Julie Dash holds the distinction of being the first female African-American to have her debut film Daughters of the Dust distributed throughout the United States. Dash studied film and television production at UCLA and film production at CCNY. She has filmed music videos and directed one of the stories for the television series Subway Stories . In 2007, Ms. Dash received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women Film Festival in the UK. Ms. Dash directed the NAACP Image Award winning CBS Network Television Movie, “The Rosa Parks Story” When not working on her films, Ms. Dash is lecturer at Universities-Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton.
A film director from Kazakhstan, Ermek Shinarbaev graduated from VGIK with a degree in film directing. Among the forerunners of the "New Kazakh Wave", his films carry the signs of an aesthetic and intellectual "opening up" of erstwhile Soviet culture.
María Novaro a pioneer woman filmmaker from Mexico began her career in 1984 as assistant director. She studied sociology, film direction and film production in Mexico City. She was part of the first Mexican film collective of women: Cine-Mujer. As a student she made a range of super 8 and 16mm short films and worked in the industry as a sound mixer and cinematographer, before becoming assistant director. Lola (1989) and Danzón (1991), her early films earned repute for the feminist narrative style she has pursued ever since. A prolific director with four features and eleven short films to her credit, her films have been screened at festivals and venues in Latin America, the United States and Europe.
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, born 1970, has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 90s. He is one of the few filmmakers in Thailand who have worked outside the strict Thai studio system. He experiments with certain elements found in the dramatic plot structure of Thai television and radio programs, comics and old films. As a filmmaker with international repute, Apichatpong has earned a standing as director of feature length films and video installations. He is active in promoting experimental and independent films through Kick the Machine, the company he founded in 1999.
Screenplay writer and still photographer Sooni Taraporevala was born in 1957 in Bombay, India. She studied Film and Photography in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University, after which she returned to India to work as a freelance still photographer. Her first screenplay was for, Salaam Bombay (1986). Mississippi Masala, Such a Long Journey, My Own Country, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and The Namesake. In 2000 she published PARSIS: The Zoroastrians of India; A Photographic Journey, a seminal work on the community. Little Zizou (2009) her latest film produced, written and directed by her.
Born in 1970 in China and migrated to Thailand when she was 5 years old. Studied film at Thammasat University, and began her career as a writer for magazines and newspapers in 1992. In 1995, she became the project director for the Thai Film Foundation. Her work Rain in May got screened at the 6th International Animation Festival Hiroshima ’96. She initiated the Thai Short Film and Video Festival in 1997. From 1998 to 2000, studied film archiving at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. Currently Chalida is the Director of the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, editor of Thai Film Quarterly and film archivist at the National Film Archive of Thailand.
Andreas Ungerbock did Drama and Journalism Studies at the University of Vienna and a Ph.D. in 1998. A freelance journalist since 1987, for publications in the German speaking area and in Asia. Curator of several retrospectives of Asian Cinema, such as Hong Kong in Motion(1995), Korean Cinema(1999), Cinema Asia(2003), China Now(2004). From 1994 to 2003, catalogue editor and program consultant(Asian films) for the Vienna International Film Festival. Since 2001, editor-in-chief, since 2005 publisher of the Austrian film magazine Ray. Andreas is co-editor of a book on Spike Lee, and another on Ang Lee.
Javier Angulo Barturen
Javier Angulo Barturen is the new director of the International Festival of Vallaloid. Born in Bilbao, he studied journalsm at the University of Navarra and was videographer and editor of the TVE in the Basque Country. In 1995, he founded the magazine Cinemania, of which he was director until 2006, during which he attended film festivals all over the world as part of international judges in competitions such as Montreal. A strong supporter of European cinema, Javier Angulo plans to incorporate the products of Africa and the Maghreb.
Krill Razlogov, from Russia, is an internationally acclaimed critic. He has to his credit almost 800 published books on film and media. Having got his doctorate on films and media from Moscow State University, he focused in cinematography. He is now the director of the Russian Institute of Cultural Research, researcher at the Russian Film Archive situated in Gosfilmofond, the affiliate of the CIRCLE Board(Cultural Information and Research Centre Liaison in Europe) a special associate to the president of the State Film Committee and has also organized several Film Festivals.
Claudia Lenssen is a German freelance journalist, filmcritic and curator based in Berlin, working for the national radio, print media like Die Tageszeitung(Berlin), epd film(Frankfurt) and der Standard(Wien)
Bikas Mishra is now a constituent of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). He did his Masters in Mass Communications from MCRC, Jamia, New Delhi and works as a guest faculty in the Social Communications Media Department of Sophia Polytechnic. In his early days he worked with zee Network as a principal correspondent and also wrote film reviews for the Wall Street Journal and NDTV.com. After which he founded the first exclusively film based web portal in India and named it dearcinema.com.
Sylvia Perel is the founder director of the International Latino Film Festival-San Francisco Bay Area and the Todos Santos Film Festival in Baja California South(Mexico). She is a curator, lecturer and educator in Latino films. Hailing from Argentina, Sylvia received a degree in Art History from the University of Buenos Aires where she went on to teach art and film history. In 1997, Sylvia founded her first Latino Film Festival in the Bay Area to give meaningful, non-stereotypical view and voice to Latino cultural expression through the powerful medium of film. Sylvia started the award winning “Youth in Video” program, where minority and at-risk youth learn the art of filmmaking, and digital technology.
Mumbai-based independent writer on cinema and art, theorist, curator and cultural activist, Amrit Gangar has authored and co-authored several books/monographs on Cinema in English and Gujarati. He has worked as a creative and production consultant on numerous international video installation productions and films. He was Director of Osian’s Cinema Archive during 2003-2004. Gangar was responsible for the Film Division’s documentary and short films from 1949 to 1993.
Paresh Mokashi born in Pune, has been associated with theatre for the last twenty years. He started as an actor in Theatre Academy, Pune. In 1999 directed first Marathi play Sangeet debuchya muli for the Prithvi Theatre Festival and directed plays Mukkam Post bombilwadi, Lagnakallol and samudra. He was part of the main stream Marathi drama, the Grips Theatre(Berlin) and Theatre Academy co-productions for children. He then moved to writing and direction, for both of which has received good reviews and commercial success. Harishchandrachi factory is his debut film which has received national and international acclaim. Now working on his second film.