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Artists & Filmmakers

Artists & Filmmakers

Explore the work of artists and filmmakers featured in previous festival years.

 

Adam Piron

Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is a filmmaker and programmer based in Southern California whose practice is deeply informed by his Indigenous heritage and cinematic tradition. He received a BA in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from the University of California and an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts. His films have screened widely at festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, and San Francisco International Film Festival. He is associate director of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program, and has worked as a programmer for AFI FEST, LA Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. He is also cofounder of COUSIN, a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film.

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Alan Clarke

Alan John Clarke (1935 – 1990) was a prolific English television and film director, producer and writer. Most of Clarke’s creative output was for television, including work for the famous play strands The Wednesday Play and Play for Today. His subject matter tended towards social realism and radical politics, with a particular focus on deprived or oppressed communities and critiques of Thatcherite Britain. He worked in an almost experimental style of minimalism, the legacy of which can be seen in the films of British contemporaries such as Stephen Frears, Danny Boyle and Paul Greengrass as well as international filmmakers Harmony Korine and Gus Van Sant.

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Alee Peoples

Alee Peoples maintains a varied artistic practice that involves screen-printing, sewing, sculpture and film. She is inspired by pedestrian histories, pop song lyrics and invested in the hand-made. Currently living in Los Angeles, she has taught youth classes at Echo Park Film Center and shown her work at artist-run spaces GAIT, elephant and Insert Press. Her films have screened at numerous festivals, museums and artist-spaces including SFMoMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Pompidou Center, Dirt Palace and The Nightingale. And together with Mike Stoltz she organizes Arroyo Seco Cine Club, an experimental screening series in Hermon Park.

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Alex Monteith

Alex Monteith (b. 1977, Belfast) is a new media artist, academic and competitive surfer whose work incorporates sound, performance, photography, film, video, kinetic and network components. Her practice explores political issues surrounding land ownership, history and occupation, as well as the limits of consumer technology. Her projects have traversed political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities, often taking place in large-­‐scale or extreme geographies and involving collaboration with technical or cultural specialists – ranging from Air Force Pilots, sheepdog trialists and racing motorcyclists to internationally recognised surfers. Career highlights include exhibitions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2019) and Artspace Aotearoa (2021), a major survey at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2010), and a solo exhibition at MMK Frankfurt (2012).

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Ali Cherri

Ali Cherri is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Beirut and based in Paris. Combining film, video, sculpture and installation, his work questions the construction of historical narratives. Ali was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London (2021/2022) and the Silver Lion winner at the 59th Venice Biennale Arte (2022) for his installation Of Men and Gods and Mud. He was recipient of Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Foundation Residency Award. His short films have screened widely at festivals internationally and he has held solo exhibitions in the United States as well as working towards opening the exhibition Dreamless Night at GAMeC (Bergamo) and an upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Giacometti (Paris).

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Asmaa Jama

Asmaa Jama is a Somali artist, poet and filmmaker based in Bristol. As a poet and writer, Jama has been commended for the Brunel African Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Wasafiri Writing Prize, the New Poets Prize and James Berry Poetry prize, and longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. Their work has been published widely in magazines and journals and commissioned by Arnolfini, Hayward Gallery and Ifa gallery. As a filmmaker, Jama was commissioned by BBC Arts to make Before We Disappear (2021), and by Bristol Old Vic to make The Season of Burning Things (2021). Jama is a Film London FLAMIN Fellow (2022) and a resident artist at Somerset House Studios.

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Aurélien Froment

Aurélien Froment has developed his practice through a deviant interest in cinematic experimentation. Following intensive research, his works channel collective and individual histories and ideas of concrete utopias, tracing their origins and circulation through to the present day. From films conceived as small theatres (The Apse, the Bell and the Antelope, 2005), to large-scale photographic installations (Théâtre optique, 2023), his work has been presented in institutions internationally including at Les Rencontres de la photographie (2023), Centre Pompidou (2022), Institut pour la photographie (2021), Wellcome Collection (2019), M Museum (2017), Dakar Biennale (2016), Sydney Biennale (2014), Venice Biennale (2013), and Gwangju Biennale (2010).

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Basma al-Sharif

Basma al-Sharif (b. 1983) is a Palestinian artist working in cinema and installation whose practice looks at cyclical political conflicts, confronting legacies of colonialism in satirical, immersive and lyrical style. She has developed her practice nomadically between the Middle East, Europe and North America and is currently based in Berlin. Her films have screen widely at international film festivals and her major exhibitions include: the 5th edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series for the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Mondays at MOMA, CCA Glasgow, the Whitney Biennial, Berlin Documentary Forum, and Manifesta 8.

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Ben Bolt

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Boren Chhith

Boren Chhith (b. 1989, Battambang, Cambodia), trained in circus and theatre before takling his first steps in film in 2013 as a 3rd assistant director for Régis Warnier’s Time for Confessions. After a year of film school at Cinécréatis Nantes, Boren entered the French film industry and has since worked as 3rd assistant on several films: Anatomy of a Fall (Justine Triet), Onoda 10000 Nights in the Jungle (Arthur Harari), and more. Neak Meas is his first film as writer and director.

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Chloë Delanghe

Chloë Delanghe (b.1991, Ostend) is a visual artist living and working in Brussels. Her work invites us to contemplate the mechanisms of the camera and the roles they play in (re)constructing and fictionalising memory and family. She studied at Luca School of Arts Brussels (BA) and The Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK Ghent (MA) and is currently a guest lecturer at KASK Ghent. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at The Grand Chelsea in New York, De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, TOKAS Hongo in Tokyo, Extracity Kunsthal in Antwerp, and ING Art Centre in Brussels, and screened at film festivals and art centres including EMAF in Osnabrück, Art Cinema OFFoff, CINEMATEK Brussels, Visions du Réel, and Courtisane.

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Cécile B Evans

Cécile B. Evans is a Belgian-American artist living and working in London. Her work examines the value of emotions in contemporary societies, and their rebellion as they come into contact with the power structures that impact our daily lives. Her videos, which combine live action and digital animation, use narrative to negotiate the possibility of diverse realities within a common space. Selected solo exhibitions include Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles; Museo Madre, Naples; Tramway, Glasgow; mumok Vienna; and De Hallen Haarlem. Group exhibitions include Haus der Kunst, Munich; Renaissance Society Chicago; the 7th International Moscow Biennale; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen. Public collections include The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Whitney Museum of American Art, Amsterdam; and Castello di Rivoli, Turin.

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Diego Marcon

Diego Marcon (b. 1985, Busto Arsizio, Italy) is an artist working across film, video and installation whose practice investigates cinematic archetypes. His process combines theoretical and structural approaches to filmmaking with more sentimental motifs from popular movie genres. Throughout Marcon’s work, empathy, morality and vulnerability are deployed with intentional ambiguity. He has exhibited internationally with solo presentations including Dramoletti, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Teatro Gerolamo, Milan (2023); Monelle, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2023); Ludwig, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore/LASALLE (2019). His films have screened at festivals including Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vienna International Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival.

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Eduardo Williams

Eduardo “Teddy” Williams (b. 1987) is an Argentine filmmaker and artist whose works explore a fluid mode of observation, looking for shared relations and spontaneous adventures within physical and virtual networks. He studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, before joining Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France. His works have screened widely at festivals including Cannes, FID Marseille, and Toronto International Film Festival. His first feature, El auge del humano (2016) won the Pardo d’oro at Filmmakers of the Present at the 69th Locarno Film Festival. Retrospectives have taken place at the Cinémathèque française, Paris, and Valdivia International Film Festival in Chile, amongst others.

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Emilia Beatriz

Emilia Beatriz (they/elle) is an artist and access worker from Puerto Rico’s diaspora, based in Glasgow. Informed by Aurora Levins Morales’ ‘historian as healer’ methodology, Emilia’s films weave historical and speculative narratives – grounded in oral history and community archiving – centering dreaming, action, and griefwork attuned to climate and place. Recent work includes the exhibition ‘In Dispersion / En la Dispersión, VISARTS, Maryland; the talk On Moss as Matter & Metaphor with Amelia Merced; Sappho’s Wake, a performance/reading for a wake: on mourning, marking and moving forward together with joy hosted by Birds of Paradise and San Alland; and ‘declarations on soil and honey’ exhibition CCA, Glasgow, 2019.

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Eva Giolo

Eva Giolo is an artist working in film, video, and installation. Her work places particular focus on the female experience, employing experimental and documentary strategies to explore themes of intimacy, permanence and memory, along with the analysis of language and semiotics.

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Fabrizio Terranova

Fabrizio Terranova (1971, Italy) is a filmmaker and educator living and working in Brussels. His work focuses on the tensions, relationships and misperceptions between “popular” and “avant-garde” cultures. He is a professor at the ERG (graphic research school) in Brussels, where he co-directs the Narratives and Experimentation/Speculative Narration Master’s programme. He directed Donna Haraway, Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) and published Les Enfants du compost in the collective work Gestes spéculatifs (2015), as well as Pour un film chien! in the collective work Habiter le trouble avec Donna Haraway (2019). He is also a founding member, with, among others, Emilie Hermant and Isabelle Stengers, of DingDingDong – Institut de coproduction de savoir sur la maladie de Huntington.

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Farah Al Qasimi

Farah Al Qasimi (b. 1991, Abu Dhabi) is an artist working primarily with photography, video and performance, examining postcolonial structures of power, gender and taste in the Gulf Arab states. Dividing her time between Dubai and New York, she has integrated her practice as a social critique and observation of the layered aspects of each place. She studied photography and music at Yale University in 2012 and received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2017. Selected solo exhibitions include; Delfina Foundation, London; Plug in Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg; Poltergeist, C/O Berlin; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; The Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France (2021); and The Third Line, Dubai. Selected group exhibitions include KADIST, Paris (2023); LA County Museum of Art; Pera Museum, Istanbul; and Lahore Biennale.

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Felipe Casanova

Felipe Casanova (b. 1995, Zürich) grew up in Rio de Janeiro and is now a director and editor based in Brussels. In 2021 he graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Directing from IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion) in Belgium. Felipe continues to work with moving images, building a practice around research and experimentation. Loveboard (2023) is his first short film.

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Felix Kalmenson

Pejvak is an ongoing collaboration between Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran, Iran 1992) and Felix Kalmenson (Saint Petersburg, Russia 1987). Their films have screened in numerous international film festivals including at São Paulo International Film Festival, Doclisboa, Sharjah Film Platform, and Kasseler Dokfest, winning awards including the Prix George at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2020. Their work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally including; MAC VAL (Paris), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), M HKA (Antwerp), Z33 (Hasselt) and Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing).

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Gala Hernández López

Gala Hernández López is an artist-researcher and filmmaker. Through interdisciplinary research and the production of essay films, video installations and performances, her work explores new modes of subjectivation, specifically as produced by computational digital capitalism. From a feminist and critical lens, she examines discourses and imaginaries circulating in virtual communities and their relationship to states of being in the world. Her work has been shown at DOK Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and the Salon de Montrouge, among others. Her film The Mechanics of fluids is selected for the César awards 2024.

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Gelare Khoshgozaran

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an undisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work engages with the legacies of imperial violence manifested in war, militarization and borders. They use film and video to construct peripheral narratives that seek to redefine existing constructions of ‘home’ as a means of approaching new conceptualisations of belonging. Khoshgozaran has presented their work internationally, with recent and upcoming exhibitions at Delfina Foundation, Images Festival, EMPAC, MASS MoCA and the Hammer Museum. With a BFA in Photography from University of Arts in Tehran (2009), and an MFA from University of Southern California (2011), they are assistant professor of New Genres at the UCLA Department of Art.

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Ghassan Salhab

Ghassan Salhab (غسان سلهب, born 4 May 1958) is a Lebanese film director, screenwriter and educator born in Dakar, Senegal, living and working in Beirut. He has directed eight feature-length films in addition to numerous shorter-form essay films and video works. His work has screened widely on the international stage, including dedicated focuses at La Rochelle International Film Festival, JCC Carthage, GIFF (Mexico), La Cinémathèque du Québec amongst others. He teaches at institutions throughout Lebanon and has published texts and articles in various magazines, as well as two books: fragments du Livre du naufrage and à contre-jour (depuis Beyrouth).

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Gouled Ahmed

Gouled Abdishakour Ahmed is an artist, stylist, costume designer and writer. Their work explores themes of memory, belonging and futurity using self-portraiture and self-fashioning as a tool to challenge traumatic histories and interrogate how structures of power create meaning and ‘othering’ in the Horn of Africa. They collaborated with Asmaa Jama on Before We Disappear (2021), commissioned by BBC Arts, and The Season of Burning Things (2021), commissioned by Bristol Old Vic (2021). Their work has been shown widely at venues such as V&A Museum, London (2022); Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa (2021); and Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2

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Heiny Srour

Heiny Srour is a Lebanese filmmaker born in Beirut in 1945, known for being the first Arab woman filmmaker to have a film, Saat El Tahrir Dakkat (The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived), selected for the Cannes Film Festival. She studied anthropology at the Sorbonne under Maxime Rodinson, a renowned Social Anthropologist, and during this time became interested in the ethnographic films of Jean Rouch. Taking influence also from European art cinema, cinema verité and Third Cinema, her work focuses on social justice issues and the role of Arab women in revolutions, where she often films under dangerous conditions.

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Ion de Sosa

Ion de Sosa (Urnieta, 1981), is a director, producer and director of photography. His feature film Sueñan los androides (Androids Dream) premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and was widely screened at spanish and international festivals and art centres. The film reflects the constants of his cinema: the use of 16mm, the mixture of genres, and a signualr approach to time, composition and humour. He has worked as director of photography on the films of García Ibarra, Luis López Carrasco, Alberto Gracia and Irati Gorostidi. Currently, he is about to film Balearic, his fifth project as a director.

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Isao Fujisawa

Isao Fujisawa was born December 17, 1941 in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. During his college days, he worked as an assistant director on Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (1964) and The Face of Another (1966) before going on to work on the yakuza films of Yasuo Furuhata. After writing and directing Bye Bye Love (1974) he worked predominantly as a director on television documentaries. He has received numerous awards, including for Anna Ogino Living in Unforgivable Love and The Apple of Life, which also gained theatrical release. His latest film is the feature-length documentary film Tokyo Meoto Zenzai (2023).

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João Salaviza

João Salaviza (1984) studied Cinema at the Lisbon Theater and Film School and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first short film Arena was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes (2009), followed by the Golden Bear for Short Films at the Berlinale for Rafa (2012). His first feature film, Mountain (2015), had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (Critics Week). Since then, he has lived between Portugal and Brazil with the Krahô indigenous people. In 2018, The Dead and the Others (co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) premiered at Cannes Film Festival, receiving the Special Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard. In 2023, he returned to Cannes to premiere The Buiriti Flower, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora.

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Kamal Aljafari

Kamal Aljafari is a Palestinian filmmaker. He attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and now lives in Berlin, Germany. He has taught filmmaking at The New School in New York and the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, Berlin. He was also a Film Study Center Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. In 2021, Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in Brazil devoted its Focus Section to his work. Paradiso, XXXI, 108, premiered at Corti d’Autore, in Locarno Film Festival 2022. He is currently completing A Fidai Film and preparing a fiction film to be shot in Jaffa.

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Katja Mater

Katja Mater’s practice focuses on the parameters of photography and film from a meta-perspective, using them as non-transparent media. By creating hybrids between different optical media, installation and performance she documents something that often is positioned beyond our human ability to see.

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Leida Laius

Leida Laius was born in 1923 in the village of Horoshevo near Kingissepp (formerly Jamburg) and died in 1996 in Tallinn. She volunteered for the Red Army as a medic and librarian before graduating from the Estonian SSR State Institute of Theatre and the directing program at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Her film legacy, developed in part at Tallinnfilm studio, is one of exploring strong women’s stories, mysterious marital relations, and the challenges of motherhood. She was a pioneering figure in the male-dominated film world of the time and a key exemplar of Estonian art film.

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Maaike Neuville

Maaike Neuville graduated from Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerpen in 2005. Her career enjoyed a flying start, with parts in short and feature films. She has appeared on stage with various theatre companies and is also a well-known television actress. In 2010 she went behind the camera for the first time and made her first short film Way Back. This led to an invitation to the Talent Campus at the Berlinale. In 2013 she made Sonnet 81, which won several prizes and is still shown at festivals worldwide.

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Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon (b. 1975) is a New York born multidisciplinary artist living and working in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at institutions including Secession, (2023), DCA (2018/19), Tramway (2018) Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (2015); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2011); Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2007) and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007). Her work has been featured in film festivals and major international survey exhibitions, including the British Art Show 9 (2021/22), Glasgow International (2021), Berlin Biennale (2010) and Venice Biennale (2007) London Film Festival (2018, 2016, 2014).

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Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco (b. 1972) is an award-winning working-class writer, born and brought up in Ardoyne, North Belfast, now living in Scotland. Her interdisciplinary work spans the registers of critical, fiction and performance writing; she has authored six books, and written and directed four major performance works. Her work has been commissioned by bodies including: Artangel, BBC Radio 4, Film London and National Theatre Wales. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was writer-in-residence at the Whitechapel Gallery and The Lisbon Architecture Triennale and an Engender Fellow at the Royal Opera House. She is currently Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Dundee.

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Mattijs Driesen

Mattijs Driesen (b. 1994) is a filmmaker living and working in Brussels. His latest short film The Actricity Machines (2023) had its world premiere at Film Fest Ghent. He is currently working as a doctoral student at LUCA School of Arts, where he researches the link between radical pedagogy and cinematic aesthetics. As a writer, he has published several critical texts for the international film journal Sabzian.

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Nadia El Fani

Nadia El Fani (نادية الفاني; b. 1960 in Paris), is a French-Tunisian director, screenwriter and producer working primarily on documentaries about human rights, women’s rights and secularism. She began working in cinema as an intern on the film Misunderstood (1984), shot in Tunisia, before becoming an assistant director with filmmakers including Roman Polanski, Nouri Bouzid and Franco Zeffirelli. In 1990, she directed her first short film and created her first video production company before relocating to Paris in 2002 during the making of her debut feature, Bedwin Hacker (2003). Thereafter she directed several documentaries, including Même pas mal (2012) in which she compares her struggle with breast cancer to the political battle against Islamic fundamentalism.

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Nelson Yeo

Nelson Yeo graduated with a BFA in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. He participated in Berlinale Talents Tokyo (2014), BiFan Fantastic Film School (2015) and Locarno Filmmakers Academy (2018). His short films have screened widely at international film festivals including Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Cairo International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. His films have won prestigious awards at Golden Ger International Film Festival, the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival, Seashorts Film Festival and Ribalta Experimental Film Festival. His first feature film, Dreaming & Dying, premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2023, Concorso Cineasti del presente section.

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Onyeka Igwe

Onyeka Igwe lives and works in London. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions and screenings including at The High Line, New York; LUX, London; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Jerwood Arts, London. Her video works have been screened at institutions and festivals including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; London Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires; Smithsonian African American Film Festival; ICA, London; and Edinburgh Artist Moving Image. She has been featured in major international presentations including the Dhaka Art Summit and Berlin Biennale. She was recently nominated for the 2022 Jarman Award; the MaxMara Artist Prize for Women 22-24; and awarded the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Award.

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Philip Widmann

Philip Widmann is a filmmaker, programmer and researcher from Berlin. He graduated in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hamburg and Visual Communications from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. His work has shown in art spaces and film festivals internationally, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX and Visions du Réel. Philip was artist in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, 2014, and Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, 2015. He is on the selection committee for Kassel Documentary and Video Festival. Since 2009 he has been a member of the artist-run film laboratory LaborBerlin.

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Razan AlSalah

Razan AlSalah is a Palestinian artist and teacher based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal, investigating the material aesthetics of dis/appearance of places and people in colonial image worlds. Her work has shown at community-based and international film festivals & galleries including Art of the Real, Prismatic Ground, Blackstar, RIDM, HotDocs, Yebisu, Melbourne, Glasgow and Beirut International, Sharjah Film Forum and Sursock Museum. Razan teaches film and media arts at the Communication Studies department at Concordia University.

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Photograph by Michiel Devijver.

Rebecca Jane Arthur

Rebecca Jane Arthur is a visual artist working predominantly with the moving image and writing. Her works revolve around portraits of people and places, and her interest lies in how personal stories depict a socio-political context and history. She is a PhD in the Arts candidate at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent where she also teaches in the media arts department.

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Renée Nader Messora

Renée Nader Messora (1979) graduated in Cinematography from the Universidad del Cine, in Buenos Aires. For 15 years, she worked as assistant director on several projects in Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. Whilst photography the short film Pohí, she got to know the Krahô people and has been working with the community ever since, contributing to the organisation of a young filmmakers collective. In 2018, her first feature film, The Dead and the Others (co-directed with João Salaviza) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving the Special Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard. The Buriti Flower is her second feature film, co-directed with João Salaviza and shot over a period of fifteen months in the Krahô Indigenous Land.

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Ricardo Alves Jr.

Ricardo Alves Jr (b. 1982 in Belo Horizonte) is a Brazilian director, producer and screenwriter who studied cinema directing in Buenos Aires. In 2016, he released his first feature film, Elon Doesn’t Believe in Death, followed by his first television film, the special O Natal de Rita in 2017. As producer, he released The Dead and the Others (2018) and The Buriti Flower (2023). Ricardo’s films have been screened widely at film festivals including Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, Oberhausen, IndieLisboa, Festival de Brasília. He has also exhibited in museums including Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2013, a retrospective dedicated to his short film work was curated at the Cinémathèque Française, Paris.

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Rouzbeh Akhbari

Pejvak is an ongoing collaboration between Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran, Iran 1992) and Felix Kalmenson (Saint Petersburg, Russia 1987). Their films have screened in numerous international film festivals including at São Paulo International Film Festival, Doclisboa, Sharjah Film Platform, and Kasseler Dokfest, winning awards including the Prix George at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2020. Their work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally including; MAC VAL (Paris), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), M HKA (Antwerp), Z33 (Hasselt) and Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing).

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Shambhavi Kaul

Shambhavi Kaul (b. 1973 in Jodhpur) is a filmmaker and editor living and working between India and the USA, where she teaches at Duke University.. Her works explore the cinematic construction of place and identity, conjuring uncanny, science-fictive non-places. She has exhibited her work worldwide including at Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. She has presented two solo shows at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai, as well as exhibited her films at the MOMA in New York and Tate London.

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Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat work in collaboration, creating works in the audiovisual field, installation and performance. Their practice focuses on the performative aspects of the moving image. In their work they aim to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of reading of images – moving or still; the relations between spectatorship and history; the temporality of narratives and memory and the material surfaces of image production.

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Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) is a filmmaker, video artist, and photographer developing new forms of cinema centred around personal positions on Indigenous homeland, language(s), culture and landscape. He has screened at festivals including Sundance, Toronto IFF, Courtisane, Punto de Vista, and New York Film Festival. Exhibitions include Whitney Biennial (2017), FRONT Triennial (2018) and Prospect.5 (2021). He has been guest curator at Whitney Biennial (2019) and participated in Cosmopolis #2 at Centre Pompidou. Solo exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2020) and LUMA (2022). Most recently, he received the 2022 Infinity Award in Art from the International Center of Photography, and is a 2022 MacArther Fellow.

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Tana Gilbert

Tana Gilbert is a Chilean filmmaker and educator with a master’s degree in documentary film from the University of Chile and teaching posts at several universities. Her short documentaries have been screened internationally at festivals such as Hot Docs, RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Seminci, and Valdivia International Film Festival, among others. Tana was selected for the IDFA Academy in 2019. Malqueridas is her first feature film.

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Valentin Noujaïm

Valentin Noujaïm’s practice delves into the dynamic interplay of real and imagined lives, crafting intricate narratives that transport viewers to fantastical realms inhabited by enigmatic characters. His works reflect complexities of power and dominance within French society. Noujaïm was a resident at Artagon (Marseille), Villa Medici (Rome) and Lafayette Anticipations (Paris). Supported by funding organisations such as Doha Film Institute, AFAC – Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and CNC – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, his works have been screened internationally, including at Centre Pompidou; CPH:DOX; DocLisboa; Dokufest; CNAC Magasin; BlackStar Film Festival; and Festival International du cinéma de Nyon.

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