In 2005, after studying film directing at La Sorbonne, he became, at 23, one of the founders of the film company ADASTRA FILMS, created in 2008 to produce and direct his first short film, “Le Tonneau des Danaïdes”, which was selected in more than 40 international festivals in 20 countries. He then worked on various corporate films as the artistic director. He finished his second short film “L’Assistante” in 2012 (selected at Palm Springs and 1st Prize awarded at the French Film Festival of Helvetia) and his third short film “En Proie” in 2016, broadcast on France 2. David Guiraud also edited Tinatin Kajrishvili’s feature film “Brides”, selected at Tribeca, Busan and the Berlinale — Panorama section, where the film won an Audience Award. He is currently working on his first feature film.
Le Tonneau des Danaïdes
Helsinki-based Aino Suni (born 1985) is one of the most promising Scandinavian directors of her generation. Her short films “Turnaround” and “Wolf Carver” have been selected in prestigious festivals like Clermont-Ferrand or Sarajevo, broadcast on Canal +, YLE or the Italian channel RTI. Her first feature film “Never Again”, about the rapper Mercedes Bentso, had its world premiere in 2018 at Love & Anarchy HIFF, before theatrical releases in Sweden and Finland. Aino is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Film Screenwriting (MA) from the University of Salford and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
Lauren Wolkstein is an award-winning American film director. She graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Master’s degree. In 2013, she was listed among the “25 new faces of American independent film”, published each year by the “Filmmaker Magazine”. In 2013, her short film Deux Inconnus (aka The Strange Ones) was nominated for the “Lutin Short Film Awards” among the 17 best French fictions of the year. Her three previous short films received 50 international awards and were screened at more than 200 film festivals. Her first feature film (co-directed with Christopher Radcliff) was released in 2017 in theaters, screened and awarded at several international film festivals (JURY PRIZE at Champs-Elysées Film Festival, Best Breakthrough performance for James Jackson-Freedson at SXSW, Boston Film festival…).
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
The Strange Ones
Collective : Unconscious
Christopher Radcliff is an American filmmaker based in New York. His first short film “THE STRANGE ONES” (co-directed with Lauren Wolkstein) had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. The film has was selected in more than 100 festivals around the world, including SXSW, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand and received more than 20 awards, including several awards that have qualified the film for the Oscars. Christopher is a graduate of Columbia University, where he also received the “Ezra Litwak Award of Distinction” in the script category. In 2012 he was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus in screenwriting with his feature film project “DUMB” and the following year he was able to participate in the “IFP Emerging Storytellers Program 2013” with the script of his feature film version of “THE STRANGE ONES”.
The Strange Ones
Shane Atkinson is an American writer and director based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York. His work as a director is described by his mother as “very funny” and “why are there so many dirty words?” Shane has directed many short films, including “Penny Dreadful” (Audience Award in Clermont-Ferrand, Grand Prix SNCF du Polar) or “The Ambassador” shot on the French Riviera. He also wrote the screenplay for “Poms”, starring Diane Keaton, released in May 2019.
Born in Mexico City in 1975, Raul graduated from the Image and Sound Department of the University of Guadalajara in 1998. In 2003, his short film “La Puerta” was awarded Best Short Film at the Independent International Film Festival of New York. In 2006, he received a scholarship to study scriptwriting and editing at the National School of Cinema (Scuola Nazionale di Cinema) in Rome. He has directed some acclaimed documentaries in Spanish-speaking countries and Latin-American festivals such as “El Ultimo Bolero” (selected at Guadalajara, Filmar, Cinesul…). In 2015, his fiction short film “Domingo” was selected in several international short film festivals, including Biarritz Latin-American Festival where the film is awarded a Special Mention and bought by France 3 TV channel.
Since 2013, he has been part of the selection committee of the Guadalajara Film Festival.
Raul also teaches filmmaking at the University of Guadalajara.
Domingo (feature film)
Domingo (short film)
Raúl López Echeverría
Rim Laurens has been a composer of music for film and advertising for 10 years.
The films with his soundtracks have been selected in more than 500 festivals, like the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and have received 35 international awards (Jury Prize for the feature film “Brides” at Berlinale). Recognized internationally, Rim Laurens has worked with directors from France, USA, Egypt, Georgia, Japan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
Vincent Diderot was born in Toulouse in 1980 and currently lives in Narbonne. After a double degree in Visual Arts and Performing Arts, he directed and self-produced his first short films including Jour 0, which was screened at the Forum des Images in the cycle “Man and Machine”, and broadcast at Utopiales in Nantes. His third short film, “La Révelation”, a parody of a science fiction B movie, broadcast on Canal + and screened in more than 40 international festivals, including Off- Court Trouville and the Méliès Fantasy Film Festival (Lund Fantastic Film Festival, FANTASIA Montreal, Utopiales, etc.). His short film “Maxiplace”, produced by Adastra Films, was supported by the CNC, the Poitou-Charentes Region, SACD-Beaumarchais and PROCIREP-ANGOA. Vincent also directed a transmedia project “Alpha Pill”, that was supported by the Orange / Innovative formats grant and premiered at Cannes Film Festival in NEXT section.
Marina Moshkova was born in Russia in St. Petersburg in 1987. In 2006, she graduated in drawing from the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Cinema and TV of St. Petersburg in Film Animation. Since 2011, she has been working as a director for the TV series “Smeshariki” at the Animation Studio “Peterburg”. In 2013 she was invited to be a jury member of the International Short Film Festival “Unprecedented Cinema” in Estonia. She directed two award-winning animated short films : “In Scale” and “M Seeking W”.
M Seeking W
Akaki was born in Georgia in 1991 and grew up in Russia until he was 13 years old. His family then moved to Nice. Little by little, through encounters and by devouring Hercule Poirot episodes on TV, he learned the French language. His family had a difficult start and very soon he had to earn a living. He worked as a security agent in the luxury villas of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat or as a waiter in nightclubs in Monaco and Saint-Tropez. When he entered the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) in Nice, he finally got back to his childhood dream : making films. In 2017, he wrote and directed Le soleil des nuits blanches. Hailed by many professionals, this short film was screened at the PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn Black Nights film festival) as well as other festivals. He then assisted Florent Hill on his film Slurp, which was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in 2018. The same year, Akaki wrote and directed Je vois, a medium-length film in a single shot-sequence of 36 minutes that received numerous distinctions, including from the CNC (Quality Award) and the Best Director Award at the Copenhagen Film Festival
Ici en silence tout hurle
Le soleil des nuits blanches