Director Biography – Marek Stoklosa (THIS, WHICH I HAVE)

Graduated from the Economics Academy of Krakow. From proffesion, a stockbroker – but in pursuit of a passion, a student of AMA Academy in Krakow. Aspiring to the role of a film director and screenwriter. Traveler, self-taught philosopher and a fan of the arthouse cinema, looking for inspiration in non-commercial films

Short Film: SPIZELLA, 20min., Germany, Drama

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Spizella is a word with Latin and Greek origin and it means ‘sparrow’. Spizella is the story of a father and his daughter with troubled family relationships, which have become even more troubled after the death of the mother. The father keeps forcing his daughter to keep the mourning attitude alive and ongoing within the house and he tries to keep his communication with her very limited. This gloomy house is no different than a cage for this timid girl. The strong revival of her childhood memories and dreams by means of a souvenir suitcase left from her mother can bring the girl a glimpse of happiness.

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Director Biography – Eleonora Ivone (OPEN YOUR LIPS)

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Roman, she was trained as an actress by following several acting schools and stages:
Actor’s Studio method with Susan Strasberg (1995),
Stanislavskji method with Russian teacher C. Dolganov (1994),
Student of actresses and teachers Fulvia Mammi and Elsa Polverosi (1993-1998)
Acting school directed by Beatrice Bracco (1996),
Steges with Susan Strasberg (1997)
Stages with Greta Seacat (2000-2001) teacher of the actor’s New York studio.
She has been the testimonial of many commercials in Italy, Europe and the USA.
She is a screenwriter with Angelo Longoni and director of the short film “OPEN LE LIPS” on the subject of child abuse.
The film, presented at the Venice Film Festival and at the Rome Festival, was received with great interest and is participating in numerous national and international festivals and to date has won the following awards:
Terra di Siena Film Festival – Award for the best first film
Festival of Peoples and Religions of Terni – Award for Best Screenplay and Soundtrack

Director Statement

“OPEN YOUR LIPS” is my first short film, my first director. I did it with the will to use cinema in its most important function: the social denunciation. To give voice to all those children who could not speak.

Short Film: OPEN YOUR LIPS, 8min., Italy, Drama

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A story begun and never finished.
A story caused by the most ferocious instincts of the human being and that is repeated every day.
It is terrible but 85% of cases of pedophilia occur in the family.
Coming out of pain and guilt is impossible for an abused child. Even the years cure the wounds.
And what happens in the abused child’s brain? And above all how does that child become an adult? Sometimes the desire to do justice alone for those adult children is the only way to go.
For those who have suffered the worst wrongs “there is no forgiveness and there is no revenge” there is only the desperate need to go further.


Director Biography – Ignacio Lasierra Pinto (FIRST COMMUNION)

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Ignacio Lasierra is PhD in Communication. He studied the Master of Script Fiction for Film & Television from the UPSA (Salamanca) and the Master in Film, Television and New Technologies from the URJC (Madrid). He has written and directed the short films: Al otro lado (2002), Rastro (2006), Salomón (2008), La granja (2011) and the short documentary Mi tío Ramón (2015). He has received numerous awards at various national and international festivals. Currently, he´s Lecturer and researcher at the San Jorge University (Spain).


Short Film: FIRST COMMUNION, 20min., Spain, Drama

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Maria wants to make her deceased mother;s last wish come true. Nevertheless, in her family, nobody seems to care.

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Director Biography – Eileen BYRNE (TOUCH ME)

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Born in Luxembourg to a German mother and a French-Scottish father, Eileen started co-writing and directing her first plays and musicals as a teenager. After her baccalaureate at the European School she started to work as a trainee on several film and theatre productions in Luxembourg. She went on to study Performing Arts at the University of Winchester and theatre, music and history of art at Munich University, while continuing to work as a script supervisor, 3rd assistant director and production assistant on a regular basis. In 2007 she started her studies of film directing at the University of television and film in Munich, during which she spent one year at the Toulouse film school where she was awarded an additional Master’s degree in directing. Whilst studying she made several short films which were selected for festivals in a variety of countries around the world and co-wrote three feature films (one of which was released in 2012). As a result of her mixed background, she likes to work in several languages and often deals in her movies with the subject of cultural identity in particular, but also themes like family and identity in general.
„What remains“ is her final year project at the University of Television and Film Munich. She is currently developing two feature films.