Andrea Arnold is an English director and writer. Her most recent film and first feature length documentary, Cow, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and is currently being shown at film festivals around the world. Arnold won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Wasp in 2005. Her first feature film, Red Road, won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. In 2009, her second feature Fish Tank also won the Jury Prize. Her adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (2011) was shown at the 68th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography.
Arnold’s fourth feature American Honey was nominated for a BAFTA, 6 BIFA Awards and 6 Independent Film Spirit Awards. For TV, Arnold has directed Jill Soloway’s Transparent and I Love Dick. In 2018, she directed the second series of Big Little Lies for HBO.
Joe Bini is an editor, writer and director, best known for his long-time collaboration with Werner Herzog on documentaries such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), Grizzly Man (2005), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), and Into the Abyss (2011); and narrative films such as Rescue Dawn (2006) and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009). He has premiered six films at the Cannes Film Festival including American Honey (Andrea Arnold, 2016), as well as Lynne Ramsay’s films We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and You Were Never Really Here (2017), for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Editor.
He has an Emmy Award for Best Nonfiction Writing for Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008). He wrote and co-directed A Thousand Thoughts, a live theater/film piece about the Kronos Quartet, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. With his partner Maya Hawke, he has performed a second live film piece called Little Ethiopia (2020).
Charlotte Serrand is a film director. In 2017 she made her first feature 1048 Moons, which has been presented in several international film festivals including FIDMarseille and BAFICI. She studied literature and then obtained a master’s degree in cinema from the Paris University 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. From 2012 on she has been working regularly with Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra. In the same year, she started working at the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, where she has been appointed as Artistic Director in 2020. Since 2018, she is also a reader at the CNC and a program advisor at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
Akram Zaatari is an artist who works with photography, film and video. He has produced more than 50 films and videos that share an interest in writing histories of banalities, often using excavation as a form. They include three features: The Landing (2018), Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem (2015) and This Day (2003). His work has been featured at Documenta13 in 2012, and his Letter to a Refusing Pilot represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennial in 2013.
Zaatari has played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. He was one of a handful of young artists who emerged from the short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon’s television industry, which was radically reorganized after the country’s civil war. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, an artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the Arab world, he has made invaluable contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice.