Alexander Kvatashidze was born in 1977 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1996 he graduated from Nikoladze Art College with a qualification as a sculptor. In 2001 he earned his BA degree in Art and Humanities at Tbilisi State University. In 2005-2006, Kvatashidze studied at the film department of California State University in San Jose. Since 2006 Alexander has worked as a director, DoP or producer on various projects, most of which were documentaries. He founded Lokokina Studio in 2009.
Balázs Mészáros was born in 1991 in Dunaújváros, Hungary. He has worked as a video-journalist. He graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest in 2017 as a documentary film director.
The Polgar Variant
Yossi Aviram, born in Jerusalem in 1971, is an Israeli writer and director. A graduate from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School of Jerusalem, Yossi Aviram splits his career between his work as a director of photography and his own films. In 1998, the Year of Israel in France, he participated in a cultural exchange with the well-known French film school, La fémis. He directed his second short film, ANNA during the four weeks he spent in Paris. His first feature, The Dune, won Best First Feature Film Award at Haifa Film Festival, and has also been selected for San Sebastian, San Francisco and other film festivals.
Photograph of Jesus
No Country for the Poor
László Bihari has designed online campaign videos for non-profit organizations for the past nine years. He is one of the founders of the creative team, ZPOK. This is their first documentary film production.
Kata Olah began work as an editor, host, and director for a variety of television productions in the mid 1990's. For 10 years, she produced television series and short films. It was only in 2010 that she began to focus on directing. In that year, she completed a documentary for HBO entitled Romacops. Since then, she has directed several mid-length documentaries and popular science miniseries. Her first short fiction, En Passant, has won a number of international awards.
The Long Distance
Daniel Andreas Sager was born in Berlin in 1985, and grew up in Moscow. He studied social anthropology and philosophy at Leipzig University, and directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Sager attended the film school UCINE, in Buenos Aires, for one year with a grant from the State of Baden-Württemberg. He also participated in the Script Masterclass, Docu-Village, at the Haifa Film Festival in Israel with a scholarship from the Filmakademie BW. His diploma film. The Long Distance, received the NOFEAR! Award in 2015. He is currently a master-class student pursuing his Ph.D. at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, and participates in the Nipkow Program as a Nipkow grant-holder. He also works as a writer and editor for ze.tt (zeit online), and as a freelance writer, director, journalist and cinematographer, living in Berlin.
LEAVE/STAY: Sweet Home
Loránd Balázs Imre is a co-founder of SpeakEasy Project, and founder of SpeakEasy Project Berlin. He has worked on a number of documentary films since 2012, and is the director and producer of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awarded documentary series, LEAVE/STAY.
Bálint Tusor began his film career in 2003, and has since worked on numerous international productions as assistant editor. He completed his Masters in film and television at the National Film and Television School in 2012, and in the last five years has mainly worked as a documentary film editor. Verzio will screen his first documentary directorial debut, co-directed with Loránd Balazs Imre.
After an award¬-winning career as a photojournalist, Maisie Crow turned her attention to filmmaking. In 2014, her short film, The Last Clinic was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy, and she was listed as one of PDN InMotion’s 20 Emerging Artists to Watch in Film and Video. In 2012, her multimedia project, “Half ¬Lives: Chernobyl Workers Now”, won an Overseas Press Club award. In 2010, her short film A Life Alone was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Recently, she worked as a director of photography on MTV's documentary series, True Life.