After studying at the Beaux-Arts, Damien Bonnard headed for Paris to make his début as an actor. In 2016 he was given his first lead role in Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie, selected in the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival. He then worked with Roman Polanski, Christopher Nolan and Wes Anderson. He was nominated at the 2019 César Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Trouble with You by Pierre Salvadori, and later for Best Actor at the 2020 Césars for his leading role in Les Misérables by Ladj Ly.
Manele Labidi is a French director. Before directing the short film, Une chambre à moi, a tragicomic variation on the work of Virginia Woolf, she practiced theatre and radio writing. In 2020, she released Un divan à Tunis, her first feature film distributed in more than 40 countries and awarded the Audience Award at the Venice Mostra. In France, it was seen by nearly 330,000 spectators.
After studying sociology and cinema, Philippe Lux worked as an artistic advisor and joined several selection committees of festivals such as L'Etrange Festival, the Directors' Fortnight and the Utopiales. At the same time, he worked in several distribution companies (Pretty Pictures, Wild Side, Le Pacte) before joining Bac Films Distribution as director of programming and acquisitions advisor. He then worked on film launches such as Mademoiselle, The Square, Sorcerer, Un grand voyage vers la nuit, Leto, Alice et le Maire or more recently Les Enfants du temps or Mignonnes.
Writer, screenwriter and filmmaker, Jérôme Prieur has collaborated with various literary magazines and columns on the subject of cinema. He was in charge of the Les Hommes-Livres collection at the National Audiovisuel Institute (INA) and wrote numerous biographies of contemporary writers. Alongside Gérard Mordillat, he co-directed Corpus Christi, L’Origine du Christianisme, and L’Apocalypse, three documentary series on the history of Christianity which gained great international success. He has also made numerous films about World War II. In 2019 he published La Moustache du soldat inconnu (Seuil), an essay on his personal relationship with World War II. His last feature Vivre dans l’Allemagne en guerre (2020) is shown this year at War on Screen.
Bianca Stigter is a Dutch historian, a writer and a filmmaker. She writes for NRC Handelsblad, a major Dutch newspaper. Among others, she is the author of De ontsproten Picasso, an essay nominated for the AKO Litterature Prize. In 2019 she published Atlas of an occupied city, Amsterdam 1940-1945, a selection of more than 2000 addresses telling the story of Amsterdam during WWII. It is now becoming a film, The Occupied City by Steve McQueen, with who she worked on several projects like his Oscar awarded 12 Years a slave. Her first feature documentary Three Minutes - A Lengthening (2020) provides a glimpse of pre-war life in Jewish town in Poland.