Miklós Jancsó

Miklós Jancsó 27 September 1921 – 31 January 2014) was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Jancsó achieved international prominence from the mid-1960s onwards, with works including The Round Up (Szegénylegények, 1965), The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák, 1967) and Red Psalm (Még kér a nép, 1971).

Gunhild Westhagen Magnor

Director and DOP Gunhild Westhagen Magnor (b. 1976) studied at Surrey Institute of Art and Design. Previous works includes numerous audience favorites, like the doc series Thaifjord 1 (Winner of the TV prize Gullruten 2008, TV Norge/SVT), and her single docs Rabbit King, Wings under Water (2005 NRK), Norwegian Wood (TV2) and The Day of The Dead. She has shot the theatrical doc Nemesis (2006), was nominated for Best Cinematography for Songs from the Street. 

Berit Madsen

Director Berit Madsen, 49, is a graduate from the film school Les Ateliers Varan, Paris. Madsen has taken supplemental studies at the Danish School of Media and Journalism and in ethnography and social anthro-pology from Aarhus  University. Sepideh is Madsen’s first feature documentary.

Daniel Dencik

Film editor, scriptwriter, writer and director. Born 1972, Sweden. Graduated in editing at the National Film School of Denmark, 1999. Has written and edited numerous awardwinning films, including "Into Eternity", "Outside Love", "Dark Horse", and "Noi the Albino". Writer of poetry books and short stories. Made his debut as feature documentary director with "Moon Rider" (2012).

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is a documentary filmmaker who has been directing, producing and writing a variety of real-life stories since 2001. Cowperthwaite’s repertoire includes work with ESPN, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery and the History Channel. In 2010 she directed City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story. Blackfish premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was quickly acquired for theatrical release.

Rithy Panh

As the son of a teacher and school inspector, he suffered Khmer Rouge persecution along with his entire family. After seeing his closest relatives die in a labor camp, 15-year-old Rithy Panh escaped to Thailand. After making it to France, he studied film at IDHEC in Paris. He made numerous documentaries, some of them with elements of fiction. The drama Rice People (, 1994), about a family struggling to survive following the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was screened in competition at Cannes and was the first Cambodian film nominated for an Oscar. The Missing Picture won the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes festival. 

Shane Meadows

Shane Meadows is one of the most distinctive British directors working today. His films frequently address current issues relevant to his native country. He has also shot dozens of shorts. He played in the band She Talks to Angels together with his friend, the actor and director Paddy Considine. The scripts for his films often involve the collaboration of Paul Fraser.

Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille

Maria Demopoulos is a commercial director and produced the documentary, Glamazon, a film about a sixty year-old Appalachian transsexual. Jodi Wille was a music video director and rock band photographer in the 90s, then co-founded two book publishing companies. Many of their books are like documentaries in print, and once Isis Aquarian, an ex-follower of Baker showed her her massive film and photo archive, it seemed like a natural thing to make a movie.

Sini Anderson

Sini Anderson has worked in film for over ten years as a producer, first assistant director, and creative consultant. She has directed short form pieces such as Jolie Holland’s All The Girls music video and Melissa Febos’s experimental book/video short Whip Smart. The Punk Singer is Anderson’s first feature-length documentary.

Dave Grohl

David Eric Grohl is one of the most famous figures on the international music scene. Dave, born in Warren, Ohio in 1969, got his start at 17 with the punk band Scream and made his recorded debut as drummer for Nirvana on 1991’s generation defining Nevermind. Dave then took center stage with his own band, Foo Fighters. SOUND CITY is his debut as a feature documentary director/producer.

Tom Berninger

Tom Berninger, younger brother of The Nationals’ frontman Matt Berninger is a director and actor, known for the Ang Lee directed Taking Woodstock (2009) and the short film Cod Farthing (2009).

Gorman Bechard

Gorman Bechard is the author of six novels and directed/wrote the indie features Friends (With Benefits) and You Are Alone, the horror comedy cult-classic Psychos In Love. His latest features are the critically acclaimed Color Me Obsessed, A Film About The Replacements, which screened even in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and What Did You Expect? The Archers Of Loaf Live At Cat's Cradle.

Lily Keber

Lily Keber lives and works in New Orleans. Her other video work has dealt with the siege of Gaza, rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and media literacy. Her short film T. Don Hutto: America's Family Prison focused on Bush’s policy of family detention. Lily is co-founder of New Orleans Video Voices, a woman-led media collective.



Mark Covino

Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett both attended film school in Burlington, Vermont and met in 2007 at a music video shoot. Howlett began his career as a musician in the bands Five Seconds Expired and Non Compos. After getting behind the camera to direct music videos he met fellow filmmaker Mark Covino, who has been working on documentaries for PBS and the Black Panther documentary, What We Want, What We Believe. Jeff approached him with an idea for a documentary, and thus A Band Called Death was born.

Jeff Howlett

Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino both attended film school in Burlington, Vermont and met in 2007 at a music video shoot. Howlett began his career as a musician in the bands Five Seconds Expired and Non Compos. After getting behind the camera to direct music videos he met fellow filmmaker Mark Covino, who has been working on documentaries for PBS and the Black Panther documentary, What We Want, What We Believe. Jeff approached him with an idea for a documentary, and thus A Band Called Death was born.

A.J. Edwards

Born in northern California and raised in Texas, writer and director A.J. Edwards has worked extensively with Terrence Malick—first as an editor on The New World, and then as second-unit director and editor on The Tree of Life, To The Wonder, and the forthcoming Knight of Cups. The Better Angels is Edwards’s first narrative feature film.

Ghazi Albuliwi

Born in Amman Jordan and raised in Brooklyn New York. Started doing stand up comedy at the age of seventeen and soon was performing at major clubs around New York City. After a brief stint working on Saturday Night Live he decided to make an autobiographical film titled West Bank Brooklyn. He co-wrote and starred in Hiam Abbass' directorial debut film Inheritance and his romantic comedy, Only in New York won the Creative Promise Award of the Tribeca Film Festival.

David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green was born in Arkansas in 1975, and was was raised in Dallas and Texas. He took a four-year film program at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His senior thesis film, a 21-minute short called Physical Pinball (1998), went to several domestic film festivals and was the forerunner to his first feature. After graduating he went to Los Angeles for a year, where he took on any behind-the-scenes filmmaking job he could get then returned to North Carolina where he worked at a doorknob factory. He and his friends put together their money and gave up their day jobs to work on his first feature, George Washington, which won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler (b. 1986, Oakland, California) studied film and television at the University of Southern California and has been making movies for five years. In 2012 he participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with the script for his feature debut Fruitvale Station. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at last year’s Sundance and earned great acclaim at Cannes.In addition to moviemaking, he works as a counselor at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco.

Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch has long been considered a seminal figure in American independent cinema. His films are often noted for their transcendent minimalism and overturning of traditional genres, such as the road movie, western and detective story. Born in Akron, Ohio, Jarmusch lives and works in New York.

Lance Edmands

Lance Edmands (b. 1981, Maine, USA) is an American director and editor who graduated from New York´s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. His graduation film, the writer-director short Vacationland, screened at numerous festivals and won a variety of awards. He has created music videos, and his portfolio also includes commercials for internationally successful companies. As an editor he cooperated on the short film by Braden King Home Movie and Lena Dunham’s famous film Tiny Furniture. As a production assistant he worked on the critically acclaimed TV series “The Wire” and on the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers.

Erik Novák

Painter and film director. He achieved enormous success in 2004 when he came up with the original idea for The District and worked as a producer and director Áron Gauder’s co-creator. In 2006 he received the Golden Eye Award for his work as a DOP in Péter Halász’a experimental work Herminamező. His first feature was Zuhanórepülés, in which he worked together with Zsolt Nagy, Simon Szabó and Ferenc Lavro, who also have a role in Black Soup, as well as sound technicians Zsolt Hammer and Ádám Jávorka.

John Michael McDonagh

As a troubled youth, McDonagh was once incarcerated for accidentally killing a swan. His time inside was a happy one, however, as he brutally subjected the other boys to a tyrannical reign of terror. Upon his release, he worked in a pie shop, his weight ballooning to more than eighteen stone, or the equivalent of five baboons. He shot his first feature, The Guard, in 2011, and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Simon Szabó

Born in 1979 Simon Szabó is a well-known actor, director and musician/DJ. He won the pirce for the best short film for his film Let’s Roll at the hungarian Film Week in 2008 and in 2009 he took home the Sándor Simó Award for his first feature Paper Planes.

Réka Bucsi

Born in Filderstadt in Germany in 1988, she studied at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest between 2008 and 2013. In 2011, she participated in the Essemble Digital Training Programme at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades Tecnologias in Lisbon. She attended Animation sans Frontiéres (ASF) in Viborg, Denmark in 2013.

Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley (b. 1972, Billericay, UK) began working in animation, short films and advertising, then worked for television. He made a name for himself on the feature film stage with his very first film Down Terrace (2010). The dark flick Kill List (2011) made its way to American festivals, Sightseers was premiered at Cannes and then screened at festivals all over the world. He also writes scripts and edits, and collaborates with his wife Amy Jump.

Ron Morales

Ron Morales graduated from Parsons with a photography degree and from NYU film school. He directed his award-winning debut feature Santa Mesa, starring Melissa Leo, at age 29. He has gone on to create a number of short films, commercials, and promotional and music videos.

Adrián García Bogliano

Bogliano was born in 1980 in Madrid, Spain, but raised in Argentina and considers the horrors of the 70s and 80s as his main sourse of inspiration. He made his feature film debut with Riddlebox in 2004. His subsequent feature films include (Rooms for Tourists, I'll Never Die Alone), as well as the “Big is for Bigfoot” segment in 2013’s The ABCs of Death.

Jeremy Gardner

Jeremy Gardner was born and raised in Florida. After moving to the northeast to pursue an acting career, he wrote the screenplay for The Battery based on an audition tape he made for a horror film casting contest. Two years of rewrites and fundraising attempts later, he asked ten of his friends for six hundred dollars apiece in exchange for a stake in the finished film. In August of 2011, with six thousand dollars and a cast and crew of five, he shot the movie in two weeks in the woods of northern Connecticut..

Richard Raaphorst

Richard Raaphorst, known across The Netherlands as one of the country’s top commercial directors, made his first international splash in 2006, when his Nazi zombie Worst Case Scenario Internet shorts became viral sensations. The clips propelled the writer, director, and designer to international attention. He previously worked in the art departments of several films, including Black Book (2006) and Beyond Re-Animator (2003).

Gonzalo Tobal

Born Argentina 1981, he wrote and directed various short films, of which Ahora todos parecen contentos received the First Prize of the Cinéfondation at Cannes 2007 and Cynthia todavia tiene las Ilaves was premiered at the Cannes Critics' Week 2010. Villegas is his first feature.

Mariana Rondón

Born in 1966, Caracas, Venezuela, she studied from 1987 to 1990 at the International Film and Television School in Cuba. She is head of Sudaca Films, which she co-founded with Marité Ugás in 1991. A la medianoche y media (1999) was their feature debut. With her autobiographical film Postcards from Leningrad (2007), about her parents who fought as guerrillas, she won numerous international awards.

Emir Baigazin

Emir Baigazin graduated in direction in 2009 from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. Thanks to his short film Steppe (2007), he was invited to participate in a workshop at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, where his teachers were Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. His feature film debut Harmony Lessons caused quite a stir when presented in the main competition at last year’s Berlinale.

Louise Archambault

Louise Archambault studied film at Concordia University. She directed the short film Atomic Saké and the feature Familia, which won the Best Canadian First Feature Film award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Gabrielle is her latest film.

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, China, and studied at the Beijing Film Academy. He made his directorial debut with the feature Pickpocket (1997). His subsequent films have all screened at the Festival, including the documentaries Dong, Wuyong, I Wish I Knew and the features The World, Still Life, and 24 City. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema, a group that also includes such figures as Wang Quan'an and Zhang Yuan.

Dome Karukoski

Dome Karukoski was born in Cyprus and lives in Finland. His features include Beauty and the Bastard, Home of the Dark Butterflies, Forbidden Fruit, Lapland Odyssey, and Heart of a Lion.

Riad Sattouf

Riad Sattouf (1978, France) is a French writer, comic book artist and director with Syrian roots. He has succesfully published various graphic novels and has a weekly comic in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In 2009, he made his directing debut with the award-winning film The French Kissers. Jacky in the Kingdom of Women is his second film.

Bruno François-Boucher

Graduated from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français, he first started as André Téchiné, Patrice Leconte, Alain Corneau and Luc Besson’s assistant director. He directed several short films, many of which presented in the official selection in Teheran.

Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor

Born in Dublin, Ireland Christine Molloy (b. 1965) and Joe Lawlor (b. 1963) studied theatre in the UK in the late 1980s. From 1992 to 1999 they directed and performed in six internationally acclaimed touring theatre shows. They directed a number of episodic, interactive works for the Internet, and large-scale community video projects for galleries. Between 2003 and 2010 Molloy and Lawlor, produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films under the title Civic Life. Helen, their debut feature film, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2008.

Annette K. Olesen

Director, born 1965. Graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1991. Olesen's international breakthrough came with the intense, character-driven drama "Minor Mishaps" (2002) which won Der Blaue Engel at the International Film Festival in Berlin. "In your Hands" followed in 2004, a Dogme-tinged prison drama selected for the main competition in Berlin. Also selected for competition in Berlin was "Little Soldier" (2008), about a female soldier who returns from Afghanistan, rootless and traumatised.

Wojciech Smarzowski

Graduated in cinematography from The National Film School in Łódź. Worked as DOP on several documentary films. His directorial feature debut The Wedding earned special jury mention at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Smarzowski’s film The Dark House gained Audience Award at the Warsaw IFF. His third feature, Róża gained the Polish Film Award in seven categories. Traffic Department earned six nominations for Polish Film Awards.

Alphan Eşeli

Alphan Eşeli was born in 1973 in Ankara. Following his BA, he moved to New York and graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with an MA degree in filmmaking. He started directing music videos and commercials for the most innovative and recognised brands. Eşeli is also a photographer and one of the creators of the Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival.

Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Graduate in Social Communication from the Universidad de Chile. His first feature film, Huacho, participated in Horizontes Latinos at the San Sebastian Festival in 2009 and won an award at the Sundance/NHK screenplay competition. His second feature, Sentados frente al fuego (By the Fire), had its world premiere in the New Directors section of the San Sebastian Festival in 2011.

Anna Odell

Anna Odell, born in 1973, initiated an intense cultural debate about psychiatric care with her art graduation project, Unknown Woman, at the University College of Art, Craft and Design in Stockholm in 2009. In 2009, Odell was committed to a psychiatric ward after attempting to jump off a bridge in Stockholm. Her 'suicide' turned out to be an art project and the film The Reunion.

Destin Daniel Cretton

Destin Daniel Cretton’s short film, Short Term 12, won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The feature, Short Term 12, from the same subject matter, was awarded a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Destin's feature film debut, “I Am Not a Hipster”, premiered at Sundance in 2012.

Benedikt Erlingsson

Benedikt Erlingsson (1969, Iceland) grew up in Reykjavík in a family of actors and, until recently, primarily acted. He featured in, among other things, Lars von Trier's comedy The Boss of It All (2006). Since then, he has also been active as a scriptwriter and filmmaker. Of Horses and Men (2013) is his feature film debut.

Thierry de Peretti

Actor and director, Thierry de Peretti was born in 1970 in Ajaccio. He does a training course within the free class of the Cours Florent (1988/1991). He is a prize-winner of The Villa Medicis Hors-les-murs and obtains the Price of the theatrical revelation of the national labor syndicate of the criticism in 2001. Les Apaches is his first movie.

Eskil Vogt

Born in Norway in 1964, he graduated in directing from La Fémis in Paris and has directed a number of shorts, one of which was nominated for a European Film Award. Vogt has also had a successful screenwriting career, working with Joachim Trier on many films, including the feature  Oslo, August 31st which premiered in competition at Cannes
in 2011.

Maya Vitkova

Maya Vitkova is a Bulgarian writer, director, and producer born in Sofia in 1978. Until 2006, she worked in film as an assistant and casting director. In 2009, she executive-produced Kamen Kalev's feature Eastern Plays, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was Bulgaria’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2011. Beginning in 2009, Vitkova founded Viktoria Films, a company focused on producing independent films. Viktoria is her debut feature as director.

Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan was born in Montreal. His began his career acting in a number of television series and films, as well as doing voice work in the dubbing industry. His directorial debut J'ai tué ma mère, which he also wrote and starred in, won the Prix Regards Jeunes and the SACD Prize at Cannes, and was Canada's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film. His second film, Les Amours imaginaires, also won the Prix Regards Jeunes. His other features are Laurence Anyways and Tom à la ferme.


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