Hany Abu-Assad

Born in Nazareth, Palestine, in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in the Netherlands, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer. In 1998 he directed his first feature, The 14Th Chick, from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg. His biggest critical success to date is the often debated 2005 film Paradise Now, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and was also nominated for the Academy Award in the same category.

Khaled Soliman al Nassiry

Poet, literary critic and graphic designer. Palestinian-Syrian, he was born in Damascus in 1979 and he lives in Milan since 2009. He is currently working as the editorial director and graphic designer for the Emiratian Publisher Noon.

Ana Lily Amirpour

The Iranian-American Ana Lily Amirpour has a varied background in the arts including painting, sculpting, and touring the nation as frontwoman of an indie rock band, before she eventually moved to Los Angeles to make films. She has made a number of shorts, and scored a huge success at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, her first feature film.

Bitte Andersson

Bitte Andersson was born in 1981 in Stjärnhov, Sweden. A comic book artist and illustrator with a punk and fanzine background, she worked in special effects for the low-budget Troma Entertainment production company. She graduated at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. After four years managing an LGBT bookshop, she began studying film. Dyke Hard is her graduation project.

Stathis Athanasiou

Stathis Athanasiou has studied Medicine, Animation, Film Direction. He was invited at the 3rd Berlinale Talent Campus, while his short films and documentaries have received various awards around the world. His first feature film DOS, a love story in reverse... (2011) was an official selection in more than 10 international festivals.

Antonio Augugliaro

Born in Milan, Italy, 1978. Editor and director. He started his career working in the field of video-art with “Studio Azzurro”. Today he works for tv channels (Sky and Discovery) and on the scene of the independent cinema productions of Milan.

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.

Bong Joon-ho

Born in 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He studied sociology at Yonsei University and then completed a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts, during which time he made many 16mm short films. He worked as a screenwriter and director’s assistant on several projects before finishing his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000). His monster movie The Host (2006) marked a major step up in his career, becoming the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Snowpiercer is his first English-language feature film.

Lucie Borleteau

Born in 1980. Studied Cinema Studies at Saint-Denis Paris 8 University. Since then, she has been working in film, did a little production, collaborated on scriptwriting or staging with directors such as Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin and Lou Ye. She worked as an actress in several movies, and sometimes on stage. She directed three medium-length films. Fidelio, Alice's Odyssey is her first feature.

Nikias Chryssos

Nikias Chryssos was born near Heidelberg in 1978. He studied film and video production in England and directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He founded the production company Kataskop Film and produced his first feature film The Bunker which he also wrote and directed. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015.

Jemaine Clement

Jemaine is a New Zealand comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist, best known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Bret McKenzie. What We Do in the Shadows (2014) is his first feature film as a director, teaming up with his mentor and father figure, Taika, extending their creative working relationship.

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen is an artist and director based in New York. His work is centered around the interplay between disciplines – he’s a versatile artist working in film, photography and design. His work can be found in numerous private collections around the world and collectively make up the parts of a poetic narrative called “An Unfinished Ballad.”

Nisan Dag

Turkish writer and director. She graduated in film directing from Columbia University in New York. Her animated and narrative shorts were selected by festivals around the world. Across the Sea co-directed with Esra Saydam is her first feature film.

Yann Demange

Born in Paris, France, 1977, he grew up in London and began his career filming live concerts and working on promos for international musicians. He studied at the National Film and Television School, and in 2007 he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. His five-part series Dead Set was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Series in 2010 and Top Boy for Best Director in 2013. ‘71 is his debut feature film.

Alex Garland

Alex Garland is a writer and producer, born in 1970 in London, England. His first novel The Beach, published in 1996 at the age of 26, was a massive success and was made into a film by Danny Boyle, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His screenplays include 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Dredd (2012) and the Kazuo Ishiguro-adaptation Never Let Me Go (2010). Ex Machina is his directorial debut.

Ole Giæver

Born in 1977 in Tromso, Norway and graduated from the Konstfack Art Academy in Stockholm in 2005. Between 2002 and 2007 he and fellow director Marte Vold made 260 short films in a project called Play. He has also directed several short films, including the award-winning Tommy (2007), and the 45-minute long Summers Past (2008). In 2011 he made his feature film debut The Mountain.

Richard Glatzer

Glatzer and Westmoreland met in 1995 and later married in 2013. The duo made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. Their other films include The Fluffer (2001) and the The Last of Robin Hood (2013). Glatzer, who was diagnostised with ALS in 2011, died on 11 March 2015, at the age of 63. Undaunted by his illness, he was on set of Still Alice every day, despite incredible physical difficulties.

Chad Gracia

Chad Gracia has worked in New York theater for nearly 20 years as a producer, dramaturg, and playwright, with a focus on plays in verse. His works have seen productions in various cities in the United States and Europe. He co-wrote Gilgamesh, a drama based on the Sumerian epic, with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa, and has long collaborated with the American verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley. The Russian Woodpecker is his first film.

Gabriele del Grande

Born in Lucca, Italy, 1982. Writer and independent journalist. In 2006 he founded the observatory of the victims of the borders Fortress Europe and since 2011 he has been covering Arab Springs and the wars in Libya and in Syria.

James Hall

Edward Lovelace and James Hall graduated from the UK’s prestigious Bournemouth Film School in 2006. They were shooting music videos for Pulse Films before making their first film, Werewolves Across America, a documentary about the DIY indie music scene in the US. They followed up in 2012 producing Part of Me, an intimate look into the life of global pop star Katy Perry, which on release became the 4th highest grossing music documentary of all time.

Ning Hao

Born in China in 1977, he first studied art direction at Shanxi Taiyuan Film School and later attended Beijing University School of Arts. In 2003 he graduated in cinematography from the Beijing Film Academy with the short film Thursday, Wednesday.

Don Hertzfeldt
Øyvind Holtmon
Gabe Ibáñez

Born in 1971. He obtained a BA in Image Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid where he founded Extipo, a pioneer association specialized on the study and development of computer generated image. He worked in the field of digital post-production as 3D artist and visual effects supervisor, and later as a commercial director. In 2006, he directed his first short film Máquina, and in 2008 his first feature film, Hierro.

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson is a writer and filmmaker living in Winnipeg. He has been working with Guy Maddin since 2009.

Hammad Khan

Pakistani director and screenwriter, born in 1975. His three short films brought him much acclaim and were screened internationally. His first feature Slackistan was banned by the Pakistani government because of scenes showing swearing and drinking. The fate of Anima State is yet to be determined.

Le-Van Kiet

Vietnamese-American director and writer, born in 1980. He graduated from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Film and Television. He made his first feature film Dust of Life in 2006. His following feature House in the Alley (2012) was the first Vietnamese Horror film released in US theaters.

Andrew Leavold

Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a filmmaker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema.

Kristian Levring

Kristian Levring graduated from the National Danish Film School as an editor but soon switched to directing. In 1988 he began a successful worldwide career directing commercials. In 1995, Levring was one of the four co-founders of the Dogme95 movement. Lars von Trier is currently working on a horror film under the working title Detroit written for Kristian Levring.

Ye Lou

Born in Shanghai in 1965 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 1989, majoring in filmmaking. In 1993 he made his debut feature film Weekend Lover. His feature films had been selected by prestigious festivals around the world including Festival de Cannes, Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, and won numerous prizes.

Edward Lovelace

Edward Lovelace and James Hall graduated from the UK’s prestigious Bournemouth Film School in 2006. They were shooting music videos for Pulse Films before making their first film, Werewolves Across America, a documentary about the DIY indie music scene in the US. They followed up in 2012 producing Part of Me, an intimate look into the life of global pop star Katy Perry, which on release became the 4th highest grossing music documentary of all time.

Yang Lu

Yang Lu graduated in Directing from Beijing Film Academy. Brotherhood of Blades is his third feature after My Spectacular Theatre (2010) and A Motor Home Adventure (2012).

Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin is a Canadian artist, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. He has more than ten features to his credit and numerous short films. He has won several awards for his work, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for My Winnipeg.

Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen is a conceptual artist, director and writer. His films incude the multiple award-winning Into Eternity (2010), and Halden Prison, a 3D-film, part of Cathedrals of Culture (2014) initiated by Wim Wenders. In addition, Madsen has been guest lecturer at many prestigious universities around the world.

Carlos Marques-Marcet

Spanish editor, writer, producer and director. Born and raised in Barcelona, he started developing his unique voice at an early age. Already his third short film granted him the honour of participating, at the age of nineteen, in the Berlinale Talent Campus. After being granted the prestigious La Caixa scholarship, he moved to Los Angeles in order to study Film and Television in UCLA’s Master of Fine Arts program. 10.000 Km is his debut feature film.

Hitoshi Matsumoto

An entertainer, film director, an essayist, Matsumoto is best known as the “funny man” half of the popular comedy duo Downtown opposite “straight man” Masatoshi Hamada. As a filmmaker, Matsumoto knows absolutely no boundaries, defying any conventions. He made a major splash in the film world with his directorial debut Big Man Japan (2007), which is currently being remade in Hollywood.

Morgan Matthews

British producer and director. Matthews won the BAFTA award in 2008 with his film The Fallen as Best Director, while the film was nominated as Best Single Documentary. Making critically acclaimed documentaries for over ten years, X+Y is his feature-length fiction debut.

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.

April Mullen

April Mullen’s previous work includes Dead Before Dawn 3D, which was the first ever fully Canadian Stereoscopic 3D Feature Film, and marked Mullen as the youngest and only female to direct a Stereoscopic 3D Feature Film. Mullen is co-founder of the award winning production company WANGO Films and is currently in development of her next feature film and an eight-part TV series.

The Maw Naing

Born in 1971, a Burmese poet, performance artist, painter and filmmaker. He graduated in Burmese Literature and IT Technologies; he also attended the Yangon Film School and studied film directing at Prague’s FAMU. Poems he has written often form part of his installations, performances and films, which have earned him several awards and have been shown all over the world. The Monk is his feature film debut.

Afia Nathaniel

Computer-scientist-turned filmmaker, Afia loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. She is an adjunct faculty member for Columbia University’s MFA Film program and has mentored student filmmakers based in the US and Pakistan. She has worked for an international women’s non-profit organisation, the World YWCA and given keynote addresses on the issue of violence against women and the role of artists as agents of change. Daughter (2014) is her debut feature film.

David Oelhoffen

French director and writer. He has directed several short films before making his first feature In Your Wake, presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Far from Men is his second feature.

Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer was born in 1974, Texas, USA. He has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Described by Dusan Makavejev as “an absolute and unique masterpiece”, his documentary The Act of Killing garnered worldwide attention in 2012.

Mike Ott

Born in 1977, Mike Ott is a director and screenwriter. He studied film at the California Institute of the Arts, and his feature films have screened at international festivals and won numerous awards. Presently he teaches film directing at the University of Southern California (USC).

George Ovashvili

Born in 1963, in the USSR, studied at the Georgian State Institute of Film and Theatre, and later at the Hollywood branch of the New York Film Academy. He is involved both in documentary and feature film work, which he frequently also produces himself. His feature debut The Other Bank (2009) garnered around fifty awards and was nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery of the Year.

Jafar Panahi

Born in Mianeh, Iran in 1960. He is recognised today as one of the most important independent filmmakers in Iran, identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. Although his films were often banned in his own country, he continued to receive international acclaim from critics and has won numerous prestigious awards. In 2010, Panahi was convicted of “making propaganda against the system”. He was sentenced to a 20-year ban on filmmaking and leaving the country.

John Pirozzi

John Pirozzi is known for his work as a cinematographer, including films by Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen, and for his previous work in Cambodia, the music documentary Sleepwalking Through the Mekong (2007), his directorial debut, which chronicled the California based band Dengue Fever’s first trip to Cambodia. He has also directed music videos for Queens of the Stone Age, Calexico, Vic Chesnutt and Victoria Williams.

Laura Pointras

Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist.  Her films have premiered at festivals worldwide and, along with her journalism, have received multiple prestigious honors and awards. She has taught filmmaking at Yale and Duke Universities, and is on the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Along with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, she is co-founder of The Intercept news site.

Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt was born in 1964 and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She earned her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before moving to New York City in 1988, where she still resides. Over the past decade, Kelly Reichardt has developed one of the strongest voices in contemporary American independent cinema. American landscapes and narratives of the road are themes that run throughout her work.

Ronnie Sandahl

Ronnie Sandahl is a director and writer. Born in 1984, he got his national break-through at 22 with a widely discussed novel. After a series of short films Sandahl has now directed his first feature film Underdog.

Peter Sattler

Born in Lafayette, Indiana. Studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, completing a bachelor's in film directing. His directorial thesis film Newton (2001) was nominated for a student Academy Award. Camp X-Ray is his first feature film.

Esra Saydam

Turkish director, writer and producer. Born and raised in Istanbul and later moved to USA for her filmmaking career. Her short films were selected for numerous film festivals. Across the Sea co-directed with Nisan Dag is her first feature film.

Albert Shin

A second-generation Korean-Canadian, studied film and video production at York University. He has produced the award-winning short film, Day of John (2005) and the feature film Krivina (2012). After graduating, Albert and fellow York Alumni, Igor Drljaca founded the production company TimeLapse Pictures in Toronto. The company’s first production, Point Traverse (2009) was Albert’s feature debut.

Inuk Silis Høgh

Born in Qaqortoq, Greenland in 1972, he studied at the University of Bristol and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions with his artistic works and installations. He directed his first short film Sinilluarit (Goodnight) in 1999, which was screened at more than 20 festivals. Sumé – The Sound Of A Revolution is his first feature-lenght documentary.

Wojtek Smarzowski

Wojciech Smarzowski was born in Korczyna, Poland, in 1963 and studied filmmaking at Jagiellonian University. Currently one of Poland's most popular film directors, his films tackle crucial social problems and reveal vital issues of Polish identity.

Peter Strickland

Born in 1973, Peter Strickland grew up in Reading, England. He is a director, writer and experimental musician. His first feature, Katalin Varga, won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for its sound design. The Duke of Burgundy is his third feature.

Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

J-P Valkeapää was born in 1977 in Porvoo, Finnland. He studied film direction at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2005 Valkeapää was selected to the Cannes Cinéfondation residency program to develop the script for The Visitor, his directorial debut, which premiered in 2008. They Have Escaped (2014) is his second feature.

Taika Waititi

An acclaimed artist, comedian, writer, actor and director. He became an international name in 2005 when his short film, Two Cars, One Night (2004), was nominated for an Oscar. After Jemaine’s appearance in Waititi’s first feature, Eagle vs Shark (2007), Taika became one of the writers and directors on the HBO TV hit, Flight of the Conchords, and has since directed for ABC, MTV, and other companies with three letters in their name.

Wash Westmoreland

Glatzer and Westmoreland met in 1995 and later married in 2013. The duo made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. Their other films include The Fluffer (2001) and the The Last of Robin Hood (2013). Glatzer, who was diagnostised with ALS in 2011, died on 11 March 2015, at the age of 63. Undaunted by his illness, he was on set of Still Alice every day, despite incredible physical difficulties.

Ryan Wise

Ryan Wise is a director/producer/writer/editor who co-created the Emmy-nominated web series Sam Has 7 Friends (2006) and Prom Queen (2007-2012). Winning awards for his editing on such documentaries as The Green Rush (2008) and Why We Ride (2013), Ryan has also collaborated with Michael Eisner and McG.


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