Inka Achté graduated in 2012 with an MA in documentary directing from the UK’s National Film and Television School. That same year she completed two award-winning short documentaries: The Wait and Alppikatu 25 - Home to the Homeless. Her debut feature, Boys Who Like Girls (2018), has been selected to more than 30 international festivals, including Sheffield DocFest, Nordisk Panorama, and DocNyc. In addition to filmmaking, Inka has worked in documentary sales, first at Taskovski Films and later at Autlook Filmsales. She is one of the founders of the Helsinki-based Raina Film Festival Distribution.
Georg Götmark has a degree in film and cultural studies from Stockholm University and the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He has also completed a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm. Georg is currently working as a producer and director at Filmfront Media AB, which he co-founded. He has worked with documentaries and in TV since 2001. He has worked on a number of international documentary projects, such as The Last Lacandones, a film about Mayan Indians, shot in Mexico; Transit Tanger, about Moroccans dreaming of a new life in Europe; and Citizen Oketch, about a family living in the Kibera slum outside of Nairobi. His first feature creative documentary, Bellum – The Daemon of War (2021), was about AI, robotics, and ethics. Georg has traveled extensively producing a number of TV series and reports for Swedish television, and educational films for universities, organizations and companies.
John Erling Utsi is a freelance Sami filmmaker and journalist with an extensive career at SVT-Sápmi.
Emilija Škarnulytė (born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1987) is an artist and filmmaker. Working between documentary and the imaginary, Škarnulytė makes films and immersive installations exploring deep time and invisible structures: from the cosmic and geologic, to the ecological and political. Winner of the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, Škarnulytė represented Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tate Modern (2021), Kunsthaus Pasquart (2021), and the National Gallery in Vilnius (2021). Her films are in the IFA, Kadist Foundation and Centre Pompidou collections, and have been screened at the Serpentine Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at numerous film festivals. She is a founder and co-director of Polar Film Lab, and a member of the artistic duo, New Mineral Collective.
Nelly & Nadine
Magnus Gertten is a director and producer born in Limhamn, Sweden, in 1953. He was a television and radio journalist for several years before turning to filmmaking in 1998. He has made 15 documentaries for Swedish and international television, which have been broadcast and screened at festivals in more than 60 countries, and which have won numerous awards. He works as a director, producer, narrative consultant, and adviser for his film production company, Auto Images.
The Myanmar Film Collective is a group of anonymous young filmmakers in Myanmar, working with an anonymous group of European film professionals, who, as an act of creative resistance, are determined to continue making films in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 February.
Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984, and studied medicine in 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. Hamadi is the author of two short documentaries, Ladies in Waiting and Zero Tolerance that caught the attention of festivals in Europe (Berlin, Paris, and Amsterdam) and North America (Toronto). Ladies In Waiting received the Pierre and Yolande Perrault scholarship at Cinema du Réel (Paris) in 2009. In 2013, Atalaku, his first feature-length documentary about the 2011 election campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, won the Joris Ivens award for best first film, Best Foreign Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival (USA), the Jury Prize at FIDADOC (Agadir, Morocco) and three other awards. In 2014, National Diploma received both the International Prize of the SCAM and the Potemkin award at Cinéma du Réel (France), and was selected at TIFF (Toronto) and nearly 60 festivals worldwide. In 2015, Mama Colonel, his latest film, received assistance in post-production from the Sundance Institute and IDFA Bertha Fund.
Four Seasons in a Day
Annabel Verbeke, born in Ypres, Belgium, in 1987, graduated at RITCS Film School in Brussels. Her graduation film, Children of the Sea, won 8 international awards and was selected by more than 20 international film festivals. As a filmmaker, Annabel is looking for beauty in the modest, everyday objects surrounding us. She likes to reveal and unravel fascinating stories which are not always very visible, and find poetry and absurdity in seemingly banal things.
Children of the Sea
Born in Chile and raised in Sweden, Lars returned to South America to attend the Valparaiso Film School. Lars’ first film was Toxic Playground which won 6 international awards, screened in over 30 international festivals and was broadcast on TV across Europe. Since completing Toxic Playground, Lars has retrained as a speech and language therapist and now lives in the north of Norway. Arica is his second feature documentary, in which Lars and his co-director revisits the theme of their first film, after following the lives of the inhabitants of the Chilean town.
2009 - Toxic Playground
William Johansson Kalén has worked as a Director, Editor in chief, DoP and Film editor on a number of documentaries, documentary series and TV-programs since 2006. He co-directed the award-winning documentary Toxic Playground in 2009 and started as a film producer in 2015 when he became a shareholder of Laika Film & Television. He is currently producing an artistic documentary about architecture that will premiere in early 2021 and producing a couple of Laika’s projects in development. He has worked as assistant producer on the documentary Cold Case Hammarskjöld and the fiction Beauty And The Dogs and The Man Who Sold His Skin. He is also the Swedish producer in the Jordanian fiction film Farha that premiered in spring 2021.
2009 - Toxic Playground
Heddy Honigmann is considered one of world’s best documentary filmmakers. Her films (short & long fictions, short & long documentaries) have travelled around the world receiving major awards and important retrospectives (Toronto, the Museum of Modern Art in NY, Paris, Berlin, Lisboa, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Ontario, Utrecht, Grasz, Chicago and Berkeley, among others). She has received many lifetime achievement awards, like the Living Legend Award at IDFA (2013), the Dortmund Honorary Award for Documentary Film (2013), the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award (2007), the San Francisco Films Society’s Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award (2007), the J. Van Praag Award from the Humanist Association (2005) in the Netherlands, the award for her Contribution to the Art of Documentary Filmmaking at the Thessaloniki Film Festival (2004), and the Jan Cassies Award for her whole oeuvre from the Dutch National Fund for Cultural Films for Television (2003) in the Netherlands.
2018 - Buddy
2008 - El Olvido
2006 - Forever
2001 - Good Husband, Dear Son
1999 - Crazy
1996 - O Amor Natural
1992 - Metal and Melancholy
Radiograph of a Family
Born in Tehran, Firouzeh Khosrovani settled in Italy to pursue her artistic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. After graduating in 2002 she returned to Iran and acquired her Master’s degree in Journalism. She now lives between Tehran and Rome. Her debut film, Life Train (2004), is a documentary on the ‘play’ therapy provided for the traumatized children of the earthquake in Bam. In 2007, she directed Rough Cut, a film about mutilated plastic mannequins in the shop windows of Tehran, which won thirteen international film festival awards. Her last work, Fest of Duty, follows two adolescent girls as they transition into adulthood, eight years after their official Fest of Duty. The film won the OXFAM award at IDFA in 2014.