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Gediminas Andriukaitis holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Vilnius University.  Active in the field of human rights since 2002, he has worked at one of the oldest human rights NGOs in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. He has contributed to a number of human rights projects and activities and has particularly focused on equality and non-discrimination. He is as a member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Anti-discrimination field since 2011 and served as a board member of the European Network Against Racism. Gediminas Andriukaitis has been the director of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Inconvenient Films” since its foundation in 2007. During 9 years of operation “Inconvenient Films” grew from a small-scale human rights awareness raising event to the biggest competitive documentary film festival in Lithuania. 

Igor Blaževic, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. Since 1991 he has lived in Prague, where he worked for People in Need, one of Central Europe’s largest NGOs, as the director of the Human Rights and Democracy Department. He was also the founder and till 2010 director of the One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague. From 2011 he has worked in Burma, as the head lecturer and program director at the Educational Initiatives in Rangoon, a local civil society organization which provides political science courses on transition to democracy for Burmese activists. While in Burma, Igor helped launch the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival held under the auspices of Aung San Suu Kyi. Together with his wife Jasmina, Igor is the author of ten TV documentaries. He is the Steering Committee member of the World Movement for Democracy. His achievements have been acknowledged with the Frantisek Kriegel Award, Masaryk Award and Prix Irene. 

Claas Danielsen, born in 1966 in Hamburg, is a filmmaker, producer, lecturer and festival director currently living in Leipzig. He made seven documentaries, several of which did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 1997 he became an Assistant Professor in the Documentary Department of the Munich Film Academy where he built up a new chair for TV-journalism. In 1999 Danielsen became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus (currently Documentary Campus). From 2004 till 2014 he was Artistic and Managing Director of DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, which he developed into one of the leading international documentary festivals. Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association AG DOK and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an adviser to the European Film Academy, board member of the Balkan Documentary Center and has served on many international festival juries as well as selection committees of various German film and media funds.

Hanna Polak has worked on numerous films as a producer, director, camera operator and director of photography. Born in 1967, she graduated with a Masters Degree from the Cinematography Division of the Cinematography Institute of the Russian Federation (VGIK), in Moscow. In 2003, she was awarded Best Producer of Documentary Movies at the Krakow Film Festival for “Railway Station Ballad.” In 2004, she completed work on “Children of Leningradsky”, produced by HBO, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award (2005), two  Emmy nominations and won the IDA and Gracie Allen awards. Her latest film, “Something Better to Come,” is currently one of the most acclaimed and award-winning social documentaries in the world. Hanna Polak’s is committed to advocacy on behalf of homeless children; she founded the Active Child Aid foundation and co-operates with UNICEF.

Małgorzata Szumowska is one of Poland’s most interesting filmmakers today. Her latest film “Body” premiered at the 65th International Film Festival in Berlin, where it won the Silver Bear for best director. “Body” also won the most important Polish film awards (e.g. 40th Film Festival in Gdynia, PKO OFF Camera) and was sold to over 25 countries. Szumowska is the laureate of numerous international prizes, including Teddy Award for “In the Name Of...” at Berlinale and the Silver Leopard for “33 Scenes from Life” at the Locarno IFF. She has been twice nominated to the European Film Award, for “Happy Man” and “Stranger.” Her film “Elles,” starring Juliette Binoche, was sold to over 40 countries.