PAUL ANDERSON runs an independent freelance video, features and communications enterprise, specializing in European political news, election observation, climate change and institutional videos for the international development community. These include the International Committee of the Red Cross, UN, NATO and the EU, directing, filming and scripting features in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Russia, Georgia and across the EU. Between 1990 and 2007, he worked for the BBC as correspondent, presenter and regional editor, including resident correspondent postings in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Pakistan/Afghanistan. He made documentaries on events in Afghanistan shown at the independent film festivals in Dubai, Raindance London, Burbank USA and Hamburg. He obtained a BA in German and Russian from the University of London and he have been working with ECU for the past 12 years.

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REBECCA CALDER is an actress and producer who began her career on the London stage. Her television work with the BBC is extensive, yet she is best known for the Emmy Award winning US series Hatfield’s & Mccoys playing opposte Kevin Costner. Her Independent film work includes her award winning role in the feature Love Me Do and The Dark Mile. Most recently she can be seen in Nat Geo’s upcoming series Genius: Picasso, playing Coco Chanel.

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SAMANTHA COLLINS is an Australian born British screenwriter based in Paris. A graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, she co-wrote the multi-award winning graduation animation ‘After the End’ with director Sam Southward. With a background in production and development, she has worked for Discovery Networks, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Arts, Entertainment and Comedy) and London animation house Nexus. Her first feature film ‘You Can Tutu’ has been released on Netflix and she has a number of original film and television projects currently in development, including co-productions, for the UK, USA, Australia and France.

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BENJAMIN DIOURIS, born in Rennes in 1992, arrived in Paris in September 2010. After a two-year stint at Florent, he entered the faculty of Paris VII Diderot, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree film studies. He also worked in various positions on film clips projects, short films and independent feature films, before starting to write Merrick, a feature film in 2014. Produced by Red Color Productions and Khatom Productions, the film begins its tour festivals in 2017.

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VESNA DE VINCA is a TV journalist, a writer and a producer. With almost 30 years of experience as a journalist shooting documentaries all around the planet, she has been the last journalist in the world to interview Nelson Mandela. Since 2004, she has been managing her own production company “De Vinča Production”. Vesna is also the author and producer of numerous charity events, and endeavours focusing on environmental protection, culture, fashion and beauty. De Vinča has served on the jury of the European Independent Film Festival since 2007.

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GIADA GHIRINGHELLI is a London based filmmaker and video editor who has spent the last decade developing her passion in the visual arts, working across a number of industries including film, art, music and fashion. Her experimental works have been exhibited internationally in both gallery and festival circuit, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Her latest experimental film won Best Experimental Film at ÉCU Film Festival in Paris and Best Sound Design at Underwire in London.

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KORINNA HERZIG is a freelance filmmaker from Stuttgart, Germany. She has been working as media designer and filmmaker since 2007. In Paris and Orlando, she used to work for the Disney company. 2016, she graduated from the Merz Akademie Stuttgart with her award winning short film DER NARR. Today, she does editorial work for German TV (SWR), is leading initiatives in youth media education and is the festival directress of “Weird Wednesday”, a two year old genre film series in Stuttgart. Where she also volunteers in a feminist association called FFGZ. It’s Korinna’s second year as a jury member for the ÉCU festival.

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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.

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GARETH JONES is UK based executive producer, an industry veteran with 25 years experience in financing, sales, and distribution. A former CEO of George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Gareth has financed, sold, and distributed over 80 independent films, including Mona Lisa; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Psych 9 and 4321 and others.

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SAM KADI is the director, writer and producer of critically acclaimed feature drama The Citizen, starring Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). The film was named among the “Best 10 Films of 2013” by  Examiner.com . Kadi’s recent award winning documentary Little Gandhi was Syria’s first official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 90 th  Academy Awards. The film was the winner of The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking at the European Independent Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by HBO Europe and Kino Lorber. Kadi was invited to screen Little Gandhi before U.S. Members of Congress, Members of the Untied Nations, Amnesty International, and the Canadian Parliament where Kadi met with Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau. Kadi has been recognized by the prestigious Cinema For Peace organization for raising awareness of human rights issues through motion pictures, and was asked to speak on the same subject before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands in June 2012. In 2014, the SHOAH Foundation, founded by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, chose Kadi as a Spotlight Juror. Kadi is a TEDx speaker and a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), where he serves on the Guild Asian American committee. Kadi lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and two kids.

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JONATHAN MANDEL is a 35 years old French director, he started his career in high school where he launched a project based on digital film with two of his friends. Freshly out of school he started Get in the box, a production company with his high school friend. Together, they worked with agencies that were starting to use the digital format on the web. In three years they managed to get to work with prestigious clients. Tired of production Jonathan started a new company with his brother, Mandel Bros, where he was able to direct and craft ideas. Focusing on the storytelling, Jonathan started studying mythology structuration and script writing. In six years they worked directly with the biggest French company who gave them full control over challenging projects. Mandel Bros is now writing fiction. A first series script is being finished and a new one started. They expect to obtain financing with Jonathan as a director within 2019.

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FABIAN MARQUEZ is a writer/producer on the upcoming NBCUniversal series Spides (SyFy). Other writing credits include Better Luck Tomorrow (the debut film of Justin Lin) and the Academy Award-nominated short, Johnny Flynton (with director Lexi Alexander). When he’s not writing, Fabian serves as Senior Creative Director at Centerline Digital where he directs brand films and branded content for Fortune 50 companies. His background also includes extensive experience in feature post production, on staff at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks Pictures.

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MARK PEREZ is one of the premiere non-scripted Executive Producers and Directors in the business today, having produced and directed thousands of hours of programming for networks including NBC, Showtime, Discovery, History, ESPN, VH1, and MTV.  Mark’s work includes huge hits such as NBC’s Fear Factor, MTV’s Road Rules and Laguna Beach and two seasons of America’s Next Top Model for UPN. Other critically acclaimed series include Showtime’s 3AM, and VH1’s Celeb Rehab with Dr. Drew.

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SUZ SAINTY is a documentary producer / director and screenwriter, currently based at Discovery Channel in London. Over the past 15 years she has also worked for National Geographic and numerous indies in a variety of production and post production roles, and written several screenplays. She is currently working on a documentary feature and developing a three part fact-based drama series. Suz has served on the European Independent Film Festival jury since 2007.

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OSCAR SPIERENBURG (1981) is a painter as well as an auto-didactic director from The Netherlands. He lives and works in Belgium. He has taught himself how to paint and direct and has proved his skills with numerous short films and the awarded feature film Vanitas. Oscar is now working on his second feature length film The Author. Alongside working as a director, he owns an art gallery in the center of Antwerp and founded the Apertus Open Source Cinema Project.

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ANTOINE VAREILLE is an editor for feature films and television. He has worked as an editor for the films Lucky Luke; Hitman; Brice De  Nice; Fatal and Discount as well as for the TV series Kaboul Kitchen and on the TV series documentary Intimate Portrait with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford. Antoine has been a jury member of the festival for the last 6 years.

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MARTIJN WINKER, born in 1978, is a writer, director and digital creative from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specializes in fiction with a tragicomic edge and an innovative visual style, and has created various films, teleplays and TV-series that have garnered international acclaim (a.o. a Rose d’Or, Webby Award and the Japan Prize). Martijn also has a strong expertise in online and new media. In 2012 he founded VERTOV digital storytelling, and went on to create and produce award winning viral videos, commercials and social media campaigns for international brands, reaching millions of people around the globe. In 2014 he won a prestigious Gold SABRE Award for the viral Rituals: Laughing Buddha and in 2016 he won a Silver Dolphin in Cannes for Best Viral, for ANWB: Winter Is Coming. He is president of the Dutch Directors Guild, contributor to leading Dutch communication/tech blog Frankwatching, guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and the University of Amsterdam, and is debuting with a novel at publisher Atlas Contact in 2019.
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