Bogdan George Apetri is a Romanian director and producer based in New York City.
His first feature film, "Outbound", screened and won awards at the best film festivals in the world (Locarno, Toronto, Warsaw, New Directors/New Films etc). It was distributed worldwide by MK2.
His second and third feature films ("Unidentified" and "Miracle") are currently in post-production. As a producer, his feature films won many awards at the Sundance Film Festival, his most recent - "Blaze" by Ethan Hawke - winning the Special Jury Award.
He teaches film directing at Columbia University since 2011.
Ann Bennett is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer. She produced the NAACP Image Award-winning PBS feature documentary, Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, as well as the multi-platform community engagement initiative, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR). Bennett’s film credits include; Citizen King and Fisk Jubilee Singers for the PBS series “American Experience,” Hymn for Alvin Ailey for “Dance in America,” and the award-winning PBS mini-series Africans in America and America’s War on Poverty.
She is a consulting producer on the Always in Season documentary (directed by Jacqueline Olive), one of ten films selected for Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program 2018 and premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award. Bennett is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and Harvard College and was a 2019 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow.
Wieland Speck is a German filmmaker, author and curator. He studied German literature, drama and ethnology at Freie Universität and later filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has directed a number of films, among them "Westler" (1985) and "Escape to Life" (2000). Both films were selected for numerous international film festivals, had art-house cinema release in the U.S. and Germany, and were broadcast over German television.
In 1982, Speck was appointed Deputy Director of the Berlin Film Festival's Panorama section, and soon after founded the TEDDY AWARD - Queer Film Award of the Berlinale. In 1992, he became Director of the Panorama Section of the Berlinale, a position he held for the next 25 years. He continues to work as curator and juror for international film festivals. He has lectured at the dffb, Freie Universität and Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, and has been on-screen presenter for cinema programming on Arte Television.