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At the helm of JBA Productions, Jacques Bidou has produced about 70 documentaries such as Chroniques Sud-Africaines, Diario en Medellin ou Carnets d’un combattant kurde. As producer of fiction, he has contributed to reveal talents such as Rithy Panh, Merzak Allouache or Pablo Agüero. A graduate from INSAS in Brussels, he has been an Administrator to the FEMIS school as well as a founding member of EURODOC.
Boris Karadzhev was born in 1948 in Perm. As film director and scriptwriter, he participated in more than 60 documentary film projects including international co-productions in Finland, The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Great Britain etc. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as Artistic Director of Russian Central Documentary Film Studio (RCSDF). He is also a Professor of documentary film directing at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) since 2002.
The author of several successful documentaries, Leontina Vatmanu works as a director, screenwriter, and artistic director at OWH Studio, an independent production house in Chisinau. Since 2001, she has been the artistic director and film selector of CRONOGRAF International Documentary Film Festival in Moldova, which she organizes with the OWH Studio team. Leontina Vatmanu is a recipient of the National Prize in the field of culture.
Kim Dong-won got into independent filmmaking in the eighties to overcome the limits of the political situation of Korean cinema at the time. With films like Jacob’s May, his first production in 1986, Haengdang-dong People or Repatriation, he has directed social participatory documentaries that survey the Korean society with a sensitive awareness and a critical mind.
Antonio Vigilante is a Senior Adviser to the Millenium Festival. He has worked for UNDP since 1981 and has been Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, as well as the UNDP Special Representative for Post-Conflict Development in South-East Europe. During his career, he served the United Nations in Barbados, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Honduras and New York. Antonio Vigilante was Director of the United Nations Office and the UNDP Representative Office in Brussels.