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ALEKSANDRA NIEMCZYK

 

 

(Centaur). Aleksandra holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the European Academy of Art in Warsaw. In 2007 she began film directing studies at the New York Film School. She lives and creates in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Aleksandra’s work has been screened frequently at our events since 2009. “I am a filmmaker but my roots are in Fine Arts, painting and lithography. Image is my first tool of narration. Sometimes the logic of the plot dissolves into the image to re-appear as a thin line expressing a feeling, a meaning, before the linear narration emerges.”

ANTONELLO MURGIA

 

 

(Fragu). NO BIO AVAILABLE.

ANDREY GONCHAROV

 

 

(The Other Side). Born in 1986 in Moscow, Russia, filmmaker Andrey has a background in graphic design and urban studies. He debuted with his first short film Failures at Cannes Short Film Corner in 2015. 

MOHAMMED SALAM

 

 

(Sonar) Student at the Institute of Fine Arts Performing Arts Department, Basra, Iraq. Mohammad is a filmmaker, director and photographer. This is his 4th short film and a US premiere.

ALAMORK DAVIDIAN

 

(Transitions, or “Maavarim”). Born in 1980 in Awash, Ethiopia, Alamork moved to Israel in 1991. A documentary research job made her fall under the spell of cinema. She studied at Tel Hai College where she directed her first short Mulu (Special Mention, TLV Student IFF). At the prestigious Sam Spiegel Film & Television School she directed Korki (Montreal IFF, Wiesbaden IFF, Wolgin Competition at the Jerusalem IFF and more) and her diploma film Cleaning Time.

 

KAROLINA SPECHT

 

 

(Beside Oneself) Animation and special effects student at The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. She is an animator and a graphic designer. Her two movies (An incredibly elastic man and Don't lose your head) screened in student competition at the International Animation Film Festival Annecy in France. In 2013, she received the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements for students of art schools.

TOMASZ POPAKUL

 

 

(Black). Born in 1986, he graduated from the Arts High School in Szczecin with a specialization in printmaking. He received a Master of Arts degree in animation from the Łódź Film School, where he also studied screenwriting for a year. He was one of the three artists selected for the Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2014 residency programme by Japan Image Council (JAPIC). He made 8 short animated films; his latest short, Ziegenort, screened to acclaim at various film festivals all around the world.

IZABEL ACEVEDO

 

(To Assemble a Helicopter) Izabel Acevedo was born in Guatemala City on April 6, 1981. She studied acting at Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático (ENAD). Later she studied Film Direction in Mexico City at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). She obtained a feature-film script postgraduate degree as an exchange student at Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals in Catalunya, Spain (ESCAC).

EMIL SALLINEN

 

(Might). Writer, Director and Producer influenced by fantasy and sci-fi games and movies, Emil started making films in 2006. His first film, co-directed with his brother, won a short film competition and aired on Finnish public service channel Yle. He produces everything from drama thriller to comedy to action and sci-fi, and has also done documentaries, commercials, multi-camera work and music videos. He holds a Bachelor of Film and TV from UAS Arcada.

GILBERT MHANNA

 

(Cupids). Gilbert is a Bachelor of Arts major in filmmaking at Notre Dame University-Louaize. His short film Cupids made it into the Short Film Corner at Festival de Cannes in 2016. He currently works as a freelancer mainly in photography, styling and choreography for a variety of projects such as films, ads, and video clips. He is very passionate about film and writing. He also enjoys reading, watching films and listening to music that inspires his upcoming projects.

DOUGLAS ALONZO

 

(Wi-fi).) An outstanding scenic designer for film and television, props master, audiovisual artist and designer, he has worked as an Art Director for commercials and film en Mi vida loca, Toque de queda, Entre calles and Angelitos y querubines. He has also directed several short digital video films such as carpe diem. He is a founding member and creative director for Walabis, working with low-income youth as a visual arts, mural making and painting facilitator.

TAMARA SHOGAOLU

 

(Dian). Artist in residence with Papermoon Puppet Theater in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a Burton Lewis Endowed Scholar for Directing. She conducted socioeconomic research and co-organized the first Cairo Refugee Film Festival. Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. As a Henry Luce Scholar in Java, she worked as Development Executive for Salto Films, a leading Indonesian film production company. Her work has screened at festivals all over the world. 2016 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab semifinalist, 2015 CineStory Screenwriting Fellowship semifinalist, and 2014 Academy Nicholls Fellowship semifinalist and Latino Screenwriting Project finalist.

AZIM MOOLAN

(Rod Zegwi dan Pikan) Born in Mauritius, a director of photography on film sets, a photographer during his spare time, a wannabe poet in everyday life and a rising artist in his dreams. In 2014, Azim participates in the animation workshop Draw Me a Short of the Ile Courts Short Film Festival of Mauritius. His film Rod Zegwi dan Pikan (Needles and Haystacks) is taken on to be produced by the Porteurs d'Images association within the framework of Film Fabrik 2015.

TUMI SEJOE

 

 

(The Awakened Spirit). A filmmaker based in and from Botswana, she has worked on local and international productions. Her creative background includes a mentorship programme at the BBC Headquarters in London, UK (including directing the short Get Real Beeb featuring Rudolph Walker); 3rd AD on A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante; 3rd AD on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency with Directors Anthony Minghella (Pilot) & Charles Sturridge (Tv Series); and as 2nd AD on the groundbreaking Morwalela, produced by Traffic on behalf of PSI Botswana. The Awakened Spirit is Tumi's directorial debut, fulfilling a lifelong dream of awakening her spirit of greatness to become a writer/director and all-round filmmaker.

ZORA RUX

 

(What Happens in Your Brain if You See a German Word Like…?). Born in 1988. Made short films as a teenager, was scholar at Valie Exports Photo Class and Young Journalist of the Berlin International Film Festival. Toured with her art project Kinobox the Berlinale and the music festival Fusion. Was Casting Director for Roy Andersson‘s “A Pigeon sat on a Branch - Reflecting on Existance“. Studies Directing at the dffb (German Film and Television Academy Berlin) since 2011. What Happens… is her first animated short film.

MARTIN RATH

 

(La Etiuda) Martin grew up in East Berlin. He is a student at the directing department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź. His short documentary “Written in Ink” has been shown at more than 100 international film festivals including SXSW and Hot Docs. In 2013 Martin completed his 23 min. fiction short film Arena.

MOHAMED ECHKOUNA

 

 

(“Tarigh al-Amal,” or Trail of Hope). A native of Mauritania, North-West Africa, his passion for film and belief in its power to guide emotions drives his career. He worked in Mauritania’s television industry, then took two years of Entrepreneurship and Leadership training with the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. Internships include his most recent,  as a VFX artist at Triggerfish Animation Studios. Mohamed’s multicultural background plays a huge role in his work and has inspired him to learn Arabic, French and English. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently an FX Intern at Framestore, NY.

DAVID LUBETZKY

 

(5 Minutes of Your Time). Didi is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Film and Television. His thesis project, Poisoned, a 45-minute-long zombie comedy, screened in cinemas and on Israeli television. He currently works as a casting director and screenwriter while writing his first feature screenplay.

SANTOS  ORELLANA
 

(Catracholandia.) NO BIOGRAPHY AVAILABLE.

MARCELA ZAMORA

Marcela studied Journalism in Costa Rica and graduated as Documentary Filmmaker at the San Antonio de los Baños film school in Cuba. For more than 12 years she has made gender and human rights documentaries, totalling 4 features and 10 shorts seen in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has worked in television for Al Jazeera and Tele Sur, and currently directs the documentary section of Salvadorean digital newspaper El Faro.

KOBI DAVIDIAN

 

(Transitions, o “Maavarim”). In 2012 Kobi opened a family-based production house with Alamork Davidian that creates short fiction films, full length documentaries and testimonial archives for the Israeli national archive. The company also provides production and director services to other film project and companies.

 

MITRIY SEMENOV-ALEYNIKOV

 

 

(The Same Blood). This native of Minsk, Belarus graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts as a dramatic actor of stage and cinema in 2011. In 2013 he entered The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) where he studied film directing and screenwriting. He currently works as a director and screenwriter. His short film The Same Blood has screened at over 50 film festivals in over 20 countries, and Kirill Zakharov won Best Actor Prize (2016, Russia, Voronezh) at the New Horizon International Youth Film Festival.

KOJI YAMAMURA
 

(“Parade” de Satie). Born in Japan. Graduate of Tokyo Zokei University. He founded Yamamura Animation, Inc. Mt. Head (02) was nominated for an Oscar in 2003, and awarded the 6 Grand Prix including Annecy 03, Zagreb 04 and Hiroshima 04. Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (07) awarded the Grand Prix at Ottawa. An illustrator with several picture books published. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, board of directors, Japanese branch of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) and a sub-chairman of the Japan Animation Association. Visiting professor, Tokyo Zokei University and Professor in the Department of Animation, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts.


MELIS BALCI  & EGE OKAL

 

 

(Merkür) Melis Balci and Ege Okal are independent animation filmmakers living and working in Istanbul. They studied Visual Arts and Communication Design.  Merkür is their first animation film as a duo.

SEBASTIAN BONOLIS

 

(Naima). Born in 1998 in Rome, Italy to classical musicians, he travelled Europe as a child visiting major opera houses and developing a particular attachment to art. From being an avid artist, at nine he started exploring cinematic storytelling through stop-motion short films and at eleven started experimenting with live-action. The turning point came when at sixteen, he started working as a photographer and submitting short films to international festivals, winning a number of awards.  Now at eighteen, he works as a Director of Photography in independent productions in Italy while finishing high school. His short film Naima premiered in 2016 at Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner section. 

ISAAC GUTIÉRREZ

 

(Gray).) Isaac is a filmmaker, director of photography and photographer who lives in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has completed advanced film studies in Mexico under master Luis Mandoki, among others. In 2016 he joined the corps of <San Pedro Sula> [RESET], Bronx World Film’s counterpart entity, and with Gris he proudly makes his US debut as an arthouse film director.

MARCO SAINTE JUSTE

 

 

(Why not?). NO BIO AVAILABLE.

MERCURE RALPHTON

 

 

(Toto le voleur). NO BIO AVAILABLE.