Darryl Els (b. Port Elizabeth, 1978) is the Festival Director for the Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival based in Cape Town. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Darryl worked in documentary film production before entering a career in cinema exhibition and film programming. In 2010 he co-founded The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg an independent space dedicated to promoting South African and International documentary, fiction, and short films. In addition to this, he has worked as an independent film researcher with a specific interest in South African cinema history, curating and presenting programs at various institutions and film festivals most recently as part of the Visionary Archive project at the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst in Berlin.
Born in Alba (Italy) in 1970, he moved to Turin in 1989 where he studied Philosophy, Human Sciences, and Film History at the Università di Torino. In 1999 he starts the collaboration with the Torino Film Festival where in 2005 he becomes the curator of the Italian Competitions (Short Films and Documentaries). Three years later he creates a new section devoted to international documentaries in the attempt of introducing the most interesting and relevant films from a very specific and cinematic perspective in Italy: TFFdoc. From 2002 until 2009 he's been programmer of From Sodom to Hollywood – Turin LGBT Film Festival for which he also edited several retrospectives – in particular the one dedicated to Fassbinder, those about queer cinema in the Arabic world, the Spaghetti Western, and "j-ender: big bang love in japan" and notably tributes to directors such as Alain Guiraudie, and Adolfo Arrieta. Since 2015, he is also co-director of Doclisboa.
Levin Peter was born 1985 in Jena, Germany. His first documentary film Prestes Maia (in co-production with Zdf/Arte) about the largest squatted building in Latin America was shot in 2007 in São Paulo. While studying directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg he directed numerous short and documentary films that have been shown and awarded at festivals worldwide. His diploma project, the feature film Beyond the Snowstorm, won the First Steps Award and was shown at the Berlinale and many other festivals. He founded the production company Raumzeitfilm together with Elsa Kremser in 2016. He received the Nipkow and the Gerd Ruge Grant and works on his feature length documentary Stray Dogs, about the ghost of the dog Laika, the first living being launched into space to orbit the Earth. Recently he received the Berlinale Kompagnon Award for the development of his new film The Green Parrot.