Lionel Baier was born in 1975 in Lausanne in a Swiss family with Polish origins. His passion for film led him to programme and co-manage the Cinéma Rex in Aubonne at the age of 17, before studying the arts at the University of Lausanne. In 2001, he was noticed at international festivals with La Parade (notre histoire). He then went on to critical and public acclaim, notably with Garçon stupide (2004), Comme des voleurs (à l'est) (2006), and Les Grandes Ondes (à l'ouest) (2013). Since 2002, Lionel Baier has been head of the film department at ECAL Lausanne University of Art and Design. In September 2014, he received the Grand Prix from the Vaudoise Cultural Foundation (Fondation Vaudoise pour la culture), an award which recognises "a personality from the Vaudoise cultural world who has enriched the landscape with a significant work and new approach." He is also Vice-President of the Board of the Foundation of the Cinémathèque Suisse (National Film Archives) and a member of the committee for Visions du Réel, Festival de cinéma Nyon. His next film Sans Merci, part of the Onde de Choc TV collection, is currently in post-production and will be released in 2017.
Carine Chichkowsky was a production manager for several companies producing short movies, videoclips and documentaries for almost ten years. She was also the executive producer for the Films de la Villa of "Mafrouza", a monumental documentary cycle of 5X150', awarded with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival with Paraboles, the last part of the cycle. In 2010, she founded, with Guillaume Morel, Survivance, her own independent production and editing company. She graduated in 1996 with a double Master Degree in Business and Administration from Laval University in Quebec and from the Grenoble Business School. Since 2010, she has produced most of Survivance's films. From its foundation, Survivance has two main activities: producing documentaries and fiction art-house films and distributing rare films on DVD and in theatres.
Pieter van Huystee (1956) started as a photographer for illustrated magazines. After working at a public broadcasting company, he became creative director of IDTV. In this period, he mainly did entertainment programmes, but also got in touch with Johan van der Keuken and produced his later documentaries like Brass Unbound and Amsterdam Global Village. He worked for a long time with Heddy Honigmann and made with her O Amor Natural, Underground Orchestra, Crazy and many other documentaries. For Boris Gerrets he produced People I Could Have Been and Maybe I Am, and Shado'man. Currently working on Renzo Marten's Gentrification Project and Retel Helmrich's The Camp. By combining daring with decisiveness, Pieter van Huystee Film has become one of the leading Dutch independent production companies, highly esteemed for the quality and wide range of its projects. Many van Huystee documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have been awarded many times. In 1999 van Huijstee is awarded with The National Dutch Film Prize for his contribution for the Dutch documentary. Member of the board of Eye Film Institute (Dutch Filmmuseum).