Chantal Akerman - "Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation."—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
John Akomfrah - An artist, lecturer, and writer as well as a filmmaker, his twenty-year body of work is among the most distinctive in the contemporary British art world.
Alice Arnold - A non-fiction filmmaker and an educator, her films and photography work explore the urban environment and visual culture.
Nurith Aviv - Having worked on about 100 films, both fiction and documentaries, Film Journal International has hailed her as "Innovative and daring."
Hartmut Bitomsky - Former film critic and editor of Germany's famous film magazine Filmkritik, Hartmut Bitomsky has produced more than forty critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary films over the last thirty years.
Noel Burch - A filmmaker and film theorist, he published The Theory of Film Practice, a book that coined or established many of the terms that would come to dominate university Film Studies.
Nancy Buirski - Director, producer and curator Nancy Buirski is the founder and was the director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for ten years.
Olivia L. Carrescia - Olivia L. Carrescia has worked as a researcher, producer and editor for the past 25 years in the US and Europe. Her award winning Mayan trilogy (Todos Santos Cuchumatan and The Survivors, and Mayan Voices: American Lives) has been distributed internationally and is now available for the first time on one DVD.
Nina Davenport - A filmmaker with a unique and personal style of documentary that has earned her numerous awards. "Davenport's direction is intricate and her editing is sublime."—Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
Jihan el-Tahri - An Egyptian-born, French filmmaker, author and news correspondent, el-Tahri’s films include the Emmy-nominated HOUSE OF SAUD, THE PRICE OF AID and most recently, BEHIND THE RAINBOW.
Elizabeth Fernea - A writer and filmmaker whose work focused on the Middle East, particularly women and the family. She was Professor of English and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught for 25 years and was one of the founders of the Women's Studies program.
Maren Grainger-Monsen -A physician and award-winning filmmaker, who is currently Filmmaker in Residence and Director of the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics.
Patricio Guzmán - The acclaimed director of the masterpiece THE BATTLE OF CHILE, whose new film NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT has just been released.
Heddy Honigmann - Called "one of the contemporary masters of the form" by Sean Farnel, Director of Programming of Hot Docs, Honigmann’s work is known for strong imagery and her compassionate connection to her subjects.
Pirjo Honkasalo - Finnish director and cinematographer Pirjo Honkasalo has directed, written and worked as a cinematographer for award-winning documentaries and feature films for over 25 years.
Shôhei Imamura - The only Japanese director to twice win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Shôhei Imamura has been described by The New York Times as "one of the most significant Japanese filmmakers of the postwar generation."
Sergei Loznitsa - This young Russian filmmaker has brought a fresh new approach to the art of historical compilation documentaries.
Sato Makoto - Sato-san was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Chief Lecturer at the Film School of Tokyo.
Chris Marker - The almost legendary genius; a cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet who created A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT and REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME.
Bill Morrison - Director of Decasia, described by The Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman as "the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle."
Djo Tunda Wa Munga - Founder of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first production company, Suka Productions!, director/producer Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s films include STATE OF MIND, VIVA RIVA! and CONGO IN FOUR ACTS.
Shinsuke Ogawa - Born in 1935 in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. He began his film career in 1960 by making public-relations films, but soon left this lucrative career to devote himself to the production of independent documentaries.
Marcel Ophuls - Academy Award-winning director of Hotel Terminus and The Sorrow and the Pity.
Anand Patwardhan - An award-winning filmmaker who has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades. He has relentlessly pursued diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India.
Eugenio Polgovsky - In 2004 Polgovsky received Mexico’s National Youth Prize. His new documentary,"The Inheritors," produced with support of the Hubert Bals Fund and Visions Sud Est had its world premier at the 65th Venice Film Festival.
Helga Reidemeister - Reidemeister’s award-winning films reveal the balance of power within society that determines the lives of individuals, especially those of women.
Jean Rouch - The father of cinéma vérité (CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER), a key figure in the Cinémathèque Française, and founding director of the Comité du film ethnographique at the Musée de l'Homme.
Shelley Saywell - Writer and director of independent international documentaries that have been critically acclaimed and honored with many awards, including an Emmy for Crimes of Honour.
Yuka Sekiguchi - The films of Yuka Sekiguchi revolve around a search for Japanese identity, as seen from both Japanese and international perspectives.
Allan Sekula - Photographer, theorist and filmmaker whose work frequently focuses on large economic systems, or "the imaginary and material geographies of the advanced capitalist world."
Lisanne Skyler - As native New Yorker, Lisanne Skyler is a prolific writer and director of both fiction and nonfiction films, and currently a Professor of Film Studies at the University of Arizona.
Susan Vogel - Professor of African Art and Architecture at Columbia University, Founder of the Museum for African Art in New York, and winner of the Herskovits Prize, the African Studies Association's highest honor for a book of original research on Africa.
Christopher Walker - A producer, director and associate producer of over 20 documentaries, his most recent film, The Dreamers of Arnhem Land, is the remarkable story of two Aboriginal elders who set out to save their community from cultural extinction.
Shuibo Wang - 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, former member of China's Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, Oscar Nominated director of SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE and the award winning New Release THEY CHOSE CHINA.
Peter Watkins - Groundbreaking, controversial filmmaker of the famously banned Oscar® winner THE WAR GAME who continues to be a fierce critic of the global media structures, and continues to challenge conventional cinematic norms.
Ilan Ziv - Director of documentaries dealing broadly with issues of human rights, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and investigations of contemporary history.