Nicole Guillemet has worked in key positions in the film industry for twenty-five years. She has served as Vice President of the Sundance Institute, Co - Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Director of the Miami International Film Festival. Guillemet is dedicated arts activist, serving on the national boards of a number of arts organizations including Women Make Movies. She has also served on the funding panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rolex Foundation, and as a juror and panelist for international festivals. In 2005, she was awarded the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Letters from the French Minister of Culture.
Chris McDonald was appointed Executive Director of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in October of 1998. In 2013, he was named Hot Docs President. A native of Montreal, Chris holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University. Prior to Hot Docs, Chris was Development Director for five years at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, the advanced film, television and new media training center founded by director Norman Jewison. Prior to his term at the CFC, Chris worked for two national environmental organizations. He sits on several industry advisory boards, and has served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world
Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. WMM’s internationally recognized Production Assistance Program had helped hundreds of women get their films make. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the last nine of the last ten years.
Mila Aung‐Thwin is a co-founder of the Montreal production company EyeSteelFilm, which produces and distributes documentaries from around the world. He has produced more than 20 feature documentaries over the past decade including Up the Yangtze (Golden Horse winner), Last Train Home (winner of 2 Emmy Awards), Rip: A Remix Manifesto (IDFA audience choice prize winner) and Forest of the Dancing Spirits (IDFA First Appearance Prize). He currently serves as president of RIDM, Montreal's international documentary festival.
Born in 1985 in Myanmar and studied at Asian Film Academy (R.O. Korea) and Talents Tokyo, Japan. He is one of the leading independent filmmakers in Myanmar that is a master of his trades- working as a director, producer and cinematographer. He set up the Green Age Film Production, a leading film production company in Myanmar, engaging in international projects such as Hollywood and many others. As part of his quest for lifelong learning, he has participated in many international film workshops such as Film Leaders Incubator: FLY program in Philippines where he was awarded Creativity and Artistic Talent Award. In addition, he also attended ASEAN-Sapporo, Re:J Filmmaking Workshop in Japan and got The Best Creativity Team Award. Additionally, his documentary film, “The Glass Man’’ got one of winner documentary films award from CSEAS (Center For Southeast Asian Studies) visual documentary project,Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. The film had Honorable Mention for the Best Documentary Award in the Asians On Film, LA,USA and International Awards for Excellence at International Film Festival for Environment-Health-Culture and among others. His recent another film “ Side Glance of Dragon” won The Best Short Film Award at 3rd Mumbai Short Film Festival,India and Honorable Mention for the Best Cinematographer Award in the Asians On Film, Los Angeles, USA. He is founder of the Myanmar New Wave Cinema Group and his film production “ Green Age” supported funding and other recourses to young filmmakers for Myanmar New Wave Cinema.
As Director of the Gender Equality Network, she has facilitated dialogue between civil society, government stakeholders, and parliamentarians to influence policy change, by organizing workshops, meetings, and trainings on gender equality. After hostilities between the Kachin Independence Organization and the Myanmar army resumed in 2012, May SabePhyu co-founded the Kachin Peace Network and Kachin Women Peace Network to other raise awareness of the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Jacqueline Pollock has had a long career in challenging positions promoting human rights and social justice. She volunteered with empower, the sex workers organization in Thailand since 1985, and in 1996 founded MAP (Migrant Assistance Program), which organization in Thailand, supporting migrant workers to organize and migrant women to fight for equality and justice. In 2014, Jackie moved to Myanmar and is currently working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the Tripartite Action to Promote the Rights of Migrant Workers within and from the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS TRIANGLE).
Ma Thida is a founder of DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma, est. 1992) and works as the head of Entertainment Dep. in DVB. She has more than 20 years of experience in producing entertainment, infotainment, edutainment radio programs and has been producing TV programs since 2005. Thida has written rights issues. She is a board member at the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT).
Having been involved in civil society and rights-based work for more than 15 years, Kyaw Thu is recognised as one of Myanmar’s key community organizers. He is now Executive Director of local NGO Paung Ku, which is a dynamic and rights-based civil society strengthening initiative that works across religious, ethnic, class, and other divides. Kyaw Thu, Paung Ku and its hundreds of local and regional partners are committed to peace, social justice, equity and environmentally sustainable development for poor, oppressed and marginalised people.
Since 1997, he become journalist in Media Fields. He wrote news, different articles and news articles in different journals, magazines such as Myanmar Dana. In 2002, he become Chief executive editor and he publish “Good News” journal. News Editor as “Pyae Thu Khit” journal. From 2003 to 2010, he also works and sent secret information for “KhitPyine Online Media” which based in Bangkok. 2004 to 2014, he works as radio presenter and writing news articles for DVB which based in Norway. Currently, he writes news articles for Mizzima Digital Daily Newspaper, VOA Radio Presenter, as news article writer for Myanmar Times, Myanmar Post, Myanmar Global Post, People Era and Myanmar Messenger Journals.
Born on 27 Janauary 1961.Graduated from Dental institute in 1985.Started his art work as comedian since 1980 on MRTV program.Since then he became famous comedian because of his political jokes.As a leading actor, he participated fiction film "min thar taw minthar" in1986.In 1988 he was arrested and released 1989. Before 1990 election, hewas sentenced 5 years. Military government banned him not to performents as a comedian, an actor, a director and screenwriter for many years. He was arrested third time in 2007 andsentenced 59 years at 2008. But he was released at 2011 according toamnesty.He and Min HtinKoKoGyi together organized the first edition of Theart of freedom film festival in 2012.
Graduated in Law (LL.B) in 1994. She is regarded as a painter, a conceptual and performance artist, her international career is highly profiled as she portrays the contradictions and conflictions of her sociopolitical environment. Her feminist approach to art is accolades and recognition as one of the most important contemporary artist to emerge from Burma. She has lectured and exhibited extensively, and participated in international performance art festivals. She was awarded an Asian Cultural Council fellowship from 2009-2010, an Art Omi and Gardarev Center fellow, USA in 2012, and held a Sea Change Residency by GAEA in USA. She founded art@apt in 2011 with fellow artist KST in NY.
Since March 1984, he started as cartoonist from “Ta Pyay” music Magazine and come into Myanmar Literature fields. And then he continues to draw cartoon at Magazines such as Moe Wai, Dagon, Yote Shin MyatMhan, Sit Pyan, Myawaddi, Nge Tar Ye, Thwe Thout, Pay Phuu Hlwar, and Ma Hay Thi. He also writes comics in Shwe Thwe, Tay Za and Moe Thout Pan. He won the prize “The most Strange Cartoonist in the whole Burma” in 1994, “ Phyuu Friendship Literature award” in 1996, “ Htan Yike Nyo Literature award” in 2000. He participates 30 art, cartoon and graphic design shows. He publishes 30 books. In 2012, He published “ Discipline’s Satire of Sir Taw Doe” from Toe Myint’s publishing house. All sold out.
Born in 1955 and he become cartoonist in 1970 and draws in news and journals. In 2001, he went to America and back in 2012. He become art director at Asian Fame Media Group and draws cartoons and comics in journals and magazines.
In September 1998, he wrote movie critic article for “Incorrect Life” film in “Lone Ma Lay” Magazine and become writer in literature fields. He also writes “Management & Successful Lifestyle” articles such as Lone ma Lay, Yan at thit, Ma Hay Thi, Wellness, The Commerce Journal, Business Today Journals. He published 20 books. He translated Jack Welch’s Winning book and he won “Knowledge Literature” prize. He also published “Useful Business Law” using his another pen name U Mg Mg (Mawkyun).
Maung Lin Yeik is an established poet and editor. In August 1969, his first poem was published in Phu-Ni-Nyo-Pyar magazine. He published his first book of poetry (co-authored with Than Nyein Aung), Nwe Oo Ye Eik Met Cho (Sweet Dream of the Spring) in 1980. He worked as an editor for Myanmar EBook Online (www.foreverspace.com.mm) from 2003-2006, for Myanmar Tribune Journal in 2007, and for Pansodan Art and Culture Journal in 2013. He has a leading role in some poet societies such as Action Group of Myanmar Poets and Myanmar Poets' Union.
Founder of Human Dignity Film Institute, Festival director of Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Poet, Screenwriter, and filmmaker.
Igor Blaževič is the founder and longtime director of One World, Europe’s biggest human rights documentary film festival, and co-founder of the Human Rights Film Network. Igor is an international consultant as well as jury member for the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival.
Yeni is an editor of The Irrawaddy that is regarded as one of the foremost journalistic publications dealing with political, social, economic and cultural developments in Myanmar. He fled the country as a university student in 1988 democracy uprising and spent time as an activist and musician artist on the Thailand-Burma border before moving to Chiang Mai and into journalism. In 2013, he came back to Yangon.
Kate Gunn is a journalist and graduate of the Australian Film and Television School. Much of her work has focused on humanitarian issues and she is a recipient of the UN Media Peace Award for best TV Current Affairs Report in 2006. Kate currently works in media development and recently managed radio projects in Pakistan and Kenya that provided lifesaving information to local communities.
Franz XaverAugustin, born in 1953, studied history, art history and political science in Freiburg, Grenoble and Rome. He has worked for the Goethe-Institute (German Cultural Center) since 1986 in Spain, Southern India, Berlin/Germany and Vietnam. From 2007 to 2013, he was the regional director of the Goethe-Institutes in SE-Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Since 2014 he has been building up the new Goethe-Institute in Myanmar
LioraZonshine is the Israeli cultural attaché, and the wife of the Israeli Ambassador in Yangon. She was director of foreign relations and production of ‘Minshar for Art’ School of Visual Arts in Tel Aviv. During her diplomatic mission in India, she produced a number of Israeli film festivals. She has worked for numerous TV shows in Israel, and at Haifa Film Festival (Haifaff) as coordinator of foreign guests. She directed two short films and a documentary film is still in the process.
Ellen Bruno is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. With a background in relief work, Ellen's films have focused on issues at the forefront of human rights, including sex trafficking in Burma, political prisoners in Tibet, the social alienation of people with leprosy, and genocide in Cambodia. Ellen earned an MA in Film at Stanford University. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, a Goldie Award for Outstanding Artists, an Alpert Award for the Arts, and was Anonymous Was a Woman Award for the Arts, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Ellen serves on the board of the International Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and Ethical Traveler.