Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker from Cape Breton Island, based in Montréal. Her works are immersive and sensorial, often exploring a healing connection to the natural world. Her award-winning documentary In the Waves (2017) premiered at Visions du Réel. Her most recent work, Geographies of Solitude (2022) premiered at the Berlinale Forum and won three awards. It has since garnered 27 awards, including Best Canadian Feature Film at Hot Docs and Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking from the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Jacquelyn is a Sundance Doc Fund Alumni, an IDA Documentary Award and Canadian Screen Award nominee. She has also worked as an editor, sound designer, and cinematographer on many internationally-acclaimed films.
Matter Out of Place
Director, producer, writer and cinematographer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Geyrhalter's static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it's exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (Pripyat), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 Km), or investigating the production of processed foods (Our Daily Bread). At the age of 22, Geyrhalter started his own production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (NGF). Geyrhalter examined night labor in Europe with Abendland (2011) and landscapes of urban decay across the world in Homo Sapiens (2016). The latter film played at the Berlinale Forum, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Cinéma du Réel Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and the Viennale. In 2015, Berlin's Arsenal Cinema programmed a retrospective dedicated to his work. The 38th Cinéma du Réel Festival programmed a sidebar on his documentaries. Geyrhalter's films have also screened at the Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight.
Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer, and award-winning film director. A visual anthropologist by training, his passion for storytelling has led him across the globe to witness and document complex human and environmental stories. Rytz specializes in creating multidisciplinary, multichannel projects using film, still images, and virtual reality – whichever medium best serves the story.
Canadian documentary filmmaker and editor Fanie Pelletier graduated in social sciences and filmmaking. Her short film, Faded Photograph (2016), a revelation about her father’s life story, has been screened and awarded at several festivals. Her documentary Bloom, which, like her previous films, addresses the issue of representation in the context of social structures, is her feature debut.
Women Behind the Wheel
Hannah Congdon is a freelance filmmaker and TV producer, whose work focuses on gender, politics, and mental health. Her career began at the Berlinale, and led to making her own films. Her short films have been screened at Underwire, Manchester Kinofilm Festival, and Soho Film Festival. She has also been published by the Huffington Post. Day-to-day she produces current affairs documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, and ITV. She was recently selected for the 2023 BIFA Springboard program for first-time British filmmakers.
Catherine Haigh has a passion for anthropology and ethnographic research. During university, she specialized in women’s health and conducted research with Syrian refugees that led to an award-winning thesis on migration and fertility. Cat is currently a sales manager for L’Oréal. Outside of work and film producing, she’s an avid traveler – from solo tours of India, to volunteering for earthquake recovery projects in Nepal.
The Silence of the Banana Trees
Eneos Çarka is a DocNomads alum and PhD student in cinema and media studies at USC. His films have screened at numerous festivals, galleries, and cultural events, such as IDFA, FIPADOC, DokuFest, and Festival dei Popoli, among others.
Growing up in the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, and Switzerland, in 2014 Nathalie Berger completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics at Duke University (USA), and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the Zurich University of Arts. In March 2019, she completed her first feature documentary film, Call Me Intern, about millennials striking back against unpaid internships. It won Best New Zealand Feature and Best Editing at DocEdge Film Festival 2019, as well as the Nigel Moore Youth Award at DOXA. As a director she often works alone, but also works on other people's documentaries as a cinematographer. Since 2022, she has worked as a teaching assistant in the Cinema Department at the University of Arts (HEAD) in Geneva.
Snajka: Diary of Expectations
Tea Vidović was born 1986, in Zagreb. She graduated with a BA in sociology and an MA from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She co-organized the photographic-visual-music exhibition What Is Balkan? – Balkan Bude, to raise awareness about the presence of migrants in the local community. In 2011 she enrolled in the informal training program, Peace Studies in Zagreb, and collaborated on research for the film We Wanted Workers, Instead We Got People, by Đuro Gavran. In 2013 she began Restart’s Documentary Film School and developed ideas for her first documentary film. She has been employed at the Centre for Peace Studies since 2012, working on the integration of migrants into immigrant communities and other migrant-related issues.
Light Falls Vertical
Efthymia Zymvragaki got her Master's Degree in Artistic Productions and Research at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and trained as a photographer at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya. From the University of Crete, Greece, she got a degree in Psychology. She is an alumna of IDFAcademy 2020; Circle - Women's Doc Accelerator 2020; Acció producció - Dones Visuals 2021; LIM Development Angels; and dok.incubator 2022. She is attracted by social and gender issues and feels close to personal and sensitive approaches to complex and lesser known realities. She seeks to explore spaces of intimacy between and within people. She worked as a co-director of photography on the documentary Serás hombre by Isabel de Ocampo (2018) and was the DOP of the feature film Rocco tiene tu nombre by Angelo Orlando (2015). In 2015 she directed the documentary short Refrán. Light Falls Vertical is her first feature.
From an early age, Noah Cohen was driven by a desire to make films. At the age of 21, he entered the CinéFabrique to work in production. There, he practiced directing both fiction and documentaries. He hopes to continue in this direction.