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 The European Independent Film Festival 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.
Susan Sainty has been a member of the ÉCU jury since 2007. She has worked predominantly in factual film and television over the past 15 years, as a writer, producer and director. She is currently a producer at Discovery Channel in London.
Lisa James-Larsson was born in Potsdam, East Germany, and grew up in London, England. She earned her first degree in Film and Television studies at London’s Brunel University graduating with honors. She then began working as a freelance camera operator and editor, and then joined the screen-acting department in Art Ed London, School of Acting as a full time D.O.P/ Editor in 2002. After, she moved to Stockholm to study film directing at the Dramatiska Institutet and her short film “Little children, big words” was produced by Bob film Sweden and premiered at Palm Springs International short festival in June 2010 and has since won 19 awards at film festivals worldwide and was even shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2011. Currently, she is working on her debut feature film “EGO” which is being produced by Filmlance International and being released by Nordisk film Distribution in Summer 2011. In addition, her film “Life, Lust & Longing” that was produced by Bob Film Sweden premiered at Gothenburg International Film Festival in February 2012 and will be screened on Sweden’s public television in summer 2012.
Louisa Mayman won the Best Student Film award at the ÉCU film festival in 2010 for her short documentary “The Highest Low.” Since then, she has been appointed an ambassador for G-Technology and has relocated to London where she is seeking apprenticeships within film companies while working on her first short film “Come Clean.”
Sebastian Mantilla’s is a director whose first short film “With Diva” was selected as the prestigious Semaine de la Critique at Cannes and at Sundance. In addition to directing other shorts such as “Bully the Kid” and “The Captain,” he has made several music videos and commercials for Mayo-Lowe. His independent feature TV film “Next to Babylonia” won the Best Director award at ÉCU in 2009. Currently, he is in post-production for “Las Guaguas,” which was shot in Ecuador.
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 ECU Film Festival and has come back to judge new upcoming talent for a couple of years.
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.
Markus Pajtler directed the film “A Damn Killer” that was awarded the ÉCU Audience Award. He is currently in the production of a feature film and studies dram and media in Bochum, Germany. He has worked for German Sports TV, Sony Pictures and several smaller production firms. He is inspired by classical Hollywood style and 1960s’ and 70s’ post-modern directors.
Fabien Lartigue attended school of Cinema Autodidacte. Fabien, along with Gabriella Cserhati, directed the experimental fiction film “27m²” and was awarded the Best European Independent Film at the ÉCU Film Festival. In addition, he has worked on many other films, including “Schmiede 07,” “What can I do,” “Le Magicien, Le Pirate et La Mort,” and television shows.
Gabriella Cserhati was born in Budapest, Hungary and studied at Audiovisuel/ Cinema and DESS Realisation. She created two music videos, “Codec of Dave Maric” and “Fields de Katia Labeque Band.” In 2002, she met Fabien Lartigue and together they co-wrote and co-directed two short films, “The Magician, the Pirate and Death” for Meroe Films and Tom Tamas for Tivoli Film Production and MyFilm Production. In addition, they directed an experimental feature film based on actor’s improvisation called “27m²” and it was awarded the Best European Independent Film at the ÉCU Film Festival. Her work gained her recognition at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, Prague Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Odense, and Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest.
James McAleer is an award winning cinematographer, Director of Photography, editor, director, and writer. He is also the Managing Director of Steadi-Red Ltd, a company that produces creative content for the film and commercials industries. In addition, it provides crew and equipment, as well as research and development for new camera and grip technologies. He has also directed music videos, commercials, and short films. Last year, he produced and shot Neil Ilderton’s “Touch of Red,” which premiered at the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, and went on to be nominated for the Melies D’Or. He was also awarded the ÉCU Best Experimental award for his film “Invertebrate.” He lives in England and works in Independent Motion Pictures and is a film professional.
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.
Bertrand Guerry is a director, executive producer, writer, producer, and assistant director. He has worked on documentaries, feature films, short films, television, and business company films. Some of his previous works include the feature films Back Home and La boite en fer Rouge, the short films La Mecanique des Anges, Au Bout du Rouleau, Les Storms, Joyeux Anniversaire Mamie, and the documentary Trois Petits Tours et Puis S’en Vont. In addition the a very extensive list of films and documentaries, he has worked with companies, such as Nokia, MacDonalds, France Telecom 1, 2, 3, and 4, Universal Music Mobile, MBK, Oui Paris 2008, Coca Cola, Total, Toyota, and Carte Visa.
Emmanuel About is a film producer at Studio Kremlin and the owner of PLAYTIME Studios. He received his education in Paris and went on to work as a ticket manager at ILUKA, consultant at ATHOC and venue logistic manager at HBS.
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.