 awards at the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Daniel Junge and Siatta Scott Johnson
Daniel Junge
Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, and studied film at New York University. He has directed numerous television programmes and films.

Siatta Scott Johnson
Born in Buchanan, Liberia. She studied political reporting at the University of Liberia, and journalism at the Liberia Institute of Journalism. She is a television reporter and producer. Iron Ladies of Liberia is her first film.

Abdellatif Kechiche
Born in 1960 in Tunis. After his family emigrated from Tunisia to France in 1966, he grew up in Nice. As an actor, he made his stage debut at the Arènes de Cimiez in 1978. He directed his debut in 2000 on the love life of a young Tunisian man in Paris (Blame it on Voltaire) whic won two awards in Venice Film Festival. His second film, the Games of Love and Chance was awarded with four Cesar in 2005 including best film, best director and best screenplay.
Baltasar Kormákur
Born in 1966 in Reykyavik, he graduated from the Drama Academy of Iceland and began working in theater and film as an actor and a director. He became internationally recognised for his performances in the films by his compatriot Fridrik Thor Fridriksson Devil’s Island (1996) and Angels of the Universe (1999). He debuted as a film director, screenwriter and producer with an adaptation of Hallgimur Helgason’s novel 101 Reykjavik (2000), which won him the Youth Jury Award in Locarno, the FIPRESCI prize at the IFF in Thessaloniki and the Discovery Award in Toronto. His crime drama, Little Trip to Heaven (2006) was an American coproduction in which he cast Forest Whitaker and Julia Stiles.
Felicitas Korn
Born in 1974 in Offenbach, Germany. She studied at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich. Breaking the Surface is her feature film debut.
Ivan Kravchyshyn
Born 1964 in Snyatyn, Ukraine. He left school in 1986 and applied to study decorative and interior design at the Institute of Fine Art in Lvov but, a year later, he transferred to the Faculty of Film and Television Direction at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kiev, where he graduated in 1991. An episode of his TV documentary, Restricted Area was screened as part of the official selection at the Prix Europa in Berlin in 2004. That year he also won the national Teletriumph Award as Best Director.
Delphine Kreuter
Born in 1973 in Lyon. Visual artist and photographer, she has previously made short films. 57.000 Km Between Us is her feature debut.
Murray Lerner
Philadelphia-born Lerner, a Harvard graduate whose filmmaking career emerged from “industrial cinema,” had several award-winning musical documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Festival! shot between 1963 and 1966 at the Newport Folk Festival, the first of the theatrical documentaries on counter-culture music festivals, preceding the Monterey International Pop Festival and Woodstock.
Asger Leth
Born in 1970 in Copenhagen. He started working as assistant director, sometimes on the films of his father Jørgen Leth. He was a writer and assistant director on Jørgen Leth and Lars von Trier’s feature documentary The Five Obstructions (2003). Ghosts of Cité Soleil is his first feature-length film.
Jim Libiran
He is a writer, poet, journalist, news documentary maker, TV producer and a native of Manila’s poorest district, Tondo. Tribe, his first feature won the award for best film at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
Damir Manabai
Born in 1946, he studied at the technical college in Shymkent, and subsequently graduated in film and television direction from Moscow’s VGIK in 1978. He enjoyed international acclaim for his film about the enforced collectivisation of Kazakhstan Surzhekei: The Death Angel in 1991.
James Mangold
Born in 1963, in New York City. Mangold was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts film/video program. Based on the response to his short films, in 1985 Mangold got a fast start as a graduate out of CalArts, securing a writer/director deal at Disney where he wrote a television movie and the animated feature Oliver and Company. A few years later, Mangold applied to Columbia University's film school, where he graduated with an MFA in film. While there, he developed both Heavy and Cop Land.
Pia Marais
Pia Marais (Johannesburg) grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied sculpture and then photography at art academies in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf before she turned to film. She studied directing at the German Academy of Film & Television (DFFB) in Berlin. After several engagements in film business as casting director and assistant director she made her feature debut with The Unpolished.
Shane Meadows
Born in 1972 in Uttoxeter, he studied at the Film Centre in Nottingham. For one year he made one short film each month - over weekends with a borrowed camera and friends as actors. His first feature Small Time was the product of his own writing, directing, production, editing, and even acting. He was chosen by the BBC to direct the black-and-white TwentyFourSeven, which brought him a FIPRESCI award at Venice IFF. Rejecting offers from Hollywood, Meadows decided to finish off his own Midland trilogy. His next work, A Room for Romeo Brass became a British cult film. The final part of his trilogy, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, a parody of the spaghetti western, premiered at the Cannes IFF.
Yau Nai-Hoi
Born in 1968 in Hong Kong. He wrote the script of many of Johnny To’s films, from Barefoot Kid through Running Out of Time to PTU. Eye in the Sky is his debut feature as director.
Naghi Nemati
Born in 1977 in Ardebil, Iran, and studied directing at Soureh University in Isfahan. He has directed several short films, Those Three is his feature debut.
Jeff Nichols
Born in 1978, Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking in 2001. In addition to Shotgun Stories, Nichols has written and directed six short films. He worked as an actor and production manager, Shotgun Stories is his debut feature.
Jacques Nolot
Born in Marciac, France in 1943. He wrote several plays and scripts, performed on the stage and acted in numerous films by directors including Luc Moullet, Claire Denis, Jacques Demy, François Ozon and others. He also co-wrote André Téchiné’s I Don’t Kiss (1991) and performed in several of Téchiné’s films over three decades. He has directed, written and performed in his short film and features (L’Arrière pays won an Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival).
Juan Patricio Riveroll
Born in 1979 in Mexico. After he had lived in Paris, he returned to Mexico and studied communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He wrote film critics for an on-line magazine and worked as an assistant for television commercials. After directing several short films, the Opera was his debut feature film. He is the editor of film section for the art-journal Marvin.

Rafael Rosal
Born in 1960 in Guatemala. He graduated at the International School for Film and Television in Cuba in 1991. Las Cruces is his first feature.
Aleksi Salmenperä
Born in 1973, he studied architecture, but in 1996 moved on to film. His first film, Trespassing, was screened at festivals all over the world and won prizes. A Man’s Job is his second feature.
Richard Schickel
Born in 1933 in Milwaukee, educated at the University of Wisconsin and lives in Los Angeles. He is one of the leading film critics in the U.S. He has written several essays and books on film and, although he rarely appears on television, he has also written many documentaries on cinema. He pursues a second career as a producer-director of television programs.
Peter Schonau Fog
Born on the island of Fano, Denmark and studied filmmaking at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague and the National Film School of Denmark. He has directed numerous short films, including Little Man which won several awards. The Art of Crying is his first feature film.
Omar Shargawi
Born in 1974 in Copenhagen by a Danish mother and a Palestinian father. Before putting all his effort into filmmaking, he worked as a still photographer. Go in Peace Jamil is Shargawi’s directorial début.
Chris Stapp
A New Zealand actor/director/musician best known for his role of Randy Cambell in the cult tv series Back Of The Y Masterpiece Television. He and Back of the Y co-star Matt Heath reprised their roles in their first feature The Devil Dare Me To.
André Téchiné
Born 1943 in Valence-d’Anger, France. Originally a critic for the legendary Cahiers du Cinéma, Téchiné made his feature directorial debut (Pauline s’en va) in 1969 which was shown at the Venice Film Festival.
Alkinos Tsilmidos
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1966. He graduated from Swinburne School of Film and Television in 1988. His award winning debut feature film Everynight…Everynight premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. Since then he's carved a maverick career. Alkinos is renowned for his uncompromising approach to stories of social relevance.
Antonio González Vigil
Born in 1954 in Vitoria, Spain. He abandoned his studies for travelling across Europe, Africa and Latin America. Returning to Spain after six years, he started Film School. He has worked as a director, producer, writer and art director in a number of films and television projects in Spain, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela. Flower of Seduction is his first feature film as director.
Félix Viscarret
Director, writer, producer, actor and editor. After four short films Under the Stars is his debut feature.

Nobuhiro Yamashita
Born in 1976 in Aichi, Japan. From 1995 to 1999, he studied at Osaka University of Arts. His first feature film Hazy Life, was his graduation film at university and it was screened in over ten international film festivals. Yamashita directed his later films as part of a loose movement of young, Osaka-based directors.

Hitoshi Yazaki
Born in 1956 in Yamanashi, he studied directing at Nippon University. He broke through in 1992 with a lyrical film about incest, but has been mostly silent since then. Strawberry Shortcakes is a great comeback with which Yazaki has won much acclaim.
Ishii Yuya
1983-ban született Japán Saitama prefektúrájában. Az oszakai képzőművészeti főiskola filmszakán tanult. A főiskolán fél tucat sikeres rövidfilmet rendezett, amelyek több fesztiváldíjat is elnyertek Japánban. Jelenleg a Nihon Egyetem bölcsészkarának posztgraduális képzését végzi.

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