International Short Documentary Competition
Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas is freelance editor with over 10 years experience.Her films have played in festivals worldwide (including Berlinale, Sundance and Toronto) and some of the accolades that her films have received include an Oscar nomination (‘The Act of Killing’), a BAFTA award and other three nominations (‘The Act of Killing’, ‘Yours Truly’ and ‘The Last Regal Kingsize’), the Ecumenical and Panorama Audience Award in Berlinale, three prizes at Tribeca (‘Una Noche’), a Grierson Award nomination (‘Estate. A Reverie’) and a British Animation Award.
Ariadna’s credits include many of the large T.V. channels in Europe and North America (like BBC, Sky Atlantic, Channel 4, PBS, Canal+, ARTE, RTE and MTV).
She’s been nominated to the 2016 Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians.
She has also long term involvement in education, including most recently as Course Leader for Goldsmiths’ MA in editing and UCL.
Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Fateme Ahmadi is an award winning filmmaker based in London.
Fateme is the writer and the co-director of Chandra produced by Youku (Chinese Biggest Video Sharing Website) and Asian Film Academy (AFA), premiered in the 20th edition of International Busan Film Festival. It has since screened in many more prestigious film festivals including Fribourg, Palm Springs Short Fest, London Short Film Festival and Festival Del Film Locarno.
Her graduation film One Thousand and One Teardrops has been shortlisted in more than 50 festivals all around the world. It also has won awards for the Best Documentary of the Beeston Film Festival 2015, Special Jury Mention at the East End Film Festival 2015 and the Best Short Film award at the London Feminist Film Festival 2016.
Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her latest short film Bitter Sea is a London Calling Plus awarded fiction commissioned by Film London. She currently works as the associate producer on a feature documentary titled Coup 53 directed by Taghi Amirani and edited by Walter Murch.
Documentary film director. Graduated in Film Studies in Lodz University, Gdynia Film School in Poland and Academy of Media Arts Cologne in Germany. He took part in an exchange program with EICTV in Cuba, EsoDoc Workshops, Goshort Talent Campus, Polska Doc and Berlinale Talent Campus. He has organised numerous film workshops for children and youth in Turkey, Romania and Poland. His films have gone to screen at many festivals around the world winning Golden Dove at Doc Liepzig, Jury Award at European Film Festival Szczecin, Students Price Jury on Krakow Film Festival. He is also the winner of Best International Short Documentary from our first edition!
British Short Documentary Competition
Ruth Grimberg is a documentary filmmaker and photographer living and working in London. Her films have been selected for numerous festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA, winning best Documentary at Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2015 and Best Short Documentary at Open City Docs in 2016. In 2017 her short film Learning to Swim was broadcast on BBC4.
Ruth originally worked as a local newspaper photographer before studying photography at the London College of Printing. Developing her work to include the spoken word she began working on oral history projects before shooting her first documentary films.
She is currently teaching Documentary Production at the University of West London.
Victor Correal is a journalist, producer and film curator. In 2013 he produced "Little World" a documentary feature that received an excellent international reception winning best documentary at IDFA and audience award at Norwegian Doc Film Festival. It was also screened at many festivals including ZagrebDox and Palm Springs. During that time, traveling around the world from festival to festival, he realised something that you probably already know: Every year the filmmakers from this planet produce a lot of precious cinematographic jewels, amazing documentaries with great stories that will never reach their final audience. So he founded GuideDoc, a global curated documentary streaming platform.
Unconventional Storytelling Competition
Laura Huertas Millan
Laura Huertas Millán (b.1983) is a French-Colombian filmmaker and artist. In 2017 she completed a practise-based PhD at PSL University (SACRe program) on “ethnographic fictions”, a dual concept at the core of her film practice since 2009, and for which she also was affiliated to the Sensory Ethnography Lab (2014) and the Film Study Center (2014-2017) at Harvard University. Her works have been internationally screened in art and cinema venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Musée du Jeu de Paume, the Guggenheim Museum (NY), and many others.
Her films have been exhibited in film festivals around the globe including Toronto (Wavelenghts), FIDMarseille (Special Jury mention of the French competition, 2016), Doclisboa (Honourable mention of the international competition), Torino, FICUNAM, Curtas Vila do Conde, Videobrasil (Resartis Prize, 2013), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Special mention, Norberto Griffa Award),in between others.
In 2017, she was a featured artist at the Flaherty Seminar; she was awarded the Grand Prix of the Biennale de la Jeune Création and the Hauts-de-Seine Prize at the Salon de Montrouge in France. Huertas Millán has received production fellowships from the Colombian Cinema Fund (Proimagenes FDC), France´s CNC, the city of Paris and numerous university fellowships (Harvard University, Beaux-Arts de Paris, EESI Poitiers-Angoulême).
Estabrak Al - Ansari
Recent recipient of AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) Performing Arts Grant 2016 for her unique performance based process of storytelling 'LPP' (Live.Projection.Painting); Estabrak is an award winning Visual Artist & Film Maker based between London, UK and Muscat, Oman. She is originally from Iraq, born in Iran and raised in London, after having come to the UK with her family as a child refugee.
With an arts background in Central Saint Martins and a Masters in film & media production, she is both by nature & nurture; a storyteller.
Often lead by emotions, particular interest lies in honest approaches to silenced socio-political realities usually explored through progressive, multidisciplinary ways of storytelling.
Her works have found themselves showcased on an international basis in such places as New York, Dubai and Berlin, along the way exhibiting at Royal Academy of Arts, & TATE Britain, London, UK and Brighton Fringe Festival.