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  • Vassil (38) is a documentary filmmaker who has not made a successful film for years. He has a long-term relationship with his live-in girlfriend Maria (37) and they have a daughter, Lily (12). Vassil is constantly ignoring them, seized by the ambition to make a documentary about the life of a monk, Avtonom (33), who […]

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    Svetoslav Draganov

    Bulgarian filmmaker and producer born 1976.

    In 1999, Svetoslav founded Cineaste Maudit Production. In 2001, he received an award for the best Eastern-European film at Dok Leipzig 2001 for the documentary “Life is wonderful, isn’t it?”. “The Merry Boys” was shown at IDFA 2003, “Young at Heart” won the Special Prix Europa, Berlin in 2003. In 2005, “Amateurs” was awarded the Golden Rhyton for the best Bulgarian documentary, as well as the award of the Bulgarian film critics. “Life Almost Wonderful” competed in 2013 at the IDFA’s feature length competition, won the critics award at Golden Rhyton 2013, and was awarded with special jury prizes at the Sofia Film Festival 2014 and ZagrebDox 2014. “Zhaleika” which he produced was awarded with special jury prize at Generation section at Berlinale 2016 and won the Grand prize at Sofia Film Fest 2016.

    Nevena Borisova

    Freelance journalist and writer located in Bulgaria. She was born in 1987 г. Graduated Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Master’s degree in Cinema, Visual arts and literature (with second Master’s degree in Human Resources) in Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridsky”.

    She has worked as reporter and screenwriter in the Student National Television; as a screenwriter and reporter in the Bulgarian National Television (the television broadcast “One of us”, “Little stories); as a Reporter in different online media. Currently works for the daily online newspaper E-vestnik, Global Voices, etc.

    Her poetry book wins the National Poetry Competition “South Spring” and National competition “Young Voices” (2009) for first poetry book. She has been awarded different poetry awards through the years.

    Jan Kowalski, a forty-year-old dancer with a Polish folk song and dance ensemble, yearns to be a soloist. He doesn’t talk to anyone in the ensemble, though, and his dancing expresses nothing of any interest. He lacks so much. So does his life. While he’s out jogging one morning, a random moment means that he […]

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    Kuba Czekaj

    The feature film debut of Kuba Czekaj Baby Bump has been awarded during 72. Venice Film Festival. Additionally, the title won many other awards and special mentions in Poland and abroad (eg. OutFest in Los Angeles etc.)

    Kuba’s latest feature The Erlprince had been presented in the main competition at Gdynia Film Festival, winning the Young Jury Award for Best Film. The title had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and European premiere at Berlin IFF. At Berlinale 2017 Kuba has been awarded Baumi Script Development Award named in honor of late German producer Karl Baumgartner for the script Sorry, Poland.

    Kuba directed national and international award-winning short films: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Room and Twist & Blood.

    Kuba received many scholarships and awards including a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

    Kuba graduated in directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty at the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Development Lab Feature Programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw.

    After celebrating his 18th birthday with friends, CIPRIAN visits his grandparents to get away from his father and find some peace. Regrettably though, his father’s best friend is threatening to commit suicide. His father’s awkward “gift” is to ask him for help with his suicidal best friend. The young boy realizes that he has to […]

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    Cristian Pascariu

    Born in 1987 in Botosani, Romania and in 2010 he graduated with a diploma in film at the Faculty of Theater and Television in Cluj Napoca, Romania. His thesis film won the “Black Pearl Award” at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010, and the Award for Best Student Film at the Open Society Shorts 2011. His short films have been selected in film festivals around the world including Uppsala Short Film Festival, Transylvania International Film Festival, Pula Film Festival, etc. Along with making live action films, he is passionate about animation, theater and the integration of visuals into plays and stage design. Currently, three of his animation scripts have been financed by the CNC and are now in pre-production, scheduled to premiere next year. He is constantly searching for new ways to emphasize visual storytelling and how to emotionally involve the audience; thus he experiments as much as possible with everything that connects people, sounds and images.

    A Ukrainian artist in New York is forced to return home when brother gets drafted into war in the Ukraine. YANA, a 30-year-old Ukrainian implant in New York, dreams of a place she’d call her own and where she can bring a dog. So far, while living with her Asian American boyfriend NICK and working […]

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    Bohdana Smyrnova

    Started making films at the age of 17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her short film Les demarches des papiers had already received international recognition when she moved to New York in 2005 to join NYU’s graduate film program with the Dean’s Fellowship. Till date, Bohdana’s shorts have been screened at more than 200 events around the world including French theatrical release and prestigious festivals such as Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Taipei Golden Horse, and Slamdance, garnering over 20 awards.

    A filmmaker with a distinct voice, Bohdana explores through her stories complex human relationships, desires conflicting with reality, and situations that pose no right choice. She is currently developing her first feature film to be shot in 2017 in New York, USA, and Chernivtsi, Ukraine. She is a visiting assistant professor in film production at Wesleyan University (USA). 

    1953, a small rural town in communist Hungary under the yoke of Soviet oppressors. The people are in terror: three teenage girls have gone missing. ENDRE (45), a journalist of integrity, is tasked to write an article showing that the new communist police can crack the priority case. FARKAS (35) leads the investigation, a detective […]

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    Ádám Császi

    Born in Hungary in 1978. He graduated from Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2010. His first feature LAND OF STORMS premiered in Panorama at the Berlinale 2014 and was nominated for the Best First Feature Award and Teddy Award. It was in competition in Sarajevo 2014, and won the Special Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival 2014 as well as the Audience Award at Tel Aviv 2014. Land of Storms also went to Guadalajara IFF, Chicago IFF, Seattle IFF and Ghent IFF, alongside 30 other international festivals. It was distributed worldwide, including US, UK, France, Germany, and Spain. His second script HIGH DIVE was part of the official selection of Berlinale Co-Production Market 2015 and was selected for the Nipkow Programm. His short 7 DAYS received the Special Prize at the Hungarian Film Week in 2003, and WEAK DAYS won Best Short Film there in 2008. His 2009 short film, CELEBRATION, was invited to screen at the Warsaw Film Festival and at Brest European Short Film Festival in 2010. Császi also has past experience directing commercials, TV documentaries and music videos but since 2012 he has been working solely on his feature film projects.

    Iván Szabó

    Born in 1982 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated as a screenwriter from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest in 2006 and studied at the prestigious film school FAMU of Prague for a semester. In 2008, he attained a masters degree in film directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds, United Kingdom. Iván received a doctorate degree from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest and has been teaching screenwriting and dramaturgy at the institution since 2013.

    Iván Szabó is the co-author of titles Vespa (2010), directed and co-authored by Diana Groó; and of Land of Storms (2014) directed and co-authored by Ádám Császi. The latter film was premiered at the Berlinale’s Panorama in 2014 and was screened at numerous festivals and distributed for cinemas worldwide. Iván was granted a Nipkow Fellowship in 2012 to work on the screenplay of his third movie, The Citizen, directed and co-authored by Roland Vranik, to be premiered the fall of 2016.

    His collaboration with co-writer, director Ádám Császi continues, working on two new feature film screenplays (High Dive, Lingua Nigra).

    Iván Szabó is currently working on a stage play (Malignus) for which he was granted the István Örkény Stage Play Scholarship in Hungary and is also a Fulbright scholar teaching screenwriting at San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema as of August 2016.

    Belarus, 1996. YURA, a 29-year-old prisoner, escapes from his police escort and accidentally enters the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. He finds shelter in one of the abandoned villages, where he meets FENYA, a 75-year old lonely woman who lives without electricity, amongst wild animals. He hides from the freezing cold in Fenya’s attic, where she finds […]

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    Nikolai Lavreniuk

    Belarusian producer, festival coordinator, scriptwriter

    Graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University, Minsk Private Film School “Cinema”, International Film School in Belye Stolby, Russia (a workshop in scriptwriting).

    In 2013 founded the film company “lllusion” that produced several independent films including the family feature film “Timur and His Squad” (2014) that took part and won awards at international film festivals in Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.


    Since 2015 works as the National Competition coordinator of Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” and at Visual and Performing Arts Centre “ART Corporation” as a coordinator of Belarusian films distribution and promotion.

    In 2013 started to work as a producer and co-writer on the film project “Solomon’s Mountain” (previously Like Sting) originally written by Irina Pismennaya, Belarusian distinguished scriptwriter and film director, who died in 2014. The film is planned to be produced by the “Illusion” film company with Belarusian-Polish film director Sergey Kolosovsky in 2018.

    Author of several scripts, articles on cinema.

    Siarhei Kalasouski

    Graduated from Minsk Institute of Management (Legal psychology) and Film Directing at Warsaw Film School.

    Hi worked for “Belarusfilm” National Film Studio, TV-company “General Producing Centre”, “PARTIZAN PRODUCTION” (Belarus) as an editor. Since 2013 has been working for TVP BELSAT (Poland) as an editor of commercial department and a journalist.

    His filmography includes: “The Way to the Heaven is Closed” (2008), “The Group” (doc., 2010), “Dreaming about Mexico” (2012), “Zaklad/Bet” (2013), “Whispers and Cries of Tania B.” (doc., 2015), “Popgun” (2015, shown at Minsk IFF Listapad – Belarus, Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival – South Korea, IFF, “Kinoshok” – Anapa, Russia, “Bulbamovie” – Warsaw, Poland and others.

    The story is set in the late 90’s, when Georgia had just recovered from the bloody wars, which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, but still was a very poor country. In 1999 a power cut schedule was introduced. The script is made of seven short novels, which develop in the parallel regime and […]

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    George Varsimashvili

    Georgian writer and director born in Tbilisi in 1986. After graduating university in Georgia, he went to study film making in Paris 8 university (bachelor’s and master’s degree) and ESRA Paris film school. During his studies he made a dozen of short films, which traveled on different film festivals. He shot his debut feature film “Particulier a Particulier” (2012) in France. Although film didn’t have any producer or distributor behind and had a minor budget equal of a student short film, it was still released in film theatres in France, Russia and Georgia. This achievement brought him recognition in his homeland, where he is working on various film projects. In 2016 he made a feature film for the television “Dzmebi Qalaqshi”. George Varsimashvili is also a musician and composed score for almost all his previous films.

    Winter. In order to save her marriage, KAJA and her husband take a weekend trip to her recently deceased mother’s mountain cottage on the Polish-Ukrainian border. After a shattering event that pulls Kaja and her husband further apart, TARIQ, a mysterious Middle Eastern man, helps Kaja when her life is in danger. Kaja becomes Tariq’s […]

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    Anna Kazejak

    Film director and screenwriter. In 2005, Kazejak and two of her friends from school decided to produce a three part film ODE TO JOY dealing with the economic migrations of young Poles. The three directors not only won the hearts of critics, but won many major prizes. The film was the first Polish film to screen in competition at Rotterdam IFF.

    A FEW SIMPLE WORDS WAS her diploma, a touching story has garnered prizes at film festivals around the world (Best Feature Film, Young Talent Film Award – 37the International Film Festival Sehsuchte, Potsdam, 2008; Main Prize, Next Reel International Film Festival, New York-Singapore, 2007).

    FLYING PIGS, that had an all-star cast, including Cezary Pazura, Agata Kulesza, and Paweł Małaszynski. The film was seen by 350,000 movie-goers. Kazejak has made documentary films and worked in television formats including IN TREATMENT (HBO) .

    With THE WORD, Kazejak took part in the Coproduction Market during the Berlin IFF. In 2014 the film had a Word Premiere at 64. Berlinale IFF, Generation Section. Kazejak has many screenplay prizes including Hartley-Merrill 2008 and Script Pro 2013.

    Member of the European Film Academy.

    Przemek Nowakowski

    Screenriter, director, graduated from Warsaw University – History of Art. Continued his studies at UCLA Film School in Los Angeles, Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, and Wajda School in Warsaw. Writer and director of many popular documentaries and TV series – including olish version of “In Treatment” for HBO.

    Writer of following feature movies: The Egoists – dir M Trelinski , Stranger – dir M. Szumowska, , KATYN – dir. Andrzej Wajda, Offsiders – dir. Kasia Adamik, On Credit – Przemek first short feature as director and Wedding Polka – co-directed with Lars Jessen.

    He also writes theater plays presented on many occasions in Poland and abroad.

    His script THE MUTE written together with Bartek Konopka got Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award in Cannes 2013.

    A prosperous underground electronic music DJ Mark performs for thousands of people worldwide every week until becoming addicted to drugs believing he controls the situation. When the media from one interview goes wild quoting out of the context a simple sentence stating Mark against the gay people, he experiences a rapid drop from being the […]

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    Maris Martinsons

    An internationally awarded film director, screenwriter, editor and producer. He has graduated the Latvia State Conservatory, the study programme Drama theatre director. During his studies and afterwards for almost a decade he worked in the theatre as a stagehand. Later Martinsons became independent director/producer and made a great number of music videos for Latvian and Lithuanian musicians as well as produced various audio-visual projects.

    Martinsons has written and published six novels in Latvian and Lithuanian.

    Martinson’s first feature film “Loss” (2008) has won Best Director and Best Music awards in the Shanghai International Film Festival . “Loss” and his next feature film “Amaya” (2010) have been submitted for Academy Awards for Best Foreign language film consideration. Currently Martinsons is in post-production phase of the “Magic kimono”, the first Latvian – Japanese coproduction. At the same time, he is working on a new feature film with working title “Double drop”, that encompasses his passion for film, music and theatre.

    This psychological drama takes place in a small Bohemian village at the beginning of 19th century. It tells a story of two different sisters. Passionate, sensual Viktorka (18) and religious, self-conscious Marie (13). Marie lives in the shadow of Viktorka, whom she loves, admires and yet is envious about her beauty and independence. Shortly before […]

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    Kristina Majova (Duffkova)

    Kristina holds degrees from screenwriting and production – both at FAMU. Her scripts were awarded by the Czech Film Foundation in 2012 (Little Brat) and 2016 (A good Wife). Together with Andrea Jarosova, she wrote a feature comedy Martin and Venus (2013), which had more than 100000 viewers in cinemas and an audioplay The Darkness Therapy (2016), which won the Prix Bohemia organized by the Czech Radio.

    She also worked as a storyliner for a popular TV series The Street (2012), was a head writer for a development of TV dramedy A Good Year (2013) and is a long term collaborator of the Czech Television Film Centre where she works as a script editor.

    As a script editor, Kristina specializes on young authors, such as Heart of the Tower with Peter Budinsky and At the End of a String with Tomas Zahradka.

    She regularly participates in workshops both as a writer (Trieste International Workshop 2015, Midpoint TV Launch 2016) and as a script editor (Training the Trainers 2014).

    Zuzana Špidlová

    Film director and script-writer, holds a degree in Feature Film Direction from the FAMU Film Academy in Prague  and a Master‘s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of Charles University. Her graduation film Bába was awarded the first price in the Cinéfondation Selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. This movie was showcased at a number of international film festivals and received many more prizes such as Prix Europeén France 2 at the 24th Brest European Short Film Festival.

    In recent years she has been predominantly working on various documentaries. The documentary series Čtyři v tom (Four Buns in the Oven) that she co-directed was extremely well received by both the TV audiance and the media. At the moment she is finalizing a five-part series focused on the lives of mentally-disadvantaged people.

    In the dystopian totalitarian Europe there is no place for the unhappy, different and weak. All would-be suiciders are forced to undergo obligatory therapies in Suicide Centers and are given personal parole officers upon release. HELENA and ANNA meet by accident. Helena (41) is a famous classic pianist who after being released from the Center […]

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    Agnieszka Zwiefka

    An awarded documentary film director, winner of Silver Horn at Krakow Film Festival, the Big Golden Nanook at Flahertiana Festival, Urania Award at LET’S CEE Festival, Zoom Award at MFF T-Mobile New Horizons and many others. Her latest film „The Queen of Silence“ (2014) premiered at IDFA festival in Amsterdam in the main competition and was screened at over 50 festivals worldwide, awarded 15 times and coproduced by such TV stations as HBO Europe, ZDF/ARTE, SVT, YLE and RAI. In her films she balances between reality and fantasy, creating hybrids that cross the border between documentary and fiction. Agnieszka Zwiefka also holds a PhD degree in media studies and works as a lecturer at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Wroclaw.