Federico D'Accinni was born in Rome, Italy and studied Film, Television and Digital Production at Royal Holloway, University of London, before completing a Master's degree in Film, Exhibition and Curation at the University of Edinburgh. After participating in the Young Jury at the Venice Film Festival and taking on a role as Submissions Assistant at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Federico went on to work as part of the Industry team for the 2018 BFI London Film Festival. Currently, Federico is the International Programming Coordinator at streaming service MUBI. He has also served as a member of the Development Forum at This Way Up, the UK's leading film exhibition conference.


Ilona Hongisto is an internationally recognised author on documentary aesthetics and ethics. She is a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where she teaches and researches film. She also holds positions at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland; and the University of Turku, Finland. Her book, Soul of the Documentary: Framing, Expression, Ethics (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), has been praised for its original approach and for inventing a new vocabulary for the study of documentary cinema. She is currently at work on a book on post-1989 Eastern European documentary cinema.


Andrei Tănăsescu is a programmer and curator based in Toronto and Bucharest. After getting a specialist degree in film studies at the University of Toronto, he co-founded the Romanian Film Festival Toronto. He completed a master’s degree at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland with a master’s thesis on Gilles Deleuze and Romanian Cinema. His passion for music and cinema has led to a number of projects that concern the peculiarities of each form and their potential for historical re-evaluation. Between 2010-2019, he was part of the programming team at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a regular collaborator with the Berlin International Film Festival, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, and Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. He is currently a member of the selection committee of Venice Days/Giornate degli Autori and programmer for Kino Pavasaris International Film Festival.



Samay Claro has been working at DOK.fest München since 2011 as a programmer and editorial staff member. Since 2017, she is Head of the Communication Department. From 2011 to 2017 she was also curator and project manager of the Latin American Film Festival Munich.


Ksenia Okhapkina is a documentary filmmaker born in St. Petersburg in 1989. She studied at the St. Petersburg University of Film and TV. Since 2010, she made five documentary films in Russia and two documentary films, Come Back Free and Immortal, in Estonian-Latvian co-production. Ksenia’s films were screened and awarded at different film festivals all over the world, including Karlovy Vary, MoMa doc. Fortnight, IDFA, Hotdocs, CPH:DOX, Black Nights FF, FIPAdox, Astra IFF, Viennale, Visions du Reel, and Moscow IFF. Ksenia worked as a director, assistant director and editor with Russian, Estonian, French and Latvian production companies. She is a member of Russian Documentary Guild and European Visual Authors Union.


Julia Varga studied fine arts in Paris, she is visual artist and author (director, scriptwriter, director of photography) of several award winning experimental and documentary films (Red, Yellow and Blue - video 2003, Me - video 2009, Just Another Bored Joe - video installation 2009, Check Check Poto - documentary 2010). Initiated in 2016, she curates and runs a successful monthly documentary film screening cinematheque Les Écrans du Passage, in Pantin in the suburbs of Paris.