Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer, founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film. She has produced or co-produced over 80 films, including Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (Radu Jude, Special Jury Prize Locarno 2023), Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Radu Jude, Golden Bear Berlin 2021), and Child’s Pose (Calin Netzer, Golden Bear Berlin 2013). She has worked with prestigious filmmakers such as Cristian Nemescu, Ivana Mladenovic, Alexandru Solomon, Răzvan Rădulescu, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio and Tomasz Wasilewski, and was executive producer for Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated Toni Erdmann (2016).
Solomon is Deputy Chairwoman of EFA board, Vice-President of the board of EWA Network, EAVE national coordinator, ACE Network board member, founding member of the Alliance of Romanian Producers, member of the European Producers Club and winner of the Eurimages Co-production Award 2013, Central European Initiative Award 2018 (Trieste), Underground Spirit of Europe Award 2021 (Palic), and Czech Producers’ Association World Excellence Award 2022 (Jihlava). She was listed by Hollywood Reporter as one of the 40 most influential women in international film in 2023.
Emilie Bujès is the artistic director of Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, which has in recent years welcomed directors such as Lucrecia Martel, Claire Denis, Werner Herzog, Marco Bellocchio, a newly created exhibition of Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Livre d’image, Petra Costa, Pietro Marcello, Tatiana Huezo, and Alice Rohrwacher, alongside first-time and established filmmakers presenting their films in the Official Selection. Bujès has also served as program advisor for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, deputy artistic director of La Roche-sur-Yon IFF and commission member at the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) in Paris.
Prior to this, she was curator at the Geneva Contemporary Art Center, instructor at the universities HEAD in Geneva and HKB in Bern, and contributed to festivals and art galleries such as Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, and Berlinale Forum Expanded. She was the recipient of the Swiss Art Award for curators in 2014 and co-edited Encircling the Image of Trauma, published in 2020 by Archive Books, Berlin.
Francesco Giai Via
Francesco Giai Via is a festival director, programmer, and trainer. He is a member of the selection committee of the Venice Film Festival and a scout of the Venice Production Bridge. He’s part of the team of TorinoFilmLab, the renowned development and training institution, where he is a member of the pedagogical team and Head of Studies.
Since 2017, he has been the artistic director of Annecy Cinéma Italien, the main international festival dedicated to Italian cinema. He is the director of the Carbonia Film Festival, a boutique event that takes place in the southwest of Sardinia. He organizes seminars on film festival management and programming for various Italian universities and institutions. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Italian Film Academy Premi David di Donatello, where he’s also a member of the final selection committee for short films.
Tabitha Jackson is an independent media consultant and arts advocate. She is the first woman and person of color to have been appointed director of the Sundance Film Festival. As festival director she re-imagined and led two technologically innovative and radically accessible pandemic editions which expanded the possibilities of what a film festival can be, and who it can be for. Between 2013 and 2020 she led the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute, rethinking traditional project support in favor of more holistic artist-centered models, and advocating for bold creativity and formal innovation in nonfiction cinema.
Throughout her 30-year career in film and public broadcasting in the UK and the US, she has been committed to supporting the independent voice, championing the social and cultural power of artful cinema, and furthering the mission of uplifting a more expansive set of makers, forms and audiences. With her previous experience as an Emmy-winning director-producer, executive producer, commissioning editor and non-fiction author she has demonstrated an unshakeable belief in the vital role of independent film, and the arts as a public good.
Xiaoshuai Wang is a director, producer and writer who has been a pioneering figure in Chinese independent cinema as a film auteur and is one of the very few masters who remains true to his art despite rampant commercialism in the current Chinese film industry. Over three decades of his career, he has directed 15 films, including the documentary Chinese Portrait (2018), which takes the rapid urbanization of China as its background and depicts the predicaments individuals face in everyday life. By virtue of his strong personal style, deep concern for humanity, and diligent independent way of filmmaking, Wang’s works have competed at the film festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and San Sebastian.
He has been appointed Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for his artistic accomplishments. His film So Long, My Son (2019) won two Silver Bears for Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Wang won the Best Director award at the Asian Film Awards. His latest work Above the Dust is expected to be completed in 2023.