A leading actress of film, stage and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Mira Furlan left her country at the outbreak of war in the nineties for political reasons. She continued her work in the US where she still resides. Mira starred in over 35 films, including the Cannes Golden Palm winning When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica. She received a number of awards, including two Golden Arenas for Beauty of Sin and Cyclops. In America Mira is best known for her role as Ambassador Delenn in the Warner Bros cult science fiction TV-series Babylon 5 and as Danielle Rousseau in the ABC hit series Lost.
She performed on stage in all major theaters in former Yugoslavia including Croatian National Theater in Zagreb and Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade. Some of her favorite theater roles are Ophelia in Hamlet, Yvette in Brecht’s Mother Courage, Annabella in Ford’s Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Natalya Petrovna in Turgenev’s A Month in the Country... For her theatrical work she received all the highest awards in the country. In the US Mira won Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles for best performance in the role of Antigone in Sophocles’ Antigone.
She recently published book of essays called The Closing Sale.
Ahmet Boyacioglu (Zonguldak, 1953) graduated from Ankara University with a degree in medicine and spent 20 years working as a general surgeon. From 1988 -1995, he served on the executive committee of the Ankara International Film Festival. Since 1995 he has been general secretary of the Festival on Wheels, as well as chairing the Ankara Cinema Association. Between 2005 and 2007, he took on the role of Turkey’s national representative for Eurimages. Since 2006 he is one of the partners of Greenhouse, European Union Development Programme for the Mediterranean Documentary Filmmakers. He is member of the advisory board of the Meetings on the Bridge of the İstanbul International Film Festival. In 2009, he coproduced the feature film Tales from Kars. He wrote and directed his first feature Black and White in 2010, which won the Special Award of the Jury at the Mannheim – Heidelberg Film Festival. In January 2011, he worked as the production manager of the film Inside by Zeki Demirkubuz.
He writes on cinema for an assortment of newspapers and magazines. In the recent years, he has been in charge of the Turkish Film Stands at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals and has been working as the World Cinema Coordinator at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.
She is a film and theater actress but also a director and writer. Her 2009 short drama Because the Night promoted her as a director and writer. As a film actress she had a leading role in Jesper Ganslandt's latest film Blondie. She has also proved herself on TV and in theater and won many awards so far. The most significant ones are 1Km scolarship for ”Kom Hit!” at Stockholm Film Festival 2008, Honourable Mention for ”Lacrimosa” at Stockholm Film Festival 2007, Undine Award for Best Young Scandinavian Actress 2005, Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in 1999.
Gabriele Kranzelbinder was born in Austria in 1968. She graduated in law from the University of Vienna in 1993. In 1995 she completed her Postgraduate study in the Vienna Film Academy for Production. She also participated in EAVE (producers training), STEP BY STEP (script development training), EMALE - European Master of Audiovisual Law and Economics. Until 2002 she produced various short films, worked on several Austrian and Italian feature and documentary film projects as assistant director. She was also a production manager for various art exhibitions and theater productions. She has got experience in distribution and festival management (KINOVA, Festival of European Films 1999). In 2007 she sets up the KGP - Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (Vienna). Since 2006 she has been a president of the AAFP (Austrian Association of Film Producers).
Bojan Ž. Bosiljičić
Bojan Ž. Bosiljičić (1957), publicist, journalist and film critic, completed his studies of journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo (1979).
He has been in journalism since 1976 and began his career on "Sarajevo 202" and then continued on the second channel of Radio Sarajevo, in the cult TV show "Primus".
Since the mid-1980s, until the outbreak of civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, he wrote film reviews and essays for Sarajevo daily newspapers and magazines: "Večernje Novine", "Svijet", "Una", "Naši Dani", "Film "and" Nedjelja ".
From 1980 to 1990 he served as public relations manager in the film company, "Forum".
From June 1994 to September 1995 he lived in Subotica, where he was employed on the Radio "YU-ECO" and was co-initiator and co-selector of the100 anniversary of film celebration, titled "Dream with your eyes open - the first hundred years".
Since September 1995 he has been living in Canada. As a freelance journalist he writes for a Canadian-Serbian newspapers and electronic media. Since 2001 he regularly writes film reviews for the "Umbrella" from Vancouver, "the Serb most western newspaper."
He is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics and Journalists (FIPRESCI).
He has published six books: "The Poster of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film" (co-author, 1988), "Oscar is to blame for everything" (1995), "North from Hollywood" (1997), "Sunset Boulevard" (1999), "While Maples Swaying Branches "(2002) and" Those Beautiful Dreams "(2011).