AIDA ŠOŠIĆ
Musician, Actress (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
AIDA ŠOŠIĆ
Musician, Actress (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Aida Šošić was born in Bugojno, a small city in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After finishing music school and high school, she moved to Sarajevo and went on to study dentistry. But it was music that remained the essential part of her life, even though the pragmatic reality of post-war Bosnia was destroying her chances of living this dream. Theatre became a refuge for her, and she explored it through various theatre performances in BiH and abroad, mixing her classical music knowledge with authentic Bosnian music and other influences. After exploring and working in different European countries, she settled in Romania, where she juggles her career in dentistry with theatre studies at the National University for Theatre and Film and her music career. She is a co-founder and soloist of Aida şi Noi, an eclectic Balkan-influenced funk-glam-discopsychedelic band, and an unlikely gathering of musicians from Chile, Cuba, Bulgaria, Bosnia, and Romania. Aside from this and other musical collaborations, Aida is now exploring soundscapes for theatre and, hopefully, film.

IVANA MLADENOVIC
Director (Serbia)
IVANA MLADENOVIC
Director (Serbia)

Ivana Mladenovic was born in 1984, in Serbia. After studying Law in Belgrade, she moved to Bucharest,
where she graduated in Directing, from the National University of Theatre and Film, in Bucharest, in
2010, and MA studies in Film Directing (2011). Her debut feature documentary, Turn Off the Lights,
premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, in April 2012, and later won the “Heart of Sarajevo” Award for
Best Documentary, and the “Gopo” Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2016, Ivana made her
debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s acclaimed feature film Scarred Hearts. In 2017, she directed her first
fiction feature film, Soldiers. Story from Ferentari, which has been nominated and awarded in numerous
film festivals, including San Sebastian International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival, Trieste Film
Festival, and Istanbul International Film Festival.

MIGUEL VALVERDE
Founder of IndieLisboa Film Festival, theorist and film producer (Portugal)
MIGUEL VALVERDE
Founder of IndieLisboa Film Festival, theorist and film producer (Portugal)

Miguel Valverde was born in 1971, in Portimão, Portugal. He has a degree in Law and a specialization in Copyright Law by the University of Lisbon. He attended also courses and workshops of Film, Script, Dramaturgy of Image and Editing. Between 1997 and 2004, he programmed short films for several festivals like “FICA” – Algarve International Film Festival (Portugal) and Skopje International Film Festival (Macedonia). In 2003, he created, along with Nuno Sena and Rui Pereira, “IndieLisboa” – International Independent Film Festival, being currently still one of the directors and the responsible for the Short Films Program and the Portuguese Films Program. He served as jury of several film festivals, namely in the “CPH DOX” Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Denmark), Brest Short Film Festival (France), International Festivals in Uppsala (Sweden) and Hamburg (Germany), “Curto Circuito” Festival (Spain), “Janela Internacional de Cinema Recife” (Brazil), “Curta Cinema” Festival (Brazil), Festival du Film Francophone de Namûr (Belgium), among others. In 2011, he produced two experimental short films, Engine and Um Homem à Varanda (A Man at the Balcony), that were shown in several festivals and art institutions. In 2015, he produced the feature Aqui, em Lisboa (Here, in Lisbon), co-directed by several international directors, among them the short segments: Freud und Friends, by Gabriel Abrantes (Official Short Film Competition in the Berlinale), L’oiseau de la nuit, by Marie Losier (which premiered at “Forum Expanded” in Berlin), and Los barcos (The Boats) (which premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival). In 2017, he produced Loups (Wolves), by Miguel Ildefonso, a French-Portuguese co-production that premiered in July, at “Curtas Vila do Conde” Festival (Portugal).

Currently, he teaches at the College of Art and Design – “ESAD” and at “Lusófona” University
(Promotion of Films and Installations) and, in 2019, he will be teaching Experimental Cinema in the post-
graduation Film and Photography, at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – “FCSH”, at
“NOVA” University in Lisbon.

PAUL NEGOESCU
Director (Romania)
PAUL NEGOESCU
Director (Romania)

Born in 1984, in Bucharest, Paul studied film directing at the National film school (“UNATC”). He directed several short films that were awarded and selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes (“Semaine de la Critique”, 2012), Berlin (2008, 2009 and 2010), Karlovy Vary, Slamdance or Rotterdam. Two of his short films (Renovation and Derby) were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards, in 2009 and 2011. His first feature film, A month in Thailand, premiered at the Venice Film Festival (“International Critics’ Week”), in 2012, and was awarded with the FIPRESCI prize, in the Sofia International Film Festival and Best Debut in Transylvania International Film Festival. His second feature film, Two Lottery Tickets, a micro-budget independent film, became the most successful Romanian film at the box office in the modern era of film distribution and it was also very well received by critics and festivals. The Story of a Summer Lover is his third feature film and was released in 2018.

ANDREI GORZO
Film Critic (Romania)
ANDREI GORZO
Film Critic (Romania)

Andrei Gorzo (b. 1978) studied film history and film theory at Bucharest’s National University of Theatre and Film and at New York University. He is currently a lecturer in Film Studies at the UNATC; he was recently a Fulbright visiting scholar at Stanford University (August 2017 to January 2018). He was the artistic director of the NexT International Film Festival for its first seven editions (2007-2013). For the program Éducation à l’image (implemented by the NexT Cultural Society in a number of Romanian high schools), he has authored critical guides to Romanian film classics, like Lucian Pintilie’s An Unforgettable Summer and Harun Farocki’s and Andrei Ujică’s Videograms of a Revolution. His most recent book is Imagini încadrate în istorie. Secolul lui Miklós Jancsó (Cluj-Napoca: Tact, 2015).