Lia Beltrami, producer director and writer. Her new documentary, A Burst of Song, won 32 award. worldwide, She received the Golden Lion for Peace 2017 in Venice. She directed 50 documentaries all over the world, winning 103 awards for her films. She is appointed as Representative of Religions for Peace at FAO-UN. In 1997 she founded Religion Today Film Festival, and the group Women of Faith for Peace in Jerusalem. She wrote 6 books: the new is “Picnic: the Art of Living”. She is the CEO of the production company Aurora Vision, honorary president of Nostalgia Film Festival, advisor for Dhaka Film Festival and Benin City Film Festival and honorary member of the House of Wisdom, Grenada.
Sébastien Simon is a filmmaker, a guest professor at Dongseo University in Busan, a programmer for Busan International Short Film Festival, and a board member of the Short Film Conference. He graduated from the E.S.E.C. film school and from University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne. His latest work as a filmmaker includes One-minded (2014), Tetsu Kono’s crazy routine (2016), The Troubled Troubadour (2016) and The Audience Never Performs (2021).
Short shorts Festival director
While studying English Language and Culture at Sophia University in Tokyo, she gained experience working at a movie theater and at Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival as a volunteer. She also studied Film at the University of Minnesota, USA.
She joined SSFF & ASIA in 2015 and served as Programming Manager, where she is in charge of festival programming, hospitality and international relations. She also worked for Tribeca Film Festival as a Shorts screener, and participated in Nordisk Panorama and Soria International Short Film Festival as a jury member. From February 2021, she works as Festival Director at SSFF & ASIA.
Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, works on numerous multimedia and film productions. He is one of the founders and Managing Directors of the multimedia company checkpointmedia GmbH, University Professor of Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and owner and Managing Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.
His first feature film is “Heller als der Mond” (“Brighter than the Moon”). His short film “Copy Shop” won 38 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. “Fast Film” premiered in Cannes 2003 and won 36 awards until today. His most recent feature film is “Night of a 1000 Hours” (2016). In 2018 he directed his first music video “Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel”. In total, his work has been awarded 200 international awards.
Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna, Austria.
Abolfazl JALILI (1957, Iran) was educated in directing at the Iranian College of Dramatic Arts and then worked for national television (IRIB) where he produced several children’s films. The film Dance of Dust, which had been banned from screening for six years in Iran, won the Silver Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 1998. Jalili was one of the ‘Filmmakers in Focus’ in 1999. His films deal with tabooed topics and are therefore often daring and provocative.