Luz Olivares Capelle was born in Argentina. After studying Film Direction at the National Institute for Cinematographic Production and Experimentation, ENERC, in Buenos Aires, she obtained a Masters Degree in Film Directing with Michael Haneke, at the Filmacademy Vienna in the University of Music and Performing Arts.She also studied Drawing and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, with Gunther Damisch.Her short films have screened at Festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, Viennale or Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, but also at several Art galleries and Museums such as The Museum of the Moving Image (New York), MUMOK (Vienna), or MALBA (Buenos Aires) among others. FOREST OF ECHOES, her last short film, won several national and international awards, including the Austrian Film Prize 2017, Thomas Pluch Screenplay Award, the Max Ophüls Prize for best medium-length film, the Grand Prix for International short film at the Cork Filmfestival and the main Award for the best austrian fiction shortfilm at the Diagonale and at the Vienna Independent Shorts.
Clara Stern, screenplay author and director; born in 1987 in Vienna, Austria. Studies of Directing and Screenplay Writing, Film Academy Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria. Awardee Carl-Mayer-Screenplay-Award of the city of Graz, 2016. Several short films: documentaries and fiction. Austrian Film Award 2018 and Award for Best Fiction Short Film 2017 at Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, 2017 for MATHIAS (Fiction, 30 Min)
oellinger/rainer (Hannah Rosa Oellinger and Manfred Rainer) are a artists duo based in Vienna /Austria. They have studied for 7 years at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. They find it kind of ridiculous that artists regularly write about themselves in third person. They could write a lot of fancy words about their artistic practice, but they choose not to. Nevertheless, they have accepted their desire to become successful artists. They have only had three solo shows. So instead of blowing up their achievements, they choose to list some of their numerous failed and rejected applications: Startstipendium BKA (2017), Shift (2017), Starstipendium BKA (2016), Destination Wien Kunsthalle Wien (2015), Diagonale Film Festival (2015) and many more to come…
Michael Simku was born in 1985 in Steyr, Austria. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he focused on documentary and narrative storytelling and its impact on digital culture. After finishing his studies he now lives and works as a filmmaker, artist and art educator in Vienna.
Pernille Rivedal Hellevik is from the west coast of Norway. She studied Film and TV-Production at the University of Bergen, specializing in Directing, and as part of the degree, she spent a semester at the Waikato University in New Zealand, where she studied animation and experimental film. In 2012, she moved to New York to study at Columbia University, where she graduated with an MFA in Film Directing/Screenwriting in 2016. She also spent one exchange semester at the Deutsche Film- unt Fernseheakademie in Berlin. Her Columbia University Thesis, “The Art of Not Appearing”, has received several awards at international film festivals, such as Austin, Nashville, and the AASFF. For the film, she was also awarded with the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. Pernille now lives in Berlin, where she writes on her film projects.
Tali Keren is a multi disciplinary artist (b. 1982, Jerusalem living and working in N.Y). Her work was shown in museums and art spaces in the United States, Israel and Europe. Among others; at the Jewish Museum, New York, Anthology Film Archives, New York, Museum of Moving Image, New York, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Times Square, New York, Socrates Sculpture park, New York, Ludlow 39, New York, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the center for contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Herzliya and Hansen House, Jerusalem. Keren received her B.F.A. from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2006) and earned an MFA from Columbia University, New York (2016).
Sara Stern is an artist, filmmaker, and writer from New York. Her projects investigate the seams between public and private spaces, digital and physical spaces, people and buildings, users and systems. Her work spans video installation, sculpture, performance, drawing, collage, and photography. Stern received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University, and has exhibited and screened her work in the US, Austria, Germany, and Singapore. She is currently the Fountainhead Fellow in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches sculpture.
Alex Strada is a visual artist based in New York. Strada’s work has been shown at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Moving Image, Jewish Museum, Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo in Mexico, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, and the Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, among others. Each evening throughout the month of February 2018, her film she made in collaboration with Tali Keren, Save the Presidents, will take over the monitors in Times Square as part of Times Square Arts’ Midnight Moment. Strada was a fellow in the Art & Law Program, the Institute for Investigative Living at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California, and the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship. She received a B.A. from Bates College in 2010 and an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2016. is a visual artist based in New York. Strada’s work has been shown at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Moving Image, Jewish Museum, Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo in Mexico, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, and the Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, among others. Each evening throughout the month of February 2018, her film she made in collaboration with Tali Keren, Save the Presidents, will takeover the monitors in Times Square as part of Times Square Arts’ Midnight Moment. Strada was a fellow in the Art & Law Program, the Institute for Investigative Living at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California, and the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship. She received a B.A. from Bates College in 2010 and an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2016.