Dr. Catherine Colas studied literature and theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1995, she began working for ARTE – at first in Paris for the feature-film department among other things and the news magazine-format Metropolis as well as as a production manager in the area of documentary film. From 2001 to 2006, she headed the cultural department at the Institut Français in Germany. Since 2007, she has worked as an editor for short and mid-length films at ZDF/ARTE, where she is responsible for the TV magazine “Kurzschluss”.
Heleen Gerritsen studied Slavonic languages and economics in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. She has lived in Germany since 2003. In 2009, she produced her first feature-length documentary and founded her own film production company. From 2014 to 2016 she was director of the European documentary film festival dokumentART in Neubrandenburg (Eastern Germany). Since October 2017, she has been at the head of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film organized by Deutsches Filminstitut.
Raymond Red is a pioneer of Filipino alternative cinema, and has the distinction of being the first Filipino to have won the “Palme D’Or” Award at Cannes Film Festival for his short film ANINO in 2000. Having established himself with experimental and narrative shorts in the 1980s, he soon began making independent full-length feature films in the 1990s, such as the historical drama BAYANI and the award-winning MANILA SKIES and KAMERA OBSKURA. Red is now preparing his next feature, MAKAPILI, a World War II project.