Director Ian Knox studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Following a year-long attachment to Mafilm studios in Budapest working with mentor directors Miklos Jancso and Karoly Makk, he graduated from UK’s National Film and Television School. His first theatrical short ‘The Privilege’ won a BAFTA. Ian is a seasoned director of TV drama series, features and documentary. His many television credits include ‘Between the Lines’, ‘Hamish Macbeth’, ‘Murder City’, ‘Monarch of the Glen’, ‘Silent Witness’. He is currently developing Cuba set love story/ thriller ‘La Americana’ and a UK set horror movie.
He is a regular guest tutor and mentor at UK’s NFTS, ECITV in Cuba, London Film School and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Kenji Katori studied cinematography in the 'Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica' in Mexico City, where he teach now in the cinematography speciality program. He has also been invited by the CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos) to lead master classes in cinematography.
His work has been selected and awarded in several festival such as Cannes, SXSW Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, International Habana Film Festival, Morelia Film Festival and Festival International de Cine in Guadalajara, to mention some. He has work in more than 30 countries in international projects as a cinematographer. He is part of the Mexican Society of Cinematographer since 2011.
Vanya Rainova is an award-winning writer and producer who is a managing partner at Portokal, a creative lab for filmmaking and photography founded in 2000. She produced PRIDE (30 min., drama), which opened in Locarno Film Festival and went on to win the Grand Prix at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and a nomination for the European Film Awards, among 20 other recognitions.
Vanya also co-authored the documentary 'The Last Black Sea Pirates' (creative documentary, 72 mins.), which competed in HotDocs, Vision du Reel and DokLeipzig, among many others. It won the Golden Apricot for Best Documentary, the FIPRECI Awards from the Krakow Film Festival and several other important awards and nominations.
Before walking into the world of filmmaking, Vanya published short fiction and feature stories in magazines and anthologies in Europe and the United States. She was managing editor of Bulgaria’s only English-language news publisher, the Sofia Echo, and Director of Marketing and Communications for Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, California.
Vanya has a master’s in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College.
Giuliana is graduated in Translation and Interpreting from the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators in Forlì (University of Bologna - Italy) with a dissertation on "The Paradox of the Western Hero/Antihero in American Literature and Cinema: A Study on Clint Eastwood".
In 2008, she obtained the Master’s Degree in Screen Translation. Since then, she has been working as a freelance audiovisual translator. In the same year, she started her collaboration with Sedicicorto International Film Festival Forlì, becoming part of the Festival organization team and selection committee. Since 2013, she is in charge of the EuroShort project, the European Film Festival Network promoting the work of young European filmmakers and the collaboration among short film festivals.
Rita Capucho is a doctoral student in Film and Image Studies at the University of Coimbra, with a research project on the Portuguese amateur cinema. BA and MA in Art Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. She is a member of the working group Artistic Currents and Intellectual Movements of CEIS20 - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the twentieth century of the University of Coimbra.
She is a member of the Organizing Committee of the AVANCA | CINEMA - International Conference Cinema - Art, Technology, Communication, member of the direction of Debatevolution - Association and editorial producer of the International Journal of Cinema.
She’s also a member of AIM - Association of Researchers of the Moving Image, the NECS - European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and the Poetic Group of Aveiro.
She works in the organization of the São Tomé Festfilm. She currently works as a producer at Cineclube of Avanca and Filmógrafo Animation Studios and participates in the organization of the Avanca Film Festival - International Meeting of Cinema, TV, video and Multimedia. She’s programmer of the cinema room Cinema Dolce Vita de Ovar.
Ursula Renneke studied acting at the University of Arts. She went to Berlin in order to resume her conceptual work as actress and has been involved in developments of stage plays in the Neukölln Opera, the Ballhaus Ost, the Fourth World and the Theaterdiscounter. During this time she discovered the Meisner Technique at the Actors Space and studied the one-year training program taught by André Bolouri.
Since 2012, she leads once a week an open class, so called "drop in" at the Studio André Bolouri and she teaches at the oldest drama school of Berlin, the Fritz-Kirchhoff-School since summer 2013.
She has been part of the Berlinale Talent Campus and continued as well her acting in front of the camera. In December 2015 she is on screen with 'Die Geschichte vom Astronauten', directed by the German actor and director Godehard Giese, starting in cinemas in Berlin.