Asia Dér graduated from the DOCnomads MA program as a documentary director, and is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. Her graduation film, Letters from Mom, was nominated for best short film at the Hungarian Film Week, and her first feature (co-directed with Sári Haragonics), Her Mothers, was co-produced with HBO and supported by the Sundance Post-production Fund. Her Mothers was shown at more than 30 international film festivals and won several awards, including Best Film award at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, and the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival in Linz. She has participated at ZagrebDox Pro, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator, East Doc Platform, Cannes Docs, and the Docu Rough Cut Boutique. Asia’s currently working on her second feature-length documentary, I Did Not Die (Nem haltam meg), and is a member and teacher at the FREEszfe Association, and a presidium member of the Hungarian Documentary Association.
Márton Vízkelety is a director and cinematographer. He was thirteen when he stared taking black and white photos with an analog camera. In 2007 he graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary, with an MA degree. He took part in many workshops, including the Berlinale Talent Campus, and Cinetrain in Moscow, Russia. He works on short films, commercials, and documentaries in Russia, Hungary, the United Kingdom and USA. Holy Dilemma is his first feature documentary as a director.
Julianna Ugrin graduated from university in 2005, after which she began working in film at Flora Film International. In 2009 she was selected to the EURODOC producer’s workshop. Since March 2009 she has worked at Havas Films as a producer and production manager. She established Éclipse Film, an independent film production company in 2011, and has developed projects at various international workshops and pitching forums. Films she produced were screened, nominated and awarded at festivals like Sundance, IDFA, DOK Leipzig, or Sarajevo IFF. Since 2013 she has taught at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in documentary MA studies, where she is also a DLA student. Ugrin is part of Emerging Producers 2014, and is an EAVE graduate. She is organizer of DunaDOCK Master Class & Pitching series, and a member of the Hungarian Film Academy and of EDN. Holy Dilemma is her first feature documentary as a director.
It Has Passed, and It's Fine
Zsuzsa Debre graduated in 2021 at the University of Theatre and Film Arts as a Documentary Director, in the class of Tamás Almási. She has worked as a reporter for radio, television and newspapers. In 2018 she founded the Ethnic Talents casting agency, which works to promote the visibility of minorities and other groups less represented in media and film, in film and advertising. She currently serves as a communications officer for the Egalipe Network and is the editor of Forbes Events. She has an interactive documentary project in research phase and an educational documentary about the Botanic Garden in Budapest in production phase.
Beauty of the Beast
Anna Nemes is a painter. Her first feature documentary, Beauty of the Beast, premiered in June 2022, at Sheffield DocFest. Her second film, Gentle, was in competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2022.
Ali, the Hungarian Yazidi
Réka Dubinyák is a scriptwriter from Budapest. After completing a degree in legal studies, she turned her attention to the film industry. She has written scripts for documentary series (Öregharcos, Együtt az Életért Egyesület: Én, te, ők), public service commercials (NANE- Women For Women Together Against Violence Association: Warning sign of domestic violence, 12 weeks) and TV films/series. She has written and directed her first feature-length documentary, and an online series, “Nofilter”. In the past few years she has focused on scriptwriting. She is currently working on several projects and is developing a short film.
Jozsef in Autumn
Cecilia Belén Sandoval is an Image and Sound Designer from Argentina, who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. She is currently studying at DocNomads Master’s programme. She works as a director, DoP and camera operator for documentary and experimental film.
Erin Macpherson is a documentary filmmaker from South Africa, with an Honours in documentary filmmaking. By the end of 2022, they will graduate from the DocNomads Masters Programme. Their films often explore humanitarian socio-political issues, such as queer rights, climate change, and mental health advocacy, to name a few.
Judit Sára Elek started her documentary film directing MA at University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest but she graduated at the Academy Of Performing Arts, Slovakia, 2022. She will graduate in filmmaking master’s at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Her first short documentary, Station (2019) won several prizes in Hungary. She works as assistant director in short fiction films, and in documentaries.
Lesia Diak is a Ukrainian documentary film director. She began studying documentary film directing with the international DocNomads masters program in 2021. She is finishing a feature-length documentary, Dad’s Lullaby, about the family life of an army veteran traumatized by the Russian-Ukrainian war that began in 2014.
Fanni Hatházi is a director and producer. She graduated with an MA in documentary directing from the University of Film and Theatre Arts. In the last ten years she has worked as a field producer and reporter for various TV news and entertainment programs. She’s also researching how the emergence of Netflix and other streaming services has changed the documentary market, as she strongly believes that understanding these new models of distribution is crucial in reaching future audiences.
Born in Belarus, Ruslan Fedotow began his career as a cinematographer. He graduated from the Academy of Arts and moved to Moscow, and finished a degree at the Moscow School of New Cinema in 2015. He worked as a cinematographer for many documentary films that were screened at festivals like the LA Film Festival, Vision du Réel, and Hotdocs. Since then he has experimented with documentary filmmaking. His documentary Where Are We Headed? premiered at IDFA in 2021, and won awards for best first feature and best cinematography. Ruslan is currently a student at DocNomads. Away is his first-year work film.
Bakony Alexa rendező szakon végzett a budapesti Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetemen. Első egész estés dokumentumfilmje, a Tobi színei, a Sundance Intézet és a Magyar Nemzeti Filmintézet támogatásával készült. A film számos kritikai elismerést kapott és beválogatták olyan nemzetközi fesztiválokra, mint a DOC NYC, a BFI vagy a Thesszaloniki Filmfesztivál.
Colors of Tobi
Alexa Bakony graduated as a director from the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. Her first feature-length documentary, Colors of Tobi, has been supported by the Sundance Institute and the Hungarian National Film Institute. It has been critically acclaimed and selected to many international festivals, such as DOC NYC, BFI, and Thessaloniki.