Journalist, festival programmer, and filmmaker. Ersoy was born in Istanbul but has spent most of his life in London. His study of criminal psychology had a marked influence on his decision to work in film. After first earning a living as a journalist, he moved on to festival programming. He is currently the creative director of the largest festival of genre movies in the United States, Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, but is also a programmer for Beyond Fest, MotelX, the Boston Underground FF, and more. He has written and directed a number of award-winning shorts, including Abdullah, and he is currently working on his first feature.
Representative for the world sales and co-financing company Beta Cinema. Finkbeiner graduated in communication studies in England, where she also co-managed an art house cinema and volunteered for the Cambridge Film Festival. She went on to take a master’s in media culture in the Netherlands. She worked briefly for German Films, an organization focused on promoting German movies abroad. In 2012, after travelling around South America for nine months, she joined the renowned sales and co-financing company Beta Cinema, where she worked to present a number of films at KVIFF. At Beta Cinema she is in charge of festivals and non-theatrical/non-commercial screenings.
Georgian director and screenwriter. Glurjidze graduated in French language and literature, then went on to study film directing and screenwriting under Giorgi Shengelaia at Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University. She has made commercials and music videos, worked as a producer and art director at Cinetech Film Production Company, and was first assistant director on Giorgi Shengelaia’s comedy The Train Went On and On (2005). Her feature film debut The House of Others premiered last year at KVIFF, where it won the East of the West Competition. It subsequently screened at dozens of festivals, winning a number of prizes, and represented Georgia in the contest for Best Foreign Language Film at the American Academy Awards.
Belarusian festival organizer and film publicist. Soukmanov graduated in film history from Belarusian State University and from Moscow’s renowned VGIK film school. In 1999-2004 he hosted weekly shows on motion pictures for a variety of radio stations and TV channels in Minsk. Since 2010 he has served as program director for the Minsk International Film Festival, where he is responsible for the main program and for curating retrospectives and special tributes. His recent publications include articles and reviews in the Russian film magazine Iskusstvo Kino.
Czech producer. Stojáková graduated in production from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). In 2001 she cofounded the film production company Axman Production, and in 2013 she was a founding member of Film Kolektiv. In 2006 she was invited to join the European Film Promotion initiative Producers on the Move at the Cannes festival, and that same year she became a member of Europe’s ACE Producers network. In 2005 she founded Filmasia, Prague’s first Asian film festival. In addition to numerous documentaries, she has produced the features Restart and Normal by Julius Ševčík and Roman Kašparovský’s Lousy Bastards (Všiváci), among others. She also coproduced the drama Corn Island, which won the Crystal Globe at KVIFF 2014.