Elsa Charbit

Elsa Charbit (Parigi,1980) is a film scholar and theorist. She studied history and film at university and later took the first steps of her career in cinema at the Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), the association of French filmmakers, one of the places of defense of auteur cinema in France.

From 2005 to 2015, Elsa Charbit worked as deputy director of the Cultural Actions department of the Cinémathèque française in Paris. In 2015, she took up the post of artistic director of the Festival du Cinéma de Brive (an international film festival dedicated to fiction, animation, documentary, and experimental medium-length films) in Brive-la-Gallairde and since 2019, she has been appointed artistic director of Entrevues – Belfort International Film Festival (international film festival dedicated to debut films, second films and third works from around the world).

Matías Piñeiro

Matías Piñeiro (1982, Buenos Aires) is an Argentinian writer and director who currently lives in New York, USA. For the last ten years he has been developing a cycle of films based on the female roles in William Shakespeare’s comedies called “The Shakespeareads”. He teaches filmmaking at Pratt Institute (New York – USA) and coordinates the filmmaking department at Elías Querejeta Zine Escola (San Sebastian, Spain). He programed in Punto de Vista Film Festival (Pamplona, Spain) and Anthology Film Archives (N.Y., USA). At present, he is working in three film projects in diverse stages of production: the feature film Ariel, based in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, Sea Foam based on a text by Cesare Pavese on the figure of Sappho and The lesson of the Master, an adaptation of the Henry James´ novella. In Spring 2021, he has been selected to participate at Gulbenkian Residency at Porto School of Arts.

Mitra Farahani

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1975, the sculptor and filmmaker graduated with a degree in graphic design from the city’s Azad University in 1997. She then emigrated to Paris where she studied plastic arts, video and film at ENSAD. Since then, she has worked in both fine art and moving images. In 2002, her short film Juste une femme screened at the Berlinale where all her subsequent films have also premiered. Since 2012, she has also been working as a producer on films including Jean-Luc Godard’s 2018 work, Le livre d’image.