115 guests from 62 films and events

Guest filmmakers

Adina Pintilie
Filmmaker Adina Pintilie works on the boundary between fiction, reality and visual art. In the new Romanian cinema landscape, her body of work stands out for its highly individual visual style, its courage of cinematic experimentation and its uncompromising interest in the human psyche. Her first feature "Touch Me Not" won the Golden Bear and the GFWW First Feature Award at Berlinale 2018, followed by an impressive festival circuit and being acquired for cinema distribution in more than 35 countries.
Alberto Garcia
Alberto García Ortiz, b. Burgos 1972. Raised in Madrid until the age of ten, he spent his formative years in Cairo, Egypt and in Ecuador. Later, he studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh. He then moved to London where he began experimenting in analogue video making. Upon returning to Spain he produced and directed three feature documentary films. "The Ulysses" (2011) won a Special Mention at DocsMx and Agadir film festival.
Alexandra Gulea
Alexandra Gulea (b.1970, Bucharest, Romania), graduated in 1997 at ENSBA in Paris. She studied documentary film at Munich Film School and since 1999 she has been directing documentary and fiction films.
Alexandra Melot
Since 1999, Alexandra Mélot edited more than thirty films, and has also been creating as a video artist for the contemporary theater stage. She has also directed several documentaries and fiction films, among which „L’histoire de mon oncle racontée par mon père” in 2003 with the support of Le Fresnoy. In 2016 she joined the board of directors of the association Périphérie, supporting creative documentary in Montreuil, France. After being the editor of the documentary feature film of Guillaume Massart, „In the Open”, she chose to associate herself as a producer to Triptyque films in 2018.
Aminatou Echard
Aminatou Echard studied ethnomusicology and cinema. As an artist who works with experimental film and documentary, Aminatou’s focus is how space transforms people and how people inhabit spaces. After four years of working in Bolivia in ethnomusicology, she has started a new stage in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) in 2006 by collecting Super 8 images and sounds to gain an understanding of the specific relationship between spaces and people.
Ana Vîjdea
Ana Vîjdea is a Romanian documentary filmmaker. She has a BA in Cinematography and Media and an MA in Interactive Multimedia from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She was an Erasmus student in Turkey and Portugal and a Fulbright scholar at Syracuse University in the United States. Throughout her studies Ana made several short and feature length films that were screened and awarded at various international film festivals. In 2017 she was named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Cinema" by Filmmaker Magazine.
Andrei Ujică
Born in Timisoara in 1951, Andrei Ujică studied literature and philosophy in Timișoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. Publications at various intervals since 1968 include prose, poetry and essays. Between 1973-1975 he writes, together with Șerban Foarță, the lyrics for the rock band Phoenix. His cinematographic debut took place with "Videograms of a Revolution", 1992, in collaboration with Harun Farocki, a film which has become a standard work on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. His next film, "Out of the Present", 1995, was called “the true Dogma 1” by Lars von Trier. "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu" (2010), widely regarded as a monumental achievement, concludes his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism.
Anthea Kennedy
Anthea Kennedy studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and Leeds Polytechnic and film at the Royal College of Art in London. She was a founder member of the experimental film/performance group Kuleshov Group Two. She has also worked as a film editor for Stephen Dwoskin and has taught film-making at various art schools and universities in the UK.
Avi Mograbi
Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv. He studied art and philosophy in Tel Aviv, where he still lives today. After gathering his first experience assisting directors, his own filmmaking began in 1989. Since 1999 he also teaches documentary and experimental filmmaking at the University of Tel Aviv, and at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and Art Academy. Avi Mograbi is not only considered Israel’s most important documentarist, but also a committed eyewitness of the Middle East conflict, an experimentalist, and avid reformist of cinematic language. His films have appeared at festivals worldwide.
Beatrice Babin
The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was by the brothers Grimm describes the best her journey.
Exploring the world by travelling to New York in the 80s, Africa in the 90s, by studying philosophy and cinema at Munich University - LMU (Germany), with a degree thesis about Federico Fellini: „The clown as a shape at the border between life and death“. 
In 2000 she finally found her destination in editing documentary and fiction films.
She is member of the German Film Academy and of the BFS (German Editors Association).
Beryl Magoko
Beryl Magoko was born in Kenya in 1982. Her first film, “The Cut”, received several international awards. After her B.S. from Kampala University in Uganda, she moved to Germany. From 2014 until 2018 she studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM). “In Search...” is her graduation film. Currently she is preparing her next documentary film.
Bettina Henkel
Bettina Henkel is an artist and a lecturer at the Vienna Art Academy. Her domain of interest and teaching subject are documentary between history and biography. After training as a dancer she studied History of Art in Munich, Painting at the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts and Visual Media Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna with Peter Weibel.
Cătălina Tesăr
Cătălina Tesăr (b.1980) is trained as an anthropologist and works as a researcher at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest. She earned her PhD in anthropology from University College London with a thesis about the sexual, economic and political dimensions of arranged early age marriages among the Roma from Transylvania. During her 15-year experience of fieldwork in Roma communities, she learnt Romani language. She published extensively on such issues as marriage, begging, houses, and migration among the Roma. "The Chalice. Of Sons and Daughters" is her debut documentary, which is based on her PhD research.
Caroline Capelle
Caroline Capelle is a photographer and director, born in 1988 in Calais. She lives and works in Paris. She followed Modern Medias course in the University Paris 8, afterwards she attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, resulting in her graduation in june 2014.
Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann
Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann are two of the main protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. Free spirits, free hearts, Ambassadors of Awesomeness, they started their inspiring relationship back in 2014. They are energetic human rights activists, passionate travellers around the world and curious explorers of intimacy. They are outspoken advocates for the rights of disabled people, for better accessibility and inclusion in the community. They have a particular interest in sexuality and disability. Christian runs a blog on the topic, called ''. They also give talks on the topic and participate in several cultural projects focussing on positive views on (differently-abled) bodies and empowerment. Open for experiments, they foster mutual empowerment and bring the different abilities into the relationship for the benefit of both. This may sound very obvious and normal and for most couples it is. But when disability comes into play, there are preconceptions which they want to overcome by being an inspirational model - or, put simply, by living their lives and talking about it.
Christian Sonderegger
Christian Sonderegger was born in 1967, in the city of Strasbourg, France. He studied cinematography at the famous Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière film school in Paris. He later became a director of photography for short-films, commercials and TV broadcasts. In 1998, he created Ciaofilm company and then directed several commercials and short-films, which were awarded at international festivals. He has also worked as a director’s assistant on features and sound operator for documentaries. He is now developing and directing his own documentaries at Ciaofilm.
Ciprian Cimpoi
After studying sociology at University of Bucharest, he worked for 7 years as NLE editor for several TV stations. In 2015 he graduated from National University of Theatre and Film, specializing in Sound & Editing. He is the winner of the Gopo Award for best editing the Sieranevada feature film (d. Cristi Puiu). Attending Aristotle Workshop opened its appetite for documentary film.
Claudia Tosi
Claudia Tosi studied at the University of Bologna, as a Philosophy major. She has worked as a creative documentary filmmaker since 2003. In 2011 she has attended EAVE as a writer, in 2012, at Eurodoc as a producer. In 2014 she has attended IDFA Academy, in 2015 Berlinale Talents to develop "I Had A Dream" in the context of Doc Station Platform. She is member of EWA since 2016, when she attended the Training Program on Multiple Revenue Stream.
Dana Bunescu
Dana Bunescu is an editor, sound-designer and director. Born in 1969, in Craiova, she graduated in 1993 from the Faculty of Phyiscs in Bucharest, with a degree in optical and LASER technology, and later, in 2000, from the Film and Theatre Academy, multimedia section. Dana is the most celebrated editor of the New Romanian Cinema, and the filmes to which she collaborated have been awarded at many international film festivals.
Denis Parrot
Denis Parrot is an editor and a graphic designer. He has worked on many fiction films and documentaries, such as "On The Trail Of Igor Rizzi", directed by Noel Mitrani, which was awarded in Venice and in Toronto in 2006. In 2015 he edited the feature length film "Move!", a “poetrip” around the world through dance. In 2015 he directed a tribute to the work of Hayao Miyazaki, totalizing more than 3 million views on the internet. He has also worked as an animator on "Revolting Rhymes", a short film on Roald Dahl for the BBC, nominated for the Academy Awards 2018.
Diego Governatori
Born in the south of France in 1981, Diego moved to Paris to study film. After four years spent at the University of Saint-Denis-Paris 8, he returned to the Fémis in the editing section. Graduated in 2007, he was then received as a boarder at the Académie de France in Rome - Villa Médicis. Having so far written and directed his films in collaboration with his brother Luca, it is the first time he has started a documentary film project on his own, while writing the script for a first feature film.
Elad Keidan
Elad Keidan Is an Israeli Film maker. Known for "Anthem" (2008), his Cannes-winning short film, and "Afterthought" (2015), his first feature, as well as for several other shorts. 
Teaches at different film schools and academies, mentors projects and gives artistic consultations. Currently works on his 2nd feature film, amongs other projects.
Esther Niemeier
Esther Niemeier is a director and producer working in both the UK and Germany. Her first short documentary "Walz" screened in the official selection at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was picked up for broadcast throughout Europe. Esther is currently working on "Bad Girl & Champion", her first feature length documentary as a director - following a period researching new feminist approaches in indigenous Bolivian culture for her master’s thesis. In addition to her directorial work, Esther has extensive experience in production and is also working as a producer on the feature length nature documentary "Natura Urbana – The Brachen of Berlin". Esther is currently enrolled in the MFA Documentary Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. "Tracing Addai" is her graduation film.
Grégory Cohen
Grégory Cohen is a filmmaker, as well as a researcher in the field of cinema and social sciences. Parallel to his artistic and research projects he is also a photography, film and visual sociology professor. Together with Manon Ott he has co-written the book "Birmanie, rêves sous surveillance" and the films"Narmada", "La cour des murmures", "De cendres et de braises".
Guillaume Massart
Born in 1983 in the French Ardennes, Guillaume Massart directs and produces documentary films, essays, experimental films and video art. His first short film, "Xenocristal" (2008) forecasts his later works: halfway between documentary forms and video art. Guillaume Massart's films question the mise en scene of reality and its aesthetic and political consequences upon figurative modernity.
Hanna Hofmann
HANNA HOFMANN is one of the main protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. Hanna came out as a transgender person at 50, after living her entire life in a skin and an identity she had never felt at home in. She had always wanted to be a woman, despite being endowed with a vigurous male body. Reaching her 50's, she finally decided to take on the risk of becoming what she had always wanted to be: she left her 20-year marriage and family and started a new life as a woman. It is also then when she became a sex worker. Hanna is also a passionate activist for the rights of sex workers and sexual minorities, being an executive member of BEDS (Berufsverband Erotische Und Sexuelle Dienstleistungen – a German professional association of sex workers) and providing psychological counselling to her fellow transgender sex workers in Leipzig.
Ian Wiblin
Ian Wiblin studied graphic design and film at the London College of Communication. In addition to his film work, he has exhibited work internationally as a photographer over many years. He has contributed to several books and publications, writing on photography considered in relation to cinema, architecture and performance. He is currently a lecturer on film and photography at the University of South Wales.
Irina Malcea
With a background in Political Sciences, Irina starts working in cinema in 2011. Two years later, she sets up the production house Luna Film, while maintaining a strong collaboration with other Romanian companies. She produced the documentary feature I AM HERCULES by Marius Iacob, was executive producer on Andrei Cretulescu’s debut CHARLESTON and from the Romanian side, on the Bulgarian co-production PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE. 
She is co-producing Ines Tanovic’s THE SON and is in post-production with the documentaries TEACH by Alex Brendea and THE CHALICE by Catalina Tesar.
Irina is an EAVE Producers Workshop and PUENTES graduate. She is currently living and working in Bucharest and Brussels.
Iris Zaki
Iris Zaki is a Grierson award-winning documentary filmmaker and researcher, who uses quirky first-person narratives to depict communities. She recently finished her PhD at Royal Holloway, London, which explored her innovative interviewing technique The Abandoned Camera. Her previous film, "Women in Sink", screened at over 120 festivals and universities, received 13 awards (from Karlovy Vary, Visions du Réel and more), and featured on TV and on New York Times’ OpDocs.
Kristina Konrad
After studying history and philosophy in Paris, she worked freelance for Swiss Television. In 1983 she moved to New York; after a few months she decided to make films with Gabriel Baur in Nicaragua. Between 1987 – 1994 she lived and worked in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since then she lives in Berlin as author, director and producer (weltfilm GmbH). She has been invited to labs and juries and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Laura Benson
LAURA BENSON is one of the key protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. She is an English/French actress and acting teacher at the prestigious Parisian studio Atelier International de Théâtre Blanche Salant. She trained at Nanterre Amandiers theatre school directed by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans. Her film credits include The Lover by Jacques Doillon, Dangerous Liaisons by Stephen Frears, Alain Resnais’ I Want to Go Home, Robert Altman’s Ready-to-Wear.
Laurențiu Calciu
Laurențiu Calciu was a maths teacher and film buff when Romania’s 1989 revolution struck. Then he got hold of a VHS camera and discovered documentary by filming the aftermath of the 1989 revolution. He then studied Documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. He has made films in the UK, Greece and Romania.
Manon Ott
Born in 1982, Manon Ott is a filmmaker and researcher. She is the author of several books of short stories and photos, as well as several films. Since 2010 she works with the inhabitants of the popular districts of the city of Mureaux en Paris region, where she also lives. She made "Ash and Ember" in collaboration with them and with Grégory Cohen, "La Cour des Murmures", which stands between fiction and documentary, about young people and love in the city. Her films, both political and poetic, explore territories in the margins, meeting those who live there, seeking in the cinema a way to make their words resound differently.
Marco Piccarreda
In 1998 he graduated with a film editing diploma at the Television and Cinema School of Milan. After the diploma he has worked for several film production companies. In 2005 together with Vittorio Moroni he established the production and distribution company 50Notturno Ltd and he now works as producer, writer and editor. CittàGiardino is his debut as director.
Mari Gulbiani
Mari Gulbiani is a Georgian film director and screenplay writer. After finishing her education in philology 1994 at Tbilisi she studied film directing from 2001 to 2006. She then fine-tuned her experience at the Parisian film school Ateliers Varan. She has worked in the culture department of the main Georgian public TV station (TV1) and in the program department of TV 9. She founded the producing company Midifilm in 2007. From 2013, she worked for the Noosfera Foundation in the context of the Documentary Monday project and in the program department of the documentary film festival CineDoc Tbilisi. She also worked for CineDoc Young as a section coordinator. In 2012, she coordinated the EFA Young Audience Award in Tbilisi.
Martina Melilli
Martina Melilli is a visual artist, filmmaker, translator and curator. At the moment, she’s based in Milan, Italy. She got an MA degree in Visual Arts and deepened her studies in documentary and experimental cinema at Luca School of Arts Brussels. After working on various exhibitions in Brussels, she later moved to Bari in Italy, where in 2015 (together with Andrea Sgobba and Cristina d’Eredità) she funded the cultural association OnDocks, which is active in the promotion of the language of documentary film. She’s the winner of Artevisione 2017, a project promoting young Italian video art, and which produced her short film "Mum, I’m Sorry", presented at Museo del Novecento in Milan. "My Home, In Libya" is her first feature documentary.
Michel Khleifi
Michel Khleifi was born on November 3, 1950 in Nazareth, Israel. He emigrated to Belgium in 1970, where he studied television and theater directing at the INSAS. After graduating, he worked in Belgium television before turning to making his own films. He has directed and produced several documentary and feature films. He has received several awards including the International Critics' Prize at Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastian International Film Festival and the André Cavens Award in 1987 for his film "Wedding in Galilee". Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS.
Mona Nicoară
Mona Nicoară started working in film in 1997 as an associate producer for "Children Underground", which was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut, "Our School" (2011) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and went on to be awarded at festivals nationally and internationally.
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan is a Romanian producer and director. Monica produced or co-produced a number of feature length fictions and documentaries with established Romanian directors, with films selected or awarded at Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno and many others festivals ("A Mere Breath", "Chuck Norris vs Communism", "The Cage", "Domestic", "Timebox" etc).
In 2011 MY VOTE, her medium length documentary as director was selected for Rotterdam IFF, Documenta Madrid IFF and many others and awarded in Sarajevo IFF. "A MERE BREATH" feature length documentary (2016) premiered at Vision du Reel, International Competition and was awarded at Sarajevo IFF 2016 with "The Heart of Sarajevo/Best Documentary Film", at LET’S CEE Cinema Austria with Best Documentary in Competition, Romanian National Awards/GOPO Award for Best Romanian Documentary of 2016, at ASTRA IDFF with Best Romanian Documentary award, 2017, at  DocuArt with Best Director, selected for Chicago IFF and many other festivals, screened on Mubi, Amazon etc
Nora Agapi
Nora Agapi is a director, cinematographer and photographer. She graduated from the cinematography department of UNATC „I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest and she holds a MA in digital arts from Athens Fine Arts University in Athens. She has worked as a teaching assistant at UNATC and as a tutor at Moldox IDFF for Social Change. Her documentaries have been selected at festivals such as Berlin IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Transilvania IFF, Astra Film Festival.
Ombline Ley
Ombline Ley is a visual artist and director born in 1988. She lives and works in Paris. After completing a technical training in editing, she studied theory of cinematography at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle then entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, specialising in film and photography and graduating in 2014. In 2015, her first short film "Cavernicole" was awarded best documentary at the 13th Bogota Short Film Festival.
Péter Forgács
Péter Forgács, born in 1950, is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest, whose works have been exhibited worldwide. Since 978 he has made more than thirty films. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo and Flm Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, which hosts a unique collection of amateur footage. He has received numerous international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseille, San Francisco and Berlin, where he  won Prix Europe for "Free Fall".
Pierre Tonachella
Pierre Tonachella was born in 1988 and grew up in the village of Gâtinais, in Essonne. He studied philosophy and film theory before attending l'École documentaire de Lussas. In his films, he explores the experiences of some of the people he grew up with.
Răzvan Rădulescu
Razvan Rădulescu is a scriptwriter. As a director, he only made one film, „First of all, Felicia“, together with Melissa de Raaf. He studied Philology at the University of Bucharest and Opera Directing at the Music Academy of Bucharest. His literary debut in 1995 was in an anthology of short proses and, later, he wrote 2 novels. As a scriptwriter, he has collaborated with numerous directors such as Cristi Puiu ("Stuff and Dough", "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"), Radu Muntean ("The Paper Will Be Blue", "Tuesday After Christmas", "Alice T."), Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days"), Călin Netzer ("Child's Pose"). Since 2013, he has a chair for Film at Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.
Radu Jude
Radu Jude graduated from Universitatea Media in 2003. After being assistant director to films such as "The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu" (Cristi Puiu) or "The Rage" (Radu Muntean), his short film "The Tube with a Hat" (2007) was awarded in various international film festivals. His first feature films were The "Happiest Girl in the World" (2009), for fiction, and "The Dead Nation" (2017), for documentary. In 2016 he also debuted as a theatre director in an adaptation of Bergman.
Ruth Beckermann
Ruth Beckermann was born in Vienna, where she also spent her childhood. After her studies in journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, she took her PhD in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines. Since 1985 she works as a writer and filmmaker.
Shinichi Ise
Documentary filmmaker, born in Tokyo in 1949. Nao is his niece. His first full-length documentary movie was "Nao-chan" (1995), which recorded eight-year-old Nao and her family. He has made a series about Nao including "Piglets" (2002) and Arigato (2006). "Home, Sweet Home" is the fourth in the series. Many of the documentary films he has produced depict the themes of family, illness and caretaking.
Stefano Savona
Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking, he studied archeology and anthropology in Rome and the UK and traveled extensively throughout the Near East to take part in different archeological excavations. This same region is where he later shot most of his films.
Tudor Platon
Tudor Platon is a Romanian director of photography passionate about visual storytelling. He holds a BA and an MA in Cinematography from the National Film and Theatre University from Bucharest. The shorts and features he has shot won various awards for best cinematography and got international appreciation from festivals like Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Cairo and Warsaw. "House of Dolls" is his first project as a director and is a part of an extensive and very personal series of works related to his own family.
Vadim Ilkov
Vadym Ilkov graduated from Kiev National University of Theatre, Film and TV in 2000. He worked as a director of photography on several fiction, documentary and animated films. His recent projects as a DoP include "Mariupolis", directed by Mantas Kvedaravicius (premiered at Berlinale 2016), and "Volcano", directed by Roman Bondarchuk (premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018). Vadym is one of the organizers of the first Ukrainian open-air festival Sheshory (later – Art Pole). My Father is My Mother’s Brother is his first feature documentary.
Victor Bulat
Victor Bulat is a young film director who got a growing interest in documentary film. While he graduated from a visual arts high school, where he studied drawing, architecture and mural art, Victor later decided to switch from visual arts to a different area: cinema. He got into the undergraduate program of film studies at UNATC, from where he graduated as a film director in 2018. He is now a first-year post-graduate student at the same university, studying Documentary Film Directing. His first documentary film is "Obor" (Fair, 2016).
Yamina Zoutat
Born in Switzerland, Yamina Zoutat worked as court reporter for TF1 from 1994 to 2004. She is currently teaching audiovisual writing and legal journalism at the Panthéon University in Paris. "6999 DOORS" is Zoutat's first documentary feature film.

Side Events Guests

Șerban Alexandrescu
Șerban Alexandrescu started as a copywriter at Graffiti/BBDO, in 1994, then became creative director at Young & Rubicam. In 1998 he founded Headvertising, the first “creative shop” in Romanian advertising. He was vice president to the al Romanian Advertising Agencies Association and the first president of Art Director’s Club of Romania. He has taught screenwriting and copywriting at UNATC “I. L. Caragiale”. SInce 2009 he has also been teaching at the ADCRO School.
Adrian Cioflâncă
Adrian Cioflâncă is a historian. Director of the Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania and a member of the Collegium of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives. Researcher with the „A. D. Xenopol” Institute of History (belonging to the Romanian Academy). He was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania (2003-2004) and expert in The Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania (2006), co-author of the Final Reports of the two commissions. Since 2005, he is a member of the Romanian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (former Holocaust Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research). Tziporah Wiesel Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (2009). Between 2010-2012, he was director of department in The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. Adrian Cioflâncă edited, in collaboration, seven volumes; the last one: "Recent History Otherwise. Cultural Perspectives", Andi Mihalache, Adrian Cioflâncă (eds.), Iaşi, Editura Universităţii „Al. I Cuza”, 2013. He also authored studies in fields like "The History of the Holocaust", "History of communism", "Political violence", "Cultural history", "The theory of history".
Agnes Jahier
After studying Anthropology, Agnès Jahier has been involved in various associative and editorial projects with the strong desire of sharing the knowledge and the film productions of this discipline. She has been working for several years for structures that organize meetings, screenings and research workshops in territories on the outskirts of university and cultural centers. She now directs Peripherie, a center for cinematographic research dedicated to documentary cinema.
Alberto Groșescu
Alberto Groșescu, Vice President of ARCEN, has been coordinating Bucharest's documentary research for the project "Cu bastonul prin București" for more than 7 years and is the initiator of Via Bucharest - The Virtual Memory Museum of Bucharest, through which thousands of documents, photographs, newspapers and old maps are digitised and brought back to a wide audience in order to support education for the city's heritage. Alberto Groșescu studied Geography and History and is a permanent witness of the city that he captures through the lens of his camera. Alberto, an excellent documentarist, will be one of ARCEN's guides from One World Romania through the cultural tour in the "demolished Bucharest”.
Alex Raptis
Born in 1989 in Greece, Alex Raptis works in the domain of performing arts. His main interests are theatre directing, light design and music composition. He graduated with a degree in Performing Arts from UNATC “I.L.Caragiale” in 2012, and later obtained his master’s degree from the same university, in Sound & Light Design. Since 2014 he has been creating the music and the light for performances, jazz concerts and for theatre. His most recently directed show is SuperOK, by M.Moroianu. Other shows he has collaborated on are – Plastic, by M.  Mayenburg (directed by Cristian Popescu), Nok!Nok! by Nicoleta Lefter, Counterbody by Simona Deaconescu and The Summer My Mother Had Green Eyes by  T.Țîbuleac (directed by Nicoleta Lefter). He is living and working in Bucharest but is also taking on projects in other cities and countries. He has been making electronic music with Andrei Raicu, under the name of Al’iikhwa Ra.
Alina Gavrilă
In 1992, Alina Gavrilă, a fashion designer at that time, started her career in advertising, first as Art Director at OFC/DMB&B, and then as Executive Creative Director by the time OFC/DMB&B became D’Arcy.  She won all the prizes from all the Romanian advertising competitions and brought home the first 3 international prizes from Golden Drum Festival, in 1998.
In 2002 she started running the Gavrila&Asociații creative joint, through which she coordinated the Institute’s projects like Romanian Design Week, Diploma and most recently Cartierul Creativ/Creative Quarter for which case she’s responsible with the creative direction.
Since 2018, she’s started a new communication division, Gavrilă Fashion Tellers, dedicated exclusively to Romanian fashion brands and local fashion designers.
Ana Blandiana
Ana Blandiana is the author of 15 volumes of poetry, 2 volumes of fantastic short stories, a novel and 9 volumes of essays published in the Romanian language, and 72 volumes published in 25 other languages. She has received many international awards, as well as three bans to publish in Romania between the years 1959-1964,1985 and1988-1989. 

After 1990, Ana Blandiana reestablished the PEN Romanian Club, of which she became president and later honorary president. She is one of the pioneers of the Civic Alliance, presiding over it between 1991 and 2001. Along with Romulus Rusan, she is also the founder and president of the Civic Academy, an institution erecting with support from the European Council a first Memorial for the Victims of Communism, at Sighet.

She is a member of the Academy of Poetry Stephane Mallarmé, of the European Academy of Poetry and the World Academy of Poetry (UNESCO). She is also a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Ana Drăghici
Ana Drăghici is a romanian cinematographer. She graduated cinematography at the national film school (UNATC) in 2008 and Modern Languages at the Bucharest University in 2005. She shot several short films and experimental projects both on film or digital cameras. She was the director of photography for the feature films “Two Lottery Tickets” and “The Story of a Summer Lover” (both directed by Paul Negoescu). Currently she is preparing her third feature, “Otto, the Barbarian” (by Ruxandra Ghițescu).
Ana Maria Zahariade
Prof. dr. Ana Maria Zahariade,  vice-president of the Romanian Chambers of Architects, teaches theory of architecture at the University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. After 1989, she has been involved in the updating of architectural education, in architectural research and its connections to larger cultural milieux. She has received a Herder prize and Getty scholarships, and is a fellow of the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study. Some of her latest published titles include: Symptoms of transition, Architecture in the communist project, Romania 1944-1989. She is also the founder and editor of the annual journal Studies of History and Theory of Architecture.
Andreea Pocotilă

Andreea Pocotilă has 15 years experience in media and she’s in charge of the thematic campaigns at Vice Romania. As a reporter, she’s been interested in subjects linked to corruption, children’s rights, drug consumption, mental health, politics and environment. She won the 1st prize at Portrait category in 2016, with a series named Romanian Judges Behind Bars (Judecători români după gratii). She’s been nominated at Superscrieri #8, Reportage category, with the project Romania is hiding her drug overdose deaths because she’s ashamed of them.

Angela Cristea

On the 1st of January 2014, Ms Angela Cristea took office as Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania. With over 20 years of experience in institutional communication management, Ms Cristea worked in Romania, Turkey and Egypt, and as of 2010, she worked at the European Commission in Brussels. Ms Cristea studied economics, political sciences and European affairs. In 1993, she took a Master's Degree in Philosophy, with a major in international relations, at the University of Amsterdam.

In 1993, Ms Cristea was selected to build the Press and Information Department of the new Diplomatic Representation of the European Commission in Romania. In 2006, she moved to Ankara, in Turkey, where she put into practice her experience in the EU pre-accession process when managing the main communication project of the EU Delegation in this country. Later on, she worked as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Egypt.

In 2010, Ms Cristea became one of the spokespersons of the European Commission, responsible for the EU Enlargement and the Neighbourhood Policy. As of 2011, Ms Cristea worked for the General Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development, where she was Head of the Communication Department and prepared the information campaign on the EU-wise Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Codru Vrabie
Codru Vrabie is an activist, trainer and consultant in the domain of good government, being preoccupied with the anticorruption reforms in justice and administration. Since 1998, when he returned from his studies abroad, Codru has represented several organizations of civil society locally, nationally and internationally. With a degree in political sciences and law, and a master’s degree in European affairs and public administration, Codru promotes participative democracy, responsibility and transparence in the public space.
Cosmin Năsui
Cosmin Năsui is curator, art historian, cultural manager, contemporary art evaluator. He is the founder of the largest Romanian online platform for promoting and supporting contemporary art He is managing partner at  Nasui collection & gallery ( which exhibits, represents and promotes a special selection of Romanian modern and contemporary artists. He is senior curator at the private museum platform PostModernism ( He is author of portfolio books and extensive studies, the most recent one being ”Erotism and sexuality in the Golden Age”.
Cristian Andrei Leonte
Cristian Andrei Leonte is the co-founder (with Andreea Pavel) of the Info Sud Est platform in Constanța. After the investigations published on the platform within the “Pleacă”! campaign, DNA prosecutors opened a criminal record for Radu Ștefan Mazăre, ex-mayor of Constanța. They also blocked some of his activities. Info Sud Est investigates local businesses linked to the country’s patrimony, corruption, European funds and justice, but also external affairs of neighboring countries.
Cristian Diaconescu
Cristian Diaconescu is a Romanian jurist and politician. An independent, formerly a member of the People's Movement Party (PMP) and prior to that of the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) and of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), he sat in the Romanian Senate from 2004 to 2012, representing Constanța County from 2004 until 2008, and subsequently Bucharest
Damiana Oțoiu
Damiana Oțoiu is an anthropologist of law and politics whose research is focused on how property rights are (re)defined and disputed in postcolonial contexts, and on the “social and political lives” of museum objects and of collections of physical anthropology. She undertakes research in France, Belgium, South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo by looking at museums’ policies and norms in general, and at the process of property restitution in particular. She is a lecturer in Political Anthropology in the Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest, a NEC Fellow and an invited professor in museum studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Marseille.
Diana Oncioiu
Diana Oncioiu started her career at Realitatea TV channel in 2007. She’s been into television journalism at Digi24 as well. Since 2014, she became news reporter at The same year, she chose alternative press with a focus on domestic violence and social assistance and education beneficiaries. She investigates religious movements alongside with her team, "Să fie lumină".
Diana Tabakov
Diana is the head of acquisitions and film programme at the international VOD platform Doc Alliance Films powered by 7 key European documentary film festivals. The portal presents regular film programmes ranging from retrospectives of leading world filmmakers to new premiere formats. She also curates documentary films for art house cinemas and film festivals, and runs the film literacy project My Street Films in Central European countries.
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Dominic Brezianu

Dominic Brezianu is a poet and member of the Writers' Union of Romania, born in Bucharest in the family of historian and art critic Barbu Brezianu. He debuted in the mazine “Cronica” (1968) in Iași, later publishing the poetry books “Cu mai putine verbe" (1996), "Escale" (2000), " Nocturne" (2012). His latest volume “Cinematographic poems” (2014) is a manifest of authenticity and insurgence through its homoerotic theme.

Dragoș Lumpan
I am a cinematographer, DOP and photographer. I graduated the Academy of Theater and Film, Bucharest, Film Department, B.F.A in Cinematography in 2001 and the Christian Orthodox Theology University in 1999. Currently I am involved in several projects; one of them is Last Transhumance documentary film, now in post-production.
Edmond Niculușcă
Edmond Niculușcă, the founder of ARCEN organization, initiated 10 years ago the project of cultural tours "Cu bastonul prin București", one of the most impactful and long-lasting projects dedicated to preserving Bucharest's memory and urban education of the city's inhabitants. Edmond Niculuşcă studied Political Science and Theology but dedicated his last 12 years to the struggle to save the memory of the city and to ARCEN projects that reactivate buildings and historical areas in Bucharest through contemporary culture. Edmond, an enthusiastic storyteller, will be one of ARCEN's guides from One World Romania through the cultural tour in the “demolished Bucharest".
Florin Buhuceanu

Florin Buhuceanu is a human rights activist. He has been a member of ACCEPT since 1997 and, as director of the organization, he has coordinated the first Pride in Bucharest in 2005. He is working at the crossroads between LGBT, freedom of religion and sexual and reproductive rights, and is the author of the volume “Homoistorii”. He has also edited "Traditional values, religion and LGBT rights in Eastern Europe" (2014) and "Fundamentalism, gender and sexual orientation" (2018).

Hartmut Rank

Hartmut Rank studied law and languages from 1997 to 2003 in Leipzig, St. Petersburg/Russia and Potsdam (Germany). He passed the First State Examination in Law in 2003 in Brandenburg, followed by a period of short term and long term assignments in OSCE election monitoring missions in various European and Central Asian countries. Obligatory professional legal training included stages at the Local Court and the Prosecutor Office in Halle and in Ulm, the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer as well as law firms in Stuttgart and in Moscow. Second State Examination in Law in Germany in 2006. Admitted to the German Bar Association and practice as an Attorney-at-Law in Stuttgart since 2007, Business Mediator since 2014.  Associated Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Postgraduate degrees in law and economy, including an MBA degree from the Liverpool John Moores University. Fluent in German (native), English, Ukrainian and Russian.

2006-07, work at a law firm in Stuttgart. From 2007 to 2009, Associate at international law firm in Kyiv/Ukraine. 2009 through 2014, advisor for GIZ in Ukraine in reform projects on mediation, law as well as economic cooperation. 2014 through 2017 secondment by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs as expert on Rule of Law to the OSCE Mission to Moldova. Since 2017, Head of the Rule of Law Programme South East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation.

Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma (b. December 28, 1951, the Hague) is an award-winning journalist, historian and writer, as well as a professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College.  Nephew of British filmmaker John Schlesinger, he was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied Chinese literature and Japanese cinema. In the 1980s, he worked as a journalist, and spent much of his early writing career traveling and reporting from all over Asia. Buruma now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Corriere della Sera, and NRC Handelsblad. He is the author of more than a dozen books and also the recipient of Holland's prestigious Erasmus Prize.
Ioana Țurcan
Ioana Țurcan is a cinematic storyteller that currently lives and works in Bucharest, Romania; she has a background in choreography and contact sports and her portfolio it's built on interdisciplinary works.
Ioana Bunescu

Ioana Bunescu is researcher at Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare in Sweden and New Europe College Fellow in Bucharest. Her research on migration and inter-ethnic relations includes her work as principal investigator in a EU project on access to legal information for asylum seekers in Sweden and in a project about EU commuters of Roma origin that live in poverty in Sweden, for which she was granted the Martin Alexanderson Scholarship in Human Rights Studies at Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Her previous research includes a study of voluntary return migration from Sweden to Iraq and an extensive study of the collective identity formation of the Roma in Europe finalized in a book titled "Roma in Europe. The Politics of Collective Identity Formation" (Routledge, 2016).

Ioana Trifu
Born and raised in Cluj Napoca, Romania, Ioana Trifu first became interested in visual arts in her early teens. Over the years, photography and filming turned from hobbies to passion, and later to academic pursuits. She holds a BA degree in Photography and Cinematography and a MA degree in documentary filmmaking from BabeȘ-Bolyai University. Her interest is both in traditional linear structures and the newer interactive and transmedia formats, with a strong belief in interdisciplinary collaboration. Refractara, her graduation short doc about a group of workers in a semi-abandoned brick factory was selected at DocuArt Film Festival 2017 and Cluj Shorts 2018. The short VR film she co-directed, A.I. Comrade was part of the official selection in the VR program at Astra Film Festival 2017. 

She is currently working as a photographer and video editor, and is in the research stage of her next documentary.
Ion Dumitrescu
Ion Dumitrescu started with classical ballet, then he went abruptly into contemporary dance arriving to the postspectacle practice in 2008. Postspectacle practice proposed different methods of art interventions, media hacking (OTV action), while also engaging in dark pseudo-political campaigns and multiverse speculations. 
He co-assembled contexts and made performances that attempt to destabilise and shuffle artistic identity, collapse time duration, in an effort to drastically investigate the structure of the spectacle inside and outside the black-box - white cube conspiracy. 
He infrequently writes, developing various conceptual instruments, tools for transgression and navigation.
Ion Dumitrescu is also concerned with music; he is the co-initiator of the Bucharest label Future Nuggets and its sub-label P-Balans. He appears under multiple cameos as a producer (Ion din Dorobanți, Australopitecus Oltensis, Utopus). 
Among the releases he produced: Steaua de Mare debut LP, the first LP of the legendary band Rodion G.A together with Strut Records (London), Raze de Soare EP and both volumes of "Sounds of the Unheard from Romania".
Ion Gnatiuc
Born in the Republic of Moldova, Ion Gnatiuc lived and studied for almost 9 years in Romania, where he attended the MA program "Documentary Filmmaking" at Babeş-Bolyai University. He has worked as a freelance journalist and image operator in various documentary film projects, while participating in several workshops. In 2017 he returned to Moldova, where he founded "Niște Filme", a production company dedicated to documentary film. He directed and produced two shorts in 2018, one of them participating in nine major film festivals.
Iulia Popovici
Iulia Popovici is journalist and performing arts critic and curator based in Bucharest. She writes extensively on the politics of art and documentary practices in contemporary arts.
Laurențiu Garofeanu
Laurențiu Garofeanu is a senior video producer, director and photographer. His expertise spans the entire production process and includes script writing, producing, directing, shooting and editing. Laurentiu currently leads photo and video production for Mekanism Media in Bucharest, Romania. Laurențiu has been commissioned to film and photograph news coverage and human-interest stories for international news corporations and documentaries for leading television networks. His work spans over 50 countries and includes collaborations with broadcasters such as TLC, Discovery, National Geographic and CBS in the US and ITV, CH 5 and RTL in Europe.

He has worked with renowned press agencies and production houses, such as Barcroft Media, Zigzag and TwoFour. His photographs have been published in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Times Magazine and The Independent UK. 
Laurențiu’s latest commissions include the new Animal Planet series Preposterous Pets, which premiered in 2014 and the documentary series Body Bizarre series 1, 2 and 3 for Discovery International, which aired on all continents in 2014 and 2015.
Maja Lindquist
Maja is the director of Doc Lounge, a Nordic screening and distribution network, working with new high quality documentaries from all over the world. Doc Lounge specializes on outreach and audience engagement, reaching out to a broad and young audience with unique event and community screenings all over Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Maja has also been the Head of Programme at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival for the last four years. She also has experience working in art house cinema and various European culture projects.
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Mirona Radu
Mirona Radu was born in Bucharest, in 1986. She has a Master Degree in Film Production (2014-2016), a Bachelor Degree in Film Directing (2005-2009) and an Associate Degree in Art of Photography (2008-2010). She participated in film programmes such as Go Short Campus Nijmegen 2017, CineImpact Documentary Campus 2016, Looking China 2015, IDFA Academy 2012, Maia Workshops 2012 and Aristoteles Workshop 2011, proving a great interest in self and professional development, in cultural knowledge and intercultural interaction, in art and cinema. 

Her personal photography exhibition ”24 years in 24 expressions of solitude” was exhibited in Odessa (Ukraine), Kishinev (Moldavia), Moscow and Kolomna (Russia), Torino (Italy), Istanbul (Turkey), Cluj and Bucharest (Romania) (2012-2014).
Mona Muscă
Mona Muscă was formed as a philologist and joined the Civic Alliance in 1990. From 1991 till 1995 she was member of the National Council of the Civic Alliance Party. Elected deputy on the lists of the Democratic Convention in 1996, Mona Muscă joined PNL and was vice-president of the party, then later minster for culture from December 2004 till 2005. Collaborating with civic organizations, she is the initiator or legislative resolutions regarding the access to information of public interest, regarding domestic violence, recalculation of pensions, freedom of religion, the National Culture Fund, and many others. Mona Muscă resigned from the Parliament in 2007 and has retired from politics.
Nicolae Rațiu
Nicolae Rațiu is Chairman of the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, President of the Rațiu Democracy Centre, Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd., and senior advisor to the family’s Bellerive group of companies in UK, France, and Romania, with a major portfolio in real estate development and investment. Educated in the United Kingdom at Marlborough College, and New York University in the United States, with a BSc in Marine Transportation and Economics.
Nicolae is the younger of two sons of the former Romanian politician Ion Rațiu. Born in Davos, Switzerland, Nicolae became more involved in Romanian issues in his early 40s in 1990 after the collapse of communism when his father returned to Romania to run for the presidency. His principal responsibility alongside his father was the founding of the COTIDIANUL daily newspaper and itssupporting printing company.
As Chairman of The Rațiu Foundation, a British registered charity with its headquarters in London, Nicolae chairs a board which awards annually up to 100 grants, worth c. GBP 200000, in a wide variety of fields of study, research, and travel. Funding for projects is today focused more on civil society and democracy-related initiatives.
A businessman and philanthropist, alongside the Rațiu Foundation, Nicolae is also a trustee of a number of further charities in Romania and the UK, amongst which are The Romanian Cultural Centre in London, Pro Patrimonio (The National Trust of Romania), ADEPT, and The Relief Fund for Romania.
Nicoleta Lefter
She graduated from the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, Faculty of Theatre, in Iași and has a MA in the Art of the Actor at UNATC. She is an actress and has played over 30 characters in national and independent theatres in Romania and abroad. Since 2011 she has been directing, producing and acting in her own performances and performative installations.
Oleg Kozlovsky
Oleg Kozlovsky is co-founder of the Solidarnost United Democratic Movement and of Oborona, a democratic youth movement in Russia. Currently, he is the executive director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation and an analyst with the Anti-Corruption Policy Lab at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
As organizer of many nonviolent actions and rallies in defense of democracy and human rights in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, he was arrested and detained multiple times, during his latest detention in May 2008, Kozlovsky was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He is the 2010 recipient of the Ion Rațiu Democracy Award.
Olga Cojocaru
Olga Cojocaru is a PhD student in Migration Studies at University of Warsaw, currently affiliated with New Europe College in Bucharest and Centre of Migration Research in Warsaw. Her PhD work - dealing with the temporalities of migration with a case study on Moldovan migrants in Italy – is part of the TRANSMIC project coordinated by Maastricht University and funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie actions. She was a visiting doctoral student at EUI in Florence, holds a MA degree in Sociology from CEU in Budapest and a MA in Anthropology from SNSPA in Bucharest.
Oliver Sertić
Oliver Sertić is a documentary producer and festival programmer from Zagreb, currently living in Berlin. Since now he produced around 30 feature and short documentaries and experimental films. For 18 years worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief in different media and organizer of different cultural events. The founder of organization RESTART (2007) where he established Restart Laboratory, Dokukino and Restart Label. Has cooperated with numerous film festivals as a PR, programmer, producer and advisor (Zagreb FF, ZagrebDox, DokuFest, Vukovar FF, Makedox, DORF, RAF, Supetar Super FF, Moldox…). From 2007 works as a selector and since 2012 he serves as the director of Liburnia Film Festival, Croatian documentary film festival in Opatija.
Paula Căbescu

Paula Căbescu, a journalism graduate, is the junior within the project Să fie lumină, collaborative platform where several investigations on religious movements in Romania are published. She started her career in 2015 at Adevărul and also wrote for Euractiv. Since 2016, she collaborates with Multimedia Investigations Center. This year, she’s been nominated at Superscrieri, Reportage category, with Our Man From Monaco (Omul nostru din Monaco), recorded with Ovidiu Vanghele.

Péter Eckstein-Kovács

Péter Eckstein-Kovács is an ethnically Hungarian politician in Romania, formed as a lawyer, former member of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania. He has initiated and supported the resolution for the antidiscrimination laws, and between 2009 and 2011 he was presidential counselor on minorities. He has also supported the resolution for civil rights for same sex couples, that would permit the inheriting of shared goods and the obtaining of bank credits.

Radu Filipescu
Radu Filipescu is an engineer and – in the 80s- initiated several actions of protest against the Ceaușescu regime. Starting from 1982, he has tried organizing demonstrations in the Palace Square in Bucharest. Arrested in May 1983, he was jailed at Aiud until April 1986. After release, he wanted to organize a referendum against Ceaușescu, and was once again arrested in December 1987. After the 1989 Revolution, Filipescu was a founding member of The Group for Social Dialogue (elected president in 1998) and APADOR-CH, and later also founded the ARFP (The Association for Romanian Revolutionaries without Privileges).
Radu Vancu
Radu Vancu is a poet, prose writer, publicist, festival organizer and literature professor in Sibiu, as well as author of a thesis on Mircea Ivănescu. From his poetry books, “Rope in Bloom” and “4 A.M. Domestic Cantos” have been published in Turkey and Hungary. At the end of 2018 he published the novel “Transparence”. Since 2017 he has been one of the leaders of the movement Vă Vedem din Sibiu (We are watching you from Sibiu) and one of the stronger voices of Zona Liberă de Corupție (The Corruption Free Zone) of the same city.
Raluca Feher
Raluca Feher is a journalist, advertising woman, writer, traveler and founder of Frontline Club Bucharest. She has been a television reporter, war correspondent, copywriter, creative director and strategy director. She is one of the creatives with the most EFFIE awards and the copywriter to bring the first Golden Watch to Headvertising and to Romania. She is currently creative and strategy director for Cap agency and member of the Art Director`s Club of Romania.
Rudolf Gräf
Rudolf Gräf finished his studies at the Technical University Graz, Faculty of Architecture, and is co-founder of SC Vitamin Architects, established in 1996. Between 2007 and 2012 he worked as associate assistant at the Faculty of Architecture, Timișoara. In the year 2009 he coordinated the volume and exhibition “Proiectul 5060, Universitatea de Vest Timisoara, arhitect Hans Fackelmann”. Recently he is co-producing a visual documentary about post-war architecture in Romania in Cluj Napoca and Timișoara. As part of his research on post-war Romanian Architecture he was a fellow DAAD researcher in Berlin between 2013-2014.
Ruxandra Gubernat
Bucharest-based journalist, researcher and independent documentary filmmaker, Ruxandra Gubernat was born in Romania, in 1982. After working for seven years as a journalist in Bucharest, Ruxandra moved to Lyon, where she did her M.A. in Media Sociology. At the same time, she studied sociology and philosophy of film, at the Institute for Political Studies in Lyon. Recently, she obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Paris Nanterre. After living in France for six years, she came back to Bucharest, where she’s now working on bringing research and cinema together, focusing on documentaries which examine Romanian social realities. Her first documentary – Portavoce – tells the story of the development of a cultural scene favorable to political involvement in Romania. Ruxandra’s second documentary, Tchorba Nation (Nația Ciorbei) – currently in the pre-production phase – witnesses of her clear anthropological approach to cinema.
Simina Tănăsescu

Prof. univ. dr. Simina Tănăsescu was a presidential counselor, between 2014 and 2018, period during which she led the Department for Institutional and Constitutonal Reform. She is currently teaching constitutional law at the Faculty of Law, the University of Bucharest. She has received the Legion of Order medal as chevalier, from the French Republic.

Smaranda Enache

Smaranda Enache, founding co-president of the Pro Europe League and member of the Group for Social Dialogue, made herself known as an activist for human rights from the beginning of the 90s. In 2006 she supported the resolution of removing Christian icons from Romanian schools. Between 1998 and 2001 she was the Romanian Ambassador in Finland, and in 2008 she became the vice-president of PNL. She resigned from the party in 2010, in protest to the obstruction of education in the languages of the national minorities by the parliamentary group of PNL. In 2011 she received the Praemium Civi Europaeo, given by the European Parliament. She has published articles and coordinated volumes on the subject of minority rights, interculturality, nationalism and religious education in public schools.

Tiberius Tănase
Tiberius Tănase has a degree in law and history and post graduate studies in history of Southeastern Europe. After working as an assistant at the Faculty of History, the University of Bucharest, he was a high government official between 1997 and 2005, later only working in the private sector. Through his interest in the public administration reform, decisional transparence and integrity in public office, he was led in 2007 to accept the nominalization for the National Council for Integrity, from the parliamentary group of national minorities. He had three consecutive mandates in the Council, being elected its president in 2016-2018.
Tor Fosse
Tor is head of Tour de Force, a Norwegian theatrical distributor specializing in art house films and documentaries, as well as Festival Director of Bergen International Film Festival, Norway's largest film festival. He is also one of the KineDok partners.
Tour de Force | Bergen International Film Festival
Victor Ilie
Victor Ilie was a Rise Project reporter between 2013 and the end of 2018, when, alongside with other journalists, he founded Inclusiv. He published investigations on human trafficking, far-right movements, offshore businesses and the public healthcare system. He was part of the Rise Project team, awarded 1st place at Investigtion category and Superscrierea Anului in 2017, with a series on Liviu Dragnea. This year he’s nominated with two projects at Investigation category, My State Hospital (Spitalul meu de stat) and Institute of Made-of Diseases (Institutul de boli inventate).
Vlad Nancă
Vlad Nancă (b. 1979) studied Photography and Video, between 2001-2003 at the Art University in Bucharest, Romania, the city where he continues to live and work. His early works employ political and cultural symbols, often using word-play to evoke nostalgia, referencing Romania and Eastern Europe’s recent history and challenging the social and political climate of their time, but his current interests revolve around (public) space and its use and functions, architecture and decor, materialising in sculptures, objects and installations. In 2009, the year marking 20 years since the Romanian revolution, we are witnessing a change in his practice, “sliding from the political towards the poetical”. In his 2015 exhibition “From White Square to White Cube” he was focusing on an imaginary intersection of the socialist utopia as seen in the works of radical Italian architects Superstudio and the reality of day to day socialism in 1970s Romania. The same retrospective look was undertaken in “Souvenirs from Earth” (2015) and more recently in “In the Natural Landscape the Human is an Intruder” (2018). 
Vlad Nancă’s works were recently exhibited at the French Communist Party headquarters in Paris, part of “EX-EAST” group exhibition curated by Ami Barak, and can be currently seen in Bucharest at MNAC and MARe.

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