Director Biography – Katie Beard, Naomi Turner (WAKE)

Directing duo Katie Beard and Naomi Turner, make up LeMoon; a performance and film collective based between Exeter and London. Katie and Naomi began making work together after graduating from the University of Exeter in 2015, where they both studied a degree in Drama. Initially creating multimedia and physical theatre work they realised their common interest in dance film and later went onto develop ‘WAKE’ – their first short film venture.

In 2019 they were commissioned to make their second short film ‘Scapelands’ by BBC Arts and Arts Council England under the New Creatives scheme. ‘Scapelands’ recently premiered on BBC4 as part of the ‘Dance on Film: BBC Introducing Arts’ anthology.

Director Statement

Our work centres around exploring the human condition and is deeply informed by place and personal experiences. We are committed to creating intimate and emotive stories using movement and multimedia techniques at the heart of our work.

Director Biography – Garry Stewart (THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE)

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 Garry Stewart was appointed the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 1999.
He has created a significant repertoire of works for ADT which have become renowned for their ambitious artistic collaborations, rigorous research and a compelling movement vocabulary. His works have toured to some of the most prestigious theatres in the world including Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), The Joyce Theater (New York) and Sadlers Wells (London). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Stewart has been commissioned by a number of other companies including Ballet Du Rhin, Rambert Dance Company (UK), Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Royal Flanders Ballet (Belgium), tanz mainz (Germany), Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet and West Australian Ballet.
As well as The Circadian Cycle, Stewart has created films Mood Machine, which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2015 and Collision Course, in which
a series of bodies collide in mid-air, captured in extreme slow motion at 1500 frames per second. Collision Course has been screened at various film festivals and public spaces including Federation Square in Melbourne.

Director Biography – Torben Loth (BONDIARIES)

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Torben is a Berlin based director, videographer and editor. After finishing his studies in Motion-Design he found his passion in finding and creating images for musicians and anybody who wants to bring stories to life on the screen. He has worked on a number of projects, mainly music videos for international Singer-Songwriters. In 2019 he released his first travel film about his time in Mongolia where he collaborated with graphic artist Yves Haltner.

Director Biography – Luigi Coppola (BEEHIVE)

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Luigi Coppola is a filmmaker and musician based in Milan and Zurich. Since the beginning of his career he tries to put the two disciplines together through the music video, working with many Italian bands. He then devoted himself to video art and embarked on a path of collaboration with various dance and theater companies, for which he curates the projections for live shows. Later he produced videos dedicated to dance, often combining this form of expression with another passion of his which is design and architecture. Today he collaborates with various companies, editorial and collective groups linked to the design and art sector.

Director Biography – Dylan Montalbo (THE VIRGIN FLOWER)

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Born in Manila on 11/22/1997. Often called the “One-man-Film-Crew” or the “Young Version” of Robert Rodriguez.

Director Statement

I remember in 2013 when I played an indie-game on my Psvita that was highly recommended by its fans, so out of curiosity I tried it for the first time and then after that I was completely hooked on to it, and then after a while I was greatly inspired to do a short-film of one of my most favorite video games, and to this day this is one of my most ambitious works to date. After 2 months of preparation, it took me nearly a year to do this video, but with persistence, late nights and of course a lot of energy drinks, I finally got it done just in time for presentation and film festival screenings.

Director Biography – Hadi Moussally (BELLYDANCE VOGUE)

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Hadi Moussally was born in Lebanon in 1987.
By age 18, he decides to go study film direction in France where he acquires a first master’s degree in “Fiction Cinema” from Paris-Est Marne la Vallée University. Moussally then chooses to take on a complementary masters in “Documentary and Anthropological Cinema” from Paris X Nanterre University, in the course of Jean Rouch. In that respect, Hadi Moussally acquainted himself with reality-cinema. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes.
From 2012, Hadi Moussally shifts towards the world of fashion and directs several experimental films some of which received various distinctions in festivals. In 2014 he made his first documentary on the end of his grandmother’s life, and in 2016 a docu-portrait on a senior model. In 2018 he completed an experimental project on albinism “Positive” whose photos have been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair as well. In 2015 he founded the production unit H7O7 whose main objective is to enable the making and promotion of films and photos with “hybrid” vocation where is privileged the mixture of genres between experimental, documentary, fashion and fiction.

Director Biography – Peter Böving (DER UND DIE)

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Peter Böving, geboren in Mülheim/Ruhr, gelernter
Tischler, lebt seit 2001 in Thüringen. Seit Mitte der
80er Jahre freischaffend als Musiker, Filmemacher,
Komponist und Produzent im Bereich Film, Theater
und Hörbuch. Ausgedehnte Tourneen (u.a. über die Goethe-Institute) mit eigenen Literaturprogrammen in Mittel- und Osteuropa. Werbefilmproduktionen (Viral) zwischen 2007 und 2011. Mit Gründung des Klötzchenkinos (2010) erobert er sich als unabhängiger Filmemacher (mit bisher über 30 internationalen Filmpreisen)

Director Biography – Chantal caron (CLEMENTINE)

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For over ten years, Chantal Caron has been the choreographer and artistic director of Fleuve | Espace danse. She has developed a unique artistic approach intimately bound to the lifeblood of her own environment highlighted by the omnipresence of the Saint-Laurent river. Since 2012, she is an ambassador of the David Suzuki Foundation and, in 2018, was named member of the Order of Canada for her artistic creations highlighting our natural heritage and her contributions to the development of the next generation of dancers. In 2014, she produced her first videodance entitled « Glace, crevasse et dérive » which was made during the winter on a frozen St-Lawrence river. This short-length film was broadcasted in around twenty world festivals and won several awards. Among them were the Best Screen dance Movie of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2014) and the Work of the Year in Chaudière-Appalaches granted by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (2015).

Director Statement

Inspired by the beauty of my surroundings, the natural living elements of my daily life, I chose to revisit and reclaim my birthplace and home in order to share and honor this infinite universe.

The water, the St. Lawrence River, the shores, the snow geese are my all-powerful sources of inspiration. From them I draw the energy, strength and courage that have, in my humble opinion, fueled my artistic approach since 2006.

I live, I love, I dance….under the open sky

Director Biography – Jenn Ravenna Tran (REMEMBER ME)

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Jenn Ravenna Tran is a queer Asian-American emerging film director and cinematographer based in Seattle, Washington. Her goal is to connect people to one another through shared emotional experiences by visual storytelling.

Director Biography – João Afonso Vaz (COLD)

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The first steps into filmmaking we’re taken in a NYFA Hands-on Course and few months later in a University in Portugal in a Cinema course.
As a working filmmaker he developed work manly as Camera Operator, Cinematographer and Director for Tv series, Short Film and Documentary.
He started Maus da Fita, a production company with the purpose to be a collaborative space for different type of artist to explore and create for web, documentaries and short films.