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Wafa’a Celine Halawi
Wafa’a is a Lebanese/ French actress and filmmaker. She graduated from the Lebanese American University, from New York Fil Academy and from the University College London. Wafa’a has worked extensively in the UK and Lebanon. In addition to teaching film at the Lebanese American University, she also directed 9 short films selected in international festivals. As an actress, Wafa’a has been acting since the age of 5 and recently performed in 3 Lebanese feature films, as well as the lead role in a German/ Lebanese co-production selected at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017). Wafa’a is also the director of the Lebanese Film Festival in Beirut, since 2015.
Dalia Castel is an Israeli filmmaker, based in Berlin. She grew up in Jerusalem and studied film editing in Tel Aviv. In 1998, her work on the award-winning movie “Urban Feel”/ “Kesher Ir” (dir: Jonathan Sagall) was rewarded with a nomination for the Israeli Oscars, the “Ophir” Awards. She lived for 7 years in Rome, working as an editor. With Italian filmmaker Alessandro Cassigoli, she made various documentaries, that were awarded in festivals around the world. From 2007 she is working in Berlin. She independently produced and directed the film “Jerusalem for cowards”, that won “Best Feature Film” at the “Boddinale” Festival Berlin in 2015. Dalia is interested in exploring new ways of expression, that can go beyond the rigid format of conventional documentary making. In 2017, together with Corrine Kitzis, Dalia founded the “Mull and Kiez” company.
Milja Mikkola is the Programme Manager at the “Midnight Sun” Film Festival. She is also the founding co-director of Helsinki’s “Viva Erotica” Film Festival, which celebrates the history of sex on celluloid. Milja studied Film Theory at “Brunel” University London, and Visual Journalism, at the University of Tampere/ “Tampereen Yliopisto”. However, belonging to the disappearing species of old-school projectionists, her true roots are in cinema work.
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1955, Vladimir Blaževski graduated film direction, at the Academy for Film, Theatre, Radio & Television, in Belgrade. Since 1994, he is professor of Film Theory and Film History, at the Faculty of Drama Arts, at the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University of Skopje, Macedonia. He also directed: “Pank’s Not Dead” (2011), “The Mystery of Wagner’s Tuba” (2009, documentary), “Bake-house Fable” (2003, documentary), “Dozen Tales About Wine” (2002, documentary), “The Chinese Market” (2001, documentary), “The Revolution Boulevard” (1992), and “Hi-fi” (1987).
Member of the European Film Academy, Tudor is the founder and President of the “Romanian Film Promotion” Association and its premier event, the Transilvania International Film Festival (“TIFF”). Tudor was also General Director of Romanian National Television (“TVR”), between 2005-2007. His directorial debut feature “Love Sick” was selected in “Panorama” section of 2006 Berlinale. His short “Superman, Spiderman or Batman” (2011) won “Best European Short”, at the 2012 edition of European Film Academy Awards. His most recent film, “Why Me?” premiered in 2015 at the Berlinale “Panorama” section. Tudor produced or co-produced many worldwide-awarded feature films.