HILKE RÖNNFELDT, born in Northern Germany with Danish-Icelandic roots, graduated as screenwriter in Sweden and is a part of independent film collective Super16 in Copenhagen as a director. She is a Berlinale Talents (2021), European Short Pitch (2020), Screenwriting Lab Filmfund Hamburg (2019) alumna. Her films have screened at several international film festivals. Essential for her to make films: To be real and aim for the heart. She has a strong faith in the poetic capabilities of the image.
Born into a German-Ghanaian family in the Blackforest, Judith Rose Gyabaah soon discovered storytelling as her means to build bridges between her cultures and expand boundaries. She studies screenwriting at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF since 2019. In her work, she focuses on social-political issues through the lens of genre and explores new narratives.
Veerle De Wilde is a Dutch-Belgian filmmaker based in Ghent. After studying psychology she worked as a psychotherapist for several years, while she continued to explore her love for cinema. In 2015 she enrolled in film school at KASK School of Arts. She graduated in 2020 with the short film SPACEBOY, which has since been selected for film festivals around the world and has won several awards. Currently Veerle is preparing her next short film ULTRAVIOLET, and is developing her feature film debut.
Marion Lomboy is from Metro Manila, Philippines. His interests and influences are heavily from slice-of-life Japanese anime films and series.
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Mario Orias is a Venezuelan-born storyteller based in Berlin, who specializes in film editing. Mario has worked in almost every genre, from fiction to documentary, for theatrical, television and online formats. He exercises his healthy obsession for effective narrative and rhythm in both his editing and writing. His most recent film, “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint,” recently premiered in Germany, and was selected one of the best films of 2020 by the New York Times. He is currently preproducing his first short film in Germany and developing a feature based on the main character of the film Marina Herzberg Gonzáles.
Zhanna Ozirna is a director and a screenwriter. Berlinale talents 2020 and Cinemart (IFFR) 2021 participant. A member of Ukrainian Film Academy and Ukrainian Guild of Directors. Now she works on her feature debut Ground Zero, the project took part in ScripTeast and Pustnik script workshops. Now she works on her feature debut Ground Zero, its production is supported by Ukrainian state film agency. Her last short fiction The Adult was presented in the special program ‘The State of a New Generation’ within Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. In 2017 she won the Oppose Othering grant program within goEast Film Festival (Wiesbaden, Germany) with her short doc Bond, which in 2018 got an award as Best Ukrainian film (86 IFF) and Jury Special Mention (Odesa IFF).
Imran Hamdulay is a writer, director and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Imran is a Berlinale Talents alumni and was the recipient of the 2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung award. His short films have played at numerous festivals including Guam International Film Festival, Goa Short Film Festival, Luxor African Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival & Moscow Shorts, where he won Best Director, Best Cinematography & Best Film. His cinematic visuals and experience in narrative drama means he has an instinctual approach to storytelling and performance. His films show this in a nuanced approach to his craft where he explores themes around memory and politics in South Africa. His projects have featured at various markets and labs which include EAVE, IFFR Cinemart Lab, Durban Filmmart Institute, Cannes Marche du Film as part of the prestigious Talentueuses Caméras D’Afrique amongst others. Imran was recently the producer and production designer of the Cape Town set heist thriller, SONS OF THE SEA.
Viv Li is a Chinese filmmaker, writer and comedian based in Berlin and Beijing. She is a Berlinale Talents Alumni, Nipkow Fellow, IDFAcademy Alumni and the recipient of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Viv holds a master in Directing from DocNomads and a bachelor’s degree in Drama and Film from the University of Manchester. In the past 10 years, she lived in various countries of Europe, South America and Asia, pursuing an artistic career as a director. She likes to joke, but please take her seriously.