A NYC native, Loren Hammonds has worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. He is a Programmer of Experiential Content and Feature Films with the Tribeca Film Festival. He is also the Executive Producer of StoryNEXT, an annual VR industry conference presented by USA Today & The NY Television Festival. A digital evangelist, he has worked extensively in Film/TV production as well as in various curatorial and consultant roles for IFP, Tribeca All-Access, Hamptons International Film Festival, GenArt Film Festival, SoIndependent Film Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Bogota Independent Film Festival (IndieBo).
Gabriele Capolino is a programmer at IFP – ifp.org, where he works on the International feature films and the series projects’ programs, as well as contributing to other programs year-round, including the IFP Gotham Awards and the Narrative Labs. He produces the Screen Forward Labs, an intense ‘bootcamp’ program dedicated to independent content creators working on serialized content. He manages the International projects and the Series projects (both long and short forms) at IFP Week, the signature program of the organization that connects independent filmmaker and creators to key players in the Industry.
Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker based in New York City. She is known for working with James Franco on several movies including Yosemite and The Color of Time. Shruti has run the video departments and developed content for several media companies from MTV to Conde Nast and Nylon. She was a Founding Partner at Fictionless, a production company she started with Oscar and Emmy-winning director Ross Kauffman, and Raeshem Nijhon, and then spun off to launch her own shop in 2017 called Honto88.
Martichka Bozhilova is one of the most important Bulgarian producers from “Agitprop”, created in 1996 together with Georgi Bogdanov and Boris Misirkov. Among the films produced by her are the internationally awarded “Georgi and the Butterflies”, “The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories”, and “Corridor No. 8”. She is one of the producers of the first Bulgarian omnibus film “15”, and also of the first Bulgarian original productions for HBO, “Concrete Pharaohs” and “Hotel Rai”. Martichka Bozhilova has been awarded the International Trailblazer award, launched by Robert Redford and the Sundance Channel at the International Market for Documentary Cinema at the Cannes Festival in 2006 for creativity, innovation, originality, and breakthrough in the area of documentary cinema. She is an official representative of the European Documentary Network (EDN) in Bulgaria.
Sevda Shishmanova became a Program Director of BNT 1 in 2010, but she is also a journalist with professional experience in the area of news and publicist shows of BNT as a reporter, international correspondent, commenter, team leader, and a creator of documentary films. An author of articles for the “Kapital” newspaper. She works as a director and a producer. She graduated in film directing after she gathered considerable experience as a creator of documentaries. Sevda Shishmanova has been awarded with multiple prestigious awards. She graduated from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Slavic Studies, and from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” with a degree in film directing.
Professor Bojidar Manov is a great admirer of the seventh art and a teacher at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov”. Before he devoted himself to cinema, he graduated from the Technical University in Sofia and worked as an electronics engineer. Then his career took a turn, when he decided to graduate in film studies in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. From 1978 to 1990 he worked in the film studio “Time”, also as a screen writer, he has made 12 documentaries, and he has also been a managing editor of 124 popular science films. In 1994 he started working in the New Bulgarian University, and six years later he became the Head of the Film Studies faculty in the National Academy of Theatre and Film arts. He has published multiple books in the area of cinema and film critique.
Evtim Miloshev in one of the most successful TV producers in Bulgaria. He created the famous comedy show “Komicite” and the most popular comedy series “Stolichani v poveche”, and he produced “Darvoto na jivota” and “Otkradnat jivot”. Born in Sofia, he graduated in geodesy, then he actively participated in the creation of the cult student show “Ku-ku” and in various successful TV shows, and from 2006 he is an independent producer with his production house “Dream Team Productions”, created in partnership with actor Lubomir Neykov and writer Ivan Spasov, which lately has been actively helping creating Bulgarian feature films (“Voevoda” and so on.).