Joseph Cutts is an international curator and video installation artist working across visual and immersive arts and film, based at S1 Artspace in Sheffield, UK. Cutts was previously head curator for Sheffield DocFest (2010-20), leading its festival and year round artistic programme and a curator & artistic advisor for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw (2020-21). Cutts was recently awarded Arts Council funding to support his research into the cycle of e- waste formation, from the extraction of minerals, through to the manufacturing, distribution and ‘recycling’ of electronic appliances.
Max Tuula is an Estonian producer born in Russia. In 2012 he founded the Tallinn-based company Marx Film which became known for political documentaries. A long-term partner of Marx Film was celebrated Russian filmmaker Alexander Rastorguev. Their collaborations (I Don’t Love You by Kostomarov/ Rastorguev, The Term by Pivovarov/ Kostomarov/ Rastorguev, Kiev/Moscow by Elena Khoreva, My Friend Boris Nemtsov by Zosya Rodkevich) participated in such festivals as Locarno, Karlovy Vary, IDFA, DokLeipzig. In 2017 The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov premiered at the Berlinale and was acquired by the European Parliament. The 2018 film How Big Is the Galaxy? premiered at IDFA and received multiple awards, including Best Documentary from the European Children’s Film Association.
Oleksiy Radynski is a filmmaker based in Kyiv, Ukraine. His short films have been screened at Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Docudays IFF, DOK Leipzig, and Watch Docs among other festivals, and received a number of awards. His debut feature-length documentary Infinity According to Florian (2022) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and has been screened at Krakow IFF, Sheffield Doc Fest, Riga IFF, and Docs Against Gravity where it won a prize for the best Ukrainian film director. The film has also received the Kinokolo Prize for Best Ukrainian Documentary, awarded by the Union of Ukrainian Film Critics. He's been a co-founder of Ukrainian edition of Political Critique (Krytyka Polityczna) left-wing magazine.
Director and screenwriter. She studied cultural anthropology and photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. Member of the European and Polish Film Academy. A scholarship holder of the German program "DAAD Artists-in-Berlin" in 2021. Her feature film COMMUNION has received over 40 awards, including Grand Prix of the Critics’ Week in Locarno, the Polish Film Award "Orzeł" for the best Polish documentary film and the European Film Award for the best European documentary of 2017. The film was on the short list of films nominated for the American Oscar.
Climate activist, one of the founders of EAST Initiative and member of global youth movement Fridays for Future. Since the beginning of full scale Russian invasion on Ukraine, fights together with Ukrainian activists for the full embargo on russian fossil fuels. Her actions – like confrontation with Polish president Andrej Duda gained the attention of international media like NYT, CNN or The Guardian.
Born in 1988, graduated from the department of Photography in the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the University of Art in Poznan (PL). PhD at Interdisciplinary PhD Studies, University of Art in Poznań.
Diana Lelonek explores relationships between humans and other species. Her projects are critical responses to the processes of over-production, unlimited growth, and our approach to the environment. She uses photography, living matter, and found objects, creating work that is interdisciplinary and often appears at the interface of art and science.
Lelonek participated in several international festivals and group shows at: Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art RIBOCA; Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; Ballarat Photography Biennale, Australia; Tallinn Art Hall; Culturescapes Festival, Basel; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne. Winner of many awards, incl. Polityka’s Passport Award in Visual Arts Category (2019), Award of the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation (2018), Dorothea von Stetten Award 2022. Her works have been shown, among others, at Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne. She works with the Warsaw gallery lokal_30 and Spanish Set Espai d'Art.
Sociologist and activist: director of campaigns at Greenpeace (Eastern and Central Europe). His PhD thesis at Institute of Applied Social Sciences (Warsaw University) was about systemic violence. He is an activist for ecological and climate campaigns, e.g. in defense of the Rospuda Valley, the Białowieża Forest and for the just transformation of mining regions. He was the co-creator of the campaign "YES to Development – NO to open pits". As part of the Granica Group, he established grassroots mechanisms for providing humanitarian aid.