EJ Gagui is a Filipino filmmaker residing in Abu Dhabi and Pampanga. His first short film, Ing Tianak, was funded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for Mit Out Sound 2021. His second short film, Rock in a Windless Wadi, premiered at the Opening Scenes competition at Visions du Réel 2022. He is currently producing both commissioned and independent projects under the regional collective-boutique film company, Eximious Produkt, which he co-founded.
A Portrait on the Search for Happiness
Benjamin Rost studied directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, and philosophy in Munich. His films have been screened at festivals like DokLeipzig, Dokfest München, and Max Ophüls Preis a.m.m. He has been part of the scholarship program of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” since 2016. In 2017–2019, he lived in South Africa and Rwanda, supporting the German Development Organisation (GIZ) with the launch of the youth television channel “Iwacu”. In 2019 he participated in the Documentary Campus Masterschool with #Harraga. A Portrait on the Search for Happiness is his graduate film.
Nelly & Nadine
Magnus Gertten is a director and producer born in Limhamn, Sweden, in 1953. He was a television and radio journalist for several years before turning to filmmaking in 1998. He has made 15 documentaries for Swedish and international television, which have been broadcast and screened at festivals in more than 60 countries, and which have won numerous awards. He works as a director, producer, narrative consultant, and adviser for his film production company, Auto Images.
The Killing of a Journalist
Matt Sarnecki is a journalist, producer, and film director at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He earned a BA in political science and history at Columbia University. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania before moving to Prague, Czech Republic, where he held a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2011 he moved to San Francisco, and earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2013 he has lived in Bucharest, Romania. His documentary Killing Pavel, about the murder of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal in 2017, and the DIG Award (Italy) in 2018.
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Vera Krichevskaya is the co-founder of Dozhd (TV Rain) Russia, the only independent, private television channel in Russia. She is also an award-winning television director, having worked for NTV and 24DOC as a senior producer and director.
Angels of Sinjar
Auteur-director Hanna Polak (1967, Katowice, Poland) has Oscar and Emmy nominations under her belt for Children of Leningradsky, and a Producer Guild of America nomination for Something Better To Come, amongst many other awards and accolades. Her emotional bond with her protagonists allows her to deliver visceral, poetic films that celebrate the power of the human spirit, and portray the beauty of humanity in the most adverse circumstances.
Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born linguist, author and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker living in Baltimore. Her work brings together feminist thought and an interest in human-centric storytelling. She holds a PhD in linguistics and is currently a professor of media studies at John Hopkins University. She’s directed four documentaries, including The Conductor, See You Soon Again, and The Good Breast.
A jövő gyermekei
Franz Böhm Stuttgartban született, 16 éves korában rendezte első filmjét, a Mások harmóniája-t. A Német Ifjúsági Filmdíj nyitófilmjének választotta Karácsonyi jókívánságok című második filmjét, amelynek készítése során Franz hajléktalanságot megtapasztaló fiatalokkal élt együtt. A Nemzeti Film & Televíziós Iskola és a 1185 Films produkciós cég számára készített munkái óta új projekteket készít elő Londonban. A jövő gyermekei az első egész estés filmje.
Dear Future Children
Franz Böhm is from Stuttgart, Germany. At 16, he made his first film as a director, Harmonie der Anderen. Franz' next project found him living with youth experiencing homelessness, the resulting documentary, Christmas Wishes, was selected as the opening film for the German Youth Film Awards. Following his work for the National Film & Television School and the documentary production company, 1185 Films, Franz is currently developing new projects in London. Dear Future Children is his debut feature film.