Myrsini Aristidou was born and raised in Limassol Cyprus, based in New York. She is currently receiving her MFA in Film Production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a Full Scholarship. In 2013 she completed her BFA in Film and History of Art, at Pratt Institute in New York as part of the President's List. In 2016, Myrsini was granted the Spike Lee Film Production fund for the production of her next movie. Her latest short film Semele won multiple awards around the world, including the Special Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation Kplus in 2016. Other works of the filmmaker include the short documentary shot in Argentina Ma' (2014), and the award winning short film Not Now (2013). Her short films have screened in hundreds of festivals all around the globe. In May 2009, Myrsini had her first photographic book publication and exhibition Mother India, with all the proceeds donated to the Médecins Sans Frontières. Myrsini is also the co-founder of S’agapo Children’s Foundation, which aids in the education of children internationally. She is currently developing her first feature length film, Freedom, and will be participating at the 2017 Berlinale Talents.
Anwar Boulifa is an award-winning filmmaker - A Short Guide to Re-Entry was his first short film; it went on to win both the Bill Douglas International Award and Audience Award at the 2016 Glasgow Short Film Festival and was long-listed for the British Independent Film Awards. His second film Templates is currently on the international film festival circuit. Other accolades include being selected for the talent labs at Edinburgh International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. His poetry has also been published in literary journals. Anwar is currently developing his first feature film The Unwanted.
João Paulo Miranda Maria
João Paulo Miranda Maria was born in Porto Feliz SP, inland city of Brazil. He graduated in Cinema and Master by Unicamp. João is a Teacher at UNIMEP University and coordinator of collective Kino-Olho in the city of Rio Claro SP. His cinema is inspired by the countryside reality where he lives. He was selected in 2015 at the Critics’ Week with the short Command action and in 2016 at the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival with the short The girl who danced with the devil, awarded with the Special Mention of Jury prize. He is currently working on his first feature Memory House, which has already participated at Critic’s Week – Next Step LAB, in partnership with Torino Film LAB.
Carlo Sironi was born in Rome in 1983. At the age of 18 he began to work on film sets as an assistant director. Sofia, his first short film as director, competed at the Torino Film Festival and in many other international festivals. Cargo competed at the Venice Film Festival and nominated as Best Italian short film at David di Donatello Award in 2013. He was an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus in 2013. Valparaiso competed in the Festival del film Locarno in the Pardi di Domani section and won the Film Fund Video Untertitelung prize. While at the Residence, he will work on the script of his first feature, Sole, already selected for the Script Station of the Berlinale Talents and for the Eave Training Producers Network, the project is supported by Mibact, CNC-Mibact and IDM Sud Tyrol developments funds.
Rati Tsiteladze was born in post-soviet Georgia. He studied filmmaking at the Hybrid Conservatory, Los Angeles. At age 21, he won the title of World Champion in martial arts, but in 2010, when filmmaking became the overpowering passion in his life, he left his fighting career and founded ArtWay Film production. Rati directed several short films that were awarded internationally. His award-winning work DEDA premiered at the 44th Festival of Nations and was selected at around 200 film festivals.. His feature documentary project MAY 17 won the pitch award at DMZ docs, was part of IDFA 2016 and has been selected at East European Forum 2017. While at the Residence Rati will developing his feature film project, The Empty House. The project was shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab and selected at the 64th International Film festival Mannheim-Heidelberg and at 45th Kyiv International Film Festival.
QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. In 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinefondation competition and is now selected for more than 70 international film festivals, including the AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films, Slamdance, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and nominated for the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award. He has been chosen to participate the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, mentored by the legendary film master Hou Hsiao Hsien, as well as selected for the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai. He is currently developing his first feature project Under The Sun (WT), which was selected for the CineMart and Cinefondation Residence.