ALEJANDRO MORENO – NOVELO
producer and filmmaker
Producer and filmmaker based in Mexico City, Mexico. Has collaborated in multiple productions, from one-minute films to features and interactive documentaries. He has been awarded at multiple festivals and was nominated for Mexican Academy Award.
He was a member of the Jurado Mezcal twice, Guadalajara’s IFF’s Young Jury and participated in Berlinale Talents FICG in 2017, as well as Plataforma MX initiative in 2019.
He directed a three minute films-essay-letter Seres Queridos (Dearly Beloved) for the hybrid ómnibus film Ayotzinapa 26. In 2014 he collaborated with Antje Ehmann & Harun Farocki for the Labour in a Single Shotproject, with a two minute piece.
Recently he has joined forces in the projects: Versus, a Sports Doc Series by Raúl Cuesta (MEX), as a co-writer and UPM. And finally, he is developing the projects A Storm’s Free Rain – a jazz documentary by Pablo Enciso; Vepistolara multi-platform creative docu-essay he is co-directing with Gabriel Rodríguez (MEX), Rocía Koloffon (MEX) y Nespy Cuevas (MEX).
student of film school
COUNTRY: The Czech Republic
Anna Korecka is currently studying Film in Wales and being in her second year of studies her main field of interest if producing, especially production management. She also took a module in directing, sound and documentary proposal writing and pitching. Anna started filming when she was 15 with the PROLOQ Film Studio in the Czech Republic and with them created films which have won multiple festival awards around the country. In 2017 she decided to come to Cardiff to study Film. Since then, Anna worked on multiple productions.
- Goodwill / short fiction / 2018 / producer
- Millie / short fiction / 2018 / director
- In Between / short fiction / 2018 / director
- A is for Asexuals / short documentary / 2018 / sound
- Katerina /music video / 2018 / cinematographer
- The Reason of Absence / short fiction / 2017 / producer
- Paws / short fiction / 2017 / director
- True / short experimental film / 2017 / writer
- Rolling back home to you / short documentary / 2017 / producer
- Wind up Ram / short fiction / 2016 / director
- Five / short fiction / 2015 / writer
- Wind up Ram / Rychnovska Osmicka Festival / Main Prize / 2016 / Rychnov nad Kneznou, The Czech Republic
- Wind up Ram / Mala B16 / Best Short Film / 2016 / Brno, The Czech Republic
- Wind up Ram / Mala B16 / Audience Award / 2016 / Brno, The Czech Republic
- Five / Mala B16 / Best Short Film / 2015 / Brno, The Czech Republic
student of film school
Sharan Venugopal, born on 11th April 1992, is an upcoming filmmaker based in Kerala, India. Currently a student of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, he is specializing in direction and screenplay writing. Sharan also has a degree in mechanical engineering. He was selected twice for the Thailand International Film Destination Festival. Sharan has attended an exchange program with the Zelig School for Documentary, Bolzano and directed a documentary titled Dual, which deals with the identity and cultural conflicts among the people of Bolzano. His short film Sopanam (2017) had been screened in various international festivals around the world and garnered positive reviews. His latest documentary For Clint is about the life of a couple who lives in the memory of their departed son, who was a child prodigy who drew around 25,000 paintings in his lifespan of 6 years.
- For Clint / documentary / 2018 / director
- Sopanam / short fiction / 2017 / writer, director
- Dual / documentary / 2017 / director
- Sopanam / 15th Mumbai International Film Festival / Official selection – National Competition / 2018 / Mumbai, India
- Sopanam / Srishti International Film Festival / Best Director / 2018 / Bhubaneshwar, India
- Sopanam /15th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart / Official selection – Competition / 2018 / Stuttgart, Germany
student of directing
Aleksandar is currently a student of film and television directing at the Academy of Art in Belgrade, Serbia. He was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where he completed art high school with a major in creative writing. After moving to Europe, he had a brief career as a professional football player and also received his bachelor’s degree in business management.
- Sanjari (Dreamers) / short film / 2018 / screenwriter, director
- Pobednik (Victor) / short documentary / 2019 / editor, director
student of film school
Viktorija Akavickaite is a young film producer from one of the Baltic countries – Lithuania. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film production management from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. In 2018 she started a master’s in film production. When she was a teenager, she imagined herself as a “guardian” who protects children from descending into adulthood, pain, loneliness, abandonment. And four years ago, she became a volunteer of Child Helpline in Lithuania. Viktorija has a dream to make movies which will inspire people to make a better world for our children and teenagers.
- Purple mist / historical / 2019 / production assistant
- Old Rifle / fiction / 2019 / producer
- Palo Santo / short fiction / 2018 / producer
- Academy 123 / short fiction / 2018 / producer
- Awakenings / short fiction / 2018 / producer
- Dirty Red / short fiction / 2017 / producer
- Tragedy of Irka / short fiction / 2017 / producer
- Sisters / short documentary / 2015 / producer
- UVG 620 / short fiction / 2015 / producer
- Idyll / music video / 2015 / producer
student of film school
Siham Hinawi is a French director and screenwriter who is finishing her Master’s degree in directing at INSAS film school, Belgium. During her studies, she directed the short documentary film The Ship of Gold (25′, 2017), which was selected in numerous festivals including the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Her end-of-studies fiction project, Unf*ckable (15′, 2018), started its festival career as part of the official selection of the FIAPF-accredited Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. Siham is currently writing her first long-feature fiction film that tackles the issue of the rise of the far-right in France. Documentary-wise, she wants to keep filming priests all over the world and, generally speaking, understand the status of religion in modern society.
- My name is Carla / short documentary / 2018 / director
- The Haunted Hunter / short documentary / 2018 / director
- Unf*ckable / short fiction / 2018 / director
- The Ship of Gold / short documentary / 2017 / director
- Unf*ckable / Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF Shorts) / Official Selection/ 2018 / Tallinn, Estonia
- The Ship of Gold / Festival International du Film de Rennes / Jury Prize / 2018 / Rennes, France
- The Ship of Gold / Rhode Island International Film Festival / Official Selection / 2018 / Providence, USA
- The Ship of Gold / Astra Film Festival / Official Selection / 2018 / Sibiu, Romania
Hemant Gaba is alumnus of Documentary Campus – Crossing Borders (2017) and Let’s Doc, 2017 (a program of Documentary Resource Initiative Kolkata). He dabbles both in documentaries and fiction. His debut film Shuttlecock Boys (2011) was screened in film festivals in India, US, Singapore, and Australia and was considered to be one of the best Indian Independent Films in 2012 by Raindance. His short film Super Girl (2014) made for kids was screened at TIFF Kids and film festivals in Sydney, Seoul, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Taiwan, etc. His medium-length documentary on Japanese Anime Subculture in India called Japan In Nagaland was part of Film Southasia before broadcast on Indian National Television.
- An Engineered Dream / documentary feature / 2018 / writer, director, producer
- Dilliwood / web-series / 2017 / director
- Japan In Nagaland / medium-length documentary / 2015 / director, writer, camera
- X – Past Is Present / narrative collaborative feature / 2015 / co-director
- Super Girl / narrative short / 2014 / co-director
- Shuttlecock Boys / narrative feature / 2011 / writer, director, producer
- An Engineered Dream / International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala / Second Best Long Documentary Award / 2018 / Kerala, India
- An Engineered Dream / Guangzhou Docs / Nominated for Golden Kapok Award / 2018 / Guangzhou, China
- An Engineered Dream / The Asian Pitch / One of three winners for funding / 2016 / Taipei, Taiwan
Jakob Hreščak finished Film Editing at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. He has worked on four short documentary films and one short fiction film. He was the editor of videos about exhibitions at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and also works as a TV Editor at Slovenian TV stations.
- The Haunted Hunter / short documentary / 2018 / editor
- Band VS Band / short documentary / 2018 / editor
- Anja Ganja / short fiction / 2017 / editor
- Bordered / short documentary / 2016 / editor
- Impressions / short documentary / 2016 / editor
- Bordered / VGIK International Student Festival / Student Jury Special Mention / 2017 / Moscow, Russia
- Bordered / Szczecin European Film Festival / Award for most innovative documentary film language / 2017 / Szczecin, Poland
- Anja Ganja / 20th Festival of Slovenian Film / Best Student Film / 2017 / Portorož, Slovenia
Utkarsh Marulkar is working as an independent cinematographer for films, television commercials, documentaries, and music videos. He is currently based in Mumbai, India. Utkarsh graduated in Physics with vocational Photography and audio-visual production from Fergusson College, Pune (India). He has worked with some prominent cinematographers on feature films, television commercials and documentaries.
- McDOwell’s No 1 Soda Presents No 1Yaari Jaam Powered by Viu App / TV show / 2018 / camera operator
- Jabariya Jodi / Bollywood feature film / 2018 / second unit cinematographer.
- The Lift / social commercial / 2018 / cinematographer
- Drive / Bollywood feature film / 2017 / second assistant cinematographer
- Sheesha / short fiction / 2016 / cinematographer
- Bus stop / regional feature film / 2016 / third assistant cinematographer
- Baghtos kay mujra kar / regional feature film / 2016 / second assistant cinematographer
- Ravshya / short fiction / 2015 / cinematographer
- Odyssey / documentary / 2015 / cinematographer
- Kavadse – Fragments of Sunlight / short fiction / 2015 / cinematographer
- Devadasi – Atale of God’s very own / documentary / 2013 / cinematographer
- Kavadse – Fragments of Sunlight / Pune Film Festival / Best Cinematographer / 2015 / Pune, India
- Kavadse – Fragments of Sunlight / Kalpak SFC / 2nd Prize for film / 2015
- Odyssey / Pune Film Festival / Best Film: Students Competition / 2015 / Pune, India
Italo Vazzana was born in Catanzaro in 1981. He had his first experience as a journalist at “Il Quotidiano della Calabria”. After High School Italo went to Rome, at La Sapienza University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication. Following that, he started to work as a cameraman and video editor at National Broadcast TV (Sportitalia), making news videos and reportages. Ever since 2012, Italo has been a freelance video maker creating in several different formats: commercial, corporate, fashion movies, reportage, documentary, web format. He has also been studying Cinema in New York, London, Dublin, Riga, Helsinki. Together with his brother Piero (a graphic designer) he has founded a video and film production brand VAZ | Visual Art Zone.
- Debut / documentary / 2019 / director
- React! / documentary / 2011 / director
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
Seemab is an independent filmmaker with a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Filmmaking from the prestigious London Film School. Her work has been supported by Channel 4, CBA WorldView and Arts Council England. Her latest documentary Zahida was broadcast on Al Jazeera and its trailer has over 8.5 million views. Seemab’s works have premiered in HotDocs, SXSW, Sheffield Doc Fest, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre, and many international festivals and galleries. Seemab’s portfolio includes documentaries, drama, hybrid films, and art installations. She’s an alumnus of various international documentary workshops; UnionDocs, AniDox, ESoDoc, Locarno Open Doors Producer’s Lab and Berlinale Talents.
- Zahida / documentary / 2018 / producer, director, cinematographer
- The Watchmaker / short documentary / 2016 / producer
- Towards a Militant Conceptualism / short essay film / 2013 / producer, writer, director
- Ali – The Student Revolutionary / short documentary / 2011 / co-director
- Kingdom of Mister Edhi / documentary / 2009 / field producer
- Zahida / Tasveer South Asian Film Festival / Audience Award / 2018 / USA
- The Watchmaker / IFF Boston / Grand Jury Prize winner / 2017 / Boston, USA
- The Watchmaker / Sarasota Film Festival / winner of Future Shorts Audience Award / 2017 / Sarasota, USA
- Kingdom of Mr.Edhi / FIPA / Silver Award & Telemara Award / 2012
student of film school
Born in the capital of India, New Delhi, in the year 1993, Pramati’s inner and outer journeys have revolved around the experiences she felt as a child. A sensitive, introverted child who would shut her eyes when sitting before people, she slowly learnt to open up and understand the world around her. A writer at heart, she started dabbling into poetry pretty early on and it soon became the only way she knew to communicate her feelings. Life soon changed and with it, her modes of communication and expression. She pursued Fashion Communication from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai, where she had her first stints with photography and traveling. Post-college, she worked with Tripoto, a travel start-up, as a creative content strategist and started a travel and photography blog called Safarnama. After deciding to dive in the audio-visual medium, she got into one of the premier institutes for filmmaking in the country, National Institute Of Design which opened up a new world for her. Currently, she is pursuing Filmmaking from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
- An Early Spring / short fiction / forthcoming / writer, director, editor
- In Search Of Fireflies / short documentary / 2018 / writer, cinematographer, sound recordist/designer, director, editor
- Voice From The Sky (Akashvani) / short documentary / 2018/ writer, cinematographer, director, editor
- Ink (Rushnai) / short fiction / 2017 / writer, director, editor
- The Right Turn (Jamni Baju) / short fiction / 2017 / co-writer, co-director
- Hair Removal Cream For Men (Metro Man) / ad / 2017 / writer, director, editor
- Masculinity / ad / 2017 / writer, director, editor
- Ladakh : Breaking Stereotypes / short documentary / 2016 / writer, director, editor
Sophia Biedka grew up in Port Moody, British Columbia and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production at Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Art in Vancouver, BC in 2019 with distinction. She also completed a semester abroad in residency at Air Berlin Alexanderplatz Berlin, Germany. Her paper, Human Connectivity to the Screen: Observational Documentary and the cinematic Landscape, was published by Simon Fraser University in 2019. Sophia’s work challenges the boundaries between traditional and ethnographic documentary by exploring the cinematic experience of place and knowledge, centred around environmental and cultural issues of British Columbia.
- If You Must / documentary / 2019 / director
- What Sprint Does to the Cherry Trees / narrative / 2019 / cinematographer
- Normal People Don’t Feel This Way / experimental / 2019 / cinematographer
- Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun / narrative / 2019 / sound recordist /colorist
- Virgo Rising / narrative / 2019 / colorist
- Barely There / narrative / 2019 / cinematographer
- A Four-Pointed Star / documentary / 2018 / director
- The Crane Revisited…Again / documentary / installation / 2018 / cinematographer
- The Process of Rotting / documentary, experimental / 2018 / director
- Four Dancer’s Dreams / documentary / 2016 / assistant editor, production assistant
Meghanne completed her Ph.D. in 2017 in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research and the book she is currently writing based upon this research (entitled Throw Your Voice: Suspended Animations in Kazakhstani Childhood) develops animation as an analytic to understand the intersections of play and performance in Kazakhstani childhood. Meghanne is editing an ethnographic film, A Temporary Home, based on this research. Her second book project, Building New Film Cities in the Former Yugoslavia, examines film culture in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- A Temporary Home / documentary / forthcoming / director
Trained in community mental health and raised in the vibrant neighborhoods of San Francisco’s, Jimmy is a self-taught filmmaker who began making films to understand the places he calls home. He dedicates his film works to celebrating the intimacy of place–the spaces of refuge, safety, release, and celebration. He began making documentaries during his studies at UC Berkeley’s School of Environmental Design. Although Jimmy never had a formal film school education, his experience as a film director and producer was gained through his participation in notable San Francisco cultural institutions. Currently, his two short documentaries have been accepted into film festivals.
- Trans 128 / documentary / 2018 / director, producer
- Did I Hit You? / documentary / 2018 / director, producer
- Flowers of the City / narrative (in development) / 2018 / writer
- Darrin Jae Wallace / documentary / 2018 / director, producer
- Shoes I Walk In / documentary / 2017 / director, producer
- Roots in Resilience / documentary / 2014 / director
Komal Ghazaali is an undergraduate of Media Sciences from SZABIST, Karachi. She has completed various workshops, the most prominent ones being Creative Editing course at the MetFilm School, Berlin, a wildlife photography workshop in the Czech Republic and a wildlife photography course organised by the Pakistan Wildlife Foundation. One of her photographs was published in the National Geographic’s “Weekly Wrapper Gallery” in 2012. In addition, one of her documentaries Surgardish- Street Musicians of Lahor secured 1st position in the 2nd Beacon National University Film Festival.
- The Art of Tabla making / short documentary / 2017 / director, editor
- Surgardish- Street Musicians of Lahor / short documentary / 2017 / director
- Surgardish – Street Musicians of Lahore / BNU Film Festival / Best Documentary / 2017 / Lahore, Pakistan
student of film school
Sagar Kapoor was born and brought up in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. His passion for visual media began when his uncle gifted him with a second-hand digital camera. From that day Sagar was sure he wanted to do something in this field. It all started with photography and slowly deviated toward films. However, when he didn’t get into film school, he opted for psychology, which was also another area of interest for Sagar. Soon after completing his graduation he did freelance work for a few months and then applied for film course again at NID, Ahmedabad, where he is currently studying.
- Never Forgotten: To Mufasa / documentary / 2019 / director
- Writings on the wall / experimental / 2019 / director
- Musafir / fiction: drama / 2018 / director
- Baalkatha / fiction: comedy / 2018 / sound
- Dasht-e-tanhai / music video / 2018 / director
- Medimix Ad / ad / 2018 / director
- Amazon, Womens’ Day Ad / ad / 2018 / sound, producer
- Rushnaiwala / fiction: drama / 2017 / producer
- Kya Hua Misses Gupta ke Saath (What happened with Misses Gupta) / fiction: comedy, drama / 2017 / actor
- Jamni Baju / fiction: drama / 2017 / producer
Olivier Medjigbodo is a young Beninese filmmaker. He studied musical studies, craft and cultural animation (CEMAAC) in Porto-Novo, Benin. After three years of training in music and drama, he transferred to audio-visual. He was trained at the Higher Institute of Audio-visual Professions (ISMA-BENIN) where he earned his BA in 2014 in Film Directing and MA two years later.
- Sur les traces du raphia hookeri / documentary / 2019
student of directing
Lazar Aleksić is a film student from Belgrade. After finishing 3rd Belgrade Gymnasium he began studying Film and Television directing at Academy of Arts. He has four short films behind him of which one had its premiere in Theatre 78, in Belgrade.
- Tango / short documentary / 2019 / writer, director
- Planet of Love / short documentary / 2019 / director
- A Joke / short fiction / 2018 / writer, director
- Juice / short fiction / 2017 / writer, director
RATSHEKO HOWARD MASHILO NTHITE
COUNTRY: South Africa
Ratsheko studied Documentary filmmaking at the Monash University Film and TV Unit. Selected as one of the 16 South African Filmmakers to be part of the Multichoice Film Incubator in 2009. He pitched his projects at numerous workshops: Africa Doc Station, Durban Talent Story Junction, Zanzibar Pitch for film Competition, Cape Town Film Mart. Ratsheko is also a Durban Talent 2018 alumnus.
- Womb Dance / short documentary / 2019 / producer, director
- Sibusiso’s HANDPRINT / documentary / 2017 / producer, director, editor
- Sibusiso’s HANDPRINT / Tembisa Documentary Festival