Diana Groó is a film director, producer, and head of the Film and Media Specialist Program at METU Budapest. She is the co-founder of Katapultfilm studio (2002), Malcah Productions (2011), and DunaDock- docu- Masterclasses and workshops (2013). Following her prize winning shorts and documentaries (aired by HBO, Arte, YLE), she debuted her feature film, A Miracle in Cracow, a Polish-Hungarian co-production with Krzisztof Zanussi. Her second feature film, Vespa (2010), was awarded by UNICEF, won the Dialog Prize for Intercultural Communication in Cottbus, and the Best Director’s Award in Geneva and Los Angeles. Her documentary, Regina (2013), based on a single photograph, won the Lia Award at the 30th Jerusalem Film Festival and was screened widely, including at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at UNESCO (2014), the Library of Congress (2014), and was deposited in the Visual Center Collection at Yad Vashem. Diana’s documentary, entitled What Lies Ahead, won the Audience Award at the 4th Verzió International Human Rights Film Festival in Budapest.
Peter Kerekes is film director, producer and teacher. He studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he currently teaches filmmaking. Together with director Dušan Hanák, he participated in founding the atelier of fiction and documentary film, and engaged in filmmaking that explores the complex relationship between history and memory. His film 66 Seasons (2003), an award-winning documentary about a swimming pool in Kosice, shows 66 years in the history of swimming, and the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Cooking History (2009), is a documentary about cooking in the army and how it affects the wins and defeats of the soldiers. The film was in production for five years and was filmed in 11 different European countries. It won multiple festival awards, including the Jury Prize at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, the Best Documentary Award at Viennale, and was nominated for best documentary at the European Film Awards. Velvet terrorists (2013), the story of three protagonists who opposed the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, was screened at multiple festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014, and it received the FEDEORA award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2013.
Antonello Vinci is programmer for Babel Film Festival, organized by the Società Umanitaria-Cineteca Sarda of Cagliari and the Cultural Association Babel. Babel Film Festival is dedicated to screening films in minority languages. Antonello earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Cagliari, and along with programming work, he assists the Società Umanitaria –Cineteca Sarda of Cagliari in developing its historical photographic and cinematographic archives of public interest. He was involved with the digitization of the archive of the Presidency of the Regional Council of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, and the enhancement and promotion of home movie collections of Sardinian families, an extensive archive containing films from as early as the 1920s. He is also involved with cultural projects on the Italian Resistance during WWII, the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the European constitutions, and contributes to educational programs for students and teachers in Sardinia. Antonello lives and works in Cagliari.