Petra Seliškar – Slovenian producer and film director
Petra Seliškar born in Ljubljana- Slovenia 1978, moved to Holland to study film directing and producing at the National Film Academy in Amsterdam and moved to UK to finish her MA studies in Screen Arts at Sheffield Hallam University – Northern Media School. She continued to work in Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia as a film director and film producer. She founded Petra Pan Film Production in 2003. Her documentary The Grandmothers of Revolution has been screened at a variety of film festivals and was the recipient of several awards, including IDFA, Trieste Film Festival, Zagrebdox and Sarajevo Film Festival.
Brand Ferro – Macedonian cinematographer and producer
Brand Ferro is a cinematographer who began his film activities as an cine-amateur behind the camera. Later on he worked as a successful cinematographer. In 2003 he established Petra Pan Film Production, an independent film production based in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Skopje (Macedonia). His films, both fiction and documentary, received many awards. He worked with Jorhe Coira, Claudia Tosi, Ivo Trajkov, Peter Zach, and Kiro Urdin. Brand choses to work with a dynamic and ambitious international group of people – creative filmmakers focusing on a strong author’s signature and a high artistic profile in every field of filmmaking. Through all these years he is continually aiming to produce high quality innovative films with sense of humour.
Vladimir Gojun – Croatian film editor
Born in February 15th 1979, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Graduated in Film Editing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. So far he edited few internationally acclaimed features such as «BUICK RIVIERA» (winner of Sarajevo Film Festival in 2008.) and BEHIND THE GLASS (nominated for Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary film festival 2008.), documentary «CASH & MARRY» (winner of Regards Neufs at Visions du Réel NYON 2009.), short films «YELLOW MOON» (shorts competition at BERLINALE 2010.), «Editing» (presented at the European Film Awards in 2006.). Also, he directed two short documentaries. Recently he finished his first long documentary named «CYCLES» (Grand Prix at the Mediterranean Film festival in Široki brijeg 2010, winner of the Best Debutant Award at the 19th Days of Croatian Film 2010).
John Appel – Dutch documentary filmmaker
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker John Appel from VOF Appel & Honigmann, a production company in the Netherlands, has directed and produced more than 40 films over the years. John Appel has worked as a professional cameraman/director since ’87. As an independent filmmaker, Appel directed more than 40 documentaries for cinema and television, in addition to working as a cameraman on more than 50 documentaries. Appel studied Gymnasium ß Classical Languages and Literature in the University of Amsterdam Film Academy, and graduated as cameraman and documentary director. In 2000, he established a production company with filmmaker Heddy Honigmann (VOF Appel & Honigmann). Appel is a Guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy (since 2000); he gives lectures and masterclasses all over the world. Since 2008 he works as part time commissioning editor for the Humanist Broadcasting Foundation. In 1999 he won the IDFA Joris Ivens Award for the film ‘Andre Hazes/ She Believes in Me’, the most successful documentary film in Dutch cinema released in 50 years. ‘The Last Victory’ (2003), a film about the famous Palio horse race of Siena, won many international awards and was nominated for Best European Documentary. His personal film ‘The Player’ (2009) won a.o. the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary; his latest film ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place’ (2012), about the tragic events in Norway in 2011, was the opening film of IDFA 2012. His most recent film ‘Magic of editing’ (2015) is about the artistic and ethical dilemmas in the editing room of documentaries.
Siniša Juričić – Croatian producer
Siniša Juričić founded Nukleus association in 2003, Nukleus Film Croatia in 2009 and Nukleus Film Slovenia in 2012. He graduated acting in 1990 and film production in 2009 from the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. Prior to Nukleus fully consumed his focus and time, he worked as the journalist, editor and producer at Radio 101, which was one of the most influential radio stations in the territories of ex-Yugoslavia. He was also founding member of Omladinska televizija (Youth TV – OTV) working as one of the producers and later in charge of programming. During the war in former Yugoslavia served as the news and documentary producer for Visnews (todays Reuters TV), ZDF, BBC Radio and Television and Nippon TV, which is the biggest private TV network in Japan. As the part of the BBC team that produced «Fighting the Peace» film, won annual British award for best documentary. In 1998 together with director Vinko Brešan, produced 11′ film in 360 degrees technique, film that represented Croatia in Lisbon at EXPO 98 exhibition. Film was screened by over one million viewers. Sinisa’s focus is on producing films and helping talented filmmakers from the EEC to achieve their full international potential. The passion remains in the film, although he is preparing for his first cross-media production. Regularly receiving international film awards and funding for films, both at home and internationally. Recently lecturing documentary production and project management at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb and High College of Samobor and doing case studies at EURODOC, Co-production Market Leipzig and exOriente training programs. In 2012 awarded with annual “Albert Kapovic” award of Croatian Producers Association for contribution to the promotion of Croatian film.
Boris Mitić – Serbian producer and film director
Boris Mitić (born 1977 in Leskovac, southern Serbia) worked as a professional journalist when he decided to buy a camera and film his first film Pretty Dyanaon his own, using a home computer for production. The film, describing the life of the Roma in the outskirts of Belgrade through a story of a Citroën car model which they use to collect recyclable garbage for a living, became popular at festivals (over 60 in total) and received 11 awards. He also directed UNMIK Titanik, a documentary about 100 people who couldn’t leave their UN-protected building for over four years. His third film, Good Bye, How Are You? aka Aphocalypse Now!, which is about the phenomenon of Serbian satirical aphorisms, premiered in 2009 and has already received severel festival awards (e.g. DOCSDF Mexico City). Mitić encourages copyleft distribution of his films. Offical website: dribblingpictures.com
Tonči Tarfa – sound engineer and sound designer