María Álvarez is an Argentine writer, director, producer and editor. She directed, produced and edited the documentaries Las cinéphilas (2017), Le temps perdu (2020) and Near and Dear (2021), a trilogy that relates the passage of time and art. Her films have been screened at international festivals such as IDFA, Semaine de la Critique Locarno, Thessaloniki, Göteborg, DocAviv, DocLisboa, BAFICI, Cartagena, Sydney, and Krakow, among many others.
Her films won several awards, including the awards for Best Argentine Feature Film at Mar del Plata International Film Festival both in 2020 (Le temps perdu) and 2021 (Near and Dear). Her theater play Quémese antes de leerse (Burned Before Reading), published in 2016, won second prize at the Premios Fray Luis de León from Valladolid, Spain.
Niklas Engstrøm is the Artistic Director of CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Film Festival. He was part of the team founding the festival together with former CEO Tine Fischer in 2003, and has since then been working on creating a festival program marked by social relevance, artistic genre-bending and enlightenment, appealing to both a national audience as well as the international film industry.
In 2015, Engstrøm took on the role as Head of Program at CPH:DOX and since the summer of 2021 he has been Artistic Director of the Copenhagen Film Festivals Foundation, which includes CPH:DOX and the children’s film festival Buster.
Dina Iordanova is a film historian, working on matters related to film festivals, Eastern European and Balkan film, and documentary film. A native of Bulgaria, she is Emeritus Professor of Global Cinema at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has published cinematic representations of conflict and political cinema and has taught across Europe, Asia and North America.
Iordanova has served on the juries of various film festivals, including Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Sibiu International Festival for Documentary Film and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.