Effi Weiss (born in Israel, 1971) and Amir Borenstein (born in Israel, 1969) are an artist duo who works together since 1999, currently residing in Brussels. Visual artist, their work shifts between different disciplines such as video, performance and partcipatory projects. Apart from their own artistic projects, they collaborate with other artists as editors, cameramen and effects designers. They facilitate video workshops worldwide, destinated to diverse audiences. Their recent works are documentary-based: Jessy Cooks is an online project, produced by the Israeli Centre for Digital Art and Same River Twice is a feature-length film produced by the CVB (centre video de Bruxelles). www.effiandamir.net
Gergana Doncheva is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She graduated from Sofia University (Bulgaria) and holds M.A. degrees in Cultural Studies (2002) and in Political Science (2003). In 2009 Gergana Doncheva obtained her PhD degree from the Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and a year later, she published the monograph The Image of the Balkans in Balkan and Western films: Representational Strategies based on her PhD thesis. This research was nominated by the Bulgarian Film Academy (2010) in the category ‘the best book’.
The focus of her main professional interests is Balkan film and culture, memory of communism constructed in movies, e/immigrations and identities in cinema.
Born march 15th, 1984 in Ulqin, Montenegro, Sabir Kanaqi graduated for Film directing at Academy of Film and Multimedia Marubi (AFMM) in Tirana, Albania. He worked for two years at AFMM like ass professor in film directing departmend and production. Since 2008 after graduation he made couple of documentaries, short movies, also he work in comercials like 1st AD. In 2009 Sabir was selected to attend Sarajevo Talent Campus.
He currently work and live in Tirana, Albania.
Dimitra Gjica is a curator and art theorist born in Albania, but she has been living in Athens, Greece ever since she remembers herself. She has done Media & Communication studies and she has pursued a Master degree in Cultural Management. Her scientific interests include issues concerning contemporary art –and especially at the area of the Balkans, philosophy and aesthetics, curating and museology. She has worked as a curator at different cultural institutions in Athens and she has also collaborated with the media and communication department of the Hellenic Children’ s Museum and the Institute of International Relations. For the time being, she is looking forward to continuing her studies at the department of Art at Goldsmiths University of London.
Yanna Varbanova holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication Studies from Sofia University, Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. During the last few years she has worked as a cultural journalist, culture manager and curator in different European countries in the field of performing art and moving images. Within the framework of the qualification program „Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe” by Robert Bosch Foundation, she worked for the city department of Arts and Culture and Platform3 in Munich. Currently she is perusing her second Master in Curatorial and Critical Studies at Städelschule and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main with a focus on Film Studies. She works and lives as a freelance creator between Germany and Bulgaria.
Adela Demetja born in Tirana, Albania holds a Master in Curatorial and Critical Studies from Städelschule and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is one of the founders and director of Tirana Art Lab – Centre for Contemporary Art based in Tirana. She studied art at the Art Academy in Tirana and at the College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. As a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation in the “Culture Manager from Central and Eastern Europe” in 2007-2008 she worked as a guest curator at the Lothringer 13 – Städtische Kunsthalle München. She curated a number of international exhibitions and events in different European countries. Among the artists Demetja has featured in solo exhibitions are: Damir Ocko and Armando Lulaj. Thematic exhibitions she has curated include: The aesthetic of the small act (with Att Poomtangon, Jens Haaning, Karmelo Bermejo, Flaka Haliti, Lana Cmajcanin), Voices of Truth (with Adrian Paci, Ibro Hasanovic, Damir Ocko, 2012), Feedback 1989 (with Roland Albrecht, Stephan Balkenhol, Nikolin Bujari, Uroš Djuric, Jakup Ferri, Driton Hajredini, Julia Kissina, Ledia Kostandini, Petrit Kumi, Armando Lulaj, Istvan Laszlo, Jin Lie, Peggy Meinfelder, Anke Mila Menck, Beatrice Minda, Juli Ndoci, Alketa Ramaj, Albrecht Schäfer, Zuzanna Skiba, Kamen Stoyanov, Gabriela Volanti, 2009). She ist he artistic director of Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival. She lives and works between Tirana and Frankfurt am Main.