After studying engineering and working in the field of new technologies, which didn’t fulfill his creative needs, Alexandre attended art history classes at La Sorbonne University, as well as photography, and then documentary film-making trainings at the Ateliers Varan.
Swiss director and producer Christian Frei is considered one of today’s most innovative and compelling documentary filmmakers. He was nominated for an Academy Award with War Photographer (2001) and won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance with Space Tourists (2009).
Christian von Borries (born 1967) produces media from other media. He is an orchestra conductor, composer and producer of site specific psychogeographic projects. His work was comissioned by Lucerne festival, Kunstfest Weimar, Volksbuehne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and Documenta 12 among others. His cd Replay Debussy won an echo award.
Christopher Quinn’s debut film, God Grew Tired of Us, emerged from Sundance in 2006 having garnered both the Grand Jury Prize and the coveted Audience Award. Produced by Quinn and Brad Pitt and narrated by Nicole Kidman, the documentary chronicles the extraordinary journey of three Sudanese Lost Boys—men who arrived in the United States after a 15-year migration through their war-torn country.
Dominique Marchais is a French director who began as a film critic for the Inrockuptibles, after a degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne. Between 1998 and 2003, he participated in the editing of the films of Pierre Léon, Pedro Costa and Jean-Claude Biette. In 2003, he wrote and directed his first short film, Lenz escaped. His films have been selected in many festivals across France and internationally.
The jury member of Amnesty International Award. Chief executive of Amnesty International Poland.
Elwira Niewiera is director, writer and researcher. Her last feature documentary „Domino Effect“ (directed with Piotr Rosołowski) was shown worldwide at more than 30 festivals and won many awards among them the Golden Dove for the best film in the German Competition at DOK Leipzig and the Golden Horn for the Best Film of the International Competition at 54 Krakow IFF.
Eva Mulvad graduated as documentary film director at The National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Mulvad’s The Good Life (2010), was screened at IDFA and won the Best Documentary Award at Karlovy Vary. While working on The Good Life Eva also made The Samurai Case, the first film to follow a Danish trial from within the courtroom.
Hermann Poelking, born in 1954, lives in Bremen and Berlin. He began studying Journalism in West-Berlin in 1974 and became a partner at the publishing house “Elefanten Press” in 1979. Since 1983, he has edited and written books about 20-th century history, the history of technology, and everyday culture.
The director of “Looking for Jesus” („Szukając Jezusa”). Born in Warsaw in 1963. Sculptor, photographer, performer, film director, creator of video installations and artistic initiatives. Graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1998 Kozyra started postgraduate studies at the New Media atelier led by professor Helmut Mark at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.
Klaudiusz graduated from the University of the Arts London with a BA in Film and Video. After UAL he started Film Directing in Łódź Film School where he directed both fiction and documentary films. He assisted in feature films such as “Lasting” dir. J. Borcuch and a BBC series “The Passing Bells” dir. B.Maher.
Kuba Mikurda is a film lecturer and filmmaker based in Warsaw, Poland. He started as a film critic, journalist and publisher, then worked as TV director and film news presenter for Canal+ Poland. He also co-edited books on Terry Gilliam, Brothers Quay, Guy Maddin, Tsai Ming-liang and, last but not least, Walerian Borowczyk.
„MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.”, a film by Steve Loveridge, based on previously unseen archival materials made by M.I.A., is an intimate portrait of this extraordinary artist which presents how she uses pop music as a political tool and why she is so determined to be an outsider, to rebel against restraints, the injustice of the system, hypocrisy and political duplicity.
Born in 1972. Dutch journalist, writer, filmmaker, TV show host. Brügger wrote a couple of books and worked with magazines as well as with newspapers. Producer of award-winning radio shows. Host of the critically acclaimed evening TV show “The 11 Hour” and also of the daily news program “Deadline”. One of the creators of the satirical documentary show „Danes for Bush” (2004).
The jury member of Amnesty International Award. Film producer and lecturer at Collegium Civitas.
Norman Leto – born in 1980 in Poland. An artist, self-educated in the field of video, painting, film and new media. Norman Leto’s debut solo exhibition took place in the Centre of Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2007. Same year, he worked with the director Krystian Lupa on “Factory Two”, where his job was to prepare video sequences shown during the performance.
Living and working between Canada and Switzerland, Peter Mettler melds intuitive-associative processes with drama, essay, experiment or documentation. A strong supporter of independent creativity, he has collaborated with numerous filmmakers, artists and musicians including Atom Egoyan, Fred Frith, Robert Lepage, Andreas Züst, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Michael Ondaatje.
Ramia Suleiman is a Syrian artist, born in 1975. She received her BA and MA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University.
After fifteen-year career as a freelance artist in Damascus, she moved to Beirut and set up “ Artafif”, a studio which works on long-term art and design projects. One of these projects is Mdawar, which focuses on up-cycling fine objects. Examples of the these products can be found at mdawar.com.
Ruth Beckermann was born in Vienna where she also spent her childhood. After her studies in journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, she took her degree as Dr.phil in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines.
The jury member of Amnesty International Award. Film critic (“Gazeta Wyborcza”).