Sergei Loznitsa grew up in Kiev, and having graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic he worked on artificial intelligence research at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics. He was also employed as a translator from Japanese. In 1997 Sergei graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and has since directed 11 documentaries. In May 2010 his feature debut “My Joy” premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes. The film has received numerous awards at many international film festivals, including the Grand Prix at the 14th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2010.
Irish director Juanita Wilson’s first short film “The Door” was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. Her debut feature film “As If I Am Not There”, based on the Bosnian War, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, and has gone on to win many awards throughout the world. Juanita has jointly produced two feature films: ”H3” written by surviving Irish hunger striker Laurence McKeown and ”Inside I’m Dancing” about the quest for independent living. Juanita has recently been named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch for in 2011.
Peter Zeitlinger is an accomplished filmmaker whose career encompasses cinematography, directing, writing and editing. He has been working with Werner Herzog since 1995 when he was the director of photography on Herzog's documentary “Death For Five Voices”. Thus began an intensive collaboration that was followed by documentary films like “Grizzly Man” (2005), “Encounters at the End of the World” (2007, nominated for Academy Awards in 2009) and fiction films such as “Invincible” (2001), “Rescue Dawn” (2009) and “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009).
Indu Shrikent studied English Literature and in 1993 became deputy editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly - the only journal in the world devoted to Asian cinema. One of the founder members of NETPAC India, Indu promoted Asian cinema extensively in India by organizing film appreciation courses, screenplay workshops and film weeks culminating in the launch of the Cinefan Festival in 1999 in New Delhi. Having been co-director of Cinefan Film Festival since its inception in 1999 Indu is at present the festival director of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, and a member of FIPRESCI.
Peeter Urbla has worked as a producer, director and screenwriter. His most famous films are “I’m Not a Tourist, I’m Living Here”, “Agent Sinikael”, “Lilja 4-ever” and “Shop of Dreams”. He has studied history and art history at the University of Tartu and directing in Moscow. In 1992 he founded a production company Exitfilm. Urbla currently produces and develops a variety of feature and documentary film projects, among them medieval crime story about chemist Melchior.