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.
Zoltán Gálovits studied journalism in Oradea and theatre studies in Cluj-Napoca. After his university studies, he worked as an editor and reporter, and later, he participated in various theatre and film projects as a dramaturg and co-creator. Since 2008, he is a staff member of Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre in Timișoara. In 2012/2013, he was assistant artistic director, and currently he is art consultant to the institution. He is also the artistic director of TESZT, the Euroregional Theatre Festival in Timișoara.
Szabolcs Hajdu is a script writer, theatre and film director. He started his career as a child actor in Debrecen, Hungary, later he graduated from the Theatre and Film Academy in Budapest as a film director. His latest feature film – his seventh movie –, This is Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016. He is the founder of Látókép Ensemble which also produced Kanzoli as their first documentary film.
Gergely Pápai studied documentary filmmaking at the Cultural and Visual Anthropology faculty of the University of Miskolc. He is a co-founder of Zpok Medialab. His work focuses mainly on human rights and environmental issues. He has worked on several documentary films as a cameraman and an editor. This documentary, Iza, is his directorial debut and his first festival-nominated film.
Alexa Bakony is a director who earned her degree in 2017 from the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest. Her short films have been screened at many festivals worldwide. Currently, she is working on her first feature-length documentary as an independent artist. The project is funded by the Hungarian Film Fund.
Marcell Torok was born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, in 1990, and has been making films since 2008. After graduating from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design's Media Design faculty in 2015, he began film directing studies at the University of Theater and Film Arts (SZFE), Budapest. In his opinion, the most important thing in making movies is that the crew, as a group of creative people, love watching other people's stories and wanting to share these on the screen.
Burdened by the Past
Asia Dér was born in Bratislava, but grew up in Budapest. After earning an MA degree in Aesthetics, she studied documentary film direction at DOCnomads — a joint master studies program of the Budapest, Lisbon and Brussels film schools, and finished magna cum laude. Her films have been screened at festivals in France, Brazil and in the Czech Republic. Her short film, Letters from Mom was nominated for the best short film award at the Hungarian Film Week. Currently, she works as a freelance documentary film director, is a member of Docnomads’ Alumni Association, and a chair member of Matchframe Productions, which aims to promote and support young documentary filmmakers in Eastern Europe.
Péter Forgács is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films and several media installations. He is best known for his "Private Hungary" series of award-winning films and installations, which are often based on home movies from the 1920s-1980s that document the ordinary lives soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary, historical trauma occurring off-screen.