CHRISTOPHE LEPARC - Managing Director of QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS, Festival de CANNES. Has been working in the film industry since 1990, specialized in the organization of film festivals; has notably worked for the International Women Directors’ Film Festival of Créteil during 10 years as « prospector » of films. Has begun to work for Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier in 1994 as prospector, member of the selection committee, elaborating retrospectives. Between 2000 and 2008, he has worked as Program Manager for the International Critics’ Week, sidebar of Cannes Film Festival devoted to new talents. Since 2007, he is Managing Director of QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS (DIRECTORS’ FORTHNIGHT), the other sidebar of Cannes Film Festival. He’s currently working with Edouard Waintrop, the new Artistic Director of the Fortnight. 



JONATHAN POUTHIER (b. 1983) - since January 2012, he is in charge of the programming of the cinema department of National Museum of Modern Art CENTRE POMPIDOU, Paris. Graduated from LA FEMIS (Ecole nationale supérieure des métiers de l'image et du son), his researches are focused on cinema exhibition and distribution practices inside the museum circuit. He was also in charge with the acquisitions for the Coproduction Office Berlin and associated to the curatorial project of KOW Berlin gallery.  He is also curator of the exhibition Abweichung (Outsiders) at Brandenburger Kunstverein, 2011.





FRANCOIS BONENFANT - Head of Studies LE FRESNOY Studio National Des Arts Contemporaines. He studied theatre at the INSAS and modern literature at the University Paris 10-Nanterre. A writer and film critic, since September 2010 he’s in charge of the pedagogical fields of cinema and visual arts of LE FRESNOY - Studio national des arts contemporains. Between 2005 and 2010 he was also responsible for the programme Fenêtre sur le court métrage contemporain at the Cinémathèque française. In 2009, he was Cinéma du Réel’s deputy artistic director (Centre Pompidou). He regularly works with film festivals both in France and abroad (Cinéma du Réel, Côté Court, Indielisboa, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen). Among others, he collaborates with the Bref magazine and he was one of the contributors of the dictionary on cinema published by Télérama.



ANNA ABRAHAMS (b. 1963, Oslo) is presently Project Leader Programming at the EYE FILM INSTITUTE NETHERLANDS. Prior to this she was the Director of Filmbank, the main collector, exhibitor and distributor of contemporary Dutch experimental film, founded in 2001 by key Dutch experimental filmmakers and curators like Anna Abrahams, Peter Van Hoof, Cyrus Frisch and others. She studied film studies and art history at the University of Amsterdam. She also works as a director and editor of films concerning cultural and social subjects for the independent production foundation Rongwrong, which she founded with her partner filmmaker Jan Frederik Groot in 1989. Her films have been screened and awarded in prestigious film festivals all over the world like Rotterdam, Montreal, Marseille, Indielisboa, Jihlava, Huesca etc. Abrahams has lectured at art academies in The Hague, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Maastricht, Utrecht and Amsterdam, and was author and editor for several magazines on film, television and architecture and also (co)author of a number of books on avant-guard film. Presently she also teaches film at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague.



BRIGITTA BURGER UTZER  (b. 1960, Vienna) – Director of SIXPACKFILM, the most important distributor of Austrian avantguard cinema and visual art. Studied theater and photography; degree in Cultural Management from the Kepler University, Linz. Co-founded SIXPACKFILM in 1990; since 1992 managing director of SIXPACKFILM; concept and/or organization of numerous film series in Vienna; since 1994 in charge of the series "IN PERSON: International film/videoartists bring their work up for discussion"; 2003 edition of the book "Frank Films: the film and video work of Robert Frank" (together with Stefan Grissemann).






LAURENȚIU DAMIAN - President of the Senate of the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest (UNATC) and PhD University Professor and Leader of University Year at the Film and TV Directing Department of the same UNATC. Graduate of the National Institute of Drama and Film, Bucharest in 1978, LAURENTIU DAMIAN is a Romanian filmmaker, one of the key figures of the Romanian Documentary New Wave of the ’80s. Because of their bold voice, some of his works have been banned by the communist regime: Maria Tănase” (1986, Best documentary award of the Romanian Filmmakers’ Union) or Bench Mark Zero” (1987, presented in Oberhausen and Krakow). Numerous other films have received international acclaim: The Staying (1991, presented at Berlinale 1992), Was God Sighing like Humans? (1991, presented at Graz, Kracow and Oberhausen). In 2003 he became Doctor Magna cum Laudae in Cinematography and Media. He is also the Director of Editura Video - Art Documentary Studio of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and honorary member of the Italian Cinematheque of Milano, and he has also published over 600 articles on film history and aesthetics.