20th Titanic International Filmfestival

DIRECTORS



Rufus Norris

Rufus Norris is an award-winning British theatre director who trained as an actor at RADA before turning to directing. In 2001 he won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic. In 2009, Norris' first film King Bastard, written by his wife Tanya Ronder, was produced by BBC Films. In the same year, he directed the Royal National Theatre's production of Death and the King's Horseman, which played in the Olivier Theatre. He created the 2011 production Doctor Dee for the Manchester International Festival, in collaboration with musician Damon Albarn.

Paul Thomas Anderson

A child of the cinema, Anderson went about making movies right out of school, and by the time he was 25 he was directing his first feature, Hard Eight (1996, also known as Sydney). His movie, Boogie Nights (1996), made a splash, Magnolia (1999) earned him even more praise. The American epic There Will Be Blood (starring Daniel Day-Lewis), the 2008 movie earned eight Oscar nominations, including two for Anderson, for best director and best adapted screenplay.

Óskar Thór Axelsson

Received an MFA from NYU’s Film Graduate Department in 2006. Prior to that,Oscar co-founded Those Two Films in Iceland (currently Kapital) in which he is still a partner and for which he has written and directed over 60 commercials. While attending NYU, Oskar wrote and directed 7 short films. Oskar branded entertainment short film Behind The Eightball was one of only 3 for the Promotion Pictures Competition jointly sponsored by Axe/Unilever, NYU’s Film Graduate Dept and Stern School of Business.

Stanley Kubrick

Born in 1928 in New York. In 1953 Kubrick made his first full-length film, Fear and Desire. He was famous of his perfectionism and interest and deep knowledge on every part of filmmaking. His works became milestones in many genres and inspired artists from Steven Spielberg til Gaspar Noé. He passed away by heart attack in 1999. Fans have created a big cult not only for his films, but his life and person as well.

Dima Dubson

He was born in Belarus, now living in New York. When Dubson was a director of Production in DowntownTV.com, he met Adam Green during an interview. After listening to Minor Love, they got back in touch to shoot four music videos for the album. 

Emmett Malloy

Emmett Malloy grew up in the middle of Los Angeles in a huge and entertaining family, definitely not a family in entertainment. The family talent shows acted as their most formal film school training. He and his borther, Brendon (as The Malloys)'ve made a couple of music videos for bands like Metallica, Oasis, Blink 182, The Black Eyed Peas, The White Stripes or The Vampire Weekend.  

Sara Sugarman

Sara Sugarman grew up in Rhyl in North Wales. She was acting for years, by 1990 had come to the realization that she wanted to direct, and took time off to attend film school, graduating in 1995. Her feature film directorial debut was the comedy Mad Cows (1999), then Sugarman wrote and directed Very Annie Mary (2001). Starring Rachel Griffiths in the title role, the film was well-received, with Sugarman winning a Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Eve Wood

After working for televisions Wood became inspired by the underground music scene of Sheffield in the late 70ies, early 80ies incl. music bands as The Human League or Cabaret Voltaire - that was the Made in Sheffield in 2001. The Beat is the Law: Fanfare to the Common People follows the same trail by telling the Pulp non-fiction.

Jesper Ganslandt

Born in 1978 in Falkenberg, Sweden, he is a self-taught film maker who has directed a number of music videos and short films, in addition to directing and editing for television. His first feature film, the semi-autobiographical Falkenberg Farewell was screened all over the world.

Poull Brien

A graduate of Northwestern University's Radio, Television and Film program, Brien currently lives in Brooklyn. As a commercial director he has worked on various projects for health, real estate, and liquor brands. Brien's short narratives and documentaries have played at festivals including SXSW and Tribeca and been licensed for television.

Pip Piper

Piper established Blue Hippo Media in 2006 with Rob Taylor to help develop a growing number of larger film projects and since its formation, has become an internationally recognized award winning film company for both documentary and feature film.

Jesse Vile

Jesse trained in film production in Philadelphia in the early 2000’s before moving to London to work in feature film development. He later took the job as producer of the Raindance Film Festival for three successful years. Jesse has directed and produced shorts and promos that have screened at film festivals in the US and the UK. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is his first feature length film.

Ben Drew

Plan B or Ben Drew is an English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director from Forest Gate, London.In 2008, Ben Drew directed his first short film Michelle which starred Adam Deacon and Skrein and he also directed the music video for Pieces (his collaboration with Chase & Status). Drew began production on III Manors in September 2010. Drew has also had a successful film career as an actor, with roles in Adulthood (2008), Harry Brown (2009), 4.3.2.1. (2010) and The Sweeney (2012).

Axel Petersén

Axel Petersén is trained at the Czech film school FAMU and the royal Swedish Academy of Arts. His latest film The Tracks of My Tears 2 premiered in Venice Orizzonti 2011. Last year his film A Good Friend of Mr World was Guldbagge nominated for best short. Avalon, which premiered in Toronto 2011 and won the Fipresci prize for first best feature, is Axel’s feature debut.

Marteinn Thorsson

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland. Marteinn graduated from Ryerson University, Toronto, with a degree in Film Studies. Since then he has written, directed and produced television dramas, comedies, documentaries, variety shows, commercials and music videos. Marteinn has won 5 PROMAX awards for promotional spots he created in Toronto. In 2004 Marteinn and Jeff Renfroe wrote and directed the feature One Point O which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and has subsequently sold to more than 43 countries and won awards around the globe.

Matti Kinnunen

Studied filmmaking at the University of Art & Design Helsinki and also at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin, and also screenwriting workshop in Ireland. He has written and directed successful drama series for Finnish TV channels which have been well received by audiences and critics alike. Miss Blue Jeans is Kinnunen’s second full-length film.

Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Multi-talent woman born in 1965 played in Lars von Trier's Idioterne and films of Niels Arden Oplev, Ole Bornedal and others. Apart from acting she writes novels and she has a past as a fine-artist as well. She teaches acting, writes columns in several newspapers. Is a regular debater in the TV shows. Has written columns for the monthly magazine Mama, she composes music, giving lectures through Art People and is mother of three children.

James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt was raised in Athens, Georgia, and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Film. His feature films are Off the Black (2006) and Smashed (2012).

Dan Salitt

Dan Salitt (b. 1955, Pennsylvania, United States) is a filmmaker and script writer in New York. He was film critic for the Los Angeles Reader and has also written for The Chicago Reader, Slate, Wide Angle, Senses of Cinema, the Nashville Scene and the Minneapolis City Pages.

Chioke Nassor

Chioke Nassor has directed The Gina Gershon Sex Tape, which has been viewed over 2 million times online. He’s written for the threetime Emmy Award winning production company, Goldfish Pictures, developing television shows and feature projects. Mr. Nassor is also the director for the recently completed TV on the Radio Tour Documentary: Minor/Major. How to Follow Strangers is his feature debut.

Gary King

In 2009, he made his feature film debut with the ensemble drama New York Lately. With Gary’s ability to skillfully apply his filmmaking craft across genres, Fearmakers hired him to direct the grisly horror film Dismal. He also helmed the action/comedy zombie film Death of the Dead.

Matthew Petock

Matthew Petock (1986) born in Richmond, Virginia. He moved to New York to study film directing at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he returned to Richmond to shoot the short film Jackson Ward; his feature debut A Little Closer was also situated in his birthplace. It was screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Rotterdam and Chicago events.

Jon Wright

Studied Film and English Literature at the University of East Anglia. In 2009 he completed Tormented, a teen horror comedy and his first feature film. His career began directing pop videos and TV commercials. His short, The Librarian’s Dream, won the BBC Talent Competition.

Ciarán Foy

A graduate from the National Film School of Ireland, Ciarán Foy's film The Faeries of Blackheath Woods (2006) won nine Best Short Film awards. Citadel is Ciarán’s debut feature film. He is currently developing a number of feature projects.

Mel Cannon

His primary working place is around the camera. He's been the best boy, grip in dozens of productions, learning filmmaking in practice, closest to directors as Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, Sam Raimi from 1987.

Chris Brennan

Producer, the Keys of the City is his directorial debut. Previously he was the producer of the short Who's there?, offering his flat as a shooting location.

Laura Way

This promising actress could be seen in series as Tudors or The Clinic, but she was credited as writer, producer also. As an actress she had an opportunity to co-work with Sam Neill, Gerard McSorely, Neill Jordan and other directors. Wrote and directed two shorts: Sugar Stick (2009), Jonny Boy (2011).

Ian Palmer

He’s worked in the audiovisual world both in Ireland and the United States, but his obsession has been to depict the Irish Travellers (known from the cult feature Snatch), the people starring in his first documentary feature, Knuckle.

Lisa Barros D’Sa

Born in Northern Ireland, Lisa Barros D’Sa studied English at Oxford University and has an MA in Screenwriting from the London University of the Arts. Since graduating, Barros DSa’s short stories have been published. During this time she has also worked in feature film development and has written and co-directed two short films.

Glenn Leyburn

Glenn Leyburn was born in Northern Ireland and has worked as a graphic designer, establishing an outstanding reputation in this field, predominantly for his work in the music industry, and in particular his ongoing collaborations with soundtrack composer David Holmes. He has directed and art-directed several music videos.

Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin, Ireland. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, where he began making short films.

Cate Shortland

Cate Shortland was born in Temora, Australia. She studied fine arts at Sydney University and directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Her first feature film, Somersault (2004), debuted in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Lore (2012) is her second feature.

Sergei Loznitsa

Born in Baranovichi (Belarus, former USSR) in 1964, Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 11 documentaries. He has received numerous inter- national and national awards. Sergei Loznitsa’s montage oeuvre Blockade (2005) is based on the archive footage of besieged Leningrad. In May 2010 Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes. The film has been awarded the Best Director’s prize and several other awards.

Mátyás Prikler

Mátyás Prikler was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. He graduated in Film Directing from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava. In 2005-2006, Prikler studied at the Drama and Film Academy in Budapest, Hungary. His latest short film Thanks, Fine (Ďakujem, dobre, 2009) was selected for the competition in the Cinéfondation section at the Cannes IFF 2010. Fine, Thanks (Ďakujem, dobre, 2013) is his first fiction feature. Mátyás Prikler has been managing the MPhilms Company operating in the field of film production.

Eva Neymann

Eva Neymann was born 1974 in Ukraine.  Eva graduated from the Berlin Academy of Film and Television. She directed her first feature film called At the River in 2007, after making several documentary and short films. House with a Turret is her second film that is participated in the various festivals.

Ricky Rijneke

Ricky Rijneke studied at the University of the Arts in Utrecht and acquired her MA in 2005 in Image and Media Technology. Wing, the Fish That Talked Back (2007), her first short fiction film, premiered at the Locarno International film Festival. It was shown and awarded at numerous film festivals worldwide. Silent Ones is her first feature film. Ricky Rijneke works as a filmmaker, screenwriter, editor, photographer, graphic designer and producer.

Élie Wajeman

Élie Wajeman was born in 1980. Admitted to the Femis in 2004 (scriptwriting department) after studying film and drama, he wrote and directed several shorts, in particular Platonov, la nuit est belle in 2005 and Los Angeles, in 2007. Aliyah, his first feature film, was presented in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Festival.

Aku Louhimies

He's an award-winning Finnish director and screenwriter. His film Naked Harbour was nominated for a number of Jussi Awards (Finnish Film Awards) and enjoyed great success at the Finnish box-office and on the festival circuit. Louhimies has directed many feature films, among them, Lovers and Leavers (2002), Frozen Land (2005), Man Exposed (2006) and Tears of April (2008). He has also directed the multiple award-winning television series Fragments (2003). Aku was elected Director of the Year in 2004 by the Association of Finnish Film Directors.

Robert Sedláček

Born in 1973, Robert Sedláček studied at the Department of Documentary Film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). He made dozens of documentary films. In his work, he made perfect use of his previous experience as television reporter as well as of his ability of field work. He is a part-owner of the production company Produkce Martin Procházka, realizing not only Sedláček’s projects but also films by director Karel Vachek.

Fredrik Stanton

Author of an unorthodox and succesful book on diplomatic, negotiating techniques, Fredrik Stanton is the former president and publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He has served as an election monitor in Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Azerbaijan. Uprising is his first film.


Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Christian Sønderby Jepsen was born 1977, Denmark. Graduated in TV-documentary at the National Film School of Denmark in 2007. Side by Side (2008) screened at a host of venues including the Toronto’s Hot Docs and was honoured at film festivals in Indianapolis, Reykjavik and Leipzig.

Kari Anne Moe

Born in 1976 she studied at the Film and TV-Academy in Oslo, and at the documentary department at Volda University College. In 2005 she made the documentary film The Tambourine Man, which was screened at several festivals in Norway and abroad. She’s been working with Sant & Usant since 2007 as a director and producer. She released her latest film, Salesman 329 in April 2011 which won the award Short-Documentary of the year at Bergen International filmfestival 2011. Bravehearts is her first feature-length film.

Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer was born in 1974, Texas, USA. He has worked for over a decade with death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London. Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher’s films have screened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The George Eastman House, and under the Brooklyn Bridge. His genre-blurring work includes countless short films and music videos. He lives in Los Angeles with his talented wife, their clever baby, and a beautiful cat.

Zdeněk Jiráský

Born in 1969 in Jičíně, Czech Republic. He graduated from the Department of Script and Documentary Films of the Prague Academy of Arts in 2004. He has directed 30 documentary and TV films. Flower Buds is his debut feature film.

Petr Nikolaev

Born in 1957 in Prague. He won the first ever Maxim film prize (prize for best student work). After graduating, he went to France, where he worked initially as an ice cream salesman, poster and decorator. In 1997 he made his debut with a successful adaptation of a literary bestseller Michal Viewegh Wonderful Years That Sucked.

Olmo Omerzu

Born on 24 November 1984 in Ljubljana. From 2001-2003 he was the editor of the internationally acclaimed comic magazine Stripburger. In 2004 he published his first comic and began studying Film Direction at Prague Film School, graduating in 2011.

David Ondříček

Born in Prague in 1969. He began his movie career as a child actor, and in 1988-1993 studied documentary filmmaking at Prague's Film Academy (FAMU), shooting, among other films, a documentary about Dalai Lama entitled Om.

Rob Grant

Robert Grant was born in Vancouver, Canada and began filming at a young age when his father brought home his camcorder. Decades later he came up with the company True Hype Productions. With $12,000, and a super 16mm camera he shot his first feature film over the summer of 2006 with a skeleton crew of friends. Through the experiences and opportunities gained through shooting and screening his first hit Yesterday, Grant wrote, directed, and edited True Hype's 2nd feature film 'Mon Ami' in 2012.

Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Born and raised in Indianapolis. He received his BA in telecommunications production from Ball State University. In 2005 he received a Gold Medal at the Annual Student Academy Awards for his film Knock Knock. He has written and directed numerous short films and spec commercials that have won him multiple awards. In 2010 he received his MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Pervertigo is his feature film debut.

Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine


Benoît Delépine (1958) and Gustave Kervern (1962) acquired their skills and knowledge by working in television for 15 years, writing and performing sketches. They met 11 years ago. For their first feature film as directors, Aaltra, they wanted to show a side of life which is often missing in the movies today Benoît Delépine was editor of the Creation magazine and has written the scripts of the comic books L’imposteur (2000), La Bombe (2002) and God Killer (2003).

Mikhail Brashinsky

Mr. Brashinsky had worked as a train conductor en route to Siberia and a waiter in a Turkish restaurant, a dj on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and a film instructor at several New York universities before becoming the film columnist for Afisha magazine, Moscow’s most popular city guide, in 1999. He is the author of more than 1000 texts and 2 books on film, published in Russia and the USA. From 1994 to 2002, he served as the Russian correspondent for Variety International Film Guide.

Whit Stillman

He was born in January 25, 1952. Stillman is an American writer-director known for his sly depictions of the "urban haute bourgeoisie" - being a son of a Democratic politician, attended to the Harvard University he definitely knows what he speaks about. He is perhaps best known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Øystein Karlsen

He is the writer/director behind the Norwegian hit series DAG. Season 1 and 2 was an instant hit with the tv-audiences and received rave reviews from an eclectic critics choir who was fascinated by Karlsens dark written, warm, absurd comedy and the innovative style the filmmaker presented in the 20 episode series.

Julian Richards

Julian Richards was born and raised in Newport. In 1985 he attended the film school at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art. In 1996 he wrote and directed his debut feature film Darklands, a brooding tale of underground paganism. In 2003, Richards expanded into film production, establishing Prolific Films through which he produced and directed the micro-budget shocker The Last Horror Movie.

Johnny To

With over fifty directing and producing credits to his name, stretching from the height of the Hong Kong New Wave right up to today, Johnny To could be considered an institution in the former British colony. In fact, his Milky Way production company, which he formed in partnership with frequent collaborator Wai Ka-fai in 1996, has become the de facto hallmark of quality filmmaking in Hong Kong since the Handover in 1997. His filmography is an eclectic collection of films from almost every genre and featuring almost every major Hong Kong film star.

Aleksei Andrianov

Aleksei Andrianov is a filmmaker from Moscow. Born in October 22, 1976, he holds a degree in Screenwriting from the Gerasimov Institute (VGIK), and a degree in Film Directing from Moscow’s Higher Courses of Screenwriting and Directing.  In 2009 he received a diploma, specialty - the director of film and television. He has directed three short films. The Spy is his first feature film.

Ryan Smith

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Ryan Smith found himself enamored with stories at an early age. In 2004, he co-founded Franklin, TN-based Seabourne Pictures, for the purpose of developing feature film content. In the years following, the company produced several music videos and short films, including the shorts Relapse and Devil's Shoestring, which Smith wrote and directed. In 2009, Smith embarked on what would become a three-year journey to make his feature film debut, After.

Sophie Blondy

She started her film career as an actress in the film Paulette, la pauvre petite milliardaire from 1986. In addition, she played several roles, but also made documentaries. In 2000, she wrote and directed her first feature, Elle et lui au 14ème étage. The Morning Star is her second feature.

Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo


Julien Maury (born 1978 in Paris)
Alexandre Bustillo (born 1975 in Saint-Cloud, France)

French filmmakers who work together on their projects, listing their influences as Dario Argento, Roman Polanski, Clive Barker and John Carpenter. The two met each other through a mutual friend. Their first film was Inside, cited as an example of the new wave of French horror films and was a critical success that brought international attention on Maury and Bustillo.

Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead

Justin Benson
Justin grew up in San Diego where he barely graduated high school, but excelled in junior college when he discovered filmmaking. Since graduating from UCLA Justin has written, directed, and worked just about every odd job across the spectrum of the film industry.
 
Aaron Scott Moorhead
Moorhead grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. As a precocious child he made films on VHS, and directed his first feature at only 19 years old. He has a deep love of nearly any film that takes a risk. Since graduating from FSU Film School, he has worked in the visual side of filmmaking as a cinematographer, director, VFX artist, and colorist.

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Born in 1962 in Bangkok. He studied art history at Pratt Institute in New York. His first feature film, Fun Bar Karaoke, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1997 and his fourth film, Last Life in the Universe, won the best actor award for Tadanobu Asano at the Venice Film Festival and was Thailand's submission to the 2003 Academy Awards. This year, his recent film, Last Life in the Universe, which stars Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano was invited at Berlin Film Festival for the competition section.

Kevin Barker

Kevin started his career as a musician and has performed with Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom in venues including Carnegie Hall. Kevin attended Columbia Film School. He did the soundtrack for (and appeared in) Gabi in the Roof in July. He lives in Brooklyn. Last Kind Words is Kevin's first feature.

Mira Fornay

She was born in 1977, Slovakia. She attended the FAMU in Prague and the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, earning her diploma in 2004. In 2005 she was selected for the workshop of Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami. Foxes (2009), her feature film debut, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was also shown in Rotterdam. My Dog Killer is her second feature.


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