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
Filip Jacobson graduated from the Film Studies line at Lodz University in Poland, and the Gdynia Film School in Poland as a director. He currently studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. Along with taking part in a student exchange program at EICTV in Cuba, Jacobson has participated in several workshops: EsoDoc Workshops, Goshort Talent Campus, Polska Doc, and the Berlinale Talent Campus. He is involved in social documentary projects that search for new forms of expression in internet-based projects and through quasi-documentary forms. He has also organized film workshops for children and youth in Turkey, Romania and Poland. His first short film, Walk was awarded the Student Jury Prize at the Krakow Film Festival in 2012. In 2015, together with artist Angelika Herta, he created a web-documentary, www.Bobkowski-co-dalej.pl. The project was shot in France and was based on the journey of the Polish writer Andrzej Bobkowski. He recently finished shooting his feature-length debut, Foreigner, in Cuba.
Everyday Life of Gestapo Officer Schmidt
Emi Buchwald was born in 1991, in Dąbrowice. She is a student of Film Directing at the Film School in Łódź, and previously completed a documentary course at the Wajda School, where she developed her first short documentary, Brothers (2010). Her subsequent feature and documentary works, including Sisters (2011), Droga mleczna (2014) and Chce mi się pić (2014), have been screened at festivals in Poland and abroad. She is also a photo blogger: zwyklaki.tumblr.com.
Anastazja Dąbrowska was born in 1990 in Warsaw. She became a student of Directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice in 2012 after previously studying Environmental Protection at UKSW.