Mads Brügger

Beyond role-playing

Mads Brügger is a Danish filmmaker, reporter and  TV presenter. He is trying to uncover current issues using a controversial method which often involves crossing the (moral) borders. His debut The Red Chapel won the World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Two years later, Brügger´s next film The Ambassador, in which he created a false identity of a Liberian diplomat – Mads Cortzen Brügger -  was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. 

András Nagy - CANCELLED

The master of light and experiment

András Nagy is one of the best Hungarian cinematographers of the present day. All of his films are characterized by an interesting visual style and he experiments with image very often. He has cooperated with directors such as Kornel Mundruczó (Pleasant Days, Johanna) or Szabolcs Hajdu (White Palms, Off Hollywood, Bibliothéque Pascal, Mirage) and won several significant prizes - in 2000 and 2006 he received the Best Cinematography Prize during the Hungarian Film Week; in 2005 and 2006 the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers awarded him with the prize for the Best Cinematograper at the Golden Eye film festival. Unfortunately this year András Nagy  had to cancel his participation at Visegrad Film Forum due to conflicting schedules. 

Ludmila Cvikova

An insight into the world of festivals

Ludmila Cvikova is an independent film curator, as well as a script, film funding and festival strategies advisor based in Amsterdam. She has worked as an advisor for several international festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, Yerevan and Bratislava; and for two years she was the artistic director of Art Film Fest in her native Slovakia. Cvikova cooperated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York on a retrospective programme on the Czechoslovak New Wave. 

Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia

A journey of a debut film to Cannes

Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia are Sicilian writers-directors. Their debut feature film Salvo was premiered in 2013 at La Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival, winning both top prizes Grand Prix and Prix Révélation

Christopher Newman

Sound in films: the invisible craft

Christopher Newman is a respected American sound mixer. He has been nominated for  Oscar eight times with three wins - for The Exorcist (1973), Amadeus (1984), and The English Patient (1996). He also received eight BAFTA Awards nominations and he won the award two times, for Fame (1980) and Amadeus. He teaches sound production at the School of Visual Arts in New York. VFF 2015 will host his special all-day lecture.