Stefan Ivančić, born 1985 in SFR Yugoslavia is a film director, producer and programmer. He lived in Barcelona, Spain, from 1991 to 2009, where he finished a degree in mechanical engineering. He graduated Film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, in 2013. His short film Soles de primavera (2013) had its international premiere at FIDMarseille and has been selected in Rotterdam, Torino and San Sebastian, among many others. His documentary 1973 (2014) had its premiere at Visions du Réel and Moonless Summer (2014) was selected for the Festival de Cannes' Cinéfondation. His latest work, A Handful of Stones (2017), was presented at the ACID in Cannes. Stefan has produced the feature film The Load by Ognjen Glavonic, a project to be released in 2018, supported by the CNC, Visions Sud Est, the Hubert Bals Fund and Eurimages. He is working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is a member of the selection committee of Pardi di domani at Locarno Film Festival and the head of programming of Pančevo Film Festival (Serbia). He lives and works in Belgrade.
Myriam Sassine obtained her diploma in film studies in 2005 and a Master's degree in film research in 2009. Based in Beirut, Myriam was responsible for development in the production companies Lucky Monkey Pictures (United States) and Abbout Productions (Lebanon) for two years. In 2012, she became associate producer at Abbout Productions and, among other films, produced several feature-length documentaries such as e muet by Corine Shawi (FID Marseille 2013), Trêve by Myriam El Hajj (Visions du Réel 2015), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno International Film Festival 2017), Un Certain Nasser by Badih Massaad and Antoine Waked (Festival Lumière, Lyon 2017) and Amal by Mohamed Siam (IDFA 2017). She is COO of Schortcut Films, a company dedicated to coproducing international feature films, and Executive Director of the Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival in Beirut, the first genre-film festival in the Middle East.
Graduating in social sciences from the universities of Fribourg and Lisbon, Aline Schmid then studied scriptwriting in Stuttgart. After working at several film and music festivals in Switzerland and abroad, she became head of distribution at Cineworx in Basel in 2006. Festival coordinator at Cinéma Tous Ecrans in 2010, she then joined Intermezzo Films as a producer, before creating her own company Beauvoir Films in 2016. In 2013, she participated in the Emerging Producers programme at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and in Producers on the Move in Cannes in 2015. Among other films, Aline Schmid has produced Sonita (prize-winner at Sundance / IDFA), Broken Land (Locarno, Rotterdam), Cantos (prize-winner at Dok.fest) and Horizontes (Karlovy Vary, Guadalajara).