Norbert Pfaffenbichler (Austria) lives in Vienna, Austria, where he works as an artist, filmmaker and curator. He is co-founder of VIDOK and Ianolin Studio and was involved in the Austrian abstract cinema which emerged in the 1990s. In 2002, he started working on his film series Notes on Film in which he deconstructs film history from an artistic view which he spices up with mathematical abstraction. He has been cooperating with several international film festivals and exhibitions such as the Vienna film festival, festivals of short films in Oberhausen, Tampere, Rotterdam, Vienna and others. In 2009 the VIS festival screened special programme for his work with Lotte Schreiber.
Bernadette Klausberger (Germany) is a producer, editor and festival manager. As a longtime staff member of the Berlin International Film Festival she has been responsible for the PR of the strands up-and-coming German cinema and international cinema for young audiences. As a producer she trained her skills at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Since 2008, together with Niklas Hlawatsch she has produced more than 10 experimental, documentary and shorts of outstanding young directors. For Warner Bros. she served as a junior producer on the family adventure Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails. A special focus of Bernadette’s work lies on interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, education and politics. Bernadette lives and works in Berlin and loves the south.
Niklas Hlawatsch (Germany) During his studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin he worked for several international feature film productions. In 2008, Niklas and his colleague Bernadette Klausberger founded the company visual stories, with which they developed and produced short films and experimental web formats. In 2014, together with director Fadi Baki, they were awarded the Robert Bosch Film Prize at the 64th Berlinale for the development of the film Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow. The film has since been screened at more than 50 film festivals and won 15 awards. Since 2015, Niklas has increasingly devoted himself to his own photographic work. In 2017, he discovered the collodion wet plate process and started photographic experiments with the historical technique. In the autumn of 2019, he opened the photo studio FuchsTeufelBild in Essen, Germany. Currently Niklas is working on the photo-literature project Ál og Aska (engl.: Aluminum and Ash) about the exploitation of natural energy sources in Iceland.
FILM CRITICS, CURATORS AND ACADEMICS
Christoph Huber (Austria) is a Curator in the Program Department of the Austrian Film Museum, where he co-conceived several large retrospectives on genre cinema. Degree as DI of Physics at the Technical University of Vienna, afterwards film critic and arts editor for the daily paper Die Presse from 1999-2014, programmer on the side. European editor of the Canadian film magazine Cinema Scope. Contributions to countless other international magazines, books and homepages, co-author (with Olaf Möller) of books on Peter Kern and Dominik Graf. Ferronian.
Adham Youssef (Egypt/Germany) is an Egyptian freelance journalist and film critic with a background in politics and history. He worked as a politics editor at the Daily News Egypt for eight years. He is published in several websites and newspapers, including The Guardian, Mada Masr, The National (UAE), Ahram Online, The Africa Report, The Independent, the Slovenian film magazine Ekran and the French film magazine Awotele. He is the editor of the film catalogues for the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Luxor African Film Festival (LAAF). He moderates Q&A’s, gives lectures on Egyptian and African cinema and regularly contributes to the bulletin of several festivals. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Middle East cultures at the Free University Berlin (FUB). He is currently a member of the selection committee for the Durban FilmMart Content Shop.
Dr Russ Hunter (UK) is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University in Newcastle. His research focuses on Italian genre cinema, European horror cinema and genre film festivals. He has published on a variety of aspects of Italian and European genre cinema and is the co-editor (with Stefano Baschiera) of Italian Horror Cinema (2016). He is currently writing a book on Italian giallo and horror director Dario Argento. He has published in numerous film encyclopaedias and reference guides and works closely with a number of European genre film festivals.
Dr Kate Egan (UK) is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at Northumbria University in Newcastle. Prior to this, she taught at Aberystwyth University and Nottingham University, where she was awarded her PhD on the cultural history of the video nasties in 2005. She is the author of Trash or Treasure? Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007) and Cultographies: The Evil Dead (2011), and co-author of Alien Audiences (2016). She is also the co-editor of Cult Film Stardom (2013), And Now for Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python (2020), and Researching Historical Screen Audiences (2022). She has also published on Japanese horror, Alien (1979) and its sequels, and audience memories of horror cinema, and is the co-founder of the BAFTSS Horror Studies subject interest group.
Dr Johnny Walker (UK) is Senior Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University in Newcastle. His books include, as author, Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (2015), and, as co-editor, Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (2016). He is founding co-editor of Bloomsbury’s Global Exploitation Cinemas book series, sits on the editorial board of the Horror Studies series published by the University of Wales Press, and is soon to be Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project “Raising Hell: British Horror Film in the 1980s and 1990s”.
Polona Janežič (Slovenia) is a music composer, keyboardist and a big fan of films, who is constantly looking for a connection between different kinds of stories and music. Recently, she has been creating music for the theatre in collaboration with directors Ajda Valcl, Mare Bulc, Andrej Jus and Ivan Peternelj. She is a member of world music group Katalena, and has previously collaborated with Melodrom, Natriletno kolobarjanje s praho and Chris Eckman. Lately, she is mostly performing with Jelena Ždrale and representing Katalena’s latest album Kužne pesmi.
Jelena Ždrale (Slovenia) is an improvisator, composer, arranger, performer in theatre, film and at other artistic events. She has played in many parts of Europe, USA, Mexico and Canada, collaborating with multiple solo artists as well as with music groups such as Fake Orchestra, Katalena, Brina, tAman and Mala mestna muzika. She is also a regular member of the band for the interactive radio show Muzikal at Radio Študent Ljubljana, in which the listeners call with made-up lyrics that the musicians make into music.
Elvis Homan (Slovenia) is a Slovenian drummer and composer living in Rotterdam. He embarked on his professional career as a member and band leader of Quartzite 4tet, Marco Apicella Trio, The Celestial Turkey, as well as developing his solo project with a focus on film music with which he has collaborated with the prominent International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). He has released 5 albums of original music and performs live at different festivals and venues, such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Otis Park Festival, Maas Theater, De Doelen, Tivoli Vredenburg, and others. As a composer he often collaborates with Big Band Krško and Symphonic Orchestra Novo mesto. Elvis also runs his booking agency Coxa Abstract, is a member of De BIM (Beroepsvereniging van Improviserende Musici), a producer at La Cueva Audio Production, and an educator at School Of Music Rotterdam.
Boštjan Simon (Slovenia) is a Slovenian saxophone player and composer. After graduating in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and comleting jazz saxophone studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, he devoted his time to improvisation and performances all over Europe. Currently, he teaches saxophone at the Nova Gorica School of Music and is a founding member of Big Band Nova, Trus!, There Be Monsters, Vanilla Riot and Velkro. He is interested in a range of approaches to improvising on the saxophone, exploring sound using alternative techniques, and using different effects and live sampling. His sax solos and compositions have been included in more than 14 editions, published by several record companies.