Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

CLAIRE SIMON

London-born Claire Simon, started her career by directing independent short films. After discovering the practice of direct cinema with the Ateliers Varan, she then made several documentaries such as Coûte que coûte and Récréations , which garnered multiple awards. Afterwards, she wrote and directed three feature fiction films (Sinon oui, Ça brûle and Les Bureaux de dieu), which were presented in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. While many of her films such as Nord, Le Bois Dont les Rêves Sont Faits, Le Concours and Young Solitude having had their premieres in prestigious film festivals, she will continue her ‘premiere’ tradition with her last feature fiction “I want to talk about Duras“, at San Sebastian 2021.

DEA GJINOVCI

Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director-producer based between Paris and Geneva. She is a 2019 Sundance Talent Forum alum and Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short ‘Sans le Kosovo’ won Best National Film at DokuFest in 2017, while her debut feature-length documentary ‘Wake Up on Mars’ received support from the Sundance Film Institute and Ford Foundation/JustFilms, as well as won the “Perspectives d’un doc” pitch award at Visions du Réel 2018. It premiered virtually at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Switzerland. Gjinovci was awarded the “Best New Talent” mention at Biografilm Festival 2020 and Zagrebdox 2021, and Wake Up on Mars was nominated for the prestigious “Prix de Soleure” and “Opera Prima” award at Solothurner Tage 2021.

SVETLA TURNIN

Svetla Turnin is the co-founder, Executive Director and Head of Distribution of Cinema Politica, a Canadian-based exhibition and distribution network for political documentary around the world, and the online streaming platform CP On Demand. In 2016 she co-founded Cinema Politica Productions, which is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging women and queer filmmakers, and is currently producing AGENT DYNAMO by Bulgarian-Canadian director Lea Marinova. Svetla writes and publishes about documentary activism, women in documentary, and film festivals. She is currently a guest editor for the upcoming edition on Cinema and Resistance for the Bulgarian independent left publication Dversia. Since 2016 she’s been curating the documentary competition at Sofia International Film Festival and is a graduate of EURODOC 2018.