Safia Benhaim was born in Paris, to Moroccan communist political refugees. During her studies at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she worked at Vertigo magazine, writing articles on Kyoshi Kurosawa, Philippe Garrel, Marguerite Duras, etc. She directed her first film, L'Arrière-pays, in 2009, and then La Fièvre, in 2014. These two medium-length films, somewhere between political documentaries and tales of fantasy, evoke the way in which the experience of exile comes to haunt the perception of the real, by conflating physical with mental territory. She also creates installations (L'Atlantide, 2011) and performances mixing film and music (Last Things, 2013). L'Arrière-Pays was awarded the Grand Prix at the Côté court festival in 2011; La Fièvre, screened at many international festivals (Entrevues Belfort; Jeonju Festival in South Korea; Locarno; Viennale, etc.), won the Tiger Award for Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015. Currently, she is working on a new film, on the theme of hunting – a documentary teetering towards the unreal, where the focus will once again be haunted territory.
A journalist by training, Emmanuel Cuénod was a film critic for the daily paper La Tribune de Genève for ten years. He was also co-editor in-chief of the professional Swiss film review, Cinébulletin, and has regularly contributed as a film commentator on the airwaves of La Première and RTS. Executive and Artistic Director of the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans since 2013, Emmanuel Cuénod has also worked as a producer for Genevan production company Rita Productions. His System Error (y2k) project won the Prix Perspective d'un Doc at Visions du Réel in 2010. He is the founder of in utero, a production organisation that promotes the ideas of radical auteur films, open to research and experimentation. He notably co-produced Louise Carrin's Les Papillons Noirs (2013), which was selected at numerous festivals, including Visions du Réel and Les Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas.
Tina Janker was born in 1962. After completing her studies in Media, Italian and Hispanic Literature at the Freie Universität of Berlin, Janker became a publicist for the German theatrical distributor Concorde Film and later worked for the PR agency Just Publicity. Since 1999, she has been advising students of the Documentary Department at the Munich University of Television and Film (HFF) on film festival strategies. She organises and curates film programmes of the HFF student films for international student film festivals and cultural institutions (museums, theatres, universities). From 2010 to 2013, Janker also served as a member of the selection committee, as a moderator and as a catalogue author for DOK.fest, Munich's annual international documentary film festival.