Born in 1940 in Exeter, England, de Hadeln's European family background provided him with an excellent education in art. His grandfather was the art historian Detlev Freiherr von Hadeln. His father, after a distinguished military career in the British army, founded an art edition company in Florence (Italy), his mother, born in Bucharest (Romania), was a renowned sculptor and painter. After attending schools in Italy, France and Switzerland, de Hadeln soon developed an early interest in photography and cinema. Moritz de Hadeln abandoned his university studies in chemistry and physics at the Sorbonne in Paris for an apprenticeship in an experimental film lab and film courses taught by Raimond Rouleau. After freelancing as a photographer, de Hadeln was given the opportunity to direct his first documentary Le Pèlé (1963), produced by the Swiss company Teleproduction in Zurich. This was followed by several years of work with cinematographer Ernest Artaria. In 1966 de Hadeln directed his second film Ombres et Mirages and during this same period worked as an film editor in Zurich together with Yves Allegret and as assistant director at CCC Film Studios in Berlin. In 1969 Moritz de Hadeln and his wife Erika founded the "Nyon International Documentary Film Festival" in Switzerland, which he directed until 1979. From 1972 to 1977 de Hadeln headed the "Locarno International Film Festival", which under his watch, enjoyed a new era of international recognition. In 1979 de Hadeln was invited to direct the Berlin International Film Festival. He established the Berlinale as one of the best organised festivals in the world. In the early 1980s, in spite of the ongoing "Cold War" situation in the divided city, he managed to bring East and the West together at the festival. A tireless world traveler, de Hadeln was one of the first to discover the newly emerging Chinese cinema. As the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and German unity was restored de Hadeln was quick in seizing the opportunity to make the festival one of the most prestigious meeting places of the new German capital. He further developed the European Film Market and strengthened the ties with the international film industry. After years of detailed planning, in 2000 he successfully managed to move the event to the newly rebuilt Potsdamer Platz, while giving to the festival a new corporate identity. In 1982 he also introduced the Honorary Golden Bear, a special lifetime achievement award presented during the festival. Past winners have included James Stewart, Alec Guiness, Gregory Peck, Billy Wilder, Sophia Loren, Alain Delon, Elia Kazan, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Catherine Deneuve, Shirley MacLaine and Jeanne Moreau. Moritz de Hadeln has been named a Commander in the Order of the Arts and Letters of the French Ministry of Culture (1986), Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (1988) and Officer in the Order of Merits of the Federal Republic of Germany (2000). He has been awarded several medals, among which the "Cultura Hungarica" and the Silver Medal of the Slovak Republic. In November 2000, he was awarded the European Prize by the "European Film Forum" in Strasbourg as a "tribute to a great festival director". Moritz de Hadeln has been a member of the International Juries at the festivals of Oberhausen, Guadalajara, Montreal, Venice, Karlovy Vary and Chicago. From 2002 to 2003 de Hadeln headed the Venice Film Festival. Moritz de Hadeln has been member of the “Swiss Association of Film Directors” as well as President of the “International Association of Documentary Filmmakers” (A.I.D.). He is presently member of the “European Film Academy” (EFA).



Sandra den Hamer studied Film and Theatre Sciences at the University of Utrecht before joining Channel Four in England as a trainee in 1984. She began her association with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 1986, working as CineMart coordinator and festival producer, before becoming its deputy director in 1991. Since July 2000, Sandra co-directed the IFFR with Simon Field and was appointed as sole director of the festival in March 2004. Sandra is also responsible for overseeing the festival’s Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart. She has actively participated in various international co-production workshops over the last 15 years, including Carthage (Tunis), Havana (Cuba), Pusan (Korea), Tokyo (Japan) and IFFM (New York, U.S.A.), and has been a jury member of FESPACO (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), Un Certain Regard (Festival de Cannes) and the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. Sandra has served on the Dutch Film Fund’s advisory committee for feature films and as a board member of FINE (Film Investors Netherlands) and AVEA (Audiovisual Entrepreneurs of Africa).


South Korea

Born 1937. The Director Kim Dong-ho majored in Law at the Seoul National University and received MA in Administration at the Hanyang University. Mr Kim had consecutively filled various government posts at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (formerly known as Ministry of Culture and Information) for 27 years. In addition, he served as the president at the Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation and at the Seoul Arts Center. He worked as the vice-Minister at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Now Kim Dong-ho is the Director at the Pusan International Film Festival and vice-chairman at the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema. Kim Dong-ho has been awarded many cultural medals in recognition of his achievements and efforts in the cultural development in South Korea as well as in the international society. The Director has served as the jury in the many other prestigious film festivals such as the Rotterdam, India and the Seattle International Film Festival. His recent book, ‘History of Korean Cinema Policy’ (written by Kim Dong-ho et al) was published in 2005.



Born in 1960 Sarikamis. After studying architecture at Karadeniz Technical University, she completed her master's degree at Yildiz University in Istanbul. She worked for a number of years as an architect, designer and restoration expert, and used her income to finance several short films that went on to receive critical acclaim. Her debut feature Iz (The Trace) was screened at numerous international festivals. Her next feature film, Günese Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun) told the moving story of a courageous friendship undaunted by political cruelty, and brought her international recognition and success. In competition at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival, Gunese Yolculuk received the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film and the Peace Prize, and swept the International Istanbul Film Festival by winning the Best Film, Best Director, FIPRESCI and Audience Awards. The screenplay for Bulutlari Beklerken (Waiting for the Clouds), her latest film, won the prestigious Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award in 2003.



Author, playwright, publicist. Born 1938 in Alexandria, Egypt. Graduated from Pyatigorsk Pedagogical Institute, studied at the Higher Screenplay Courses in Moscow. His first book was published in 1956. His books have been translated into 11 languages, including Russian, English, French and Arabic. He authored 12 plays staged in Yerevan theaters. He has been awarded the State Prize twice, he has the title of Merited Artist, he is an Honorary member of Rome Academy of Arts and Social Sciences, Tiberina, and an Honorary Citizen of Yerevan.




Born in New Orleans in 1940 and raised in southwest Louisiana, Reggio entered the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic pontifical order, at age 14. He spent 14 years of his adolescence and early adulthood in fasting, silence, and prayer. Based in New Mexico during the sixties, Reggio taught grade school, secondary school, and college. In 1963, he co-founded Young Citizens for Action, a community organization project that aided juvenile street gangs. Following this, Reggio co-founded La Clinica de la Gente, a facility that provided medical care to 12,000 community members in Santa Fe, and La Gente, a community-organizing project in Northern New Mexico's barrios. In 1972, he co-founded the Institute for Regional Education in Santa Fe, a non-profit foundation focused on media development, the arts, community organization, and research. In 1974 and 1975, with funding from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reggio co-organized a multi-media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Reggio's debut as a film director and producer, is the first film of the QATSI trilogy. Powaqqatsi (1988), Reggio's second film, conveys a humanist philosophy about the earth, the encroachment of technology on nature and ancient cultures, and the splendor that disappears as a result. In 1991 Reggio directed Anima Mundi (1992), a film commissioned by Bulgari, the Italian jewelry company, for the World Wide Fund for Nature, which used the film for its Biological Diversity Program. In 1993, Reggio was invited to develop a new school of exploration and production in the arts, technology, and mass media being founded by the Benetton company. Called Abrica - Future, Presente, it opened in May 1995, in Treviso, Italy, just outside Venice. While serving as the initial director of the school through 1995, Reggio co-authored the 7-minute film Evidence (1995) that provides another point of view to observe the subtle but profound effects of modern living on children. In 2002, Godfrey Reggio completed Naqoyqatsi (2002), the final film of the QATSI trilogy, again with music by Philip Glass. Currently, Reggio is in the initial stages of production on a new film, working with a narrative structure for the first time that will explore the negative impact that consumerism and fundamentalism has had on the world. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a frequent lecturer on philosophy, technology, and film.



(PhD, University of Hamburg) has worked in Berlin for Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and Moving Pictures. He has written articles on film, theatre, and cultural affairs for Financial Times and Herald Tribune. He is the author of six books on cinema and film history. An expert on East European Cinema, he has originated a databank on film directors from the republics of the ex-USSR. Together with his actress wife, Dorothea Moritz, he publishes the journal KINO German Film and International Reports and directed four documentaries. He co-founded the Chicago Center for film Study and the Cleveland Cinematheque. Among his journalist awards are a Rockefeller Fellowship, Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Cross of Merit), Polish Rings, Gold Medaille Cannes, and American Cinema Foundation Award.



Born Erika von dem Hagen, in Pomerania (Germany) in 1941. Her family emigrated to Western Germany in 1945. After studies in Freiburg, Paris and Berlin, she graduated in 1967 at Berlin’s "Freie Universität" as M.A. in History and French language and literature. In 1969, Erika, together with her husband Moritz, founded the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. Erika was the director of the festival from 1980 to 1994. She is co-author of such landmark retrospectives as Documentary films of the Baltic Soviet Republics (1987/88), Documentary Films of the Armenian Soviet Republic (1989/90) and Romania: the documentary films 1898-1990 (1990/91). From 1972 to 1977, de Hadeln coordinated and directed the Swiss Society of International Film Festivals headquartered in Nyon, which was set up by the de Hadelns while Moritz was directing the Locarno International Film Festival. She then joined her husband in Berlin from 1979, when he was appointed director of the Berlin International Film Festival (1979-2001). She was head of protocol service, actively involved in the practical organisation of the event and in the selection of films for the Official Program (Competition and Panorama programs), specializing particularly in American, British, Italian, French and Chinese cinema. Among other she was, in the early '80s, the first to introduce, on a large scale, computer technology for the organization of an international festival. Many of her organization ideas have been since adopted by film festivals world wide. Together with her husband Moritz in May 2001, she founded in Berlin “de Hadeln & Partners”, a company specializing in film consulting and event management. After Venice, she was also associated with her husband in his new Montreal adventure in 2005. Erika de Hadeln has been a member of several International Juries, among other in Taormina, Moscow and Amsterdam. She is Knight in the Order of Arts et Letters of the French Ministry of Culture (1990).



Started his career as a graphic designer and animator by heading the creative department at an Arab TV station. He directed several short documentaries broadcasted on Lebanese and Arab channels. Winner of the TeleFood prize by FAO/UN. In 1999 he founded DocuDays: Beirut International Documentary Festival (now 8th edition). The festival continues to internationally promote Arab documentaries by cooperating with other festivals and by organizing the travelling Lebanese-Palestinian Documentary Film week. He served as jury member at a number of international festivals (Ecocinema, Liepzieg, Tampere..). He gave several courses on the Art & Science of documentary production for young filmmakers in addition to several lectures on Arab documentary. In 2005 he launched “Beirut Documentary Encounter & Forum”, two events running parallel to DocuDays and dedicated to the industry of the non-fiction genre. He is also the director of the “Arab Documentary Network”, a newly established organization, which aims at serving the Arab documentary community by creating an online network for films, filmmakers and film professionals. Hashem currently is involved in the production of several documentary projects in and about the Arab world.



Born 17.03.1953 in Yerevan. In 1975 graduated from Yerevan State University, the Department of Physics, majoring in molecular physics and biophysics. In 1984 graduated from the VGIK, the Department of Directors. He authored over 20 documentaries and over 30 video documentaries and TV programs. The films have been shown at Paris, Nion, Alma-Ata, St. Petersburg, Palanga, Augsburg and London festivals. He founded ARMNA FILM studio; he is the producer and chief director at SHANT TV Channel.




Director, editor. Born 1952, Arak; Iran. After making shorts and working as assistant director, directed his only feature film The Last Act (1990) which was nominated for receiving the prizes in fifteen categories from FFF and awarded nine.



Born in 1958 in Yerevan. Since 1977 works in cinema. In 1988 graduated from the Cinematographers Department of VGIK. Since 1988 he worked as cinematographer at Armenfilm. Author of about 60 features, documentaries, commercials, and other.



Born in 1964 in Yerevan. In 1985 graduated from the Yerevan Veterinary Institute. 1986-87 director at Armconcert. Since 1988 he worked at Haik and Armenfilm studios as assistant director and film director.



Born in 1963, in Yerevan, Armenia. Graduated from Moscow Highest Courses for Film Directors and Screenplayers. Produced and directed three feature and ten documentary films which were awarded at the international film festivals in Russia, Turkey, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine.



Born in 1958 to Armenian parents living in Lebanon, Khanjian was raised in Beirut. When she was 17 her family moved to Montreal. She studied theatre in French at the Conservatoire Lasalle and received an undergraduate degree in Spanish and French at Concordia University. It was while she was pursuing her master's degree in political science that Khanjian met future husband and creative partner Egoyan at an audition for his feature debut, Next of Kin (1984). Khanjian moved to Toronto and finished her M.A. at the University of Toronto. She worked as an administrator for the Ontario Arts Council until the mid-'80s before quitting to pursue acting full-time; throughout the rest of the decade, Khanjian continued to appear in lead and supporting roles in Egoyan's films. The next decade brought with it increasing recognition and acclaim for Khanjian, who, in addition to starring in Egoyan's films, was also making a name for herself on television and the stage. She benefited from the increasing amount of international attention being paid to her husband's work, turning in well-received performances in both The Adjuster (1991) - which cast her as a film censor with some kinky pastimes - and Calendar (1993), an uncharacteristic comedy in which Khanjian played a translator opposite Egoyan. In 1994, the prize-winning success of Egoyan's Exotica at Cannes helped to introduce the actress to a wider audience; her portrayal of a pregnant strip club owner in the dark, labyrinthine film was strong enough to allow her to stand out from a talented cast that also included Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, and Mia Kirshner. After a turn as a distressed and very naked hotel room occupant in Olivier Assayas' widely acclaimed Irma Vep (1996), Khanjian played the grieving mother of a young boy killed in a bus crash in Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997). In the wake of the film's great international triumph, the actress - who was by now being referred to as one half of the royal couple of Canadian cinema - again worked with Assayas. Khanjian's subsequent collaboration with Egoyan was probably her most recognized to date: cast as the domineering cooking show-celebrity mother of a future serial killer (Bob Hoskins) in 1999's Felicia's Journey, the actress impressed a number of international critics with her humorous, slightly demented performance. In addition to her work in film, Khanjian has remained active on the Canadian stage and television, garnering a 1999 Genie Award for her performance in the TV series Foolish Heart.