Martin is a festival programmer and film critic who switched from studies in the field of theoretical physics to a film career. Since 2011 he has been working for Karlovy Vary IFF, where at present he programs documentaries from all around the world and fiction films from the Latin America and South/Southeast Asia. His experience as film journalist includes co-founding iNDiEFiLM.cz, a website covering independent and auteur cinema, and writing festival reports and reviews for various Czech publications. Martin is a member of International Documentary Association, Slovak Audiovisual Fund’s expert committee, and FIPRESCI, and has worked as a script consultant on several documentary films. In 2019, Screen International listed him among the “Future Leaders” of film programming and curation.
Olivia is the competition programming manager for Cinéma du Réel. Since 2008, she has taken part in the organisation and programming of several French festivals, including the Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux de Paris, the États Généraux du Film Documentaire in Lussas and Cinéma du Réel in Paris. She is the co-programmer of the “Essay” collection on documentary SVOD platform Tënk. Outside of her programming activities, she contributes to online film journal Critikat and works as a translator.
Claudiu is an Associate Professor, Research Programs and Erasmus+ Coordinator at Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theatre & Film. He obtained his PhD in Humanities (2011) at Babeş-Bolyai University after a fellowship research at Bard College, New York. His research interests are focused on Central and Eastern European Literature, Cinema and Criticism. He published widely on topics such as the cultural memory of Socialism, the representation of Post-communist transition or the ideology of New Romanian Cinema. His book “Norman Manea. Aesthetics as East Ethics” is the very first monograph about the life and oeuvre of the Romanian-American writer twice proposed for Nobel Prize. Now Claudiu works on a research project about the Europeanisation and the Anticommunism of Romanian film and literary production after 1989.
Central & Eastern Europe Competition
Peter is the Head of Documentary Department at the National School of Film and Television (NFTS) in London. He directed his first documentary for the BBC in 1980 and went on to make documentaries there for almost two decades. In 1998 he was appointed Head of Documentaries at Channel 4 where his team notched up over 100 international documentary awards. In 2005 Peter conceived and launched More4, Channel 4’s third digital channel and in September 2008 he left to found his own independent production company, Rare Day.
Yang is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing in 1992. He achieved international recognition with Shower in 1999 (Audience Award at Rotterdam IFF, Best Director at San Sebastian IFF, International Critics Award at Toronto IFF), Getting Home in 2007 (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlin IFF) and Quitting in 2001 (Netpac Award at Venice IFF). He switched to documentaries with Paths of the Soul, which was first shown at the 2015 edition of Toronto IFF and became a hit at the Chinese box office. Up the Mountain is Yang’s new docudrama, selected in the main competition at IDFA.
Mirela is a Romanian journalist working for the country’s public broadcasting service. She has more than 15 years of experience in cultural journalism. She graduated from the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest and earned her PhD with a thesis on contemporary dramaturgy. She started as a reporter, soon becoming a TV presenter. Since 2014 she has been in charge of the Cooltura show (TVR1), the only cultural program in the Romanian television landscape. In 2013 she received the APTR (the TV Professionals’ Association) award for her interview with the Noble Prize-laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa.
Michael Stewart is the founding director of Open City Documentary Festival, London and Director of Open City Docs School at University College London (UCL) where he runs a Masters in Ethnographic and Documentary Film. Currently housing four Studios, this Masters provides training for nearly one hundred students in Cinematic non-fiction; Broadcast Documentary; Cinematic Reportage and Immersive Factual Storytelling (including VR). Michael is a trained anthropologist and spent a number of years working in British Television as consultant and then producer.
MIQUEL MARTÍ FREIXAS
Miquel is a film programmer, teacher, columnist and doc film scouter. He is specialized in documentary film and contemporary cinema, focusing on the creation of cultural events that connect with citizens. He is a programmer at the DocumentaMadrid festival, at the forum Corte Final (Madrid), monthly doc programmer at Zumzeig Cinema (Barcelona), among others programmes (Rencontres de Lussas, Zinebi Bilbao, Catalan Cinematheque, Curtocircuito Santiago, Xcèntric CCCB). Teacher in ESCAC Film School as a guest professor since 2009 and collaborator in various written media. Creator and director of the monthly online magazine Blogs&Docs.
Aleksandar was born 1987 in Sarajevo. He is a graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar runs the Toronto-based world sales and production company Syndicado. He produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking, including directing. He is also a tutor at workshops like Dok Incubator, Baltic Sea Docs and Duna Dock.
Liviu is a BAFTA-nominated director and producer. He has worked in television for over twenty years with flagship TV documentary strands in the UK and the US – at the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and CNN. He has won numerous prestigious international awards including The George Polk Award, Foreign Press Award and The Royal Television Society Award. Born and raised in Sibiu, Liviu moved to the UK in the early 1990s and studied filmmaking in Newcastle and Edinburgh. He lives and works in London. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), Directors UK and the Royal Television Society.