Benny Brunner has written, directed, and produced documentary films internationally since the late 1980s. He makes political films that side with the dispossessed, unrepresented, and the "other". The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 20th century Jewish, Israeli and European history, and inspiring individuals is the subject matters of Brunner’s films that were widely broadcast and screened. Some of them turned out to be a thorn in the collective Israeli establishment's backside. People consider a number of his films to be subversive, Brunner regards it as a compliment. Besides filmmaking, Benny Brunner instructed theatre improvisation workshops, wrote material for a stand-up comedian, and taught Mass Communication in high schools.
Nathalie Borgers, born in 1964 in Brussels, Belgium, Borgers first studies Journalism at the University of Brussels, then moves to San Francisco to further study directing and producing. In 1989, she wins the Student « Documentary Writing » award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She becomes an executive producer and a director at ATRIOM Production, a San Francisco-based company. She moves back to Europe in 1992 and starts her career as independent filmmaker. She writes and directs award-winning documentaries with various production companies in France, Belgium, and Austria. Besides her activity as a film writer and director, Borgers also acts as an expert in seminar about DOCUMENTARY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT in various countries in Europe, Turkey, and Africa. Robert Kirchhoff is an independent film director, producer, cinematographer, and script writer.
Robert Kirchhoff is an independent film director, producer, cinematographer, and script writer. Between 1995-2000 he studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In his professional carrier he filmed and produced many feature documentaries, many of which achieved a significant recognition at numerous domestically and internationally. Since 2002 he is a founder of atelier.dos, which was established as an independent production organization focusing promarily on production of documentary films and TV movies (www.atelierdoc.sk). Since 2003 he also participated as a producer or a co-producer on some of the most significant and awarded Slovak and Czech documentariesthat gained national and international recognition. These include such titles as Blind Love (dir. Juraj Lehotsky), Disease of the Third power (dir. Zuzana Piussi), Made in Ash (dir. Iveta Grofova), Obscurantist and his lineage (dir. Krel Vachek), Normalization (dir. Robert Kirchhoff), Steam on the River (dir. Robert Kirchhoff, Filip Remunda). In addition to his filmmaking career, Robert Kirchhoff holds an academic appointment of Associate Professor at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he leads the course: the Directing of documentary film and Auteur documentary film.
Andrea Slovak is a documentarist, curator, teacher, publisher. She studied Mass Media at the Faculty of Social Science of Charles University in Prag, after graduation received the degree PhDr. Graduated also from the Film Science of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, where she also got her doctorat. She studied documentary film - making FAMU in Prague and strategic management at Cambridge Business School. From 2003 untl 2011 she worked in the management of Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, in the last years as the director for publishing activities. Now she continous in curating programs of experimental documentaries. In 2012 - 2015 she worked as a director of AMU Press - the publishing house of Academy of Performing Arts in Prag. She published articles in different magazines (e.g. Cinepur, Kino Ikon, A2), was deditor-in-chief of the annual anthology of texts on documentary called DO and a chief editor of bimonthly Dok.revue. Since 2008 she teache histoty and methods of documentary and avant-gardy cinema at Masaryk´s University in Brno, occasionally at Charles University and Palacky´s University. She is an expert for Czech State Fund for Cinematography and Slovak Audiovisual Fund. She is a founder of a publishing house for non-fiction Nová beseda. As an artist, ahe made the portrait of mathematician Petr Vopěnka, film about clouds, essay about supervision mechanismand experimental on Czech industry.
assistant professor in Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Lodz. Her main interests are Czech and Slovak cinema and film culture of Lodz. Published in polish („Kino“, „Kwartalnik Filmowy“) and foreign („Kino-Ikon“,„Kinečko“, „Film.sk“) film press and in edited volumes. Recenty, she has been co-author and co-editor of Hrabal i inni. Adaptacje czeskiej literatury (Not only Hrabal. Adaptations of Czech Cinema, 2013), co-author of Time of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto (2014) catalogue on films about Litzmannstadt Ghetto and co-author and co-editor of Kultura filmowa współczesnej Łodzi (Film Culture of Contemporary Lodz, 2015)
doc. Jana Dudková, PhD. (1977) is a senior fellow at the Institute of Theatre and Film Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava and editor or member of editorial boards of several journals in the field of film studies such as Kino-Ikon (SK), Iluminace (CZ), Studies in Eastern European Cinema (VB).Her main professional focus is ontranscultural influences in Slovak and Balkan cinemas, as well as on issues of balkanism, multiculturalism and postcolonial theory. Most currently she leads a project of institutional and poetical history of Slovak cinema after 1989. In past she also worked as an associate professor at Charles University in Prague (2013) and assistant professor at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (2001-2011). She publishedmultiple papers and three monographs: Slovenský film v ére transkulturality (Slovak Cinema in the Era of Transculturality, 2011), Balkán alebo metafora: balkanizmus a srbský film 90.rokov (The Balkans or a Metaphor: Balkanism and Serbian Cinema of 1990s, 2008)and Línie, kruhy a svety Emira Kusturicu (Lines, Circles and Worlds of Emir Kusturica, 2001).