Eliane Esther Bots (filmmaker, NL)

Eliane Esther Bots graduated University of the Arts Utrecht (NL) in 2008. She participated in the post-graduate program ‘Document and contemporary art’ at École Européenne Supérieure de l’image (FR) in 2012. In 2016 she graduated cum laude from the Master of Film at the Film Academy in Amsterdam (NL).  

Her films have been screened and exhibited at several festivals. Her latest film ‘In Flow of Words’ won several awards, among which the Pardi di Domani Best Director - BONALUMI Engineering award at the Locarno Film Festival. The film is also nominated for the European Film Awards.   

Eliane Bots currently works as a lecturer ‘Moving image’ at the University of the Arts in Utrecht (NL) and has been lecturing and presenting her work at other universities and organisations such as the Master of Film at The Netherlands Film Academy and  ArtEZ Zwolle. She has also been programming for the Go Short Film festival, Nijmegen (NL). 

Kate Briggs (writer and translator UK)

Kate Briggs is a writer and translator based in Rotterdam, NL, where she teaches on the Masters in Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute. She is the author of This Little Art (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) and Entertaining Ideas (Ma Bibliothèque, 2019). This Little Art is now being translated into five languages; A Table Made Again For the First Time, a collection of artists', writers' and translators' responses to the book, will be published by Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing. She is currently working on a book titled The Long Form which finds a philosophy of the novel in the daily lives of a new mother and her baby.

Sabeth Buchmann (art historian and art critic, Austria)

Sabeth Buchmann is an art historian and art critic. She is currently Professor of Modern and Postmodern Art and the Head of the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She regularly contributes to books, magazines and catalogues. Her publications include Film, Avantgarde und Biopolitik (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 2009) and Art After Conceptual Art (The MIT Press, 2006). 

Carlos Casas (film maker, artist, Spain)

Carlos Casas is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals around the world, like the Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, FID Marseille, etc... his work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions and galleries, such as Tate Modern, London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, CCCB Barcelona, GAM Torino, Bozar Bruxelles, among others.

Yael Davids (artist, Israel)

Yael Davids lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Davids examines the capacities in which the body operates as a documentary vessel – in connection to collective heritage, political narrative and private biographies. Inspired by Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais, she experiments with somatic learning and alternative systems of knowledge transfer and production. Composed of performative, sculptural, and archival elements, her works often take the form of choreographic assemblages.

Albert Elings (documentary filmmaker and editor, NL)

Albert Elings graduated in 1991 at the Netherlands Film Academy and in 2007 at Utrecht University with a master in cultural history. He is a documentary film maker and film editor. He is interested in the aesthetics of temporality and therefore often works with found footage. His filmography includes ‘Scaryman' (co-dir), 'A daily life’,  'The royal wedding tapes', ‘Foreland' (co-dir), 'What stays moves', 'Fields of Margraten', ‘Hinterland'.

Maaike Gouwenberg (curator, producer, NL)

Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg is a Dutch curator specialised in curating and producing large scale experimental art projects on the cusp of theatre, visual arts, and film. She co-founded the Deltaworkers residency programme in New Orleans, is a programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the co-founder of A.P.E. (art projects era) with artist Keren Cytter and curator Kathy Noble, and, since 2017, a producer at large for Performa, New York. She is currently a co-curator of Melanie Bonajo's presentation at the Dutch Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2022. 

Sabine Groenewegen (filmmaker, NL)

Sabine Groenewegen is an artist and filmmaker. Her debut feature Odyssey won the 2019 Doc Alliance Selection Award for best newcomer across nominations by 7 leading documentary festivals, and Best Experimental Feature at Istanbul Experimental. The film toured festivals including Doclisboa, FID Marseille, New Horizons Visual Front, and was programmed by art centres including Bozar and the Institute for Contemporary Arts: ICA London.

Sabine has an MA in Artists’ Film & Moving Image from Goldsmiths University of London. Her work is propelled by extensive research developed through elaborate community engagement and assembled through elaborate editing and intricate sound design. She has received support from the Netherlands Film Fund, Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Danish Art Institute, British Arts Council, ARGOS, Light Cone.  Recently Sabine edited Looking for Horses, the 2021 winner of the Visions du Réel Burning Lights Competition, and Sarajevo Film Festival Jury Prize for documentary.  Sabine guest-teaches regularly at the MA Artistic Research in and Through Cinema in Amsterdam, for which she developed seminars including Writing through Editing and The Essayistic as Method with Stan Liguzinski.

Stanislaw Liguzinski (film critic, programmer, video eassyist, Poland)

Kumjana Novakova (film maker, film curator and researcher, North Macedonia)

Kumjana Novakova is a filmmaker, film curator and researcher. Currently, she works as a film curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje. She collaborates with different film festivals, cinema platforms and exhibitions, curating a wide range of programmes. She is an associate professor at the Non-fiction department of ESCAC, Barcelona, Spain, and has formerly taught at the Béla Tarr’s film.factory in Sarajevo. As an author, she develops projects between cinema and contemporary art, mostly exploring the interplay between identities, memories and the collective self. She currently lives in Skopje.

Floris Paalman (documentary filmmaker, researcher lecturer, NL)

Floris Paalman, PhD, is a documentary filmmaker, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. He is a staff member of the MA programme ‘Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image’, teaches courses on film archiving, curating, media history, and research methods. He holds degrees in filmmaking, cultural anthropology, and media studies, and has a special interest in architecture and urbanism. 

Janis Rafa (artist, film maker, Greece)

Janis Rafa has a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Leeds. She uses video to convert her experiences into carefully choreographed scenes. Her work walks a fine line between subjective interpretation and the authentic representation of landscapes and events. Her work has been exhibited at venues and festivals such as the Viennale, Tate Modern and IFFR. In 2013, she created the Three Farewells trilogy. Kala azar (2020) is her debut feature film. 

Rada Sesič (filmmaker, critic, programmer, HR)

Rada Sesič was born in former Yugoslavia and currently lives in The Netherlands. Sesič is specialized in South Asian and Eastern European cinema. She is associated with IDFA, IFFR and NIF (Dutch Institute for film education) as well as Sarajevo Film Festival and Kerala Film Festival. She teaches and gives workshops world wide and has directed four award winning shorts and documentaries that were screened at several festivals and also presented and archived at MoMA, New York. Visit her website here

Non-public online lectures

Lina Majdalanie Power of Documents (26 november 2020) 

Rabih Mroué (4 december 2020) 

Frank B Wilderson III Afropessimism (8 dec 2020) 

Onyeka Igwe: Wither Archives? (11 dec 2020) 

Dalia Neis Artistic Processes and the guidance of the Wind (17 feb 2021) 

Korakrit Arunanondchai (24 maart 2021) 

Ali Eslami Documenting Otherworlds (7 april 2021) 

Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing (21 april 2021) 

Former lecturers

Aron Birtalan (theatre maker, Hungary), BMB con. (Roelf Toxopeus and Justin Bennett, performance artists, NL), Edwin Culp (filmmaker, Spain), Peter Delpeut (filmmaker, writer, NL), Mirka Duijn (filmmaker, NL), Pol Eggermont (dramaturg, concept developer, NL), Lino Hellings (visual artist, author NL) Kevin B. Lee (filmmaker, USA), Dan Oki (film maker, (Croatia), Laurent van Lancker (filmmaker, BE), Patrick Minks (editor, NL), Maartje Nevejan (filmmaker, NL), Maria Molina Peiro (filmmaker, Spain), Vesna Petresin (transdisciplinary artist and thinker, SL), Francesco Ragazzi (associate professor, filmmaker, Italy), Hidde Simons (director, actor, acting coach, NL), Michel Schopping (sound designer, NL)

Former mentors

Sander Blom (NL, filmmaker), Marjoleine Boonstra 2010-2011 (filmmaker, NL), Stefaan Decostere 2009-2012 (artist, producer BE), Albert Elings (documentary filmmaker, editor, NL), Laurent van Lancker 2017-2018 (filmmaker, anthropologist, BE), Petra Lataster 2009-2010 (filmmaker, NL), Aneta Lesnikovska (MO), Patrick Minks (director, screenwriter and editor, NL), Wineke van Muiswinkel (NL, radiomaker/curator), Rada Sesic (critic, filmmaker and a programmer, HR)

Artists in Residence (AIR)

Vesna Petresin, Jyoti Mistry (SA), Franz Rodenkirchen (D)
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