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DIRECTORS


Achache, Jean

Born in 1952. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Paris, he has worked on over thirty feature films as a technician and, from 1989, director. He has also directed over a hundred commercials and music videos. Jean Achache is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Acker, Shane

He was born in 1971. He is an American director, animator and designer. He is a graduate of UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture, both with a Masters Degree in both Architecture and a MFA in Animation. He worked as an animator on the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Acker has directed three animated short films: Hangnail (1999), The Astounding Talents of Mr. Grenade (2003) and 9 (2005). The feature film 9 (2009) is his debut as a full length film director.

Alidi, Shahram

Born in 1971 in Sanandaj in the Iranian Kurdistan, he had a keen interest in writing and played in several theater plays when he was a student. He studied painting and drawing at the Beaux Arts of the University of Teheran and graduated in 1998. In 2000, he took an interest in animation and integrated the faculty of cinema at the Honar Universtity in Teheran. His short film The Last Innombrable Village (2003) encounters a great success in many international festivals. Whisper with the Wind is his first feature film.

Anderson, Wes

Born in 1969 in Houston, Texas. He was nominated for Academy Award in 2002 with The Royal Tenenbaums in category of Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, shared with Owen Wilson, and in 2010 The Fantastic Mr. Fox has been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.

Baoping, Cao

Cao Baoping Chinese film director graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989, and spent most of the 1990s teaching screenwriting at his alma mater. He co-directed the television film Absolute Emotion in 2001. His solo debut as director was 2006’s Trouble Makers, a satirical black comedy about a village taking revenge on a gang of hoodlums.

Barta, Jíri

Born in 1948 in Prague. In the 1980's he won several prizes at international film festivals but after the fall of communism he was unable to release anything for more than 10 years. In 2007 he released his first computer-animated short film, Sweet Porridge. Currently he is a professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

Bergin, John

Musician and comic book artist John Bergin earned a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has played in several bands, published comic books and designed album covers. In 1993, he published From Inside, his graphic novel that is the inspiration for the animation film of the same name.

Bergmark, Jörgen

Born in 1964 in Sweden. He has a solid background in film, TV and theater. He won great success with Kitchen Stories (2003), in which he was co-writer and co-producer. Bergmark also writes and directs for Swedish Television. A Rational Solution is his feature film debut.

Bezancon, Rémi

Having originally studied science, Rémi Bezancon changed disciplines to concentrate on cinema. Graduating from L’Ecole du Louvre and ESRA (School of Cinema), he began his career screenwriting for short films. His directing debut came in 2004 with Love is in the Air.

Bornedal, Ole

Born in 1959 in Norresundby. Before his film career he worked as a radio journalist. From 2001 to 2005 he was the manager of the Aveny Teatret in Copenhagen. He wrote and directed Nattevagten (Nightwatch, 1994), a thriller about a law student who works in a morgue as a night watchman. He also directed the English language remake of this film in 1997.

Brügger, Mads

Born in 1972, he is a journalist who never shies away extreme gimmicks. He was the editor of the first Danish magazine for young people of immigrant ethnic minorities. At Sundance Film Festival The Red Chapel won the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary.

Bui Thac, Chuyen

Director and screenwriter born in Vietnam. His film Cuoc xe dem (Night Run) won 3rd place in the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, it received Honorable Mention at the Namur International Festival for French Language Films. His first feature film, Living in Fear won the Asian New Talent Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2006.

Bujalski, Andrew

Born in 1978 in Boston. He made his feature film directorial debut after living and working on films in various capacities in Mississippi, Texas, California, and Massachusetts. He subscribed to the philosophy set forth by director Mike Leigh that the world that filmmakers and actors create together should „go around corners,” that is, the world should feel complete, that it continues beyond the edges of the frame.

Caouette, Jonathan

Born 1973 in Houston, Texas. As an actor, Caouette played a major role in the 2006 film Fat Girls and is set to star in the forthcoming Portland. He also appeared in Shortbus, directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

Carvalho, Walter

Born in 1947, he is a famed Brazilian cinematographer, who was DP on 70 movies, for example Carandiru, Central Station and Foreign Land. Budapest is his fifth directorial work.

Cheng, Yu-Chieh

Born in 1977 in Taiwan. He earned a BA in Economics. He started to experiment with film making in his freshman year. He shot his first short film, Babyface in 2000. His second short film, Summer Dream entered several international film festivals just like his 2006 first feature film, Do Over. In addition to directing he is also active as an actor.

Chiha, Patric

Born in Vienna in 1975. Studies at the École Supérieur des Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris and at the INAS in Brussels. Works as an assistant director and cutter for Vincent Dieutre, David Teboul, Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. Lives in Paris. After short films and documentaries, inn 2006 he releases the feature film Home.

Chung, Mong-Hong

He was born in 1965 in Ping-Tong, Taiwan. He received his B. S. in Computer Engineering from National Chao Tung University in Taiwan, and his M. F. A. in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1997, Chung has directed more than one hundred TV commercials. His first documentary film, Doctor, has garnered acclaims at many international film festivals for its poetic cinematography and sensitive treatment of a father’s bereavement. Parking is his first feature film.

Delassus, Jean-Francois

He graduated from Sciences Politiques school. He has been a journalist for French radio France Inter and Europe 1, a permanent correspondant for Le Figaro pour l’Extreme-Orient, a photographer for Gamma agency. He wrote Japon, monstre ou modéle (1971) and Lettres d'amour (1983). Delassus has made 25 hours of fictions and more than 80 hours of documentaries for important French and foreign television channels.

Denis, Claire

Born in 1946 in Paris and spent her youth in Djibouti, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. She worked as an assistant for directors such as Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. She made her debut in 1988 with Chocolat.

Farhadi, Asghar

Born in 1972 in Khomein Shahr, he is a graduate of Theatre at the Tehran University and Tarbiat Modarres University. He made short 8mm and 16mm films and directed TV series before moving on to writing plays and screenplays. Dancing in the Dust was his feature film debut, his latest film, About Elly won the Silver Bear for best director at 59th International Berlin Film Festival.

Fellows, Simon

He started his directorial carreer with a number of action thrillers with stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Wesley Snipes. With Malice in Wonderland he ventured into a new direction.

Fierlinger, Paul and Sandra

Paul was born in 1936 in Japan, where his parents were Czech diplomats. He has directed numerous short films, including It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House (1979), which was nominated for an Academy Award. Sandra graduated at an Academy of the Fine Arts. She has collaborated with her husband in many capacities on several projects. My Dog Tulip is their first feature film.

Ghobadi, Bahman

Born in 1969 in Baneh, Iran. He studied filmmaking in Tehran, and started his career by directing short films. The award winnig documentary, Life in Fog allowed him to make feature films. The first one of these, A Time for Drunken Horses won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. In both 2004 and 2006 he got the Golden Shell for Turtles Can Fly and Half Moon respectively at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Givon, Omri

At the age of 14, Omri Givon began studying cinema at the Keren Doron School of Cinema in Tel Aviv. At 15 he transferred to the Charles A. Smith High School for the Arts in Jerusalem. In July 2003, his first film, The Valley of Dreams, debuted throughout Israel. Seven Minutes in Heaven is his first feature film.

Gough, Lawrence

He trained as a professional actor, but his intentions have always been on directing feature films. He started his career with a number of short films within the horror genre, winning awards. Salvage marks his debut feature film. He has taught filmmaking courses at both Liverpool and Manchester Universities. He is currently developing his latest film The Drought, an ecological horror, which is set in the UK during a global drought.

Guan, Hu

Born in 1968 in Beijing, he was admitted to the film directing department of the Beijing Film Academy in 1987, and graduated in 1991. First he served as an assistant director for various film and TV projects at the state-owned Beijing Film Studio. His 1994 feature debut, Dirt, reluctantly approved by Chinese censors, is considered to be one of several important films that mark the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers in China.

Guédiguian, Robert

Born in 1953 in Marseille. He is a director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Like Marcel Pagnol and René Allio before him, he anchors his films in social reality, flirting with militancy. His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille.

He, Ping

Born in 1957 in Shanxi, China. He began his directorial career in the 1980's directing stage plays and documantaries. He started to make feature films at the end of the 1980's when he transferred to the Xi'an Film Studio. His films are a mixture of Western and Wuxia.

Heide, Jonathan auf der

Van Diemen’s Land is the debut feature by writer-director Jonathan auf der Heide, born and raised on the island state of Tasmania. He studied filmmaking at the University of Melbourne, and he is also an experienced actor. He based his earlier short film Hell’s Gates on the same historical subject matter, it won his the Best Student Film Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Iványi, Marcell

Born in 1973 in Budapest. He studied directing films at the Budapest Film and Theatre Academy. His short film Wind won the Palme D’Or Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. His more recent works include the documentary NahTe (2003) and the short films Thirty-three Pictures (1998) and Ballad (2005).

Johnsen, Sara

Born in 1970 in Norway. She made her first short Hormoner og andre demoner in 2001. Her first feature Kissed by Winter (2005) won many national and international awards. She has written two novels: He Knows Something She Should Try (2005) and White Man (2008). Upperdog is her second feature.

Lee, Yeon-Woo

He was born in 1968 in South Korea. Graduated from School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in 1996 and completed a short film 10407 in 1999. He made his feature debut with a comedy 2424 in 2002.

Lelio, Sebastian

Formerly Sebastián Campos. Born in 1974, Santiago, Chile. After directing some short films, he made his solo directorial debut in 2004 (The Sacred Family). His second feature film Navidad was selected for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Cambridge Film Festival.

Lemkin, Rob

He is the founder and director of Old Street Films. He has produced and directed over 50 documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, The History Channel and Arts & Entertainment. He has won numerous awards in Britain and abroad. He has made several films about the history and politics of Asia including The Real Dr. Evil (2003), Who Really Killed Aung San? (1997), Malaya: The Undeclared War (1998), China: Handle with Care (2001), Bearers of the Sword (2002).

Lien, Thomas

Born in 1971, Baerum, Norway. He has worked in the film industry since 1991 in various capacities (production and camera assistant on a number of feature films; assisting editor on two feature films and editor of several short films and commercials). From 1996 to 2003 he was captain on a cruise around the world. He made his directorial debut in 1995, with the shortfilm Depth Solitude.

Lindholm, Tobias and Noer, Michael

Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm previously has worked as a screenwriter. R is his directorial debut.

For Michael Noer R is the debut feature film too, but he has already directed more documentaries and short films, for example: En Rem af huden (2003), Hawaii (2006), De vilde hjerter (The Wild Hearts, 2008).

Lowery, David

He is an award-winning filmmaker from Texas. His work has been seen in festivals around the world, including SXSW and Slamdance; as part of the Berlinale Talent campus. He has also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Green Cine, Spout, and Hammer To Nail.

Lu, Chuan

He is considered one of the most talented young directors in China. After receiving a Master's degree in film studies from Beijing Film Academy in 1998, Lu Chuan started as a co-writer for Black Hole, which became one of most-watched TV series in China. After his first two feature films, The Missing Gun and Mountain Patrol , he had worked hard for 4 years on his third film, City of Life and Death, a film which attracted more than 3 million audiences and created an amazing box office.

Malloy, Emmet

The Malloys is the working name of music video and film directors and brothers Emmett Malloy and Brendan Malloy.

Matsumoto, Hitoshi

Born in 1963 in Amagasaki, Japan, and made his acting debut in 1983 as part of the comedy duo Downtown. Since then, he has appeared in numerous popular television comedies. He is considered an innovator in Japan's comedy scene, as evidenced in the collection of skits entitled Visualbum (1998).

Meadows, Shane

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. He made the television documentary The Gypsy Tale in 1995, his next film, Small Time was the product of his own writing, directing, production, editing, and even acting. His so-called Midland trilogy include TwentyFourSeven, A Room for Romeo Brass and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. This is England (2007) won the BAFTA for the Best British Film.

Morgenthaler, Anders

Born in 1972 in Copenhagen. His graduation film Araki – The Killing of a Japanese Photographer was selected for Berlin and won the Critics' Award at Poitiers, The animated Princess, his feature film debut (which was presented in the 14th Titanic Filmfestival), was selected for Cannes' Directors Fortnight and won the Gold Méliès in Lund.

Munoz Vega, Diego

He graduated in directing and production from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City in 1997. He won a “Visiting Arts” scholarship to London, England in 2003. Director of feature films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. Bala mordida is his feature film debut.

Ozon, Francois

Born in 1967 in Paris. With his master’s degree in cinema, he enters the French famous school of cinema La FEMIS in the director section in 1990. Since then, he has been shooting many movies in super-8, video, 16mm and 35mm. A Summer Dress gets the „Léopard de Demain” Award at the film festival of Locarno. Sitcom, his first feature, is in competition in the Official Selection of International Week of Film Critic in the Cannes Festival in 1998.

Popogrebsky, Aleksei

Born in 1972 in Moscow. He graduated in psychology from Moscow University. He made his first short documentary with Boris Chlebnikow in 1997. Their joint, multiaward-winning feature film debut Koktebel screened in Cannes and in the Berlinale’s Forum section in 2004.

Procházková, Maria

Born in 1975 in Prague. Prizewinning animator, daughter of the writer Lenka Procházková. Who Is Afraid of the Wolf is her second feature.

Rebollo, Javier

Born in Madrid in 1969. From 1990 to 1994 he was the personal assistant of Antonio Drove who had a big influence on him. In 1996 he set up his production company which produced all his short films and documentaries. His debut feature film, Lola, has won, among other awards, the FIPRESCI Prize at the London Film Festival in 2006.

Rots, Esther

Born in 1972 in Groenlo, the Netherlands. She studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Arnhem and the Dutch Film Academy. She has won a range of awards for her short films. Can Go Through Skin marks her feature film debut.

Safdie, Joshua

He was born (1984) and raised in New York City. After his dad bought a Hi-8 camcorder, he and his brother ate, slept, and did „life” on camera. He and his friends started the film collective Red Bucket Films in 2001. Graduated from the Boston University Film Department. Currently lives in New York City.

Saleh, Tarik

Born in 1972, he is an Egyptian-Swedish television producer, animator, publisher, journalist, graphic designer and award winning director, who in the early 90s was one of Sweden's most prominent graffiti artists. He has also worked as a TV host for Sveriges Television and is one of the founders of the production company Atmo. His work often contains techniques such as montages, cut-out graphics and faces with manipulated lip synching.

Sambath, Thet

He is a senior reporter with the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s premier English-language newspaper. He is widely regarded as one of Cambodia’s best investigative reporters and his stories have been syndicated all over the world. He has worked for the American Refugee Committee as a paramedic; as police interpreter for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia; and as a human rights investigator. Since 1994 he has worked as producer, translator and camera operator for many world broadcasting organizations including BBC, NHK and NBC.

Shalom Ezer, Tali

Born in 1978 in Tel Aviv, where she attented the Film and Television department of Tel Aviv University. Her short film Living Room participated in Cannes, and her documentary A Summer at Abarbanel was also screened at festivals worldwide, including the Asian Festival of First Films. Surrogate won the award Best Feature at the International Women’s Film Festival in Israel. She is now working on her next feature film New Family.

Siri, Florent Emilio

Born in 1965. Studied cinema at Sorbonne University in Paris (one of his teachers was Eric Rohmer). He began his feature film career with the 1998 social film Une minute de silence, and continued in 2002 with the action film The Nest. His directorial style caught the eye of Bruce Willis, who asked Siri to direct his big-budget action thriller Hostage. Siri is also a noted music video director, particularly in France. He has worked with such bands as Wu-Tang Clan, among others.

Sigarev, Vasili

He was born in 1977, in Russia, studied education before taking courses in dramaturgy from Nikolay Kolyada. He drew international attention in 2002 when his play Plasticine was staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre. The play was a great success and Sigarev took the Charles Wintour Prize for Most Promising Playwright. Since 2003 he has written 18 plays that have been staged at many theaters in Russia and abroad. He transformed his play Wolfy into his feature directorial debut, and the film took the top award at the 2009 Kinotavr festival of Russian films in Sochi.

Southern, Dylan and Lovelace, Will

Southern and Lovelace (on the name of 32) are two music video directors. Blur – No Distance Left To Run is their debut feature length documentary.

Spielmann, Götz

Götz Spielmann was born in Wels in 1961 and he grew up in Vienna. Started writing and directing while still in school. In 1980 he started studying screenwriting and directing at the Vienna Film Academy, where he graduated in 1987. His latest work, Revanche was nominated for Oscar in 2009.

Tabakman, Haim

Born in 1975, Israel and studied film and television at the University of Tel Aviv. His two short films Free Loaders and The Poet’s Home were both selected for the student film programme Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival. He was editor of David Volach's My Father, My Lord (2007). Eyes Wide Open, his debut film, was screened in the Un Certain Régard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Valkeapaa, Jukka-Pekka

Born in 1977 in Porvoo, Finland. He started his career as an illustrator. He studied directing at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He won a number of awards with his two short films, and he directed several TV commercials. His first feature, The Visitor won the Nordic Film Award and the Kodak Nordic Vision Award at the Gothenburg International Film Festival.

Wang, Chao

Born in 1964 in Nanjing. With directing Orphan of Anyang, he began a trilogy based on modern life in China. He completed the trilogy with 2004's Night and Day and 2006's Luxury Car.

Wein, Daryl

Born in 1983 in Santa Monica, he studied drama and film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and USC School of Film and Television. At age 16, his first short film, Life is a Train, won Third Prize at the International Young Filmmaker’s Festival in New York. As an actor, he was the guest star on the season finale of Law and Order, and has appeared in Ed, Comedy Central movies, various stage productions, and over 10 national commercials.


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