Deputy Director of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia since 1992, Mike Hostench is also active in scriptwriting, film production and distribution. Author of four books on cinema, he is a frequent contributor to film journals and websites. He's written more than 30 booklets for DVDs and Blu-Ray collector's editions for American and Catalonian prestige labels.
Born in Beirut, Joyce A. Nashawati grew up in Athens, Accra and Kuwait City. After studying cinema in the UK, she settled in Paris. She directed three short films that received a mention at festivals before shooting her first feature Blind Sun, a dystopian thriller selected among others at Toronto (best photography), Sitges, Thessaloniki (Fipresci), Neuchâtel and Fantasporto (best actor).
Vincent Lannoo is a Belgian director who studied cinema at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion. In 1998, he directed I Love the Movies , a short fiction film that won the Best European Short Film award at the Brussels International Film Festival. After that, he turned to feature-length films, directing Strass and Ordinary Man. In 2010, he made his first comedy, Vampires.
Billy O’Brien is an award winning Irish film director and screenwriter. His latest film is the supernatural thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Wells. Billy's other features include the science fiction thriller Scintilla and the dark Irish horror film Isolation.
William Friedkin is one of those filmmakers who had an impact on the shift in American cinema in the 1970s and were involved in its renewal and redefinition. Initially a maker of documentaries, the Chicago-born director proposed a new view of cinema, which was more direct and more realistic and made each of his early works an event in itself.