Born in Uzbekistan, Askold Kurov has lived in Russia since 1991. He earned a degree in documentary filmmaking at Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film and Theater in Moscow. His films Winter, Go Away!, Leninland and Children 404 won critical acclaim and were screened at numerous festivals. His work focuses on human rights and social conflict in contemporary Russia.
2017 - The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov
2014 - Children 404 (with Pavel Loparev)
2013 - Leninland
Anna Eborn is a Swedish artist and filmmaker, working and producing her films in Denmark. She studied Film and Photography in Malmö, and Human Geography at the University of Gotland, Sweden. Her debut documentary, Pine Ridge (2013), was in the Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, and was awarded the Best Nordic Documentary at the International Film Festival in Gothenburg in 2014.
Dmitri Vologdin was born in Russia in 1988. He graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television with a degree in Film and TV Directing, and studied at the Cinema School of Krzysztof Zanussi in Warsaw.
Elita Klavina is a former journalist, and an actress at the New Riga Theatre. She graduated as a film director from the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2019. Her short film, Pinokio (2017), was nominated for the Best Student Film Award at the Latvian National Film Awards.
The View from the Window
Anna Korzh is a graduate of the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. She represented the Ukrainian film school at Interaction/Interdoc 2016 in Serbia, and is one of the curators of the documentary program at Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema. Since 2015 she has organized a film school for teenagers from frontline zones.
Uncapitals: Pomors in 360
Georgy Molodtsov is an award-winning director and producer who specializes in production of 360/VR content, as well as organizing cinematic VR events as part of film festivals that showcase 360 content. He is the co-founder of the VRability social project and Russian VR Seasons initiative. He is also the curator of the goEast film festival’s Open Frame Award and VR Scientific Festival in Sweden.
My Unknown Soldier
Anna Kryvenko is an artist working with video and fine art photography. She studied theatre directing at KNUTKT (Ukraine), and alternative theatre directing at DAMU (CZ). She is currently a student at the Centre for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU. Her films and performances have been screened at the Fluidum Festival, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, Intermedia BB, and Visions du Reél.
How Big Is the Galaxy?
Ksenia Elyan has been a professional editor of documentaries, TV programs, commercials and other video productions for nearly two decades. She has experience as a film director and DoP. In 2010, she graduated as a documentary director from Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film and Theater, in Moscow.
Michael Glawogger was born in Graz, Austria, and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy. He started as an assistant camera operator, and later worked as a cinematographer, screenwriter, and director. He made numerous internationally-acclaimed shorts, documentaries, and feature films. He had recently devoted himself to literary writing. Michael Glawogger died in Monrovia, Liberia, in April of 2014 while shooting Untitled.
Alisa Kovalenko graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Theatre & Cinema University of Kyiv, and the Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw. Her first full-length documentary, Sister Zo (2013), featured at DocuDays UA, Molodist IFF (Kiev) and ArtDocFest (Moscow). Her film, Alisa in Warland (2015,) appeared in competition at IDFA, and won awards at the Fidadoc festival of Agadir (Morocco), DocsMX (Mexico), and the Paris Festival of Cinema & Human Rights. She is the director of a documentary series on women's football in Ukraine for Current Time TV.