Sveta Ben (1975) is a poet, musician, actress and theatre director. Graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2005. Staged performances for children in puppet theatres in Minsk, Viciebsk, Mahilou, Yekaterinburg, Petersburg. The director of the auteur theatre “Kartonka”.
Director. Studied political science at the Law Department, BSU. Attended courses for film directors in St. Petersburg and Minsk. In 2016 graduated from Wajda School (DOC PRO). His film PURE ART took part in many festivals and won several significant awards.
Film critic, director. Holds an MA in film studies. Film programs curator at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies. Programmer of Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF (2012-2018). Author and host of the TV show on Armenian contemporary cinema on Armenia’s Public TV.
Director. Student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the winner of the National Film School Competition of 26th MIFF Listapad. Studied both feature and documentary film. In her documentary works experiments with feature film techniques.
Program adviser to various international film festivals and the head of the Black Nights Star Program at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. For many years she served on the selection committee of the Berlinale Competition Program and the Hamburg Film Fund. She is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Julia opened an arthouse cinema while studying film, roman languages and business. Since 2006 she has been working at the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. In 2017 she became head of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers.
Film critic, journalist, PhD (philosophy), researcher (VGIK), FIPRESCI and IFJ member. His research activity covers film and media, TV, philosophy of culture, contemporary art. Cooperates with “Iskustvo Kino”, “Telekinet”, “Kinovedcheskie Zapiski”, etc.
Barbara Wurm is part of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival and works for goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden. She also teaches at the Humboldt University. Her publications focus on Eastern European film history.
Documentary filmmaker, writer. Producer of CONFUCIAN DREAM (Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary IFF, 2019). Directing alumna from UCLA, where she also studied English Literature and International Conflict Resolution. In 2015-2020 worked at Sundance Institute.
Belarus-born director Darya Zhuk discovered filmmaking while studying Economics at Harvard. Her debut feature CRYSTAL SWAN premiered at Karlovy Vary, won dozens of prizes around the world and was nominated for Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category.