Alexis Alexiou, born in 1976, has a degree in physics from the University of Athens and has studied cinema in Greece. He wrote and directed 4 short films prior to his debut feature Tale 52 [Istoria 52] in 2008 which was presented at various international film festivals, including the Tiger Awards Competition of Rotterdam IFF, Toronto IFF and Sitges, where he won the best screenplay award. In 2015 his second feature Wednesday 04:45 [Tetarti 04:45] premiered in competition at Tribeca FF and screened among others at Karlovy Vary & BFI London film festivals.
Vasselis Katsoupis was born in 1977 in Volos, Greece. He pursued media and film studies in the UK, earning a BA in Media Production and an MA in Screen Arts – Direction and Film Producing with distinction. He lives and works in Athens, where he runs Filmiki Productions in collaboration with fellow film directors. He has directed approximately 150 TV commercials, and numerous music videos, for which he has received many distinctions and awards. Inside will be his debut feature.
Giorgos Karnavas has been an active film producer since 2011. In 2013 he established HERETIC, along with Konstantinos Kontovrakis, a production house dedicated to producing films and music events. He is a member of A.C.E and the European and Greek film academies.
Haris Raftogiannis studied Sociology and Cinema at University of Crete. He directed and produced the shorts, THE :PNG HALL (exp., 2006), ON THE BUTCHER’S BENCH (fiction, 2007) and documentaries for the Greek national television (ERT). His films were selected in numerous European film festivals and awarded in Greece.
Ehab Tarabieh was initially trained as a classical violinist and only late in his twenties turned to film. During film school, Ehab got deeply involved in the human rights affairs in Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and currently helms the Video project “Shooting Back”, with the human rights organization B’tzelem, in charge of monitoring human rights violations in in the occupied territories. His short films were screened at numerous festivals worldwide and won several awards, his last short documentary Smile and the World will Smile Back was nominated for best short film in the at the European Academy Awards.
Stefan Malešević was born and raised in Belgrade, where he graduated at the the Advanced School of Electrical Engineering. During his studies he received the state scholarship and served as the chair of the student section of the Audio Engineering Society. Upon graduation, he enrolled in the PhD film factory program in Sarajevo where he developed and produced several projects under the mentorship of Bela Tarr and other guest lecturers. In 2016 he graduated with the highest mark with a feature documentary thesis film “Gora”. Stefan directed more than 20 short films, many of which were screened at festivals around the globe. He recently founded the production company Slovofilm in Bosnia.
Nazli Elif Durlu was born in Ankara, Turkey. Studied Film and Television in the Netherlands and got her masters degree from University of Utrecht. She has written and directed three short films [Trust Me (2009), Later (2012), The Horse and the Nightingale (2013)] that were screened at international film festivals such as Uppsala, Hamptons and Sao Paolo. In 2010 she worked as one of the screenwriters of the omnibus called Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, in which Hany Abu-Assad shot the story she wrote. Since then she has been working as a screenwriter for a TV series and feature films for productions of Turkey and of the Netherlands. Zuhal will be her debut feature.
Anna Maria Aslanoglu was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds BA in political science, and an MA in history. She worked as a freelancer AD for short and feature films and as line producer for foreign productions in Turkey. She’s among the founders of istos (f.2012) that was founded for producing trilingual books [Turkish, Greek and English] and innovative and daring film productions. She was the producer of Tuesday, the short film directed by Ziya Demirel (premiered in the Official Competition, Cannes Film Festival 2015) and the associate producer of Innocence of Memories directed by Grant Gee (premiered in Venice Days 2015). She’s among the EAVE 2016 fellows.
Sol Goodman is an American producer working mainly in the Middle East and North Africa. Recent Films he’s been involved in have been: ZERO DAYS (Berlinale FF, 2016 ), AFTERTHOUGHT (Cannes FF, 2015 ), PAPER WEDDING (TIFF, 2015).