Bassem Ben Brahim
Bassem Ben Brahim is a 24-year-old student of the research master’s degree in Techniques and Sciences of Audio Visual and Cinema at ESAC (graduate school of audiovisual and cinema). He has a degree in professional Video Editing and a degree in Image Design (Audio-visual Publicity) in the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Nabeul. He started his career in the world of cinema in 2012 in the small village of Skalba through a a youth centre’s cinema-club. In 2014, he joined the Tunisian federation of cinema-clubs as a volunteer.
Lucie Liu is a female filmmaker with Asian and European roots. She has lived and worked in Germany, China, Taiwan and Spain. Her works focuses on the intersection of politics and art and the connection of the East and the West. The documentary taipeilove is her latest film.
He was born in Kinshasa, where he spent the first 9 years of his life, before moving to Belgium. He discovered the art of music through the Afro Rap/Hip Hop movement and by the age of sixteen, he started writing poetry. With this, he discovered his ability to lose his introversion and to express himself to the world. A few years later, he embraced a newfound passion for film. He saw images and poetry to be connected. Nowadays he lives in London.
Daniel Mateo Vallejo
Mateo was born in Medellín in 1994. Audiovisual and Multimedia Communicator from the University of Antioquia. His interests include script writing, directing, editing, casting and director’s assistance; The Grey Zones (2018) is his laureate short film, which premiered in the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. Mateo has signed the Manifesto for a (new) Colombian Queer Cinema and is working on his next film, under the name of Cinespécimen, a production house he created with friends in Medellín.
Masi is an Italian director and independent researcher. He developed his visual language from a cross-contamination between experimental film, visual anthropology and creative documentaries. After working within the University of Bologna as a director and researcher, he moved to London where he directed The Golden Temple – Olympic regeneration of East London, which premiered in Venice Film Festival. In 2016 he concluded his PhD at University of Bologna. Shelter – Farewell to Eden, is the final chapter of a trilogy, related to the international humanitarian crisis and third landscape theory.
Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and cinematographer addressing complexities and left out representations of marginalized subjects through a decolonial queer gaze. They have a master’s degree in Experimental Film/Media Art at the University of the Arts Berlin. Zara’s work has been nominated for awards and shown at various festivals such as: DokLeipzig, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, Documenta 14-34 Exercises of Freedom, among others. Zara is part of the Queer-Feminist Film Network and the Women Cinematographers Network.
Saleem Salameh is a filmmaker, writer and podcaster. His work engages with moments in everyday life while exploring questions around equality, women empowerment, art and culture, sexuality and gender, social restrictions and interpersonal relationships. Saleem studied filmmaking at SAE Institute and he is working on his first VR fiction film as part of his MA studies in Virtual Reality cinema at SAE Institute UK. In 2018 Saleem became one of Stichting Art.1 Trainers and has been giving podcast and filmmaking workshops to new comers and migrants in Amsterdam and Germany and to human right activists from the Balkan countries as part of Youth Artivists for Change project.
Robert Moussa graduated from American University in Beirut with a Bachelors in Media & Mass Communication. He then moved to Dubai where he wrote and directed his first short film “Fishy” and a series of campaigns for MINI COOPER. This was his entry ticket to Prague where he enrolled at FAMU [Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague] to study Directing and Scriptwriting. His graduation film “Divina” premiered in Dubai at a secret screening due to the fact that it tells the story of a drag queen leading a queer lifestyle, and that theme being a taboo in UAE. He then decided to move to Berlin in 2015 and started planning Soura Film Fest, the first queer film festival for Middle East and North African cinema.
Independent film director from Ukraine, a graduate of the DocNomads international MA program. Her shorts were shown and received awards at numerous international film festivals. Svitlana is working on developing political, feminist, and queer topics in documentary cinema.
Abdulsalam Ajaj is a self-taught light collector born in 1995 Damascus, Syria. He started out as a Retoucher in 2013 and later that year learned of the term “Light Painting” which set his curiosity in motion to explore the art photography and composition. in 2015 he had a major shift in both personal and artistic aspects after leaving Damascus and moving to Berlin, Germany to start a new life. Mainly interested in light, sound, geometry; the human body and anything that engages the senses. When he’s not taking photos he’s either learning German or dancing himself into trans to recover from learning German.
Ana David (1989) is a shorts programmer and industry manager at IndieLisboa – International Film Festival, and a member of the advisory board of the Berlinale Panorama. As a programmer she also recently collaborated with Oslo/Fusion 2019 and with the BFI London Film Festival 2018, the latter with a special focus on documentary. She started off at Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival, where she worked at between 2010-2015 as its co-director and programmer, and lived in Paris working at Festival Scope, the online streaming reference platform for film professionals. Other past positions include the coordination of Lisbon Docs – International Financing and Co-production Forum, a workshop and pitching event for documentary projects, as well as festival distribution of Portuguese features and shorts at Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency.
Director, writer, producer MªCarolina Quintana was born in Santiago, Chile. Her background is in Writing and Direction for Theater. She later studied Set Design for Film and TV in Central Saint Martins (London) to finally find her true call in Film, applying her stage and visual arts experience in Short Films and music videos. In 2014 she co-directed Pedro, Juana y Diego (Best National Short film – Festival Internacional Cine B_7. Chile, 2014, Festiwal Kultury Latynoamerykańskiej. Poland, 2016). Her most recent work Las Perras (The Bitches, 2019) has been part of Best of Latin America Short Film Festival (USA), DIVERSIMACINE – Festival Internacional de Cine (Spain), Festival de Cine Comunitario (Chile), and soon will be shown on OFTALMICA Muestra Internacional de Cine (México).
Cherish Oteka is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who aims to challenge false narratives and provide a platform for often-marginalised communities to tell their stories on their terms. Cherish has worked with a range of well-known brands and broadcasters including London Live, SBTV, Tate, Stonewall, BBC Digital and, most recently, BBC One.
Christia Angel Roque
Cha Roque is a filmmaker, educator, and LGBT advocate. Cha co-founded CLP Videos, for which she has directed, written and produced numerous videos for corporate, government, and non-government clients. Since 2014, she has been teaching audio and video production, scriptwriting, post-production, and multimedia subjects at various universities in Manila. Her experimental poetry video, “Dead Rays,” was part of Pauses and Pulses Video Art Exchange 2015 at the Marrakech Biennial in Morocco. In 2017, she made the films My Daughter if I Knew What to Say Back Then (experimental documentary), Slay (documentary), and Hapag (narrative).
Ifeatu Nnaobi is a documentary filmmaker using digital media to contribute to mobilizing for change. She is currently working on themes of migration, conflict, and human rights. Her projects are usually spread across different media formats including text, video art, film, and photography. Her film and photography projects have featured internationally, including at The International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, Sheffield DocFest, Future of Storytelling NYC, and Les Rencontres d’Arles. She is also a 2019 grant recipient from the National Geographic Society.
Born in 1985 in Barranquilla – Colombia, Jorge Cadena studied photography in Buenos Aires. In 2016, he obtained his Bachelor Cinema at the HEAD – Geneva with his film El Cuento d’Antonia, which received the high honors of the Jury then won the Tiger Award for Short Films at the Rotterdam Festival 2017. He finished his Master’s degree at ECAL / HEAD in 2018 with his film Sisters Jarariju, also distinguished by the honors of the Jury and awarded at the Berlinale 2019. After a teaching experience in Colombia, he showed his work in exhibitions and international film festivals.
Kujtim Çashku is a Film Director – Scriptwriter – Producer, Human Rights Activist and Provost of Marubi Film & Multimedia Academy. He studied: Higher Institute of Arts in – Albania, Institute of Theatre and Film – Romania -and post graduation at Columbia University – CSHR, NYC – USA. Kujtim, started film-making 1975, as assistant and 1978 as film director in Kinostudio. Several of his movies won national and international prizes. His career took him to Romania, USA, France, Poland and Germany. He is considered as Albania’s internationally best-known cinema personality.
Mischa Badasyan was born on February 25th 1988 in Rostov on Don, Russia. His father and mother are both Armenian. He studied Political Science at Rostov´s South University and have been working in social, human rights, LGBT and environmental protecting organizations since an early age. It has made a huge impact on him and his artwork. In 2008, he moved to Germany and eventually began studying social work in Dresden while staying active in social/AIDS/LGBT organizations. In September 2013 he moved to Berlin which was the next stop in his artistic career where he started doing long duration performance lasted days, months and years.
Nita Zeqiri is co-founder and executive director of Foundation Shtatëmbëdhjetë. Her academic background is in Business Management and Marketing. Nita is an artist – photographer. Nita has extensive experience in managing cultural and art projects such as Hello Kosovo – Documenting and Promoting Cultural Heritage in Kosovo etc. She has also been National Coordinator for Kosovo within the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network. She has been photographing since 2003 and her work was presented in national and international exhibition including National Geographic Photo of the Day. She uses photography and film as tool for personal and social change, with particular focus in gender issues as can be recognized from on the exhibition “Emphasize” and ” Wise Women” and film “Invisibles”, “A constellation of selves” and “Through the mind”.
Rhadem Camlian Morados
Rhadem Camlian Morados is a filmmaker activist from the Philippines focusing on peace and human rights. He won Best Director in Monaco Charity Film Festival last year for his documentary film HUGO: A Hidden Past Revealed. Aside from making films, he was also the Festival Director various film events like Short+Sweet Film Festival, PINKShorts Film Festival among many others. He is a council member of Mindanao PRIDE organisation who organized the first PRIDE event in the Muslim region in the Philippines, and he has been actively organizing human rights & LGBT events in Mindanao for many years. His main advocacy is human rights protection for indigenous and queer muslims in armed conflict regions in southern part of the Philippines.
Rikki Beadle Blair
Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer working in the film, theatre, television and radio. Having written and directed 30 plays over the last 20 years along with several feature films, shorts and tv episodes and series, he has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards. Rikki’s passion for encouraging creativity and business sense in other has led him to becoming a committed mentor to a great many writers, actors, composers and directors around the world.
Yavuz Kurtulmus immigrated to Austria in the 1980s with his Turkish/ Macedonian family. Leaving behind a lucrative career in risk management, he began the Queer Migrant movement in Austria with the NGO, ‘MiGaY’ and in 2012, started TRANSITION, Europe’s first film event by, for and about Queer migrants and minorities as a response to the lack of diversity and intersectionality in the Queer cinema scene. His newest project is the Porn Film Festival Vienna, which had its first edition in March 2018 and second edition April 2019.
Popo Fan is a queer filmmaker, writer and activist. His films featured topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), transgender (Be A Woman), feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow, Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, had made strong impact on the Chinese society. His tireless working on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, as well as founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. In 2011, he received Prism Award from Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. And in 2016 he won the best short film at CHOUFTOUHONNA, Tunis International Feminist Art Film Festival (The VaChina Monologues). He participated in Berlinale Talents 2017. He is also the jury of Teddy Award in 2019.
Arlinda Rrustemi is a researcher and lecturer on peace and conflict studies. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2016, Arlinda defended her doctoral thesis, entitled “State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives”, which was supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research interests are in state-, nation- and peace-building, transitional justice, humanitarian intervention, life stories methodologies and terrorism.
Mohammad Shawky Hassan
Mohammad Shawky Hassan is a filmmaker living and working between Cairo and Berlin. He studied philosophy, film directing and cinema studies at the American University in Cairo, The Academy of Cinematic Arts & Sciences and Columbia University. His films include ‘It Was Related to M’e (2011), ‘On a Day like Today’ (2012), ‘Compos Mentis’ (2016) and ‘And on a Different Note’ (2015), which premiered at the Berlinale Forum Expanded, and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He is currently working on his feature-length audiovisual essay ‘Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day’, a project that explores the ways in which a queer lover’s discourse could emerge from traditional modes of storytelling and various registers of language deeply rooted in Arab popular culture.