Filmmaker Aboozar Amini studied fine art at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and filmmaking at the London Film School. His short KabulTehranKabul won the 2010 Dutch Film Fund Wildcard award and his graduation film from London, Angelus Novus (2015), premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and won various awards worldwide. His latest short, Best Day Ever (2018), premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight as part of the Tunisia Factory in 2018. His first feature-length documentary, Kabul, City in the Wind, opened IDFA 2018, picked up the Special Jury Award for First Appearance and was shortlisted for the 2019 IDA DocAward. He is currently developing his first fiction feature, Ways to Run, developed as part of his Cannes Cinefondation Residence 2019.
Having studied Economics in Brussels (ULB), Juliette Duret’s interest in working in film was stimulated by frequenting the Film Archive in Brussels. She began working as a production assistant in Barcelona and in 1992 became Coordinator for Wallonie Bruxelles Images, promoting films by the French-speaking community at international film festivals. In 2001 she completed a professional development program at les Entrepreneurs de l’Audiovisuel before becoming Head of Wallonie Bruxelles Images. She then moved to the Centre for Fine Arts (CFA – BOZAR Brussels), where she was Coordinator and Film Curator from 2006 to 2013. Since 2013, she has been Head of the Film Department at BOZAR and a member of its Management Team. She has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2006 and is a member of the Académie André Delvaux (Magritte Awards).
Stockholm-based curator and producer Melissa Lindgren graduated from the University of Gothenburg with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts focusing on curation for film and video. She is inspired by the variety and innovation within documentary storytelling and particularly interested in film as a point of departure for social change through well-curated programs and screenings in unexpected locations. She is currently exploring new ways of showing film in contextualized screenings in places such as churches, bathhouses, industrial spaces and ruins.
She was previously (until April 2019) artistic director of Tempo Documentary Festival and is the co-founder and festival director of Cinema Queer International Film Festival, the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in Sweden. She is currently working as a producer at Swedish production company Story, focusing on creative documentaries and arthouse features.