Anja Salomonowitz

Between Documentary and Fiction

Austrian film director and screenwriter specialize on documentary films with political or social background. Her films You Will Never Understand This, It Happened Just Before and The 727 Days without Karamo have gained international recognition and won numerous film awards including Caligari Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival or Best Feature Documentary in IDFF Jihlava. 

Peter Strickland

The Duke of Cinephilia

Peter Strickland is a cinephilic English director and writer. His first feature film Katalin Varga, micro-budget Romanian rural revenge drama went on to win numerous awards including a Silver Bear in Berlin and The European Film Academy's Discovery of the Year award in 2009. Strickland followed Katalin Varga with unsettling psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio. The film was named British Film of the Year at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Film Awards. In 2014 he, directed a Bjork concert film. At the same year he has finished his latest film - The Duke of Burgundy, highly atmospheric pastiche of 1970s European sleaze. 

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík

The Rise of Czech TV Series

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková and Tomáš Hrubý, co-founders of nutprodukce, one of the leading Czech production companies. In 2013, produced by nutprodukce and scripted by writer Štěpán Hulík, the three-part HBO miniseries Burning Bush received critical acclaim (11 Czech lions, Czech Oscar candidate) for the way it dramatised the true story of Prague history student Jan Palace. Three years later, HBO Europe has reteamed with nutprodukce and scriptwriter Hulík for Pustina (Wasteland), an eight-part drama set in the Czech Republic that focuses on a mining village on the verge of extinction.

Ludovica Ferrario

Film Architecture

Ludovica Ferrario, Italian production designer and art director, has worked with directors as Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami and in the last years with Paolo Sorrentino - first as art director in Oscar winning drama The Great Beauty (2013), then as production designer in Youth (2015) and lately for The Young Pope (2016), HBO´s religious drama which was premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened out of competition. It was the first time in the history of the festival that a TV series was a part of the program.

Steve Matthews

The Future of European TV Production

London-based Steve Matthews has become world-known because of his function of Consulting Producer on The Borgias (2011-2013). In 2014 he was hired as HBO Europe’s executive producer for drama development. During 2016 Matthews became a guest tutor in MIDPOINT TV Launch. 

Sergei Loznitsa - CANCELLED!

A Master of Observational Cinema

Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian filmmaker, who is world-known thanks to his short and feature-length documentaries as well as fiction films. His first two fiction films, My Joy (2010) and In the Fog (2012) had their world premieres at the Festival de Cannes, where In the Fog received the FIPRESCI prize. These two world-wide success were followed by the premiere of feature-length documentary Maidan (2014) at the Festival de Cannes too.  Recently, Loznitsa finished documentary Austerlitz (2016), an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp.

Colin Arthur

50 Years of Creating Characters and Special Effects' Solutions

Colin Arthur is the legendary British creator of make-up and special effects for the films from an era when computers did not exist. His film career started with an epic science-fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Arthur worked on film classics as Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), Clash of the Titans (1981) or Conan the Barbarian (1982). He also created Falkor and other creatures for the NeverEnding Story (1984).