Anglo-Scottish film director-producer-writer, Hugh Hudson began his career as a filmmaker in documentaries, producing and directing many award winning films. Opera director in Germany 2016. His films include: Fangio (1975), Chariots of Fire (1981, 4 Oscars including Best Picture, BAFTA - Best Picture), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984, 4 Oscar Nominations), Revolution (1985), Lost Angels (1989, nominated for Cannes Palme d’Or), My Life So Far (1999), I Dreamed of Africa (2000, Closing Film Cannes), Rupture (2011, 70 minute doc. for BBC4) Altamira (2016).
Ciro Guerra was born in Cesar, Colombia, in 1981. He studied film and television at the National University of Colombia. At the age of 21, after directing four multi-award winning short films, he wrote and directed The Wandering Shadows, his feature directorial debut, which won awards at the San Sebastian, Toulouse, Mar del Plata, Trieste, Havana, Quito, Cartagena, Santiago and Warsaw IFFs, and was selected for 60 more, including Tribeca, Locarno, Seoul, Pesaro, Seattle, Hamburg, Kolkata, Rio de Janeirօ, Istanbul and Guadalajara. His second feature film The Wind Journeys was part of the Official Selection – un Certain Regard of the Cannes FF in 2009. It was released in 17 countries and selected in 90 festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Hong Kong, Jerusalem and London, receiving different awards in Cannes, Santa Barbara, Malaga, Santiago, Bogota and Cartagena.
Alexey Fedorchenko was born in 1966. After engineering studies he worked on space defense projects in a factory in Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg). In 1990, he became official economist then deputy director of the Sverdlovsk State Studio. Since 2000, he has managed the studio’s production department, and participated in the production of over 80 films. He has studied dramaturgy at the Moscow All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), and written screenplays for documentaries that were awarded numerous prizes at festivals worldwide. Since 2004, Alexey Fedorchenko is an co-owner, film director and general producer of the 29 February Film Company. He currently lives and works in Ekaterinburg. Member of the European Film Academy. Member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. Member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia.
Ildikó Enyedi has started her career as a concept and media artist. She was a member of the art group Indigo and the Balázs Béla Studio, the only independent film studio in Eastern Europe before 1989. She later turned to feature film directing and script writing, wrote and directed five features and several shorts. With these works she’s won more than forty international prizes. Her film, My 20th Century, was chosen as one of the 12 Best Hungarian Films of All Time and selected among the 10 best films of the year by The New York Times. She was also awarded the Caméra d'Or in 1989. In addition to prizes awarded to her as a filmmaker, she has also received recognition as a scriptwriter (as winner of the Grand Prize of the Hartley Merrill International Screenwriting Prize for best European Script). She lectures at European master classes (Switzerland, Poland) and teaches at the University of Film and Theatrical Arts in Budapest. She was founding member of EUCROMA, the European Cross Media Academy. In 2011, she defended her DLA paper Summa cum Laude in the field of Transmedia (Created Worlds/The Relationship of Technique and Fantasy in Moving images). Member of the European Film Academy. She was awarded the Balázs Béla and the Merited Artist Prizes, and has received the Republic President’s Order of Merit Cross. In 2017, Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul won the Golden Bear at Berlin IFF and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, as well as the Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Award.
Tom McSorley is executive director of the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa. He also teaches in the Film Studies department at Carleton University, and is CBC Radio One's weekly film critic on the Ottawa Morning program. He has published extensively on Canadian and international cinema, and is the author of Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster, a book length study of Egoyan's 1991 film.