Eren Aybars Arpacik
Kadıini Cave in Alanya is a cave with numerous formations and biological diversity. Also the cave has necropolis and potteries dating to 3000 BC. It has been documented that this fossil cave with a horizontal character goes deeper with the latest discovery and is transformed from a fossil cave into an active cave.
Director Biography : I was born in Istanbul in July 1983. I graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, department of Media and Communication Systems with full scholarship in 2006. I did minor degree in Film and TV. After graduation, I worked as an assistant director in Interfilm Istanbul and post-production manager in Soda Film.
I did my military service in 2008 as a commando lieutenant, in Eğirdir then Kars, Sarıkamış.
In 2009, produced and directed documentary series called "Hayat Var" for Skytürk TV.
In 2011, produced and edited the "Yolda" travel program series of 27 episodes in 25 countries for Beiniz.
In 2016, directed TV and internet commercials for brands such as Unilever, Ulker and Dagi.
In 2017, started to work as a director of photography and in "Şarküteri Production. I also directed "Kurtuluş Rotası" and "Her dem Banyo" for Beiniz TV. During this period, produced and directed 6-episode cave exploration documentary series called "Yeraltından Notlar" with Anatolian Speleology Group.
In 2018, directed docu-drama called "Savaşın Efsaneleri" for TRT Belgesel.
In 2019, directed a special episode of "Ayrıcalıklı Rotalar" for HSBC with the host of travel guide Saffet Emre Tonguç. In the same year I also took part as a cinematographer and an editor in "Bakliyat Atlası" which is a production of Coşkun Aral.
In 2021, created Kuzgun Production in Bodrum. I produced and directed "Hayat Var" documentary series for Habitat TV. Also started to produce video contents for CGTN (Chinese Global Television Network) and lecture short film workshops for Artedemy Studio in Bodrum.
In 2022, took part as a cinematographer in "Royal Tour Tanzania"and Hidden Aegea which is a production of Peter Greenberg for PBS television. Most recently I am produce and directing a promotional film for Chinese Solar Energy Company
GUIDO GALANTE & ANTONIO NOTARANGELO
Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, has one or maybe two million inhabitants. A few neighborhoods have houses or more precisely brick shacks, some paved roads, mostly a wide range of huts without basic sanitation services, where day by day men, women and children scrape food together in slow and quiet despair-the only chance they have to survive.
Directors Biography :
Born in Matera (Italy) on 29.08.1966
His long experience in television and cinema has led him to collaborate with world-famous directors (Mel Gibson, Catherine Hardwicke, John Moore). As director of photography he has made many short and feature films. His latest work as director of photography and producer was "Notarangelo thief of souls", in collaboration with Istituto Luce and Centro Sperimentale Roma. He currently works as a freelance mainly dedicating himself to documentaries.
Born in Matera (Italy) on 08.12.1966
Graduated in Sports Science and inveterate traveler, he is suddenly catapulted into the world of multimedia by taking up the legacy of his brother Roberto (who died in July 2019), to try to carry on the project of the school/laboratory of photography, graphics, writing and communication. A Mundzuku Ka Hina”, intended for young people who pick up survival in the Maputo dump in Mozambique, for orphans, for street children. A professional training course aimed at entering the world of work.
At the basketball camp, 15-year-old Fang talks about her dreams. But life never stops, it moves too fast. Her phone fell into the water. There are too many stairs to climb. The adults seem to decide her future. And the rocket keeps being launched every month.
Director Biography :
Born in Sichuan, China in 1992, Bohao Liu studied filmmaking and screenwriting at New York University and the London Film School.
His graduation film, the short documentary Eagles Rest in Liangshan, won a Student Academy Award in 2021. He is currently working on a PhD in film studies in Paris.
Ariadna Sánchez Astinza
Rai, Mar, Júlia, Cristina and Inma are five women with different ages, lifestyles and goals. All of them have run into a martial art in some moment of their life, and they have decided to continue as athletes and improve their abilities day by day. What really characterizes a contact sport? What do they have in common? How have they felt in this world? All these issues make up the great reflection of Women fighters, a story that breaks with the stereotypes or prejudices of the fighting world and that speaks about respect, constancy, companionship and humility.
Director Biography :
Ariadna Sánchez is a documentary film director, filmmaker and fiction screenwriter. She studied media and filming in Barcelona and Hamburg and specialized in fictional narratives with a Master's degree in film scriptwriting.
Her work stands out for social and cultural topics such as Provençals (2020), a documentary about the urban change in her native neighborhood, and short film scripts such as La poesía de la guerra (2021), a story about the last day of the civil war in Spain, and feature films such as En nombre de la libertad (2021), a project about the ideological difficulties that Spanish society was going through during the transition in 1979.
In 2021, Ariadna began a whole process of documenting women in different styles of contact sports, with the aim of making visible the reality of many people and her own. In this way, she fuses her two great passions: cinema and martial arts, as she herself has been involved in the world of karate since she was six years old.
Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour
August 4th, 2020 is a date that shook a country, changed a city, and destroyed lives. The film views the disaster through Zeina’s eyes.
Director Biography :
Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour is an award-winning independent filmmaker, that started teaching at universities at the age of 28. He began his filmmaking career in 2006 with his award-winning short film THE WINDOW. Then, in 2010, he directed the award-winning docu-fiction MALAKI - SCENT OF AN ANGEL about missing persons during the civil war. In 2019, he made his first fiction feature, NOUR, which was highly acclaimed and released in cinemas in France, winning more than 45 awards and nominations worldwide.
Manuel Nicolás Meseguer
Baldomero grazes his cattle every day on the outskirts of the city. Wandering through ancient paths hidden under the uncontrolled urbanization, he finds spaces of freedom, corners where beauty and decrepitude coexist in harmony.
Director Biography :
Manuel Nicolás Meseguer works as a professor of Audiovisual Communication and directs the Cinema Classroom at the University of Murcia. Since 2016 he has been programming the Filmmakers' Room, an initiative of the Union of Filmmakers with the collaboration of the Regional Film Library to promote independent Spanish cinema. Among his publications stands out a monographic book dedicated to a legendary production company in the history of Spanish cinema: Hispano Film Produktion.
A Spanish adventure in the cinema of the Third Reich (ShangriLa publishing house, 2017). Together with the artist Alonso Sánchez Blesa, he made the experimental film Berlin Series, a finalist at the Ponferrada Film Festival, at the Ischia Film Festival (Italy, 2012) and exhibited at Photoalicante 2014 (Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Las Cigarreras). .
Muhammad Umar Saeed
Hanna, a girl from Sweden starts a school for Pakhiwas (Nomads) in Lahore, Pakistan. This school in a tent is changing the lives of most unprivileged of the society.
Director Biography : After graduating in film production, Umar started producing and directing documentaries and short films, which have been screened in more than 100 film festivals around the world. His films have won several awards in Europe and USA.
Umar was the part of Sesame Street production in Pakistan (A project by USAID). He has programmed and curated numerous film festivals in Pakistan too.
He is teaching film production in University of the Punjab and The University of Lahore. He is also in distributing Pakistani films to international market.
The short documentary film "The Light in My Eyes" by Egyptian director Mohanad Diab tells about the nature of life lived by children and youth around the world with different forms of visual impairment, on the level of similarities and differences in their lifestyle. The film seeks to raise awareness to look more positively at these young people, The film revolves around five issues; The issue of participation, the issue of exclusion, the issue of assistive devices, the issue of daily life activities, the issue of independence and empowerment, and in this context, shooting began in June 2022 and continued until the end of 2022, including 7 different countries, namely the Netherlands, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Palestine and Egypt And that was under the auspices of the Visio International Foundation in the Netherlands, and the film relied on the support of local art crews in the concerned countries
Director Biography :
Mohanad Diab is an independent Filmmaker and Director for documentary, independent and short narrative films. Currently, he is the Advisor of Visual Documentation in the Ministry of social solidarity (MOSS). He has directed more than 100 documentary during the last 15 years, where he has directed number of documentaries in the United States, Europe, and some of the African countries; examples of his most important documentaries are (Hayat Tahra, Mastoora, and Doors of Makka , Aha, The Light in My Eyes). Diab believes that art is a message in itself; it has strong relation with development.
Diab personal interest is to express the society status and problems through his visual work. Diab is labeled as the pioneer of the feminist art and the artist of development. Also, he was lately assigned to be the Chairman of the working woman festival in Egypt.
Debris is an essay film that documents a journey through a place in a period of my life - the city of Tangier, Morocco. In this piece, I reflect on the relationship between personal and collective memory, exploring the different layers of history that accumulate and intersect in the space of the city.
Director Biography : Aiman Benslimane born in 1994 in Casablanca, Morocco. Director assigned by the reflection of photography, light and DOP (Director Of Photography) of several film projects . My mastery of the light allows me to propose an image of very strong artistic, technical and cinematographic value.
I contributed in several projects at the national and international level, as a camera operator or first assistant camera.
I have a rich body of work in documentary and fiction films, and have worked for both film and television. My main documentary projects are Debris which is an essay film that documents a journey to a place in a period of my life in the city of Tangier, Morocco. In this piece I reflect on the relationship between personal and collective memory, exploring the different layers of history that accumulate and intersect in the space of the city.
The rest of my work includes documentary films made as part of my master's degree in documentary film, such as M-23.65, which recounts the twists and turns of a symbolic and very memorable date in the history of Morocco, which recalls that day of March 23, 1965, which has become a chronological reference in history.
At the edge of life, a meeting with the inhabitants of the old medina of Casablanca, often marginalized, who struggle daily to survive. They are very attached to their lives and even more to their city. Through their perception, we dive into the social life of these characters, discovering their joy and their unhappiness, all during a day where irony and seriousness are mixed.
“If you fall in love, you better go to hell“. Surfing is the iconic male dominated ideal of freedom generated by the western world. For moroccan surf instructors it's also more than a job. The paradise provides its attraction. But now the borders are closed. Beside the images you follow the distant but intimate chat between filmmaker and surf instructors.
Director Biography :
Lisa Domin-Alouane lives and works in Cologne/Germany and Casablanca/Morocco 2017 – 2022 postgraduate studies, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany
2004-2009 Diploma Fine Arts, University of Art, Braunschweig, DE classes of Hannes Boehringer (Art Philosophy), Prof. Doerte Eissfeldt (photography and film), Dr. Viola Vahrson (Art Theory), Guy Ben-Ner (Performance), Christoph Schlingensief (Performance / Video)
2020 Faxen nominated for Init Competition, EMAF European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück
2019/2020 “Faxen” rated “highly recommended” from the German film evaluation board
2020 Faxen nominated for German Competition, International Shortfilmweek Regensburg
2019 Audience Award, “Faxen”, Shortfilmfestival KFFK, Köln
2018 2. prize, Blicke Filmfestival
2016 nomination for Young Talent art prize in Media Art, Film and Performance, Ministry of Culture NRW, Germany
2015 nomination for Young Talent art prize in Film, Ministry of Culture NRW, Germany
2015 special mention, portfolio viewing, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH
2013 1.prize, DEW21 award
2012 2. prize, Paula Modersohn-Becker award
2011 1.prize for best installation, 21. International Videofestival Bochum
Maire Tracey, Simon Stanton-Sharma
A short documentary exploring the contrasting inspirations, ideas and motives behind the work of four South African creatives as they seek to make sense of a post-apartheid Cape Town. Made as part of research into South African Modernism with the University of Salford, Manchester.
Directors Biography :
Maire Tracey is a Senior Lecturer in Media Practice at the University of Salford and has worked as a documentary maker for ITV and BBC.
She has directed more than 20 documentaries with a specialism in science and history. Making international docs for Discovery, BBC and Nat Geo, she worked chiefly at Granada TV. She has also worked at the BBC and the New York Times.
Simon Stanton-Sharma is a lecturer in drama production at the University of Salford. He has worked as a filmmaker and television director for over twenty years; across scripted, commercials, entertainment and current affairs, mainly at the BBC. In 2017 he spent two years launching the BBC’s new Africa service in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal and currently directs BBC 2’s Newsnight programme .
Secrets do not remain hidden forever, whether they are revealed by our own will or by the force of time, but this was the opposite in the story of Hamatal. Four friends, four different fates, a secret that no one will hear forever.
Director Biography :
Halgurd Salih born in Slemani embarked on his artistic journey in 1989 Over the years, he has made significant contributions to the world of theatre, with a portfolio encompassing over 20 theatrical productions.
he has demonstrated his versatility as a filmmaker, having directed three short films and three documentaries.
He worked as the producer for the documentary "May 13" and conducted research for the documentary "Unknown Steps." Furthermore, he held the position of executive producer for the short film "Last Meeting."