Marius Panduru is an acclaimed Romanian cinematographer, with a special vision and a specific style. His prestigious portfolio of short, advertisement and feature films goes beyond Europe, into the international scene. Selective films: “12:08 East of Bucharest” (by Corneliu Porumboiu) – Camera d’Or, Cannes 2006, “The Way I Spent the End of the World” (by Catalin Mitulescu) – presented in Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2006, “The Rest is Silent” (by Nae Caranfil) – official selection Locarno IFF 2007, “Aferim!” (by Radu Jude) – Silver Berlin Bear 2015, La Civil (by Teodora Mihai), – Prize for Courage (Un Certain Regard), Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (by Rady Jude) – Golden Berlin Bear 2021.

Zornitsa Sophia is Master of Fine Arts, with a major in painting. She has written, directed and produced 4 feature films, 2 documentaries and directed 7 tv series, one theater performance and an Opera. Her films are screened at major film festivals like Warsaw, Shanghai, Goa, Cairo, Sarajevo, Busan, Mar del Plata, Moscow, and received over 25 awards, two of them being the Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards. Zornitsa Sophia served as a jury member at film festivals and has a passion for leading workshops on filmmaking.

Marouan Omara is a filmmaker and an educator, with a deep commitment to the development and appreciation of Arab filmmaking. He currently serves as the managing director of the Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema (RCAIC), an annual meeting for constructive dialogue and exchange of views among Arab filmmakers, producers, funders, distributors, and more. In addition to his administrative work, Marouan is an accomplished curator and has served as the Short Film Competition Director at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival. Marouan’s films have won numerous awards and have been screened at major film festivals around the world, including Berlinale, IFF Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary IFF, Ji.hlava IDFF, DOK Leipzig, Cairo IFF, and El-Gouna FF.