On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.
Directors on the DAFilms portal
Born in Tehran, Iran, Massoud Bakhshi earned his high school diploma in photography and cinema (1990) and his BS in Agriculture Engineering (1995). He later studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Financement Formation in France (2005). He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter and producer.
Julian Ballester is a documentary filmmaker from France currently residing in Barcelona. His film Curiol Street was completed as part of his master degree with the financial support of “region PACA”. Having lived in France, Spain and Canada, Julian is passionate about cities, identity and personal and social transformations.
Playwright, stage and film director. Graduated in philosophy and translatology (French, Old Greek) from Charles University, Prague. In 1996, with his brother co-founded D. I. Lebedung, a theatre company based in Louny dedicated to contemporary theatre. Cooperation with the Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem. From 2001, creative director, Multiprostor Louny.
Michel Banabila (Amsterdam 1961) is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila's career kicked off with his album VoizNoiz (2000), which received international critical acclaim. He worked/performed in The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain, China, USA and Belgium. Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies...
Fellipe Barbosa (1980) was born in Rio de Janeiro and completed his MFA in film at Columbia University, New York. His shorts, including the award-winning SALT KISS (2007), have screened at Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand and the New York Film Festival. In 2007, Fellipe was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film...
Jessica Bardsley is a film artist and critical writer exploring experimental non-fiction forms. Her work has screened across the U.S. and internationally at esteemed venues such as RIDM, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Antimatter Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Images Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Rooftop Films and more...
Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge Arts, cultures and mental health. Antoine (2009), her first full-length film, was shown at some thirty festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Her new opus Ariel (2013) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of an Argentinean man rebuilding his identity after a terrible accident. Revealing once again the power of imagination through Laura’s unique artistic approach, she pushes the boundaries between real and unreal.