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.
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.
Máté Artur Vincze is a Budapest-based filmmaker. He graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts, where he studied documentary direction, in 2015. His graduation film, Separated, premiered at the Budapest International Documentary Festival and was part of a national campaign initiated by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. In 2016, Máté was selected to take part in the European Social Documentary (ESoDOC) workshop with a multimedia project called “Quiet Achievers”. He is currently working on his first feature-length documentary about international adoption.
Balázs Mészáros was born in 1991 in Dunaújváros, Hungary. He has worked as a video-journalist. He graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest in 2017 as a documentary film director.
The Polgar Variant
Yossi Aviram, born in Jerusalem in 1971, is an Israeli writer and director. A graduate from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School of Jerusalem, Yossi Aviram splits his career between his work as a director of photography and his own films. In 1998, the Year of Israel in France, he participated in a cultural exchange with the well-known French film school, La fémis. He directed his second short film, ANNA during the four weeks he spent in Paris. His first feature, The Dune, won Best First Feature Film Award at Haifa Film Festival, and has also been selected for San Sebastian, San Francisco and other film festivals.
No Country for the Poor
László Bihari has designed online campaign videos for non-profit organizations for the past nine years. He is one of the founders of the creative team, ZPOK. This is their first documentary film production.
Kata Olah began work as an editor, host, and director for a variety of television productions in the mid 1990's. For 10 years, she produced television series and short films. It was only in 2010 that she began to focus on directing. In that year, she completed a documentary for HBO entitled Romacops. Since then, she has directed several mid-length documentaries and popular science miniseries. Her first short fiction, En Passant, has won a number of international awards.
Ábel Regős studied filmmaking at the Novus Art School in Hungary. He has worked for creative workshops since 2013, and has made music videos for several bands, as well as independent short films.
LEAVE/STAY: Sweet Home
Loránd Balázs Imre is a co-founder of SpeakEasy Project, and founder of SpeakEasy Project Berlin. He has worked on a number of documentary films since 2012, and is the director and producer of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awarded documentary series, LEAVE/STAY.
Bálint Tusor began his film career in 2003, and has since worked on numerous international productions as assistant editor. He completed his Masters in film and television at the National Film and Television School in 2012, and in the last five years has mainly worked as a documentary film editor. Verzio will screen his first documentary directorial debut, co-directed with Loránd Balazs Imre.
Zoltán Gálovits studied journalism in Oradea and theatre studies in Cluj-Napoca. After his university studies, he worked as an editor and reporter, and later, he participated in various theatre and film projects as a dramaturg and co-creator. Since 2008, he is a staff member of Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre in Timișoara. In 2012/2013, he was assistant artistic director, and currently he is art consultant to the institution. He is also the artistic director of TESZT, the Euroregional Theatre Festival in Timișoara.
Szabolcs Hajdu is a script writer, theatre and film director. He started his career as a child actor in Debrecen, Hungary, later he graduated from the Theatre and Film Academy in Budapest as a film director. His latest feature film – his seventh movie –, This is Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016. He is the founder of Látókép Ensemble which also produced Kanzoli as their first documentary film.