Miklós Both is a well-known composer, performer, folklorist, singer for the band Napra, guitarist, and vitar violin player. He won the Fonogram and Budai awards and the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit. His folklore film database has recordings from Ukraine, China, Transylvania, Iran, India and others. In 2015, he was chosen by Öröm a Zene! as musician of the year, and in 2017, Fidelio Magazine elected him among the 50 most influential people in Hungarian culture in the frame of its KULT50 edition.
Gábor Reisz graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE), where he attended
Ildikó Enyedi’s class. His feature debut, For Some Inexplicable Reason (2014) has been screened
at a number of international film festivals, and it was one of the most watched Hungarian films
(in cinemas) of the year. His second feature film, Bad Poems was written at the Cannes Film
Festival’s Residence. The film was funded by the Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF), and
had its Hungarian premiere in December 2018.
János Lackfi is a writer, poet and literary translator, the recipient of the Tibor Déry, Gyula Illyés and Attila József prizes for poetry. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, two novels, five collections of short stories, a volume of essays, etc. He has also published fifteen books for children, three of which received the Children’s Book of the Year award in Hungary. His works have been translated to fifteen languages, and he has been a guest of several international festivals abroad. In 2013 he was awarded the Prima Primissima prize.
Gyula Gulyás is Balázs Béla Prize-winning film director, who started making amateur films together with his brother, János Gulyás back in 1959. Gyula Gulyás is a founding member of the amateur film studio Cinema-64. He was a director at Balázs Béla Studio from 1976 to 1980, has been working for MAFILM’s Popular Science Film Studio since 1984. From 1993 to 2006, Gulyás was working as an associate professor at the Cultural and Visual Anthropology Department of the University of Miskolc. Gulyás is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA) since 2006.
Ági Pataki started as a fashion model and built up a successfull fashion line during the eighties to the early years of 2000. She started her carier in film with local cult hit ÜVEGTIGRIS and co-founded PARTNERSFILM. Over the years she developed, produced and coproduced several projects, received the BÉLA BALÁZS AWARD. Some of her most important works: White Palms (2005) - Cannes Quinzaine, Karlovy Vary – Jury’s Prize; Delta (2007, coproducer) - Cannes competition – Fipresci Award; One Day (2018) - Cannes Semain de la Critique- Fipresci Award.
András Lányi graduated as a film director, and worked especially with fiction films. Later on, he became increasingly interested in literature, and wrote different essays, novels and short stories. He took part in the Democratic Opposition’s activities as the author of samizdat journals. Lányi was also working on the introduction of media studies to the Hungarian secondary education. In 2011, he was awarded the Hungarian Merit of Order. In 1997, he was appointed associate professor. His writings have been published in 18 independent volumes.
Tibor Bödőcs has been working with humour since 2001. He regularly had performances at the Godot Café, which became the headquarter of stand-up performers. His debut to television came in 2005 in the Fábry-show, as a consequence of which he acquired a nationwide fame. He won the Bonbon-Prize for humourists twice, and received the Karinthy Ring in 2010. Following the publication of his individual volume Addig se iszik in 2017, he was chosen as one of the 50 most significant figures of Hungarian culture in 2018.
Tibor Pethő was born in 1973 in Budapest. He got his degree in Hungarian literature and History and has since than he works as a journalist and theater critic. He was part of the editorial staff of the daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet until its closure, at the moment he works as a journalist in the weekly magazine Magyar Hang. He also writes theater reviews and critic essays for Színház (Theater) magazine.
József Attila Prize-winning writer, poetess and playwright. She was born in 1968 in Budapest. Apart from writing, she also likes taking photos and writing songs. She is a publisher at Magvető Kiadó. Her latest volume is Ötven plusz (Magvető, 2018).
András Sváby is a television editor, anchor and correspondent. From 1990 to 1997, he has been working as an editor and anchor for the Hungarian Radio, and from 1995 to 1996, he was the Radio’s correspondent in Beijing. From 1997 to 2007, Sváby was the producer, chief editor and anchor of the Hungarian television channel, TV2. In 2004, he received an award from Story for being “the best anchorman in Hungary”, and for “the best show in Hungary” by Napló in 2005. From 2017, he has been the chief editor and host of the Heti Napló Sváby Andrással programme at ATV.
Prior to completing his studies in filmdirecting at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 2015, Norbert Molvay finished law school and he also holds an MBA degree. His film If God Almighty Doesn't Help made in the university was in competition in BIDF 2016 as well and won several prizes in several festivals. His last fiction film was in competition in Montreal World Film Festival. Now he writes his first stage-play and also works on various fiction film projects as a screenwriter and a director.
János Szász is a Balázs Béla Prize winning theatre and film director, dramaturge, script writer, university lecturer, merited and outstanding Hungarian artist. He has been a member of the European Film Academy since 1999. Szász has been working for the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) since 2000, and also teaches at the Harvard University (Boston). His most important films are: The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man (2018), The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (2013), Eyes of the Holocaust (2002), The Witman Boys (1997), Woyczek (1994).
Lisa Taube is the Festival Manager of Tempo Documentary Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Sweden. Founded in 1998, Tempo has since the start presented creative documentaries from all over the world and established a unique forum for the presentation of documentary work across diciplines; film, radio, photography and transmedia as well as more experimental forms of expression. Before joining Tempo Lisa run her own consultancy on international film financing and has previously been the coordinator for Media Desk Sweden and CEO of production company Atmo.
Goran Dević studied Archeology and Law. In 2008 he took a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. His films were awarded in Pula, Cottbus, Prizren, Prague, Sarajevo, Oberhausen, Leipzig, Motovun and Zagreb. His feature film directorial debut (which he co-directed and co-written with Zvonimir Jurić) was a critically acclaimed psychological war drama titled The Blacks. Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz and Dokukino Zagreb.
Ralph Eue studied German, Romance Languages, History and Architecture in Marburg, Paris and Frankfurt. Until 1984 he was editor of the journal Filmkritik. Eue also teaches film history and film theory at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB) and the University of Vienna. He wrote monographies on Aki Kaurismäki, Marcel Ophuls, Jean Grémillon, Susan Sontag and others. Since 2017 he is in charge of progamming for DOK Leipzig (International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film).
Iikka Vehkalahti has directed, produced and commissioned uncounted number of awarded documentary films around the world. Currently he works as an independent producer and produced Raghu Rai - an unframed portrait by Avani Rai and was one of the producers of Machines by Rahul Jain. He runs Rough Cut Servic that has given on-line support to more than 70 films. Iikka Vehkalahti has been lecturing, leading the workshops or having master classes in 20 different countries and is one of the Executive Producers of Generation Africa project.
Joan Gonzàlez is the Director of DOCSBarcelona consisting of three Film Festivals: one in Barcelona, one in Medellín (Colombia) and in Valparaiso (Chili). Docs Barcelona is also the name of an initiative and network of 90 venues where a documentary premiere takes place every month in Spain and Chili. He was recognized with the EDN award for his contribution to the documentary culture in Southern European Countries. He has worked as a Film Editor, Director and Executive Producer along his carriere. His new Project is DOCS Barcelona Education.
Claudia Neuhauser is with ORF since 1986. She worked for the News Departments in Radio and Television, she has been war reporter during the Yugoslav war and Head of ORF’s Bureau in London.
She headed ORF’s foreign report magazine WELTjournal in 2010. In 2012 the additional current affairs documentary slot WELTjournal+ was developed.
Claudia Neuhauser is currently responsible for all acquisitions for the weekly international themed evening slot.
Ursula has worked in a variety of positions involving screenplay and film production with numerous writers and directors incl. Michael Glawogger, Kirill Serebrennikov, Marie Kreutzer, Nathalie Borgers, Christian Frosch and Barbara Albert. Several of the screenplays she has developed have received script awards in Milan, Ghent, Sabam, Graz, and Vienna. Ursula was awarded the Carl Mayer New Talent Prize. She is also a member of the EFA, board member of both the Austrian Film Academy and FC Gloria (WIFT Austria).
Heleen Gerritsen studied Slavonic languages and economics in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. She has lived in Germany since 2003, where she mainly worked in documentary film production. In 2009, she produced her first feature-length documentary and founded her own production company. From 2014 to 2016 she was director of the European documentary film festival dokumentART in Neubrandenburg (Eastern Germany). Since 2017, she has been at the head of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, organized by Deutsches Filminstitut.
She started playing in one of the biggest theaters of Hungary, Vígszínház, at the age of 15. She became widely known by playing in successful TV series such as HBO’s Golden Life. She played in several historical movies. The most memorable ones were the films of Attila Szász, Demimonde and Eternal Winter, which both were acknowledged at many international film festivals. At the moment as a freelancer actress she plays in 5 different theaters. She stands for the public issues she finds important, one can often hear her voice or see her participating in social projects.
András Lovasi (1967, Pécs) is a Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian musician and singer. He is the singer, bass player and songwriter of the Kispál és a Borz band, formed in 1987, and also the guitarist, singer and composer of the Kiscsillag band, formed in 2005. Lovasi is the youngest person ever to be awarded a Kossuth Prize for pop music at the age of 43, in 2010 – the Prize is the highest state award acknowledging one’s achievement for the nurturing and cultivation of the Hungarian culture.
László Bogdán (1974, Pécs) is a Hungarian politician, the mayor of Cserdi and a civil rights activist for Roma people. Following his graduation from elementary school, he could not continue his studies for financial reasons, so he began learning in an autodidactic way. In 2002, Bogdán became Cserdi’s deputy mayor as an independent candidate, and in 2006, he was elected the mayor of Cserdi. In 2009, he received Reader’s Digest magazine’s Hero of the Year award, and in 2015, he was awarded the Hungarian Civil Legion of Honour and became the Hungarian ambassador for talent management.
Sascha Lara Bleuer
Sascha Lara Bleuler was born in Zürich. She studied Cinema, English and French Literature at the University of Zürich. She is teaching English and Cinema at various high schools and the Cinema Department of UZH. She also works as a film critic and festival coordinator. For more than ten years she has been selecting films for different festivals, for example for the International Documentary Festival Docaviv and the Semaine de la Critique in Locarno. In 2015 she was appointed to be the artistic director of the Human Rights Film Festival Zurich.