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Georg Restle
Georg Restle
Born in Esslingen, Germany, Georg Restle studied law and economics in Freiburg/Germany and at the London School of Economics. He started his journalistic career as a freelancer for several German newspapers. After his exams he became a trainee at Germany's biggest public broadcasting company Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Subsequently he worked as a freelancer for Germany's public television channel ARD. In 2000 he became editor of Monitor, one of the best-known investigative TV programmes in Germany. From 2010-2012 he was foreign correspondent (ARD) in Moscow. He returned to Germany to become host and chief editor of Monitor. Restle has produced many TV-documentaries on national and international political issues. Additionally, he is teaching international journalists in investigative journalism.
Sergei Loznitsa (Belarus)
Sergei Loznitsa (Belarus)
Scriptwriter and director, Loznitsa, was born in 1964 in Baranowitchi, Belarus. In 1987 he graduated from Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. From 1987-1991, he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator from Japanese. In 1997, he graduated from the Moscow All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature filmmaking. Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996 and he has directed 11 documentaries. He has received numerous international and national awards. In 2010, Loznitsa’s feature debut, My Joy, premiered in the main competition at Festival de Cannes. The film has been awarded the Best Director’s Prize and the Prize of the Russian Film Critic’s Guild at the Kinotavr FF in Sochi, the Silver Apricot Award at the Golden Apricot IFF in Yerevan, among many others.
Pietro Marcello (Italy)
Pietro Marcello (Italy)
Pietro Marcello is the director of Il Passaggio della linea, a film about the night trains that used to travel from the South to the North of Italy. The film was presented at the Venice IFF in the Orizzonti section in 2007 where it won the Pasinetti Doc Award, at the Bellaria IFF in 2008 where it won the Casa Rossa Award and the Thessaloniki International Documentary FF, among others. In 2009, he made La Bocca del lupo, the first Italian film to win the feature competition at the Turin IFF (in the same festival the film won also the FIPRESCI prize); it won the Caligari Award and the Teddy Bear at the Berlinale in 2010, the SCAM Jury Prize at the Cinema du Réel IFF in Paris in 2010, the Jury Award at the BAFICI in Buenos Aires in 2010, the Italian David di Donatello in 2010, and in 2011 it was screened at the Modern Art Museum (MoMa) in New York. In 2011, Marcello realized Il Silenzio di Pelesjan, a portrait on the outstanding Armenian film director Artavadz Peleshyan; it was presented at the Venice IFF in 2011.
Osman Kavala (Turkey)
Osman Kavala (Turkey)
Kavala was born in 1957 and studied economics at the University of Manchester. In 1982, he took over the management of Kavala Companies founded by his late father. He was active in the establishment of a number of business organizations in Turkey, including Turkish-Polish and Turkish-Greek business councils and the Association of Tourism Investors. Kavala was a founding member of TURSAK (Turkish Audiovisual Cinema Foundation), TEMA (Foundation to Fight Soil Erosion), Helsinki Citizens Association and Thessaloniki based Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in the Southeast Europe. He served on the boards of these organizations as well as TESEV (The Economic and Social Studies Foundation). Kavala is currently acting as the chair of Anadolu Kultur and as a board member of Acık Toplum Vakfi (Open Society Foundation) in Istanbul. Anadolu Kültür is implementing arts and culture programs in order to promote human rights, reconciliation and a pluralistic understanding of culture.
Rada  Šešić  (The Netherlands/Croatia/ Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Rada Šešić (The Netherlands/Croatia/ Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Šešić was born in Croatia and is a mentor at the Master of Film at The Netherlands Film and TV Academy in Amsterdam. She is head of the documentary film competition at Sarajevo FF and has acted as a programmer and a program advisor for more than a decade with the two biggest festivals in The Netherlands- IFF Rotterdam, where she also participates on the selection comity of the festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, and at the IDFA. For several years, Šešić lectured on cinema at University of Amsterdam in the Department of Film Theory. In The Netherlands she directed the films, Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2001), In Whitest Solitude (2001) and The Way to School, 2007. They were selected for 60 festivals worldwide, screened and archived at MoMA New York and won several awards. She is a program advisor for Dok Leipzig and film programmer for InKo Chennai. Šešić is artistic director of the Eastern Neighbors FF and The Hague, that focuses on non-EU European cinema. She regularly tutors at several documentary workshops in Europe and Asia and was published in several European publications while also collaborating on several professional books.
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