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Born in Glasgow in 1967, Kevin MacDonald gained recognition in the early 2000s for his cinematic take on the documentary form, winning an Academy Award for 'One Day in September' in 2000, and the BAFTA for Best Film for 'Touching the Void' in 2003. He is also known for 'The Last King of Scotland' (2006) and 'State of Play' (2009). MacDonald is the grandson of Emeric Pressburger, of the legendary filmmaking duo Pressburger and Powell.
A French filmmaker who works with Olivier Duscatel, best known for balancing gay themes with comedy, his most popular international film has been 'Cockles and Mussels' (2005). His most recent film, 'Theo & Hugo' (2016) is a rhapsodic love letter to Paris, as the eponymous couple leave a gay club late one weekend night and wander the streets of the French capital.
Travis Mathews is an award-winning filmmaker whose films focus on gay men and intimacy. Informed with a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a background in documentary, Travis takes a thoughtful and naturalistic approach to filmmaking while maintaining his sense of humour. His first feature film was 'I Want Your Love' (2012).
Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in Recife, Brazil. He graduated in journalism and has worked as a film critic and also as a film programmer in Recife's top alternative cinema. Over the last decade, his short films have won over 100 awards in Brazil and abroad. 'Neighbouring Sounds' (2012) is his first fiction feature.
Roger Michell was born in South Africa in 1956. He attended Cambridge University, and graduated in 1977. He moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre and was an assistant director to famous playwrights such as Samuel Beckett. Michell moved onto to directing many award-winning TV series and films before directing 'Notting Hill' (1999), the highest grossing British film of all time.
Since 1999, Yves Montmayeur has directed documentaries about films which are regularly screened at international festivals, with a predilection for Asian cinema and directors from countries such as Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. Yves has also made portraits of eccentric authors and unusual personalities: Michael Haneke, cinematographer Christopher Doyle and Italian actress-director, Asia Argento.
One of American cinema's most politically outspoken filmmakers, Michael Moore's documentary work is combative, divisive and outrageously enjoyable. His debut 'Roger & Me' (1989) defined his firebrand approach to his subject, offering up a thoroughly partial account of the impact of GM Motors' decision to close their plant in his home town of Flint, Michigan. 'Bowling for Columbine' (2002) brought the gun control argument into the 21st century, while 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (2004) presented a corrosive attack on the failings of the Bush Presidency. His subsequent work has covered health ('Sicko', 2007), the 2008 economic collapse and it's impact on ordinary Americans ('Capitalism: A Love Story', 2009) and where America seems to be going wrong ('Where to Invade Next', 2015).