Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan was the delegate producer of Adina Pintilie's Golden Bear winner, Touch Me Not. She directed A Mere Breath, which won Best Documentary at LET'S CEE Film Fest and in Sarajevo. With her newly established company, Manifest Film, she produced Acasă - My Home, which won the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance 2020.
2020 - Acasă - My Home (producer)
2016 - A Mere Breath
Michaela Kirst worked for many years as a journalist in New York and has headed the Berlin office of Sagafilm since 2011. As a director and/or producer, she works on documentaries for TV and cinema. Her films Disgustingly Healthy, Crime Scene Rainforest and Brown Babies – Germany's Lost Children have won several awards.
2018 - Disgustingly Health (documentary series)
2011 - Crime Scene Rainforest
2010 - Brown Babies – Germany's Lost Children
Ebba Sinzinger is a producer, scriptwriter and director. She produced and co-produced films like Brothers of the Night, Domaine by Patric Chiha, The Forgotten Space by Noël Burch and Allan Secula, and Pianomania, which won awards in Berlin, Venice and Locarno. She received the Upper Austrian Cultural Award for Film in 1997 for her directorial work.
2016 - Brothers of the Night (producer, d.: Patric Chiha)
2010 - The Forgotten Space (co-producer, d.: Noël Burch and Allan Secula)
Nathan Grossman was educated at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. He started his career as a stills photographer for Rolling Stone India, and later moved into documentary filmmaking, mainly focusing on environmental issues. His first full-length television series on increased meat consumption in Sweden sparked a widespread discussion and was nominated for best factual program of the year.
Talking About Trees
Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in 1979, in Sudan, where he lived until the age of 16. He attended Cinema Studies in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several short films, both fiction and documentary. He is also a researcher and was able to find long-lost Sudanese films, and actively takes part in saving and digitizing the works of Sudanese cinema.
It Takes a Family
Susanne Kovács is a TV director from the Danish Media and Journalism School. She previously studied fine arts and narrative storytelling in Germany, and was trained in filmmaking at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. It Takes A Family is her first mid-length documentary, and was part of the Twelve for the Future Workshop in 2015-2016. Susanne participated in the IDFAcademy in 2016 with the film.
Maija Blåfield is a filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Her works lay between documentary and experimental film. She received the main prize at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2019, and the State Prize for Media Arts in Finland in 2014. She was nominated for the Ars Fennica award in 2017.
2018 - On Destruction and Preservation
2015 - Golden Age
2005 - Saving the World
Hubert Sauper was born in Austria and has been based in France. Sauper is known for his socio-political documentary films, which have garnered major international prizes, including at Berlin, Venice, Sundance, the European Film Academy Award, the Austrian Academy Award and the French “Cesar." He received an Academy Award nomination for Darwin's Nightmare (2004), a documentary spotlighting the environmental impact of the fishing industry in the fragile Tanzanian ecosystem. He received the Special Jury Award at Sundance with We Come as Friends (2014), which focuses on the war conflict among the Sudanese. Sauper has worked as a visiting professor at many film schools and universities around the world.
2014 - We Come As Friends
2004 - Darwin's Nightmare
1998 - Kisangani Diary
We Hold the Line
Marc Wiese (born in 1966) has been making documentaries for 25 years and is a member of the Federal Association of Directors. He has worked in many conflict areas around the world and has won numerous international awards for his films.
2017 - Slaves
2014 - When Under Fire: Shoot Back!
2012 - Camp 14
2010 - Picture of Napalm Girl
2009 - Kanun
The State Against Mandela and the Others
Nicolas Champeaux was Radio France Internationale’s special correspondent based in Johannesburg between 2007 and 2010. He was appointed reporter-at-large for the radio station’s Africa service. He left RFI in October 2017 to pursue a freelance career. Champeaux has written and produced several radio documentaries, and the web documentary, Sur les traces de Boko Haram.
2013 - Mandela et son image
2013 - Nelson Mandela
2010 - Mandela: l’histoire secrète d’une libération
1990-1994 : les années de transition
Gilles Porte is a director of photography as well as a film director. He has worked as a director of photography on around 30 films, directed by Jacques Audiard, Raoul Ruiz, Xavier Durringer, Safy Nebbou, Frédéric Beigbeder, Xavier Gens and Marc Dugain. Since 2018 he has served as president of the Association française des directeurs de la photographie.
2015 - Tantale (interactive film)
2010 - Dessine toi
2004 - Quand la mer monte (co-director with Yolande Moreau)
Caroline Troedsson is a documentary director and cinematographer based in Sweden. She has recently worked as a cinematographer for Only The Devil Lives Without Hope (2020), Every Face Has a Name (2015) and Becoming Zlatan (2016).
2020 - Only the Devil Lives Wihout Hope (DoP)
2019 - Patriotic Highway
2016 - Becoming Zlatan (DoP)
2015 - Every Face Has a Name (DoP)
Silvia Is My Name
Benyo has worked as an actor under his real name, Max Hegewald, since 2005, and has acted at the Volksbühne Berlin theatre since 2007. He directs and writes under the pseudonym Benyo. In 2016 he graduated in screenwriting from the Filmuniversity Babelsberg Potsdam with his graduation film, Silvia. He is currently developing his debut ﬁlm, Blackbird, and is working on an adaptation of Claudia Rinkes' novel, The Bride, as well as a coming-of-age drama, Tinnitus. He will graduate from the Hamburg Mediaschool as a director.