Aakash is a graduate in mechanical engineering from MIT college of engineering, Pune (India). During his graduation Aakash practiced theatre by working as an actor, writer, director, set designer and lights designer for many experimental as well as professional plays in Marathi language. After graduation, he studied film-making at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII) with specialization in film editing where he learned to be proficient in both mechanical editing equipment and digital platforms. After finishing his course in FTII, Aakash has worked in several feature films, short films, documentaries, corporate documentaries, commercial ads and promos for films. Currently he is in the process of writing his first feature film (fiction) and researching for his first documentary project.
Aditya Gosar is an aspiring cinematographer from Mumbai (India). In the last 15 months, he has worked on more than 40 Ad films as an assistant cinematographer, managed 50 lights on one set, and made over 150 lighting diagrams. He is admittedly taking a step towards being able to understand art, becoming an artist, finding meaning.
Alvina is an editing graduate from Whistling Woods International, Mumbai (2018-2020). She studied Psychology, Literature and Journalism for her Bachelor’s Degree. Before that, she did her IBDP program in Stockholm, Sweden. Alvina is an editor by profession, based in Mumbai. She is also a photographer, and was the youngest photographer to be hired by the Stockholm International Film Festival since their inception.
Alvina is directing her first documentary as a part of PSBT’s Doc Commune programme – a mentorship and funding programme for 10 projects from all over India. The first feature film she edited was screened at MAMI, one of the biggest film festivals in India. Her diploma film was screened at IFFSA Toronto, and a short film that she co-wrote and was associate director on, was selected and screened by the UNHCR in Dhaka.
Ananthakrishnan is deeply involved in cinematographic and photographic storytelling. He travelled across India for geographical exploration of the socio-political structure. He worked as a cinematographer for Tehelka Music Project, in New Delhi, and also with a documentary curating initiative called Magic Lantern Movies. Finally, as a video volunteer, he worked at Primitive Seed Movement in Navdanya. His ambition is to contemplate on the borders of practice and theory of documentary and fiction.
At the moment he is doing the DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 2017-2019 in Documentary Filmmaking delivered by a consortium of the University of Lusofona in Portugal, University of Theatre and Film in Hungary and St. Lucas School of Arts in Belgium. He finished An Writers Residency by Deauteurs, Brussels. At the moment, he is being mentored by SIC in Brussels and supported by Sabam.
After graduating in Social Communication, Saito studied cinema in Buenos Aires. In 2012, he released a book and a short film called Thomás Tristonho, selected for 13 festivals around the globe. In 2013/2017, at Paranoid BR, he directed advertising and content, such as the short LUZ, selected for the 29th Festival Cinélatino in Toulouse. He is now a partner at MyMama Entertainment, where he develops his first fiction feature film Yellow Chrysanthemum selected for several labs and market events such as TIFF Filmmakers Lab 2021. In 2022, Saito joined Berlinale Talent Buenos Aires and is releasing a short fiction-documentary called Kokoro to Kokoro, which premiered at the 40th Uruguay International Film Festival. His next work, A Wind of Gold, a short fiction-doc, is now in post.
Andrius Lekavicius is an all-around media storyteller directing high-end commercial and non-commercial audio-visual productions. His latest animated documentary Delta Zoo was successfully screened in cinemas across Lithuania and festivals around the world. He is an alumni of Berlinale Talents and IDFAcademy. Meanwhile, Andrius is developing a docuseries Armour, Rust and Power, selected to The Documentary Campus Masterschool 2021 training programme, and his first fiction feature The Hood, selected to LIM | Less is More Annual Training Programme 2021. In February 2022, Lekavicius premiered his feature documentary Kernagis in cinemas in Lithuania. The documentary ran for 9 weeks in cinemas and got 25k admissions, making it the best grossing documentary of 2022.
Anitha Gomathy is a debut director from Trivandrum, India. She has studied Media Management − Productions in Electronic and Digital Media Wing in Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata, which is coming under the I&B Ministry of India. Its sisterhood film school is Pune Film Institute (FTII). She has done a few academic projects as a Producer and Executive Producer. She is working as a director and producer of the film named Mind your Language. She is also a freelance journalist, professional translator and interpreter.
Anja Koprivšek was born in Novi Sad. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade in 2019, with a degree in International Politics. Through the course of her studies, she completed two educational programmes in the Gender studies field - one in Belgrade, the other in Zagreb. She is currently a student at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, where she is studying Documentary filmmaking. She has been employed as an assistant coordinator at CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator since February 2022. Between Summers (2021) is her first film.
Ariane is a filmmaker and social psychologist based in Berlin. She took filmmaking classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, studied psychology and philosophy at the Universität Wien and holds a Master's degree in Social Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Along with her studies, she has been directing and producing many music videos, short films and image videos. Her short film MANNN (2018) won in the category Best Short Film at the Pigneto Film Festival. In the last three years, Ariane has been focusing on directing documentaries about desirable futures of education, work and the economy.
Ashok Meena was born and brought up in a small village in Rajasthan and saw the face of a city only in his teens. He began his filmmaking journey in his early college days when he travelled across the country with a camcorder, thanks to a job by an independent producer. He later went on to study cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India. He trained further under the tutelage of auteur filmmaker Kamal Swaroop, as the cinematographer of his film, Pushkar Puran. He has been keeping his passion for cinema, more so for documentary films alive by collaborating on various independent projects. He has also shot several independent feature films, ads and music videos.
Eva Lokajová studied Media studies at The University of Constantine the Philosopher, Faculty of Arts in Nitra, Slovakia. She has worked in production at TV LUX in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as LUX NEW YORK in New York City in broadcasting, making short videos and social media marketing. She is currently working at the Nation’s Memory Institute in Bratislava, on collecting and shooting of the Oral History of the victims of totalitarian regimes, editing and production of the short documentaries on social media, features and reportages; as well as at The Freedom Festival in Bratislava, as a supervisor of the programme, structure, web content and PR activities.
Janine Grün is a film student and aspiring filmmaker from Germany, currently living in Cluj - Napoca, Romania. She finished her Bachelor in Communication Studies and Public Relations and since then she has been working as a copywriter, proof-reader and translator on a freelance basis. She volunteered at the Transilvanian International Film Festival and completed internships at Numa Film, a local production company, the German television ZDF, and is currently responsible for the communication of Cineimpact, an Academy of Film, Transmedia and Interaction Design, based in Romania. Driven by her curiosity and empathy, she likes to explore stories of real, authentic human experiences starting with her own life.
Liina Salonen studies, teaches, organises exhibitions and takes part in various projects and courses. She decided to turn her head toward documentary film at the end of her year in art school, where she was studying photography. It seems to her that documentary has more potential to bring forth conversations and, eventually, change.
At the moment, she also works in a non-profit organisation Effective Altruism Estonia as a communications manager. There she aims to find people with altruistic and analytical mind-sets that could use their skills in a beneficial way for the world. She wishes to continue to communicate with the world through film.
Lucía Lalor wrote and directed the short films Notes from a Dromedary (2022- co-produced by Werner Herzog Film), Igneous Journal (2022), Azul (2019 - Bafici, Fice, International Female Festival Turkey) and Paulina (2019). She studied film direction at Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. In 2021 she was a part of the Film Programme of Universidad Di Tella and of the Werner Herzog Film Accelerator in Lanzarote. Nowadays she is focused on her documentary Mam and her first feature Saturn Return, both produced by Gale Cine.
Mateusz Gołębiewski is a graduate of the Academy of Film and Television and the Warsaw School of Advertising. He began his career in Polish Radio, where he made several radio reportages. One of them, Dookoła nic nie widać, was awarded second prize in a national radio documentary competition. His work is inspired by the Polish School of Documentary, American Sport Documentaries (Once Brothers, Escobar vs. Escobar) and Romanian New Wave. Common denominator of his inspirations is undoubtedly a great interest in a character, often a hero and a brave but for some reason forgotten individual. Gołębiewski is also a fan, an enthusiast, and a proponent of sport, in practice.
COUNTRY: Poland, Germany
Max Orlewicz is a self-taught filmmaker from Poland and Germany. As a director and screenwriter, he is interested in scripted and documentary films. He is the author of five short films and two feature length screenplays. He came to filmmaking working on sets in Germany, Poland and the UK. He is currently working on his second documentary short film.
Miguel Ángel Sánchez is an independent Mexican filmmaker, activist and teacher. His work has premiered and been awarded nationally and internationally, and addresses humanitarian and urgent social issues in Mexico and the world, from an angle of reality and empowerment through the use of stories. He studied film creation and production for 11+ years. He has a Multimedia Design specialisation from the School of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He specialised in Producing and Directing in the National School of Film Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He was selected at the Berlinale Talents 2022. He currently directs two documentary series for video on demand platforms. He co-founded Libres Films, a production company that addresses urgent humanitarian and social issues in Mexico.
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
Mike Freedman is a filmmaker with eighteen years of experience in the industry. He directed the award-winning feature documentary Critical Mass, which played globally including screenings at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and Lincoln Centre in New York City. Mike has travelled to over 60 countries, some of which do not technically exist, and worked on projects in 15 of them. Excerpts from his film work with genocide survivors and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been screened by the Aegis Trust in Kigali at their commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda and used by the law firm Foley Hoag in preparation for their landmark suit against the government of Myanmar for crimes against humanity.
Nataša Gaši works in the Educational department at Slovenian national television – RTVSLO. Her specialty is developing and executing various formats of TV shows. In recent years she mostly worked on science TV shows, but she always wanted to tell different stories through audio-visual work like documentaries and other forms of films. In the past decade she occasionally made some documentaries and various shorter forms (5-minute-long documentaries on history, cultural and natural heritage, and science, which were included in some of the shows produced by RTVSLO). She has a lot of interesting stories to tell but she wants to dedicate more time and knowledge to develop a script, which does not have to rely on the budget but the story and film.
Nikola Egerić has been professionally engaged in video editing for six years. During those years, he has worked on various projects: fashion videos, recapitulation of events, shows, TV commercials, digital commercials, short student films, etc. From 2020 to 2022, he was employed as a media video editor at WirelessMedia, now Method Agency. He participated in the editing of advertising content for several domestic TV series. He participates on film sets as an on-set editor (DIT).
Pio Filgueira Risso was born in Buenos Aires. He is a professional music producer and image and sound designer. Pio is also a director and producer at SIESTA CINE. Since 2017, he has worked as an assistant in advertising for Key Production. He worked for brands such as Renault, Ford, Pure Leaf, Colgate, and in production companies such as SALADO UNLTD, REBOLUCIÓN, LUNGO FILMS, among others.
His first approach to art was the guitar, he started with rock until he moved to jazz, and studied with musicians who were always taking him down the path of authorship and finding personality in interpretation. As the years passed, he became more and more interested in cinema and literature until he started studying at the University of Buenos Aires, when his search changed direction and became completely consolidated. He began to be interested in immersive film, the construction of a climate, a dense universe that tells more than the narrative itself.
COUNTRY: South Africa
Rratsheko Mashilo Nthite is an award winning integration documentary filmmaking from South Africa, Winner of the Basha Uhuru Creative Pitch. He is currently running Room 53 Films which is a South African film production that is able to actively do projects across African countries. He believes in projects that question human sociology, philosophy and its ethics, and speak to all genders and races. He has been specialising in integration documentary films that reflect on the abilities of people who are born differently, but able to live in a different human shell. He is a member of the South African Documentary Association.
Salu K Thomas went to school in his hometown and obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kerala. After working as assistant director in some commercials and feature films, he joined a national film school in Kolkata and took cinematography as the major subject. The film school influenced and developed his aesthetics, offering him as much knowledge as such a school can offer. After graduating from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Salu shot his first feature film The great Indian Kitchen which went on to become the subject of a big discussion and success in India. The latest film is a documentary about his hometown, shot and processed in 8k resolution. He is now interested in exploring the possibilities and excitement of the full-length documentary format?
Sanne De Wilde is a visual artist working with the medium of photography, film, installation and painting creating long term work on genetics, identity and perception while experimenting with collaborative approaches in storytelling.
She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) with great honours in 2012. The British Journal of Photography selected De Wilde as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world' in 2014.
Her work has been internationally published (The Guardian, The New Yorker, Le Monde, CNN, Vogue) and exhibited (Voies OFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Circulations, Lagos Photo, Lodz Fotofestival, IDFA, STAM and EYE). De Wilde joined NOOR in 2017. Currently she is a professor in photography at the University of Applied Science and Arts in Dortmund, Germany. She is represented by East Wing Gallery (Doha, Qatar).
Solanki studied at the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute of India, Kolkata, where he acquired a diploma in Cinema, Department of Motion Picture Photography. Over the past 9 years, she has participated in the making of a few documentaries, short films, digital ads and independent feature films, in the role of a cinematographer.
According to Solanki, film is an extremely sensitive art form. It gives immense power to the storyteller to impact the viewer's mind in whichever way he/she chooses to. Solanki believes that films are agents of change. They are a superior medium to reflect on realities of life and sometimes even dreams and hyper-realities of life.
Tadej Čater was born in Celje, Slovenia. During his studies he wrote literary critiques and essays, as well as drama scripts. For the last twenty years he has been working in scriptwriting and directing. He participated in various festivals (EBU Creative Forum, Berlin 2013). For the show Enajsta Šola (11th School) he received two Viktor awards for best kids and youth show (2008, 2009). He is also the author of some television formats.
Viktorija Akavickaitė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Management in 2018. In 2020, she obtained a Master’s degree in Film Art (Production). In 2021, Viktorija established a film production company CINERGIJA Production House and at this moment she is developing new documentary film projects with young and promising Lithuanian filmmakers. Viktorija is also a mental illness prevention activist. She does believe that films can help audiences to better understand these topics and thus lead to help-seeking behaviour.