Graduated from VGIK in the Faculty of Screenwriting and Film Studies (E.D. Surkov's and L.H. Mamatova's workshop). Director of International Film Festivals in Sochi and «Liki Lyubvi», the Open Russian Film Festival «Kinotavr» and the International Children's Festival of Arts «Kinotavrik», a jury member of international festivals, selector, consultant, delegate of international festivals in Rome, Warsaw, Karlovy Vary on Russia and CIS, expert of the Ministry of Culture of Russia in the commissions on debut films, international activity and film distribution. Gives lectures in universities and film schools of Russia, Europe, USA, South Korea, Central Asia. The only woman in Russia to take par as a member of the jury in more than 30 film festivals, among which, the Venice International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival.
Vladimir Ignatiev, Russia
Produced around 100 narrative and television films, such as «Bimmer»(2003), «Alive»(2006), «In the Port of Cape Town»(2019). From 1991 to 2001, directed the media group «Film Studio Ru». From 2001 to 2005 - Director General and executive producer of the film production company «Pygmalion Production». Is also a producer of the Open Film Festival of the countries of CIS, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia 'Kinoshok', the International Music contest «KINOPESNYA», the Festival of Music Film and Television «AVRORA», directs the Production company «MEDIAPROFSOYUZ».
Aleksei Gusev, Russia
Graduated from VGIK in the Faculty of Screenwriting and Film Studies (Film studies department, A. Zolotukhina and V. Utilova's workshop). Since 2008, Aleksei Gusyev runs a film studies workshop in the Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television and teaches the History of Cinema in the «Higher School of Directors and Screenwriters». Released the documentary film «Spisok Korabliey», being the film adaptation of the lecture of Arkady Ippolitov Hieronymus Bosch's «Korabl Durakov» and Sergei Eisenstein's «Battleship «Potemkin». Since 2012 - member of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI. In 2012-2014 ran the author program «Lumière factory» on the radio station «Neva FM», for which he received a «Golden Pen» award in the «Art-critic» category. Author of over 500 articles in magazines like «St. Petersburg's Knizhny Vestnik», «Seans», «Kinovedcheskye zapiski» and many others.
Gojko Mitiс, Serbia
In 1960 debuted in cinema as a stuntman. The film «Chingachgook, die grobe Schlange» (1967), where he played the leading role, brought him his acting fame and universal recognition. Worked in Germany as a theatre actor and director. In the 1970s, returned to work on films and television. Gojko created a new genre of films, «Ostern». In 1993, in the town of Bischofswerda in Germany, a children's theatre was founded in honour of Gojko Mitic, in which Gojko annually holds the theatre «Games of Karl May» for children. In 2019 he received the Foundation Award DEFA (Germany) for his contribution to cinematography, as well as an award from the international film forum «Zolotoy Vityaz» for the best supporting role, performed in the film «The Balkan Line» (dir. A.Volgin). Gojko actively supports the movement for the protection of the climate, helps youth ecological movements.
Studied philosophy in Rostov's State University. Worked on German television as an assistant editor, as well as a producer in the independent company «Le vision», which she later became the head of. From the 2000 produces Russian documentary films. In 2013, released a documentary on the winter Olympics in Sochi. Currently head of the company «German films».
Svetlana Kolosova, Russia
Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Faculty of Philology. Begun her journalistic career in the broadcast editorial office in German «Radio Moscow» (foreign broadcasting). From 1992 to 1996 - parliamentary columnist of the agency «Interfax». From 1996 - political columnist of the Public Television of Russia. From 2001, works on documentary film projects and currently is the head of the Directorate of Documentary films of Channel One. Over these years she was a producer of several hundreds of documentary films, many of which became prize-winners at Russian and international film festivals. Member of the TEFI academy and the Russian Union of Journalists.
Vsevolod Korshunov, Russia
In 2000, graduated with distinction in the Faculty of Philology from the N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Journalism department). From 1996, worked on television, was an editor, author, and TV presenter. In 2008, graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (film dramaturgy, A. E. Borodyansky's workshop). In 2012, completed the training at the Summer school of screenwriting masterclass teacher training of the University of Southern California. Writer of twenty documentary films («Channel One», «Russia», «Culture») and five hundred TV programs («Russia», «Culture», «TV Centre» and others). Currently holds the spot of Chief-editor of the documentary film screening department of TV channel «Russia – Culture», and curator of the courses «History of Cinema», «Modern Cinema», «Practical Film criticism» at the Moscow Film School.
Malcolm Dixelius, Sweden
In 1972, Malcolm started his career in journalism as a reporter on the local public service TV station in Gothenburg and Sundsvall. He worked as a Moscow correspondent for Swedish public radio and television for 20 years. Malcolm switched to documentary filmmaking in 1993, founding his own production company, «Dixit International». He has received awards and acclaim for several films, including Russian Mafia (1994), CCCP Hockey (2004) and A Bitter Taste of Freedom (2011). From 2003 to 2006 Malcolm was working in Deep Sea Productions, where he was directing and producig documentary films for the international market. Under his leadership, in 2007, the studio created the series «Wreck Hunters». Together with Russian journalist and writer Andrei Konstantinov, Malcolm has written two books on organized crime in Russia. Since 2015, he is the chairman of the Malik Bendjelloul Memorial Foundation, which runs a fund in support of documentary filmmakers. He is the co-founder of the co-production platform for documentaryy filmmakers «B2B Doc».