Born in 1953 in Reykjavik, film director, producer Fridriksson started his filmmaking career with experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. He founded The Icelandic Film Corporation in 1990, which has since become Iceland's most important production company. The company produces his films and works with other Icelandic directors and producers. His international reputation led the company to build a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Trier's Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. He has worked with two of Iceland's most acclaimed novelists and script-writers: Einar Már Guðmundsson (Children of Nature, Angels of the Universe, Movie Days) and Einar Kárason (White Whales, Devils Island, Falcons).



Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA in 1939. San Francisco-based director. Nilsson and co-director John Hanson won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights and Nilsson won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance FF for Heat and Sunlight. He is the first American film director to have won both awards. He is also the creator of the Direct Action style of digital filmmaking taught in the Tenderloin yGroup Actor’s Ensemble, San Francisco, and hás been featured in workshops around the world. Nilsson is a pioneer in the techniques of video to film transfer, which led to today’s digital revolution. Recent awards include the Ted M. Larson Award for “outstanding contributions to the film industry” from the Fargo IFF, the Indie Pioneer Award from the Kansas City Filmmaker’s Jubilee, a Filmmaker of the Year award from the Silver Lake FF, Los Angeles, and the Milley Award from the city of Mill Valley for achievement in the Arts. His book of poetry, From a Refugee of Tristan Da Cunha was released in 2007.



Brazilian of Armenian origin, critic, writer and filmmaker. His real name is Leon Chadarevian. He created the São Paulo IFF in 1977, making its 34th in 2010. He also set up a chain of theathers in Brasil, mixing audiences in the same spaces for art and major films. Directed the short film (with Renata de Almeida) Come back always, Abbas (selected for the 56th Venice IFF, 1999). Published books dedicated to such masters as Gabriel Figueroa (1995), Aleksandr Sokurov, Pier Paolo Pasolini (2002), Yasujiro Ozu (2003), Abbas Kiarostami and Amos Gitai (2004), and Manoel de Oliveira (2005) and his own books Cinema with No End and We Still Have Time (2006). He is the producer of the 2004 feature film Bem-vindo a São Paulo/ Welcome to São Paulo, shot with the participation of various international directors. In 2005 he started the feature film project Invisible World, part of which is the Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira’s film From Visible to Invisible. This short was the opening night film in the 65th Venice IFF in 2008. The new Manoel de Oliveira’s film, The Strange Case of Angelica (2010), was also co-produced by the São Paulo IFF and presented in the 63th Cannes FF in the Un Certain Regard category.



Semih Kaplanoglu is one of the most acclaimed writer-director- producers of contemporary filmmaking in Turkey. He received BS in Cinema-Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in 1984. He was the scriptwriter and director of the 52 Episode TV serial Şehnaz Tango which was a prestigious work broadcast on Show TV and Inter Star TV Channels at the time. With his third feature film Egg, he received Best Director awards in Fajr IFF, Valdivia IFF and Bangkok World FF. The film received 30 awards in total including important national awards such as the Golden Orange Award (Antalya IFF) and the Golden Tulip Award (Istanbul IFF). His feature film Milk premired at the 2008 Venice IFF, and was also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI Prize at the Istanbul IFF. His recent feature Honey, the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, winner of Golden Bear Award in Berlinale IFF, traces the origins of a soul. Semih Kaplanoglu, has also written many articles based on plastic arts and cinema, which were translated into foreign languages and published in such magazines and journals as Gergedan, Gösteri, Cumhuriyet, and Sanat Dünyamız between 1987 and 2003. He designed the Icon Exhibit Catalog for Iconoclasts, an exhibition of Erol Akyavaş held in St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum in 1990. He had a column entitled Karşılaşmalar (Encounters) between 1996- 2000 in Radikal, a national daily newspaper.



Born in the city of Oryol in 1954. Lavrentiev began his career as a theater actor in the mid-1970s. In 1982, after graduating from the Department of Scriptwriting and Film Criticism of Moscow All-Russian State University of Cinematography, named after S. Gerasimov (VGIK), he joined “Illusion” movie theater of Gosfilmofond. In the years of “perestroika” he became one of the leading film critics, known as one of the founders of the "new wave" of Soviet film criticism. He has written many articles for numerous publications including Sovietsky Ekran, Iskusstwo kino, Sovietskaya Kultura. After the publication of his article Infinite Story (April 1987) the Soviet censorship stopped cutting the foreign films that were purchased for the distribution among the various Soviet audiences. Lavrentiev played the part of Sergei Eisenstein in Valery Ogorodnikov’s film The Paper Eyes of Prishvin (1989), and appeared in Oleg Kovalov’s avant-garde film Concert for a Rat (1995). In the 1990s Lavrentiev was a scientific associate of the Institute of Film Art History and the host of Parad Festivaley and Kinomarathon TV programs. Since 1999 he is the Program Director of Sochi IFF, Faces of Love IFF, and Kinotavrik International Children FF. At the present he is the Program Director of Ivanovo Zerkalo IFF named after Andrey Tarkovsky, and since 2002 is the member of the Oscar’s Russian Committee. He is an academician of Nika Russian Academy, and Russian National Film Academy. In 2001 he wrote the book Clint Eastwoo:. Furious and Violent, and in 2009 his book Red Western was published.




Born near Paris in 1952. His parents were film-buffs, which is why he preferred from very early on to go to the movies than to school. After having managed a film theatre in the suburb of Paris in the 70’s, he began to write critiques and reports in the French daily newspapers Liberation, where he worked for about 26 years. Since 2007 he is the one responsible for the Fribourg IFF. He also writes a weekly blog, le cinoque (cinoque.blogs.liberation.fr) on old films.



Film-club host, journalist and film critic for professional magazines (Filmcritica, Cineforum, Duellanti) and newspapers (La Stampa, Il Manifesto) he founded and is the Director of Panoramiques magazine. He has written monographs on Catherine Breillat, Robert Guédiguian, Clint Eastwood, Naomi Kawase, Nicolas Philibert, Les Films d'Ici and Sydney Pollack. Since 1997 he has collaborated with numerous international film festivals, including the Locarno IFF and the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Venice. In 2002 he founded and until 2007 was the Artistic Director of Alba Infinity Festival. Since 2008 he is the Artistic Director of Florence Festival dei Popoli. He has been a jury member at Cannes (Caméra d'or 1997), Marseille (2000), Valladolid (2003), Buenos Aires (2004), Lisbon (2004), Pamplona (2008), Cinéma du Réel, Paris (2009).



Paris-based freelance writer and journalist for German and Swiss newspapers and periodicals, specializing in cultural reporting and film criticism. Born in former East-Germany, studied in Munich, Hamburg and Paris, and has masters degrees in psychology and sociology. She has previously worked as a researcher, lecturer and trainer in intercultural communication. She is the founder of Alizarine Productions - Films & Events Inc, Paris, and has curated film weeks and photo exhibitions in France and the USA, conducted workshops on film appreciation and is a program consultant for various international film festivals. A member of FIPRESCI, she has been a juror at a great number of international film festivals all over Europe (incl. Cannes and Venice), as well as the USA, Australia, India and Africa. Director of FIPRESCI Awards Promotion, she is currently organizing special film programs for festivals and Arthouse cinemas.



Film director, scriptwriter, producer, writer and journalist. Born in Leningrad in 1948, he began his career as a poet and translator of French and Spanish. In 1972 he graduated from the Faculty of Film Directing of Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema, taking courses by correspondence, and in 1975 A. Arbuzov’s and S. Aleshin’s Drama Studio. In 1973 he founded Litfilm Amateur Film Studio and took his first steps as a director. He is the author of several novels, as well as of books for children. He is a member of PEN Club International Union of Writers, and International Federation of Journalists, professor of Filmmaking at Los Angeles University, and academician of National Academy of Cinematographic Arts of Russia and of Russian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Science. He is a laureate of Russian and international film festivals, Honoured Art Worker of Russia, and Artistic Director of Russian Central Studio of Documentary Films.



Born in Yerevan in 1957. Graduated from Armenian Pedagogique Institute, Department of Culture, earning the degree of a Drama Director (course instructor Laert Vagharshyan). In 1994 and 2004 participated in the UNESCO’s International workshops for TV Broadcasting and Documentary production in Seoul, South Korea, and took a training course on Investigative Journalism in Washington, USA, in 2000. Ara Shirinyan has been a director of educational and cultural programs in Armenian State Television from 1982 to 1996. In 1996 he was invited by Hayastan Pan -Armenian Fund to direct the National Fundraising Telethons, which are broadcast annually from Los Angeles. In 1999 together with some of his friends, Ara Shirinyan founded Versus Video Production Studio where about 20 films have been produced in the past 10 years. Some of them were presented at various international film festivals. The Outcasts was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Picture This FF in Calgary, Canada (2002). For his film Mystery of Minas Ara Shirinyan received the Best Investigative Film award from Internews Armenia in 2001. In 2006 documentary Andranik Iosifyan won the Vahan Tekeyan Prize. Since 2004 Ara Shirinyan has been working for Shoghakat TV Company as Artistic Director and Producer.




Born in 1938 in Moscow. Graduated from the History of Film Department of Moscow All-Union State Institute of Cinema (VGIK) in 1960 and received a Master’s Degree in 1982. He is a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, academician of All-Russian Academy of Cinematographic Arts, author of more than 200 publications and a number of books on cinema. He has been the Chief Executive of the Soviet Film Propaganda Agency and the Editor-in-Chief of Sovietski Film and Kinoiskusstvo magazines, as well as the Chief Deputy Chairman of Goskino, the head of Culture and Education Agency of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the Chairman of the Goskino of the Russian Federation. Since 1999 he has been the President of International Fund for Development of Film and TV film for Children and Youth, better known as the Rolan Bikov Foundation. He is the President of All-Russian Festival Window to Europe held in the city of Vyborg, and professor at VGIK. He has been honored with professional prizes in Russia and abroad. Among his latest awards are: the Nika Prize of Russian Academy of Cinematographic Arts, the Berlinale Camera Award of Berlin IFF, and the Prize of the Guild of Russian Film Experts and Critics.



Born in 1942 in Tbilisi. In 1946 together with his family moved to Yerevan. Between 1960 and 1964 studied in the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre, Acting Department. From 1964 to 1966 he was an actor and director in Zangezur Theatre named after A. Shirvanzade, and from 1966 to 1968, an actor in Arshaluys Youth Theatre. In 1970 he graduated from the Higher Courses for TV Directors (Moscow). From 1970 to 1993 Rafael Kotanjyan was an actor and director in Yerevan Drama Theatre named after Hrachya Ghaplanyan, played a number of roles that have been highly praised. Since 1994, he has been involved in a number of projects. In 2002 he received the title of People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia. In 2003 Kotanjian was awarded the Movses Khorenatsi Award and the Golden Medal of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. Since 2008 he has been a member of the International Academy of Nature and Social Sciences. In 2009 the city of Gyumri, Armenia, and in 2010 Ukraine awarded him with the Honor and Dedication Medal.



Born in 1950 in Saint-Etienne. French actor of Armenian origin Jacky Nercessian graduated from the Department of Theology to become a Pastor in England, and was baptized in Saint-Etienne even though his parents were not Protestant. By a mere chance he played a key role in Pirates (TF1). Claude Miller noticed and offered him a role in The Little Thief. Since then he has played both in cinema and TV – including the role of Armenian Abgar in Herni Verneuil’s Mayrig, and Turkish Mustafa Ismael Faruki in Long Journey (Golden Lion for the Best Feature Film, Venice IFF, 2004). Thanks to his acquaintance with Josiane Balasko, Nercessian played in the Theatre of Renaissance for one season and later toured with the Last Call. In 2009 he starred in Everybody Loves Juliet at Splendid Theatre (written and directed by Josiane Balasko). In 2010, he appeared in Luc Besson’s blockbuster Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec.



Writer, scriptwriter, born in 1959 in Gyumri. He graduated from the Yerevan State University’s Department of Armenian Language and Literature. He studied journalism in the Institute of Mass Media in India, and Hungarian Literature in State University of Budapest. He got his education in filmmaking by attending the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow (2008). Worked as a journalist for newspapers, as a Program Director for political and information projects implemented by TV channels, and was a host of political and cultural TV programs. He is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, and collections of short stories. Based on his first novel Landslide (2000) the film Landslide was shot (director Mikayel Dovlatyan) of which he is also co-scriptwriter. The novel has been translated into many languages. He is conducting Master Classes in Yerevan State University Faculty of Journalism, and in Master School of Golden Apricot IFF.



Born in 1951 in Yerevan. In 1971 graduated from Yerevan Technical Secondary School, Department of Construction. In 1983 graduated from the Moscow All-Union State Institute of Cinema (VGIK), Department of Cinematography. He has worked as a Director of Photography for many full-length and short feature and documentary films, which have been recognized with the prizes and diplomas of various international film festivals. At present he is a professor and a head of cinematography workshop at Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema.




Born in 1951. A cinematographer and a journalist by trade; he is the founder of the cinema magazine Filmkonst in 1989. Since 1994, he has been the director of the Gothenburg IFF. He re-channeled his passion for film from looking at the screen to looking through the camera.



Born in 1944 in Germany. She studied French in Paris and English in London, as well as Political Sciences (Dipl.sc.pol) and Educational Theory (M.A.) at the University of Munich, Germany. She is a scientific member of staff at Munich University and Institute Jugend Film Fernsehen, Munich. She has published scientific articles and publications, and also is an editor and director of documentaries and features for TV and educational institutions. She has been a member of national and international Juries, and member of the Jury for the Deutscher Filmpreis. She is teaching film criticism at the German Journalist School in Munich, and is a freelance journalist (for Blickpunkt: Film, Film-Dienst, Abendzeitung München and etc.).



Born in 1951 in Yerevan. He graduated from the Department of Philology of the Yerevan State University, He teaches history of cinema and screenwriting at the University of Theatre and Cinema in Yerevan. Since 1969, he has published 7 books and many articles, and has created short and documentary films. For many years, he was the host of television shows on cinematographic art. In 2003, he received the Levon Shant Award for his play Our Old Piano. At present, he is the Vice-President of the Writers’ Union of Armenia.




Born in 1967, Marek Lis has a PhD in Communication (Faculty of the Communication Science at the Salesian University in Rome, 2000) and is "dr. habil." in theology (University of Opole, Poland 2007). From 1999 to 2002 he was the Program Director of the Catholic Radio of the Opole diocese. Since 2000 he has been teaching in the Theological Faculty and in the Institute of Political Sciences of the Opole University. Since 2008 he is the Chair of Homiletics, Media and Communication, and typically works on the religious meaning of the cinema. He has several publications (e.g. he co-edited the International Encyclopedia of Religious Film, Krakow, 2007). In 2009, as a member of SIGNIS Poland, he was appointed to the Ecumenical Jury at the Bratislava IFF.



Born 1977, in the town of Masis, Saroyan is a graduate of the Gevorkian Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin. He studied English and Psychology at the Concordia College (USA). Saroyan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from the University of Leeds and the Oxford University in Great Britain respectively. Saroyan is the Dean of the Vaskenian Seminary.



Born in 1946, Gianna Urizio studied sociology and social-psychology at the University of Florence and did her post - graduate studies in Rome. For some years she taught sociology and social-psychology at a post graduate school in Rome. From 1977 to 2006 she worked as a TV producer and director of Protestantesimo – a TV programme of RAI 2, and produced many documentary films on religious, ethical and social issues around the world. At present she is a freelancer for the programme. She has also been a guest lecturer on Communication in universities of Rome and Florence. From 1991 to 1996, in collaboration with the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) – European Region, she promoted media training projects in South European Protestant Churches. For many years she was the member of the Steer Com WACC Europe and was its president from 2002-2005. As a member of the Interfilm Steer Com she has also founded the Associazione Protestante Cinema Roberto Sbaffi. She has also been a member of several Ecumenical Juries in Locarno, Berlin, Cannes and Mannheim. From 2008, in cooperation with Interfilm and the Catholic Organisation Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, she is also the organiser of ecumenical events within the framework of Venice IFF.