German filmmaker. He studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). After its world premiere at KVIFF in 2012, his debut film Oh Boy screened at over 60 film festivals around the world, winning a series of awards. The film was a huge success with critics and audiences alike, attracting almost 500,000 viewers in Germany. Gerster’s second film Lara also launched its successful career in Karlovy Vary, this time in the main competition where, three years ago, it took home the Special Jury Prize, Best Actress, and the Ecumenical Jury Award. Upcoming projects include an adaptation of Christian Kracht’s bestselling novel Imperium.
Polish distributor and festival organiser. He studied management at the University of Warsaw's Faculty of Management, and film anthropology at the Institute of Art within the Polish Academy of Sciences. He established the Warsaw International Film Festival in 1985, and in 1994 he initiated Gutek Film, today the leading Polish film distribution company specialising in auteur cinema. He is the founder and former director of the New Horizons International Film Festival (launched in Wrocław in 2001) and the American Film Festival (held since 2010 in the same city). This June he co-founded the Post Pxrn Film Festival in Warsaw.
Argentinian film producer. He created Rei Pictures, a Latin American label that in the last decade has been a house for emerging and established talent working on films, TV series and interactive projects. Past credits include the features The Intruder (dir. Natália Meta, 2020, premiered at Berlin, main competition), The Accused (dir. Gonzalo Tobal, 2018, premiered at Venice, main competition), The Queen of Fear (dir. Valeria Bertuccelli, premiered at Sundance 2018 and screened at KVIFF that same year) and Zama (dir. Lucrecia Martel, premiered at Venice 2017 and screened at KVIFF the following year). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, EAVE, IFP and the National Film Academy in Argentina.
International sales agent and producer. Born in Lima, Peru, she now lives and works in Paris. She studied communications in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a production coordinator and distribution director for Mantarraya, one of the key Latin American independent production companies, she worked with directors such as Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante. In 2016 she teamed up with Hédi Zardi to launch Luxbox, an international sales and co-production company. She has represented the work of a series of world names, among them, Bruno Dumont, Béla Tarr, Claire Simon, Sharunas Bartas, Joaquim Lafosse and Jonas Carpignano.
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Danish film editor and screenwriter. She studied at the National Film School of Denmark (1989-1993). The cult TV series The Kingdom (1994) launched her collaboration with Lars von Trier and, to date, she has edited eight of his films, beginning with The Idiots (1997), then Dancer in the Dark (2000), also Dogville (2003), Melancholia (2010), Nymphomaniac (2013) and The House That Jack Built (2018). From behind the editing table she has co-created not only feature films by other directors (Annette Olesen, Ole Bornedal or Martin Zandvliet), but also works by documentarists such as Jon Bang Carlsen and Simone Kern. From 2003 to 2014 she was a project and script development consultant for Binger Filmlab Holland.