Scott Hillier is an Australian Director / Cinematographer / Screenwriter. Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television school as well as literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. He has taught a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting as well as journalism at the Centre de Formation des Journaliste (CFJ) in Paris. In addition to serving as President of The European Independent Film Festival he is also Chief Creative Officer for the Zs2 Media Group in Paris.
Alan Arrivée is a filmmaker, writer, and Assistant Professor of Cinema and Cinema Director at The University of Mississippi. His short film Silent Radio, which he both wrote and directed, was awarded Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography at ÉCU in 2007. The film has been the Official Selection in over twenty international film festivals, including Staten Island and Breckenridge. He is currently in post-production for his upcoming short film Man at the Door.
Alvaro Ramos is an actor and an independent producer born in Madrid, Spain. In 2006, he co-produced and acted in his first short film, Anonymous, which obtained more than 20 international prizes at various film festivals and was pre-selected for the Oscars in 2009. Alvaro is now is producing and acting in an internet sitcom series in Spain.
Andrea Pallaoro is an award winning film and theater director from Trento, Italy, whose recent work investigates the human perception of alienation and its relationship to intimacy. His last film Wunderkammer won six international awards and has been selected in the official competition of over fifty film festivals around the world, including Sundance in 2009. Currently, Andrea resides in Los Angeles, CA, where he is working toward the realization of his next film projects.
Daniel Ellezam is the director of the DVD collection Films en classe, which was edited by Scérén-CNDP. In addition, he is responsible for the legal deposit of audiovisual material at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France).
Carlo Varini has worked as the Director of Photography on over 30 feature films, documentaries, short films, and on more than 50 television shows- most notably Luc Besson’s The Last Battle, Subway and The Big Blue. He has been awarded two Caesars nominations: one for Subway and the second for The Big Blue for his outstanding achievement in cinematography. His work has received tremendous notice around the world and at many of the major film festivals including, Avoriaz, Sitgès, Berlin, Taormina, Venice, Cannes, Locarno, and Lodz.
Vesna De Vinca is a TV author, journalist, director, editor, and screenwriter. Since 1993, she has been the TV Program Editor on the documentary program, RTS, the biggest radio and TV network in Serbia and Montenegro. In addition, she runs her own TV production company.
Oscar Vega embarked on his film career at age 32 after working in ceramics banking and IT. As a director and scriptwriter, Oscar Vega has made three short films (El Contrato de Murk, Hechizo Lunar, and Concierto a la Mujer Desconocida) and two feature-length films (Raluy, Una Noche en el Circo and El sexo de los Dinosaurios). All of his films have received recognition at numerous film festivals around the world. In addition, Oscar is a member of the Television Academy and has been on the jury of several film festivals.
Suz Sainty has been a member of the ÉCU jury since 2007. She is New Zealand born producer, director and screenwriter. She has lived in London for the past 20 years, working mainly in factual film and television. She is currently employed as a producer for Discovery.
Louisa Mayman is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University with a First class honours in Interactive Arts. Her first short documentary, The Highest Low was screened at various film festivals worldwide and won Best Student Film at ÉCU Film Festival in 2010, as well as being selected for the Non-Fiction Archive at the BFI. She was selected to be one of 70 people from around the world to be taught by Werner Herzog as part of the Rogue Film School and was appointed as an ambassador for G-Technology (2012). Louisa has just completed her first fiction short Come Clean and has other projects in development.
Faramarz Beheshti was born in Iran, raised in Italy and currently living in New Zealand. He studied photography at the European Institute of Design in Milan, Italy, and film in Wellington. He also worked at NZ Film Studio in Dubai, developed a modeling and casting agency, and coordinated a film festival in Iran for Sony. In addition, on his last trip to Iran he shot a film about rugby playing women with unique insight into the daily lives of women in the Islamnic Republic. He was awarded the ÉCU Best Non-European Documentary for his work Salam Rugby as well as awards at festivals in Milan, Miami, Bahamas, Costa Rica, South Africa, Los Angeles, Cambodia, Oaxaca, New Zealand and One World International Human Rights 2011.
In 2012 he was involved with the production of My Daughter of Persia, a film by Tele Productions International (USA) made up of footage he shot in Iran from 2008-2010. Also in 2012, he spent many months in Tajikistan, where he was a core member of the introduction of rugby into the country.
James McAleer is a cinematographer whose credits range from international commericals, feature films, and award winning shorts through to prime time and live television. In 2012, he completed principal photography on his feature film, Harrigan. Since then, he has completed a feature documentary called Once More for Bobby– a tribute to Sir Bobby Robson. James’ experimental film Invertebrate has been screened in over 25 International film festivals, winning Best European Experimental film in 2011 at the ÉCU festival, and the prestigious Platinum Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival.
Antoine Vareille is an editor for feature films and television. He has been editor-in-chief for the film Fatal and has also worked as editor for the films Sea, No Sex and Sun, Faces in the Crowd, Lucky Luke, Hitman, and Big Nothing. He is currently working on the TV series Kaboul Kitchen. He has also worked on the TV series documentary Intimate Portrait with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford.
Guillaume Gontard is a film expert, who lives and works in Lyon, France.
Catalin Leescu is a Romanian producer/director with over 14 years of experience in film and advertising, while also doing extensive non-commercial works for the Romanian CNC and national television. Internationally, he has worked as a film and advertising director in Spain, France and Latvia. He is currently heading East European Film Alliance on behalf of eleven film partner organizations from Eastern Europe.
Jim Bittermann is CNN’s Senior European Correspondent based in Paris, France. Bittermann earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, which in 1989 named him the Southern Illinois University’s Journalism Alumnus of the Year. In 2000 he received the university’s Alumni Achievement Award. Bittermann joined CNN from ABC News, where he was a Paris news correspondent from 1990-1996. Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, among other stories. In addition, since 1998, Bittermann has been assistant adjunct professor of communication at the American University of Paris, teaching courses in broadcast news and documentary film, among other subjects. He has also been a panel moderator at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and a member of the jury for the French film competition Les Lumieres de Paris.
Stephen Mills lives in Los Angeles and writes for both film and stage. Mills has been awarded twice at ÉCU for Best Non-European Dramatic Short, first in 2007 with his film A Cigar at the Beach and again in 2009 for LIMINAL. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and worked professionally as an actor for 17 years before putting his efforts into writing and directing.
David Jakubovic is a director and editor. His first feature film, The Forest is Red won the Best Non-European Feature Film award in 2012. He recently finished editing a feature documentary for LionsGate, that will soon be distributed worldwide. He is currently starting a production company called Mad Machine Films.
Prano Bailey-Bond is an award-winning director & editor based in London. Her films are known for their unique boldness as she fuses a dark horror-esque vocabulary with a refreshing newness that demonstrates how beauty can reside in strange places. With a background in art and theatre, Welsh-born Prano’s creative stamp is both technically polished and visually distinctive.
Her career as an editor has led her to work frequently in documentary. She is currently developing her debut feature film.
Rocco Labbé is a French director whose first short film was awarded Best European Film of the 2012 edition of the ÉCU Film Festival. Former script reader for Europacorp, he just completed another short movie in 2013, an adaptation of a Baudelaire Poem and is currently working on the script for a long feature film about World War One. Rocco is also Secretaire General and writer for Les Fiches du Cinema, a film journal that reviews every movie that has come out in France since 1933.
Socrates Alafouzos is a critically acclaimed Greek actor. His career includes leading roles in theater, film and TV. His short feature film, Little King is a presentation of his work, not only as an actor, but as a screen-writer and director. So far, Little King won 11 Awards and was officially selected by 23 international film festivals. His current ambition is to pursue film direction and make it the primary focus of his career.
Vicky Mather is a multi-talented moving image director who implements her background in photography design and illustration to create rich film projects. She studied Fine Art at London’s Kingston University and at the National Film and Television School. Her graduate work for her MA in Animation Directing, Stanley Pickle, won more than 30 awards and received substantial attention from press and festivals. In 2011, BAFTA invited Vicky to attend the Royal Gala event in LA, California where Prince William and Catherine Middleton showcased the best of emerging British Film-making Talent. In addition, Vicky was awarded the Best Student Film at the ÉCU Film Festival and has come back to judge new upcoming talent for a couple of years.
Guy Tucker has worked as a corporate producer/director for the past twenty years serving clients including Microsoft, Dell Computers, DHL, Russell Investments and Hewlett-Packard. His greatest passion is bringing creativity and entertainment to what is often a staid segment of the industry. When he’s not arguing with customs officials about equipment carnets, Guy can be found racing his bicycle.
Paul Anderson is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan, now running a tiny video production outfit making video features and sponsored documentaries for the international development community in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, North Africa and India.
Losing Hope, shot for the UN and showing the continuing plight of women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, was shown recently at Raindance Film Festival in London and Burbank, California.
Another, on security in Afghanistan and the role of NATO, took a silver prize at the World Media Festival in Hamburg last year. He’s currently working on a 1/2 hour documentary on conflict resolution through development in Afghanistan.
Jessie Taylor has a broad practice in private and public law. She works particularly in administrative law, crime, compensation, mental health, human rights & equal opportunity and migration.
In 2009 Jessie was contracted by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department as a researcher and writer on the National Human Rights Consultation. She was Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Refugee Law Reform Committee and sat on the Executive Committee of the LIV Administrative and Human Rights Law section. She has worked as a researcher in the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and as a tutor in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme. Jessie is the author of the report Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia. She is co-writer and producer of the films We Will Be Remembered For This (2007) and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2011).
Yonathan Levy’s first cinematographic work was at 14 years-old was a short film on the death camps in Poland, a theme to which he returns to often. Self-taught, Yonathan developed his knowledge of the cinema over a number of years during which he made short films, experimental films and art videos. In 2004, his short Scope Tour Retour was shown at film festivals worldwide. While he continued his film work, he completed his studies at Supélec, a very high rank engineering French school, when only 21. Afterwards, he decided to devote himself totally to his cinematographic career. Three years later, he completed at 25 years-old his first full-length film; Das Kind, a documentary awarded and shown at numerous festivals worldwide. Currently, Yonathan is concentrating on the writing of his first feature film.