Vashti Harrison is an artist and filmmaker known for her experimental films and videos on Caribbean Heritage and Folklore. She received her MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts. Working in multiple formats and media her work focuses on the moments and places where the natural and the supernatural collide.
Vashti earned her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts and her BA from the University of Virginia. She held the Aunspaugh 5th Year Fellowship in the McIntire Department of Art from 2010-2011. She is from Onley, Virginia currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Elena López Riera
Elena López Riera is an essayist and filmmaker.She taught cinema and comparative literature at the University of Geneva from 2008 until 2013,and has been invited as a researcher to several European universities such as Sorbonne- Paris III.She has published many articles on cinema and new audiovisual practices in specialist magazines, as well as a monograph on the film maker Albertina Carri.
She has also worked as a curator and cinema programmer for the Cinema Jove Valencia International Festival, the Spanish culture mission to the UN, The Entrevues Belfort International Film Fest and Tabakalera.
In 2009, she founded the “lacasinegra” research and audiovisual practices collective, based on experimentation with new image formats. Her works have been shown at many festivals worldwide. Her first feature film, Pas à Genève,took part at the Seville European Film Festival, Cinema d'autor (Barcelona), Márgenes, Lima Independiente among others.
Her short film, Pueblo, premièred at Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and was screened at more than 20 festivals. Her short Las vísceras competed at the Locarno Festival in 2016 and won the silver Mikeldi at Zinebi International Festival.
Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Fateme Ahmadi was awarded first prize in the Literature Olympiads, a nationwide humanities competition that allowed her to complete degrees in Persian Literature and Filmmaking at Tehran University and The Art University of Tehran, respectively.
In 2009, she completed an MA in General Linguistics at the Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies of Tehran before becoming the first individual awarded a scholarship from Magic of Persia to attend the two-year MA Filmmaking program at The London Film School.During the course, Fateme wrote, edited, and directed more than ten short films including documentaries for BBC World Service.
Her film “One Thousand and One Teardrops” has been shortlisted in more than 50 festivals all around the world, winning Best Documentary at Beeston Film Festival 2015, Special Jury Mention at the East End Film Festival 2015 and Best Short Film at the London Feminist Film Festival 2016.
Fateme is the writer and co-director of “Chandra” produced by Youku and Asian Film Academy (AFA), premiered in the 20th edition of International Busan Film Festival and screened in many more prestigious film festivals including: Palm Springs Short Fest, London Short Film Festival and Festival Del Film Locarno.Currently, Fateme works as a researcher on a feature documentary titled “Iran & Us: A love Story” directed by Taghi Amirani.
Jade Jackman is an award winning documentary storyteller. Her work has taken her to shoot with female journalists in Afghanistan, to be led through Mexico City by blind photographers and to the front of too many protests. She likes to take a creative approach to contemporary political issues and likes truths that feel stranger than fiction. She is particularly interested in women's rights, borders and the justice system. But, she'd love a commission on small dogs. She was one of the first grantees of the creative docfund between JUST SO films and Sheffield DocFest. Additionally, she was one of the 2016 One World Media Grantees. Her work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the East End Film Festival, the Tate and British Film Institute. She has worked for, or featured on, Refinery29, Huck magazine, i-D magazine, Dazed & Confused, El Tiempo, Index on Censorship & others.
She is passionate about democratising the mainstream media and issues pertaining to representation. This led her and some friends to co-found Eye Want Change. Due to her dedication to human rights related projects, she was profiled in the ‘change your world’ section of the ASOS magazine and has also been featured on the Topshop blog alongside other female creatives. She also sat on the Youth Jury at Sheffield DocFest in 2015.
After making his first feature doc, Over The Wall, Matthew was selected as a Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012 Doc/Future delegate and was part of the Doc Next Network making shorts on behalf of the British Film Institute.
Matthew’s documentaries have gone on to screen across Europe including Cannes Film Festival, IDFA and Planete+Doc Warsaw and have also been broadcast both nationally and internationally.
Asides from making documentaries he produces campaign and promotional films for charities and businesses.
He also works freelance as a Cameraman / Editor for various news outlets.
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