Marta Bałaga is a film journalist based in-between Poland and Finland. She published in Cineuropa, Variety and regularly contributes to Finnish film magazine Episodi. She collaborates with various festivals including Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, France’s Les Arcs International Film Festival and led a workshop for film journalists at FilmFestival Cottbus. Member of the Finnish Critics’ Association SARV, international federation of film critics FIPRESCI and the European Film Academy, where she joined the committee deciding the nominations for the European Discovery 2019 – Prix FIPRESCI. She served on many juries, from PÖFF Shorts to the International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival. Awarded by Estonian cultural weekly SIRP for “skilfully exploiting the chance to be more playful, lighter and more humorous.” In other words, for being hilarious.
Pauline Clague is Associate Professor, Manager of Cultural Resilience Hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at the University of Technology Sydney. A Yaegl woman from North Coast NSW she has worked as a storyteller and producer in film and TV for 25 years. She is founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival in Sydney, was a programmer for imagineNATIVE media +arts festival in Toronto, Canada stepping down in 2019 and co-creator of NativeSlam a 72 hour Indigenous film challenge held at Maoriland Film Festival in Otaki, New Zealand. Her work in communities has centred around teaching Digital Storytelling as a platform for community to keep oral history active utilising new technologies. While working at NITV she created the landmark series “Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday” which in 3 years delivered around 380 short documentaries from around the country, winning her the Stanley Hawes award in 2015 for her contribution to Australian Documentaries.
Angello was born in Bogotá, Colombia and studied filmmaking at ESCAC in Barcelona. He works as a filmmaker and cinema-tographer who actively balance narrative, documentary and commercial work. His latest shortfilm DULCE (2018) released by New York Times Op Docs has been selected in Sundance, Toronto, IDFA, among other film festivals and won Best Documentary at Palm Springs Film Fest and Gran Prix at Tampere Film Festival. His latest feature documentary as cinematographer LAPÜ (2019) had its World Premiere at Sundance and the European Premiere at the Berlinale and won Best Cinematography at the Boston Film Festival. Nowdays Angello is shooting his next feature film in New Delhi, India.
Ng’endo Mukii is a Nairobi-based writer-director, working internationally as an independent
filmmaker and lecturer. Her work focuses on relationships and the use of film to emulate unspoken truths. At the prestigious Design Indaba she presented her talk ‘Film Taxidermy and Re- Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re- humanizing the indigenous image.
She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, the distinguished Urucu REALNESS Screenwriter’s Residency, and the incredible Goethe Institute Bahia Vila Sul artists residency.
Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, and the Encounters Immersive Grand Prix for her 360 film, Nairobi Berries.
Juha Samola retired a year ago from his position as the General Secretary of AVEK (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture). He has worked as a public servant in the field of audiovisual culture since the early 1980s, and at AVEK since its creation in 1987. He likes creative arts, especially literature, music and films. Experimental and documentary cinema are especially close to his heart, but he does not feel the need to create himself. Lately Samola has found himself in the spotlight: he was granted the Vuoden dokumenttielokuvateko
award in December 2019 by the Finnish Documentary Guild and the Apollo Award in January 2020 by the DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. He spends his time sitting at cafés, walking, riding his bicycle, and practising the art of retirement.