Rainer Komers was born in 1944 in Guben. Studied film at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, photography at the University of Essen. Worked as director and cameraman in Alaska, Ecuador, France, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Yemen. His films have been broadcast on 3sat, Arte, HR, PBS, WDR and ZDF. Works and lives in Berlin and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Teaches in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Münster and Vienna. His film NOME ROAD SYSTEM won the International Short Film Award at Planet in Focus, Toronto in 2004 and the German Short Film Award in 2005.
Jan Gogola was born in 1971. Studied journalism at Charles University and documentary film at FAMU – Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague. Formerly an editor at Czech Television. Resumed career as filmmaker, script editor and lecturer at FAMU. His film DIARY OF GRANDMOTHER NEMCOVA won the First Prize at the FAMU Film Festival in 2000 and the Best Czech Documentary Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2009.
Marie-Catherine Theiler was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1976. Studied theater and journalism at the Universities of Bern and Fribourg, and film at the ESBA – University of Fine Arts Geneva with Professors Claudio Pazienza and Jean-Louis Comolli. Work as assistant teacher, actress, assistant director at the theater as well as filmmaker. 2008 Scholarship from the Cultural Commission of Central Switzerland for a stay in Berlin.
Jan Peters was born in Hanover in 1966. Studied at the University of Fine Arts HfbK Hamburg. Co-founder of the filmmaking group ABBILDUNGSZENTRUM in 1994. In addition to award-winning short and feature films such as WIE ICH EIN HÖHLENMALER WURDE or WIE ICH EIN FREIER REISEBEGLEITER WURDE, Jan Peters also creates radio plays and participates in art exhibitions. Lives and works in Berlin.
Anca Miruna Lazarescu was born in Timisoara, Romania, in 1979. She emigrated to Germany in 1990. Since 2000 she studies at the University of Film and Television HFF Munich. Her previous work includes documentaries and short fiction films. THE SECRET OF DEVA won numerous international awards and was licensed to TV stations worldwide. SALMA – BENEATH TWO SKIES was made for 3sat, and BUKAREST – BERLIN was nominated for the Berlin Today Award at the Berlinale 2005.
Karel Žalud was born in 1971. He is a Prague-based screenwriter, editor, essayist, director of documentary, feature and commercial films and a sound designer. He first studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology and from 1994 to 2002 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University, Dept. of Film Studies. From 1997 to 2005 he studied at FAMU – Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts.