Director & producer, Norway/USA
For the past 14 years, film director and producer Christine Cynn has been exploring new ways to catalyse and document the human imagination. She is the co-director and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing.
Her goal is to illuminate the hidden (and often surreal) conflicts of desire, fear, and hope that shape
our lives and our world. Christine’s experimental methodology symbiotically fuses observational documentary with memory, fantasy and nightmare to produce visually and viscerally moving new cinematic experiences.
Sahim Omar Kalifa
Film director, Belgium
Sahim was born in 1980 in Kurdistan - Iraq. He came to Belgium in 2001, where he worked as an interpreter and whilst studying Audiovisual Arts at the University of Art and Design Sint-Lukas Brussels.
In 2008 he got Master degree as film director. With his successful graduation short film Nan he won a wildcard (60.000 euro - Best Student Film) from the Flemish Audiovisual Fund and could make his first professional short film Land of the Heroes. With his last 2 short movies‘Land of the Heroes’ and ‘Baghdad Messi’ he got a huge success, till now received 54 international Awards and selected for more then 200 festivals. The most prestige Award was at 61st BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as Jury Award - Best Short Film ‘Generation’.
It was the first time that a Kurdish short film got such Award at Berlin Film Festival.
Rebecca studied directing at NISS (Nordic Institute for Scene and Studio). She has written and directed several short films that have been screened at national and international film festivals, and is currently in the production of a new short film. She is also developing the script for her first feature film, as well as working as a project developer for the film company Vinland.
Director, Germany (Berlin)
Henner Winckler was born in Hünfeld in 1969. He studied visual communication and film at the University of Art and Design Offenbach and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and completed his studies in 1998. Since then he works as a writer and director in Berlin. From 2004 to 2010 he taught filmmaking at the Film and Television University "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg. His feature films: „Klassenfahrt“ (2001), and „Lucy“ (2006) were shown at numerous festivals (Berlinale, London Film Festival, Karlovy Vary...) and won international awards and critical acclaim.
Martin J. Edelsteen
Photographer, Norway (Tromsø/Oslo)
Martin is born and bred in Tromsø. He works as an cinematographer and a producer. Educated from The Norwegian Film School and The Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts.