Guests

Maryia Kastsiukovich

Maryia Kastsiukovich

Belarus

Maryia Kastsiukovich is a film expert who holds a PhD in art history. She is a research fellow in the Center for the Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature researches of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Maryia is the author of articles and books about Belarusian cinema, and coordinator of the National Film Schools Competition of the Minsk IFF "Listapad".
Yulia Shatun

Yulia Shatun

Belarus

Yulia graduated from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts with a Master’s degree in Applied Culturology. Her first collaborative film «Tomorrow» (scriptwriter and director — Yuliya Shatun, DOP and editor — Nikita Aleksandrov) won the Best Feature Film Award in the National Competition at the Minsk IFF Listapad, and 4 prizes at the Marseille IFF (France) in 2017. «The Last Day of This Summer» is the second film created by Yuliya together with Nikita Aleksandrov. Yulia Shatun also acts in documentary filmmaking: her film «Mezhy» was shown in the Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival 2020 in Belarus.
Daria Yurkevich

Daria Yurkevich

Belarus

Darya was born in Minsk. She graduated from the Belarusian State University (Chemistry Department), Belarusian State Academy of Arts, and Le Fresnoy international studio school in France. Darya is the director of «Baba, Vanya and the Goat» (2014), «Christ's Easter» (2015), «Mousetrap» (2019) films, and others. Her films received prizes at international film festivals. In 2020, her documentary film «Invisible Paradise» will participate in the National Competition of Minsk IFF Listapad.
Darya Zhuk

Darya Zhuk

Belarus

Belarusian film director Darya Zhuk discovered the world of cinema while studying at the Department of Economics at Harvard. The premier of the debut full-length film «Crystal Swan» took place at the Karlovy Vary festival in 2018. The film was shown at more than a hundred international festivals, won dozens of Grand Prix, and was nominated from Belarus for the Oscar in the category «Best Foreign Film».
Maksim Karpitski

Maksim Karpitski

Belarus

Maksim is a film critic, member of FIPRESCI, and regular contributor to the Cineticle online magazine.
Victor Asliuk

Victor Asliuk

Belarus

Director, scriptwriter. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Belarusian State University in 1984 and from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts as a documentary film director (workshop of Victor Dashuk, 1994). Member of the European Film Academy since 2003. In 2003 was nominated for the Prize of European Film Academy. Directed more than 40 documentaries. Took part in numerous international film festivals, including Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, IDFA, HotDocs, received more than 60 awards.
Maxim Shved

Maxim Shved

Belarus

Born in 1979 in Minsk. After graduating from the Law Department of the Belarusian State University decided to study film directing. Graduated from St. Petersburg High School of Directors and Screenwriters in 2013 and Wajda School (Documentary Programme) in 2016. Currently directs documentary series for television. In his free time creates and develops social videos.
Andrei Kutsila

Andrei Kutsila

Belarus

Born in 1983 in Baranovichi. In 2007 got a degree in journalism from the Belarusian State University. In 2009 finished the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Currently works as a freelancer for studios and TV. Has made more than 10 short and mid-length films. Participated in many international educational projects (IDFAcademy, Berlinale Talents and others). In 2018 got the IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for his film SUMMA. STRIP AND WAR is his first feature-length documentary film.
Piotr Sobocinski Jr.

Piotr Sobocinski Jr.

Poland

Piotr is a Polish cinematographer, laureate of international film awards and member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers. Love for cinema is in his blood. He inherited it from his family members — Piotr and Witold Sobociński, who are both the greatest cinematographers in Polish cinema. In 2018, he received a Golden Eagle Award for Piotr Domalewski’s feature "Silent Night". He is the author of cinematography for Jan Komasa's feature “Corpus Christi” (2019). This film has won 33 awards and 9 nominations at various international film festivals, such as Venice Film Festival, Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, CinEast, and others.
Natalia Agafonova

Natalia Agafonova

Belarus

Film expert, film critic. Holds a PhD in art history, associate professor. Senior researcher at the Center for Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Author of books on history and theory of film.
Vlada Senkova

Vlada Senkova

Belarus

Vlada graduated from the Belarusian State University in 2010, from the Minsk Film School with a specialty in film directing and screenwriting in 2013. Her full-length feature "The Count in Oranges" won the Discovery Award at the International Film Festival of the Eastern European films in Cottbus (Germany) in 2016, and a diploma “For the Bold and Novel View” at Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” (2016). The premiere of Vlada's drama “II” (“Two”) took place at the Warsaw Film Festival 2019.
Andrei Kudinenko

Andrei Kudinenko

Belarus

Born in 1971 in Brest. Graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts as a film director (workshop of Victor Turov). Participiant and awardee of international film festivals. Curator of the multimedia project «Chronotop». Director of the films "Rozygrysh", "Okkupatsiya. Misterii", "Masakra", "Hard Reboot", "A Fan", etc.
Zara Abdullaeva

Zara Abdullaeva

Russia

Critic, deputy editor of "Art of Cinema" magazine. Author of numerous articles and books. Blog writer on kinoart.ru, works with Novaya Gazeta and colta.ru. Lecturer at the "Electrotheatre "Stanislavsky", member of the "Cinematheque" program of "Art of Cinema" magazine. Author of books "Beyond games. Oleg Yankovsky in theater and film", "Postdoc. Fiction/Non-Fiction", "Seidl. Methode" and others.
Tania Artsimovich

Tania Artsimovich

Belarus

Tania is a researcher, curator, stage director. She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts (“Theater Studies”) and received her Master's degree in “Visual and Cultural Studies”, EHU (Vilnius). In 2014-2015, she had an internship at the residence in the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Poland) and Akademie Solitude (Germany). Tanya is a founder of ziErnie Performative Practices Platform. She is a member of East European Performing Arts Platform.
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Russia

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is a russian film director and screenwriter ("Jumpman", "Zoology", "Conference"), and a laureate of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2020, Ivan I. Tverdovskiy's film "Conference" took part in the Venice Film Festival, and won the prize for the best scenario at the Russian film festival "Kinotavr".