Regarded as one of the leading filmmakers who has contributed substantially and consistently to children’s and youth cinema, Mohammad-Ali Talebi is one of the most significant figures of Iranian cinema.
Having directed some of the great works of Iranian cinema such as Willow and Wind, The Boot and Bag of Rice, he has played an integral role in securing an international recognition for Iranian Cinematography in the last two decades. In addition, many of his films have been selected and awarded at numerous international film festivals such as Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, Sundance, New York, Montreal, Amsterdam, London, Toronto, Tokyo, Zlín and Bangkok.
Director and film producer
Born in 1965, Jordi Niubó is a Czech-Spanish filmmaker and a graduate of directing at Prague’s FAMU. After 15 years of directing documentary films, TV commercials and music videos, Jordi co-founded the i/o post film production and postproduction company in 2005 which soon became an important co-production partner for Czech and foreign filmmakers.
Jordi has worked as a Czech producer representing i/o post in various international projects.
Writer, director and teacher
Neal Dhand is a writer, director, and teacher originally from Philadelphia, now based in Prague. Neal’s debut feature film, Second-Story Man, premiered at Cinequest 21 and the Shanghai International Film Festival. His follow-up, the heist film Crooked & Narrow, won Best Editing at the Brooklyn Film Festival.
Neal teaches directing classes at Prague Film School and is currently in pre-production on a science fiction project, The Lighthouse.
Head of acquisitions at the Doc Alliance Films platform
Diana Tabakov is in the head of acquisitions and film programme at the international VOD platform Doc Alliance Films powered by 7 key European documentary film festivals. She also curates documentary films for arthouse cinemas and film festivals and runs the film literacy project My Street Films in Central European countries.
She was brought up in Malta, has a background in humanities from Charles University in Prague and studied her Masters in documentary film at University of the Arts London.
Head of acquisitions at Current Time TV
Natalia Arshavskaya was invited to Acquisition & Commissioning Department of Current Time TV in August 2016, after two years of heading Documentary department at Antipode Sales & Distribution.
Natalia is in charge of selection and acquisition of the best world documentaries for Realnoye Kino (Real Cinema) strand of Current Time TV, which aims to make the world of documentaries more familiar to Russian speaking audiences.
Since 2017 Natalia also performs a role of Commissioning Editor with 6 films commissioned in 2017, among them two highly anticipated films Putin's Witnesses by Vitaly Manski and Home Games by Alisa Kovalenko.
Born in 1991 and raised in southern China, Piaoyu Xie moved to Prague in 2013. She attended the prestigious film school in Prague, FAMU, where she received her MFA in directing. Her latest film The Nettle (2017), a coming-of-age queer drama, premiered at BFI Flare and was selected into Palm Spring International Short Fest and many other festivals.
Piaoyu is currently working on the post-production of her new short film Cicada and her feature debut The Ugly Mandarine with producer Veronika Kührová from Analog Vision.
Petar Mrdjen is a Serbian sound designer who grew up in Sweden. His beginnings were humble, starting with guerrilla filmmaking, getting by with the cheapest DV camera and a broken microphone.
Petar came to the Czech Republic to study at a film school and now he works as a teacher with a clear goal: pushing the boundaries of sonic storytelling through sound you can’t ignore. Petar’s expertise lies in field recording, sound design, and music composing.
Jan-Karel Pavlík was born in Prague in 2000. He started making films at a very young age. He won prizes at two consecutive editions of the BRNO16 film festival. His short films were successful at various film festivals in Los Angeles, Romania, South Korea and elsewhere.
He was featured in the prestigious Forbes 30under30 list in 2014. Currently he is applying to study at FAMU Prague and is working on a film adaptation of Les Chants du Maldoror.