He was born in Vilnius (Lithuania), and he completed a doctoral degree in cultural geography at the University of British Columbia. He received his postdoctoral degree in history at the University of Toronto.
His research methodology and literary investigation explore the cultural strands of Lithuania in relation to different parts of the world in depth.
He is an author of many books, articles, and also works of translation.
Among his books, the bestselling is Vilnius: City of Strangers, which is surveying the history of European culture through the changing cultural and linguistic landscape of Vilnius.
The book is currently being translated into several other languages, including, Russian and Chinese. He has served on the International Competition Jury at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival.
Film director, producer and cinematographer.
His first feature length documentary: A Memory in Three Acts was supported by IDFA Bertha Fund and in 2016 the film was selected for first appearance competition at IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, in 2018 was invited to be member of the IDFA Jury for short documentary competition. And jury for international award at Sheffield Doc Fest 2019. The film director is now working on his first fiction project called: "Karingana The dead Tell no Tales" and a documentary called The "Nights Still Sm ell of Gunpowder".
Mladen Kovacevic's films UNPLUGGED, WALL OF DEATH AND ALL THAT, and 4 YEARS IN 10 MINUTES have been selected to hundreds of festivals including Visions du Réel, IDFA, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, FIDMarseille, and so on, where they won numerous awards. He has just finished MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU, and is in production with two new features BEGINNINGS, shot around the world, and KORYO to be shot in North Korea.
Sebastian Cordes has a 3 year film school programme degree from Station Next film school in
Denmark, and a BA in philosophy and aesthetics.
He has been an independent director for the last ten years with his own company Cordes Film, as
well as worked with organizations such as CPH:DOX, Hello Group (digital agency), Restaurant
Noma, and many public institutions as well. Besides being a film maker, he's also a published writer
of poetry and essays.
On top of that he is a teacher in hands-on film making and film studies and have been teaching for
many years, as well as doing lectures on among other places University College London and
For two years (2016-2018) he was also on the selection team/jury for OFF, the Oscar qualifying
film festival Odense Film Festival.
Founder of the ARKANA film studio, based in Warsaw.
Member of social organizations: The European Film Academy (EFA); Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP), secretary of the board of the Documentary Section; Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce (KIPA); New Horizons Association, a founding member.
She spent many years in the Netherlands where she worked in the audiovisual industry. From 1997 to 2002 she worked as a commissioning editor at the culture office of TVP2. She was responsible for co-productions with the European cultural broadcaster ARTE.
She is an expert for the European Commission and she also be an international advisor.
Gema Juarez Allen(Argentina)
Gema Juarez Allen(Argentina)
She has produced over 25 documentaries and fiction films presented at the most important film festivals where they have received innumerable awards.
She has performed jury duties at the San Sebastián Film Festival, IDFA, Guadalajara IFF, Cartagena IFF, Lima IFF among others. She has been the part of the project selection committees in Argentina and other Latin American countries as well as in the IDFA Bertha Fund, BAFICI BAL, Mar del Plata Lobo Lab, and DocsDF.
Gema is a tutor in several training initiatives aimed at young documentary films producers such as IDFA ACADEMY, CAMPUS LATINO (Goethe Institute), RAYMUNDO GLEYZER (Enerc Argentina), PLATAFORMA LAB (Brazil), CHILEDOC (Chile) and TALLER CINE PROA (Argentina). She also teaches documentary production at the National Centre for Film Experimentation in Argentina.
He has been a non-fiction film producer and director for almost 35 years, producing investigative and current affairs documentaries for various Spanish and international television programs. He has been on the jury in different sections of festivals like Berlinale (“Panorama” and “Forum”), Cannes (“Quinzaine des Realisateurs”) or Cinelatino Toulouse (“Cinema in Construction”).
In 2012 he started the association Xarxa Cinema in Mallorca, to reopen the arthouse cinema “CineCiutat”, and created the arthouse cinema’s network CineArte, with 32 cinemas in Spain, that became a member of CICAE, the international federation of arthouse cinemas.