Michael Glawogger was born in Graz, Austria, and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy. He started as an assistant camera operator, and later worked as a cinematographer, screenwriter, and director. He made numerous internationally-acclaimed shorts, documentaries, and feature films. He had recently devoted himself to literary writing. Michael Glawogger died in Monrovia, Liberia, in April of 2014 while shooting Untitled.
The Russian Job
Petr Horký studied journalism in Prague. He graduated in photojournalism in London, later moved to Berlin and then Prague where he worked for economic periodicals. His job exposed him to a wide range of issues, one of them was a Russian story which inspired him to make the documentary The Russian Job.
Anastasiya Miroshnichenko studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, and the State Academy of Postgraduate Education. Since 2008 she has worked as a director of historical, scientific, and entertaining TV programs. Her first documentary, Crossroads (2014), premiered at the Warsaw IFF where it won Special Mention Jury Award and the Audience Award.
We're Going The Same Way
Pieter-Jan Van Damme studied international law and was exposed to documentary film accidentally, which altered the course of his life and led him to look for stories of everyday heroes that represent larger issues like globalization, labor and migration.
Film for Carlos
Renato Borrayo Serrano was born in 1992, in Guatemala, but has lived in Russia since 2012. He graduated from the VGIK in 2017 as a film director specialized in documentary films, and attended Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre. His Film for Carlos was awarded Honorary Mention by the International Jury at the 2017 DOK Leipzig.
Alisa Kovalenko graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Theatre & Cinema University of Kyiv, and the Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw. Her first full-length documentary, Sister Zo (2013), featured at DocuDays UA, Molodist IFF (Kiev) and ArtDocFest (Moscow). Her film, Alisa in Warland (2015,) appeared in competition at IDFA, and won awards at the Fidadoc festival of Agadir (Morocco), DocsMX (Mexico), and the Paris Festival of Cinema & Human Rights. She is the director of a documentary series on women's football in Ukraine for Current Time TV.
Stephan Komandarev studied directing at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. His films, The Balloon (1997), Dog’s Home (2000), Bread over the Fence (2002), Alphabet of Hope (2003), The Judgement (2014), and Directions (2017) were awarded by numerous prestigious festivals.
Marie Elisa Scheidt studied documentary film in Munich and Toronto. Her films Loly H (2013), Sobota (2014), and Our Wildest Dreams (2017) have been screened and awarded at numerous major film festivals around the world.
Linda Dombrovszky graduated as a film and television director in 2013. She has directed a music documentary, image films, non-commercial films, and a reality series. Her documentaries and short films attended and received awards at several festivals.
Magdalena Szymkow is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and film archives researcher with a journalistic background. Her film My House Without Me (2012), a cinematic essay about displacement, was nationally broadcasted, awarded and screened at festivals all over the world.
Evdokia Moskvina studied film production at the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2011 she directed the film Our Dreams Come True, which was successfully presented at the Cannes festival. Currently, Evdokia is post-producing a documentary filmed in Syria in 2016, a story about civilians in the war.
Little Yellow Boots
John Webster is a writer and director born in 1967, in Helsinki, to English teachers who later moved to Finland. John graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 1996 with an MA in documentary filmmaking. Since 1990 he has directed independent documentaries that have won numerous awards nationally and internationally. He has run his own production company, JW Documentaries, since 1993.
Nine Month War
László Csuja graduated in screenwriting from the University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest). His short film, Phosphorus, was screened at festivals in Tampere, Cork and Edinburgh. His first feature, Blossom Valley, premiered and was awarded at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Nine Month War is his first feature-length documentary, premiered at the Sarajevo FF where it received Special Jury Prize.
No Obvious Signs
Alina Gorlova is a director and film editor from Ukraine. She graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and TV. She directs documentaries and short fictions, as well as social and commercial ads. Her first feature-length documentary was Kholodny Yar. Intro (2016). Her second documentary No Obvious Signs received four awards at the Docudays UA (2018).