FILMER FORGE PITCHING PANELISTS
Denis Mujović was born in Priština, raised in Sarajevo and is of Dutch nationality. He studied business administration, photography and video as well as film production in Utrecht, Amsterdam and New York. He is founder and was director of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in the Netherlands, and currently attached as production manager in Vienna for LET’S CEE Film Festival. His work includes feature & short films, music videos and event productions. Filmography includes: The Wondrous Strange Adventures of Nasreddin Kürtler (in production 2016), Forgive (2015), Meet Me in Venice (2014), Boijmans TV (2010), Joy (2009), Smoking and other crimes (2008)
Faisal A. Qureshi
Faisal A. Qureshi (UK) – director, script-writer and editor. He is a part-time lecturer at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba, Salford University and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.
He has also worked on the British Council “I, Belong” project in Pakistan and the “Film ON” project in Uzbekistan.
Heinz Hermanns – festival director / CEO – interfilm Berlin – short film festival & distribution studied Politics and Italian in Germany and Italy.In 1981 he founded the art house cinema Eiszeit in Berlin which he directed for 9 years until 1990. From its beginning in 1982, he directs the international short film festival Berlin – interfilm. 1986 he directed the Documentary Film Festival Berlin. He was the artistic co-director of the short film festival "Pollicino" in Catania in Sicily from 1992 to 1997 and the director and co-founder between 2001 and 2012 of the super short film festival „Going Underground“ held in the trains of the Berlin and Seoul Subway. He is also co-founder and curator of the Zebra poetry film award that since 2002 presents twice a year short films which interpret poems. In 2014 he founded and directed the first ShortVisions short film festival in Ningbo, China. He gave seminars about story development, aesthetics and possibilities of short films in more than 30 countries.
Vessela Dantcheva (1975) graduated from Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Rotterdam(2002) with the film Pull Over, awarded a Cum Laude degree. She attended an exchange in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York (2001). Vessela works as an independent film director, producer and visual artist. She is a co-founder of FinFilm animation studio and Compote Collective. Her films have been screened and awarded at a number of international film festivals. Her filmography includes Travelling Country (2016), Mark and Verse (2015), Father (2012), Anna Blume (2009), Sometimes (2008), Easy (2004), Wish (2004), Snowman (2002), Wake up (2002), Pull Over (2001).